Class 6A Week 4 Rankings. Notes & Picks
Class 6A, Week 4, 2017
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1. Greenwood (3-0)
2. El Dorado (3-0)
3. Pine Bluff (2-1)
4. West Memphis (3-0)
5. Jonesboro (2-1)
6. Searcy (3-0)
7. Benton (2-1)
8. Texarkana (2-1)
9. Lake Hamilton (2-1)
10. Russellville (1-2)
11. Marion (1-2)
12. Siloam Springs (1-2)
13. Mountain Home (0-3)
14. Sheridan (0-3)
15. Jacksonville (1-2)
16. LR Hall (1-2)
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 11 Marion at No. 4 West Memphis
West Memphis is 14-0 against Crittenden County neighbor Marion, including an 11-0 mark in conference games since 2006. Anthony Price produced Marion's first 100-yard rushing effort of the season last week against Class 5A Blytheville, and senior quarterback Jacob Green passed for 207 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers. Marion has performed well against run-heavy teams in 2017 (314 combined rushing yards allowed to Wynne and Blytheville), but Jackson, Mo., passed for 373 yards and six TDs Week 2. West Memphis center and Landers Auto Group Super Teamer Caleb Clark left last week's 41-15 win at Class 7A Little Rock Central with an injury but is expected to play Friday night. West Memphis physical defense didn't allow a point from the second half of Week 1 to the third quarter last week (eight quarters). West Memphis also scored two defensive TDs at LR Central and will use its Spread offense to make it 14 straight over Marion.
Hootens.com correctly predicted the winners in 12 of 16 games (75 percent) last week involving 6A teams. For the season, hootens.com has correctly predicted 26 of 32 games (81 percent).
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THIS WEEK'S PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
Marion at WEST MEMPHIS (14): See hootens.com Game of the Week.
Mountain Home at JONESBORO (21): Mountain Home looks to end a four-game losing skid. Class 5A Batesville beat the Bombers 31-20 last Friday. Mountain Home did manage a 20-play, 95-yard scoring drive against Batesville and Landers Auto Group Super Team lineman capped another drive with a TD catch. Jonesboro got well with a 28-26 win over Class 7A Little Rock Catholic last week. Jonesboro running back Daniel Johnson scored three TDs. Jonesboro makes too many big plays for Mountain Home.
LR Hall at PINE BLUFF (35): Pine Bluff allows just 11 points per game and doubled Class 7A Fort Smith Northside 14-7 last week. Sophomore QB Tyler Foots ran for a Zebra TD. Hapless Hall got a 4-yard TD from freshman Kavionne Rucker in a 63-8 loss to Class 5A LR McClellan.
SEARCY (24) at Jacksonville: Searcy improves to 4-0 for the first time since 2001. The Lions score 53.7 ppg with QB Mason Schucker passing for 1,106 yards and 18 TDs this season. Senior Eli Nevills has emerged as a playmaker after moving this spring from Augusta. "We have better depth at the skill positions than we've ever had," third-year Searcy coach Mark Kelley says.
GREENWOOD (24) at Texarkana: This could be Greenwood's most difficult test to date, considering the Bulldogs have outscored their first three opponents 137-35. Texarkana's salty defense (allows 11.3 ppg) hopes to test Greenwood's balanced (244 passing, 219 rushing weekly) offense. Greenwood senior running back Kenny Wood continues to heal from a spring hamstring injury, but he rushed for 175 yards last week at Class 5A Alma.
Lake Hamilton at EL DORADO (13): El Dorado mugged Magnolia 51-28 last week, limiting the Class 5A Panthers to 24 yards rushing on 17 carries. Four QBs and seven running backs sparked three Wildcat TD drives after halftime. Class 7A No. 2 Bryant limited Lake Hamilton to 127 total yards, 94 rushing (3.4 YPC). Lake Hamilton tallied 31 yards after the first quarter.
Russellville at BENTON (12): Benton opens conference play and its home schedule. Russellville blasted Benton twice last season, including 45-15 in the playoff semifinals. Benton won 42-16 last week at Class 5A Greenbrier while Russellville had a 10-game home winning streak snapped by Class 7A Springdale 31-28. Key matchup: Benton QB Colen Morrow (three TD passes last week) vs. Russellville's talented secondary (four returning starters).
SILOAM SPRINGS (3) at Sheridan: Siloam Springs slipped Sheridan last year 24-21. Siloam Springs lost to Class 7A Rogers 34-33 in the final seconds before beating Class 7A Van Buren 35-21 last Friday. Opponents have outscored Sheridan 156-26. Last week, Sheridan got TDs from Justin Pruitt (10-yard run) and Brayden Sites to Jason May (35-yard pass).