Class 6A, Week 10, 2011
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1. Lake Hamilton (8-1)
2. El Dorado (8-1)
3. Pine Bluff (6-3)
4. Searcy (7-2)
5. Jonesboro (6-3)
6. Marion (7-2)
7. Texarkana (3-6)
8. Sheridan (5-4)
9. Benton (2-7)
10. Jacksonville (4-5)
11. Mountain Home (5-4)
12. LR Parkview (4-5)
13. Van Buren (3-6)
14. Russellville (1-8)
15. LR McClellan (1-7-1)
16. LR Fair (0-9)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 2 El Dorado at No. 3 Pine Bluff
The winner grabs the South's No. 2 playoff seed, while the loser finishes as the No. 3 seed and must travel to Lake Hamilton in the semifinals.
El Dorado won its first seven games this fall with a powerful rushing attack but has become more balanced lately. Junior quarterback Lucas Reed (1,320 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2011) has passed for 504 yards and two TDs over the past two weeks. Junior running back Marque Burris has rushed for 1,367 yards and 20 TDs this year. "It's going to be a challenge," Pine Bluff coach Bobby Bolding says. "Their offensive line is pretty physical."
Pine Bluff's offense (39 points per game) has been very productive this season with senior QB Jordan Humphrey running the option attack. Humphrey, senior RB Jalen Dabner, senior fullback Lemmie Daniels and junior RB Walter Ashley have all rushed for more than 500 yards. The Zebras have improved defensively over the past two weeks since a narrow victory at Texarkana, Bolding says. "We're trying not to panic when a team makes a play. El Dorado's going to make some plays."
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Hootens.com correctly picked eight of 10 games (80 percent) involving 6A teams. For the season, HAFR has correctly predicted 81 of 104 games (78 percent).
WEEK 10 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
CABOT (8) at Russellville: Cabot beat the Cyclones 27-6 last year. Russellville has lost its past two games by a combined 47 points.
NORTH LR (14) at Van Buren: North LR beat the Pointers 63-21 a year ago. Van Buren junior QB Jacob Eason has completed 131 of 251 passes for 1,343 yards and 11 TDs this year.
MARION (17) at Jacksonville (Thurs.): Marion lost to Jonesboro 13-12 last week after leading 12-0 at halftime. Jacksonville led Jonesboro 22-21 with eight minutes left Week 5 but lost by 12 points.
LR Hall at JONESBORO (27) (Thurs.): Jonesboro junior RB Martin Stafford ran 21 times for 152 yards and two TDs in last week's 13-12 win at Marion. Stafford has 163 carries for 1,165 yards (7.2 ypc) and 13 TDs this fall.
WEST MEMPHIS (21) at LR Parkview: West Memphis beat the Patriots 40-14 last year. Parkview has lost its past two games by a combined 15 points.
SEARCY (11) at Mountain Home: Searcy senior QB Dezmond Stegall has passed for 475 yards and six TDs over the past two weeks. Mountain Home sophomore QB Drake Walker has generated 1,569 yards (786 passing, 783 rushing) and 15 TDs this season. Senior playmaker Damon Berry gains 11.3 yards per play.
BENTON (12) at LR Fair (Thurs.): Benton sophomore QB Tarek Beaugard threw a 16-yard TD pass to senior receiver Desmond Mauldin in last week's 48-7 loss to El Dorado. Fair has lost all nine games this season, including five league games by an average of 36 points.
EL DORADO (7) at Pine Bluff (Thurs.): See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
LR McClellan at LAKE HAMILTON (36) (Thurs.): McClellan junior QB Akee Johnson ran for 111 yards in last week's 55-6 loss to Pine Bluff. Lake Hamilton senior QB Levi Runyan passed for 309 yards in the first half during last week's 47-13 win over Texarkana.
Sheridan at TEXARKANA (1): Sheridan junior QB Dylan Flores threw two TD passes, including a 50-yarder to senior receiver Josh Miller, in last week's 42-16 win over LR Fair. Senior RB Dalton Seamon ran 10 times for 127 yards and two scores. The Yellowjackets held on to a 17-0 halftime lead to beat Texarkana by three points last year, making a tackle on the 1-yard line as time expired.
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