Class 7A

1. Cabot (10-0)

2. North Little Rock (9-2)

3. Bentonville (8-2)

4. Springdale Har-Ber (8-3)

5. Conway (8-2)

6. FS Southside (8-3)

7. Little Rock Central (7-4)

8. Fayetteville (8-3)

9. Little Rock Catholic (5-6)

10. Rogers (7-4)

11. Bryant (7-3)

12. Rogers Heritage (5-6)

13. Springdale (5-5)

14. Fort Smith Northside (3-6-1)

15. West Memphis (3-7)

16. Van Buren (1-9)

HOOTENS.COM GAME

OF THE WEEK

No. 4 Springdale Har-Ber

at No. 5 Conway.

Har-Ber held off Little Rock Catholic 28-17 last Friday in the first round of postseason. Conway beat Catholic 21-14 two weeks ago to earn a first-round bye last week.

Balanced Har-Ber rushes for 246 yards weekly and passes for 224 yards. Har-Ber senior running back Sain-Thomas Mathew averages 6.9 yards per carry and owns the school’s single-season record with 1,686 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns.

Conway has won six in a row since losing 23-9 Week 3 at No. 1 Cabot. Conway hopes to advance to the semifinals for the first time since running back Peyton Hillis (New York Giants) played for the Wampus Cats in 2003. Har-Ber won at Conway 37-27 in the second round of the 2010 playoffs. Conway’s offensive line averages 270 pounds. Conway junior offensive tackle Colton Jackson (6-6, 291) has committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Key matchups: Conway’s offensive line against Har-Ber’s defensive front should be fun to watch. Har-Ber senior tackles Josh Frazier (6-4, 320) and Jake Hall (6-5, 250) have offers from the University of Arkansas. Conway sophomore Breylin Smith (6-1, 175), typically accurate, needs a big night passing against a vulnerable Har-Ber secondary. Har-Ber has won three straight and appears to be peaking. Conway lost to Class 6A Greenwood on a last-second field goal before winning at LR Catholic to finish the regular season.

CLASS 7A PREDICTIONS

(favored team in ALL CAPS

followed by point spread)

TOP HALF OF PLAYOFF BRACKET

LR Central at CABOT (18): Rematch. The top-ranked Panthers lost two fumbles inside the red zone but still beat Central 35-20 on Oct. 18 at Cabot. LR Central took advantage of seven Fayetteville turnovers last week to win at two-time defending 7A champ Fayetteville 34-28. Cabot had a bye last week.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK (11) at Bryant: North LR eyes a semifinal appearance for the fourth time in five years and a likely rematch at Cabot next Friday. Cabot ran over North LR 48-32 Week 4. North LR also lost on its last trip to Bryant 28-21 in 2010. North LR beat the Hornets 35-0 in 2011. Bryant’s defense and development of running backs helped it win the South, where Bryant is the only 7A member. North LR has won its past seven games by an average score of 46-7. North LR junior running back/receiver/returner K.J. Hill has scholarship offers from Auburn and Arkansas.

BOTTOM HALF

OF PLAYOFF BRACKET

FS Southside at BENTONVILLE (15): Bentonville beat FS Southside 28-21 in the semifinals last November and by a combined 73-10 during the 2010 and 2011 regular season. Southside drove 80 yards in the final 73 seconds last week, converting twice of fourth down before throwing a 5-yard TD pass with four seconds left against Rogers. Then Rebel QB Isaac Jackson hit Andrew Barley with a two-point pass to win 25-24. Bentonville had a first-round bye last Friday.

SPRINGDALE HAR-BER (7) at Conway. See hootens.com Game of the Week.

Class 6A

1. Greenwood (11-0)

2. El Dorado (6-5)

3. Jonesboro (7-4)

4. Lake Hamilton (8-3)

5. Pine Bluff (7-3-1)

6. Benton (6-5)

7. Russellville (5-6)

8. Siloam Springs (3-7-1)

9. Searcy (4-7)

10. LR Parkview (3-8)

11. Texarkana (4-6)

12. Marion (2-9)

13. Mountain Home (0-11)

14. Sheridan (2-9)

15. LR Fair (1-10)

16. LR Hall (0-10)

CLASS 6A PREDICTIONS

TOP HALF OF THE BRACKET

Benton at EL DORADO (21): Benton has won four playoff games in 21 years, including three over Russellville (2004, 2012 and 2013). Last week, Russellville led 35-28 with 31 seconds left before the Panthers used five plays to win the game. Senior QB Tarek Beaugard threw an incomplete pass to the end zone as time expired but a pass interference penalty by Russellville gave Benton an untimed down. Beaugard then ran 26 yards for a TD before senior RB Shaun Carey scored the game-winning two-point conversion on a fake extra point attempt. Beaugard has completed 185 of 319 passes for 2,639 yards and 28 TDs this year. El Dorado has beaten Benton by a combined 201-7 over the past five years. Three weeks ago, the Wildcats intercepted three passes, recovered two fumbles and blocked a punt in a 35-0 win over Benton. Senior QB Clayton Waldrum passed for 256 yards and three TDs, including six passes for 157 yards and two scores to senior receiver Ty Owens. Senior defensive tackle and Hog commit Bijhon Jackson recorded four tackles for loss.

Lake Hamilton at JONESBORO (13)

BOTTOM HALF

OF THE BRACKET

LR Parkview at GREENWOOD (38): Parkview beat Texarkana 28-25 last week to advance in the playoffs for the second straight season. Greenwood beat Parkview 42-0 in Week 5, holding the Patriots to 168 yards.

Siloam Springs at PINE BLUFF (7): Siloam Springs defeated Searcy 26-21 last week for its first postseason victory since 2008. The Panthers stuffed Searcy on a fourth-and-goal from the 7-yard line to preserve the win. Pine Bluff has averaged 52 ppg the past three weeks in wins over Sheridan, Benton and LR Hall. The Zebras have won 10 playoff games over the past five seasons.

Class 5A

1. Pulaski Academy (11-0)

2. Camden Fairview (10-1)

3. Batesville (9-2)

4. Alma (9-2)

5. Morrilton (9-2)

6. Hope (9-2)

7. Wynne (9-2)

8. Mills (9-2)

9. Watson Chapel (5-5)

10. Shiloh Christian (6-4-1)

11. White Hall (8-3)

12. Sylvan Hills (7-4)

13. West Helena (6-5)

14. Forrest City (7-3)

15. Nettleton (5-6)

16. Beebe (5-6)

17. Greenbrier (4-7)

18. Jacksonville (4-6)

19. LR Christian (4-6)

20. Vilonia (3-7)

21. Hot Springs Lakeside (3-7)

22. Harrison (3-7)

23. Clarksville (3-7)

24. Hot Springs (3-7)

25. Magnolia (3-7)

26. Greene County Tech (2-8)

27. Paragould (3-7)

28. Huntsville (2-8)

29. Blytheville (1-9)

30. De Queen (0-10)

31. LR McClellan (1-9)

32. North Pulaski (0-10)

CLASS 5A PREDICTIONS

TOP HALF OF THE BRACKET

Mills at ALMA (6)

Camden Fairview at BATESVILLE (3)

BOTTOM HALF OF THE BRACKET

Wynne at HOPE (7)

Morrilton at PULASKI ACADEMY (10)

Class 4A

1. Warren (7-3)

2. Arkadelphia (11-0)

3. Dollarway (11-0)

4. Booneville (11-0)

5. Prairie Grove (10-1)

6. Gosnell (9-1)

7. Malvern (9-2)

8. Hamburg (9-2)

9. Valley View (10-1)

10. Ashdown (9-2)

11. Maumelle (9-2)

12. Star City (8-3)

13. Lonoke (9-2)

14. Lincoln (10-1)

15. Newport (9-2)

16. Dardanelle (8-3)

17. Pottsville (8-3)

18. Nashville (6-5)

19. Highland (8-3)

20. Pulaski Robinson (6-5)

21. Gentry (6-5)

22. Stuttgart (4-7)

23. Clinton (4-7)

24. Mena (5-6)

25. Monticello (4-7)

26. Farmington (6-4-1)

27. CAC (4-6)

28. Gravette (3-8)

29. Jonesboro Westside (6-5)

30. Dumas (2-9)

31. Pocahontas (4-7)

32. DeWitt (4-6)

33. Crossett (3-7)

34. Heber Springs (2-8)

35. Cave City (3-7)

36. Dover (2-8)

37. Subiaco Academy (3-7)

38. Arkansas Baptist (2-8)

39. Ozark (2-8)

40. Brookland (4-6)

41. Berryville (3-7)

42. Pea Ridge (1-9)

43. Southside Batesville (2-8)

44. Bauxite (1-9)

45. Marianna (1-9)

46. Trumann (1-9)

47. Lake Village (1-9)

48. Waldron (0-10)

WEEK 12 PREDICTIONS

TOP HALF OF THE BRACKET

Dardanelle at WARREN (21): Warren has won seven straight games since starting 0-3.

Newport at ARKADELPHIA (14): Dumas’ defense gave Arkadelphia problems in the first half last week before the Badgers won 35-0.

Maumelle at LONOKE (4): Maumelle’s 21-point win over defending state champion Stuttgart last week was its first in the playoffs since mauling Magnolia 42-0 in 2004.

BOTTOM HALF OF THE BRACKET

STAR CITY (1) at Gosnell: Gosnell used last week’s first-round bye to heal minor injuries.

Hamburg at BOONEVILLE (2)

Lincoln at MALVERN (11): Lincoln’s 27-14 win over Nashville last week was its first ever in the playoffs.

Class 3A

1. Harding Academy (10-0)

2. Charleston (11-0)

3. Glen Rose (9-1)

4. Barton (9-2)

5. Hoxie (11-0)

6. Lamar (9-2)

7. Smackover (10-1)

8. Episcopal (9-2)

9. Fordyce (9-2)

10. Prescott (6-5)

11. Mayflower (6-5)

12. McGehee (7-4)

13. Green Forest (9-2)

14. Lavaca (7-4)

15. Fouke (7-4)

16. Rivercrest (7-4)

17. Osceola (5-6)

18. Earle (4-7)

19. Fountain Lake (7-4)

20. Melbourne (9-2)

21. Atkins (8-3)

22. Paris (6-4-1)

23. C. Harmony Grove (4-6)

24. Centerpoint (6-4-1)

25. Two Rivers (7-4)

26. Riverview (6-5)

27. West Fork (5-6)

28. Corning (4-7)

29. Mansfield (4-6)

30. Cedarville (2-8)

31. Greenland (5-6)

32. Elkins (4-7)

33. B. Harmony Grove (5-6)

34. Danville (2-8)

35. Bald Knob (3-7)

36. Harrisburg (2-8)

37. Bismarck (2-8)

38. Horatio (3-7)

39. Jessieville (1-9)

40. Mountain View (3-7)

41. Perryville (3-7)

42. Rose Bud (2-8)

43. Piggott (2-7-1)

44. Marshall (1-9)

45. Yellville-Summit (0-9-1)

46. Genoa Central (1-9)

47. Drew Central (0-10)

48. Manila (0-10)

CLASS 3A PREDICTIONS

TOP HALF OF THE BRACKET

Atkins at HARDING ACADEMY (21): Atkins withstood a late West Fork rally last week to win 35-32, advancing in the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Three of the Red Devils’ past four wins this fall have been by a total of 11 points. Harding Academy averages 372 yards and 36 points weekly. Two weeks ago at Barton, the Wildcats overcame four turnovers and a botched punt that Barton returned for a TD in a 24-20 win. The Wildcats improve to 70-7 under Coach Roddy Mote.

McGehee at CHARLESTON (21): McGehee responded well from its Week 10 loss to Fordyce with last week’s 46-7 win over Greenland. The Owls led 39-0 in the first quarter. Sophomore RB Ty Grant ran 10 times for 141 yards and two TDs. Senior end Davondrick Lison has recorded close to 100 tackles and 15 sacks this fall.

Barton at HOXIE (1)

Earle at FORDYCE (6): Earle beat Fountain Lake 42-37 last week, operating out of the Single Wing. Senior RB Ledarious Kimble rushed for 221 yards and four TDs but injured his knee late in the game. Fountain Lake generated 394 total yards, including 329 rushing. Fordyce features a balanced attack led by senior QB Javeaz Sledge and senior RB Larry Buckley.

BOTTOM HALF OF THE BRACKET

Lavaca at GLEN ROSE (21): Lavaca notched its first playoff victory since 2009 with last week’s 27-13 win over Osceola. Glen Rose held Fountain Lake (260 rushing yards per game in 2013) to 119 yards rushing in a 38-8 win Week 7. Junior RB Carlos Burton has 116 carries for 1,620 yards (14 ypc) and 25 TDs this season.

Two Rivers at GREEN FOREST (13): Two Rivers coming off its second playoff win in school history after last week’s 26-20 victory at Corning.

Melbourne at SMACKOVER (12): Melbourne eliminated Centerpoint 43-42 last week for its first-ever playoff win in year two of varsity football. Smackover forced three turnovers, bringing its season total to 25 takeaways (18 interceptions). Sims paces the Buckaroos this fall with 79 carries for 837 yards (10.6 ypc) and 11 TDs.

Prescott at EPISCOPAL (2): Prescott won at Rivercrest 24-14 last week, its third road playoff victory in three years. The Curley Wolves eliminated Episcopal 52-16 in the first round of last year’s playoffs. Two of Episcopal’s four playoff wins have been over 6-3A teams (Fouke last week and Camden Harmony Grove in 2005). Two weeks ago, the Wildcats lost to Riverview 14-12 without Coach Richie Marsh calling plays on the sideline.

Class 2A

1. Junction City (9-0)

2. Dierks (11-0)

3. Gurdon (10-1)

4. Bearden (8-2)

5. E. Poinsett County (11-0)

6. Des Arc (8-2)

7. Carlisle (10-1)

8. Rison (8-3)

9. Hazen (8-3)

10. Strong (7-4)

11. Hector (10-1)

12. Mount Ida (8-2)

13. England (7-4)

14. McCrory (6-4)

15. Magnet Cove (8-2-1)

16. Conway Christian (6-5)

17. Marked Tree (6-5)

18. Walnut Ridge (6-5)

19. Salem (5-6)

20. Murfreesboro (5-6)

21. Mineral Springs (3-7)

22. Spring Hill (5-6)

23. Parkers Chapel (4-7)

24. Cutter M. Star (7-4)

25. Cross County (5-5)

26. Brinkley (4-7)

27. Magazine (8-3)

28. Bigelow (4-7)

29. Mountainburg (6-5)

30. Augusta (4-6)

31. Foreman (2-7)

32. Woodlawn (3-6)

33. Lafayette County (2-7)

34. Hackett (5-6)

35. Hampton (3-7)

36. Poyen (2-8)

37. Union Christian (5-5)

38. Quitman (2-8)

39. Palestine-Wheatley (3-6)

40. J.C. Westside (3-7)

41. Hermitage (2-8)

42. Cedar Ridge (1-9)

43. Clarendon (1-9)

44. Decatur (2-8)

45. Western Yell County (2-8)

46. Marvell (1-9)

47. Hartford (1-9)

48. Mountain Pine (0-10)

CLASS 2A PREDICTIONS

TOP HALF OF BRACKET

Brinkley at DES ARC (35): No. 6 Des Arc, led by senior LB Danerryen Spencer (140 tackles), has only tightened its defense since whipping Brinkley 44-14 Week 8. Des Arc battered Carlisle 20-14 Week 9 and shut out Hazen 8-0 Week 10 to claim its first outright 6-2A title

Strong at DIERKS (14): Salem, after a roller coaster 5-5 regular season, pushed No. 2 Dierks last week, leading 35-34 with 10 minutes to go, but the Outlaws prevailed 57-35. Dierks sophomore RB Trendin McKinney rushed for 215 yards and five TDs, bringing his season total to 1,380 yards and 20 TDs.

Hazen at E. POINSETT COUNTY (7): No. 5 EPC won this matchup 40-24 Week 3 when Hazen lost four fumbles in the rain, while EPC committed no turnovers.

Mount Ida at BEARDEN (21): No. 4 Bearden efficiently scored on six of seven possessions last week in a 46-0 win over Hackett.

BOTTOM HALF OF BRACKET

Gurdon at JUNCTION CITY (1)

ENGLAND (4) at Hector: No. 11 Hector struggled in the red zone last week, failing to score on three trips inside the Parkers Chapel 20-yard line, but the 4-2A champion prevailed 14-13. England, trailing McCrory 28-20 in the third overtime, converted a fourth-and-24 pass to junior TE Monte’ Toney, who lined up at fullback. Toney ran down the middle of the field, caught the pass after it bounced off his facemask and ran over a McCrory defender to score the TD. England won in four overtimes, 66-64.

RISON (15) at Magnet Cove: Rison brings its smashmouth running game to 5-2A champion Magnet Cove, which ran wild last week in a 63-21 victory over Union Christian.

Conway Christian at CARLISLE (21): No. 7 Carlisle’s defense held Marked Tree’s Spread to 211 yards last week. Senior cornerback Jared Kirk made a TD-saving tackle in the first quarter. Senior safety Justice Bryant delivered a big hit on fourth and 3 in the first quarter. All-6-2A senior cornerback Braden Reed deflected three passes on third and fourth downs. Conway Christian senior athlete Chandler Ferrand accounted for 357 yards last week when the Eagles flew past Walnut Ridge 36-28. The game was tied at 20 at halftime. Ferrand has rushed for 1,101 yards, passed for 1,567 yards and caught passes for 536 yards this season.