McGEE: ’Hawk kicker Reyes leads league in kick scor­ing

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - SPORTS -

side with five sacks, ty­ing him with Gar­rett Hays of Gen­try. Car­son Rhine is sec­ond in in­ter­cep­tions with three, one back of Gen­try’s Rowdy Smith who to­tals four.

Luis Reyes is the only kicker in the district who has made as many as three field goals, and he also leads the league in kick scor­ing with 41 points. Pat Wil­liams of Shiloh is sec­ond in to­tal scor­ing with 30 points via the boot. Reyes is the sec­ond best con­fer­ence punter with a 34.5 av­er­age, fol­low­ing Green For­est’ Rei­ley Gor­don who sports a 37.7 av­er­age.

4A-1 Foot­ball stand­ings

1. Pea Ridge 6-0 2. Shiloh 6-0 3. Lin­coln 4-2 4. Prairie Grove 4-2 5. Gen­try 2-4 6. Ber­ryville 1-5 7. Gravette 1-5 8. Green For­est 0-6

MaxPreps/CBS 4A State foot­ball poll

This is the last week of reg­u­lar season games, and the last week for un­weighted foot­ball polling.

Ev­ery play­off game has added value when it comes to com­puter polling which will boost teams who make it through it later rounds as op­posed to those who are elim­i­nated early.

The top five in each district, 30 teams in all, make it to the play­offs. The six dis­tricts send six No. 5 seeds up against four No. 1 seeds and two No. 2 seeds in the first round. Two No. 1 teams get byes in the first round, as only 30 teams are named to the 32-team for­mat tour­na­ment.

This for­mat works the same way in the 3A and 2A clas­si­fi­ca­tions, mak­ing brack­ets a five round af­fair. The 7A class in Arkansas takes the top six in each eight team league and has a four round play­off sched­ule with the 6A hav­ing the same pro­ce­dure. The 5A leagues send their top four to the play­offs for a four round play­off.

The pub­lic schools of Ben­tonville will claim an­other 7A league crown this week as Ben­tonville and Ben­tonville West will play each other for the league ti­tle Fri­day. It is a re­peat of 2017 when both teams went un­de­feated in con­fer­ence play to set up a win­ner take all game at season’s end. Ben­tonville won that con­test.

Ben­tonville had been dom­i­nat­ing 7A foot­ball in Arkansas be­fore the school split into two four years ago to form two high schools. The con­ven­tional wis­dom was that Ben­tonville would go the way of Rogers where a split sent a state run­ner up pro­gram to the bot­tom of the 7A West ever since.

In­stead, Ben­tonville and Ben­tonville West have both gone un­de­feated over the past two sea­sons against the other six teams in the 7A West.

Cur­rent 4A Foot­ball poll

1. War­ren 9-0

2. Baux­ite 8-1 3. Robin­son 7-2

4. Shiloh 7-2

5. River­crest 8-1 6. Du­mas 8-1

7. Stuttgart 7-2 8. Nashville 6-2 9. Arkadel­phia 4-5

10. Ozark 7-2

11. Dar­danelle 8-1

12. Ham­burg 7-2

13. West­side 7-2

14. Pea Ridge 7-2

15. He­ber Springs 5-4 16. West He­lena 7-2

17. Har­mony Grove 5-4 18. Gos­nell 5-4

19. Tru­mann 6-3

20. Foun­tain Lake 5-4 21. Elkins 7-2

22. Southside 5-4

23. Star City 3-6

24. Lin­coln 7-2

25. Mena 6-3

26. Ash­down 3-6

27. Lonoke 7-2

28. Cen­tral Arkansas 5-4 29. Prairie Grove 5-4 30. Pottsville 4-5 31. Bald Knob 4-5 32. Poc­a­hon­tas 3-6 33. Cros­sett 3-6 34. DeWitt 3-6 35. Gen­try 2-7 36. Ber­ryville 3-6 37. Malvern 0-9 38. Brook­land 2-7 39. Riverview 2-7 40. High­land 1-8 41. Wal­dron 2-7 42. Cave City 1-8 43. Dover 1-8 44. Su­bi­aco 1-8 45. Mon­ti­cello 0-9 46. Gravette 1-6 47. Mills 0-9 48. Green For­est 1-8

••• Edi­tor’s note: John McGee, an award-win­ning colum­nist, sports writer and art teacher at Pea Ridge el­e­men­tary schools, writes a reg­u­lar sports col­umn for The Times. He can be con­tacted through The Times at prt­news@ nwadg.com.

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