Pre­dic­tions made on this week's 2A con­tests.

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HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK No. 8 Fore­man at No. 1 Mount Ida Two of the three un­beaten teams left in Class 2A clash for the 7-2A cham­pi­onship. Likely a short game with a pair of run-heavy of­fenses and two of the stiffer de­fenses in the state.

Ju­nior quar­ter­back Cade Jack­son op­er­ates de­fend­ing state cham­pion Mount Ida's Veer that av­er­ages 9 yards per carry. Jack­son has rushed for 329 yards, passed for 321 yards and four touch­downs with­out an in­ter­cep­tion.

Se­nior RB Cade Helms and ju­nior Gage Dyer have rushed for 286 and 344 yards, re­spec­tively, be­hind se­nior line­men Caleb Wood­field, Gun­ner Gil­bert and Brody Davis. Helms paces the a de­fense that al­lows 6.6 ppg with 48 tack­les at line­backer, while Woodl­field has 30 stops (two sacks) from his tackle slot.

For Fore­man, ju­nior QB Kyren Batey trig­gers a Flexbone that av­er­ages 360 yards per game (12.5 yards per rush) with a team-high 649 rush­ing yards and 14 TDs.

Batey av­er­ages 19 yards per at­tempt, while ju­nior full­back Chase Boyd cov­ers 6.6 yards per tote be­hind se­nior cen­ter/DL Lo­gan Lind­sey, se­nior guard Tyler Nel­son, fresh­man guard Bubba Ke­g­ley, se­nior tackle Dar­ian Groves and se­nior tackle KJ Green.

Seven Ga­tors have posted more than 20 tack­les for a de­fense that al­lows 7.2 ppg.

WEEK 7 (fa­vored team in CAPS fol­lowed by point spread)

3-2A

Rec­tor at CROSS COUNTY (26): Cross County gets its shot at No. 7 and league front-run­ner Earle next week at home. The Thun­der­birds have ripped off three straight wins against teams in the bot­tom half of the 3-2A. Make that four straight.

Mid­land at EARLE (49): No. 7 Earle likely owns the most team speed in Class 2A.

Even when an op­po­nent wins at the point of at­tack, get­ting past the sec­ond wave of Earle de­fend­ers is rare. Earle's de­fense al­lows 10.3 ppg.

Salem at E. POIN­SETT COUNTY (12): EPC gave up 222 pass­ing yards and four pass­ing TDs last week in a 19-point loss at 6-2A mem­ber Des Arc.

Salem just al­lowed 367 rush­ing yards to Cross County in a 20-14 loss. MARKED TREE is open.

4-2A

Hack­ett at DANVILLE (6): No. 16 Hack­ett can force a three-way tie atop the league stand­ings with an up­set of No. 9 Danville, which has im­proved weekly. Danville ju­nior RB Quentin Tol­bert ran for 313 yards and three TDs last week in a 27-12 win over Mag­a­zine be­hind 11 com­bined pan­cake blocks from ju­nior line­men Jar­rique Hin­ton and Doug Harper.

Ju­nior Evan Lane caught two TD passes and re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 50 yards for a TD. Hack­ett coun­ters with steady ju­nior QB Brady Hester, who ac­counted for five TDs last week against Decatur. Hester com­pleted six of nine passes for 139 yards and three TDs and ran for two more scores.

Ju­nior DT Roland Smith (nine tack­les, two TFL, one sack) paced a Hack­ett de­fense that lim­ited Decatur to 59 yards. Danville won this slugfest 32-22 a year ago.

JC WEST­SIDE (10) at Decatur: Decatur dresses 15 play­ers, while J.C. West­side keeps its play­off hopes alive with Mag­a­zine and Western Yell com­ing to Coal Hill the next two weeks.

LAVACA (2) at Mag­a­zine: Mag­a­zine gave up 493 yards (267 in the first quar­ter) and threw three in­ter­cep­tions in last week's 15-point loss (trailed 27-0 at half­time) to league-lead­ing Danville.

The Rat­tlers need a much faster start this week against Lavaca and its se­nior play­maker, Ryan Dock­ery.

MOUN­TAIN­BURG (22) at Western Yell County: If the 4-2A race plays out as ex­pected, Moun­tain­burg would earn the sec­ond play­off seed and en­joy a fa­vor­able first-round draw against the fourth seed from the 5-2A.

5-2A

POYEN (9) at Bigelow: No. 24 Poyen cel­e­brated home­com­ing last week with a 38-6 win over Cut­ter Morn­ing Star that might have been more lop­sided. Af­ter an 0-5 start, Poyen could win three straight be­fore play­ing host to league-lead­ing Hec­tor Week 9. Poyen ran away from CMS last week by av­er­ag­ing 7.7 yards per carry with se­nior Max Nan­ne­mann tot­ing a teamhigh 20 times for 169 yards and a TD.

Quit­man at CON­WAY CHRIS­TIAN (12): It's home­com­ing at CC, which last week could not slow down Eng­land se­nior QB Dar­rius Clark­son (33 car­ries for 253 yards and two TDs). CC still won 37-32, but it misses ju­nior fea­ture 'back Luke Gates (an­kle).

Quit­man coun­ters with im­prov­ing se­nior quar­ter­back Don­avon Fo­ley and multi-pur­pose re­ceiver Trey Love­lady

(15 yards per re­cep­tion).

ENG­LAND (36) at Cut­ter M. Star: CMS dressed 15 last week in a 32-point loss at Poyen, while Eng­land's Dar­rius Clark­son ac­counted for 329 yards and two TDs in a five-point loss to Con­way Chris­tian. Tough matchup for CMS.

HEC­TOR (8) at Mag­net Cove: Early-sea­son non-con­fer­ence tests vs Bear­den and Class 3A Paris should pay off the next three weeks as Hec­tor tries to claim its fourth con­fer­ence ti­tle in the past five years. Af­ter a trip to MC, Hec­tor plays host to Eng­land and trav­els to Poyen.

Mag­net Cove also played a dif­fi­cult non-con­fer­ence sched­ule with losses to up­start Parkers Chapel, and Class 3A Cen­terpoint and Har­mony Grove Haskell. MC al­ready owns a vic­tory over de­fend­ing league champ Eng­land, 31-30 Week 4.

MC av­er­ages 318 rush­ing yards per game and 6 yards per carry, paced by se­nior RB James But­ler (7.5 ypc, six TDs).

Ju­nior Grant Eskola has at­tempted 25 passes this year while quar­ter­back­ing first-year HC Caleb Carmikle's Flexbone.

6-2A

MCCRORY (36) at Clarendon: Clarendon has had two weeks to pre­pare, and the Lions de­ploy speedy play­mak­ers, but can they slow McCrory's 5-11, 210-pound se­nior RB (run­ning beast) Devin Tay­lor (1,401 yards, 23 TDs)?

Marvell at DES ARC (42): Des Arc re­turns to run­ning the foot­ball this week af­ter pass­ing 3-2A mem­ber EPC 47-28 last week with 222 pass­ing yards and four TDs.

Carlisle at PALES­TINE-WHEAT­LEY (26): P-W eyes play­off po­si­tion­ing, while Carlisle tries to re­group af­ter mus­ter­ing just 26 yards and one first down (by penalty) last week in a 49-point loss to ri­val Hazen.

Hazen has crushed Carlisle three of the past four years by a com­bined 144-26.

BRINK­LEY and HAZEN are open.

7-2A

Fore­man at MOUNT IDA (2): See Game of the Week.

Spring Hill at MOUN­TAIN PINE (24): The turn­around story of Class 2A, maybe the state, takes an­other step to­ward the No. 3 play­off seed af­ter record­ing one win dur­ing the pre­vi­ous five sea­sons.

Moun­tain Pine ral­lied from a three­p­oint half­time deficit last week and surged past Murfrees­boro 61-40.

MP sopho­more QB Collin Smith ran for 198 yards and two TDs, while se­nior RB Dafavi­oun Hay­wood rushed for 150 yards and two TDs.

MP con­verted six of seven times on third down and never punted. Se­nior LB Carter Chap­man paces the de­fense with 64 tack­les.

Murfrees­boro at MIN­ERAL SPRINGS (2): Two proud pro­grams and old ri­vals, but both en­dur­ing hard times.

MS notched its first win last week by outscor­ing win­less Dierks 40-22.

Murfrees­boro has not been able to outscore an op­po­nent, yet, giv­ing up the most points (51.5 ppg) in Class 2A.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY (8) at Dierks: Win­less Dierks al­lows 44 ppg, while one-win LC sur­ren­ders 42 ppg.

8-2A

CAM­DEN HAR­MONY GROVE (19) at Bear­den: No. 11 Bear­den es­caped Parkers Chapel with an 8-6 win last week with se­nior QB/S Tyler Berry (two INTs) and se­nior LB Gage Word (eight tack­les) mak­ing just enough plays to avoid the up­set.

Third-ranked Cam­den Har­mony Grove ham­mered Wood­lawn 64-21. The HG start­ing de­fense has al­lowed 21 points since the sea­son-open­ing loss to Class 3A Smack­over.

Ju­nior WR/S Ken­trell Hill has in­ter­cepted five passes and forced four fum­bles. Har­mony Grove av­er­ages 50 ppg in league ac­tion.

Ju­nior QB Gan­non Beard has run and passed for 1,000 yards with Hill haul­ing in four TD passes.

Se­nior RB Jor­dan Hicks has topped 500 rush­ing yards, while class­mate Jace Gar­cia has car­ried for 390 yards.

Parkers Chapel at RI­SON (24): No. 2 Ri­son de­feated the Cam­den JV last week, but the win did not count on its record be­cause Ri­son ac­cepted 13 points from a for­feit from 8-2A mem­ber Her­mitage.

PC dropped a TD pass and hit the right up­right on a 21-yard field-goal at­tempt in the fourth quar­ter, los­ing to Bear­den 8-6.

HAMP­TON (33) at Wood­lawn: No. 5 Hamp­ton plays two quar­ter­backs. Ju­nior QB Brown­ing Welch started and stayed be­hind cen­ter last week in a 33-16 win at Strong. Ju­nior QB Elian Martinez has rushed for a team-high 420 yards and six TDs. Se­nior LB DD Stephens has col­lected a team-high 43 tack­les, in­clud­ing 10 TFL.

STRONG is open.

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