Class 5A Week 1 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 5A Week 1 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 5A, Week 1, 2020
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1. Pulaski Academy (1-0)
2. LR Christian (1-0)
3. Texarkana (0-0)
4. Harrison (1-0)
5. Wynne (1-0)
6. White Hall (1-0)
7. Maumelle (1-0)
8. HS Lakeside (0-1)
9. Morrilton (0-1)
10. Batesville (0-0)
11. Vilonia (0-0)
12. Magnolia (0-1)
13. Greenbrier (1-0)
14. Valley View (0-0)
15. Nettleton (1-0)
16. Camden Fairview (0-1)
17. Forrest City (0-1)
18. Watson Chapel (0-0)
19. Alma (0-0)
20. Hot Springs (0-0)
21. Jacksonville (0-0)
22. Farmington (1-0)
23. Greene County Tech (1-0)
24. Pea Ridge (0-1)
25. Brookland (1-0)
26. LR Hall (1-0)
27. Paragould (0-0)
28. Clarksville (0-0)
29. Hope (0-1)
30. Beebe (0-1) 
31. De Queen (0-1)

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 6 White Hall at Class 4A No. 6 Warren
White Hall rallied from a 10-deficit last week to down Sheridan 35-17 and claim the Battle of Highway 270 trophy. Senior Kam Robinson sprinted 23 yards for the momentum-shifting TD late in the second quarter. Robinson, along with junior receiver Steven Weston and running back Zairie Watson “are really good skill players,” Warren coach Bo Hembree says. Green ran 23 times for 156 yards and two TDs at Sheridan, while Weston hauled in five passes for 60 yards and a TD. The Bulldogs gave up 302 yards to Sheridan, but forced a pair of turnovers and didn't stopped the Yellowjackets on fourth down four times.
Warren scrimmaged Class 3A McGehee last week “and we have a long way to go,” Hembree says. “We are young, but have a year under our belts.” Lumberjack junior QB Riley Cornish passed for almost 2,000 yards a year ago and hit some deep passes against McGehee, including a 40-yard strike to newcomer Payton Byrd on the first play. Warren's defense revolves around three-year Tre'Lon Marshall, who plays safety and linebacker, and junior outside linebacker Cedric Calbert. Warren recovered a pair of fumbles in the first half against McGehee, including one by senior DB Weston Hembree. 

LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly predicted 14 of 18 games (78 percent) last week. 

WEEK 1 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
5A CENTRAL
WHITE HALL (3) at Warren: Hootens.com Class 5A Game of the Week.
JACKSONVILLE (10) at Mills: Jacksonville has won nine of the past 13 in the series (received a forfeit W last season). Mills led Newport 16-14 in the second quarter a week ago before losing by 25 points. Jacksonville lost its scrimmage last week against LR Parkview 41-0. Titan junior QB Deborius “Buck” Cobbs and sophomore Darrien Bennett performed well in fall camp.
Maumelle at JOE T. ROBINSON (6): Joe T. Robinson led Pulaski Academy 21-20 at halftime last week and 28-20 in the third quarter before losing by 13 points. Senior QB Buddy Gaston passed for 282 yards and four TDs. Maumelle led Class 6A Sylvan Hills 27-7 in the third quarter last week and held on for a 27-21 triumph. Junior Jalen Waits sprinted 47 yards for a TD and caught a 25-yard TD pass in the first quarter.
LR CHRISTIAN (10) at Searcy: These teams combined for 25 wins last season. Searcy slugged it out last week with Class 7A Cabot, leading 18-7 in the third quarter. The Lions intercepted three Cabot passes in the first half. LR Christian senior Corey Platt ran for a TD and caught a pair of TD passes in last week's 18-point win at Class 7A LR Central, and senior Isaiah Hankins nailed three first-half field goals. The Warriors trailed 35-30 in the fourth quarter before exploding for four TDs in nine minutes during the fourth quarter.
Beebe at MORRILTON (21): This is the first matchup between these teams since 1990. Beebe turned the ball over five times in the first half of last week's 55-6 setback at Greenbrier. Sophomore QB Zack Grant threw a second half TD pass. Morrilton held Class 6A Russellville to 169 yards but turned the ball over three times in the third quarter in a 15-10 setback. 
LR CENTRAL (31) at LR Hall: LR Hall's 7-0 win last week over Hope was its first against a team outside of Pulaski County since 2011. Warrior senior Kavionne Rucker ran 35 yards for the winning TD in the third quarter. LR Central led LR Christian in the fourth quarter last week before giving up a barrage of TDs. Senior QB Lawson Gunn passed for 211 yards and three TDs and ran for 85 yards and another TD. 
Pulaski Academy is open.
Watson Chapel is open.

5A EAST
BATESVILLE (1) at Greenbrier: This is the first meeting between these teams since Batesville's 26-point decision in the 2015 quarterfinals. Greenbrier forced five first-half turnovers in last week's 49-point win over Beebe. Batesville defensive leaders Ethan Ridgel (tackle), Justin Lewallen (end) and Masson Sifford (linebacker) made plays in last week's scrimmage against Vilonia.
Jonesboro Westside at BROOKLAND (2): Brookland rallied from a 16-6 third-quarter deficit last week to nip Gosnell 36-32. Blazer sophomore Joseph Wright scored four TDs in the second half, including three in the fourth quarter. Senior end/noseguard Bentley Hart impressed opposing coaches against Gosnell. Jonesboro Westside surrendered 368 yards in last week's 20-0 loss to GCT. Jonesboro Westside QB River Engle, slot receiver/defensive back Kesler Engle and left tackle Kaleb Porter played well against GCT.
VALLEY VIEW (4) at Gosnell: These former conference foes haven't played since Week 10, 2013, when Gosnell won by four points after stuffing Valley View on the 4-yard line late in the game. Gosnell hasn't beaten an in-state non conference opponent since Week 2, 2016. Gosnell fumbled eight times, losing four of them, in last week's four-point loss at Brookland. The Pirates led Brookland by 10 points at halftime last week but struggled to stop Brookland's power running attack in the second half. Valley View's game last week at Ozark was canceled due to weather. 
Greene County Tech at VILONIA (10): GCT senior David Williams ran for 125 yards and a pair of TDs in last week's 20-0 win over Jonesboro Westside. Vilonia scrimmage Batesville a week ago. Junior QB Austin Myers committed to Kansas in the summer.
NETTLETON (4) at Pocahontas: Nettleton has won four straight since the series renewed in 2016. Sophomore QB Cameron Scarlett and junior RB Orion Pugh each ran for two TDs in last week's 27-20 win over Blytheville. Pocahontas senior DB C.J. Palmer intercepted two passes in last week's 49-33 win over Southside Batesville, returning one for a TD. Sophomore Connor Baker ran 149 yards and the offensive line controlled the game, coach Charles Baty says.
RIVERCREST (6) at Paragould: Rivercrest has won four of the past six in the series, including the past two years by a combined 46 points. The Colts' scrimmage game was canceled. Senior QB Kamron Turner, senior RB Keshawn Scott and junior WR Clay Burks performed well in fall camp. 
Wynne at WEST MEMPHIS (1): Wynne junior slotback Carl Washington and senior QB Marterious Ross each ran for a pair of TDs in last week's 35-19 triumph over Marion. Wynne's Van Paschal is the winningest active coach in the state. West Memphis rallied from a 16-6 deficit in last week's 36-16 win over LR Southwest. Junior Tamerius Bell ran for two TDs and pulled down a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions.
Forrest City at HAMBURG (3): This game was a late addition to the schedule. Forrest City struggled to slow Star City's rushing attack last week. Hamburg gave up a blocked punt for a TD and allowed Ashdown to return another punt for a TD in an eight-point loss. Senior Gavin Harrod ran for a TD and caught a TD pass against Ashdown.

5A SOUTHWEST
Hot Springs at ARKADELPHIA (4): Arkadelphia rallied from a 6-0 third-quarter deficit last week to down Camden Fairview 21-20 in overtime. Senior QB Braden “Buster” Thomas passed for 230 yards and two TDs and ran for another at Camden Fairview. Junior Alex Loy (six catches, 84 yards) caught the tying pass in overtime, then senior Eric Cervantes nailed his third straight extra point for the win. Sophomore Braylon Bailey tallied 89 yards and a TD. Junior inside linebacker Alex Turley paced the Badgers with 12 tackles, including two tackles for loss, and senior noseguard Elijah Wheeler tallied 11 stops. Hot Springs' game with Fountain Lake last week was canceled due to Covid-19.
ASHDOWN (21) at De Queen: Ashdown has won 15 of the past 17 in the series. The Panthers beat Hamburg 28-20 a week ago when senior playmaker Jacolby Williams returned two punts for TDs (one negated by penalty), intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble and took a bubble screen 60 yards for another TD. De Queen trailed Mena 39-0 at halftime a week ago.
Camden Fairview at EL DORADO (3): El Dorado has beaten Camden Fairview 13 times since 2000, including seven straight. Camden Fairview's last win in the series came in 2012, 49-21. The Cardinals coughed up a 6-0 halftime lead and lost in overtime last week 21-20 to Arkadelphia.
MAGNOLIA (2) at Crossett: Magnolia played eight sophomores last week, and four other first-year varsity players, in a seven-point loss to Harrison. Sophomore Garion Curry ran for 160 yards and two TDs and returned a punt 67 yards for another score. Crossett slipped past Osceola 26-20 a week ago after jumping to a 20-0 advantage. Crossett junior QB Tyrique Jones ran for a pair of TDs and threw a TD pass.
NASHVILLE (25) at Hope: Nashville has won 13 of the past 14 in the series, including the past four by a combined 200 points. The Scrappers led the all-time series 50-43-4. The Scrappers trailed Texas 4A power Pleasant Grove 48-7 at halftime a week ago. Senior cornerback L.D. Hendrix paced Nashville last week with 10 tackles. Hope managed just 49 total yards last week at LR Hall, but the Bobcats were tied 0-0 in the third quarter before giving up the game's only TD. 
HS LAKESIDE (4) at Sheridan: HS Lakeside was unable to control Lake Hamilton's big, power running attack last week. Ram senior RB Isaac Echols ran for a pair of TDs. Sheridan led White Hall 10-0 in the second quarter last week, but couldn't contain White Hall's speed and power in the second half. Sophomore linebacker Austin Webb racked up nine tackles and played most of the snaps on offense in his varsity debut.
Texarkana is open.

5A WEST
VAN BUREN (8) at Alma: Alma has won seven of the past nine in the “Battle of the Bone”. Alma first-year coach Rusty Bush says the Airedale D played solid but gave up too many big pass plays in its scrimmage two weeks ago against FS Southside. Rugged senior cornerback Joseph York enjoyed a productive fall camp, and will be used some at receiver this year. Senior Brayden Allen (6-6, 195), who splits snaps at QB and also plays tight end, emerged as a leader in August. Senior RB/LB Logan Chronister also enjoyed a productive August.
BATESVILLE (1) at Greenbrier: This is the first meeting between these teams since Batesville's 26-point decision in 2015 quarterfinals. Greenbrier forced five first-half turnovers in last week's 49-point win over Beebe. Batesville defensive leaders Ethan Ridgel (tackle), Justin Lewallen (end) and Masson Sifford (linebacker) performed well in last week's scrimmage against Vilonia. 
Beebe at MORRILTON (21): This is the first matchup between these teams teams since 1990. Beebe turned the ball over five times in the first half of last week's 55-6 setback at Greenbrier. Sophomore QB Zack Grant threw a second half TD pass. Morrilton held Class 6A Russellville to 169 yards but turned the ball over three times in the third quarter in a 15-10 setback. 
FARMINGTON (2) at Prairie Grove: Farmington has won two straight in the series, including 27-7 a year ago. The Cardinals scored 17 points in the fourth quarter last week to pull away from Class 7A Heritage. Prairie Grove's scrimmage against Clarksville two weeks ago was canceled due to a Covid-19 outbreak. Tiger senior QB/linebacker Knox Laird, senior fullback/rover Foster Layman, junior twin receivers/wingbacks Kobe and Dalton Frazier, sophomore halfback Ethan Miller and sophomore OL Ryder Orr enjoyed good fall camps, Coach Danny Abshier says.
Greene County Tech at VILONIA (10): GCT senior David Williams ran for 125 yards and a pair of TDs in last week's 20-0 win over Jonesboro Westside. Vilonia scrimmage Batesville a week ago. Junior QB Austin Myers committed to Kansas in the summer.
HARRISON (6) at Mountain Home: Harrison has won seven straight over Mountain Home and 11 of the past 14. The Goblins forced five turnovers, three of them inside the 20-yard line, in last week's seven-point win over Magnolia. Senior QB Cole Keylon threw two TD passes and made timely runs. 
SILOAM SPRINGS (10) at Pea Ridge: Siloam Springs led Rogers by seven points in the second half last week before losing by 10 points. The Panthers were stuffed on the 1-yard line in the in the third quarter. Pea Ridge drove 80 yard in 15 plays on its first possession against Shiloh Christian, capped by QB Logan Stewart's 1-yard TD dive. But the Blackhawks didn't score again until late in the fourth quarter. 
Clarksville is open.

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