Class 7A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 7A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 7A, Week 2, 2016

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1. Springdale Har-Ber (1-0)
2. Fayetteville (1-0)
3. North LR (1-0)
4. Cabot (1-0)
5. Bentonville (0-1)
6. FS Southside (0-1)
7. FS Northside (0-1)
8. Bryant (1-0)
9. Springdale (1-0)
10. Rogers (1-0)
11. Conway (0-1)
12. LR Catholic (0-1)
13. LR Central (1-0)
14. Rogers Heritage (0-1)
15. Van Buren (0-1)
16. Bentonville West (0-1)

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 9 Springdale at Class 5A No. 4 Alma.

Impressive starts for both teams last week. Springdale avenged a 42-7 loss in last year's playoffs at Conway with a 37-30 win at Conway. Springdale forced four turnovers, including three interceptions and held Conway to 27 yards rushing. Springdale junior quarterback Lane Hutchins enjoyed early success in his first varsity start and relaxed, passing for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Springdale ran it a surprising 52 times for 267 yards with versatile senior Erick Mendez (3.9 GPA) rushing for 149 yards and two touchdowns. All-state receiver Kyle Williams caught seven passes for 139 yards and rushed four times for 40 yards. Springdale led 14-0 early but trailed 16-14 at halftime. “I told our guys at halftme how great it was just to be in the game,” second-year Coach Zach Clark says. “Eight months earlier we were down 42-0 on the field by halftime. So, we just talked about having fun the second half.”
Alma axed Class 7A rival Van Buren last Tuesday for the sixth year in a row, 34-20. Alma marched 99 yards for a score to start the season. Senior quaterback Noah Dotson ran and passed well, completing 15 of 28 passes for 287 yards and three TDs. The Airedales gave up 353 yards offense but jumped on five of Van Buren's seven fumbles.
“We didn't run it as well as I'd like,” Alma coach Doug Loughridge says. “The holes were there, we've just got to find them better. Springdale's defense is much improved with (new coordinator Brett Hobbs). Zach (Clark) is a good, patient play caller who puts kids in the right positions. (Williams) is probably the best receiver we'll see all year.”
Alma beat Springdale 17-7 last season at Airedale Stadium and 28-0 at Springdale in 2014.

Week 2 Predictions (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
7A CENTRAL

FAYETTEVILLE (15) at Bryant: Bryant beat rival Benton 10-7 last Friday despite being outgained 340-150 yards. Fayetteville’s Cemair Dobbins returned a interception 69 yards for a TD just before halftime and knocked away a fourth-down pass in the fourth quarter to preserve a 26-21 victory over Blue Springs, Mo.
CABOT (7) at El Dorado: Cabot senior QB Jarrod Barnes ran 39 yards for a TD on the Panther’s first offensive play, returned a kick 85 yards just before halftime and made an acrobatic leap into the end zone from 3 yards out as time expired to beat Pine Bluff 28-27 last week. El Dorado forced four turnovers in a 34-7 win over rival neighbor Camden Fairview. Junior defensive tackle Terry Hampton, who has a scholarship offer from Arkansas State, returned a fumble 90 yards for a TD. Junior QB Darius Holly (145 yards passing) completed 15 of 19 passes to six different receivers. Senior running back Anthony Thomas carried 19 times for 109 yards.
GREENWOOD (8) at FS Southside: Class 6A Greenwood has won 20 of its past 23 games against Class 7A schools, including nine in a row. Last Friday the Bulldogs won at FS Northside 33-25 with more than 500 yards offense. FS Southside had four turnovers and negative nine yards offense in the first half of a 47-0 loss at No. 1 Springdale Har-Ber. Greenwood has beaten Southside four straight seasons.
LR McClellan at NORTH LR (14): North LR built a 20-0 lead in the first seven minutes last week, blocking three early punts against Class 5A Maumelle. McClellan, ranked No. 3 in Class 5A, hung 76 points on Texas private-school power Dallas Parish Episcopal. 
McClellan senior Pierre Strong ran for 214 yards and five TDs and caught two passes for 65 yards and a TD. Parish Episcopal ran 42 more plays than LR McClellan and converted four of five fourth-downs.
FS NORTHSIDE (4) at Van Buren: Northside allowed more than 500 yards total offense last week to Class 6A Greenwood. Van Buren piled up 353 yards offense but lost five of its seven fumbles and allowed a 99-yard drive to start the season, losing its sixth in a row to Class 5A rival Alma, 34-20.
Bentonville West at LR CENTRAL (7): First-year program Bentonville West’s underclassmen wore down in the second half at Pryor, Okla. last Friday while LR Central capitalized on turnovers to win 31-14 at Rogers Heritage. LR Central standout sophomore running back Oscar Adaway returned from a summer motorcycle wreck to rush for 143 yards on 19 carries.
Jacksonville at LR CATHOLIC (3): Catholic gave up 602 yards to lose 48-34 at Class 5A Sylvan Hills last Friday while Jacksonville totaled more than 300 yards to get by 5A Mills 27-26. Jacksonville senior QB Rowdy Weathers passed for 203 yards, while junior RB Har-darrius Martin rushed for 190 yards and three TDs.
Conway at JONESBORO (8): Conway committed four turnovers and totaled 27 yards rushing in a 37-30 loss last week to Springdale, a team it beat 42-7 in last year’s playoffs. A 75-yard punt return by McCall Dail kept Conway chances alive late last week. Conway must improve quickly to avoid an 0-6 start. Jonesboro boasts a solid D-line.

7A WEST
SPRINGDALE (1) at Alma: See Class 7A Game of the Week.
FAYETTEVILLE (15) at Bryant: Bryant beat rival Benton 10-7 last Friday despite being out gained 340-150 yards. Fayetteville’s Cemair Dobbins returned a interception 69 yards for a TD just before halftime and knocked away a fourth-down pass in the fourth quarter to preserve a 26-21 victory over Blue Springs, Mo.
Jeff City, Mo. at SPRINGDALE HAR-BER (3): Har-Ber moves atop hootens.com rankings after piling up 311 yards rushing (6.8 yards per rush) in last Friday’s 47-0 flogging over FS Southside. Nine Wildcats had at least one carry and five scored at least one touchdown. Junior Logan Collins led Har-Ber with 12 carries for 136 yards (11.3 yards per carry) and two TDs, including an 80-yarder to start the third quarter for a 40-0 lead. Har-Ber forced four turnovers in the first half and started three times inside the Southside 30. Har-Ber sophomore cornerback Brock Pounders returned an interception 20 yards on the game’s first play. Har-Ber’s Jesus Zizumbo hit two 42-yard field goals. Jeff City (3-0) has outscored opponents a mind-boggling 169-19.
BIXBY, OKLA. (1) at Bentonville: Balanced Bentonville (126 yards passing, 115 yards rushing) gave up 197 yards passing in an overtime loss to KC Rockhurst last Friday while Bixby lost 38-34 at powerhouse Jenks, Okla. Bixby senior Tanner Griffin completed 22 of 37 passes for 222 yards and the Spartans scored all their touchdowns through the air.
Bentonville West at LR CENTRAL (7): First-year program Bentonville West’s underclassmen wore down in the second half at Pryor, Okla. last Friday while LR Central capitalized on turnovers to win 31-14 at Rogers Heritage. LR Central standout sophomore running back Oscar Adaway returned from a summer motorcycle wreck to rush for 143 yards on 19 carries.
FS NORTHSIDE (4) at Van Buren: Northside allowed more than 500 yards total offense last week to Class 6A Greenwood. Van Buren piled up 353 yards offense but lost five of its seven fumbles and allowed a 99-yard drive to start the season, losing its sixth in a row to Class 5A rival Alma, 34-20.
ROGERS (7) at Claremore, Okla.: Rogers rolled out the Spread in Coach Mike Loyd’s debut to smoke Siloam Springs 38-7 last Friday. Quarterback Max Horton completed 15-of-22 passes for 216 yards as the Mounties balanced attack totaled 444 yards despite four turnovers. Claremore (1-0) creamed Tulsa East Central 47-6 in its opener last week.
Rogers Heritage at RUSSELLVILLE (4): Heritage dropped its opener last week to LR Central 31-14. Central scored 21 points off three Heritage turnovers. Junior Dylan Qualls led Heritage carried 29 times for 145 yards in last week’s 31-14 loss to LR Central. Russellville edged Morrilton 14-11. Junior CB Josiah Woodard intercepted two passes, returning one 40 yards for a TD.

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