Class 4A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 4A Week 2 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Class 4A, Week 2, 2020
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1. Joe T. Robinson (1-1)
2. Shiloh Christian (2-0)
3. Ozark (0-1)
4. Nashville (1-1)
5. Arkadelphia (2-0)
6. Crossett (1-1)
7. Warren (1-1)
8. Pocahontas (2-0)
9. Lonoke (1-0)
10. Stuttgart (1-0)
11. Dardanelle (1-1)
12. Ashdown (2-0)
13. Mena (1-1)
14. Hamburg (0-1)
15. Star City (1-1)
16. CAC (2-0)
17. Gosnell (0-2)
18. Jonesboro Westside (1-1)
19. Prairie Grove (1-0)
20. Rivercrest (1-0)
21. Malvern (1-0)
22. Southside Batesville (1-1)
23. Pottsville (2-0)
24. Blytheville (1-1)
25. Elkins (2-0)
26. Waldron (2-0)
27. Dumas (2-0)
28. Gravette (1-1)
29. Monticello (2-0)
30. Gentry (1-1)
31. Bauxite (1-1)
32. Fountain Lake (1-0)
33. Trumann (0-1)
34. Helena (0-1)
35. Mills (0-2)
36. Cave City (1-1)
37. Bald Knob (2-0)
38. Huntsville (1-1)
39. DeWitt (0-1)
40. Lamar (1-1)
41. Clinton (0-2)
42. H. Grove Haskell (0-1)
43. Heber Springs (0-1)
44. Highland (0-2)
45. Berryville (0-1)
46. Dover (0-2)
47. Green Forest (0-2)

No. 7 Warren at No. 10 Stuttgart
Warren has won 11 of the past 12 over Stuttgart since Bo Hembree became head coach in 2000. Warren's defense played well in last week's 17-6 setback to Class 5A White Hall, but the Lumberjack offense only mustered 264 yards. “Warren will be much better this week,” Stuttgart coach Josh Price says.  Stuttgart went winless on the field in 2019 (received a forfeit from Mills), but the Ricebirds rammed Star City 42-12 last week in its opener. Senior linebacker Merritt Coker tallied 10 tackles, while Tymir Coppins racked up seven stops and intercepted a pass. Sophomore Cedric Hawkins ran for 135 yards and a TD, and returned a kickoff for another TD, while junior Arlie Lee caught four passes for 98 yards and a TD.

LAST WEEK correctly predicted 32 of 40 games (80 percent) last week. For the season, has correctly predicted 57 of 71 games (80 percent).

WEEK 2 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
ELKINS (25) at Mansfield: Elkins has beaten Lincoln and Greenland the past two weeks by a combined 92-34. Senior QB Kain Johnson ran for 195 yards and a pair of TDs and threw three TD passes in last week's 46-28 triumph over Greenland. Versatile senior Cody Drummond caught five passes for 95 yards and two TDs and ran for 120 yards and a TD. Mansfield failed to score last week against Waldron, it's first shutout since 2016.
GENTRY (1) at Stilwell, Okla.: Gentry rallied from a 14-point deficit last week to down Lamar 28-27, converting the winning two-point play in the final minutes. Stilwell has lost 20 straight games, including last week 42-7 at Class 7A Rogers.
Gravette at PRYOR, OKLA. (8).: The Lions play their third straight game against an Oklahoma opponent (lost to Vian by 18 points in Zero Week, then slipped past Inola by two points last week. Senior QB Cy Hilger passed for 159 yards a week ago, while the D held Inola to minus-8 yards rushing. Pryor beat Catossa, Okla., last week 44-13.
Green Forest at CEDARVILLE (28): Green Forest has been outscored 65-14 this year in losses to Class 3A West Fork and Pottsville. Cedarville surrendered only 98 yards last week against Mountainburg.
HUNTSVILLE (2) at Lincoln: Improved Huntsville hung with Lamar two weeks ago and clobbered Clinton 35-0 a week ago. Lincoln beat Westville, Okla., last week, it's third straight win in the series.
Pea Ridge at PRAIRIE GROVE (7): Prairie Grove coach Danny Abshier notched his 200th career victory last week when the Tigers thumped rival Farmington 19-7, holding the Cardinals to 91 yards. Senior QB Knox Lair threw a pair of TD passes. Winless Pea Ridge has surrendered 102 points in losses to Shiloh Christian and Siloam Springs. The Blackhawks trailed Siloam Springs 35-14 at halftime last week.

Warren at STUTTGART (3): Class 4A Game of the Week.
Riverview at BALD KNOB (9): Unbeaten Bald Knob outscored Mount Ida and Cedar Ridge the past two weeks by a combined 92-14, and the Bulldogs blasted Carlisle 32-8 in a preseason scrimmage. Senior Brayden Cline caught a 33-yard TD pass and ran for another score against Cedar Ridge. Winless Riverview surrenders 38 ppg. Riverview sophomore QB Harley Sawtelle accounted for 65 yards last week on a TD drive against CAC.
LONOKE (14) at Beebe: The Battle of Highway 31. Beebe has won 11 of the past 19 meetings, including three of the past four. But the Badgers are winless this season, getting outscored by a combined 96-13 vs. Greenbrier and Morrilton. Lonoke beat rival Carlisle two weeks ago by 56-6. Junior QB Spencer Pepper passed for 82 yards and three TDs and ran for an additional 88 yards. Senior Ja'Coree Womack (five carries, 120 yards and two TDs) and Anthony Parks (four carries, 106 yards and one TD) solidify the rushing attack. Beebe has been outscored 96-13 this season. 
Carlisle at CAC (25): CAC has won its opening two games by a combined 68-32. Senior Tyler Williams has 36 carries for 290 yards and five TDs this fall. Carlisle, down to 20 players, gave up eight TDs in its opener against Lonoke.
Heber Springs at HARDING ACADEMY (28): Harding Academy has won six of the past 11 games in this competitive series. Harding Academy senior receiver Ty Dugger caught two TD passes, ran for a TD and returned an interception 26 yards for another in last week's 24-point win last week at Mena. Heber Springs trailed Newport 45-0 at halftime last week, generating just 20 yards in the first half.
LR HALL (1) at Mills: Mills has won five of the past eight in the series, although LR Hall won by six points last fall. Mills (25-game losing streak) gets solid effort from RB/FS Keilon Davis (36-yard TD run against Jacksonville), OT Hunter Lowery and CB Daniel Brown. The Comet D forced five turnovers last week against Jacksonville. Scrappy LR Hall (26 players on roster) has won 10 games over the past 10 years. Senior QB Dylan Brown's kickoff return for a TD was negated by penalty last week against LR Central.
SOUTHSIDE BATESVILLE (7) at Trumann: These teams play for the second straight year (Southside Batesville won by 13 points in 2019). Trumann trailed Harrisburg by 17 points with four minutes left last week but rallied within 30-25, when Harrisburg recovered a late onside kick to preserve the victory in the final seconds. Southside Batesville junior QB Landon Haas “is our dude,” Coach Brian Reardon says. Haas ran for 179 yards and a pair of TDs in a 21-point win over Mayflower. Senior guard Seth Wojick spearheads a stout offensive line that “is as good as we've ever had,” Reardon says.
Clinton is open.

Valley View at RIVERCREST (2): Class 5A Game of the Week. Valley View has won four of its six meetings over the Colts, including 7-3 last year. Rivercrest impressed with last week's 56-24 win at Paragould, while Valley View slipped past Gosnell 20-6.
Osceola at GOSNELL (1): Gosnell has lost the past two weeks against Class 5A teams by a combined 58-36. But the Pirates don't put much stock into non conference games (last win over in-state team came in 2016). Pirate linebacker Tru Walker racked up an impressive 22 tackles two weeks ago against Brookland. Osceola's two losses this season are by a combined seven points. Osceola is 0-2 for the first time since 2016. The Seminoles accounted for 300 yards in last week's one-point setback to Blytheville.
HIGHLAND (1) at Piggott: Highland has lost 17 of its past 18 games, including two this season by a combined 64-22. Piggott's Tanner Dixon ran for both TDs last week against St. Pius, Mo. in a 13-0 triumph.
HOXIE (3) at Jonesboro Westside: These schools are separated by just 20 miles. Hoxie has won six of the past 11 in the series, including last year by 37 points. Hoxie senior QB Daylon Powell connected on all five passes last week for 185 yards and three TDs, and he ran for another TD.
Paragould at POCAHONTAS (20): Pocahontas slipped past Nettleton 35-27 last week after building a 35-19 third-quarter advantage. Senior C.J. Palmer ran for a pair of scores, while standout sophomore Connor Baker ran for a TD, caught a TD pass and recovered a fumble for another TD. Paragould senior Jamal Savior returned a kickoff 70 yards for a TD last week against Rivercrest.
SOUTHSIDE BATESVILLE (7) at Trumann: These teams play for the second straight year (Southside Batesville won by 13 points in 2019). Trumann trailed Harrisburg by 17 points with four minutes left last week but rallied within 30-25, when Harrisburg recovered a late onside kick to preserve the victory in the final seconds. Southside Batesville junior QB Landon Haas “is our dude,” Coach Brian Reardon says. Haas ran for 179 yards and a pair of TDs in a 21-point win over Mayflower. Senior guard Seth Wojick spearheads a stout offensive line that “is as good as we've ever had,” Reardon says.
Cave City at MELBOURNE (8): Melbourne has won seven of the past eight over the Cavemen, including three straight by a combined 82 points. Melbourne senior Eli Harrell returned a punt 70 yards for a TD in last week's 34-6 win over Quitman.
Blytheville is open. 

Clarksville at OZARK (8): This game was original scheduled for Week 0 but postponed due to Clarksville's second Covid-19 shutdown since June. Ozark has won seven of the past 12 over Clarksville (Clarksville won 15-12 last year). Ozark must rebound from last week's 20-19 setback to Booneville, when the Bearcats drove 90 yards for the winning TD late in the fourth quarter.
Dover at SALEM (14): Salem scored the final 20 points in last week's 34-14 triumph over Walnut Ridge and didn't allow a point in the final three quarters. Senior QB Gavin Guiltner passed for 208 yards and three TDs. Injured Salem senior lineman Chance Jackson likely won't play this week but should return for conference action. 
POTTSVILLE (17) at Charleston: Pottsville averages 53 points weekly. Dardanelle shutout Charleston 27-0 last week when the Tigers committed two turnovers and a dozen penalties.
Hot Springs at MENA (4): Mena has won five of the past eight in the series, including three straight by a combined 34 points. Mena hung with Class 3A No. 1 Harding Academy for three quarter last week but lost by 24 points. Mena senior QB Max Montgomery has passed for 369 yards and six TDs this year. Senior tight end Mason Brotherton averages 10 yards per catch and has a pair of TDs. Hot Springs trailed Arkadelphia 22-0 in the first quarter last week. 
Dardanelle is open.
Lamar is open.
Waldron is open.

Greenbrier at ARKADELPHIA (7): Arkadelphia junior RB Jaishon Davis (6-2, 225) received a scholarship offer last week from New Mexico, then ran for 148 yards and a pair of TDs in the first half of a 44-14 win over Hot Springs. Greenbrier junior receiver Jacob Mathis tallied six receptions for 132 yards and a TD last week against Batesville, while the D forced three turnovers. Senior backup QB Noah Hogan completed 12 of 23 passes for 204 yards and a TD in last week's 12-point loss to Batesville. Four Panther starters missed that game due to Covid-19, but two should return this week, Coach Randy Tribble says. Junior LB Dawson Spencer (10 tackles, two forced fumbles against Batesville) and senior Tanner Collins (10 tackles) pace the defense.
ASHDOWN (24) at Hope: Ashdown has won four straight over Hope by a combined 183-52. The Panther defensive line dominated De Queen last week. Senior noseguard Vincent Jones racked up 10 tackles in the first half, while end Vontre O'Guinn had four stops, including two tackles for loss. Hope trailed Nashville 42-7 at halftime last week. Hope senior Chelerome McFadden caught a TD pass last week.
Bauxite at NEWPORT (3): Bauxite rallied from a two-TD deficit last week but lost at Monticello 26-21. The Miners allowed 388 yards, including 197 rushing. Newport senior Tharon Davis ran for 115 yards and three TDs in last week's 45-6 win over Heber Springs.
De Queen at NASHVILLE (35): Nashville jumped on Hope 42-0 in the first half last week. Senior QB Ty Gordon ran for a TD and threw a pair of TD passes. De Queen, under first-year coach and former Nashville DC Brad Chessir, has been outscored 75-0 this season.
MAYFLOWER (1) at Fountain Lake: Fountain Lake ripped Class 2A England 54-18 a week ago. The Cobras led 34-12 at halftime and 34-18 in the fourth quarter before pulling away. Mayflower was tied with CAC 7-7 in third quarter two weeks ago, and trailed Southside Batesville 7-0 in the third quarter last week.
H. GROVE HASKELL (3) at Centerpoint: Centerpoint lost its season-opener last Monday 12-10 at Class 2A Hampton, then beat Class 2A Murfreesboro by 14 points Friday. Haskell was tied at Jessieville 14-14 in the third quarter a week ago, but lost 42-27 while surrendering 260 yards rushing.
Marion at JOE T. ROBINSON (10): Marion could be without it's QB and top receiver for the second straight week due to injuries. Joe T. Robinson senior QB Buddy Gaston passed for 195 yards and a pair of TDs in last week's eight-point win over Maumelle. Senior Hunter Smith returned a kickoff 90 yards for a TD and ran 10 times for 71 yards. 
Malvern at LAKE HAMILTON (17): These former conference foes play a non conference game for the seventh straight season, with Lake Hamilton winning four of them, including last fall by 29 points. Lake Hamilton didn't play last week after running past HS Lakeside 31-17. The Wolves attempted only four passes, but ran for 344 yards. Malvern upended rival Glen Rose 33-27 last week. Senior Jacoby Hart ran 12 yards for a TD and QB Ced Simmons threw the clinching 14-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter to Bud Johnson.

HAMBURG (7) at El Dorado JV (Tue.): This game was a late addition to the schedule after Hamburg's Week 1 opponent (Forrest City) canceled Friday due to Covid-19.
CAMDEN FAIRVIEW (10) at Hamburg: Camden Fairview has won two straight over the Lions, including a 16-point triumph last season. The Cardinals creamed Class 6A El Dorado 45-20 last week. Senior QB Gunner Branch ran 10 times for 144 yards and completed four of eight timely passes. Senior Reshard Clardy paces the Cardinals this year with 23 carries for 198 yards. Hamburg lost its opener to Ashdown two weeks ago, giving up a blocked punt for a TD and allowing a punt return for another score. The Lions were scheduled to play Forrest City a week ago, but the game was canceled on Friday due to a Covid-19 situation at Forrest City.
Drew Central at DEWITT (6): This is the first-ever meeting between these teams. DeWitt surrendered 339 yards in last week's 36-6 setback at McGehee, including 254 yards rushing. Drew Central trailed Class 2A Poyen 22-0 at halftime last week. The Pirates were 0-9 on third down attempts.
McGehee at DUMAS (1): Dumas has won four of the past five over McGehee. Senior Kylin James ran 14 times for 215 yards and four TDs in last week's 43-0 win over Lake Village. McGehee held DeWitt to 130 yards last week, and the only TD allowed was on a kickoff return, and the Owls averaged more than 6 yards per carry.
Warren at STUTTGART (3): Class 4A Game of the Week. 
Crossett is open.
Helena is open.
Monticello is open.
Star City is open.

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