Class 5A, Week 7, 2011
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1. Greenwood (6-0)
2. Camden Fairview (5-1)
3. Greenbrier (6-0)
4. Batesville (4-2)
5. Watson Chapel (4-2)
6. Alma (5-1)
7. Wynne (5-1)
8. HS Lakeside (5-1)
9. Beebe (4-2)
10. Morrilton (2-4)
11. Siloam Springs (5-1)
12. Monticello (4-1-1)
13. Blytheville (4-2)
14. White Hall (3-3)
15. CAC (2-3-1)
16. Vilonia (2-4)
17. West Helena (3-2)
18. Greene Co. Tech (2-4)
19. Hope (3-3)
20. Sylvan Hills (3-3)
21. Magnolia (1-5)
22. Arkadelphia (2-4)
23. Nettleton (2-3-1)
24. Harrison (1-5)
25. Hot Springs (1-5)
26. LR Christian (2-4)
27. Mills (1-5)
28. Forrest City (0-5-1)
29. Crossett (0-6)
30. Paragould (0-6)
31. Huntsville (1-5)
32. North Pulaski (0-6)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 7 Wynne at No. 4 Batesville
This game has decided the league title seven of the past 11 seasons, with Wynne winning six times during that span. But Batesville has won three of the past four, including 17-13 last season when the Pioneers returned a fumble for the winning touchdown in the final seconds.
Defending league champ Batesville has won three straight league games since junior tailback Jordan Childress returned from a hip injury. Childress has rushed for more than 600 yards this year, including 174 in last week's 46-0 win at Forrest City. Senior linemen Hunter Wilson and (5-11, 275) and Khang Nguyen (5-11, 265) "are blocking really well," said Batesville coach Dave King. The Pioneers give up 17 points per game. Senior strong safety Cody Vaughn tops Batesville tackle chart, while senior end Ryan Coles and junior noseguard Drew Moore cause havoc up front. The Pioneers held Forrest City to 39 total yards and four first downs last week, most of yardage coming late against the junior varsity.
Wynne has won five straight games, including 12-0 last week against Beebe, the third straight year the Yellowjackets have shutout an opponent. Wynne junior Josh Selvy has more than 1,000 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns this fall. Sophomore quarterback Reed Wingo has passed for more 1,000 yards this year, including a 270-yard effort in his varsity debut at Marion. "Selvy is dangerous in the open field," King says. "It's amazing at how quickly they've adapted from a power-oriented run team to (first-year coach) Chris Hill's passing game. They disperse the ball to a lot of different people."
Hootens.com correctly predicted 13 of 16 games (81 percent), nailing the point spread of Watson Chapel by seven over Monticello and Greenwood by 35 over Huntsville. For the season, Hootens.com has correctly predicted 109 of 131 games (83 percent).
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WEEK 7 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
Wynne at BATESVILLE (3): Hootens.com Class 5A Game of the Week.
Blytheville at BEEBE (7): The winner probably secures a playoff berth. Beebe lost to Wynne 12-0 last week, the first time it was held scoreless since Week 3, 2003. Blytheville's Anfernee Coleman ran for 207 yards and two scores in last week's 26-point win over Greene County Tech.
GREENE CO. TECH (4) at Nettleton: Nettleton's 22-point win over Paragould last week was its first conference victory since Week 7, 2008. The Raiders haven't beaten Greene County Tech since 2007. Greene County Tech averages 28 points a game.
FORREST CITY (1) at Paragould: Both teams searching for their first win of the season. Forrest City gets outscored by 28 points a game, while Paragould gets outscored 24 points weekly.
Crossett at MILLS (1): Crossett improves weekly under interim coach Brad Bradshaw. The Eagles led Sylvan Hills 12-0 last week but lost their 16th straight game after surrendering a TD with five seconds left. Mills led West Helena in the first quarter last week before losing by 22 points.
SYLVAN HILLS (10) at North Pulaski: Sylvan Hills has already matched its win total from last season. The Bears drove 77 yards in the final minute and rallied for a 13-12 victory over Crossett.
West Helena at WATSON CHAPEL (14): Defending league champion Watson Chapel has won three straight games, including 21-14 at Monticello a week ago. Junior running back James Collier has rushed for eight TDs the past three weeks.
MONTICELLO (3) at White Hall: These teams have split the past eight meetings with Monticello ripping off four straight wins, including 27-17 a year ago. Monticello gives up 20 points per game. White Hall has won three straight games after starting the season 0-3.
CAC (6) at Arkadelphia: CAC has lost conference consecutive games for the second straight year. Mustang senior QB Benjamin Shields passed for 302 yards and four TDs in last week's one-point overtime loss against Hot Springs Lakeside. Arkadelphia failed to score on three rushing attempts from the 2-yard line in the final 32 seconds during last week's seven-point loss at Hope.
Hope at HS LAKESIDE (7): Hope has beaten Hot Springs Lakeside six times in the past 11 seasons and the Bobcats have won three straight games this year after starting 0-3. The Bobcat defense stuffed Arkadelphia on three straight plays on the goal line to preserve last week's 13-6 win over Arkadelphia. Hot Springs Lakeside's Ajalen Holley generated 204 total yards, scored six TDs and ran in the game-winning two-point conversion in last week's 43-42 overtime win at CAC.
CAMDEN FAIRVIEW (25) at LR Christian: Camden Fairview coach Buck James notched his 100th career victory in last week's 62-14 decision over Magnolia. The Cardinals have beaten every league opponent by at least 23 points this season. Senior receiver Dominique Reed has caught 21 passes for 501 yards and eight TDs this year. Little Rock Christian rallied from a 41-14 deficit in the fourth quarter, but lost at Hot Springs 49-42 a week ago.
Hot Springs at MAGNOLIA (1): It's homecoming in Magnolia and the Panthers have beaten Hot Springs 12 of the past 13 years. But Magnolia hasn't won since beating Crossett 26-6 in Week 1, while Hot Springs survived LR Christian by seven points last week for its first conference victory since Week 8, 2010. Only one of Magnolia's first 16 plays went for positive yardage against Camden Fairview.
Huntsville at ALMA (18): Huntsville's best game as members of Class 5A came in last year's 28-14 loss to the Airedales. Alma led Harrison 14-0 in the first quarter last week and finished with 324 total yards. Huntsville trailed Greenwood 28-0 in the first quarter a week ago.
Harrison at GREENWOOD (24): This game typically develops into a shootout, with Greenwood winning 49-28 in 2009 and Harrison winning 51-48 in 2008. Greenwood senior QB Hayden Smith completes 73 percent of his passes for 1,053 yards and 14 TDs and just one interception this fall, while junior Drew Morgan has 24 catches for 466 yards and eight scores.
Vilonia at MORRILTON (1): The loser likely drops out of playoff contention. Morrilton has lost three league games this year, including five-point setbacks to Alma and Greenbrier. Morrilton led Greenbrier 27-20 in the third quarter last week. Vilonia yielded 339 total yards in last week's 12-point loss to Siloam Springs.
GREENBRIER (7) at Siloam Springs: Greenbrier rallied from its first second-half deficit of the season, beating Morrilton 39-34 a week ago. Senior QB Neal Burcham has completed 114 of 166 passes (69 percent) for 1,844 yards and 24 TDs this year. Siloam Springs senior QB Braden Pippen injured his shoulder two weeks ago, but passed for 137 yards in last week's 35-23 win at Vilonia.
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