Class 6A, Week 12, 2010
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1. El Dorado (9-1)
2. Pine Bluff (9-1)
3. Lake Hamilton (8-3)
4. Jonesboro (7-3)
5. Van Buren (7-4)
6. Texarkana (5-6)
7. Marion (7-3)
8. Jacksonville (7-4)
9. Searcy (5-6)
10. LR Parkview (4-7)
11. Benton (3-8)
12. Sheridan (4-7)
13. Russellville (1-9)
14. Mountain Home (1-9)
15. LR Fair (1-9)
16. LR McClellan (0-10)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 6 Texarkana at No. 4 Jonesboro
These teams last met during the playoffs in 1979 when Jonesboro beat Texarkana 14-7 for the Class AAAA title. The '79 Hurricane team will be honored at the game.
Jonesboro features one of the faster backfields in the state in junior Zac Brooks (4.47 speed) and sophomore Martin Stafford (4.48 speed). "I'm impressed with their speed, " Texarkana coach Phillip Miller said. "They can score and do it from a distance." Brooks paces the Hurricane with 136 carries for 1,072 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, while Stafford gains more than 9 yards per carry. Junior quarterback Moe Malugen has completed 103 of 185 passes for 1,331 yards and 12 TDs. Jonesboro's defense, led by senior linebacker Brad Shearin (team-high 111 tackles), must play disciplined up front and cover well in the secondary in order to contain the talented Razorbacks. Senior tackle Trip Crawford (6-0, 240) and senior end Derreon Lamb (team-high seven sacks) anchor the front four.
Texarkana entered the playoffs discouraged after dropping three of its past four games, including a three-point loss to Sheridan in Week 10. "We had our heads down after that game," Miller said. "But started believing in ourselves again after Friday night." The Razorbacks beat Searcy by 12 points, outscoring the Lions 26-7 after Searcy took an early 7-0 lead. Senior dual-threat QB Kierra Harris has passed for 1,820 yards and 19 TDs and rushed 115 times for 795 yards and eight scores this fall. "He's the first thing that jumps out at you," Jonesboro coach Randy Coleman said. "The scariest part of his game is when a play breaks down, he can really do some things with his legs." Senior Greg Milhorn paces the Razorbacks with 38 catches for 577 yards and eight TDs.
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Hootens.com correctly predicted all four playoff games. For the season, HAFR has correctly predicted 102 of 120 games (85 percent).
WEEK 12 PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
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TOP HALF OF THE BRACKET
Texarkana at JONESBORO (7): See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
Jacksonville at PINE BLUFF (13): Jacksonville, under first-year coach Ricky Russell, beat Sheridan 31-7 last week for its second playoff win since 2008. But the Red Devils' glass slipper falls off at Pine Bluff. The Zebras have won 66 percent of their playoff games and feature one of the top playmakers in Class 6A. Senior RB Jawahn Hunt has rushed for more than 1,800 yards and 22 TDs this year.
BOTTOM HALF OF THE BRACKET
Van Buren at EL DORADO (14): These teams have not met in the postseason since 1999 when El Dorado eliminated the Pointers in the first round. Van Buren beat Benton 41-14 last week for its first playoff win since claiming the 1996 AAAA title. Pointer senior QB Tyler Spoon has passed for 3,782 yards and 34 TDs in his career, including 164 of 255 passes (64 percent) for 2,326 yards and 21 TDs this fall. Spoon signed with the University of Arkansas to play baseball in 2012. El Dorado has not lost a home playoff game since 2004 (35-14 to eventual state champ LR Central). Wildcat senior QB Taylor Reed has completed 117 of 186 passes (63 percent) for 1,934 yards and 23 TDs, bringing his career total to 4,247 yards and 44 TDs.
LAKE HAMILTON (10) at Marion: Lake Hamilton, arguably the most dangerous team still standing in Class 6A, is no stranger to winning on the road in the playoffs. The Wolves won at West Memphis before beating El Dorado for the 2008 state title. Marion, coming off the not-so-favorable first-round bye, won four of its past five games to end the regular season. The Patriots are 3-11 in postseason play, losing their past four games since knocking Lake Hamilton out of the 2006 playoffs
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