By Otis Kirk
The threat of severe weather throughout the state tonight has forced the Arkansas Activities Association to make some adjustments to the playoffs.
The Class 5A state title game featuring Pulaski Academy against Little Rock Christian will now be played on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The game features at least three players connected to the Razorbacks. Pulaski Academy tight end Hudson Henry has committed to the Hogs. Wide receiver John David White gives the Bruins a great one-two punch in the passing game. He has a preferred walk-on offer to Arkansas. Little Rock Christian’s Justice Hill has signed with Mike Anderson’s basketball team and will enroll at midterm. He’s the son of former Arkansas assistant Fitz Hill.
The Class 7A game featuring Bryant and North Little Rock will still be played on Saturday night at 6:30 and the 6A with Greenwood taking on Benton is earlier in the day at noon. All state championship games are played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Bryant Class of 2020 outside linebacker Catrell Wallace holds an Arkansas offer.
The semifinals in Arkansas’ other three classifications will now be played on Saturday night. Shiloh Christian and offensive lineman Logan Kallesen will play host to Arkadelphia. Kallesen holds a preferred walk-on offer from the Hogs.
Joe T. Robinson and defensive end Zach Williams are at home on Saturday night to host Dumas. The winner of this game will face the winner of the Shiloh Christian-Arkadelphia game on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 in the Class 4A state championship game.
In Class 3A Saturday night, Rison and Malik Chavis will be at Osceola while Prescott will travel to Booneville. Chavis is committed to Arkansas as a cornerback. The two winners will meet Saturday, Dec. 8, at noon in the state championship game.
The 2A semifinals Saturday night will pit Junction City at Foreman on one side of the bracket and then Mount Ida on the road to Hazen in the other. Foreman features 2021 defensive lineman Chris Haywood who is drawing attention from Arkansas and others. Hazen has 2020 athlete Blayne Toll who will play quarterback and defensive end for the Hornets. He holds some offers and has attention from the Hogs.
Jeff Traylor has opted to remove his name from the running for the head coaching job at Stephen F. Austin. That is his alma mater, but it would have been a surprise had he opted to take the job. Clint Conque reportedly made $200,000 there as head coach before resigning while Traylor makes $370,000 with Arkansas. He coaches running backs and is associate head coach.
Earlier this week, defensive coordinator John Chavis opted in on a new two-year contract to remain with the Hogs.
On the Road Again
Chad Morris and his assistants probably feel a little bit like Willie Nelson and his song, On the Road Again.
Morris and some assistants are seeing Richmond (Texas) Fort Bend Travis linebacker Zach Zimos today. Zimos committed to the Hogs on July 28. As a senior, Zimos finshed with 98 tackles, including 80 unassisted, six tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, two recovered fumbles and a blocked punt.
Justin Stepp is seeing Jefferson (Texas) wide receiver TQ Jackson today. Jackson committed to the Razorbacks on July 2. As a senior, Jackson caught 33 passes for 753 yards and 11 touchdowns, rushed twice for nine yards and one score, returned nine punts for 199 yards and then on defense added 14 tackles, including 11 unassisted, two tackles for loss and a pair of interceptions.