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Class 7A, Week 14, 2016

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1. North LR (12-0)

2. Fayetteville (11-1)

3. Bentonville (10-3)

4. Bryant (9-4)

5. Springdale Har-Ber (8-3)

6. FS Northside (7-3)

7. Cabot (7-5)

8. Conway (4-8)

9. Bentonville West (3-8)

10. Rogers (6-5)

11. Springdale (4-7)

12. LR Catholic (3-8)

13. FS Southside (3-7)

14. LR Central (3-7)

15. Van Buren (2-8)

16. Rogers Heritage (1-9)

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

No. 1 North LR vs. No. 2 Fayetteville.

North LR makes its first state title game appearance while defending champ Fayetteville makes its third consecutive and seventh in a decade. The Purple Dogs won it all in 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2015. North LR is 0-4 against Fayetteville in the modern playoff era, losing in the 2010 and 2012 postseason and the 2014-15 regular seasons (53-14 last fall)..

North LR can pass but prefers to run the ball while Fayetteville relies more on QB Taylor Powell delivering a lot of quick, short throws. A wet and windy night could adversely affect Fayetteville. Both teams have strong defensive fronts. North LR junior kicker Savana Melton has up to 40-yard range.

WEEK 14 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)

NORTH LR (1) vs. Fayetteville

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Class 6A, Week 14, 2016

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1. Greenwood (12-0)

2. Russellville (11-1)

3. Pine Bluff (8-3)

4. Benton (8-5)

5. Jonesboro (9-2)

6. El Dorado (6-6)

7. West Memphis (7-5)

8. Searcy (6-6)

9. Lake Hamilton (6-5)

10. Marion (5-6)

11. Mountain Home (4-7)

12. Texarkana (3-8)

13. Siloam Springs (1-9)

14. Sheridan (1-9)

15. Jacksonville (2-8)

16. LR Hall (2-8)

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

No. 2 Russellville vs. No. 1 Greenwood

Russellville blasted Benton 45-15 last week while Greenwood got past Pine Bluff 31-30.

Greenwoon junior quarterback, and Arkansas commit, Connor Noland (139-207 for 1,886 yards, 16 touchdowns and 2 interceptions) left the game with an injury in the second quarter. Senior Luke Hales completed 8 of 16 passes for 101 yards, and ran for 95 yards two TDs. Hales hadn’t thrown a pass in a game since late October, due to an arm injury. Both QBs are expected to play on Saturday, Coach Rick Jones says.

Greenwood looks for its eighth state title (2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012) in 17 years. The Bulldogs also also advanced to the finals in 1996, 2004 and 2015. Jones is 138-22 at Greenwood since 2004.

Greenwood beat Russellville 27-24 Week 6 after leading 21-3 at halftime and 27-10 in the fourth quarter. Russellville posted 308 yards of offense after halftime. Greenwood outrushed Russellville 282-175, and also outgained the Cyclones 458-431.

WEEK 14 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)

PLAYOFF FINAL

Russellville vs. GREENWOOD (3)

Class 5A, Week 14, 2016

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1. Pulaski Academy (12-1)

2. Wynne (13-0)

3. Batesville (9-4)

4. Watson Chapel (8-5)

5. Alma (8-4)

6. LR McClellan (8-4)

7. Forrest City (8-4)

8. LR Christian (5-7)

9. Morrilton (5-6)

10. Sylvan Hills (9-2)

11. White Hall (9-2)

12. Greenbrier (8-3)

13. HS Lakeside (6-5)

14. Harrison (8-3)

15. Blytheville (6-5)

16. Magnolia (5-6)

17. Valley View (5-5)

18. Hot Springs (4-6)

19. Vilonia (5-5)

20. Nettleton (5-5)

21. Beebe (4-6)

22. Farmington (3-7)

23. Camden Fairview (3-7)

24. Paragould (4-6)

25. De Queen (3-7)

26. Maumelle (2-8)

27. Mills (3-7)

28. LR Parkview (1-8)

29. Hope (0-10)

30. Clarksville (1-9)

31. Greene Co. Tech (0-10)

32. LR Fair (1-9)

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

No. 1 Pulaski Academy vs. No. 2 Wynne

These teams play for the third straight season, with Pulaski Academy winning the previous two (38-28 in 2014 title game, 35-21 in Week 2, 2015).

Wynne has three state titles in the playoff era (1986, 2001 and 2004), in addition to runner-up finishes in 2014 and 1980. The undefeated Yellowjackets mashed 13 opponents this fall by an average of 51-17. They’ve scored at least 48 points (seven touchdowns) in nine of the past 11 games, including 50 on Morrilton in the first round of the playoffs and 77 in last week’s 36-point win over Watson Chapel.

Pulaski Academy lost to Utah state champion Salt Lake City East 37-23 in Week 2, its only loss since falling to Morrilton by seven points in 2013 quarterfinals. The Bruins return to the state championship game for the third straight season and eighth time in 14 years. The Bruins have won five titles since Kevin Kelley took over as coach in 2003.

They average 539 yards and 47 points weekly.

Common opponents: Pulaski Academy beat Batesville, Forrest City and Little Rock McClellan by a combined 113-43, while Wynne beat those three by a total of 162-57.

WEEK 14 PREDICTIONS

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

PULASKI ACADEMY (2) vs. Wynne

Class 4A, Week 14, 2016

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1. Prairie Grove (12-0)

2. Warren (13-0)

3. Pea Ridge (12-1)

4. Shiloh Christian (11-2)

5. Joe T. Robinson (11-2)

6. Hamburg (9-4)

7. Gosnell (11-2)

8. Dardanelle (10-3)

9. Nashville (11-1)

10. Ozark (7-5)

11. Heber Springs (6-5)

12. Stuttgart (8-4)

13. Dumas (8-4)

14. CAC (8-4)

15. Southside Batesville (8-4)

16. Gravette (7-5)

17. Ashdown (7-4)

18. Pocahontas (8-3)

19. Booneville (6-5)

20. Mena (6-5)

21. Arkadelphia (5-6)

22. Trumann (7-4)

23. Monticello (4-7)

24. Dover (7-4)

25. Pottsville (5-6)

26. Crossett (4-7)

27. Malvern (5-5)

28. West Helena (5-6)

29. Highland (5-6)

30. Jonesboro Westside (5-6)

31. Huntsville (4-7)

32. Waldron (5-5)

33. Fountain Lake (2-8)

34. Riverview (4-6)

35. Cave City (4-6)

36. Star City (3-7)

37. Lincoln (3-7)

38. Brookland (3-7)

39. Dollarway (1-8)

40. Lonoke (2-8)

41. Berryville (3-7)

42. Gentry (2-8)

43. Bauxite (0-10)

44. DeWitt (0-10)

45. Baptist Prep (0-10)

46. West Fork (1-9)

47. Subiaco Academy (0-10)

48. Harrisburg (0-10)

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 2 Warren at No. 1 Prairie Grove

This is the first meeting between these teams. Warren returns to the semifinals for the third time in four years and sixth time since 2001. The Lumberjacks haven’t lost this season and their two losses last year were to eventual state champs Pulaski Academy and Nashville.

Prairie Grove returns to the semifinals for the second straight season, third time in five years and fifth time in 21 years.

WEEK 14 PREDICTIONS

Shiloh Christian at PEA RIDGE (9): This is a rematch from Week 10, which Pea Ridge won 30-13.

Warren at PRAIRIE GROVE (3)

Class 3A, Week 14, 2016

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1. Charleston (12-0)

2. Prescott (13-0)

3. Glen Rose (12-1)

4. Fordyce (10-2)

5. Centerpoint (9-4)

6. Rivercrest (9-4)

7. Newport (12-1)

8. Bald Knob (10-1)

9. Junction City (8-4)

10. Atkins (9-3)

11. H. Grove Haskell (7-5)

12. Piggott (9-3)

13. Elkins (9-3)

14. Clinton (8-3)

15. Paris (7-5)

16. Smackover (7-4)

17. Mountain View (8-3)

18. Harding Academy (7-4)

19. Walnut Ridge (8-4)

20. Jessieville (6-5)

21. Fouke (6-4)

22. Lake Village (4-7)

23. Melbourne (5-6)

24. McGehee (5-5)

25. Manila (5-6)

26. Cedar Ridge (6-5)

27. Greenland (5-6)

28. Lamar (5-6)

29. Mayflower (6-4)

30. Barton (5-6)

31. Horatio (3-7)

32. Genoa Central (4-6)

33. Perryville (4-7)

34. Gurdon (3-7)

35. Mansfield (2-8)

36. Hoxie (2-8)

37. Osceola (2-8)

38. Cedarville (2-8)

39. Marianna (2-7)

40. Green Forest (2-8)

41. Yellville-Summit (1-8)

42. Episcopal Collegiate (1-9)

43. Marshall (1-9)

44. Corning (0-10)

45. Bismarck (0-10)

46. Two Rivers (0-10)

47. Drew Central (0-10)

48. Rose Bud (0-10)

HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 3 Glen Rose at No. 1 Charleston

Glen Rose gave up chunks of rushing yards in playoff wins over Fouke (27-26) and Elkins (45-13), but the Beaver starters held Rivercrest to 45 rushing yards last week and 140 total yards in a 35-7 rout. Charleston has won five state titles in the past 11 years, including 42-19 over Glen Rose in the 2013 title game. Glen Rose won the 2007 state title.

WEEK 14 SEMIFINAL PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)

Glen Rose at CHARLESTON (7)

Newport at PRESCOTT (9): 5-3A champion No. 2 Prescott topped 400 yards offense for the sixth time this season last week in a 29-26 win over Fordyce, which committed three turnovers. Prescott senior RB Carlos Vanhook (1,157 yards, 27 TDs) and QB Derrick Flynn (635 yards, 11 TDs) topped 100 rushing yards. Flynn has completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,077 yards and 15 TDs with five interceptions. Prescott’s defense, however, gave up more than 300 yards rushing to Fordyce, and Newport senior Jordan Neal (1,254 yards, 10 TDs) and junior Jerry Ellis (1,170 yards, 14 TDs) can go.

Class 2A, Week 14, 2016

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1. England (13-0)

2. Hampton (12-0)

3. Mount Ida (12-1)

4. Danville (11-1)

5. Des Arc (10-2)

6. C. Harmony Grove (8-4)

7. Hector (10-2)

8. Conway Christian (10-3)

9. Earle (8-4)

10. Hackett (10-2)

11. Bearden (5-5)

12. Rison (6-4)

13. Murfreesboro (8-4)

14. Foreman (8-4)

15. Dierks (6-5)

16. E. Poinsett County (6-4)

17. Cross County (10-3)

18. McCrory (6-4)

19. Quitman (7-4)

20. Lavaca (6-5)

21. Carlisle (7-5)

22. Mountainburg (7-4)

23. Marked Tree (6-5)

24. Salem (6-5)

25. Parkers Chapel (4-6)

26. Woodlawn (4-5)

27. Hazen (4-7)

28. Lafayette County (2-9)

29. Mineral Springs (3-7)

30. Clarendon (3-7)

31. Strong (2-8)

32. Magnet Cove (3-8)

33. Palestine-Wheatley (6-5)

34. Bigelow (3-7)

35. Augusta (2-7)

36. Brinkley (3-6)

37. Cutter M. Star (3-7)

38. J.C. Westside (4-7)

39. Spring Hill (2-8)

40. Magazine (4-6)

41. Poyen (1-9)

42. Decatur (1-8)

43. Western Yell County (1-9)

44. Marvell (0-9)

45. Rector (1-7)

46. Midland (0-10)

47. Mountain Pine (0-9)

GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 1 England at No. 2 Hampton

England has pulled away in the second half the past two weeks in wins over Hackett (40-20) and Earle (50-22). England QB Brayden Brazeal continued his monster senior season, running for three TD and passing for two more against Earle. Brazeal has completed 70 percent of his passes this fall for 3,584 yards and 46 TDs with four interceptions. Senior Malik Coleman has rushed for a team-high 1,177 yards and 16 TDs. Hampton has reached the state semifinals for the first time in school history. England, in the postseason for the 14th time, reached the state title game in 1981 and lost to Highland 10-6. The Lions advanced to the state semifinals last year (38-22 loss at Rison) and in 1987.

WEEK 14 SEMIFINALS PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)

Camden Harmony Grove at MOUNT IDA (1): Mount Ida sophomore QB Cade Jackson ran for two short TDs last week in a 28-27 OT win over Danville, and he blocked the extra point in overtime to set up the victory. Mount Ida ran for just 270 yards at Danville, led by junior RB Cade Helms (1,344 yards, 11 TDs) with 106 yards. Sophomore RB Jonathan Lagrange (1,208 yards, 23 TDs) managed 54 yards and a TD.

Camden Harmony Grove presents more big-play weapons in senior fullback Jordan Hicks, senior QB Nathan Whitley, junior RB Jace Garcia and sophomore WR Kentrell Hill. ls for the first time in school history. Mount Ida won the 2007 state title.

ENGLAND (9) at Hampton

 

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