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GAME OF THE WEEK No. 2 Charleston
at Class 4A No. 8 Ozark Charleston has won 13 consecutive regular-season games and four in a row against Class 4A rival Ozark.
Charleston last lost a regular-season game on October 30, 2015 to Booneville.
Charleston’s Sean Michael Flanagan, a University of Arkansas commit, returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and returned a punt to set up another score in last week’s 42-6 win over Episcopal Collegiate.
Charleston has outscored opponents 22-0 in the first quarter in 2017.
Ozark is 2-0 in 2017 behind junior quarterback Dawson Dietz (19 of 33 passing for 396 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions) and sophomore playmakers Bryant Burns (seven catches for 165 yards) and Daniel Woolsey (149 yards rushing with a TD).
Senior Baylor Ree and junior Hayden Sanders pace the defense with 19 tackles apiece.
LAST WEEK Hootens.com correctly picked 37 of 41 games (90 percent) involving Class 3A teams. For the season, hootens.com has correctly predicted 69 of 86 games (80 percent). WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS (favored team in CAPS followed by point spread)
3-3A Corning at E. POINSETT COUNTY (12): Corning has lost 10 straight non-conference games, dating to Week 1 2014.
Three of those losses have come to Class 2A East Poinsett County, by an average of 25 points. East Poinsett County gains nearly seven yards per carry through two weeks.
Gosnell at RIVERCREST (6): This series is 3-3-1 since 2010, with Rivercrest winning at Class 4A Gosnell 32-26 last year. Gosnell (0-2) won nine in a row last fall, including two playoff wins.
Last week, Class 5A Valley View kicked the game-winning field goal against Rivercrest with 1:15 remaining in a game that featured six lead changes.
HARRISBURG (7) at Walnut Ridge: Class 4A Harrisburg has won two of the past three meetings but got hammered by the Bobcats 51-6 a year ago.
Walnut Ridge gains just 2.8 yards per rush in 2017. Last week, East Poinsett County held Walnut Ridge to 169 total yards.
Harrisburg hunts a 3-0 start for the first time since 2011.
PIGGOTT (24) at Rector: Piggott claimed the Clay County Clash the past two years by a combined 79 points.
Last week, ground-and-pound Piggott rushed for 617 yards in a 66-8 win at Portageville, Mo.
Osceola at POCAHONTAS (2): Osceola is 1-1 despite the suspension of four starters prior to the start of school.
Senior Steveuon Fowler starts at defensive end and/or inside linebacker and tight end and/or right tackle.
Pocahontas' size likely challenges Osceola, which lost to the Class 4A Redskins 33-20 last year.
NEWPORT (6) at Lonoke: Newport allows 11 points weekly and looks to start 3-0 for the first time since 2013.
Newport downed Class 4A Lonoke 47-8 last year. These schools were conference rivals from 2010-2015. Newport has won seven of nine over Lonoke.
4-3A CHARLESTON (3) at Ozark: See Hootens.com Game of the Week.
Pocola, Okla. at CEDARVILLE (3): Cedarville doubled Pocola 28-14 last year.
Last week, Cedarville was shut out for the third time in their past 13 games in a 29-0 loss to Class 4A Waldron.
Paris at HECTOR (6): Each team enters following a loss. Class 2A Hector won 8-7 last year in a game shortened by nasty weather.
Hector averages 350 yards per game in 2017, and 6.6 yards per carry.
Mansfield at LINCOLN (1): Mansfield has lost five straight by an average of 24.4 points.
Class 4A Lincoln mauled Mansfield 51-24 in 2016. Last week, Mansfield allowed Greenland to score the last 32 points of a 32-7 loss.
Lamar at MOUNT IDA (10): Defending Class 2A state champion Mount Ida won 14-11 last year at Lamar.
Lamar senior running back Joe Mueller romped 74 yards for a TD last week and has rushed for 286 yards (9.9 YPC) this season.
Lamar shut out Subiaco Academy last Friday for the second straight year, its third such performance since 2016 (shut Two Rivers out 44-0 Week 9 2016).
PERRYVILLE (10) at Poyen: Poyen looks to end a 10-game losing skid, which began with last year’s 16-6 loss at Perryville.
Perryville rushes for 275 yards weekly (5.1 YPC).
5-3A Gurdon at BEARDEN (14): Class 2A Bearden has won three of four in the series, including conference (28-26) and playoff (18-14) wins in 2012.
Gurdon gets a lift from playmakers Antonio Dickens (204 rushing yards and two TDs), Gavin Deaton (104 rush yards and two TDs) and B.J. Brewer (4 catches for 165 yards and two TDs).
BISMARCK (3) at Cutter M. Star: Bismarck stalks its first 3-0 start since 2009.
Class 2A Cutter Morning Star has won three of the past five in this series. The two were conference rivals from 2010-2011.
Camden Harmony Grove at GLEN ROSE (3): Glen Rose has won the past two meetings, topping Class 2A Harmony Grove 35-27 last fall and 35-0 in the 2012 playoffs.
Glen Rose lost last week at Class 4A Bauxite, while Harmony Grove tries to avoid its first 0-3 start since 2014.
Glen Rose's final drive against Bauxite ended at the Miners' 39-yard line with three incomplete passes in the end zone.
CENTERPOINT (6) at Mineral Springs: Centerpoint mashed Class 2A Mineral Springs 42-8 last year. Centerpoint strives to start 3-0 for the third time since 2000 (2015 and 2001).
Centerpoint won an overtime thriller 14-13 last week when they stopped Class 2A Magnet Cove's potential game-winning two-point conversion.
FOREMAN (10) at Horatio: These teams have played Week 3 every year since 2012.
Horatio holds a 3-2 edge in the past five games.
Class 2A Foreman was idle last week while Horatio mauled Class 2A Murfreesboro 42-6, when Horatio dominated the second half 34-6.
Foreman ran wild Week 1 for 265 yards (8 yards per carry) in a 42-14 win over Genoa Central. HARMONY GROVE HASKELL (14) at Magnet Cove: Haskell has won four straight against Class 2A Magnet Cove, by an average of 11 points.
Haskell averaged 334 yards per game in 2016, but have dipped this year to 198 yards weekly.
JESSIEVILLE (24) at Two Rivers: Jessieville lost a high-profile game last week to defending state champ and Class 2A No. 1 Mount Ida 28-6.
Mount Ida limited Jessieville to 214 total yards. Class 2A Danville and Class 4A Dover dominated Two Rivers by a combined 81-0 the first two weeks. Jessieville tormented Two Rivers 47-0 a year ago.
PRESCOTT (11) at Hope: Prescott 5-2 in its past seven meetings with Class 5A Hope, including a 48-28 win last year.
Prescott won its 17th straight last week, 41-20 over Class 2A Camden Harmony Grove.
Prescott offers speed galore at the skill positions. Hope has a short roster.
6-3A MCGEHEE (1) at Crossett: Class 4A Crossett has won two of the past three meetings, but McGehee won a thrilling 7-6 game last year when Cory Smart passed to DeWayne Railey for the win late in regulation.
This has been a onepoint game the past three years.
Dierks at FOUKE (29): Fouke averages 485 total yards with 11.2 yards per carry and has won two straight against Class 2A Dierks, including a wild 45-41 decision last year.
Hermitage at DREW CENTRAL (42): Drew Central snapped a 17-game losing streak last week with a 41-13 win over Class 2A Woodlawn.
Class 2A Hermitage returned to varsity football last week, losing 78-0 at Fouke.
Drew Central hammered Hermitage 33-6 in 2010 in the other meeting of the schools.
Fordyce at MONTICELLO (4): Fordyce has won three of five against Class 5A Monticello, including a 28-14 victory last September.
Fordyce freshman QB Jaheim Brown completed five of 12 passes for 91 yards in a 14-12 loss to Class 2A Hampton last week.
Hampton limited Fordyce to 2.1 yards per carry on 43 totes. FOUNTAIN LAKE (10) at Smackover: coach Mike Baysinger’s Smackover offense scored once against Harding Academy's first-team defense last Friday.
Smackover beat Class 4A Fountain Lake 36-21 last season. GENOA CENTRAL (35) at Spring Hill: These teams are 1-1-1 the past three meetings with Genoa winning 35-0 last year.
Genoa Central rushed for 460 yards last week and four TDs in a 41-27 win over Class 2A Lafayette County.
Haynesville, La. at JUNCTION CITY (7): Junction City allowed 64 yards, stopped 10 of 11 third-down attempts and forced four turnovers last week at England.
Haynesville (1-1) fell to Minden, La. a week ago and has gotten by Junction City the past two seasons, including 30-26 last year.
Lake Village at RISON (22): Lake Village all-conference senior QB Aarion Kilgore accounts for 321 yards weekly (172 passing, 149 rushing) with seven TDs this season.
Rison scored a season-high 58 points at Lake Village last year, the most by the Wildcats since 2011 (65-7 win over Drew Central).