Class 7A Week 3 Rankings, Notes & Picks
Class 7A, Week 3, 2017
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1. Springdale Har-Ber (2-0)
2. Bryant (2-0)
3. Fayetteville (1-1)
4. North Little Rock (2-0)
5. Bentonville (1-1)
6. Bentonville West (2-0)
7. Springdale (2-0)
8. Cabot (1-1)
9. Little Rock Catholic (2-0)
10. Conway (1-1)
11. Fort Smith Northside (1-1)
12. Fort Smith Southside (0-2)
13. Little Rock Central (1-1)
14. Rogers (2-0)
15. Rogers Heritage (0-2)
16. Van Buren (0-2)
GAME OF THE WEEK
Jenks, Okla. at No. 1 Har-Ber
Har-Ber starts 13 seniors and boasts six players with college scholarship offers. The Wildcat offense is more diverse (283 yards passing/206 yards rushing weekly) and efficient than a year ago, forcing opponents to cover the entire field. Har-Ber's defense, arguably the best in state, features 11 fast players running to the ball while kicker Jesus Zizumbo has nailed all 11 PATs, put 11 of 15 kickoffs in the end zone and hit the crossbar on a 57-yard field goal in the season opener. Traditionally a regional powerhouse, Jenks has lost its first three but played quality competition. Two weeks ago Jenks lost 35-18 at Bixby, Okla., which lost last Friday to Bentonville by 19 points. Jenks normally wins up front with strength and depth on both lines. Har-Ber trailed at Jenks by 8 points midway through the fourth quarter last year before losing 44-22.
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WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
CABOT (41) at LR Fair: This isn't close to LR Fair's 41-point win over Cabot in the 1998 state title game. Fair has three wins in the past five years (two of them by forfeit). Fair has scored four TDs this season after scoring just six in 2016. Cabot lost at home to Class 6A El Dorado last Friday, allowing completions on nine of 11 passes for 149 yards in the first half.
Conway at BENTONVILLE (7): Bentonville passed for 247 yards and scored the final 34 points, including Jack Boettcher's blocked-punt recovery, to win at Bixby, Okla., 47-28 last week. Conway, 2-point losers Week 1 at Springdale, jumped Class 6A Jonesboro 49-18 last Friday.
LR Parkview at NORTH LR (21): Former coach Brad Bolding returns to North Little Rock with improved LR Parkview. The Patriots (one winning season since 2009) trailed Benton by seven points in the fourth quarter last week before losing by 14. Bolding went 63-30 in eight years at NLR. The undefeated Charging Wildcats led LR McClellan by 28 points at halftime last week, but couldn't apply the 35-point sportsmanship rule while allowing 440 yards.
FS Northside at PINE BLUFF (8): It’s the school’s 15th meeting in 16 years. Last year's game was cancelled due to lightning. Landers Auto Group Super Team receiver Jyrimee Thompson caught a TD and returned a punt for a TD in last week’s 43-7 romp over Class 5A Watson Chapel. Rogers Heritage at FS SOUTHSIDE (1): Both winless. FS Southside trailed Class 6A’s top-ranked Greenwood 42-0 at halftime last Friday. Heritage led Russellville early last week and trailed just 26-20 when it was stopped on 1-yard line in the final seconds of the first half.
LR CATHOLIC (6) at Jonesboro: Conway jumped Class 6A Jonesboro 49-18 last week. "We played about like we practiced all week, and it showed," Coach Randy Coleman says. Jonesboro struggling to replace middle linebacker Logan Orr, who is out for the season after tearing torn labrum and rotator cuff Week 1. Jonesboro scored a season-high 69 points in last year's 69-34 win at Class 7A LR Catholic.
WEST MEMPHIS (7) at LR Central: Series renewed last year with LR Central winning 17-12. West Memphis has not allowed a point in six quarters, shutting down Class 5A Forrest City in the second half Week 1 and blanking Blytheville last Friday. Central rushed for just 38 yards last week while allowing 470 yards (229 rushing, 241 passing) in a 48-14 loss at Bentonville West.
Lake Hamilton at BRYANT (21): Bryant 2-0 by a total of 8 points, including last week’s come-from-behind 38-37 overtime thriller at Fayetteville. Junior QB Ren Hefley passed 10 yards to Randy Thomas with 2:19 remaining to force overtime at Fayetteville. Bryant rallied last year from a 21-0 halftime deficit to win 24-21 at Class 6A Lake Hamilton (2-0).
Jenks, Okla. at SPRINGDALE HAR-BER (13): Game of the Week.
SPRINGDALE (6) at Russellville: Springdale’s victories over Alma and Conway looking more impressive, especially after Conway clocks Class 6A contender Jonesboro by 31 points last Friday. Look for the Bulldogs to be 4-0 when they play host to crosstown rival Har-Ber in two weeks. Russellville trailed early at Rogers Heritage last week but stopped the War Eagles on the 1-yard line in the final seconds of the first half to preserve a 26-20 lead at the break. Russellville won 43-20.
Conway at BENTONVILLE (9): Bentonville passed for 247 yards and scored the final 34 points, including Jack Boettcher's blocked-punt recovery, to beat Bixby, Okla., 47-28 last week. Conway, 2-point losers Week 1 at Springdale, jumped Class 6A Jonesboro 49-18 last Friday.
VAN BUREN (3) at Siloam Springs: Van Buren has lost six straight but beat Siloam 25-18 for one of its two wins last season.
Dallas Bishop Dunne at FAYETTEVILLE (7): Purple Dogs stinging from last week’s 38-37 loss to Bryant when QB Darrius Bowers’ 2-point pass fell incomplete in OT. Fayetteville won at Bishop Dunne 35-24 last season.
ROGERS (14) at St. Louis Normandy: The heart-stopping Rogers Mounties gave up an onside kick and 15 points in the final 7:00 of last week’s 28-25 win. Rogers led 28-3 going into the fourth quarter. The Mounties won their opener at Siloam Springs 34-33.
Rogers Heritage at FS SOUTHSIDE (1): Both winless. FS Southside allowed 447 yards and 22 first downs last Friday, trailing Class 6A’s top-ranked Greenwood 42-0 at halftime. Heritage led Russellville early last week and trailed just 26-20 when it was stopped on 1-yard line in the final seconds of the first half.
BENTONVILLE WEST (1) at Muskogee, Okla.: West totaled 470 yards (229 rushing, 241 passing) while limiting LR Central to 38 yards rushing in last week’s 48-14 win. Muskogee mauled West 62-13 last year.