Class 3A - Week 3 - 2015

Class 3A - Week 3 - 2015

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 3A, Week 3, 2015
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1. Smackover (1-2)
2. Lamar (2-0)
3. Charleston (0-2)
4. McGehee (0-2)
5. Harding Academy (1-1)
6. Fordyce (1-1)
7. C. Harmony Grove (2-0)
8. Prescott (1-1)
9. Booneville (0-2)
10. H. G. Haskell (2-0)
11. Hoxie (1-1)
12. Episcopal Collegiate (1-0)
13. Rivercrest (1-1)
14. Fouke (2-0)
15. Melbourne (2-0)
16. Danville (0-2)
17. Bald Knob (0-2)
18. West Fork (0-2)
19. Osceola (0-2)
20. Mayflower (0-2)
21. Barton (2-0)
22. Centerpoint (2-0)
23. Mountain View (2-0)
24. Glen Rose (1-1)
25. Greenland (2-0)
26. Paris (1-1)
27. Lavaca (2-0)
28. Mansfield (1-1)
29. Marianna (1-1)
30. Elkins (0-2)
31. Jessieville (1-1)
32. Piggott (2-0)
33. Horatio (2-0)
34. Two Rivers (1-1)
35. Corning (0-2)
36. Manila (1-1)
37. Cedar Ridge (2-0)
38. Green Forest (0-2)
39. Atkins (1-1)
40. Perryville (1-1)
41. Yellville-Summit (0-2)
42. Rose Bud (1-1)
43. Marshall (0-2)
44. Cedarville (0-2)
45. Bismarck (0-2)
46. Genoa Central (0-2)
47. Lake Village (0-2)
48. Drew Central (1-1)

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 3 Charleston at Class 4A No. 30 Ozark
It's the Franklin County Feud, and these teams have split the past four meetings.
Charleston's lost two straight games, battling injuries and playing several underclassmen. The Tigers were without seven starters in last week's 30-12 loss to Prairie Grove. Junior quarterback Jackson Rowland did not play after injuring his knee in Wednesday's practice. Senior Wade Gerlick filled in for Rowland, generating 270 yards and a touchdown. Coach Greg Kendrick praised Charleston's effort in the second half. "I saw us get a lot better," Kendrick says. The Tigers were able to move the ball, while holding Prairie Grove's first-team offense to 57 yards on three possessions. Charleston gets at least two starters back this week (senior cornerbacks Bridges Godfrey and Alex Sharp). Junior end Drew Young could return.
Ozark blasted Booneville 26-0 two weeks ago, limiting the Bearcats to 108 yards in the first half. Kent Smith, one of 24 seniors, ran for 105 yards and three TDs. Last week, Ozark lost to Clarksville 18-14. Clarksville's sophomore QB passed for 167 yards and two TDs. The Hillbillies last beat Charleston in 2012 when they played for the Class 4A state title. Ozark's 20-14 win in 2011 was its first victory in the series since it renewed in 2004. "They're very big and physical," Kendrick says. "They're really good at what they do. They have a slew of tailbacks who all run hard and very good linebackers who play downhill."

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LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly picked 31 of 42 games (74 percent) involving 3A teams, nailing the spread of Rose Bud by one point over Marshall. For the season, hootens.com has correctly predicted 61 of 89 winners (69 percent).

WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
1-3A
Green Forest at BERRYVILLE (2): Green Forest has allowed 48 ppg the past two weeks in losses to Huntsville and Pea Ridge. Berryville beat 1-3A favorite West Fork 21-6 last week. Berryville's off to its best start since 2008. The Bobcats have won four of the past five Carroll County feuds.
Gentry at GREENLAND (4): Gentry beat 1-3A favorite West Fork 30-18 two weeks ago. The Pioneers start seven sophomores. Greenland got past Mansfield 24-20 last week, outscoring the Tigers 24-6 in the second half. A year ago, Greenland trailed Gentry 15-0 at halftime but won 24-15. Seniors Chance Glander and Hayes Rhodes are playing well for the Pirates.
Elkins at HUNTSVILLE (7): Elkins has lost to Pea Ridge (35-8) and Lavaca (21-0) the past two weeks. Huntsville beat 1-3A member Green Forest 47-24 two weeks ago.
Cedarville at LINCOLN (1): Cedarville has lost 15 of its past 17 games, including a 45-22 loss to Lincoln last year.
PRAIRIE GROVE (25) at West Fork: 1-4A favorite Prairie Grove beat Charleston 30-12 last week. West Fork has lost to 1-4A members Gentry (30-18) and Berryville (21-6) the past two weeks.
SOUTHSIDE BATESVILLE (3) at Mountain View: Southside Batesville shut out Bald Knob 13-0 last week and allowed one TD two weeks ago in a 37-6 win over Cave City. Mountain View's defense also playing well, led by senior LB Cole Gower and athletic junior end Danyeel Whitaker. Southside's speed advantage could be the difference in this game.
Yellville-Summit at CLINTON (7): Both teams looking for their first win. Yellville-Summit has competed well in losses to Melbourne (21-14) and Salem (18-7) the past two weeks. Clinton has lost to Heber Springs and Highland. The Yellow Jackets beat the Panthers 42-0 a year ago.
QUITMAN (1) at Marshall: These teams tied 42-42 last year. Quitman beat Rose Bud 13-12 two weeks ago. Marshall lost at Rose Bud 38-37 in overtime last week. Quitman junior QB Trey McGhee has accounted for 520 yards and six TDs the past two weeks.

2-3A
Harding Academy at HEBER SPRINGS (4): Harding Academy sputtered offensively and struggled with Vilonia's hurry-up attack in last week's 47-20 loss. The Wildcats are struggling to run the ball (2.2 ypc), and three of their top four receivers are sophomores. Heber Springs beat Harding 41-21 last year.
RIVERVIEW (2) at Bald Knob: This game has been decided by two TDs or less the past three years. Bald Knob lost last week to 2-4A member Southside Batesville 13-0.
DOVER (28) at Mayflower: Dover has scored 56 ppg the past two weeks in wins over Atkins and Cedarville. Mayflower has allowed 46 ppg the past two weeks in losses to Dumas and Gravette.
TWO RIVERS (4) at Atkins: Two Rivers beat Atkins 71-69 last year. Morgan Yates ran 18 times for 237 yards and three TDs and threw four TD passes. Yates paces the Gators this year with 44 carries for 372 yards (8.5 ypc) and five TDs at tailback. Senior WB Colby Whitlow returned a kickoff 78 yards for a TD and returned a fumble 44 yards for a score in last week's 34-15 win over Perryville. Sophomore LB Andrew Garcia and sophomore NG Trey May lead on defense. Atkins adjusting to life without two-time all-league QB Alex Spradlin. The Red Devils have struggled offensively but are improved on defense.
BARTON (1) at Marked Tree: Barton senior slotback Cameron Anderson ran four times for 120 yards and three TDs and caught a 25-yard TD pass in last year's 61-24 win over Marked Tree. Marked Tree senior WB DeAngelo Griffin ran 20 times for 170 yards and two TDs in last week's 26-14 win at Harrisburg.
E. Poinsett County at MARIANNA (2): East Poinsett County beat Corning 24-8 last week. Marianna averaging 28 ppg the past two weeks in a win over Augusta and loss at West Helena. Senior RB Jermarcus Arnold, senior QB Donte Weems and senior athlete Tarrike Turner are playing well for the Trojans.
LAMAR (42) at Perryville: 4-3A favorite Lamar averaging 49 ppg behind junior QB Hunter Davenport (528 total yards and seven TDs this season). Two Rivers, picked by league coaches to finish last in the 4-3A, beat Perryville 34-15 last week.
Rose Bud at CONWAY CHRISTIAN (12): Rose Bud rallied last week to beat Marshall 38-37 in overtime. Senior QB Jake Cantey accounted for 267 yards. It's the home-opener for Conway Christian, which has lost to Episcopal and Harmony Grove Haskell the past two weeks. The Eagles beat Rose Bud 36-22 last season.

3-3A
Brookland at MANILA (7): Brookland looked better last week in a 14-6 loss to Mountain View. The Bearcats gave up 552 yards rushing two weeks ago in a 32-12 loss at Cedar Ridge. Manila hung with Trumann last week in a 20-8 loss. The Lions are giving up two TDs less than they did a year ago.
HOXIE (27) at Cave City: Hoxie senior QB James Johnson generated 248 yards and five TDs in last week's 42-14 win over Jonesboro Westside. The Mustangs have mercy-ruled Cave City the past two seasons.
GOSNELL (8) at Rivercrest: Gosnell beat Osceola 48-7 last week, while league favorite Rivercrest lost to Earle 28-21.
POCAHONTAS (30) at Corning: Pocahontas has defeated Corning the past five years by an average of 24 points.
Midland at CEDAR RIDGE (24): Midland was scheduled to host this game, but its field won't be ready for another few weeks. Senior QB Austin Passmore and senior slotback Barrett Mason return this week. Cedar Ridge has scored 37 ppg the past two weeks in wins over Brookland and Rector. Sophomore FB Kyler Northcutt paces the Timberwolves this year with 25 carries for 247 yards (9.9 ypc) and two TDs. Junior Logan Young ran 28 times for 239 yards and four TDs in last year's 56-28 win over Midland.
Melbourne at SALEM (1): Four of Melbourne's past five wins have been by a TD or less, including victories this year over Yellville-Summit (21-14) and Cave City (13-6). The Bearkatz beat Salem 48-6 a year ago.
Osceola at HAZEN (6): Osceola has surrendered 46 ppg the past two weeks in losses to Blytheville and Gosnell. Hazen beat Osceola 50-18 last season.
PIGGOTT (18) at Rector: Piggott senior RB Logan Dixon ran 20 times for 185 yards two weeks ago in a 28-7 win over Marked Tree. Rector coach Dave Hendrix coached at Piggott from 2006-2013. Rector has lost 11 games in a row since reviving the program last year.

4-3A
Paris at PEA RIDGE (16): Paris junior WB Nate Davidson scored three TDs in last week's 21-14 win over Waldron. Pea Ridge beat Paris 43-8 last year.
BOONEVILLE (6) at Baptist Prep: Booneville's lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2007. The Bearcats look to bounce back with a big night from junior FB Caleb Draper. Baptist Prep allowed 7.4 yards per carry two weeks ago in a 34-6 loss to CAC. Last week, Cross County's top 'back rushed for 300 yards and five TDs in a 32-28 win over Baptist Prep.
CHARLESTON (1) at Ozark: See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
Mansfield at MENA (7): Mena has won the past five meetings, including 35-14 a year ago. Mansfield led Greenland 14-0 at halftime last week but lost 24-20.
Waldron at LAVACA (8): Lavaca senior QB Landon Graves rushed for 101 yards and two TDs in last week's 21-0 win over Elkins. Waldron has lost 35 consecutive games.
TWO RIVERS (4) at Atkins: Two Rivers beat Atkins 71-69 last year. Senior Morgan Yates ran 18 times for 237 yards and three TDs and threw four TD passes. Yates paces the Gators this year with 44 carries for 372 yards (8.5 ypc) and five TDs at tailback. Senior WB Colby Whitlow returned a kickoff 78 yards for a TD and returned a fumble 44 yards for a score in last week's 34-15 win over Perryville. Sophomore LB Andrew Garcia and sophomore NG Trey May lead on defense. Atkins adjusting to life without two-time all-league QB Alex Spradlin. The Red Devils have struggled offensively but are improved on defense.
LAMAR (42) at Perryville: League favorite Lamar averaging 49 ppg this season behind junior QB Hunter Davenport (528 total yards and seven TDs). Perryville lost to Two Rivers 34-15 last week.
Bigelow at DANVILLE (13): Bigelow lost to Atkins 21-8 last week. Danville has surrendered 49 ppg the past two weeks in losses to Dardanelle and Mount Ida. Bigelow has won two of the past three meetings, including 34-18 last year.

5-3A
Prescott at HOPE (7): Prescott gave up 361 yards in last week's 26-13 loss to Camden Harmony Grove. The Curley Wolves have won six of the past eight meetings with Hope.
BAUXITE (4) at Jessieville: Bauxite has allowed 45 ppg the past two weeks in losses to Pulaski Robinson and Glen Rose. Jessieville gave up 321 yards in last week's 58-7 loss to Fountain Lake. Bauxite has defeated Jessieville the past two seasons, including 41-9 last year.
H. G. HASKELL (20) at Magnet Cove: Harmony Grove has defeated 5-2A members Poyen and Conway Christian the past two weeks. Senior RB Jon Johnson paces the Cardinals this year with 39 carries for 388 yards (9.9 ypc) and nine TDs. 5-2A favorite Magnet Cove lost to Centerpoint 49-27 last week.
BISMARCK (6) at Cutter M. Star: Both teams looking for their first win. Bismarck beat Cutter 46-34 a year ago. Cutter has allowed 41 ppg the past two weeks.
Murfreesboro at CENTERPOINT (1): Murfreesboro has won four of the past five meetings, including 22-19 last year. Centerpoint has scored 42 ppg the past two weeks in wins over Paris and Magnet Cove.
EPISCOPAL (22) at Poyen: Episcopal, which did not play last week, totaled 467 yards two weeks ago in a 32-24 win over 5-2A member Conway Christian. Senior RB Kelvin Robinson ran 16 times for 233 yards and three TDs. Senior receiver Allie Freeman caught five passes for 113 yards. The Wildcats beat Poyen 42-8 last season.
Gurdon at GLEN ROSE (2): Glen Rose senior RB Jordan Johnson rushed for 127 yards and two TDs in last week's 40-0 win at Bauxite. Gurdon has allowed 51 ppg the past two weeks in losses to Prescott and Smackover.
Foreman at HORATIO (16): Horatio's off to its best start in three years. The Lions have rushed for 459 yards and forced eight turnovers the past two weeks.

6-3A
McGehee at CROSSETT (1): McGehee played well in last week's 28-26 loss to Dumas but gave up a punt return for a TD. Crossett scored 21 points in the fourth quarter in a 49-36 win over Fordyce.
HAMBURG (47) at Lake Village: Hamburg beat Lake Village 55-7 last year. Lake Village has given up 59 ppg the past two weeks in losses to 8-4A members Monticello and Star City.
FORDYCE (1) at Monticello: Fordyce features a deep backfield, led by senior RB Jakeymes Gates (216 yards, three TDs in 2015). Senior Keyshawn Thomas gains 9.6 yards per carry. Senior FB Dalton Turner ran for 84 yards and two TDs in last week's 49-36 loss at Crossett. Monticello beat the Redbugs 20-6 last season.
C. HARMONY GROVE (6) at Rison: Harmony Grove beat Prescott 26-13 last week. Senior RB Devin Venzant ran 24 times for 114 yards, while senior QB C.J. Parham passed for 129 yards and a TD.
Drew Central at ENGLAND (36): Drew Central beat Cutter Morning Star 42-20 last week, snapping its 43-game losing streak. Athletic junior Chris Sheets ran for two TDs and caught a 33-yard TD pass. England beat Drew Central 52-0 a year ago.
Dierks at FOUKE (7): Fouke sophomore Jarrett Easley has rushed for 361 yards the past two weeks. He returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD in last week's 47-3 win over Foreman. Dierks has scored 43 ppg the past two weeks in wins over Hot Springs Lakeside JV and Mountain Pine. The Outlaws beat Fouke 33-18 last year.
Genoa Central at SPRING HILL (8): Genoa Central has lost to 7-2A members Foreman and Lafayette County the past two weeks. Spring Hill, picked by 7-2A coaches to finish last, is off to its best start in four years.
Smackover is open.

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