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, 2016

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

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 17 Ozark at Class 3A No. 2 Charleston

The Franklin County Feud usually goes to the wire. Charleston has won two straight in the series and three of the past five. Undefeated Charleston ripped Episcopal 42-12 last week, after the Tigers were up 42-0 in the second quarter. Charleston senior quarterback Jackson Rowland has completed 39 of 55 passes for 510 yards and seven touchdowns this fall, while junior Sean Michael Flanagan has 10 catches for 175 yards and two scores. “(Fort Smith Southside) Coach Jeff Williams says Flanagan would be the best receiver in Class 7A,” Ozark coach Jeremie Burns says. “They do a good job moving him around on offense, and we can't kick or punt to him.” Tiger defensive lineman Drew Young has nine tackles this year, including 4.5 tackles for loss.

Ozark lost at Gravette by one point in overtime Week 1 before clobbering Class 5A Clarksville 35-6 last week. The Hillbillies snapped the ball over the punters head for a Gravette TD and they missed three wide open passes for TDs. “We should be 2-0,” Burns says. Ozark starts seven sophomores. Senior two-way lineman Hunter Jackson was injured and didn't play at Gravette but returned last week “and it kept us fresher and gives us a lot of size,” Burns says. Sophomore QB Dawson Dietz has passed for 296 yards and five TDs in 2016.
Two-way linemen Jed White and junior guard Tyler Hayward play well.

TV SHOW
Hooten's Arkansas Football TV show airs on KATV (Channel 7) at 10:30 a.m. Saturday's this fall.

LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly predicted 37 of 43 games (86 percent). For the season, Hootens.com has predicted 69 of 86 games (80 percent).

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

Pottsville at SHILOH CHRISTIAN (10): Pottsville gained just 245 yards and turned the ball over twice in last week's 15-point loss at Class 5A Vilonia. Shiloh Christian sophomore Patrick Williams kicked the winning 25-yard field goal with 24 seconds left in last week's 44-42 victory at LR Christian. Shiloh Christian senior QB Connor Reece has completed 42 of 67 passes for 610 yards and seven TDs (only one interception) this year.
PEA RIDGE (7) at Farmington: Farmington has won six of the past eight of its former conference rival. But balanced Pea Ridge rushes for 194 yards and passes for 147 yards per game. Junior QB Jakota Sainsbury has completed 11 of 14 passes for 293 yards and three TDs in 2016, while senior Zaine Holley has rushed for 184 yards and three TDs. Farmington averages 29 points per game, and the Cardinals shutout Huntsville last week.
West Fork at PRAIRIE GROVE (35): Prairie Grove has beaten West Fork six straight seasons, winning the past five by an average of 36 points. West Fork gave up 63 points last week to Class 3A Elkins.
GRAVETTE (2) at Jay, Okla.: Gravette managed just eight yards in the first half of last week's 14-point loss at Booneville. Gravette senior QB Kilby Roberts has completed 26 of 39 passes for 210 yards and three TDs this fall, while senior Drew Hendren paces the D with 22 tackles.
GREENLAND (11) at Gentry: Gentry hasn't beaten Greenland in more than 20 years. Gentry has completed just one pass this season. But senior QB Jon Faulkenberry paces the Pioneers with 24 carries for 185 yards and three TDs.
LINCOLN (5) at Mansfield: A battle of winless teams. They've split the past four meetings. Lincoln has surrendered 85 points in losses to teams from Oklahoma. Two of Lincoln's six wins since 2014 came over 3-3A member Cedarville.
BERRYVILLE (1) at Green Forest: Berryville has won four of the past six Carroll County Feud's, although Green Forest triumphed 20-9 a year ago. Berryville senior Jacob Graham has 17 carries for 123 yards and one TD this season, and junior linebacker Charles Archer has 16 tackles.
Huntsville at ELKINS (4): Huntsville has won six of the past eight in the series, including 35-12 last season. But improved Elkins played well in the opener against Shiloh Christian and whipped West Fork by 57 points a week ago. Harrison racked 320 yards in Week 1 against Green Forest, but gained less than 100 in last week's mercy-rule loss to Class 5A Farmington.

2-4A
Clinton at CAC (7): CAC's 20-point loss to Pulaski Robinson infused the Mustangs with confidence and they didn't lose again until the semifinals. Coach Tommy Shoemaker hopes for similar results this season following last week's 35-point setback. Senior QB Noah Evans has completed 34 of 56 passes for 549 yards and six TDs, with four interceptions. Clinton senior Jake Ferrell has 11 carries for 168 yards and two TDs this fall.
West Helena at FORREST CITY (3): Forrest City has beaten West Helena the past two seasons by a total of five points. Forrest City's 30-0 win over Dollarway last week was its first shutout in two years. Mustang junior Deviunta Foster has 35 carries for 231 yards and one TD this fall. Undefeated West Helena averages 38 points a game. Cougar senior Jordan Watson has rushed for more than 200 yards and four TDs in 2016.
STUTTGART (6) at DeWitt: The Battle of Arkansas County was dropped from 2010-2013, but resumed two years ago. Stuttgart won by 30 in 2014 and squeezed a dramatic three-point win last season. Stuttgart held No. 2 Warren to seven points in the first half last week and gave up only two offensive TDs. De Witt rushes for 226 yards weekly. Dragon senior Dee Dee Bradford has 183 yards and one TD this fall, while Jamari Gamble has 137 yards and one score.
Lonoke at NEWPORT (1): These are former conference rivals. Newport has won six of the past eight over Lonoke. Newport won just two games last season, but the Greyhounds sped past Lonoke by 18 points in mid-season. Lonoke got past Class 2A Carlisle in Week 1 before getting blown out last week at Class 5A Beebe by 42 points. The Jackrabbits gave up 359 yards rushing. Newport's Jerry Ellis ran for 144 yards and a TD and returned a kickoff 89 yards for a TD in last week's dominating 40-6 win over Class 5A Greene County Tech.
HEBER SPRINGS (3) at Harding Academy: A battle of winless teams. Heber Springs has won three out of the past five in the series. The Panthers led Class 5A Greenbrier by four points at halftime last week and scored six TDs. Harding Academy's defensive struggles continue (surrender 36 ppg).
Cross County at SOUTHSIDE BATESVILLE (2): This is the first meeting between these schools. Undefeated Class 2A Cross County owns lopsided wins over Harrisburg and Barton. Southside Batesville averages 18 ppg. Senior QB Josh Millikan has more than 300 yards passing this fall.
BALD KNOB (3) at Riverview: Hootens.com Class 3A Game of the Week. These are former conference foes, and they've split the past four meetings, with Riverview winning by five points last fall. Riverview sophomore Griffin Miller has rushed for 227 yards and three TDs this season and passed for 260 yards and four scores.
JOE T. ROBINSON (38) at Baptist Prep: Baptist Prep senior Luke Vaden ran 23 times for 128 yards against Rison last week, but the Eagles lost three fumbles and committed 11 penalties. Joe T Robinson trailed CAC 14-13 early in the second quarter last week before erupting for 43 points. Senior QB Hunter Eskola passed for 317 yards and four TDs against CAC.

3-4A
Paragould at TRUMANN (3): Trumann has won six of the past 11 in the series, including 14-6 last season. The Wiildcats are 2-0 for the second straight season. Improved Paragould gives up 13 points weekly.
Highland at VALLEY VIEW (10): Valley View hung with Class 6A Searcy in the opener and rung up Rivercrest 35-7 last week. Valley View junior QB Joseph Walezonia passed for 140 yards and one TD and rushed for 207 yards and three scores this fall.
POCAHONTAS (21) at Osceola: Pocahontas rebounded from its ugly Week 1 loss to Nettleton with a 20-point win over Paragould. Redskin sophomore QB Devon Adams has completed 26 of 46 passes for 187 yards this year. Osceola gave up 466 yards last week at Gosnell.
Rivercrest at GOSNELL (16): Gosnell has won two of the past three in the series. The undefeated Pirates led Osecola 42-12 late in the third quarter last week before giving up two late TDs. Pirate sophomore Cadarius Young ran for 119 yards and a TD against Osceola. Struggling Rivercrest gives up 40 ppg.
Brookland at MANILA (2): These teams have split the past two meetings, with Manila winning by five points last season. Undefeated Brookland averages 45 ppg.
Marked Tree at JONESBORO WESTSIDE (7): Jonesboro Westside shutout Hoxie last week, its first shutout since beating Manila 40-0 in the 2014 opener. Marked Tree averages 390 yards weekly, including 326 yards rushing.
CAVE CITY (17) at Hoxie: Hoxie has won five of six over Cave City since the Cavemen began varsity football in 2006. But Hoxie hasn't scored a point this fall. Cave City dominated Melbourne up front last week.
WALNUT RIDGE (1) at Harrisburg: Two of Harrisburg's four wins the past two years are over Walnut Ridge. But improved Walnut Ridge 322 yards weekly. Harrisburg gained just 88 yards in last week's 38-point loss to Class 2A Marked Tree.

4-4A

Ozark at CHARLESTON (3): Hootens.com Class 4A Game of the Week.
Pottsville at SHILOH CHRISTIAN (10): Pottsville gained just 245 yards and turned the ball over twice in last week's 15-point loss at Class 5A Vilonia. Shiloh Christian sophomore Patrick Williams kicked the winning 25-yard field goal with 24 seconds left in last week's 44-42 victory at LR Christian. Shiloh Christian senior QB Connor Reece has completed 42 of 67 passes for 610 yards and seven TDs (only one interception) this year.
Clarksville at DARDANELLE (7): These former conference rivals have split the eight meetings, with Dardanelle winning two straight in the series. Sand Lizard senior Dakota Rowland has 35 carries for 256 yards and three TDs this year, while junior kicker Temo Martinez has booted in all seven extra points and two field goals. Martinez also averages 47 yards per punt.
VILONIA (3) at Booneville: First meeting since 1988 when Booneville beat the Eagles 34-8, and the first in Booneville since they tied on Homecoming 1987. Undefeated Vilonia averages 32 points and 367 yards per game. Senior QB Luke Gordon has completed 21 of 36 passes for 282 yards and five TDs this year, with no interceptions. Booneville starts five sophomores offense and defense, and another plays extensively on defense. The Bearcats limited Gravette to eight yards and just nine plays in the first half of last week's 21-7 triumph. Sophomore defensive back Brandon Ulmer returned an interception 69 yards for the clinching fourth quarter score.
West Fork at PRAIRIE GROVE (35): Prairie Grove has beaten West Fork six straight seasons, winning the past five by an average of 36 points. West Fork gave up 63 points last week to Class 3A Elkins.
Lavaca at DOVER (18): Dover goes for its third straight 3-0 start. Pirate senior Jacob Sharp ran for a TD, and returned punts and kickoffs for TDs in last week's 33-point win over Two Rivers. Dover led 35-0 at halftime.
MENA (14) at Waldron: Mena has won 14 of the past 15 in the series. Mena junior QB Carson Cannon has completed 23 of 38 passes for 318 yards and two TDs this fall, and he's rushed for 110 yards and one score. Waldron averages 47 points per game.
Subiaco Academy is open.

7-4A
HS LAKESIDE (1) at Malvern: HS Lakeside has beaten Malvern eight of the past 10 years, including 45-39 last fall (Malvern won 34-17 in 2014). Malvern senior Devin Shaw injured his knee in the first quarter Week 1 and likely won't return until Week 5. Senior Jacquez Lock shifted from cornerback to running back last week at Lake Hamilton, running 104 yards for a TD. Senior linemen Cordell Cooper and Bradley Dixon dominated up front last week after focusing only on defense. HS Lakeside's field goal attempt was blocked in the final seconds of last week's one-point loss to Sylvan Hills.
JOE T. ROBINSON (38) at Baptist Prep: Baptist Prep senior Luke Vaden ran 23 times for 128 yards against Rison last week, but the Eagles lost three fumbles and committed 11 penalties. Joe T Robinson trailed CAC 14-13 early in the second quarter last week before erupting for 43 points. Senior QB Hunter Eskola passed for 317 yards and four TDs against CAC.
MENA (14) at Waldron: Mena has won 14 of the past 15 in the series. Mena junior QB Carson Cannon has completed 23 of 38 passes for 318 yards and two TDs this fall, and he's rushed for 110 yards and one score. Waldron averages 47 points per game.
Idabel, Okla. at NASHVILLE (8): This should be No. 1 Nashville's toughest non conference opponent. The Idabel Warriors (2-1) sandwiched wins over Paris North Lamar (Tex.) by 16 points and Hugo, Okla. 48-0 around a 13-point loss to Broken Bow, Okla. Nashville junior QB Tyler Hanson has passed for 466 yards and six TDs with no interceptions this fall, while Darius Hopkins has rushed for 187 yards and three TDs.
Hamburg at ASHDOWN (7): Ashdown senior Montaric Brown, a University of Arkansas commit, intercepted three passes in last week's 10-point win over Hope. Ashdown junior QB Jaden Hill, who has a football offer from Missouri and baseball offers from Arkansas and others, has completed 31 of 50 passes for 397 yards and four TDs. Winless Hamburg has yielded 76 points in losses to Class 2A England and Class 5A Camden Fairview.
ARKADELPHIA (9) at Hot Springs: Arkadelphia has won three of the past four in the series, and 10 of the past 15. But Hot Springs won by 10 points last fall. Arkadelphia's D allowed Sheridan zero third down conversions. Badger freshman QB Cannon Turner threw two TD passes last week.
Smackover at FOUNTAIN LAKE (1): Fountain Lake committed three turnovers in last week's nine-point loss to Haskell Harmony Grove. Cobra sophomore Andrew Roberson has 34 carries for 160 yards and one TD this fall, while senior QB Hunter Bryant has passed for 361 yards and three TDs.
DUMAS (6) at Bauxite: The game was moved to Bryant after Bauxite's new turf wasn't ready. Dumas scores 32 points a week, while Bauxite gives up 53 a game.
 
8-4A
Watson Chapel at WARREN (4): Hootens.com Class 5A Game of the Week.
Star City at NETTLETON (11): This is the first meeting since Star City beat Nettleton 28-7 in the first round of the 1977 playoffs. Undefeated Nettleton stuffed Mountain Home inside the 10-yard line in the final minute last week to preserve a four-point victory. With a physical offensive line, Nettleton averages 7.5 yards per carry. Struggling Star City escaped Lake Village by 14 points a week ago.
STUTTGART (6) at DeWitt: The Battle of Arkansas County was dropped from 2010-2013, but resumed two years ago. Stuttgart won by 30 in 2014 and squeezed a dramatic three-point win last season. Stuttgart held No. 2 Warren to seven points in the first half last week and gave up only two offensive TDs. De Witt rushes for 226 yards weekly. Dragon senior Dee Dee Bradford has 183 yards and one TD this fall, while Jamari Gamble has 137 yards and one score.
Hamburg at ASHDOWN (7): Ashdown senior Montaric Brown, a University of Arkansas commit, intercepted three passes in last week's 10-point win over Hope. Ashdown junior QB Jaden Hill, who has a football offer from Missouri and baseball offers from Arkansas and others, has completed 31 of 50 passes for 397 yards and four TDs. Winless Hamburg has yielded 76 points in losses to Class 2A England and Class 5A Camden Fairview. 
DUMAS (6) at Bauxite: The game was moved to Bryant after Bauxite's new turf wasn't ready. Dumas scores 32 points a week, while Bauxite gives up 53 a game.
CROSSETT (1) at McGehee: Crossett has beaten McGehee by one point each of the past two seasons. But the Eagles are winless in 2016 and scored just 13 points.
MONTICELLO (7) at Fordyce: Monticello has beaten Fordyce the past two seasons. Billie senior QB Jeff Carmical has passed for 187 yards and one TD this year and rushed for 124 yards and two TDs. Senior Malik Smith and junior Charvez Jordan each have 13 tackles.
Dollarway is open.

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