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Class 7A, Week 1, 2017

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1. Springdale Har-Ber

2. Bryant

3. Fayetteville

4. North Little Rock

5. Bentonville West

6. Bentonville

7. Conway

8. Cabot

9. Fort Smith Southside

10. Fort Smith Northside

11. Little Rock Catholic

12. Springdale

13. Rogers Heritage

14. Rogers

15. Little Rock Central

16. Van Buren

WEEK 1 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)

7A CENTRAL

Cabot at PINE BLUFF (6): Game of the Week.

BRYANT (21) vs. Benton: Bryant salty under second-year Coach Buck James after its first semifinal appearance in 2016. Seven returning offensive starters helped the Hornets score at least six TDs in five games last fall. Junior QB Ren Hefley (6-0, 180) garners college coaches attention. Bryant owns Benton, winning 10 of the past 11 meetings (tied in 2014). Benton boasts quality offensive linemen and 8 or more wins the past three seasons, but blew its best chance at winning this rivalry game last year.

NORTH LR (35) at Maumelle: North LR looks to build on its first state title game appearance with starters returning at nine positions. The Charging Wildcats (12-1 in 2016) start an all new backfield but boasts quality receivers, defensive linemen and linebackers. Maumelle first-year coach Kirk Horton searching for linemen. The Class 5A Hornets had to forfeit had to forfeit their three wins last season.

FS Northside at GREENWOOD (3): Northside gutted Greenwood 42-17 in 2014 but has lost this matchup the past two seasons by a combined 18 points. Class 6A Greenwood is 9-0 against Class 7A teams the past two years. Northside owns speed and a veteran offensive line but eight starters graduated from a sold defense. Greenwood senior QB Connor Noland (2,095 yards and 18 TDs with three INTs in 2016) committed last July to Arkansas.

CONWAY (1) at Springdale: Conway (4-8 in 2016) lost four games by a TD or less, including Springdale 37-30. Conway returns starters at 14 positions, including leading rusher Michael George (643 yards in 2016) and all-conference safety Will Kennedy (74 tackles as junior).

HAR-BER (13) at FS Southside: Historically a nail-bitter matchup, Har-Ber hammered Southside 47-0 in last year’s opener at Springdale. Top-ranked Har-Ber has won back-to-back 7A West titles and welcomes back five starters to a defense that might be the state’s best.

Sylvan Hills at LR CATHOLIC (1): Catholic’s Samy Johnson earned all-state honors as a sophomore last season, rushing for 1,936 yards and 33 yards per kick return. Catholic coach John Fogleman likes his linebackers and receivers William Plafcan (4.6 speed) and Adam Shepherd (an all-state tight end last fall). Sylvan Hills (9-2 in 2016) outscored Catholic 48-34 but graduated standout QB Jordan Washington. Sylvan Hills has won 15 straight non-conference games. Bear linebacker Ty Compton earned all-state honors as a junior and running back Deon Youngblood is one to watch.

Heritage at LR CENTRAL (1): LR Central hammered Heritage 31-14 in last season’s opener but lost its final seven games and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2014. Central scored 24 points weekly last fall and seven starters return on offense, including senior QB Jacob Howard (1,355 yards, 13 TDs, 13 INTs in 2016). Heritage QB Trey Kitterman (6-3, 230), built like a linebacker and the Landers Auto Group Super Team QB, accounted for 300 yards offense against Bentonville West for the War Eagle’s lone win in 2016.

Class 6A, Week 1, 2017

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1. Greenwood

2. El Dorado

3. Jonesboro

4. Pine Bluff

5. West Memphis

6. Benton

7. Texarkana

8. Russellville

9. Searcy

10. Marion

11. Lake Hamilton

12. Mountain Home

13. Sheridan

14. Siloam Springs

15. Jacksonville

16. LR Hall

Class 5A, Week 1, 2017

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1. Pulaski Academy

2. Wynne

3. Alma

4. Batesville

5. LR Christian

6. Harrison

7. HS Lakeside

8. Morrilton

9. Greenbrier

10. LR McClellan

11. White Hall

12. Sylvan Hills

13. Watson Chapel

14. Blytheville

15. Camden Fairview

16. Nettleton

17. Beebe

18. Valley View

19. Maumelle

20. Hot Springs

21. Vilonia

22. Magnolia

23. Forrest City

24. LR Parkview

25. Farmington

26. Mills

27. De Queen

28. Paragould

29. Hope

30. Clarksville

31. Greene Co. Tech

32. LR Fair

5A WEST

GREENBRIER (8) at Beebe: Greenbrier has won six of the past seven in the series, including 54-33 a year ago. The Panthers bank on defense early this fall, with four returnees in the secondary, including junior safety Seth Howard (68 tackles in 2016) and cornerback Logan Beaird. Beebe junior halfback Taylor Boyce ran for 614 yards and 13 TDs last season.

VILONIA (16) at Greene Co. Tech: Greene County Tech has 11 wins the past six seasons and the Eagles have lost 18 straight since beating Newport Week 2, 2015. They return 22 seniors this fall, including 16 with starting experience. Vilonia senior running backs Ben Duff and Isaiah Rocha combined for 843 yards a year ago.

Class 4A, Week 1, 2017

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1. Warren

2. Pea Ridge

3. Joe T. Robinson

4. Stuttgart

5. Nashville

6. Prairie Grove

7. Arkadelphia

8. Ashdown

9. Dumas

10. Hamburg

11. Pocahontas

12. Dardanelle

13. Ozark

14. Gosnell

15. Shiloh Christian

16. Star City

17. Trumann

18. Gravette

19. Booneville

20. Mena

21. Pottsville

22. Southside Batesville

23. Heber Springs

24. Crossett

25. Helena

26. Monticello

27. CAC

28. Fountain Lake

29. Lonoke

30. Highland

31. Gentry

32. Jonesboro Westside

33. Waldron

34. Huntsville

35. Malvern

36. Dover

37. Dollarway

38. Riverview

39. Brookland

40. Lincoln

41. Cave City

42. DeWitt

43. Bauxite

44. West Fork

45. Berryville

46. Harrisburg

47. Subiaco Academy

48. Baptist Prep

Class 3A, Week 1, 2017

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1. Prescott

2. Charleston

3. Junction City

4. Harding Academy

5. Rivercrest

6. Glen Rose

7. H. Grove Haskell

8. Clinton

9. Piggott

10. Fordyce

11. Newport

12. Smackover

13. Bald Knob

14. Atkins

15. Elkins

16. Jessieville

17. Mayflower

18. Cedar Ridge

19. Hoxie

20. Mansfield

21. Centerpoint

22. McGehee

23. Mountain View

24. Lamar

25. Melbourne

26. Osceola

27. Fouke

28. Barton

29. Greenland

30. Walnut Ridge

31. Paris

32. Gurdon

33. Marshall

34. Manila

35. Perryville

36. Genoa Central

37. Horatio

38. Episcopal

39. Drew Central

40. Green Forest

41. Marianna

42. Cedarville

43. Rose Bud

44. Lake Village

45. Two Rivers

46. Corning

47. Yellville-Summit

48. Bismarck

WEEK 1 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)

3A-2

Mayflower vs. CAC (9) (Tue.): Class 4A CAC mauled Mayflower 48-27 Week 1 last year. Mayflower fourth-year coach Todd Langrell plans to dress 34 players, including all-state running back Deon Simmons (5-7, 155; 4.5 speed).

Class 2A, Week 1, 2017

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1. Mount Ida

2. Rison

3. C. Harmony Grove

4. Danville

5. Bearden

6. Hampton

7. Des Arc

8. McCrory

9. Conway Christian

10. Cross County

11. England

12. Earle

13. Hector

14. Carlisle

15. Hackett

16. Murfreesboro

17. E. Poinsett County

18. Hazen

19. Foreman

20. Palestine-Wheatley

21. Marked Tree

22. Mineral Springs

23. Lavaca

24. Lafayette County

25. Dierks

26. Parkers Chapel

27. Mountainburg

28. Quitman

29. Magazine

30. Salem

31. Magnet Cove

32. Strong

33. Clarendon

34. Spring Hill

35. Cutter M. Star

36. Marvell

37. Bigelow

38. Woodlawn

39. Brinkley

40. J.C. Westside

41. Decatur

42. Poyen

43. W. Yell County

44. Rector

45. Midland

46. Mountain Pine

47. Hermitage

48. Augusta

5-2A

DANVILLE (8) vs. Conway Christian (Monday, Aug. 28 at UCA): Conway Christian first-year head coach Justin Kramer is high on junior QB Jacob Wood (3,037 passing yards and 35 TDs in 2016), senior OT Nathan Burrow, center Brett Callaway and senior DT J.P. Dolan. The Eagles run the same scheme under seven-year DC Andrew Roberson. Danville counters with a massive offensive line that averages 260 pounds, anchored by tackles Doug Harper (6-4, 270) and Jarrique Hinton (6-5, 285). The Little John skilled players are experienced and deep with junior RB/LB Quentin Tolbert set for a probable breakout season.

 

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