Panther PostGame

Heber Springs turns the lights out on Bald Knob, 34-7

Heber Springs’ Nathan McKee, front, celebrates a first-quarter touchdown with teammate Matthew Cook in a 34-7 Panther win on Friday. Cook scored on the play. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

October 18, 2019

BALD KNOB – Heber Springs set the tone on its first possession and kept it going until the final whistle with a convincing 34-7 victory over Bald Knob Friday night.

The win by the Panthers improved their record to 2-5 on the season, but more importantly moved their conference mark to 2-2 on the year keeping their playoff hopes alive.

Heber Springs won the toss and took the football to start the game. Taking over on their own 15, the Panthers put together one of their best drives of the season marching downfield with a mixture of Adam Martin through the air and Julio Rubio on the ground. Rubio carried the ball six times on the drive for 32 yards while Martin complete seven of eight pass attempts for 60 yards including the last one of the drive, a 10-yard scoring strike to junior Matthew Cook. That play capped off a 15-play, 85-yard drive that took almost five minutes off the first quarter clock.

Bald Knob appeared to be poised to respond after Tyrese Dinwiddie returned the kickoff 24 yards to the Bulldog 42. Six plays later, Bald Knob had a first-and-Goal from the Panther 10, but the Panther defense stiffened forcing a turnover on downs at the 1.

Martin was able to coax Bald Knob to jump offsides twice, in-between an eight-yard run by Rubio, to push the ball to the Panther 19. Heber Springs then continued to chew up clock and march the ball downfield on a 13-play, 99-yard drive that Rubio capped off with a 2-yard touchdown run with 11:32 to play in the first half. Jackson Harrod kicked the PAT to make it 14-0. The big plays both came on third as Rubio ran 26 yards from the Bald Knob 41 to the 15. After a holding penalty, Martin converted another third down by hitting Nathan McKee for a 15-yard completion.

Bald Knob again reached the Panther red zone on its ensuing possession with a 13-play, 62-yard drive, but again the Heber Springs’ defense stiffened forcing another turnover on downs at the Panther 3.

Disaster almost struck on the ensuing Panther possession as Martin was intercepted at the 32 by Colton Collins, who returned the ball to the Panther 17. Yet again, the Heber Springs defense rose to the challenge stopping the Bulldogs pushing them back to Panther 23, thanks in part to intentional grounding call on the Bulldog quarterback on third down.

The Panthers took over on their own 18 with 3:04 left in the half and used a 11-play drive to go up 21-0 with 24.9 seconds left in the first half as Landon Johnson ran the ball in from the 3. The big play on the drive came early as the Panthers faced a third-and-6 from the Panther 22 when Martin found Fate Berry for a 20-yard completion. Martin also connected with McKee for gains of 8, 11 and 13 yards with the latter moving the ball to the Bulldog where Johnson ran the ball in.

After a 41-yard kickoff return to start the second half, Bald Knob quickly got on the board to make it game again with a six-play, 45-yard drive that Josh Clark finished off with a 3-yard run with 9:27 to play in the third quarter.

But Heber Springs responded on its first possession of the second stanza with Diego Rubio setting the tone. The junior returned the kickoff from the Panther 27 to the Bulldog 49. Seven players later, Martin connected with Landon Johnson for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 7:08 to play in the third. The snap was high on the PAT attempt. The big play came on third down from the Bulldog 37 when Martin scrambled for a 15-yard gain and was hit by Bulldog defender after he had stepped out of bounds.

The score would remain 27-7 until late in the contest when Kaden Hughes blocked a Bulldog punt giving the Panthers a short field at the Bald Knob 14. Five plays later, Landon Johnson ran the ball in from the 2 for his third score of the night to make it 34-7 with 2:30 to play.

PANTHER COACH WILL COX

HEBER SPRINGS’ FATE BERRY

HEBER SPRINGS’ JULIO RUBIO

HEBER SPRINGS ALMA MATER

GAME NOTES

BLOCKED PUNT: Heber Springs recorded its first blocked punt of the season when Kaden Hughes was able to get to Bald Knob punter Leason Pierce. The Panthers didn’t recover the loose ball, but did take over deep in Bulldog territory leading to Heber Springs’ final score.

Heber Springs’ Nathan McKee, Landon Johnson and Kaden Hughes bring down Bald Knob’s Josh Clark late in the fourth quarter Friday night. Clark had covered a blocked punt before being brought down by the Heber Springs defenders. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

CENTURY MARK: Julio Rubio rushed for 166 yards, his third time this season to rush for 100 yards or more. His tied for the team lead with Adam Martin.

CLOSING THE GAP: The Panthers win was the 23rd time Heber Springs has defeated Bald Knob. The Bulldogs still lead the all-time series, 37-23-2, but Heber Springs has won seven out of the last nine meetings.

THIRD-DOWN: After struggling in conference play on third-down conversions, Heber Springs was 10 of 14 against Bald Knob. It was the Panthers highest conversion rate since their final nonconference contest against Harding Academy.

RED-ZONE DEFENSE: Opponents had scored 20 out of 24 times (87 percent) when they reached inside the Panther 20-yard line. Friday night against Bald Knob, Heber Springs held the Bulldogs to one score out of five trips into the Panther red zone.

TURNOVERS: Heber Springs recorded one turnover Friday night. On the season, the Panthers are -10 in takeaways.

Heber Springs quarterback Adam Martin. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

SCORING

Heber Springs (2-2, 2-5)      7  14   6   7  - 34    
Bald Knob (2-2, 2-5)          0   0   7   0  -  7    

FIRST QUARTER    
Heber Springs - Adam Martin to Matthew Cook 10-yard pass (Jackson Harrod kick), 7:03  
SECOND QUARTER    
Heber Springs - Julio Rubio 2-yard run (Harrod kick)
Heber Springs - Landon Johnson 3-yard run (Harrod kick)
THIRD QUARTER    
Bald Knob - Josh Clark 3-yard run (Brendan Roberts kick). 9:27
Heber Springs - Martin to Landon Johnson 4-yard pass (pass failed), 7:08
FOURTH QUARTER   
Heber Springs - Landon Johnson 2-yard run (Harrod kick), 2:30
Heber Springs’ Hunter Kent. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

TEAM STATS

First Downs by Rush: Heber Springs 12, Bald Knob 12   
First Downs by Pass: Heber Springs 9, Bald Knob 2   
First Downs by Penalty: Heber Springs 0, Bald Knob 0   
Total First Downs: Heber Springs 21, Bald Knob 13   
Third-Down Conversions: Heber Springs 10/14, Bald Knob 4/10   
Fourth-Down Conversions: Heber Springs 1/2, Bald Knob 0/4   
Red-Zone Possessions: Heber Springs 5/6, Bald Knob 1/5     
Time of Possession: Heber Springs 24:38, Bald Knob 23:22  
Fumbles/Lost: Heber Springs 1/0, Bald Knob 0/0    
Turnovers: Heber Springs 1, Bald Knob 0    
Points Off Turnovers: Heber Springs 0, Bald Knob 0     
Penalties/Yards: Heber Springs 5/40, Bald Knob 7/58   
Plays/Total Offense/YPP: Heber Springs 68/434/6.4, Bald Knob 60/239/3.9   
Rushing: Heber Springs 43/249/5.8, Bald Knob 44/207/4.7 
Passing: Heber Springs 18/25-185-2/1, Bald Knob 7/16-32-0/0    
Sacks/Yards Lost: Heber Springs 0/0, Bald Knob 0/0  
Punts: Heber Springs 1/48/48, Bald Knob 2/36/18   
Punts Inside 20: Heber Springs 0, Blad Knob 0
Blocked Punts: Heber Springs 1 
Heber Springs’ Jackson Harrod with the PAT kick. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

INDIVIDUAL STATS

OFFENSE 
RUSHING: Heber Springs, Julio Rubio 23/166/7.2, Landon Johnson 10/32/3.2, Adam Martin 8/48/6, Diego Rubio 1/2/2, Levy Phillips 1/1. Bald Knob, Josh Clark 16/63/3.9, Johnson Capps 9/66/7.3, Bradyn Cline 8/40/5, Marcus McGahee 5/34/6.8, Leason Pierce 4/23, Team 2/(-19).     
RUSHING RUNS OF 40+: Heber Springs, Julio Rubio (1) 
RUSHING RUNS OF 30+: Heber Springs, Julio Rubio (1)
RUSHING RUNS OF 20+: Heber Springs, Julio Rubio (2). Bald Knob, Johnson Capps (1), Marcus McGahee (1).
RUSHING RUNS OF 10+: Heber Springs, Julio Rubio (5), Adam Martin (2). Bald Knob Johnson Capps (2), Josh Clark (1), Marcus McGahee (1).
PASSING: Heber Springs, Adam Martin 18/25-185-2/1. Bald Knob, Johnson Capps 6/14-35-0/0, Leason Pierce 1/2-(-3)-0/0.
RECEIVING: Heber Springs, Nathan McKee 7/67, Matthew Cook 4/25, Landon Johnson 3/31, Fate Berry 2/34, Jackson West 1/18, Tri Johnson 1/10. Bald Knob, Tyrese Dinwiddie 4/12, Colton Collins 1/18, Josh Clark 1/5, Matthew Smith 1/(-3).   
TOTAL OFFENSE: Heber Springs, Adam Martin 233, Julio Rubio 166, Landon Johnson 32, Diego Rubio 2, Levy Phillips 1. Bald Knob, Johnson Capps 101, Josh Clark 63, Bradyn Cline 40, Marcus McGahee 34, Leason Pierce 20, Team (-19). 
PUNT RETURNS: None
KICK RETURNS: Heber Springs, Diego Rubio 1/24, Hunter Kent 1/-4. Bald Knob, Josh Clark 2/53, Tyrese Dinwiddie 3/52, Colton Collins 1/11.  
FUMBLE RETURNS: None    
INTERCEPTION RETURNS: Bald Knob, Colton Collins 1/15 
ALL-PURPOSE YARDS: Heber Springs, Julio Rubio 166, Nathan McKee 67, Landon Johnson 63, Adam Martin 48, Fate Berry 34, Diego Rubio 26, Matthew Cook 25, Jackson West 18, Tri Johnson 10, Levy Phillips 1, Hunter Kent (-4).
DEFENSE 
TACKLES (Shared/Solo/Total): Heber Springs, Fate Berry 7/5/12, Landon Johnson 11/1/12, Nathan McKee 6/2/8, Kaden Hughes 3/4/7, Hunter Kent 6/1/7, Jackson West 5/1/6, Diego Rubio 4/1/5, Nicholas Hitchcock 3/2/5, Levy Phillips 3/1/4, Lawrence Baureis 3/0/3, Preston Jones 2/0/2, Devon Doxey 1/1/2, Dalton McCollum 1/0/1, Trent Barnes 1/0/1. 
TACKLES FOR LOSS: Heber Springs, Kaden Hughes 2, Landon Johnson 1, Devon Doxey 1.
SACKS/YARDS LOST: None 
INTERCEPTIONS: Bald Knob, Colton Collins 1 
PUNTING: Heber Springs, Adam Martin 1/48/48. Bald Knob, Leason Pierce 1/36/36, Team 1/0/0.  
PUNTS INSIDE 20: None
BLOCKED PUNTS: Heber Springs, Kaden Hughes 1  
Heber Springs receiver Matthew Cook fights for yards against Bald Knob. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

PLAYOFFS: Riverview is the only team from the conference that has clinched a playoff spot leaving four more up for grabs. Riverview can clinch a share of its first ever football conference title with a win against Bald Knob at home and a Heber Springs win against Southside Batesville. No teams have been eliminated from playoff contention so far, but that could change Friday night if Stuttgart falls to Little Rock Mills.

4A-2 STANDINGS

                            W L CP  W L PS  PA   
Riverview                   4 0 36  6 1 246 189 
Southside Batesville        3 1 28  5 2 220 176     
Lonoke                      2 2 15  3 4 211 227
Heber Springs               2 2 14  2 5 177 203        
Bald Knob                   2 2  8  2 5 113 212      
Little Rock Mills           2 2  8  3 4 145 172    
Central Arkansas Christian  1 3 13  3 4 206 187       
Stuttgart                   0 4  0  0 7 190 258   

 
Friday, October 18 
Heber Springs 34, Bald Knob 7 
Southside Batesville 21, Central Arkansas Christian 19
Little Rock Mills 14, Lonoke 9
Riverview 41, Stuttgart 38

Friday, October 25
Heber Springs at Southside Batesville
Stuttgart at Little Rock Mills
Central Arkansas Christian at Lonoke
Bald Knob at Riverview

Friday, November 1
Bald Knob at Central Arkansas Christian
Riverview at Heber Springs
Stuttgart at Lonoke
Little Rock Mills at Southside Batesville

Thursday, November 7
Lonoke at Riverview

Friday, November 8
Bald Knob at Southside Batesville
Heber Springs at Little Rock Mills
Central Arkansas Christian at Stuttgart

PANTHER GAME SCENES

PANTHER VIDEO CLIPS

By Billy Smallwood

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Junior Panthers blank Bald Knob

Heber Springs’ Xander Lindley races toward the end zone against Bald Knob in junior high action at Panther Stadium. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

October 11, 2019

Xander Lindley rushed for a touchdown and was on the receiving end of another as Heber Springs defeated Bald Knob, 20-0.

Heber Springs improved to 2-4 on the season with the win and will travel to Southside Batesville on Thursday looking for its third consecutive win.

Ryan Bommarito paced the Panthers on the ground with 17 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown, a 2-yard run that put the Panthers up early.

After Heber Springs was forced to punt on its first possession, Conner Riddle picked off a Bald Knob pass attempt and returned it 23 yards to the Panther 43.

From there, Heber Springs marched down the field with a heavy dose of Bommarito on an 11-play drive that ninth-grader capped with a 2-yard run with 2:42 to play in the half. Bommarito carried the ball nine times on the drive. His 2-point run made it 8-0.

Heber Springs got the ball back after Tripp Young forced the Bald Knob ball carrier to cough up the football and Chris Roberts pounced on the ball with 50.2 seconds left in the half at the Bulldog 32.

The ensuing drive appeared to stall at 24 before the Panthers were able to draw Bald Knob offsides on fourth-and-2. On the next play, Riddle connected with Lindley for a 19-yard touchdown with 31.1 seconds in the half. The 2-point conversion failed.

Heber Springs scored its final points of the contest on its first possession of the second half as Lindley took the ball at the Panther 37 and raced 63 yards for the score with 3:14 left in the third quarter.

JUNIOR PANTHER TOUCHDOWN

HEBER SPRINGS COACH CHASE ROBERTS

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Panther 7th-Graders shutout Bald Knob, 22-0

Heber Springs’ Harper Jones looks to get around a Bald Knob defender in seventh-grade football action at Panther Stadium. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

October 17, 2019

The Heber Springs seventh-grade football team broke a two-game skid with a 20-0 victory over Bald Knob at Panther Stadium.

The Panthers got on the scoreboard in the first half when Liam Buffalo connected with Weston Warden for a 10-yard pass. Buffalo ran in the 2-point conversion, the Panthers first successful 2-point conversion this season, to make it 8-0 with just over nine minutes left in the first half.

Heber Springs added to its advantage with just over 14 minutes left in the contest when Buffalo found Bryce Seigrest for a 30-yard touchdown pass to make it 16-0 after the successful 2-point conversion.

The Panthers tacked on another scored with 10:23 to go when Buffalo raced 21 yards to set the final score at 22-0.

Heber Springs (4-2) will travel to face Southside Batesville at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

HEBER SPRINGS 2-POINT CONVERSION

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Panther GameDay

Heber Springs heads to Bald Knob in need of win

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. at Bald Knob
  • Admission: $5
  • Radio: Billy Morgan with handle the play-by-play with Lance Hamilton providing color on KSUG 101.9 The Lake. Panther Pregame begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the game.  Listen Live Link.

LAST WEEK

Heber Springs struck first but Central Arkansas Christian responded back with 24 unanswered points in handing the Panthers a 24-6 setback at Panther Stadium. The six points scored by Heber Springs were the fewest it has scored in a game since the 2013 season. Bald Knob handed Stuttgart a 28-27 setback.

LAST SEASON

Big returns helps Panthers mercy-rule Bulldogs

4A-2 Standings

                            W L CP  W L PS  PA  
Riverview                   3 0 33  5 1 205 151
Southside Batesville        2 1 26  4 2 199 157    
Lonoke                      2 1 15  3 3 197 218      
Bald Knob                   2 1  8  2 4 106 178 
Central Arkansas Christian  1 2 13  3 3 187 166   
Little Rock Mills           1 2  3  2 4 131 163   
Heber Springs               1 2  1  1 5 143 196     
Stuttgart                   0 3  0  0 6 152 217  

Friday, October 11  
Central Arkansas Christian 24, Heber Springs 6  
Bald Knob 28, Stuttgart 27
Southside Batesville 48, Lonoke 21 
Riverview 37, Little Rock Mills 27

Friday, October 18
Heber Springs at Bald Knob
Southside Batesville at Central Arkansas Christian
Lonoke at Little Rock Mills
Riverview at Stuttgart

HEBER SPRINGS COACH WILL COX

GAME NOTES

THE SERIES: Bald Knob leads 37-22-2

SERIES HISTORY: This will be the 62nd time these two schools have meet on the football field. Heber Springs and Bald Knob first played during the 1929 season, a 26-2, Panther victory. It would be 11 more seasons before the two teams played again, a 1940 12-0 victory by Heber Springs. Heber Springs would win the first three games in the series before Bald Knob would win 18 out of 20 games played (a 1950 34-13 win by the Panthers broke a five-game losing streak in the series while a 1964 12-7 win broke a 10-game losing streak). The series would be fairly even before Heber Springs won eight straight from 1976 through 1983 before the Bulldogs closed out the 1980s winning six-in-a-row. In the 1990s, the teams would meet seven times with the Panthers getting wins during the 1990 and 1999 seasons. Since the 2005 season, Heber Springs and Bald Knob have played eight times with the Panthers winning six of those contests.

CONFERENCE WOES: After putting up good offensive numbers in nonconference play, the offense has sputtered the past few weeks. Heber Springs is averaging 15.3 points in 4A-2 action with 293.7 yards of total offense (149.3 rushing/144.3) while converting only 8 out of 37 third-down attempts (21.6 percent). Part of the problem plaguing the offense has penalties, Heber Springs is averaging 11.7 penalties per game in conference play for a loss of 83.3 yards.

SIX YEARS, SIX POINTS: The six points scored by Heber Springs last week in a 24-6 loss to Central Arkansas Christian were the fewest points a Panther team has scored in game since the 2013 season, a 35-0 loss at Newport on October 18.

SLOW START: The 1-5 start by Heber Springs is the Panthers worst start to a season since the 2013 campaign, that team started the year at 1-5 and finished the season at 2-8. Since 1950, there have been 22 Panther teams to start the season 1-5 or worse, only one of those teams managed to win more than two games (the 1963 squad finished 3-7-1).

PLAYOFF SEEDINGS: The top two seeds out of the conference are paired with the 4A-8 conference (Crossett, DeWitt, Dumas, Hamburg, Helena-West Helena Central, Monticello, Star City and Warren) while the conference’s lower three seeds are paired with the 4A-1 conference (Shiloh Christian, Berryville, Gravette, Gentry, Green Forest, Lincoln, Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove). The No. 1 seed out of the 4A-2 hosts the No. 5 seed out of the 4A-8. The No. 2 seed hosts the No. 4 seed out of the 4A-8. The No. 3 seed hosts the No. 3 out of the 4A-1. The No. 4 seed travels to the No. 2 seed out of the 4A-1, while the No. 5 seed travels to No. 1 seed out of the 4A-1.

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: TRI JOHNSON

SEASON STATS

Heber Springs 41 34 13 55 - 143 (23.8)  
Opponent      25 56 62 53 - 196 (32.7)  

TEAM  
First Downs by Rush: Heber Springs 65, Opponent 55  
First Downs by Pass: Heber Springs 37, Opponent 43  
First Downs by Penalty: Heber Springs 6, Opponent 6  
Total First Downs: Heber Springs 108, Opponent 104  
Third-Down Conversions: Heber Springs 36/78 (46.2), Opponent 20/62 (32.3)  
Fourth-Down Conversions: Heber Springs 10/22 (45.5), Opponent 8/13 (61.5)  
Red-Zone Conversions: Heber Springs 11/16 (11 tds), Opponent 20/23 (18 tds, 2 FG)  
Fumbles/Lost: Heber Springs 10/8, Opponent 9/2  
Turnovers: Heber Springs 14, Opponent 5  
Points Off Turnovers: Heber Springs 13, Opponent 28 
Penalties/Yards: Heber Springs 54/390, Opponent 42/366 
Plays/Total Offense/YPP: Heber Springs 381/2228/5.9, Opponent 345/2013/5.8  
Rushing: Heber Springs 257/1327/5.2, Opponent 232/1057/4.6 
Rushing Per Game: Heber Springs 221.2, Opponent 176.2  
Passing: Heber Springs 67/123-900-5/6, Opponent 81/133-994-12/3 
Passing Per Game: Heber Springs 150, Opponent 165.7 
Sacks/Yards Lost: Heber Springs 19/107, Opponent 9/44  
Punts: Heber Springs 19/775/40.8, Opponent 23/828/36 
 
INDIVIDUAL  
OFFENSE  
RUSHING (ATT/YARDS/PER ATTEMPT/PER GAME/TDS):  Julio Rubio 110/551/5/91.8/10, Adam Martin 113/551/4.9/91.8/3, Landon Johnson 34/175/5.1/29.2/3, Nathan McKee 1/6/6/1/0, Tri Johnson 1/(-2)/(-2)/(-.4)/0.  
BIG CAT RUNS (50+): Adam, Martin 1, Julio Rubio 1  
RUNS OF 40+: Adam Martin 1, Julio Rubio 1  
RUNS OF 30+: Julio Rubio 3, Adam Martin 2  
RUNS OF 20+: Adam Martin 6, Julio Rubio 5, Landon Johnson 1 
RUNS OF 10+: Adam Martin 17, Julio Rubio 13, Landon Johnson 4 
100-YARD RUSHING GAMES: Adam Martin 3, Julio Rubio 2  
PASSING (ATT/COMP-YARDS-TDS/INT): Adam Martin  67/123-900-5/6   
250-YARD PASSING GAMES: Adam Martin 1  
RECEIVING (REC/YARDS/PER CATCH/TDS):  Matthew Cook 12/148/12.3, Tri Johnson 11/198/18/2, Julio Rubio 11/139/12.6, Nathan McKee 10/133/13.3/2, Fate Berry 10/141/14.1/1, Landon Johnson 7/79/11.3, Hunter Kent 5/46/9.2   
100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES: Tri Johnson 1, Julio Rubio 1  
TOTAL OFFENSE (OFFENSE/PER GAME): Adam Martin 1451/241.8, Julio Rubio 551/91.8, Landon Johnson 175/29.2, Nathan McKee 6/1.2, Tri Johnson (-2)/(.4)  
KICKOFF RETURNS:  Tri Johnson 8/170/21.3, Matthew Cook 4/62/15.5, Hunter Kent 3/46/15.3, Julio Rubio 3/44/14.7, Levy Phillips 2/14/7,  Jackson West 2/11, Nathan McKee 1/11/11, Diego Rubio 1/13/13, Lawrence Baureis 1/10, Harley Bresnahan 1/ 6, Tristan  Thissen 1/0.  
PUNT RETURNS: Nathan McKee 3/12, Tri Johnson 1/(-3) 
INTERCEPTION RETURNS: Nathan McKee 1/10, Dalton McCollum 1/4, Fate Berry 1/2  
FUMBLE RETURNS: None  
ALL-PURPOSE YARDS (YARDS/PER GAME): Julio Rubio 734/122.3, Adam Martin 551/91.8, Tri Johnson 363/72.6, Matthew Cook 210/35, Landon Johnson 254/42.3, Nathan McKee 172/28.7, Fate Berry 143/23.8, Hunter Kent 92/15.3, Levy Phillips 14/2.3, Diego Rubio 13/2.2, Jackson West 11/1.8, Lawrence Baureis 10/1.7, Harley Bresnahan 6/1, Dalton McCollum 4/.7,   
DEFENSE  
TACKLES (ASST/SOLO/TOTAL): Fate Berry 43/18/61, Landon Johnson 29/19/48, Lawrence Baureis 17/9/26, Kaden Hughes 17/9/26,  Diego Rubio 19/6/25, Hunter Kent 15/9/24, Matthew Cook 19/5/24, Levy Phillips 11/8/19, Nathan McKee 11/7/18, Tri Johnson 9/5/14, Harley Bresnhan 6/3/9, Dalton McCollum 4/4/8, Jackson West 6/2/8, Julio Rubio 6/1/7, Nicholas Hitchcock 5/2/7, Preston Jones 1/2/3, Tristan Thissen 1/2/3, Trent Barnes 1/1/2, Devon Doxey 2/0/2, Jackson Harrod 1/1/2,  Harley Hannah 1/2/2, Spencer Evans 1/0/1, Gus Hannah 1/0/1.  
TACKLES FOR LOSS: Landon Johnson 11.5, Fate Berry 11, Kaden Hughes 6.5,  Nicholas Hitchcock 3.5, Lawrence Baureis 2, Levy Phillips 2, Tri Johnson 1.5, Diego Rubio 1, Lawrence Baureis 1, Harley Bresnahan 1.  
SACKS/YARDS LOST:  Fate Berry 4/28, Kaden Hughes 4/24,  Tri Johnson 2.5/22, Levy Phillips 1/ 5, Harley Bresnahan 1/ 4,  Diego Rubio 1/5, Julio Rubio .5/9, Landon Johnson .5/3, Matthew Cook .5/3, Nicholas Hitchcock .5/4. 
INTERCEPTIONS: Dalton McCollum 1, Nathan McKee 1, Fate Berry 1  
FUMBLE RECOVERIES: Nathan McKee 1, Landon Johnson 1  
PUNTING (No./Yards/Avg./Inside20): Adam Martin  19/775/40.8/6
SCORING: Julio Rubio 72 (12 tds), Adam Martin 18 (3 td), Landon Johnson 18 (3 tds), Jackson Harrod 17 (17-18 PAT), Tri Johnson 12 (2 td), Nathan McKee 12 (2 td), Fate Berry 6 (1 td) 

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: KADEN HUGHES

MARKEDTIME.COM PLAYERS OF WEEK

WEEK 6 vs. CAC

OFFENSE – Julio Rubio. DEFENSE – Kaden Hughes

WEEK 5 vs. STUTTGART

OFFENSE – Adam Martin. DEFENSE – Nathan McKee

WEEK 4 vs. LONOKE

OFFENSE – Fate Berry. DEFENSE – Landon Johnson

WEEK 3 vs. HARDING ACADEMY

OFFENSE – Tri Johnson. DEFENSE – Dalton McCollum

WEEK 2 vs. GREENBRIER

OFFENSE – Harley Hannah. DEFENSE – Levy Phillips

WEEK 1 vs. CLINTON

OFFENSE – Adam Martin and Julio Rubio. DEFENSE – Fate Berry

JUNIOR PANTHERS

The Heber Springs junior high football team claimed its first win of the season with a 22-12 victory over Central Arkansas Christian Thursday night at Mustang Mountain in North Little Rock. The Panthers set at 1-4 on the season.

SEVENTH-GRADE PANTHERS

The Heber Springs seventh-grade team fell to 3-2 on the year with a 30-0 setback to CAC on Thursday.

PANTHER SPORTS THIS WEEK

  • Saturday, October 19 – Cross Country at Hot Springs
  • Tuesday, October 22 – Volleyball at Morrilton, 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 24 – Volleyball vs. Conway St. Joseph, 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 24 – 7th-Grade Football vs. Southside Batesville, 5:30
  • Thursday, October 24 – Junior Football vs. Southside Batesville, 7 p.m.

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Heber Springs tops Bald Knob in 6th-Grade football

September 14, 2019

Heber Springs’ Eli Buffalo gets a block from teammate Emmett Dwyer in sixth-grade youth football action on Saturday at Panther Stadium. Heber Springs defeated Bald Knob, 39-6. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO
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Vilonia tops Heber Springs in Benefit Scrimmage

4A Panthers battle 5A Eagles; Heber Springs opens with Clinton

Heber Springs junior Matthew Cook fights for yardage as Vilonia’s Kyle Vines brings him to the ground during a scrimmage at Phillip D. Weaver Stadium in Vilonia on Tuesday. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

August 27, 2019

By Philip Seaton

VILONIA – Unofficially it was a 21-7 first-team loss to Vilonia in an Arkansas Activities Association benefit scrimmage on Tuesday at Phillip D. Weaver Stadium, but for Heber Springs coach Will Cox, he saw enough to come away happy with his teams performance.

“I thought there were some bright spots,” Cox said.  “We saw some guys step up and play.”

Heber Springs finished with 202 yards of total offense in an abbreviated first half of play that saw the teams start at the 30-yard line without any kickoffs or punts.

Panther senior quarterback Adam Martin was 14-of-24 passing for 155 yards including a 7-yard touchdown pass to junior Matthew Cook right before the half to put the Panthers on the board. Returning all-conference performer Tri Johnson was Martin’s favorite target with five receptions for 84 yards.

With all-state running back Blaze Nelson and his 2,000 yards plus rushing gone from last season, senior Landon Johnson took on the bulk of the load rushing eight times for 40 yards.

“You know what you are going to get with Landon,” Cox said. “The effort you get on game day is the same effort you get every day. He’s a guy that worked out twice every day during the offseason. You know what you are going to get with him. He’s really reliable and he showed everybody else what we know about him.”

While there were some bright spots, there were some things that Cox said his team needed to work on before they open their season against Clinton on Sept. 6 at home in the Battle of the Little Red.

Among those were some dropped passes that could have led to touchdowns and missed blocks on offense, and some missed tackles and bad angles on defense that lead to Vilonia pilling up 319 yards of total offense with the majority of those coming on a screen pass that turned into a 97-yard touchdown.

“It was a lot of first opponent mistakes, but that is stuff that we can clean up” Cox said. “I told the guys that this is going to be great film for us.We are going to learn a lot from this film. It was a great opportunity to learn tonight.”

Vilonia sophomore quarterback Austin Myers was 9-of-10 passing for 266 yards and three touchdowns.

“That’s a very good Vilonia team,” Cox said of the 5A Eagles. “They are deep. They are big. They are going to have a good season. Our guys competed against them.”

SECOND HALF: The two teams played a 10 minute second-half period with the second teams. Vilonia outscored Heber Springs, 20-0, over that stretch, but senior running back Levy Phillips did show some promise during that stretch. 

“(He) came in and got some good runs for us,” Cox said, “that shows that we have some depth at the running back position which is good.”

LET’S PLAY TWO: Cox said that is exciting to see that his team loves to love to play. “They can’t get enough,” he said. “ If I could let them play another game tonight, they would.”

BIG NUMBERS: While Heber Springs has 43 players on the roster, Vilonia had 83 dressed out Tuesday night and that will be the most any team dresses out against the Panthers this season. Heber Springs has the third most players out in the 4A-2 with Southside Batesville leading the way with 51 and Bald Knob with 44. Other opponents by the numbers: Clinton (37), Greenbrier (61), Harding Academy (46), Lonoke (37), Stuttgart (37), Central Arkansas Christian (40), Riverview (33) and Little Rock Mills (20).

NO CONTACT: Both quarterbacks were off limits in regards to being tackled and were downed by touch. Martin and second-team quarterback John McBroome wore a red no contact jersey.

EXTRA POINT: Jackson Harrod connected on the lone extra point for Heber Springs. The Panthers will be looking to replace the graduate Julian Cameron, who connected on a state record 100 extra points. Cameron is battling for a starting position at Arkansas Tech.

NEW COACH: Will Cox was named interim head coach over the summer after former head coach Darren Gowen left at the end of the school year in the spring to pursue other opportunities in northwest Arkansas. Gowen has since been named the offensive coordinator at Gravette. Cox was co-defensive coordinator last season with E.G. Dew.

NEW ASSISTANTS: Former Greenbrier Panther Chase Roberts is the new junior high coach and will assist on the senior high team. Roberts was the head coach of the eight-man team at Pattonsburg (Missouri) High School last season. Roberts led his team to a 10-2 record last season. Also joining the staff is Hunter Davis. Davis coached at Star City last season. He will also be the head senior girls track coach. 

NEXT YEAR: Heber Springs’ 2020 schedule has been set. Riverview is moving down to Class 3A while Clinton will be moving back up to 4A. The Yellowjackets will replace Riverview in week 9 in conference. The Panthers will open at home in 2020 against Newport followed by a road date at Harding Academy before wrapping up nonconference play at home against Dover. Heber Springs athletic director Brad Reese said he attempted to schedule Riverview for a nonconference date but the Searcy school opted for a game with Bauxite instead.

GLOWING REVIEW: Former Heber Springs coach Bill Buckner made an appearance on the sidelines on Tuesday night to catch some of the action. Buckner, who has since retired after years of coaching in the area with stops at Quitman, Greenbrier and Vilonia among others, was impressed with what he saw from the Panthers. “Tell the people of Heber Springs that they have a good football team,” he said.

Heber Springs senior quarterback Adam Martin looks to complete a pass against Vilonia in a Arkansas Activities Association benefit game at Phillip D. Weaver Stadium in Vilonia. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

PANTHER DRIVES

OPENING DRIVE: 10 plays, 36 yards. Highlights: Adam Martin 10-yard run, Landon Johnson 14- and 13-yard runs. Result: Turnover on downs.

SECOND DRIVE: 10 plays, 68 yards. Highlights: Adam Martin to Tri Johnson for 34-yard completion. Result: Stopped on fourth-and-goal at the 1.

THIRD DRIVE: 5 plays, 20 yards. Result: Fictional punt.

FOURTH DRIVE: 10 plays, 70 yards: Highlights: Adam Martin to Landon Johnson for 12- and 25-yard pass completions. Result: Touchdown.

INDIVIDUAL STATS (First-half only)

Rushing: Heber Springs, Landon Johnson 8-40; Julie Rubio 5-5; Adam Martin 5-2. Vilonia, Draven Smith 7-43; Seth Kick 1-5; Austin Myers 1-3; Tyler Moran 1-2.

Passing: Heber Springs, Adam Martin 14-24-155-1-0. Vilonia, Austin Myers 9-10-266-3-0.

Receiving: Heber Springs, Tri Johnson 5-84; Landon Johnson 3-45; Matthew Cook 3-13-1; Landon Barbee 1-8; Nathan McKee 1-6; Hunter Kent 1-(-1). Vilonia, Tyler Moran 4-127-1; Jamison Hinsley 2-40-1; Kannon Bartlett 1-45; Draven Smith 1-38; Corbin Watson 1-24-1.

TEAM (First-half only)

Rushing: Heber Springs 18-47; Vilonia 10-53

Passing: Heber Springs, 14-24-155-1-0; Vilonia 9-10-266-3-0

Total Yards: Heber Springs 202, Vilonia 319

First Downs: Heber Springs 11, Vilonia 8

Turnovers: Heber Springs 0, Vilonia 1

Penalties: Heber Springs 1-5; Vilonia 4-50

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Heber Springs’ Julian Cameron sets state PAT record

November 16, 2018

Heber Springs senior Julian Cameron, front center, gets ready to sign his letter-of-intent to play college football for Arkansas Tech University on April 5, 2019, at the Panther Den in Heber Springs. Pictured, front, Julian’s parents, Amanda and Michael Cameron. Back row, from left, Heber Springs assistant football coach and head soccer coach Jay Bishop and Heber Springs head football coach Darren Gowen. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

Heber Springs senior kicker Julian Cameron closed out his high school career by kicking 100 consecutive Point After Touchdowns without a miss.

He finished his Sophomore season by hitting 11 straight, and was a perfect 40 of 40 his junior year and a perfect 36 of 36 this season. He finished his senior campaign hitting a perfect 49 out of 49.

On October 12, against Bald Knob at Panther Stadium, Julian tied and then broke the state record of 75 consecutive without a miss. The previous state record belonged to Springdale’s Alex Tejada, who connected on 75 straight without a miss during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. North Little Rock’s Savanna Milton followed that with 68 straight.

Cameron’s career on Extra Points: 128 of 132 (97 percent)
Cameron’s only kicked miss was on Sept. 23, 2016, at Lonoke
Cameron’s PAT kicks were blocked twice against Baptist Prep on Oct. 14, 2016, and once the next week on Oct. 21, 2016, at Southside Batesville.

(Note: Blocked kicks are scored as missed PAT kicks. Source for Tejada’s information the Arkansas Activities Association 2018-2019 Record Book and the Springdale Morning News. Source for Milton’s information, the Arkansas Activities Association 2018-2019 Record Book)

Heber Springs senior Julian Cameron waits for holder Adam Martin to get the ball to attempt an extra point against Pocahontas on November 9 in a 4A state playoff game at Heber Springs. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

State Records

  • Most Consecutive Extra Points Made Without A Miss (Career)
  • Extra-Point Percentage (Season) – 2017 (40 out of 40) (Tied)
  • Extra-Point Percentage (Season) – 2108 (49 out of 49) (Tied)

Also

  • Extra-Point Percentage (Career) – 4th in State History (128 of 137) (97 percent)
  • Extra Points Made (Game) – 2016 against Stuttgart – 8 (5th most)

Julian Cameron PAT KICKS

2018

  • August 31 at Clinton (4/4)
  • September 7 vs. Greenbrier (1/1)
  • September 14 at Harding Academy (3/3)
  • September 21 at Lonoke (4/4)
  • September 28 vs. Stuttgart (3/3)
  • October 5 at Central Arkansas Christian (6/6)
  • October 12 vs. Bald Knob (6/6)
  • October 19 at Southside Batesville (3/3)
  • October 26 at Riverview (6/6)
  • November 2 vs. Little Rock Mills (5/5)
  • November 9 vs. Pocahontas (4/4)
  • November 16 at Rivercrest (4/4)
  • Season: 49 out of 49 (100 percent)

2017

  • September 1 vs. Clinton (2/2)
  • September 8 at Greenbrier (3/3)
  • September 15 vs. Harding Academy (5/5)
  • September 22 vs. Lonoke (5/5)
  • September 29 at Stuttgart (1/1)
  • October 6 vs. Central Arkansas Christian (4/4)
  • October 13 at Baptist Prep (5/5)
  • October 20 vs. Southside Batesville (2/2)
  • October 27 vs. Riverview (2/2)
  • November 3 at Helena-W. Helena Central (3/3)
  • November 10 at Gravette (7/7)
  • November 17 at Gosnell (1/1)
  • Season: 40 out of 40 (100 percent)

2016

  • September 2 at Clinton (2/2)
  • September 9 vs. Greenbrier (5/5)
  • September 16 at Harding Academy (0/0)
  • September 23 at Lonoke (4/5) #
  • September 30 vs. Stuttgart (8/8)
  • October 7 at Central Arkansas Christian (5/5)
  • October 14 vs. Baptist Prep (2/4) *
  • October 21 at Southside Batesville (2/3) ^
  • October 28 at Riverview (6/6)
  • November 4 vs. Helena-WH Central (4/4)
  • Novmber 18 vs. Shiloh Christian (1/1)
  • Season: 39 out of 43 (90.7 percent)

# – Missed Kick

* – Made First Attempt, second and third attempts blocked

^ – Third attempt blocked, last miss of career

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CAPFA 2019 Schedule

August 14, 2019

Central Arkansas Prep Football Association

Third-Grade Schedule

Week 1 — August 24

  • Vilonia White at Bald Knob, 9 a.m. *
  • Southside Batesville at Clinton, 9 a.m. *
  • Riverview at Midland (3 & 4), 9 a.m. *

Week 2 — August 31

  • Heber Springs at Southside Batesville, 9 a.m. *
  • Riverview at Bald Knob, 9 a.m. *
  • Clinton vs. Midland (3 & 4) at Vilonia, 10:15 a.m. *

Week 3 — September 7

  • Southside Batesville at Riverview, 9 a.m. *
  • Vilonia White at Heber Springs, 9 a.m. *
  • Bald Knob at Midland (3 & 4), 9 a.m. *

Week 4 — September 14

  • Vilonia White at Southside Batesville, 9 a.m. *
  • Clinton at Riverview, 9 a.m. *
  • Midland (3 &4) at Heber Springs, 9 a.m. *
  • Bald Knob at Heber Springs (4), 12:45

Week 5 — September 21

  • Riverview at Vilonia White, 9 a.m. *
  • Southside Batesville at Bald Knob, 9 a.m. *
  • Heber Springs at Clinton, 9 a.m. *

Week 6 — September 28

  • Bald Knob at Heber Springs, 9 a.m. *
  • Clinton at Vilonia White, 9 a.m. *
  • Southside Batesville vs. Midland (3/4) at Riverview, 9 a.m. *

Week 7 — October 5

  • Riverview at Heber Springs, 9 a.m. *
  • Bald Knob at Clinton, 9 a.m. *
  • Vilonia White vs. Midland (3/4) at SS Batesville, 9 a.m. *

Fourth-Grade Schedule

Week 1 — August 24

  • Vilonia White at Bald Knob, 10:15 a.m. *
  • Southside Batesville at Clinton, 10:15 a.m. *
  • Vilonia Red vs. Heber Springs at Midland, 12:45 p.m. *

Week 2 — August 31

  • Heber Springs at Southside Batesville, 10:15 a.m. *
  • Riverview at Bald Knob, 10:15 a.m. *
  • Vilonia White at Vilonia Red, 9 a.m. *

Week 3 — September 7

  • Southside Batesville at Riverview, 10:15 a.m. *
  • Vilonia White at Heber Springs, 10:15 a.m. *
  • Vilonia Red vs. Clinton at Midland, 11:30 a.m. *

Week 4 — September 14

  • Vilonia White at Southside Batesville, 10:15 a.m. *
  • Riverview at Clinton, 10:15 a.m. *
  • Vilonia Red vs. Bald Knob at Riverview, 12:45 p.m. *
  • Bald Knob (3) at Heber Springs, 12:45 p.m.

Week 5 — September 21

  • Riverview at Vilonia White, 10:15 a.m. *
  • Southside Batesville at Bald Knob, 10:15 a.m. *
  • Heber Springs at Clinton, 10:15 a.m. *
  • Vilonia Red vs. Midland (3/4) at Clinton, 2 p.m. *

Week 6 — September 28

  • Bald Knob at Heber Springs, 10:15 a.m. *
  • Clinton at Vilonia White, 10:15 a.m. *
  • Riverview at Vilonia Red, 12:45 p.m. *

Week 7 — October 5

  • Riverview at Heber Springs, 10:15 a.m. *
  • Bald Knob at Clinton, 10:15 a.m. *
  • Vilonia Red at Southside Batesville, 11:30 a.m. *

Fifth-Grade Schedule

Week 1 — August 24

  • Vilonia White at Bald Knob, 11:30 a.m. *
  • Heber Springs vs. Southside Batesville at Clinton, 11:30 a.m.
  • Riverview at Midland (5/6), 10:15 a.m. *

Week 2 — August 31

  • Heber Springs at Southside Batesville, 11:30 a.m. *
  • Riverview at Bald Knob, 11:30 a.m. *
  • Midland (5/6) at Vilonia White, 11:30 a.m.

Week 3 — September 7

  • Southside Batesville at Riverview, 11:30 a.m. *
  • Vilonia White at Heber Springs, 11:30 a.m. *
  • Bald Knob at Midland (5/6), 10:15 a.m. *

Week 4 — September 14

  • Vilonia White at Southside Batesville, 11:30 a.m. *
  • Bald Knob at Riverview, 2 p.m.
  • Midland (5/6) at Heber Springs, 10:15 a.m. *

Week 5 — September 21

  • Riverview at Vilonia White, 11:30 a.m. *
  • Southside Batesville at Bald Knob, 11:30 a.m. *
  • Midland (5/6) vs. Heber Springs, 12:45 p.m.

Week 6 — September 28

  • Bald Knob at Heber Springs, 11:30 a.m. *
  • SS Batesville vs. Midland (5/6) at Riverview, 10 a.m. *
  • Vilonia White at Riverview, 12:45 p.m.

Week 7 — October 5

  • Riverview at Heber Springs, 11:30 a.m. *
  • Bald Knob at Southside Batesville, 12:45 p.m.
  • Vilonia White vs. Midland (5/6) at SS Batesville, 10:15 a.m. *

Sixth-Grade Schedule

Week 1 — August 24

  • Vilonia White at Bald Knob, 12:45 p.m. *
  • Southside Batesville at Clinton, 11:30 a.m. *
  • Heber Springs vs. Riverview at Midland, 11:30 a.m.

Week 2 — August 31

  • Heber Springs at Southside Batesville, 12:45 *
  • Riverview at Bald Knob, 12:45 p.m. *
  • Clinton at Vilonia White, 12:45 p.m. *

Week 3 — September 7

  • Southside Batesville at Riverview, 12:45 p.m. *
  • Vilonia White at Heber Springs, 12:45 p.m. *
  • Clinton vs. Bald Knob at Midland, 12:45 p.m.

Week 4 — September 14

  • Vilonia White at Southside Batesville, 12:45 p.m. *
  • Clinton at Riverview, 11:30 a.m. *
  • Bald Knob at Heber Springs, 11:30 a.m.

Week 5 — September 21

  • Riverview at Vilonia White, 12:45 p.m. *
  • Southside Batesville at Bald Knob, 12:45 p.m. *
  • Heber Springs at Clinton, 11:30 a.m. *

Week 6 — September 28

  • Bald Knob at Heber Springs, 12:45 p.m. *
  • Clinton at Vilonia White, 11:30 a.m. *
  • Southside Batesville at Riverview, 11:30 a.m.

Week 7 — October 5

  • Riverview at Heber Springs, 12:45 p.m. *
  • Bald Knob at Clinton, 11:30 a.m. *
  • Vilonia White at Southside Batesville, 2 p.m.

(* — Denotes Conference Game)

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