Class 5A Week 13 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 5A Week 13 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Hootens.com Rankings
Class 5A, Wk 13, 2021
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1. Pulaski Academy (11-1)
2. Greenbrier (12-0)
3. White Hall (10-2)
4. LR Christian (10-2)
5. Nettleton (11-1)
6. Camden Fairview (10-2)
7. Wynne (10-2)
8. Magnolia (6-6)
9. Vilonia (9-2)
10. Farmington (8-3)
11. Harrison (7-4)
12. Valley View (7-4)
13. Maumelle (4-7)
14. HS Lakeside (5-5)
15. Hot Springs (5-6)
16. Greene Co. Tech (5-6)
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. 4 LR Christian at No. 2 White Hall

Three teams from the 5A Central are in the semifinals, including this rematch from Week 5, which White Hall won 14-10 after falling behind 10-0 in the third quarter. The Bulldog defense held LR Christian to 237 yards, and senior Braylon Johnson intercepted a pass at the 14-yard line with less than one minute left to preserve the victory. Johnson also recovered a fumble.
The Bulldogs are in the semifinals for the second time in three years after beating Camden Fairview a week ago 35-14. Senior quarterback Matthew Martinez completed 11 of 16 passes for 149 yards and a pair of touchdowns at Camden Fairview, including three passes to senior Steven Weston. Martinez has passed for more than 1,200 yards this season, and he's one of three Bulldogs (along with senior runnings Durran Cain and Zaire Green) with at least 700 yards rushing. The Bulldogs start one sophomore, left tackle Landen Meredith. Weston, who has two interceptions in the past three games, also starts on a defense that features 10 seniors, gives up 12 points weekly and held five opponents scoreless. “Our entire defense is playing well,” White Hall coach Bobby Bolding says. “It's not one guy standing out, I can honestly say it's a team effort.”
LR Christian limited White Hall to 201 yards on 52 plays in the meeting earlier this year, and the Warrior's have held six teams to a TD or less. Linebacker Preston Davis, one of three sophomores starting on defense, has 137 tackles this fall, while junior linebacker Holt Chappel has 113 stops. Senior end Titus Colquitt has 76 tackles this fall, including 32 tackles for loss. After scoring 26 points in consecutive midseason games against Maumelle and White Hall, “our offense has become more proficient and found an identity,” LR Christian coach Eric Cohu says. Senior Jayvean-Dyer Jones has 217 carries this fall for 1,676 yards and 20 TDs, including a 166-yard, two-TD effort in last week's 35-7 win at Nettleton. Sophomore QB Walker White has completed 120 of 218 passes (55 percent) for 1,917 yards and 23 TDs, and rushed for 388 yards and three TDs. “They are a completely different team than the one we played earlier,” Bolding says. “They've gotten better on the offensive line, and you have to (Dyer-Jones) from running all over the field.” 
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. Watch extended highlights of White Hall’s 31-17 win over Farmington earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of LR Christian’s 38-20 win over Searcy earlier this year. Watch LR Christian's 35-7 win over Nettleton earlier this year.

LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly predicted all four quarterfinal games. For the season, Hootens.com has predicted 177 of 199 games (89 percent).

WEEK 13 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
SEMIFINALS
PULASKI ACADEMY (16) at Greenbrier:
These teams meet for the first time. Greenbrier is the in semifinals for the first time since 2009, while Pulaski Academy is in the semis for the 12th time since 2009 and 16th time since 2003. Greenbrier notched a 14-0 win over Wynne a week ago “and the shutout was our most impressive stat of the night,” Coach Randy Tribble says. Senior QB Cooper Wilcox injured his shoulder in the first half and didn't return. Senior Nick Huett ran 17 times for 81 yards and made 14 tackles at linebacker, while sophomore Eli Weaver logged eight totes for 56 yards and had nine stops. Huett has rushed for 956 yards this fall and has 56 tackles. Senior Jacob Mathis caught a 5-yard TD pass and registered 13 tackles at linebacker. Senior Keaton Whitley sealed the victory by recovering a fumble in the end zone late in the fourth quarter.
Pulaski Academy trailed Magnolia 7-0 after the first play last week, but the Bruins cruised to a 56-25 decision, enacting the 35-point sportsmanship rule late in the third quarter. The Bruins put up 691 yards and notched 30 first downs. Senior Joe Himon ran 11 times for 103 yards and a TD and caught nine passes for 55 yards and two TDs. Himon has rushed for 1,256 yards and 24 TDs this fall, and caught 62 passes for 732 yards and 10 TDs. Sophomore Kenny Jordan has emerged as a threat over the past two months. Jordan had six carries for 116 yards and a TD against Magnolia and caught a 25-yard pass to set up another TD, while senior QB Charlie Fiser completed 33 of 53 passes for 442 yards and five TDs. Fiser has completed 282 of 458 passes (62 percent) this fall for 4,272 yards and 51 TDs. Senior linebacker Joseph Osment racked up 10 tackles against Magnolia, while junior OLB Hunt Harrison had eight stops. Osment has a team-best 94 tackles this season, with 16 TFL's and 6.5 sacks.
 
Watch extended highlights of Greenbrier’s 55-47 win over Arkadelphia earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Greenbrier’s 14-0 win over Wynne earlier this year. 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 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. Watch extended highlights of Pulaski Academy’s 36-21 win over Harrison earlier this year.

LR CHRISTIAN (2) at White Hall: Hootens.com Class 5A Game of the Week.

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