Class 2A Week 3 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 2A Week 3 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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hootens.com Rankings
Class 2A, Week 3, 2019
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1. Junction City (1-1)
2. Fordyce (2-0)
3. Hazen (2-0)
4. Foreman (2-0)
5. Earle (1-1)
6. Carlisle (2-1)
7. McCrory (2-1)
8. Conway Christian (1-2)
9. Des Arc (1-2)
10. Gurdon (0-2)
11. Magnet Cove (1-1)
12. E. Poinsett County (1-1)
13. Mineral Springs (1-1)
14. Magazine (2-0)
15. Quitman (3-0)
16. Poyen (2-0)
17. Salem (2-0)
18. Mountainburg (1-2)
19. Hampton (1-1)
20. Hector (1-2)
21. England (1-2)
22. Parkers Chapel (2-1)
23. Hackett (2-1)
24. Murfreesboro (1-1)
25. Dierks (2-0)
26. Mountain Pine (0-2)
27. Bigelow (0-3)
28. Bearden (1-2)
29. Clarendon (1-1)
30. Rector (1-1)
31. Cutter M Star (1-1)
32. Lavaca (0-3)
33. Mount Ida (0-2)
34. Cross County (0-2)
35. JC Westside (1-2)
36. Marked Tree (0-2)
37. Marianna (0-2)
38. Marvell (1-0)
39. Strong (0-2)
40. Lafayette County (0-3)
41. Spring Hill (0-2)
42. Midland (0-2)

GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 16 Poyen at No. 24 Murfreesboro
Contrasting styles collide. Murfreesboro (7-2A member) freshman quarterback Sloan Perrin has completed 37 of 56 passes (66 percent) for 596 yards and seven touchdowns with zero interceptions. Six different Rattlers have caught passes, led by All-7-2A flanker Jakob Allmon's 16 receptions for 368 yards and five TDs. Poyen counters with All-5-2A RB Brandon Sanchez and junior QB Jaxson Carter, who have rushed for 386 and 300 yards, respectively, through two games. Carter has attempted just 11 passes and completed two. Murfreesboro defense has allowed 140 rushing yards per game. Poyen has allowed one passing TD and it came on a broken play after a fumbled snap.

LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly picked 23 of 31 (74 percent) games involving Class 2A teams. Hootens.com has picked 61 of 80 (76 percent) this season.

WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
3-2A
MCCRORY (11) at Clarendon: McCrory defeated Des Arc a week ago for the third consecutive time and fourth time in the past six years. McCrory defensive linemen Travon DeWitt (6-3, 260) and sophomore Buck Neal (6-3, 280) returned from injuries and wreaked havoc up front, while senior safety Sam Brown paced the Jaguars in tackles. Clarendon lost to England 42-34 last week, despite producing 256 yards. Playmakers Quincey Mcadoo, Brandon Bonner and Kaleb Williams make Clarendon go. Williams completed eight of 12 passes last week for 119 yards and three TDs, and he rushed for 55 yards and a TD.
EARLE (17) at Cross County: Earle senior guard/linebacker Steve Smith (6-2, 250) paced the Bulldogs last week with 14 tackles, including three sacks, in a 24-22 win over Class 3A Barton. Earle forced five turnovers and returned two fumbles for TDs. Cross County outscored 92-12 after two games this fall.  Watch highlights of Cross County loss Week 0 to Hazen HERE.
Corning at E. POINSETT COUNTY (2): EPC senior QB Preston Rains missed last week's 42-0 loss to Walnut Ridge and is doubtful for this week. In fact, five EPC Warriors missed some or all of the loss. Class 3A Corning's win streak lasted one week, losing last Friday to Rector 27-0 after beating Rector 30-8 the previous Friday.
Midland at CEDAR RIDGE (3): Cedar Ridge is 5-0 all-time vs. Midland. Opponents have outscored Cedar Ridge 106-8 this fall. Opponents have outscored Midland 91-6.
PIGGOTT (5) at Rector: Rector rebounded from the opening loss to Class 3A Corning by returning the favor last week, shutting out Corning 27-0. All-state RB Max Ford leads Rector in rushing, including two TDs last week. Opponents have outscored Class 3A Piggott 48-0 this fall. Piggot has won four straight in this series by a combined 201 points. 
Salem at WALNUT RIDGE (6): Class 3A No. 14 Walnut Ridge has won four straight in this series: 27-20 in 2018, 40-30 in 2015, 26-24 in 2014 and 60-28 in 2013. Salem whipped WR 40-6 in 2012. Walnut Ridge senior QB Andrew Brewer ran 23 times last week for 223 yards and three TDs in a 42-0 pasting of East Poinsett County. WR leading rusher, junior Cole Manning, ran for 110 yards and a score. Salem piled up 295 yards behind four outstanding linemen in the opening win over Mountain View, and it throttled Yellville-Summit (50-7) last week for the fifth year in a row.
HAZEN (42) at Marked Tree: No. 3 Hazen continued to dominate last week, holding Bearden to minus-49 rushing yards and 24 total yards. MT has dropped six straight, dating to midseason last year.  Watch highlights of Hazen's win Week 0 over Cross County HERE.

4-2A
Hackett at PANAMA, OKLA. (2): Panama (2-0) will dress more than 40 Razorbacks for HC Jeff Broyles. Hackett improving weekly. Hackett junior QB Avery Hester completed two of three passes last week for 111 yards and two TDs, including an 83-yarder to sophomore Peyton Hester, in a 40-0 shutout of Spring Hill. Senior NG Briar Goins recorded a team-high 10 solo tackles.
LAMAR (35) at JC Westside: Class 3A No. 11 Lamar linemen recorded 60 pancake blocks last week when its defense held Class 4A Subiaco Academy to 36 total yards in a 41-6 victory. JCW got past Class 3A Two Rivers 48-46 in overtime, paced by senior QB Tanner Bryant and junior RB James Linton.
Cutter M Star at MAGAZINE (24): Magazine is rested after a bye week, while Cutter shut our Rose Bud 21-0 last week. Magazine rolled up 328 yards two weeks ago with four different ball carriers scoring TDs, while holding Mount Ida to less than 200 yards. 
HECTOR is open.
LAVACA is open.
MOUNTAINBURG is open.

5-2A
POYEN (12) at Murfreesboro: See Game of the Week.
Mountain Pine at CENTERPOINT (14): Mountain Pine senior QB Collin Smith has rushed for 348 yards (9 ypc) this fall, but the rest of the Red Devils have combined for 175 rushing yards and no TDs. Injuries and two expulsions have to helped. Class 3A No. 22 Centerpoint has defeated Class 4A Haskell 17-14 and Class 2A Murfreesboro 48-20. Centerpoint amassed 441 yards in the win over Murfreesboro with sophomore QB Josh Lawson completing 12 of 18 passes to five different receivers for 297 yards and four TDs.
Mount Ida at MAGNET COVE (28): After a bye week, MC rebounded nicely last week with a 56-27 win over Class 3A Atkins, rushing for 465 yards with junior Landon Stone carrying 21 times for 285 yards and three TDs. Senior QB Tyler Hodges carried 17 times for 179 yards and four TDs. MC recovered consecutive onside kicks in the third quarter to extend a 28-21 lead to 49-21. MC committed one turnover after committing four in the opening loss to Mountain View.
Cutter M Star at MAGAZINE (24): Magazine is rested after a bye week, while Cutter shut our Rose Bud 21-0 last week. Magazine rolled up 328 yards two weeks ago with four different ball carriers scoring TDs, while holding Mount Ida to less than 200 yards. 
QUITMAN is open.
BIGELOW is open.
CONWAY CHRISTAN is open.
ENGLAND is open.

6-2A
CARLISLE (2) at Baptist Prep: These teams tied 12-12 last year because game officials were not aware of a recent (2015) overtime rule for non-conference games. Carlisle fell last week to Class 4A DeWitt 34-14, which is about the same margin DeWitt won the past two meetings in that series. Carlisle managed just 168 total yards in the loss, while DeWitt senior QB Seth Courtney completed 15 of 23 passes (65 percent) to five different receivers for 206 yards and three TDs with one interception. Watch highlights of Carlisle's Week 0 win over Class 4A Lonoke HERE. Class 3A Baptist Prep pushed Class 4A CAC but could not convert on a two-point conversion with 4:14 remaining in a 40-38 loss. Baptist senior Isaac Sanders returned an interception for a TD on the game's first play, but the Eagles also played without senior standout running back Hunter Teaster (the team's leading rushing last year). Highlights from the final minutes and postgame reaction of CAC at Baptist Prep are HERE.
MCCRORY (11) at Clarendon: McCrory defeated Des Arc a week ago for the third consecutive time and fourth time in the past six years. McCrory defensive linemen Travon DeWitt (6-3, 260) and sophomore Buck Neal (6-3, 280) returned from injuries and wreaked havoc up front, while senior safety Sam Brown paced the Jaguars in tackles. Clarendon lost to England 42-34 last week, despite producing 256 yards. Playmakers Quincey Mcadoo, Brandon Bonner and Kaleb Williams make Clarendon go. Williams completed eight of 12 passes last week for 119 yards and three TDs, and he ran for another 55 yards and a TD.
HAZEN (42) at Marked Tree: No. 3 Hazen continued to dominate last week, holding Bearden to minus-49 rushing yards and 24 total yards. MT has dropped six straight, dating to midseason last year. Watch highlights of Hazen's Week 0 win over Cross County HERE.
EARLE (17) at Cross County: Earle senior guard/linebacker Steve Smith (6-2, 250) paced the Bulldogs last week with 14 tackles, including three sacks, in a 24-22 win over Class 3A Barton. Earle forced five turnovers and returned two fumbles for TDs. Cross County outscored 92-12 after two games this fall. Watch highlights of Cross County's Week 0 loss to Hazen HERE.
BARTON (15) at Marianna: Class 3A No. 23 Barton committed five turnovers last week in a 24-22 loss to Earle. Class 4A Helena mauled neighbor Marianna 55-6, a week after Hampton averaged 10 yards per rush on Marianna.
MANILA (17) at Marvell: Marvell took down Palestine-Wheatley 20-8 last week to end a 19-game losing skid dating to 2016. Manila beat Marked Tree 44-22, marking the most points scored by Manila since it whipped Marvell 62-28 a year ago.
DES ARC is open.

7-2A
POYEN (3) at Murfreesboro: See Game of the Week.
GENOA CENTRAL (6) at Spring Hill: Class 3A Genoa Central held Lafayette County to 72 total yards last week in a 36-0 win. A pair of Class 2A opponents have outscored Spring Hill 76-0 this fall.
FOREMAN (24) at Horatio: Foreman, with a mix of Flexbone and Pistol, averaged 8 yard per rushing attempt last week in a 30-14 win at Parkers Chapel. Watch highlights HERE. Junior LB Kenotae Ogelsby and senior LB Chandler Green lead Foreman in tackles.
Dierks at JESSIEVILLE (19): Dierks senior QB Chandler Lowrey and a solid linebacking corps (sophomore Konnor Shelton, senior Austin Hanson and senior Jett Horn) pace the Outlaws. Dierks completed one pass and managed just 192 yards last week but still won 18-14 at Mountain Pine. Hanson rushed for a team-high 91 yards.
Bearden at GURDON (26): Gurdon's defense tightened last week in a 14-7 loss, holding Class 4A Harmony Grove Haskell to 193 yards. Gurdon amassed 287 yards. Bearden totaled 24 yards last week in a 61-12 loss to Hazen.
Mount Ida at MAGNET COVE (22): After a bye week, MC rebounded nicely last week with a 56-27 win over Class 3A Atkins, rushing for 465 yards with junior Landon Stone carrying 21 times for 285 yards and three TDs. Senior QB Tyler Hodges carried 17 times for 179 yards and four TDs. MC recovered consecutive onside kicks in the third quarter to extend a 28-21 lead to 49-21. MC committed one turnover after committing four in the opening loss to Mountain View.
MINERAL SPRINGS is open.
LAFAYETTE COUNTY is open.

8-2A
Strong at RISON (35): Strong has lost 13 of its past 14 games. Class 3A No. 2 Rison has defeated Strong by a combined 84-8 the past two years. Watch highlights of Rison 42-40 win over Prescott in the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kickoff Classic HERE.
Hampton at STAR CITY (18): Both teams were idle last week. Hampton averaged almost 10 yards per rush Week 1 in a 48-8 win over Marianna with junior Easton Welch catching the lone TD pass from junior QB Ashton Rice. Junior Jamarion Strong ran for a TD, returned a punt for a TD, but his 50-yard interception return for a TD was negated by a penalty. Watch highlights of Hampton's Week 0 loss at Smackover HERE. Class 4A No. 22 Star City is 1-1, losing 42-34 Week 0 to Class 5A Forrest City by giving up 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
FORDYCE (21) at Monticello: No. 2 Fordyce steamrolled Class 3A No. 1 Camden Harmony Grove 46-22 last week when junior QB Jaheim Brown completed 10 of 13 passes for 162 yards and a TD. Junior Quartey Shelton carried 17 times for a 122 yards and two TDs. Watch the highlights HERE. The Redbugs improved much from Week 1 to Week 2 and impressed on the defensive front. Fordyce limited Harmony Grove to three first-half possessions that resulted in three downs and out, a TD, and a fumble inside the FHS 5-yard line. Class 4A Monticello has dropped 13 straight games and been outscored this year by an average of 35 ppg. Watch highlights of Monticello's Week 1 loss to Watson Chapel HERE.
Bearden at GURDON (26): Gurdon's defense tightened last week in a 14-7 loss, holding Class 4A Harmony Grove Haskell to 193 yards. Gurdon amassed 287 yards. Bearden totaled 24 yards last week in a 61-12 loss to Hazen.
Parkers Chapel at MAYFLOWER (6): PC senior QB Caleb Jacobs completed 13 of 31 passes last week for 216 yards and a TD with two more probable TD passes dropped in a 30-14 loss to Foreman. Watch the highlights HERE. Sophomore LB Joe Bradley and junior S Blake Caldwell led PC with 10 tackles apiece. Class 3A Mayflower rolled up 446 yards two weeks ago in a 62-24 blowout of England.   
HAYNESVILLE, LA. (12) at Junction City: Haynesville has dominated this series, winning eight of nine meetings. The Golden Tornado won 33-0 last year. Junction City has won 17 in a row at home, according to historian Wayne Pumphrey. Watch highlights of Junction's Week 0 loss to Camden Harmony Grove HERE.

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