Class 5A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 5A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Class 5A, Week 2, 2016

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1. Pulaski Academy (1-0)
2. Batesville (0-1)
3. LR McClellan (1-0)
4. Alma (1-0)
5. Wynne (1-0)
6. Morrilton (0-1)
7. Sylvan Hills (1-0)
8. Greenbrier (1-0)
9. Watson Chapel (1-0)
10. Blytheville (1-0)
11. LR Christian (0-1)
12. HS Lakeside (0-1)
13. Vilonia (1-0)
14. Hot Springs (0-1)
15. Forrest City (0-1)
16. Nettleton (1-0)
17. Camden Fairview (0-1)
18. Beebe (0-1)
19. Hope (0-1)
20. Maumelle (0-1)
21. LR Parkview (0-0)
22. Harrison (1-0)
23. De Queen (1-0)
24. Magnolia (1-0)
25. Paragould (1-0)
26. White Hall (1-0)
27. Clarksville (1-0)
28. Mills (0-1)
29. Farmington (0-1)
30. Valley View (0-1)
31. Greene Co. Tech (0-1)
32. LR Fair (0-1)

No. 7 Sylvan Hills at No. 12 HS Lakeside

Sylvan Hills has beaten the Rams the past three seasons by a total of 25 points, and the teams were in a close game halted by lightening in 2012. Sylvan Hills started fast last week, besting Class 7A LR Catholic by 14 points. Sylvan Hills senior quarterback Jordan Washington completed 11 of 20 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two scores. Washington bruised his hand in the first quarter but should play this week, Sylvan Hills coach Jim Withrow says. The Bears amassed 602 yards. Senior linebacker Eric Givens and junior Ty Compton pace the Bear defense. Hot Springs Lakeside must regroup after last week's 23-point loss to Joe T. Robinson. The Rams trailed 51-14 at halftime. HS Lakeside senior quarterback Fisher Alexander threw a pair of first half TDs against Robinson. The Rams start five sophomores “and we have to grow up in a hurry,” HS Lakeside coach Jared McBride says. Senior linebacker Jack Hill led the Rams in tackles.


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WEEK 1 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
SYLVAN HILLS (7) at HS Lakeside: Class 5A Game of the Week.
PULASKI ACADEMY (10) at East Salt Lake City, Utah: The school famous for the hit TV show High School Musical can play some football. The Leopards won Utah's Class 4A last season, only losing to out of state opponents. They play their fourth game of 2016. Pulaski Academy has won 28 straight and had no trouble in last week's mercy-rule win over Oklahoma Class 6A power Sand Springs. Junior QB Layne Hatcher threw for 396 yards and six TDs.
Shiloh Christian at LR CHRISTIAN (1): Shiloh Christian QB Connor Reece passed for 290 yards and three TDs and ran for 69 yards and a score in last week's 13-point win at Elkins. Athletic and youthful LR Christian surprised last week with a seven-point loss to Class 4A No. 2 Warren. Eight Warriors caught at least one pass, and seven caught at least three. Warrior junior QB Jackson Bowersock ran for a pair of TDs and threw four TD passes.
LR Fair at MORRILTON (28): Morrilton gave up sacks on its final two plays in last week's three-point loss to Morrilton. LR Fair has won two games the past five years.
LR Parkview at BENTON (14): LR Parkview drops from Class 6A, and the Patriots didn't play last week. Assistant coach Kenny Stephens was named interim coach in mid August after William Hardiman was placed on administrative leave and later arrested. Benton's D played well in last week's 10-7 loss to Bryant, when Benton was chased down at the 5-yard line on the final play of the game.
LR McClellan at NORTH LR (14): LR McClellan senior Pierre Strong ran for 214 yards and five TDs and caught two passes for 65 yards and a TD in a dominating win over Dallas (Tex.) Parish Episcopal. Parish Episcopal ran 42 more plays than LR McClellan and converted four of five fourth-downs. North LR blocked three punts in the first quarter of last week's 27-point win over Maumelle.
LR Hall at MILLS (6): LR Hall's win last week over LR Fair was its first since Week 3, 2011. Mills lost by one point to Jacksonville last week, giving up more than 300 yards.
LONOKE (2) at Beebe: The Battle of Highway 31. Beebe's 2015 season unraveled with a 17-point loss to Class 4A Lonoke. The Badgers lost to Greenbrier 54-33 last week, while Lonoke beat Carlisle by 13 points after leading by two points at halftime.

Searcy at BATESVILLE (7): Searcy's eight-point win last year was its first in the series since the 2002 playoffs. Batesville senior QB Zach Griffin completed 17 of 30 passes for 202 yards and two TDs (but threw three interceptions) in last week's 65-41 loss at Jonesboro. Batesville junior running back/linebacker Trey Ford broke his collarbone (operation on Thursday but could return for the playoffs) against Jonesboro. The Pioneers turned the ball over five times (three interceptions and two fumbles). Searcy junior QB Mason Schucker (transfer from Clarksville) played well in last week's eight-point win over Valley View.
WEST MEMPHIS (7) at Blytheville: Blytheville beat its former conference rival by nine points last season. Blytheville led Osceola 34-0 at halftime last week. Chickasaw senior Demekko Clark ran 19 times for 229 yards and two TDs, while Corey Weatherspoon caught a 35-yd TD pass and returned a punt 65 yards for TDs.
Dollarway at FORREST CITY (8): The Mustangs must regroup after losing last week at West Memphis by 22 points (trailed 42-6 in the third quarter). Forrest City had more than 100 penalty yards, including 87 in the first half. Dollarway trailed Watson Chapel 21-16 at halftime last week.
Newport at GREENE CO. TECH (1): Greene Co. Tech has lost 10 straight games since beating Newport by 18 points last season. The Eagles trailed Vilonia 21-7 at halftime last week before losing by 28 points. Newport gained 214 yards against Gosnell last week, turning the ball over twice, including an interception in the end zone.
NETTLETON (14) at Mountain Home: Nettleton survived Mountain Home by one point last year. But the Raiders looked good in the preseason and dominated Class 4A previous No. 5 Pocahontas by 22 points last week. Nettleton's offensive linemen continue drawing praise.
Paragould at POCAHONTAS (4): Pocahontas gave up too many big plays in its preseason scrimmage against Blytheville and last week's 42-20 loss to Nettleton. Paragould scored three fourth quarter TDs against Rivercrest.
WYNNE (17) at Maumelle: Maumelle had two punts blocked and another netted minus-one yard in the first quarter of last week's 48-21 loss at North LR. Wynne led rival Marion 6-3 at halftime last week before scoring three quick TDs in the third quarter.
VALLEY VIEW (6) at Rivercrest: Valley View gave up more than 500 yards in last week's eight-point loss at Class 6A Searcy. Rivercrest trailed Paragould by 18 points in the fourth quarter before losing by 38 points.

SYLVAN HILLS (7) at HS Lakeside: Class 5A Game of the Week.
Camden Fairview at HAMBURG (3): Camden Fairview committed three turnovers and surrendered 311 yards in last week's 27-point loss to Class 6A El Dorado. Hamburg had trouble stopping Class 2A No. 1 England in last week's 14-point loss. But Lion senior receiver LaQuan Bryant shined with four catches for 68 yards and two TDs.
De Queen at NASHVILLE (18): Nashville led Hope 61-14 in the second quarter last week. The Scrappers rolled up more than 500 yards, including running back Darius Hopkins' 146 yards. De Queen rallied past Mena by four points a week ago.
ASHDOWN (7) at Hope: Hope senior QB Austin Stubber threw a pair of TD passes against Nashville. Ashdown junior QB Jaden Hill completed 24 of 36 passes for 272 yards in last week's 14-point win at Monticello. Senior receiver Montaric Brown caught seven passes for 122 yards, while Tajnick Bishop caught nine passes for 86 yards.
Watson Chapel at PINE BLUFF (14): Watson Chapel hasn't beaten its cross-town rival since 2005. Wildcat junior QB Jacoby Jackson threw three TDs and ran for two more in last week's 20-point win over Dollarway. Pine Bluff senior QB Simeon Blair, a move-in from Dollarway, passed for 179 yards and ran for 136 yards in a one-point loss at Class 7A Cabot. Pine Bluff committed 11 penalties, including five on Cabot's game-winning drive.
HOT SPRINGS (1) at Mena: Hot Springs has won three of the past four over Mena. Hot Springs senior kicker Erick Guadron booted a 15-yard field goal in last week's 11-point loss to Lake Hamilton.
MAGNOLIA (2) at Monticello: Magnolia broke a 7-7 with a pair of fourth-quarter TDs in last week's 21-7 win against Crossett. Monticello trailed Ashdown by seven points at halftime last week, but gave up too many big plays in the passing game.
Crossett at WHITE HALL (6): Improved White Hall broke an 11-game losing streak with last week's 11-point triumph at Dumas. Crossett's D played well for three quarters against Magnolia, but surrendered two late TDs.

SPRINGDALE (1) at Alma: Class 7A Game of the Week. Alma drove 99 yards on its first possession of the year for a TD against Van Buren, and the Airedales recovered five fumbles. Springdale ran the ball 52 times in last week's seven-point win at Conway.
Harrison at SILOAM SPRINGS (2): Siloam Springs blanked Harrison 16-0 a year ago. But the Panthers gave up 444 yards (228 rushing, 216 passing) in last week's 31-point loss at Class 7A Rogers.
GREENBRIER (21) at Heber Springs: Greenbrier senior QB Carter Burcham threw four TDs in the first quarter of last week's 19-point win over Beebe. Burcham finished with 287 yards and five TDs.
FARMINGTON (11) at Huntsville: Huntsville hasn't beaten Farmington since 2003. Farmington gave up almost 400 yards in last week's 21-point loss at Prairie Grove. Huntsville QB Sean McCone ran for two TDs in last weeks' 28-point win over Green Forest.
WYNNE (17) at Maumelle: Maumelle had two punts blocked and another netted minus-one yard in the first quarter of last week's 48-21 loss at North LR. Wynne led rival Marion 6-3 at halftime last week before scoring three quick TDs in the third quarter.
LR Fair at MORRILTON (28): Morrilton gave up sacks on its final two plays in last week's three-point loss to Morrilton. LR Fair has won two games the past five years.
CLARKSVILLE (7) at Ozark: These former conference rivals have split the past eight meetings, with Clarksville's 18-14 triumph last year, its only win. But the improved Panthers beat Lamar 24-19 last week, in the debut of first-year coach and former Panther player Khris Buckner. Lamar couldn't handle Clarksville's Wishbone. Ozark QB Dawson Dietz threw two TD passes in last week's one-point overtime loss at Gravette.
Pottsville at VILONIA (3): Vilonia rang up 422 yards in last week's 28-point win over Greene Co. Tech. Eagle QB Luke Gordon passed for 162 yards, completing passes to seven different receivers. Pottsville trailed Fountain Lake early last week before taking a 14-6 halftime advantage and winning by 14 points.

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