Week 1 in high school has finally arrived in Arkansas. Several games were played the previous week in what was referred to as Week Zero.
But now all the high schools are ready to hit this field this week. There will be some very good games around the state.
Here’s a look at five different games and some of the recruits to watch in the games. All games are Friday unless otherwise noted.
Fort Smith Southside at Bentonville West
Bentonville West fell to Owasso, Okla., 56-40 this past Friday night in Owasso. Bentonville West got off to a fast start on the home team, but couldn’t hold for the win. Senior wide receiver Jadon Jackson caught six passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns while also returning a kickoff 32 yards. He was 0-1 passing. Senior outside linebacker Kendall Young had 12 tackles, including seven unassisted. Bentonville West senior quarterback Will Jarrett was 14 of 22 passing for 240 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Senior running back Tyrese Smallwood rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. He also caught three passes for 19 yards. Class of 2020 linebacker Jonah Higson had 13 tackles and one sack for Bentonville West. On offense, he rushed six times for 21 yards and a touchdown. Southside quarterback Taye Gatewood leads the Mavericks into play this season. Last season as a junior, Gatewood completed 174 of 292 passes for 2,984 yards and 26 touchdowns while also rushing 133 times for 691 yards and 17 touchdowns. Senior linebacker Darin Davenport is healthy now and back while sophomore cornerback Jonah Hill is a college prospect to watch for 2021.
Rogers at Joe T. Robinson
Defensive end Zach Williams and his teammates will try to bounce back from a 48-28 loss to Springdale. Williams had a good game against the Bulldogs. He finished with nine tackles, a strip sack and a fumble recovery. Williams is a member of the Class of 2019 commitment class at Arkansas. Quarterback Greyson Tackett and two-way lineman Elliott Harris Jr. are a couple of other seniors to watch. Offensive tackle E’Marion Harris is a talented 2022 recruit to watch for the Senators. Rogers is led by talented 2020 quarterback Hunter Loyd. He threw for 2,200 yards and 14 touchdowns this past fall. His father, Mike Loyd, is the Mounties head coach.
Fordyce at Rison
Rison and talented Arkansas Class of 2019 commitment Malik Chavis will open the season this week. Chavis does a lot of things for Clay Totty’s Wildcats. As a junior, he carried 128 times for 998 yards and 14 touchdowns. He caught three passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. On defense at safety, Chavis had 29 tackles, two forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions including returning one 76 yards for a touchdown. Class of 2021 running back-athlete Jamarien Frye will be a very talented recruit. He scored four touchdowns and caught a 60-yard touchdown against Hampton last season as a freshman. He is the son of former Rison great Shermar Bracey.
Springdale at Little Rock Parkview
The Bulldogs hosted a team from Little Rock last week and now they will be in the capital city to take on a young and talented Parkview team. Junior safety and athlete Jajuan Boyd is just one of many talented players for Springdale. Senior wide receiver Brock Pounders had a big game last week catching five passes for 118 yards. Running back Garrett Vaughan rushed 29 times for 210 yards and five touchdowns. Sophomore tight end-defensive end Erin Outley is one to watch for the Patriots. Parkview has a talented senior quarterback in Geary Allmon, but a sophomore to watch in future is also Landon Rogers. Outley is possibly the top prospect in the Class of 2021 in the state.
Owasso (Okla.) at Fayetteville
The team that defeated Bentonville West last week now comes to Northwest Arkansas to face Fayetteville. The Purple Dogs have a very talented senior quarterback in Darius Bowers. Last week, Fayetteville defeated Kirkwood (Mo.) Vianney 51-28. In the game, Bowers was 23 of 27 for 404 yards and five touchdowns. As a junior in 2017, Bowers completed 255 of 405 passes for 3,398 yards and 34 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. His backup is a future college prospect in 2021 quarterback Hank Gibbs who at 6-6, 210, may see action at tight end as well. In last week’s win, 2020 wide receiver Connor Flannigan caught 13 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns in the win. Junior outside linebacker and end Quade Mosier is the son of former Razorback Cody Mosier.