Class 4A Week 6 Rankings, Notes & Picks
Class 4A, Week 6, 2020
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1. Joe T. Robinson (3-2)
2. Shiloh Christian (4-1)
3. Ozark (3-2)
4. Nashville (3-1)
5. Arkadelphia (3-0)
6. Stuttgart (4-0)
7. Rivercrest (5-0)
8. Crossett (2-1)
9. Dardanelle (3-1)
10. Pocahontas (4-1)
11. Lonoke (4-1)
12. Ashdown (5-0)
13. Warren (1-3)
14. CAC (5-0)
15. Hamburg (3-2)
16. Prairie Grove (5-0)
17. Elkins (5-0)
18. Mena (3-3)
19. Malvern (3-2)
20. Blytheville (2-2)
21. Monticello (3-2)
22. Gosnell (1-3)
23. Star City (2-3)
24. Waldron (3-1)
25. Jonesboro Westside (2-2)
26. Trumann (3-2)
27. Dumas (2-3)
28. Bald Knob (3-2)
29. Southside Batesville (2-3)
30. Gentry (3-2)
31. Fountain Lake (2-2)
32. Bauxite (1-4)
33. Lamar (3-2)
34. Gravette (1-4)
35. DeWitt (2-1)
36. Mills (1-4)
37. Huntsville (2-3)
38. Pottsville (2-4)
39. Clinton (0-5)
40. Cave City (1-3)
41. Heber Springs (1-4)
42. Highland (1-4)
43. H. Grove Haskell (0-5)
44. Helena (0-4)
45. Berryville (0-4)
46. Green Forest (0-5)
47. Dover (0-5)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 1 Joe T. Robinson at No. 4 Nashville
These teams have split the past eight meetings, with Joe T. Robinson winning the past two by a combined 41 points. Both teams had games canceled with Arkadelphia the past two weeks. Joe T. Robinson coach Todd Eskola didn’t want an open date before playing Nashville, and after scouring the state agreed to play at Trinity (Texas) Christian last week (lost 54-0). Senior quarterback Buddy Gaston threw four touchdown passes Week 0 at Pulaski Academy and Week 4 against Fountain Lake. Senior Hunter Smith has almost 400 yards and four TDs in 2020, while senior Ivan Thomas has four TD grabs this fall.
Nashville forced six turnovers, including five interceptions by five different players, in last week’s 41-3 triumph at Fountain Lake. Senior cornerback L.D. Hendrix made 15 tackles and an interception, his fourth of the season. Senior inside linebacker Deandre Benson had 15 stops against Fountain Lake, and outside linebacker Will Pope, a converted safety, paces the Scrappers in tackles this fall. Senior offensive tackles Dalton Brown and Hayden Clay anchor the physical offensive line. Senior receiver/safety Dontrelle Robinson, the only full-time two-way starter, has played the most snaps in 2020.
Hootens.com correctly predicted 20 of 23 games (87 percent) last week. For the season, hootens.com has correctly predicted 141 of 169 games (83 percent).
WEEK 6 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
Berryville at ELKINS (27): Berryville has given up 162 points the past three weeks. Senior Dominc Henry ran for 112 yards and a pair of TDs in last week’s 49-35 setback to Gentry. Undefeated Elkins averages 51 points weekly. Senior QB Kain Johnson completed 12 of 17 passes for 200 yards and two TDs, and ran for a pair of TDs, in last week’s 44-6 win at Huntsville.
Green Forest at GENTRY (25): Gentry piled up 517 yards (but allowed 355 yards) in last week’s 14-point triumph at Berryville. Winless Green Forest has given up at least seven TDs in every game this fall.
Huntsville at GRAVETTE (7): Huntsville returned the opening kickoff for a TD last week against Elkins, but didn’t score again. Gravette senior QB Cy Hilger has tallied seven TDs this fall. Senior middle linebacker Lane Wilkins paces the Lions with 30 tackles.
Prairie Grove at SHILOH CHRISTIAN (8): This game typically decides the 1-4A title. Shiloh Christian has won six of the past 10 in the series. The Saints have beaten Berryville and Green Forest the past two weeks by a combined 132-13. The Saint D returned three interceptions for TDs last week at Green Forest. Sophomore QB Eli Wisdom and senior RB/WR Cam Wiedemann pace an offense that averages more than 50 points weekly. Undefeated Prairie Grove gives up 15 ppg, and last week held Gravette to 27 yards rushing. Senior Foster Layman and sophomore Ethan Miller pace the Tiger rushing attack.
Bald Knob at STUTTGART (24): It’s homecoming in Arkansas County, and the undefeated Ricebirds ride the most stingy D in Class 4A (allow less than 5 ppg). Junior speedster Arlie Lee hauled in five passes for 165 yards and three TDs in last week’s 42-6 win at Heber Springs, while junior QB Pate Kleinbeck completed six of 10 passes for 180 yards and four TDs. Sophomore playmaker Jaiden Strange completed four of five passes for 133 yards and two TDS, caught three passes (all TD’s) for 102 yards and averaged more than 44 yards per punt. Sophomore defensive end Kameron Harper made seven tackles, three TFL’s and a pair of sacks. Bald Knob has given up just 21 points in two league games.
Heber Springs at CAC (13): CAC senior linebacker Cole Shoemaker racked up 18 tackles last week’s game vs. Mills, and preserved the 20-14 victory by shooting a gap on the final play to record a tackle behind the line of scrimmage. Shoemaker has 43 tackles, five sacks and three fumble recoveries this fall. Heber Springs has scored only one TD in four of its five games this fall.
Clinton at MILLS (4): Mills has lost its two conference games by a total of 12 points. The Comets get solid play from sophomore QB Q.J. King. Winless Clinton played well the past two weeks against CAC and Southside Batesville.
Southside Batesville at LONOKE (6): Senior Ja’Coree Womack returned the opening kickoff 77 yards for a TD last week at Bald Knob, but the Jackrabbits needed a 7-yard pass from junior Spencer Pepper to pull out a 13-6 decision. Southside Batesville snapped a two-game losing streak with a 17-point win over Clinton.
BLYTHEVILLE (21) at Highland: CANCELED. Blytheville pulled away from Jonesboro Westside in the second half last week. Senior Kylin Wells ran for 183 yards and three TDs. Highland lost its two conference games by a combined 66-14.
POCAHONTAS (30) at Cave City: Pocahontas sophomore sensation Conner Baker returned from a knee injury last week to log 19 carries for 144 yards and three TDs in a 15-point win over Gosnell. Cave City trailed Rivercrest 34-0 at halftime last week and lost 48-7.The Cavemen passed for only nine yards and turned the ball over six times.
Trumann at GOSNELL (8): Gosnell put up 408 yards and 30 points last week against Pocahontas, but lost by 15 points. Trumann thumped Highland 34-8 a week ago, and the Wildcats have won three of their past four games. Junior Riam King ran 19 times for 156 yards, while senior Milton Lewis (three catches, 51 yards and a TD) and Parks McNair (five catches, 66 yards and two TDs) paced the air attack. Senior lineman Isreal Carrillo racked up 12 tackles.
RIVERCREST (6) at Jonesboro Westside: Jonesboro Westside has won two straight in the series, including 41-10 last season. The Warriors trailed Blytheville 21-14 in the third quarter last week before losing 50-21. Sophomore Cameron Hedger paced the Warriors with 17 carries for 105 yards and a TD. Undefeated Rivercrest rolls up 491 yards weekly. Senior QB Kam Turner has passed for 1,117 yards and 14 TDs this year while rushing for 782 yards and nine TDs. When Turner was sidelined for one series at Pocahontas two weeks ago, senior Keyshawn Scott led a scoring drive out of the Wildcat package. Scott averages more than 10 yards per carry this season, and paces the Colts with 26 receptions for 599 yards and eight TDs.
OZARK (2) at Dardanelle: This game was finalized Tuesday morning after Pottsville canceled its game with Dardanelle. These teams were slated to play Week 4, but Dardanelle was forced to cancel due to players in quarantine. It's homecoming for the Sand Lizards. Last week, Dardanelle led Lamar 42-14 in the fourth quarter before easing to a 42-28 decision. Sophomore QB Drew Vega completed 11 of 15 passes for 140 yards and a pair of TDs, and ran for 150 yards and four TDs. Senior Jordan Branson ran for 105 yards and caught three passes for 60 yards and a TD. Ozark dominated Dover 56-20 a week ago. The Hillbillies ran for 370 yards, including a 102-yard effort by senior QB Harper Faulkenberry.
Dover at MENA (35): CANCELED. Mena’s 35-13 win over Pottsville last week was its first in the series. Senior QB Max Montgomery passed for 232 yards and a pair of TDs. Winless Dover has been outscored this season by a combined 264-48. The Pirates scored a season-high 20 points last week against Ozark.
Lamar at WALDRON (3): Waldron didn’t play last week while regrouping from its last-second loss to Mena Week 4, when the Bearcats threw the winning TD Hail Mary on the final play. Waldron senior QB Braden Williams and receivers Isaac Villarreal and Bryson Bailey have played well this fall. Lamar lost to Dardanelle 40-28 a week ago. Senior Brady James has rushed for 588 yards and 11 TDs this fall, while junior Landon Harrison has 443 yards and four TDs.
Pottsville at Dardanelle: Canceled
JOE T. ROBINSON (7) at Nashville: Hootens.com Class 4A Game of the Week.
Ashdown at MALVERN (3): These teams have split the past 12 meetings. Undefeated Ashdown held off Bauxite late last week for a 34-27 triumph. Senior safety Cole Spigner intercepted a pass, then on Bauxite’s final drive deflected a pass to preserve the victory. Malvern puts up 346 yards weekly. Sophomore QB Cedric Simmons “makes plays with his feet and keeps plays alive,” Ashdown coach Matt Richardson says. Simmons has passed for 921 yards and eight TDs this year and ran for 304 yards and four TDs.
BAUXITE (2) at H.G. Haskell: Bauxite has lost four straight games to opponents with a combined record of 18-3. The Miners showed life late last week against Ashdown, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter before stalling on the potential game-winning drive. Winless Harmony Grove Haskell lost to Malvern 43-0 a week ago, surrendering 429 yards.
Arkadelphia at Fountain Lake: Canceled.
DeWitt at CROSSETT (11) (Thurs.): Crossett, playing its first game in a month, outlasted Dumas 21-20 a week ago. The Eagles outgained Dumas by 85 yards but committed three turnovers. Junior QB Tyrique Jones paces the Eagles in passing (500 yards, two TDs) and rushing (43 carries, 192 yards and four TDs). DeWitt, also playing its first game in a month, got past winless Helena a week ago 24-20. Senior scatback Deontaye Starks paces the Dragon running attack, while linebackers Owen Lubeke and Logan Moss lead the defense.
Dumas at WARREN (2): Warren has won nine straight over Dumas since losing 36-25 in 2010. Dumas must regroup after last week’s one-point loss to Crossett, when the Bobcats failed to convert the potential winning two-point play in the fourth quarter. Senior Kylin James has rushed for 808 yards and six TDs this fall, while sophomore Brandon Johnson has five TDs. Warren’s 42-35 win over Booneville last week was its first of the season. Junior Cedric Calbert played for the first time in 2020, sparking the win with nine carries for 145 yards. Tre’Lon Marshall, playing in his first game since Week 0, returned with nine carries for 63 yards and a pair of TDs. Sophomore QB Maddox Lassiter, making his first career start, completed eight of 13 passes for 169 yards.
Helena at MONTICELLO (14): Winless Helena has three losses this fall by a total of 10 points. The Cougars tallied 213 yards and turned the ball over once in last week’s 24-20 setback to DeWitt. Monticello gained 312 yards but had three turnovers in last week’s loss to Hamburg. Senior Keon Smith has seven rushing TDs this season and averages 7 yards per catch.
JACKSONVILLE (1) at Hamburg (Thurs.): This non-conference game was scheduled Tuesday afternoon. Jacksonville, with a 25-man roster, hung with Watson Chapel last week before losing 42-28. Junior QB Deorious Cobbs continues playing well for the Titans. Hamburg senior RB Armodd Taylor ran for five TDs in last week's win over Monticello.
Hamburg at Star City: Canceled