Class 5A Week 11 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 5A Week 11 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Class 5A, Week 11, 2018
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1. Pulaski Academy (9-1)
2. LR Christian (9-1)
3. Texarkana (9-1)
4. Harrison (10-0)
5. LR McClellan (9-1)
6. Blytheville (5-5)
7. Morrilton (6-4)
8. Greenbrier (7-3)
9. LR Parkview (5-5)
10. Alma (5-5)
11. Wynne (6-4)
12. Camden Fairview (6-4)
13. HS Lakeside (5-5)
14. Valley View (7-3)
15. White Hall (5-4)
16. Nettleton (8-2)
17. Batesville (4-6)
18. Magnolia (6-4)
19. Forrest City (4-6)
20. Beebe (4-6)
21. Watson Chapel (3-6-1)
22. Vilonia (3-6)
23. Farmington (4-6)
24. Maumelle (4-6)
25. Paragould (1-9)
26. Greene County Tech (3-7)
27. Clarksville (2-8)
28. Huntsville (2-8)
29. Hot Springs (1-9)
30. De Queen (1-9)
31. Hope (1-9)
32. LR Fair (1-9)

No. 9 LR Parkview at No. 7 Morrilton
Ravaged by injuries early this season, Morrilton rallies into the playoffs after four straight wins. Junior quarterback Jacolby Criswell has four offers from SEC schools, including Arkansas, Georgia, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Criswell injured his knee in a preseason scrimmage game and didn't return until Week 9. He's completed 35 of 52 passes (67 percent) for 551 yards and five touchdowns with one interception the past two weeks. He threw three first-half TDs in last week's 21-point triumph at Clarksville. “Criswell is a Division I athlete, and those guys make a difference,” Parkview coach Brad Bolding says. “He's not as mobile as he was before the knee surgery, but he didn't have surgery on his arm.” Criswell's return allows former QB's, sophomore Tyler Granberry and Dylan White, to play other positions. Granberry averages 4.5 yards per carry at fullback, while White solidifies the defense at outside linebacker, where he's amassed six tackles in the first half the past two weeks against Farmington and Clarksville. 
Little Rock Parkview returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2014, when the then Class 6A Patriots beat Searcy by 20 points in the first round. The Patriots have won three straight first round playoff games. LR Parkview, which lost consecutive games to Pulaski Academy and Little Rock Christian by a combined 83-24 in midseason, has attempt to shore its pass defense the past three weeks. Parkview's senior-laden secondary of Gaailyon Finley, Kamrien Harris and Wesley Suen “are the keys,” Bolding says. Parkview senior QB/tailback Geary Allmon has rushed for more than 1,000 yards this year, while fullback Thomas McCauley has rushed for almost 1,000 yards. “We've been able to run the ball with  teams stacking the box on us,” the coach says.

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WEEK 11 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
HS Lakeside at BLYTHEVILLE (17): These programs have never played. Blytheville locked the No. 1 seed with last week's 40-0 win over Forrest City, despite forfeiting a Week 4 game against Nettleton. Blytheville junior Jermel Woods ran for three TDs against Forrest City. HS Lakeside beat one team (Magnolia) with a winning record this year. Ram sophomore Issac Echols averages 8.5 yards per carry (152 carries, 1,297 yards and 10 TDs).
LR Parkview at MORRILTON (11): Class 5A Game of the Week.
Nettleton at TEXARKANA (18): Nettleton makes an almost five hour bus road after losing its final two regular season games to Valley View and Wynne by a combined 41-19, causing it to drop from the No. 1 to No. 4 seed. Nettleton junior Damian Phillips has 56 carries for 357 yards (6.4 yards per carry) in the past four games. Junior Nathan Young ran well (18 carries for 109 yards and a TD) in last week's 20-point loss to Wynne. Texarkana's defense and special teams have scored TDs in six games this year. Senior DeJordan Mask caught a pair of TD passes and returned an interception for another in last week's 33-point victory over De Queen.  
Greenbrier at LR CHRISTIAN (20): This should be closer than in Week 3, when Little Rock Christian won 56-13 as Greenbrier was without its starting QB, running back and an offensive lineman due to injuries. In nine games this fall, Greenbrier senior QB Andrew Johnson completes 64 percent of his passes for 1,838 yards and 14 TDs. Johnson connected on 17 of 22 attempts for 240 yards and three TDs in last week's 28-point win over Vilonia. LR Christian senior QB Justice Hill threw two TD passes and ran for two more in last week's 14-point win at Beebe, while senior inside linebacker Grant McElmurry racked up more than 10 tackles. 

Alma at PULASKI ACADEMY (25): This is the first meeting between traditional power Alma and current powerhouse Pulaski Academy (four consecutive state championships). Bruin junior QB Braden Bratcher passed for 458 yards and seven TDs in last week's 63-21 win at White Hall. Alma rebounded last week from consecutive conference losses with a 37-point win at Huntsville. Alma will try to control the clock with its physical running attack and senior Keegan Rosebeary, who has more than 700 yards this year. Alma has won at least one playoff game six straight seasons (lost to HS Lakeside in the first round 2011).
Valley View at LR MCCLELLAN (14): LR McClellan has advanced to the state title game two of the past three years, while Valley View returns to the playoffs for the second straight season. LR McClellan rotates senior QBs Xavion Morgan and Jaylon Williams. Senior Damion Martin and junior fullback Jeremiah Aikins pace LR McClellan's rushing attack. Valley View gets the No. 3 seed after besting Nettleton and Batesville the past two weeks by a combined eight points. Valley View senior Devin Lipford has 200 carries this year for 776 yards and nine TDs. Junior safety Carter Winters paces the Blazers with 126 tackles and three interceptions this fall.
White Hall at HARRISON (27): Undefeated Harrison outscores opponents by an average of 43-8. Junior QB Ben Johnson has passed for 1,296 yards and 17 TDs this year with just one interception, while junior Gabe Huskey paces Class 5A rushers with 1,595 yards and 24 TDs. White Hall senior QB Josh Looney has passed for more than 1,600 yards. White Hall hasn't won a playoff game since beating Forrest City 35-19 in the first round 2012.
Camden Fairview at WYNNE (2): This is a rematch from the first round in 2015 when Wynne whipped Camden Fairview by 35 points. Camden Fairview beat Wynne 34-21 in the 2012 semifinals. Wynne draws the No. 2 playoff seed after winning five of its final six games, including 35-34 in overtime two weeks ago against Forrest City and a 27-7 triumph last week at Nettleton. The Yellowjackets ran for 303 yards at Nettleton. The spark comes from moving senior Allen Watson (6-3, 205) from receiver to fullback, and consistency from junior QB Holden Parker. Parker kicked the tying 46-yard field goal in the final seconds two weeks ago against Forrest City, then kicked the winning extra point in overtime. Camden Fairview trailed LR McClellan by 15 points at halftime last week before losing 34-6. Cardinal senior linebacker Tyree Holliman averages seven tackles per game. “Their linebackers and secondary are big and physical,” Wynne coach Van Paschal says. “It's not a good matchup for us. We'll have to win with heart and tradition.”

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