Class 3A, Week 10, 2010
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1. Rivercrest (9-0)
2. Charleston (8-1)
3. Glen Rose (9-0)
4. Rison (8-1)
5. Harding Academy (8-1)
6. C. Harmony Grove (8-1)
7. Fordyce (6-3)
8. West Fork (7-2)
9. Harrisburg (7-2)
10. Earle (7-2)
11. Bald Knob (7-2)
12. Fountain Lake (5-4)
13. Prescott (7-2)
14. Greenland (7-2)
15. Mansfield (7-2)
16. Paris (7-2)
17. Arkansas Baptist (8-1)
18. Barton (8-1)
19. Jessieville (7-2)
20. Elkins (6-3)
21. Hoxie (4-5)
22. Riverview (5-4)
23. Lamar (5-4)
24. Marshall (5-4)
25. Yellville-Summit (6-3)
26. Lavaca (2-7)
27. Lafayette County (3-6)
28. Mayflower (2-7)
29. Cedarville (2-7)
30. Smackover (2-7)
31. Bismarck (4-5)
32. Mountain View (4-5)
33. Episcopal (3-6)
34. Green Forest (2-7)
35. Piggott (3-6)
36. Lincoln (2-7)
37. Fouke (3-6)
38. Perryville (1-8)
39. Rose Bud (2-7)
40. Centerpoint (2-7)
41. Drew Central (3-6)
42. Manila (3-6)
43. Brinkley (0-9)
44. Atkins (0-9)
45. B. Harmony Grove (1-8)
46. Cutter M. Star (2-7)
47. Corning (0-9)
48. Genoa Central (0-9)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 4 Rison at No. 7 Fordyce
Rison, looking for its first outright league title since joining Class 3A in 2006, already owns a share of the 6-3A crown after Fordyce lost 13-9 at Camden Harmony Grove last week. The Redbugs can force a three-way tie for first place, but must beat Rison by at least five points to claim the No. 1 playoff seed. Fordyce coach Tim Rodgers says this rivalry game is a lot more important now than it has ever been. "One thing we never have to doubt when playing Rison is their effort. They're always going to play hard, sound fundamental football. We have to do everything right to win. They're not going to beat themselves."
Rison has beaten Fordyce the past two years, including a one-point victory at Fordyce a year ago. Rison senior RB Raphael Caldwell has rushed for more than 1,400 yards this fall. Junior playmaker Quanterio Heath (6-2, 190) has been offered a scholarship by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The last Rison junior offered a scholarship was former Arkansas State University standout and Minnesota Viking safety Tyrell Johnson. The Wildcats, led by interior linemen James Cranford and Patrick Abeyta, give up nine points per game (best in Class 3A).
Fordyce junior Kentrell Simmons intercepted a pass in the end zone during the fourth quarter of last week's four-point loss at Harmony Grove. On the ensuing drive, the Redbugs were stopped short on fourth down in Harmony Grove territory. After the Hornets scored, Fordyce had a chance to win but threw an interception in the end zone. Senior RB Dexter Walker has rushed for 1,124 yards and 19 TDs this year, while classmates Darius Matthews and Jeffrey Highsmith have combined for almost 900 yards. Senior tackle Jerron Rayford leads Fordyce with more than 75 tackles.
Hooten's Arkansas Football TV airs at 11 a.m. Saturdays on Fox 16 in Little Rock and KFSM TV 5 in Fort Smith/Fayetteville. Games featured this week include Harrisburg at Bald Knob, Charleston at Mansfield, Arkansas Baptist at Riverview, Rose Bud at Harding Academy and Jessieville at Fountain Lake.
Hootens.com correctly picked 23 of 24 games (96 percent), nailing the spread of Harding Academy by 42 points over Mayflower. For the season, HAFR has correctly predicted 223 of 282 games (79 percent).
WEEK 10 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
Click to watch game highlights from the 1-3A
Green Forest at ELKINS (8): Green Forest ends its season with a six-game losing streak. Elkins junior QB Mac Leichner completed eight of 14 passes for 137 yards with three interceptions during the second half of last week's 21-12 loss to West Fork.
Yellville-Summit at GREENLAND (24): Yellville-Summit, which has lost two of its past three games, must beat Greenland by at least 12 points (and Marshall must lose) to claim the No. 4 seed; otherwise, the Panthers travel to south Arkansas as the fifth seed. Greenland (league-best 29 points per game) has won its past two games over Elkins and Lincoln by a combined 67-0. The Pirates host a playoff game for the first time since 2006 as the No. 2 seed.
Lincoln at WEST FORK (28): West Fork intercepted five passes in last week's nine-point win at Elkins. The Tigers claim their second league title in three years and play host to the loser of the Lavaca-Cedarville game as the No. 1 seed.
MARSHALL (2) at Mountain View: Marshall maintains the fourth playoff seed with Greenland's help. Senior RB Mason Millsap has 155 carries for 1,728 yards (11 yards per carry) and 25 TDs this season. Mountain View can force a three-way tie for fourth place with a win and Yellville-Summit loss, but the Yellowjackets won't make the playoffs.
Click to watch game highlights from the 2-3A
ARKANSAS BAPTIST (7) at Riverview (Thurs.): Arkansas Baptist clinched the No. 2 playoff seed with last week's 48-14 win over Mayflower. Riverview likely travels to Elkins as the fourth seed.
Brinkley at BARTON (21) (Thurs.): Brinkley loses its 13th in a row. Barton tunes up for a trip to south Arkansas as the No. 3 seed.
Rose Bud at HARDING ACADEMY (35) (Thurs.): Rose Bud scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter during last week's 32-27 loss at Episcopal. Harding Academy crowns itself league champs for the second straight year with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, opposite of Glen Rose in the bracket. Highlights of the game will be featured on Hooten's Arkansas Football at 11 a.m. Saturday on FOX 16.
Episcopal at MAYFLOWER (4): The winner grabs the final playoff seed for a trip to No. 1 Rivercrest. Mayflower beat Episcopal 34-28 in overtime last year.
Click to watch game highlights from the 3-3A
HARRISBURG (7) at Bald Knob (Thurs.): With a win, Harrisburg likely plays host to Lamar as the No. 2 seed. Hornet senior QB Zach Davis has passed for 2,849 yards and 31 TDs this fall, bringing his career total to 9,270 yards and 102 TDs. Davis needs 404 yards to pass Shiloh Christian's Matt Simpson (9,673 yards from 2003-06) for fifth place all-time. Bald Knob must win by at least three points to claim the third seed, making Harrisburg the No. 4 seed. Highlights of the game will be featured on Hooten's Arkansas Football at 11 a.m. Saturday on FOX 16 and next week on hootens.com.
Corning at PIGGOTT (18) (Thurs.): Corning, which carries a 21-game losing streak, lost to Manila 34-33 in double overtime last week. Piggott beat Corning 27-7 a year ago.
Manila at EARLE (42) (Thurs.): Manila gives up 38 points weekly. Earle likely plays host to Lafayette County as the No. 3 seed for a trip to Harding Academy in the second round.
RIVERCREST (21) at Hoxie (Thurs.): Rivercrest held on to beat Harrisburg 35-26 last week, despite running only eight offensive plays (two for scores) in the second half. Colt senior QB/DB Demoine Brown (1,226 yards offense and 19 TDs) returned an interception 51 yards for a TD with 2:47 left in the game to seal the victory. Hoxie likely travels to Fountain Lake as the fifth seed.
Click to watch game highlights from the 4-3A
PARIS (14) at Lamar (Thurs.): The winner grabs the No. 3 seed and a likely plays host to Jessieville, while the loser must travel to east Arkansas as the fourth seed. Paris has won its past four games by an average of 34 points since losing to Mansfield (14-13 in Week 4) and Charleston (34-21 in Week 5). Lamar beat Paris 52-21 a year ago.
Atkins at PERRYVILLE (1): Winless Atkins scores a league-worst nine points per game. Perryville, which gives up a league-worst 37 points weekly, has not scored in two weeks.
LAVACA (1) at Cedarville: The winner earns the No. 5 seed and a trip to West Fork. Lavaca has beaten Cedarville three times since 2005 by an average of 17 points.
CHARLESTON (6) at Mansfield: Charleston crowns itself league champs for the 10th time in 11 years. Charleston senior RB Ryan McDonald has 157 carries for 1,324 yards and 21 TDs this fall, bringing his career total to 417 carries for 3,612 yards (8.7 yards per carry) and 51 TDs. Mansfield, which has lost to Charleston by an average of 21 points the past four years, would probably play host to Smackover as the second seed. Highlights of the game will be featured on Hooten's Arkansas Football at 11 a.m. Saturday on KFSM TV 5.
Click to watch game highlights from the 5-3A
B. HARMONY GROVE (2) at Cutter M. Star (Thurs.): Both teams are winless in league play, losing to their conference opponents by an average of 38 and 42 points, respectively.
BISMARCK (6) at Centerpoint (Thurs.): The winner likely travels to Charleston as the No. 5 seed in the first round. Bismarck last made the playoffs in 1995, while Centerpoint has been twice over the past two decades.
Jessieville at FOUNTAIN LAKE (6) (Thurs.): Jessieville can claim the third seed with a win and some help from Prescott. But the Lions likely travel to Paris as the No. 4 seed. Fountain Lake plays host to Hoxie as the No. 2 seed. Senior RB Mark Makin has 84 carries for 749 yards and eight TDs this year, playing sparingly the past two weeks (back injury). Highlights of the game will be featured on Hooten's Arkansas Football at 11 a.m. Saturday on FOX 16.
GLEN ROSE (14) at Prescott (Thurs.): Glen Rose playing for its first outright conference championship (shared the 1992 5A South title) and perfect regular season in school history. Senior RB Steven Kehner has 152 carries for 2,036 yards and 34 TDs this year, bringing his career total to 663 carries for 5,985 yards (9 yards per carry) and 76 TDs. Kehner is 26 yards shy of passing Malvern's Madre Hill (6,010 yards from 1991-93) for fifth place all-time. Prescott has outscored its league opponents by an average of 30 points since losing at Fountain Lake 33-7 in Week 5. Junior QB Jesse Glass has completed 99 of 170 passes for 1,485 yards and 14 TDs this season, while junior RB Daniel McCoy has 123 carries for 1,020 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and 13 TDs.
Click to watch game highlights from the 6-3A
C. HARMONY GROVE (40) at Drew Central (Thurs.): Harmony Grove shutout Fordyce during the second half of last week's 13-9 win over the Redbugs. The Hornets will host a playoff game next week, but likely travel to Glen Rose or Rivercrest in the second round. Drew Central has scored six points over the past three games.
Fouke at LAFAYETTE COUNTY (6) (Thurs.): Fouke earns the fifth seed with a win and Smackover loss. Win or lose, Lafayette County travels to northeast Arkansas as the No. 4 seed.
RISON (2) at Fordyce: See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
Genoa Central at SMACKOVER (25): Genoa Central has been outscored by an average of 43 points per game (worst in Class 3A). Smackover must win to keep its playoff hopes alive. The Buckaroos travel to Mansfield as the fifth seed.
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