Class 6A, Week 6, 2011
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1. El Dorado (5-0)
2. Pine Bluff (3-2)
3. Lake Hamilton (4-1)
4. Jonesboro (3-2)
5. Marion (4-1)
6. Searcy (4-1)
7. LR Parkview (3-2)
8. Benton (1-4)
9. Jacksonville (2-3)
10. Texarkana (1-4)
11. Russellville (1-4)
12. Mountain Home (4-1)
13. Van Buren (2-3)
14. Sheridan (3-2)
15. LR McClellan (0-4-1)
16. LR Fair (0-5)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 3 Lake Hamilton at No. 2 Pine Bluff
This game has been decided by eight points or less in five of the past six meetings. Lake Hamilton has lost two in a row to Pine Bluff by a combined 10 points. Senior quarterback Levi Runyun has passed for 455 yards and four touchdowns over the past two weeks, while senior receiver Dre Bennett has caught 10 passes for 232 yards and two TDs. "They're good from top to bottom in every phase of the game," Pine Bluff coach Bobby Bolding says. "Everybody talks about their precise execution on offense, but their defense is solid, too."
Pine Bluff features a backfield full of playmakers led by senior QB Jordan Humphrey who has passed for almost 500 yards this season. Seniors Lemmie Daniels and Jalen Dabner and junior Walter Ashley have each rushed for more than 300 yards. Ashley, who returned a punt 72 yards for a TD two weeks ago in a 50-22 win at Benton, has accounted for almost 1,000 all-purpose yards this fall. Senior defensive tackle Bryan Terry anchors the line, while junior linebacker Kelvin Sergeant paces the Zebras in tackles.
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WEEK 6 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
Russellville at BRYANT (3): Russellville has lost its past two games by a combined seven points. Bryant averages a league-best 36 points per game.
LR CATHOLIC (7) at Van Buren: Van Buren gave up 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter of last week's 33-13 loss to Bryant. The Pointers average a league-low 15 ppg. Van Buren beat the Rockets 28-20 last fall.
LR Hall at JACKSONVILLE (8): Hall surrenders a league-high 37 ppg. Jacksonville lost to Jonesboro 34-22 last week after leading 22-21 with less than eight minutes left. Junior QB Kevin Richardson threw an 80-yard TD pass to junior receiver Brandon Brockman and 55- and 62-yarders to senior receiver D'Vone McClure.
JONESBORO (21) at Mountain Home: Jonesboro junior RB Martin Stafford has rushed for 746 yards and eight TDs this fall. The Hurricane have beaten Mountain Home by an average of 25 points over the past three seasons. Mountain Home sophomore QB Drake Walker has generated 1,054 yards (478 passing, 576 rushing) and 10 TDs this year.
MARION (12) at LR Parkview: Marion lost to West Memphis 20-6 last week. Parkview lost to Searcy 46-34 after leading 34-32 in the fourth quarter.
Searcy at WEST MEMPHIS (17): Searcy senior QB Dezmond Stegall threw two TD passes and ran for a score in last week's 46-34 win over LR Parkview. West Memphis beat the Lions 34-13 in 2010.
Benton at TEXARKANA (1): Benton junior RB Wallace Foote ran 17 times for 125 yards in last week's 35-7 loss to Lake Hamilton. Texarkana has beaten the Panthers by an average of 24 points over the past six seasons. Benton won 21-20 in 2004.
EL DORADO (24) at Sheridan: El Dorado junior RB Marque Burris has 110 carries for 913 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and 10 TDs this season. The Wildcats allow a league-best 10 ppg. Sheridan outlasted LR McClellan 26-25 last week, giving up two fourth-quarter scores.
Lake Hamilton at PINE BLUFF (1): See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
LR Fair at LR MCCLELLAN (13): Fair averages a classification-low six ppg. McClellan junior QB Akee Johnson threw a TD pass, ran 5 yards for a score and returned a kickoff 94 yards for a TD in last week's 26-25 loss at Sheridan.
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