#4 (Class 6A) Jonesboro vs #2
(Class 7A) Conway?- Friday, September 10th
Jonesboro has stepped their
program up to a new level since adding Coach Randy Coleman as head
coach.?QB Moe Malugen, ATH Zac Brooks,LB's
Terrence Greer and Brad Shearin are key players to keep your eyes
on this year. The Hurricane are looking for a spark this season after coming out
slow against Class 5A Greene County Tech last week,?winning 24-19.?? Key Stat: Coach
Randy Coleman led the Hurricane to their best season since 1982 last year. Coleman
has a record of 17-5 at Jonesboro.
Conway very well could be this
year's sleeper team in Class 7A. The Wampus Cats defeated FS
Southside last week by the score of 53-25. The Cats are loaded with
top talent this year including QB Micah Delph, WR's
Desmond Cox, Jalen Jones, Brandon Cox,
and a host of others.?Marquez Massey will do big things?on defense along with Tererence Cartwright, Corven Alexander, and a host of others.?? Key Stat: The Wampus
cats have 15 returning starters in the second year of Coach Clint Ashcraft's new system.?
Brandon Kirkpatrick's Pick: Conway by 14 | Kyle O'Neal's Pick: Conway by 17 | Luke Matheson's Pick: Conway by 16
The Pioneers rolled over
Newport last week by the score of 41-14. On offense, they will use
the play of QB Storm Tipton RB Cody
Vaughn, ATH Michael Showalter, WR's Michael Shellenberger and Frank Ramirez, as well as a host
of others. Defensively, keep your eyes on?Darius?Johnson, Chance Rogers,
Tipton, Showalter, Evan Fry, Dillon James and Keaton
Thacker.?? Key Stat: The Pioneers gave up 17 points per game last year.
Searcy is a team on the move in
Class 6A since the addition of Coach Tim Harper. The Lions
steamrolled North Pulaski last week 56-0. Offensively, QB Desmond
Stegall, RB's Jacob Mowrer and Hayden Mercer, WR's B.J. Slaughter?and Bear Davidson are some to
keep your eyes on. Defensively, the Lions are led by stout
linebackers Mike Brown and Charles Birmingham. Slaughter, Andrew Moore, and Steven Seitz are
playmakers in the secondary.?? Key Stat: The Lions won the same amount of games last year under
new coach Tim Harper, than they did in the previous four years combined.
Brandon Kirkpatrick's Pick:? Batesville by 10 | Kyle O'Neal's Pick:? Batesville by?14 | Luke Matheson's Pick:? Searcy by 8
#9 (Class 3A) Bald Knob vs #10 (Class 4A) Newport
- Friday, September 10th
The Bulldogs graduated a lot of
talent off of last year's 13-1 team, but they showed they still have
some talent after beating Pochahontas last week 48-17. Cordell Crisp
lines up at QB this year, while Steven Merrill moved to RB from his
WR position last year. Trey Gavine,?Jordan
Johnson,?Terrell Woods, Cody Whitmire, and Joey Miller all line
up at WR. Zach Shoebottom, Caleb McBride, Cody Davis and
others?lock down the lines, while?DiAndre Woods, Tyler Wallace,
Miller,?Woods, and Trey Gavin lock?down at linebackers and in the secondary.?? Key Stat: The Bulldogs set the state
records for interceptions last year, picking off 37 passes over the length of the season.
The?Greyhounds fell to
Class 5A Batesville last week by the score of 41-14, and hope to
pick up a win against?a salty Bald Knob team this Friday night.
QB Michael Reynolds will lead the team, but ATH and Ole Miss
commitment?Artez Brown is the man to watch. Quadarius
Ross, Frank Brown, and?Jacoby Williams?are to
be watched in the backfield, while Robbie Balentine, Dallas Luce, and
Grant Black? are the WR's. Ross, Brown, Devante Neal, Denzel Taylor, and Kordre Taylor are
players to watch on defense.?? Key Stat: The Greyhounds move into a new
conference this year, and hope to earn their first conference title since 2007.
Brandon Kirkpatrick's Pick:? Newport by 7 | Kyle O'Neal's Pick: Bald Knob by 2 | Luke Matheson's Pick:? Bald Knob by 6