Class 2A Week 3 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 2A Week 3 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 2A, Week 3, 2016

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

GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 5 Mount Ida at Class 3A No. 19 Lamar

Mount Ida fed Class 3A Jessieville a steady diet of 220-pound sophomore RB Jonathan LaGrange last week, running behind junior right guard Caleb Woodfield (5-11, 268) and senior right tackle Logan Abernathy (6-3, 261). But sophomore quarterback Cade Jackson also completed a 67-yard TD pass. The Mount Ida defense held Jessieville to 139 yards. Lamar's 275-pound QB Hunter Davenport completed 13 of 16 passes for 242 yards and four TDs in a 42-0 win at Subiaco Academy. Senior cornerback Brennan Gilbert (shoulder) is doubtful.

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LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly picked 29 of 34 games (85 percent) involving Class 2A teams. Hootens.com is 55-19 (74 percent) for the season.

WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
3-2A

EARLE (20) at Mountain View: Too much team speed from No. 10 Earle, which moved 235-pound fullback Jaylon Coopwood from the offensive line back to backfield last week in a 44-35 win at Halls, Tenn. Junior QB Gerry Bohanon ran for 101 yards and passed for another 181 yards. Mountain View just allowed 400 yards and 41 points to No. 6 Conway Christian.
Cross County at S’SIDE BATESVILLE (2): First ever meeting  between the schools. S'side Batesville senior QB Josh Millikan has passed for 300 yards this year. Cross County allowed more than 200 yards rushing last week to Barton's Jordan Bailey.
EPC (2) at Corning: EPC held up for three quarters last week vs. Class 3A Walnut Ridge before allowing three TDs in the fourth quarter of a 36-6 loss. East Poinsett County has defeated Corning the past two seasons. Corning has lost 14 games in a row.
Marked Tree at JONESBORO WESTSIDE (7): Westside recorded its first shutout in more than two years last week vs. Hoxie. Marked Tree defense recovered four fumbles, intercepted a pass and allowed just six points last week in a 38-point win over Class 4A Harrisburg. Junior QB Julian Booker accounted for 176 yards and four TDs, while junior Paul Coleman ran for 103 yards and a TD.
MELBOURNE (13) at Salem: Melbourne has defeated Salem the past two seasons by an average of 36 points.
CEDAR RIDGE (36) at Midland: Cedar Ridge wins its first game of the year. Senior WB Jordan Bumpous paces the Timberwolves this fall with 40 carries for 282 yards and two TDs.
Rector at PIGGOTT (18): Piggott hands its former head coach his 21st consecutive loss at Rector.

4-2A
Mountainburg at DANVILLE (28): No. 4 Danville led Lavaca 28-6 in the third quarter before playing its reserves. Danville senior QB/S Jake Madding ran for 207 yards and three TDs, while senior TB Chris Thurman carried 18 times for 170 yards. Mountainburg's offense committed six turnovers, produced 183 yards and did not score at Hackett.
Drew Central at HACKETT (19): Hackett's defense shut out Mountainburg last week, while QB/LB Ely Stormes (team-high seven tackles) completed eight passes for 118 yards and a TD. Senior WR Robert Collins caught four passes for 64 yards and two TDs, and sophomore WR Brady Hester caught three balls for 41 yards, 
Lavaca at DOVER (18): Lavaca could not take advantage of four Danville turnovers last week in a 28-13 home loss. Class 4A Dover led Two Rivers 35-0 at halftime last week.
WESTERN YELL COUNTY (6) at Dardanelle JV: Western Yell County, starting six sophomores and two freshmen on both sides of the ball, outgained J.C. Westside last week but lost by two (16-14) on the scoreboard.
Lamar JV at MAGAZINE (3): Magazine beat Waldron JV 22-6 last week. This week the Rattlers inject the venom on Lamar's  JV.
J.C. WESTSIDE is open.
DECATUR is open.

5-2A
Episcopal at ENGLAND (45): Class 3A Episcopal, which has featured players from England in past years, dressed 16 players a week ago in a 30-point loss to Charleston. Class 2A No. 1 England, with 15 seniors, passed its second major test (beat Class 4A Hamburg Week 1) a week ago by rallying past Class 3A Junction City 31-26. England senior QB Brayden Brazeal has completed 65 percent of his passes this year for 389 yards and four TDs with one INT. Senior LB Spencer Apel has a team-high 15 tackles.
HECTOR (8) at Paris: Scouting report says No. 3 Hector is better up front on both sides of the ball, and Paris just got pounded physically (and mentally) last week in a 45-7 loss at Dardanelle.
Magnet Cove at H.G. HASKELL (36): Magnet Cove personnel moves last week yielded little results in a 41-14 loss at Class 3A Centerpoint. A defense low on speed and experience features three sophomores and two more first-year players. MC senior slotback Jamil Tyner caught three passes last week for 89 yards and two TDs.
CONWAY CHRISTIAN (49) at Rose Bud: No. 6 Conway Christian sophomore Jacob Wood completed 16 passes last week with 11 of those going to all-league senior receiver Seth Smith for 165 yards and two TDs. CC pulled away from Mountain View 41-20. Senior LB Cameron Horton made a game-high 11 solo tackles.
POYEN (6) at Perryville: Poyen moved junior Max Nannerman from receiver to running back last week with good results in a 30-20 win over Bismarck. Senior Drew Austin (6-2, 205) is back at quarterback for sophomore Jacob Farmer (broken collarbone).
MAYFLOWER (32) at Bigelow: Bigelow topped Perryville 14-7 in the opener but fell hard last week in a 29-point loss to Atkins. Mayflower rushed for 393 yards in last week's 40-0 win over Perryville. Sophomore Deon Simmons ran nine times for 159 yards and two TDs.
Marshall at QUITMAN (7): Marshall mercy-ruled Rose Bud 40-6 last week. Senior slotback/linebacker John Taylor rushed for two TDs and intercepted a pass. Quitman averaging 53 ppg this season behind senior dual-threat QB Trey McGhee. McGhee passed for 115 yards and a TD and ran for a pair of scores in last week's 59-0 win over Midland.
Cutter M Star at BISMARCK (21): Cutter Morning Star has not played since Tuesday, Aug. 30 when it beat Fountain Lake JV 42-0. Bismarck has lost nine straight games since defeating CMS 36-6 a year ago.

6-2A
Marvell at MCCRORY (21): Execution in all phases of the game has been poor so far for defending state champion McCrory. The Jaguars managed just 60 yards last week at Des Arc in a 36-8 loss. Marvell dressing about 20 players. Its last win was a forfeit from Carlisle in 2015.
CARLISLE (10) at Augusta: Carlisle's new Diamond T attack has been organized and efficient, so far, with senior Devon Kendrick rushing 30 times last week for 191 and three TDs in a back-and-forth victory over Class 4A DeWitt.
DES ARC (12) at Brinkley: Conway brothers, Ontario and Dillon, ripped McCrory last week for a combined 347 yards and three TDs in a 36-8 victory, avenging last year's two-point loss at the eventual 2015 state champion. Des Arc's defense held McCrory to 60 yards.
Hazen at BARTON (1): Good news: Hazen found its offense last week, scoring 30 points. Bad news: it still lost to Clarendon (34-30) for the first time since 2010.
PALESTINE-WHEATLEY (6) at Clarendon: No. 20 P-W playing hard for interim head coach Tommy Wells, an assistant the past three years for former HC Charles Sartin who handed in his resignation last week. Clarendon magician/QB Jama Cross is hard to pin down. The Lions led Marked Tree 23-0 early Week 1 but eventually lost 38-37.

7-2A
Mount Ida at LAMAR (8): See hootens.com Game of the Week.
FOUKE (7) at Dierks: Dierks likely returns to its Pro I roots this week with a backup QB after starter Caleb Adams was knocked unconscious last Friday in a 13-point loss to Class 3A Gurdon.
HORATIO (10) at Foreman: Class 3A Horatio flying high after throttling 7-2A Murfreesboro 49-8 a week ago, holding the Rattlers to 206 total yards and one of 10 on third-down attempts. 
Mineral Springs at CENTERPOINT (22): Centerpoint abused Magnet Cove last week with play-action passes to senior TB Jarrod Graves, and senior QB Keenan Owens took off around end as necessary. Mineral Springs scored 44 points last week in a 44-22 win over winless Strong.
Spring Hill at GENOA CENTRAL (8): Spring Hill scored 46 points Week 1 in a win but allowed 48 last week in a loss. The Bears have dominated the overall series with Class 3A Genoa Central. GC last beat Spring Hill in 2012. Spring Hill won 32-30 last year. The teams tied 26-26 in 2014.
Murfreesboro at HAMPTON (28): Athletic Hampton soars to No. 7 in the rankings after whipping Class 3A Fordyce 38-12. Senior QB Monta Thomas completed a 98-yard TD pass to sophomore T.J. Lambert, while senior RB Kevin Childs rushed for 101 yards and two TDs. This is not a good matchup for Murfreesboro, which lacks team speed and just allowed 373 yards in a 49-8 loss at Class 3A Horatio.
Lafayette County at PARKERS CHAPEL (15): Winless LC having trouble getting the football to DI recruit and all-conference receiver Cualan Williams (6-3, 205).
WOODLAWN (35) at Mountain Pine: … if Mountain Pine has enough bodies Friday after not playing the first two weeks of the season.

8-2A
RISON (21) at Lake Village: Rison appeared in complete  control last week with six minutes left at Class 4A Baptist Prep, up 28-6 before losing a fumble and giving BP live. Rison hung on 28-22 but the Wildcats are struggling, losing Week 1 to a Fordyce team that was just manhandled by the new 8-2A favorite Hampton. Rison sophomore RB Malik Chavis ran for 161 yards (10 ypc) and two TDs at Baptist. Rison defense allowed Baptist Prep, which lost three fumbles, to rush for 286 yards.
Bearden at GURDON (2): Gurdon trailed 7-2A member Dierks 28-27 going into the fourth quarter last week but (literally) knocked out the Dierks QB and rallied for a 41-28 win. Gurdon  split snaps between two quarterbacks Week 1, but junior Thomas Muldrow took over last week, passing to top receiver Xavier Green (19 yards per reception), a brother to former Bearden all-conference players B.J. and DeVontae Ross. Bearden overthrew a pair of potential TD passes last week in a 30-14 loss at No. 3 Hector. Junior FS Tyler Berry recorded 11 tackles and one INT, while junior LB Gage Word and senior LB Kendal Porter collected 11 and nine stops, respectively. 
GLEN ROSE (29) at C. Harmony Grove: Glen Rose sophomore RB Jay'shawn Cox rushed for 81 yards and a TD in last week's 56-7 win over Bauxite. Harmony Grove gave up 310 total yards in a 37-8 loss to Prescott.
Lafayette County at PARKERS CHAPEL (15): Winless LC having trouble getting the football to DI recruit and all-conference receiver Cualan Williams (6-3, 205).
Murfreesboro at HAMPTON (28): Athletic Hampton soars to No. 7 in the rankings after whipping Class 3A Fordyce 38-12. Senior QB Monta Thomas completed a 98-yard TD pass to sophomore T.J. Lambert, while senior RB Kevin Childs rushed for 101 yards and two TDs. This is not a good matchup for Murfreesboro, which lacks team speed and just allowed 373 yards in a 49-8 loss at Class 3A Horatio.
WOODLAWN (35) at Mountain Pine: … if Mountain Pine has enough bodies Friday after not playing the first two weeks of the season.
Marianna at STRONG (2): Strong managed 22 points last week in 44-22 loss at Mineral Springs. Senior Keshundra Lovett (6-3, 350) anchors the defensive line for first-year coach Greg Anthony and his assistant son, Steven Anthony.

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