Thursday, August 28, 2014

Week #1 - 2014 Arkansas High School Football Schedule

We are just a few days away from the official kick-off of the 2014 Arkansas high school football season. As usual, week #1 features some great games put together by Hooten's Arkansas Football. In addition to the Hooten's Classic games, we will see some great match-ups put together by coaches and athletic directors.

The week kicks off on Labor Day (September 1) with two games in Reynolds Razorback Stadium as 4A Lincoln (2013 quarter-finalist) takes on the Rams of Hot Springs Lakeside in the first game of the day. In the second game, we get to see Highland (4A championship hopeful) attempt to knock off Midland Christian (three-time state 4A champion -Texas TAPPS).

The Hooten's Classic continues at the University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff on September 2 as 3A #7 Episcopal Collegiate (Little Rock) challenges 4A DeWitt in the first game. The #1 team in 4A (Warren) will knock heads with traditional big school (7A) power Fort Smith Southside in game 2 of the double header.

The Classic concludes on September 4 at Fort Smith Northside's Mayo Thompson stadium. Hog fans will flock to see Ty Storey and his Charleston Tigers as they look to start the season right against the Shiloh Christian Saints with their new coach, Jeff Conaway. In the second game, Alma will attempt to kick-off their inaugural season in 6A with a win over Poteau, Oklahoma (2013 state runner-up in Oklahoma's 4A).

Intriguing week #1 games that are not part of the Hooten's Classic include Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst @ Bentonville, Wichita (KS) Northwest @ Rogers Heritage, Arkansas High (Texarkana) @ Texas High (Texarkana), Batesville @ Watson Chapel, Pulaski Academy @ Highland Park (Dallas, TX), and Camden Fairview @ El Dorado.

As always, we encourage you to find a game near you and support your local teams. We have listed the games by conference below, so you will see most games twice. Unless noted, all games are Friday, September 5.

2014 - Week #1



7A WEST
  • September 2 (Tuesday)
    • Fort Smith Southside vs. Warren
      • University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff
  • Kansas City Rockhurst (MO) @ Bentonville
  • Fayetteville @ Lawton (OK)
  • Pine Bluff @ Fort Smith Northside
  • Siloam Springs @ Rogers 
  • Northwest (Wichita, KS) @ Rogers Heritage
  • Greenwood @ Springdale
  • Springdale Har-Ber @ Webb City (MO)


7A/6A CENTRAL
  • September 4 (Thursday)
    • North Little Rock @ Little Rock Catholic
  • Poteau (OK) vs Alma
    • Fort Smith Northside
  • Benton vs. Bryant
    • War Memorial Stadium
  • Cabot @ Conway
  • Greenwood @ Springdale
  • Morrilton @ Russellville
  • Siloam Springs @ Rogers
  • Van Buren @ White Hall


7A/6A EAST
  • September 1 (Monday)
    • Little Rock Central vs. Dallas James Madison
      • Southern Methodist University (Dallas)
  • September 4 (Thursday)
    • North Little Rock @ Little Rock Catholic
  • Cabot @ Conway
  • Valley View vs. Jonesboro
    • Arkansas State University
  • Marion @ Wynne
  • Mountain Home @ Harrison
  • Greene County Tech @ Searcy
  • Forrest City @ West Memphis


6A SOUTH
  • Benton vs. Bryant
    • War Memorial Stadium
  • Pine Bluff @ Fort Smith Northside
  • Camden Fairview @ El Dorado
  • Lake Hamilton @ Hot Springs
  • North Pulaski @ Little Rock Hall
  • Little Rock Mills vs. Little Rock Parkview (Location ?)
  • Little Rock McClellan @ Sheridan
  • Texarkana @ Texas High (Texarkana, TX)


5A WEST
  • Lamar @ Clarksville
  • Farmington @ Prairie Grove
  • Beebe @ Greenbrier
  • Mountain Home @ Harrison
  • Little Rock Christian @ Fountain Lake
  • Maumelle @ Jacksonville
  • Morrilton @ Russellville
  • Sylvan Hills @ Vilonia


5A EAST
  • Batesville @ Watson Chapel
  • Osceola @ Blytheville
  • Forrest City @ West Memphis
  • Greene County Tech @ Searcy
  • Nettleton @ Newport
  • Rivercrest @ Paragould
  • Valley View vs. Jonesboro
    • Arkansas State University
  • Marion @ Wynne


5A SOUTH
  • September 1 (Monday)
    • Hot Springs Lakeside vs Lincoln
      • Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Camden Fairview @ El Dorado
  • Mena @ DeQueen
  • Nashville @ Hope
  • Lake Hamilton @ Hot Springs
  • Magnolia @ Crossett
  • Batesville @ Watson Chapel
  • Van Buren @ White Hall


5A CENTRAL
  • Beebe @ Greenbrier
  • Maumelle @ Jacksonville
  • Little Rock Fair @ Subiaco Academy
  • Little Rock McClellan @ Sheridan
  • Little Rock Mills @ Little Rock Parkview
  • North Pulaski @ Little Rock Hall
  • Pulaski Academy @ Highland Park (Dallas, TX)
  • Sylvan Hills @ Vilonia


4A-1
  • September 1 (Monday)
    • Hot Springs Lakeside vs Lincoln
      • Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • September 4 (Thursday)
    • Charleston vs. Shiloh Christian
      • Fort Smith Northside
  • Berryville @ Decatur
  • Gentry @ West Fork
  • Pottsville @ Gravette
  • Green Forest @ Huntsville
  • Elkins @ Pea Ridge
  • Farmington @ Prairie Grove


4A-2
  • September 1 (Monday)
    • Stuttgart vs. Arkadelphia
      • War Memorial Stadium
  • September 2 (Tuesday)
    • Central Arkansas Christian vs. Arkansas Baptist
      • War Memorial Stadium
  • Clinton @ Heber Springs
  • Star City @ Lonoke
  • Nettleton @ Newport
  • Pocahontas @ Riverview
  • Southside Batesville @ Cave City
  • Dollarway @ West Helena


4A-3
  • September 1
    • Highland vs. Midland Christian (TX)
      • Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Brookland @ Clarendon
  • Southside Batesville @ Cave City
  • Gosnell @ Harding Academy
  • Harrisburg @ Cross County
  • Jonesboro Westside @ Manila
  • Pocahontas @ Riverview
  • Trumann @ Hoxie


4A-4
  • September 2 (Tuesday)
    • Central Arkansas Christian vs. Arkansas Baptist
      • War Memorial Stadium
    • Dardanelle @ Danville
  • Clinton @ Heber Springs
  • Dover @ Atkins
  • Booneville @ Ozark
  • Pottsville @ Gravette
  • Bauxite @ Pulaski Robinson
  • Little Rock Fair @ Subiaco Academy


4A-7
  • September 1 (Monday)
    • Stuttgart vs. Arkadelphia
      • War Memorial Stadium
  • Ashdown @ Durant (OK)
  • Bauxite @ Pulaski Robinson
  • Little Rock Christian @ Fountain Lake
  • Malvern @ Glen Rose
  • Mena @ DeQueen
  • Nashville @ Hope
  • Waldron @ Mansfield


4A-8
  • September 2 (Tuesday)
    • DeWitt vs. Episcopal Collegiate
      • University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff
    • Fort Smith Southside vs. Warren
      • University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff
  • Magnolia @ Crossett
  • Dollarway @ West Helena
  • Dumas @ Mayflower
  • Hamburg @ McGehee
  • Lake Village @ Monticello
  • Star City @ Lonoke


3A-1
  • Cedarville @ Mountainburg
  • Elkins @ Pea Ridge
  • Green Forest @ Huntsville
  • Westside - Johnson County @ Greenland
  • Marshall @ Hector
  • Mountain View @ Salem
  • Gentry @ West Fork
  • Yellville-Summit @ Melbourne


3A-2
  • Dover @ Atkins
  • Bald Knob @ Des Arc
  • Barton @ Marvell
  • Gosnell @ Harding Academy
  • Marianna @ Augusta
  • Dumas @ Mayflower
  • Perryville @ Bigelow
  • Quitman @ Rose Bud


3A-3
  • Cedar Ridge OPEN DATE
  • Walnut Ridge @ Corning
  • Trumann @ Hoxie
  • Jonesboro Westside @ Manila
  • Yellville-Summit @ Melbourne
  • Osceola @ Blytheville
  • Piggott @ Marked Tree
  • Rivercrest @ Paragould


3A-4
  • September 2 (Tuesday)
    • Dardanelle @ Danville
  • September 4 (Thursday)
    • Charleston vs. Shiloh Christian
      • Fort Smith Northside
  • Booneville @ Ozark
  • Lamar @ Clarksville
  • Union Christian @ Lavaca
  • Waldron @ Mansfield
  • Centerpoint @ Paris
  • Hackett @ Two Rivers


3A-5
  • September 2 (Tuesday)
    • Episcopal Collegiate vs. DeWitt
      • University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff
  • Spring Hill @ Bismarck
  • Centerpoint @ Paris
  • Episcopal Collegiate @ Conway Christian
  • Malvern @ Glen Rose
  • Poyen @ Benton Harmony Grove
  • Horatio OPEN DATE
    • Norphlet consolidation
  • Jessieville @ Mountain Pine
  • Prescott @ Gurdon
  • We believe Episcopal Collegiate plays 2 games in Week #1.




3A-6
  • Drew Central @ Hampton
  • Fordyce @ Rison
  • Mineral Springs @ Fouke
  • Foreman @ Genoa Central
  • Camden Harmony Grove @ Bearden
  • Lake Village @ Monticello
  • Hamburg @ McGehee
  • Smackover @ Junction City


2A-3
  • Harrisburg @ Cross County
  • Earle @ Hazen
  • East Poinsett County @ McCrory
  • Piggott @ Marked Tree
  • Midland @ Woodlawn
  • Palestine-Wheatley @ Rector
  • Mountain View @ Salem
  • Walnut Ridge @ Corning


2A-4
  • Berryville @ Decatur
  • Two Rivers @ Hackett
  • Hartford @ Westville (OK)
  • Marshall @ Hector
  • Mount Ida @ Magazine
  • Cedarville @ Mountainburg
  • Union Christian @ Lavaca
  • Western Yell County @ Brinkley
  • Westside - Johnson County @ Greenland


2A-5
  • Perryville @ Bigelow
  • Episcopal Collegiate @ Conway Christian
  • Cutter Morning Star @ Union Christian
  • England @ Carlisle
  • Magnet Cove @ Parkers Chapel
  • Mountain Pine @ Jessieville
  • Poyen @ Benton Harmony Grove
  • Quitman @ Rose Bud


2A-6
  • Marianna @ Augusta
  • Western Yell County @ Brinkley
  • England @ Carlisle
  • Brookland @ Clarendon
  • Bald Knob @ Des Arc
  • Earle @ Hazen
  • Barton @ Marvell
  • East Poinsett County @ McCrory
  • Palestine-Wheatley @ Rector


2A-7
  • Dierks OPEN DATE
  • Foreman @ Genoa Central
  • Prescott @ Gurdon
  • Lafayette County @ Hermitage
  • Mineral Springs @ Fouke
  • Mount Ida @ Magazine
  • Murfreesboro @ Strong
  • Spring Hill @ Bismarck


2A-8
  • Benton Harmony Grove @ Bearden
  • Drew Central @ Hampton
  • Lafayette County @ Hermitage
  • Smackover @ Junction City
  • Magnet Cove @ Parkers Chapel
  • Fordyce @ Rison
  • Murfreesboro @ Strong
  • Midland @ Woodlawn

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2013 Harrison Data Example

In our book, Saturday Morning Wake-Up Call, we discussed processing data to help coaches make better decisions on 4th down. In writing the book, we developed a couple of templates for easy processing of the play data from a high school season. In the time since then, we have modified and expanded on the tools that were developed. This post will show you some of the results when the 2013 Harrison Goblin play data is used.

The 2013 Harrison Goblins database for plays that we used had 306 runs and 281 passes. The probability distribution functions (PDFs) for the data are found in Figure 1. The PDFs provide the probability of the yards gained for a play within the Harrison offense last season.

Figure 1. Probability Distribution Function for 2013 Harrison

There are two other distribution functions (the cumulative distribution function [CDF] and the complementary cumulative distribution function [CCDF]) derived from the same data. Those functions are found in Figure 2 and Figure 3.

Figure 2. Cumulative Distribution Function for 2013 Harrison

Figure 3. Complementary Cumulative Distribution Function for 2013 Harrison

The most useful data to a coach in the 4th down decision making process are the CCDFs. Essentially, the CCDF will describe the probability that a team will gain AT LEAST a given number (X) yards. We have built an Excel tool to query the CCDF to give a coach the probability of gaining the yards needed for a 1st down with either a run or a pass play. Figure 4 shows a screen shot of the data query sheet of the Excel tool.

Figure 4. Screen Shot from Excel Decision Tool

The tool does not provide a coach with much help on a Friday night, but a table for inclusion on a play call sheet is easily created. A sample table created using the data and tool above is found in Figure 5.

Figure 5. Sample Play Sheet Table Using 2013 Harrison Data

The table above would fit in a corner of a play sheet allowing a coach to assess the degree of "gambling" with a given play call. However, the full degree of gambling is not known unless he includes the points the other team is likely to score if a conversion fails. We discuss this analysis technique (and a couple of others) in the book.

We are looking forward to a great 2014 high school football season in the Natural State. To learn more about decision making tools for high school coaches, pick up an eBook copy of Saturday Morning Wake-Up Call at your favorite bookseller for just $0.99.
The paperback version is also available in these retail outlets:



Monday, August 18, 2014

2014 Pre-Season Notes for Arkansas High School Football

Now that teams have finished the 7-on-7 circuit for 2014, they are just about to start up the real football season. Most schools in Arkansas started classes today while the football teams have already been sweating and hitting for about 2 weeks. We are gearing up for the season by publishing our annual conference-by-conference version of the 2014 Arkansas high school football schedule available on one of our page links in the left column. In addition, we have completed the scoreboard links for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 page (also in the page links).

The schedule page contains an open date summary for those still looking to fill a schedule, but that will go away as the open dates pass. The schedule page will also morph to the 2014 Arkansas high school football scoreboard page as the games are played. Each week during the season, we will have an individual post for the games scheduled that week and a results page. We will once again highlight the high scoring teams and identify any surprises.

In the next few days, we will be going through an example of some of the statistical analyses that can be done using the techniques described in our book, Saturday Morning Wake-Up Call (see this post for the current outlets).  We are looking forward to a great 2014 season. Hopefully, you will take the ride along with us.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Current Outlets for Saturday Morning Wake-Up Call

Before the summer 7-on-7 season kicks off in a couple of weeks, we thought we would highlight the retailers currently carrying Saturday Morning Wake-Up Call. The book is carried by all major (and some minor) retail outlets. As always, we recommend purchasing the book from Smashwords for a few of reasons: (1) Smashwords pays us higher royalty percentages; (2) When you purchase from Smashwords, you can switch eBook eco-systems without having to buy your books again (you own the book, but you don't have to use a Kindle, Nook, etc.); and (3) Smashwords supports independent authors in ways not found at the other big book sellers. In any case, we are happy with any purchases. Here are the links for the eBook pages for these retailers:
Saturday Morning Wake-Up Call is also available through these "Netflix for eBooks" type apps:
If you prefer the paperback version, here are the links to find it at the best prices:
We have enrolled the book in the "Kindle Matchbook" program with Amazon. If you buy the print edition through Amazon, then you can buy the Kindle edition of the book FREE. If you choose to buy from another retailer, then let us know. We will send a gift copy of  Saturday Morning Wake-Up Call from Smashwords.

Monday, May 12, 2014

2014 Henderson State University Camps

The Henderson State University coaching staff will be conducting several football camps for athletes this summer. Below is a summary of the camps and dates. For more information, visit the Reddies website. There is some urgency to register if you wish to attend the May 24 Jr/Sr camp because it is less than 2 weeks away.

Scott Maxwell Junior/Senior Football Camp

  • May 24 OR June 28
  • 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Rising Juniors and Seniors
  • $50
Registration begins at 11:00. Lunch will be provided. For additional information, contact Coach Matt Gordon (Camp Director, gordonm@hsu.edu). The registration form for the camp can be found at this link.

  HSU Youth Football Camp (Girls & Boys Ages 5 - 15)

  • July 16, July 17, and July 18
  • $50
Contact Robert Espinoza (espinor@hsu.edu) for additional information on this youth camp. The registration form for this camp is found at this link.
NOTE: It isn't clear to us whether or not this is a 3 day camp or 3 different camps.

Friday, May 9, 2014

2014 Steve Campbell Football Camps (University of Central Arkansas)

University of Central Arkansas head coach Steve Campbell and his staff will be conducting several football camps for athletes this summer on the UCA campus. Below is a summary of the camps and dates. For more information, visit the UCA Bears website or contact Stephanie Crain (501) 450-3153 or scrain AT uca DOT edu.

Senior Camps

  • June 13
  • 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • 2015 Graduating Class
  • $40
  • June 14
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • $40
These camps focus on position specific fundamental instruction and offensive & defensive technique development. No football gear will be needed. Click here for the registration form.

Lineman Camp & Skills/Team Camp

  • June 15 - 17
  • Rising freshmen through seniors
  • $175 for Overnight 
  • $150 for Commuter
The objectives of the lineman camp for offensive players are to teach fundamentals of drive block, reach, zeer, trap, zone, combo, down, and three- and five-step, as well as bootleg and sprint-out protections. Offensive linemen will work on individual blocks, as well as work in combination with other offensive linemen.
The objectives of the lineman camp for defensive players are to teach fundamentals of reading blocks, escaping blockers, getting off the ball, hat and hand placement, use of hands, defeating the trap or kick-out block, squeezing blocks, and rushing the passer. Tight ends and linebackers will get specialized attention from the UCA position coaches.
The skills/team camp will teach position specific fundamentals for Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide Receivers, Linebackers and Defensive Backs. A 7-on-7 competition is included in the skills/camp.
The brochure for these camps can be found here. Registration is due by June 4 and is limited due to space, so early registration is recommended. Itinerary and other details are available in camp brochure.

Youth Camp (Grades 3 - 8)

  • June 9 - 11
  • 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • $75
This camps focuses on agility & athletic development, position specific fundamental instruction, and offensive & defensive technique development. There will also be team competitions. Click here for the registration form.