Class 3A Week 1 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 3A Week 1 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 3A, Week 1, 2019
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1. C. Harmony Grove (1-0)
2. Rison (1-0)
3. Prescott (0-1)
4. Osceola (0-1)
5. Smackover (1-0)
6. McGehee (1-0)
7. Mansfield (1-0)
8. Newport (0-0)
9. Booneville (0-1)
10. Harding Academy (1-0)
11. Glen Rose (0-0)
12. Lamar (0-0)
13. Hoxie (1-0)
14. Clinton (0-0)
15. Atkins (1-0)
16. Walnut Ridge (0-0)
17. Danville (1-0)
18. Melbourne (1-0)
19. Harrisburg (0-0)
20. Jessieville (0-0)
21. Charleston (0-1)
22. Baptist Prep (0-0)
23. Barton (0-0)
24. Mountain View (1-0)
25. Centerpoint (1-0)
26. Piggott (0-0)
27. Greenland (0-0)
28. Dollarway (0-1)
29. Cedarville (1-0)
30. Fouke (0-0)
31. Paris (1-0)
32. Lake Village (0-0) 
33. Yellville-Summit (0-0)
34. Drew Central (0-0)
35. Bismarck (1-0)
36. Mayflower (0-1)
37. Genoa Central (0-0)
38. Palestine-Wheatley (0-0)
39. Perryville (0-1)
40. Two Rivers (1-0)
41. Corning (0-0)
42. West Fork (0-0)
43. Horatio (0-0)
44. Marshall (0-1) 
45. Manila (0-0)
46. Cedar Ridge (0-0)
47. Rose Bud (0-0)

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 5 Smackover at Class 2A No. 1 Junction City
Smackover juked Class 2A Junction City a year ago 46-20, but Junction has won three of the past four meetings. Junction City leads the all-time series 24-18 and the Dragons are 14-6 since 1999 in home openers. Junction City is 54-7 at home this decade, including 16 consecutive home victories.
Class 2A No. 1 Junction City led Class 3A No. 1 Camden Harmony Grove in the fourth quarter last week before three big plays turned away the Dragons. Senior running back Jakiron Cook bolted for 138 yards, his fourth 100-yard rushing game in his career. Junction City has started 1-2 three of the past six seasons. Watch highlights of Junction's loss at C. Harmony Grove HERE.
Smackover looked crisp in last week's 46-8 win over Class 2A Hampton. The Buckaroos got lengthy TD runs from QBs Dawson Biggers and Austin Goodwin and running back Dexter Crockett added another score. Look for Biggers, Goodwin and all-state performer Jaqueze Modica to rotate at QB situationally. Biggers and Goodwin execute the read option well and “we have to get the ball to Modica any way we can,” second-year coach Brian Brown says. Smackover wants Crockett and Modica to get at least 15 touches per week. Defensively, Crockett is “one of the better corners I've coached,” Brown says. Senior left guard Brooks Tolin likely misses this game with a meniscus injury. 
Watch highlights of Smackover's win last week over Hampton HERE.

LAST WEEK

Hootens.com correctly predicted 14 of 21 games (67 percent) of games involving Class 3A schools.


WEEK 1 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
1-3A
OZARK (5) at Booneville: Booneville leads the all-time series 51-26-2. Class 5A Clarksville snapped Booneville's 15-game losing streak last week in a 41-35 victory. The Bearcats played at Clarksville without five suspended two-way starters and another defensive starter, and the status of those players is in question this week. Booneville finished the Clarksville game with 26 players in uniform. Standout senior lineman Ethan Pirraglia left the Clarksville game with an injury and is not expected to play against Ozark. Senior fullback Cam Brasher bulled for 107 yards and a TD and promising sophomore Randon Ray bolted for 116 yards and four scores. 
MOUNTAINBURG (6) at Cedarville: Cedarville led J.C. Westside 42-0 at halftime last week in a 50-14 victory. The Pirates racked up 409 yards, paced by Darryl Kattich's 110 yards on five carries. 
Charleston at DARDANELLE (7): Charleston led Melbourne 24-21 late in the fourth quarter a week ago. Senior QB Brayden Ross completed 18 of 29 passes for 211 yards and four scores against Melbourne. The Tigers continue to play without their projected starting running back, an all-conference safety and starting lineman Nolan Harrington, who is expected to return Week 4 or 5. 
Paris at CLARKSVILLE (17): Class 5A Clarksville has won seven of the last nine meetings. Paris last week snapped a 12-game losing streak with a seven-point victory at Perryville. Paris allowed Perryville only 39 yards on 21 carries (1.9 yards per rush). Class 5A Clarksville's Single Wing attack racked up 416 yards in last week's five-point victory over Booneville.  
Danville at LAMAR (10): Lamar clipped Danville 19-18 in last season's opener. Last week the Little Johns dispatched Class 4A Dover 42-19 as three players rushed for TDs, including two scoring jaunts apiece from Gabe Stanley and Lawson Wilkins. Lamar all-state fullback Jacob Parmenter shifted in the spring to QB and worked many extra hours throwing with receivers after practice. 
GREENLAND (2) at Elkins: Greenland has won six of the past nine meetings. Greenland enjoyed a productive summer and will dress 35 players this fall. The Pirates should be good at the skill positions with junior QB Gabe Wilson, All-1-3A junior running back Jett Dennis and senior all-league receiver Zaylen Bryant. 
MANSFIELD (18) at Waldron: Mansfield was super impressive in last week's 40-8 rout against Class 2A Hackett. All-state QB Ethan Stovall completed 83 percent of his passes against Hackett for 246 yards and three scores. Senior receiver Layton Howard collected seven passes for 178 yards and three TDs. The Mansfield defense forced four turnovers. 
West Fork at BERRYVILLE (7): West Fork expects to dress just 20 players this season following the transfer of a returning two-way starter to Fayetteville. Class 4A Berryville downed West Fork 28-14 a year ago. Two of Berryville's 10 wins in four years have come against West Fork. 

2-3A
Cedar Ridge at JESSIEVILLE (21): Jessieville whipped Cedar Ridge 44-0 a year ago, when Cedar Ridge cancelled its season following Week 5. Cedar Ridge could start as many as five sophomores this season. Jessieville could compete this year for the 4-3A title behind starters returning at 12 positions, including all-league QB Carson Hair and all-conference tight end Joey Benson. 
CLINTON (1) at Heber Springs: Clinton has won three straight in the Battle for the Little Red. Class 4A Heber Springs promoted assistant Will Cox to interim head coach in late July. The winningest class in Clinton football history graduated in May, but two-time all-state senior QB Weston Amos could prove to be the best player in the 2-3A this season. 
Marvell at ROSE BUD (1): Class 2A Quitman wrecked Rose Bud 35-0 last week, the Ramblers' first shutout since 2017. Rose Bud rolled up 236 balanced yards against Quitman. 
Yellville-Summit at GREEN FOREST (1): Yellville-Summit downed Green Forest 14-7 in 2018. This year, the Panthers transition to the Flexbone behind one returning starter on the offensive line (senior Zach Young). 
Highland at HARDING ACADEMY (17): Harding Academy ripped Class 4A Highland last year by 18 points. Last week Harding Academy whipped Class 4A Bald Knob 55-20 behind junior QB Caden Sipe, who connected on 24 of 29 passes for 292 yards and four TDs. Senior running back Stone Sheffield bolted for 174 yards and two TDs and snagged a 19-yard TD pass. 
HECTOR (33) at Marshall: Class 2A Hector has dominated this series of late, including a 42-0 conquest last fall. Marshall committed five turnovers a week ago in a four-point loss at Two Rivers. 
Midland at MELBOURNE (35): Melbourne slipped past Charleston 28-24 last week in Conway when senior QB Gabe Lawrence (336 yards passing and three TDs) hit junior Eli Harrell for the game-winning 36-yard TD with just over three minutes left in regulation. Lawrence's three scoring strikes went to three receivers. 
SALEM (4) at Mountain View: Class 2A Salem mauled Mountain View last year 30-6 en route to the 3-2A title. Mountain View led Class 2A Magnet Cove 24-7 last week at halftime behind three TDs from senior QB Tim Curran (6-6, 230). The Yellowjackets intercepted a pair of Magnet Cove passes.

3-3A
Blytheville at OSCEOLA (1): Class 5A Blytheville has won five straight over Osceola by a combined 126 points. Class 5A Valley View downed Osceola 36-19 in last week's Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kickoff Classic at Arkansas State. The Seminoles committed four bad snaps and had a bad snap on a punt that led to a safety. Blytheville took a 14-0 first-quarter lead last week at Class 6A Marion, but surrendered 500 yards and 44 unanswered points in the loss. 
CORNING (2) at Rector: Class 2A Rector topped Corning last year by one point. Corning rides a 42-game losing streak into this game, but the Bobcats could be one of the state's surprise teams under first-year coach Larry Treadway, with a good mix of strength and deceptive team speed. 
Cross County at HARRISBURG (6): This game will be played at Jonesboro High School. Class 2A Cross County dropped Harrisburg 22-20 a year ago. Harrisburg returns seven starters this season to a defense that held five opponents last year to three TDs or less. The Hornet offense rides on the legs of all-league running back Ross Heeb, who logged more than 700 yards in 2018. 
E. POINSETT COUNTY (14) at Manila: Class 2A East Poinsett County won this game last year by six points. Manila welcomes Jake Hill, its third coach in as many seasons. East Poinsett County was the coaches' pick to win the 3-2A in this summer's Hooten's Arkansas Football, with starters returning at 14 positions.
HOXIE (3) at Trumann: Hoxie has won seven of the past 11 meetings. Hoxie led Class 4A Cave City 29-8 last week at halftime in a 48-21 victory. Hoxie surrendered 213 total yards to Cave City and forced three turnovers. 
Piggott at JONESBORO WESTSIDE (20): Expect a quick game between two run-dominant teams. Class 4A Westside gashed Greene County Tech last week by three points in the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kickoff Classic at Arkansas State. The Warriors led by 11 points late in the fourth quarter before surrendering a long TD on a hook-and-lateral play. Piggott looks to qualify for its fifth straight playoffs, but the Mohawks must replace much offensive production from last year's 6-5 outfit, but all-league running back Sky Wright (4.5 speed) returns. 
WALNUT RIDGE (24) at Marked Tree: Walnut Ridge mauled Class 2A Marked Tree 44-0 in last year's opener. Walnut Ridge welcomes Jeff Blake, who was Hoxie's defensive coordinator from 2014-2018. Walnut Ridge needs to contain Marked Tree's speedy skill players to win this week. 
POTTSVILLE (3) at Newport: Class 4A Pottsville won this game by seven points last season. Newport shifted in the summer to more 3-4 concepts on defense to take advantage of team speed. Look for the Greyhounds to rotate senior Gavin Tarwater and sophomore Eli Alcorn at QB in the non-conference games. Newport may have the best running back duo in Class 3A in senior Monquell Cox (1,189 rushing yards last year) and junior Tharon Davis (1,153 yards).

4-3A
ATKINS (10) at Dover: Class 4A Dover has won four of five against Atkins. Atkins downed Class 2A Hector 45-22 last Friday night behind three TD passes from senior all-league QB Eli Robinson (completed 20 of 25 passes for 320 yards). Kreed Stubbs rushed for two TDs and Trent Casto snagged three passes for 64 yards. Danville whipped Class 4A Dover by 23 points last week. Class 4A Dover seeks better execution this week after losing last week by 23 to Danville. 
Baptist Prep at BISMARCK (3): Bismarck outlasted Cutter Morning Star 33-20 last week as senior QB James Kegley racked up 142 tandem yards. This is the season opener for Baptist Prep, which won this matchup 35-29 a year ago. A projected two-way starter left the Baptist Prep program this summer. "We had a really good summer," second-year coach Zach Welchman says. "Our young guys showed out a little bit and the guys we were counting on produced."
Cedar Ridge at JESSIEVILLE (21): Jessieville whipped Cedar Ridge 44-0 a year ago, when Cedar Ridge cancelled its season following Week 5. Cedar Ridge could start as many as five sophomores this season. Jessieville could compete this year for the 4-3A title behind starters returning at 12 positions, including all-league QB Carson Hair and all-conference tight end Joey Benson.  
Danville at LAMAR (10): Lamar clipped Danville 19-18 in last season's opener. Last week the Little Johns dispatched Class 4A Dover 42-19 as three players rushed for TDs, including two scoring jaunts apiece from Gabe Stanley and Lawson Wilkins. Lamar all-state fullback Jacob Parmenter shifted in the spring to QB and worked many extra hours throwing with receivers after practice. 
GLEN ROSE (6) at Malvern: Glen Rose has won three straight in this Hot Spring County rivalry, including 12-9 last season. Glen Rose's top playmaker could prove to be senior all-league receiver/safety Matthew Clark (4.6 speed).
Bigelow at PERRYVILLE (1): The home team has won the last seven meetings. Perryville racked up 309 yards in a 20-13 loss last Friday to Paris, including 258 passing yards from senior quarterback Reid Standridge. Standridge logged eight tackles at linebacker, including four for losses.
Two Rivers at QUITMAN (35): Two Rivers last week snapped a 36-game losing streak in a 12-8 victory over Marshall. All-conference senior running back Myles Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Gators and the Two Rivers defense forced five turnovers.
ENGLAND (14) at Mayflower: Class 4A CAC mauled Mayflower 48-0 last week, when Mayflower did not record a first down until late in the second half. 

5-3A
SMACKOVER (2) at Junction City: See Hootens.com Game of the Week. 
Baptist Prep at BISMARCK (3): Bismarck outlasted Cutter Morning Star 33-20 last week as senior QB James Kegley racked up 142 tandem yards. This is the season opener for Baptist Prep, which won this matchup 35-29 a year ago. A projected two-way starter left the Baptist Prep program this summer. "We had a really good summer," second-year coach Zach Welchman says. "Our young guys showed out a little bit and the guys we were counting on produced."
C. HARMONY GROVE (28) at Bearden: Top-ranked Camden Harmony Grove rallied from a 20-18 fourth-quarter deficit to topple Class 2A No. 1 Junction City last week at home by four points. The Harmony Grove Single Wing gained traction in the second half, when junior running back Mecca Arnold busted loose for the eventual game-winning 54-yard TD run. Arnold added a 3-yard scoring sprint in the third quarter. Senior playmaker Damion Daniel caught a first-half TD pass and ran 30 yards for a score in the fourth quarter. Camden Harmony Grove committed several bad snaps against Junction City, but expects a better showing this week. Watch highlights of Harmony Grove's win over Junction HERE.
Murfreesboro at CENTERPOINT (12): Centerpoint bolted out to a 17-0 first-half lead and held on for a 17-14 victory last week at H. Grove Haskell. QB Josh Lawson fired two TD passes and Hayden Rogers booted a 25-yard field goal to account for the Knights' scoring. Centerpoint had a punt blocked for a TD in the second half. Centerpoint downed Class 2A Murfreesboro 41-28 in 2018. 
FOREMAN (20) at Genoa Central: Class 2A Foreman gashed Genoa Central 42-14 in the 2017 opener, which sparked the Gators' run to the state title. Genoa Central rolls into 2019 with improved team strength across the board and will tailor its offense to more of a power-run scheme. Foreman remains solid for first-year coach Adrain Ivory with D1 defensive lineman Chris Haywood and all-league offensive lineman Bubba Kegley. 
GURDON (17) at Fouke: Fouke welcomes Jerry Littleton, a 2003 Fouke graduate, as its third coach in three seasons. Littleton installed the Spread in the spring, which could unlock the potential of senior three-year starting QB Hunter Lansdell (972 passing yards and eight TDs last season). Senior all-league linebacker Nick Scoggins captains the Fouke defense. 
Horatio at DIERKS (1): Horatio downed Class 2A Dierks by 33 points last fall. The Lions look to cut 25 turnovers committed last season. Senior guard Gabe Stephens anchors the line.
PRESCOTT (6) at Mena: Prescott dropped a two-point double-overtime thriller last Tuesday in the nightcap of the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kickoff Classic. The Curley Wolves led 28-14 in the third quarter, but did not score again until overtime. Junior Jacobi Nolen performed well in his first start at QB, completing timely throws, both short and longer. Prescott racked up 433 yards of offense against Rison. Watch extended highlights of Prescott's loss last week to Rison HERE.

6-3A
MCCRORY (7) at Barton: McCrory won last week 34-28 at Class 4A Highland and coaches picked the Jaguars second in the 3-2A in this year's Hooten's Arkansas Football magazine. Barton, which expects to dress 25 players this fall, plays this game without three starters
Clarendon at PALESTINE-WHEATLEY (3): Palestine-Wheatley's strength this season should be its offensive line, behind seniors Greg Love and Kyle Boileau. PW thrashed Clarendon 42-7 in last season's opener. 
POYEN (8) at Drew Central: Poyen downed Drew Central 55-22 last fall. Drew Central drilled 48 players in the spring, but will dress 33 this season and "it's the right 33," Coach Matt Gonzales says. "We only have five seniors, but they could all play at the next level." Senior running back Davion Mayo (4.6 speed) moved in the spring to Drew Central from Stuttgart. Drew Central's strongest player moved in the spring. 
RISON (13) at Fordyce: One of the state's premier rivalries. Rison has won two straight against Class 2A Fordyce, including 34-6 a year ago. Rison rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit last Tuesday night against Prescott in the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kickoff Classic in a 42-40, double-overtime victory at Southern Arkansas University. Junior running back Jamarion Frye bolted for 268 yards and four TDs against Prescott and made the game-winning tackle on Prescott's attempted game-tying two-point conversion. Class 2A Fordyce boasts a plethora of team speed on defense and three junior skill players start their third varsity seasons in 2019. Watch highlights of Fordyce coach Rodgers' preseason interview HERE. Watch highlights of Rison's win last week over Prescott HERE.
Greenville (Miss.) Christian at LAKE VILLAGE (3): Lake Village's sophomores were 5-3 last year in junior high. Senior college cornerback prospect Malakai Armour (3.9 GPA) intercepted 11 passes last season and lines up some this year at receiver. 
Dollarway and McGehee are open.

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