Class 3A Week 13 Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 3A Week 13 Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Class 3A, Week 13, 2021
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1. Prescott (12-0)
2. McGehee (12-0)
3. Booneville (12-1)
4. Harding Academy (10-2)
5. Hoxie (11-0)
6. Glen Rose (9-2)
7. Centerpoint (9-3)
8. Newport (6-4)
9. C. Harmony Grove (8-4)
10. Charleston (10-1)
11. Melbourne (6-4)
12. Rison (8-4)
13. Manila (9-3)                                                                          
14. Cedarville (9-3)
15. Paris (10-2)
16. Bismarck (6-5)                                                                            
17. Jessieville (6-4)
18. Hackett (8-3)
19. Osceola (6-4)
20. Perryville (7-4)
21. Riverview (5-6)
22. Mountain View (5-5)                                                                   
23. Salem (6-4)
24. Atkins (5-5)
25. Dollarway (5-4)
26. Lake Village (3-6)
27. Harrisburg (5-5)
28. Walnut Ridge (4-6)
29. Lincoln (3-8)
30. West Fork (3-8)
31. Lavaca (5-5)
32. Danville (3-8)
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. 2 McGehee at No. 5 Hoxie
McGehee remains alive in its bid to win the school’s eighth state championship after routing Melbourne last week 68-28. McGehee’s last state title came in 1999. McGehee senior fullback Channing Woodson rushed for 286 yards and three TDs last week. Senior quarterback Sam Polite scored three TDs while running for 74 yards and passing for 61, while senior RB Jody Easter rushed for 87 yards and two TDs. Senior WR A.J. Jordan caught a 9-yard TD pass from Polite. Both teams are No. 1 playoff seeds, but unbeaten Hoxie gets to host this quarterfinal game because it’s at the top of the bracket. Hoxie coach Tom Sears called last week’s 42-0 win over Cedarville his team’s most complete game, and the Mustangs are healthy for a run at the school’s first state title. Senior QB Cade Forrester completed eight of 10 passes last week for 229 yards and three TDs, while running for 104 yards and a TD. Junior WR Kayden Glenn caught four passes for 169 yards and three TDs. Senior RB Seth Brooks ran for 66 yards and a TD. Senior MLB Jace Benesch logged 16 tackles and two interceptions. 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. Watch extended highlights of Hoxie’s 46-28 win over Cave City earlier this year.

LAST WEEK correctly picked six of eight games (75 percent) involving Class 3A teams. It is 252 of 308 for the season (82 percent).

MCGEHEE (6) at Hoxie: See Game of the Week.
Newport at PRESCOTT (28): Newport opened 2021 with a 56-6 loss to Prescott, but the Greyhounds welcome the rematch in their quest for a fourth state championship. A week ago, Newport beat Paris 28-17. Newport junior QB Dylan Braxton passed for 275 yards and a TD, while senior RB Jadarius Reed ran for 119 yards and two TDs. Newport might match Prescott’s speed but not its depth. Prescott beat Bismarck last week (28-14) for the second time this season but wasn’t nearly as dominating. Prescott passed for just 37 yards after passing for 300 yards and four TDs in the first meeting. Senior RB Jaylen Hopson rushed for 313 yards and all four of Prescott’s TDs last week. Hopson (14.5 YPC in 2021) has rushed for 1,880 yards and 30 TDs. Junior QB Carston Poole remains one of the top passers in 3A with 2,195 yards and 26 TDs. Senior WR Jacaylon Zachery leads Prescott with 33 receptions for 662 yards and seven TDs. He’s also rushed for 431 yards and six TDs. Senior DE Caleb Harris and LB Jason Patrick lead the defense. Prescott has won five state championships, the last coming in 2016. Watch extended highlights of Newport’s loss to Prescott in the season opener. Watch extended highlights of Prescott’s 50-41 win over Centerpoint earlier this year.

Centerpoint at HARDING ACADEMY (21): Possible trap-game for two-time defending champion Harding Academy, which whipped Rison 48-20. Harding Academy has won eight state titles overall, while Centerpoint has never won a state championship. Centerpoint has reached the third round of the playoffs for the second straight year with its 28-23 win at Osceola last week. Senior QB Josh Lawson has passed for nearly 3,000 yards and 30 TDs to a deep receiving corps featuring senior WRs Kaden Owens and Dillon Fox and sophomore WR C.J. Fox. Harding Academy junior QB Kade Smith has completed 70 percent of his passes for 2,400 yards and 22 TDs. Smith has rushed for 343 yards and nine TDs. Senior RB Andrew Miller paces HA with 1,256 rushing yards and 24 TDs. Miller has caught 28 passes for 418 yards and six TDs. Senior WR Jackson Fox leads HA with 42 receptions for 835 yards and 10 TDs. Junior WR Landon Koch follows with 33 catches for 489 yards and five TDs. 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. Watch extended highlights of Centerpoint’s 50-41 loss to Prescott earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Centerpoint’s 28-23 win over Charleston earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Centerpoint's 28-27 loss to Jessieville earlier this year.
Glen Rose at BOONEVILLE (18):
Glen Rose advanced last week with a 28-7 win over Camden Harmony Grove. Glen Rose lost to 4A Malvern in its season opener and then to 5-3A champion and top-ranked Prescott. Glen Rose’s young lineup features sophomore QB Rein Bland and sophomore RB Heath Balance. Glen Rose lists senior Conner Taylor as a receiver, but he’ll sneak in at running back from the Wildcat formation. Booneville’s Flexbone impresses. Senior QB Randon Ray hasn’t thrown an interception this year, but he’s only thrown 14 passes in his 13 starts. Ray has rushed for 1,238 yards and 27 TDs. Junior RB Rocky Ross has rushed for 803 yards and 11 TDs. Sophomore RBs Rylan Ray and Dax Goff have combined for 1,710 yards and 22 TDs. 
Watch extended highlights of Booneville’s 49-14 win over Mayflower earlier this year.

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