Three more state title games. Who does Hooten’s pick?

Hootens.com Rankings

 

Class 7A, FINAL, 2017

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1. North Little Rock (13-0)

2. Bentonville (10-3)

3. Bryant (10-2)

4. Conway (9-4)

5. Bentonville West (9-2)

6. Fayetteville (7-5)

7. Cabot (6-6)

8. Springdale Har-Ber (7-4)

9. Springdale (6-5)

10. Little Rock Catholic (4-6)

11. Fort Smith Northside (4-7)

12. Rogers (5-6)

13. Fort Smith Southside (3-8)

14. Little Rock Central (2-8)

15. Rogers Heritage (1-9)

16. Van Buren (0-10)

State championship recap

North Little Rock rallied from a 14-0 deficit in the first quarter to top Bentonville 44-37 and captured the school’s first state title since 1972. North Little Rock sophomore running back Brandon Thomas rushed for 199 yards and two TDs. NLR senior safety Jaylen Grisley recorded a team-high 11 tackles, followed by junior cornerback Sedrick Cain with 10 stops.

Class 6A, FINAL, 2017

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1. Greenwood (13-0)

2. Pine Bluff (11-2)

3. West Memphis (10-2)

4. Searcy (10-3)

5. El Dorado (9-2)

6. Benton (7-5)

7. Texarkana (6-6)

8. Russellville (6-6)

9. Lake Hamilton (5-6)

10. Marion (5-6)

11. Jonesboro (5-6)

12. Jacksonville (3-8)

13. Siloam Springs (2-8)

14. Mountain Home (1-9)

15. Sheridan (0-10)

16. LR Hall (1-9)

State championship recap

Greenwood earned its eighth state title in school history (all since 2000) with a 52-14 rout of Pine Bluff. Senior quarterback, Farm Bureau Awards 7A/6A Offensive Player of the Year finalist and University of Arkansas commit Connor Noland earned title game MVP honors after after completing 20 of 27 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns. Greenwood limited Pine Bluff to 162 yards.

Class 5A, Week 16, 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)

State championship recap

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.

LR McClellan’s defense, with six three-year starters, sacked Hatcher seven times and allowed just 60 yards rushing.

Class 4A, Week 15, 2017

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1. Warren (13-1)

2. Arkadelphia (13-1)

3. Joe T. Robinson (12-1)

4. Pea Ridge (12-2)

5. Booneville (10-2)

6. Prairie Grove (11-2)

7. Gosnell (9-4)

8. Ashdown (9-4)

9. Nashville (8-4)

10. Southside Batesville (10-2)

11. Ozark (9-3)

12. Stuttgart (8-4)

13. Dardanelle (8-4)

14. Heber Springs (8-4)

15. Hamburg (6-6)

16. Pocahontas (6-6)

17. Trumann (9-2)

18. Gravette (6-5)

19. Shiloh Christian (7-4)

20. Pottsville (6-5)

21. Riverview (7-4)

22. Jonesboro Westside (7-4)

23. Dumas (7-4)

24. Helena (6-5)

25. Bauxite (5-6)

26. Monticello (5-6)

27. Malvern (3-8)

28. Waldron (5-6)

29. Highland (3-8)

30. Gentry (5-6)

31. Crossett (3-8)

32. Star City (4-6)

33. Fountain Lake (4-6)

34. Dover (5-5)

35. Brookland (5-5)

36. Mena (3-7)

37. Lonoke (3-7)

38. Lincoln (3-7)

39. Harrisburg (3-7)

40. DeWitt (2-8)

41. CAC (1-9)

42. Huntsville (1-9)

43. Dollarway (0-9)

44. Berryville (1-9)

45. Subiaco Academy (2-8)

46. West Fork (0-10)

47. Cave City (0-10)

48. Baptist Prep (0-10)

State championship prediction

No. 1 Warren (3) vs. No. Arkadelphia

Arkadelphia returns to the state championship game for the first time in 30 years. The 1987 Badgers beat White Hall to cap a perfect season and became the first team from Arkansas ever ranked by USA Today. The Badgers advanced to the semifinals 2015 and the quarterfinals in 2013-2014. Warren beat Arkadelphia 31-24 in the 2013 quarterfinals.

Warren returns to its second straight state title game, third in four years and sixth since 2002.

Class 4A, Week 15, 2017

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1. Warren (13-1)

2. Arkadelphia (13-1)

3. Joe T. Robinson (12-1)

4. Pea Ridge (12-2)

5. Booneville (10-2)

6. Prairie Grove (11-2)

7. Gosnell (9-4)

8. Ashdown (9-4)

9. Nashville (8-4)

10. Southside Batesville (10-2)

11. Ozark (9-3)

12. Stuttgart (8-4)

13. Dardanelle (8-4)

14. Heber Springs (8-4)

15. Hamburg (6-6)

16. Pocahontas (6-6)

17. Trumann (9-2)

18. Gravette (6-5)

19. Shiloh Christian (7-4)

20. Pottsville (6-5)

21. Riverview (7-4)

22. Jonesboro Westside (7-4)

23. Dumas (7-4)

24. Helena (6-5)

25. Bauxite (5-6)

26. Monticello (5-6)

27. Malvern (3-8)

28. Waldron (5-6)

29. Highland (3-8)

30. Gentry (5-6)

31. Crossett (3-8)

32. Star City (4-6)

33. Fountain Lake (4-6)

34. Dover (5-5)

35. Brookland (5-5)

36. Mena (3-7)

37. Lonoke (3-7)

38. Lincoln (3-7)

39. Harrisburg (3-7)

40. DeWitt (2-8)

41. CAC (1-9)

42. Huntsville (1-9)

43. Dollarway (0-9)

44. Berryville (1-9)

45. Subiaco Academy (2-8)

46. West Fork (0-10)

47. Cave City (0-10)

48. Baptist Prep (0-10)

State championship prediction

Class 3A, Week 15, 2017

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1. Junction City (13-0)

2. Rivercrest (12-2)

3. Osceola (11-3)

4. McGehee (11-3)

5. Charleston (12-1)

6. Clinton (12-1)

7. Mayflower (11-1)

8. Atkins (10-3)

9. Barton (10-2)

10. Elkins (9-3)

11. Melbourne (9-3)

12. Glen Rose (9-2)

13. H. Grove Haskell (8-4)

14. Prescott (10-2)

15. Newport (8-4)

16. Harding Academy (7-5)

17. Smackover (7-5)

18. Hoxie (6-5)

19. Fordyce (5-6)

20. Fouke (6-5)

21. Piggott (7-4)

22. Horatio (5-6)

23. Bald Knob (5-6)

24. Perryville (7-4)

25. Centerpoint (6-5)

26. Greenland (5-5)

27. Lamar (5-6)

28. Cedar Ridge (5-6)

30. Paris (4-7)

31. Yellville-Summit (4-7)

32. Gurdon (4-6)

33. Walnut Ridge (3-7)

34. Rose Bud (4-6)

35. Mountain View (3-8)

36. Cedarville (3-7)

37. Mansfield (2-8)

38. Manila (2-8)

39. Lake Village (1-8)

40. Episcopal (1-9)

41. Genoa Central (3-7)

42. Drew Central (2-8)

43. Bismarck (2-8)

44. Green Forest (2-8)

45. Marshall (0-10)

46. Marianna (1-9)

47. Corning (0-10)

State championship prediction

No. 2 Rivercrest vs. No. 1 Junction City (2)

This is the second playoff meeting in the past two years. Rivercrest downed visiting Junction City 14-13 in the second round last year at “The Cotton Patch.” That was the last time Junction City lost, while Glen Rose eliminated Rivercrest the following week.

Junction City earned the outright 6-3A title but had to rally in the fourth quarter of all three playoff wins.

Class 2A, Week 14, 2017

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1. Mount Ida (13-0)

2. C. Harmony Grove (9-3)

3. Earle (10-1)

4. Conway Christian (11-2)

5. Foreman (11-1)

6. Danville (9-2)

7. Hazen (9-3)

8. Rison (10-2)

9. Bearden (7-5)

10. Mountainburg (9-2)

11. McCrory (7-2)

12. Mineral Springs (5-7)

13. Hampton (7-4)

14. Parkers Chapel (6-5)

15. Magnet Cove (7-5)

16. Hector (8-3)

17. Marked Tree (8-3)

18. E. Poinsett County (8-4)

19. Salem (6-6)

20. Palestine-Wheatley (8-3)

21. Mountain Pine (7-4)

22. Strong (5-5)

23. Hackett (6-4)

24. Cross County (4-7)

25. Clarendon (4-6)

26. England (5-6)

27. Poyen (3-8)

28. Des Arc (4-6)

29. Lavaca (4-7)

30. Magazine (5-6)

31. Spring Hill (4-7)

32. Lafayette County (2-8)

33. Quitman (2-8)

34. Cutter M. Star (3-7)

35. Carlisle (2-7)

36. W. Yell County (3-6)

37. J.C. Westside (3-6)

38. Dierks (1-9)

39. Murfreesboro (0-10)

40. Marvell (1-7)

41. Bigelow (1-9)

42. Rector (1-7)

43. Midland (1-8)

44. Woodlawn (1-9)

45. Brinkley (1-7)

46. Decatur (0-9)

47. Hermitage (0-9)

State championship prediction

No. 1 Mount Ida at No. 2 Camden Harmony Grove (4)

This is a rematch of a 2016 semifinal that host Mount Ida won 33-20. Mount Ida claimed its second state title (2007, 2016) a week later by shocking Hampton 27-26 at War Memorial Stadium. Camden Harmony Grove reached the state semis last year for the first time in school history.

 

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