Class 5A Week 11 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 5A Week 11 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 5A, Wk 11, 2021
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1. Pulaski Academy (9-1)
2. Greenbrier (10-0)
3. White Hall (8-2)
4. Nettleton (10-0)
5. Vilonia (9-1)
6. LR Christian (8-2)
7. Camden Fairview (9-1)
8. Wynne (9-1)
9. Farmington (8-2)
10. Harrison (7-3)
11. Valley View (7-3)
12. Magnolia (5-5)
13. Maumelle (4-6)
14. HS Lakeside (5-4)
15. Hot Springs (5-5)
16. Greene Co. Tech (5-5)
17. Batesville (3-7)
18. Brookland (5-5)
19. Hope (2-8)
20. Alma (3-7)
21. Clarksville (2-8)
22. Morrilton (3-7)
23. Beebe (3-6)
24. Pea Ridge (2-7)
25. Texarkana (2-7)
26. Jacksonville (1-8)
27. De Queen (1-9)
28. Forrest City (2-8)
29. Watson Chapel (0-8)
30. Paragould (0-9)

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 6 LR Christian at No. 5 Vilonia

Vilonia must emotionally regroup after last week's 23-point loss at Greenbrier in the 5A West title game. The potent Eagle offense struggled, gaining a season-low 242 yards. Senior quarterback Austin Meyers completed 13 of 30 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown, while Vilonia's running attack generated just 96 yards. Meyers completes 70.2 percent of his passes this fall for 3,034 yards and 42 TDs with four interceptions. Senior Kannon Bartlett leads a talented receiver group with 47 receptions for 1,017 yards and 14 TDs, while classmate Jamison Hinsley has 65 snags for 914 yards and 12 TDs. Senior strong safety Ethan Cash, who collected 16 stops at Greenbrier, paces the Eagles this fall with 110 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss. Hinsley has 37 tackles and three interceptions, while senior free safety Dustin Jones has 23 stops and three interceptions.
Little Rock Christian finished third in the 5A Central after losing to White Hall 14-10 Week 5. The Warriors whipped Jacksonville and Watson Chapel the past two weeks by a combined 105-18. Senior Jayvean Dyer-Jones ran four times for 126 yards and two TDs in last week's 37-point triumph at Watson Chapel, while sophomore QB Walker White threw three TDs. Senior Ben Ridings caught a TD pass, and on defense registered a sack and an interception. Dyer-Jones has rushed for 1,238 yards and 15 TDs this fall, while White has passed for almost 1,600 yards and 17 TDs.
Common opponents: Vilonia beat Maumelle 34-32 in Week 2 and two weeks later LR Christian beat Maumelle 16-10. 
Watch extended highlights of LR Christian’s 14-10 loss to White Hall earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of LR Christian’s 38-20 win over Searcy earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Vilonia’s 34-32 win over Maumelle earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Vilonia’s 40-28 win over Russellville earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Vilonia’s 28-14 win over Harrison earlier this year.

LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly predicted 12 of 14 games (86 percent). For the season, Hootens.com has predicted 165 of 187 games (88 percent).
 
WEEK 11 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
TOP OF THE BRACKET
Maumelle at GREENBRIER (17):
Greenbrier secured its first conference title since 2017 last week by dominating previously unbeaten Vilonia 45-22. Greenbrier's D held Vilonia to its lowest scoring output of the season, while the Panthers put up 493 yards. Senior QB Cooper Wilcox completed 17 of 27 passes for 214 yards and three TDs, while rushing for 72 yards and a TD. Senior RB Nick Huett ran 26 times for 177 yards and three TDs. Opposing coaches rave about Greenbrier receivers Carter McElhany, Thratcher Strack and Jacob Mathis. Maumelle didn't play last week after securing a playoff spot Week 9 with a 50-point win over Watson Chapel. Maumelle senior Jesse Knight has more than 100 yards in every game since shifting to offense Week 5. 
Watch extended highlights of Maumelle’s 34-32 loss to Vilonia earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Maumelle’s 31-21 win over Sylvan Hills earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Greenbrier’s 55-47 win over Arkadelphia earlier this year.
HS Lakeside at WYNNE (7): Wynne must recover from last week's 26-22 setback to Nettleton in the 5A East title game. Sophomore fullback Cobey Davis ran for more than 100 yards and has 1,150 yards this fall. HS Lakeside earned the No. 3 seed a week ago by beating Hot Springs 48-29. Sophomore RB Braylen Russell ran 23 times for 108 yards and caught five balls for 150 yards and a TD on Friday, then committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday. Russell has 1,100 yards and 13 TDs this fall. Ram senior QB Jordan Mills has passed for 2,660 yards and 29 TDs this fall. 
Watch extended highlights of Wynne’s 35-13 win over West Memphis earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Wynne's 51-0 win over Paragould earlier this year.
Harrison at PULASKI ACADEMY (35): These teams meet in the playoffs for the third time in four years. PA won 75-54 in the 2018 semifinals and 28-21 in the 2019 quarterfinals, which many consider the de facto state title game. Bruin senior Joe Himon scored four first-half TDs in last week's 63-14 victory at Jacksonville, and he has 1,696 yards and 30 TDs this fall. Sophomore Kenny Jordan caught five passes for 109 yards and a TD at Jacksonville. Harrison finished fourth in the 5A West this fall after losing to Farmington, Vilonia and Greenbrier by a total of 39 points. The Goblins have won three straight games, including last week over Pea Ridge 42-6. The Harrison D held Pea Ridge to 275 yards. 
Watch extended highlights of Pulaski Academy’s 63-14 win over Liberty Christian (Texas) earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Pulaski Academy vs Bryant (scrimmage). Watch extended highlights of Pulaski Academy’s 63-28 win over White Hall earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Pulaski Academy’s 63-39 win over Madison Ridgeland, Tennessee earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Pulaski Academy’s 42-14 win over Maumelle earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Harrison’s 28-14 loss to Vilonia earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Pulaski Academy’s 52-14 win over Beebe earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Pulaski Academy’s 63-14 Win over LR Christian earlier this year.  Valley View at MAGNOLIA (1): A contrast in styles. Valley View makes an eight-hour round trip to Columbia County with a defense that gives up 13 points weekly. The Blazers held five regular-season opponents to a TD or less. Sophomore LB Brian Huff racked up nine tackles vs. Batesville, including two TFL's and one sack. High-flying Magnolia secured the No. 2 seed last week by winning a shootout over Hope 77-48, and the Panthers average 40 points weekly. Senior fullback Deraylan Williams ran for 221 yards and six TDs, while junior Garrion Curry sprinted for 135 yards. Senior Kendrick Carey shifted from wingback to QB last week, running for 170 yards and a pair of TDs. Panther junior QB Dalen Blanchard is expected to return this week. “Magnolia is super athletic and the fastest team we've played this year,” Valley View coach Sean Cockrell says. “They make a lot of big plays.”Watch extended highlights of Magnolia’s 44-25 loss to Camden Fairview earlier this year.


BOTTOM OF THE BRACKET
Greene Co. Tech at CAMDEN FAIRVIEW (16):
GCT makes the eight-hour round trip to South Arkansas hours before the opening day of modern gun deer season. Greene County Tech earned the No. 4 playoff seed by winning its final two games over Batesville and Paragould. The Eagles jumped on rival Paragould 37-0 in the first quarter a week ago before cruising to a 65-0 decision. Senior QB Christian Barber, whose return from injury coincides with GCT's win streak, completed 12 of 16 passes for 242 yards and four TDs against Paragould, with senior Payne Greer hauling in four balls for 86 yards. Senior Devon Hensley caught two passes, both resulting in TDs. Camden Fairview was without seven starters two weeks ago when it beat Hot Springs by three points for its first conference title since 2013. Those starters should return this week, Coach Jacob Monden says. League coaches regard junior QB Martavius Thomas, an Arkansas Razorback baseball commit, as most explosive playmaker in the 5A South. Thomas has passed for 2,805 yards and 30 TDs this fall, while rushing for 713 yards and six TDs. 
Watch extended highlights of Camden Fairview’s 40-36 loss to El Dorado earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Camden Fairview’s 44-25 win over Magnolia earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Camden Fairview’s 31-28 win over Hot Springs earlier this year.
Farmington at WHITE HALL (4): White Hall rides a senior-laden defense that shut out five opponents this fall. Senior QB Matthew Martinez, RB Zaire Green and WR Steven Weston each scored a TD in last week's 24-0 win over Beebe. Weston has 22 tackles, four interceptions and seven pass break-ups on defense, while senior safety Braylon Johnson has 43 tackles and three interceptions. Farmington rallied past Harrison by one point in late September, then clobbered Alma last week 47-29 to wrap up the No. 3 seed. Sophomore QB Cameron Vanzant passed for 311 yards and six TDs against Alma, as the Cardinals put up 555 yards. Senior workhorse Caden Elsik logged 25 carries for 166 yards and a TD, and caught two passes for 79 yards. Receiver Justin Logue caught four passes for 77 yards and three TDs.  
Watch extended highlights of White Hall’s 14-10 win vs LR Christian earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of White Hall’s 35-0 win over Warren earlier this year.
Hot Springs at NETTLETON (10): Nettleton rallied past previously unbeaten Wynne 26-22 last week (trailed by nine points in the third quarter) to earn its first conference title since 2017. Raider senior QB Cameron Scarlett ran 30 times for 190 yards and three TDs at Wynne, and threw a key 35-yard TD strike in the third quarter to start the rally. “(Scarlett) is a baller,” Hot Springs coach Darrell Burnett says. “He makes them go, on the ground and passing.” The Raider D, held six opponents to a TD or less this fall and yielded just 217 yards to Wynne. Junior LB Blake Brown racked up 10 tackles, while junior DL Jordan Pigram had nine tackles, including four TFL's. Hot Springs was tied with HS Lakeside in the first half last week when senior Pierce Smalley went out with an injury. Smalley, who ran 13 times for 76 yards and a TD, and racked up six tackles and one forced fumble at safety before the injury, is expected to play this week. Senior Robert Linnear tallied 126 yards and three TDs. 
Watch extended highlights of Nettleton's 36-6 win over Forrest City earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Hot Springs’ 31-28 loss to Camden Fairview earlier this year.
LR CHRISTIAN (3) at Vilonia: Hootens.com Class 5A Game of the Week.

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