Class 5A Rankings, Picks and Notes, Week 4, 2023

Class 5A Rankings, Picks and Notes, Week 4, 2023

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Week 4, 2023
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1. LR Parkview (3-0)
2. Pine Bluff (3-1)
3. Shiloh Christian (2-1)
4. Mills (4-0)
5. Valley View (2-1)
6. Hot Springs (3-0)
7. Joe T. Robinson (2-1)
8. Camden Fairview (2-1)
9. Farmington (1-2)
10. White Hall (3-1)
11. Prairie Grove (2-1)
12. Nettleton (2-1)
13. Wynne (1-2)
14. Harrison (2-1)
15. Morrilton (2-2)
16. Southside (3-0)
17. Magnolia (2-1)
18. Alma (2-1)
19. Texarkana (3-0)
20. HS Lakeside (2-1)
21. Maumelle (2-1)
22. Pea Ridge (3-0)
23. Beebe (2-2)
24. Batesville (0-3)
25. Brookland (2-1)
26. Dardanelle (2-1)
27. Hope (1-1)
28. Forrest City (1-2)
29. Vilonia (0-3)
30. Paragould (1-2)
31. Watson Chapel (0-4)
32. Clarksville (0-3)
33. De Queen (0-3)

LAST WEEK correctly predicted 9 of 11 games (82 percent) involving 5A teams, and for the season has correctly picked 73 of 88 (83 percent) games.

No. 6 Hot Springs (3-0) at No. 1 LR PARKVIEW (3-0)
These teams are a combined 4-0 this fall against Class 7A teams, and this Thursday night matchup at War Memorial Stadium may decide the 5A South title. Little Rock Parkview (3-0 vs. 7A teams) has beaten Har-Ber, Bryant and North Little Rock by a combined 132-62. The Patriots held North LR to 53 yards rushing in last week's 52-14 victory. DE Andrew Williams has earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for his team twice this season, while tackle Marion Liddell has 11 tackles and 2 sacks. Versatile junior Monterrio Elston (14-216 rushing, 2 TDs; 21-254 receiving, 4 TDs) has been a playmaker, along with junior running back Cameron Settles (31-231 rushing, 5 TDs), senior back Jaden Ashford (36-301 rushing, 2 TDs) and junior receiver Omarion Robinson (4-202). Senior quarterback Eric McGehee (30-49 passing, 473 yards, 5 TDs) has committed to the University of Central Arkansas.
Hot Springs rallied last week to down Class 7A LR Southwest 26-25. The Trojans trailed 19-12 in the third quarter before senior RB Perry Jones and senior WR T.J. Brogden scored touchdowns. Jones finished with 155 yards and 2 TDs, while Brogden tallied 103 yards. Eli Eggleston (9 tackles, 1 forced fumble) and Chris Seguin (2 sacks) led a defense that slowed down LR Southwest's passing game.

WEEK 4 PREDICTIONS (favored team highlighted in ALL CAPS)

Watson Chapel (0-4) at JOE T. ROBINSON (2-1): Watson Chapel hung with Mills last week (trailed 7-0 in third quarter), forcing punts on the game's opening 2 possessions and limiting Mills to 18 yards rushing. RB McErvin Bagby led Watson Chapel with 48 yards, while Omarrion Hunter had 43. Joe T. Robinson junior QB Quentin Murphy tallied 271 yards (157 passing, 114 rushing) in last week's 35-0 win over Morrilton. Junior Nick Abrams (4-92 rushing, 2-49 receiving) has developed into a big-play threat.

Maumelle (2-1) at PINE BLUFF (3-1): Pine Bluff returned 2 interceptions for TDs in last week's 35-6 win over Vilonia. QB Landon Holcomb ran for a TD and threw a 30-yard TD pass to Courtney Crutchfield, while senior Marquez Brentley scored on a 25-yard run. Maumelle didn't play last week after losing to White Hall by 21 points in Week 2. Hornets sophomore QB Andrew Bjork (15-24 passing, 218 yards) continues to play well.

White Hall (3-1) at MILLS (4-0): Mills struggled early last week at Watson Chapel (led 7-0 in third quarter) before pulling away to a 35-0 victory. Mills senior QB Achillies Ringo (10-23 passing, 270, 4 TDs) played well, along with WR Dylan Parks (3-93 receiving) and Javion Love (2-55 receiving). The Comets must fix a running game that mustered only 18 yards last week. White Hall's loss came Week 1 against Class 4A No. 2 Warren. White Hall senior Jayden Smith (Air Force commit) ran for 250 yards and 3 TDs. White Hall's defense allowed only 6 completed passes, but the Bulldogs had 2 TDs negated by penalty and a fumble recovery at the 1 was erased by a personal foul.

Beebe (2-2) at MORRILTON (2-2): Beebe's overtime win over Morrilton last season snapped a 2-game losing streak in the series. Beebe scored 2 late TDs last week but lost to White Hall 28-21. Beebe continues alternating 2 QBs. Morrilton's defense had played well early in the year, but last week surrendered 467 yards (307 rushing, 160 passing) in a 35-0 loss at Joe T. Robinson.
OPEN Vilonia

VALLEY VIEW (2-1) at Paragould (1-2): Valley View has won all 13 meetings between the schools. Valley View defeated Class 4A No. 5 Rivercrest 2 weeks ago 47-25. Senior QB Carson Turley (195 yards passing, 130 rushing) and junior WR Andrew Jones (4-85 receiving) played well. Sophomore DB Rylan Ramsey intercepted 2 passes and knocked down 2 more. Paragould beat Piggott 34-6 in Week 1 but lost 2 weeks ago to Hoxie 19-18. Paragould's defense held Hoxie to 260 yards.
Batesville (0-3) at NETTLETON (2-1): Batesville has won 18 of the past 22 over Nettleton, but Nettleton has won 3 of the past 5. Nettleton has beaten Pocahontas and Blytheville the past 2 games by a combined 85-54. Sophomore RB Xavier Harrell (36-235 rushing, 2 TDs) and WR Curtez Smith (11-46 rushing, 4 TDs; 3-61 receiving) keyed the 43-40 win over Blytheville. Batesville relies on senior RB Damieon Nelson, who averages 145 yards per game. Jaiden Henderson has 3 kickoff returns of at least 50 yards, while senior Beau Baxter leads in tackles.
Brookland (2-1) at WYNNE (1-2): Wynne has defeated Brookland in all 3 previous meetings, including 59-27 last season. Wynne beat Magnolia 35-0 for its first win. Junior DE Sy Marrs recorded 8 tackles, had 4 big plays on special teams and earned a winning blocking grade at tight end, Coach Clay Totty says. Offensive linemen Abdul Fall and Will Boothe both earned championship blocking grades, while Cam Smith ran for 121 yards and blocked well when he didn't have the ball. Brookland junior QB Hayden Elder (25-42 passing, 364 yards, 4 TDs; 29-227 rushing, 3 TDs) and sophomore WR Gabe Carter (7-173 receiving, 3 TDs) are playmakers for an offense that is averaging 30 points. Senior LB Caden Webbe led the Bearcats in tackles and returned an interception for a TD 2 weeks ago against Pocahontas, while 2-way lineman Payton Grimes played well.

SOUTHSIDE (3-0) at Forrest City (1-2): Unbeaten Southside outscores opponents by an average of 42-12. Senior QB Savian Hall (21-30, 331 passing; 37-289 rushing) and senior RB Gabe Witt (41-468 rushing, 7 TDs) are offensive catalysts, while junior Andrew Plummer (45 tackles) spearheads the defense. Forrest City is improved, beating Lonoke 2 weeks ago and losing by 15 points last week at Class 4A No. 10 Stuttgart.

Hot Springs (3-0) at LR PARKVIEW (3-0), Thursday: See Class 5A Game of the Week, above.

CAMDEN FAIRVIEW (2-1) at HS Lakeside (2-1), Thursday: Camden Fairview has won 13 of the past 17 over the Rams, including last season by 28 points. But the previous 2 matchups were decided by a total of 9 points. Camden Fairview senior DB Ja'bauree Lockhart plays well, and junior QB Darrel Atkins enjoyed his best game 2 weeks ago (174 passing yards, 3 TDs) in an 8-point win at Class 3A No. 1 Booneville, says Coach Nick Vaughan. Improved HS Lakeside beat Class 6A Lake Hamilton and Russellville by a combined 12 points before losing to Class 4A No. 1 Malvern by 1 point in Week 2. Ram senior QB Jacob Hermosillo (4 passing TDs, 1 rushing) played well against Malvern.

Magnolia (2-1) at TEXARKANA (3-0): These teams have split the past 4 meetings with Magnolia winning 2 the past 2 by a total of 55 points. This one should be closer. Magnolia lost at Wynne 35-0 last week. Coach Mark King says its the first time in his career, which spans 2 decades, that his team was shut out. Offensive guard Keivon Smith played well. “But other than that, we had a bad night,” King says. “We will have a totally different mindset and attitude this week.” Texarkana is unbeaten and relying on its defense (haven't allowed 100 yards rushing and giving up 7 ppg). QB Nate Wall has led an offense that averages 41 points per game.

De Queen (0-3) at HOPE (1-2): De Queen hasn't won since beating Fouke 14-7 Week 3, 2021. The winless Leopards have been outscored 129-14 this fall. Hope sandwiched a 2-point win over Ashdown between 3-point losses to Nashville (24-21) and Prescott (41-38 in OT). Senior RB Tamarion Lindsey (27-133 rushing, 3 TDs) and WR Isaac Love (3-107 receiving, 2 TDs) played well against Prescott.

SHILOH CHRISTIAN (2-1) at Dardanelle (2-1): Shiloh Christian has a 4-0 all-time record vs. Dardanelle. The Saints must rebound from a 20-14 setback last week at unbeaten Lincoln (Okla.) Christian. Senior Carter Holman's tying TD grab in the final minute was negated by penalty. “They said our receiver didn't line up and come inside the numbers between plays,” Shiloh Christian Coach Tucker Barnard says. “They said he stayed outside the numbers and gave us a substitution penalty.” Shiloh Christian QB Evan Baker threw a TD pass and ran for another. Dardanelle didn't play last week and defeated Rison 35-20 in Week 2. Sophomore QB Creed Vega (10-15 passing, 204 yards, 2 TDs, 11-156 rushing, 2 TDs), RB Latrevious Robinson (15-66 rushing) and WR Rod Chaten (5-95 receiving, 1 TD) keyed the offensive effort, while Chaten (6 tackles) and Clayton Weatherford (10 tackles) were defensive cogs.

HARRISON (2-1) at Farmington (1-2): Harrison has won 8 of the past 10 over Farmington, including last season 21-14. Farmington beat Harrison 36-35 in 2021 by blocking 3 punts and scoring a defensive TD. Farmington has lost consecutive games to Class 7A Springdale and Rogers. The Cardinals led Rogers 3-0 early in Week 2 before surrendering 38 unanswered points while giving up 432 yards. Harrison senior RB Braeden Long (63-417 rushing, 6 TDs) and QB Mason Ketterman (23-39 passing, 430 yards, 5 TDs) are leaders of an offense that puts up 37 points per game.

Pea Ridge (3-0) at PRAIRIE GROVE (2-1): Prairie Grove has won 12 of the past 17 over its former conference rival. Prairie Grove struggled without RB Connor Hubbs (injury) in last week's 34-point loss at Tulsa Metro Christian. The Tigers also threw a pick 6 and had a fumble that set up an easy Metro Christian TD. QB Luke Vance threw a 12-yard TD pass to David Stephens. Unbeaten Pea Ridge took down Huntsville 46-8 in Week 2. Senior QB Gavin Dixon (2 rushing TDs, 1 passing) and RB Seth Foster (14-167 rushing, 2 TDs) both played well. The Blackhawks offensive line has played well.

ALMA (2-1) at Clarksville (0-3): Alma has won 10 of its past 11 meetings over Clarksville, including 41-13 last season. The Airedales have won consecutive games — over Siloam Springs (38-14) and Pryor, Okla., (35-0) — after starting with a 23-point loss to Class 6A Van Buren. The win over Pryor was its first nonconference shutout since 2014. Senior QB Jackson Daily threw 2 TD passes and ran for 1 TD. Winless Clarksville surrenders 43 points per game. The Panthers gave up 51 points and 420 yards in a Week 2 loss at Elkins.

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