Class 7A, Week 10, 2011
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1. Bentonville (9-0)
2. Fort Smith Southside (6-3)
3. Springdale Har-Ber (7-2)
4. Fayetteville (7-2)
5. North Little Rock (7-2)
6. West Memphis (8-1)
7. Conway (7-2)
8. Bryant (7-2)
9. Little Rock Catholic (6-3)
10. Little Rock Central (5-4)
11. Fort Smith Northside (4-5)
12. Rogers (2-7)
13. Cabot (2-7)
14. Springdale (2-7)
15. Rogers Heritage (1-8)
16. Little Rock Hall (2-7)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 3 Springdale Har-Ber at No. 1 Bentonville
Har-Ber outscores opponents 38-20 and can earn a share of the league title and top playoff spot with a win. Balanced Har-Ber passes for 203 yards and rushes for 197 yards weekly. Har-Ber receivers Michael Fine and Evan Johnson both have 38 catches this fall. Har-Ber beat Bentonville in 2007 and 2008 but has lost to the Tigers the past two years by 15.5 points.
Bentonville scores 47 points per game, has mercy ruled every opponent this fall and looks to finish 10-0 for the second straight season. Bentonville quarterback Dallas Hardison has 26 touchdown passes and just three interceptions this year.
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Hootens.com correctly predicted eight of 10 winners in games involving Class 7A schools. For the season, hootens.com is 75-20 (79 percent).
WEEK 10 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
CABOT (8) at Russellville: Cabot ran for 527 yards last week to beat Van Buren 56-25 for its first conference win. Russellville lost to Van Buren 24-21 three weeks ago. Russellville's lone win was over Class 5A Alma 37-30 in Week 3.
CONWAY (4) at LR Catholic: Conway can earn at least a share of the league title with a win, but LR Catholic is hot. The Rockets scored four TDs in the third quarter last Friday at LR Central and racked up 559 yards offense two weeks ago at Russellville.
LR Central at BRYANT (10): Both were embarrassed last week, but Bryant can still earn a share of the league title with a win and probably a No. 3 playoff seed. LR Central is in the playoffs but must travel in the first round.
NORTH LR (14) at Van Buren: North LR rolls into the postseason, likely as a No. 2 seed, with confidence and talent. Major college running back recruit Altee Tenpenny dressed last week for North LR for the first time since his foot injury in late August. A rematch with Bentonville in the semis sounds intriguing.
Springdale Har-Ber at BENTONVILLE (14): Game of the Week.
FS SOUTHSIDE (4) at FS Northside: It's the 46th Battle of Rogers Avenue. Northside leads the series 27-19-2 but Southside has won the past five meetings, including 56-29 last year. The game was decided by a TD or less from 2007-09. Southside could earn as high as a No. 2 playoff seed with a win. Northside needs a win to be assured a playoff spot. Northside allows a league-worst 47.2 points and had to score the final 17 points last week to win at Rogers 31-24. Southside gave up 412 yards passing last week and trailed No. 15 Heritage 21-14 in the third quarter but scored the game's final 28 points.
FAYETTEVILLE (7) at Rogers Heritage: Fayetteville won seven straight road games before last week's 45-24 loss at Springdale Har-Ber. Fayetteville committed just eight turnovers the first eight weeks of the season but had six last Friday. Heritage was the only team to beat Springfield, (Mo.) Hillcrest during the regular season this year.
Rogers at SPRINGDALE (1): Springdale is guaranteed a playoff spot with a win, likely as a No. 5 seed. Rogers must win to have a chance at making postseason play for the first time since playing for the 2006 state title.
WEST MEMPHIS (21) at LR Parkview: West Memphis beat the Patriots 40-14 last year. Parkview has lost its past two games by a combined 15 points.
LR Hall at JONESBORO (27): Jonesboro earns the No. 1 seed from the East and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Jonesboro's running back/receiver and Clemson University commit Zac Brooks (high-ankle sprain) is near 100 percent.
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