Class 4A Week 3 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 4A Week 3 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 4A, Week 3, 2019
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1. Arkadelphia (3-0)
2. Nashville (3-0)
3. Shiloh Christian (2-0)
4. Joe T. Robinson (2-0)
5. Warren (2-0)
6. Mena (3-0)
7. Rivercrest (2-1)
8. Ozark (1-1)
9. Dardanelle (3-0)
10. Pocahontas (2-1)
11. Pea Ridge (0-2)
12. Southside Batesville (2-1)
13. CAC (2-0)
14. Bauxite (2-1)
15. DeWitt (3-0)
16. Helena (2-0)
17. Dumas (0-2)
18. Pottsville (0-2)
19. Jonesboro Westside (2-1)
20. Hamburg (2-1)
21. Heber Springs (0-2)
22. Star City (1-1)
23. Lincoln (2-0)
24. Ashdown (2-1)
25. Gentry (1-1)
26. Riverview (2-1)
27. Prairie Grove (0-2)
28. Stuttgart (0-3)
29. Lonoke (0-2)
30. Trumann (0-2)
31. Brookland (1-2)
32. Berryville (1-1)
33. Crossett (0-2)
34. Malvern (1-1)
35. Mills (1-1)
36. H. Grove Haskell (1-1)
37. Elkins (1-1)
38. Gosnell (0-3)
39. Waldron (0-2)
40. Fountain Lake (0-2)
41. Monticello (0-2)
42. Bald Knob (0-2)
43. Highland (0-3)
44. Subiaco Academy (1-1)
45. Green Forest (1-1)
46. Dover (0-2)
47. Cave City (0-3)
48. Gravette (0-2)

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
Class 5A No. 10 Camden Fairview at No. 4 Joe T. Robinson
High-flying Joe T. Robinson has beaten Class 7A Springdale and Rogers this fall, putting up 596 yards per game 58 points per game. The Senators alternate senior J.T. Towers and junior Buddy Gaston at quarterback, with Towers taking most of the snaps against Springdale and Gaston taking every snap at Rogers. Gaston has passed for 580 yards and seven TDs this fall. Junior Hunter Smith has 37 carries this year for 406 yards and five TDs, and he returned the opening kickoff of the season for a TD against Springdale. Junior linebacker Will Dardenne and senior Chandler McIntosh spearhead the defense.
Camden Fairview sophomore Logan Robertson has taken over at QB the past two weeks after expected starter Gunner Branch tore his ACL in a scrimmage. Junior Erik Hall paces the Cardinal rushing attack with 37 carries for 318 yards and three TDs, while senior Troy Butler has five catches for 98 yards. Junior Damien Cripps paces the defense with 16 tackles. Seniors Jacobie Williams (10 tackles) and Austin Stone (nine tackles) solidify the front seven, while junior safety Payton Byrd (13 stops) “has been a surprise,” Coach Jake Monden says. Byrd returned an interception 53 yards for a TD in last week's 51-35 shootout win over Hamburg.

LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly predicted 31 of 38 games last week (82 percent). Hootens.com has picked 86 of  104 games (83 percent) this season.

WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
1-4A
Pea Ridge at FARMINGTON (2): Farmington senior Drew Sturgeon returned the second half opening kickoff 62 yards for a TD, caught a pair of TD passes and sprinted 60 yards on a jet sweep for another TD in last week's 49-19 win at Gravette. Winless Pea Ridge must hit stride offensively. The Blackhawks average 9.5 points and 217 yards weekly. Four Blackhawks have attempted passes this fall, with no TDs and two interceptions.
BERRYVILLE (15) at Yellville-Summit: Berryville trailed Class 5A Huntsville last week at halftime by 17 points, but the Bobcats moved the ball well (16 first downs). Yellville-Summit has scored three TDs this fall, and the Panthers trailed Salem by 31 points at halftime last week.
GENTRY (1) at Greenland: Gentry didn't play last week, but their first two games look impressive: a three-point loss to undefeated Dardanelle and 23-point win over Class 5A Huntsville. Senior QB Brandon Atwood drives the Pioneer offense, completing 59 percent of his passes for 311 yards and three TDs, and rushing for 277 yards and four TDs. Greenland senior QB Gabe Wilson passed or 238 yards and three TDs in last week's 47-14 win over Mountainburg.
JAY, OKLA. (14) at Gravette: Gravette's 24-point loss last season at Jay, Okla., was its first loss in the series. In 2017, Gravette handed Jay one of its two losses. But Gravette has one win its past 13 games after losing last week to Farmington by 30 points. Undefeated Jay, Okla. averages 30 points per game
POTTSVILLE (1) at Prairie Grove: A battle of winless teams. Pottsville pushed Newport in Week 1, before losing by 28 points a week ago against Booneville, while Prairie Grove has lost to rival Farmington and Dardanelle by a combined 72-15. The Tigers trailed Dardanelle 18-8 in the second quarter last week, but surrendered 45 points and 523 yards. Pottsville senior Ben Jones accounted for both TDs against Booneville. Watch highlights of Pottsville's Week 1 loss at Newport HERE.
Subiaco Academy at LINCOLN (26): Lincoln plays its first in-state opponent after drubbing Westville, Okla., and Keys, Okla., the past two weeks by a combined 91-20. Lincoln out gained Keys 328-149 and forced five turnovers. Subiaco Academy was held to 23 yards in last week's 41-6 loss to Lamar, including minus 23-yards rushing.
GREEN FOREST (10) at West Fork: These teams have combined for seven wins since 2016. Green Forest lost last week to Commerce, Okla., 7-0, giving up the winning TD in the fourth quarter. The Tigers managed just 94 yards against Commerce. 
SHILOH CHRISTIAN (3) at Beggs, Okla.: Undefeated Shiloh Christian led Class 3A Smackover 20-6 at halftime last week and didn't put the Buckaroo's away until scoring a pair of fourth-quarter TDs. Undefeated Beggs is one of the top-ranked teams in Oklahoma, outscoring its opponents this season by an average of 48-8.

2-4A
Mills at MAUMELLE (21): Maumelle has outscored Pea Ridge and Vilonia by a combined 64-12 in the first half this season, while coasting to easy wins. The Hornets scored 49 points on 35 plays in last week's 49-19 triumph at Vilonia. Junior QB Jonathan Reyes has passed for 655 yards and nine TDs this fall with one interception, while senior Demetress Williams has 14 receptions for 459 yards (32.8 yards per catch) and six TDs. Mills mercy-ruled Jacksonville in the opener and surrendered the winning TD on the final play last week at Hall.
CAC at CLINTON (4): CAC held off Class 3A Baptist Prep last week 40-38 and mercy-ruled Mayflower 48-0 in the opener. Sophomore Tyler Williams ran for three TDs at Baptist Prep, and he has 157 yards and four TDs this fall, while junior QB Palmer Gilbrech completes 67 percent of his passes for 644 yards and six TDs. Watch highlights and post-game reaction from CAC's win at Baptist Prep HERE. Clinton led Conway Christian 48-0 in the second quarter last week before pulling the starters and winning 48-6. Senior QB Weston Amos has thrown four TD passes this fall, while the defense has forced five turnovers. Watch highlights of Clinton's win at Conway Christian HERE.
H. GROVE HASKELL (3) at Bald Knob: Harmony Grove Haskell hasn't allowed a point in the second half of its two games this fall. The Cardinals rallied from a 7-6 halftime deficit a week ago at Gurdon for a 14-7 win. Senior Logan Hubbard broke up a fourth-down pass in the red zone last week to preserve the victory. Seven backs have logged carries in the Diamond T this fall, with senior Jayce Harrison averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Bald Knob didn't play last week, but hung with Class 5A unbeaten Valley View in Week 1 before losing by 20 points. The Bulldogs allow 42 points per game.
NEWPORT (10) at Lonoke: These are former conference rivals. Newport sophomore QB Eli Alcorn has completed 27 of 38 passes (71 percent) this fall for 488 yards and six TDs, and rushed for 139 and three scores. Lonoke must regroup from last week's loss to Class 5A rival Beebe. The Badgers scored the winning two-point conversion in overtime. Sophomore QB Spencer Pepper accounted for 323 of Lonoke's 331 yards. Watch highlights of Newport's win Week 1 over Pottsville HERE. Watch highlights of Lonoke's Week 1 loss at Class 2A Carlisle HERE.
Harding Academy at HEBER SPRINGS (2): These teams have split the past 10 meetings, with Harding Academy winning last season 29-27. Winless Heber Springs lost to Class 3A Clinton by one point in the opener and last week at Class 5A No. 7 Greenbrier by 14 points. Senior QB Adam Martin has rushed for 281 yards and a pair of TDs this fall, while senior Julio Rubio averages 7.4 yards per carry and has a team-high four TDs. Undefeated Harding Academy gets plays from junior QB Caden Sipe, who has passed for 553 yards and 10 TDs.
Riverview is open.
Southside Batesville is open.
Stuttgart is open. Watch highlights from Stuttgart's Week 0 loss to rival DeWitt HERE.

3-4A
TRUMANN (5) at Paragould: A battle of winless teams. They've split the past 18 meetings, with Trumann winning last season by 21 points. Trumann led Southside Batesville 22-8 in the second quarter last week before losing 43-30 when Southside scored a pair of fourth-quarter TDs. The Wildcats allowed 412 yards rushing. Paragould hasn't completed a pass this year. 
Brookland is open.
Cave City is open.
Gosnell is open.
Highland is open.
Jonesboro Westside is open.
Rivercrest is open.
Pocahontas is open.

4-4A
Elkins at HUNTSVILLE (1): Elkins junior QB Kain Johnson tallied six TDs in last week's 42-point blowout over West Fork. Huntsville junior Slayter Watkins has rushed for five TDs this fall, while junior QB Brooks Wiggins has a pair of TD passes.
FOUNTAIN LAKE (7) at Dover: Fountain Lake dresses 26 player, but the Cobras improved in last week's 21-point loss to Class 5A HS Lakeside. Junior Owen Barthel paces the Cobras with 25 carries for 124 yards and TD, while sophomore Steven DeArmon has two receptions this fall for 92 yards. Dover has been outscored by an average of 24 ppg this season. 
DANVILLE (3) at Waldron: Waldron has been outscored 28-6 in the fourth quarter this year in two four-point losses (Mansfield and Paris). Waldron junior QB Braden Williams has passed for 454 yards and four TDs and ran for a TD this fall. Danville 
POTTSVILLE (1) at Prairie Grove: A battle of winless teams. Pottsville pushed Newport in Week 1 (watch highlights HERE), before losing by 28 points a week ago against Booneville, while Prairie Grove has lost to rival Farmington and Dardanelle by a combined 72-15. The Tigers trailed Dardanelle 18-8 in the second quarter last week, but surrendered 45 points and 523 yards. Pottsville senior Ben Jones accounted for both TDs against Booneville.
Subiaco Academy at LINCOLN (26): Lincoln plays its first in-state opponent after drubbing Westville, Okla., and Keys, Okla., the past two weeks by a combined 91-20. Lincoln out gained Keys 328-149 and forced five turnovers. Subiaco Academy was held to 23 yards in last week's 41-6 loss to Lamar, including minus 23-yards rushing.
Charleston at OZARK (16): Charleston has won 11 of the past 15 Franklin County Feuds. Ozark led Clarksville 12-7 in the fourth quarter last week before giving up a late TD. Junior QB Harper Faulkenberry has accounted for five TDs this fall (two passing, three rushing). Charleston was off last week but had just 65 yards Week 1 in a 44-0 loss at Dardanelle.
Dardanelle is open.
Mena is open.

7-4A
Camden Fairview at JOE T. ROBINSON (6): Hootens.com Class 4A Game of the Week.
FOUNTAIN LAKE (7) at Dover: Fountain Lake dresses 26 player, but the Cobras improved in last week's 21-point loss to Class 5A HS Lakeside. Junior Owen Barthel paces the Cobras with 25 carries for 124 yards and TD, while sophomore Steven DeArmon has two receptions this fall for 92 yards. Dover has been outscored by an average of 24 ppg this season. 
H. GROVE HASKELL (3) at Bald Knob: Harmony Grove Haskell hasn't allowed a point in the second half of its two games this fall. The Cardinals rallied from a 7-6 halftime deficit a week ago at Gurdon for a 14-7 win. Senior Logan Hubbard broke up a fourth-down pass in the red zone last week to preserve the victory. Seven backs have logged carries in the Diamond T this fall, with senior Jayce Harrison averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Bald Knob didn't play last week, but hung with Class 5A unbeaten Valley View in Week 1 before losing by 20 points. The Bulldogs allow 42 points per game.
Malvern at HS LAKESIDE (6): These are former conference foes, with Malvern winning two of the past three in the series. The improved Leopards hung with Lake Hamilton last week, trailing 35-21 at halftime before losing 63-34. Malvern junior QB Braxton Allen threw three TDs, including two to athletic senior Dallas Lewis. Lakeside junior receiver Logan White has emerged as one of the state's top talents, hauling in 11 passes for 176 yards this fall (one catch for seven yards in last week's 21-point win over Fountain Lake). 
Arkadelphia is open. Watch highlights of Arkadelphia HERE and HERE
Ashdown is open.
Bauxite is open. Watch highlights from last week's Bauxite win over Glen Rose HERE.
Nashville is open.

8-4A
Forrest City at HELENA (4): Forrest City has won six of the past 11 in the series. Undefeated Forrest City averages 42 points and 426 yards and Senior workhorse Kadarius Akins has rushed for 499 yards and three TDs this fall, while his brother, junior QB Kendall Akins has passed for 253 yards and three TDs and rushed for a pair of TDs. Undefeated Helena led Marianna 20-6 at halftime last week before pulling away 55-6. Senior defensive end Caldreekious Harrell paced the Cougars with seven tackles, while junior end Rodrick Clark collected five tackles and a pair of sacks. 
McGehee at CROSSETT (1): These are former conference foes. Crossett has won 10 of the past 14 in the series, but McGehee won last season 8-6. Crossett committed nine penalties in last week's four-point loss to Class 5A White Hall. Eagle senior QB Justin Stokes has thrown seven TD passes this year, including three to junior receiver Carlos Williams. 
Hampton at STAR CITY (18): Improved Star City should push for a playoff spot this fall. The Bulldogs lost to Class 5A Forrest City 42-34 in the opener when Forrest City scored 20 unanswered fourth-quarter points, including the game winner in the final seconds. Hampton beat Star City last year by 21 points. Watch highlights of Hampton's Week 0 loss to Smackover HERE.
Dollarway at WARREN (27): Warren's Bo Hembree picks up his 201st win as head coach. Hembree reached 200 wins faster than any coach in state history other than Barton legend Frank McClellan. His Lumberjacks stomped Stuttgart last week 62-27, with senior Vincent Steppes scooting in for three TDs. Sophomore Cedric Calbert recovered a fumble for a TD and raced 44 yards for another. Dollarway pushed Class 5A LR McClellan in Week Zero. Watch highlights of Warren's Week 0 win over Magnolia in the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kickoff Classic HERE.
DUMAS (5) at Lake Village: Dumas tallied less than 200 yards in last week's 22-point loss at Class 3A McGehee. Dumas senior QB Chris Harris has rushed for 158 yards this year, while the rest of the team has combined for 68 yards rushing. Lake Village James Nowden paces the Beavers in rushing (215 and two TDs) and tackles (25). Watch highlights of Dumas' Week 1 loss at White Hall HERE.
FORDYCE (21) at Monticello: Fordyce jumped on Class 3A former No. 1 Camden Harmony Grove last week 32-6 at halftime, and eased to a 46-22 decision. Fordyce's Jaheim Brown and Gary Lewis each ran for two TDs against Harmony Grove. Watch highlights HERE. Monticello has lost 13 straight games and this year the Billies are outscored an average of 49-14. Watch highlights of Monticello's Week 1 loss to Watson Chapel HERE.
DeWitt is open. Watch highlights of DeWitt's Week 0 win over rival Stuttgart HERE.
Hamburg is open.

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