Class 5A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 5A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 5A, Wk 2, 2021
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1. Pulaski Academy (2-0)
2. LR Christian (2-0)
3. Harrison (2-0)
4. Wynne (1-1)
5. White Hall (2-0)
6. Vilonia (1-0)
7. Greenbrier (2-0)
8. Camden Fairview (1-1)
9. Maumelle (1-1)
10. Magnolia (0-2)
11. Farmington (2-0)
12. Nettleton (1-1)
13. HS Lakeside (0-2)
14. Texarkana (0-1)
15. Batesville (0-1)
16. Valley View (1-1)
17. Watson Chapel (0-1)
18. Hot Springs (1-1)
19. Morrilton (1-1)
20. Clarksville (0-2)
21. Greene Co. Tech (1-1)
22. Beebe (0-2)
23. Alma (0-1)
24. Brookland (2-0)
25. Jacksonville (0-1)
26. Pea Ridge (0-1)
27. Hope (0-2)
28. Forrest City (0-1)
29. Paragould (0-0)
30. De Queen (0-2)

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
Class 4A No. 10 Arkadelphia at No. 7 Greenbrier

Both teams were impressive in the first half of victories last week. Greenbrier led Batesville 42-0, while Arkadelphia was up on Hot Springs 43-7. Greenbrier won 44-10 behind senior quarterback Cooper Wilcox, who completed five of eight passes for 91 yards and one TD. Wilcox averages 9.4 yards per carry this fall. “He'll hurt you with his arm and legs,” Arkadelphia coach Trey Schucker says.
Senior running back Nick Huett averages 8.3 ypc this fall, and he bulled in a pair of first-half TDs at Batesville. Senior safety Preston Riddle made seven tackles in the opener against Beebe and intercepted two passes at Batesville.
Arkadelphia rebounded from a 20-point opening loss to Camden Fairview with last week's dominating win at Hot Springs. Senior Jaishon Davis ran eight times for 123 yards and two TDs, while junior QB Donovan Whitten completed 10 of 15 passes for 220 yards and three TDs. Badger junior end Max Wilson logged five tackles in the first half, including two tackles for loss and one sack.

LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly predicted 17 of 23 games (74 percent). Hootens.com has predicted 38 of 46 games (83 percent) correctly this season.

WEEK 2 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
5A CENTRAL
Beebe at LONOKE (6):
The Battle of Highway 31. Beebe has won 11 of the past 20 meetings and three of the past five, but Lonoke won last fall 41-7. Lonoke didn't play last week and throttled Class 2A Carlisle 54-12 in the opener. The Jackrabbits gained 355 yards (190 rushing, 165 passing) and held Carlisle to 42 yards passing. Beebe trailed Morrilton 14-13 at halftime last week, but surrendered 408 yards and lost by five points.
Watson Chapel at HS LAKESIDE (1): CANCELLED. A battle of winless teams. Watson Chapel fell to Pine Bluff 46-28 in the opener, while HS Lakeside has lost to Class 6A Lake Hamilton and Sheridan by a combined 72-21. The Rams ran for just 85 yards (gave up 211 rushing) against Sheridan. Watson Chapel linemen Lamar Jefferson and Earnest Harris 'have worked hard to get in even better shape the past two weeks,” Coach Jared Dutton says. “We are a different team when they are on the field.”
LR CHRISTIAN (10) at Magnolia: Expect LR Christian to play with a chip on its shoulder after losing a shootout to the Panthers last fall 52-49. LR Christian senior RB's Brian Gittens and Jayvean Dyer-Jones combined for 237 yards and two TDs in last week's 18-point win over Class 6A Searcy. Sophomore QB Walker White passed for 143 yards and a pair of TDs and logged nine carries for 48 yards and a TD. Magnolia averaged 41 points per game last season, but the winless Panthers have scored 10 points in 2021. Junior safety Jacob Herbert leads a defense that “has played well enough for us to win both games,” Magnolia coach Mark King says.
Maumelle at VILONIA (4): Vilonia, with 35 seniors, led GCT 56-10 in the fourth quarter last week before allowing a late TD. Eagle senior QB Austin Meyers passed for 296 yards and four TDs, while senior Kannon Bartlett hauling in three passes for 100 yards, two of them for TDs. The Eagles put up 460 total yards. Maumelle led Joe T. Robinson 41-21 in the fourth quarter last week but lost by three points in overtime. Maumelle junior QB Weston Pierce tallied five TDs (three passing, two rushing), with Roderick Watts hauling in the TDs.  
PULASKI ACADEMY (5) at Lipscomb Academy, Tenn.: The top-ranked Bruins head to Nashville, Tenn., for the third straight season (played Brentwood the past two years). Lipscomb is the top-ranked Class AA team in Tennessee, and regarded as one of the state's top five programs. The undefeated Mustangs received a forfeit win last week, after scoring 138 points in the opening two games. PA senior RB Joe Himon generated 376 yards and five TDs in last week's 63-39 win over two-time defending Mississippi Private school champion Madison-Ridgeland Academy. PA's offense, under first-year coordinator and former record-setting Bruin QB Adam Thrash, averages 662 yards weekly.
White Hall at LR PARKVIEW (1): White Hall's stingy defense hasn't allowed a point. The Bulldogs forced four Warren turnovers last week in a 35-0 mercy-rule win. They held Warren to one first down in the second half. Senior QB Matthew Martinez ran for 130 yards and completed nine of 14 passes for 129 yards, including a 35-yard TD strike to Jordan Jackson. LR Parkview put up 286 yards in last week's 47-0 win over LR Southwest.
SYLVAN HILLS (10) at Jacksonville: Sylvan Hills ran for more than 300 yards in last week's 30-0 win over Class 7A LR Central 30-0. Jacksonville, which has only two seniors on the roster, led Mills 14-6 in the second quarter last week before losing 38-20. Jacksonville's Jaden Jones ran for a TD and a two-point conversion.

5A EAST
Batesville at SEARCY (8):
 Thursday night game. This is the 22nd straight meeting between these teams. Batesville trailed Greenbrier 42-0 in the second quarter last week before losing 44-10. The Pioneer D gave up 7.6 yards per rush, and the inexperienced offense (return just one starter from 2020) managed 168 yards. Searcy allowed more than 300 yards rushing in last week's 18-point loss at LR Christian. Junior Demetrick Johnson ran 19 times for 156 yards and a TD.
GREENE CO. TECH (11) at Harrisburg: Greene County Tech managed just 205 yards last week in a 39-point loss to Vilonia. Senior QB Christian Barber has 300 yards passing (three TDs, one interception) this fall. Harrisburg gave up more than 300 yards in last week's 32-0 loss to Trumann.
WYNNE (12) at Morrilton: Morrilton rolled 408 yards, including 322 rushing, in last week's 31-26 win at Beebe. Wynne's attacking D held West Memphis to 50 yards rushing in the first half and cruised to a 35-13 triumph a week ago. Senior LB/DB Tre Holmes returned an interception 41 yards for a momentum-changing TD in the first quarter. Wynne senior Carl Washington ran for three TDs, while sophomore Kobey Davis tallied 90 yards and a TD. Watch extended highlights of Wynne's victory over West Memphis HERE.
Mountain Home at NETTLETON (1): Nettleton has won six of the past seven in the series, with Mountain Home notching a mercy-rule decision last fall. Nettleton's game last week with Pocahontas was delayed until Week 3. Senior QB Cameron Scarlett tallied three TDs two weeks ago in a mercy-rule win over Blytheville. Mountain Home was tied with Harrison 14-14 at halftime a week ago, before losing 28-21.
POCAHONTAS (3) at Paragould: Paragould hopes to open its season after canceling last week against Rivercrest. Pocahontas' game at Nettleton was postponed last week (the teams will play Week 3). Pocahontas junior QB Connor Baker ran for 239 yards and a TD in the opener (a six-point win over Southside).
Rivercrest at VALLEY VIEW (1): Valley View has won four of its seven meetings with Rivercrest. Valley View sophomore QB Carson Turley ran for three TDs and threw another TD in last week's one-point win over Harding Academy. Rivercrest's game with Paragould last week was canceled and won't be rescheduled. Colt senior Brandyn Brownlee caught a 70-yard TD pass in the Colts scrimmage win over EPC.
MILLS (10) at Forrest City: This game developed after Mills had an open date and Forrest City's game with Hamburg didn't materialize. Mills is 2-0 for the first time since 2013, when the Comets started 4-0 and advanced to the Class 5A quarterfinals. The Comets overcame a first-half deficit last week to down Jacksonville 36-20. Mills junior athlete Jabrae Shaw ran for two TDs and caught a pair of two-point conversions.
BROOKLAND is open

5A SOUTH
Hope at ASHDOWN (14):
Ashdown has won five straight over Hope by a combined 224-72. Hope QB Ammorrion Demphsy ran for a pair of TDs in last week's 14-point loss at Nashville. Ashdown led De Queen 35-0 in the first half last fall. Ashdown senior QB Alex Keilbach has played this fall. Ashdown's first-team D hasn't been scored on this year and the first-team offense has scored on 11 of 12 possessions this fall. The Panthers have 45 on the roster, and 21 different starters.
Hamburg at CAMDEN FAIRVIEW (21): Camden Fairview has won three straight over the Lions, including the past two by a combined 52 points. Camden Fairview ran a Spread attack and three-back Jumbo package in last week's four-point loss to El Dorado. Hamburg lost to Ashdown by 30 points in Week 0 and didn't play last week. Sophomore WR Braden Davis played well against Ashdown, and hamburgs line, anchored by junior Micah McCoy and senior Beau Rainey, enjoyed a good week of practice, interim coach Darrick Tucker says.
NASHVILLE (20) at De Queen: Nashville senior QB Ethan Gunter completed 25 of 39 passes for 364 yards and four TDs in last week's 35-21 win over Hope. Senior Isaiah Johns caught six balls for 195 yards and two TDs, while junior Sloan Perrin ran 14 times for 59 yards and a TD. De Queen has been outscored 84-7 this fall.
MENA (2) at Hot Springs: Mena has won five of the past nine in the series, with Hot Springs pulling out a 20-13 decision last fall in overtime. Mena senior QB Austin Rose has passed for almost 600 yards and six TDs this season, while handling the punting and kicking. Junior LB Jayden Felix has 10 tackles and a sack the past two weeks.Hot Springs trailed Arkadelphia 43-7 in the second quarter last week. Sophomore T.J. Brogdon caught three passes for 137 yards and a TD, while senior QB Isaac Shelor passed for 199 yards. Hot Springs senior linebacker Steven Robinson racked up 12 stops against the Badgers.
Watson Chapel at HS LAKESIDE (1): CANCELLED. A battle of winless teams. Watson Chapel fell to Pine Bluff 46-28 in the opener, while HS Lakeside has lost to Class 6A Lake Hamilton and Sheridan by a combined 72-21. The Rams ran for just 85 yards (gave up 211 rushing) against Sheridan. Watson Chapel linemen Lamar Jefferson and Earnest Harris 'have worked hard to get in even better shape the past two weeks,” Coach Jared Dutton says. “We are a different team when they are on the field.”
LR CHRISTIAN (10) at Magnolia: Magnolia averaged 41 points per game last season, but the winless Panthers have scored 10 points in 2021. LR Christian senior RB's Brian Gittens and Jayvean Dyer-Jones combined for 237 yards and two TDs in last week's 18-point win over Class 6A Searcy. Sophomore QB Walker White passed for 143 yards and a pair of TDs and logged nine carries for 48 yards and a TD.
Dollarway at TEXARKANA (7): Texarkana lost its opener at Paris, Texas 55-0, and its game last week with rival Texas High was canceled by administration due to Covid concerns at the stadium. Texarkana should get better after a lineman and QB decided to play over the summer. Dollarway's game last week with Pine Bluff was also canceled by administration due to Covid concerns at the stadium. The Cardinals were tied with Helena 12-12 in the fourth quarter Week 0, before pulling out a two TD win.

5A WEST
Arkadelphia at GREENBRIER (3):
Hootens.com Class 5A Game of the Week.
POTEAU, OKLA. (11) at Alma: Alma's D held Van Buren to 1.6 yard per carry on 37 attempts last week, but lost 31-20. Alma senior Conner Stacy caught seven passes for 160 yards and a TD against Van Buren. The Poteau Pirates lost last week to Shiloh Christian 27-20. They average 342 rushing yards game.
FARMINGTON (8) at Springdale: Farmington seeks its second win of 2021 over a 7A-West member (beat Heritage 40-21 Week 0). The Cardinals used two TDs and field goal in the final minute of the first half to pull away from Prairie Grove 56-27 last week. Sophomore QB Cameron Vanzant ran in three TDs and threw two. Winless Springdale trailed Choctaw, Okla., by 23 points in the first quarter last week before losing 63-6.
Siloam Springs at HARRISON (3): Harrison has won four of the past six over Siloam Springs, but the Panthers shocked Harrison 34-14 last season, Harrison's only regular season loss since 2017. Harrison runs for almost 200 yards weekly. Siloam Springs' game last week with Pea Ridge was rescheduled for Week 3. Panther senior QB Hunter Talley passed for 294 yards and three TDs and ran for 100 yards Week 0, an 11-point loss at Rogers.
Maumelle at VILONIA (4): Vilonia, with 35 seniors, led GCT 56-10 in the fourth quarter last week before allowing a late TD. Eagle senior QB Austin Meyers passed for 296 yards and four TDs, while senior Kannon Bartlett hauling in three passes for 100 yards, two of them for TDs. The Eagles put up 460 total yards. Maumelle led Joe T. Robinson 41-21 in the fourth quarter last week but lost by three points in overtime. Maumelle junior QB Weston Pierce tallied five TDs (three passing, two rushing), with Roderick Watts hauling in the TDs.  
WYNNE (12) at Morrilton: Morrilton rolled 408 yards, including 322 rushing, in last week's 31-26 win at Beebe. Wynne's attacking D held West Memphis to 50 yards rushing in the first half and cruised to a 35-13 triumph a week ago. Senior LB/DB Tre Holmes returned an interception 41 yards for a momentum-changing TD in the first quarter. Wynne senior Carl Washington ran for three TDs, while sophomore Kobey Davis tallied 90 yards and a TD.
Pea Ridge at PRAIRIE GROVE (6): Prairie Grove was tied with Farmington 14-14 late in the first half last week before surrendering two TDs and a field goal in the final minute of a 29-point loss. Prairie Grove junior Conner Whetsell logged 83- and 77-yard TD runs. Pea Ridge's game with Siloam Springs was canceled and moved to Week 3. Blackhawks sophomore QB Gavin Dixon passed for 211 yards in the Blackhawk opener two weeks against Class 4A No. 1 Shiloh Christian.
CLARKSVILLE is open.

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