Class 6A Week 5 Rankings, Notes & Picks
Class 6A, Week 5, 2017
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1. Greenwood (4-0)
2. El Dorado (4-0)
3. Pine Bluff (3-1)
4. West Memphis (4-0)
5. Jonesboro (3-1)
6. Searcy (4-0)
7. Benton (3-1)
8. Texarkana (2-2)
9. Lake Hamilton (2-2)
10. Russellville (2-2)
11. Marion (1-3)
12. Siloam Springs (2-2)
13. Mountain Home (0-4)
14. Sheridan (0-4)
15. Jacksonville (1-3)
16. LR Hall (1-3)
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 2 El Dorado at No. 1 Greenwood
Winner takes command of the 6A West. Greenwood beat El Dorado twice in 2016, 49-21 in the regular season and 20-3 in the quarterfinals. Greenwood has not lost a home game since the 2014 quarterfinals (24-14 to El Dorado).
Greenwood trailed at halftime last week for the first time this year (17-13 at Texarkana) but rallied for a 38-17 win. Senior quarterback and University of Arkansas commit Connor Noland completed 10 of 19 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns. Greenwood junior receiver Peyton Holt makes big plays, catching 29 passes for 423 yards and eight TDs this year. Greenwood senior defensive tackle John Womack (12 tackles for loss with seven sacks).leads a unit allowing just 13 points weekly.
El Dorado is 4-0 for the first time since 2011 and it seeks its first conference title since 2013. The Wildcats forced five turnovers last week in a 35-13 win over Lake Hamilton. Defensive end Donovan Walter returned a fumble 94 yards for a TD and safety Kameron Buie intercepted two passes. El Dorado is road-tested, winning Week 3 at Class 7A Cabot 28-24.
Hootens.com correctly predicted the winners in eight of eight games (100 percent) last week involving 6A teams. For the season, hootens.com has correctly predicted 34 of 40 games (85 percent).
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WEEK 5 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
Mountain Home at PINE BLUFF (24): Pine Bluff quarterback Tyler Foots passed for four TDs to three receivers last week in a 60-6 win over hapless LR Hall. Jonesboro outgained Mountain Home 446-224 in a 42-7 win last Friday. Pine Bluff won at Mountain Home 36-0 in 2016 and its prodigious team speed eases it past the Bombers, again.
Jacksonville at JONESBORO (21): Jonesboro led Mountain Home 28-0 at halftime Week 4. Jonesboro QBs Tyson Williams and A.J. Aycock combine for 179 yards passing per week (15 yards per pass). Jonesboro rushes for 280 yards per week. Five Jonesboro receivers have recorded 100 yards receiving or more this year. Jacksonville limited Searcy's Mason Schucker (325 yards per game) to 13 of 25 passing for 191 yards and two TDs with an interception last week. Jacksonville playmaker Shawn Ellis ran 99 yards for a TD last week.
West Memphis at SEARCY (3): Searcy has won five straight games over West Memphis by a combined 18 points. Searcy scores 49 points weekly while West Memphis surrenders just 14 points. Three West Memphis starters (receiver Steven Stone, running back Quincy Marshall and defensive end Mark Robinson) were ejected during last week's 37-27 win over rival Marion. West Memphis is 4-0 for the first time since 2011 despite giving up 346 yards passing last week. Searcy looks to torment the Blue Devils with strong-armed senior QB Mason Schucker, who has passed for 1,297 yards and 20 TDs with four interceptions this fll.
MARION (17) at LR Hall: Marion senior QB Jacob Green has passed for 979 yards and nine TDs with two INTs the past three weeks. Marion produced a season-best 483 yards last Friday at West Memphis. Reliable receiver Ryan Robins has caught nine passes for 99 yards and two TDs the past two weeks for the Patriots. LR Hall has lost three straight by an average score of 50-12. The Warriors won Week 1 at Class 5A Fair.
El Dorado at GREENWOOD (10): See hootens.com Game of the Week.
BENTON (24) at Siloam Springs: Benton sophomore receiver Gavin Wells completed seven of nine passes for 111 yards and a TD in relief of injured junior QB Colin Morrow in last week's 42-20 win over Russellville. Benton produced 507 yards and allowed just 279. Siloam Springs escaped Sheridan 31-24 last week behind QB Landon Ellis' four TD passes. Benton smoked Siloam Springs 63-0 in 2016.
TEXARKANA (2) at Lake Hamilton: Lake Hamilton has won seven straight over Texarkana, but the Wolves have lost the past two weeks (to El Dorado and Class 7A Bryant) by a combined 91-20. Lake Hamilton surrenders 291 passing yards weekly while Texarkana averages 202 passing yards. Texarkana led Greenwood 17-13 at halftime before losing 38-17 last week. Texarkana receiver Irijah Price caught eight passes for 123 yards and a TD against Greenwood.
Sheridan at RUSSELLVILLE (17): Russellville led 7-0 at Benton last week before giving up 35 unanswered points. Russellville QB and Landers Auto Group Super Teamer Ryan Talley completed 10 of 18 passes for 89 yards and two TDs at Benton. Russellville QBs have not thrown an INT this year. Sheridan set season-bests in points (24) and total offense (401 yards) in last week's 31-24 loss to Siloam Springs. Sheridan's previous season-high was 13 points and 233 yards a week earlier.