Springdale got off to a hot start to its 2018 season with a 48-28 victory over Joe T. Robinson on Thursday night. Safety Jajuan Boyd was one of the many standouts for the Bulldogs.
Boyd and the Bulldogs will face two more non-conference games, Friday at Little Rock Parkview and then host Alma on Sept. 7. They will open conference play on Sept. 21 when they host Rogers Heritage. While no one wants to look ahead, but one would imagine the Oct. 5 game against Springdale Har-Ber at Jarrell Williams Stadium will be a huge one.
“It’s a big game,” Boyd said laughing. “As the years have gone on we haven’t been able to beat them. But this year I feel we’ve got what it takes to go out there and one of the best in 7A.”
While Springdale was winning its opener, the next night Har-Ber was beaten badly 50-14 by Pulaski Academy. Hudson Henry and the Bruins controlled the game from late in the first quarter until the end.
One reason Springdale appears to be so good is all the transfers they have this season from Har-Ber. Quarterback Grant Allen, son of former Razorback Jason Allen, passed for 145 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 43-yard touchdown run for Springdale’s first score. Speedy standout wide receiver Brock Pounders caught five passes for 118 yards. Linebacker Chops Sanders is a very talented player who is drawing plenty of college attention. Wide receiver-defensive back Bryndell Cook is another 2020 recruit who moved over from Har-Ber.
While he isn’t a transfer from Har-Ber, senior running back Garrett Vaughan rushed 29 times for 210 yards and five touchdowns in the win. If Vaughan can stay healthy he has a chance to be among the leading rushers in the state.
Boyd returns from a sophomore season that saw him collect 32 tackles, including one for loss, four interceptions, seven pass breakups, one fumble recovery and a forced one. He returned three kickoffs for 44 yards. On offense, Boyd caught 12 passes for 116 yards. Boyd paid respect to Robinson who stayed with the Bulldogs for 3 1/2 quarters.
“They were big and had great athletes,” Boyd said.
In addition to return duties on special teams, Boyd also doubles at wide receiver. What do you feel you bring to the Springdale defense and then offense when you are in there?
“My teammates trust me to make a play and that’s what I do,” Boyd said.
Boyd attended a football camp this summer at Arkansas. He worked with the defensive back coaches there and is impressed with the Arkansas staff.
He’s also a talented basketball player who will draw plenty of attention from the recruiters in that sport as well. You like football or basketball the best?
“I get asked that a lot,” Boyd said smiling. “Right now football. I like whichever one is in season.”
Boyd also said he feels Springdale coach Zak Clark is doing an outstanding job with the program. Clark is a former Arkansas and UCA standout at quarterback. He came to Springdale from Fayetteville High School where he was offensive coordinator.