Fayetteville’ 7-0 record speaks well of how head coach Daryl Patton’s squad has played this season, but an undefeated mark does not mean the Bulldogs have gone unchallenged.
There is much to admire about the Fayetteville Bulldogs this season. The Bulldogs boast a big-play, high-scoring offense that has also proven it can move the ball on the ground despite injuries.
Third seasons have been somewhat of a barometer for Arkansas basketball coaches in the modern era Razorbacks basketball. The ones that have done well have generally went on to success, while the ones that haven’t, well, haven’t.
If any team in America could use an open date, it’s the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Hogs lost their fifth game in a row Saturday night to No. 1 Alabama, 52-0, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Some have made fun of Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s comments about the Arkansas Razorbacks earlier this week. What I’d like to see Saturday is for the Razorbacks to play well enough to earn the respect Saban afforded them.
Some coaches avoid the subject, but Fayetteville High coach Daryl Patton has no problem talking about Homecoming with his Bulldogs. In fact, he’s mentioned it every day this week leading up to tonight’s 7:30 kickoff against the Rogers Mountaineers at Harmon Stadium.
Fayetteville may or may not be the best team in the state at this point in time, but there is no doubt the Bulldogs are one of the most dangerous teams.
Fayetteville High sophomore golfer Luke Long goes into the State Overall Golf Championship feeling much the same way about his chances of winning as he did last week before play in the Class 7A Boys Golf Tournament. He’s confident, but not cocky.
Long, who was hired as Arkansas’ vice chancellor and director of athletics in the fall of 2007, will officially be introduced in his chair’s role along with the other members of the committee in a news conference Wednesday in Irving, Texas, home of the College Football Playoffs new offices.
There’s not enough sugar available to make Arkansas’ 52-7 loss to South Carolina or its implications more palatable. It was tough to stomach.
Arkansas’ yearly series with South Carolina began with a blowout in 1992, and it ended with another Saturday at Razorback Stadium.
With the victory, Fayetteville improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Heritage fell to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the 7A-West.
The Hogs are struggling, and have been since Brandon Allen injured his shoulder in somewhat of a freak accident while diving into the end zone for a touchdown against Southern Miss on Sept. 14.
No. 5 Fayetteville has rolled off five victories in a row to open the season, which is their best start since going 6-0 in 2006, but the Bulldogs face their toughest opponent thus far at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Gates Stadium against the No. 7 Heritage War Eagles.
Rapert now plays tight end, H-back and fullback as the Bulldogs utility man. He’s been Bulldogs third leading receiver in their 5-0 start with five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.