Class 7A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 7A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 7A, Week 2, 2019
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1. Bryant (2-0)
2. North LR (1-1)
3. Fayetteville (1-1)
4. Bentonville (2-0)
5. Conway (1-1)
6. Bentonville West (1-1)
7. FS Northside (1-1)
8. Har-Ber (0-1)
9. LR Central (2-0)
10. Cabot (1-0)
11. Rogers (0-1)
12. FS Southside (0-1)
13. Van Buren (2-0)
14. Springdale (1-1)
15. LR Catholic (0-1)
16. Heritage (0-1)

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 5 Conway vs. Class 6A No. 5 Jonesboro
Conway has won eight of nine in this series, including 37-16 last fall. Conway managed just 197 yards in last week's 17-10 loss at state title contender Bentonville. Bentonville limited Conway to 77 for a 10-0 halftime lead. The Conway defense recorded four sacks and forced two turnovers at Bentonville. Sophomore running back Manny Smith (253 yards rushing this year) anchors the Conway rushing attack while junior Bryce Bohanon (six receptions for 111 yards) is the team's top wideout. Senior Reed Hughes leads Conway with 21 tackles. 
Jonesboro scored on five of its first six possessions in last week's 35-7 victory at Class 5A Batesville. The Golden Hurricane rolled up 424 yards of offense and limited the Pioneers to 233 yards. All-state QB Cross Jumper could develop into a Power 5 prospect. The junior has passed for 383 yards and three TDs this season. Junior running back Albert George averages more than 8 yards per carry and senior Dryden Bartels emerged as Jumper's top target (eight receptions for 210 yards and two scores in 2019). All-state performers Jashaud Stewart and Jamaricus Wright anchor the stingy Jonesboro defense (allows 10 points per game). Stewart, who committed to Arkansas in the spring, paces the Golden Hurricane defense with 16 tackles and four sacks this season. Wright is a three-year starter at linebacker.

LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly predicted 7 of 9 winners (78 percent) in games involving Class 7A teams. For the season, hootens.com has correctly predicted 17 of 21 winners (81) in Class 7A.

WEEK 2 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by points spread)
7A CENTRAL
Jonesboro at CONWAY (14): See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
Bentonville West at BRYANT (25): Top-ranked Bryant too deep and physical for a West team using several players on both sides of the ball. And Bryant had an extra week to get ready.
North LR vs Baton Rouge Catholic (8 p.m. Shreveport, La.): Suspensions and injuries were costly in North LR’s loss to Memphis
El Dorado at CABOT (8): Cabot covered hootens.com 14-spread, scoring 31 unanswered points in the second half to win at Pine Bluff 43-19. El Dorado senior running back Alex Hicks ran for 270 yards in last week's 16-13 victory at Class 5A Camden Fairview. Hicks scored the game-winning TD with 10:27 left in regulation. Cabot beat El Dorado 27-10 last fall. Watch a few late highlights of Cabot's win at Pine Bluff and Coach Scott Reed celebrate with his Panthers HERE.
FS Southside at GREENWOOD (31): Greenwood adjusted at halftime and scored the first 18 points of the third quarter in last week's 38-10 win over FS Northside. Greenwood senior QB Jace Presley (6-3, 185) completed 21 of 33 passes for 289 yards. Junior receiver Peyton Carter (6-4, 190) caught nine passes for 119 yards. Greenwood defense forced three turnovers. Bentonville West whipped Fort Smith Southside 37-13 last Friday.
LR CATHOLIC (35) at Jacksonville: Class 4A Mills scored the first 35 points of last week's 35-8 win over Jacksonville. The Titans scored their TD with 4:12 left in regulation. Catholic registered TD drives of 90, 75, 54, 40 and 22 yards in last week's impressive 35-15 win over Sylvan Hills.
LR CENTRAL (4) at Rogers: LR Central stays undefeated and equals its highest win total since 2014. Rogers’ man coverage will be challenged by LR Central's speedy receivers. Rogers rallied but fail short in last week’s 66-58 loss to Class 4A No. 4 Joe T. Robinson.
Van Buren at FS NORTHSIDE (13): Van Buren scored on its first four possesions en route to a 39-8 halftime lead and 53-21 win over Alma. Van Buren, 2-0 for the first time in 5 years, got 5 TDs from standout senior QB Gary Phillips, including 30- and 40-yard passes and a 59-yard run.

7A WEST
Bentonville at TULSA WASHINGTON (8): Bentonville failed to score on three trips into the redzone (turnover, missed FG and blocked FG) in last week's 17-10 win over Conway. Tulsa Washington boasts three big-time D-1 recruits, including receiver Javian Hester (6-4, 185; Missouri commit) and one of the nation's top sprinters.
Bentonville West at BRYANT (25): Top-ranked Bryant too deep and physical to not to take advantage of West using several players on both sides of the ball. And Bryant had an extra week to get ready.
LR CENTRAL (4) at Rogers: LR Central stays undefeated and equals its highest win total since 2014. Rogers’ man coverage will be challenged by LR Central's speed receivers. Rogers rallied but fail short in last week’s 66-58 loss to Class 4A No. 4 Joe T. Robinson.
Russellville at HAR-BER (15): Class 7A Har-Ber beat Russellville 27-7 a year ago. Russellville rushed for just six yards (.4 YPC) in last week's 33-17 loss to Class 5A Morrilton. Har-Ber has not played since absorbing an 84-68 loss August 29 at Class 5A power Pulaski Academy.
SPRINGDALE (3) at Alma: Springdale scored two TDs in the final four minutes last week to beat LR Parkview 24-21. Alma trailed Van Buren 39-8 at halftime last Friday. Alma senior receiver Grayson Bailey caught six passes for 94 yards and a TD. Alma has dropped six consecutive non-conference games and lost three straight to Springdale.
Van Buren at FS NORTHSIDE (13): Van Buren scored on its first four possesions en route to a 39-8 halftime lead and 53-21 win over Alma. Van Buren, 2-0 for the first time in 5 years, got 5 TDs from standout senior QB Gary Phillips, including 30- and 40-yard passes and a 59-yard run.
Heritage is open.
Fayetteville is open.

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