Hootens.com Rankings

Class 7A, Week 5, 2016

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1. North LR (4-0)

2. Springdale Har-Ber (3-1)

3. Cabot (4-0)

4. FS Northside (2-1)

5. Bentonville (3-1)

6. Fayetteville (3-1)

7. FS Southside (2-2)

8. Bryant (2-2)

9. Rogers (3-1)

10. Springdale (3-1)

11. LR Central (3-1)

12. Conway (0-4)

13. LR Catholic (1-3)

14. Bentonville West (1-3)

15. Rogers Heritage (0-4)

16. Van Buren (1-3)

WEEK 5 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)

7A Central

CABOT (7) at FS Southside: hootens.com Class 7A Game of the Week.

NORTH LR (14) at Conway: New No. 1 North LR travels for the first of just three times this season after a 42-7 win over previously undefeated LR Central last Friday. Cabot at North LR in the regular-season finale likely decides the conference title and top seed in postseason. Conway has lost its four games by an average of 5.5 points, including last week’s 23-20 heartbreaker at FS Southside. The Wampus Cats gain 180.8 yards rushing and 127 yards passing to score 23.75 points weekly. Conway’s defense made six tackles for loss and two QB sacks at FS Southside.

BRYANT (3) at LR Catholic (Thurs.): Bryant blanked by FS Northside 29-0 last week and has failed to score in the first half of three games. That likely changes against a LR Catholic defense allowing 39.5 points despite holding Class 6A Jacksonville (1-3) to 6 points Week 2. Bryant has won six of the past seven over Catholic, including the past two by a combined 64-17.

FS NORTHSIDE (7) at LR Central: Northside playmaker Tre Norwood returned a punt 60 yards and Chuy Parga kicked 27- and 44-yard field goals in last week’s 29-0 win at Bryant. LR Central scored 28.3 points to win its three non-conference games before losing 49-7 last Friday at North LR. Northside whipped LR Central by a combined 67-22 the past two seasons in non-conference play.

Class 6A, Week 5, 2016

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1. Greenwood (4-0)

2. Pine Bluff (2-1)

3. Jonesboro (4-0)

4. Russellville (4-0)

5. Lake Hamilton (2-2)

6. El Dorado (2-2)

7. Benton (2-2)

8. Searcy (3-1)

9. West Memphis (3-1)

10. Texarkana (1-3)

11. Marion (1-3)

12. Siloam Springs (1-3)

13. Mountain Home (0-4)

14. Sheridan (1-3)

15. Jacksonville (1-3)

16. LR Hall (2-2)

Class 5A, Week 5, 2016

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1. Pulaski Academy (3-1)

2. Batesville (2-2)

3. Wynne (4-0)

4. Alma (2-2)

5. Morrilton (3-1)

6. Sylvan Hills (4-0)

7. Greenbrier (3-1)

8. LR McClellan (2-2)

9. Watson Chapel (2-2)

10. White Hall (4-0)

11. Blytheville (2-2)

12. Nettleton (3-1)

13. Forrest City (3-1)

14. Valley View (3-1)

15. HS Lakeside (1-3)

16. Vilonia (3-1)

17. Harrison (3-1)

18. LR Christian (1-3)

19. Camden Fairview (1-3)

20. Beebe (1-3)

21. De Queen (2-2)

22. Maumelle (0-4)

23. Farmington (2-2)

24. Hot Springs (0-4)

25. Paragould (2-2)

26. Mills (2-2)

27. Hope (0-4)

28. Magnolia (1-3)

29. Clarksville (1-3)

30. LR Parkview (0-3)

31. Greene Co. Tech (0-4)

32. LR Fair (0-4)

GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 7 Greenbrier at No. 5 Morrilton

Both are 3-1 with losses to Class 6A opponents (Russellville beat Morrilton 14-11 Week 1, Benton blasted Greenbrier 58-21 Week 3). Morrilton has won three straight games, including 48-7 last week over previously unbeaten Harrison. The Devil Dogs employ a balanced offense (rush for 175 yards per game, pass for 160 yards per game). Senior quarterback Caleb Canady has completed 47 of 68 passes (69 percent) for 638 yards and eight TDs with just two interceptions. Seniors Grahm Heidenreich (14 catches, 202 yards and four TDs) and Deiontae Duncan (18 catches, 302 yards and three TDs) make plays at receiver, freeing up junior running back Danny Smith (60 carries, 390 yards and five TDs). Senior inside linebacker Lane Grandberry (21 tackles) "is our defensive leader," Coach Cody McNabb says. Senior safeties Alex Chambers (20 tackles, one forced fumble and one blocked field goal) and Sam York (13 tackles) make plays in the secondary.

Greenbrier’s balanced offense produces almost 400 yards per game (200 yards passing, 196 rushing). Senior QB Carter Burcham has completed 51 of 83 passes for 796 yards and 11 TDs this fall, with just one interception. He also averages almost 3 yards per carry "and is a different, but dynamic quarterback," McNabb says. "He’s elusive and when it breaks down, he goes and gets the play." Senior Cody Hooper (54 carries, 338 yards and two TDs) and junior Sam Sutterfield (49 carries, 306 yards and five TDs) split time in the backfield. Grant Brown (38 tackles) and Sutterfield (37 tackles) are the top playmakers on defense.

5A WEST

Greenbrier at MORRILTON (7): Hootens.com Class 5A Game of the Week.

ALMA (21) at Farmington: Alma’s D limited Vilonia to 172 yards last week. Senior Noah Dotson didn’t start at QB in the 25-point win over Vilonia, but completed nine of 14 passes for 111 yards and a TD and ran nine times for 82 yards. Junior Brayden Johnson has 32 catches for 504 yards and two TDs this season.

Clarksville at HARRISON (8): Clarksville has lost 25 of its past 27 games, including last week’s two-point setback to Farmington. Harrison gained just 166 yards last week when losing its first game of the season to Morrilton by 41 points.

Maumelle at VILONIA (4): Maumelle is winless this season after forfeiting a 35-18 Week 3 win at Mills. The Hornets scored a pair of late TDs last week but lost to Greenbrier 41-34. The Hornets have used three QBs this season. Sophomore Xavion Morgan led last week’s late scoring brigade. Vilonia gained 129 yards in the first half of last week’s 28-3 loss at Alma, but managed just 42 second-half yards. Maumelle has won three of the past four over the Eagles.

Class 4A, Week 5, 2016

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1. Nashville (4-0)

2. Warren (4-0)

3. Shiloh Christian (4-0)

4. Joe T. Robinson (4-0)

5. Pea Ridge (4-0)

6. CAC (3-1)

7. Prairie Grove (4-0)

8. Arkadelphia (3-1)

9. Pocahontas (3-1)

10. Hamburg (2-2)

11. Stuttgart (2-2)

12. Ashdown (3-1)

13. Malvern (3-1)

14. Dover (4-0)

15. Gravette (3-1)

16. Ozark (2-2)

17. Dumas (3-1)

18. Pottsville (2-2)

19. Booneville (1-3)

20. Gosnell (3-1)

21. West Helena (3-1)

22. Dardanelle (2-2)

23. Trumann (2-2)

24. Mena (2-2)

25. Southside Batesville (2-2)

26. Heber Springs (1-3)

27. Monticello (2-2)

28. Cave City (3-1)

29. Riverview (2-2)

30. Highland (2-2)

31. Dollarway (0-3)

32. Jonesboro Westside (2-2)

33. Lonoke (1-3)

34. Gentry (2-2)

35. Star City (1-3)

36. Crossett (0-4)

37. Waldron (2-2)

38. Brookland (2-2)

39. Fountain Lake (0-4)

40. Lincoln (1-3)

41. Huntsville (1-3)

43. Berryville (2-2)

43. DeWit (0-4)

44. Bauxite (0-4)

45. West Fork (1-3)

46. Baptist Prep (0-4)

47. Subiaco Academy (0-4)

48. Harrisburg (0-4)

Class 3A, Week 5, 2016

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1. Charleston (4-0)

2. Prescott (4-0)

3. Glen Rose (4-0)

4. Junction City (2-2)

5. Smackover (3-1)

6. Clinton (3-1)

7. H. Grove Haskell (3-1)

8. Fordyce (3-1)

9. Centerpoint (2-2)

10. Bald Knob (4-0)

11. Paris (2-2)

12. Rivercrest (2-2)

13. McGehee (2-2)

14. Newport (3-1)

15. Elkins (3-1)

16. Atkins (2-1)

17. Harding Academy (1-3)

18. Fouke (2-1)

19. Greenland (2-2)

20. Cedar Ridge (2-2)

21. Walnut Ridge (4-0)

22. Lamar (1-3)

23. Manila (2-2)

24. Mayflower (3-1)

25. Piggott (4-0)

26. Mountain View (3-1)

27. Barton (2-2)

28. Melbourne (1-3)

29. Jessieville (3-1)

30. Horatio (2-2)

31. Gurdon (2-2)

32. Osceola (0-4)

33. Genoa Central (3-1)

34. Mansfield (0-4)

35. Perryville (2-2)

36. Green Forest (1-3)

37. Hoxie (0-4)

38. Yellville-Summit (0-3)

39. Marshall (1-3)

40. Cedarville (1-3)

41. Lake Village (2-2)

42. Marianna (1-2)

43. Episcopal Collegiate (0-4)

44. Corning (0-4)

45. Bismarck (0-4)

46. Two Rivers (0-4)

47. Drew Central (0-4)

48. Rose Bud (0-4)

WEEK 5 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)

2-3A

BALD KNOB (16) at Mayflower: Bald Knob on top of the league after a 46-34 win over Harding Academy. Senior slot receiver DeShawn Gulledge ran 15 times for 95 yards and three TDs and caught four passes for 61 yards and a score. Senior RB Dominic Harp rushed for 174 yards and three TDs on 24 carries. Mayflower coming off a 46-42 win over Barton. Sophomore RB Deon Simmons ran 27 times for 256 yards and four TDs.

Barton at HARDING ACADEMY (12): Barton surrendered 499 total yards in last week’s 46-42 loss to Mayflower. Harding Academy totaled 475 yards in a 46-34 loss at Bald Knob. Senior QB Peydon Harlow completed 18 of 24 passes for 316 yards and four TDs.

Marianna at CEDAR RIDGE (16): Confidence surging at Cedar Ridge after last week’s 54-28 win at Episcopal Collegiate. Junior RB Daylon Gant ran seven times for 186 yards and four TDs. Senior WB Jordan Bumpous rushed for 106 yards and a score and returned a kickoff for a TD.

Rose Bud at EPISCOPAL COLLEGIATE (6): Rose Bud has not scored since a 40-6 loss at Marshall three weeks ago. Episcopal junior standout R.J. Rice propels the Wildcats to their first victory of the year.

Class 2A, Week 5, 2016

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1. England (4-0)

2. Hector (4-0)

3. Danville (4-0)

4. Mount Ida (4-0)

5. Conway Christian (4-0)

6. Hampton (4-0)

7. C. Harmony Grove (2-2)

8. Des Arc (3-1)

9. Bearden (2-2)

10. Rison (2-2)

11. Earle (2-2)

12. Lavaca (2-2)

13. E. Poinsett County (3-1)

14. Hackett (4-0)

15. Cross County (3-1)

16. Dierks (3-1)

17. Parkers Chapel (3-1)

18. Palestine-Wheatley (4-0)

19. Carlisle (1-3)

20. Quitman (4-0)

21. Foreman (3-1)

22. McCrory (2-2)

23. Marked Tree (2-2)

24. Augusta (2-2)

25. Murfreesboro (2-2)

26. Brinkley (2-2)

27. Clarendon (1-3)

28. Salem (2-2)

29. Mountainburg (2-2)

30. Woodlawn (3-0)

31. Mineral Springs (1-3)

32. Hazen (0-4)

33. Poyen (1-3)

34. Lafayette County (0-4)

35. Magnet Cove (0-4)

36. Strong (1-3)

37. Spring Hill (1-3)

38. Bigelow (1-3)

39. J.C. Westside (1-2)

40. Magazine (2-2)

41. Western Yell County (1-3)

42. Cutter M. Star (2-1)

43. Decatur (0-3)

44. Mountain Pine (0-3)

45. Rector (0-2)

46. Midland (0-4)

47. Marvell (0-3)

GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 5 Conway Christian at No. 2 Hector

From the top-heavy 5-2A, the game of the week features two outstanding passing QBs in Hector senior Tanner Gaines (56 percent, 922 yards, six TDs, three INTs) and Conway Christian sophomore Jacob Wood (63 percent, 920 yards, 12 TDs, two INTs). All-league receiver Jaden Graham has blossomed as Hector’s go-to wideout, and Conway Christian’s all-league WR Seth Smith (six receptions last week vs Poyen for 196 yards) has torched all four opponents this fall. Hector’s defense has been suspect vs the pass, but its run defense, with the emergence of junior end Logan Church, appears better than a year ago. Difficulty of schedule favors Hector with wins over Class 3A Paris and Class 2A No. 9 Bearden. Conway Christian’s quasi quality win was 41-20 over Class 3A No. 26 Mountain View.

5-2A

Conway Christian at HECTOR (10): See Game of the Week.

Bigelow at ENGLAND (45): Magnet Cove head coach Ronnie Efird calls top-ranked England the best 2A football team in more than a decade to visit Kenneth W. Hammonds Stadium, and that includes Kenneth Dixon and the 2011 state champion Strong Bulldogs. The visiting Lions mauled Magnet Cove 54-0 last week behind senior QB Brayden Brazeal’s 206 passing yards and two TDs.

MAGNET COVE (8) at Poyen: Poyen circles this game every year and has won the past two in the series, but the Indians lack team speed, start a backup QB and a third-team running back, who was a former receiver. At Conway Christian last week, With just 12 minutes time of possession, Poyen netted 101 total yards in a 42-0 loss last week at Conway Christian. All-league receiver Zac Rednour’s move to running back and a difficult schedule so far should pay off for Magnet Cove.

Cutter M Star at QUITMAN (27): Quitman dual-threat QB Trey McGhee has rushed for 381 yards and six TDs this fall and passed for 305 yards and four TDs. Cutter Morning Star completed a 23-yard TD pass early last week on Hector but lost 53-20.