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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 cor­rectly picked 37 of 41 games (90 per­cent) in­volv­ing Class 3A teams. For the sea­son, 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 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).

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