5NEWS and the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club are launching a brand new high school football awards banquet called “Friday Night All-Stars.” The event will be held on Jan. 18 with Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema as the guest speaker. A special television broadcast of the event can be seen on Channel 5 Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11:30 a.m.
Here are the nominees for defensive back of the year:
1. Bobby Catt- Prairie Grove
2. Dre Greenlaw- Fayetteville
3. Hayden Newhart- Charleston
Prairie Grove’s Bobby Catt was a recurring name on Football Friday Night. Every week he was making a big play, including two interceptions returned back for a touchdown. He’s just a junior, but a true leader on a ferocious defense.
“We were more physical this year than we were last year,” said Catt. “We weren’t as big, but we were physical. We all had a brotherhood.”
Catt never got tired. He also shined on offense, scoring nine touchdowns at running back and averaged 11 yards per touch.
Fayetteville junior Dre Greenlaw was also a high light reel. He scored touchdowns on an interception return, a fumble return, a punt return and a kickoff return. He found the endzone four times and never played offense.
“It just tells them they can lean on me and know that I’m always going to give it all I got,” said Greenlaw.
Greenlaw was a ball hawk from the safety position, recording 106 tackles this season.
Teams hated throwing the ball at Charleston’s Hayden Newhart. He had eight interceptions this season with only 31 tackles. Translation- no offense wanted him to be anywhere near the ball.
“We just worked hard all year,” said Newhart. “It felt like teams went to the other side on purpose but you can never tell.”
Newhart rounds out the trio of juniors up for this award. All three will be back next year for a senior season.