High school football will start this week for many of the teams in the state. A couple of games will be tonight and the week will finish up with five games on Saturday.
There will be football each night this week with the exception of Wednesday. Several prospects will be in action this week for fans wanting to see some possible future Razorbacks.
Here’s five games to watch this week.
Warren vs. Batesville Southside, Saturday, Noon, North Little Rock High School
The Lumberjacks are the No. 1 ranked team in Class 4A entering the season using the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette rankings. Southside Batesville is No. 5. Two Arkansas commitments, wide receiver Treylon Burks and defensive tackle Marcus Miller, play for Warren. As a junior, Burks caught 45 passes for 1,090 yards and 11 touchdowns. At quarterback, Burks rushed 114 times for 936 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also completed 7 of 20 passes for 135 yards. Burks is a five-star recruit with the Hogville.net rankings. Miller finished 2017 with 78 tackles and eight sacks. This should be an outstanding game.
Joe T. Robinson at Springdale, Thursday, 7 p.m.
This game will be loaded with college prospects. Defensive end Zach Williams is committed to the Hogs. As a junior, he finished with 65 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. Williams is among the top defensive ends in the nation. The quarterback for the Senators is Greyson Tackett. As a junior, Tackett completed 74 of 122 passes for 1,431 He is backed up by 2021 college prospect Buddy Gaston. The offensive line is led by senior Elliott Harris, the son of former Razorback by the same name. Class of 2021 prospect Torrie Phillips is a college prospect as well on the offensive line. The Senators have several others who are being recruited at various levels. The Bulldogs have Class of 2019 linebacker Chops Sanders, 2020 defensive back Jajuan Boyd who also plays some receiver and 2020 wide receiver Bryndell Cook.
Pulaski Academy at Springdale Har-Ber, Friday, 7 p.m.
Tight end Hudson Henry is one of the top prospects in the nation. As a junior, Henry caught 72 passes for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is the younger brother of Hunter and Hayden Henry. The Razorbacks are one of the five finalists for Henry. 2020 running back Jayden Kelley rushed 68 times for 485 yards and five touchdowns. Har-Ber 2019 wide receiver Hunter Wood caught 36 passes for 509 yards and five touchdowns last season. A sleeper at Har-Ber to watch is 2020 running back Emmanuel Smith. He was on the sophomore team most of the season, but did manage 16 carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns in varsity action. He has outstanding speed.
North Little Rock vs. Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington, Saturday, 4 p.m., Bentonville HS
This game will possibly be the best game in the state this week. The two loaded teams are meeting at the neutral site. Running back, athlete Oscar Adaway committed to North Texas on Sunday. Running back Brandon Thomas was the MVP of the Class 7A state championship game last season. He led the Charging Wildcats rushing for 1,597 yards and 13 touchdowns. Tight end Drew Martin is committed to Memphis. A prospect to watch is 2021 offensive tackle Erin Smith. Defensive end Rashad Muhammad is a 2020 prospect as is safety David Smith. Booker T. Washington 2020 wide receiver Javian Hester has an offer to the Hogs and many others. The Hornets have a five-star senior safety in Daxton Hill who holds offers from schools all across the nation.
Bentonville West at Owasso (Okla.), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
The Wolverines are coming off a 9-2 season and seem primed to challenge North Little Rock and others for the state championship. Wide receiver Jadon Jackson and outside linebacker Kendall Young both hold offers from Arkansas and others. As a junior, Jackson caught 62 passes for 1,241 yards and 14 touchdowns. Young finished with 85 tackles and 12 sacks. Quarterback Will Jarrett is also one to watch. He completed 207 of 309 passes for 3,514 yards and 28 touchdowns last season with just three interceptions. Mike linebacker Jonas Higson is a 2020 prospect. He also plays wide receiver on offense catching 44 passes for 559 yards and a pair of touchdowns.