Thursday, December 14, 2017

Arkansas tops SEC and ranks in top 15 nationally

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas leads all Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics programs and ranks among the top 15 programs in the nation in the latest 2017-18 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings released on Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA). The Directors’ Cup tracks the nation’s most successful intercollegiate athletics programs for their performances throughout the year.
Arkansas is the only SEC program in the top 25 and one of only two programs (Ole Miss) in the top 50 of the second set of fall standings. The standings released on Thursday included women’s field hockey, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s water polo.
A fourth NCAA Tournament berth in five seasons, netted 25 Directors’ Cup points for the Razorback soccer team. With 11 wins in 2017, Arkansas eclipsed the 10-win total for the third time in the last four years after its amazing run through the SEC Tournament, which included a tournament final berth for the second-straight year. Arkansas was the lowest-seeded team to ever make it to the conference tournament's final match, taking out the likes of Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and top-seeded South Carolina along the way.

Warren Girls Win Again

The Warren Lumberjack Lady Basketball team defeated Hermitage 56-40 in the Dual State Tournament Wednesday night at Junction City.  The Lady Jacks will play Saturday at 7;00 P.M.  for the championship, facing off against Junction City.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Lady Jacks Win

The Warren Lady Jacks under the coaching of Jae Kell, traveled  Monday, December 11th, to Junction City to play in the Dual State Tournament.  The Lady Jacks came away victorious defeating Smackover by a score of 60-47 in round one of the tournament.

Faith Jackson scored 21 points for the Lady Jacks while Shakeria Stovall made 11 and Jamie Stallings scored 9.  

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Warren Falls One Point Short/Remember 2006?

 Photos by Emmalee Goad
The Lumberjacks were awarded the runner-up trophy.

 The Warren Lumberjacks fought valiantly to the end and were on the verge of winning their fifth state championship.  With enough time left to run two maybe three plays and with a reasonably good chance to kick a game winning field goal, something happened that quickly brought back memories of 2006, when the Lumberjacks had a title taken away by a blown call by the officiating crew.  Remember Jarius Wright scoring a two point conversion to win in overtime only to have the officials freeze and allow the umpire, lined up behind the defense, make the call of no good.  A  picture was taken clearly showing Wright scoring.  But no replay in Arkansas High School sports.

Fast forward to December 9, 2017.  Warren has the ball in scoring position, trailing 28-27.  They had a real chance to win the game when a person runs onto the field, is removed by security and Warren is penalized 15 yards.  It changes everything and the Lumberjacks come up short.   Would Warren have won?  No way to know for sure but the odds were good.  A simple short field goal would have been sufficient.  So far no one has shown us the rule that required a penalty be accessed against Warren.
#23 Vincent Stepps advanced the ball for the Jacks.

It turns out the person running onto the field was a Warren student.  No a player, not a manager, no one of any official capacity.  The individual apparently had no credentials and had no right to be on the field.  Security on the field was the job of the stadium.    They certainly took great pains to make sure all media was legitimate, but allowed some one to get loose, race onto the field and ruined the Lumberjacks championship hopes.  Things can happen, but why the penalty?

Well back to the game.  It was an outstanding contest with two excellent teams facing off against each other.  Warren won the toss and deferred till the second half.  Warren kicked off and Arkadelphia took over at their own 19.  The Lumberjacks held on fourth down at the Warren 34 and immediately struck on a long run to the Badgers 25.  With 7:31 remaining in the quarter, Treylon Burks race 25 yards for a touchdown.  Jesus Tinoco made the PAT and Warren led 7-0.
Warren Senior Wallace Smith was awarded the Brandon
Burlsworth Award for the Lumberjacks.

After the ensuing kick off, Arkadelphia took over at their own 26.  They drove into Warren territory and the jacks held at their own 22.  Warren was moving the ball when a fumble occurred and Arkadelphia ran it back to the Warren five.  They scored on a five yard run and made the point after to tie the game 7-7.  The Lumberjacks moved the ball but had to punt to the Badger 4-yard line.  In the second quarter Arkadelphia hit a big pass and later scored on a one- yard run and upped the lead to 14-7.

The Lumberjacks took over at their own twenty and were forced to punt.  The Badgers returned the punt to Warren's 22.  With 3:28 left in the half, Arkadelphia scored on a one yard run and took a 21-7 lead  The jacks got the ball back at their own 24 and moved down field.  With 21 seconds remaining in the first half, Treylon Burks ran in for a towchdown from the two.  The PAT was blocked leaving Arkadelphia ahead 21-13.  The Badgers returned the kick off to Warren's 42 and missed a field goal to keep the score 21-13 in favor of the Badgers at half.

Treylon Burks returned the opening second half kick off to the Warren 47.  On the first play J'malachi Kinnard hit Burks for a 53 yard touchdown pass and Tinoco hit the PAT to cut the lead to 21-20.  After the kickoff Arkadelphia move the ball deep into Warren territory.  Treylon Burks intercepted a pass at the Warren eight.  After a penalty on the return, Kinnard threw a 91-yard pass to Burks with 6:32 remaining in the third quarter and Tinoco made the point after and Warren took a 27-21 lead.  Arkadelphia got the ball and with 5:26 remaining in the third quarter fumbled and J. J. Hampton recovered for Warren.  The Jacks turned the ball over on downs at the Arkadelphia 30.  Warren forced a punt and had to punt back.

In the fourth quarter the Badgers punted to the Warren one and the Jacks promptly moved the ball.  Eventually Warren punted and with 3:19 left in the game, Arkadelphia hit a 81 yard pass for a touchdown and made the PAT to go ahead 28-27.  Warren took the kick off at their own 18 and put together a championship caliber drive that included a pass from Kinnard to Braden Hargis for a first down on a fourth and 12.  Warren drove into Arkadelphia territory and was poised to score either a touchdown or field goal.  That is when the person rushed onto the field and the officials marched off 15 yards against Warren.  The Jacks tried to score but were too far out for a decent shot at a field goal against a strong wind.  The pass was intercepted in the end zone and time expired.  It was a heartbreaking finish for the Lumberjacks, their coaches and fans.

Much can and will be said about the game.  Arkadelphia was very good.  It was a very competitive game.  Warren had four (4) big plays go against it.  The first quarter fumble that resulted in the Badgers tying the game.  The two big passes Arkadelphia hit that appeared to be some type breakdown in coverage and the blocked extra point.  These four plays resulted in 21 points for Arkadelphia and the margin of victory.  Warren made great plays.  The entire team battled hard to the end.  Treylon Burks proved he is the best high school player in Arkansas.  J'malachi Kinnard was outstanding at quarterback and on defense.  Braden Hargis, not one hundred percent, made big plays, Will Woodard, Wallace Smith, Marcus Miller,  and all the offensive and defensive linemen fought hard and played well, while missing two of the best linemen in Arkansas, Davis Pennington and Joe Morris.  Vincent Stepps ran great.  Keemontrae McKnight always gives his all.  Psavian Person fought to the end.  Not one player quit or gave up.  They thought they would win till the last second expired.  The fact is, the Lumberjacks had earned the right to attempt to win the game.  It got taken away or at the least, made very difficult.
J'malachi on a quarterback keeper.

This is a championship team.  The trophy says runner up, second in class 4A.  The people of Warren know that this team and their coaches are champions and the community should be very proud of their efforts.  We have experienced this before (2006), but it should not take from the accomplishments of the 2017 Lumberjacks.
Steppes runs the ball.

Join in congratulating the 2017 Lumberjack football team on being champions!  They demonstrated character and integrity.  They lived up to the legacy of being Lumberjacks!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Lumberjack Teams Beat Fordyce

The Warren Lady Jacks and the Warren Lumberjack basketball teams played Fordyce Thursday, December 7th at Lumberjack Gym.  The Warren girls won 55-49 and the boys came out ahead 71-50.

The Warren Senior boys continue to play with seven players due to football season still progressing.  After the state championship football game December 9th, several additional athletes will join the Warren team.

Reminder, the State Championship football game is set for Saturday, December 9th at 12:00 noon at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.  The Lumberjacks will be the home team.  A large crowd is expected to be on hand to support the Lumberjacks.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Coach Bo Hembree and Psavian Person Named Farm Bureau Awards Finalists

LITTLE ROCK - Farm Bureau Insurance is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 Farm Bureau Insurance Awards.

The Farm Bureau Insurance Awards honor Arkansas' top offensive player, defensive player and coach of the year for each classification. The veteran staff at Hooten's Arkansas Football selects three finalists for each category, and those 45 finalists and their families are invited to attend the Farm Bureau Awards in North Little Rock.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hunter Yurachek Named University of Arkansas Athletic Director

Yurachek, the current vice president for athletics at the University of Houston, will be introduced to the state later this week.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz announced today the appointment of Hunter Yurachek as vice chancellor and director of athletics, effective immediately. Yurachek currently serves as the vice president for athletics at the University of Houston.

He will be formally introduced to the state and to members of the media later this week at a time to be determined.

“I am thrilled to welcome Hunter to the Razorback family,” said Steinmetz. “He possesses the experience, the management skills and the passion to have an immediate impact on our university. I know that as Razorbacks around our state and country get to know him, they will know that we are in good hands. We welcome Hunter, Jennifer and their children to Arkansas.”

Monday, December 4, 2017

Advance Tickets for State Championship are on Sale

Warren High School will play Saturday, December 9 at 12:00 noon at War Memorial Stadium in the 4A State Championship game against Arkadelphia High School.  The Lumberjacks will be the home team and will be on the west side of the Stadium.  Entrance will be at Gate 7.  Advance tickets can be purchased at Central Office Monday through Thursday until 4:00 p.m.  Cash only.  Ticket prices are $6.00 for students and $7.00 for adults.  At the gate everyone will pay $7.00.

Burks Named Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union Player of The Game vs. Robinson

The entire Warren defense also received this award this week.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Red Wolves Heading to the Camellia Bowl for Seventh Consecutive Bowl-Game Appearance

JONESBORO, Ark. (12/3/17) – The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Sunday that the Red Wolves have accepted an official invitation to play in the 2017 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. (CT) in an ESPN-televised contest against Conference USA member Middle Tennessee.

The A-State football team is set to make its seventh consecutive and 15th all-time bowl-game appearance, although they will compete in the Camellia Bowl at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., for the first time.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Lumberjacks Win! Next Game, State Championship!

Photos by Emmalee Goad
Keemontre McKnight turns to look for the pass.
The Warren Lumberjacks faced off against the Joe T. Robinson Senators Friday night, December 1st at Joe T. Robinson High School in the semi-finals of the class 4A state playoffs.  It was one of the most highly touted games of the year and one of the biggest in Arkansas this season.  The two teams had faced each other in 2016, in what many called the actual state championship for that year.
Defense! Lumberjacks! Defense!

The two teams somewhat mirrored each other in style and ability.  It turned into a real battle and went into overtime with the Lumberjacks winning 35-28.  It was hard fought, hard played and back and forth.

Robinson won the toss and deferred to the second half.  Warren received the opening kick off and took control at their own 24.  The Jacks promptly drove the football down the field and scored on a one yard touchdown run by Treylon Burks at the 8:09 mark of the first quarter.  The extra point was good by Jesus Tinoco and Warren went up 7-0.
Lumberjacks hang tough.

Robinson took over at their own 35 after the kick off and quickly move the ball down field.  With 6:56 remaining in the first quarter they scored on a five yard run and with the successful point after, tied the game at 7-7.  Warren got the ball at their own 32 and was forced to punt to the Robinson 25.
Robinson drove the ball to Warren's 19-yard line in the second quarter and after an offensive pass interference call on the Senators, turned the ball back to Warren on downs.  The Lumberjacks then moved the ball and with 7:30 left in the first half, scored on another one yard run by Treylon Burks.  Tinoco was good on the PAT and  Warren moved ahead 14-7.  The ensuing kick off gave Robinson the ball at their 33 and on third down Warren blocked a pass and forced a punt.  The Jacks had to punt back.  Robinson gotr the ball on their own 13 and were penalized to their 8.  Warren's Donovan Ross then picked off a Robinson pass and returned it to their three yard line.  Treylon Burks ran in for a touchdown from the three and Tinoco made it 21-7 in Warren's favor with a successful PAT.
#4 Cade Reep and #28 Joe Brown block for Keemontre McKnight.

The Lumberjacks tried a short pooch type kick off and Robinson broke the return to Warren's 31.
The Senators threatened to score but the Jacks forced a fumble and recovered at the Lumberjack  12-yard line.  After a great drive, Keemontrae McKnight, who ran and played great all night, broke off a brilliant 21-yard run for a touchdown with 1:09 remaining in the first half.  Tinoco made the score 28-7.  Robinson took the next Warren kick off and moved the ball quickley to the Warren 14.  The Jacks held them on downs and the half ended.
Lumberjack Defense holds that line.

Robinson received the second half kick off and took over at their own 31.  They moved the ball but were forced to punt.  Warren moved the ball but turned it over on downs at the Robinson 26.  No points were scored in the third quarter.
Braden Hargis lines up to defend Lumberjack territory.

In the fourth quarter, Robinson mounted a drive and scored on a six yard pass and made the score 28-14.  Warren was later forced to punt and the Senators later scored again on a 4-yard pass making the game 28-21.  Warren mounted another serious drive but was held on downs at the Robinson seven yard line with 4:48 to play.  Treylon Burks had been forced to sit out the fourth down play due to being shaken up on third down.  Robinson struck swiftly and scored on a 56-yard touchdown pass.  They tied the game 28-28 with 3:57 left in the game.
McKnight lines up behind his blockers.

The Lumberjacks responded and moved the ball down field.  McKnight broke a 21-yard run for a touchdown that was called back for blocking in the back.  It was a very close call.  The Lumberjacks attempted a long field goal with four seconds remaining in the game.  It missed just left.

The Lumberjacks got the ball first in overtime at the ten yard line.  Treylon Burks scored from the one and Tinoco hit the point after and Warren was ahead 35-28.  Robinson got their shot from the ten.  With fourth down at the Warren two, Treylon Burks shot through a gap from his linebacker position and dropped the running back behind the line of scrimmage to win the game.

Several fans stated it was one of the greatest high school football games they have ever witnessed.  Two very good teams battling it out with no quit in either.  It was like a heavy weight boxing match.
Treylon Burks heads to the goal line.

Every Warren player fought to the end.  Burks was again sensational as was McKnight, the offensive line and each member of the offense.  J'malachi Kinnard played well on offense and defense.  The entire defense made play after play.  A great Warren crowed was present and engaged.

The Lumberjacks now will face the Arkadelphia in the state championship game Saturday, December 9th at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.  Once again they face a very good team and will need another big and supportive Lumberjack Nation crowd to be present.  It will be Warren's seventh appearance in the finals over the past 18 years. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Boys Basketball Underway

Although the Warren Lumberjack Boys Basketball team will not be at full strength until football season is completed, the players that do not participate in football have been practicing and have played a few games.  Thursday night, November 30th the team played Lake Village in a non-conference game and defeated the Beavers 88-42.  It appears Warren has some talent and should be very competitive.  Several very good players will join the team after football is completed.

The Jr. High Boys team is also playing.  They beat lake Village in a close game on the 30th.