Class 5A Week Final Rankings, Notes & Picks

Class 5A Week Final Rankings, Notes & Picks

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Class 5A, FINAL, 2017
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1. Pulaski Academy (14-0)
2. LR McClellan (10-4)
3. Wynne (11-2)
4. Nettleton (11-2)
5. Alma (7-5)
6. Greenbrier (8-4)
7. Harrison (8-4)
8. Morrilton (8-4)
9. LR Christian (9-2)
10. Batesville (7-4)
11. Watson Chapel (8-3)
12. Sylvan Hills (6-5)
13. Valley View (6-5)
14. HS Lakeside (6-5)
15. White Hall (6-5)
16. Camden Fairview (4-7)
17. LR Parkview (4-6)
18. De Queen (5-5)
19. Farmington (4-6)
20. Maumelle (5-5)
21. Beebe (4-6)
22. Blytheville (3-7)
23. Magnolia (3-7)
24. Forrest City (3-7)
25. Vilonia (1-9)
26. Greene Co. Tech (3-7)
27. Mills (2-8)
28. Hot Springs (1-9)
29. Paragould (1-9)
30. Clarksville (1-9)
31. Hope (0-10)
32. LR Fair (0-10)

Pulaski Academy rallied past Little Rock McClellan 37-36 to win its fourth straight state championship. Trailing 36-23 in the fourth quarter, senior quarterback Layne Hatcher ran for two touchdowns and kicked both extra points for the one-point triumph. Hatcher, a finalist for the Farm Bureau Awards Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year, completed 29 of 50 passes for 426 yards and three TDs with three interceptions. When LR McClellan shut down passing lanes, Hatcher found running room in the red zone late in the game. Senior receiver Brett Lynch hauled in nine passes for 145 yards and two TDs, while senior Tra Johnson had six catches for 122 yards and a TD. Junior John David White caught five passes for 84 yards, made two tackles and intercepted two passes.

LR McClellan's defense, with six three-year starters, sacked Hatcher seven times and allowed just 60 yards rushing. Senior linebacker Desmond Tidwell made nine tackles, while linebacker Bennie Kemp III had seven stops. Junior middle linebacker Lamarcus Hardy had seven tackles, including three tackles for loss. Senior Tyrse Lair, a finalist for the Farm Bureau Awards Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year, made three tackles, broke up two passes and returned an interception 56 yards to set up a TD. Doubling at QB, Lair ran for 37 yards and completed five of eight passes for 97 yards and two TDs.

LAST WEEK correctly predicted one the state championship game. correctly predicted 179 of 217 games (82 percent) this season.

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