Class 3A Week 10 Rankings, Notes & Picks
Class 3A, Week 10, 2019
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1. Rison (8-1)
2. Prescott (7-2)
3. Osceola (8-1)
4. C. Harmony Grove (7-2)
5. Harding Academy (9-0)
6. Booneville (7-2)
7. Newport (8-1)
8. Glen Rose (7-2)
9. Clinton (8-1)
10. Centerpoint (8-1)
11. Hoxie (7-2)
12. Atkins (7-2)
13. McGehee (8-1)
14. Harrisburg (6-3)
15. Jessieville (7-2)
16. Lamar (7-2)
17. Smackover (5-4)
18. Dollarway (5-4)
19. Mansfield (6-3)
20. Melbourne (7-2)
21. Perryville (5-4)
22. Cedarville (6-3)
23. Walnut Ridge (6-3)
24. Drew Central (5-4)
25. Charleston (4-5)
26. Greenland (5-4)
27. Danville (4-5)
28. Fouke (3-6)
29. Mountain View (5-4)
30. Bismarck (3-6)
31. Barton (3-6)
32. Lake Village (3-5)
33. Genoa Central (4-5)
34. Baptist Prep (3-6)
35. Corning (2-7)
36. Mayflower (2-7)
37. Piggott (1-8)
38. Yellville-Summit (1-8)
39. Paris (3-6)
40. Marshall (2-6)
41. Rose Bud (2-7)
42. Two Rivers (1-8)
43. Manila (2-7)
44. West Fork (0-9)
45. Palestine-Wheatley (0-8)
46. Cedar Ridge (1-8)
47. Horatio (0-9)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 7 Newport at No. 3 Osceola
Winner earns the outright 3-3A league title, No. 1 playoff seed and home-field advantage through the semifinals. The loser settles for the No. 2 playoff seed and a first-round home game against the No. 5 seed from the 2-3A (either Marshall or Yellville-Summit). Osceola has won the past two 3-3A titles and Newport won the league crown in 2016.
Newport led Piggott 42-8 last week at halftime of a 49-30 victory. The Greyhounds rushed for 285 yards on just 14 carries for an astounding 20.4 yards per carry. Newport sophomore quarterback Eli Alcorn completes 70 percent of his passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns with just four interceptions this season. The dual-threat Alcorn has added 714 rushing yards and 10 scores. Senior running back Monquell Cox paces Newport with 717 rushing yards and six TDs and he may be one of the better tackling cornerbacks in the state. Junior 'back Tharon Davis has bolted for 544 yards and a team-high 12 TDs, in addition to his duties at cornerback. Davis has caught 22 passes this season for 502 yards and seven scores (all team-highs). Newport has committed just eight turnovers this season.
Osceola's 32 wins the past three years are its most since playing for four straight state titles 1995-1998. The Seminoles have won eight straight games since a season-opening loss to 5A East champion Valley View in August in the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kickoff Classic. Osceola outscores its opponents 42-12 weekly during the winning streak. Osceola senior QB M.J. Vance has passed for more than 1,300 yards and 12 TDs this season. Vance paces the Osceola rushing attack with more than 600 yards on the ground and 14 scores as a physical inside runner. The all-conference linebacker has made 44 tackles, but is playing fewer reps with his larger role on offense. Senior Greg Hooks paces Osceola with 28 receptions for 562 yards and six scores, while classmate Trey Moore has collected 21 passes for 302 yards and two TDs. Moore is also dangerous in the return game, having returned two punts and two kicks for scores this fall. Sophomore Don Littleton rotates at QB and paces Osceola with 62 stops at linebacker.
Hootens.com correctly predicted 21 of 23 (91 percent) games involving Class 3A schools a week ago. For the season, Hootens.com has correctly predicted 227 of 272 (85 percent) of games involving Class 3A schools.
WEEK 10 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
Cedarville at BOONEVILLE (21): Cedarville needs to win and for either Greenland or Mansfield to lose to reach the playoffs. Booneville is the 1-3A league champion and will be the No. 1 playoff seed, including a first-round postseason bye. Booneville has won 35 league title in school history. Cedarville's Darryl Kattich ran for 236 yards and two TDs and Tommy Metcalf bolted for 106 yards in last week's 43-26 loss to Mansfield. Booneville logged 377 yards in last week's 35-7 win over Lamar.
MANSFIELD (28) at Paris: Paris has been eliminated from playoff contention. Mansfield makes the playoffs with a win, or losses by Greenland and/or Cedarville. Mansfield led Cedarville 25-14 last week at halftime of a 43-26 win. Mansfield senior all-state QB Ethan Stovall completed passes to five receivers for 185 yards and three TDs. Senior Tyler Holmes collected three passes for 68 yards and a score and he also intercepted a pass.
LAMAR (7) at Charleston: Winner is the No. 2 playoff seed. Charleston forced three turnovers in last week's 35-0 win at West Fork. Senior Shane Turner recovered two fumbles. Lamar held Booneville to just 116 first-half yards, but surrendered 261 after halftime in last week's 35-7 defeat.
GREENLAND (33) at West Fork: West Fork needs a win to avoid its first winless season since 2017. Greenland clinches the No. 4 playoff seed with a win, as it owns head-to-head tiebreakers against Mansfield and Cedarville. Greenland senior Zaylen Bryant caught six passes for 123 yards and two TDs and junior running back Jett Dennis ran for 98 yards and a score in last week's 42-6 win over Paris. Greenland racked up 400 yards against Paris.
Mountain View at CLINTON (28): Mountain View likely forces a three-way tie for second place in the league should it win. Clinton clinches the No. 2 playoff seed with a victory. Mountain View senior QB Tim Curran and junior playmaker J'air Jackson scored two TDs apiece in last week's 36-20 win over Yellville-Summit. Clinton's seniors have won 31 games in their careers, tied for the most in school history. Clinton's 45-20 win last week at Marshall was its 18th consecutive road victory.
HARDING ACADEMY (35) at Cedar Ridge: Cedar Ridge misses the playoffs. Harding Academy is the 2-3A league champion and will be the No. 1 playoff seed. Harding Academy has not allowed a point since beating Mountain View 48-6 Week 6 (outscored opponents 143-0 the last three weeks).
MELBOURNE (36) at Rose Bud: Rose Bud has been eliminated from playoff contention, but the Ramblers expect to return their leading passer (junior Steven Cox), rusher (junior Dakota Sprankle), and two leading receivers (Dawson Robertson and Juan Cuevas) in 2020. Melbourne clinches the No. 3 playoff seed with a win. As the No. 3 playoff seed, Melbourne would play at the No. 3 team from the 5-3A (likely Centerpoint).
MARSHALL (1) at Yellville-Summit: Winner advances to the playoffs and the loser misses the postseason. Yellville-Summit surrendered several big plays in last week's 36-20 loss at Mountain View. Marshall racked up 294 yards last week, but lost 45-20 to Clinton. Tyler Horton, Dagyn Williams and Hunter House scored TDs for Marshall.
Newport at OSCEOLA (14): See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
Walnut Ridge at HOXIE (10) (Thursday): A Walnut Ridge win could force a three-way tie for the No. 3 playoff seed and tiebreaker points would be used. Walnut Ridge senior QB Andrew Brewer passed for 225 yards and five TDs in last week's 42-15 win over Manila. Junior Cole Manning ran for 210 yards and a score. The Hoxie Mustangs galloped to a 28-7 halftime lead in last week's 35-27 win at Harrisburg. Hoxie junior QB Daylon Powell scored two TDs.
Manila at HARRISBURG (27): Manila has been eliminated from playoff contention. The Lions last week surrendered 447 yards in a 42-15 loss to Walnut Ridge. Harrisburg scored three second-half TDs last week, but lost 35-27 to Hoxie. Harrisburg clinches the No. 4 playoff seed with a win, but could drop to the No. 5 seed if it loses and Walnut Ridge beats Hoxie. Harrisburg owns the tiebreaker over Walnut Ridge, but not Hoxie.
Piggott at CORNING (1) (Thursday): Neither team will make the playoffs, but the winner finishes No. 6 in the standings. Piggott has won seven straight against its Clay County rival, including 66-6 a year ago.
Baptist Prep at GLEN ROSE (21): Baptist Prep clinches a playoff berth with a victory or a Danville loss. Senior Hunter Teaster (131 yards) and sophomore Isaac Devine (105 yards) eclipsed the century mark against Two Rivers. Glen Rose will be the No. 1 playoff seed and it earns an outright 4-3A title with a win. Glen Rose earned a share of title with a 35-7 win last week at Atkins. Senior receiver Matthew Clark hauled in two passes for 118 yards and two TDs at Atkins. Senior lineman Trey McKim recorded three sacks at Atkins.
ATKINS (35) at Two Rivers (Thursday): Two Rivers has been eliminated from playoff contention. The Gators surrendered 519 yards in last week's 47-16 loss at Baptist Prep. Atkins will the No. 2 playoff seed. The Red Devils must recover from last week's 35-7 loss to Glen Rose. Atkins trailed Glen Rose 21-7 in the fourth quarter, but allowed a pair of fourth-quarter TDs.
JESSIEVILLE (25) at Mayflower (Thursday): Mayflower misses the playoffs, but the Eagles expect to return their leading rusher (sophomore Nini Taylor) and promising junior receiver J.T. Colvin in 2020. Sophomore Gabe Morris leads Mayflower this year with 90 tackles. Jessieville's seven wins are its most since 2012 and an eighth win would be its most since 2011.
PERRYVILLE (10) at Danville: Danville must win this game by two points or more and have Glen Rose beat Baptist Prep to make the playoffs. Danville likely returns its leading passer and rusher (sophomore QB Lawson Wilkins), two 200-yard rushers (Julian Becerra and Gabe Stanley), its top two receivers (Solomon Gilkey and Stanley) and its top two linemen (Josh Street and Jarrett Wilkins) next season. Perryville mauled Mayflower 47-22 a week ago behind senior Reid Standrige's 478 yards and six TDs. Seven Perryville receivers caught passes and three Mustang defenders logged 11 tackles or more.
PRESCOTT (28) at Centerpoint (Thursday): Centerpoint earns a share of its first league title since 1978 with a win and it could earn the No. 1 playoff seed with a win and a Camden Harmony Grove loss. Prescott routed Harmony Grove 60-32 a week ago, scoring TDs on seven straight drives bridging the first and third quarters. The Curley Wolves logged 509 yards (356 rushing).
Smackover at C. HARMONY GROVE (14) (Thursday): Smackover could force a three-way tie for second place in the 5-3A with a win and a Centerpoint loss. Smackover senior Jaqueze Modica ran for 213 yards and two TDs in last week's 28-20 win at Bismarck. Harmony Grove must regroup after last week's 60-32 loss at Prescott. All-state senior playmaker Xaylon Falls zigged and zagged for a long TD run at Prescott and later returned a kickoff for a score. The Hornets clinch the No. 2 playoff seed with a victory, which would earn them two home playoff games.
Horatio at FOUKE (7) (Thursday): Horatio has been eliminated from playoff contention, but the Lions likely return their leading passer (Lane Moya), top two rushers (Connor Barron and Landon Rowe) and three starting linemen in 2020. Fouke needs to win and have Bismarck beat Genoa Central to force a three-way tie for the final playoff spot. The tie would then be settled by tiebreaker points.
Bismarck at GENOA CENTRAL (1) (Thursday): Bismarck makes the playoffs with a victory and a Fouke loss. Should Fouke win, it would create a three-way tie for the final playoff spot and would go to tiebreaker points. Genoa Central clinches the first playoff berth in program history (since 2010) with a win and could still advance with a loss depending on tiebreaker points. Genoa notched a crucial 34-32 win last week against cross-town rival Fouke, its first victory over the Panthers in school history (1-9 all time).
Dollarway at RISON (14): Dollarway earns a share of the league title and forces a three-way tie for first place (with McGehee) with a victory. The Nos. 1-3 playoff seeds would be determined by tiebreaker points. Dollarway has not won a conference championship since 2014. The Cardinals rolled up 392 yards in last week's 48-7 win over Palestine-Wheatley. Senior QB Terrence Brown racked up 237 tandem yards and four scores. Rison earned at least a share of the league title (33rd in school history) in last week's 47-0 win at Barton. Rison allowed minus-36 yards last week to Barton, led by senior Austin Cargile's four tackles for loss. It was Rison's sixth shutout of the season and the Wildcats' starting defense has not allowed a point since a Week 1 defeat to Class 2A Fordyce. Rison allows a Class 3A low 7.4 points per game.
McGehee at FORDYCE (14): McGehee can earn a share of the league title if Dollarway beats Rison. McGehee sophomore safety Jody Easter has recorded 60 tackles, intercepted two passes and returned two punts for TDs this season for a defense that has allowed two TDs or less five times this year. McGehee senior center Riley Robinson returned to the lineup last week in the Owls' 24-0 win at Drew Central.
LAKE VILLAGE (1) at Barton: Winner advances to the playoffs, loser is eliminated. Barton last week committed three turnovers in a 47-0 loss to Rison. Barton did return seven kicks for 120 yards. Lake Village will have two weeks to get ready for this game following an open date last week. Lake Village lost to Rison 44-0 two weeks ago, managing 57 yards.
DREW CENTRAL (10) at Palestine-Wheatley (Thursday): Palestine-Wheatley is eliminated from playoff contention, but the Patriots likely return their leading passer (Bryce Hobson), promising running back Zack Gourley and three starting linemen in 2020. Drew Central is in the playoffs for the first time since resurrecting its program in 2008, and the Pirates are locked into the No. 4 playoff seed. Drew Central opens its playoff run next week at the No. 3 seed from the 3-3A, likely Hoxie.