Class 4A Week 4 Rankings, Notes & Picks
Class 4A, Week 4, 2018
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1. Warren (2-0)
2. Joe T. Robinson (2-1)
3. Nashville (3-0)
4. Southside Batesville (2-1)
5. Rivercrest (3-0)
6. Arkadelphia (0-3)
7. Shiloh Christian (2-1)
8. Hamburg (2-1)
9. Ozark (1-2)
10. Dardanelle (3-0)
11. Dumas (3-0)
12. Ashdown (2-1)
13. Pea Ridge (1-2)
14. Prairie Grove (1-2)
15. Bauxite (3-0)
16. Mena (2-1)
17. Pottsville (2-1)
18. Gosnell (1-2)
19. DeWitt (3-0)
20. Stuttgart (1-1)
21. Fountain Lake (3-0)
22. Pocahontas (1-2)
23. Jonesboro Westside (2-1)
24. Helena (3-0)
25. Elkins (3-0)
26. Heber Springs (0-3)
27. Lincoln (3-0)
28. Bald Knob (2-1)
29. CAC (1-2)
30. Lonoke (1-2)
31. H. Grove Haskell (2-1)
32. Monticello (0-3)
33. Trumann (1-2)
34. Crossett (0-2)
35. Mills (0-3)
36. Star City (1-2)
37. Highland (1-2)
38. Riverview (1-2)
39. Malvern (0-3)
40. Berryville (2-1)
41. Brookland (0-3)
42. Green Forest (1-2)
43. Dover (0-3)
44. Gravette (0-3)
45. Gentry (0-3)
46. Waldron (1-2)
47. Subiaco Academy (1-2)
48. Cave City (0-3)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 6 Arkadelphia at No. 3 Nashville
Nashville has won three of the past four in the series and 10 of the past 14. The undefeated Scrappers outscore opponents 51-12 this fall, and first-year coordinator Richard Strickland oversee's an improved defense “that is much faster than last year and schematically gives us an advantage,” Coach Mike Volarvich says.
Nashville has forced 13 turnovers in three games (forced just 22 in 12 games last year). Junior middle linebacker Devonte Witherspoon has 29 tackles,while senior safety Jordan White has 12 stops. Nashville uses four quarterbacks, including seniors Jake Moorer and Tristen Jamison. Moorer has passed for 380 yards and four touchdowns this year, while Jamison has passed for 107 yards and a TD. Junior Carmillias Morrison has 33 carries for 262 yards and three TDs, while sophomore Keyshawn Stewart has 263 yards and five TDs.
Defending state champion Arkadelphia is winless this fall after losing to Sylvan Hills by two points Week Zero and at Class 5A Wynne by seven points Week 2. Senior running back Zion Hatley has been slowed by injuries but should be healthier this week. Hatley has 28 carries this year for 156 yards and a pair of TDs, and junior QB Cannon Turner has passed for 405 yards and rushed for 201 yards. Versatile sophomore Braedon “Buster” Thomas hasn't played this season with a shoulder injury, but could play this fall. Senior safety Carlos Haynie paces the Badgers with 19 tackles this fall, while junior linebacker Kyren Harrison has 15 stops.
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WEEK 4 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
PEA RIDGE (21) at Gentry: Pea Ridge returned to dominance last week, blanking Farmington 42-0 for its first victory of the year. QB Tate Busey threw five TDs and ran for another, while the D forced four turnovers. Winless Gentry gives up 34 ppg. Gentry led Greenland 17-0 at halftime last week but didn't score in the second half of the 11-point setback. Pioneer junior QB Brandon Atwood threw a pair of TD passes.
Gravette at LINCOLN (6): Gravette has scored just 12 points this year and hasn't managed a TD since the opener. Undefeated Lincoln has yielded just 33 points this season. Lincoln amassed 466 yards in last week's 28-point triumph at Subiaco Academy. QB Caleb Lloyd passed for 170 yards and two TDs and ran for three scores.
Green Forest at PRAIRIE GROVE (28): Prairie Grove picked up its first win last week, blanking previously unbeaten Pottsville 19-0 (Prairie Grove's first shutout since Week 3, 2016). Senior QB Ethan Guenther threw a pair of first-half TD passes. Green Forest stuffed five West Fork two-point conversions in last week's one-point triumph. Green Forest sophomore QB Reiley Gordan ran for a pair of TDs and a two-point conversion.
Berryville at SHILOH CHRISTIAN (24): Berryville jumped on Yellville-Summit 21-0 at halftime in last week's mercy-rule decision. Junior Tristian Updegraff ran seven times for 137 yards and a pair of TDs against Y-S. Shiloh Christian senior Jaret Russ ran 20 times for 94 yards in last week's seven-point win over Beggs, Okla, including eight straight carries to help milk the clock on the final drive. Junior QB Eli Reece threw a pair of TD passes to senior Blake Thomson, while junior Truitt Tollett hauled in eight passes.
HEBER SPRINGS (3) at Lonoke: Heber Springs has won eight of the past 12 over Lonoke. Winless Heber Springs doesn't put much stock into non conference games (won back-to-back conference titles while going a combined 1-5 in non conference games). Panther junior QB Adam Martin has passed for 438 yards and four TDs this year, including a 99-yard TD bomb in last week's two-point loss at Harding Academy. Lonoke puts up 280 yards per game. Senior Braidon Bryant has accounted for five TDs (three passing, two rushing).
BALD KNOB (1) at Mills: Mills lost twice last week (to LR Hall 14-7 on Monday and Maumelle 53-0 Friday). The Comets gave up 476 yards and gained just 110 against Maumelle. Bald Knob QB Johnson Capps threw two TD passes and ran for another in last week's 10-point win at physical Haskell Harmony Grove.
SOUTHSIDE BATESVILLE (2) at Stuttgart: Southside Batesville's 14-point decision over Stuttgart last season was its first in the series, spurring the Southerners to 10 wins and a share of their first conference title. Junior Kiylnn Duggar caught a 43-yard TD pass and intercepted three passes in last week's 20-point win over Pocahontas. Stuttgart put senior Tim Johnson at QB Week 1 against Star City. The Ricebirds didn't play week and the Week 2 game with Warren was called due to weather in the first quarter.
CAC at RIVERVIEW (1): Riverview plays its first game since Coach Mike McCain took a leave of absence last week due to health reasons. Interim coach Larry Davison altered some schemes to help get senior QB Griffin Miller some running room during the bye week. CAC led Class 3A Clinton 14-0 in the first quarter last week but lost by 20 points.
Cave City at GOSNELL (30): Gosnell has never lost to the Cavemen, winning the past three years by a combined 118-14. The Pirates rush for 261 yards weekly, with brothers Cadarius and Jydarian Young combining for 485 yards and five TDs this fall. Winless Cave City averages 11 ppg.
RIVERCREST (11) at Trumann: Rivercrest must move past last week's emotional two-point triumph over rival Osceola. Colt senior QB Demilon Brown has passed for 180 yards and two TDs this year, while rushing for 160 yards and two scores. Senior Kentavious Robinson averages for 175 yards and two TDs per game.
Highland at JONESBORO WESTSIDE (6): Highland has beaten Jonesboro Westside eight of the past nine seasons, but Jonesboro Westside won last year by seven points. Neither team played last week after playing in Week Zero.
POCAHONTAS (10) at Brookland: Pocahontas has won all six meetings with Brookland, including last year's eight-point decision. The Redskins committed four turnovers in last week's 20-point loss at Southside Batesville. Two of winless Brookland's three losses this season were by a TD or less.
ELKINS (14) at Waldron: Elkins junior QB Quinn McClain tallied 388 yards and six TDs in last week's 18-point win over Huntsville. Senior Chad Graham caught a TD pass and intercepted a pair of passes, while Fayetteville-transfer defensive end Jackson Bowman had a pair of key sacks. Waldron sophomore QB Braden Williams ran for a TD and threw a TD pass in last week's 16-point loss at Danville.
Mena at OZARK (6): Ozark must recover emotionally from last week's stunning one-point loss at Charleston (Charleston scored on the final play using four laterals). Hillbilly tailback Tyler Sanders ran 23 times for 170 yards and a TD. Mena sophomore QB Max Montgomery has passed for 604 yards and seven TDs this fall, including 19 completions for 296 yards and four TDs to junior Zane Stephens.
Pottsville at DARDANELLE (3): This game decides at least playoff positioning. Pottsville failed to score in last week's 19-point loss to Prairie Grove, while Dardanelle won at Prairie Grove 35-17 Week 2. The Sand Lizards scored 34 ppg. Pottsville rushes for 256 yards per game.
DOVER (7) at Subiaco Academy: Subiaco Academy gave up almost 500 yards in last week's 48-20 loss to Lincoln. Dover trailed Fountain Lake 28-0 in the first quarter a week ago, and committed four turnovers in the 35-0 setback.
Arkadelphia at NASHVILLE (2): Hootens.com Class 4A Game of the Week.
H. Harmony Grove at ASHDOWN (13): These teams have never played. Hard-hitting Haskell Harmony Grove allows 18 ppg, while the Cardinals run for 326 yards weekly out of the Diamond T scheme, with eight players averaging at least 5 yards per carry. Versatile Ashdown runs the Wing T and Spread. The Panthers beat Class 5A De Queen and Hope in the past two games by a combined 73-28.
JOE T. ROBINSON (19) at Fountain Lake: Undefeated Fountain Lake puts up 331 yards per game, but the Cobra's face their stiffest test of the season. Senior Andrew Roberson has rushed for 338 yards and three TDs this season. Joe T. Robinson has applied the 35-point sportsmanship rule in its past two games against Class 7A Rogers and Class 5A Camden Fairview. Senior QB Grayson Tackett threw a pair of TD passes in last week's 29-point triumph at Camden Fairview, while the D allowed just one TD. The Senators attempted onside kicks after every score.
BAUXITE (6) at Malvern: Undefeated Bauxite aiming for the playoffs this fall after winning just five games over three years. Bauxite senior QB Seth McDowell has passed for 215 yards and two TDs and rushed for 257 yards and six scores this fall. Winless Malvern has scored just 26 points this season, including 17 points in the past 10 quarters.
WARREN (23) at Crossett: Warren has won all eight contests since Crossett dropped to Class 4A in 2010. The Lumberjacks dominated Class 3A Dollarway 43-0 a week ago, scoring all their points in the first half. Senior Treylon Burks threw two TD passes and ran for another. Crossett led McGehee 6-0 in the fourth quarter last week before surrendering a late TD and two-point conversion.
Monticello at STAR CITY (1): These teams have split the past six meetings. Star City has scored just 14 points the past two weeks in losses to Stuttgart and Class 2A Hampton. Monticello has scored just 16 points this season.
DUMAS (4) at Helena: An early-season battle of unbeatens who are almost identical statistically. Dumas has won its three games by a combined 121-55, while Helena has won its three games 122-58. Dumas junior QB Chris Harris has rushed for 377 yards and six TDs. Helena averages 343 yards weekly. Senior QB Armonie Calhoun has passed for 280 yards and three TDs and rushed for 288 yards and six TDs in 2018. An opposing coach says Calhoun's dual threat ability is tough to scheme against.
HAMBURG (9) at DeWitt: Neither team played last week. Hamburg hasn't lost to DeWitt in more than 20 years. The Lions allow just 13 ppg this year. Undefeated DeWitt gains 301 yards weekly. Junior QB Seth Courtney (son of coach Mark Courtney) has passed for 269 yards and rushed for 262 yards this season. An opposing coach says Courtney “always picks up the first down when they need it. You can tell he's a coach's kid.”