Saturday, December 3, 2016

Re-Watch Warren vs. Prairie Grove On-Demand

Former Lumberjack Returns to Support His Team

Chris Gragg visits with Warren fans.
Buffalo Bill tight end Chris Gragg and his brother, Will, who plays for the Arkansas Razorbacks attended Friday night's semi-final 4A State Championship game to support the Lumberjacks in their game against the Prairie Grove Tigers.  Viking wide receiver Jarius Wright was headed home to the game but got held up at an airport and was unable to attend.

Lumberjacks Punch Their Card to Final

Senior tailback Dennis Daniels puts on a show of speed and cutting ability.
In the words of former Lumberjack great Kilay Cox who was working as the commentator for lumberjacklive on the NFHS network Friday night when the Jacks traveled over four hours to play Prairie Grove in the semi-final game in the 4A State Playoffs,  "The Lumberjacks are playing football tonight!"
Quarterback Hayden Lassiter keeps the ball for the Jacks.
Sophomore J'Malachi Kinnard and Junior Psavian Person
hunt down a Tiger.
Warren won the toss and received the opening kickoff before a packed stadium with standing room only.  The Jacks scored quickly when quarterback Hayden Lassiter threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Treylon Burks.  The extra point by Sergio Yepes was good giving the Jacks a 7-0 lead.

Warren stopped the Tigers and got the ball back.  Lassiter threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Keemontrea McKnight.  Again, Yepes made the extra point and put the Jacks up 14-0.

The Tigers were forced to punt, and the Jacks took over on their own 31-yard line.  On Prairie Grove's 44-yard line, Lassiter connected with Treylon Burks for a touchdown, putting the Jacks up 20-0.  Yepes made the extra point, and the Jacks went up 21-0 in the first quarter with 4:16 to go.
Warren's defense swarms to the ball.

Early in the second quarter on the 41-yard line of the Tigers, Lassiter hit McKnight for 41-yard Lumberjack touchdown.  The extra point by Yepes was good.  The Jacks moved ahead 28-0.
The offensive line blocked well all night.
The Tigers answered with a touchdown pass from the 35-yard line of the Jacks.  Their extra point was good leaving the score at 28-7 with 7:58 left in the half.  After a Lumberjack pass was tipped and intercepted, the Tigers scored on a one-yard run with 20 seconds left in the half, cutting the Lumberjack lead to 28-14 as the half ended.
Junior Wallace Smith has his eye on the Tiger.

At the 8:15 mark of the third quarter, Warren added another touchdown with Lassiter keeping the ball. Yepes's extra point was again good.  Jacks went up 35-14.  With 4:56 left in the third quarter, Prairie Grove scored on a touchdown pass.  The extra point attempt was no good.  This brought the score to 35-20.  Prairie Grove tried an on-side kick, which Braden Hargis covered at the 48-yard line.

With about three minutes left in the third quarter, Lassiter again connected with Burks for a 38-yard touchdown pass.  With a low snap on the extra-point attempt, holder Hayden Lassiter scooped up the ball and attempted to gain two points.  The 2-point conversion was no good and the score was  41-20.

Treylon Burks goes in for another Lumberjack touchdown.
 Lassiter hit Burks for a 39-yard pass to give the Lumberjacks another touchdown.  Yepes made the extra point putting the Jacks up 48-20.

Burks turns on that speed!
The Tigers scored one final touchdown on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter.  They successfully made a 2-point conversion bringing the score to 48-28.
Braden Hargis moves down the line.

There were numerous Lumberjack players who made big plays throughout the game.  Luke Gorman played an outstanding game on kickoff coverage, making several big tackles.  Cade Reep made a big play when he delivered a knock-out block that sprung Hayden Lassiter for a first down late in the game.  The defensive line and linebackers played well.  The Person brothers, Byron and Psavian, put on a show at linebacker making tackles.  The defensive secondary led by Carrington Gilbert and D'Shawn Jackson made play after play on defense.  Braden Hargis made several clutch catches during the game.  The entire offensive and defensive lines were solid all night.

Lassiter threw for six touchdown passes and scored one touchdown.  Trelon Burks scored four touchdowns, and Keemontrae McKnight scored two.  Daniels rushed for 87 yards, making big plays when the Jacks needed them.

Lassiter was 19 out of 23 passing, had 439 yards with 6 touchdowns, one interception.  He carried the ball 8 times for 33 yards.  Daniels carried the ball 14 times for 87 yards.  Burks had a total of 8 catches for 203 yards.  McKnight had 6 catches for 172 yards.

The Jacks will play for the 4A State Championship  at 7:00 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock against Pea Ridge Friday, December 9.  We anticipate a large crowd and encourage all fans to attend the game.  However, the game will be carried live on lumberjacklive.

Will Woodard and Braden Hargis  block for Dennis Daniels.

Treylon Burks earned Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union Player of the Game.

Byron Person grinds out more yardage for the Jacks.

Byron Person carries the ball for the Jacks.

The Jacks talk it over.

Coach Bo Hembree talks to Burks on the sideline.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sr. Teams Defeat Lakeside on the Court

The Warren Sr. Lady Jacks and Sr. Lumberjacks traveled to Lake Village Thursday night to take on the Lakeside Beavers.  The Sr. Lady Jacks brought home an impressive 51-28 victory over the Sr. Lady Beavers, while the Sr. Lumberjacks racked up a victory 63-53 over the Beavers.  The Sr. Boys team is playing without any players who are still playing in the state football playoffs.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Jacks Take on Drew Central

Warren sophomore gets airborn. 
The Warren Jr. Girls, Sr. Girls, and Sr. Boys traveled to Drew Central Tuesday night to take on the Pirates.  The Jr. Lady Jacks defeated the Jr. Lady Pirates by 10 points, 43-33.  The Sr. Lady Jacks kept the game close but fell short in the end by only four points, 48-44.  The Sr. Lumberjacks played without many of their players due to them still being in the football playoffs.  The Sr. Boys lost to Drew Central 70-38.
Shakeria Stovall wrestles for the tie ball.

Hannah Richey looks for a passing opportunity to work the ball to the goal.

Senior Dixie Puterbaugh passes the ball to #12 anticipating a goal.

Kalyx Miller puts it in the air as he goes for three.

Kalyx moves under the goal.

Getting set for the perfect shot.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Deadline Approaching for Y Basketball

UAM Baseball Coach John Harvey To Serve As Interim Director of Athletic

            MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello has named Head Baseball Coach John Harvey as interim director of athletics.
            Harvey replaces Chris Ratcliff, who resigned last week to become athletics director at Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla.
            Harvey recently became the first coach in school history to sign a multi-year contract when he inked a two-year agreement with automatic two-year rollovers through 2021. Harvey led UAM to a 40-16 record in 2016 that included the Great American Conference tournament championship and the school’s second-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Central Regional Tournament. The Boll Weevils finished one victory away from earning a berth in the Division II College World Series.
            “I felt for the continuity of our program in intercollegiate athletics that naming Coach Harvey to this important position would provide a seamless transition in leadership,” said UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes. “I am confident John can provide the direction and stability we need to ensure the success of our student-athletes. He has excelled as a coach and an administrator and is well suited to take on these additional duties.”
            Harvey became UAM’s head baseball coach in 2011. In the six seasons since, the Boll Weevils are 160-125, including a 125-73 mark over the last four seasons that included victory totals of 32, 36 and 40 games.
            “I’m grateful for this opportunity and I hope to justify Chancellor Hughes’ faith in me as we move forward,” said Harvey. “Chris Ratcliff has left a solid foundation and with the help of an outstanding group of coaches we will continue the institution’s commitment to the success of our student-athletes in the classroom and on the playing fields.”
            For more information, contact Jim Brewer, director of media services, at (870) 460-1274.

Dr. Kerry Pennington High School Football Scoreboard-Week 13

11-25Dardanelle (28)Shiloh Christian (49)Shiloh Christian leads series, 3-0-0
11-25Pea Ridge (36)Hamburg (24)Pea Ridge leads series, 1-0-0
11-25Prairie Grove (48)Gosnell (26)Series TIED: 1-1-0
11-25Warren (35)Robinson (28)Warren leads series, 1-0-0

Lassiter Earns ASFCU Player of the Game Honors vs. Robinson

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Lumberjacks Battle to Semi-Finals

The Jacks came out for Round Three of the 4A State Playoffs fired up and focused on victory.
The 2016 Warren Lumberjack football team has faced about as much adversity as any team in program history.  Injuries have been an issue from the beginning of the season and continued
Hayden Lassiter powers through the Senators' defensive line.
throughout the year.  It has just been one of those years.  Yet, Warren is now one game away from its sixth state championship game in the past 17 years.  It is not a given, and there is no guarantee, but the Jacks have fought all year through the injury bug and keep winning.

Friday night at Jim Hurley, Jr. Stadium, the Lumberjacks met and defeated one of the top teams in Arkansas football and certainly one of the best in class 4A.  Joe T.  Robinson came to Warren with multiple future college players, great skill, speed and depth.  Warren won 35-28 in a classic victory.

Warren received the opening kickoff but had to punt.  Hayden Lassiter, who starred on offense and defense, intercepted a Robinson pass at the Warren 30, and the Lumberjacks were back in business. At the 4:49 mark of the first period, Lassiter scored on a ten-yard run, and Sergio Yepes made the PAT for a 7-0 Warren lead.  The joy was short lived as Greyson Ashcraft, Warren's all-conference defensive end went down with a knee injury.  His future is unknown, but he did not play another down during the game.
Treylon Burks has the pylon in sight...going for the goal!

The Warren defense continued to play lights out as the line and linebackers battled valiantly against the big fast Robinson offense and the undersized defensive backs made play after play in pass defense.  With 2:02 remaining in the quarter, Treylon Burks beat Robinson deep, and Lassiter hit him with a 52-yard touchdown pass.  Yepes was good, and Warren went up 14-0.

Late in the quarter, Robinson drove the ball deep into Lumberjack territory.  Warren forced a fumble around the Lumberjack 6-yard line.  It was recovered by Psavion Person.
Braden Hargis fires down the sideline.

In the second quarter, Lassiter threw a beautiful pass of 59 yards to a wide open Braden Hargis, and with Yepes's kick, the Lumberjacks jumped ahead 21-0.  Warren then intercepted a Robinson pass and looked ready to blow open the game.  However, the Jacks were flagged for holding and the Senators got the ball back.  With 5:12 left in the second quarter, Robinson scored on a twenty yard run and cut the lead to 21-7.  The first half ended with a missed Robinson field goal.

Warren kicked off, and the Senators completely changed their offense.  They went to a version of a power game using the wildcat to run the ball.  On the first drive of the second half, Robinson punched in a touchdown and made the score 21-14.  Warren responded quickly, and with 6:50 remaining in the third quarter, Dennis Daniels ran in a touchdown from the six yard line.  Yepes kicked Warren to a 28-14 lead.  The Senators came right back and answered with a drive and a 13-yard TD run to again cut the score to 28-21.
Hayden Lassiter lets it fly destined for Braden Hargis.

Robinson again threatened but a fumble recovery by Marcus Miller halted the attack, and Warren took over.  With 6:53 remaining in the game, Lassiter scored on a five-yard run. Yepes put the Lumberjacks up 35-21.  At the 3:08 mark, Robinson scored on a short run and made the game 35-28. The Lumberjacks had to punt after getting the ball back, but held the Senators on downs to clinch the game.
The crowd definitely played a role in the game.  Offensive lineman Joe Morris celebrates with is family following the game.

It was a Lumberjack classic, with a huge crowd on hand.  Warren's defense was again outstanding. To a man, they made big play after big play.  J'Malachi Kinnard, Byron Person, Carrington Gilbert, Keemontrae McKnight, D'Shawn Jackson, Treylon Burks, Hayden Lassiter, Luke Gorman, De'vonta Brown, Marcus Miller, Will Woodard, Wallace Smith, Psavian Person and others, all rose to the occasion and made plays.  The offensive line likewise battled a big strong and fast Senators' defensive front and made things happen.  Joe Morris, Gaige Watson, Avery Weaver, and Dylan Higgins, and the rest of the O-Line kept fighting, and Warren put up 35 points.  It was a team win.
Daniels sees the Senators moving in and then... (see photo below)

...he puts on a show with that classic Daniels cut and heads upfield avoiding Senator defenders.

Dennis Daniels had 13 carries for 14 yards and a touchdown.  Hayden Lassiter carried the ball 15 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns.  This gives Lassiter 1015 yards on the year.  Daniels also exceeded 1000 yards for the year.
Treylon Burks. powers forward dragging a Senator with him.

Lassiter was 14 out of 20 for 214 yards.  He threw for two touchdowns. He has 2761 yards passing for the season to date.

The Lumberjacks must now travel to Prairie Grove in northwest Arkansas for the semi-final game.  It is a long trip, but one we urge all Lumberjack fans, who can, to make and support this team.  It will be covered live by, so make sure you have your subscription paid and be ready to watch the Lumberjacks Friday, December 2nd.

Left:  Hayden Lassiter keeps the ball and gains valuable yardage for the Lumberjacks.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

4A State Quarterfinal Berth and More On Chop Talk

The Big Game Friday Night

The Warren Lumberjacks will host the Joe T. Robinson Senators Friday night, November 25th at Jim Hurley, Jr. Stadium in what many Arkansas High School experts consider to be the game of the 4A playoffs to this point.

Robinson is an outstanding team, and Warren comes into the game 12-0, having gone through the regular season undefeated and winning the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Lumberjacks have accomplished this feat, despite a record number of injuries experienced throughout the year, including the loss of three very good players for the year.

Robinson has lost only to Nashville earlier in the year in a close hard fought game.  They have several potential D-1 and D-2 prospects.  A large crowd is expected to be on hand for the contest.

According to Lumberjack Head Coach Bo Hembree, the Jacks are sticking to their regular routine practice schedule for the week, even though school is dismissed for Thanksgiving.  He said it is a privilege to still be playing this time of year and he believes the Warren kids will play hard and be focused.  He stated the game will be a big challenge.

Band Shows Outstanding Sportsmanship

Last Friday night during halftime of Round Two of the State 4-A Football Playoffs held at Jim Hurley Jr. Stadium, fans were treated to a real act of sportsmanship as the Warren Lumberjack Band and the Stuttgart Band joined together and played for the crowd.

All season long, the Lumberjack Band has entertained the fans at halftime and boosted morale with their peppy tunes throughout the games.  During the first half of the season, they executed a show which paid tribute to the theme songs of television law enforcement shows.  At the end of the season, they changed their program and have been providing lively music for the fans.

All smiles ...
If you have seen the band's performance, it can not go without notice the precision work of the flag line.  As an editor's note, I am amazed by their ability to execute routines with such precision.  As an athlete, I was never exposed to the band at halftime.  Now that I have been covering the halftime shows on Lumberjack Live, I have a new appreciation for their talents.  It is obvious that hours and hours of time and effort have gone into these shows.  Even more, if you pass by the band stand at anytime during the games, you will see the happiest faces in Lumberjack Land!  They are always upbeat and cheering on their Jacks.  If you can, come out and see this group.  It will be a treat.  If you can't, we always show they at halftime during the games on the nfhs Lumberjack Live show.

Monday, November 21, 2016

ESPN2 to Broadcast A-State Football Game at Texas State

JONESBORO, Ark. (11/21/16) – The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Monday that ESPN2 will broadcast the Red Wolves’ final regular-season football game, a Dec. 3 Sun Belt Conference contest at Texas State.

With the addition of national television, the outing at Bobcat Stadium is now set to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. (CT).  A-State will be making its second appearance this season on ESPN2, but has also seen three contests televised on ESPNU, one on the SEC Network, one on CBS Sports Network and four on ESPN3.

The Red Wolves’ 11:00 a.m. (CT) game this Saturday at Louisiana-Lafayette will air on the American Sports Network (ASN) and also appear on ESPN3.  A-State holds an unblemished 6-0 Sun Belt Conference record and sits atop the league standings heading into this weekend’s game against the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Burks and Kinnard Named Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union Co-Players of the Game