Stewart, eighth-graders salvage tie
■ The ninth-graders suffered a 14-0 loss at Springdale Southwest.
SPRINGDALE — Josh Stewart and the Siloam Springs eighth-grade football team came through Thursday with some late game heroics to salvage a 14-14 tie against Springdale Southwest.
Stewart threw a touchdown pass to Brendan Lashley with 20 seconds left in the game to pull the Panthers within 14-12.
Stewart then broke several tackles and scored the two-point conversion as the Panthers tied the Cougars in their season opener at Wildcat Stadium on the campus of Springdale Har-Ber.
After Southwest returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown to take a 6-0 lead, Stewart scored the Panthers’ first touchdown in the first quarter on a quarterback keeper.
The score was tied 6-6 at halftime. Southwest took a 14-6 lead in the third quarter, and Siloam Springs’ game-tying drive started with 3 minutes, 30 seconds left on the clock.
No overtime is played in eighth-grade games.
The ninth-grade Panthers lost 14-0 to Springdale Southwest in their seasonopener.
The Panthers trailed 7-0 at halftime and gave up another score in the second half.
The Panthers (0-1) had a couple of scoring chances, including driving down all the way to the 3-yard line on one but failed to score.
The eighth- and ninthgrade teams are scheduled to play their first home games of the season Thursday at Panther Stadium. The eighth-graders play Rogers Oakdale at 5:30 p.m., followed by the ninth-grade against Rogers Heritage at 7:30 p.m.