Class 6A, Week 12, 2011
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1. Lake Hamilton (10-1)
2. El Dorado (10-1)
3. Pine Bluff (7-4)
4. Searcy (9-2)
5. Jonesboro (8-3)
6. Marion (8-3)
7. Texarkana (5-6)
8. Sheridan (6-5)
9. Jacksonville (5-6)
10. Mountain Home (5-6)
11. LR Parkview (4-7)
12. Benton (3-8)
13. Van Buren (3-8)
14. Russellville (1-10)
15. LR McClellan (1-9-1)
16. LR Fair (0-11)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 3 Pine Bluff at No. 4 Searcy
Pine Bluff has won 14 of its past 17 road games since 2009, including five in a row this fall. "We like traveling," coach Bobby Bolding says. "Our kids love playing in front of big crowds." Senior quarterback Jordan Humphrey has accounted for more than 1,600 yards, while seniors Lemmie Daniels and Jalen Dabner and junior Walter Ashley have each rushed for more than 700 yards. "I don't think we've peaked yet, but we're getting close," Bolding says. Junior linebacker Kelvin Sergeant paces the Zebras with 98 tackles, while senior defensive tackle Bryan Terry anchors the line. "They may be the most physical team we've played this year," Searcy coach Tim Harper says. "They're going to show up and hit you."
Searcy has not advanced to the quarterfinals since 1984 when it lost to Crossett in the AAA title game. The Lions won their first playoff game since 2001 last week, beating Little Rock McClellan 41-14. Senior QB Dezmond Stegall (6-2, 208; 4.5 speed) has passed for more than 2,600 yards and 26 TDs (four interceptions) this fall. Junior running backs Antwon Arnold and Cam Woodruff have combined for more than 2,300 total yards. Senior end Johnathan Powell (six sacks), senior LB Chase Caple (more than 100 tackles) and senior defensive back Jared Eades (five interceptions) lead on defense. "They're a well-coached team," Bolding says, "and can score in a lot of different ways on offense."
Hootens.com correctly picked seven of eight games (88 percent) involving 6A teams. For the season, HAFR has correctly predicted 97 of 122 games (80 percent).
WEEK 12 PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
TOP HALF OF THE BRACKET
Sheridan at LAKE HAMILTON (21): Sheridan beat Jacksonville 15-10 last week for its first playoff victory since 1990. Senior RB Dalton Seamon ran for two TDs, including a 66-yarder with 22 seconds left in the second quarter for the game's final score. Lake Hamilton senior QB Levi Runyan has passed for more than 2,200 yards this season. The Wolves beat Sheridan 41-0 in Week 4.
PINE BLUFF (1) at Searcy: See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
BOTTOM HALF OF THE BRACKET
Texarkana at JONESBORO (3): Texarkana senior QB Elgie Richards threw three TD passes in last week's 40-0 win over Mountain Home. Jonesboro junior RB Martin Stafford ran for four TDs in a 42-6 win over LR Fair. Texarkana beat the Hurricane 21-13 a year ago.
Marion at EL DORADO (21): Marion senior RB Tre Franklin ran for 323 yards and three TDs in last week's 42-33 win over Benton. El Dorado junior RB Marque Burris ran 24 times for 227 yards and three TDs in a 55-12 win over LR Parkview. Junior QB Lucas Reed passed for 223 yards and two TDs and ran for a score. Burris has rushed for 1,672 yards and 24 TDs this year, while Reed has passed for 1,677 yards and 17 scores.
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