Class 3A Week 3 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 3A Week 3 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Class 3A, Week 3, 2020
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1. Harding Academy (2-0)
2. Prescott (2-0)
3. Rison (1-1)
4. Hoxie (3-0)
5. Booneville (2-0)
6. Newport (3-0)
7. McGehee (2-0)
8. Osceola (0-2)
9. Glen Rose (1-1)
10. C. Harmony Grove (1-1)
11. Cedarville (3-0)
12. Melbourne (3-0)
13. Atkins (2-0)
14. Harrisburg (1-1)
15. Salem (2-0)
16. Dollarway (0-2)
17. Centerpoint (2-1)
18. Charleston (1-1)
19. Greenland (1-1)
20. Jessieville (2-0)
21. Perryville (1-1)
22. Walnut Ridge (1-1)
23. Mayflower (0-3)
24. Smackover (0-1)
25. Baptist Prep (2-0)
26. Hackett (2-0)
27. Piggott (1-1)
28. Paris (3-0)
29. Lincoln (1-2)
30. Mansfield (1-2)
31. Danville (0-1)
32. Mountain View (2-1)
33. Genoa Central (2-1)
34. West Fork (2-1)
35. Drew Central (0-2)
36. Bismarck (1-2)
37. Corning (1-1)
38. Riverview (0-2)
39. Barton (0-2)
40. Fouke (0-1)
41. Manila (1-1)
42. Palestine-Wheatley (1-2)
43. Lake Village (0-3)
44. Lavaca (0-1)
45. Two Rivers (0-3)
46. Horatio (0-2)

No. 1 Harding Academy at No. 10 Camden Harmony Grove
Harmony Grove trailed Class 2A No. 1 Fordyce 48-7 at halftime of last week's 63-13 loss. Harmony Grove senior Jeremie Edwards returned a kickoff 60 yards for a TD against Fordyce. Junior Jermaine Edwards and classmates Daniel Hill and Isaiah Dickerson each logged seven stops against Fordyce while seniors Brandon Harris and Mecca Arnold recorded four apiece.  Harding Academy rolled up 290 balanced (147 passing and 143 rushing) yards in last week's 45-6 win over Class 4A Heber Springs. Senior QB Caden Sipe completed nine of 13 passes for 109 yards and three TDs. Junior tailback Andrew Miller ran for 91 yards and three scores. Seven Harding receivers caught passes against Heber Springs. Junior Eli Walls paced the defense with eight tackles.

LAST WEEK correctly predicted 28 of 35 games (80 percent) of games involving Class 3A schools. For the season, correctly predicted 77 of 99 games (78 percent) of games involving Class 3A schools.

WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
OZARK (9) at Charleston: Ozark has won 12 of the past 16 Franklin County Feuds. However, Charleston is 1-1 this season against Ozark's 4-4A rivals, losing Week 1 at Dardanelle 27-0 and beating Pottsville 21-14 a week ago. Charleston senior Kaleb Hamby ran for a TD and made an incredible 100-yard interception return against Pottsville. Charleston's defense also recorded a goal-line stand late to preserve the Pottsville victory. Charletson lost two fumbles inside the Pottsville 10-yard line. Class 4A Ozark racked up 315 yards in last week's 32-12 win over Class 5A Clarksville, including 261 rushing yards (7.5 yards per carry). Ozark led Clarksville 24-0 in the third quarter. Senior QB Harper Faulkenberry completed three of five passes for 51 yards and a TD and ran 14 times for 87 yards and a pair of scores against Clarksville. Junior Ryker Martin has a team-high 19 tackles, while senior linebacker Keystan Durning has 16 stops.
GREENLAND (12) at Berryville: Greenland rolled up 322 yards in last week's 27-8 victory at Danville. Senior QB Gabe Wilson completed six of nine passes for 78 yards and a TD while classmate Jett Dennis bolted for 172 yards and a score. Sophomores Max Meredith (10 tackles) and Seth Center (11 stops) paced the defense. Junior defensive end and Arkansas commit J.J. Hollingsworth logged five stops at Danville with a sack. Class 4A Berryville lost to Class 3A Cedarville 44-6 Week 0, but hasn't played since due to Covid-19. The Bobcats held two practices last week (Friday and Saturday).
Mountainburg at HACKETT (2):
Former 4-2A rivals, Hackett moved up this fall to Class 3A. Hackett has won six of the past 10 meetings in the series. Only once in the past eight years has the score been close; Hackett won 26-25 in 2015. Hackett slipped Panama, Oklahoma 12-7 last week when the Hornet defense surrendered zero points on four Panama trips inside the redzone, including two visits inside the Hackett 10-yard line. Hackett forced four turnovers. Junior Peyton Hester racked up 25 tackles against Panama, when Ethan Slavens fired two TD passes. Hackett lost all-state QB Avery Hester last week to a second ACL injury (in 10 months) on the same knee. Mountainburg lost 34-6 to Class 3A Cedarville in its only game this fall. Hackett lost all-state QB Avery Hester last week to a second ACL injury (in 10 months) on the same knee. Mountainburg junior QB Noah Johnson runs behind senior linemen Jayden Nixon and Ryan Steinsiek.
Cedarville, Lavaca Mansfield, West Fork and Lincoln
are open.

HARDING ACADEMY (14) at Camden Harmony Grove: See Game of the Week.
SALEM (17) at Corning: Corning routed Class 2A Yellville-Summit 40-0 last week, the Bobcats' first defensive shutout since Week 5 last year (36-0 at Manila). Salem has outscored its opposition 80-14 in its 2-0 start, including a 46-0 rout last week over Class 4A Dover. It was Salem's first shutout since Week 10 last year (42-0 against Cross County). Salem senior QB Gavin Guiltner fired two TD passes against Dover while junior Jacob Earl scored twice. Guiltner has completed 21 of 28 passes for 332 yards and five TDs with one interception while senior Darius Brown has caught nine passes this season for 230 yards and three scores.
England at MELBOURNE (38): Melbourne has outscored its opposition 132-39 during its 3-0 start. Melbourne seniors Slayton Wheelers, Ty Cooper, Riley Gray and Eli Harrell emerged during the off-season as leaders. Gray ran 13 yards for a TD in last week's 48-12 win over Class 4A Cave City while sophomore QB Trey Wren connected with Malachi Cruz for a 16-yard score. Melbourne's Ryan Worhsam ran for 125 yards and two TDs. England senior Darren McClinton raced 80 yards on the first snap of the second half to give the Lions their only first down, TD and 80 of their 90 total yards in a 49-6 loss to Class 3A Rison. England completed one of 14 passes for 1 yard.
LONOKE (3) at Newport:
These are former conference rivals. Newport never trailed in last week's 41-22 win over Class 4A Bauxite. The Greyhounds led the Miners 21-3 at halftime and by as many as 25 points in the second half. Newport scored via the run, pass, punt return and fumble return against Bauxite. All three of sophomore QB Dejai Marshall's passes were TDs. Newport senior running back Tharon Davis caught six passes for 80 yards and a TD against Bauxite. Chris Reynolds caught two TD passes. Class 4A No. 9 Lonoke has outscored Carlisle and Beebe by a combined 100-27. Senior Ja'Coree Womack rushed for 271 yards and six TDs this season, and he's returned a kickoff for a TD.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (7) at Quitman: Mountain View senior J'Air Jackson ran for 233 yards and six TDs in last week's 46-27 win over Class 2A Hector. Junior C.J. Rose ran for 114 yards and Toby Philyaw took off for 57 yards. Mountain View rushed for 449 yards against Hector. Mountain View sophomore Landon Goins (seven tackles), Lane Miller (six stops) and Hank Criswell (five tackles) paced the Mountain View defense, which recovered three fumbles against Hector. Class 2A Quitman used last week's open date to work on fundamentals after losing to Class 3A Melbourne 34-6 two weeks ago. Quitman completed 20 of 26 passes for 217 yards in the loss.
is open.

SALEM (17) at Corning: Corning routed Class 2A Yellville-Summit 40-0 last week, the Bobcats' first defensive shutout since Week 5 last year (36-0 at Manila). Salem has outscored its opposition 80-14 in its 2-0 start, including a 46-0 rout last week over Class 4A Dover. It was Salem's first shutout since Week 10 last year (42-0 against Cross County). Salem senior QB Gavin Guiltner fired two TD passes against Dover while junior Jacob Earl scored twice. Guiltner has completed 21 of 28 passes for 332 yards and five TDs with one interception while senior Darius Brown has caught nine passes this season for 230 yards and three scores.
PIGGOTT (13) at Marked Tree: Class 4A Highland slipped Piggott 36-34 last week in a game that featured six lead changes. Piggott's final drive ended at the Highland 40-yard line with less than a minute in regulation. Piggott senior QB Tanner Dixon accounted for three TDs while senior Michael Parker ran for a TD and returned and interception 98 yards for a score. Ethan Ralph and Hayden Emerson also caught TD passes. Class 2A Marked Tree opened with a one-point win over Class 3A Palestine-Wheatley but lost by two points (20-18) last week to 3A Manila. MT sophomore RB LaRay Brown rushed for 117 yards and a TD, while sophomore QB Brylan Honeycutt completed 13 of 24 passes for 134 yards and a TD in the loss.
Hoxie, Harrisburg, Palestine-Wheatley, Manila, Walnut Ridge and Osceola are open.

Atkins at WALDRON (2): This is the first meeting between these teams. Atkins downed Class 2A Conway Christian 42-0 a week ago behind junior QB Zach Berkemeyer's (6-1, 180) five TD passes. Berkemeyer (eight TD passes in two games) has not played QB since peewee and did not play football a year ago. Atkins senior receiver Kreed Stubbs snagged two TD passes while Donovan Nooner, Wyatt Coffman and Trenton Casto also caught scoring darts. Senior ends Josh Carpenter and Beau Cody solidify a defense that allows seven points per game. Class 4A Waldron senior QB Braden Williams and senior receivers Caden Fuller, Bryson Bailey and Isaac Villarreal and sophomore Trevor Hunt have played well, Coach Doug Powell says.
Marvell at BAPTIST PREP (35): Baptist Prep was idle last week after thrashing Class 2A Conway Christian 48-14 two weeks ago when senior QB Aiden Throneberry accounted for three TDs. Baptist Prep outscores its opposition 111-42 in its 2-0 start. Class 2A Marvell dressed 15, played 14 and netted a negative 8 yards of offense last week in 42-6 loss to Class 3A Palestine-Wheatley.
Mena at BOONEVILLE (8): Booneville rallied for a 20-19 victory two weeks ago over Class 4A rival Ozark after trailing 13-0 at halftime. Booneville junior QB Randon Ray rushed for 145 yards and three TDs at Ozark. Senior fullback Ethan Wooldridge ran for 75 yards and Ty Goff took off for 56 yards. Senior Jacob Herrera preserved the win with an interception in the closing seconds. Class 4A Mena must rebound from last week's 20-13 overtime loss to Class 5A Hot Springs, when the Bearcats allowed a late TD in the fourth quarter and failed to convert in overtime. Mena gained 286 yards against Hot Springs and forced three turnovers. Mena senior QB Max Montgomery played well, completing 12 passes for 138 yards and a TD. Montgomery has passed for 507 yards this fall.
DANVILLE (2) at Hector: Danville surrendered 322 yards in last week's 27-8 loss to Greenland. The Little Johns committed three turnovers and allowed two sacks against Greenland. Class 2A Hector committed four turnovers (twice in red zone) last week in a 46-27 loss to Class 3A Mountain View. All-league RB Ty Day carried 18 times for 138 yards and two TDs.
PERRYVILLE (7) at Conway Christian: Class 2A Bigelow pounded Perryville 40-8 a week ago, surrendering 330 and six TDs rushing. Perryville managed 244 yards, led by sophomore QB Tyler Givens' 134 passing yards and a TD. Perryville senior all-league linebacker Blake Kennedy paced the defense with 10 tackles. Conway Christian allowed 202 passing yards and five passing TDs in a 42-0 loss to Class 3A Atkins.
Mayflower, Two Rivers and Paris
are open.

De Queen at CENTERPOINT (10): This game was added over the weekend when Fouke canceled its game with De Queen. Centerpoint has won back-to-back Fridays over Class 2A Murfreesboro and Class 4A H. Grove Haskell. Centerpoint's Blake Sorrells and Garrett Alexander anchor the offensive and defensive lines and Kaden Owens has intercepted three passes at safety. Opponents outscore Class 5A De Queen 123-6 this season. The Leopards are ranked last out of 31 teams in Class 5A.
Horatio at FOREMAN (20): Horatio has lost 15 straight games but competed well in last week's 22-0 defeat to Class 2A Murfreesboro. Murfreesboro led 8-0 in the fourth quarter and Horatio registered 151 yards. Dalton Dowell and Connor Barron pace the Horatio defense with 15 tackles apiece. Class 2A No. 8-ranked Foreman led 12-6 at last week at Junction City before allowing the final 24 points. Foreman senior Javon Allen rushed for 148 yards at Junction City.
GLEN ROSE (16) at H. Grove Haskell: These schools are separated by nine miles but have not met since Glen Rose won 35-0 when it was a conference game in 2017. Glen Rose has won seven of eight meetings all time. Glen Rose led Class 2A Magnet Cove 28-0 last week at halftime en route to a 35-6 win. Glen Rose senior QB Wesley Launius accounted for five TDs against Magnet Cove, including four scoring passes. Glen Rose receiver Jace Cheatham caught a 79-yard TD pass against Magnet Cove. Class 4A Harmony Grove Haskell lost to Class 3A Jessieville and Centerpoint the past two weeks by a combined 76-41.
JESSIEVILLE (6) at Dierks: Jessieville drove 95 yards in the final four minutes and scored with 37 seconds left to rally past Mount Ida 28-22. Jessieville junior QB Carson Hair ran 4 yards for the game-winning TD. Jessieville junior 'back Matthew Huff sprinted for 170 yards and a TD.
Class 2A Dierks did not attempt a pass last week but rushed for 346 yards (7 yards per attempt) in a 42-0 rout of Cutter Morning Star. Senior Andrew Kirby and sophomore Eli Sharp rushed for identical 114 yards and one TD apiece. Junior RB Matthew Huff sprinted for 170 yards and a TD in the win.
Hope at PRESCOTT (21): Prescott has won four straight in this series, including the past two by a combined 97-27. Prescott ripped Class 2A Parkers Chapel 51-0 a week ago, holding the Trojans to less than 10 net yards. Prescott ran for 267 yards and three TDs and passed for 110 yards and three scores. Alex George, Jacobi Nolen, Jaylen Hopson, Jacaylon Zachery, Caleb Harris and Jeff Williams scored TDs for Prescott. Five Prescott receivers caught passes. Senior Carter Neal (nine tackles) and junior Jason Patrick (seven stops) paced the Prescott defense, which recorded its first shutout since a 26-0 quarterfinal win over McGehee in 2018. Class 5A Hope led Class 4A Ashdown 14-13 in the third quarter last week after returning a fumble for a TD, but Ashdown won 41-20. Bismarck, Genoa Central and Centerpoint are open. 

HARDING ACADEMY (14) at Camden Harmony Grove: See Game of the Week.
Barton at CROSS COUNTY (4): Class 2A Des Arc battered Barton 52-18 a week ago. Barton QB Harley Wright completed six of 10 passes against Des Arc for 115 yards and a TD and ran for 168 yards and a score. Senior receiver Hykeem Hancock snagged four passes for 113 yards and a TD. Class 2A Cross County jumped to a three-TD lead Saturday and held off Hampton late for a 28-26 victory, the first for new HC Cody Goulart. Senior QB Jamaille Beale passed for 206 yards and two TDs without an interception, while junior slotback A.J. Beale accounted for 215 yards and four TDs. The brothers connected on a 73-yard TD pass and catch just before halftime to put Cross County up 21-0.
Blytheville at MCGEHEE (6):
This game was added over the weekend when Riverview canceled its game with Blytheville and Crossett canceled on McGehee. McGehee senior QB Jordan Owens (6-5, 235) accounted for two TDs in last week's 42-6 victory at Class 4A Dumas. Senior safety Marcus Rose returned an interception 30 yards for a TD while Jody Easter and Caleb Woodson also scored. McGehee has surrendered just 12 points this fall (one TD on a kickoff return), and gave up 2 yards last week against Dumas. Blytheville, ranked No. 24 out of 47 teams in Class 4A, is led by junior QB Jeremiah Northern completing 50 percent of his passes this season for 301 yards, and he's rushed for 76 yards and a TD.
Strong at DREW CENTRAL (12):
Opponents have outscored Drew Central 81-6 this season. Drew Central surrendered 22 points on fourth downs a week ago in a 46-6 defeat to Class 4A DeWitt. The Pirates seek better health after playing their first two games without six starters.

Class 2A Strong knocked off Class 3A Lake Village 16-14 last week. Sophomore LaQuincy Shelton and junior Byron Maze led Strong in rushing and receiving, respectively.
Dollarway, Rison, Lake Village and Smackover
are open.

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