Class 6A Week 12 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 6A Week 12 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Hooten's Arkansas Football Rankings
Class 6A, Week 12, 2021
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1. Benton (9-1)
2. Greenwood (7-3)
3. Lake Hamilton (9-2)
4. LR Parkview (8-3) 
5. Jonesboro (7-3)
6. El Dorado (8-2)
7. Marion (5-6)
8. Russellville (5-6)
9. Mountain Home (4-7) 
10. Sylvan Hills (7-4)
11. Searcy (4-7)
12. Van Buren (4-6)
13. Siloam Springs (1-9)
14. Pine Bluff (2-7)
15. West Memphis (4-7)
16. Sheridan (2-8)

GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 3 Lake Hamilton at No. 6 El Dorado.
El Dorado lost only in the conference opener (Sept. 24) at Jonesboro 31-20 and Week 2 at Class 7A's No. 6-ranked Cabot 41-35. El Dorado senior QB Sharmon Rester completes 65 percent of his passes for 287 yards weekly with 36 TDs and just four interceptions this season. The electrifying Rester (4.7 speed) also has 93 carries for 702 yards and fives scores.  Lake Hamilton, less dynamic but more imposing, runs it 84 percent of the time yet has lost just five fumbles and gains 7.3 yards per carry behind a line averaging 279 pounds. Lake Hamilton did not complete a pass in its 35-0 loss Week 10 at Greenwood but last Friday sophomore Easton Hurley (5-11, 170) took over at QB and completed 67 percent of tosses for 219 yards in a 41-6 win over West Memphis. The Wolves passed for 90 yards or less in nine regular-season games. El Dorado beat West Memphis 63-23 two weeks ago. Watch extended highlights of El Dorado’s 40-36 win over Camden Fairview earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of El Dorado’s 63-23 win over West Memphis earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Lake Hamilton’s 35-12 win over Malvern earlier this year.

LAST WEEK
hootens.com correctly predicted 2 of 4 winners in games involving Class 6A teams. For the season, hootens.com is 87-19 (82 percent) in Class 6A.

WEEK 12 PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
TOP HALF OF BRACKET
LR PARKVIEW (7) at Jonesboro: Jonesboro, last seen Week 10 losing (50-43 at Marion) a chance at its first outright conference championship since 1980, faces the most-talented team in Class 6A. West No. 4 seed LR Parkview, boasting seven players with D-1 offers, including three with SEC offers, smacked Searcy 52-6 last Thursday. Watch extended highlights of LR Parkview’s 47-0 win over LR Southwest earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of LR Parkview's 48-7 win over Russellville earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of LR Parkview’s 48-28 win over Greenwood earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Jonesboro’s 47-27 loss to Cabot earlier this year. Watch extended  highlights of Jonesboro’s 35-13 win over Searcy earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Jonesboro’s 50-43 loss to Marion earlier this year.
Mountain Home at GREENWOOD (20): Greenwood bombed Mountain Home 31-7 Week 5 (Oct. 1). Greenwood, much healthier now, finished the regular season mercy-ruling Lake Hamilton and enjoyed a first-round bye. Mountain Home is in the quarterfinals for a second straight season under veteran Coach Steve Ary. The gritty Bombers won at Pine Bluff (24-20) last November and last Friday at Sylvan Hills 21-14. Watch extended highlights of Greenwood’s 48-28 loss to LR Parkview earlier this year.

BOTTOM HALF OF BRACKET
Marion at BENTON (11): Marion, the only winner from the 6A East in the first round, led Russellville 42-0 in the third quarter last week before its backups allowed 20 points. Marion's first-team defense surrendered just three first downs and forced three turnovers. Senior tailback Cam Anderson rushed for 240 yards and four TDs a week after rushing for 319 yards in the Patriots' 50-43 upset of 6A East co-champ Jonesboro. Benton rides a 9-game win streak and finished undefeated in the West, including a 49-10 win over Russellville. Benton averages 7.8 yards per play with senior QB Stran Smith completing 63 percent of his passes for 2,772 yards this fall with 29 TDs and just two interceptions. Two-sport, D-1 recruit Cameron Harris, who also plays DB in big games, has 54 catches for 1,175 yards and 14 TDs this fall. Benton owns a plus-9 turnover margin and senior three-year starting safety Cain Simmons leads the Panthers with 118 tackles, including 60 solo stops. Benton played in back-to-back state title games before being forced to forfeit to Marion due to Covid quarantine in the first round last year. Watch extended highlights of Marion’s 50-43 win over Jonesboro earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Benton’s 66-29 win over Siloam Springs earlier this year.
LAKE HAMILTON (2) at El Dorado: Game of the Week.

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