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NORTH LITTLE ROCK -- For one of the few times in the magazine's 17-year history, no Faulkner Country football team is picked higher than fifth place in its conference according to the annual coaches polls in the latest edition of Hooten's Arkansas Football.
The magazine was officially unveiled Monday at a golf tournament/news conference here.
Conway High is picked seventh in 7A-Central Conference. Cabot is the favorite.
Vilonia is picked sixth in 5A West, while Greenbrier is picked eighth. Greenwood is the preseason favorite.
In 2-3A, defending champion Mayflower is picked fifth (its lowest preseason ranking in several years). Harding Academy is picked to win the title.
Conway Christian, in its second year of Arkansas Activities Association competition in 5-2A, is picked fifth. Bigelow is favored.
Several Faulkner County players are ranked as unheralded stars in their respective classifications. They are: Conway kicking specialist Ben Riner (7A); Vilonia linebacker Tyler Sweetin (5A); Mayflower offensive lineman Preston Hurt and defensive back DeMetrius Lasker (3A) and Conway Christian runing back Mark Harris, offensive lineman Tyler Spangler and defensive back Jeremy Jacons (2A).
For the first time last year, the magazine had two different covers for state and regional editions with the University of Central Arkansas' Nathan Brown on one cover and the University of Arkansas' Bobby Petrino in another.
Favorites to win the state titles this year are: Har-Ber (7A), Pine Bluff (6A), Greenwood (5A), Shiloh Christian (4A), Charleston (3A) and Junction City (2A).
There are two covers again this year with Arkansas State quarterback Cory Leonard and running back Reggie Arnold on a zoned cover for northeast Arkansas and Razorback quarterbacks Ryan Mallett and Tyler Wilson on the cover for most of the state.
Previews of all state colleges, including UCA, is included along with in-depth analysis of the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Southeastern Conference.
The 432-page book, which costs $16.99, is available in central Arkansas at Kroger, Hastings, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, Price-Cutter and Big Red stores.