Class 5A Week 9 Rankings, Notes & Picks
Class 5A, Wk 9, 2021
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1. Pulaski Academy (7-1)
2. Wynne (7-1)
3. White Hall (7-2)
4. Vilonia (8-0)
5. Greenbrier (8-0)
6. LR Christian (6-2)
7. Camden Fairview (8-1)
8. Nettleton (8-0)
9. Farmington (6-2)
10. Harrison (5-3)
11. Valley View (6-2)
12. Magnolia (3-5)
13. Maumelle (3-6)
14. HS Lakeside (4-4)
15. Hot Springs (5-3)
16. Batesville (3-5)
17. Morrilton (3-5)
18. Alma (3-5)
19. Brookland (3-5)
20. Beebe (3-4)
21. Greene Co. Tech (3-5)
22. Pea Ridge (2-5)
23. Clarksville (1-7)
24. Texarkana (1-5)
25. Jacksonville (1-6)
26. Hope (1-7)
27. Watson Chapel (0-6)
28. Forrest City (2-6)
29. De Queen (1-7)
30. Paragould (0-7)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 15 Hot Springs at No. 7 Camden Fairview
This is Camden Fairview's 10th game of the season (have Week 10 bye), and the Cardinals need a win to lock up their first conference title since 2013. They were tied with Hope 21-21 at halftime a week ago before pulling away by 15 points in the second half. Junior Martavius Thomas completed 17 of 31 passes for 372 yards and four touchdowns, and ran 10 times for 72 yards at Hope. Senior receiver Brandon Copeland caught 11 passes for 208 yards and three TDs. Senior linebacker Eli Tate made eight tackles, including two sacks, while senior linebacker Kaveon Ross earned a 92 percent grade on defense. “We have to create turnovers,” Hot Springs Coach Darrell Burnett says.
Hot Springs, 20-13 victors a week ago against Texarkana, can capture its first conference title since 2014 with two more victories. Senior running back Pierce Smalley ran 25 times for 197 yards to key the Texarkana triumph. Senior defensive end Michael Jackson, Jr., tallied 11 tackles and two sacks, while junior cornerback Zay Wilson intercepted one pass and returned a kickoff 92 yards for a TD. “Hot Springs does a tremendous job of tackling,” Camden Fairview coach Jake Monden says. Watch extended highlights of Camden Fairview’s 40-36 loss to El Dorado earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Camden Fairview’s 44-25 win over Magnolia earlier this year.
Hootens.com correctly predicted 12 of 14 games (86 percent). For the season, Hootens.com has predicted 140 of 159 games (88 percent).
WEEK 9 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
Jacksonville at LR CHRISTIAN (28): LR Christian must regroup after last week's 49-point loss at Pulaski Academy. The Warriors trailed 49-7 at halftime. Jacksonville didn't play last week, and lost to Beebe by 36 points two weeks ago. The Titans trailed 28-14 in the second quarter before surrendering 28 straight points.Watch extended highlights of LR Christian’s 14-10 loss to White Hall earlier this year.Watch extended highlights of LR Christian’s 38-20 win over Searcy earlier this year. Watson Chapel at MAUMELLE (26): Winless Watson Chapel surrenders 28 points weekly. The Wildcats gained just 121 yards in last week's 41-0 loss at Beebe. Maumelle senior running back Jessie Knight has rushed for more than 100 yards each of the past four games since shifting from defense. Watson Chapel LB Mehki Brown led the Wildcats in tackles last week. Watch extended highlights of Maumelle’s 34-32 loss to Vilonia earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Maumelle’s 31-21 win over Sylvan Hills earlier this year.
Beebe at PULASKI ACADEMY (35): Improved Beebe has consecutive wins over Jacksonville and Watson Chapel by a combined 97-20. Senior tight end Jayden Smith hauled in three TDs in last week's 41-0 win over Watson Chapel. Top-ranked Pulaski Academy scored three TDs in the opening three minutes of last week's 63-14 win over LR Christian. Senior Joe Himon, who injured his shoulder Week 7, ran six times for 201 yards and four TDs in the first half. Watch extended highlights of Pulaski Academy’s 63-14 win over Liberty Christian (Texas) earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Pulaski Academy vs Bryant (scrimmage). Watch extended highlights of Pulaski Academy’s 63-28 win over White Hall earlier this year. Watch highlights of Pulaski Academy’s 63-39 win over Madison Ridgeland, Tennessee earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Beebe’s 49-12 win over Junction City earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Pulaski Academy’s 42-14 win over Maumelle earlier this year.
White Hall is open.
Greene Co. Tech at BATESVILLE (10): Batesville has won 19 of the past 20 over Greene County Tech, including three straight by a combined 107-32. The Pioneers scored TDs on their opening two possessions last week and cruised past Brookland 21-7. The Pioneers put up 346 yards, while limiting Brookland to nine first downs. GCT played well in last week's 17-0 loss to Valley View. The Eagles trailed 7-0 in the third quarter.
Valley View at NETTLETON (1): Valley View's defense hasn't allowed a point the past two games and has three shutouts this fall. Valley View senior Greyson Becker hauled in five passes for 110 yards and a TD in last week's 17-0 win over Greene County Tech, while sophomore Carson Turley ran 15 times for 54 yards and completed eight of 15 passes for 132 yards and a TD. The Blazers had three TDs negated by penalty. Undefeated Nettleton relies on senior QB Cameron Scarlett and running back Koby Bradley. Scarlett ran 10 times for 112 yards and two TDs, and completed six of 11 passes for 77 yards and a TD in last week's 36-6 win at Forrest City. Bradley logged 18 carries for 157 yards and three TDs, and caught two passes for 28 yards. Watch extended highlights of Nettleton's 36-6 win over Forrest City earlier this year.
WYNNE (26) at Forrest City: Wynne has beaten Forrest City 13 of the past 17 years. The Yellowjackets jumped on Paragould 33-0 in the first quarter last week, easing to a 51-0 win. Senior slotback Carl Washington ran four times for 40 yards and a TD and caught a 40-yard TD. Sophomore fullback Cobey Davis ran 10 times for 121 yards and a pair of TDs, while senior D'marrious Maxwell returned a punt 53 yards for a TD. Senior defensive end Tyrel Johnson made eight stops, including four TFL's. Watch extended highlights of Wynne's 51-0 win over Paragould earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Forrest City's 36-0 loss to Nettleton earlier this year.
BROOKLAND (17) at Paragould: Brookland trailed Batesville 14-0 early last week, but battled hard in a 21-7 setback. The Bearcats put up 200 yards of offense but turned the ball over twice. Winless Paragould has scored just four TDs the past six weeks. Watch extended highlights of Paragould’s 51-0 loss to Wynne earlier this year.
Hot Springs at CAMDEN FAIRVIEW (9): Hootens.com Class 5A Game of the Week.
De Queen at MAGNOLIA (42): De Queen has scored just 17 points in four conference games, and hasn't scored a TD since Week 4. Magnolia started the season with an 0-4 record, but the Panthers are battling for the No. 2 playoff seed after winning three of their past four. Two weeks ago, the Panthers held Hot Springs to 174 yards in a 45-0 triumph. Junior QB Dalen Blanchard ran seven times for 125 yards and a TD and threw a 25-yard TD pass. The Panthers had 500 yards and no turnovers. Watch extended highlights of Magnolia’s 44-25 loss to Camden Fairview earlier this year.
HOPE (1) at Texarkana: Neither team is likely headed to the playoffs, but both are mathematically alive. Texarkana has dropped its four league games by a combined 137-44. The Razorbacks committed two turnovers in last week's 20-13 loss at Hot Springs. Hope hung with Camden Fairview for the first half (tied 21-21 at halftime) last week before losing 42-27. Bobcat sophomore QB Tyler Patterson passed for 278 yards.
HS Lakeside is open.
GREENBRIER (21) at Alma: Greenbrier impressed with last week's 48-6 win over Farmington. The Panthers totaled almost 500 yards. Senior QB Cooper Wilcox completed 12 of 21 passes for 254 yards and a TD, and ran 11 times for 91 yards and a TD. Junior Carter McElhaney caught a 71-yard TD pass and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a TD, while senior Jacob Mathis hauled in four passes for 77 yards. Sophomore Eli Weaver ran for 110 yards, including an 81-yard TD burst. Alma junior QB Joe Trusty passed for 227 yards and two TDs and ran for 55 yards and a TD in last week's 36-point loss at Vilonia.Watch extended highlights of Greenbrier’s 55-47 win over Arkadelphia earlier this year. HARRISON (19) at Clarksville: Harrison jumped on Morrilton 21-0 in the first quarter last week, coasting to a 42-7 decision. The Goblins gobbled up 536 yards, including 306 rushing. Senior QB Logan Plumlee completed nine of 15 passes for 230 yards and a TD. Clarksville, which was shutout the previous two games, lost a shootout last week at Pea Ridge 54-49. The Panthers tallied 465 yards. Watch extended highlights of Harrison’s 28-14 loss to Vilonia earlier this year. Pea Ridge at FARMINGTON (14): Improving Pea Ridge rallied past Clarksville a week ago, 55-49. The Blackhawks amassed 510 yards. Farmington must regroup after losing last week to Greenbrier. The Cardinals tallied just 230 yards. Leading rusher Caden Elsik managed just 22 yards rushing, but senior Kayne Taylor 12 times for 90 yards. Junior LB Sam Wells paced Farmington's D with 10 stops.
VILONIA (21) at Morrilton: Morrilton played its worst game of the season last week in a 42-7 loss at Harrison. The Devil Dogs trailed by three TDs in the first quarter “and no one played well,” Coach Cody McNabb says. Vilonia, headed to a showdown next week with Faulkner County neighbor Greenbrier for the 5A West crown, crushed Alma last week 56-20. Senior QB Austin Myers completed 18 of 24 passes for 444 yards and six TDs, with senior Kannon Bartlett hauling in five balls for 237 yards and three TDs. Bartlett also ran for a TD.Watch extended highlights of Vilonia’s 34-32 win over Maumelle earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Vilonia’s 40-28 win over Russellville earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Vilonia’s 28-14 win over Harrison earlier this year