Purple Power

Fayetteville junior tailback Dylan Hale (5-11, 205, 4.43) - who is primed to add to the Purple Bulldogs' many other offensive weapons this upcoming season - shows off his talent Friday at the first day of the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase in Springdale.

SPRINGDALE - Fayetteville has tons of weapons it is going to unleash in the passing game during the upcoming season.

Junior quarterback Brandon Allen will toss the ball around to fellow Division I prospects such as Demetrius Dean, Josh Hale and Micheal Heintzman – all who were on display Friday at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase at Shiloh Christian.

But a big key in opening things up for that quartet could be the play of junior tailback Dylan Hale (5-11, 205, 4.43), who also had a banner day on Friday as he prepares to go from spot player to starting tailback.

"I am really excited to become the starting running back," Hale said. "What I have been doing this off-season and summer is speed camps, footwork camp and been getting out and catching the ball a little bit.…I've also gotten my weight up and got my 40 time down."

Fayetteville went 3-0-1 in action on Friday at the Southwest Elite, a 12-team event which will continue with pool play on Saturday morning and crowed a champ with a 3:45 p.m. final.

Hale, Josh Hale's young brother, certainly showed he will be a weapon with all those others around him drawing attention for me.

"It's really exciting for me because it actually gives me a chance to see the open field more and check out what I need to do the next play," Hale said.

Hale, who will be participate in Arkansas one-day camp next weekend, has some lofty goals for the 2009 prep campaign.

"The goals I have for next season is to have no dropped passes on any screens or any passes thrown to me, no fumbles, over a 1,000 rushing yards and I have a goal to become about 215 to 220 pounds," Hale noted.

He has started to get letters and interest from Arkansas, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Texas Tech, UCA and one letter from Florida.

He has been at numerous Razorback games over the last few years.

"The atmosphere is great, I love the excitement, love the intensity," Hale said. "It's really exciting for me because it gives me a chance to what college football is really about, what the coaches are like, what you are suppose to perform like, what you are suppose to do and what you are mentally told to do."

Dylan Hale

Friday's Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase Results

At Shiloh Christian

Pool A:




Tulsa Metro Christian


Shiloh Christian 1

Pool B:



Arkansas Baptist

Shiloh Christian 2


Siloam Springs

Field 1:

Fayetteville 28, Arkansas Baptist 24

Springdale 28, Jenks 20

Fayetteville 35, Shiloh-2 18

Shiloh 31, Jenks 16

Arkansas Baptist 28, Shiloh-2 25

Shiloh 26, Springdale 10

Fayetteville 37, Muskogee 11

Jenks 30, Bentonville 7

Field 2:

Muskogee 17, Har-Ber 9

Mayflower 22, Tulsa Metro Christian 4

Siloam Springs 24, Har-Ber 24 (tie)

Mayflower 25, Bentonville 16

Muskogee 25, Siloam Springs 9

Bentonville 20, Tulsa Metro Christian 17

Har-Ber 30, Shiloh-2 8

Shiloh 25, Metro Christian 23

Field 3:

Shiloh-2 26, Siloam Springs 17

Shiloh 40, Bentonville 12

Arkansas Baptist 18, Muskogee 7

Metro Christian 27, Springdale

Fayetteville 23, Har-Ber 23 (tie)

Jenks 29, Mayflower 28

Arkansas Baptist 23, Siloam Springs 15

Springdale 58, Mayflower 9

Pool Play continues at 9 a.m. on Saturday

Championship play starts at 1:15

Championship 3:45 p.m.

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