Class 4A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 4A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 4A, Week 2, 2016

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

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 4 CAC at No. 5 Joe T. Robinson

Pulaski Robinson has won three of the past four over CAC, including 55-35 last season. But the setback strengthened CAC and the Mustangs didn't lose against until the quarterfinals. “It was our pivotal point,” Coach Tommy Shoemaker says. “They were close to making it a huge blowout and we fought back and put a scare in them in the fourth quarter. Coming out of the game, I knew what kind of team I had.”

The Mustangs mauled Mayflower 48-27 last week, jumping out 48-7 in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Noah Evans completed all 11 attempts for 281 yards and five TDs in the first quarter. Senior receivers Grant Wood and Josh Johnson each hauled in two TDs in the opening quarter.

Pulaski Robinson was equally as impressive last week, ripping Class 5A Hot Springs Lakeside 51-28. Robinson senior QB Hunter Eskola completed nine of 13 passes for 294 yards and six TDs in the first half. Senior Koilan Jackson, in his first start at receiver, caught four passes for 106 yards and a pair of TDs. The Senators shift Myles Fells from running back to slot receiver. “We've got the best receivers in the state,” Coach Todd Eskola says. Senior running back Edmond Robinson dashed 37 yards against HS Lakeside.

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LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly predicted 32 of 43 games (74 percent).

WEEK 1 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
1-4A

Shiloh Christian at LR CHRISTIAN (1): Shiloh Christian QB Connor Reece passed for 290 yards and three TDs and ran for 69 yards and a score in last week's 13-point win at Elkins. LR Christian surprised last week with a seven-point loss to Class 4A No. 2 Warren.
FARMINGTON (11) at Huntsville: Huntsville hasn't beaten Farmington since 2003. Farmington gave up almost 400 yards in last week's 21-point loss at Prairie Grove. Huntsville QB Sean McCone ran for two TDs in last weeks' 28-point win over Green Forest.
GRAVETTE (3) at Booneville: Gravette's Roberto Barrios booted the winning extra-point in overtime last week (Gravette beat Ozark 21-20). Booneville trained Pea Ridge 34-0 last week before losing by 19 points.
Berryville at CLINTON (14): Berryville beat Class 2A Decatur by 53 points last week, and three of Berryville's five wins since 2014 are over Decatur. Clinton ran for 359 yards in last week's eight-point win over Heber Springs, with senior Jake Ferrell romping for 168 yards and two scores.
GENTRY (35) at Decatur: Gentry surrendered almost 300 yards rushing last week to Lavaca. Decatur gave up 59 points to Berryville.
Lincoln at KEYS, OKLA. (3): Lincoln has lost to Keys, Okla., in consecutive seasons (by 10 points in 2014 and three points last year). The Wolves lost to Westville, Okla., by 35 points last week.
Green Forest at PEA RIDGE (28): Pea Ridge has won four of the past five in the series, including the past two by a combined 66 points. Blackhawk junior QB Jakota Sainsbury threw a pair of TD passes in last week's dominating win over Booneville.
PRAIRIE GROVE (21) at Vian, Okla.: Prairie Grove senior QB Zeke Laird passed for 270 yards and four TDs in last week's 21-point win over Farmington. The Vian Wolverines are 1-0 this fall after going 10-3 last year and advancing to the Oklahoma quarterfinals. Vian senior Terron Moses ran for 255 yards and one TD last week.

2-4A
CAC at JOE T. ROBINSON (6): Hootens.com Class 4A Game of the Week.
LONOKE (2) at Beebe: The Battle of Highway 31. Beebe's 2015 season unraveled with a 17-point loss to Class 4A Lonoke. The Badgers lost to Greenbrier 54-33 last week, while Lonoke beat Carlisle by 13 points after leading by two points at halftime.
GREENBRIER (21) at Heber Springs: Greenbrier senior QB Carter Burcham threw four TDs in the first quarter of last week's 19-point win over Beebe. Burcham finished with 287 yards and five TDs.
Southside Batesville at BALD KNOB (7): Bald Knob has beaten the Southerners two of the past three seasons, although Southside Batesville won by 13 points last fall when Bald Knob standout DeShawn Gulledge didn't play. Gulledge, who has accepted a preferred walk-on at Arkansas, ran 18 times for 131 yards and three TDs in last week's 11-point win over Des Arc.
RISON (28) at Baptist Prep: Rison gave up too many big plays in last week's 22-point loss to Fordyce. The Wildcats trailed by five points at halftime. Baptist Prep surrendered more than 400 yards to McGehee.
HIGHLAND (6) at Riverview: Improved Highland downed defending Class 3A champ Harding Academy by four points last week. Highland sophomore QB Tristan Hudson ran for 154 yards. Riverview ripped DeWitt by 19 points a week ago.
WARREN (7) at Stuttgart: Warren outlasted Class 5A LR Christian 55-48 last week. Senior QB Hayden Lassiter passed for 289 yards and three TDs and ran for 107 yards and two scores, while senior Dennis Daniels ran for 194 yards and three scores. Stuttgart trailed Arkadelphia by 10 points at halftime last week, but led 30-24 late in the third quarter before giving up two late TDs and a field goal.
WEST HELENA (16) at Marianna: West Helena has beaten Marianna five straight seasons and by a combined 151-20 the past three seasons. West Helena rallied past Class 2A Earle last week 36-32. QB Jordan Watson ran for a pair of TDs.

3-4A
Paragould at POCAHONTAS (4): Pocahontas gave up too many big plays in its preseason scrimmage against Blytheville and last week's 42-20 loss to Nettleton. Paragould scored three fourth quarter TDs last week against Rivercrest.
Corning at BROOKLAND (16): Brookland coach Chuck Speer spent four seasons at Corning (2011-2014), winning 13 games. Corning gave up 459 yards in last week's 49-16 loss to Melbourne. Brookland led Cedar Ridge by 21 points at halftime a week ago, cruising to an 11-point win.
Osceola at GOSNELL (4): Gosnell has won three straight over Osceola, including 49-7 last season. First-year Pirate coach Brandon Barbaree won his Gosnell debut, beating Newport 20-14. The Pirates had 263 yards and forced two turnovers.
HOXIE (2) at Jonesboro Westside: These schools are separated by just 20 miles. Hoxie has won five of the past seven in the series, winning the past two years by a combined 84-27. Hoxie has lost just two non conference games since 2011.
Harrisburg at MARKED TREE (7): Marked Tree has won consecutive games over the Hornets by a total of 15 points, including a two-TD triumph a year ago.
Cave City at MELBOURNE (3): Melbourne has won four straight over the Cavemen, including 13-6 a year ago. Melbourne senior QB Clay Harris passed for 264 yards and four TDs in last week's 33-point win over Corning.
HIGHLAND (6) at Riverview: Improved Highland downed defending Class 3A champ Harding Academy by four points last week. Highland sophomore QB Tristan Hudson ran for 154 yards. Riverview ripped DeWitt by 19 points a week ago.
Manila at TRUMANN (10): Trumann impressed with last week's 34-point win over Hoxie. Manila beat Jonesboro Westside by 19 points a week ago.

4-4A
CLARKSVILLE (7) at Ozark: These former conference rivals have split the past eight meetings, with Clarksville's 18-14 triumph last year, its only win. But the improved Panthers beat Lamar 24-19 last week, when Lamar couldn't stop the Wishbone. Ozark QB Dawson Dietz threw two TD passes in last week's one-point overtime loss at Gravette.
Pottsville at VILONIA (3): Vilonia rang up 422 yards in last week's 28-point win over Greene Co. Tech. Eagle QB Luke Gordon passed for 162 yards, completing passes to seven different receivers. Pottsville trailed Fountain Lake early last week before taking a 14-6 halftime advantage and winning by 14 points.
GRAVETTE (3) at Booneville: Gravette's Roberto Barrios booted in the winning extra-point in overtime last week (Gravette beat Ozark 21-20). Booneville trained Pea Ridge 34-0 last week before losing by 19 points.
WALDRON (5) at Cedarville: Waldron snapped a 43-game losing streak with last week's 45-0 win over Mansfield. Waldron gained more than 400 yards, with QB Trey Williams running for 128 yards and a TD and throwing a 22-yard TD pass.
Paris at DARDANELLE (3): Paris all-state TB Nate Davidson ran for 209 yards and two TDs in last week's 38-point win over Yellville-Summit. Davidson also returned a punt for a score, while the D yielded just one first down. Dardanelle gave up 588 yards in last week's 13-point loss to Charleston. Dardanelle first-year coach Phil Vega played for Paris coach Marc Tucker when Tucker was defensive coordinator at Dover.
LAMAR (16) at Subiaco Academy: Lamar has won five straight over Subiaco Academy, including a 40-point triumph in 2015. Subiaco Academy DL Chance O'Neal made five tackles and a sack in last week's 10-point loss at Brinkley. The Trojans trailed 24-21 in the fourth quarter before giving up a late TD.
DOVER (28) at Two Rivers: Dover's Jacob Sharp caught the clinching 42-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter of last week's 22-14 win at Atkins. Sharp also ran 6 yards for a TD in the first quarter. Two Rivers lost to Danville by 43 points last week. Danville recorded 30 tackles for loss.
ELKINS (6) at West Fork: West Fork has beaten Elkins six straight times. Elkins pushed Class 4A No. 3  Shiloh Christian last week. Senior QB Jake Strode passed for 221 yards against the Saints.

7-4A
CAC at JOE T. ROBINSON (6): Hootens.com Class 4A Game of the Week.
Sheridan at ARKADELPHIA (3): Sheridan's eight-point win over Arkadelphia last season snapped a three-game losing streak in the series. Sheridan held Class 2A McCrory to 80 yards last week. Arkadelphia scored the final 17  points to rally past Stuttgart 41-30 last week.
Malvern at LAKE HAMILTON (14): These former conference foes meet for the third straight season after splitting the past two games (Lake Hamilton won 34-17 in 2014 and Malvern won 35-21 last season). Lake Hamilton senior fullback Jonathan Buss thrives in the Flexbone, rushing for 92 yards in last week's 11-point win at Hot Springs.
De Queen at NASHVILLE (18): Nashville led Hope 61-14 in the second quarter last week. The Scrappers rolled up more than 500 yards, including 146-yards rushing by senior Darius Hopkins. De Queen rallied past Mena by four points a week ago.
ASHDOWN (7) at Hope: Hope senior QB Austin Stubber threw a pair of TD passes against Nashville. Ashdown junior QB Jaden Hill completed 24 of 36 passes for 272 yards in last week's 14-point win at Monticello. Senior receiver Montaric Brown caught seven passes for 122 yards, while Tajnick Bishop caught nine passes for 86 yards.
HOT SPRINGS (1) at Mena: Hot Springs has won three of the past four over Mena. Hot Springs senior kicker Erick Guadron booted a 15-yard field goal in last week's 11-point loss to Lake Hamilton.
HASKELL H.G. (3) at Fountain Lake: Harmony Grove got a boost in the summer with the transfer of Benton QB Hunter Hilson and senior receiver Austin Bull. Hilson passed for 170 yards and a TD in last week's 32-point win over Bauxite, while Bull caught four passes for 84 yards. Fountain Lake gained 313 yards in last week's 14-point loss at Pottsville.
Bauxite at GLEN ROSE (28): Glen Rose has beaten Bauxite three of the past five meetings. The Beavers mauled Malvern 36-13 last week, with senior QB Aaron Weatherford running and passing for TDs. Bauxite has won just 10 games the past six seasons.

8-4A
Dollarway at FORREST CITY (8): The Mustangs must regroup after losing last week at West Memphis by 22 points (trailed 42-6 in the third quarter). Forrest City had more than 100 penalty yards, including 87 in the first half. Dollarway trailed Watson Chapel 21-16 at halftime last week.
Camden Fairview at HAMBURG (3): Camden Fairview committed three turnovers and surrendered 311 yards in last week's 27-point loss to Class 6A El Dorado. Hamburg had trouble stopping Class 2A No. 1 England in last week's 14-point loss. But Lion senior receiver LaQuan Bryant dominated the Lions (four catches, 68 yards and two TDs).
MAGNOLIA (2) at Monticello:  Magnolia broke a 7-7 with a pair of fourth-quarter TDs in last week's 21-7 win against Crossett. Monticello trailed Ashdown by seven points at halftime last week, but gave up too many big plays in the passing game.
Crossett at WHITE HALL (6): Improved White Hall broke an 11-game losing streak with last week's 11-point triumph at Dumas. Crossett's D played well for three quarters against Magnolia, but surrendered two late TDs.
DeWitt at CARLISLE (2): DeWitt has beaten Carlisle the past two seasons, including a two-point thriller in 2014. But improved Carlisle led Lonoke 12-7 late in the first half last week before Lonoke completed a TD pass on the final play of the first half.
MCGEHEE (2) at Dumas: These former conference foes are separated by 19 miles. Dumas' two-point win over McGehee last season snapped a four-game losing streak in the series. McGehee manhandled Baptist Prep 34-7 last week, gaining more than 400 yards. Sophomore running back Dewayne Railey ran six times for 162 yards and a two TDs, while sophomore tailback James ball ran for 75 yards and two scores.
Lake Village at STAR CITY (18): Star City has beaten its former conference foes eight straight times. Lake Village snapped a 16-game losing streak with last week's 27-20 win over Hamburg's junior varsity.
WARREN (7) at Stuttgart: Warren outlasted Class 5A LR Christian 55-48 last week. Senior QB Hayden Lassiter passed for 289 yards and three TDs and ran for 107 yards and two scores, while senior Dennis Daniels ran for 194 yards and three scores. Stuttgart trailed Arkadelphia by 10 points at halftime last week, but led 30-24 late in the third quarter before giving up two late TDs and a field goal.

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