Razorbacks celebrate over win against Missouri After losing consecutive SEC home games for the first time since predecessor John Pelphrey coached the Razorbacks, Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson and his Razorbacks certainly didn’t diminish their 19-point victory over Missouri.
In SEC play, Arkansas’ 92-73 victory Saturday at Walton Arena came after home losses to Florida and Mississippi State plus one road loss at Kentucky and one road win at Tennessee.
The Razorbacks, 13-4 overall but just 2-3 in the SEC, would have been in dire SEC straits had they lost at home to last-place Missouri, 5-11, 0-4, going into Tuesday night’s SEC game at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.
“It was a very important win tonight,” Arkansas junior guard Daryl Macon said after registering game highs 17 points and six assists. “We couldn’t drop three in a row. We started the sense of urgency at practice and tried to carry most of it over to the game and it turned out good tonight.”
Anderson agreed. The urgency he didn’t see last Tuesday when the Razorbacks lost, 84-78 to Mississippi State at Walton he saw Saturday evening.
“I thought we brought the intensity that is normally own display at Bud Walton Arena,” Anderson said. “And It was good to see defensively guys engaged and making it difficult for Missouri to get into what they wanted to run offensively.”
Arkansas’ defense converted 25 points off turnovers to the offense while big men Moses Kingsley and Trey Thompson, the Madison native and Forrest City High grad, combined to block five shots and score 14 points with 12 rebounds.
No official word on Smith for Wake Forest position FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith is reported by numerous media outlets to have interviewed for the defensive coordinator’s position at Wake Forest University. However no official Wake Forest offer to Smith has been reported or confirmed. Neither Smith nor Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema could be reached Friday for comment. Bielema has said other schools have expressed interest in various Aransas assistant coaches. If Smith leaves for Wake Forest, he would replace defensive coordinator Mike Elko. Elko departed Wake Forest Coach Dave Clawson’s staff to become the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame.
Clawson’s Demon Deacons improved off successive 3-9 years to conclude 2016 at 7-6 and beating Temple in the Military Bowl. An instant Arkansas hit when he arrived in 2014 to inherit a struggling defense off a 3-9 overall and 0-8 SEC team from 2013, Smith’s 2014 defense was instrumental in the Razorbacks vastly improving to 7-6 overall and 2-6 in the SEC. The 2014 Hogs posted unprecedented consecutive SEC shutouts by 17-0 and 30-0 in Fayetteville over nationally No. 20 LSU and nationally No. 8 Ole Miss and finished with a 31-7 Texas Bowl victory in Houston over the Texas Longhorns.
Bulldogs fall to Eagles in tourney finals The Waldron Bulldogs were defeated by the Cossatot River Eagles 73-54 in the championship game of the Booneville Tournament on Saturday. "Well that's our strength, our ability to make shots," Cossatot River coach Wendell Cartwright said. "We kind of struggled early. Then we made some plays defensively that got us some easy buckets, which got our confidence up."
Cossatot River trailed by 4 at halftime before putting on a shooting clinic. The Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 47-24 in the second half. "We didn't really wake up until the second half that's for sure," Cartwright said. "We played a whole lot harder in the second half. They just hung in their and kept fighting and battling, and finally we made some plays."
Bulldogs defeat Tigers in semifinal at Booneville tourney Waldron took the lead for the first time a few minutes into the fourth quarter against the Acorn Tigers in semifinals of the Booneville Invitational tournament on Friday when Ty Allen hit a 3-pointer to make the score 36-34. After the Bulldogs got a stop, Chris Shaddon hit a 3-pointer to extends Waldron's lead to 39-34.
Hog Calls: Debacle makes Mizzou feel like a rival Perhaps subconsciously the Arkansas Razorbacks wanted to fuel the "Battle Line Rivalry" with Missouri. Because in the worst way, that's certainly what they did. Blowing a 24-7 halftime lead to lose 28-24 to the allegedly woeful Missouri Tigers on Friday afternoon in Columbia, Mo., surely in Arkansas should instill the battle to the Battle Line Rivalry. Previously, it seemed regarded more borderline than battle line by many Razorbacks fans.
This whole battle-line business has seemed contrived, an artificial concoction from an insurance company's ad department. But real rancor manifests in Arkansas now. The bowl bound Razorbacks were skunked in the second half by a Tigers team allegedly dreadful defensively and unabashedly unqualified to go bowling, finishing 4-8 overall and 2-6 in the SEC East.
Bulldogs stack up another big win over Subiaco On Friday, October 21, the Subiaco Trojans rolled into Waldron with high hopes; however, left Waldron disappointed. Waldron elected to begin the game on defense and things did not go well for the Trojans. First play of the game, Tristan Brumbelow ended up in the Subiaco backfield for a great tackle resulting in a 3 yard loss. After a Subiaco holding call on 3rd down, Waldron would get the ball for the first time with 8:57 left in the first quarter. Waldron's drive was sparked with Matthew Shaddon's 23 yard run, and the drive was ultimately capped off by Brumbelow's 35 yard touchdown.
Waldron Falls to Booneville 36-7 Friday, October 14th, the Waldron Sr. High Bulldogs traveled to Booneville for a rival conference game against the Bearcats. Waldron would receive to start the game.
The very first play of the game, Waldron manages to draw the defense off sides before being held on third down and being forced to punt the ball back to Booneville. Booneville had a similar first possession. After picking up two first downs,
Trey Williams breaks up a huge third down pass play for the Bulldogs to get the ball back on offense!
Waldron ddges Pottsville 35-34 to tie for 1st place in conference play Friday, October 7, 2016 Waldron wins a huge game against the Pottsville Apaches putting them in a great spot for conference play. To start the game, Waldron struggled and seemed like anything that could go wrong did. Pottsville jumped out quick to a 13-0 lead after holding Waldron to negative yardage on offense and what seemed like completely dominating the Waldron defense. However, don't throw in the towel yet Bulldog fans for the old Waldron has passed away! Waldron's first successful drive began on their own 25 yard line with 11:11 left in the second quarter. It all began with a spark from Matthew Shaddon for a 9 yard pick up, followed by a 41 yard run from Tristan Brumbelow and capped off yet again by Tristan to score from 5 yards out making the score 13-7 with 9:36 left to play in the second quarter.
Waldron rolls over West Fork on Homecoming 49-6 Waldron's homecoming has not went this well since week 7 of 2011. Friday, September 30th, West fork traveled to Waldron in what ended up being a merciless performance by the Bulldogs. To start the game, Waldron elected to begin on defense. West fork began with the ball on their own 18 yard line before quickly being held by the Bulldog defense to force them to punt the ball after only 3 plays. On 4th down, Tristan Brumbelow and Joel Cagle get to the punter before he can get the ball off and tackle him at the 21 yard line, making it a short field for the Bulldogs! After just a few plays, it was quarterback Trey Williams finding the end zone for the Bulldogs making the score 7-0 with 8:13 to play in the first quarter. West Fork would pick up only 2 first downs on their next drive before fumbling on third down forcing West Fork to punt again.
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.
Waldron Advance 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.