8-Man Rankings, Picks and Notes, Week 2, 2023

8-Man Rankings, Picks and Notes, Week 2, 2023

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Hooten’s Arkansas Football Rankings

8-Man Rankings, Week 2, 2023

Copyright Seventy Seven’s Football Publishing, LLC

Top 11 Sanctioned

  1. Rector (1-0)

  2. Spring Hill (1-1)

  3. Mountain Pine (1-0)

  4. Izard County (0-1)

  5. Strong (0-0)

  6. Woodlawn (1-0)

  7. Brinkley (1-1) 

  8. Midland (0-1)

  9. Augusta (0-0)

  10. Hermitage (0-1)

  11. Guy-Perkins (0-0)

Top 10 Unsanctioned

  1. Mountain View (1-0)

  2. Subiaco Academy (2-0)

  3. Fountain Lake (0-1)

  4. Marshall (1-0)

  5. Corning (1-1)

  6. Cutter Morning Star (1-0)

  7. Cedar Ridge (1-1)

  8. Parker’s Chapel (1-0)

  9. Genoa Central (0-1)

  10. Rose Bud (0-1)

WEEK 2 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS and highlights)


No. 1 Mountain View (1-0) at NO. 2 SUBIACO ACADEMY (2-0): This could be state championship preview among the Unsanctioned 8-Man teams. Both teams feature bruising offenses and stifling defenses. Subiaco beat Arkansas Christian Academy 82-0 last Friday. The Trojans rushed for 312 yards and 8 touchdowns. Senior Drew Creek led the Trojans with 8 stops and 2 sacks. Sophomore Landon Koch intercepted 2 passes. Mountain View opened the season with a 50-28 win over Brinkley team that put up 56 in its season-opening win over Rose Bud. Maverick Woods notched 11 tackles and a fumble recovery for the Yellowjackets while smooth senior Drew Shelton paced the offense with 176 total yards and 2 TDs. The key here will be which defense bends and doesn’t break under the strain of a pounding rushing attack.

Midland (0-1) at WOODLAWN (1-0): Woodlawn notched its first win against Prairie View, La. Garrett Weatherford returned an interception for a TD while Aden Moore rushed for 106 yards and a TD. Midland fell to Cedar Ridge in its opener.

IZARD COUNTY (0-1) at Marshall (1-0): Defending Sanctioned champion Izard County will try to bounce back after a 58-16 loss to Corning. The Cougars travel to Searcy County hoping to stave off another ambush. Marshall opened its first season under Darin Dunnagan with a 64-13 win over Southwest Christian Academy.

Prairie View Academy (La.) at STRONG (0-0): Strong returns a strong core of runners that expect to be making noise in November. Prairie View Academy fell to Woodlawn 32-14.

Corning (1-1) at CUTTER MORNING STAR (1-0): Corning throttled defending Sanctioned champion ICC 58-16. The Bobcats rushed for 238 yards and 6 TDs last Friday night, a stark contrast to their season opener at Rector. Jakob Cox rushed for 2 TDs. Cutter Morning Star tuned up its defense after allowing over 36 points per game last season. New defensive coordinator Steven Love’s unit held the Hermitage Hermits to 12 points behind Drake Bissell’s 16-tackle effort. Junior Peyton Mills tossed 5 TDs in the rout.

Parkers Chapel (1-0) at SPRING HILL (1-0):Parkers Chapel outlasted Dermott 70-62 last week. QB Dyson Dougan accounted for 437 yards and 5 TDs while RB Braxton Hazelwood rushed for 128 yards and 3 TDs. Spring Hill sports a stingy defense and will look to control the clock with TJ Tipton (7 yards per carry).

Mountain Pine (1-0) at RECTOR (1-0): Mountain Pine looks for revenge after Rector eliminated it last season 30-28 in the playoffs. Mountain Pine beat Fountain Lake 16-6 in its opener. Big Zyon Wyatt rushed 10 times for 140 yards and a TD. The Red Devils had 3 penalties that resulted in lost touchdowns. Rector shut out Corning in Week 0.

Augusta (0-0) at ROSE BUD (0-1) Rose Bud looks improve against Augusta after losing 68-26 to Brinkley in Week 0. Augusta allowed 35 points per contest a season ago.

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