Class 4A, Week 7, 2011
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1. Pulaski Academy (6-0)
2. Heber Springs (6-0)
3. Pottsville (5-0-1)
4. Malvern (5-1)
5. Gravette (6-0)
6. Ashdown (5-1)
7. Ozark (5-1)
8. Stuttgart (4-2)
9. Dollarway (4-1)
10. McGehee (5-1)
11. Prairie Grove (4-2)
12. Highland (5-0)
13. Warren (3-2-1)
14. Booneville (4-2)
15. Osceola (3-3)
16. Star City (4-2)
17. Clinton (5-1)
18. Gosnell (4-2)
19. Shiloh Christian (3-3)
20. De Queen (3-3)
21. Dumas (1-5)
22. Farmington (5-1)
23. Pulaski Robinson (4-2)
24. Clarksville (3-3)
25. Maumelle (3-3)
26. Nashville (1-5)
27. Valley View (3-2-1)
28. Pocahontas (4-1)
29. Newport (2-4)
30. Hamburg (2-4)
31. Mena (4-2)
32. Southside Batesville (3-3)
33. Pea Ridge (3-3)
34. Lonoke (1-5)
35. Dardanelle (2-4)
36. Trumann (2-4)
37. Dover (2-3-1)
38. Cave City (1-5)
39. DeWitt (1-5)
40. Bauxite (1-5)
41. Lake Village (1-5)
42. Marianna (0-5-1)
43. Gentry (0-6)
44. Waldron (1-5)
45. Subiaco Academy (0-6)
46. Berryville (0-6)
47. Jonesboro Westside (1-5)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 9 Dollarway at No. 10 McGehee
A battle of conference unbeatens could decide the 8-4A title. Dollarway hasn't won a conference title since 2003, while McGehee's last league crown came in 2000. Dollarway has beaten Warren, Dumas and DeWitt by a combined 98-72 the past three weeks. Junior Jeremiah Young has rushed for 783 yards in four games (missed DeWitt game with an ankle injury). Junior quarterback Xavier Long surprises opponents with precision passing. The converted running back "can hit a quarter at 40 yards," McGehee coach Marcus Haddock said. Dollarway's offensive line averages 6-6, 285 pounds. The offensive and defensive lines pivot with senior tackle Shamario Allmond (6-3, 260) and sophomore tackle Nicholas Woodfork (5-10, 250). Woodfork "is our best blocker, he's a smasher," said Dollarway coach Cortez Lee.
McGehee has won its three 8-4A games over Star City, Hamburg and Lake Village by a combined 69-14. The Owls surrender just 14 points weekly with a defense averaging 185 pounds per starter. "They've got us outsized, but we play technique well," Haddock said. McGehee distributes the ball to six different backs, but only one has rushed for at least 100 yards in a conference game this fall. Senior QB Deondrai Haynes has rushed for three touchdowns and thrown a TD pass this fall, while junior fullback Steven King has rushed for more than 300 yards. Junior linebacker and leading tackler Layne Miles broke his arm in last week's 30-0 win over Lake Village and won't return until late-November.
Hootens.com correctly predicted 21 of 24 games (88 percent), nailing the point spread of Pulaski Academy by 28 over De Queen. For the season, Hootens.com has correctly predicted 164 of 197 games (83 percent).
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WEEK 7 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
PRAIRIE GROVE (28) at Berryville: Berryville hasn't beaten Prairie Grove since 2006 and the Bobcats give up 37 points a game. Prairie Grove beat Shiloh Christian by 20 points last week.
Farmington at GRAVETTE (8): Gravette has beaten Farmington seven of the past eight meetings. Gravette senior Darrick Strzelecki has rushed for 868 yards and 16 TDs this year, while senior QB Clayton Alexander has passed for 1,143 yards and 12 TDs. Farmington led Berryville 49-0 last week before the reserves allowed a late TD.
Pea Ridge at OZARK (10): Ozark senior running back Asher Ree (651 yards in 2010) gained just 34 yards in last week's seven-point setback at Gravette. Pea Ridge rallied from an eight-point deficit to beat Gentry 25-21 a week ago. Junior Dayton Winn has rushed for almost 900 yards and 13 TDs this year.
Gentry at SHILOH CHRISTIAN (3): Shiloh Christian's 42-game conference win streak was snapped by Prairie Grove last week. The Saints trailed Prairie Grove 20-7 when they threw an interception in the end zone on the final play of the first half. Winless Gentry has lead in the fourth quarter of two games this year.
LONOKE (1) at Cave City: Lonoke must regroup after its one-point loss at Southside Batesville. Cave City trailed Clinton by 14 points in the second quarter but lost by 28 points last week.
HEBER SPRINGS (13) at Newport: Heber Springs struggled with Marianna's speed early last week before cruising to a 50-20 triumph. Newport has lost consecutive league games, although the Greyhounds led Stuttgart 12-6 in the second quarter a week ago.
SOUTHSIDE BATESVILLE (6) at Marianna: Southside Batesville beat Marianna by eight points three years ago, which was its only conference win since 2008 until the Southerners beat Lonoke 20-19 last week. Marianna led Heber Springs 14-8 before losing by 30 points.
Clinton at STUTTGART (7): Clinton's 22-point win over Stuttgart last year snapped a two-game losing streak to the Ricebirds. Stuttgart's Keith Humbert has scored 10 TDs this year, including a momentum-shifting fumble return at Newport a week ago.
Highland at GOSNELL (1): Highland has beaten Gosnell three of the past five years, including 42-41 a year ago. Highland recovered a fumble on the 1-yard line to preserve a six-point win over Valley View a week ago. Gosnell's Frontae Royster has rushed for more than 600 yards and six TDs this fall out of the California Wing T and spread schemes.
Pocahontas at OSCEOLA (3): Pocahontas usually plays the Seminoles closer than most teams, losing by a point last year. The Redskins didn't play last week, but lost to Valley View 28-8 in Week 5 after the top two tailbacks were injured. Osceola's Korliss Marshall returned from an injury three weeks ago, and the Seminoles haven't lost since.
Trumann at VALLEY VIEW (7): A league coach calls Valley View senior QB Timmy Merten is the league's best. Merten was sacked eight times by Pocahontas two weeks ago but remained poised and rallied the Blazers to a 20-point triumph. Trumann, devastated with injuries, lost to Gosnell by 56 points last week.
WALNUT RIDGE (2) at Jonesboro Westside: Jonesboro Westside snapped a 17-game losing streak with a 37-22 win over Drew Central in Week 2. Walnut Ridge whipped Marked Tree 51-20 last week.
BOONEVILLE (7) at Clarksville: Clarksville upended the Bearcats by four points in 2008, its last win in the series. Booneville senior Anthony Napier ran for 150 yards and two scores in last week's 35-point win over Dover. Clarksville led Subiaco Academy 21-7 at halftime last week before winning by 34 points. Clarksville's Jeremy Larkin has rushed for more than 300 yards the past two weeks.
Mena at DARDANELLE (2): Mena returned the opening kickoff for a TD in last week's 15-point win over Waldron. Dardanelle beat Waldron by 31 points the previous week.
POTTSVILLE (21) at Dover: Pottsville ran for 418 yards in last week's 26-point win over Dardanelle. Sophomore QB Michael Perry has rushed for 486 yards and six TDs the past two weeks.
Subiaco Academy at WALDRON (6): Both teams still searching for their first conference victory of the season, and both average seven points a game.
Maumelle at MALVERN (8): Malvern's 14-7 double overtime victory over Ashdown could set up a showdown at Pulaski Academy in Week 8. Maumelle senior Eric Parks rallied the Hornets with a pair of fourth quarter TDs in last week's three-point win over Nashville. Malvern junior QB Austin Warford ran for 83 yards and passed for 87 yards at Ashdown last week, including his first interception of the year.
ASHDOWN (1) at Nashville: Nashville has beaten Ashdown seven straight times, including 47-28 in 2005 (Ashdown's only regular-season setback). Ashdown's defense or special teams have scored in five games this season. Nashville has led or trailed by a TD or less at halftime of every game this year.
Bauxite at PULASKI ACADEMY (30): Pulaski Academy has beaten every 7-4A opponent by at least 19 points over the past two seasons. Bruin senior QB Fredi Knighten has passed for 2,267 yards and a state-best 29 TDs. Scrappy Bauxite led Pulaski Robinson 13-9 in the second quarter last week. Bauxite hasn't won a conference game since beating Glen Rose 28-27 in Week 10, 2009.
De Queen at PULASKI ROBINSON (1): De Queen could ensure a playoff berth if it wins. Pulaski Robinson junior running back Ryan Scarborough has rushed for more than 700 yards and nine TDs while battling injuries this fall.
Lake Village at HAMBURG (14): Lake Village has lost five straight and gives up 31 points per game. Hamburg led Star City 21-14 in the fourth quarter last week but lost by a point. Hamburg junior LaMarco Harris has rushed for at least 100 yards in four of the past five games, including a 248-yard performance last week.
Dollarway at MCGEHEE (2): Hootens.com Class 4A Game of the Week.
Dumas at STAR CITY (3): Star City salvaged its season with a TD and winning-two point conversion in the fourth-quarter at Hamburg last week. Dumas has lost consecutive league games by a total of 14 points.
DeWitt at WARREN (10): Warren drove 64 yards in the final 90 seconds for the winning TD at Dumas last week, with sophomore Drake Jones throwing the winning pass to classmate Von Eric Gonder with two seconds left. DeWitt's two league losses are by a total of 15 points, and they trailed Dollarway by just six points in the third quarter a week ago.
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