Class 4A Week 10 Rankings, Notes & Picks
Class 4A, Week 10, 2018
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1. Warren (8-0)
2. Shiloh Christian (8-1)
3. Joe T. Robinson (7-2)
4. Ozark (7-2)
5. Bauxite (8-1)
6. Dardanelle (8-1)
7. Hamburg (7-2)
8. Dumas (8-1)
9. Arkadelphia (4-5)
10. Stuttgart (7-1)
11. Rivercrest (8-1)
12. Nashville (7-2)
13. Trumann (6-3)
14. Pea Ridge (7-2)
15. Heber Springs (5-4)
16. Helena (7-2)
17. Jonesboro Westside (7-2)
18. Lincoln (7-2)
19. Mena (6-3)
20. Elkins (7-2)
21. Prairie Grove (5-4)
22. CAC (5-4)
23. Pottsville (4-5)
24. Lonoke (4-5)
25. Southside Batesville (5-4)
26. Fountain Lake (5-4)
27. Gosnell (5-4)
28. Harmony Grove Haskell (5-4)
29. Bald Knob (4-5)
30. Star City (3-6)
31. Pocahontas (3-6)
32. Ashdown (3-6)
33. Crossett (2-6)
34. DeWitt (3-6)
35. Gentry (2-7)
36. Riverview (2-7)
37. Brookland (2-7)
38. Berryville (3-6)
39. Waldron (2-7)
40. Gravette (1-8)
41. Cave City (1-8)
42. Highland (1-8)
43. Monticello (0-9)
44. Mills (0-9)
45. Malvern (0-9)
46. Dover (1-8)
47. Subiaco Academy (1-8)
48. Green Forest (1-8)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 2 Shiloh Christian at No. 14 Pea Ridge
It's senior night in Pea Ridge, and the winner gets the conference title, No. 1 seed and home field advantage until at least the semifinals. Pea Ridge has won or shared two of the past four league crowns, while Shiloh Christian hasn't won a conference title since 2010.
Pea Ridge has won seven straight games after starting the season 0-2 (lost to Class 5A Harrison and Maumelle by a total of 95-44) and the Blackhawks have held five of the past seven opponents to a touchdown or less. Senior Carson Rhine played quarterback the past three games, completing 86 percent of his passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Samuel Beard ran for three TDs in last week's 48-0 win over Green Forest, and he has 964 yards and nine TDs this year, while Rhine has rushed for 402 yards and five TDs. Senior linebacker Tristian Brewer (66 tackles) and junior Gavin Ward (61 tackles, 13 tackles for loss) pace the suffocating defense.
The Shiloh Christian Saints have won eight straight since losing to Class 5A No. 3 Texarkana in the opener. “Our 15 seniors made it a goal to play for and win a conference championship,” Coach Jeff Conaway says. Junior Eli Reece and sophomore Jaiden Henry split snaps at QB. Reece has passed for more than 1,300 yards and 18 TDs, while Henry has passed for more than 700 yards and eight TDs. Senior Jaret Russ averages 5.2 yards per carry and has 21 receptions for 261 yards this year. Senior safety Micah Button (53 tackles, three interceptions) and outside linebacker Preston Hall (27 tackles, one interception) are leaders for Shiloh's defense.
Hootens.com correctly predicted 21 of 24 games last week (88 percent). Hootens.com has predicted 196 of 228 games this year (86 percent).
WEEK 10 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
SHILOH CHRISTIAN (7) at Pea Ridge: Hootens.com Class 4A Game of the Week.
GENTRY (14) at Gravette: Gentry gets the No. 5 seed with a win. The Pioneers led Lincoln by one point in the second quarter last week's 25-point setback. Gentry junior QB Brandon Atwood has passed for 1,225 yards and nine TDs this year, often looking for senior Peyton Wright (51 catches, 461 yards and three TDs) and sophomore Zack Jarnagan (25 catches, 335 yards and four TDs).
PRAIRIE GROVE (3) at Lincoln: The winner gets the No. 3 playoff seed, the loser gets the No. 4 seed. Lincoln hasn't been to the playoffs since 2015. The Wolves scored 32 unanswered points in last week's 38-13 win over Gentry. Senior QB Caleb Lloyd threw a TD pass and ran for another a week ago. Prairie Grove sophomore Cade Grant bolted 52 yards on fourth-and-inches in the second half last week for the clinching TD against Berryville.
Green Forest at BERRYVILLE (15): Neither team makes the playoffs, but both want to win the Carroll County Clash. Berryville lost to Prairie Grove by 15 points last week and mercy-ruled Gravette Week 7. Bobcat sophomore QB J.D. Smith ran for a TD a week ago. Green Forest hasn't scored a point in its conference games, losing six straight by a combined 287-0.
Riverview at LONOKE (13) (Thurs.): Lonoke, losers of three straight, gets the No. 4 seed with a win. The Jackrabbits rush for 223 yards weekly, paced by sophomore Anthony Parks (68 carries, 576 yards and four TDs) and senior QB Braidon Bryant (75 carries, 549 yards and nine TDs). Riverview has lost three straight games by a total of 122-29 and can't qualify for the playoffs.
STUTTGART (20) at CAC: Stuttgart is the league champ, No. 1 seed and likely hosts Warren in the quarterfinals. Senior David Walker ran for a pair of TDs and caught a TD pass in last week's mercy-rule win over Lonoke. CAC returns to the playoffs after last year's disastrous 1-9 season.
Bald Knob at SOUTHSIDE BATESVILLE (10): The winner gets in the playoffs, and the loser doesn't. Bald Knob's league wins were over Mills and Riverview by a combined 59-28, while Southside Batesville beat those teams by a combined 91-21. Bald Knob has beaten Southside Batesville six of the past eight seasons.
Mills at HEBER SPRINGS (26): Heber Springs finishes as the No. 2 seed and hosts a first round playoff game. Three of the Panthers' four losses this year are by three points or less, including a 36-33 setback at No. 10 Stuttgart Week 5. Junior QB Adam Martin “makes them go,” an opposing coach says. Martin has completed 83 of 147 passes (57 percent) this year for 1,287 yards and nine TDs, and rushed for three TDs. Winless Mills has been outscored this year by an average of 38-12.
Cave City at TRUMANN (21): These teams have split the past six meetings. Improved Trumann likely ties for the league title and finishes as the No. 2 seed. The Wildcats have five straight wins, capped with last week's 16-point triumph over Jonesboro Westside. M.J. Barnes caught a pair of TD passes, while Jay Taylor Morgan ran for two scores in the fourth quarter. Barnes paces a D that has allowed two TDs or less in five of the past six games. Cave City misses the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
POCAHONTAS (14) at Highland: Pocahontas returns to the playoffs for the eighth straight year as the No. 5 seed (plays at Heber Springs in first round) with a victory, or if Brookland losses at Rivercrest. Highland tries to avoid its first winless conference campaign since 2008.
Brookland at RIVERCREST (21): Brookland has won two straight games and gets in the playoffs for the first time with a win and Pocahontas loss. Rivercrest gets the No. 1 seed with a victory. Colt senior QB Demilon Brown has passed for 451 yards and three TDs and rushed for 822 yards and 14 TDs this year, while senior Kentavious Robinson has rushed for 1,383 yards and 15 TDs. Junior Easton Elder paces the D with 65 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
JONESBORO WESTSIDE (2) at Gosnell: Jonesboro Westside can tie for the conference title with a win, but needs massive assistance to get anything higher than the No. 3 seed. The Warriors led Trumann 19-6 in the second quarter a week ago, but trailed by two points at halftime and lost 49-33. Jonesboro Westside rushes for 422 yards weekly, paced by senior David Fowler (1,314 yards and 16 TDs) and junior Logan McPherson (1,079 yards and 18 TDs). Gosnell has never lost to Jonesboro Westside, and the Pirates finish as the No. 3 seed with a win. Sophomore linebacker Garrett Gentry tops the tackle charts with 75 stops.
WALDRON (3) at Dover (Thurs.): Neither team makes the playoffs. Dover has beaten Waldron eight of the past 12 seasons. Waldron senior running back Jarrod Starr has a team-best 425 yards and seven TDs this season. Dover averages eight ppg. The switched from the Wing T to a Spread offense a month ago, and put up a season-best 21 points last week.
OZARK (13) at Elkins: Ozark is the No. 1 seed regardless of the outcome and have their first league title since 2011. Senior QB Dawson Dietz threw three first-half TD passes in last week's 41-point win over Waldron. Dietz completes 66 percent of his passes this year for 1,717 yards and 18 TDs, and rushed for 389 yards and five TDs. Elkins junior QB Quin McClain completes 65 percent of his passes this year for 2,039 yards and 24 TDs, and rushed for 832 yards and 15 TDs.
DARDANELLE (6) at Mena: The winner gets the No. 2 seed. Dardanelle finishes No. 3 if it loses, while Mena could tumble to No. 5 with a loss. Dardanelle has won three of the past four over Mena. Dardanelle scored four unanswered TDs in a 10-minute span last week to ease past Elkins by 13 points. Mena sophomore QB Max Montgomery has passed for 1,612 yards and 17 TDs this year.
Subiaco Academy at POTTSVILLE (24): Pottsville has beaten Subiaco Academy 10 of the past 12 seasons. The Apaches are in the playoffs as the No. 4 or No. 5 seed. Pottsville senior Kurtis Kemp has rushed for more than 1,000 yards this year. Subiaco Academy hasn't been to the playoffs since 2010.
JOE T. ROBINSON (31) at H. Grove Haskell (Thurs.): Haskell needs to win or have Ashdown upset Fountain Lake to make the playoffs, while Joe T. Robinson finishes as either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed with a win. Haskell missed an extra point in the fourth quarter of last week's one-point loss at Fountain Lake. Joe T. Robinson senior Mekel Kentel ran five times for 117 yards and four TDs and returned an interception for a TD in last week's 44-point win over Ashdown. Kentel averages 13 yards per carry and 16.7 yards per reception this year.
Nashville at BAUXITE (1): Bauxite is the No. 1 seed with a win, and likely the No. 4 seed with a loss. The Miners led at Arkadelphia 12-10 in the fourth quarter last week before allowing a pair of late TDs in their first setback of 2018. Bauxite rushes for 313 yards weekly. Senior Dawson Dabbs has rushed for 1,193 yards and and 11 TDs this year, while QB Seth McDowell has 17 TDs. Nashville likely finishes as the No. 3 seed with a win and No. 4 seed with a loss. Scrapper junior Carmillias Morrison ran nine times for 102 yards and three TDs in the first half of last week's 59-point win over Malvern.
ARKADELPHIA (40) at Malvern: The Ouachita River Rumble (hosted by College of the Ouachitas) winner gets a title belt, and each team MVP gets a scholarship. Arkadelphia can finish as conference runner-up and the No. 2 seed (if Bauxite losses Week 10) after last week's 12-point win over Bauxite. The Badgers have won four straight games by a combined 147-30. Malvern gets outscored weekly 40-7. But help arrives next year after the junior Leopards won their conference championship.
FOUNTAIN LAKE (2) at Ashdown: Fountain Lake has won two straight games and gets the No. 5 seed with a win and Haskell loss. Senior Joe Murphy kicked the winning extra point with 47 seconds left in last week's 35-34 triumph over Harmony Grove Haskell. Ashdown, losers of three straight games, misses the playoffs in 2018 after advancing to the quarterfinals a year ago.
Dumas at HAMBURG (3) (Thurs.): The winner gets the No. 2 seed and plays at home until the quarterfinals. Hamburg has won nine of the past 17 in the series. Hamburg trailed Warren 20-14 in the fourth quarter last week, while Dumas trailed Warren by two points in the third quarter a month ago. Hamburg senior QB Jonathan Kelley has passed for 1,583 yards and 16 TDs this year. Dumas coach Max Pennington graduated from Hamburg in 1996. Dumas rushes for 274 yards weekly. Junior QB Chris Harris has passed for 987 yards and nine TDs this year, while rushing for 1,118 yards and 19 TDs.
Helena at WARREN (16) (Thurs.): Warren has clinched its seventh straight league title and 15th since 2000. Senior Keemontrae McKnight ran for a pair of TDs and caught a 69-yard TD pass in last week's 22-point win over Hamburg. Helena finishes as the No. 4 seed and plays at either Shiloh Christian or Pea Ridge next week.
Crossett at STAR CITY (1) (Thurs.): The winner goes to the playoffs (third straight year this game determines a playoff spot), gets the No. 5 seed and plays at either Shiloh Christian or Pea Ridge next week. These teams have split the past six meetings. Crossett led Helena 7-6 in the middle of the second quarter a week ago, but lost by 20 points. Improving Star City lost to Helena two weeks ago by 11 points and dumped DeWitt 51-12 a week ago.
Monticello at DEWITT (6) (Thurs.): Neither team can make the playoffs. Monticello has won five of the past six over DeWitt since joining the conference in 2012. The Billies try to avoid their first winless season since 1959. Conference opponents have outscored them by an average of 50-14. DeWitt started the season 3-0, but has lost its six conference games by an average of 41-16.