Class 6A, Week 9, 2011
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1. Lake Hamilton (7-1)
2. El Dorado (7-1)
3. Pine Bluff (5-3)
4. Marion (7-1)
5. Searcy (6-2)
6. Jonesboro (5-3)
7. Texarkana (3-5)
8. Sheridan (4-4)
9. Benton (2-6)
10. Jacksonville (4-4)
11. LR Parkview (4-4)
12. Van Buren (3-5)
13. Russellville (1-7)
14. Mountain Home (4-4)
15. LR McClellan (1-6-1)
16. LR Fair (0-8)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 6 Jonesboro at No. 4 Marion
Jonesboro has beaten Marion by a combined six points over the past three seasons. Senior playmaker Zac Brooks has totaled 697 yards (313 receiving, 384 rushing) and nine touchdowns this fall, gaining 10.9 yards per play. Junior running back Martin Stafford has 142 carries for 1,013 yards and 11 TDs. Senior receiver/kicker Luke Ferguson (80 percent touchback ratio, 40 yards per punt, four of seven field goals and 33 of 33 extra points) has caught three TD passes. Sophomore quarterback D.J. Anderson has generated 556 yards (319 passing, 237 rushing) and seven TDs over the past three games.
Marion (7-1 for the first time in school history) has won its past three games by an average of 33 points since losing to West Memphis 20-6 Week 5. The Patriots average 394 yards rushing weekly. Junior RB Rashad Boyd ran for 102 yards and caught a TD pass in last week's 51-3 win at Little Rock Hall. Sophomore RB Ralph Smith ran for 87 yards and three scores. Sophomore RB Corey Garrett ran five times for 138 yards and two TDs three weeks ago in a 54-26 win at LR Parkview. Senior RB Tre Franklin has rushed for 1,262 yards and 22 TDs this season. Boyd and Garrett have combined for 1,472 yards.
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WEEK 9 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
Van Buren at CABOT (7): Van Buren averages a league-low 17 ppg. Cabot has lost it past two games to LR Central and Bryant by a combined eight points.
Russellville at CONWAY (28): Russellville gave up 559 total yards in last week's 48-21 loss to LR Catholic. Conway beat the Cyclones 49-14 a year ago.
Jacksonville at WEST MEMPHIS (13): Jacksonville beat LR Parkview 9-0 last week, holding the Patriots to 135 total yards. West Memphis beat Mountain Home 21-14.
Jonesboro at MARION (1): See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
LR Hall at SEARCY (35): Searcy senior QB Dezmond Stegall passed for 261 yards and three TDs in last week's 28-24 win at Jonesboro. The Lions beat Hall 39-8 a year ago.
Mountain Home at LR PARKVIEW (1): Mountain Home senior playmaker Damon Berry (440 yards receiving, five TDs) gains 10.7 yards per play. Parkview beat the Bombers 55-35 last year.
EL DORADO (28) at Benton: El Dorado junior RB Marque Burris has 154 carries for 1,243 yards (8.1 ypc) and 16 TDs this season. Benton senior cornerback Caleb Davis returned an interception 82 yards for the game-winning TD late in the fourth quarter during last week's 57-49 win at LR McClellan.
Texarkana at LAKE HAMILTON (7):
Texarkana junior RB Ke'Darious Grissom has rushed for 193 yards over the past two weeks. Lake Hamilton senior QB Levi Runyan capped a 16-play, 80-yard game-winning drive with a 1-yard TD run in last week's 31-24 win at El Dorado. Runyan has completed 92 of 155 passes for 1,703 yards and 21 TDs this year.
LR Fair at SHERIDAN (22): Fair generated 234 total yards in last week's 42-12 loss to Texarkana. Sheridan gave up 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter during a 34-6 loss at Pine Bluff.
PINE BLUFF (10) at LR McClellan: Pine Bluff senior QB Jordan Humphrey threw two TD passes and ran for a score in last week's 34-6 win over Sheridan. McClellan junior QB Akee Johnson returned a kickoff 63 yards for a TD in a 57-49 loss to Benton.
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