Class 3A Week 11 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 3A Week 11 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Class 3A, Week 11, 2021
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1. Prescott (10-0)
2. McGehee (10-0)
3. Booneville (10-1)
4. Harding Academy (8-2)
5. Hoxie (10-0)
6. Charleston (10-0)
7. Glen Rose (7-2)
8. Paris (9-1)
9. C. Harmony Grove (7-3)
10. Centerpoint (7-3)
11. Melbourne (5-3)
12. Jessieville (6-3)
13. Hackett (8-2)
14. Rison (7-3)
15. Manila (8-2)
16. Perryville (7-3)
17. Osceola (6-3)
18. Newport (4-4)
19. Riverview (5-5)
19. Mountain View (5-5)
20. Cedarville (8-2)
21. Bismarck (6-4)
22. Salem (6-4)
23. Atkins (5-5)
24. Dollarway (5-4)
25. Lake Village (3-6)
26. Harrisburg (5-5)
27. Walnut Ridge (4-6)
28. Mountain View (5-5)
29. Lincoln (3-7)
30. West Fork (3-7)
31. Lavaca (5-5)
32. Danville (3-7)
33. Smackover (4-6)
34. Baptist Prep (5-5)
35. Genoa Central (4-6)
36. Greenland (2-7)
37. Fouke (2-8)
38. Mansfield (2-7)
39. Horatio (3-7)
40. Corning (3-7)
41. Mayflower (2-7)
42. Barton (1-8)
43. Piggott (1-9)
44. Drew Central (0-10)
45. Palestine-Wheatley (0-9)
46. Two Rivers (0-10)

No. 17 Perryville at No. 12 Melbourne
The winner likely faces second-ranked McGehee in the second round. Perryville lost leading tackler and junior LB Easton Walker early in last week’s 50-13 loss to Booneville. It was missing another key player to illness, and junior QB Tyler Givens is doubtful to play for a third consecutive week. Thirteen Perryville players have missed multiple games with injuries this fall. Freshman QB Connor Frith threw a TD pass to sophomore WR Bret Erwin last week. Freshmen linemen Jeremiah Caldwell, Travis Seaman, Cade Norton and Michael Barnett have provided quality depth for Perryville, a third seed behind Booneville and Paris. Healthy Melbourne, the second seed from 2-3A, outscored Mountain View last week 43-30. Melbourne won the only previous meeting with Perryville. Watch extended highlights of Melbourne’s 40-16 loss to Harding Academy earlier this year.

LAST WEEK correctly picked 18 of 22 games (82 percent) involving Class 3A teams. It is 234 of 286 for the season (82 percent).

WEEK 11 PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
HOXIE has bye. 
Watch extended highlights of Hoxie’s 46-28 win over Cave City earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Hoxie’s 46-0 win over Piggott earlier this year.
Atkins at CEDARVILLE (14): Hoxie will host winner in second round. Atkins slips into the postseason as fourth seed after losing last week to Mayflower 28-26. Atkins nursing several high ankle sprains. Cedarville has struggled with injuries all season, but senior QB Cody Dickens has provided great leadership.   Watch extended highlights of Cedarville’s 42-14 win over Mansfield earlier this year. Walnut Ridge at MCGEHEE (41): Walnut Ridge faces a huge challenge from second-ranked McGehee. Hoxie silenced Walnut Ridge last Friday 49-0, while McGehee blanked Smackover 42-0. Senior RB Jody Easter paced McGehee’s offense with three TDs, and 104 yards on four carries. Walnut Ridge is young but scrappy with good senior leadership. Walnut Ridge finished fifth in 3-3A. Watch extended highlights of McGehee’s 47-22 win over Dewitt earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of McGehee’s 36-12 win over Camden Harmony Grove earlier this year. Perryville at MELBOURNE (8): See Game of the Week. 
Lake Village PRESCOTT (45): Lake Village coach Chris Williams believes his team must play perfect, and Prescott needs to be looking ahead. Prescott's speed matches up well with Lake Village. Prescott won only previous meeting with Lake Village. Watch extended highlights of Prescott’s 56-6 win over Newport earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Prescott’s 50-41 win over Centerpoint earlier this year. Bismarck at HACKETT (1): Hackett whipped Mansfield 34-6 last week, while Bismarck lost to Centerpoint 33-13. Bismarck coach D.J. Keithley thinks it is possible all five teams in 5-3A could win their playoff opener. Hackett coach Michael Meador agrees, but notes 1-3A teams have won games that were unexpected.
Lincoln at NEWPORT (6): Lincoln lost to Cedarville last week 40-20, but won tiebreaker to get the fourth seed out of 1-3A. The loss also cost Lincoln the opportunity to play at home and not face Newport. Newport rebounded from devastating loss to Prescott in season opener to finish third in 2-3A.  Watch extended highlights of Newport’s 56-6 loss to Prescott earlier this year.  Riverview at PARIS (14): Riverview was open last week, and its coach Chris Keylon says Paris quarterback (senior Chase Watts) and running back (senior Duke Walker) are excellent. Paris routed Danville last week 61-19. Paris HC Jeff Weaver said three Paris starters and one backup missed the game with injuries.

CENTERPOINT (1) at Osceola: Centerpoint went into 2021 with high expectations, but enters the postseason as the four seed in 5-3A after beating Bismarck last week 33-13. Osceola, the third seed in 3-3A, lost its last two regular season games to Hoxie and Manila without  injured quarterback Don Littleton. Osceola was shut out last week by Manila 13-0. Watch extended highlights of Centerpoint’s 50-41 loss to Prescott earlier this year. West Fork at HARDING ACADEMY (35): West Fork earned fifth seed in 1-3A last week by defeating Greenland 42-15. Harding wrapped up the 2-3A title with a 45-0 romp past Salem. HA junior QB Kade Smith has completed 167 of 238 passes for 2,087 yards and 19 TDs. Senior RB Andrew Miller has rushed for 1,134 yards and 20 TDs. Senior WR/CB Jackson Fox is leading receiver with 44 catches for 734 yards and seven TDs. The Harding defense is led by senior MLB/DE Eli Wallis with 64 tackles and two interceptions. Junior DE Levi Mercer has contributed 58 tackles. Watch extended highlights of Harding Academy’s 42-27 loss to Briarcrest Christian (Tennessee) earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Harding Academy’s 40-16 win over Melbourne earlier this year. JESSIEVILLE (2) at Rison: Rison, the third seed from the 6-3A, expects senior MLB Dalton Riggins to be healthy again. Rison ripped Drew Central last week 60-14 while playing five freshmen on defense. Jessieville’s prospects depend largely on senior QB Carson Hair and senior TB Matthew Huff, key players in last week’s 31-22 win over Horatio. Watch extended highlights of Rison’s 20-16 loss to Fordyce earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Rison’s 42-3 win over Hamburg earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Rison’s 41-30 loss to Camden Harmony Grove earlier this year. Salem at BOONEVILLE (31): Salem will not go into its first playoff game overwhelmed despite losing last week to Harding Academy 45-0. Salem is fairly healthy and expects a two-way starter back this week. Booneville is very physical and athletic at skill positions. Booneville's Flexbone features senior QB Randon Ray, who surpassed 1,000 yards rushing this season in last week’s 50-13 victory over Perryville. All of Booneville’s 475 yards came on the ground. Watch extended highlights of Booneville’s 49-14 win over Mayflower earlier this year. Danville at MANILA (14): Danville finished 3-7 to capture the fifth seed in 4-3A after losing last week to Paris 61-19. Danville coach Kody Hamlin describes Manila as a ground and pound offense. Manila, picked eighth in 3-3A preseason polls by league coaches, posted an 8-2 record, beating Osceola last week 13-0 to claim the second seed. Manila’s improved secondary complements a stout defensive front.
Harrisburg at C. HARMONY GROVE (13): Harrisburg hopes to carry over the momentum of last week’s 49-0 win over Palestine-Wheatley. Harrisburg is completely healthy and playing its best football in weeks. CHG closed the regular season with a 35-14 win over Barton. Harrisburg beat CHG in only previous meeting. Watch extended highlights of Camden Harmony Grove’s 22-20 loss to Fordyce earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Camden Harmony Grove’s 36-12 loss to McGehee earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Camden Harmony Grove’s 41-30 win over Rison earlier this year. Dollarway at GLEN ROSE (17): Dollarway is healthy. Glen Rose lost its season opener to Class 4A Malvern and its regular-season finale to top-ranked Prescott. Glen Rose remains confident it can play with any team in 3A, if healthy. GR senior RB Dalton Taylor and RB Conner Taylor, and sophomore RB Heath Balance fuel an explosive ground attack.

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