Arkansas commit Greenlaw Shines in Tough Loss

Arkansas commit Dre Greenlaw was in on 13 tackles, had an interception and a couple of big plays as a receiver, but it wasn't enough on Saturday as Bentonville downed his Fayetteville team 24-21 in the Class 7A state title game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

LITTLE ROCK - This was not the way Fayetteville’s Dre Greenlaw envisioned his high school career ending, but the Arkansas commit left all he had on the field.

Greenlaw (6-2, 220) had 13 tackles, an interception and also caught 2 passes for 22 yards, but Bentonville topped the Purple Bulldogs 24-21 Saturday in the Class 7A State title game at War Memorial Stadium.

The linebacker/safety prospect will now turn his attention to his official visit to Arkansas next weekend along with teammate and fellow Razorback pledge C.J. O’Grady, a tight end who had 5 catches for 91 yards on Saturday.

“That has been my favorite team since I was a little boy and (Razorback head) Coach (Bret) Bielema has got that program headed in the right direction,” Greenlaw said. “I can’t wait to be a part of that. To be a part of something special like that.”

Bentonville had blasted Fayetteville 45-2 in the regular season in the Purple Bulldogs worst effort of a season in which they finished 11-3.

Fayetteville had taken a 24-21 lead with 3:05 left, but the Tigers marched 68 yards in 11 plays and Dylan Smith raced in from six yards out with 26 seconds left.

“I think we played pretty on both sides of the ball, but Bentonville, they are a good team and they just found a way to make a play at the end,” Greenlaw said. “That’s what matters is when you make a play at the end of the game to win it.”

Fayetteville will definitely look back on its last series of the first half with regret.

Sophomore quarterback Taylor Powell lofted a 40-yard pass to Greenlaw on which he made a spectacular play to set up Fayetteville with a first-and-goal at the Bentonville six with 1:06 left in the clock.

But two runs, poor clock management that turned into a spike and a 12-men on the field penalty resulted in a missed 36-yard field goal and left Bentonville with a 10-7 lead at intermission.

“That happens sometimes,” Greenlaw said. “When you get down there you are always expecting to score, expecting to get some points out of it, but we came up short.”

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