Class 4A, Week 4, 2011
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1. Pulaski Academy (3-0)
2. Heber Springs (3-0)
3. Star City (3-0)
4. Ashdown (3-0)
5. Nashville (1-2)
6. Shiloh Christian (1-2)
7. Pottsville (2-0-1)
8. Malvern (2-1)
9. Ozark (3-0)
10. Gravette (3-0)
11. Dollarway (1-1)
12. Highland (3-0)
13. Stuttgart (2-1)
14. Gosnell (2-1)
15. McGehee (2-1)
16. Prairie Grove (2-1)
17. Pulaski Robinson (3-0)
18. Lonoke (0-3)
19. Dumas (0-3)
20. Warren (1-1-1)
21. Booneville (2-1)
22. Clinton (2-1)
23. Farmington (3-0)
24. Mena (2-1)
25. Valley View (2-0-1)
26. Osceola (0-3)
27. Maumelle (2-1)
28. Pocahontas (3-0)
29. DeQueen (1-2)
30. Newport (1-2)
31. Hamburg (1-2)
32. Trumann (1-2)
33. Dardanelle (1-2)
34. Clarksville (0-3)
35. Gentry (0-3)
36. Lake Village (1-2)
37. Dover (1-1-1)
38. Pea Ridge (2-1)
39. Southside Batesville (2-1)
40. Subiaco Academy (0-3)
41. Marianna (0-3)
42. Bauxite (1-2)
43. DeWitt (0-3)
44. Waldron (1-2)
45. Berryville (0-3)
46. Cave City (0-3)
47. Jonesboro Westside (1-2)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 4 Ashdown at No. 17 Pulaski Robinson
This battle of unbeatens could determine playoff seeding. Ashdown ambushed Pulaski Robinson 31-7 a year ago, and Robinson's only other losses were to state finalists Pulaski Academy and Shiloh Christian. Pulaski Robinson started 3-0 for the second consecutive year. Senator senior tailback Ryan Scarborough didn't play last year but paces the running attack with 26 carries for 450 yards (17 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns. Senior Brandon Burks has scored TDs on rushes, receptions and punt returns this year. Senior quarterback Logan Howard has passed for almost 500 yards, while Episcopal Collegiate transfer Jalen Lacey paces Pulaski Robinson with 10 receptions for 180 yards. But the Senators start five sophomore offensive linemen. "Our skill kids are as good as any in the state, and they'll keep us in a lot of games," Coach Todd Eskola says. "Our linemen are good, but are so inexperienced. Last year, our linemen graded out at least 80 percent in every game, and this year they are grading out in the 60's."
Ashdown has outscored Little Rock McClellan, Hope and Marvell by a combined 153-26 this year. Senior end Glenndon Bobo, who set a state record with 25 sacks a year ago, hasn't played this year while nursing a sprained ankle but should return this week. Junior end C.J. Gooden (6-2, 210) harasses offenses with quickness and size. Senior QB Raylon Hubbard threw a TD pass and ran for a score in limited action against Marvell last week. "They've been keeping it simple, winning with defense and special teams," Eskola says.
Hooten's Arkansas Football airs at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays on KARZ 42 (Z42 in Little Rock), Suddenlink Channel 22 in Northeast Arkansas, and On Demand in Northwest Arkansas (Cox Ch. 644). Games scheduled to be previewed this week include Lonoke at Heber Springs, Bauxite at Malvern and McGehee at Star City.
Hootens.com correctly predicted 36 of 43 games (84 percent). For the season, Hootens.com has correctly predicted 105 of 125 games (84 percent).
WEEK 4 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
Berryville at SHILOH CHRISTIAN (35): Shiloh Christian's 65-0 win three years ago spurred Berryville's failed attempt to force a private school-only playoff. Berryville has scored just 20 points this year, while Shiloh Christian has given up 93 points this year.
Pea Ridge at GRAVETTE (21): Pea Ridge tied Greenland 7-7 late in the first half last week but lost 28-13. Undefeated Gravette averages 43 points per game. Senior running back Darrick Strzelecki has rushed for more than 400 yards and seven TDs in 2011.
OZARK (1) at Prairie Grove: Ozark beat Prairie Grove 14-8 last season, propelling the Hillbillies to the playoffs. In last week's six-point win over Charleston, Ozark senior Asher Ree ran for 161 yards and two TDs, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter. Prairie Grove's offense gained 419 yards in last week's 21-point win over West Fork.
Gentry at FARMINGTON (6): Gentry played well at Class 5A undefeated Siloam Springs last week before losing by 17 points. Farmington's Spencer Boudrey caught a 60-yard TD pass and ran 50 yards for a score in last week's 22-point win at Clarksville.
Lonoke at HEBER SPRINGS (8): Lonoke starts 0-3 for the first time since 2003. The Jackrabbits rallied with five conference victories that season and advanced to the playoffs. Lonoke has beaten Heber Springs three of the past four years. Heber Springs, off to its best start in more than two decades, averages 47 points per game.
CLINTON (14) at Marianna: Clinton has won two straight over the Trojans by a total of 51 points. Winless Marianna tied Class 5A Forrest City 24-24 last week. Clinton senior QB Park Parish threw three TD passes in last week's 21-point loss at Pottsville.
Cave City at NEWPORT (24): Newport avoided its third straight 0-3 start by outlasting Bald Knob 66-57 in Week 2. The Greyhounds give up 53 points per game.
STUTTGART (21) at Southside Batesville: Stuttgart has outscored Southside Batesville 260-28 over the past five years. Stuttgart surrendered a 15-14 halftime advantage at Malvern last week, losing by nine points. Southside Batesville hasn't won a conference game since beating Marianna Week 7, 2008.
Jonesboro Westside at HIGHLAND (25): Jonesboro Westside goes for its first conference win since beating Pocahontas in Week 4, 2009. The Warriors have won only six league games over the past decade, including a 16-0 decision over Highland in Week 6, 2008. Undefeated Highland averages 37 ppg.
POCAHONTAS (2) at Trumann: Pocahontas goes for its first 4-0 start since 2006. The Redskins romped Corning 42-16 last week, giving coach Dave Williams his 200th career victory.
Osceola at VALLEY VIEW (1): Valley View legitimized its 2010 season with a four-point win over the Seminoles. The Blazers salvaged a 28-28 tie with Class 5A Nettleton last week with a 28-yard field goal as time expired. Osceola lost its opening three games for the second straight season.
GOSNELL (21) at Poplar Bluff, Mo.: Gosnell snapped Rivercrest's 17-game winning streak last week. The Pirates pounded Poplar Bluff, Mo. by 41 points a year ago.
CLARKSVILLE (3) at Dardanelle: Clarksville has beaten Dardanelle four of the past five years by a total of 35 points. But the winless Panthers haven't come within three TDs of any opponent this year. Dardanelle downed Yell County rival Danville by seven points in the opener, but the Sand Lizards have been outscored 82-29 since.
Dover at MENA (6): Mena has won two straight by a combined 17 points since losing to DeQueen in Week 1. Senior playmaker Landon Thacker ran for 85 yards and caught six passes for 65 yards and a TD in last week's eight-point win over Mansfield. Mena beat Dover by 24 points a year ago. Dover junior Blake Kriesel ran for a pair of TDs in last week's 22-22 tie with Lamar.
Waldron at POTTSVILLE (20): This is the second meeting between these schools (Pottsville won 33-0 last year). Waldron's 24-12 win over Cedarville last week was its second since beating Ashdown Week 4, 2008. The Bulldogs also beat Cedarville 35-6 a year ago.
BOONEVILLE (24) at Subiaco Academy: Booneville has scored 58 points in the past five quarters. Senior fullback Anthony Napier ran for 210 yards and three TDs in last week's 13-point win over DeQueen. Winless Subiaco Academy yields 39 points weekly.
MALVERN (21) at Bauxite: Malvern beat Stuttgart 24-15 last week, rallying from a one-point halftime deficit. Leopard junior QB Austin Warford has passed for more than 700 yards and eight TDs in 2011.
NASHVILLE (14) at DeQueen: DeQueen hasn't beaten rival Nashville since 1998. But neither team has won since the opener. Nashville lost at Prescott and CAC by a combined 21 points, while DeQueen lost at Camden Fairview and Booneville by a total of 48 points.
Maumelle at PULASKI ACADEMY (27): Pulaski Academy pounded the Hornets by 24 points last year, their first meeting since Week 6, 2001. The Bruins have beaten Class 7A Cabot, Class 6A Lake Hamilton and Class 5A CAC by an average of 52-25.
ASHDOWN (4) at Pulaski Robinson: Hootens.com Class 4A Game of the Week.
DeWitt at HAMBURG (8): DeWitt has won two conference games over the past three years, beating Southside Batesville in 2008 and 2009. Hamburg improves weekly. Hamburg junior running back LaMarco Harris rushed for 136 yards and three scores in last week's 26-20 setback to Fordyce.
DOLLARWAY (2) at Warren: Warren has lost five conference games since 2004, including Dollarway's 28-20 decision a year ago. The Lumberjacks start 15 sophomores and freshmen. Sophomore QB Drake Jones passed for more than 300 yards and four TDs in last week's 32-point win over Class 5A Crossett, while sophomore Otis Miller ran for 157 yards in his first start at running back. Miller started three games at linebacker as a freshman in 2010. Dollarway didn't play last week, but the Cardinals beat Gosnell in Week 1 and lost to Class 6A unbeaten Little Rock Parkview by 30-14 in Week 2.
Lake Village at DUMAS (14): These teams have a combined record of 1-5. Dumas sophomore QB Ryan Miller threw a 16-yard TD pass in last week's 21-point loss to Class 5A Monticello. Lake Village has outscored 100-27 the past two weeks at Earle and Pulaski Robinson.
STAR CITY (7) at McGehee: Star City has won four straight over McGehee by a combined 116-45, but the past two games in the series were decided by 10 points. McGehee junior fullback Steven King ran for 135 yards and two TDs in last week's 14-point win at Lonoke. Star City senior QB Austin White has passed for more than 400 yards and four TDs this year. Junior Reshod Davis hauled in a 26-yard TD pass and returned a punt 75 yards for a score in a 34-point win over Camden Harmony Grove.
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