Class 4A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 4A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Class 4A, Wk 2, 2021
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1. Shiloh Christian (2-0)
2. Stuttgart (2-0)
3. Warren (0-1)
4. Joe T. Robinson (1-1)
5. Crossett (2-0)
6. Ozark (1-1)
7. Malvern (1-0)
8. Prairie Grove (0-1)
9. Ashdown (2-0)
10. Arkadelphia (1-1)
11. Lonoke (1-0)
12. Nashville (1-1)
13. Gosnell (0-1)
14. Rivercrest (0-0)
15. Star City (1-1)
16. Mena (2-0)
17. Dumas (1-0)
18. Elkins (2-0)
19. Clinton (1-1)
20. Bauxite (2-0)
21 Pocahontas (1-0)
22. Monticello (1-1)
23. Gentry (2-0)
24. Pottsville (2-0)
25. Mills (2-0)
26. Jonesboro Westside (0-2)
27. Trumann (1-0)
28. Dardanelle (0-2)
29. Fountain Lake (1-1)
30. Lamar (1-1)
31. Hamburg (0-1)
32. Gravette (0-2)
33. Cave City (1-1)
34. Southside (1-1)
35. H. Grove Haskell (1-0)
36. Blytheville (0-2)
37. Waldron (0-2)
38. Huntsville (0-2)
39. Bald Knob (0-2)
40. CAC (0-1)
41. Heber Springs (0-0)
42. DeWitt (0-2)
43. Highland (1-1)
44. Berryville (1-1)
45. Helena (0-2)
46. Green Forest (0-0)
47. Dover (0-2)

No. 2 Stuttgart at No. 3 Warren

Warren has won 11 of the past 13 over the Ricebirds since Bo Hembree became head coach in 2000. But Stuttgart mercy-ruled Warren 36-0 last season. The unbeaten Ricebirds led Star City 21-14 at halftime last week before pulling away 35-14, but starters Jaiden Strange and Bryer West both injured shoulders will likely be limited in practice this week. West paced Stuttgart with 14 tackles, including three tackles for loss, while Daniel Poole recorded seven stops. At running back, Poole ran for a TD and caught a TD pass. Junior RB/WR Cedrick Hawkins scored two TDs, while Kameron Harper blocked a punt and recovered it for a TD. He has six blocked punts in 16 varsity games. Senior Yair Hernandez filled in at outside linebacker last week, while junior James Noble slid from tight end to tackle for three quarters. Watch extended highlights of Stuttgart's win over Star City HERE.
Warren trailed White Hall 7-0 in the third quarter last week but lost 35-0. The Lumberjacks turned the ball over four times. In the second half, Warren managed only one first down and three turnovers. “No on played well,” Coach Bo Hembree says. Watch highlights of Warren's loss at White Hall HERE.

LAST WEEK correctly predicted 33 of 38 games (87 percent). For the season, has predicted 63 of 72 games (88 percent).

WEEK 2 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
Mansfield at ELKINS (18): CANCELLED. 
Mansfield canceled its game last week with Waldron, while Elkins moved to 2-0 with a mercy-rule win over Greenland. Sophomore sensation Da'Shawn Chairs ran nine times for 208 yards and five TDs. The Elks gained 414 yards.
Stilwell, Okla. at GENTRY (1): Stilwell's game last week with Rogers was canceled, and the Indians haven't played a game in 2021. They expect to play this week, but are governed by the Cherokee Nation, not the Oklahoma Athletic Association, and must meet certain protocols before they can step on the field. Junior left tackle Logan Guinn (six pancake blocks, 89 percent blocking grade) was named Gentry's Offensive Player of the Week in last week's 40-35 win over Lamar. The Pioneer interior linemen recorded 26 pancakes. Senior two-way lineman Lucas Guinn earned Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting a batted ball on the final play to secure the win. Gentry expects three quarantined starters who missed last week to return.
PRYOR, OKLA. (2) at Gravette: The Lions play their third straight opponent from Oklahoma. Gravette's improved D forced two turnovers and recorded three sacks in last week's one-point loss to Inola, Okla. Junior OLB Karl Bontranger paces the Lions with 22 tackles through two games. Pryor, Okla., beat Catossa last week by 10 points.  
CEDARVILLE (7) at Green Forest: Green Forest has canceled its opening two games and Cedarville's game with Mountainburg last week was canceled. Cedarville senior Darryl Kattich ran for 194 yards two weeks ago a 22-point win over Berryville. Green Forest senior linemen Dalton Randolph and Jazmany Lopez both played well through the summer.
HUNTSVILLE (10) at Lincoln: Competitive Huntsville lost at Clinton last week by a TD. Senior Kolton Reynolds paces the Eagles with two TD catches this fall, and provides big hits at free safety. Senior receiver Tucker Bradley owns a pair of rushing TDs, while junior QB Amos Mayes has three TDs (two passing, one rushing). Senior offensive tackle Colton Davis and OLB Dylan Sieber have played well, Coach Matt Williams says.
Pea Ridge at PRAIRIE GROVE (6): Prairie Grove was tied with Farmington 14-14 late in the first half last week before surrendering two TDs and a field goal in the final minute of a 29-point loss. Prairie Grove junior Conner Whetsell logged 83- and 77-yard TD runs. Pea Ridge's game with Siloam Springs was canceled and moved to Week 3. Blackhawks sophomore QB Gavin Dixon passed for 211 yards in the Blackhawk opener two weeks against Class 4A No. 1 Shiloh Christian.
Sand Springs, Okla. at SHILOH CHRISTIAN (2): This week, Shiloh Christian looks to avenge its only loss from 2020 (lost to Sand Springs Page 27-26). The Saints built a 27-14 fourth quarter advantage at Poteau, Okla., a week ago and held on for a 27-20 triumph. They held Poteau to 10 yards passing. Sand Springs Page is 2-0 this fall after beating Tulsa Bishop Kelley 34-13.

Stuttgart at WARREN (1): Class 4A Game of the Week.
Bald Knob at RIVERVIEW (7): Riverview, which went winless last fall and lost the opener to Bauxite by 28 points, beat CAC last week 41-7. Rugged senior QB Isreal Gameros ran for 193 yards and three TDs. Bald Knob gained just 3 yards in last week's 24-0 setback at Rison, and it hasn't scored a point in the first half this fall. The Bulldog interior defense continues playing hard.
Beebe at LONOKE (6): The Battle of Highway 31. Beebe has won 11 of the past 20 meetings and three of the past five, but Lonoke was victorious last fall 41-7. Lonoke didn't play last week and throttled Class 2A Carlisle 54-12 in the opener. The Jackrabbits gained 355 yards (190 rushing, 165 passing) and held Carlisle to 42 yards passing. Beebe trailed Morrilton 14-13 at halftime last week, but surrendered 408 yards and lost by five points.
CAC (2) at Carlisle: CAC, with 26 varsity players, fell apart in the second half of last week's 41-7 loss to Riverview. The Mustangs had three turnovers, including one right before half when trailing 14-7. Senior QB Tyler Williams ran for 148 yards and a TD. Class 2A Carlisle, with just 19 players, lost last week to Bigelow by 22 points.
HARDING ACADEMY (10) at Heber Springs: Harding Academy has won seven of the past 12 over Heber Springs, including last year by 39 points. Harding Academy's one-point loss last week at Class 5A Valley View was its first to an in-state opponent in almost three years (28 games). Senior Jackson Fox returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a TD. The Wildcats led Valley View by 10 points at halftime, but scored just one TD after intermission. Heber Springs hasn't played a game this fall after last week's contest with Newport was canceled on Wednesday. Second-year coach Todd Wood says junior LB Kennan Sneed enjoyed a good summer camp.
TRUMANN (4) at Southside: These teams have split their previous two meetings. Southside's 35-point win last week over Mayflower was its biggest margin of victory in two years (beat Cave City by 38 points Week 1, 2019). Senior QB Landon Haas ran for 135 yards and three TDs, while senior RB Bryson Duncan blasted in a pair of TDs. Outside linebackers Austin Mathis and Jonathan Morgan combined for seven TFL's, including four sacks. Trumann's 32-0 win last week over Harrisburg was its first shutout since Week 3, 2020 (blanked Paragould 35-0). Junior Gavin Morgan paced the Wildcats with 11 carries for 102 yards. Senior Rian King logged 14 carries for 78 yards and four TDs, while junior QB Murphy Williams had nine carries for 115 yards.
MILLS (10) at Forrest City: This game developed after Mills had an open date and Forrest City's game with Hamburg didn't materialize. Mills is 2-0 for the first time since 2013, when the Comets started 4-0 and advanced to the Class 5A quarterfinals. The Comets overcame a first-half deficit last week to down Jacksonville 36-20. Mills junior athlete Jabrae Shaw ran for two TDs and caught a pair of two-point conversions.
CLINTON is open.

MELBOURNE (8) at Cave City:
Melbourne has won eight of the past nine over the Cavemen, including four straight by a combined 118. Unbeaten Melbourne has outscored Clinton and Class 2A Quitman this fall 84-18. Cave City senior wingback Eli Taylor ran 22 times for 216 yards and three TDs, and caught two passes for 30 yards, in last week's 40-12 win over Corning. Senior wingback Maddox Moreland ran 13 times for 79 yards and caught four passes for 133 yards and a TD last week, and at safety recorded 20 tackles and returned an interception for a TD.

Watch exclusive, extended highlights of Hoxie's Week 0 win at Cave City HERE.
GOSNELL (1) at Osceola: CANCELLED. Gosnell goes for its first non-conference win over an in-state opponent since 2016. The Pirates lost to Brookland by one point in the opener and last week were forced to cancel vs. Pocahontas. Coach Lewis Earnest expects enough players out of quarantine to play this week. Two Gosnell players transferred to Osceola in July. The Seminoles recovered two muffed punts and blocked a punt in last week's 28-0 win over Blytheville.
Piggott at HIGHLAND (2): Highland beat Walnut Ridge by 10 points in the opener before losing last week at Thayer, Mo., by 30 points. The Rebels trailed 40-0 in the second half and generated only two yards passing.
Jonesboro Westside at HOXIE (6): CANCELLED. These schools are separated by just 20 miles. Hoxie has won seven of the past 12 in the series, including the past two years by a combined 62 points. Undefeated Hoxie puts up 441 yards weekly this fall. Jonesboro Westside averages two TDs per week. Watch extended highlights of Hoxie's Week 0 win over Class 4A Cave City HERE.
POCAHONTAS (3) at Paragould: Paragould hopes to open its season after canceling last week against Rivercrest. Pocahontas' game at Nettleton was postponed last week (the teams will play Week 3). Pocahontas junior QB Connor Baker ran for 239 yards and a TD in the opener (a six-point win over Southside).
Rivercrest at VALLEY VIEW (1): Valley View has won four of its seven meetings with Rivercrest. Valley View sophomore QB Carson Turley ran for three TDs and threw another TD in last week's one-point win over Harding Academy. Rivercrest's game with Paragould last week was canceled and won't be rescheduled. Colt senior Brandyn Brownlee caught a 70-yard TD pass in the Colts' scrimmage win over EPC.
TRUMANN (4) at Southside: These teams have split their previous two meetings. Southside's 35-point win last week over Mayflower was its biggest margin of victory in two years (beat Cave City by 38 points Week 1, 2019). Senior QB Landon Haas ran for 135 yards and three TDs, while senior RB Bryson Duncan blasted in a pair of TDs. Outside linebackers Austin Mathis and Jonathan Morgan combined for seven TFL's, including four sacks. Trumann's 32-0 win last week over Harrisburg was its first shutout since Week 3, 2020 (blanked Paragould 35-0). Junior Gavin Morgan paced the Wildcats with 11 carries for 102 yards. Senior Rian King logged 14 carries for 78 yards and four TDs, while junior QB Murphy Williams had nine carries for 115 yards.  

SALEM (10) at Dover:
Salem led Walnut Ridge by 10 points in the fourth quarter last week when the Greyhounds forced and recovered a fumble to pull out an 40-22 triumph. The Greyhound D forced three turnovers, and sophomore Elijah Romine ran 13 yards for a critical third quarter TD. Dover has lost 18 straight games, including 46-0 at Salem last fall. The Pirates lost their opening two games last fall by a combined 78-22, and this fall 76-34.
MENA (2) at Hot Springs: Mena has won five of the past nine in the series, with Hot Springs pulling out a 20-13 decision last fall in overtime. Mena senior QB Austin Rose has passed for almost 600 yards and six TDs this season, while also punting and kicking. Junior LB Jayden Felix has 10 tackles and a sack the past two weeks.Hot Springs trailed Arkadelphia 43-7 in the second quarter last week. Sophomore T.J. Brogdon caught three passes for 137 yards and a TD, while senior QB Isaac Shelor passed for 199 yards. Hot Springs senior linebacker Steven Robinson racked up 12 stops against the Badgers.
CHARLESTON (1) at Pottsville: Charleston ran for 259 yards in last week's dominating win over Dardanelle. Junior QB Brandon Scott passed for 147 yards and a TD, and ran nine times for 43 yards. Pottsville pounded Class 2A Bearden 43-12 a week ago, in a game that was scheduled on Wednesday due to Covid cancellations.
LAMAR is open
OZARK is open
WALDRON is open

Arkadelphia at GREENBRIER (3): Class 5A Game of the Week.
Hope at ASHDOWN (14): Ashdown has won five straight over Hope by a combined 224-72. Hope QB Ammorrion Demphsy ran for a pair of TDs in last week's 14-point loss at Nashville. Ashdown led De Queen 35-0 in the first half last fall. Ashdown senior QB Alex Keilbach has well played this fall. Ashdown's first-team D hasn't been scored on this year and the first-team offense has scored on 11 of 12 possessions. The Panthers have 45 on the roster, and 21 different starters.
Newport at BAUXITE (4): Newport canceled its game last week with Heber Springs, and the Greyhounds failed to score an offensive TD in the opener against Class 3A No. 1 Prescott. Bauxite stopped a two-point try in the final seconds last week to preserve a 15-13 win over Monticello. Watch extended highlights of Newport's Week 0 loss to Class 3A No. 1 Prescott HERE.
NASHVILLE (20) at De Queen: Nashville senior QB Ethan Gunter completed 25 of 39 passes for 364 yards and four TDs in last week's 35-21 win over Hope. Senior Isaiah Johns caught six balls for 195 yards and two TDs, while junior Sloan Perrin ran 14 times for 59 yards and a TD. De Queen has been outscored 84-7 this fall.
FOUNTAIN LAKE (13) at Mayflower: Fountain Lake scored three quick TDs in last week's 54-6 win at England. Senior Steven DeArmon ran for 95 yards in the first half. Mayflower gave up more than 400 yards in last week's loss to Southside.
CENTERPOINT (6) at H. Grove Haskell: Both teams won last week by identical 35-14 scores. Haskell downed Jessieville last week for its first victory since Week 9, 2019. The Cardinals led 21-6 at halftime. Senior QB Hunter Williams ran six times for 81 yards and a TD, while sophomore fullback Maddox Moore bulled in a pair of TDs. Centerpoint led Murfreesboro 35-0 in the second quarter last week before pulling its starters. QB Josh Lawson threw four TD passes, two of them to Caden Owens.
JOE T. ROBINSON (1) at Marion: Joe T. Robinson rallied from a 20-point fourth quarter deficit last week to knock off Maumelle 47-44 in overtime. Senior QB Jack Cleveland threw three TD passes, including the game-winner in OT to Gkyson Wright, and ran for another TD. Marion junior WR Donnie Cheers has a TD grab in every game this year, including the scrimmage. Senior Cam Anderson ran for 140 yards last week at Bryant.
LAKE HAMILTON (14) at Malvern: These former conference foes play a non conference game for the eighth straight season, with Lake Hamilton winning five of them, including the past two by a total of 50 points. Lake Hamilton's top three RB's (junior Kendrick Martin and seniors Owen Miller and Tevin Woodley) combined for more than 200 yards rushing Week 0, a 34-point win over HS Lakeside. Malvern junior QB Cedric Simmons and senior RB Braylon Watson each scored a pair of TDs in last week's 10-point win over Glen Rose.

Hamburg at CAMDEN FAIRVIEW (21):
Camden Fairview has won three straight over the Lions, including the past two by a combined 52 points. Camden Fairview ran a Spread attack and three-back Jumbo package in last week's four-point loss to El Dorado. Hamburg lost to Ashdown by 30 points in Week 0 and didn't play last week. Sophomore WR Braden Davis played well against Ashdown, and hamburgs line, anchored by junior Micah McCoy and senior Beau Rainey, enjoyed a good week of practice, interim coach Darrick Tucker says.
DEWITT (8) at Drew Central: This is the second meeting between these schools, with DeWitt winning 46-6 a year ago. But this one could be closer. DeWitt had four starters out with injuries in last week's 47-22 setback to McGehee. Dragon sophomore Jamal Turner returned a kickoff for a TD after McGehee returned the opening kickoff for a TD. Watch extended highlights of last week's McGehee at DeWitt matchup HERE.
Dumas at MCGEHEE (10): Dumas has won four of the past six over McGehee, but the Owls won last season by a 36 points. McGehee senior Jody Easter returned the opening kickoff for a TD last week at DeWitt. The Owls won by 25 points, but led 47-7 in the second half, and through three quarters held DeWitt to negative yardage. Dumas rallied from a one-point halftime deficit last week to beat Lake Village 27-20. Sophomore QB Joseph Jones threw two TDs and ran for another. Watch extended highlights of McGhee's win at DeWitt HERE.
Stuttgart at WARREN (1): Class 4A Game of the Week.
CROSSETT is open.
HELENA is open.
STAR CITY is open. Watch extended highlight's of Star City's loss last week at Stuttgart HERE.

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