Class 5A - Week 3 - 2013

Class 5A - Week 3 - 2013

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 5A, Week 3, 2013
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1. Camden Fairview (2-0)
2. Pulaski Academy (2-0)
3. Batesville (1-1)
4. Alma (1-1)
5. White Hall (2-0)
6. Shiloh Christian (1-0-1)
7. Mills (2-0)
8. Morrilton (1-1)
9. Hope (1-1)
10. Sylvan Hills (2-0)
11. Watson Chapel (0-1)
12. Forrest City (2-0)
13. Greenbrier (1-1)
14. Harrison (1-1)
15. Wynne (1-1)
16. Magnolia (1-1)
17. LR Christian (1-1)
18. Vilonia (0-2)
19. HS Lakeside (0-2)
20. Jacksonville (0-2)
21. Beebe (0-2)
22. Greene County Tech (0-2)
23. West Helena (1-1)
24. Nettleton (1-1)
25. Blytheville (1-1)
26. Hot Springs (1-1)
27. Huntsville (1-1)
28. Paragould (1-1)
29. De Queen (0-2)
30. Clarksville (1-1)
31. LR McClellan (0-2)
32. North Pulaski (0-2)

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 10 Sylvan Hills at Class 4A No. 8 Newport

Sylvan Hills is 2-0 for the first time since 1999 and looks for its first 3-0 start since 1990. The unbeaten Bears led Hot Springs Lakeside 45-27 early in the fourth quarter last week before holding on 45-41. Sylvan Hills starts eight juniors on offense and four on defense. One of the juniors, Marlon Clemons, ran for 128 yards and caught four passes for 102 yards a week ago. Although the Bears surrender 29 points a game "our defense is playing well," Coach Jim Withrow says. At cornerback, Clemons has five pass break-ups and recovered a fumble. Senior linebacker Kaylon Wade and end Matt Thompson anchor Sylvan Hills' defensive front.

Newport has beaten Nettleton and Bald Knob by a combined 70-14 this season, despite sophomore sensation running back Carl Turner missing the games with an injury. Turner should return this week. Newport's Tyler Asher recovered three fumbles and intercepted a pass in last week's 35-point win at Bald Knob. Junior QB Gunnar Ballard has passed for more than 400 yards this season, while senior Kristen Crite has scored five TDs. "We've got to slow them down," Withrow says. "I think it'll be a tight game and go into the fourth quarter."

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LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly predicted 24 of 29 games (83 percent) last week. For the season, hootens.com has correctly predicted 43 of 56 (77 percent).

WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
5A CENTRAL
West Memphis at PULASKI ACADEMY (6): Bruin QB Will Hefley missed last week's victory over Warren with a foot injury. Talented sophomore Tre Bruce completed 25 of 48 passes for 332 yards and three TDs and ran for 96 yards and a score. West Memphis is 0-2 for the first time in more than a decade.
MAUMELLE (3) at Jacksonville: Maumelle junior QB Tyshaun Robinson accounted for three TDs (two passing, one rushing) in the first 17 minutes of last week's 42-0 rout of North Pulaski. Jacksonville, shut out in the opener at Cabot, gained just 63 yards in the second half of last week's 10-point loss to Benton.
MILLS (4) at Blytheville: Mills goes for its first 3-0 start since 2010. Comet senior QB Omar Avance, a three-year starter, has passed for 195 yards and rushed for 191 yards this year.
SYLVAN HILLS (1) at Newport: Hootens.com Class 5A Game of the Week.
CAC (3) at LR Christian: Improved Little Rock Christian lost at White Hall by three points last week. CAC QB Jack Thomas has accounted for eight TDs this year.
WYNNE (7) at West Helena: Surprising Wynne (10 first-year starters on offense and nine on defense) beat Vilonia by 24 points last week after losing to Marion by a point in the opener. Junior QB Zach Morris, a converted receiver, completed 16 of 24 passes for 285 yards against Vilonia "and most of the incompletions were drops," Coach Chris Hill says. Wynne sophomore running back Antonio Davis has rushed for 389 yards this season. West Helena junior QB Curly Brewer threw three first-half TDs in last week's 39-point win over Marianna.
LR McClellan at LONOKE (7): Lonoke senior QB Kody Smith and sophomore running back Josh Coleman combined for 361 yards and six TDs in last week's 27-point win over Class 5A Beebe. LR McClellan hasn't won a non conference game since 2009.
North Pulaski at PULASKI ROBINSON (28): Undefeated Pulaski Robinson continues surprising Class 4A. The Senators recorded six sacks and forced three turnovers in last week's 15-point win at Class 6A LR Fair.

5A EAST
JONESBORO (3) at Batesville: League favorite Batesville could pull an upset after beating Class 6A Searcy by 34 points last week and losing to Springdale by 15 in the opener. Batesville's defense scored a pair of TDs against Searcy.
Watch highlights of Jonesboro's Week 2 loss to Conway here.
MILLS (4) at Blytheville: Mills goes for its first 3-0 start since 2010. Comet senior QB Omar Avance, a three-year starter, has passed for 195 yards and rushed for 191 yards this year.
WYNNE (7) at West Helena: Surprising Wynne (10 first-year starters on offense and nine on defense) beat Vilonia by 24 points last week after losing to Marion by a point in the opener. Junior QB Zach Morris, a converted receiver, completed 16 of 24 passes for 285 yards last week "and most of his incompletions were drops," Coach Chris Hill says. Wynne sophomore running back Antonio Davis has rushed for 389 yards this season. West Helena junior QB Curly Brewer threw three first-half TDs in last week's 39-point win over Marianna.
Watch highlights of West Helena's Week 1 loss at Dollarway here.
FORREST CITY (35) at Marianna: Forrest City has won four of the past five over the Trojans. Mustang senior QB Ethan Adams threw a pair of TDs in last week's nine-point win at Marion.
VILONIA (1) at Beebe: For the second year in a row this is a battle for winless teams. Vilonia running back/track star (Class 5A hurdle champion and member of the state champ 4x400 relay team) Houston Cotton dislocated his knee, tore ligaments and severely injured an artery in his leg during last week's loss at Wynne. Cotton underwent two surgeries that took more than 10 hours during the weekend to stabilize the vascular system in his leg and repair his knee. Senior end Branson Vanlandingham broke his collarbone in two places against Wynne, which will require season-ending surgery later this month. Beebe gives up 52 points a game.
Nettleton at VALLEY VIEW (2): Nettleton beat the Blazers by a TD last year, and they tied 28-28 in 2011. Valley View earned the biggest victory in school history last week, stomping Stuttgart by 26 points. Senior QB Noah Johns has thrown five TD passes this season. Nettleton has beaten Trumann by a combined 95-0 the past two years.
Watch highlights of Nettleton's Week 2 win vs. Trumann here.
HIGHLAND (7) at Greene County Tech: Highland senior cornerback Cody Odell returned an interception 106 yards for a TD in last week's 14-point win over Clinton. Greene County Tech has won just two of 10 games since falling to Highland by eight points last year.
Watch highlights of Highland's Week 2 win vs. Clinton here.
PARAGOULD (10) at Kennett, Mo.: Kennett (Mo.) won just one game last season, but matched the total with a victory over Portageville (Mo.) two weeks ago. Paragould's 19-0 win over Pocahontas last week was its first shutout since beating Greene County Tech 20-0 in the 2008 opener.

5A SOUTH
CAMDEN FAIRVIEW (28) at Warren: A battle of top-ranked teams. Class 5A No. 1 Camden Fairview hasn't lost in the regular-season since Week 1, 2011. Depleted Warren (six injured starters) hung with Class 5A No. 2 Pulaski Academy before losing by 14 points a week ago.
Watch highlights of Camden Fairview's Week 1 win vs. El Dorado here.
Sheridan at WHITE HALL (8): White Hall has beaten Sheridan five of the past nine seasons, but two of the past three games (both Sheridan wins) were decided by a total of six points.
Watch highlights of White Hall's Week 1 win vs. Monticello here.
Nashville at WATSON CHAPEL (1): Both teams have lofty expectations. Nashville QB LaMichael Pettway, who has an offer from Nebraska, accounted for three first-half TDs at De Queen last week. Watson Chapel trailed Pine Bluff 17-3 at halftime a week ago.
MALVERN (2) at HS Lakeside: HS Lakeside has beaten Malvern six of the past seven seasons, but Malvern won by 38 points last year. Ram QB Garrett Carson passed for 283 yards and two TDs in last week's 45-41 loss to Sylvan Hills, while Malvern QB Kaylen Burks ran for four TDs and threw another in the first half against Lake Village.
Magnolia at HAMBURG (1): Hamburg hung with Class 5A No. 1 Camden Fairview for a half last week, trailing 26-14 at intermission. Magnolia snapped a 14-game losing streak last week with a 17-13 win over Monticello. Magnolia's Devauntae Robinson returned a kickoff 82 yards for a TD.
Watch highlights of Hamburg's Week 1 win vs. McGehee here.
Hot Springs at ARKADELPHIA (25): Arkadelphia has won its two games over Class 6A opponents Benton and Sheridan by a combined 112-27. Badger senior running back Kris Oliver ran for 163 yards and three TDs last week at Sheridan.
Prescott at HOPE (2): Prescott has beaten Hope five of the past six seasons. Hope threw six interceptions in last week's seven-point loss at Ashdown.
Watch highlights of Hope's Week 2 loss to Ashdown here.
De Queen at ASHDOWN (35): This is the 68th meeting between these rivals since 1927. De Queen leads the all-time series 34-29-2, but Ashdown has won 10 of the past 12, including 35-0 last year. Ashdown intercepted six passes in last week's seven-point win over Hope.
Watch highlights of Ashdown's Week 2 win vs. Hope here.

5A WEST
VILONIA (1) at Beebe: For the second year in a row this is a battle for winless teams. Vilonia running back/track star (Class 5A hurdle champion and member of the state champ 4x400 relay team) Houston Cotton dislocated his knee, tore ligaments and severely injured an artery in his leg during last week's loss at Wynne. Cotton underwent two surgeries that took more than 10 hours during the weekend to stabilize the vascular system in his leg and repair his knee. Senior end Branson Vanlandingham broke his collarbone in two places against Wynne, which will require season-ending surgery later this month. Beebe gives up 52 points a game.
Alma at RUSSELLVILLE (3): Hootens.com Class 6A Game of the Week. Alma led Greenwood 7-0 in the second quarter a week ago.
Watch highlights of Russellville's Week 1 win at Morrilton here.
MORRILTON (4) at Searcy: Morrilton forced two turnovers and scored the winning TD with 31 seconds left in last week's 28-21 win at Prairie Grove. Devil Dog QB Toney Hawkins has more than 600 total yards this season.
Watch highlights of Morrilton's Week 1 loss to Russellville here.
Shiloh Christian at GREENWOOD (17): Greenwood has won six of nine games since these powerhouses started playing regularly in 2004. Shiloh Christian ran for 325 yards in last week's 44-7 win over previously unbeaten Broken Bow (Okla.) last week, its first non conference victory in 53 weeks.
Watch highlights of Shiloh Christian's Week 1 tie to Siloam Springs here.
Benton at GREENBRIER (1): Greenbrier trailed Texarkana 30-7 at halftime last week. Benton trailed Jacksonville 21-7 in the second quarter last week before scoring 24 unanswered points.
ROGERS HERITAGE (14) at Harrison: Improved Harrison averages 54 points a game. Harrison coach Chad Harbison coordinated Rogers Heritage's offense 2008-2010.
DARDANELLE (6) at Clarksville: These are former conference foes. Clarksville has won four of the past five in the series, but three games were decided by six points or less. Dardanelle senior QB Kristian Thompson passed for 179 yards and two TDs against Danville in the opener and ran for 236 yards and three TDs last week before breaking his arm. Sophomore QB Chris Kirshner rallied the Sand Lizards to 24 unanswered points.
Elkins at HUNTSVILLE (14): Huntsville has won three of the past five over the Elks. Huntsville has given up just four TDs this year.


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