Norman's Pride

Arkansas commit Andrew Norman got a chance to follow in his dad's footsteps on Saturday night when Springdale rolled to the Class AAAAA championship with a 54-20 rout of West Memphis before a state record 25,386 fans at War Memorial Stadium.

LITTLE ROCK - Over 30 years ago, Andrew Norman's dad Robert had the good fortune of playing a state title game at War Memorial Stadium.

Just as the elder Norman's Atkins team took it all back in 1971, the younger Norman's Springdale squad routed West Memphis 54-20 Saturday night before a state record 25,386 fans.

"This is just a great feeling," Andrew Norman said. "We worked so hard to get to this point and to win like this, getting off to such a great start is just amazing. We set out a long time ago to accomplish this goal and to accomplish it is something we can always be proud of for the rest of our lives."

Norman, who along with Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain are committed to Arkansas and who it appears now willl visit the Razorbacks officially in January, caught 6 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown on Saturday night.

That gave both Norman - who is the leading pass catcher in Bulldogs history - and fellow Springdale wideout Damian Williams both 63 catches on the season and both topped the 1,000 yard mark.

He admit he loved the fact that he got to catch a 59-yard bomb for a score from Mustain during the game.

"That made it even better," Norman said. "We have been playing together for so long and it was kind of nice to have one of those on the night we won the championship." The pair are slated to continue their hook-ups at Arkansas next season after a year in which Mustain threw for over 3,800 yards and 47 touchdowns with just six picks while playing only in some 32 quarters.

"We are really looking forward to going up to Arkansas and just trying to help the team get better in any way we can," Norman said.

He knows there are some coaching changes that are happening at Arkansas.

"We'll just kind of what happens and go from there," Norman said. "Things happen some time and you just sit back and take it in and then go from there."

Norman and Mustain have both admitted they would love to flip Williams and tight end Ben Cleveland - both committed to Florida - to Arkansas to play with them.

Williams - who was the MVP of the game - had 6 catches for 155 yards and also three runs for 66 yards while ending the season with 34 total touchdowns.

Cleveland - who starred more as a tight end as a junior - had a game-high 16 tackles from his linebacker spot on Saturday night.

"We're going to be in their ear now that things are over with trying to get all of us up there," Norman said. "We'll see how it works out."


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