Class 4A Week 3 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 4A Week 3 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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

GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 6 Ashdown at No. 7 Hamburg

A top-10 battle. Undefeated Ashdown has outscored Monticello and Hope in the first half this season by a combined 86-0. The Panthers led Class 5A Hope 46-0 at halftime last week. Senior LaDarrius Bishop (Mississippi State commit) caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jaden Hill (LSU baseball commit) in the first half. Bishop  then scored two defensive TDs (66-yard interception return and 26-yard fumble return). “He's the best athlete in the state,” Coach Matt Richardson says. Senior center Alex Simmons (5-11, 275) leds a small, but veteran line. Ashdown has 17 seniors this fall, compared to six last season. Hamburg lost the opener by 20 points to No. 2 Pea Ridge, but rebounded last week with a two-point win over Class 5A Camden Fairview. Hamburg junior Derrick Webb returned an interception for a TD senior Allen Forrest caught his second TD of the year , a 27-yarder, for the game-winner. “Hamburg has talent and speed,” Richardson says. “Our key is to make good tackles and give our playmakers a chance.”

TV SHOW
Hooten's Arkansas Football airs 10:30 a.m. Saturdays on KATV (ABC Little Rock) Ch. 7, covering the Razorbacks and high schools. Lake Hamilton senior Ian Bishop receives the prestigious Arkansas Air Guard Scholar Athlete of the Week award on this week's show.

LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly predicted 36 of 44 games (82 percent). Hootens.com has correctly predicted 69 of 85 games (81 percent) this season.

WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
1-4A

PRAIRIE GROVE (35) at West Fork: Prairie Grove has won seven straight over West Fork, including the past six by an average of 38 points. Tiger senior Anthony Johnson ran for 129 yards and two TDs in last week's 20-point win over Vian, Okla. Winless West Fork has been outscored 77-6 this season.
Farmington at PEA RIDGE (10): Pea Ridge didn't play last week after winning twice in Week 1 (beat Hamburg and Booneville by a combined 79-39). But Class 5A Farmington has won six of the past nine over its former conference rival. Farmington ran for 378 yards in last week's 30-point win over Huntsville.
SHILOH CHRISTIAN (7) at Pottsville: Shiloh Christian's offense was stagnant (gained just 217 yards) in last week's 20-point loss to Class 5A No. 3 Little Rock Christian. But the Saints should find some open passing lanes against physical Pottsville. Pottsville junior Kade England ran for 200 yards and three TDs in last week's 47-27 win over Class 5A Vilonia. 
Jay, Okla. at GRAVETTE (3): Undefeated Jay, Okla. outscores opponents 39-20 this fall. Gravette averages 296 yards per game (198 yards rushing). Gravette junior QB Tajae White has 196 yards passing (two TDs, one INT) and 123 yards rushing this year.
GENTRY (1) at Greenland: Gentry's seven-point win last year was its first in the series in more than 20 years. The Pioneers put up 366 yards weekly. Senior QB Jon Faulkenberry completes 85 percent of his passes this fall for 317 yards and three TDs.
Mansfield at LINCOLN (1): Lincoln has won three of the past five over Mansfield, including last year by 27 points. The Wolves face their first in-state competition after splitting the past two weeks with Westville, Okla., and Keys, Okla. Lincoln trailed Keys by 20 points in the third quarter last week before losing by 18 points. Mansfield has five straight losses by an average of 24 points.
ELKINS (8) at Huntsville: Huntsville has won six of the past nine over Elkins, but the Elkins dominated by 30 points last season. Huntsville gave up more than 400 total yards (378 yards rushing) a week ago at Farmington. Elkins led West Fork 20-0 in the second quarter last week before easing to a 36-point triumph. Elks sophomore QB Quinn McClain completed seven of 13 passes for 186 yards and three TDs against West Fork.
Green Forest at BERRYVILLE (14): Berryville has won five of the past seven Carroll County Feud's. Berryville gave up 302 yards in last week's 34-point loss to Clinton.

2-4A
DeWitt at STUTTGART (21):
The Battle of Arkansas County was dropped from 2010-2013, but resumed four years ago. Stuttgart won by 30 points in 2014, eked out a dramatic three-point win in 2015 and demolished DeWitt by 37 a year ago. Stuttgart trailed No. 1 Warren by eight points in the fourth quarter last week. DeWitt's 38-point win over Carlisle last week was its first since beating Carlisle in Week 2, 2014. The Dragons ran for 354 yards and passed for more than 200.
HARDING ACADEMY (6) at Heber Springs: These teams have split the past six meetings. Harding Academy QB Davis Morgan passed for 398 yards and seven TDs in last week's 28-point win over Smackover. Heber Springs has lost five straight non conference games. The Panthers led Greenbrier 14-7 in the second quarter last week, managed just one TD in the second half for a 13-point loss.
CAC at CLINTON (17): Winless CAC has been outscored 90-22 this year. Clinton shutout out Berryville last week, and the Yellowjackets have four shutouts the past two season. Clinton ran for 173 yards and passed for 129 yards against Berryville. CAC gained just 62 yards in last week's 33-point loss to Joe T. Robinson. 
SOUTHSIDE BATESVILLE (21) at Cross County: This is the second meeting between these schools, with Southside Batesville winning 39-0 a year ago. Cross County allowed 670 yards last week to visiting Barton in a 40-point loss. Southside Batesville junior safety Caden Huskey (seven interceptions in 2016) led the Southerners last week with 12 tackles and broke up two passes.
Forrest City at HELENA (7): Forrest City has won three straight over Helena, by a total of 17 points. Forrest City converted a late fumble into a TD for a four-point win last week over winless Dollarway. Undefeated Helena averages 42 points per game.
Bald Knob at RIVERVIEW (1): Bald Knob has won three of the past five over its former conference rival. Bald Knob won 34-7 last season, but the previous four were decided by an average of 6.75 points. Bald Knob's 12-game regular-season game win streak was snapped a week ago by Southside Batesville.
NEWPORT (6) at Lonoke: These are former conference rivals. Newport has won seven of the past nine over Lonoke. Newport cut down on penalties in the second half of last week's 32-point win over Greene County Tech. The Greyhounds threw the ball more against the Eagles, while sophomore Monqell Cox ran well in the second half. The Greyhounds allow 11 points weekly. Lonoke led Class 5A Beebe at halftime last week, but gave up four rushing TDs in the third quarter.
Baptist Prep at JOE T. ROBINSON (48): Baptist Prep gained just 45 yards and lost five fumbles in last week's 55-0 loss to Class 2A Rison. Undefeated Joe T. Robinson outscores opponents an average of 40-14. Junior QB Greyson Tackett completes 67 percent of his passes this year, for 238 yards and three TDs. Standout senior Nathan Page (five catches, 31 yards and one TD in Week 1) returns this week after serving sitting out Week 2 for getting ejected in the opener.

3-4A
Osceola at POCAHONTAS (2):
Osceola likely won't have four key suspended starters this week. Pocahontas had minus-37 yards rushing in the first half of last week's 18-point win over Class 5A Paragould. Osceola senior QB D.J. Flie has completed 23 of 44 passes for 307 yards and four TDs this year.
Gosnell at RIVERCREST (6): These teams have split the past six meetings. Winless Gosnell tallied 404 yards in last week's 29-28 loss at Osceola. Rivercrest junior Kentavious Robinson ran for 160 yards, while QB Demilon Brown had 115 yards rushing in last week's three-point loss at Class 5A Valley View.
Paragould at TRUMANN (14): Paragould held Pocahontas to minus-37 yards rushing in the first half last week, but the Rams gave up 167 rushing yards in the second half. Paragould senior QB Trent Teaguer has rushed for 434 yards this fall. Trumann starters have played sparingly in the second half of consecutive blowouts over Class 3A Hoxie and Manila.
VALLEY VIEW (17) at Highland:
Valley View kicked the winning 43-yard field goal with 1:05 left in last week's 32-29 triumph over Rivercrest. Senior Lehman McNabb caught six passes for 142 yards, and he has nine catches for 214 yards and two TDs this fall. Highland junior QB Tristan Hudson tore his ACL and MCL in the second quarter Week 1, and will miss the rest of the season. Three-year center Thomas Rigsby was injured in last week's 42-point loss to Riverview and may not return this year. Sophomore Dylan Tharp (5-9, 140) takes over at QB.
JONESBORO WESTSIDE (18) at Marked Tree: Jonesboro Westside's rushing attack should have another big game. The Warriors have more than 600 yards rushing this year, while averaging 36 points weekly. Marked Tree gave up 264 yards and 48 points last week against Harrisburg.
Manila at BROOKLAND (10): Manila has won two of the three games between these teams, including 33-26 a year ago. But Manila has lost five straight games. Brookland has won four of its past five non conference games.
HOXIE (7) at Cave City: Hoxie has won five of seven in the series, but the Cavemen won by 21 points a year ago. Improved and physical Hoxie moved the ball last week against Joneboro Westside, but couldn't stop the running attack.
HARRISBURG (7) at Walnut Ridge: Two of Harrisburg's six wins the past three years are over Walnut Ridge. The Hornets are 2-0 for the first time since 2011. Senior QB Clay Wright has completed 17 of 29 passes this year for 230 yards, five TDs and no interceptions. Walnut Ridge had 170 yards in last week's 14-6 loss to EPC.

4-4A
PRAIRIE GROVE (35) at West Fork:
Prairie Grove has won seven straight over West Fork, winning the past six by an average of 38 points. Tiger senior Anthony Johnson ran for 129 yards and two TDs in last week's  20-point win over Vian, Okla. The Tigers led 27-7 at halftime. Winless West Fork has been outscored 77-6 this season.
SHILOH CHRISTIAN (7) at Pottsville: Shiloh Christian's offense was stagnant (gained just 217 yards) in last week's 20-point loss to Class 5A No. 3 Little Rock Christian. But the Saints should find some open passing lanes against physical Pottsville. Pottsville junior Kade England ran for 200 yards and three TDs in last week's 47-27 win over Class 5A Vilonia.
BOONEVILLE (6) at Vilonia: Vilonia won this weather-delayed game by four points last season, which was the first meeting since 1988 when Booneville played the Eagles 34-8. Vilonia couldn't slow Pottsville rushing attack a week ago (20-point loss). Booneville junior QB Brandon Ulmer ran for 113 yards and a TD in last week's 28-13 win at Gravette. The Bearcats led 28-7 early in the fourth quarter.
Clarksville at DARDANELLE (18): Dardanelle has won five of the past nine in the series. Dardanelle senior kicker Temo Martinez has made all nine extra points, two of three fields (including a 43-yarder), and placed 11 of 12 kickoffs into the end zone. Linebacker Tate Vestal paces a stingy defense (29 points in two games) with 20 tackles, three tackles for loss and forced one fumble.
CHARLESTON (3) at Ozark: The Franklin County Feud usually goes to the wire. Charleston has won three straight and four of the past six. Charleston's Sean Michael Flanagan returned the opening kickoff for a TD in last week's 36-point win over Episcopal Collegiate. The Tigers have won 13 straight regular season games. Ozark junior QB Dawson Dietz has completed 19 of 33 passes for 396 yards and five TDs this fall. Charleston outscores opponents 22-0 this fall in the first quarter.
Waldron at MENA (12): Mena has won 15 of the past 16 in the series. Bearcat senior Justin Dean generated almost 200 yards, scored three TDS and was the top tackler in last week's 11-point win at Hot Springs. Waldron enters the game 2-0 for the second straight season. Senior QB Trey Williams ran seven times for 159 yards in last week's 29-point win over Cedarville.
DOVER (10) at Lavaca: Dover goes for its fourth straight 3-0 start. Dover's D shutout Two Rivers last week and didn't allow Atkins to score in the fourth quarter Week 1. Lavaca gained just 70 yards in last week's 28-point loss to Danville.
PANAMA, OKLA. (28) at Subiaco Academy: Subiaco Academy gave up more than 400 yards in last week's 42-point loss to Lamar. The undefeated Panama Razorbacks averaged 53 points weekly.

7-4A
ASHDOWN (7) at Hamburg:
Hootens.com Class 4A Game of the Week.
Baptist Prep at JOE T. ROBINSON (48): Baptist Prep gained just 45 yards and lost five fumbles in last week's 55-0 loss to Class 2A Rison. Undefeated Joe T. Robinson outscores opponents an average of 40-14. Junior QB Greyson Tackett completes 67 percent of his passes this year, for 238 yards and three TDs. Standout senior Nathan Page (five catches, 31 yards and one TD in Week 1) returns this week after serving a one-game penalty for getting ejected in the opener.
Waldron at MENA (12): Mena has won 15 of the past 16 in the series. Bearcat senior Justin Dean generated almost 200 yards, scored three TDS and was the top tackler in last week's 11-point win at Hot Springs. Waldron enters the game 2-0 for the second straight season. Senior QB Trey Williams ran seven times for 159 yards in last week's 29-point win over Cedarville.
NASHVILLE (7) at Idabel, Okla.: Nashville won this shootout 91-63 last year. But the Scrappers have lost two of their past three games, including last week's seven-point loss last week at De Queen (their first in the regular-season since Week 5, 2014). De Queen moved its top receiver to running back last week, allowing the Leopard's to gouge Nashville. Nashville senior QB Tyler Hanson has passed for 652 yards and seven TDs (with six interceptions) this year.
Hot Springs at ARKADELPHIA (24): Arkadelphia has won four of the past five in the series (Hot Springs won by 10 points in 2015), and 11 of the past 16. The Badgers haven't allowed a point this year, shutting out Stuttgart and Class 6A Sheridan. Arkadelphia led Sheridan 56-0 at halftime last week, as sophomore QB Cannon Turner threw four TD passes and junior Zion Hatley ran for three.
Malvern at HS LAKESIDE (1): A battle of winless teams. HS Lakeside has beaten Malvern eight of the past 11 years, but Malvern won a 48-32 shootout last year, prompting the Rams to make changes on their way to a conference title. HS Lakeside's fumble twice and threw three INTs in last week's 26-point loss to Sylvan Hills. Malvern QB Demias Jimerson ran 63 yards for a TD against Lake Hamilton. He's accounted for six TDs this fall.
FOUNTAIN LAKE (10) at Smackover: New-look Fountain Lake averages 417 yards weekly under first-year coach J.D. Plumlee. Cobra senior QB Stephen Turner has passed for 586 yards, seven TDs and only one interception. Smackover allowed 398 yards passing in last week's 28-point loss at Harding Academy.
Bauxite at DUMAS (6): Bauxite broke a 13-game losing streak with last week's one-point rally over Glen Rose. The Miners missed a field goal and had a TD negated by a penalty. Dumas senior Austin Dancy has rushed for 233 yards and three TDs this year, while  sophomore QB Chris Harris has passed for 98 yards and two TDs this season, and ran for 47 yards..

8-4A
ASHDOWN (7) at Hamburg:
Hootens.com Class 4A Game of the Week.
WARREN (7) at Watson Chapel: Warren has won three of the past four over Watson Chapel, including by 20 points last year. Warren junior QB Jmalachi Kinnard hurt his ankle in the first quarter of last week's 14-point win over Stuttgart. Junior Treylon Burks filled in at QB, rushing for four TDs. Burks also led the Lumberjacks in tackles and punted. Watson Chapel jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter last week at Pine Bluff, but failed to score again in a 36-point loss.
Bauxite at DUMAS (6): Bauxite broke a 13-game losing streak with last week's one-point rally over Glen Rose. The Miners missed a field goal and had a TD negated by a penalty. Dumas senior Austin Dancy has rushed for 233 yards and three TDs this year, while  sophomore QB Chris Harris has passed for 98 yards and two TDs this season, and ran for 47 yards..
Fordyce at MONTICELLO (4): Fordyce has won three of the past five in the series. The Billies scored a late TD and two-point conversion last week for a one-point win at Class 5A Magnolia. Fordyce gained just 2.1 yards per carry in last week's two-point loss to Class 2A Hampton.
NETTLETON (16) at Star City: This is the third meeting between these teams (Nettleton won 35-13 last year, Star City won 28-7 n the first round of the 1977 playoffs). Nettleton led Class 6A Mountain Home 21-0 at halftime last week, on its way to a mercy-rule win. Star City led Lake Village 38-8 at halftime last week before easing to a 52-26 victory.
MCGEHEE (1) at Crossett: This has been a one-point game each of the past three seasons (Crossett won twice, McGehee won 7-6 last season).
DeWitt at STUTTGART (21): The Battle of Arkansas County was dropped from 2010-2013, but resumed three years ago. Stuttgart won by 30 points in 2014, eked out a dramatic three-point win in 2015 and demolished DeWitt by 37 a year ago. Stuttgart trailed No. 1 Warren by eight points in the fourth quarter last week. DeWitt's 38-point win over Carlisle last week was its first since beating Carlisle in Week 2, 2014. The Dragons ran for 354 yards and passed for more than 200.
Dollarway is open.

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