Class 2A - Week 2 - 2013

Class 2A - Week 2 - 2013

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 2A, Week 2, 2013
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1. Junction City (1-0)
2. Bearden (1-0)
3. Gurdon (1-0)
4. Rison (0-1)
5. Carlisle (1-0)
6. Strong (1-0)
7. Salem (1-0)
8. E. Poinsett County (1-0)
9. Hazen (1-0)
10. Dierks (1-0)
11. Magnet Cove (1-0)
12. Murfreesboro (1-0)
13. Des Arc (1-0)
14. Walnut Ridge (1-0)
15. Mineral Springs (0-1)
16. Hector (1-1)
17. Foreman (1-0)
18. Parkers Chapel (0-1)
19. Conway Christian (0-1)
20. McCrory (0-1)
21. England (1-0)
22. Cross County (1-0)
23. Spring Hill (1-0)
24. Mount Ida (0-1)
25. Palestine-Wheatley (0-1)
26. Hampton (1-0)
27. Augusta (1-0)
28. Hackett (0-1)
29. Bigelow (0-1)
30. Mountainburg (0-1)
31. Brinkley
32. Poyen (0-1)
33. Magazine (0-1)
34. Marked Tree (1-0)
35. Decatur (0-1)
36. Quitman (0-1)
37. Lafayette County (0-1)
38. Cutter M. Star (1-0)
39. Clarendon (0-1)
40. Union Christian (0-1)
41. J.C. Westside (0-1)
42. Western Yell County (0-1)
43. Woodlawn (0-1)
44. Cedar Ridge (0-1)
45. Mountain Pine (0-1)
46. Hermitage (1-0)
47. Marvell (0-1)
48. Hartford (0-1)

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 4 Rison at No. 1 Junction City
Eerily similar to its six-point loss at Bearden in 2012, Rison won the statistical battle last week at 3A rival Fordyce but lost 28-21. Rison ran a school-record 84 plays for 338 yards and dominated the time of possession: 38:10 to 9:50. Fordyce managed minus-5 yards rushing but passed for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Rison halfback Zuntario Oliver carried 30 times for 101 yards and two TDs, while JoKenzie Broughton rushed 25 times for 131 yards.

Two-time defending 8-2A champion Junction City counters with junior QB Randall Holyfield, who completed 10 of 21 passes last week for 216 yards and four TDs in his varsity debut. Senior RB Jaqwis Dancy ran 14 times for 161 yards and three TDs in the 48-20 win over 3A Earle. Dancy added a 73-yard kickoff return for a TD. Junior linebacker Josh Armstrong paced the Dragons with 29 tackles. Dancy returned a punt to spark Junction City to a 28-9 win at Rison a year ago. The Dragons own an 18-game conference winning streak.

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LAST WEEK
Hooten's correctly predicted 32 of 39 games (82 percent) involving Class 2A teams.

WEEK 2 PREDICTIONS (favored teams in ALL CAPS)
3-2A
Yellville-Summit at SALEM (11): No. 7 Salem knocked off 1-3A member Yellville-Summit 8-7 as year ago. Yellville-Summit made a goal-line stand last week to preserve a 30-30 tie with Piggott. Senior QB Caleb Gilley rushed for 110 yards and scored the two-point conversion that tied the game in the fourth quarter.
E. POINSETT COUNTY (42) at Manila: No. 8 EPC just notched its first ever victory at 3-3A Rivercrest 28-27, despite four turnovers. The EPC defense held Rivercrest to three-of-21 passing for 31 yards and two interceptions. Senior LB Paul Pilgrim paced EPC with 15 tackles, including four for a loss and a sack.
HAZEN (8) at McCrory: No. 9 Hazen's team speed proved too much last week in a 46-13 win over 2-3A Rose Bud. The Hazen defense held Rose Bud to minus-8 yards in the first half and did not allow a first down until six minutes left in the game.
Brinkley at CROSS COUNTY (6): Last team with the ball wins. Cross County (1-0) ran for 546 yards last week on 3-3A Harrisburg in a crazy 81-57 victory. Cross County sophomore RB Anfernee Davis ran for 303 yards and six TDs, while senior Marquez Turner carried 15 times for 206 yards and four TDs.
Walnut Ridge at DEWITT (2): 8-4A member DeWitt pushed Class 3A No. 6 Barton last week in a 38-29 loss. DeWitt QB Dawson Moses hit 28 of 38 passes for 358 yards and three TDs. Walnut Ridge crushed 3-3A Corning 43-8.
HARRISBURG (8) at Marked Tree: Harrisburg and sophomore QB Connor Haag passed Cross County silly for almost four hours last week in a 81-57 loss. Marked Tree thumped outmanned Clarendon 36-8.
Marvell at AUGUSTA (35): Augusta hands Marvell its 27th loss in a row.
CLARENDON (1) at Cedar Ridge: Clarendon gives Thomas Thrash his first victory as a head coach.

4-2A
Hackett at HECTOR (8): Hector appears the class of the 4-2A after whipping Hartford 49-8 and losing to Class 3A Two Rivers 40-34 all in the same week. Hector RB Gus Nichols ran for 177 yards and three TDs and caught three passes for 85 yards and a TD at Two Rivers. Two injured linemen return this week for Hector, which chases its first league title since 2003. Mistake-prone Hackett could not catch England QB Tyrik Harris and the Lions last week in a 21-0 loss. Hackett junior QB Jake Walker will start this week for suspended William Thomas (ejection).
MOUNTAINBURG (6) at Union Christian: UC allowed 400 yards last week in a 53-23 loss to Cutter M Star. Mountainburg had no answers for Class 3A No. 12 Cedarville's team speed, losing 51-6.
Hartford at DECATUR (28): Hartford seeks its first victory since 2008 when the Hustlers went 3-7 and reached the playoffs. The Hustlers, who did not play in 2009, have dropped 29 in a row.
Quitman at MAGAZINE (5): Magazine improved over a year ago. The Rattlers held Class 3A No. 18 Greenland's RB Calvin Giddens (5-11, 220) in check much of the night in a 27-18 loss. Greenland mercy-ruled Magazine 35-0 last year.
Western Yell County at J.C. WESTSIDE (1): These teams lost by a combined 93-8 last week to 3A opponents.

5-2A
MAGNET COVE (7) at Centerpoint: 5-2A favorite Magnet Cove opened with 357 yards and a 34-19 win over 8-2A Parkers Chapel. Magnet Cove junior Tanner Clements intercepted three passes.
JESSIEVILLE (16) at Mount Ida: Jessieville beat Mount Ida 28-0 a year ago. Mount Ida lost at Spring Hill 28-26 last week, committing four turnovers. Sophomore RB Austin Hickman rushed for 110 yards and two TDs, while sophomore QB T.J. Wilson passed for 160 yards and a TD.
ATKINS (12) at Bigelow: Bigelow dropped the opener to rival Perryville 28-12, while Atkins jumped on Dover early and won 48-35.
CEDARVILLE (18) at Conway Christian: Conway Christian allowed just 11 completions last week at Episcopal, but three of those passes were TDs. CC senior QB Chandler Ferrand ran 21 times for 109 yards and a TD in a 27-17 loss.
TWO RIVERS (2) at Poyen: Poyen and Hector battled to a draw in a preseason scrimmage. Two Rivers returned a punt for a TD and took advantage of Hector miscues last year to beat the Wildcats 40-34.
Quitman at MAGAZINE (5): Magazine improved over a year ago. The Rattlers held Class 3A No. 18 Greenland's RB Calvin Giddens (5-11, 220) in check much of the night in a 27-18 loss. Greenland mercy-ruled Magazine 35-0 last year.
Cutter M Star at PERRYVILLE (1): Perryville just won the Battle of Perry County over rival Bigelow 28-12. Cutter ran for 308 yards in a 53-23 win over Union Christian.
CARLISLE (35) at Mountain Pine: Carlisle's RB tandem of Deron Ricks and Bo Weddle paced the Bison to 385 rushing yards last week in a 46-20 win over McCrory.

6-2A
CARLISLE (35) at Mountain Pine: Carlisle's RB tandem of Deron Ricks and Bo Weddle paced the Bison to 356 rushing yards last week in a 46-20 win over McCrory. Weddle ran 16 times for 155 yards and two TDs, while Ricks ran 14 times for 94 yards and two TDs.
HAZEN (8) at McCrory: No. 9 Hazen's team speed proved too much last week in a 46-13 win over 2-3A Rose Bud. The Hazen defense held Rose Bud to minus-8 yards in the first half and did not allow a first down until six minutes left in the game.
ENGLAND (6) at Episcopal: England junior QB Tyrik Harris literally ran circles around Hackett last week, 21-0. Hackett coach Eddie Ray says Harris' athletic ability reminds him of former Bearden QB/S Defonta Lowe. England's six-man front shut down Hackett.
BARTON (8) at Des Arc: Class 3A No. 5 Barton gave up 358 yards and three TDs passing last week to 8-4A member DeWitt but prevailed 38-29.
Brinkley at CROSS COUNTY (6): Last team with the ball wins. Cross County (1-0) ran for 546 yards last week on 3-3A Harrisburg in a crazy 81-57 victory. Cross County sophomore RB Anfernee Davis ran for 303 yards and six TDs, while senior Marquez Turner carried 15 times for 206 yards and four TDs.
CLARENDON (1) at Cedar Ridge: Clarendon gives former Pulaski Academy QB great Thomas Thrash his first victory as a head coach.
Marvell at AUGUSTA (45): Numbers are up at Augusta. The Red Devils hand Marvell its 27th consecutive loss.
Drew Central at PALESTINE-WHEATLEY (21): P-W won this game 44-20 a year ago, one of four victories on the season. Drew Central has lost 23 straight games, dating to 2010.

7-2A
Danville at MINERAL SPRINGS (4): 7-3A member Fouke shut down Mineral Springs QB Kendrick Langston last week and ran over the Mineral defense for 328 yards in a 29-8 win. Danville lost five turnovers in a 42-0 loss at Dardanelle.
GURDON (20) at B. Harmony Grove: No. 3 Gurdon led 3A rival Prescott 35-0 at halftime in the opener. Gurdon belted Benton Harmony Grove 41-8 in 2012.
DIERKS (6) at Bismarck: Dierks beat 5-3A member Centerpoint by two TDs last week. Bismarck has lost 14 of its past 15 games.
HORATIO (6) at Murfreesboro: Horatio outscored Murfreesboro 14-7 in the second half during last year's 33-32 victory. Junior RB Jimmy Starwalt ran for 162 yards, including 15 yards for the game-winning score in the fourth quarter.
Spring Hill at PRESCOTT (10): The Curley Wolves beat Spring Hill by 29 points last year, but Spring Hill is noticeably better this fall. Spring Hill has simplified its offense to Wishbone and I formations, feeding the ball to senior speedster Chandler Collier.
Foreman at FOUKE (14): Foreman created a buzz this summer with its improved defense, and the Gators gutted Genoa Central 46-6 last week. Fouke caught Mineral Springs flat-footed last week, rushing for 328 yards.
LAFAYETTE COUNTY (9) at Genoa Central: Both teams struggled offensively in Week 1 losses. Genoa Central still adjusting to its no-huddle Spread.

8-2A
Rison at JUNCTION CITY (6): See 2A Game of the Week.
SMACKOVER (15) at Strong: No. 6 Strong moved sophomore QB Cal Herrin to center last week, and senior Jeremy Meshell (6-3, 200) took over at QB. Despite a sloppy first half, Strong beat Lake Village 26-12.
BEARDEN (22) at Hampton: In contrast to its lackadaisical start last year (34-6 loss to Camden Harmony Grove), Bearden went hard Friday night and won 28-8 at Harmony Grove. Bearden held Harmony Grove's explosive backfield to 140 rushing yards on 35 attempts.
Hermitage at PARKERS CHAPEL (32): Parkers Chapel traded blows with No. 11 Magnet Cove in the first half but was outscored 23-6 after intermission. Magnet Cove rolled up 357 yards of offense for the game.
Norphlet JV at WOODLAWN (2): Norphlet dropped varsity football in the spring. Woodlawn dresses 21 varsity players.

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