Tigers’ offense shines in full-pad practice
BENTONVILLE — Bentonville High’s offense put on a display Saturday morning as the Tigers scrimmaged to go along with the first day high school teams could practice in full pads.
Seniors Nathan Lyons and Kam’ron Mays-Hunt connected on a 50-yard pass on the third play, then hooked up again four plays later for a 10-yard touchdown. Each of Bentonville’s three offensive units scored a pair of touchdowns against its defensive counterparts in the 90-minute workout.
“We’ve been excited about the way our offense has been operating,” Tigers coach Jody Grant said. “I think we’re farther along, offensively, than at this point in previous years. I think it has a lot to do with how our quarterbacks operate and the leadership of that group.
“Defensively, we do great things and a lot of neat things, but the consistency is a concern right now. We have some stuff we have to clean up, but we’re excited where we are at right now. Our kids are practicing hard.”
The younger players also had their chances to shine. Zach Lee, a lanky sophomore receiver who is still “new to the game,” caught a pair of touchdown passes, and Grant thinks he could find a role on Friday nights.
Grant also pointed out Landon Beeler, who along with Tyler Johnson has been moved over to work some on the defensive side. Lyons, who mostly played receiver last season but saw some limited action at quarterback, continues to draw praise from Grant and the coaching staff for his play.
“His leadership, his demeanor in the huddle, how he’s handling the offense — it’s awesome,” Grant said. “Hopefully we can continue to do that, and I think people will realize the Bentonville Tigers have a dang good quarterback.”
Bentonville will begin its second week of workouts at 6 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, then hold its second scrimmage Friday morning.