Class 3A, Week 9, 2011
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1. Rison (7-1)
2. Prescott (8-0)
3. Charleston (7-1)
4. Earle (8-0)
5. Harding Academy (7-1)
6. Fountain Lake (4-4)
7. Rivercrest (6-2)
8. Arkansas Baptist (7-1)
9. Paris (7-1)
10. West Fork (5-3)
11. C. Harmony Grove (5-3)
12. Smackover (6-2)
13. Fordyce (7-1)
14. Glen Rose (6-2)
15. Atkins (5-2-1)
16. Greenland (7-1)
17. Hoxie (5-3)
18. Jessieville (6-2)
19. Mansfield (4-4)
20. Lincoln (7-1)
21. Barton (5-3)
22. Bald Knob (3-5)
23. Harrisburg (5-3)
24. Yellville-Summit (5-3)
25. Elkins (4-4)
26. Riverview (4-4)
27. Mayflower (3-5)
28. Lamar (4-3-1)
29. Lafayette County (1-7)
30. Bismarck (2-6)
31. B. Harmony Grove (3-5)
32. Episcopal (1-7)
33. Brinkley (3-5)
34. Rose Bud (1-7)
35. Mountain View (3-5)
36. Lavaca (1-7)
37. Green Forest (2-6)
38. Corning (1-7)
39. Centerpoint (2-6)
40. Piggott (1-7)
41. Manila (1-6)
42. Marshall (2-6)
43. Perryville (1-6-1)
44. Cedarville (0-8)
45. Fouke (1-7)
46. Genoa Central (2-6)
47. Cutter M. Star (1-7)
48. Drew Central (0-8)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 11 Camden Harmony Grove at No. 13 Fordyce
Harmony Grove has won its past four games by an average of 29 points since losing to Rison 27-0 in the conference-opener. The Hornets have managed to stay healthy over the past month. Senior Dalton McKelvin (1,452 total yards, 12 touchdowns this year) has emerged as a true dual-threat quarterback this fall, Harmony Grove coach Tony Chambers says. "Everybody knew about him running the ball last year but he's throwing the ball a lot better." McKelvin generated 264 yards and four TDs in last week's 34-19 win over Smackover. He averages 40 yards per punt return and has recorded 25 tackles and five interceptions this year. "He's the best QB in the conference," Fordyce coach Tim Rodgers says. Senior Kyle Wallingsford, junior Brett James and sophomore Zamarquus Gentry are playing well at the receiver positions, Chambers says. Senior fullback Laverne Hicks ran for 237 yards and two TDs two weeks ago in a 26-13 win at Lafayette County.
Fordyce features a solid set of skill players, too. Junior QB Cole Johnson has completed 89 of 133 passes (67 percent) for 1,468 yards and 17 TDs this fall. Junior running back Mark Grice has 70 carries for 446 yards and six TDs, while sophomore Larry Buckley has 65 carries for 384 yards and seven scores. Senior receiver Markell Bulliner has 19 catches for 406 yards and six TDs, while classmate Vetorie Broughton averages 29.7 yards per catch. "They're loaded with unbelievable athletes," Chambers says. The Redbugs dressed 25 players in last week's 62-0 win over Drew Central. Five starters were out with injuries, including Grice, Buckley and junior guard/linebacker Xavier Warner (48 tackles this season). All but Warner (separated shoulder) could start this week, Rodgers says. Fordyce committed seven turnovers two weeks ago in a 31-14 loss at Smackover. "It's just a matter of who plays mistake-free ‘ball," Chambers says. "We didn't turn it over against Smackover."
Hooten's Arkansas Football TV show airs at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays on KARZ (Z42 in Little Rock), Suddenlink Channel 22 in Northeast Arkansas, and On Demand in Northwest Arkansas (Cox Ch. 644). Hoxie all-conference senior receiver Tyler Hall will be featured as the Arkansas Air Guard Scholar Athlete of the Week.
Hootens.com correctly picked 19 of 24 games (79 percent) involving 3A teams. For the season, HAFR has correctly predicted 199 of 245 games (81 percent).
WEEK 9 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
Elkins at WEST FORK (14): Elkins loses its third in a row and could miss the playoffs. Senior QB Mackenzie Leichner has passed for 1,052 yards and 10 TDs in six games this season. West Fork senior LB Brett Nay returned an interception 95 yards for a TD in last week's 18-7 win at Mountain View.
Green Forest at MOUNTAIN VIEW (12): Green Forest senior RB Brian Badley has rushed for 656 yards and eight TDs this year. Mountain View snaps its four-game losing streak and eyes its first playoff appearance since 2004.
Lincoln at GREENLAND (4): Lincoln clinched its second playoff berth in school history (first since 1995) with last week's 17-14 win over Yellville-Summit. Sophomore RB/S Tyler Cummings ran for 111 yards and one TD, blocked a punt and intercepted two passes. Greenland DB Slayd Harney intercepted two passes in the second half during a 27-20 win at Elkins.
Marshall at YELLVILLE-SUMMIT (27): Marshall has lost its five league games by an average of 29 points. Yellville-Summit lost at Lincoln 17-14 last week. The Panthers shut out the Wolves in the second half, forcing two turnovers, but only scored once.
ARKANSAS BAPTIST (27) at Mayflower: Arkansas Baptist senior RB Luke Byrum ran three times for 68 yards and three TDs in last week's 49-14 win over Rose Bud. Byrum (12.5 yards per touch) has accounted for 312 yards and seven scores this season. Mayflower lost at Barton 43-28 last week after trailing 30-21 in the third quarter.
BARTON (1) at Riverview: Barton junior wingback Kedrick Jackson ran 7 yards for a TD and returned a punt 65 yards for a score in last week's 43-28 win over Mayflower. The Bears led 30-7 at halftime. Riverview won its first four league games by an average of 23 points. The Raiders lost at Harding Academy 47-6 last week.
Brinkley at HARDING ACADEMY (42): Brinkley senior RB Jeremiah Ishmon ran 16 times for 179 yards and two TDs in last week's 31-28 loss at Episcopal. Harding Academy averages 350 total yards weekly, passing the ball 62 percent of the time.
Episcopal at ROSE BUD (2): Episcopal sophomore QB William Pollock passed for 203 yards and three TDs in last week's 31-28 win over Brinkley. Sophomore WR/DB Trenten Deloach caught the game-winning TD pass and grabbed an interception with 25 seconds left to seal the victory. Rose Bud junior receiver Dillon Reesnes caught nine passes for 110 yards in a 49-14 loss at Arkansas Baptist.
Bald Knob at HOXIE (7): Bald Knob junior QB Cordell Crisp has completed 183 of 315 passes for 2,818 yards and 31 TDs this year. Hoxie's only loss in Class 3A competition this fall came three weeks ago at Earle 40-14. The Mustangs have won five games by an average of 36 points. Senior QB Sebastian Irvin has generated 1,100 yards (733 passing, 367 rushing) and 11 TDs this year. Senior playmaker Devin Roberts ran for 108 yards and five scores and returned an interception 78 yards for a TD in last week's 68-26 win over Harrisburg. All-conference senior receiver Tyler Hall (223 yards, five TDs in 2011) will be featured as the Arkansas Air Guard Scholar Athlete of the Week on Hooten's Arkansas Football TV show.
CORNING (6) at Manila: Corning has lost its five league games by an average of 26 points. Manila lost at Piggott 30-22 last week.
EARLE (54) at Piggott: Earle junior RB Autry Allen has rushed for 1,717 yards and 27 TDs this fall. Piggott allows 38 ppg.
RIVERCREST (20) at Harrisburg: Rivercrest senior QB Robert Cooney ran for a school-record 313 yards and three TDs in last week's 34-19 win at Bald Knob. Harrisburg lost at Hoxie 68-26 last week.
ATKINS (22) at Lamar: Atkins has lost two of its past three games but should make the playoffs as the No. 3 seed. Lamar senior FB Zach Dossett ran for three TDs in last week's 40-6 win at Perryville.
CHARLESTON (36) at Cedarville: Charleston senior QB Dustin Shelby has generated 1,943 yards (1,313 passing, 630 rushing) and 21 TDs this fall. Cedarville has lost its five league games by an average of 29 points.
Lavaca at MANSFIELD (12): Lavaca has lost 10 of its past 11 games. Mansfield beat the Golden Arrows 28-14 last year.
PARIS (42) at Perryville: Paris senior RB Mason Koenigseder has 105 carries for 1,140 yards (10.9 ypc) and 16 TDs this season. Perryville has lost three in a row since beating Cedarville 35-6 Week 5.
B. Harmony Grove at PRESCOTT (35): Harmony Grove gave up 419 total yards in last week's 47-10 loss to Fountain Lake. Prescott senior RB Daniel McCoy has 136 carries for 1,260 yards (9.3 ypc) and 25 TDs this year.
Bismarck at FOUNTAIN LAKE (35): Bismarck surrenders a league-high 39 ppg. Fountain Lake junior receiver Jordan Stone has 26 catches for 777 yards and 10 TDs this season.
JESSIEVILLE (21) at Centerpoint: Jessieville senior FB Michael Mendez ran nine times for 126 yards and three TDs in last week's 54-13 win over Cutter Morning Star. The Lions beat Centerpoint 58-18 a year ago.
GLEN ROSE (42) at Cutter M. Star: Glen Rose junior QB Collin Hunter threw three TD passes and ran 24 yards for a score in last week's 49-15 win over Centerpoint. Cutter Morning Star averages a league-low 12 ppg.
C. Harmony Grove at FORDYCE (1): See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
Drew Central at FOUKE (29): Drew Central loses its 11th straight game. Fouke beat the Pirates 9-0 last year.
Genoa Central at LAFAYETTE COUNTY (12): Both teams have beaten Drew Central and are looking for their second conference win.
RISON (14) at Smackover: Rison senior LB Quanterio Heath has recorded 70 tackles (13 for loss), four forced fumbles and three blocked punts this season. Junior left tackle Connor James (6-5, 280) returned from a preseason ankle injury in last week's 49-6 win over Lafayette County. Smackover lost at Camden Harmony Grove 34-19 after trailing 14-6 at halftime. Senior RB Deonta Baker rolled his ankle, while junior RT/DT Shawn Hodges suffered a concussion. Baker has 143 carries for 1,091 yards and 15 TDs this year.
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