From Pulaski Academy wide receiver Jalyn Witcher to Van Buren QB Gary Phillips, there were several standout performances in Week 1 of Arkansas high school football.
Here are the top performances that caught our attention across the state on Friday, Aug. 28. Tag us on Twitter or Instagram @sbliveark if we missed anyone. We’ll update the post with more top performances from Saturday’s games.
FRIDAY, AUG. 28 – TOP STARS
Jalyn Witcher, Pulaski Academy WR
Witcher was both dominant and fun to watch as PA beat Robinson 48-35. He reeled in five receiving touchdowns with two coming in highlight fashion, and also caught a two-point conversion.
Harrison Lane, Pulaski Academy LB/DB
Making an impact both around the line of scrimmage and in coverage, Lane recorded two interceptions in the second half to help seal the Bruins’ victory over Robinson. That doubled his 2019 total of one pick.
Cam Wiedemann, Shiloh Christian RB
Wiedemann opened up his senior campaign with three TDs as the Saints cruised past Pea Ridge 47-14.
Dreyden Norwood, Fort Smith Northside QB
Northside made it five straight wins over rival Fort Smith Southside behind Norwood’s 205 passing yards, a passing touchdown, 55 rushing yards, and two rushing TDs. Northside rolled to a 35-7 win.
Cross Jumper, Jonesboro QB
Down 24-10 at one point in the fourth quarter, Jonesboro QB Cross Jumper connected with WR Will Barre for two touchdown passes to complete a frantic 28-24 comeback over LR Catholic. Jumper, a Tennessee baseball commit, finished with three TD passes.
Will Barre, Jonesboro WR
The recipient of all three of Jumper’s TD passes, Barre finished with nine catches for 233 yards.
Marco Avant, Jonesboro LB
One of the state’s top-ranked LBs, Avant finished with 12 tackles in Jonesboro’s comeback win.
Gary Phillips, Van Buren QB
Phillips led Van Buren to a 48-28 victory over Springdale with three rushing touchdowns and a passing TD.
Tyler Gee, Cabot QB
Gee helped Cabot overcome a slow start against talented Searcy to pull out a 35-18 victory.
Daniel Perry Jr., Searcy RB
While Searcy couldn’t hold off Cabot, Perry did what he could. He finished with 204 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.
Corey Platt Jr., Little Rock Christian Academy RB/LB
To help get LRCA a win over their first ever 7A opponent, Platt recorded two receiving touchdowns, a rushing touchdown, and well over 100 receiving yards alone.
Ja’Quez Cross, Fordyce WR
Cross scored four touchdowns, including the game-winning 43-yard TD reception, to lift Fordyce to a season-opening 29-28 win over Rison.
Travelle Anderson – Gosnell RB
While the Pirates fell to Brookland 36-32, one of the state’s best RBs went off. Anderson went for 214 rushing yards and 31 receiving yards to finish with two TDs.
Chris Francisco, Rogers QB
Francisco put up a monstrous stat line to lift Rogers over Siloam Springs in a 52-42 barn-burner. His totals: 421 passing yards, 89 rushing yards, three passing TDs, and two rushing TDs.
Hunter Talley, Siloam Springs QB
While Rogers’ 52 points was too large a total to overcome, Talley kept Siloam Springs in the game as long as possible. He finished with over 450 total yards and six TDs.
Terrell Fricks, Mineral Springs QB
Based on sheer production, nobody had a bigger Week 1 than Fricks for the 2-0 Hornets. In a 57-20 rout of England, he put up 238 passing yards and five passing TDs on only 11 attempts, and rushed for 124 yards and three more TDs.
SATURDAY, AUG. 29 – TOP STARS
Joseph Young, Bryant WR
With three touchdown catches for 153 yards, Young helped the top-ranked team in the state dominate one of the stronger foes they’ll face this season. Bryant beat Benton 48-7, and was up 42-0 at halftime.
Austin Ledbetter, Bryant QB
The Arkansas baseball commit totaled 232 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 pass attempts.
Jamarien Bracey, Bryant RB/LB
Bracey ran for 96 yards and a touchdown in his Bryant debut, and his strong work on defense/special teams included a fumble recovery.
Ja’Coree Womack, Lonoke RB
Womack ran for 120 yards, three touchdowns, and a two-point conversion on five carries. Lonoke also received strong RB contributions from Anthony Parks en-route to a 55-6 blowout over Carlisle.
Dalton McDonald, Bentonville West QB
The Wolverines were beaten soundly by Broken Arrow, one of the top teams in Oklahoma, but McDonald did what he could to keep it respectable. He finished with 283 passing yards and two touchdown passes on 24-37 completions, and also ran for 75 yards.