Saturday, December 7, 2019

Treylon Burks Included In Razorback Trio That Earns PFF All-Freshman Distinctions

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas football placed three student-athletes on the 2019 Pro Football Focus (PFF) Offensive All-Freshman team, which is tied for the most by any program in the country.

Right guard Ricky Stromberg earned third team honors, while receivers Treylon Burks and Trey Knox landed as honorable mention team members. Arkansas is the only school with two receivers recognized by PFF.

Stromberg, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, played in all 12 games for the Razorbacks, starting each of the last 11, primarily at the right guard position. He blocked for an offense that accumulated 4,081 total yards in 2019, with 2,315 through the air. Stromberg was rated as the top pass blocking lineman on Arkansas’ starting unit by PFF with a grade of 67.0. He did not allow a sack in 417 pass blocking plays in his first year on the Hill.

Burks, an Arkansan from Warren, was the team’s leading receiver with 475 yards on 29 receptions over 11 games played and nine starts. He averaged 43.2 yards per game and 16.4 yards per catch, leading both categories among SEC freshman wideouts. Burks was the only Razorback to catch a pass in every game he played in, as he was one of five Arkansas freshmen ever to eclipse 400 receiving yards in a season.

Knox, from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was neck-and-neck with Burks all season long, leading the two at points throughout their first year together. Knox finished the year with 385 yards and three touchdowns on 28 receptions, ranking second on the team in TD catches. He wrapped up his first season ranked third in the league among freshmen in yards per game (43.2) and receptions per game (2.5).

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Lumberjacks move to 1-1 after beating Strong

The Warren Lumberjacks defeated the Strong Bulldogs Wednesday night by the score of 61-50 in Fordyce.

The Lumberjacks are now 1-1 overall.  They will next face the McGehee Owls Saturday, December 7 in the Fordyce Tournament at 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Lumberjacks Display Solid Defense In Win Over Vilonia

TJ Phillips playing defense for Warren.   Photo by src.
The Warren Lumberjack Basketball team defeated the Vilonia Eagles Tuesday evening in Vilonia by the score of 56-42.

Senior Vincent Steppes sets up the Warren offense. Photo by src.
The game was officially on the schedule that was published by Warren High School, however, we believe it may have been what amounted to a scrimmage, as the game is not listed on Max Preps, and was played prior to the senior girls game, a scenario that almost never occurs.

It was tight battle in the early minutes as Warren led 4-3 with 5 minutes to go in the first quarter. Warren senior Vincent Steppes went to the free throw line and added to that lead moments later.

Warren’s defense was outstanding early on as Quinn Payne stuffed an Eagle shot.  At the end of the first Warren led 12-8.

In the second quarter the Jacks went to work offensively, jumping out to a 21-8 lead. TJ Phillips hit a three to move it to 24-8 Warren.

The Lumberjacks led 32-19 at the break.

Sophomore Isaac Richey gets set defensively. Photo by src.
Sophomore Isaac Richey had a good performance, including a three in the third.

Solid defense in the fourth and superb leadership from Warren’s seniors helped the Jacks close out a 56-42 win over Vilonia.
Jarard Payne attacks the lane. Photo by src.

Lady Jacks Travel to Vilonia For Non-Conference Matchup

Senior Jamie Stallings brings the ball down the court for Warren. Photo by src.
The Warren Lady Jacks made the two hour drive to Vilonia Tuesday evening, December 3, and dropped a game to the Vilonia Lady Eagles by the score of 68 to 27.

The loss marks just the second of the year for the Lady Jacks who now move to 2-2 on the year.

Sophomore Keller Bigham takes the tipoff for the Lady Jacks. Photo by src.
Vilonia jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead with 6:30 to go in the first quarter.  Warren found themselves with some solid possessions early, but simply couldn’t seem to get the shots to fall.  Vilonia’s Laney Mears lit up the scoreboard with multiple threes to give the Lady Eagles a substantial lead very early on.  Warren sophomore Keller Bigham got the Jacks on the scoreboard with 51 seconds to go in the first.

Senior Lady Jack Faith Jackson prepares for a Vilonia free-throw.
Photo by src.
The second quarter was a bit brighter for the Lady Jacks.  Senior Faith Jackson began to find her form and hit a three, quickly followed by another at the hands of Senior Jamie Stallings.

At halftime Vilonia led 33-16.  The third quarter saw Vilonia hit the cruise button, as they extended their lead to 55-27.

The Lady Jacks’ struggles continued into the fourth quarter.  Vilonia won by the final of 68-27.

The girls will next take part in the Morrilton Tournament which takes place December 10 to 14.  According to Max Preps they will take on Vilonia a second time to kick off the Morrilton Tournament.
The Lady Jacks huddle up with first year head coach Leon Harris. Photo by src.
Senior Jade Watson looks to pass. Photo by src.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Two Former Lumberjacks Home Friday Night

As reported prior to Friday night November 29th, Fordyce and Hazen played a Class2A quarterfinal game on the 29th at Jim Hurley,Jr. Stadium.  Fordyce requested to play in Warren due to the condition of their own football field.  The Warren School District was pleased to help, especially after Fordyce was so kind as to allow the Lumberjacks to play several home basketball games at the Fordyce Gym last year while repairs were being made to Warren's gym.  A good crowd was on hand from both Fordyce and Hazen.  Fordyce announcers and staff handled the game and were most complimentary of Jim Hurley, Jr. Stadium and publicly thanked Superintendent Bryan Cornish and Athletic Director and head football Coach Bo Hembree for being of assistance.

The game was a lot different than watching the Lumberjacks or most Class 4 teams.  The game consisted mostly power running in tight formations with 10 and 11 players in the box on defense.  Both teams huddled and used every second between plays. Occasionally a play action pass was utilized. It was a close hard fought game and Fordyce won 24-20 to advance to the semi-finals of class 2A.  There were good players on both sides.  One of the Hazen players was Blayne Toll, a six foot Six inch, 245 pounder that played several positions including defensive end, tight end and even a little quarterback.  It is reported that he is committed to Arkansas.  Fordyce had quick and fast running backs and a play maker at quarterback.

In Warren for the evening were two of the most outstanding players in Lumberjack history.  Hayden Lassiter, starting safety for the Ouachita Tigers, who completed their season last week and Treylon Burks, the starting wide receiver for the Arkansas Razorbacks, who literally had just completed the last game for 2019 a few hours earlier in Little Rock.  Hayden and his team won the Great American Conference title for 2019.  Treylon, who had an outstanding freshman year, is considered one of the top players in America.  Both took time to patiently visit with many fans and SRC.  Both are outstanding students as well as football players.  We hope both have great future success both on and off the field.  They along with several other former Lumberjacks who played college football in 2019 are great credits to Warren. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

2A State Quarterfinal to be played in Warren

With rain still in the forecast, and field conditions in Fordyce not ideal after the wet weather we've already experienced in the area, the 2A State Quarterfinal game between Fordyce and Hazen will be played at Jim Hurley, Jr. Stadium on the Warren campus.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Lady Jacks Take Runner-up in Bauxite Tourney

Photo by Robert Camp.
The Warren Lady Jacks secured runners-up in the Bauxite Invitational Tourney this past weekend after they defeated Woodlawn 60-46 in game one, bested Bauxite in game two 37-31, and came up just short against Central Arkansas Christian Saturday, November 23 by the score of 51-44.

Faith Jackson takes a jump shot. Photo by Robert Camp.
In the opening game of the tourney vs Woodlawn, senior Faith Jackson led the Lady Jacks with 19 points, followed by Sophomore Keller Bigham who had 13. Jade Watson and T. Steppes also went into double digits against the Bears.

Warren's tight battle in game two vs. Bauxite saw Faith Jackson once again leading in the scorebook with 15, followed by Watson and senior Jamie Stallings each with seven a piece.

The Lady Jacks get a bit of a breather, as their next matchup is in 10 days when they make the road trip to Vilonia to take on the Eagles.  Vilonia is currently 4-1.

Lumberjacks Finish A Wonderful 2019 Season 10-2

The Warren Lumberjacks traveled to Ozark Friday, November 22 and faced the Ozark Hillbillies in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs, coming up short by the score of 41-17.

Vincent Steppes breaks free for a Warren touchdown. Photo by Robert Camp.
A large Warren crowd made the trip and vocally supported the team while setting in a drizzle all night. The Lumberjacks played an outstanding first half and led the talented Hillbillies 17-14 at the half. However, the third quarter quickly got away from the Jacks and they fell 41-17. It sounds like a dominating win for Ozark, while the fact is, it was a very competitive game until several major errors did Warren in early in the third quarter.

Warren received the opening kick off at their own 45 and moved the ball to the Ozark seven-yard line against one of the best defenses in Class 4A. The drive stalled and Jesus Tinoco came in and kicked a field goal to put Warren ahead 3-0. The Jacks kicked off to the Ozark 31 and the Warren defense, playing like the best defense in Class 4A forced a punt and Warren took over at the Ozark 48. The Jacks were then forced to punt and left the Hillbillies at their own ten-yard line. Ozark then ripped off a big run. Then they threw a pass down the middle, Warren's safety had a shot at intercepting it but missed and the receiver caught the pass and ran 62 yards to score. The point after made the score 7-3 in favor of Ozark. After the kick-off, the Lumberjacks took over at their own 35 and drove the ball. Vincent Steppes ran 28 yards for a touchdown and the PAT by Tinoco was good to make the score Warren 10 and Ozark 7.

Cedric Calbert and Mark Hairston combine for the tackle. Photo by Robert Camp.
The battle continued into the second quarter with the Warren defense playing lights out. After a tremendous run by Steppes, Cedric Calbert came in to spell Steppes and scored on a one-yard run. Tinoco hit the PAT and Warren was up 17-7. Later the Jacks got deep for a long pass and it appeared the defensive back grabbed the receiver's shoulder. No call was made and Warren was forced to punt. With 2;53 remaining in the first half, Ozark broke a 25 yard run for a TD and the point after made the score at halftime 17-14 in favor of the Lumberjacks.

Warren kicked off to begin the third quarter and things went bad quickly. Ozark moved the ball in big chunks and scored on a 52-yard run to go-ahead 21-17. Then Warren called a fair catch on the ensuing kick off and failed to field the ball. It was recovered by Ozark and they scored again. On the next kick off, Warren fumbled the return and Ozark again recovered. Again they used a short field and scored. Warren had the ball very little in the third quarter.

Braden Jones reception. Photo by Robert Camp.
In the fourth quarter, Ozark continued to move the ball and eat up time. Warren mounted a long drive in the fourth quarter, taking over deep in Jack territory and drove to inside the Ozark ten yard line. On fourth and short, the snap was dropped and Ozark recovered. They kept the ball the remaining minutes of the game.

It was a story of two halves. Warren played outstanding in the first half against a very good team. Too many mistakes did serious damage in the third quarter, which could not be overcome.
The Lumberjacks never quit but the errors took a lot out of them.

For the game, Vincent Steppes ran 21 times for 156 yards and one TD. Riley Cornish was 14 out of 23 passing for 154 yards. Braden Jones had six catches for 86 yards. The Lumberjacks gained 321 yards total offense, while Ozark gained 434, mostly on the ground.

It was a successful year and sets up 2020 as an opportunity for the Lumberjacks to continue to win and make another run at a conference and state championship.

Dr. Joe Wharton Weekly Scoreboard

CLASS 7A
Bentonville 41, LR Catholic 10
North LR 42, Har-Ber 21
Bryant 42, Fayetteville 14
Bentonville West 31, Conway 21

CLASS 6A
Searcy 55, Pine Bluff 15
Greenwood 24, Siloam Springs 7
Benton 18, Jonesboro 7
West Memphis 31, Lake Hamilton 28


CLASS 5A
Pulaski Academy 28, Harrison 21
Morrilton 45, Texarkana 14
White Hall 24, Alma 17
LR Christian 52, Wynne 21

CLASS 4A
Crossett 31, Gosnell 6
Arkadelphia 56, DeWitt 20
Shiloh Christian 63, Pocahontas 14
Nashville 35, Dardanelle 34
Jonesboro Westside 35, Hamburg 20
Joe T. Robinson 36, CAC 0
Ozark 41, Warren 17
Pea Ridge 21, Star City 14

CLASS 3A
Hoxie 34, Booneville 28
Prescott 23, Dollarway 22
Harding Academy 58, Newport 24
McGehee 52, Atkins 29
Osceola 50, Greenland 14
Melbourne 42, Glen Rose 28
Rison 36, Lamar 20
Camden Harmony Grove 46, Clinton 14

CLASS 2A
Junction City 50, Hector 14
Des Arc 40, Mountainburg 0
Magnet Cove 38, McCrory 14
Gurdon 41, Dierks 22
Salem 46, Parkers Chapel 22
Carlisle 36, Foreman 14
Fordyce 40, Magazine 14
Hazen 46, Earle 0

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family makes Signature Gift for Baseball Development Center

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family has made a signature gift in support of a soon to be constructed Baseball Development Center at the University of Arkansas. The Hunts have pledged $5 million to help build the facility that will serve as the home of the Razorback Baseball program at Baum-Walker Stadium. Construction on the baseball development center is scheduled to begin next month with a targeted completion set for spring of 2021.

In recognition and appreciation of the Hunts generous support, Razorback Athletics has submitted a resolution for consideration to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees requesting the facility be named the J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Baseball Development Center. The resolution will be considered at the Board of Trustees meeting set for November 21-22 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

“We are deeply appreciative of the continuing generosity of the Hunt Family and their support of Razorback Athletics and the University of Arkansas,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek said. “Their lead gift for the baseball development center will help us provide our student-athletes, coaches and staff with a facility that celebrates the history and tradition of our program while most importantly preparing the next generation of Razorbacks for even greater success. I know that Coach Dave Van Horn, his staff and our entire team are excited for this spectacular new addition to our program. We are grateful for the Hunts’ extraordinary investment in the lives of our student-athletes and the future of Razorback Baseball.”

The Baseball Development Center, an approximately 49,000 square foot baseball performance facility will provide student-athletes with an improved and expanded locker room, team meeting room, strength and conditioning center, training room, nutrition center, student-athlete pitching and development lab and an in-venue batting tunnel. The Norm DeBriyn Champions Lobby will feature numerous historical displays and interactive content showcasing the history of Razorback Baseball.

“The Hunt family legacy and commitment to the University of Arkansas is undeniable,” Razorback Foundation Executive Director and General Counsel Scott Varady said. “Their investment in our programs and student-athletes can be seen throughout campus and we are extremely grateful for their support.”

The Baseball Development Center will be constructed in the right field corner of Baum-Walker Stadium, connecting it with the current west concourse and providing new premium viewing areas for games. It will also include a tunnel to connect the facility with the first base dugout. In June, the Board of Trustees approved a final project cost of $27 million for the facility. The Baseball Development Center will be funded entirely by athletic revenues, gifts and bond proceeds from the bond issue. No university funds, state funds or student fees will be required to complete the project.

The addition of a Baseball Development Center will be the latest in a series of renovations and additions to Baum-Walker Stadium which first opened in 1996. In April 2018, Baum-Walker Stadium was ranked as the best collegiate ballpark in the nation by Baseball America.

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Arkansas’ Reggie Chaney Reinstated

FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas head men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman announced that sophomore forward Reggie Chaney has fulfilled the obligations that led to him being suspended for the first three games. Chaney, who has been practicing with the team, will be available to play starting Tuesday (Nov. 19) versus Texas Southern.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Duran Named State Farm Lumberjack of the Week

Congratulations to Jacob Duran for being named the State Farm Lumberjack of the Week! He is part of an offensive line that allowed 283 yards rushing against Elkins on Friday night! Great job Jacob!

Visit State Farm agent Joey Cathey on facebook by CLICKING HERE.

Brackets Set for GAC Playoff

ARKADELPHIA, Arkansas – The Ouachita Baptist University football team has been selected as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Division II Playoffs and will host Lindenwood University in the first round.

Kickoff has been set for 1 p.m. this upcoming Saturday, November 23 at Cliff Harris Stadium in Arkadelphia.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, $15 for home side reserved, and $20 for home side premium reserved. Tickets can be purchased through the Ouachita Department of Athletics by calling 870-245-5182. Tickets can also be purchased online here. Media inquires should be made at the same phone number or via email to sharpd@obu.edu.

Ouachita (11-0) is one of nine undefeated teams in D2 football, coming off a come-from-behind 24-21 victory over Henderson State this past Saturday at home in the Battle of the Ravine. The Tigers are the Great American Conference champions for the third straight season and fifth time overall since the league's inception in 2011.

This is the fourth NCAA playoff appearance for the Tigers, the third consecutive playoff berth, and the third year in program history to be picked to host an NCAA playoff game.

Lindenwood will make the trip from St. Charles, Missouri with an 8-3 overall record (8-2 against D2 teams). The Lions posted a perfect 7-0 record in conference games, clinching the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship this past Saturday with a 42-10 victory over Southwest Baptist.

Ouachita Defeats Henderson In "Battle Of The Ravine"

Mark and Dena Jennings of Warren(left), joining Keemontrae McKnight, Hayden Lassiter, and Lafoy Smith on the field
after Ouachita's win over Henderson State Saturday.
In a hard fought game that went down to the wire, the Ouachita Baptist Tigers defeated the Henderson Reddies in the "Battle of the Ravine" Saturday, November 16th played at Ouachita by the score of 24-21.  The attendance was reported at over 8000.  The game was of particular interest to many Lumberjack fans due to three former Lumberjacks playing for Ouachita.  Hayden Lassiter starts at free safety, LaFoy Smith starts at defensive end and Keemontrae McKnight plays extensively at wide receiver.  All three were major play makers in the game.

The win caps off an undefeated season for Ouachita and secured the undisputed championship of the Great American Conference.  The Tigers will now take part in the playoffs.

On the final drive of the game, McKight made a big catch and run setting up Ouachita for the game winning touchdown with only seconds remaining in the contest.  Smith and Lassiter were major parts of the defense that helped win the game.

ARKADELPHIA, Arkansas --- Down 21-17, Tiger Football drove 74 yards in 1:02 to score a game-winning touchdown with 35 seconds remaining to defeat rival Henderson State University 24-21 at Cliff Harris Stadium on Saturday.

Sophomore QB Brayden Brazeal led the Tigers' charge on Senior Day, completing 18 of his 25 passing attempts for 223 yards and a touchdown.  He also rushed 11 times for 33 net yards and a touchdown.

Brazeal's favorite target on the day was senior WR Allie Freeman, who caught seven balls for 74 yards and a highlight-reel touchdown.  That yardage moved Freeman to fourth place for all-time receiving yardage for the Great American Conference.

After a Reddie touchdown with only 1:37 left in the contest, the Tigers found themselves down four points with 74 yards between them and the end zone.  Brazeal started the drive with an eight-yard carry.  After an incompletion, Brazeal connected with sophomore WR Justin Dean for 32 yards to break into Reddie territory.  Freshman WR Keemontrae McKnight hauled in a clutch 20-yard reception on the next play, and a late hit out-of-bounds by a Reddie defender gave the Tigers first-and-goal at the Reddie 7 yard line with less than a minute in regulation.  Then, with 35 seconds left in the Battle of the Ravine, and facing third-and-goal from the Henderson State one yard line, senior RB Brockton Brown plunged into the end zone for the winning score and his 22nd rushing touchdown of the year, which set a new Great American Conference single-season rushing touchdown record.

Brown finished his final game against the cross-street rivals with 16 rushes for 63 yards.  Fellow senior RB Shun'cee Thomas was right behind him with 14 rushes for 46 yards, while sophomore RB T.J. Cole added 27 yards on six carries.

Down 14 in the first quarter, the Tigers had their backs against the wall.  With the Reddies driving early in the second quarter, senior DB Keandre Evans electrified the Tigers by jumping the route and picking off the pass for the Reddies' only turnover of the afternoon.  Evans also led the team in tackles on the day with nine.  Junior DL Dameyun McDonald added to the strong defensive effort for the Tigers with two quarterback sacks, a forced fumble, and six tackles of his own.

Freshman K Gabe Goodman connected early in the fourth quarter on his only field goal attempt of the game with a thirty-six yard boot through the uprights, giving the Tigers their first lead of the day, 17-14.

Ouachita now waits to learn its next opponent, whom it will host at Cliff Harris Stadium in the upcoming Division II Playoffs.
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