Class 3A, Week 8, 2010
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1. Rivercrest (7-0)
2. Charleston (6-1)
3. Glen Rose (7-0)
4. Rison (6-1)
5. Harding Academy (6-1)
6. Bald Knob (6-1)
7. Fordyce (5-2)
8. C. Harmony Grove (6-1)
9. West Fork (5-2)
10. Fountain Lake (3-4)
11. Prescott (5-2)
12. Harrisburg (6-1)
13. Earle (5-2)
14. Mansfield (5-2)
15. Paris (5-2)
16. Arkansas Baptist (6-1)
17. Barton (6-2)
18. Jessieville (5-2)
19. Greenland (5-2)
20. Elkins (6-1)
21. Hoxie (4-3)
22. Yellville-Summit (5-2)
23. Riverview (5-2)
24. Lamar (3-4)
25. Green Forest (2-5)
26. Lavaca (2-5)
27. Lafayette County (2-5)
28. Mayflower (2-5)
29. Marshall (3-4)
30. Mountain View (3-4)
31. Smackover (2-5)
32. Cedarville (2-5)
33. Episcopal (1-6)
34. Bismarck (4-3)
35. Piggott (2-5)
36. Drew Central (3-4)
37. Lincoln (2-5)
38. Manila (2-5)
39. Atkins (0-7)
40. Perryville (1-6)
41. Rose Bud (2-5)
42. Brinkley (0-7)
43. Centerpoint (2-5)
44. Cutter M. Star (2-5)
45. Fouke (1-6)
46. B. Harmony Grove (1-6)
47. Corning (0-7)
48. Genoa Central (0-7)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 6 Bald Knob at No. 1 Rivercrest
Bald Knob scores a league-best 46 points per game, doing so without hurting itself, Rivercrest coach Kelly Chandler says. "They're very well-coached and we can't rely on them giving us anything." Sophomore quarterback Cordell Crisp has completed 119 of 218 passes for 1,956 yards and 25 touchdowns with 10 interceptions this fall. Senior running back Steven Merrell paces the Bulldogs with 63 carries for 413 yards and five TDs. Senior Jordan Johnston and junior Tyler Gilmore (9.2 yards per carry) also help in the backfield, rushing for a combined 538 yards and seven scores. Bald Knob's ground game allows Crisp time to find one of several playmakers at receiver, including Johnston (team-high 29 catches for 346 yards and six TDs) and senior Terrell Woods (23 catches for 555 yards and 10 TDs). The Bulldogs feature an experienced defense led by senior linebacker DiAndre Woods (team-high 63 tackles). Earle handed Bald Knob its only loss this year (34-21, Week 4).
Bald Knob coach Paul Johnston is primarily concerned with Rivercrest's speed on both sides of the ball. "We're faster than we were last year, but not as fast as them." The Colts beat Earle 49-40 last week with a flurry of big plays in the first half. Junior linebacker Trevor Gregory (44 tackles in 2010) recovered a fumble in the end zone for the Colt's first score. Less than two minutes later, junior Robert Cooney blocked the first of two punts which senior Tevin Howard returned 30 yards for a TD. Earle trailed by just two points with less than six minutes left in the game, but senior QB Demoine Brown's 36-yard TD pass to Cooney with 2:16 remaining sealed the win for the Colts. Brown has accounted for 953 yards offense and 15 TDs this season. Senior playmaker Terrence Banks, who ran 95 yards for a TD at Earle, paces the Colts with 12 catches for 337 yards and four TDs, while averaging 12.5 yards per carry. Senior RB Earl Byrd has 57 carries for 431 yards and nine TDs. Senior safety Michael Wright and sophomore LB Clayton Carlton (56 stops) lead the defense with 61 tackles and 10 tackles for loss, respectively.
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WEEK 8 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
Elkins at GREENLAND (6): Elkins has won its four league games by an average of 20 points. Greenland avenges last year's 23-0 loss at Elkins to position itself for the No. 2 playoff seed.
MARSHALL (1) at Green Forest: Marshall senior RB Mason Milsap ran 28 times for 528 yards and five TDs in last week's 55-39 win at Lincoln. Milsap, along with an experienced front, prove the difference. Green Forest scores a league-worst 11 points per game.
Lincoln at YELLVILLE-SUMMIT (8): Lincoln sophomore QB Cheyenne Vaughn threw for 325 yards and three TDs, including five passes for 178 yards and a score to junior receiver Sergio Morales in last week's 16-point loss to Marshall. Yellville-Summit allows 16 points per game.
Mountain View at WEST FORK (32): Mountain View gave up a season-high 48 points in last week's 34-point loss to Greenland. West Fork junior RB Will Jarnagan carried 24 times for 248 yards and a TD in a 35-14 win over Green Forest. The Tigers have won their four conference games by a combined 148-50.
ARKANSAS BAPTIST (35) at Rose Bud: Arkansas Baptist held Brinkley to 68 total yards in last week's 42-0 win over the Tigers. Rose Bud gives up 39 points weekly.
BARTON (18) at Mayflower: Barton mercy-ruled the Ramblers in the first half during last week's 54-13 win at Rose Bud. Mayflower junior RB Taylor Mathis ran 32 times for 154 yards and two TDs in a 47-20 loss at Harding Academy.
EPISCOPAL (8) at Brinkley: Both teams looking for their first conference win. Episcopal beat Brinkley 20-6 last fall. Brinkley surrenders a league-worst 46 points per game.
HARDING ACADEMY (24) at Riverview: Harding Academy, which has won all four of its league games by an average of 27 points, hands Riverview its first conference loss. The Wildcats should finish their season with ease and cruise into the playoffs with the No. 1 seed.
Bald Knob at RIVERCREST (8): See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
EARLE (49) at Corning: Earle junior QB Dalvin Kimble completed five of nine passes for 114 yards and a TD and ran nine times for 50 yards and another score in last week's 49-40 loss to Rivercrest. Corning lost to Earle 65-6 a year ago.
Hoxie at HARRISBURG (14): Hoxie junior QB Sebastian Irvin has accounted for more than 1,800 yards offense (1,267 rushing) and 21 TDs this fall. Harrisburg senior QB Zach Davis has passed for 2,236 yards and 25 TDs, bringing his career total to 8,657 yards and 96 TDs.
Piggott at MANILA (1): Both teams looking for their first conference win. Piggott beat Manila 38-35 a year ago. Manila allows 37 points per game.
PARIS (28) at Atkins: Paris allows a league-best 13 points per game, while Atkins scores a lowly nine.
MANSFIELD (6) at Cedarville: Mansfield senior RB Seth Feimster ran 34 times for 247 yards and four TDs in last week's 28-13 win over Atkins. Cedarville has lost to Mansfield by a combined five points over the past two years.
CHARLESTON (24) at Lavaca: Charleston senior RB Ryan McDonald has 121 carries for 959 yards and 15 TDs this season, bringing his career total to 391 carries for 3,247 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and 45 TDs. Lavaca sophomore WR/DB Troy Wheatley scored a TD and intercepted two passes in last week's 21-12 win at Perryville.
Perryville at LAMAR (14): Perryville gives up a league-worst 40 points weekly. Lamar positions itself for the No. 4 playoff seed.
B. Harmony Grove at FOUNTAIN LAKE (46): Fountain Lake managed 143 yards rushing in last week's 49-18 loss at Glen Rose. Senior RB Mark Makin has 84 carries for 749 yards and eight TDs this year, bringing his career total to 390 carries for 3,478 yards (8.9 yards per carry) and 49 TDs.
Bismarck at PRESCOTT (14): Bismarck remains tied for fifth place with Centerpoint. Prescott senior receiver Ke'Andrae Ballance paces the Curley Wolves with 21 catches for 399 yards and two TDs this season.
GLEN ROSE (56) at Centerpoint: Glen Rose senior RB Steven Kehner has 126 carries for 1,466 yards and 25 TDs this fall, bringing his career total to 637 carries for 5,365 yards (8.4 yards per carry) and 67 TDs. Centerpoint loses big, but is still in the hunt for a playoff berth.
JESSIEVILLE (35) at Cutter M. Star: Jessieville improves to 3-2 in league play, while Cutter Morning Star drops to 0-5.
C. HARMONY GROVE (35) at Smackover: Harmony Grove does not look ahead to Fordyce next week, improving to 7-1 overall (4-1 in league play). Smackover forced four turnovers in last week's 41-0 loss at Fordyce.
FORDYCE (42) at Drew Central: Fordyce scores a league-best 40 points per game. Drew Central falls to 1-4 in conference play.
Genoa Central at FOUKE (2): Genoa Central lost to Drew Central 12-6 last week. But Fouke prevails with its improved offense.
RISON (40) at Lafayette County: Rison has not allowed a point over the past three weeks since beating Camden Harmony Grove 33-22 Week 4. Lafayette County lost to Rison 49-6 a year ago.
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