Booneville, Osce­ola meet for 3A ti­tle

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HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK No. 2 Osce­ola vs. No. 1 Booneville

This is the first meet­ing since a 2008 sec­ond-round play­off game when 4-3A cham­pion Osce­ola booted Booneville 34-21.

Osce­ola ad­vanced to that year's semi­fi­nals be­fore los­ing at even­tual Class 4A state cham­pion Shiloh Chris­tian.

Osce­ola makes its first state fi­nal ap­pear­ance since los­ing the 1998 Class AAAA fi­nal to Alma 14-12.

The Semi­noles won the 1997 Class AA ti­tle (2827 over McGe­hee) and the 1995 Class AAA (27-0 against Wat­son Chapel).

Out­right 3-3A cham­pion Osce­ola, which scores 44.4 points per game, ripped Ri­son 37-28 a week ago, deal­ing the Wild­cats their first loss.

Dy­namic sopho­more quar­ter­back Kam Turner (1,550 yards pass­ing and 22 touch­downs, 922 rush­ing yards and 16 scores) racked up 401 yards and six scores against Ri­son.

Turner has rushed for 108 yards or more four of Osce­ola's past five out­ings.

Ju­nior run­ning back J.D. Winda (639 rush­ing yards and seven touch­downs) av­er­ages more than nine yards per carry.

Ju­nior re­ceiver Greg Hooks leads Osce­ola in re­cep­tions (42), yards (812) and touch­downs (10).

The Osce­ola of­fen­sive line is an­chored by Ja­son Ugalde and Jalin Alexan­der.

De­fen­sive whiz Jariq Scales (118 tack­les, 18 for losses) sparks the Osce­ola de­fense, which al­lows just 18 points per game.

Booneville plays for its first state ti­tle since beat­ing War­ren 14-12 for the 2013 Class 4A cham­pi­onship.

The 14-0 Bearcats have been ranked No. 1 in Class 3A since Hooten's Arkansas Foot­ball came out in June.

Booneville's stellar de­fense (al­lows 13 points per game) forced the game's only turnover in last week's 34-31 semi­fi­nal win over Prescott when line­backer Cam Brasher in­ter­cepted a pass in­side his 3-yard line.

The Prescott game fea­tured seven lead changes. Booneville se­nior full­back Car­son Ray, who has rushed for more than 1,400 yards and 20 touch­downs this year, ram­bled for 130 yards and four scores against Prescott.

Ju­nior run­ning back An­drew Robert­son added 147 yards, bounc­ing out­side for long gains.

Ju­nior quar­ter­back Evan Sch­linker's 14 touch­down passes this year is a sin­gle-sea­son school record.

Se­nior re­ceiver Ethan Dobbs tests de­fenses ver­ti­cally. Se­nior cen­ter Sammy Haynes show­cases top tech­nique.

Ju­niors Cort Mizell and Ethan Pir­raglia blast open holes in the run­ning game.

Se­nior end Noah Reyes has recorded more than 30 tack­les for loss this fall, with 10 sacks.

Se­nior Mar­cus Ni­chols logged 19 tack­les for loss at tackle and end. Ray and Brasher flock to the ball at line­backer.

LAST WEEK cor­rectly pre­dicted both win­ners (100 per­cent) of games in­volv­ing Class 3A schools. has cor­rectly picked 261 of 304 win­ners (86 per­cent) of games in­volv­ing Class 3A schools for the sea­son.

Week 15 pre­dic­tion

Osce­ola vs. BOONEVILLE (2): See Game of the Week.

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