Greenlaw Leads Fayetteville's Offense

Fayetteville safety Dre Greenlaw was one of many Razorback commit having big games this weekend as he accounted for three touchdowns - one rushing, receiving and passing - in the Bulldogs' 35-14 first-round playoff win over Cabot. He also had several big hits on defense.

Usually a defensive and special teams playmaker, Fayetteville’s Dre Greenlaw carried the Bulldogs on offense Friday night.

The three-star safety had a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in Fayetteville’s 35-14 first-round playoff win over Cabot, proving why his nickname is “Big Play Dre.”

“I knew we had a couple plays put in for me,” Greenlaw said. “Last week, we didn’t run them as much, so I didn’t know how much we were going to run them this week. Coach Patton brought them out and they were successful.”

The Bulldogs came into the playoffs after a 45-2 beat down at the hands of Bentonville, costing them a share of the 7A-West conference title.

That loss, as well as the fact that Fayetteville was upset in the first round of the playoffs last year, prompted Greenlaw and the other seniors to provide some leadership during practice leading up to the Cabot game.

“You could tell we were a little down earlier in the week,” Greenlaw said. “The seniors stepped up and told them that we have to forget about that game and play the next game. We threw that behind us and put everything we had into this game.”

Fayetteville’s first 21 points came courtesy of Greenlaw, an Arkansas commit.

Late in the first quarter, he caught a screen pass from quarterback Taylor Powell and sprinted up the sideline for a 78-yard touchdown reception.

After Cabot tied the game at 7-7, the Bulldogs marched down the field and Greenlaw scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line on a toss sweep, giving him his rushing touchdown.

Finally, during the third quarter, Greenlaw gave Fayetteville a 21-7 lead when he threw a 47-yard pass on a wide receiver reverse, showing off the arm he used as a seventh-grade quarterback.

He finished the game with three receptions for 93 yards, as well as 13 yards on the ground.

“We’ve been really focusing on trying to get him over on the offensive side more,” Fayetteville coach Daryl Patton said. “Each week we’re trying to expand his playbook.

“The kid probably has the best arm of anybody on the team, he’s probably got the best hands, he’s one of the fastest kids and he’s a very, very special athlete.”

While the box score will show Greenlaw’s biggest impact was on offense, he also laid several big hits on defense.

Cabot, which runs a Dead-T offense, felt the force of his hits even more because the game was played in cold weather, with temperatures in the 20s.

“It was pretty cold tonight, but I felt like they felt more of the pain than we did,” Greenlaw said.

Also during the game, Arkansas tight end commit C.J. O’Grady caught three passes for 63 yards and one touchdown.

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Arkansas is hosting four official visitors this weekend, including a former Camden Fairview standout who has had a big-time season. Coffeyville, Kan., Community College wide receiver Dominique Reed (6-4, 170) was named to the Jayhawk Conference All-Conference first team earlier this week.

He did so after catching 56 passes for 979 yards and 16 touchdowns for the No. 10 Ravens (9-2), who will play No. 3 Trinity Valley (11-0) in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl on Dec. 6 in Copperas Cove, Texas.

Reed caught a touchdown pass with Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema looking on in Coffeyville's 84-21 regular season finale win over Garden City last Saturday – a week after he was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Week with four touchdown catches in a 49-24 win over Highland.

He is joining Butler County, Kan, offensive lineman Tyler Howell (6-9, 302) as well as two Razorback commits – Carrollton, Texas, Hebron center Zach Rogers (6-3, 300) and Los Alamitos, Calif., punter Blake Johnson (6-1, 190) - as official visitors this weekend.

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Arkansas commits in action this weekend included:

• Arkansas tailback commit and Dallas Bishop Lynch standout Rawleigh Williams had 28 carries for 89 yards and three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass in his team's 30-26 win over Houston St. Pius X in the state playoffs last night.

Williams has rushed 318 times this season for a whopping 2,704 yards and 37 touchdowns.

• Coppell, Texas tailback Charles West had 16 carries for 126 yards rushing on Thursday night in his team's 51-35 playoff loss to DeSoto.

West , who has plans to be at Arkansas' game with LSU Saturday night, ended his senior season with 161 carries for 1,465 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

• Arkansas tight end commit Austin Cantrell and his team whipped Sequoyah-Tahlequah 59-20 in the first round of the Oklahoma 3A playoffs on Friday night.

• Highland wide receiver and Arkansas pledge Deon Stewart had 3 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown and also rushed 5 times for 36 yards and had two tackles and an interception.

• Arkansas defensive end pledge Jamario Bell of Junction City had four tackles as his team rolled Walnut Ridge 62-8 in the opening round of the state playoffs.

• The aforementioned Johnson' saw his team upset 59-21 by El Toro Thursday night in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section West Valley Division playoffs.

• Patrick Carr had 20 carries for 138 yards – including a 58-yard touchdown dash – but Klein Oak upset his The Woodlands, Texas, team 38-20 and ended his high school career.

• Fort Smith Northside won its first playoff game since 2008 by downing Little Rock Catholic 24-14 as junior Kiondre Thomas rushed for two touchdowns and junior linebacker Deontre Hardwick intercepted a pass in the end zone.

Hardwick's interception set up a 98-yard drive that Thomas capped 10-yard scoring run to give Northside the go-ahead touchdown.

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