Class 6A Week 3 Rankings, Notes & Picks
Class 6A, Week 3, 2019
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1. Greenwood (2-0)
2. Benton (0-2)
3. West Memphis (1-1)
4. Jonesboro (2-1)
5. Searcy (3-0)
6. El Dorado (1-2)
7. Marion (1-2)
8. Russellville (0-2)
9. Lake Hamilton (2-0)
10. Siloam Springs (1-2)
11. Sylvan Hills (1-2)
12. Sheridan (1-1)
13. Pine Bluff (0-2)
14. Mountain Home (0-3)
15. LR Hall (2-0)
16. Jacksonville (0-2)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
Class 5A Hot Springs at No. 9 Lake Hamilton
Lake Hamilton ripped Class 5A Hot Springs 42-7 a year ago and has won eight of 10 in this series. Physical Lake Hamilton has rushed 85 times for 756 yards (8.9 YPC) and 15 TDs so far this year, led by sophomores Tevin Woodley (252 yards rushing and seven scores) and Owen Miller (249 yards rushing and five TDs). Guards Jared Wilson, Jack Keeling and center Marcus Smith started 11 games last season and “we're as good up front as we've been since I've been here,” Lake Hamilton third-year coach Tommy Gilleran says. “They move and communicate well up front.” Lake Hamilton last week toppled Class 4A Malvern 63-34, amassing 22 first downs and rushing for 370 yards (9.3 YPC).
Hot Springs has allowed only 18 points this year and “that's the strength of their team,” Gilleran says. “They're better across the field and seem to be getting better each week.” Hot Springs led Mena 6-0 last week but allowed Mena to score the game's final 10 points. Hot Springs plays several players both ways and that costs it against a deeper Lake Hamilton outfit.
Hootens.com last week correctly picked 10 out of 13 games (77 percent) of games involving Class 6A teams. For the season, Hootens.com has correctly picked 30 out of 37 games (81 percent) of games involving Class 6A teams.
WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS (favored teams in CAPS followed by point spread)
Jacksonville at LR HALL (7): Class 4A Mills topped Jacksonville 35-6 Week 1 while Hall bested Mills 22-16 last week. Hall senior QB Braelon Adams scored a 9-yard TD with two seconds left for the victory against Mills. Kavionne Ruckers scored an 11-yard TD in the third quarter for the Warriors. Class 7A Little Rock Catholic shut down Jacksonville 41-0 last week, the Titans' third shutout in their last five games.
Pine Bluff at HAR-BER (35): Class 7A Har-Ber punted Pine Bluff 27-18 last fall, but later forfeited the victory. Class 5A Watson Chapel punted Pine Bluff 39-33 last week after leading 33-14 entering the fourth quarter. Pine Bluff senior QB Tyler Foots fired three TD passes. Har-Ber dominated Russellville last week in a 49-0 conquest, scoring a pair of defensive TDs.
WEST MEMPHIS (1) at Wynne: Hootens.com Class 5A Game of the Week. West Memphis rushed for 134 yards in last week's 34-31 victory over Class 5A Blytheville, but managed just minus-1 yards in the first half. The Blue Devils erased a 17-0 second-quarter deficit in the win. West Memphis playmaker Cedric Loving returned the second-half kickoff 64 yards for a TD and added a 9-yard TD run in the third quarter. Class 5A No. 6 Wynne led Class 4A power Arkadelphia last week by nine points but lost 51-31. Two weeks ago, Wynne won at West Memphis' 6A East rival Marion 27-21.
Jonesboro, Mountain Home, Sylvan Hills, Searcy and Marion are open.
Hot Springs at LAKE HAMILTON (7): See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
Benton at CABOT (7): Benton downed Class 7A Cabot 56-41 in 2018. Two-time defending Class 4A state champion Arkadelphia battered Benton 33-20 two weeks ago when Benton rushed for only 64 yards on 33 carries (1.9 yards per carry). All-state receiver Gavin Wells has caught 10 passes this season for 178 yards and two TDs, including an 82-yard score against Arkadelphia. Cabot pulled away from El Dorado 35-14 last week, scoring the game's final 21 points. Watch highlights of Benton's Week 1 loss to defending Class 4A champion Arkadelphia HERE. Watch highlights of Cabot's Week 1 win at Pine Bluff HERE.
GREENWOOD (21) at Sand Springs, Okla.: Greenwood led Class 7A Fort Smith Southside 30-0 last week at halftime. The Bulldog defense allowed only 31 yards and one first down in the first two quarters. Greenwood surrendered only 142 yards and seven first downs for the game. Greenwood won this game 49-13 in 2018.
Jacksonville at LR HALL (7): Class 4A Mills topped Jacksonville 35-6 Week 1 while Hall bested Mills 22-16 last week. Hall senior QB Braelon Adams scored a 9-yard TD with two seconds left for the victory against Mills. Kavionne Rucker scored an 11-yard TD in the third quarter for the Warriors. Class 7A Little Rock Catholic shut down Jacksonville 41-0 last week, the third time the Titans have been shut out in their last five games.
ALMA (3) at Russellville: Russellville has won four of the last seven in this series. Russellville lost 49-0 last week at Class 7A Har-Ber, but trailed just 14-0 at halftime. It's the first time Russellville was shut out since Week 4 2018 (27-0 against Benton). Class 7A Springdale topped Class 5A Alma 28-13 a week ago, but Alma trailed just 14-13 at halftime.
Sheridan at WHITE HALL (4): The Battle of Highway 270. Class 5A White Hall slipped Sheridan 50-27 last September and has won 11 of 18. Searcy allowed Sheridan just 131 yards last week and the Yellowjackets committed three turnovers. Class 5A White Hall downed Class 4A Crossett 28-24 last week and is 2-0. White Hall and Crossett each scored four TDs and White Hall made all four of its extra points. Watch highlights of White Hall's Week 1 win over Class 4A Dumas HERE.
El Dorado and Siloam Springs are open.