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SHS Wins 4 At Elite 7 On 7
The Stillwater Football Pioneers enjoyed a hot and sunny weekend in Northwest Arkansas competing in the Southwest Elite 7on7 Tournament held July 11 and 12 at Shiloh Christian School. Thursday activities kicked off with several former Arkansas Razorbacks football players that spoke to the teams about their experiences in college football and shared some lessons that they learned. Included in that group was former Razorback Seth Armbrust who played for Stillwater Head Coach Tucker Barnard, when Barnard was the head coach at Arkansas Baptist High School in Little Rock, AR.

The Pioneers enjoyed great food provided by Neal's Café in Springdale as well as a BBQ dinner catered by Smoke n Swine. They also enjoyed great time of fellowship as they used the opportunity to bond as a team. Barnard commented "I just thought this was a time that we could use to talk about some goals, give our players a chance to talk about what was important to them, what they wanted out of this upcoming season." All of that was in addition to some great football.

The Pioneers started 2-1 on Friday before lunch, winning games against Locust Grove and Gibson Southern, IN, but losing a tight game (4 points) to Wynne, AR. Things looked promising after lunch as the Pioneers got all over Van Buren, AR with a convincing 10 point win and a 21-5 beating of Bentonville, AR. "We were able to get a little rest that game (Van Buren)and get some of our subs in, which was good. Judging from the rest of the day, we probably should have found more rest for some of our 2 way starters." Sprindale, AR and Marion, AR finished the day handing consecutive losses to Stillwater. "I think we got a little fatigued. We had some guys that played an awful lot of snaps and just didn't have anything left in the tank by the end of the day" Barnard said.

Day 2 began tournament play and Stillwater was ousted in the first round by Har Ber (Springdale), AR by 6 points.

Coach Barnard spoke about the overall experience, "I was glad we got the opportunity to compete. There were some really good teams here and we needed the experience. I thought that we had some guys really play well. Braxton Noble threw the ball well, Brandon Prather and Marlon McDonald were incredible offensively. Will Fowler had several good catches, Isaiah Johnson came in and made a couple really big plays. Cameron Mayberry made several big plays on defense that secured victories and we had some guys like Romiki Dorris and Henry Moon that don't have much experience got to play a lot and begin to prove that they can get time in defensive secondary."

You can find photos of the 7on7 action from Springdale on the Stillwater Football Facebook page.