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, 2017
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1. Warren (0-1)
2. Pea Ridge (2-0)
3. Joe T. Robinson (1-0)
4. Arkadelphia (1-0)
5. Nashville (1-0)
6. Prairie Grove (1-0)
7. Ashdown (1-0)
8. Stuttgart (0-1)
9. Hamburg (0-1)
10. Ozark (1-0)
11. Dumas (0-1)
12. Dardanelle (0-1)
13. Shiloh Christian (1-0)
14. Pocahontas (0-1)
15. Gosnell (0-1)
16. Trumann (1-0)
17. Booneville (0-1)
18. Mena (1-0)
19. Pottsville (1-0)
20. Star City (0-1)
21. Gravette (0-1)
22. Southside Batesville (1-0)
23. Heber Springs (0-1)
24. Helena (1-0)
25. Crossett (0-1)
26. Monticello (0-1)
27. Lonoke (1-0)
28. Highland (0-1)
29. Fountain Lake (0-1)
30. Gentry (1-0)
31. Jonesboro Westside (1-0)
32. Waldron (1-0)
33. Huntsville (1-0)
34. Dover (1-0)
35. CAC (0-1)
36. Lincoln (1-0)
37. Riverview (1-0)
38. Malvern (0-1)
39. Brookland (1-0)
40. Dollarway (0-1)
41. Bauxite (0-1)
42. Harrisburg (1-0)
43. Berryville (1-0)
44. DeWitt (0-1)
45. West Fork (0-1)
46. Cave City (0-1)
47. Subiaco Academy (1-0)
48. Baptist Prep (0-1)

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 8 Stuttgart at No. 1 Warren

Warren beat Stuttgart twice last season by a total of 19 points. But both are stinging from losses last week. Warren lost to Class 5A No. 4 Little Rock Christian by 15 points, while Stuttgart fell to current No. 4 Arkadelphia 29-0. Warren led LR Christian 20-13 at halftime last week, but managed just one touchdown in the second half after three key players left with cramps. Junior receiver Treylon Burks was held to three catches and 23 yards. Lumberjack junior quarterback J'Malachi Kinnard passed for 189 yards and two TDs, while sophomore Vincent Steppes ran for 121 yards and two TDs.  Stuttgart shuffled offensive linemen this week, trying to find the mixture of players after failing to score against Arkadelphia. The Ricebirds failed to score on two possessions inside the 5-yard line (fumble and missed field goal) and turned it over three times. Junior linebacker Arion White led the Ricebirds in tackles a week ago.

TV SHOW
Hooten's Arkansas Football airs 10:30 a.m. Saturday's on KATV (ABC Little Rock) Channel 7, scoring the Razorbacks, high school teams and players to watch. Benton senior Beau Belcher receives the prestigious Arkansas Air Guard Scholar Athlete of the Week award on this week's show.

LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly predicted 33 of 41 games (80 percent).

WEEK 2 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
1-4A

LR CHRISTIAN (14) at Shiloh Christian: Shiloh Christian beat Elkins by 32 points last week, but two players were ejected and won't play this week. Junior Jaret Russ ran 12 times for 67 yards and caught four passes for 42 yards before injuring his leg in the third quarter. Little Rock Christian rises to No. 4 in the Class 5A rankings after last week's impressive two-TD win over Warren. Warrior junior Justice Hill joined the program July 31, and accounted for 204 yards against Warren.
Huntsville at FARMINGTON (17): Huntsville hasn't beaten Farmington since 2003. The Eagles racked up 264 yards in last week's 24-point win over Green Forest. Junior QB Sean McCone completed seven of 11 passes for 115 yards and one TD and ran 14 times for 61 yards. Farmington gained 254 yards in last week's 23-point loss at Prairie Grove.
BOONEVILLE (7) at Gravette: Booneville led No. 2 Pea Ridge 19-0 in the first quarter last week (junior Carson Ray had three TD runs), but failed to score again. Gravette rolled up 365 yards in last week's 33-30 loss at Ozark. Lion senior Austin O'Brien ran for 178 yards and a TD and caught a 29-yard pass.
CLINTON (14) at Berryville: Berryville beat Class 2A Decatur by 61 points last week, and four of the Bobcat's six wins since 2014 at over Decatur. Clinton ran for 262 yards in last week's win at Heber Springs.
Decatur at GENTRY (49): Gentry ran for 269 yards and scored 50 points last week against Lavaca, while Decatur lost to Berryville 63-0. Gentry senior QB Jon Faulkenberry completed six of eight passes for 62 yards and sprinted eight times for 121 yards and three scores against Lavaca.
Keys, Okla. at LINCOLN (2): Lincoln shocked Northwest Arkansas last week, ripping Westville, Okla., by 11 points (had lost two straight to Westville by a combined 63 points). The Wolves have dropped three straight to Keys, Okla. (10 points in 2014, three points in 2015 and 33 points last year). Keys beat Checotah, Okla., by 23 points last week.
Vian, Okla. at  PRAIRIE GROVE (22): Prairie Grove pounded Class 5A Farmington by 23 points a week ago. Senior QB J.D. Elder completed seven of 11 passes for 94 yards and two TDs in his first varsity start. Undefeated Vian has beaten Eufaula and Muldrow by a combined 23 points. The Wolverines like to run the ball and control the clock, which may not be effective against physical Prairie Grove.
Pea Ridge is open after going 2-0 last week.

2-4A
Stuttgart at WARREN (6):
Hootens.com Class 4A Game of the Week.
JOE T. ROBINSON (28) at CAC: Joe T. Robinson has won four of the past five over the Mustangs, including 56-21 last season. Senator QB Greyson Tackett completed 11 of 16 passes for 122 yards and two TDs in last week's dominating win over Class 5A Hot Springs Lakeside. The Mustangs switched to the Wing T in the spring and never looked comfortable in last week's 35-point loss to Mayflower.
BEEBE (7) at Lonoke: The Battle of Highway 31. These teams split the past two meetings with Beebe winning last season by 42 points. Badger senior Khalil Anthony ran 15 times for 168 yards and two TDs in last week's eight-point win over Greenbrier. Lonoke senior Daniel Segrist threw three TDs and ran for another in last week's mercy-rule win over neighbor Carlisle.
Heber Springs at GREENBRIER (11): Heber Springs sophomore QB Adam Martin passed for 208 yards in last week's 11-point loss to Class 3A Clinton. Greenbrier led Beebe 18-7 at halftime last week, but the Panthers failed to score in the second half, while failing to convert on fourth down six times, including four times in the fourth quarter. Panther senior QB Jeremy Kendall passed for 229 yards and two TDs against Beebe.
SOUTHSIDE BATESVILLE (3) at Bald Knob: Bald Knob has beaten the Southerners three of the past four seasons. Bald Knob capitalized on seven turnovers (six fumble recoveries) in last week's 15-point win over Des Arc. The Bulldogs are 4-3 in their past seven non conference games. Southside Batesville junior QB Koby Rich completed nine of 14 passes for 174 yards and three TDs in last week's 55-7 win over Cave City.
RISON (15) at Baptist Prep: The physical Wildcats run and play defense. They held Fordyce to 103 yards in last week's 17-point win at Fordyce. Baptist Prep failed to score last week against McGehee.
RIVERVIEW (1) at Highland: Riverview held DeWitt to one TD last week, while intercepting two passes and making four sacks. Senior linebacker Vinney Valdes led the Raiders with 13 tackles, while senior Tristan Lyles had 11 stops. The Raiders ran for 230 yards against DeWitt. Highland had just 116 yards in last week's 12-9 loss at Harding Academy.
Marianna at HELENA (21): Helena has beaten Marianna six straight seasons and by a combined 191-26 the past four years. Cougar senior Keyon Burrell caught two TD passes last week at Earle (he caught two TD passes in 11 games last year).

3-4A
POCAHONTAS (10) at Paragould:
Pocahontas trailed Nettleton 42-7 at halftime last week. Paragould gave up 426 yards (gained just 223 yards) in a 35-point loss at Rivercrest. Paragould senior Trent Teaguer ran 25 times for 131 yards and one TD.
BROOKLAND (18) at Corning: Brookland coach Chuck Speer spent four seasons at Corning (2011-2014), winning 13 games. Corning has lost 23 straight games. Brookland held Cedar Ridge to six points last week.
GOSNELL (4) at Osceola: Gosnell has won four straight over Osceola, crushing the 'Noles by a combined 91-35 the past two seasons. Osceola senior QB D.J. Flie was injured in last week's 29-21 loss to Blytheville. Gosnell sophomore Brian Denkins ran 11 times for 183 yards and a TD last week at Newport.
JONESBORO WESTSIDE (14) at Hoxie: These schools are separated by just 20 miles. Hoxie has won five of the past eight in the series, but Jonesboro Westside whipped the Mustangs by 40 points last season. Hoxie has lost its past five non conference games, after losing just one from 2011-2015.
Marked Tree at HARRISBURG (6): Marked Tree has won three straight over the Hornets by a total of 53 points. The Hornets loaded the box and stuffed Cross County's Single Wing, forcing two crucial fumbles. Marked Tree was tied with Clarendon 7-7 at halftime last week. Marked Tree's Paul Coleman ran for a pair of TDs.
MELBOURNE (3) at Cave City: Melbourne has won four of the past five over the Cavemen. But Cave City dominated 35-14 a year ago. Melbourne sophomore QB Gabe Lawrence completed 26 of 36 passes for 350 yards and five TDs in last week's 48-14 win over Corning.
RIVERVIEW (1) at Highland: Riverview held DeWitt to one TD last week, while intercepting two passes and making four sacks. Senior linebacker Vinney Valdes led the Raiders with 13 tackles, while senior Tristan Lyles had 11 stops. The Raiders ran for 230 yards against DeWitt. Highland had just 116 yards in last week's 12-9 loss at Harding Academy.
TRUMANN (21) at Manila: Manila has lost three straight to Trumann by a combined 55 points. Trumann jumped on Hoxie 35-0 in the first half last week, easing to a 15-point win. Manila gave up 36 points in last week's 28-point loss at Jonesboro Westside.

4-4A
OZARK (2) at Clarksville:
Ozark has won five of the past nine meetings. Hillbilly sophomore tight end Bryant Burns, the son of coach Jeremie Burns, caught five passes for 108 yards and two TDs in last week's three-point win over Gravette. He also returned an interception for a TD and forced one fumble. Clarksville gained 421 yards in last week's three-point win at Lamar. Sophomore QB Nicholas Buckner passed for 219 yards and two TDs and ran for 129 yards.
VILONIA (4) at Pottsville: Vilonia junior QB Jordan Britton ran for 108 yards and two TDs in last week's 29-18 win at Greene County Tech. Pottsville gave up 462 yards, but managed to beat Fountain Lake by 14 points last week.
BOONEVILLE (7) at Gravette: Booneville led No. 2 Pea Ridge 19-0 in the first quarter last week (junior Carson Ray had three TD runs), but failed to score again. Gravette rolled up 365 yards in last week's 33-30 loss at Ozark. Lion senior Austin O'Brien ran for 178 yards and a TD and caught a 29-yard pass.
Cedarville at WALDRON (23): Waldron rolled up 400 yards (385 rushing) in last week's 35-28 win over Mansfield. Bulldog senior Trey Williams sprinted for 220 yards and two TDs.
DARDANELLE (14) at Paris: Dardanelle lost to Charleston in the final seconds a week ago. Sand Lizard senior Temo Martinez kicked a 42-yard field goal against Charleston. Paris pounded Yellville-Summit by 32 points last week.
Subiaco Academy at LAMAR (18): Lamar has won six straight over Subiaco Academy, including the past two by a combined 82 points. Subiaco Academy snapped a 17-game losing streak with last week's seven-point win over Class 2A Brinkley.
Two Rivers at DOVER (21): Two Rivers rides a 16-game losing streak and the Gators have failed to scored twice in their past seven games. Dover rallied from a 22-8 second-half deficit last week against Atkins, winning 24-22 after holding the Red Devils on downs at the 14-yard line in the final minute.
West Fork at ELKINS (3): Elkins' 63-6 win last season snapped a six-game losing streak to West Fork. Elkins had three players ejected in the fourth quarter of last week's 32-point loss to Shiloh Christian. West Fork failed to score last week against Greenland and the scored one TD or less in nine and 11 games.

7-4A
JOE T. ROBINSON (28) at CAC:
Joe T. Robinson has won four of the past five over the Mustangs, including 56-21 last season. Senator QB Greyson Tackett completed 11 of 16 passes for 122 yards and two TDs in last week's dominating win over Class 5A Hot Springs Lakeside. The Mustangs switched to the Wing T in the spring and never looked comfortable in last week's 35-point loss to Mayflower.
ARKADELPHIA (21) at Sheridan: Arkadelphia has won four of the past five over the Yellowjackets. Sheridan started nine sophomores and played 17 sophomores against LR McClellan. Arkadelphia's defense forced two fumbles and stopped Stuttgart twice inside the 5-yard line in last week's 29-0 triumph.
LAKE HAMILTON (10) at Malvern: These former conference foes meet for the four straight year, with Malvern winning two of the past three. Lake Hamilton lost five fumbles in last week's 28-point win over Hot Springs. Malvern QB Demais Jimerson accounted for three TDs in last week's 11-point loss to Glen Rose.
NASHVILLE (20) at De Queen: Nashville has won 28 of its past 29 games. Senior QB Tyler Hanson passed for 320 yards and three TDs and ran for a score in last week's 40-point win over Hope. De Queen surrendered 335 yards against Mena, including 248 yards rushing.
Hope at ASHDOWN (13): Ashdown returned the opening kickoff for a TD and mauled Monticello by 41-points last week. Panther senior running back Tre Green, an Arkansas State commit, ran for a pair of first-half TDs. Hope hung with Nashville in the first half last week before losing by 40 points. 
MENA (3) at Hot Springs: Hot Springs has won three of the past five over Mena. The Trojans committed five turnovers in last week's 28-point loss at Class 6A Lake Hamilton. Mena senior QB Carson Cannon completed five of 10 passes (three TDs) in last week's mercy-rule win over De Queen. Turner also ran for 50 yards and a TD, while classmate Justin Dean ran for 115 yards and a TD. 
FOUNTAIN LAKE (7) at Haskell Harmony Grove: Fountain Lake still learning a new system. The Cobras gained 462 yards but lost at Pottsville last week by 14 points. Senior QB Stephen Turner passed for 319 yards and three TDs in his first game as a Spread QB.
GLEN ROSE (14) at Bauxite: Glen Rose has beaten Bauxite four of the past six meetings. Glen Rose's Jarred Rogers accounted for five TDs (three rushing, two passing) in his first start at QB in last week's 11-point win at Malvern. Rogers also returned an interception 84 yards for a TD. Bauxite's defense played well in last week's 13-6 loss to Haskell Harmony Grove. Bauxite's Zack Lasage made eight tackles, three sacks and forced one fumble. Bauxite has won just 10 games the past seven seasons.

8-4A
Stuttgart at WARREN (6):
Hootens.com Class 4A Game of the Week.
FORREST CITY (12) at Dollarway: Forrest City trailed West Memphis 13-12 at halftime last week, but fumbled three kickoffs in the second half of a 33-point loss. Dollarway turned it over five times in last week's 34-0 loss at Watson Chapel.
Hamburg at CAMDEN FAIRVIEW (7): Hamburg played well in last week's loss to Class 4A No. 2 Pea Ridge, trailing by one TD in the second half. Camden Fairview gained just 42 yards rushing in last week's 22-point loss to El Dorado.
Monticello at MAGNOLIA (7): Magnolia trailed Crossett in the second quarter last week before rallying 28-19. Monticello surrendered a TD on the opening play last week at Ashdown, and the Panthers didn't score until the fourth-quarter.
WHITE HALL (14) at Crossett: Crossett ran for 277 yards last week, but lost by nine points at Magnolia. White Hall hammered Dumas by 44 points a week ago, running for more than 400 yards. Seniors Ollie Reddick and Rod Shelby each ran for a pair of TDs.
CARLISLE (1) at DeWitt: Carlisle's four-point win last year broke a two-game losing streak to the Dragons. Two of the past three meetings have been decided by four points or less. Carlisle trailed Lonoke 35-0 at half last week, while DeWitt surrendered four QB sacks in a 29-point loss at Riverview, while giving up 230 yards rushing.
DUMAS (6) at McGehee: These former conference foes are separated by 19 miles. Dumas has won two straight in the series (McGehee won three straight from 2013-2015). McGehee gained 439 yards and held Baptist Prep to 99 yards last week.
STAR CITY (21) at Lake Village: Star City has beaten its former conference foe eight straight times, including last year's 14-point decision. Star City held speedy Class 5A LR Parkview to two TDs a week ago.

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