Cadets utilize strong offense, defense to secure first ever State Title

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 26, 2015

 

 

After coming up just short on two separate occurrences, Christian Brothers College High School finally achieved arguably their most sought after athletic goal – a football State Championship.

 

Despite having won multiple championships in nearly every other sport at the school, the Cadets had come up just shy of winning the Missouri Class 6 State Title in both 2006 and 2011.

 

In 2014 however, CBC returned to the season’s final game, except this time, they returned from the Edward Jones Dome with a championship trophy. The Cadets defeated perennial Missouri power Rockhurst, 31-24 to cap a perfect season in the perfect way and finish 14-0.

 

During the entire season for Christian Brothers, the Cadets seemed virtually unstoppable, winning their first 13 games by a combined margin of 563 points, or an average margin of victory of just over 43 points per contest.

 

In their first game of the season, CBC hosted Hickman, and easily handled the Kewpies, 63-14. Running backs Tre Bryant and Kaleb Allen each rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Blake Charlton threw for 130 yards and two scores on just eight completions.

 

The Cadets offense shared the ball very effectively against Hickman as 14 different CBC players touched the ball on offense during their first outing.

 

Defensive leader Kevin Williams recorded 2.0 sacks against Hickman, as he finished the season leading the team in total tackles and tackles for loss.

 

Week two put CBC on the road for the first time, taking on Jefferson City. After a sluggish start for the Cadets, a 35-point third quarter put the game away before an eventual 47-0 victory over the Jays. Bryant again ran for two scores in the game against Jefferson City while defensive back Sean Boyd also scored on an interception return that pushed the Cadets lead to 26-0.

 

After defeating Fort Zumwalt West, 52-21 in week three, Christian Brothers pitched two consecutive shutouts in the face of their annual rivalry game against De Smet Jesuit. Leading up to the game against Spartans, CBC shut out St. John Vianney, 56-0 before blanking Chaminade College Prep, 51-0.

 

In 2014, it was CBC’s turn to travel to De Smet, all 10 minutes of the distance that separates the two. A year removed from the narrow 14-11 Christian Brothers victory, the 2014 version of the rivalry game would be anything but similar to their previous game.

 

The Cadets jumped all over the Spartans early, taking a 37-0 lead to halftime before ultimately dismantling their rival, 60-0. CBC held De Smet to just 47 total yards of offense and running back Calen Taylor ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Spartan quarterbacks were held to just 5-of-16 passing for 33 yards while all De Smet rushers combined for just 14 yards on the ground.

 

Christian Brothers forced 10 Spartan punts in what would be their third consecutive shutout victory.

 

The Cadets finished their regular season with victories over St. Louis University (49-16), Tennessee’s Christian Brothers (49-7) and a 14-point victory over Rock Bridge (40-26). To date, the 14-point margin of victory stood as the slimmest of the season for CBC.

 

After finishing the regular season at a perfect 9-0, Christian Brothers faced off against an all too familiar foe in the fashion of their arch rivals – De Smet Jesuit – once again.

 

Despite allowing the Spartans to score in the second quarter, the first round matchup against De Smet looked eerily similar to the team’s first meeting for Spartans fans. While De Smet was able to gain nearly triple the amount of yards the second time around (123), the Spartans turned the ball over three times against the Cadets defense before ultimately dropping the game to CBC, 52-7.

 

 

Christian Brothers have five different players score touchdowns including two rushing scores from Allen and two receiving scores from wide receiver Mike Million.

 

After defeating their rival for the second time in as many games in 2014, the Cadets hosted Francis Howell North and then Hazelwood Central in consecutive playoff games, winning both games by the same score of 45-0.

 

Against Francis Howell North, both Taylor and Bryant each scored two rushing touchdowns in the 45-0 throttling of the Knights.

 

Against Hazelwood Central, CBC did the majority of their damage in the second and third quarters, scoring 17 and 21 points, respectively. The Cadets outgained the Hawks 332 to 174 in this 45-0 victory, only Hazelwood Central’s second loss of the season.

 

The victory over the Hawks exacted revenge for CBC as Hazelwood Central had ousted the Cadets from the playoffs a year prior, 26-24.

 

In the state semifinals, Christian Brothers were to take on an 11-1 Kirkwood team, who had looked equally as impressive in their playoff victories. The Pioneers had won their three games by margins of 53, 28 and 47 points, respectively.

 

Kirkwood’s challenge against CBC would ultimately be too big as Christian Brothers cruised into the State Championship game with a 55-10 victory.

 

After the Pioneers took an early 3-0 lead, CBC’s Bryant grabbed the lead with a 35-yard touchdown run. Damion Baker then intercepted a Will Hadler pass and returned it for a touchdown and a quick 14-point swing.

 

Kirkwood stood tall however, limiting the CBC offense through the majority of the first half and even pull back within striking range after a Robert Columbus 2-yard touchdown rush brought the score to 14-10.

 

However, just two plays later and after a Charlton 57-yard bomb to Lamar Anderson, Taylor punched in a touchdown rush to start the offensive onslaught.

 

CBC scored on their first three possessions of the third quarter, building a 42-10 lead. The Cadets pushed that lead even further when Rashon Davis intercepted a Reece Goddard pass and returned it for the second ‘pick-six’ of the game for Christian Brothers. After one more Taylor touchdown rush, CBC won the game by a score of 55-10 to advance to the finals.

 

Taylor finished with three rushing touchdowns and 102 yards on the ground for the Cadets.

 

Awaiting Christian Brothers in the state’s final game would be Rockhurst, perennial Missouri powerhouse who had won state titles as recent as 2010 and 2007.

 

The meeting between the two teams would go down as one of the better state title games across not only the state of Missouri, but the entire country.

 

Charlton connected on a pass to Million from 3-yards out on the very first possession for CBC. After forcing a three-and-out from the Hawklets offense, Calob Meinzer hit on a 24-yard field goal to give the Cadets an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter.

 

However, after a 19-play drive was capped off by a 3-yard touchdown rush by quarterback T.J. Green, the Hawklets inched back in to the game. Rockhurst forced a three-and-out of their own, forcing Charlton to punt the ball back to the Hawklets, after just 0:39 seconds off the game clock.

 

The CBC defense, who had just been on the field for 19 plays, again were subjected to a long drive by Rockhurst and Green. This time, after a 10-play drive, the Hawklets tied the game at 10 points apiece with a 39-yard Jackson Terry field goal.

 

Charlton however, put the Cadets back in the lead before halftime with his second scoring connection to Million, this one from 21 yards away to give CBC a 17-10 lead at the break.

 

Momentum swung in the early stages of the third quarter in Christian Brother’s favor as a 48-yard field goal attempt from Terry went wide. The Cadets took over, up by a touchdown with 7:38 left in the third quarter. Still, the CBC offense was stopped and after a sack of Charlton, the Cadets were forced to punt yet again.

 

Charlton’s punt subsequently was blocked and Rockhurst would take over at the CBC 19 yard line. Green connected with Taylor Soukup just three plays later from seven yards away to tie the game once again, this time at 17-17.

 

Rockhurst’s defense stepped up once again and force another Christian Brothers punt on the next possession before Green, the son of former NFL quarterback Trent Green, threw his second consecutive scoring pass, this time from 52-yards out and to Lance Boehm.

 

The Hawklets led for the first time in the game, 24-17.

 

Despite all the momentum shifts and the defensive stronghold Rockhurst had, CBC head coach Scott Pingel stuck with the game plan on the nexts drive, churning out a big five-yard rush on third and short by Bryant. After converting the third down, Charlton hit Million for 66 yards to set up a first and goal as the seconds were ticking off the third quarter.

 

Taylor once more tied the game for CBC just before the third quarter ended, punching the ball in from two yards away.

 

On the ensuing possession for the Hawklets, the first of the fourth quarter, Green would be pressured often by the Cadet defense, a common trend in the game. Clayton Stalling and Jordan Davis recorded sacks, the latter forcing Rockhurst to punt the ball away.

 

After the punt, the CBC offense marched down the field in a true championship-moment, trudging 58 yards in 10 plays before Charlton connected with Kameron Curtis from 10-yards away. Charlton’s third passing touchdown of the game pushed Christian Brothers back into the lead, 31-24.

 

Rockhurst’s ensuing possession looked promising as they took over with 5:43 left in the game. After converting on a third down and gaining 38 yards, the CBC defense forced a long 3rd and eight for Green and the Hawklets. The trend of defensive pressure prevailed once again for the Cadets as Stalling recorded his third sack of Green and force a 4th and 19 play that would arguably decide the game.

 

Green’s subsequent pass on fourth down fell incomplete and CBC took over with 2:51 remaining on the clock and in the season for both teams.

 

All did not seem lost for Rockhurst however as they dropped Taylor for -1 yard on first down and held the Charlton to Million connection to just four yards setting up a third and long for the Cadets.

 

However, a costly offsides from the Hawklets shrank a 3rd and 7 to a more manageable 3rd and 2 for CBC. Charlton converted the shortened third down and dashed any hopes of a Rockhurst comeback, giving Christian Brothers College High School their first ever football State Championship, 31-24.

 

 

CBC would finally bring home the coveted title of Missouri Class 6 State Championship back to the school after losing in the 2006 and 2011.

 

The Cadets won their first state championship with a stout defense, a high-powered offense and some senior leadership. Despite losing several players to graduation and to the next level, most notably Taylor who signed with Army and defensive end Quintin Wynne who signed with Northern Illinois, the 2015 fall camp will start with a familiar face under center – Blake Charlton.

 

The rising-senior quarterback will return in 2015, looking to defend the school’s first title. He’ll have a host of weapons returning with him and several returning members of their stalwart defense from the 2014 championship as the Cadets will undoubtedly be the team to beat in Missouri’s Class 6.

 

Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Calen Taylor (116 yards)

Passing: Blake Charlton (1749 yards)

Receiving: Mike Million (752 yards)

All-Purpose: Calen Taylor (1625 yards)

Touchdowns: Tre Bryant & Calen Taylor (22)

Rush attempts: Calen Taylor (158 carries)

Receptions: Lamar Anderson (56 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Kevin Williams (55.5)

Tackles for loss: Kevin Williams (16)

Sacks: Jordan Davis (9)

Interceptions: Eric Carrera (3)

Interception return: Damion Baker (110 yards)

Fumbles forced: Mike Jones (4)

 

Team statistics

Total scoring: 695 points

Opponent scoring: 125

Total offense: 5812 yards

Total rushing yards: 3367 yards

Total passing yards: 2445 yards

Opponent offense: 2920 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1312 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1608 yards

Turnover differential: +24 (15 interceptions, 16 fumbles)

Cardinals make history, win fifth consecutive State Title

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 24, 2015

 

 

Winning a State Championship is one thing in high school football. Winning consecutive titles is another.

 

Matching a feat that had been done only once before by winning five in a row is in another stratosphere.

 

That’s exactly what Webb City High School did this past season, winning their fifth consecutive State Championship in Missouri’s Class 4. Their 5th straight title matched Valle Catholic as the only team’s in Missouri’s history to win five state titles in a row.

 

The Cardinals have now won 28 consecutive games dating back to last year and head coach John Roderique now has a combined 222-19 record in 18 years at the helm of Webb City. His 92% winning percentage ranks him as winningest coach in Missouri high school football history by percentage.

 

Webb City has now qualified for the playoffs in 14 consecutive seasons and under Roderique, the Cardinals have won 10 of the school’s 13 state titles. They have won 18 straight MHSAA playoff games to date.

 

In 2014, the Cardinals seemed to be a team on a mission to capture the school’s 13th championship, shutting out Missouri Class 5’s Carthage in the season opener, 21-0.

 

The 21-point victory over the Tigers would remain as the slimmest margin of victory through the entire season as the Cardinals would continually perform well on offense, defense and special teams.

 

Looking even more impressive in their week two matchup, Webb City traveled to face Class 6 opponent – Rockhurst. Led by quarterback and Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year, T.J. Green, the Hawklets would advance to the Class 6 State Championship game in 2014, despite being handed a loss at the hands of the Cardinals, 40-14, for Rockhurst’s lone blemish of the regular season. The Hawklets would lose the Class 6 State Championship to Christian Brothers College, 31-24, for only their second loss of the season.

 

The state of Arkansas’ highest classified division sent perennial contender Har-Ber to take on Webb City in a week three matchup. The Cardinals were unfazed by the Arkansas power, dismantling the Wildcats, 42-13.

 

After defeating Class 5’s Republic, 49-14, Webb City took on its fourth team from a higher class when they hosted Missouri Class 5 Nixa. The Cardinals impressed not only offensively, but defensively, holding the Eagles to just 140 yards and holding them off the scoreboard until the waning stages of the fourth quarter in their 47-7 victory.  

 

Like Rockhurst, Nixa would advance to their respective State Championship game, but fall short, 25-22 to Battle High School.

 

Webb City would finish the regular season with victories over Willard (46-15), Neosho (48-0), Ozark (38-7) and Branson (42-5) before entering the MHSAA Playoffs at 9-0.

 

The Cardinals opened up the postseason with a bang, scoring the most points of the season, a total of 71 in their 71-0 shutout victory over McDonald County. Maquel Harbin and Trent Parra each returned an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Mustangs as defensive points would be a continued trait in the playoffs.

 

In the second round matchup against Bolivar for Webb City, Harbin would also record a ‘pick-six’, this time in the second quarter of the 56-7 blowout over the Liberators.

 

Webb City would jump out to a 35-0 lead over Carl Junction before trouncing the Bulldogs, 42-12 to advance to the quarterfinals. Against Harrisonville in the state quarters, Drake Humphrey secured a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Cardinals 35-0 victory.

 

In the state semifinals, the Cardinals faced off against the high-powered offense of Kearney. The Wildcats averaged 33.6 points per game in 2014 but were held to a mere seven points in their 38-7 ousting at the hands of Webb City.

 

With their victory over Kearney in the semifinals, the Cardinals advanced to their 15th state championship game appearance in school history, hunting for their fifth consecutive title.

 

 

Equally impressive as that feat, the Cardinals defense had single-handedly outscored their first five opponents of the postseason, 30-26, recording five defensive touchdowns in the five games, including three against McDonald County.

 

In the Missouri Class 4 State Championship ‘Show Me Bowl,’ Webb City would square off against Central High School from Cape Girardeau. The Tigers would be playing in the school’s first ever state championship appearance.

 

It however, wouldn’t look like their first ever appearance on the big stage in the first quarter as Central jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Quarterback Peyton Montgomery rushed for two quick scores as Webb City couldn’t muster a sustained drive in the opening 12 minutes.

 

That all would change however as the Cardinals, led by their own quarterback Tyson Roderique, would score four quick times in the second quarter en route to a 27-14 halftime lead.


Roderique punched in two short touchdown rushes of his own before running back Keaton Burroughs scored from 1-yard out with 0:35 seconds remaining, to give Webb City a 21-14 lead.

 

With just 0:18 seconds remaining Central's Montgomery would be intercepted by Harbin as he tried to force a pass. Roderique would hit all-around athlete Kiante Hardin for 30 yards on the very next play to seemingly steal the remaining momentum and take a two-possession lead into the break.

 

The Tigers would get no closer than that in the second half, allowing Hardin to rush for a score from 15 yards out. Central would score one last time on a 38-yard pass from Montgomery to Jalen Reddin before Webb City would add two insurance touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

 

The 48-21 final would cap a perfect season for the Cardinals and their fifth consecutive state title.

 

 

The Cardinals, despite losing several seniors from 2014, including Hardin who will attend Minnesota next fall to play for former Webb City head coach Jerry Kill, will return their quarterback in Roderique. With a returning signal-caller and the state's all time winningest head coach in terms of percentage, there is no doubt the Cardinals will be ready when the fall season starts. 

 

Webb City will look to become the first ever team in Missouri high school football history to win six consecutive state titles as they will enter the 2015 fall season as arguably the state’s No. 1 team.

 

Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Tyler Davison (1247 yards)

Passing: Tyson Roderique (1110 yards)

Receiving: Kiante Hardin (678 yards)

All-Purpose: Kiante Hardin (1290 yards)

Touchdowns: Keaton Burroughs (20)

Rush attempts: Tyler Davison (150 carries)

Receptions: Kiante Hardin (33 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Kolesen Crane (54)

Tackles for loss: Kolesen Crane (12.5)

Sacks: Austin Carter (5)

Interceptions: Maquel Harbin (6)

Pass break ups: Kiante Hardin (13)

Fumbles forced: Drake Humphrey (3)

Fumbles recovered: Tyson Roderique (4)

 

Team statistics

Total scoring: 663 points

Opponent scoring: 122

Total offense: 5868 yards

Total rushing yards: 4663 yards

Total passing yards: 1205 yards

Opponent offense: 2559 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1443 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1116 yards

Third down conversions: 49.7% (71/143)

Opponent third down conversions: 24.9% (45/181)

Turnover differential: +19 (19 interceptions, 18 fumbles)

Tigers defend their State Championship amid a wild ride in 2014

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
January 5, 2015

 

 

 

We focus on Bentonville High School.

 

The date is December 6, 2014, say around 2:30-ish.

 

The location is War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

The opponent is Fayetteville High School.

 

The defending 7A State Champion Tigers, trailing 21-17, face a 3rd down and 1 from the challenger’s 6-yard line with 0:33 seconds remaining in a tumultuous 2014 season’s culminating game.

 

The Tigers need not only to convert a 3rd down into a 1st down, they need a touchdown.

 

Short of hesitation, head coach Barry Lunney turns senior running back Dylan Smith loose.

 

With the season on the line, quarterback Kasey Ford takes the third down snap, turns and hands the ball off to Smith, who takes the ball to the right side of the line. Searching for room, Smith’s first choice is closed quickly by a Fayetteville defender.

 

Riding his momentum however, Smith churns the run outside the tackle box only to have that blocked off by the cornerback.

 

A quick head fake even further outside allows Smith just enough room to cut back up field, take on two Bulldog defenders head-first, before he is able to power his way to the goal and eventually extend the ball past the goal line for the go-ahead touchdown.

 

Smith’s touchdown put the defending State Champions up by a score of 24-21, a score that would hold true when senior wide receiver/cornerback Cody Scroggins would intercept a Fayetteville pass with 0:05 seconds remaining. Ford’s kneel down ran the remaining ticks off the clock and Bentonville celebrated their second consecutive State Championship, and their fifth in school history. Scroggins finished the game with two receiving touchdowns and two interceptions.

 

“I could not have written a better script of a game that could have been any better,” Lunney said following the game. “The resolve, the finish goes beyond that field. You have learned some unbelievable lessons about life and never giving in, that you will carry with you the rest of your life.”

 

 

 

Their State Championship victory in 2014 may have come to a shock to some, or just seem to be old-hat to those close to the program. After taking on arguably one of the tougher schedules in the country to start the season, Bentonville righted their ship when it mattered most, rattling off nine consecutive wins to end the season, as their coach would say, by never giving in.

 

The Tigers opened their season against three top teams from three different states. In their first game, they hosted the eventual Missouri Class 6 Runner-Up Rockhurst High School. Led by quarterback and former NFLer Trent Green’s son – T.J. Green – the Hawklets defeated Bentonville, 17-16, only after a two-point conversion was unsuccessful by the Tigers with 0:39 seconds remaining.

 

In their next game, Bentonville traveled to Broken Arrow High School in Oklahoma, home to one of the top teams in Oklahoma’s Class 6A-I. The Tigers never were able to get things rolling, dropping the game to the BAHS, 34-0.

 

Game three of the season BHS hosted arguably one of the top prep teams across the entire country in New Jersey’s Bergen Catholic. The Crusaders knocked off the Tigers, 21-10, after neither team could muster much offense in the second half.

 

After dropping three in a row, Bentonville would finally have a game against an opponent within their state confines. Southside High School however would spoil the ‘homecoming’ of sorts for the Tigers, capitalizing on two Bentonville interceptions to win 10-7 despite only 170 yards of offense.

 

The losing would stop there as coach Lunney would get his team back on track. A 29-26 victory over Northside marked their first W on the schedule and they would rattle off two straight road victories over Har-Ber (45-13) and Springdale (38-7) in which their offenses would highlight the show.

 

 

Rivalry week loomed for Bentonville, sitting at 3-3 at the time, as Rogers would head to town on October 24. In one of their more impressive performances of the season, the Tigers held the Mounties off the scoreboard while notching a season-high 49 points and 401 yards of total offense, defating Rogers 49-0. Another victory followed, as Bentonville defeated Rogers Heritage behind another offensive showcase, 42-10.

 

The regular season finale would ultimately become a familiar foe as the Tigers hosted Fayetteville, unbeknownst to all that they would ultimately meet again, for the season’s biggest prize. The Bulldogs would muster only two points by way of a blocked punt, while Bentonville seemingly couldn’t be stopped on both sides of the ball, gaining 360 yards of offense and holding Fayetteville to just 149 themselves. The Tigers knocked off the Bulldogs 45-2.

 

After being granted a bye week to open the playoffs, a second round victory over Bryant (17-7) ensued and would set up arguably one of the most anticipated matchups of the 2014 season across the entire country when Bentonville were scheduled to take on North Little Rock High School.

 

Two perennial powerhouses in Arkansas and two of the most recognizable teams across the U.S. would square off with the victor advancing to the Championship.

 

Bentonville’s defense stymied the Charging Wildcats potent offense, holding them when it was most important, on fourth down and nearing the goal line. Despite allowing 404 total yards of offense to NLR, the Tigers defeated North Little Rock 42-10. The 10 points scored by NLR would be their lowest of the season.

 

The Championship game would present itself after the Tigers victory over North Little Rock – a rematch against Fayetteville. A back-and-forth game would ensue as each team would have turns with momentum. The Tigers took a 17-7 lead before squandering that with 17 unanswered points by the Bulldogs. The ultimate game-winning TD by Smith would be after a 12-play drive that spanned 60 yards in the final quarter.

 

"I've coached a lot of ball games, I don't think I've coached a game with such significance on it that I saw tonight on our coaching staff, our sidelines and players on the football field that execute and fight their hears out, like this," Lunney said. "When you look at what you accomplished, this is about as special as a guy could want to be a part of, ever."

 

Bentonville was led offensively during their wild ride in 2014 by junior quarterback Kasey Ford who completed 132-of-235 passes for 1640 yards and 17 touchdowns against just six interceptions.

 

Smith carried the ball 214 times for 1222 yards and 13 touchdowns, all team highs. Scroggins recorded 65 receptions for 850 yards and 11 touchdowns, all at least tripling the next closest on the team.

 

As a team, Bentonville saw six players nominated to the 7A All-State team as offensive linemen Mitchell Williams and Ean Pfeifer joined Scroggins on the offensive side. Defensive lineman Hekili Keliiliki, linebacker Harrison Rooney and defensive back Tyrone Mahone were selected from the defensive side of the ball. They also had 10 players selected to the All-Conference team.

 

Bennett Moehring was selected as the 7A’s kicker of the year as well.

 

The Tigers will look to defend back-to-back championships when the 2015 rolls around. Until then, Bentonville can bask in the glory of a season to remember for ages.

 

"The season, the resolve, the finish, goes beyond that field," Lunney said. "It took every one on this team to do what (they) just did.

 

"This is special, special, special to be a part of."

 

Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Dylan Smith (1222 yards)

Passing: Kasey Ford (1640 yards)

Receiving: Cody Scroggins (850 yards)

All-Purpose: Dylan Smith (1407 yards)

Touchdowns: Dylan Smith (14)

Rush attempts: Dylan Smith (214 carries)

Receptions: Cody Scroggins (65 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Sacks: Xavier Domineack (6.0)

Interceptions: Cody Scroggins (6)

Fumbles recovered: Four tied at 2

 

Team statistics

Total scoring: 364 points

Total offense: 4133 yards

Total rushing yards: 2400 yards

Total passing yards: 1733 yards

Third down conversions: 47-of-144 (32.6%)

Turnover Differential: +15 (19 INT, 6 FR)

Bentonville High School wins fourth State Championship in school history

 

By: Cameron Mellor
April 4, 2014

 

All graphics created by Cameron Mellor with images courtesy of David Beach Photography

 

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.