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Waldron suffers first loss in home opener against Mena
The Waldron Bulldogs were at home for the first time this season on Friday. The Bulldogs won the toss and elected to kick the ball. After a big kick return, Mena would begin their offensive drive at the 48 yard line and on the first play. Waldron's Cole Huddleston shakes things up by making a big backfield tackle for a 3-yard loss. However, four plays later Mena would find the end zone on a pass play for the first score of the evening, 39 yards from Carson Cannon to Ty Cole.  

Waldron then take over on offense after a huge kick off return from Tristin Brumbelow. On 3rd-and-9 Trey Williams and the Bulldog's offensive line rallies to get Williams past the first down marker for about a 15-yard gain.  Waldron's Victor Machado kicks a 27 yard field goal making the score 7-3.
After just a few back and forth plays between the Bulldogs and the Bearcats, no more scoring would occur in the first quarter. However, on the second play of the second quarter. Mena's Justin Dean connects for a 59-yard touchdown run with 11:24 left to play in the second quarter making the score 14-3 with Mena leading.





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The Mena Bearcats travel to Waldron on Friday to take on the Waldron Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
"First off we need to show and play with great effort and intensity," Mena Head Coach Tim Harper said. "They are a good football team."
Waldron defeated Mansfield 45-0 in week one. The Bulldogs held the Tigers to 127 total yards of offense and piled 384 yards of their own, including 363 yards rushing.




Waldron triumphs over Cedarville 49-14
Waldron traveled to Cedarville on Friday, September 9, 2016 for a non-conference football game. To start the game, Waldron elected to kick the ball off to Cedarville. Cedarville had trouble moving the ball on their first offensive possession only picking up one first down. To end Cedarville's first drive, Waldron's Gerardo Lopez was in the backfield making a big tackle on Damien Adams for a 6 yard loss. 
For Waldron's first possession on offense it was not the same story! It only took Waldron two plays to find their first score which would be capped off by Levi Hayden's 28 yard Touchdown run making the score 7-0 Waldron with the lead. 




Bulldogs defeat Mansfield Tigers BIG in season opener
The Waldron Sr.High football team traveled to Mansfield on Friday, September 2nd 2016 for the annual "Battle of Scott County". A rivalry game that Waldron had not won since 2005, would change on this night. Waldron opened up by kicking off to the Tigers and the Waldron defense was absolutely dominant on Masfield's first offensive drive. Mansfield would go three and out and punted the ball back to Waldron within the first minute of the game.

Waldron's offense would waste no time putting together a scoring drive that ltook four minutes for Waldron to march down the field. Waldron's first play of offense would be a statement, with QB Trey Williams running an option play for 15 yards. Waldron would be held to a 21 yard field goal by Victor Machado. It was on Mansfield's second offensive attack that Waldron's Joel Cagle and Levi Hayden would be in the backfield making tackles for losses. Mansfield would yet again punt.

Waldron would again take over on offense and put together yet another scoring drive capped off by Matthew Shaddon's 1 yard TD ending the first quarter of play with Waldron leading 10-0. The story of the game would remain close to the same for the rest of the night. Waldron's first play of offense in the second quarter, would be a touchdown pass to Mason Chick extending Waldron's lead to 17-0 with 11:54 left to play before the half.




Bulldogs host three-team scrimmage
The Waldron Jr. High and Sr. High Bulldogs held a three team scrimmage game with Hackett and Paris on Monday, August 22, 2016. During the scrimmage, each team was given 10 offensive plays against both opponents. To start off ,Waldron Jr High would be placed on offense to Paris' defense. Waldron wasted no time putting together a 3 play 80 yard touchdown drive capped off by Waldron's Mason Ford 28 yard touchdown run. Waldron had 7 remaining plays to work with and it was the very next (4th) play that Waldron's Jacob Avila found the end zone yet again. It was then, play number 10, that Waldron's Carson Cain carried the ball right up the middle of the field for a 28 yard Waldron Touchdown. 
Waldron's offense then squared off against Hackett's Defense. After a penalty and 1 turnover, Waldron's Payton Brown finds the end zone on a QB option play from 42 yards on play number 7. 




Bulldogs look for win against Tigers
Head coach Ricky May and his Bulldogs have prepared themselves in ending the four year losing streak this Friday night at they battle against Scott County and Highway 71 rival, the Mansfield Tigers.
"We are very excited to see what the 2016 season will hold for us. We've had a real good year, and we hope to start this year with a 1-0 record when we walk off the field Friday night," shared May.

"Our overall goal is to make it to the playoffs, but that can only be done one game at a time. If the team goes out there with the fight, spirit, and skill they have shown this summer, then we will be closer to that goal. We've had a great number turn out for practice and we have been fortunate not to have any injuries. These young men have worked hard each week. Prior to the official start of practice, the players worked out three days a week during the summer by lifting weights, running, and doing the extras. They are now ready to hit someone else."




Bunten received Probabtion and SIS
Billy W. Bunten, of Waldron, pleaded guilty on charges of Sexual Assault in the Second Degree, a Class B felony and Engage Child in Sexual Explicit Conduct, also a class B felony.
The Court placed Bunten on a Suspended Imposition Sentence for a period of 240 months on the charges of Sexual Assault in the Second Degree, a Class B felony.




“Two good legs, three good practices” for player of the year Josh Williams
For the Arkansas Razorbacks’ Comeback Player of the Year, Josh Williams already has a leg up before the season opener.

For it appeared Williams might not have one leg at all back when post surgical complications menaced him after his injury during last season’s Oct. 3 at Tennessee.

But here the senior is not only on two good legs but three practices into the August preseason about to start today’s first practice in pads as Arkansas’ first-team Sam strongside linebacker.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema and linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves both marvel at their Comeback Kid that Hargreaves admitted was a question that seemed out of the question last autumn if Williams could play ball.

“If you had asked that question when he was first rehabbing it would have been a tough answer but I tell you what, he has fought through it,” Hargreaves said. “I think he is way ahead of where anybody thought he would have been.”

For awhile last fall he would have been way ahead just standing on two feet.




Younger Allen brother learning to be a team leader
Among other things, Austin Allen has learned social director accompanies the tasks of an Arkansas Razorbacks starting quarterback.

Though his older brother, Brandon, now with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, was Arkansas’ starting quarterback from 2013-2015 with Austin his 2014 and 2015 backup, and their father, Bobby, on Arkansas staffs since 1998 as a defensive coach or administrator, Austin still  initially didn’t entirely grasp the starting quarterback’s summer job of organizing the summer “voluntary” passing game workouts.

“Kind of getting my feet wet with being a team leader and everything like that and coordinating the 7 on 7s, the film sessions and all that stuff,” Austin, a Razorback since redshirting as a 2013 freshman, said.  “Just trying to become more of a vocal leader for the offense and for the whole team. It's still just trying to stay within myself and trying to become more of a team leader.”

Austin is succeeding, senior linebacker Brooks Ellis and Fayetteville High teammate with Austin, has told Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema.

“I was just kind of small-talking with Brooksie, ‘How's Austin doing and everything?” Bielema said.  “He says, ‘Coach, I think he came over here and threw three times yesterday just because the wideouts couldn't all nail down a time. But he wanted to throw with every one of them, so he can over three different times. That should give you a little bit of perspective of how committed he is.” 

Allen did say that wasn’t the norm.

“It was a little bit weird with the schedules,” Allen said after Saturday’s practice. “In the morning some of the tight ends could throw, so I went out with them around 8. Then right around 1 some guys got out of class and they texted me and wanted to throw so I came up and threw. Then after workouts came up and threw again. Probably 5:30. It was just kind of what it's been all summer.”




Razorback 2016 receiver options
During last spring’s practices Arkansas receiver Dominique Reed didn’t perform like how he closed the 2015 fall. And Keon Hatcher didn’t perform like he performed catching 13 passes in Arkansas’ first two games of 2015.

That was Razorbacks receivers coach Michael Smith’s assessment  discussing those two seniors last Friday with media at the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club’s golf outing in Bella Vista.

Off this summer Smith expects better things from Camden native Reed and Owasso, Okla. native Hatcher as the Razorbacks begin their preseason practice Thursday leading into their Sept. 3 season opener against Louisiana Tech at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Easy to see with Hatcher. He was a senior this time last year but granted a 2016 hardship after missing Arkansas’ final 11 games with a broken foot.  The foot apparently wasn’t completely well last spring as it required further surgery.
However by what he has been told by trainer Matt Summers and strength coach Ben Herbert, Hatcher this time is healed and excelling and with “just his resilience,” impresses Smith.




Bielema reflects on Pros and Cons of Preseason 2015
As the Razorbacks begin preseason August, 2016 football  practices Thursday, Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema has mulled the pros and cons of August preseason 2015. The Razorbacks struggled through a 1-3 September losing successively in nonconference upsets in Little Rock and Fayetteville to Toledo and Texas Tech and losing their SEC opener in overtime to Texas A&M at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.

But they finished with a flourish, 6-1 for their last seven games that would have been 7-0 but suffering a blocked field  goal late in the loss to Mississippi State.
“You take the season and you always look at what you did well and what you didn't do well,” Bielema said Friday as the coaches joined boosters of the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club in a golf outing at Bella Vista. “ As I look back on last year, obviously the beginning of the season there's some things that we left on the table in the Toledo game, Texas Tech.”

That would mean accelerate the August as much as possible  except whatever the Hogs did in preseason obviously had them fresh for a finish that included a 5-3 SEC season and a closing Liberty Bowl victory over Kansas State. 
So despite last year’s sluggish September, Bielema’s 8-5 overall/ 5-3 SEC Hogs of 2015 show marked improvement over his previous two Arkansas seasons of 3-9/0-8 and 7-6, 2-6.

“One of the most satisfying things was to be a 5-3 team in the league,” Bielema said. “To be a team that went 0-8 then 2-6 and to go 5-3 that's a dramatic change.  You want to find out why that happened but yet keep in balance why your record was what it was. So I think that's a little bit of a balancing act.”




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