Cheers to one of our Digital Scout Family - Dylan Mellor
November 3, 2014
Longwood, Fla. – Sunday, April 20, 2003 – It was your normal, typical, everyday Florida-Family-Easter-Sunday-football-game in the front yard. Dodging around pine cones and sandspurs on the ground while tumbling through the grass you had spent four hours the day previous raking, mowing, edging.
The Mellors, famous for ‘one-more-throw-dad!’ moments, enjoyed a lazy Sunday of good food and competitive football in the front yard with friends and family alike.
Enter 6-year old Dylan Mellor. The youngest of three brothers, then the second-youngest of eight grandchildren and an avid proponent of the ‘one-more-throw-dad!’ mantra. After many passes, runs, tackles and what felt like hours of ‘one-more-throw-dad!’ in the front yard, it was Dylan’s moment for one last heave from Dad before calling it a night.
Dylan lines up. Dad snaps the ball from our fake center. Dad drops back to pass as Dylan runs a post-corner route towards the trees in the front yard. Dad unleashes a high, lofting, spiral of a pass towards the out-of-bounds-tree-line, something that was a Mellor boy favorite. “Get there!” we all yell as Dylan sprints towards the ball, cognizant of where he’s going to plant his feet before the out-of-bounds-line and the ball in the air.
The pass lands perfectly into Dylan’s hands just as he taps his feet down ‘in-bounds’ and just as he looks up to find a face full of pine tree.
Two front teeth smashed into the roof of his mouth later, a bloodied Dylan looks up, ball in hands, and says “I still caught the ball.”
In that moment, I KNEW, my little brother was something special.
Altamonte Springs, Fla. – September 5, 2007 – 10-year old Dylan Mellor begins his second year of tackle football for the Lake Brantley Patriots junior pee-wee team. As a quarterback, Dylan was just your normal 10-year old boy among much-smaller-boys on the field, regularly blowing by defenders, making plays that others could only dream of.
Leading the Patriots offensive attack, he consistently could be found looking for the next defender to make miss, sometimes faking out defenders two-at-a-time en route to a plethora of multi-touchdown games and recognition from coaches all over.
One particular day, Dylan – preparing for a game against cross-town rival Apopka – strapped up his Michael Vick III Shark Cleats, and donned his infamous eye-black, something opposing teams didn’t like to see. This time, however, he placed his eye-black on vertically as opposed to horizontally, because he had ‘seen an FSU player do it, and it looked cool’.
Mellor's vertical eye-black became a staple in Central Florida.
It was that moment, that confirmed my belief, that my little brother WAS SPECIAL.
Purcellville, Va. – November 8, 2014 – Senior Night approaches in Loudoun County, Virginia as the Woodgrove Wolverines play host to their arch-rival Loudoun Valley Vikings at 7:00 pm.
Enter that little brother of mine – Dylan Mellor, now a 17-year old senior at Woodgrove High School.
That little brother of mine who now is the Woodgrove record holder for each of the school’s receiving categories, single season and career. Who is looking to eclipse 2,000 receiving yards this Friday night.
That little brother of mine who routinely makes the impossible look possible on the football field and in the classroom. Who scored a 2250 on his SATs.
That little brother of mine who habitually makes those did-you-see-that-highlight-reel receptions. Who makes grown men jump out of their seats.
That little brother of mine who caught the ball with a face full of pine tree. Who once remarked ‘cut-ers-hair-boy’ when watching a football game on TV.
That, not-so-little-brother anymore of mine. All 6-foot-1, 190-pounds of him.
How proud I am of all that he has accomplished and how proud I am of what he has made of himself and made of his team. How proud I am of how special he truly has been to me, our family and so many others.
A leader on a 6-3 Wolverines team looking to host an opening round game of the VHSL Playoffs next week for the second consecutive season, Dylan has recorded 54 receptions for 920 yards and 16 touchdowns during the 2014 campaign. He has recorded another 325 yards on kick and punt returns and two more touchdowns while additionally, has caught two 2-point conversion attempts leading the team with 112 points this season.
He has 120 career receptions, 1,986 career receiving yards and 29 receiving touchdowns in three years on the varsity level at Woodgrove.
Friday night’s regular season culmination comes for a Wolverines team that seemingly started the 2014 season still adjusting to life-without-Josh-Sweet. A team who has leaned heavily upon Dylan this season, with great success. With quarterback and best friend Billy Sheehan throwing the ball, the Sheehan-Mellor combination has quickly developed into one of Northern Virginia’s finest and most recognized.
Now, both senior QB and WR – with a host of other senior teammates – will play their final regular season home game this Friday night.
While special in its own rite, it’s safe to say that this Woodgrove Senior Night will be one to remember for many reasons, but many of those reasons can be attributed to that special little brother of mine – Dylan Mellor.
Cheers to you, Dylan Mellor, my little brother, my favorite player. The best friend a guy could ask for.
Coffman, Liberty square off to stay atop the Ohio Capical Conference
By: Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
October 21, 2014
Remember way back in early September when Olentangy Liberty hosted Olentangy High School? Two cross-town rivals, both pegged to finish near the top of their divisions, squaring off against one another in an early season marquee matchup.
Remember when that game went all the way down to the wire with two of the Ohio Capital Conference’s top teams squaring off? Tied at 28 at the end of regulation, the Braves score first in the extra period and force the Patriots to retaliate with a touchdown of their own.
Remember when Liberty scored and could have seemingly tied the ball game once again to force a second overtime with a simple extra point? How about instead, do you remember when their two-point conversion attempt from Alex Lando to Jacob Wiseman fell incomplete and the Patriots were cut short of an upset over their bitter rivals?
Of course you remember all of that. Or well, at least now you remember.
That game should seem like mere peanuts however, come this Friday when Dublin Coffman comes to town.
While that 35-34 overtime loss to an undefeated Olentangy team remains the Patriots lone blemish, this season has turned out to be an incredibly successful 2014 campaign for the Patriots.
Liberty is averaging nearly 30 points per game this season and have gained a total of 2794 total yards of offense through eight games.
Both the rushing and passing attacks have seen equal shares of success in 2014 as the Patriots have gained 1468 yards on the ground while accumulating 1326 through the air.
The Liberty offensive attack averages over five yards per play (5.3) while averaging just under 350 yards per game (349.3).
Led by sophomore quarterback, the aforementioned Alex Lando, the Patriots have thrown for 12 touchdowns this season and have scored 20 touchdowns on the ground. Senior Nicholas Durtschi leads all rushers with 958 yards and nine touchdowns while fellow senior, Wiseman has recorded eight touchdowns and 342 yards on the ground.
He also has seven touchdowns on the receiving end of Lando throws.
Durtschi himself leads the team by averaging 195.4 yards per game between rushing, receiving, kick and punt return yards. Wiseman and Durtschi have combined for 1979 of the teams 2784 offensive yards this season.
When the Patriots take the field this Friday night at 7:30, they will be facing their stiffest test to date lining up against an undefeated, 8-0 Dublin Coffman team.
The Shamrocks will head to Powell, bringing with them an eight-game winning streak and a prolific offense that averages 37.4 points per game.
Coffman, similar to their foe on Friday, has seen a fair share of success both in the rushing and passing attacks this season. The ’Rocks have scored 20 rushing touchdowns and 19 passing touchdowns this season, compared to just five turnovers.
Maybe even more impressive than their offense this season – is their defense.
Through eight games in 2014, the Coffman defense has held opponents to just 50 points combined. They have forced 12 turnovers, are holding opponents to 171 yards of offense per game and have held two of their past three opponents to 153 total yards or under.
Led by Isaac McKinney and Griffin Grady on the defensive side, the ’Rocks will battle this Friday night at 7:30 in a game that should not only decide the ever-important playoff seeds, but also for who can call themselves the outright leader of the Central Division of the Ohio Capital Conference.
Digital Scout will be live at the game this Friday night and keeping fans up to date with up-to-the-minute stats and breaking plays as two of Central Ohio’s top teams duke it out in the second to last week of the regular season.
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Westerville Central weathers early mistakes, fight past rival Westerville South
By: Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
October 17, 2014
All week long, the city of Westerville, Ohio had been abuzz. Beat South. Beat Central. Each plastered on school specific social media accounts and all around town. A true cross-town rivalry and battle for city supremacy was put on a night early for students, fans, parents and thousands of viewers on live TV this Thursday night.
In the end, it was the Warhawks from Westerville Central who 'ruled the ’Ville' after defeating Westerville South, 45-32.
Westerville Central (8-0, 5-0) fell behind early, throwing a pick-six on the second play of the game, relinquishing a 6-0 lead to the Wildcats (4-4, 2-2) just 34 seconds in to the game. It was that play that may have paced the Warhawks for the rest of the game, en route to staying blemish free thus far this season.
“Well obviously you can’t let something like (the pick-six) bother you that early in the game,” Westerville Central head coach John Magistro said. “We’re good enough to score some points and we did.”
The Warhawks took whatever coach Magistro’s halftime speech contained to heart as points were scored at a furious pace in the third quarter.
Junior quarterback Gavin Lyon ran in a 10-yard touchdown just over a minute into the third. After a quick Westerville South score, Lyon and junior running back Benny Snell answered right back, leading Westerville Central on a long, sustained drive that ultimately led to three points by way of a 29-yard Alex Barnhart field goal.
The Warhawks defense would step up on the next Wildcats’ possession, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Ty Holmes at their own 39 yard line. After the turnover, Westerville Central’s next possession took just a mere 1:12 off the clock before Lyon punched in his second rushing touchdown of the game, pushing the score to 31-19.
Westerville South would not go away quietly however. On the Wildcats ensuing possession, senior all-purpose player Abu Daramy took a bobbled hand-off, spun off two defenders in the backfield before sprinting to the left sideline, dancing around Warhawks defenders and beating the last line of defense to the pylon for an impressive 56-yard touchdown run.
“We knew it was going to come down to us making some big plays because they were going to make big plays,” Magistro said. “You talk about two really good football teams with a lot of speed. I feel as if we held our composure.”
Hold their composure they did as after Daramy’s electrifying run, Lyon and Snell combined for a quick 49 yards in just 55 seconds to increase their lead to 38-26 after a Snell three-yard touchdown rush.
After a quick three and out for the Wildcats, Lyon would put the proverbial dagger in Westerville South’s chances at the upset, finding fellow junior, wide receiver Cedric Frierson for a 17-yard score and a 45-26 lead.
Westerville Central would hold on, despite a late TD from Westerville South, to defeat their rival 45-32 on Thursday night.
When asked who caught attention for the Warhawks, coach Magistro complimented nearly his entire team.
“Believe it or not, our entire offensive line did a good job,” Magistro said. “Benny runs so hard. Our defense, we put them in a bad situation a few times with field position. We made some big plays when we had to.
“They are a big play team. I think, just coming out with a win we’re happy.”
Lyon finished the game completing 20-of-29 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. He ran the ball seven times for 18 yards and another two scores. Frierson finished the game with eight receptions for 126 yards and one touchdown.
Setting the pace for the Warhawks all night long with his tough running, Snell finished the game with 228 yards on 34 carries and two touchdowns. Following the game, Snell was one happy running back.
“(This game) means so much to me,” Snell said. “We’ve been preparing for this game ever since we started two-a-days, in practice, running as hard as we can. Hard work pays off.
“I’m just so proud of my team.”
Westerville Central remains one of four undefeated teams in the Ohio Capital Conference. While the Warhawks can relax knowing they will, regardless of how games finish on Friday, remain atop the OCC leaderboard heading into next week’s game against Hilliard Darby. Fellow undefeated teams Dublin Coffman, Olentangy and Pickerington Central are in action Friday night against Westland, Worthington Kilbourne and Newark, respectively.
Westerville South falls to 4-4 on the season, now in need of some victories to ensure their playoff hopes this season. With remaining games against Dublin Jerome and Westerville North, the Wildcats will need a short memory after losing to their rival.
Lincoln Flood finished the game completing 12-of-25 for 127 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats while Devin Wade paced them on the ground, rushing 17 times for 108 yards. Daramy totaled 126 yards and two scores on the evening.
Manchester travels to Cosby for the 'Battle for Chesterfield'
By: Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
October 16, 2014
The Manchester Lancers (Va.) will take the field at Cosby High School (Va.) this Friday night at 7:30, having not played a game on their home soil in over a month. The Lancers (6-0, 3-0) are seemingly unfazed heading in to their fourth consecutive road game as they have held all but one of their opponents under seven points or less en route to an unblemished 6-0 record so far this season.
The Lancers’ host this week, cross-town rival Cosby Titans (5-1, 1-1), had seen similar success heading in to their game last week against James River. Despite dropping their first game of the season a week ago, a close fought 13-6 defeat, the contest against Manchester is arguably the biggest game of the season for the two programs.
“It’s a really huge game, not only for me, but for our team,” Manchester quarterback Daniel Rose said. “It’s basically the battle for Chesterfield.”
Cosby has allowed just 20 points over the past four games, including two shut out victories over Huguenot and Clover Hill. Manchester is outscoring their opponents by a combined margin of 243-44 this season.
One of the major reasons for the Lancers success this season is Rose (@d_rose202), their dual-threat quarterback. The 6-foot-2 senior QB has thrown for 909 yards this season and nine touchdowns will also rushing for 308 yards and four touchdowns.
Daniel Rose has thrown for 909 yards and rushed for 308 yards this season. He has accounted for 13 total touchdowns.
Adding more intrigue to an already interesting matchup, Cosby scheduled Manchester as their opponent for their Homecoming game this Friday night. Something that did not sit well with the Manchester QB.
“The two schools absolutely dislike each other,” Rose said. “Plus they picked us for their Homecoming (game), which was disrespectful.”
When asked if that would be a little fuel to the fire for the Lancers this weekend, Rose replied very matter-of-factly.
“Yes sir, definitely,” Rose said.
Rose’s dual-threat ability has led to increased success from running back Justin Pendergrass so far this season. Pendergrass has rushed for 570 yards this season and 15 TDs through just six games. He also returns punts and kicks for the Lancers and is a threat out of the backfield in the passing game.
In the season opening victory over Matoaca, Pendergrass took a pass out of the backfield for 39 yards and a score early in the second quarter that was just the start of a four touchdown performance against the Warriors.
In addition to a strong offense, Manchester’s defense has been nothing to scoff at as they have held their previous two opponents under 100 yards of total offense. Since allowing 21 points to Meadowbrook all in the first half, the Lancers have allowed just three points before the fourth quarter of all four games (a field goal to Clover Hill in September).
Manchester is led by a host of players, one in senior, James Madison University commit Andre Booker, who has accrued 10 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks so far this season. His biggest play however may have not been a sack, or even a TFL. Rather, Booker (@Lancer95_) stepped up not once, but twice in the aforementioned Meadowbrook game.
Booker has accumulated 24 total tackles, 5.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss. He will play football for JMU next fall.
Up 26-21 with time dwindling, Meadowbrook threatened to score with a 1st and goal at the Lancers three yard line. After a quick two-yard rush that put the Monarchs on the one, it was Booker’s two consecutive stops on second and third down that saved the game and sealed the victory as time ran out on Meadowbrook’s third and goal attempt.
Rose confirmed that Booker’s stops were crucial so far this season, but echoed that the defense certainly isn’t finished.
“It was a win or lose situation (for Booker),” Rose said. “It was huge, but we will definitely have more big plays this season.”
Raquan McCoy leads the team with 29 total tackles while Alex Robinson has the team lead in sacks (8) and forced fumbles (4).
The stout Manchester defense plays in to the hands of their prolific offense.
“We feed off of our defense and they feed off of us,” Rose said. “We are coached to compete and that’s what we do. When the defense scores, the offense puts up points.”
When Manchester and Cosby take the field this Friday night, emotions will be high not only because of the rivalry but also because it will be Cosby’s homecoming and the eighth consecutive regular season matchup between the two. Five of the last seven contests between these two teams have been one-possession games including last season’s 20-19 Manchester victory.
With all the anticipation for this game, Rose is preparing for something much bigger than just a victory over their rivals. He wants to make a statement.
“I love my team,” Rose said. “I love my school and the whole Manchester community.
“This is a statement game.”
Friday night’s game will be one to watch in southern Virginia and across the country as it will be featured on the NFHS Network live on Friday night with Digital Scout’s data-cast. Fans and viewers can also stay up-to-date by following Digital Scout on Twitter and liking on Facebook.
Monarchs and Knights look to continue winning ways
By: Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
October 9, 2014
Friday nights during the fall in Virginia are normally nothing short of exciting. What should transpire on the field at Meadowbrook High School on Friday night could be something even more.
Meadowbrook (2-3) will host the Knights of Thomas Dale High School (3-2), winners of three straight. The Monarchs, also on a streak of their own, are winners of their past two games after dropping their first three matchups this season.
Both teams were thought of as top teams in Virginia’s stacked 5A and 6A conferences to start the season. In a 5A conference that boasts teams like south Virginia’s Henrico and Manchester and north Virginia’s Broad Run and Briar Woods, or a 6A conference that hosts teams like South County or the high-scoring Ocean Lakes, we’re talking good company. The Monarchs and Knights however have had a more disappointing beginning to their season than either could have anticipated.
Thomas Dale lost their first two games of the season by a combined six points. After a one-point loss to Cosby to start the season, 16-15, they lost a close fought contest with Virginia power Bird High School, 20-15. Meadowbrook suffered similar results, but lost their first three games of the season by a margin of only 20 points.
After dropping their first two games of the season on the road to Hermitage, 27-21 and Manchester, 26-21, they then squandered a 12-0 lead over Highland Springs, ultimately dropping that game to the Springers, 21-12.
Since those results, neither team has lost a game and each has looked sharp in doing so. Dale held on to defeat Varina, 21-14, before blowing out Hopewell and Prince George by a combined score of 103-44. During their three-game winning streak, the Knights have been paced by a dangerous rushing attack led by senior Eric Finney and junior Trent Williams.
Finney has compiled 458 yards and five touchdowns on the ground during the past three games while Williams has rushed for 291 and another three scores. Williams has also accrued another 272 yards either through the air, on kick returns or by his 88-yard interception return for a touchdown against Hopewell.
Coach Kevin Tucker’s defense has been anchored by junior Sammy Stark, whose 22 total tackles over their winning streak has topped the team.
On the other side, the Monarchs have benefited greatly from a much-needed bye week after the heart-breaking Highland Springs loss. Winners of two straight since their off week, Meadowbrook has outscored their past two opponents by a combined 75-24.
After spotting Matoaca an early 10-7 lead, Meadowbrook rattled off 26 quick unanswered points en route to defeating the Warriors, 33-17. The Monarchs followed that game with a 42-14 drudging of Hopewell in which they outgained the Blue Devils 405 to 187, a margin of 218 yards.
Running back Justin Miller has rushed for 209 yards in those two games and three scores. Quarterback D’Angelo Amos has accounted for 345 total yards and another three touchdowns either through the air or rushing on his own. He has also recorded an interception in each of the past two games.
It’s tough to find a matchup across the whole state where two teams are as hard pressed for a victory than one will find this Friday when these two meet. While both are on a tear recently, one team’s winning streak will have to come to an end. Fortunately for both squads, it seems that a loss only provides motivation for the next contest.
The Monarchs and Knights face off Friday night at 7:00. Watch live on our VHSL Scoreboard or follow live on Twitter and/or Facebook.
DS/State Associations partnerships to provide state football scoreboards
By: Cameron Mellor (@cammellor)
August 8, 2014
Digital Scout football viewers across the country will now be treated to a unique, one-of-a-kind experience starting this fall. Due to a new partnership with several different state athletics & activities associations, viewers will now be able to stream data in real time from a variety of states, across our nation in one solidified place.
For the first time in Digital Scout's nearly 20 years, users will be able to view data casts of football games on a state scoreboard for Washington D.C., Wyoming, North Dakota, Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee and areas of Texas with many more to come.
This unique treat is due to a partnership between Digital Scout and each individual athletic or activities association.
Housed on each athletic or activities association state website, viewers will be able to watch the data stream in from any and all schools who are utilizing Digital Scout to track their stats on Friday nights.
Have a program in Texas that you want to check up on? Visit Dave Campbell's TexasFootball.com to check them out. How about your nephew's game in D.C. that you can't make it to? Maybe your alma mater has a committed athlete playing in Ohio on Friday night? With this new platform, viewers can check out scores from all across the nation as they happen.
Follow along with the Digital Scout Twitter at @digitalscout for up-to-the-minute news and further information regarding which states are partnering with Digital Scout and which games are happening live on Fridays. Make sure your favorite high school or alma mater has and will use Digital Scout this fall!
For all sports, all the time
By: Cameron Mellor
August 5, 2014
In light of the school year officially beginning this week, Digital Scout has announced big plans for the 2014-15 calender year. Starting with the fall sports season, all of Digital Scout's statistical tracking software for each sport will be available for schools to use free of charge.
Digital Scout, the nation's leader in high school sports stat tracking since 1995, has over 11,000 schools across the country using one or more of their products. From football to basketball, soccer to track & field, the Digital Scout stat-tracking software is driven to aid coaches of all sports. Created by coaches, for coaches, Digital Scout allows schools to track their stats on-the-go, live using our state-of-the-art mobile apps.
Schools can track their stats live and analyze play and game results in real time, during or after the game. Digital Scout offers football, basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball mobile apps as well as software for your PC for soccer, hockey and track & field.
Digital Scout is a division of PlayOn! Sports, the nation's premier high school sports media company.
The software used to pay for itself but now with no costs on the school's end to use, is a sure no-brainer for schools to use. The reviews speak for themselves:
"I'd like to thank Digital Scout for their product: Digital Scout Basketball," Wonderview High School (Ark.) head basketball coach Jerod Squires wrote. "We've used it the past five years and it has had a tremendous effect on the success of our basketball program."
Basketball isn't the only sport, sporting rave reviews:
"We have been using Digital Scout Football for three seasons now, the program works great," Eureka High School (Mo.) head football coach wrote. "Coaches are amazed with the detailed summary of game stats available during and after the game."
Coaches and/or Athletic Directors can sign up for free for the 2014-15 seasons by clicking right here and navigating to their desired sport: Digital Scout Account Creation.
Happy tracking and good luck to all schools this season!
Booneville High School wins third State Championship in school history
By: Cameron Mellor
April 21, 2014
Booneville High School opened their last season in Arkansas' 4A Conference with arguable their most anticipated game of the season - a game against arch rival Ozark Hillbillies. The Bearcats (15-0) not only dismantled their rivals, but their victory over Ozark spurned what would turn in to the school's first undefeated regular and postseason, en route to the school's third State Championship.
Winless against their rivals in the past two season (0-3), Booneville would seek to exact revenge on Ozark for knocking them out of the playoffs a season prior. The Bearcats not only did that, but successfully kicked off their 2013 with a bang, making this season one that will not soon be forgotten.
We will start our Booneville season in review with that game and move all the way through to their state championship appearance against Warren High School.
September 6, 2013 Booneville: 49
Ozark, Ark. Ozark: 14
The Ozark Hillbillies and Booneville Bearcats share quite a history. A history and a tradition that is surely not to be forgotten once Booneville moves down to Arkansas 3A Conference in 2014. The two have played annually for years, something that has continued since Booneville moved out of Ozark’s region four years ago.
While the two will continue to play annually for the foreseeable future, 2013’s game will remain in the memory of all Booneville players, fans and friends alike as BHS topped OHS, 49-14.
For the full recap, click here: Game 1 vs. Ozark
September 13, 2013 Booneville: 41
Booneville, Ark. Gravette: 24
In the second game of the season, Booneville faced Gravette High School in a nonconference matchup. The Bearcats scored on the Lions early and often, en route to a 41-24 victory. all 41 points scored in the first half.
Bryson May would get the scoring onslaught started early, rushing his first touchdown of the game in from five yards out. Matt Berry and Josh Smith would join him on consecutive drives, knocking the lead up to 20-0 on the first play of the second quarter.
For the full recap, click here: Game 2 vs. Gravette
September 20, 2013 Booneville: 21
Booneville, Ark. Star City: 7
Week three would be a much different story than the previous two weeks for Booneville as the Bearcats hosted the visiting Bulldogs from Star City, whom they had lost to a season ago.
Avenging two losses from last season already after defeating Ozark in week one, the Bearcats successfully exacted revenge against another opponent, downing Star City 21-7 behind an impressive defensive and offensive first half.
For the full recap, click here: Game 3 vs. Star City
September 27, 2013 Booneville: 35
Booneville, Ark. Waldron: 7
The Booneville Bearcats played their first conference game against the season on their home field, hosting the Waldron Bulldogs. Much like their previous two games, the Bearcats proved to be too much, handling Waldron 35-7 to open conference play.
Waldron would win the coin toss to start the game, but their luck would stop there. The Bulldogs elected to kickoff to Booneville, a decision that Matt Berry would make them pay for.
For the full recap, click here: Game 4 vs. Waldron
October 4, 2013 Booneville: 48
Subiaco, Ark. Subiaco Academy: 20
When the Booneville Bearcats took the field against Subiaco Academy in 2013, they might have thought they could score easily and come away victorious. Little did they know however, was just how they would score those points and the history they would make in their 48-20 victory.
Subiaco Academy (Subi), much like the Bearcats previous opponent – Waldron, would win the toss to start the game. And much like Waldron, the coin flip would be where there luck would end.
For the full recap, click here: Game 5 vs. Subiaco Academy
October 11, 2013 Booneville: 42
Booneville, Ark. Dardanelle: 0
In what would turn out to be another lopsided affair, Booneville’s game against Dardanelle in week six did not lack in drama in the days leading up to the game. After learning that starting quarterback Cody Harrel would be suspended for the game due to a violation of rules, the Bearcats were forced to put tailback/linebacker James Ray under center for the entirety of the game.
Booneville would lean heavily upon their running backs, but Ray’s debut at quarterback would be a good one as the Bearcats left the game victorious 42-0 over the Sandlizards. All of Booneville’s points were scored in the first half, as they continued their fast start to the season.
For the full recap, click here: Game 6 vs. Dardanelle
October 18, 2013 Booneville: 49
Mena, Ark. Mena: 28
After their most recent triumph, Booneville improved their streak to six straight victories over conference opponents. The Bearcats faced their lone conference blemish from 2012 in their week seven matchup against Mena High School.
In their 2012 matchup, Booneville had a similar streak (eight straight conference victories) snapped at the hands of Mena. 2013 was a different story for the Bearcats, who for a third time this season, exacted revenge on an opponent who had broken their hearts a year before.
Mena was never in the game against Booneville as they found themselves down 42-12 at halftime before eventually dropping the game, 49-28.
For the full recap, click here: Game 7 vs. Mena
October 25, 2013 Booneville: 35
Booneville, Ark. Dover: 0
Week eight would pit Booneville with an overmatched Dover team who had never beaten the Bearcats before. That streak would continue as Booneville laid it on early and often against the Pirates en route to a 35-0 victory.
The Bearcats were paced by running back Matt Berry who notched three scores in the game, all of which took place in Booneville’s 28-point second quarter.
For the full recap, click here: Game 8 vs. Dover
November 1, 2013 Booneville: 35
Pottsville, Ark. Pottsville: 7
Booneville’s first of two straight away games saw the Bearcats travel to Pottsville for a matchup against Central Arkansas commit, quarterback Michael Perry and the Apaches.
During the teams’ 2011 matchup, Perry ran for 303 yards en route to a 49-21 defeat of the Bearcats. 2013 would be much different however as Booneville would limit the highly regarded athlete to negative yards on the ground on the way to a 35-7 victory.
For the full recap, click here: Game 9 vs. Pottsville
November 8, 2013 Booneville: 47
Maumelle, Ark. Maumelle: 17
The regular season finale for Booneville would pit two teams undefeated in conference play against one another as the Bearcats would be on the road for the second consecutive week, this time traveling to Maumelle High School.
While some of Booneville’s final scores may not be indicative of just how close or how out-of-hand the games might have been, that is no truer than in the game against the Hornets. The Bearcats would win the game by a comfortable 47-17 margin only after an impressive 19-point fourth quarter.
For the full recap, click here: Game 10 vs. Maumelle
November 15, 2013 Booneville: 42
Booneville, Ark. Clinton: 13
The opening round of the playoffs would end as quickly as it began for Clinton High School as for the sixth time this season, Booneville would score 28 points in one quarter, this time in the first against the Yellowjackets en route to a 42-13 victory in the opening round of the 4A Arkansas Boys State Playoffs.
Booneville sent shockwaves through the playoffs in their dismantling of Clinton, outdoing their previous season-high in rushing yards, totaling 434 yards when the final whistle blew. Led by quarterback Cody Harrel, the Bearcats would score quickly against the Yellowjackets as three of their rushing touchdowns came from 58 yards or more.
For the full recap, click here: Game 11 vs. Clinton
December 20, 2013 Booneville: 38
Booneville, Ark. Hamburg: 14
In the second round of the 4A Arkansas Boys State Playoffs, Booneville High School entered the game winners of 11 consecutive contests. The Bearcats hosted the Hamburg Lions who had defeated Mena in their first round playoff game.
The Lions would share the same feeling as the previous 11 opponents facing Booneville as their season was cut short after a 35-14 defeat.
For the full recap, click here: Game 12 vs. Hamburg
November 29, 2013 Booneville: 35
Booneville, Ark. Lincoln: 0
The Booneville-Lincoln quarterfinal matchup in the 4A Arkansas Boys State Playoffs is arguably one that no one would have predicted. While many might have had no trouble putting the Bearcats in the quarterfinals, there is no doubting that not everyone would feel the same way about Lincoln High School.
While Booneville is a team with rich tradition, both in the regular and post seasons, the Lincoln Wolves were new to postseason victories. 2013 marked the first time in school history that Lincoln had won a playoff game when they defeated Nashville in the opening round.
They continued their new found playoff success the next week against Malvern, topping the Leopards 41-21. However, Lincoln’s success would come to an abrupt end when they faced off against 12-0 Booneville in the quarterfinals.
The Bearcats knocked off Lincoln 35-0 to advance to the semifinals.
For the full recap, click here: Game 13 vs. Lincoln
December 13, 2013 Booneville: 43
Pine Bluff Stadium, Pine Bluff, Ark. Dollarway: 14
In one of the 4A Arkansas State Boy Playoffs, fans were treated to a matchup of undefeated teams as both Booneville and Dollarway entered the game at 13-0 on the season.
In a heavily anticipated game, Booneville would ultimately prove to be too much for the Cardinals, trouncing their opponents 43-14.
For the full recap, click here: Game 14 vs. Dollarway
December 13, 2013 Booneville: 14
War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock, Ark. Warren: 12
A Game for the Ages.
Whatever adage you can come up with for an intense, hard fought state championship game against two powerhouse schools, it is sure to apply to the 4A Arkansas State Boys Playoffs Championship game between Booneville High School and Warren High School.
Booneville would emerge victorious over Warren, 14-12 in arguably the most intense and most exciting games of the season for Bearcat and Lumberjack players, fans and friends alike.
For the full recap, click here: Game 15 vs. Warren
All photos courtesy of Glenn Parrish
Graphics done by Cameron Mellor
Bentonville High School wins fourth State Championship in school history
By: Cameron Mellor
April 4, 2014
When the schedule was released for Bentonville’s 2013 campaign, there were several games that might have jumped out to students and fans alike. While the Tigers were scheduled to play three tough out-of-state opponents, arguably the most anticipated game would be their last: a conference matchup against rival Fayetteville High School who had bested the Tigers in the previous two season State Championship games.
Before we get to that game, we’ll start our season review with the aforementioned out of state games and continue with a brief recap of each contest en route to Bentonville's State Championship.
September 6, 2013 Bentonville: 24
Kansas City, Mo. Rockhurst: 21
The Tigers opened up their season 3 hours away in Kansas City against Rockhurst High School. In their first of three games against opponents outside of Arkansas, Bentonville (1-0) would start sluggish, possibly affected by travel, surrendering 13 points within the first nine minutes of play against the Blue Jays.
Led by Hekili Keliiliki, the Tigers would gather themselves in the second quarter, scoring 21 points, enough to get ahead and stay ahead against Rockhurst, defeating RHS 24-21.
For the full recap, click here: Game 1 vs. Rockhurst.
September 13, 2013 Broken Arrow: 24
Bentonville, Ark. Bentonville: 17
Bentonville’s second game of the season would be the team’s first of three straight home games and also their first of two games hosting schools from out of state. The opponent this time would be Oklahoma’s Broken Arrow High School.
Making the two hour trek from just outside of Tulsa, the Tigers from Broken Arrow would leave victorious, defeating their hosts 24-17.
For the full recap, click here: Game 2 vs. Broken Arrow.
September 20, 2013 Trinity (Euless): 21
Bentonville, Ark. Bentonville: 13
Looking to rebound from their first regular season defeat in over two years, the Tigers were subject to arguably their toughest test of the season – facing a team from one of Texas’ top divisions and oft-nationally ranked – Trinity High School.
For the full recap, click here: Game 3 vs. Trinity (Euless).
September 27, 2013 Har-Ber: 20
Bentonville, Ark. Bentonville: 45
Playing their first game against an opponent from the state of Arkansas, the Tigers hosted conference foe Har-Ber High School. Bentonville (2-2) utilized an impressive final 14 minutes to knock off the Wildcats, 45-20.
For the full recap, click here: Game 4 vs. Har-Ber.
October 4, 2013 Bentonville: 45
Siloam Springs, Ark. Siloam Springs: 3
Bentonville’s first conference road game was a bit of a different story than their previous four games of the season. The Tigers (3-2) traveled to Siloam Springs High School, squaring off against the Panthers. Bentonville easily defeated Siloam Springs 45-3.
Bentonville players got off the bus and started the game with a bang, scoring on their first two possessions before heading to halftime, up 17-0.
For the full recap, click here: Game 5 vs. Siloam Springs.
October 11, 2013 Rogers: 7
Bentonville, Ark. Bentonville: 35
Bentonville returned home for their next conference matchup, this time against Rogers High School. The Tigers (4-2) continued their winning ways against the Mounties, rattling off the first 35 points on the game, en route to a 35-7 victory.
The scoring was quick and rapid for the Tigers. It wasn’t 11 seconds into the game before Bentonville had recovered a fumble on defense and running back Dylan Smith had carried the ball into the end zone for six points.
For the full recap, click here: Game 6 vs. Rogers.
October 18, 2013 Bentonville: 13
Rogers, Ark. Heritage: 10
Bentonville’s next game would be a much different story than their previous three victories as they traveled to face Heritage High School.
The two teams would trade scores before Bennett Moehring knocked in two late field goals to give Bentonville (5-2) the 13-10 win.
For the full recap, click here: Game 7 vs. Heritage.
October 25, 2013 Van Buren: 7
Bentonville, Ark. Bentonville: 38
The Tigers next matchup would be their final regular season home game of the year as Bentonville (6-2) hosted Van Buren High School.
The Pointers would prove to be no match for Bentonville as the hosting Tigers would cruise to a 38-7 victory.
For the full recap, click here: Game 8 vs. Van Buren.
November 1, 2013 Bentonville: 38
Springdale, Ark. Springdale: 0
Bentonville would head out for their first game of two straight road conference matchups in their next outing, facing off against Springdale High School.
Just like their previous game, the Tigers (7-2) would score quickly and often en route to a 38-0 victory. All 38 points were scored before the 4:57 mark of the second quarter.
For the full recap, click here: Game 9 vs. Springdale.
November 8, 2013 Bentonville: 35
Fayetteville, Ark. Fayetteville: 21
In arguably their most anticipated matchup of the season, the Bentonville Tigers headed to Fayetteville High School for a game against the Bulldogs in the regular season finale.
In a game that pitted the two previous State Champions, Bentonville (8-2) would emerge victorious over rival Fayetteville, 35-21. While the two teams meet annually as conference opponents, the Tigers and Bulldogs had previously squared off against one another in the 2011 and 2012 State Championship games – each that Fayetteville would emerge victorious, 29-28 in ’11 and 31-20 in ’12.
For the full recap, click here: Game 10 vs. Fayetteville.
November 22, 2013 Southside: 13
Bentonville, Ark. Bentonville: 45
After a timely break in action, the Bentonville Tigers learned their next opponent would be Southside High School, who defeated Rogers High School in the opening round of the Arkansas 7A Playoffs.
The Tigers (9-2) would start their run to the State Championship in impressive fashion, trouncing the Rebels 45-13. In an inspiring 2013 playoff debut, running back Dylan Smith carried the ball 28 times for 285 yards and two touchdowns. His 285 yards were a season high.
For the full recap, click here: State Quarterfinal game vs. Southside.
November 29, 2013 Conway West: 14
Bentonville, Ark. Bentonville: 21
In one of their closest matchups in nearly every statistical category in 2013, the Bentonville Tigers utilized an impressive fourth quarter performance to outlast the Cats from Conway West and advance to the State Championship game.
Bentonville (10-2) bested Conway 21-14 to move on to the Arkansas 7A Championship game for the fourth consecutive season.
For the full recap, click here: State Semifinal game vs. Conway West.
December 13, 2013 Bentonville: 39
War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock, Ark. Cabot: 28
The Arkansas State Playoffs were front and center December 13 with one of the biggest games in recent memory slated to take place. No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the state rankings, Cabot and Bentonville were set to battle for the coveted title of Arkansas 7A State Champions.
The two teams would not disappoint, giving students, fans, media and all who watched a game to remember as Bentonville (11-2) would knock off previously undefeated Cabot, 39-28, behind a 26-point second half to be crowned State Champions.
For the full recap, click here: State Championship game vs. Cabot.
Franklin County (Ky.) Flyers QB Barrett Sanderson looks to build on sophomore season
By: Cameron Mellor
March 28, 2014
It seems like ages ago that we saw the last of the 2013 football season. So it seems like ages ago that Franklin County quarterback Barrett Sanderson was a sophomore taking his first snap as the full-time varsity starter for the Flyers.
The day, August 23 and the opponent, North Bullitt High School.Sanderson would lead Franklin County onto the field and although he was needed very little in the game against the Eagles, one thing was evident – Sanderson was the right choice as signal-caller for the Flyer offense.
The sophomore would lead the Flyers to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the state quarterfinals during an impressive 2013 campaign. Sanderson threw for 1862 yards and 20 touchdowns, while running for an additional 151 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Although 2013 was just his first year as the full-time starter at the varsity level, Sanderson led the Flyers like a seasoned veteran. He not only looked the part, but he acted the part, leading the team to eight consecutive victories to start the season.
Included in those first eight victories were seven games in which Franklin County notched over 40 points while four of those games scoring more than 50. The Flyers averaged over 40 points per contest in 2013.
Photos courtesy of the State Journal
Arguably his most impressive performance of the season came in just the third game as Sanderson threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns against Oldham County. He connected on 15-of-19 pass attempts and hit three different receivers for touchdowns.
Looking at Sanderson’s highlight tape, one thing stands out – he has that presence that every quarterback needs. His vision is great despite his shorter frame at 5-foot-9 and he can hit a slant pass as easily as he can toss a fade route applying touch or power behind his throws when necessary.
His throwing mechanics are good as he squares his shoulders and sets his feet whether inside or out of the pocket. His ability to evade the first defender and buy more time to throw the ball down the field is impressive, as is his scrambling ability once he’s outside of the tackles.
The sophomore is a great runner in the open field but does an even better job of attempting to throw first while keeping his eyes downfield.
He makes great reads at the line of scrimmage and on several occasions knew when and where defenders would be blitzing, and burned them for big yards. Sanderson locates his open receivers and gets the ball where it needs to be without hesitation.
It’s easy to see why Sanderson was the starter from day one in 2013. Their 11-2 record is indicative of a smart decision to nab Sanderson as his No. 1 by head coach Chris Tracy. It’s even easier to see why there should be some high expectations for the Flyers in 2014 as their starting quarterback will still only be a junior, but this time hosting a lot more confidence and experience.
Take a look back at Sanderson and the Flyer’s 2013 season here: Franklin County.