Class 5A Week 3 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 5A Week 3 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 5A, Week 3, 2019
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1. Pulaski Academy (1-1)
2. Harrison (3-0)
3. LR Christian (2-0)
4. Morrilton (2-1)
5. LR McClellan (1-1)
6. Wynne (1-1)
7. Greenbrier (2-0)
8. LR Parkview (1-1)
9. Texarkana (1-1)
10. Camden Fairview (1-1)
11. White Hall (2-0)
12. Valley View (3-0)
13. Watson Chapel (2-1)
14. Maumelle (2-0)
15. Nettleton (3-0)
16. Alma (0-2)
17. Batesville (0-3)
18. HS Lakeside (1-1)
19. Clarksville (3-0)
20. Forrest City (2-0)
21. Farmington (2-0)
22. Magnolia (2-1)
23. Vilonia (0-2)
24. Hot Springs (1-1)
25. Beebe (1-1)
26. Blytheville (0-3)
27. Greene County Tech (1-2)
28. Paragould (0-2)
29. Huntsville (1-1)
30. Hope (0-2)
31. De Queen (0-3)
32. LR Fair (0-2)

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
West Memphis at No. 6 Wynne
West Memphis has won two straight in the series, including last year 21-0. The Blue Devils lost the season opener to Little Rock Central 24-18 and trailed Blytheville 17-7 in the first half last week before rallying for a 34-31 victory. 
Senior running back Cedric Loving paces the Blue Devils with 32 carries this fall for 175 yards, while West Memphis rotates sophomore Tevin Carter and senior Owens McConnell at quarterback. The Blue Devil defense held Blytheville to 101 yards rushing a week ago when the Chickasaws controlled the line of scrimmage.
Wynne led two-time defending Class 4A champion Arkadelphia 20-14 at halftime a week ago before senior all-state QB Holden Parker left the game with leg cramps. Arkadelphia outscored Wynne 37-11 in the second half. Wynne's undersized defense starts four sophomores “and we have growing pains,” Coach Van Paschal says. Senior Marterius Ross shifted from tight end to fullback in the summer and  rushed for 275 yards. Junior slotback Jayden Potter ran for 114 yards against Arkadelphia. Wynne center Hunter Williams takes ownership of the line and sophomore Tyrell Johnson has blossomed since sliding from fullback to guard in the summer. “We can stay in it, if we execute our triple option,” Paschal says.

LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly predicted 22 of 28 games (79 percent) last week. Hootens.com has picked 58 of  69 games (84 percent) this season.

WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
5A CENTRAL
Sheridan at WHITE HALL (4) (THURS.): The Battle of Highway 270 has its own trophy, and White Hall has won 11 of the past 18 in the series. The Bulldogs have beaten Class 4A Crossett and Dumas the past two weeks by a combined 20 points. White Hall senior Donte Buckner ran for a pair of short TDs and senior receiver Kam Robinson sprinted 57 yards on a reverse in last week's 28-24 win at Crossett. Sheridan senior Aiden Lucas has rushed for 267 yards and a TD this year, while senior safety Ethan White has two interceptions. Watch highlights of White Hall's Week 1 win over Dumas HERE.
Rogers at LR PARKVIEW (7): Rogers won last season 28-27, the first meeting between these teams. LR Parkview coach Brad Bolding was Rogers' defensive coordinator and assistant head coach from 2001-2004. LR Parkview junior QB Landon Rogers passed for 224 yards and a TD and senior fullback Thomas McCauley ran for a pair of TDs in last week's 28-24 triumph over Marion. 
LR CHRISTIAN (19) at Greenbrier: These teams played twice last season, with LR Christian winning 56-13 in the regular season and 63-26 in the first round of the playoffs. Senior running back Kendal Givens paces the Warriors this fall with more than 300 yards rushing. They've beaten Batesville and Vilonia the past two weeks by a combined 108-41. Greenbrier has wins over Beebe and Heber Springs this fall by a combined 68-35. Senior running back Peyton Long has rushed for 309 yards and seven TDs this fall.
LR Fair at LR MCCLELLAN (40): This is the final meeting between these schools before they combine next season to form Southwest High School. LR McClellan has forfeited two of its past six wins over the War Eagles. LR McClellan forced four turnovers last week at Sylvan Hills but lost 28-27 in overtime. McClellan QB Joshua Brown sprinted 65-yards for a TD at Sylvan Hills.
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.
PULASKI ACADEMY (6) at Shreveport Evangel: Shreveport Evangel beat the Bruins last year by eight points, then the Bruins didn't lose again until the state title game. PA trailed Brentwood (Ravenwood), Tenn., by two points in the fourth quarter a week ago, but lost by two TDs. 
VILONIA (2) at Beebe: Beebe rallied past Highway 31 rival Lonoke last week 45-44 in overtime. Badger senior QB Cade Longing ran seven yards for a TD, then threw the winning two-point conversion pass. Vilonia has lost to LR Christian and Maumelle the past two weeks by an average of 53-20. Senior Draven Smith ran for 252 yards and three TDs against LR Christian, but managed just 20 yards against Maumelle.
Watson Chapel is open. Watch highlights of Watson Chapel's Week 1 win over Monticello HERE.

5A EAST
WEST MEMPHIS (1) at Wynne: Hootens.com Class 5A Game of the Week.
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. 
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.
Batesville is open.
Blytheville is open.
Greene County Tech is open.
Nettleton is open.
Valley View is open.

5A SOUTH
Hot Springs at LAKE HAMILTON (7): Lake Hamilton has won eight of the past 10 in the series. Lake Hamilton has beaten Hs Lakeside and Malvern the past two weeks by a combined 112-55. The Wolves generate almost 500 yards weekly, including 378 rushing (almost 9 yards per carry). Hot Springs jumped on Mena 6-0 last week but failed to score against in a four-point setback. The Trojans held Mena to 150 yards. 
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). 
Camden Fairview at JOE T. ROBINSON (6): Hootens.com Class 4A Game of the Week. Camden Fairview sophomore QB Logan Robertson passed for 169 yards and a TD in last week's 51-35 win over Hamburg, but Cardinal receivers dropped four potential TDs.
LR Fair at LR MCCLELLAN (40): This is the final meeting between these schools before they combine next season to form Southwest High School. LR McClellan has forfeited two of its past six wins over the War Eagles. LR McClellan forced four turnovers last week at Sylvan Hills but lost 28-27 in overtime. McClellan QB Joshua Brown sprinted 65-yards for a TD at Sylvan Hills. 
PRESCOTT (21) at Hope: Winless Prescott's two losses this fall are by a combined three points. Hope's two losses this season are by a combined 117-14 and the Bobcats have generated just 340 yards offense this fall. 
De Queen is open.
Magnolia is open. Watch highlights of Magnolia's Week 0 loss to Warren in the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kickoff Classic HERE.
Texarkana is open.

5A WEST
ALMA (3) at Russellville: Russellville has won four of the past seven in the series, including 31-0 last season. Improved Alma trailed Springdale 14-13 at halftime a week ago, but didn't score again in a 15-point setback. Alma senior QB Landon Blair has passed for 199 yards and a pair of TDs this fall. Senior linebacker Gabe Jensen paces the Airedale D this fall with 26 tackles, while junior Logan Chronister has 14 stops. Russellville has scored just 17 points this fall.
LR CHRISTIAN (19) at Greenbrier: These teams played twice last season, with LR Christian winning 56-13 in the regular season and 63-26 in the first round of the playoffs. Senior running back Kendal Givens paces the Warriors this fall with more than 300 yards rushing. They've beaten Batesville and Vilonia the past two weeks by a combined 108-41. Greenbrier has wins over Beebe and Heber Springs this fall by a combined 68-35. Senior running back Peyton Long has rushed for 309 yards and seven TDs this fall.
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. 
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.
VILONIA (2) at Beebe: Beebe rallied past Highway 31 rival Lonoke last week 45-44 in overtime. Badger senior QB Cade Longing ran seven yards for a TD, then threw the winning two-point conversion pass. Vilonia has lost to LR Christian and Maumelle the past two weeks by an average of 53-20. Senior Draven Smith ran for 252 yards and three TDs against LR Christian, but managed just 20 yards against Maumelle.
Clarksville is open.
Harrison is open.
Morrilton is open.

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