Arkansas still has several of its commitments chasing state titles and in one case a national championship.
That includes Frisco Centennial quarterback Lamar Jordan – who will most likely be a wideout in college – after he rallied his team to a 35-25 win over West Mesquite last Friday night to win a Class 4A Division I Bi-District title.
With the Titans (10-1) down 25-19 early in the fourth quarter, Jordan tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass and then 14 seconds later – after Frisco recovered a fumble – he raced in from 10 yards out.
"Our guys have made big plays at big times all year long," said Jordan, who had 107 yards passing and 62 yards rushing in the contest. "We have played as a team each game and that's why we have been successful."
Frisco will now take on Dallas Kimball (9-2) Friday at 2 p.m. in the area title game.
Kimball downed Bryan Adams 38-13 last weekend.
"There are not going to be any easy games from here on out and every day is going to go down to the end," Jordan said.
The Titans still must win five more games to grab the Class 4A Division I state championship in a playoff field that started with 64 teams and is now down to 32.
"It's a long road to the state title, but we have belief in ourselves and think we can get it done if we just work hard every day," Jordan said.
Jordan has passed for 1,981 yards and 24 touchdowns this season and also rushed for 466 yards and eight more scores.
He remains solidly committed to the Razorbacks.
"There is nothing that is going to change that," Jordan said. "I am anxious to see what happens after the season and look forward to being a Razorback."
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Other commitments and their 2012 stats:
• Austin Allen, QB, 6-2, 205, Fayetteville - Going into this weekend's Class 7A semifinal at North Little Rock, Allen is 192-of-300 passing for 3,210 yards and 27 touchdowns with just four interceptions.
He also has rushed for 130 yards and seven more scores.
• Tevin Beanum, DE, 6-4, 235, Forrest City – ended the season with 76 tackles, 7.5 for lost yardage with 3.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble
• Mitchell Bell, OL, 6-4, 310, Navarro College – The fifth ranked Bulldogss (9-2) won the Southwest Junior Conference championship and are slated to play Georgia Military College (7-3) on Dec. 1 in the C.H.A.M.P.S Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove, Texas.
Bell has 86 pancake blocks this season and has allowed only four sacks.
• Kaleb Blanchard, TB, 6-1, 215, Denham Springs, La. – Blanchard rushed for 892 yards and 15 touchdowns this season while also catching 11 passes for 130 yards and another score. He also returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.
• Alex Brignoni, S, 6-2, 195, Fayetteville – Going into this weekend's game with North Little Rock, Brignoni has over 80 tackles and five interceptions despite missing the first three games of the season.
• Tyler Cogswell, QB, 6-5, 225, Plantation (FL) American Heritage – Cogswell's season came to an end last Friday when Miami Jackson took down American Heritage 39-23 and broke its eight-game win streak.
Cogswell was 89-of-159 passing for 1,827 yards this season with 25 touchdowns and only three interceptions – two of which came in his final game when he was sacked six times and had nine passes dropped.
• Brooks Ellis, LB, 6-2, 218, Fayetteville – Ellis had two of his his team's six sacks in last week's 38-13 win over Conway and has put up good numbers despite missing time with an injury.
Ellis has over 70 tackles this season with 4 sacks among his 12 tackles for lost yardage and four forced fumbles.
• Khari Harding, S, 6-2, 205, Edmond Santa Fe – Four-time defending Class 6A state champion Union ended Santa Fe's season with a 52-19 decision in the quarterfinals.
Harding finished the year with over 90 tackles, with three interceptions, four PBUs, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for a team that finished 10-2.
• Hunter Henry, TE, 6-6, 240, Pulaski Academy – Henry has a whopping 101 catches for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns while playing in 11 games this season for the Bruins (10-2), who host Batesville in the Class 5A state semifinals on Friday.
• Jervenski Johnson, WR, 6-5, 190, Amite, La. – The lanky wideout caught 37 passes for 807 yards and five touchdowns this season while also picking off three passes while playing safety.
• John McClure, OL, 6-4, 310, Butler (KA) Community College – no stats are available for McClure, whose No. 2 ranked Grizzlies (11-0) will face top-ranked Iowa Western (11-0) on Dec. 2 with the national title on the line.
The game will be held at 3:30 p.m. inside the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
• Marcus Robinson, LB, 6-4, 210, Memphis East – Robinson missed the early season due to injury, but came back to have 42 tackles and one interception while also catching 11 passes for 207 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
• Deondre Skinner, TE, 6-3, 220, Patterson, La. – Skinner finished the season with 33 catches for 518 yards with three touchdowns and a two-point conversion.
• Myke Tavarres, LB, 6-2, 215, Weed (CA) College of the Siskiyous – Tavarres led his team with 85 tackles this season, including 12.5 stops for lost yardage, 3.5 sacks and two interceptions that he took back for touchdowns.
The Eagles finished the season 10-1 with a 47-18 win over Chabot in the NCF Central Division Bowl last Saturday with Tavarres being named the MVP after having 12 tackles in the contest.
• Carroll Washington, CB, 5-11, 180, Salinas (CA) Hartnell College – The junior college cornerback finished his team's 6-4 season with 25 tackles, three interceptions, six PBUs, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble.
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