Class 7A, Week 2, 2009
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1. Har-Ber (1-0)
2. Bentonville (1-0)
3. Cabot (1-0)
4. LR Catholic (1-0)
5. North LR (1-0)
6. FS Southside (0-1)
7. FS Northside (1-0)
8. Fayetteville (1-0)
9. Russellville (1-0)
10. Bryant (1-0)
11. Springdale (0-1)
12. Rogers Heritage (1-0)
13. Conway (0-1)
14. Rogers (0-1)
15. Van Buren (0-0-1)
16. LR Central (0-1)HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
El Dorado at No. 5 North LR
North LR's defense didn't disappoint in last week's 32-7 triumph at Texarkana. Neither did defending 6A state runner-up El Dorado's special teams in a 30-14 win at Camden Fairview. Clay Murphy nailed three of five field goal attempts, including a 43-yarder, and two successful onside kicks for El Dorado. He also caught five passes for 93 yards. El Dorado ran the ball on its first 10 plays before junior Taylor Reed (6-2, 190), head coach Scott Reed's son, completed 16 of 30 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown in his first varsity start at quarterback. Texarkana totaled 93 yards against North LR and only scored on a blocked punt. North LR senior noseguard De'Arius Hudson (6-0, 330) and senior lockdown cornerback Deon Rhodes (5-10, 170) are two of the state's better players while kicker Logan Brussard matches Murphy's 50-yard range. North LR's offensive linemen changed from a 2- to 3-point stance just days before facing Texarkana. "We've got to establish the run against El Dorado," says North LR coach Brad Bolding. "We missed some scoring opportunities last week. On defense, we can't let Reed pick us apart. He's a conductor and playmaker. It'll be a good test for our secondary."TV SHOW
Hooten's Arkansas Football debuts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on KFSM in Fort Smith/Fayetteville and Today's THV 11 in Little Rock. It airs 11 a.m. Saturdays the remainder of the season. Games scheduled to be featured this week include FS Southside at Conway, Springdale vs. Blytheville, Benton at LR Catholic, Sylvan Hills at Cabot and El Dorado at North LR. Bentonville standout lineman Jonathan Mortensen will be featured as the Arkansas Air National Guard Scholar Athlete of the Week.LAST WEEK
Hootens.com correctly picked 8 of 11 winners while Van Buren tied Alma. For the season, hootens.com is 8-3-1 (71 percent).
WEEK 1 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS followed by point spread)
Benton at LR CATHOLIC (35): Rockets earned Week 1's most impressive victory with near flawless performance at FS Southside. Benton only scored late last week and faces greater challenge Friday.
BRYANT (35) at Sheridan: Hornets mercy-rule another 6A South member.
Sylvan Hills at CABOT (35): Mediocre Class 4A Malvern manhandled 5A Southeast member Sylvan Hills 31-7 last week.
Dardanelle at RUSSELLVILLE (38): Russellville won 36-0 last year during downpour at Dardanelle. It gets mercy rule plus big gate with better weather this Friday.
LR Central at LAKE HAMILTON (11): LR Central gets 14 days between its opener and its thirteenth consecutive loss.
El Dorado at NORTH LR (4): Game of the Week. Winner likely starts league play undefeated.
Van Buren at FS NORTHSIDE (14): Van Buren must regain focus after emotional, turnover-filled tie with rival Alma to have a shot against high-flying FS Northside.
FS SOUTHSIDE (10) at Conway: No surprise Conway is improved. The Wampus Cats trailed defending state champ Bentonville 14-0 at halftime last week before losing 42-0. The Tigers mercy-ruled Conway early in last year's 42-3 decision.7A WEST
HAR-BER (35) at Alma: Har-Ber scored four TDs in the first quarter last week and held explosive Class 5A Greenwood to 160 yards and scoreless. Sonic Super Team safety Houston Pruitt delivered nasty hits and took two snaps at QB in the Har-Ber Wildcat formation.
Ft. Zumwalt West, Mo. at BENTONVILLE (7): Zumwalt lost to Bentonville 28-21 last year but finished 9-3, losing twice to Jeff City, Mo., including 44-18 in the playoffs. Bentonville's 10 new defensive starters limited Conway to 150 yards last week.
Jeff City, Mo. at FAYETTEVILLE (1): Fayetteville won by five in Missouri last year.
Van Buren at FS NORTHSIDE (14): Grizzlies rallied from 14-0 deficit to dominate fatigued Pine Bluff last week. Tanner Knight steps in nicely for graduated Grizzly standout QB Dax Dupire.
K.C. Central, Mo. at ROGERS (14): Rogers led by two TDs early but gave up 538 rushing yards to a triple-option offense in last week's opener.
HERITAGE (1) at Classen, Okla.: Heritage won this game last year 17-10. Last Friday, War Eagle QB Reed Brown tossed five TDs in first half of a 51-point explosion.
SPRINGDALE (7) vs. Blytheville: Springdale fumbled its way through a scrimmage and into the season. The Bulldogs committed six turnovers and trailed 47-0 in the fourth quarter last week at Jeff City, Mo.
FS SOUTHSIDE (10) at Conway: Rebels regroup after surprising 21-10 whipping from LR Catholic.(c) 1993-2009 Hooten Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No portion of this site may be retransmitted without the express written consent of Hooten Publishing, Inc.