Class 5A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 5A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 5A, Week 2, 2017
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1. Pulaski Academy (1-0)
2. Wynne (1-0)
3. Alma (1-0)
4. LR Christian (1-0)
5. Batesville (0-1)
6. Harrison (1-0)
7. Morrilton (1-0)
8. HS Lakeside (0-1)
9. LR McClellan (1-0)
10. White Hall (1-0)
11. Beebe (1-0)
12. Watson Chapel (1-0)
13. Nettleton (1-0)
14. Blytheville (1-0)
15. Greenbrier (0-1)
16. Sylvan Hills (0-1)
17. Camden Fairview (0-1)
18. Valley View (0-1)
19. Vilonia (1-0)
20. Maumelle (0-1)
21. Magnolia (1-0)
22. LR Parkview (1-0)
23. Hot Springs (0-1)
24. Forrest City (0-1)
25. Farmington (0-1)
26. Mills (0-1)
27. De Queen (0-1)
28. Hope (0-1)
29. Clarksville (1-0)
30. Paragould (0-1)
31. Greene Co. Tech (0-1)
32. LR Fair (0-1)

GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 3 Alma at Springdale

Springdale's 27-26 win last year at Alma snapped a two-game losing streak in the series. And the Bulldogs continue getting better under third-year coach Zak Clark. The Bulldogs beat Conway 19-17 a week ago with two big fourth-quarter defensive stands. Senior defensive end Isaiah Nichols knocked down a pass on the final play to secure the win. Nichols, an Arkansas Razorback commit, “is the best player in the state,” Alma coach Doug Loughridge says. Alma's young offensive line (start five juniors) played well a week ago, but most improve this week.  Alma rallied from a 7-0 deficit last week to beat Van Buren 21-14. The Airedales stopped Van Buren four times in the red zone. Senior quarterback Garrison Jensen completed 14 of 24 passes for 170 yards and three TDs, with zero interceptions. Jensen ran 16 times for 160 yards, while sophomore Josh Davis had five carries for 50 yards. Junior linebacker Keegan Rosebeary (10 tackles) and safety Coltin Bowerman (nine stops) paced the defense. Springdale dresses 102 players, while Alma has 68.

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 26 of 31 games (84 percent).

WEEK 2 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
5A CENTRAL
HS LAKESIDE (6) at Sylvan Hills:
HS Lakeside out gained Joe T. Robinson by 45 yards but turned the ball over four times in last week's 19-point loss. Senior Dupree Swanson ran for 159 yards and three TDs. Sylvan Hills was tied with Class 7A LR Catholic 7-7 in the first quarter last week, but didn't score again and trailed 24-7 at halftime.
Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway at PULASKI ACADEMY (30): The Bruins manhandled Sand Springs (Page) Okla., by 38 points last week. Senior QB Layne Hatcher threw six TD passes and ran for another. Memphis Ridgeway is 0-3 this season after losing to Memphis University School, Whitehaven and Kirby by a combined 107-36.
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.
MORRILTON (35) at LR Fair: Morrilton rallied from a 14-0 deficit last week, downing rival Russellville by one-point. Morrilton kicker Jesus Arias kicked three extra points, including the game-winner late in the fourth quarter. LR Fair scored 12 points last week against LR Hall, after the War Eagles scored just 49 points last season.
BENTON (10) at LR Parkview: Benton has won past three in the series by a combined 85 points. This is Benton's second straight game at War Memorial Stadium (lost to Class 7A Bryant by seven in last week's Salt Bowl).
LR McClellan at NORTH LR (35): LR McClellan ran for more than 400 yards in last week's 38-point win over Sheridan. North Little Rock received a boost with the summer transfer of running back Oscar Adaway from LR Central. Adaway ran eight times for 103 yards and two TDs in last week's 41-point win at Maumelle.
MILLS (3) at LR Hall: Mills has won four out of the past five in the series after losing last year in overtime. Mills trailed Jacksonville 19-7 at halftime last week, rallied with 25-21 before throwing an interception in the final minutes. LR Hall senior Braelon Adams accounted for three TDs in last week's 16-point win over LR Fair, giving coach Kipchoge VanHoose his first career win. VanHoose was hired in July to succeed tim Scarborough.
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.

5A EAST
Batesville at SEARCY (4):
These teams play for the 18th straight season. Searcy's 63 points last week was its most scored in two years. Searcy senior QB Mason Schucker threw seven TD passes in last week's 22-point win at Valley View. Batesville trailed Jonesboro 23-0 at halftime last week before losing 46-21 while giving up 391 yards rushing.
Blytheville at WEST MEMPHIS (9): These teams have split the past two meetings with West Memphis winning last year by 10 points. West Memphis senior QB Michael Troxler completed 11 passes (to four different receivers) in last week's 33-point win at Forrest City. Blytheville junior Jahiem Carter scored the winning TD with 10 seconds left last week at Osceola.
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.
Greene Co. Tech at NEWPORT (14): Greene Co. Tech's rides an 18-game losing streak, and the Eagles last victory was 44-26 over Newport in Week 2, 2015. GCT senior Kobe Brown ran for 223 yards and three TDs in last week's 29-18 loss to Vilonia. Newport beat Gosnell 15-8 last week, as senior Oshae Pruitt caught a TD and ran for two-point conversion.
Mountain Home at NETTLETON (9): Nettleton has won three straight in the series. Mountain Home has lost five straight non conference games by a combined 35 points. Mountain Home's veteran secondary (three three-year starters) could limit Nettleton's big-play offense. Nettleton QB Deondre Henry threw three TDs and ran for another in last week's 21-point win over Pocahontas.
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.
Maumelle at WYNNE (10): Maumelle first-year coach Kirk Horton was impressed that his Hornets never quit in last week's six-TD loss to Class 7A North Little Rock. Maumelle junior QB Xavion Morgan ran for a TD and threw a 45-yard TD pass. Wynne's defense accounted for 18 points in last week's four-point win at Marion, recording two safeties and returning a pair of interceptions for TDs.
Rivercrest at VALLEY VIEW (1): Rivercrest's improved team speed was too much for Paragould last week. The Colts ran for 412 yards in the 35-point win. The Colts have lost in Week 2 three straight season, including last year's 28-point setback to Valley View. Valley View surrendered seven TD passes last week against Searcy.

5A SOUTH
HS LAKESIDE (6) at Sylvan Hills:
HS Lakeside outgained Joe T. Robinson by 45 yards but turned the ball over four times in last week's 19-point loss. Senior Dupree Swanson ran for 159 yards and three TDs. Sylvan Hills was tied with Class 7A LR Catholic 7-7 in the first quarter last week, but didn't score again and trailed 24-7 at halftime.
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.
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.
PINE BLUFF (14) at Watson Chapel: Pine Bluff has won seven straight over Watson Chapel. The Zebra's gained just 24 yards in the second half of last week's eight-point loss to Class 7A Cabot. Watson Chapel forced five turnovers in last week's 34-point win over Dollarway. Sophomore QB Devin Curry ran for a pair of TDs.
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.
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.
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.

5A WEST
Alma at SPRINGDALE (1):
Hootens.com Class 5A Game of the Week.
Siloam Springs at HARRISON (4): These teams split the past two match ups, with Harrison winning by 20 points a year ago. The Goblins scored a pair of TDs in 26 seconds in the third quarter to break open last week's 20-point win at Mountain Home. Siloam Springs led Class 7A Rogers 27-7 in the second quarter, then turned the ball over twice in the final three minutes of last week's one-point loss.
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.
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. 
Maumelle at WYNNE (10): Maumelle first-year coach Kirk Horton was impressed that his Hornets never quit in last week's six-TD loss to Class 7A North Little Rock. Maumelle junior QB Xavion Morgan ran for a TD and threw a 45-yard TD pass. Wynne's defense accounted for 18 points in last week's four-point win at Marion, recording two safeties and returning a pair of interceptions for TDs.
MORRILTON (35) at LR Fair: Morrilton rallied from a 14-0 deficit last week, downing rival Russellville by one-point. Morrilton kicker Jesus Arias kicked three extra points, including the game-winner late in the fourth quarter. LR Fair scored 12 points last week against LR Hall, after the War Eagles scored just 49 points last season.
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.

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