Class 7A Week 5 Rankings, Notes & Picks
Hooten’s Arkansas Football Rankings
Class 7A, Week 5, 2020
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1. Bryant (4-0)
2. Bentonville (4-0)
3. North Little Rock (4-0)
4. Conway (2-1)
5. Bentonville West (2-2)
6. Cabot (4-0)
7. Har-Ber (0-4)
8. LR Catholic (2-2)
9. LR Central (1-3)
10. Fayetteville (0-3)
11. FS Northside (2-1)
12. Rogers (3-0)
13. Springdale (2-2)
14. FS Southside (1-3)
15. LR Southwest (0-3)
16. Heritage (1-3)
7A GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 3 North LR at No. 4 Conway.
Conway had last week off after LR Southwest canceled. The Wampus Cats own victories over Fayetteville 38-21 and Class 6A Jonesboro 49-28 but lost to Bentonville 47-21. Conway passes for 276 yards weekly but rushes for just 142. Conway’s defense has forced 10 turnovers in three games. Junior safety Ashton Walker (6-1, 190) leads with 10 tackles per game. Senior Jamal Bethune rushes for 113 yards per Friday while classmate Bryce Bohanan leads Conway receivers with 17 catches for 273 yards. Watch extended highlights of Conway's Week 1 loss to Bentonville (47-21) HERE.
North LR has mercy-ruled its past two opponents and outscored its past three by a combined 118-24. Senior QB Kareem Cotton, a three-year starter, directs North LR to 40 points weekly. Senior running back Fred O’Donald rushes for close to 150 yards per Friday. Watch extended highlights of North LR's Week 2 win over Fayetteville (35-17) HERE.
hootens.com correctly predicted the winners of all seven games involving Class 7A teams. For the season, hootens.com is 39-8 (83 percent) in Class 7A.
NORTH LR (4) at Conway: Game of the Week.
BRYANT (35) at LR Catholic: Catholic trailed at Cabot 31-7 in the third quarter last week after winning at Class 6A Benton (35-28) the previous Friday. Two-time defending state champ Bryant mercy-ruled Benton by halftime in the season opener and did the same last week to FS Northside (extended highlights HERE).
FS Northside at FAYETTEVILLE (14): This game was scheduled Wednesday after LR Central canceled its trip to FS Northside. Northside trailed 42-0 by halftime last week at Bryant. Watch extended higlights HERE. Northside smoked rival FS Southside 35-7 and won at Moore, Okla. (1-3) for its victories this season. Fayetteville, originally scheduled to play Rogers this week, has not played the past two Fridays and endured serious distractions after losing its first three games by an average score of 35-18. Watch extended highlights of Fayetteville's 35-17 loss at North LR HERE.
CABOT (7) at Collierville, Tenn.: Cabot coach Scott Reed scrambled for days to find another opponent when LR Southwest announced it was canceling. Collierville (2-1) lost to Briarcrest Christian 21-7 in its season opener on Aug. 21. Briarcrest Christian hammered Class 3A No. 1 Harding Academy (Searcy) 63-28 last week. Watch extended highlights of Cabot's season-opening win over Searcy HERE and Panther scholar athlete Payson Woods HERE.
LR Southwest is open.
LR Central is open.
BENTONVILLE (35) at FS Southside: Undefeated Bentonville led Har-Ber 38-0 with 5:16 remaining in the third quarter last week. Tiger linebacker Zane Ochoa started the scoring with a 40-yard fumble return. Later, all-everything LB Cole Joyce returned an interception 45 yards for a TD. Bentonville’s Logan Tymeson nailed all six PAT attempts, a 37-yard FG and dropped two kicks in the end zone. FS Southside lost last Friday at Class 5A Texarkana 21-6.
Springdale at BENTONVILLE WEST (15): West lost last Friday at Class 6A power Greenwood (35-28) while Springdale spanked Heritage 34-0 in its league opener.
Heritage at HAR-BER (35): Winless Har-Ber lost 45-6 last Friday at Bentonville. Heritage last beat a team from Arkansas in 2017.
FS Northside at FAYETTEVILLE (14): This game was scheduled Wednesday after LR Central canceled its trip to FS Northside. Northside trailed 42-0 by halftime last week at Bryant. Northside smoked rival FS Southside 35-7 and won at Moore, Okla. (1-3) for its victories this season. Fayetteville, originally scheduled to play Rogers this week, has not played the past two Fridays and endured serious distractions after losing its first three games by an average score of 35-18. Watch extended highlights of Fayetteville's 35-17 loss at North LR HERE.
Rogers is open.