Of the six state champions, three hailed from western Arkansas with two — Charleston and Greenwood—representing the Fort Smith region directly. However, the area had a lot more to be proud of than just these two teams.
In part one, we spoke with Don Brodell of the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) and Athletic Director Jim Rowland of Fort Smith Public Schools about the current state of the Arkansas high school football playoffs.
The Arkansas high school football playoff system has been deciding a clear state champion for a few decades now, which is more than can be said for the Bowl Championship Series and NCAA Division I football.
No one in the state of Arkansas save for the players and coaches of Fayetteville High School saw Saturday afternoon’s upset of the No. 16-ranked Bentonville Tigers coming. (Make that formerly No. 16 team.)