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HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK No. 1 Prescott at No. 6 Glen Rose Win­ner likely wins league ti­tle. These teams have won or shared the league cham­pi­onship ev­ery year since 2010.

Prescott has won four of the past six meet­ings, but Glen Rose elim­i­nated Prescott in the 2012 Class 3A semi­fi­nals. Prescott's 20-17 win last year was one of its two wins de­cided by 11 points or less.

Prescott has not al­lowed a point in 14 straight quar­ters, in­clud­ing shutouts in its first three con­fer­ence games.

The Cur­ley Wolves have won 24 con­sec­u­tive con­fer­ence games and 21 straight over­all.

This is likely Prescott's last test un­til the state semi­fi­nals.

Glen Rose has not lost to a league op­po­nent other than Prescott since 2014.

Sopho­more QB J.T. Tow­ers made his sea­son de­but last week, com­plet­ing seven of 12 passes for 58 yards and two TDs in a 51-14 win at Bis­marck.

Se­nior Jarred Rogers started the first five games at QB be­fore mov­ing to re­ceiver last week and catch­ing two TDs. WEEK 7 PRE­DIC­TIONS (fa­vored team in CAPS fol­lowed by point spread)

1-3A CLIN­TON (10) at Elkins: Both 3-0 in league play. Clin­ton rushed for 286 yards and five TDs, both sea­son-highs, in last week's 39-12 win over Mel­bourne.

Elkins sprinted for a sea­son-best 226 yards rush­ing and four TDs last week against Mar­shall. Elkins beat Clin­ton 28-14 last year, when they shared the 1-3A ti­tle with Moun­tain View.

Clin­ton's tal­ented de­fen­sive line looks to dis­rupt Elkins' of­fense.

MOUN­TAIN VIEW (3) at Green Forest: Moun­tain View stacked 406 yards (333 rush­ing) last week's 34-28 win over Green­land. Moun­tain View forced three turnovers and con­verted two of three fourth downs.

Green Forest got TDs from Jor­dan Zepeda-Ma­haf­fey and Jose Her­nan­dez in last week's 44-21 loss at Yel­lville-Sum­mit.

Mar­shall at GREEN­LAND (2): Both are 0-3 in league play and likely miss the playoffs. Green­land se­nior QB Austin An­der­son passed for a sea­son-high 348 yards and tied his sea­son-high with three TDs in last week's 34-28 loss at Moun­tain View.

Green­land should be able to outscore Mar­shall (18 points per game). Mar­shall looks to end a 14-game los­ing skid.

The Bob­cats have won twice in its past 24 con­fer­ence games. Green­land out­gunned Mar­shall last year 46-43.

Yel­lville-Sum­mit at MEL­BOURNE (7): This could de­cide home-field ad­van­tage in the first round of the playoffs.

Yel­lville-Sum­mit has won back-to-back, beat­ing Green Forest last Fri­day 44-21 on home­com­ing. Yel­lville QB Tyler Ramey threw three TD passes to push the Panthers past Green Forest.

Pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Mel­bourne sur­ren­dered six tack­les for loss (four sacks) in last week's 39-12 at Clin­ton.

Look for Mel­bourne's po­tent pass­ing at­tack to chal­lenge Yel­lville's ex­pe­ri­enced sec­ondary (three re­turn­ing starters).

2-3A MAYFLOWER (3) at Hard­ing Academy: Hard­ing Academy needs a win to keep its con­fer­ence ti­tle hopes alive. Hard­ing Academy QB Davis Mor­gan passed for 409 yards and five TDs in last week's 45-28 win over Cedar Ridge.

Three Hard­ing re­ceivers sur­passed 100 yards. Mayflower (6-0) al­ready owns tiebreak­ers over teams Bald Knob and Barton.

Mayflower led Rose Bud 50-0 at half­time last Fri­day.

BARTON (2) at Bald Knob: Win­ner likely earns No. 2 play­off seed and home play­off game.

Barton recorded its sec­ond shutout of the sea­son last week, 43-0 at Mar­i­anna. Bald Knob led Epis­co­pal 37-0 in the third quar­ter last week.

Barton boasts more team speed, but beefy Bald Knob is big­ger and likes it phys­i­cal.

Rose Bud at CEDAR RIDGE (7): Loser likely misses the playoffs.

Rose Bud (down to 21 var­sity play­ers) strug­gled to a sea­son-low 148 yards, and sur­ren­dered 352 rush­ing yards, last week at Mayflower. Cedar Ridge gains 7 yards per rush this year.

Mar­i­anna at EPIS­CO­PAL (6): Likely the last chance for ei­ther to win a con­fer­ence game. Mar­i­anna has not scored in nine quar­ters.

Epis­co­pal was one of nine on third downs last week, and failed to con­vert on three fourth-down at­tempts.

Epis­co­pal skill play­ers likely make enough plays to win.

3-3A

NEW­PORT (14) at Corn­ing: New­port man­aged just 148 yards in a 51-12 loss last week at Pig­gott. Corn­ing has lost 17 straight con­fer­ence games since maul­ing Manila 40-24 in 2014. New­port blanked Corn­ing 55-0 a year ago. Look for the Grey­hounds' quick de­fense to again sti­fle Corn­ing.

RIVERCREST (17) at Wal­nut Ridge: Wal­nut Ridge's Home­com­ing game was ru­ined last week by Osce­ola 35-14. The ball-con­scious Bob­cats have com­mit­ted only five turnovers this year. Rivercrest outscored Hoxie 22-7 in the fourth quar­ter last week in a 43-33 vic­tory. Three Rivercrest Colts rushed for 71 yards or more. Rivercrest's big of­fen­sive line and team speed wins an­other one this week.

PIG­GOTT (7) at Manila: Three in­jured two-way starters re­turned in Pig­got's 51-12 win over New­port. The win snapped a two-game los­ing streak. "I think it (losses to Osce­ola and Rivercrest) was ex­actly what we needed," Coach Michael Har­rell says. "It re­fo­cused and hum­bled us." Manila needs a win to make its third straight play­off ap­pear­ance.

Hoxie at OSCE­OLA (3): Osce­ola al­lows 6.6 points in 3-3A play, but Hoxie scores 37 points against league foes. Osce­ola, un­de­feated in league play, still must play Hoxie, at New­port and at Rivercrest re­main. Hoxie lost at Rivercrest last week 43-33 de­spite lead­ing 33-28 in the fourth pe­riod.

Hoxie al­lowed Rivercrest 327 yards (eight YPC). How Hoxie pass pro­tects against a tal­ented

Osce­ola de­fen­sive line likely de­cides this game.

4-3A CHARLESTON (10) at La­mar: Charleston lost two years ago at La­mar 38-20. Univer­sity of Arkansas re­ceiver com­mit Sean Michael Flana­gan and three other two-way starters re­turn this week for Charleston. Flana­gan has missed two straight games with a shoul­der in­jury. Charleston shut out Two Rivers 44-0 last week. La­mar couldn't over­come a 21-0 half­time deficit in last week's 29-21 loss at Per­ryville. La­mar en­joyed its best pass­ing night (120 yards and two TDs) of the sea­son at Per­ryville.

Paris at PER­RYVILLE (10): Per­ryville passed for a sea­son-best 140 yards and two TDs in last week's 29-21 win over La­mar. Paris pounded Per­ryville 34-6 last year, but is just 1-2 in the league this sea­son after a 54-20 loss to Atkins last week.

Cedarville at ATKINS (14): Cedarville forced six Mans­field turnovers in last week's 18-12 win. Cedarville run­ning back Tate LaRue rushed for 117 yards and a TD. Atkins recorded its sea­son-high 52 points last week against Paris. Atkins re­ceiver Trey Davis cor­ralled three passes for 104 yards and two TDs.

5-3A

PRESCOTT (12) at Glen Rose: See Hootens.com Game of the Week. HAR­MONY GROVE HASKELL (7) at Cen­ter­point: Har­mony Grove Haskell en­joyed its "best per­for­mance," in last week's 27-20 win over Jessieville, coach Paul Cal­ley says.

Haskell rushed for a sea­son-best 152 yards (4.9 YPC) and Jake Brooks in­ter­cepted two passes for the Car­di­nals. Cen­ter­point lost five fum­bles last week and rushed for just 24 yards in a 31-14 loss at Gur­don. Cen­ter­point bested Har­mony Grove Haskell 34-18 last year.

Gur­don at JESSIEVILLE (2): Play­off po­si­tion­ing on the line. Jessieville did not al­low a sack last week for the first time all sea­son, but com­mited four turnovers in last week's 27-20 loss at Har­mony Grove Haskell.

Gur­don snapped a three-game los­ing streak last week with a 31-14 win over Cen­ter­point. Jessieville downed Gur­don 47-21 last year.

6-3A

FORDYCE (1) at Smack­over: Both 3-0 in league play. Fordyce seeks its 14th straight con­fer­ence win. The Red­bugs have won four straight fol­low­ing an 0-2 start, rolling up a sea­son-best 496 yards in last week's 38-18 win over Lake Village. Smack­over al­lows 10 points per con­fer­ence game.

Fordyce's im­prov­ing skill play­ers give it a slight edge.

JUNCTION CITY (31) at Lake Village: Junction City se­nior QB Shu­vas­ceiaye Fra­zier (624 yards, 12 TDs with three INTs) has not thrown an in­ter­cep­tion the past two Fri­days.

JC posted its sec­ond shutout last week 50-0 over Fouke. Lake Village has to­taled 26 points in con­sec­u­tive losses to Smack­over and Fordyce the past two weeks.

MCGEHEE (7) at Fouke: Fouke has won the past two meet­ings with McGehee, but is 0-3 in con­fer­ence play this fall. Fouke's losses are to Smack­over, Fordyce and Junction City, teams with a com­bined record of 14-4.

McGehee missed the playoffs last year but likely re­turns with a de­fense al­low­ing just 241 yards and 21 points weekly. Three McGehee RBs av­er­age 12 car­ries or more per week.

DREW CEN­TRAL (3) at Genoa Cen­tral: Nei­ther team likely makes the playoffs. Drew Cen­tral has lost 16 straight con­fer­ence games and the past six meet­ings with Genoa Cen­tral, in­clud­ing 15-14 last year. Genoa Cen­tral has thrown six in­ter­cep­tions but no TDs this year. Drew Cen­tral's im­proved strength looks to pres­sure Genoa Cen­tral into more turnovers.

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