Class 7A Week 10 Rankings, Notes & Picks
Class 7A, Week 10, 2016
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1. North LR (9-0)
North LR 38, Bryant 7 highlights
2. Fayetteville (8-1)
3. Springdale Har-Ber (7-2)
4. Bentonville (7-2)
5. FS Northside (6-2)
FS Northside 35, Cabot 21 highlights
6. Bryant (6-3)
7. Cabot (6-3)
8. Conway (3-6)
9. Bentonville West (3-6)
10. Rogers (5-4)
11. Springdale (4-5)
12. LR Catholic (2-7)
13. FS Southside (3-6)
14. LR Central (3-6)
15. Van Buren (2-7)
16. Rogers Heritage (1-8)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 9 Conway at No. 6 Bryant.
Conway has won three of its past four after starting 0-5 and can finish as the No. 3 seed with homefield advantage in the first round with a win at Bryant. The Wampus Cats can also host a first-round game as a No. 4 seed with a loss at Bryant if Cabot can upset North LR. Conway completes just 44 percent of its passes but averages 5.2 yards per carry, gaining 192 yards rushing weekly.
Bryant, which can also earn the No. 3 seed with a win, punted seven times in last week's blowout loss at North LR (31-0 at halftime). It was Bryant's first mercy-rule loss since losing at North LR 35-0 in 2011. Bryant senior linebacker Marvin “Bad Mood” Mooney (6-3, 210) leads arguably the best tackling team in Hornet history. Moody is on the Farm Bureau Awards watch list for Class 7A/6A Defensive Player of the Year.
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WEEK 10 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
Conway at BRYANT (1): Hootens.com Game of the Week.
LR Catholic at LR CENTRAL (1) (Thurs.): Tigers finish the season with a conference win. Central totaled 500 yards offense (341 passing) last Friday but allowed 508 yards, losing 48-39 to FS Southside.
FS Southside at FS NORTHSIDE (7): Northside gets first round bye next week as No. 2 seed. Quarterback Trey Norwood and running back Hunter Pendelton both finished with more than 100 yards rushing last week at Cabot. Southside could be at home in the first round with a 9-point win over Northside and losses by both Conway and Cabot this week or No. 5 with a win by less than 9 points combined with Conway and Cabot losses. Southside is No. 6 seed with a win if Conway wins and Cabot loses or if Little Rock Catholic loses.
Cabot at NORTH LR (7): Cabot standout QB Jarrod Barnes exited with a shin injury in the first quarter of last Friday's 35-21 loss to FS Northside but should return full speed this week. Barnes returned in the second half, but the Panthers committed five turnovers, including a snap over the punter's head inside the 20. Cabot, which has lost three of its past four games, also allowed a season-high 329 yards rushing to Northside. North LR held Bryant to -2 rushing yards in its 38-7 mercy-rule win last Friday. The aggressive Charging Wildcat defensive front repeatedly got to Bryant QB Ren Hefley in 2.0 seconds or less.
Van Buren at No. 1 FAYETTEVILLE (21): Fayetteville earns No. 1 seed with a 4-point win and likely plays host to Bentonville in a semifinal rematch. Bentonville won at Fayetteville 24-21 in the conference opener.
Rogers Heritage at No. 3 SPRINGDALE HAR-BER (35): Har-Ber will likely be No. 2 seed and play at top-ranked North LR in the semifinals. Har-Ber beat North LR 3-0 in a two-quarter scrimmage in August at Springdale.
Bentonville West at BENTONVILLE (16): Bentonville West will be the No. 4 seed in its first season of football and will play at home in the first round of the playoffs. West’s Will Jarrett completed 17 of 26 passes for 262 yards and four TDs, carried 28 times for 105 yards and made 10 tackles in last week’s 26-22 upset of Rogers. Bentonville led Rogers Heritage 38-0 at halftime last Friday and likely finishes as No. 3 seed, not earning a first-round bye for the first time. Bentonville seems to be peaking and likely headed to Fayetteville in the semifinals. Bentonville won at Fayetteville 24-21 in the conference opener.
Springdale at ROGERS (4): Winner gets No. 5 while lose drops to No. 6 seed. Rogers was at the goal line late but a false start followed by an unsportsmanlike penalty preceded two incomplete passes to the end zone in a 26-22 loss at Bentonville West.