Class 5A Rankings, Picks and Notes, Week 3, 2023

Class 5A Rankings, Picks and Notes, Week 3, 2023

Share this article

Hootens Arkansas Football Rankings

Class 5A, Week 3, 2023

Copyright Seventy Seven's Publishing

1. LR Parkview (2-0)

2. Pine Bluff (2-0)

3. Shiloh Christian (2-0)

4. Mills (3-0)

5. Valley View (2-1)

6. Hot Springs (2-0)

7. Joe T. Robinson (1-1)

8. Camden Fairview (2-1)

9. Farmington (1-2)

10. White Hall (2-1)

11. Prairie Grove (2-0)

12. Nettleton (2-1)

13. Magnolia (2-0)

14. Morrilton (2-1)

15. Harrison (2-1)

16. Wynne (0-2)

17. Southside (3-0)

18. Alma (2-1)

19. Texarkana (3-0)

20. HS Lakeside (2-1)

21. Maumelle (2-1)

22. Pea Ridge (3-0)

23. Beebe (2-1)

24. Batesville (0-3)

25. Brookland (2-1)

26. Dardanelle (2-1)

27. Forrest City (1-1)

28. Hope (1-1)

29. Vilonia (0-3)

30. Paragould (1-2)

31. Watson Chapel (0-3)

  1. Clarksville (0-3)

  2. De Queen (0-3)

WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)

LAST WEEK correctly predicted 22 of 25 games (88 percent) involving 5A teams, and has correctly predicted 64 of 77 games (83 percent) for the season.


No. 3 SHILOH CHRISTIAN (2-0) at Lincoln (Okla.) Christian (3-0):

Shiloh Christian continues opening eyes. Two weeks ago, Saints senior Bo Williams ran for 388 yards and 6 touchdowns in a 43-22 win at Class 6A Little Rock Christian. Last week, Shiloh's defense forced 5 first-half turnovers in a 67-28 win over Victory (Okla.) Christian. Senior linebacker Carter Henley (INT., fumble recovery) sparked Shiloh Christian in the first half, while Williams (227 rushing yards) and sophomore QB Evan Baker (3 TDs) sparked offense.

Unbeaten Lincoln Christian has outscored its 3 opponents by an average of 48-15. Lincoln Christian senior QB Luke Milligan (659 passing, 9 TDs) and senior Moses Fullingim (40-355 rushing, 6 Tds) spark the offense.


Morrilton (2-1) at No. 7 JOE T. ROBINSON (1-1): Joe T. Robinson used last week's bye to heal its bumps and bruises after beating Forrest City 29-8 two weeks ago. Four players (junior QB Quentin Murphy, junior Nick Abrams, junior Jordan Thomas and sophomore Isiah Reese) ran for TDs. Joe T. Robinson held Forrest City to 277 yards. Morrilton has beaten Clarksville and Vilonia the past 2 weeks by a combined 62-28. Destin Tate (116 rushing, TD) and Jamarcus Sandridge (punt return TD) were key as Morrilton edged Vilonia 27-21. Hays Buckley (9 tackles, 1 sack) was Morrilton's top defender.

No. 2 PINE BLUFF (2-0) at Vilonia (0-3): Vilonia beat Pine Bluff last season by 18 points, the first meeting between these schools. The Eagles are winless this fall after last week's 6-point setback to Morrilton. Senior QB Carter Massey (12-20 passing, 174 yards, 2 TDs) and junior Lance McNew (8-146 receiving, 1 TD) sparked the offense. Pine Bluff beat neighbor Watson Chapel last week 60-8. QB Landon Holcomb (13-21 passing, 190 yards, 4 TDs) sparked the offense while defensive standouts Austin Dendy and Jonathan Goins each converted turnovers into TDs.

No. 4 MILLS (3-0) at Watson Chapel (0-3): Mills beat Watson Chapel last fall by 28 points, but Watson Chapel won the previous 2 meetings (2010-2011). Mills blasted Beebe last week 41-8. Senior QB Achillies Ringo accounted for 4 TDs and the Comets forced 4 turnovers. Watson Chapel's Omarrion Hunter ran for 58 yards and the Wildcats' only TD in last week's 60-8 loss to Pine Bluff.

No. 10 WHITE HALL (2-1) at Beebe (2-1): White Hall has won 5 of the past 7 in the series, but Beebe won 14-7 last fall. Beebe committed 3 turnovers and mustered a season-low 125 yards in last week's 41-8 loss to Mills. Sam Moore led the Badgers with 10 caries for 59 yards. White Hall senior QB Noah Smith (326 yards, 4 TDs) and senior Jayden Smith (11-70 rushing; 4-111 receiving).

OPEN Maumelle


MAGNOLIA (2-0) at Wynne (0-2): Wynne has lost to Class 6A Marion and Class 7A FS Southside by a combined 62-14. The Yellowjackets gave up 226 yards rushing in last week's 35-7 setback to Southside. Magnolia has beaten Class 4A Nashville and Magnolia by a combined 93-37. Magnolia's first-team defense has surrendered 17 points. DT Ty'lee Biddle played well 2 weeks ago in a 45-17 win over Crossett, Coach Mark King says. Magnolia's offense spreads the ball around, relying on 6 ball carriers.

Forrest City (1-1) at 4A STUTTGART (2-1): Forrest City beat Lonoke by 14 points last week. Junior QB Dakwon Scott (122 total yards, 1 TD), sophomore Kevin Young (9-60 rushing, 2 Tds) and junior Montrel Matthews (58 rushing, 1 TD) sparked the Mustangs. Stuttgart slipped past Newport 33-14 a week ago. Versatile junior DeOntae Clark (6-111 rushing, 2 TDs; 5-144 receiving, TD; 1 interception) combined with QB Cain Price (16-19 passing, 298 yards, 2 TDs) and Ross Atkinson (TD catch). Julius Gaither (7 tackles, 1 forced fumble), Tank Hood (3 TFL) and Demari McKinney (3 TFL) led Stuttgart's defense.

OPEN Batesville, Brookland, Nettleton, Southside, Paragould and Valley View


MAGNOLIA (2-0) at Wynne (0-2): See comment in 5A East.

7A North LR (0-2) at No. 1 LR PARKVIEW (2-0): These teams have split the past 8 meetings, with North LR winning in overtime 28-27 last year. Parkview is riding high after beating then Class 7A No. 2 Bryant to end its 54-game streak of consecutive wins against in-state opponents. Monterrio Elston's 70-yard TD run started the scoring for Parkview at Bryant. Eric McGehee scored on a 29-yard run and Cam Settle followed with a short TD run. Special teams kicked in with an 85- yard kickoff return by Jermaine Penny. The deciding moment came with Parkview leading 28-20 in the third quarter. Bryant scored to make it 28-26, but the Hornets elected to kick the extra point to make it 28-27 instead of attempting a game-tying 2-point conversion.

No. 6 Hot Springs (2-0) at 7A LR SOUTHWEST (1-1): Coach Darryl Patton led the Gryphons to a 48-6 over Heritage. Southwest will try to avenge a 61-30 loss to Hot Springs last year. Coach Darrell Burnett has his guys aiming for a 5A South Conference title after dominant wins over Vilonia and Arkadelphia.

3A No. 2 PRESCOTT (2-1) at Hope (1-1): Prescott has won 16 of the past 22 in its series, including last season by 43 points. Hope's 14-12 win a week ago over Ashdown was its first nonconference victory since beating Ashdown and Prescott in consecutive weeks in 2015. Senior QB Tyler Patterson passed for 142 yards and 1 TD, and senior Tamorien Lindsey ran 18 times for 139 yards and 1 TD. Senior Kdarius Gulley racked up 11 tackles, while Richard Cunningham made 8 tackles and 5 sacks. Prescott held Fordyce to 110 yards last week in a 17-0 victory.

OPEN Camden Fairview, De Queen, HS Lakeside and Texarkana


No. 3 SHILOH CHRISTIAN (2-0) at Lincoln Christian, Okla. (3-0): Shiloh Christian forced 5 first-half turnovers in last week's 67-22 rout of Tulsa (Okla.) Victory Christian. Senior LB Carter Henley had an interception and fumble recovery that led to TDs, while senior Bo Williams ran for 227 yards. QB Evan Baker played well in his first start. Unbeaten Lincoln Christian has outscored its 3 opponents by an average of 48-15.

Prairie Grove (2-0) at TULSA METRO CHRISTIAN, Okla. (1-1): Metro Christian pounded Prairie Grove 41-21 a year ago, on its way to a state runner-up finish. But this year's game should be much closer. Metro Christian lost to Poteau, Okla. by 17 points a week ago. Prairie Grove jumped on Gravette 24-0 in the first quarter last week before cruising to a 22-point victory. Senior Conner Hubbs and Joe Sims ran the ball well.

OPEN Alma, Clarksville, Dardanelle, Farmington, Harrison and Pea Ridge

Share this article

Have your say

Feel free to take part in the discussion! Please be nice and do not include any abusive comments or spam. All comments are moderated and reserves the right to delete any comment.