Class 6A, Week 5, 2011
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1. El Dorado (4-0)
2. Pine Bluff (2-2)
3. Lake Hamilton (3-1)
4. Jonesboro (2-2)
5. Marion (4-0)
6. Searcy (3-1)
7. LR Parkview (3-1)
8. Benton (1-3)
9. Jacksonville (2-2)
10. Texarkana (1-3)
11. Russellville (1-3)
12. Mountain Home (3-1)
13. Van Buren (2-2)
14. Sheridan (2-2)
15. LR McClellan (0-3-1)
16. LR Fair (0-4)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
Class 7A No. 3 West Memphis at No. 5 Marion
West Memphis has won 30 consecutive conference games and eyes its eighth straight league title this fall. The Blue Devils feature a deep backfield with seniors Nathaniel Henderson (182 yards, one touchdown) and Kavon Lewis (6.2 yards per carry) and juniors Taz Watson (438 yards, six TDs) and Kendall Allen (140 yards, one TD). Watson ran 17 times for a career-high 227 yards and four TDs in last week's 57-19 win over Little Rock Hall. West Memphis' passing game has improved this year, coach Lanny Dauksch says, with senior quarterback Jerone "Boo" Roberts (200 yards passing, three TDs) throwing to senior receivers Cody Dauksch (140 yards, three TDs) and Jaylin Sloan (100 yards, one score).
Marion lost to West Memphis 28-20 a year ago in its best performance against the Blue Devils since 2006. The Patriots return 18 starters from that team, including senior Tre Franklin and junior Rashad Boyd, who power the Patriots' dynamic rushing attack along with sophomore Corey Garrett. "They're running over everybody," Dauksch says. "Statistically, they're the best running team in the state." Franklin ran 24 times for 125 yards and three TDs in last week's 36-31 win over Searcy. Franklin has rushed for 812 yards and 16 TDs this season. "He's hard to tackle and runs with his pads low. His yards after contact are probably more than before contact."
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WEEK 5 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
LR CENTRAL (11) at Russellville: Central beat the Cyclones 28-27 in overtime last year. Russellville lost by three points at North Little Rock last week after leading 31-28 with 1:19 left.
BRYANT (14) at Van Buren: Bryant beat the Pointers 49-26 a year ago. Van Buren lost five turnovers in last week's 35-7 loss at LR Central.
Jacksonville at JONESBORO (14): Jacksonville allowed 179 total yards in last week's 27-0 win at Mountain Home. Jonesboro junior RB Martin Stafford ran 28 times for 282 yards and three TDs in a 56-28 win at LR Parkview. The Hurricane outscored Parkview 28-0 in the second half.
Mountain Home at LR HALL (1): Mountain Home sophomore QB Drake Walker has generated 821 yards and seven TDs this fall. Hall beat the Bombers 50-35 in 2010.
LR Parkview at SEARCY (4): Parkview junior QB Caelon Harden ran 19 times for 190 yards and two TDs and completed six passes for 166 yards and a score in last week's 56-28 loss to Jonesboro. Harden has accounted for 1,132 yards and 15 TDs this season. Searcy lost at Marion 36-31 last week after leading 15-14 at halftime.
WEST MEMPHIS (10) at Marion: See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
LAKE HAMILTON (21) at Benton: Lake Hamilton senior QB Levi Runyun completed 13 of 20 passes for 271 yards and three TDs in last week's 41-0 win over Sheridan. Benton senior QB Tamario Beaugard completed 10 of 21 passes for 142 yards and two TDs in a 50-22 loss to Pine Bluff.
Texarkana at EL DORADO (21): Texarkana junior RB Ke'Darious Grissom ran 22 times for 180 yards and two TDs in last week's 34-13 win at LR McClellan. El Dorado senior receiver Wendall Thompson caught three passes for 54 yards and two scores in a 41-0 win at LR Fair. Junior RB Marque Burris has rushed 86 times for 697 yards (8.1 ypc) and nine TDs this season.
PINE BLUFF (42) at LR Fair: Pine Bluff senior QB Jordan Humphrey totaled 250 yards and three TDs in last week's 50-22 win at Benton. Fair gives up a league-high 43 points per game (third-highest in the state).
LR McClellan at SHERIDAN (4): McClellan junior QB Akee Johnson ran 19 times for 107 yards in last week's 34-13 loss to Texarkana. Sheridan allows 19 points per game.
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