The much needed and highly anticipated Week 1 of the NFL has come and gone, but not before some surprising ups and downs. The week, beginning on Wednesday with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants in the Meadowlands, ended with a doubleheader on Monday Night.
With many teams doing what everyone thought, there were teams and players that made people drop their jaw and caused others to scream and jump with joy. The week welcomed back a soon-to-be hall of famer and also said hello to two rookie quarterbacks. Here are the ups and downs from around the NFL in Week 1:
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks came to the Arkansas Razorbacksâ€™ second home of War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock and upset the No. 8-ranked team in the nation 34-31 in overtime. The Razorbacks led 21-7 at the half and 28-7 early in the third quarter before allowing the Warhawks and quarterback Kolton Browning to come back for the win in front of 53,089 fans.
The Bryant Lady Hornetsâ€™ varsity and junior varsity teams traveled to JA Fair High School in Little Rock for 6A South Conference action on Tuesday night and had little trouble coming out with victory sweeps. The varsity won 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-8) and the JV won 2-0 (25-9, 25-5).
â€śThe girls played well, but we didn't play anywhere near our caliber of play,â€ť Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said of the varsity. â€śThe girls won the first game 25-10 then started to "play down" in Game 2.
The Benton Lady Panthers' varsity volleyball team had an exhausting match against Mena at Benton Arena on Tuesday, while the Lady Panthers' junior varsity squad eased to victory defeating Mena's JV 2-0 (25-16, 25-12). Benton's varsity actually lost the first two sets 19-25 and 20-25 before fighting back to win the last three games in close fashion taking the match 3-2, winning 26-24, 25-21 and 16-14.
The Harmony Grove Cardinals, along with every other team in the county, are set to kick off their season this week. There is only one problem, the Cardinals will not being playing on Friday night.
While Hurricane Isaac pounds southern Louisiana, he is also expected to effect Arkansas in a big way. The Cardinals have been forced to move their game to today, rather than Friday when they play host to the Poyen Indians.
The Glen Rose Beavers find themselves in a different but exciting situation to start the 2012 season. With Benton and Bryant playing in the same conference this season, and not playing the Salt Bowl until week four, the Beavers now take part in the biggest game of Week 1. With in-county rival Malvern coming into Glen Rose on Friday, the Beavers kick off the season with bragging rights on the line.
A golden opportunity for the Benton Panthers to begin the 2012 season with a win was literally given away Tuesday evening at War Memorial Stadium. The Panthers fell 42-28 to Class 4A member Arkadelphia in the First Security Kickoff Classic.
Five turnovers and an unusual two-play drive in the fourth quarter doomed the Panthers. Arkadelphia scored the gameâ€™s final 22 points to seal the win.
The Bryant Lady Hornetsâ€™ volleyball team hooked up with an old conference foe on Tuesday. The Lady Hornets played the Conway Lady Wampus Cats in Conway, but Bryant came out on the losing end, falling 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 19-25, 19-25). The Lady Hornets had won the second set to tie the match at 1-1 and were up 15-9 before the Lady Cats came roaring back to win.
It is pretty easy to say that the Benton Panthers have been anything but good during the football season over the past few years. After winning three games in each of the last two seasons, Benton has been battling injury after injury, day after day. To add insult to injury, the Panthers were forced to give up its three wins from the 2010 campaign after eligibility issues arose.
BRYANT â€“ They weren't sharp, but the Bryant Lady Hornets remained undefeated in their second match of the season. The Lady Hornets beat the Fountain Lake Lady Cobras 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 26-24) on Thursday night at the Bryant gym.
"A win's a win," Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said. "We didn't play as good as we could have. Overall, we had some key players that were not on last night.