Class 5A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 5A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 14 Valley View at Class 4A No. 20 Rivercrest
Valley View has won four of its six meetings over the Colts, including 7-3 last year. The Blazers had two games canceled before the season started but beat Gosnell 20-6 last week. Senior noseguard Eli Lasiter, who missed most of 2019 with a torn hamstring, registered six tackles and blocked a punt which junior linebacker Jaden Wells returned for a TD. “Our defense played well,” Coach Sean Cockrell says. Senior QB Zac Stracener completed 13 of 24 passes for 157 yards last week, while senior Aedan Huntsman caught nine passes for 113 yards.  Rivercrest pounded Paragould 56-24 last week. Colt senior QB Kam Turner completed 11 of 17 passes for 216 yards and three TDs against Paragould, and he passed for 91 yards and a TD. Senior noseguard Omar Phillips and junior tackle Octavio Chirinos each collected six tackles. “They are faster than last year and big up front,” Cockrell says. 

LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly predicted 20 of 24 games (83 percent) last week. For the season, Hootens.com has predicted 34 of 42 games (81 percent). 

WEEK 2 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
5A CENTRAL
LR PARKVIEW (6) at White Hall (Thurs.): White hall has beaten Sheridan and Warren the past two weeks by a combined 52-23. Senior Kam Robinson caught a critical 23-yard pass last week to set up the go-ahead score at Warren in the third quarter, then White Hall blocked a punt and allowed senior Zaire Green to chew the clock. Green finished with 19 carries for 132 yards and the Bulldog D surrendered just 264 yards. LR Parkview spoiled new program LR Southwest's home debut last week 49-0. Senior QB Landon Rogers passed for 150 yards and two TDs and ran for 88 yards and another score.
LONOKE (14) at Beebe: The Battle of Highway 31. Beebe has won 11 of the past 19 meetings, including three of the past four. But the Badgers are winless this season, getting outscored by a combined 96-13 vs. Greenbrier and Morrilton. Lonoke beat rival Carlisle two weeks ago by 56-6. Junior QB Spencer Pepper passed for 82 yards and three TDs and ran for an additional 88 yards. Senior Ja'Coree Womack (five carries, 120 yards and two TDs) and Anthony Parks (four carries, 106 yards and one TD) solidify the rushing attack. Beebe has been outscored 96-13 this season. 
HS LAKESIDE (6) at Watson Chapel: Watson Chapel plays its first game of the season (Week 0 game at Pine Bluff was canceled). HS Lakeside senior QB Will Ross completed 21 of 26 passes for 180 yards and four TDs in last week's 35-7 win at Class 6A Sheridan. Senior Logan White hauled in eight catches for 59 yards and three TDs.
SYLVAN HILLS (7) at Jacksonville: Sylvan Hills' two losses this season are by a TD or less, and the Bears trailed by double digits in the second half both times. Jacksonville playmaker Amiri Bolden returned a kickoff 92 yards for a TD and an interception 55 yards for a TD in the first half of last week's 10-point win at Mills.
Magnolia at LR CHRISTIAN (21): It's senior night and the home opener for LR Christian and the undefeated Warriors have outscored LR Central and Searcy by a combined 94-63 this year. Senior QB Colin Cooper has passed for 461 yards and seven TDs with only one interception this year, while senior Corey Platt, Jr., has eight catches this year 193 yards and three TDs. Magnolia led Crossett 9-6 at halftime last week and held on for a 16-6 triumph. Magnolia has already played a game this year at LR Christian (lost to Harrison Week 0).
LR HALL (1) at Mills: Mills has won five of the past eight in the series, although LR Hall won by six points last fall. Mills (25-game losing streak) gets solid effort from RB/FS Keilon Davis (36-yard TD run against Jacksonville), OT Hunter Lowery and CB Daniel Brown. The Comet D forced five turnovers last week against Jacksonville. Scrappy LR Hall (26 players on roster) has won 10 games over the past 10 years. Senior QB Dylan Brown's kickoff return for a TD was negated by penalty last week against LR Central.
Vilonia at MAUMELLE (11): Maumelle lost last week to talented Class 4A No. 1 Joe T. Robinson 28-20, but the Hornets had a chance to send the game into overtime late and out gained the Senators 353-296. Senior Jaylon Smith ran 22 times for 143 yards. Vilonia led Greene County Tech 20-6 in the second quarter last week, but senior Noah Newman kicked the game-winning field with less than a minute left. Newman is this week's First Community Bank Scholar Athlete of the Week.
Pulaski Academy at BRENTWOOD (RAVENWOOD) TENN. (6): Undefeated Ravenwood (3-0) has outscored opponents this year by a combined 128-30. The Raptors beat Pulaski Academy 61-47 last season and finished as Tennessee's Class 6A runner-up. The Bruins alternated senior Nolen Bruffett and junior Charlie Fiser at QB two weeks ago in a 13-point win over Joe T. Robinson. Junior running back Joe Himon ran 21 times for 205 yards and a TD.

5A EAST
Valley View at RIVERCREST (2): Hootens.com Class 5A Game of the Week.
SEARCY (2) at Batesville: These teams play for the 21st straight season. Searcy played well the past two weeks against Class 7A Cabot and Class 5A No. 2 LR Christian. The Lions rolled up 428 yards in last week's nine-point setback to LR Christian. Batesville beat Greenbrier 31-19 a week ago after jumping to a 28-0 advantage in the second quarter. Senior end/linebacker Justin Lewallen returned a fumble for a TD. 
GREENE CO. TECH (7) at Harrisburg: Improved GCT shutout Jonesboro Westside 20-0 in the opener and lost at Vilonia by one point a week ago. GCT junior Reece Middleton has nailed two field goals and all five PAT's this year, while consistently kicking off to the end zone. Senior David Williams paces the Eagles with 47 carries for 263 yards and a pair of TDs. Harrisburg's Jacob Wallace caught six passes for 100 yards and a TD, and made 12 tackles in last week's five-point win over Trumann.
Morrilton at WYNNE (10): Wynne whipped Class 6A West Memphis by 33 points last week. Senior QB Marterius Ross accounted for four TDs, hitting four of five passes for 70 yards and three scores. Wynne's vaunted D gives up 12 points weekly. Morrilton led Beebe 34-7 at halftime last week. Senior receiver Reggie Toney caught a pair of 48-yard TD passes.
NETTLETON (3) at Mountain Home: Nettleton has won six straight in the series, including a two-point squeaker a year ago. Nettleton out gained Pocahontas 412-275 yards last week, but lost 35-27. Sophomore QB Matthew Scarlett passed for 125 yards and a TD and ran for 140 yards and two TDs. 
Paragould at POCAHONTAS (20): Pocahontas slipped past Nettleton 35-27 last week after building a 35-19 third-quarter advantage. Senior C.J. Palmer ran for a pair of scores, while standout sophomore Connor Baker ran for a TD, caught a TD pass and recovered a fumble for another TD. Paragould senior Jamal Savior returned a kickoff 70 yards for a TD against Rivercrest.
Brookland is open.
Forrest City is open.

5A SOUTHWEST
ASHDOWN (24) at Hope: Ashdown has won four straight over Hope by a combined 183-52. The Panther defensive line dominated De Queen last week. Senior noseguard Vincent Jones racked up 10 tackles in the first half, while end Vontre O'Guinn had four stops, including two tackles for loss. Hope trailed Nashville 42-7 at halftime last week. Hope senior Chelerome McFadden caught a TD pass last week.
CAMDEN FAIRVIEW (10) at Hamburg: Camden Fairview has won two straight over the Lions, including a 16-point triumph last season. The Cardinals creamed Class 6A El Dorado 45-20 last week. Senior QB Gunner Branch ran 10 times for 144 yards and completed four of eight timely passes. Senior Reshard Clardy paces the Cardinals this year with 23 carries for 198 yards. Hamburg lost its opener to Ashdown two weeks ago, giving up a blocked punt for a TD and allowing a punt return for another score. The Lions were scheduled to play Forrest City a week ago, but the game was canceled on Friday due to a Covid-19 situation at Forrest City. 
De Queen at NASHVILLE (35): Nashville jumped on Hope 42-0 in the first half last week. Senior QB Ty Gordon ran for a TD and threw a pair of TD passes. De Queen, under first-year coach and former Nashville DC Brad Chessir, has been outscored 75-0 this season.
TEXARKANA (8) at Dollarway: Texarkana finally opens its season after the first two games against Texas teams were canceled due to Covid-19. Dollarway has allowed just two TDs this season. But the Cardinals gained just 90 yards in last week's 12-8 loss to Pine Bluff. 
Hot Springs at MENA (4): Mena has won five of the past eight in the series, including three straight by a combined 34 points. Mena hung with Class 3A No. 1 Harding Academy for three quarter last week but lost by 24 points. Mena senior QB Max Montgomery has passed for 369 yards and six TDs this year. Senior tight end Mason Brotherton averages 10 yards per catch and has a pair of TDs. Hot Springs trailed Arkadelphia 22-0 in the first quarter last week. 
HS LAKESIDE (6) at Watson Chapel: Watson Chapel plays its first game of the season (Week 0 game at Pine Bluff was canceled). HS Lakeside senior QB Will Ross completed 21 of 26 passes for 180 yards and four TDs in last week's 35-7 win at Class 6A Sheridan. Senior Logan White hauled in eight catches for 59 yards and three TDs. 
Magnolia at LR CHRISTIAN (21): It's senior night at LR Christian and the undefeated Warriors have outscored LR Central and Searcy by a combined 94-63 this year. Senior QB Colin Cooper has passed for 461 yards and seven TDs with only one interception this year, while senior Corey Platt, Jr., has eight catches this year 193 yards and three TDs. Magnolia led Crossett 9-6 at halftime last week and held on for a 16-6 triumph.  

5A WEST
Alma at POTEAU, OKLA. (9): Alma trailed Van Buren 14-0 in the third quarter last week, but lost 35-0. The Airedales surrendered 425 yards. Winless Poteau, Okla., fell the past two against Tulsa Bishop Kelley and Shiloh Christian by a combined 62-35. The Pirates rush for 271 yards weekly. 
Greenbrier at ARKADELPHIA (7): Arkadelphia junior RB Jaishon Davis (6-2, 225) received a scholarship off last week from New Mexico, then ran for 148 yards and a pair of TDs in the first of a 44-14 win over Hot Springs. Greenbrier junior receiver Jacob Mathis tallied six receptions for 132 yards and a TD last week against Batesville, while the D forced three turnovers. Senior backup QB Noah Hogan completed 12 of 23 passes for 204 yards and a TD in last week's 12-point loss to Batesville. Four Panther starters missed that game due to Covid-19, but two should return this week, Coach Randy Tribble says. Junior LB Dawson Spencer (10 tackles, two forced fumbles against Batesville) and senior Tanner Collins (10 tackles) pace the defense. 
Clarksville at OZARK (8): This game was original scheduled for Week 0 but postponed due to Clarksville's second Covid-19 shutdown since June. Ozark has won seven of the past 12 over Clarksville (Clarksville won 15-12 last year). Ozark must rebound from last week's 20-19 setback to Booneville, when the Bearcats drove 90 yards for the winning TD late in the fourth quarter.
SPRINGDALE (7) at Farmington: Springdale dual-threat junior QB Landon Phipps has completed 14 of 18 passes (78 percent) this year for 132 yards, and has ran in five TDs. Farmington downed Heritage 24-6 two weeks ago, its first win over a Class 7A opponent. The Cardinals led Prairie Grove 7-6 in the fourth quarter last week, but lost by 13 points. Farmington generated just 91 total yards.
Harrison at SILOAM SPRINGS (7): Harrison has won four of the past five over Siloam Springs by an average of 41-11. Siloam Springs racked up 637 yards in last week's 55-21 win over Pea Ridge. Senior RB Palvinson Phizema ran for 220 yards and three TDs on just five carries. 
Vilonia at MAUMELLE (11): Maumelle lost last week to talented Class 4A No. 1 Joe T. Robinson 28-20, but the Hornets had a chance to send the game into overtime late and out gained the Senators 353-296. Senior Jaylon Smith ran 22 times for 143 yards. Vilonia led Greene County Tech 20-6 in the second quarter last week, but senior Noah Newman kicked the game-winning field with less than a minute left. Newman is this week's First Community Bank Scholar Athlete of the Week.
Morrilton at WYNNE (10): Wynne whipped Class 6A West Memphis by 33 points last week. Senior QB Marterius Ross accounted for four TDs, hitting four of five passes for 70 yards and three scores. Wynne's vaunted D gives up 12 points weekly. Morrilton led Beebe 34-7 at halftime last week. Senior receiver Reggie Toney caught a pair of 48-yard TD passes.
Pea Ridge at PRAIRIE GROVE (7): Prairie Grove coach Danny Abshier notched his 200th career victory last week when the Tigers thumped rival Farmington 19-7, holding the Cardinals to 91 yards. Senior QB Knox Lair threw a pair of TD passes. Winless Pea Ridge has surrendered 102 points in losses to Shiloh Christian and Siloam Springs. The Blackhawks trailed Siloam Springs 35-14 at halftime last week.

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