Class 4A Week 6 Rankings, Notes & Picks
Class 4A, Week 6, 2021
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1. Shiloh Christian (4-1)
2. Warren (4-1)
3. Stuttgart (4-1)
4. Joe T. Robinson (4-1)
5. Crossett (3-2)
6. Ozark (3-2)
7. Prairie Grove (4-1)
8. Ashdown (5-0)
9. Arkadelphia (2-3)
10. Lonoke (5-0)
11. Malvern (3-2)
12. Rivercrest (4-1)
13. Star City (3-2)
14. Mena (4-2)
15. Mills (5-0)
16. Elkins (4-0)
17. Pocahontas (3-2)
18. Gentry (5-0)
19. Fountain Lake (3-2)
20. Dumas (2-2)
21. Monticello (3-2)
22. Gosnell (1-3)
23. Bauxite (2-3)
24. Cave City (3-2)
25. Nashville (2-3)
26. Lamar (4-1)
27. Southside (3-2)
28. Trumann (4-1)
29. Clinton (2-3)
30. Jonesboro Westside (3-2)
31. Dardanelle (1-4)
32. Pottsville (2-4)
33. DeWitt (3-2)
34. H. Grove Haskell (1-3)
35. Waldron (1-3)
36. Gravette (0-5)
37. Huntsville (1-4)
38. CAC (2-3)
39. Heber Springs (1-3)
40. Bald Knob (0-5)
41. Highland (2-3)
42. Berryville (1-4)
43. Green Forest (1-3)
44. Blytheville (0-5)
45. Hamburg (0-5)
46. Helena (0-5)
47. Dover (0-5)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 1 Shiloh Christian at No. 7 Prairie Grove
This likely decides the 1-4A title. Shiloh Christian has won seven of the past 11 in the series. Saint senior Kaden Henley returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown in last week's 58-12 Homecoming win over Green Forest. Junior quarterback Eli Wisdom completed all 15 of his first half attempts for 156 yards and three TDs. He also ran three times for 66 yards and a TD. Sophomore Bo Williams sprinted five times for 53 yards and a TD, while senior Cooper Hutchinson hauled in three passes for 55 yards and a TD. Prairie Grove's win over Shiloh Christian came in 2017. The Tigers tuned up last week with a 19-point win over Gravette. Senior halfback Colin Faulk and junior wingback Ethan Miller each topped the 100-yard mark, while junior Rhett Marrell topped the tackle chart. Senior Paytin Higgins started his first game of the year at QB, but alternated series with junior Camden Patterson, like the previous four weeks. “We try to two platoon and keep guys fresh, but we can't,” Prairie Grove coach Danny Abshier says. “When you look at Shiloh Christian, they can two platoon and put in somebody that can play each position (as a backup) at a higher caliber than anyone else in this league. They do so many things on offense and plays extremely sound on defense.”
Watch extended highlights of Shiloh Christian’s 58-12 win over Green Forest earlier this year.
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WEEK 6 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
SHILOH CHRISTIAN (18) at Prairie Grove: See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
ELKINS (12) at Berryville: Berryville's Bryan Hutson coached at Elkins from 2018-2020, compiling a record of 30-20. The Bobcats rallied from a 21-point deficit last week before falling at Gentry 21-15, despite turning the ball over four times, including three inside Gentry's 20-yard line. Junior LB Chet Hudgens has paced the Bobcats in tackles the past two weeks. Elkins sophomore Da'Shawn Chairs ran 29 times for 146 yards and three TDs last week in a 20-point victory over Huntsville. Senior Elijah Graham caught a 65-yard TD pass, while junior LB Landon Haney registered seven tackles and one sack.
GENTRY (16) at Green Forest: Gentry won its homecoming game last week by six points. Backup QB Addison Taylor played well after taking over in the first quarter, running for 76 yards and a TD, while senior Will Pyburn ran for 103 yards and a TD. Senior CB Dawson Rayburn made three tackles and three interceptions. Green Forest senior Barrett Phillips ran 29 times for 138 yards in last week's mercy-rule loss at Shiloh Christian, while senior LB Bryan Soto and junior free safety Ben Jones paced the Tiger D with eight tackles each. Watch extended highlights of Green Forest’s 58-12 loss to Shiloh Christian earlier this year. Gravette at HUNTSVILLE (2): This game could decide a playoff spot. Huntsville has lost its two conference games to Elkins and Gentry by a combined 32 points, while Gravette has lost to Elkins and Prairie Grove by a combined 23 points. Gravette junior QB Rhett Hilger has passed for 528 yards and five TDs this fall and averages almost 5 yards per carry. Huntsville senior tackle Colton Davis graded out as the top lineman in last week's 20-point setback to Elkins.
STUTTGART (21) at Bald Knob: Stuttgart led Heber Springs 42-0 in the first half a week ago. Junior Cedric Hawkins tallied 113 yards, running for a TD and hauling in a TD pass. Senior LB Bryer West racked up 12 tackles, two sacks and forced one fumble, while senior offensive lineman Hunter Smith recorded three pancake blocks. Bald Knob didn't allow a point in the second half of last week's 14-0 setback at Lonoke and opposing coaches praise the effort of the Bulldog D.
Watch extended highlights of Stuttgart’s 47-27 loss to Warren earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Stuttgart’s 42-0 win over Heber Springs earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Stuttgart’s 35-14 win over Star City earlier this year. CAC at HEBER SPRINGS (3): Heber Springs has lost its two conference games by a combined 78-14, while CAC has lost its conference games by a 110-36 margin. CAC senior QB Tyler Williams has completed 39 of 74 passes (53 percent) this fall for 404 yards and two TDs with four interceptions, and has a team-high 781 yards and 12 TDs on the ground. CAC senior Cauy Blevins returned an interception 40 yards for a TD last week at Mills.
Watch extended highlights of Heber Springs 42-0 loss to Stuttgart earlier this year. MILLS (15) at Clinton: Upstart Mills ran for 519 yards and seven TDs in last week's 60-16 triumph over CAC. Sophomore QB Achilles Ringo completes 73 percent of his passes this fall, while junior Jabrae Shaw averages 144 yards rushing per game. Shaw ran nine times for 116 yards and four TDs in the first half vs. CAC. He also returned an interception for a TD.
Lonoke at SOUTHSIDE (1): Southside's inspired D gives up 16 points weekly and could spur an upset. Senior lineman Ricky Vickers collected seven tackles and two sacks in last week's 15-point win over Clinton, while junior Lincoln Fair had 10 tackles and a pair of sacks. Senior QB Landen Haas ran for tallied 240 yards (133 rushing, 107 passing) and four TDs. Lonoke scored on its opening possession last week against Bald Knob before easing to a 14-0 decision.
HIGHLAND (7) at Blytheville: Highland has lost the past two weeks by a combined 83-16. The Rebels improved rushing attack should give Blytheville fits. The Chickasaws get outscored by 27 points weekly.
Cave City at POCAHONTAS (2): Cave City gained respect with last week's three-point loss to Rivercrest. Senior LB Tyler Martin and junior Hunter Greathouse were the top tacklers, while linemen senior linemen Jacob Jones and Austin Bailey controlled the line of scrimmage. Pocahontas junior QB Connor Baker ran 17 times for 190 yards and three TDs in the first half of last week's rain-soaked triumph over Gosnell.
Watch extended highlights of Cave City’s 46-28 loss to Hoxie earlier this year.
Gosnell at TRUMANN (5): Trumann junior QB Murphy Williams completed 10 of 16 passes for 189 yards and two TDs, and ran 13 times for 149 yards and a pair of TDs in last week's 27-point win at Highland. Senior Dawson Shuburte forced and recovered a pair of fumbles. Gosnell junior QB Floyd Williams ran 22 times for 152 yards and threw two TD passes in a constant downpour last week against Pocahontas.
Jonesboro Westside at RIVERCREST (10): Jonesboro Westside's two-game win streak vs. Rivercrest was snapped last season, when the Colts finished as state runners-up. This fall, Rivercrest puts up 369 yards weekly. Senior Tray Jones has emerged as the top 'back (4.7 yards per carry, five TDs). Senior Lath Latham caught six passes for 76 yards in last week's three-point win at Cave City, and threw the winning TD pass on a reverse. The Colt D recorded a crucial safety late in the fourth quarter. Jonesboro Westside beat Blytheville 27-0 a week ago for its first win.
Dardanelle at POTTSVILLE (1): Pottsville played its best game of the season last week in a 28-23 setback at Mena. Senior fullback Landon Mahan ran 17 times for 76 yards and a TD vs. Mena, and paced the D with 17 tackles. Dardanelle juniors Drake Boatright and Zane Rose combined for 40 tackles in last week's two-point loss to Lamar.
MENA (33) at Dover: Dover has been outscored by an average of 45-13 this fall. Mena senior QB Austin Rose threw a TD pass and ran for another in last week's five-point win over Pottsville, while senior Jayden Felix ran for 121 yards and a TD, and led the Bearcats with six tackles.
Waldron at LAMAR (7): Waldron was off last week, and fell to rival Mena by 33 points two weeks ago. The Bulldogs have been plagued by inconsistencies in every facet so far this fall, Coach Doug Powell says. Lamar senior Tony Balmer ran for 102 yards and a TD, while senior LB Joe Dalton paced the D with 10 tackles in last week's two-point win at Dardanelle.
OZARK is open.
Fountain Lake at ARKADELPHIA (10): Both teams coming off different emotional highs and lows from last week. Fountain Lake drubbed Nashville 54-21, while Arkadelphia lost at Joe T. Robinson 56-38. FL senior Steven Dearmon ran for 227 yards and four TDs, while junior QB Wesley Campbell completed four of seven balls for 113 yards and a TD. Arkadelphia turned the ball over five times and surrendered 623 yards at Joe T. Robinson. Junior QB Donovan Whitten passed for 305 yards and four TDs, but threw four interceptions.
Watch extended highlights of Arkadelphia’s 55-47 loss to Greenbrier earlier this year.
Malvern at ASHDOWN (2): Malvern has won seven of the past 13 over Ashdown. The Leopards split QB snaps between sophomore Jalen Dupree and senior Braylon Watson. Dupree ran for 144 yards and a TD in last week's nine-point win over H. Grove Haskell, while Watson completed three of four passes for 90 yards, including a crucial 45-yard TD to senior Chace Mcalister. Ashdown gave up 145 yards, including 37 rushing, in last week's 21-7 victory over Bauxite.
Watch extended highlights of Malvern’s 35-12 loss to Lake Hamilton earlier this year. H. Grove Haskell at BAUXITE (1): Bauxite averaged just 2 yards per carry in last week's 14-point loss at Ashdown, with senior Roman Muniz scoring the only TD on a 95-yard fumble return. H. Grove Haskell surrendered 238 yards rushing (8.2 yards per carry) in last week's nine-point loss at Malvern.
Nashville at JOE T. ROBINSON (28): Nashville has won five of the past nine meetings, including a 36-35 thriller a year ago. But the Scrappers are struggling this fall and look to avoid its first 0-3 conference start since 2011. That year, the Scrappers won three of their final four games and advanced the quarterfinals. Scrapper sophomore Trey Hopkins (25 carries, 183 yards, two TDs) was the bright spot in last week's 33-point Homecoming loss to Fountain Lake. Joe T. Robinson racked up 623 yards and eight TDs against Arkadelphia. Senator senior QB Jack Cleveland completed 13 of 16 passes for 344 yards and a TD and ran for a TD vs. Arkadelphia.
CROSSETT (24) at DeWitt: Crossett senior QB Tyrique Jones completed 10 of 12 passes for 326 yards and four TDs, and ran four times for 56 yards and another TD in last week's mercy-rule win over Dumas. Senior track sprinter DeWayne Ashford snagged two balls for 121 yards and two TDs. DeWitt has beaten Helena and Hamburg the past two weeks by a combined 65 points.
Watch extended highlights of Crossett’s 15-13 loss to McGehee earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Crossett’s 40-34 loss to Warren earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Dewitt’s 47-22 loss to McGehee earlier this year. WARREN (25) at Dumas: Warren has won 10 straight over Dumas since losing 36-25 in 2010. The Lumberjacks won last fall by 33 points but were relegated to the No. 2 playoff seed after two conference cancellations. This fall, the Lumberjacks should capture their first conference title since 2019 behind a stout running attack. Sophomore Trey Jackson bolted 13 times for 133 yards and a TD in last week's 25-point win at Star City. Senior QB Riley Cornish passed for 161 yards and three TDs, hitting senior Jacari Lee eight times for 81 yards and two TDs. Jared Payne caught three balls for 65 yards and a TD and returned an interception for another TD. Dumas gave up 575 yards in last week's 52-point loss at Crossett.
Watch extended highlights of Warren’s 40-34 win over Crossett earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Warren’s 47-27 win over Stuttgart earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Warren’s 35-0 loss to White Hall earlier this year. STAR CITY (33) at Hamburg: Star City scored early on Warren last week, but gave up six unanswered TDs. Senior safety Ty Grayson racked up 12 tackles, while senior fullback Cole Branson ran for 60 yards. Junior C.J. Turner tore his ACL in the first half two weeks ago at Monticello and will miss the rest of the season. Hamburg gets outscored by an average of 42-3.
Watch extended highlights of Star City’s 35-14 loss to Stuttgart earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Hamburg's 42-3 loss to Rison earlier this year. MONTICELLO (27) at Helena: Helena has lost 10 straight games. Monticello's 35-point win over Hamburg last week was its largest margin of victory since beating Lake Village by 40 in last year's opener. Sophomore QB Brooks Bowman completed nine of 13 passes for 101 yards and a TD, and both of his carries resulted in TDs. Do-it-all senior Doerian Allen ran six times for 78 yards and a TD, caught two passes for 52 yards and a TD, and on defense collected three tackles and two interceptions, returning one for a TD. Cougar junior QB Zamarion Spencer passed for 251 yards and three TDs last week at DeWitt.