Class 3A Week 9 Rankings, Notes & Picks
Class 3A, Week 9, 2019
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1. C. Harmony Grove (7-1)
2. Rison (7-1)
3. Prescott (6-2)
4. Osceola (7-1)
5. Harding Academy (8-0)
6. Booneville (6-2)
7. Newport (7-1)
8. Glen Rose (6-2)
9. Clinton (7-1)
10. Atkins (7-1)
11. Centerpoint (7-1)
12. Harrisburg (6-2)
13. Hoxie (6-2)
14. McGehee (7-1)
15. Cedarville (6-2)
16. Lamar (7-1)
17. Jessieville (6-2)
18. Smackover (4-4)
19. Dollarway (4-4)
20. Melbourne (6-2)
21. Walnut Ridge (5-3)
22. Mansfield (5-3)
23. Perryville (4-4)
24. Drew Central (5-3)
25. Charleston (3-5)
26. Danville (4-4)
27. Greenland (4-4)
28. Fouke (3-5)
29. Mountain View (4-4)
30. Bismarck (3-5)
31. Barton (3-5)
32. Lake Village (3-5)
33. Genoa Central (3-5)
34. Baptist Prep (2-6)
35. Corning (2-6)
36. Mayflower (2-6)
37. Piggott (1-7)
38. Yellville-Summit (1-7)
39. Paris (3-5)
40. Marshall (2-5)
41. Rose Bud (2-6)
42. Two Rivers (1-7)
43. Manila (2-6)
44. West Fork (0-8)
45. Palestine-Wheatley (0-7)
46. Cedar Ridge (1-7)
47. Horatio (0-8)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 1 Camden Harmony Grove at No. 3 Prescott
Winner earns at worst a share of the 5-3A title. Prescott beat Harmony Grove 40-0 a year ago.
Prescott has not won a league title since 2016. The Curley Wolves have overwhelmed their competition since an 0-2 start, outscoring their opponents 49-15 weekly in the last five outings (not counting a forfeit win over Fouke). Senior Derriun Thompson is one of the top playmakers in the state, pacing Prescott in rushing yards (472) with seven TDs and receptions (20) for 373 yards and four scores. Junior QB Jacobi Nolen completes 62 percent of his passes this fall for 783 yards and 13 touchdowns with just four interceptions. Nolen has rushed for 378 yards and a team-high 10 scores. Sophomore Jacaylon Zachary has caught 17 passes this season for 388 yards (22.3 yards per reception) and a team-high five TDs. The Prescott defense has logged 16 sacks this season, led by junior Keihnan Paden's four sacks. Senior end Cade Poole (two sacks) sets the edge.
Harmony Grove pursues its second league title in three years. The Hornets outscore league opponents 272-58 this fall, 54-11 weekly. Harmony Grove last week bolted to a 36-0 halftime lead in a 42-2 victory over Fouke. The Hornets racked up 425 yards against Fouke and allowed only 33 yards. Senior QB Zach Smith completed eight of nine passes for 162 yards and two TDs, while senior playmaker Xaylon Falls ran for 101 yards and snagged three passes for 20 yards against Fouke. When Harmony Grove shifts to the Single Wing, look for juniors Jeremie Edwards, Mecca Arnold, sophomore Daniel Hill and Hicks to threaten the defense as runners. Senior receiver Damion Daniel paces the Harmony Grove aerial attack with 16 receptions for 423 yards and five scores this fall. Senior noseguard Daniel Hicks sparks a stingy Harmony Grove defense with 49 tackles (23 for losses) and two sacks. Senior tackle Dade Turner has recorded a team-high 56 tackles in 2019. Arnold (50 stops) makes plays at linebacker. Harmony Grove has logged 18 sacks and forced 12 turnovers this season.
Hootens.com correctly predicted 22 of 24 (92 percent) games involving Class 3A schools a week ago. For the season, Hootens.com has correctly predicted 206 of 249 (83 percent) of games involving Class 3A schools.
WEEK 9 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
Lamar at BOONEVILLE (7): Booneville earns its third straight league title and second consecutive 1-3A championship with a win. Lamar earns its first league title since 2008 if it wins out. The No. 1 playoff seed from the 1-3A earns a first-round bye in the postseason. Booneville outlasted Charleston 21-7 last Friday, getting a 97-yard TD run from fullback Cam Brasher. Lamar needs a win to stay in front of Cedarville, which owns the head-to-head tiebreaker after a 21-18 Week 4 victory.
CEDARVILLE (1) at Mansfield: Key game for playoff positioning. Cedarville clinches its first playoff berth since 2015 with a win. Mansfield needs to win out and have Greenland lose a game to make the playoffs for a second straight season. Cedarville has won two straight in this series.
CHARLESTON (14) at West Fork: West Fork has been eliminated from playoff contention, but the Tigers have only seven seniors on this year's team. Charleston clinches a playoff berth with a victory. Charleston battled Booneville last week to a 7-7 tie at halftime before the Bearcats scored the game's final 14 points in a 21-7 victory.
Paris at GREENLAND (21): Paris can make the playoffs if it wins out. Greenland clinches a playoff berth should it win out, and could finish as high as the No. 4 playoff seed with some help. Greenland pulled off a mild upset in last week's 41-6 victory at Cedarville, slowing the Pirates' productive running game.
CLINTON (35) at Marshall: Marshall needs to win one of its final two games to clinch its first playoff berth since 2010, with next week's clash with Yellville-Summit likely deciding the No. 5 seed. Marshall's 49-0 loss last week at Harding Academy was its first shutout since last year's 48-0 loss at Clinton. Clinton likely settles for the No. 2 playoff seed after winning three consecutive league titles. The Yellow Jackets must win out and have Harding Academy lose a game to salvage a share of the league title. Clinton's 48-0 homecoming win last week over Rose Bud was the Yellow Jackets' first shutout this season. Clinton logged 530 yards against Rose Bud.
Cedar Ridge at MELBOURNE (34): Cedar Ridge is eliminated from playoff contention, but the Timberwolves likely finish this season after failing to do so a year ago. First-year Cedar Ridge coach Josh Austin welcomes back many sophomores who saw extended action this season. Melbourne clinches the No. 3 playoff seed if it wins out. The Bearkatz earned a crucial 28-0 win last week over Mountain View, their second shutout this year.
Rose Bud at HARDING ACADEMY (35): Rose Bud will be heavy underdogs this week and Week 10 at Melbourne. The Ramblers are not eligible for the playoffs after canceling their 2018 season prior to league play. Harding clinches the No. 1 playoff seed and its first league title since 2015 with one win in its final two games. The Wildcats have not allowed a point since a 48-6 win Week 6 over Mountain View.
Yellville-Summit at MOUNTAIN VIEW (24): Yellville builds toward a Week 10 showdown with Marshall for the league's final playoff spot. The Panthers last week whipped Cedar Ridge 36-0, Yellville's first shutout since 2014. Mountain View can finish as high as No. 3 if it wins out and Melbourne loses a game. Mountain View lost 28-0 last week to Melbourne, the second time it's been shut out this season.
Piggott at NEWPORT (14): Piggott needs to win out and have Walnut Ridge lose a game to make the playoffs. The Mohawks last week were tied 12-12 with Osceola at halftime, but lost 34-12. Newport rushed for a season-high 424 yards (15.1 YPC) and eight TDs in last week's 53-16 win over Corning. Junior Tharon Davis bolted for 155 yards and four scores. Four Newport sophomores earned carries against Corning.
OSCEOLA (33) at Corning: Corning has been eliminated from playoff contention, but the Bobcats' two wins are its most since winning three times in in 2014. Senior QB Clay Smith fuels the Corning offense. Osceola sets up a Week 10 showdown with Newport for the 3-3A title with a win. The Seminoles have won 12 consecutive league games and have won seven straight games since a season-opening loss to likely 5A East champion Valley View. Osceola outscores 3-3A opponents 46-9 weekly this season.
HOXIE (1) at Harrisburg: Winner takes a big step towards the No. 3 playoff seed and a first-round home game. Harrisburg coach Aaron Thornton was an assistant at Hoxie. Harrisburg outgained Walnut Ridge 338-267 and forced a pair of turnovers in last week's 44-15 road victory. Harrisburg senior all-league performer Ross Heeb makes plays at running back, receiver and linebacker. Hoxie scored six first-quarter TDs in last week's 55-7 win at Manila.
Manila at WALNUT RIDGE (29): Manila has been eliminated from playoff contention, but the Lions likely return their leading passer, receiver and three two-way linemen in 2020. Walnut Ridge clinches a playoff berth with a win, and the Bobcats can earn the No. 3 playoff seed if it wins out and gets help. Walnut Ridge trailed Harrisburg just 14-6 last week at halftime, but lost 44-15. Walnut Ridge senior QB Andrew Brewer rolled up more than 200 tandem yards and two scores against Harrisburg.
GLEN ROSE (1) at Atkins: Winner earns the No. 1 playoff seed and at worst a share of the league title. Glen Rose beat Atkins 25-19 a year ago. Atkins outscores 4-3A competition 42-20 weekly this season. Atkins forced three turnovers and surrendered a season-low six points in last week's 34-6 victory at Mayflower. Atkins senior all-conference QB Eli Roberson completes 66 percent of his passes this fall for 2,297 yards and 31 TDs with only five interceptions. Senior Rylee Bowden paces the Atkins running game with 365 yards (6.2 YPC) and 10 TDs. Six Red Devils have caught 10 passes or more this year, led by junior Kreed Stubbs (42 catches for 805 yards and 16 scores, all team-highs) and junior Trenton Casto (28 receptions for 540 yards and five TDs). Bowden is the team's top tackler (64 stops) and senior Dylan Felton has logged 56 tackles. Atkins has not won a league championship since 2004.
Glen Rose has won six straight games following season-opening losses to Class 4A Malvern (20-7) and Bauxite (33-20). The Beavers replaced last year's leading passer, rusher, receiver, top two offensive linemen and top two tacklers from 2018. Glen Rose racked up 512 yards in last week's 41-6 win over Perryville. Junior QB Wesley Launius logged 276 tandem yards and two scores against Perryville, while junior Ethan Taylor ran for 120 yards and a pair of TDs. Juniors Jace Cheatham and Noah Wright caught five passes apiece. Glen Rose has won 15 consecutive conference games.
Mayflower at PERRYVILLE (10): Mayflower will miss the playoffs in 2019. The Eagles trailed Atkins just 7-6 last week at halftime, but lost 34-6. Mayflower ran for 239 yards on 47 carries (5.1 YPC) against Atkins. Perryville managed just 185 yards in last week's 41-6 loss at Glen Rose. The Mustangs clinch a playoff spot with one win in its final two games and can finish as high as the No. 3 playoff seed should it win out, and Jessieville loses one of its last two games.
Danville at JESSIEVILLE (7): Danville makes the playoffs if it wins out. The Little Johns have not missed the postseason since 2013. Danville logged 315 yards in last week's 43-42 double-overtime loss to Baptist Prep. Jessieville earns the No. 3 playoff seed, and first-round home playoff game against the third-place finisher from the 6-3A, should it win out. Jessieville's two losses are to 4-3A powers Atkins and Glen Rose (13-3 combined record).
Two Rivers at BAPTIST PREP (21): Two Rivers misses the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. Baptist Prep beat Danville last week for the first in school history. The Eagles rolled up 437 balanced (224 passing and 213 rushing) yards in the 43-42 double-overtime conquest. Jax Coleman caught seven passes for 159 yards and two TDs at Danville. Baptist Prep clinches a second straight playoff berth with a win.
C. HARMONY GROVE (1) at Prescott: See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
SMACKOVER (21) at Bismarck: Bismarck can make the playoffs if it wins out. The Lions average 5.2 YPC this season. Senior Collier Robertson sparks the Bismarck passing game (32 receptions this year for 434 yards and two scores). Smackover can finish as high as the No. 3 playoff seed if it wins out and Centerpoint loses a game. Smackover limited Genoa Central to just 3.2 YPC in last week's 32-14 victory. Dexter Crockett and Jaqueze Modica combined to score five TDs against Genoa.
CENTERPOINT (28) at Horatio: Horatio will miss the playoffs for a second straight year, but 10 Horatio sophomores played many snaps this season. Horatio allowed seven sacks in last week's 54-7 loss to Prescott. Centerpoint remains alive for a share of the league title should it win out, but the Knights likely earn the No. 3 playoff seed and a first-round home playoff game against the No. 3 team from the 2-3A (likely Melbourne). Centerpoint's seven wins are its most since winning nine games in 2016 and eight times in 2015.
GENOA CENTRAL (1) at Fouke: This Texarkana inner-city rivalry gets bigger this week with a playoff spot on the line. Fouke is 9-0 in this series, including 34-7 a year ago. Fouke needs to win out to extend its school-record playoff run to seven seasons. The Panthers play winless Horatio Week 10. Fouke managed just 33 yards in last week's 42-2 loss at top-ranked Camden Harmony Grove. Genoa Central has never made the playoffs since launching varsity football in a winless 2010 campaign. Genoa battled Smackover to a 14-14 halftime tie last week before losing 32-14. GC fashioned leads of 6-0 and 14-6 against Smackover.
Barton at RISON (28): Barton plays Lake Village next week for the No. 5 playoff seed from the 6-3A. Barton managed just 141 yards in last week's 18-0 loss to Drew Central. The Bears have scored six points or less four times this year. Rison clinches at worst a share of the 6-3A with a victory. It would be Rison's 33rd conference title in school history. In Rison's 44-0 win last week at Lake Village, 13 of Lake Village's 32 plays went for no gain or negative yardage. The Wildcat first-string defense has not allowed a point since Week 1. Rison allows 8.3 points per game this season, the fewest in Class 3A.
MCGEHEE (6) at Drew Central: Winner remains alive for the No. 2 playoff seed from the 6-3A. Drew Central is in the playoffs for the first time since resurrecting varsity football in 2008. DC's 18-0 victory last week at Barton was the school's second this season and fifth in 12 seasons. Drew Central senior running back Davion Mayo has rushed for 1,091 yards (10.6 YPC) and 13 TDs this fall. McGehee clinches the No. 2 playoff seed with a victory. The Owls salvage a share of the league title with a win and one Rison loss in its final two games.
Palestine-Wheatley at DOLLARWAY (21): Palestine-Wheatley has been eliminated from playoff contention. Dollarway remains alive for the No. 2 playoff seed should it win out and McGehee loses at Drew Central. The Cardinals ran for 402 yards (9.3 YPC) and four TDs in last week's 30-28 win at Class 2A Parkers Chapel, paced by junior Cameron Henderson's 201 yards and two scores.
LAKE VILLAGE is open.