Class 6A, Week 4, 2011
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1. El Dorado (3-0)
2. Pine Bluff (1-2)
3. Lake Hamilton (2-1)
4. Jonesboro (1-2)
5. Marion (3-0)
6. Searcy (3-0)
7. LR Parkview (3-0)
8. Benton (1-2)
9. Jacksonville (1-2)
10. Texarkana (0-3)
11. Mountain Home (3-0)
12. Van Buren (2-1)
13. Russellville (1-2)
14. Sheridan (2-1)
15. LR McClellan (0-2-1)
16. LR Fair (0-3)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 6 Searcy at No. 5 Marion
Marion rushed for 713 yards in last week's 84-51 win at Greene County Tech.
Senior running back Tre Franklin ran 19 times for 263 yards and six touchdowns. "Our offensive line seems to be picking up the (mental) part of the game," Marion coach Mark Uhiren says, "and our young ‘backs are catching on a bit." Franklin has rushed for 687 yards and 13 TDs this fall. "He's the real deal," Searcy coach Tim Harper says. "Last week we had (Morrilton junior RB) Jamar Criswell and I felt like we shut him down. We know Marion's going to get yards, hopefully we limit the long runs and cause them to throw the ball."
Searcy rushed for 281 yards in last week's 29-27 win over Morrilton. The Lions led 29-14 in the fourth quarter before giving up two late scores. Searcy gave up a fourth-quarter TD in a 37-22 win over Batesville two weeks ago. "That's going to catch up with us," Harper says. "We've got to work on finishing every possession and finishing a ball game." Senior quarterback Dezmond Stegall has passed for more than 600 yards and seven TDs this season. "He's a pretty good hand and is running the show," Uhiren says. "It will be quite a feat to corral him. Defensively they're solid. They hustle to the ball and have size we don't."
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WEEK 4 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
Van Buren at LR CENTRAL (14): Van Buren junior QB Jacob Eason threw a 10-yard TD pass and ran 60 yards for a score in last week's 37-14 win at Harrison. The Pointers beat LR Central 41-31 in 2010.
Russellville at NORTH LITTLE ROCK (10): Russellville junior QB Mitch Mullin completed 18 of 27 passes for 299 yards and four TDs and ran 1 yard for the game-winning score with 4 seconds left in last week's 37-30 win over Alma. North Little Rock beat the Cyclones 34-15 a year ago.
Jacksonville at MOUNTAIN HOME (1): Jacksonville allows 31 points per game. Mountain Home beat Batesville 27-20 last week for its first win over the Pioneers since 2001.
JONESBORO (13) at LR Parkview: Jonesboro lost to Fayetteville 50-27 a week ago. Parkview junior RB Rashad Earls ran 18 times for 180 yards in a 31-0 win at Sylvan Hills. Junior QB Caelon Harden has accounted for 776 yards and 12 TDs this season.
Searcy at MARION (4): See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
PINE BLUFF (7) at Benton: Pine Bluff lost to LR Central 30-14 last week. Benton rushed for 323 yards in a 42-35 loss at Greenbrier. Junior RB Wallace Foote ran 26 times for 204 yards.
LR Fair at EL DORADO (35): Fair has lost its first three games by a combined 132-12. El Dorado junior RB Marque Burris has rushed 76 times for 598 yards (7.9 yards per carry) and eight TDs this season.
Sheridan at LAKE HAMILTON (24): Sheridan has allowed eight points over the past two weeks since losing to Harrison 28-10 in the season-opener. Lake Hamilton averages 44 points per game.
TEXARKANA (6) at LR McClellan: Texarkana has dropped its first three games by an average of 28 points. McClellan lost four turnovers, including a fumble on a potential game-winning drive, in last week's 28-26 loss to Mills.
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