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story.lead_photo.caption FILE PHOTO -- Bentonville head coach Jody Grant reacts, Friday, November 22, 2019 during the Class 7A quarterfinals football game at Tiger Stadium in Bentonville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/CHARLIE KAIJO)

Bentonville plays tonight at Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst, a Jesuit all-boys school with a proud history in academics and athletics.

Actors Spencer Tracy and Jason Sudeikis, former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, and former Major League All-Stars David Cone and John Mayberry, Jr. are a few of the notables who once walked the halls at Rockhurst on State Line Road in Kansas City. That’s an impressive list but Bentonville is the home of Walmart, so I’ll call this standoff about even.

Both schools have impressive resumes in football. Bentonville owns five state championship plaques and the Tigers have won conference championships in 12 of the past 13 years. Rockhurst owns nine state championships and the Hawklets have been to more state finals (14) than any high school in Missouri.

Rockhurst is 1-1 and Bentonville 1-0 after the Tigers won 47-21 at Conway to open the season. Andrew Edwards threw for 218 yards for Bentonville, which piled up over 500 yards in total offense. The Tigers have the hosses to challenge huge offensive and defensive linemen for Rockhurst.

Rockhurst blasted Bentonville 35-8 in 2017 a year after holding off the Tigers, 24-21, in overtime. Benton-ville won 24-13 in 2015 when the Tigers went 10-2 and finished runner-up in the Class 7A playoffs to Fayetteville.

This series is tied 3-3 between top programs from neighboring states. Teams from Northwest Arkansas lost to top programs from Oklahoma, but Bentonville will restore the roar and deliver some statewide pride with a win at historic Rockhurst.

RICK’S PICK: Bentonville

Other games involving teams from Northwest Arkansas (selections are capitalized).

CLASS 7A

SPRINGDALE at Farmington

Fayetteville at NORTH LITTLE ROCK SPRINGDALE HAR-BER at Greenwood VAN BUREN at Choctaw, Okla. Fort Smith Southside at RUSSELLVILLE BENTONVILLE WEST at Little Rock Central

CLASS 6A

Harrison at SILOAM SPRINGS

CLASS 5A

Pea Ridge at PRAIRIE GROVE Alma at POTEAU, OKLA.

CLASS 4A

Clarksville at OZARK POTTSVILLE at Charleston ELKINS at Mansfield Huntsville at LINCOLN

Green Forest at CEDAR-VILLE

Gravette at PRYOR, OKLA.

GENTRY at Stilwell, Okla.

CLASS 3A

Greenland at DANVILLE

TWO RIVERS at Johnson County Westside

CLASS 2A

Lavaca at MOUNTAIN-BURG

LAST WEEK 15-6 (70 percent)

OVERALL 28-7 (80 percent)

Rick Fires can be reached at [email protected] or on [email protected]

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