Class 4A Week 1 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 4A Week 1 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 4A, Week 1, 2018
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1. Warren (1-0)
2. Joe T. Robinson (0-1)
3. Arkadelphia (0-1)
4. Nashville (1-0)
5. Rivercrest (0-0)
6. Southside Batesville (0-1)
7. Ozark (0-0)
8. Gosnell (0-1)
9. Pea Ridge (0-1)
10. Hamburg (1-0)
11. Prairie Grove (0-0)
12. Ashdown (0-1)
13. Pocahontas (0-0)
14. Mena (1-0)
15. Pottsville (0-0)
16. Shiloh Christian (0-1)
17. Dumas (0-0)
18. Bauxite (1-0)
19. CAC (0-0)
20. Heber Springs (0-0)
21. DeWitt (1-0)
22. Stuttgart (0-1)
23. Monticello (0-0)
24. Jonesboro Westside (0-1)
25. Dardanelle (1-0)
26. Helena (0-0)
27. Mills (0-0)
28. Crossett (0-0)
29. Trumann (0-0)
30. Star City (1-0)
31. Fountain Lake (0-0)
32. Gravette (0-1)
33. Lonoke (0-0)
34. Elkins (0-0)
35. Riverview (1-0)
36. Dover (0-0)
37. Brookland (0-1)
38. H. Grove Haskell (1-0)
39. Highland (0-1)
40. Malvern (0-0)
41. Bald Knob (0-0)
42. Lincoln (0-0)
43. Gentry (0-1)
44. Waldron (0-0)
45. Cave City (0-1)
46. Berryville (0-0)
47. Subiaco Academy (0-0)
48. Green Forest (0-0)

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
Class 3A 1 No. 1 Booneville at No. 7 Ozark

Booneville has won five of the past nine in the series and leads overall 50-26-2 after last year's 14-point triumph. The Bearcats shut out Class 5A Clarksville a week ago, easing to a 30-0 triumph. Three-year starting QB Brandon Ulmer was injured in the first quarter and didn't return. He likely won't play this week after an MRI. Fullback Carson Ray ran for 119 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Clarksville, while senior halfback Michael Hesson added 101 yards and a TD. The Bearcat D recorded 14 tackles for loss.
Ozark has advanced to the playoffs the past two seasons and played for the 2012 state title. Senior QB Dawson Dietz passed for 1,804 yards and 16 TDs a year ago, and provides a dual-threat. The skilled Hillbillies have more team speed than the past five years, Coach Jeremie Burns says.

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LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly predicted 13 of 18 games last week (72 percent).

WEEK 1 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
1-4A
BERRYVILLE (7) at West Fork
: Berryville has won only five games since beating West Fork 21-6 in Week 2, 2015. The Bobcats scored a TD or less in eight games last season. West Fork hasn't won a game since beating Subiaco Academy Week 4, 2016.
Farmington at PRAIRIE GROVE (6): These teams have split the past 12 meetings, with Prairie Grove winning last season by 23 points. Prairie Grove has won 36 games the past three seasons. Farmington receiver Drew Sturgeon averaged four catches per game last season.
GENTRY (3) at Huntsville: Huntsville has won five of the past nine in the series. But Gentry's 14-point win last season, when both were members of the 1-4A, put the Pioneers in the playoffs.
Green Forest at YELLVILLE-SUMMIT (5): These teams split the past two meetings, with Green Forest winning by 22 points in 2016 and Yellville-Summit by 23 points a year ago.
Westville, Okla. at LINCOLN (2): Lincoln's 11-point win last year at Westville, Okla., snapped a two-game losing streak in the series. Former Huntsville and Perryville coach Ed Baker debuts as Westville's third coach in three years. Baker went 20-42 in six years at Perryville.
Pea Ridge at MAUMELLE (4): Maumelle opens its season, while Pea Ridge was mercy-ruled at Harrison last week. Senior Tyler Maxwell takes over as Hornet QB after moving from Mayflower in the spring. The Hornet D held Jacksonville scoreless in a preseason scrimmage. Pea Ridge had three first-half turnovers at Harrison.
Gravette is open.
Shiloh Christian is open.

2-4A
Bald Knob at VALLEY VIEW (16)
: Bald Knob bumps to Class 4A after winning 16 games the past two seasons. The Bulldogs were in Class 4A from 1977-2009, beating Valley View twice (2008-2009). Valley View impressed with last week's easy win over Highland.
SOUTHSIDE BATESVILLE (21) at Cave City: Southside Batesville has won four of the past six in the series, including two straight. The Southerners moved the ball well last week against Warren. Senior receiver Will Sitkowski caught four passes for 76 yards and a TD.
CAC at MAYFLOWER (1): These teams split the past two meetings, with Mayflower winning last year by 35 points. CAC returns to the Spread this fall after a failed one-year experiment with the Wing T (averaged 10 ppg).
DEWITT (1) at Riverview: Riverview beat DeWitt the past two seasons by a combined 68-20. Riverview senior QB Griffin Miller scored two TDs in last week's seven-point win over Brookland. DeWitt had just 35 yards in the second half but forced three turnovers in last week's one-point win over Stuttgart.
LONOKE (14) at Carlisle: Lonoke has beaten Carlisle the past two seasons by a combined 83-34. The Jackrabits drilled more than 30 players in the spring. Senior QB/receiver Braidon Bryant averaged 13 yards per catch last season, and grabbed a pair of TDs against the Bison.
Mills at JACKSONVILLE (2): Jacksonville has won seven of the past 11 over Mills. The Comets focused on defense in the off-season after surrendering 43 ppg last fall. Jacksonville's defensive line impressed in the summer.
STUTTGART (2) at Star City: These teams haven't played since Stuttgart beat the Bulldogs by seven points in the 2011 playoffs. Both have different emotions after Zero Week, when Stuttgart committed three turnovers and had a TD negated by penalty in a one-point loss at DeWitt. Star City rallied in the fourth quarter to down Class 5A Forrest City by one point.
Heber Springs at CLINTON (3): These are former conference rivals. The overall series is tied at 38-38-5. Clinton beat Pottsville 7-0 in a preseason scrimmage. Heber Springs relies on linebackers and a stout secondary this year. Junior linebacker Landon Johnson racked up more than 100 stops a year ago.

3-4A
GREENE CO. TECH (3) at Brookland
: This is the first meeting between these teams. Both played in Zero week, with GCT rallying to down Jonesboro Westside. Devin Smtih ran in the tying TD and Luis Delagarza kicked the winning PAT in the final seconds. Brookland's D contained Riverview last week, but lost by seven points.
SOUTHSIDE BATESVILLE (21) at Cave City: Southside Batesville has won four of the past six in the series, including two straight. The Southerners moved the ball well last week against Warren. Senior receiver Will Sitkowski caught four passes for 76 yards and a TD.
Kennett, Mo. at GOSNELL (18): Gosnell usually plays well against out of state teams. The Pirates threw an interception in the end zone with 38 seconds left in last week's eight-point loss at Class 5A Nettleton.
HARDING ACADEMY (3) at Highland: Harding Academy has won three of the past four over Highland, including a three-point triumph a year ago. Highland's D has struggled in a preseason scrimmage with Newport and last week at Valley View.
JONESBORO WESTSIDE (7) at Piggott: A battle of power running attacks. Jonesboro Westside ran the ball effectively in last week's one-point loss at Class 5A Greene County Tech. David Fowler ran in four TDs at GCT.
NETTLETON (7) at Pocahontas: Nettleton jumpstarted its 2017 conference title and semifinal run with a 21-point win over Pocahontas. Nettleton held Gosnell to less than 200 yards in last week's 14-6 win. Pocahontas expects to compete for the 3-4A title this year with improved team speed.
RIVERCREST (11) at Paragould: These teams have split their past four meetings, with Paragould winning in 2017 and 2015. Rivercrest senior QB Demilon Brown completed five of seven passes for 80 yards and a pair of TDs in last week's 48-0 scrimmage win over EPC.
Trumann at HOXIE (3): Hoxie has won six of the past 10 over Trumann, but Trumann has won three straight. Hoxie hung 42 points on Cave City last week, using big plays to pile up points.

4-4A
BOONEVILLE (7) at Ozark
: Hootens.com Class 4A Game of the Week.
Dardanelle at CHARLESTON (7): Charleston beat Melbourne by 23 points a week ago, with senior QB Brayden Caudle passing for 339 yards and three TDs. Dardanelle's defense has played in the summer, holding Booneville to 21 points in a preseason scrimmage and limiting Gentry to two TDs a week ago.
Dover at ATKINS (3): Dover has won four straight over Atkins, including last season by two points. The Red Devils moved the ball well in a preseason scrimmage against Clarksville. Dover's improved offense could move the ball well this season.
ELKINS (6) at Greenland: Greenland has won six of the past eight in the series, but Elkins won two straight. These are former conference rivals with the teams splitting the past two meetings. Elkins first-year coach Bryan Hutson drilled 32 players in August, including senior receiver Chad Graham (48 catches, 853 yards and 16 TDs in 2017) and junior QB Quinn McClain (2,799 yards and 33 TDs).
Mena at PRESCOTT (6): Both teams picked up wins in Zero Week, with Mena winning by 14 points over De Queen. Prescott hung 41 points on Lafayette County last week, its fourth shutout in the past 10 games. Prescott has won 20 straight home games.
NEWPORT (1) at Pottsville: Newport easily handled Highland in a preseason scrimmage two weeks ago, rolling to a 34-0 advantage. Pottsville lost to Clinton 7-0 in its scrimmage game. Newport coach Mark Hindsley praises his skill players for their summer work. The Greyhounds went 3-0 against 4A and 5A teams last year.
Subiaco Academy at LAVACA (4): Subiaco Academy second-year coach Steven Moore returns starters at 16 positions. The Trojans averaged just nine points per game a year ago and surrendered at least six TDs in seven games.
Waldron at MANSFIELD (6): Walron has won two straight over Mansfield. Waldron first-year coach Jonathan Bates inherits just five returning starters. Mansfield manhandled Class 5A DeQueen in a preseason scrimmage.

7-4A
BENTON (3) at Arkadelphia:
Benton must come down from last week's Salt Bowl against Bryant, when the Panthers lost by seven points in a shortened game. Arkadelphia led Sylvan Hills 14-0 a week ago,
ASHDOWN (7) at De Queen: Ashdown has won 13 of the past 15 in this series. De Queen struggled to move the ball in a preseason scrimmage with Mansfield. Ashdown, down to its backup QB, ran the Wing T against Hamburg.
Des Arc at BAUXITE (22): Des Arc had three players each run for more than 100 yards in last week's 14-point win over England. Bauxite gained 281 yards in last week's mercy-rule win over Conway Christian.
FOUNTAIN LAKE (7) at Hot Springs (Thurs.): This rivalry renews for the first time since 2007 as Garland County's first game of the season. Cobra QB/running back Andrew Roberson ran for 863 yards and four TDs last season. Hot Springs first-year coach Darrell Burnett wants the Trojans to cut down turnovers and mental errors.:
NASHVILLE (28) at Hope: Nashville has won 11 of the past 12 over Hope, including the past two by a combined 87 points. The Scrappers forced six turnovers in last week's six-point win over Watson Chapel. Senior QB Jake Moorer passed for 248 yards and four TDs. 
Rogers at JOE T. ROBINSON (10): Joe T. Robinson takes on its second straight 7A West opponent (lost at Springdale last week). Joe T. Robinson led Class 7A Springdale by one point at halftime last week before succumbing to Springdale's depth.
Malvern at GLEN ROSE (10): Glen Rose pushed around Class 4A Hot Springs in a scrimmage game, winning by 14 points. Malvern shifts schemes this fall and huddles up (went no huddle last year) following the graduation of all-state QB Demias Jimerson.
H. Grove Haskell is open.

8-4A
MAGNOLIA (1) at Crossett
: These teams have split the past six meetings. Magnolia's running attack wore down Class 3A McGehee last week, with senior Kadyn Roach blasting for three TDs.
DEWITT (1) at Riverview: Riverview beat DeWitt the past two seasons by a combined 68-20. Riverview senior QB Griffin Miller scored two TDs in last week's seven-point win over Brookland. DeWitt had just 35 yards in the second half but forced three turnovers in last week's one-point win over Stuttgart.
WHITE HALL (7) at Dumas: White Hall dumped Dumas the past two years by a total of 55 points. Dumas sophomore running back Kylin James (1,234 yards and 14 TDs last year) could develop into a college recruit over the next three seasons.
Strong at HAMBURG (35): Hamburg's defense shut out Ashdown in the first half last week and limited the Panthers to only one TD.  Kicker Jesus Aguilar kicked the winning 23-yard FG with two minutes left at Ashdown.
Earle at HELENA (4): Helena has beaten Earle the past two seasons. The (quarterback) Gerry Bohanon (now at Baylor ) era at Earle is over, but the Bulldogs looked sharp in the preseason, flying around on defense and executing at midseason form on offense. Earle junior
WATSON CHAPEL (21) at Monticello: Watson Chapel led Nashville by one point at halftime last week, but turned the ball over six times (four fumbles, two interceptions) and gave up seven QB sacks in a six-point setback. Monticello gave up 47 points in its preseason scrimmage against Camden Fairview.
STUTTGART (2) at Star City: These teams haven't played since Stuttgart beat the Bulldogs by seven points in the 2011 playoffs. Both have different emotions after Zero Week, when Stuttgart committed three turnovers and had a TD negated by penalty in a one-point loss at DeWitt. Star City rallied in the fourth quarter to down Class 5A Forrest City by one point.
Warren is open.

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