Class 3A - Week 10 - 2015
Class 3A, Week 10, 2015
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1. Smackover (7-2)
2. Harding Academy (8-1)
3. Fordyce (6-3)
4. Danville (6-3)
5. Lamar (8-1)
6. C. Harmony Grove (6-3)
7. Prescott (7-2)
8. Glen Rose (7-2)
9. Episcopal Collegiate (7-1)
10. Charleston (5-4)
11. Rivercrest (6-3)
12. Hoxie (7-2)
13. Centerpoint (6-3)
14. Fouke (6-3)
15. Paris (5-4)
16. H. G. Haskell (5-4)
17. Greenland (9-0)
18. Bald Knob (6-3)
19. Osceola (5-4)
20. Booneville (3-6)
21. Cedar Ridge (6-3)
22. McGehee (3-6)
23. Horatio (5-4)
24. Manila (6-3)
25. Piggott (5-4)
26. West Fork (6-3)
27. Atkins (5-4)
28. Mansfield (3-6)
29. Lavaca (4-5)
30. Melbourne (4-5)
31. Jessieville (3-6)
32. Mayflower (3-6)
33. Perryville (4-5)
34. Marianna (5-4)
35. Elkins (4-5)
36. Mountain View (5-4)
37. Two Rivers (2-7)
38. Green Forest (3-6)
39. Barton (2-7)
40. Genoa Central (2-7)
41. Rose Bud (1-8)
42. Marshall (2-7)
43. Cedarville (2-7)
44. Corning (0-9)
45. Yellville-Summit (0-9)
46. Bismarck (1-8)
47. Drew Central (2-7)
48. Lake Village (0-9)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 18 Bald Knob at No. 2 Harding Academy
Winner takes all in the 2-3A and will play at home in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The loser plays host to Episcopal Collegiate or Glen Rose in the first round.
Bald Knob has won six straight games since starting the season 0-3. The Bulldogs feature a pair of explosive playmakers in juniors DeShawn Gulledge and Dominic Harp. Gulledge gains 13.4 yards per play, rushing for 690 yards and 11 touchdowns this fall. He has 34 catches for 499 yards and nine TDs. Harp leads Bald Knob with 135 carries for 1,053 yards (7.8 yards per carry) and 11 TDs. All-league senior receiver Jawan Washington has 23 receptions for 369 yards and five scores. All-conference senior linebacker Jacob Gilmore paces the Bulldogs with 117 tackles (15 for loss). Gilmore did not play in last year's 28-21 loss to Harding Academy after injuring his knee the week before.
Harding Academy has won 51 consecutive conference games, including last week's 50-12 rout of Mayflower. The Wildcats led 36-6 at halftime. Senior quarterback Alex Francis completed 19 of 21 passes for 256 yards and four TDs. Three weeks ago, Bald Knob scored three times in the fourth quarter to beat Mayflower 35-21. Francis has passed for 2,029 yards and 26 TDs this fall, completing 66 percent of his passes, while throwing just four interceptions. Four receivers have caught at least 20 passes, including senior Luke Fouts (team-high nine TDs). Harding's defense has improved from a year ago, and the return of all-league senior end Miles Clements makes the Wildcats that much better. Clements, who missed four weeks with an injury, racked up three tackles for loss last week at Mayflower. Watch highlights of Bald Knob's Week 9 win over Marianna here.
HOOTENS TV SHOW
Hooten's Arkansas Football airs 11 a.m. on KATV 7 (ABC-Little Rock) Saturdays this fall. The show features the Hogs and their opponents. Prescott sophomore QB Cade Haynie will be featured as the Arkansas Air Guard Scholar Athlete of the Week.
Hootens.com correctly picked 21 of 24 games (88 percent) involving 3A teams, nailing the spread of Perryville by one point over Barton. For the season, hootens.com has correctly predicted 218 of 278 winners (78 percent).
WEEK 10 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
MOUNTAIN VIEW (12) at Cedarville: Both teams fighting for the league's final two playoff spots along with Green Forest. Mountain View all-state senior TB Josh Burns ran 10 times for 79 yards and a TD in last week's 36-14 win at Marshall. Burns missed five weeks this season with a broken foot. Cedarville's last five games have been decided by 10 points or less. Max Washausen took over as interim head coach two weeks ago. Coach Kevin Lea has not resigned but will not coach, while the District handles his personnel matter. The Pirates beat Yellville-Summit 21-13 last week, giving up 270 yards on 58 carries. Two weeks ago, Mountain View defeated Yellville-Summit 28-21, allowing 178 yards on 44 carries.
Green Forest at ELKINS (20): Green Forest must win to make the playoffs. The Tigers need a big night from junior QB Cory Bryant running the ball. Elkins has earned the No. 3 playoff seed and likely plays host to No. 13 Centerpoint in the first round. The Elks beat Green Forest 44-26 a year ago.
West Fork at GREENLAND (12): Winner takes all in the 1-3A and enjoys home-field advantage in the playoffs. The loser earns the No. 2 seed and plays host to the third seed from the 3-3A in the first round. West Fork has defeated Greenland five of the past six meetings, including 22-13 last season. Senior QB Colton Wise has passed for more than 4,000 yards and 38 TDs in his career. Senior TB/LB Brayden Burnett leads West Fork this fall with 1,019 all-purpose yards, 14 TDs and 72 tackles (10 TFL). Greenland averages 39 ppg in league play this fall, while shutting out four opponents. Senior QB Cole Self has completed 82 of 134 passes (61 percent) for 1,318 yards and 20 TDs. Senior RB Alex Sisemore paces the Pirates with 213 carries for 1,302 yards and 16 scores. Junior LB Paycen Dennis leads Greenland with 58 tackles (10 TFL), four sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.
Marshall at YELLVILLE-SUMMIT (2): Marshall allows 37 ppg in league play. Yellville-Summit senior Cale Howk ran 31 times for 143 yards in last week's 21-13 loss to Cedarville. Marshall beat Cedarville 52-43 two weeks ago.
BARTON (16) at Rose Bud (Tue.): Kickoff at 6:00 p.m. Winner leaves the loser in the 2-3A basement. Barton lost to Perryville 21-20 last week. Senior slotback Cameron Anderson ran 27 times for 286 yards and two TDs. Three weeks ago, Rose Bud lost at Perryville 42-13.
ATKINS (18) at Perryville (Thurs.): Two of four teams battling for the final three playoff seeds. The No. 3 seed plays at home in the first round, while the fourth and fifth seeds travel to south Arkansas. Atkins mercy-ruled Rose Bud by halftime in last week's 43-6 victory. Junior QB Seth Haney triggers the Red Devils' Spread attack. Perryville scored twice in the fourth quarter last week to win at Barton 21-20. The Mustangs rushed for 316 yards, led by senior QB Dalton Everett (21 carries, 109 yards) and senior slotback Derik Boyette (21 carries, 120 yards, one TD).
Bald Knob at HARDING ACADEMY (12) (Thurs.): See Hootens.com Game of the Week. Watch highlights of Bald Knob's Week 9 win over Marianna here.
MAYFLOWER (1) at Marianna: Two of four teams battling for the final three playoff seeds. The No. 3 seed plays at home in the first round, while the fourth and fifth seeds travel to south Arkansas. Both squads coming off mercy-rule losses last week. Mayflower gave up 400 total yards in a 50-12 loss at Harding Academy. Marianna dressed 19 players in a 56-26 loss at Bald Knob. Senior RB/LB Jermarcus Arnold caught a TD pass, threw a TD pass and returned an interception for a score. Three weeks ago, Bald Knob scored three TDs in the fourth quarter to beat Mayflower 35-21. Watch highlights of Marianna's Week 9 loss to Bald Knob here.
CEDAR RIDGE (8) at Melbourne (Thurs.): Cedar Ridge is playoff bound regardless of the outcome. The Timberwolves likely travel to northwest Arkansas as the No. 3 seed. A loss sends Cedar Ridge to top-ranked Smackover. Melbourne beat Corning 46-24 a month ago for its only league victory.
PIGGOTT (6) at Corning (Thurs.): Strictly bragging rights on the line in the annual Clay County Rice Bowl. Piggott falls short of the making the playoffs. The Mohawks beat Osceola 27-22 Week 4 but lost to Cedar Ridge by two points in overtime Week 6. Piggott has defeated Corning the past three seasons.
HOXIE (7) at Manila (Thurs.): At least a share of the league title and home playoff game on the line for Hoxie. The Mustangs earn the conference championship outright with a win and Rivercrest loss. Manila has won three in a row to reach the postseason for the first time in school history.
Osceola at RIVERCREST (5): Five of Osceola's six league games have been decided by 12 points or less, including last week's 33-21 win at Cedar Ridge. Two weeks ago, Osceola edged Melbourne 28-27. Rivercrest beat Melbourne 49-14 last week. All-state senior RB Cecil Langston ran 36 times for a school-record 435 yards and five TDs. Langston has 183 carries for 1,872 yards (10.2 ypc) and 21 TDs this season. The Colts have won five straight in this Mississippi County rivalry.
BOONEVILLE (7) at Lavaca: Booneville has won two in a row to position itself for the playoffs. The Bearcats are coming off last week's 39-32 win over Charleston, their best performance of the year. Booneville intercepted two passes in the final 13 minutes, including one that senior Jeff Dobbs returned 58 yards for a score. Junior FB Caleb Draper ran 30 times for 114 yards and three TDs. Lavaca lost at Mansfield 28-14 and can't make the playoffs. The Golden Arrows beat 1-3A playoff qualifier Elkins 21-0 Week 2.
Mansfield at CHARLESTON (13): Mansfield must win and get some help to make the playoffs. Charleston earns the No. 3 playoff seed with a victory. The Tigers likely travel to top-ranked Smackover in the second round.
DANVILLE (31) at Two Rivers: Danville scored twice in the fourth quarter last week to beat Paris 35-27. The Little Johns earn a share of the league title, the No. 1 playoff seed and home-field advantage throughout. Two Rivers has dropped its last five games by an average of 39 points.
LAMAR (1) at Paris: Lamar grabs the No. 2 playoff seed with a win. The Warriors have defeated Paris the past two seasons. Paris likely makes the playoffs as the fourth seed. The Eagles pushed Danville last week in a 35-27 loss. Two weeks ago, Danville thumped Lamar 40-15.
Horatio at H.G. HASKELL (2) (Thurs.): The winner earns the league's final playoff seed, while the loser stays at home. Horatio averages 286 yards rushing per game in league play. Senior FB/LB Dante Jones paces the Lions this year with 108 carries for 691 yards, 10 TDs and 121 tackles (13.5 TFL). Harmony Grove has rushed for 271 yards per game the past five weeks since managing 15 yards on 22 carries in a 47-0 loss at Glen Rose. All-state senior RB Jon Johnson leads Harmony Grove this fall with 212 carries for 1,527 yards and 25 TDs. The Cardinals have the ability to keep defenses honest with senior QB Dakota Rains (650 yards, six TDs).
CENTERPOINT (34) at Bismarck (Thurs.): Centerpoint moves to 7-3 before playing host to Elkins in the first round of the playoffs.
PRESCOTT (28) at Jessieville (Thurs.): Prescott claims its sixth league title in the past eight years. The Curley Wolves could play at Harding Academy in the semifinals. Jessieville misses the playoffs for the third straight season.
Episcopal Collegiate at GLEN ROSE (6): Winner grabs the No. 2 playoff seed, playing host to McGehee in the first round. The loser likely travels to Bald Knob as the No. 3 seed. Both teams could meet again in the quarterfinals. Four of Episcopal Collegiate's five league wins have been by an average of nine points. All-state senior receiver Allie Freeman caught a TD pass, ran 76 yards for a score and returned a punt 69 yards for a TD in last week's 42-30 win over Harmony Grove. Glen Rose should be able to run the ball successfully behind senior RB Jordan Johnson (1,795 yards, 22 TDs) and limit Episcopal Collegiate's possessions.
Drew Central at C. HARMONY GROVE (29) (Thurs.): Harmony Grove tunes up for a home playoff game as the No. 3 seed. The Hornets likely travel to Greenland in the second round.
Lake Village at FOUKE (28) (Thurs.): Fouke finishes as the No. 4 playoff seed and likely travels to Hoxie in the first round.
SMACKOVER (43) at Genoa Central (Thurs.): Smackover sweeps the 6-3A for the second straight season. The Buckaroos could meet Harmony Grove in the quarterfinals.
FORDYCE (8) at McGehee: Fordyce has won five league games by an average of 33 points, including last week's 39-6 win over Harmony Grove. All-league senior RB Jakeymes Gates ran 34 times for 255 yards and three TDs. Gates paces the Redbugs this fall with 159 carries for 1,427 yards and 20 TDs. McGehee has won two of the past three meetings with Fordyce. A year ago, the Owls held Gates to 75 yards on 20 carries in a 27-12 victory.