Class 7A - Week 2 - 2014

Class 7A - Week 2 - 2014

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Class 7A, Week 2, 2014
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1. Bentonville (0-1)
2. Fayetteville (1-0)
3. North LR (1-0)
4. FS Northside (1-0)
5. Conway (1-0)
6. Cabot (0-1)
7. Springdale Har-Ber (0-1)
8. LR Central (1-0)
9. FS Southside (1-0)
10. LR Catholic (0-1)
11. Rogers (1-0)
12. Bryant (0-0-1)
13. Van Buren (1-0)
14. West Memphis (1-0)
15. Springdale (0-1)
16. Rogers Heritage (0-1)

GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 3 North LR at No. 2 Fayetteville. Neither team covered the points spread last week. Fayetteville allowed big pass plays, had a dozen penalties and three turnovers in a 45-38 win at Lawton (Okla.) Eisenhower. A North LR bus, carrying its offense and driven by offensive coordinator Blake Pizan, wrecked in route to its 17-7 win over LR Catholic. No players missed action but Pizan was hospitalized during the game.

North LR standout and Arkansas Razorback prize recruit K.J. Hill (6-0, 185) could be set for a big night at Fayetteville. Hill caught five passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in the opener. North LR running back D.J. Brown, who played at LR Catholic the past two seasons, rushed 83 yards on 18 carries.

Fayetteville looks to fix its pass defense, after allowing 365 yards and three TD tosses last week. Fayetteville finished with 473 yards offense, including 9- and 20-yard TD catches by Arkansas Razorback commit C.J. O'Grady. Fayetteville's secondary is young but experienced. Cornerbacks Kennedy Wade (6-3, 175; 4.4 speed) and Colby Sigears (5-8, 150) started as sophomores last season.

"We expect big time improvement from Week 1 to Week 2," Fayetteville coach Daryl Patton says.

LAST WEEK
Hootens.com predicted 12 of 15 winners (80 percent) in games involving Class 7A teams.

TV LAND
Hooten's Arkansas Football TV show features the state's top players 10:30 a.m. Saturdays on KATV (ABC Little Rock) and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays on KXNW Channel 34 (Fort Smith/Fayetteville).


WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS (favored teams in ALL CAPS)

7A/6A Central
Jonesboro at CONWAY (15): Conway's D.J. Johnson (6-0, 170) caught five passes for 157 yards and two TDs in last week's 24-22 win over Cabot. Junior QB Breylin Smith completed 12 of 20 passes for 244 yards and the two scores to Johnson. Jonesboro jumped Class 5A Valley View 51-0 last week. Conway beat Jonesboro 33-14 a year ago.
Watch highlights of Conway's Week 2 win over Jonesboro here and Week 1 against Cabot here.
FS Southside at GREENWOOD (8): Class 6A top-ranked Greenwood catches a break with FS Southside cornerback Juwuan Campbell, who has D-1 college scholarship offers, not playing this week after being ejected in the season opener. Greenwood, winners in 51 of its past 52 games, has beaten Southside the past two seasons. Southside edged Class 4A No. 1 Warren 29-22 last week during Hootens.com Kickoff Week. Junior Cooper Johnson sparked the Rebels to victory after taking over at quarterback in the second half. He rushed 17 times for 89 yards and threw two touchdown passes. Johnson led Southside on an 11-play, 77-yard drive to win the game, finding senior Andrew Barley for a 4-yard TD pass with 31 seconds left. Southside will try to ball-control Greenwood with its size, depth and physical running game. On defense, the Rebels make it difficult for offenses to adjust to their multiple fronts and coverages.
Watch highlights of FS Southside's Hootens.com Kickoff week against Warren here.
ALMA (10)
at Springdale: Alma pounded Poteau, Okla. 28-0 last week during Hootens.com Kickoff Week. Senior QB Evan Burris accounted for 189 yards and three TDs. Senior RB/LB Curtis Lloyd ran 1 yard for a TD and intercepted a pass. Springdale gave up 515 yards in a 56-26 loss to top-ranked Greenwood.
Watch highlights of Alma's Hootens.com Kickoff week against Poteau, Okla. here.
LR Catholic at CABOT (2): Cabot outgained Conway 415-384 in last week's 2-point loss at Conway. Cabot sophomore Jarrod Barnes completed 14 of 16 passes for 155 yards and had 74 yards rushing in his first varsity start.
Watch highlights of Cabot's Week 1 against Conway here.
Russellville at ROGERS HERITAGE (3): Class 6A No. 7 Russellville beat Morrilton 42-21 last week. Senior Tony Jones returned a kickoff (85 yards) and punt (88 yards) for TDs. Sophomore QB Michael Mullen threw a 69-yard TD pass to senior Co-Chese Temple-Laws. Senior Kentrell Scott ran the ball well. Heritage led 13-12 with 1:53 left last week when it fumbled on first down at its own 20, setting up Olathe (Kan.) North's winning TD. Heritage has lost six of its past eight games.
LR McClellan at BRYANT (42): Bryant's offense often looked a mess in last week's 14-14 tie with rival Benton. Class 5A bottom-dweller LR McClellan hasn't won a non-conference game since Week 2, 2009 and has totaled just eight victories over the past seven years. Watch highlights of Bryant's Week 2 victory over LR McClellan here.
Poteau, Okla. at VAN BUREN (7): Van Buren got two turnovers and stopped Class 5A White Hall four times on fourth down in last week's 34-27 win. Poteau was penalized eight times and its two turnovers setup Alma TDs in last week's 28-0 loss. Poteau won this matchup 43-40 last year.
Watch highlights of Poteau's Hootens.com Kickoff week against Alma here.

7A/6A East

North LR at FAYETTEVILLE (1): See Class 7A Game of the Week.
LR Catholic at CABOT (2): Cabot outgained Conway 415-384 in last week's 2-point loss at Conway. Cabot sophomore Jarrod Barnes completed 14 of 16 passes for 155 yards and had 74 yards rushing in his first varsity start.
Watch highlights of Cabot's Week 1 against Conway here.
FS NORTHSIDE (14)
at LR Central: Northside's fast, physical, rangy defense is something to see. The Grizzlies move up to No. 4 in hootens.com rankings after getting six turnovers and a confidence-building 26-14 victory over Pine Bluff in the opener. This could be a nightmarish matchup for LR Central's questionable offensive line.
Watch highlights of FS Northside's Week 2 win over LR Central here and FS Northside's Week 1 against Pine Bluff here.
West Memphis at CHRISTIAN BROTHERS (9): This is Christian Brothers fourth game of the season. The Purple Wave dropped to 1-2 on the year, losing to Southaven, Miss., 38-12 last week. West Memphis opened the season with a thriller last Friday. Blue Devil QB Kylin Whiting tossed a 12-yard TD to Darrell Dudley on fourth-and-1 as time expired then Kam Pittman ran in a 2-point conversion to beat Class 5A No. 12 Forrest City 42-21. Christian Brothers won at West Memphis 44-13 last fall.
7A West
North LR at FAYETTEVILLE (1): Game of the Week.
FS Southside at GREENWOOD (8): Class 6A top-ranked Greenwood catches a break with FS Southside cornerback Juwuan Campbell, who has D-1 college scholarship offers, not playing this week after being ejected in the season opener. Greenwood, winners in 51 of its past 52 games, has beaten Southside the past two seasons. Southside edged Class 4A No. 1 Warren 29-22 last week during Hootens.com Kickoff Week. Junior Cooper Johnson sparked the Rebels to victory after taking over at quarterback in the second half. He rushed 17 times for 89 yards and threw two touchdown passes. Johnson led Southside on an 11-play, 77-yard drive to win the game, finding senior Andrew Barley for a 4-yard TD pass with 31 seconds left. Southside will try to ball-control Greenwood with its size, depth and physical running game. On defense, the Rebels make it difficult for offenses to adjust to their multiple fronts and coverages.
Watch highlights of FS Southside's Hootens.com Kickoff week against Warren here.
Springdale Har-Ber at KANSAS CITY (Mo.) ROCKHURST (10): Har-Ber's defense gashed last week, including an 82-yard TD run on the second play of a 42-13 late night ambush at Class 4A top-ranked Webb City, Mo. Webb City won at Rockhurst 40-14 two weeks ago.

Watch highlights of Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst week 1 against Bentonville here.
ALMA (10) at Springdale: Class 6A No. 8 Alma pounded Poteau, Okla. 28-0 last week during Hootens.com Kickoff Week. Senior QB Evan Burris accounted for 189 yards and three TDs. Senior RB/LB Curtis Lloyd ran 1 yard for a TD and intercepted a pass. Springdale gave up 515 yards in a 56-26 loss to top-ranked Greenwood.
Watch highlights of Alma's Hootens.com Kickoff week against Poteau, Okla. here.
Russellville at ROGERS HERITAGE (3): Class 6A No. 7 Russellville beat Morrilton 42-21 last week. Senior Tony Jones returned a kickoff (85 yards) and punt (88 yards) for TDs. Sophomore QB Michael Mullen threw a 69-yard TD pass to senior Co-Chese Temple-Laws. Senior Kentrell Scott ran the ball well. Heritage led 13-12 with 1:53 left last week when it fumbled on first down at it's own 20, setting up Olathe (Kan.) North's winning TD. Heritage has lost six of its past eight games.
BENTONVILLE (1) at Broken Arrow, Okla.: The top-ranked Tigers two-point pass attempt with 39 seconds left fell incomplete in a 17-16 loss to Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst last week. Bentonville failed on two field goal attempts and Rockhurst returned a fumble 46 yards in the fourth quarter to take the lead. It was Rockhurst's third game of the season. Broken Arrow's new coaching staff looks for answers on offense after losing last week to Owasso, Okla., 14-7.
Watch highlights of Bentonville's week 1 against Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst here.
FS NORTHSIDE (14)
at LR Central: Northside's fast, physical, rangy defense is something to see. The Grizzlies got six turnovers and a confidence-building 26-15 victory over Pine Bluff in the opener. Northside's linebacker Deontre Hardwick muscled 16 tackles. This could be a nightmarish matchup for LR Central's questionable offensive line.
Watch highlights of FS Northside's Week 2 win over LR Central here  and FS Northside's Week 1 against Pine Bluff here.
ROGERS (3)
at Claremore, Okla.: Rogers workhorse Bryan Grigsby carried 32 times for a 7A West record 446 yards and scored all five of Rogers' touchdowns in last week's 35-21 win over Siloam Springs. He was the only Rogers player to touch the ball in the second half.

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