Class 3A, Week 8, 2011
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1. Rison (6-1)
2. Prescott (7-0)
3. Charleston (6-1)
4. Earle (7-0)
5. Harding Academy (6-1)
6. Fountain Lake (3-4)
7. Rivercrest (5-2)
8. Arkansas Baptist (6-1)
9. Paris (6-1)
10. West Fork (4-3)
11. Smackover (6-1)
12. Fordyce (6-1)
13. Glen Rose (5-2)
14. Atkins (5-1-1)
15. Greenland (6-1)
16. Hoxie (4-3)
17. C. Harmony Grove (4-3)
18. Yellville-Summit (5-2)
19. Bald Knob (3-4)
20. Jessieville (5-2)
21. Mansfield (3-4)
22. Barton (4-3)
23. Harrisburg (5-1)
24. Elkins (4-3)
25. Lincoln (6-1)
26. Riverview (4-3)
27. Mayflower (3-4)
28. Lafayette County (1-6)
29. Lamar (3-3-1)
30. Bismarck (2-5)
31. Brinkley (3-4)
32. Rose Bud (1-6)
33. Mountain View (3-4)
34. Corning (1-6)
35. B. Harmony Grove (3-4)
36. Centerpoint (2-5)
37. Lavaca (1-6)
38. Manila (1-5)
39. Marshall (2-5)
40. Green Forest (1-6)
41. Perryville (1-5-1)
42. Cedarville (0-7)
43. Piggott (0-7)
44. Episcopal (0-7)
45. Fouke (0-7)
46. Genoa Central (2-5)
47. Drew Central (0-7)
48. Cutter M. Star (1-6)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 14 Atkins at No. 9 Paris
This game likely decides the No. 2 and 3 playoff seeds in the 4-3A, placing both teams in the top half of the bracket with home games in the first round.
Atkins rebounded from a 20-point loss at Charleston Week 6 with a 49-20 win over Mansfield last week. The Red Devils led 35-13 at halftime after senior playmaker Trey Bennett returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown and ran 5 yards for a score. Junior quarterback Ty Ennis threw two TD passes, including a 39-yarder to Bennett. "They're extremely versatile on offense and physical on defense," Paris coach Bryan Hutson says. "This group in ninth grade was one of the best junior high teams I've ever seen."
Paris averages a league-high 41 points per game and has beaten Lavaca and Cedarville by a combined 109-6 since losing to Charleston 13-7 Week 5. Senior running back Mason Koenigseder has 95 carries for 1,000 yards (10.5 yards per carry) and 15 TDs this year. Senior QB Josh Parsons has developed into a dual-threat with improved speed, Hutson says, and has evolved into "a true leader." Senior tight end/linebacker Austin Bridges blocks and catches well and has "really stepped up his game on defense," the coach says.
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WEEK 8 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
GREENLAND (23) at Elkins: Greenland senior RB Michael Lewis rushed for 104 yards, including 15 for a TD, and returned a punt 83 yards for a score in last week's 22-9 win over Mountain View. Elkins senior QB Mackenzie Leichner has passed for 932 yards and nine TDs this year.
Green Forest at MARSHALL (1): Green Forest averages a league-low 13 ppg. Sophomore QB Treyton Anderson has generated 687 yards (470 passing, 217 rushing) and four TDs this year. Marshall gives up a league-high 34 ppg.
YELLVILLE-SUMMIT (6) at Lincoln: Yellville-Summit has won its past three games by a combined 95-7 since losing to West Fork by 31 points Week 4. The Panthers recorded nine sacks and intercepted three passes in last week's 28-0 win at Elkins. Lincoln junior QB Cheyenne Vaughn has completed 98 of 152 passes (65 percent) for 1,478 yards and 15 TDs this year.
WEST FORK (20) at Mountain View: West Fork senior RB Wil Jarnagan ran for four TDs in last week's 41-3 win at Green Forest. Senior QB Dylan Harrison threw a 40-yard TD pass to senior receiver Sheldon Gaesswitz. Mountain View drops to 1-4 in league play but could still grab the No. 5 playoff seed.
Rose Bud at ARKANSAS BAPTIST (49): Rose Bud allows a league-high 43 ppg. Arkansas Baptist freshman QB Riley Perkins has passed for more than 400 yards and eight TDs over the past three weeks.
Mayflower at BARTON (8): Mayflower senior RB Taylor Mathis ran 13 times for 134 yards in last week's 31-3 loss to Harding Academy. Barton junior wingback Kedrick Jackson ran for three TDs and caught a 49-yard TD pass in a 48-16 win over Rose Bud.
BRINKLEY (8) at Episcopal: Brinkley (3-17 from 2009-10) improves to 4-4. Episcopal has lost its four league games by an average of 36 points.
Riverview at HARDING ACADEMY (14): Riverview junior RB McKenzie Jones has 49 carries for 477 yards (9.7 ypc) and four TDs this season. Harding Academy junior QB Will Francis has completed 160 of 255 passes (63 percent) for 1,852 yards and 17 TDs. Four Wildcats have at least 20 receptions, including senior receiver Tucker Lloyd (32 catches for 471 yards and five scores).
RIVERCREST (11) at Bald Knob: Rivercrest senior QB Robert Cooney has generated 926 yards (301 passing, 625 rushing) and 13 TDs this season. Bald Knob junior QB Cordell Crisp has passed for more than 2,500 yards and 30 TDs.
Corning at EARLE (48): Corning lost to Harrisburg 24-20 last week. Earle junior RB/DB Autry Allen ran 94 yards for a TD and returned an interception 67 yards for a score in a 32-12 win at Rivercrest. Allen has rushed for 1,525 yards and 21 TDs this year.
Harrisburg at HOXIE (6): Harrisburg has won five games this year by an average of 11 points. Hoxie increases its chances of playing at home in the first round of the playoffs.
MANILA (6) at Piggott: Manila musters just enough offense to beat the Mohawks. Piggott has lost eight of its past nine games since beating the Lions 48-36 a year ago.
Atkins at PARIS (7): See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
Cedarville at MANSFIELD (28): Cedarville has lost its four league games by a combined 137-12. Mansfield senior QB Jacob Presson threw a 9-yard TD pass and returned a kickoff 91 yards for a score in last week's 49-20 loss at Atkins.
Lavaca at CHARLESTON (27): Lavaca sophomore QB Anthony Todaro passed for 248 yards and four TDs in last week's 41-18 win over Perryville. Senior WB Justin Lewelling caught two TD passes and returned a kickoff 71 yards for a score. Charleston senior QB Dustin Shelby has completed 64 of 110 passes (58 percent) for 1,086 yards and nine TDs and has 105 carries for 576 yards and seven scores this fall.
LAMAR (2) at Perryville: Lamar junior DB Justice Williams returned an interception 46 yards for a TD in last week's 35-14 loss to Charleston. Perryville has given up 36 ppg in league play.
FOUNTAIN LAKE (28) at B. Harmony Grove: Fountain Lake senior QB Michael Pope has passed for 1,268 yards and 12 TDs this year. Junior fullback Mackenzie Ross has rushed for 764 yards and 11 scores. Junior receiver Jordan Stone paces the Cobras with 21 catches for 616 yards and eight TDs. Sophomore RB Marc Roberts gains 11.6 yards per play. Harmony Grove senior RB/K Jarred Robinson ran for a TD, returned an interception for a score and kicked a 17-yard field goal with two seconds left in last week's 17-14 win at Centerpoint.
PRESCOTT (49) at Bismarck: Prescott senior RB Daniel McCoy ran 25 times for a career-high 311 yards and six TDs in last week's 49-21 win at Jessieville. McCoy has 125 carries for 1,198 yards (9.6 ypc) and 21 TDs this year. Bismarck (5-6 in 2010) beat Cutter Morning Star 41-12 last week for its second win of the season.
Centerpoint at GLEN ROSE (35): Centerpoint has won two games this year by a combined nine points. Glen Rose gave up 42 unanswered points in the second half during last week's 54-27 loss to Fountain Lake.
Cutter M. Star at JESSIEVILLE (42): Cutter Morning Star averages a league-low 12 ppg. Jessieville beat the Eagles 58-6 a year ago.
SMACKOVER (13) at C. Harmony Grove: Smackover beat Fordyce 31-14 last week, forcing seven turnovers and dominating both lines. Senior RB Deonta Baker has 126 carries for 1,003 yards (8 ypc) and 13 TDs this fall. Harmony Grove has beaten Genoa Central, Fouke and Lafayette County by a combined 113-13 over the past three weeks.
Drew Central at FORDYCE (49): Drew Central has lost its four league games by an average of 41 points. Fordyce junior RB Mark Grice ran seven times for 25 yards in last week's 31-14 loss at Smackover before injuring his ankle early in the second quarter.
FOUKE (1) at Genoa Central: Fouke senior QB Presley Griffith threw a 57-yard TD pass to junior receiver Dalton Crabtree in last week's 45-6 loss to Rison. Genoa Central beat Drew Central 39-12 for its first-ever league victory.
Lafayette County at RISON (34): Lafayette County has dropped its past two games by a combined 89-6 since a narrow loss to Smackover Week 5. Rison senior playmaker Quanterio Heath ran 46 yards for a TD and caught a 19-yard TD pass in last week's 45-6 win at Fouke. Senior LB A.J. Smith returned an interception 30 yards for a score and senior lineman Keifer Hooks returned a fumble 25 yards for a TD.
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