Class 7A - Week 2 - 2015

Class 7A - Week 2 - 2015

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Hooten's Arkansas Football Rankings
Class 7A, Week 2, 2015
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1. Fayetteville (1-0)
2. Bentonville (1-0)
3. Cabot (1-0)
4. FS Northside (0-1)
5. Har-Ber (0-1)
6. FS Southside (1-0)
7. Bryant (1-0)
8. Conway (0-1)
9. Heritage (1-0)
10. LR Catholic (1-0)
11. West Memphis (1-0)
12. North LR (0-1)
13. Springdale (0-1)
14. Rogers (0-1)
15. LR Central (0-1)
16. Van Buren (1-0)
 
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
Class 6A No. 2 Greenwood at No. 6 Fort Smith Southside
Greenwood owns a three-game win streak over Southside. A year ago, Greenwood won 15-10 on a damp turf at Smith-Robinson Stadium. Greenwood held Southside to 61 yards rushing and denied the Rebels twice after giving them good field position. In 2013, Greenwood kicked a field goal with two seconds left to win 45-42.
Greenwood gained 542 yards in the first half of last Friday's 63-28 spanking of Class 7A Springdale. Senior running back Jordan Green rushed for 253 yards and four touchdowns, including a 63-yarder on his first carry. Junior quarterback Luke Hales completed 11 of 14 passes for 227 yards and three TDs, while sophomore Connor Noland passed for 176 yards and two scores on 11-of-15 passing. Senior receiver Ryan Padilla paced Greenwood with 10 catches for 214 yards and a TD.
Southside scored 35 unanswered points to defeat Alma during Hootens.com Kickoff Week. The Rebels trailed Alma 19-0 in the second quarter. Senior Ian Hattabaugh, making his first varsity start, sparked the Rebel rally returning an interception for a TD early in the second half. Senior QB Cooper Johnson struggled early, throwing an interception for a TD, but finished 15-of-20 passing for 235 yards and a score. Senior receiver Evan Simpson caught a 3-yard TD pass and classmate Randy Rainwater caught a 52-yard pass, setting up junior Kobe Rogers' 6-yard TD run.

LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly predicted winners in 9 of 15 games (79.2 percent) involving Class 7A teams.

WEEK 2 PREDICTIONS (favored teams in ALL CAPS)
7A/6A CENTRAL
GREENWOOD (1) at FS Southside: See hootens.com Game of the Week.
CONWAY (13) at Jonesboro: Conway lost to Cabot 27-12 last week, while Jonesboro beat Class 5A Valley View 49-20. Conway had two field goal attempts blocked in the first quarter and QB Breylin Smith, a University of Central Arkansas commit, completed three of 13 passes in the second half at Cabot. Conway has won the past two meetings with Jonesboro by an average of 20 points.
BRYANT (17) at LR McClellan: Bryant might have a letdown after last week's emotional 24-point win over rival Benton and the funeral of a teammate on Tuesday. Bryant senior tight end Jaret Jacobs caught a crucial 9-yard TD pass to rally Bryant. LR McClellan's improved offensive line helped the Crimson Lions rush for more than 200 yards in last week's 23-point win over Sheridan.
CABOT (9) at LR Catholic: Cabot cranked out 385 yards and its defense dominated in a 27-12 win over Conway last week. Alex Roberts, a transfer from Alaska, rushed for 64 yards and could be the final piece needed for another Cabot conference title. LR Catholic spoiled North LR's new stadium opener with a 32-25 overtime upset. Rocket senior Lance Harville-Thomas rushed for 109 yards, including a 7-yard TD to win in OT. Catholic senior QB Andre Sale completed 15 of 25 passes for 165 yards.
Springdale at ALMA (10): Springdale looks to end its 14-game losing skid after giving up 542 yards in the first half of last week's 63-28 loss at Class 6A Greenwood. Alma led FS Southside 19-0 in the second quarter but lost 35-19. Alma QB Heath Friddle completed 12 of 18 passes for 176 yards. Junior linebacker Jaedon Mitchell (17 tackles) and senior Alex Beneux (14 tackles) led Alma's defense in the opener. Its secondary gets tested by Springdale skill players this Friday. Alma beat the Bulldogs 28-10 last season.
HERITAGE (8) at Russellville: Heritage gained 6.33 yards on first downs and rallied twice to win at Olathe (Kan.) North 35-33, overcoming two late turnovers that led to Olathe scores. Heritage sophomore QB Trey Kitterman ran 10 yards for the game-winner, capping a 77-yard drive. Russellville looks to end a nine-game losing skid. The Cyclones gave up 306 yards rushing in Coach Billy Dawson's debut last Friday, a 35-21 loss at rival Morrilton. Russellville junior QB Cale Fulsom passed for 259 yards and three TDs.
VAN BUREN (16) at Poteau, Okla.: New Van Buren coach Greg Werner returns to Poteau, where he coached most recently and led the Pirates to the 2013 Oklahoma state title game. Van Buren beat Poteau 41-8 a year ago when the Pirates were without several starters. Van Buren returned the opening kick 64 yards, got three turnovers in the final three minutes of first half and scored two touchdowns in 19 seconds to blow out Class 5A White Hall 51-6 last Friday. Versatile receiver Jaylynn Dye totaled 214 all-purpose yards, including a 96-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
SILOAM SPRINGS (12) at Harrison: Siloam Springs scored one offensive TD in last week’s 18-6 win over Rogers but held the Mounties to 78 yards. A year ago, Siloam Springs totaled 418 yards, including 281 rushing, in a 47-35 win over Harrison.

7A/6A EAST
FAYETTEVILLE (28) at North LR: LR Catholic spoiled the opening of North LR's new 5,000-seat stadium last Friday. Fayetteville flogged Lawton Eisenhower, Okla.
LR Central at FS NORTHSIDE (21): LR Central led Class 5A middle-of-the-pack Hot Springs Lakeside by 12 points with 2:33 left last Thursday before losing 44-42. “We couldn't stop them,” Central coach Ellis Register said. Central's Richard Hayes carried 19 times for 182 yards before leaving the game because of exhaustion, the coach said. Northside gave up four TDs in the first quarter at Class 6A defending state champ and No. 1 Pine Bluff last Friday.
WEST MEMPHIS (7) at Blytheville: Both team's scored mercy-rule wins last week. Blytheville junior Demekko Clark ran for 141 yards and four TDs in a 44-0 win at Osceola. West Memphis senior QB Kylin Whiting passed for 126 yards and rushed for 126 more in a 41-6 win at Forrest City.
BATESVILLE (7) at Searcy: Batesville rallied past Watson Chapel 26-21 last week. Junior QB Zach Griffin generated 219 total yards, throwing a 26-yard TD pass to junior RB Kylan Robinson with 48 seconds left. Robinson also ran 37 yards for a score. Batesville beat Searcy 51-7 last season. Searcy's last win in the series was 41-21 in the first round of the 2002 playoffs.
Marion at NETTLETON (1): Marion beat Wynne 26-23 last week. Junior RB Tom Young ran 32 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter and caught a 16-yard TD pass. Junior CB K.B. Williams forced a fumble and returned it 99 yards for a score. Nettleton senior RB Joe Frazier ran 23 times for 136 yards and three TDs in a 20-0 win over Newport.
Mountain Home at VALLEY VIEW (14): Mountain Home (31-game losing streak) allowed 306 yards rushing in last week’s 42-21 loss to Class 5A Harrison. Valley View beat Mountain Home 26-7 a year ago.

7A/6A WEST
GREENWOOD (1) at FS Southside: See hootens.com Game of the Week.
FAYETTEVILLE (28) at North LR: North LR lost its new 5,000-seat stadium opener to LR Catholic 32-25 in overtime last Friday. The Charging Wildcats suffered three ACL (knee injuries) in August and a starting cornerback broke his leg vs. Catholic. Fayetteville flourished with almost 400 first-half yards, flogging Lawton Eisenhower, Okla., 58-6 last Friday. Junior kicker Rugby Young dropped four kicks for touchbacks. Only one sophomore appears on Fayetteville's 2-deep roster.
Valor Christian, Colo. at BENTONVILLE (1): Coach Jody Grant's debut as Bentonville head coach was impressive. The uptempo Tigers clocked Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst 24-13. Seven receivers caught passes from three-year starting QB Kasey Ford (verbal commit to Kansas State baseball). White Hall sophomore transfer Cam'Ron Mayes-Hunt caught four passes for 70 yards and TD. Denver Bronco receiver Eddie McCaffrey is the dad of Valor Christian standout QB Dylan McCaffrey (6-5, 200), who has offers from Michigan, Penn State, Colorado and others. Valor Christian offensive lineman Dillon Reinkensmeyer (6-5, 255) committed June 29 to Virginia.
Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst at HAR-BER (1): Rockhurst plays without its starting QB but running back A.J. Taylor (5-11, 190), recently committed to Wisconsin, could be hard for Har-Ber to handle. Bentonville limited Taylor to 56 yards on 19 carries last Friday. Har-Ber dropped its opener 36-26 to Webb City, which has won 74 of their past 75 games, including five straight Missouri state titles. Springdale senior transfer Fuller Chandler passed for 355 yards and four TDs and the Wildcats led 26-21 in the fourth quarter.
LR Central at FS NORTHSIDE (21): Northside gave up four TDs in the first quarter of last week's 28-7 loss at Class 6A defending champ and preseason No. 1 Pine Bluff. The Grizzlies were outgained 255-29 in the first quarter at Pine Bluff. Watch highlights of FS Northside's Week 1 loss to Pine Bluff here.
HERITAGE (8) at Russellville: Heritage gained 6.33 yards on first downs and rallied twice to win at Olathe (Kan.) North 35-33, overcoming two late turnovers that led to Olathe scores. Heritage sophomore QB Trey Kitterman ran 10 yards for the game-winner, capping a 77-yard drive. Russellville looks to end a nine-game losing skid. The Cyclones gave up 306 yards rushing in Coach Billy Dawson's debut last Friday, a 35-21 loss at rival Morrilton. Russellville junior QB Cale Fulsom passed for 259 yards and three TDs.
Springdale at ALMA (10): Springdale looks to end its 14-game losing skid after giving up 542 yards in the first half of last week's 63-28 loss at Class 6A Greenwood. Alma led FS Southside 19-0 in the second quarter but lost 35-19. Alma QB Heath Friddle completed 12 of 18 passes for 176 yards. Junior linebacker Jaedon Mitchell (17 tackles) and senior Alex Beneux (14 tackles) led Alma's defense in the opener. Its secondary gets tested by Springdale skill players this Friday. Alma beat the Bulldogs 28-10 last season.
CLAREMORE, OKLA. (2) at Rogers: Rogers totaled 78 yards offense (39 rushing and 39 passing) in last week's 18-6 loss at Class 6A Siloam Springs. Claremore beat Pryor, Okla., 21-20 last Friday. A year ago, the Zebras lost to Pryor 28-3.

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