Friday, November 21, 2008

2008 Playoffs - Round 2

7A Playoffs

Har-Ber at Cabot - Cabot has had one of its best seasons since 2001 and have high hopes to make a bid for the state title in three weeks. Har-Ber is having another great season suffering only two losses to the Ft. Smith School District. We like Cabot in this game, but I'm not sure their defense is ready to stop Har-Ber's spread attack. PREDICTION: Cabot 28, Har-Ber 24

Catholic at Southside - This is a rematch of week 1 in which the Rebels took down the Rockets, 22-14. We expect another good game this week as both teams look to be playing their best football. PREDICTION: Southside 14, Catholic 7

Bryant at Bentonville - Bryant shocked the state last week by defeating Springdale with a fourth-string quarterback. We believe this will be a good game, but Bentonville will be too much for the Hornets. PREDICTION: Bentonville 28, Bryant 14

Northside at Russellville - Northside may have one of the best offenses in 7A as they will matchup against a stout Cyclone defense. Russellville knows what its like to play in tight games as 5 of their 9 wins have been by a touchdown or less. Northside will not let this one get that close. PREDICTION: Northside 35, Russellville 14

6A Playoffs

Texarkana at West Memphis - The two-time defending champion is coming to what looks like the class of 6A, West Memphis. The last two years this would have been a great game, but we don't think so this year. PREDICTION: West Memphis 42, Texarkana 14.

Jacksonville at Lake Hamilton - Lake Hamilton has been known to give up a lot of points on occasion; however, they can score a lot of points as well. This one should be over early. PREDICTION: Lake Hamilton 49, Jacksonville 13

Watson Chapel at Pine Bluff - Pine Bluff won the earlier meeting between these conference foes, 48-0. This one should be closer. PREDICTION: Pine Bluff 49, Watson Chapel 7

El Dorado at Jonesboro - Jonesboro is much improved under first year head coach Randy Coleman. El Dorado has big wins this season over Texarkana and Pine Bluff, but just squeaked out a one-point decision over Marion last week. PREDICTION: El Dorado 28, Jonesboro 27

5A Playoffs

Magnolia at Monticello - After early conference losses to Pulaski Academy and Lakeside, Magnolia has reeled off six straight including an overtime win over Central Arkansas Christian last week. Monticello rolled through the 5A SE undefeated and thumped Wynne last week. We like for Magnolia to keep it close until the end. PREDICTION: Monticello 35, Magnolia 21

Siloam Springs at West Helena - Siloam Springs just thought they saw speed last year at Camden-Fairview. Unfortunately for them, they'll have to travel almost six hours to see what may be the overall fastest team ever in Arkansas high school football. PREDICTION: West Helena 63, Siloam Springs 21

Batesville at Greenwood - This will probably be the best game to watch as it pits two of the best head coaches in the state against each other, Rick Jones of Greenwood and Dave King of Batesville. We really like Batesville's defense against the least potent offense that Rick Jones has had as the leader Bulldogs. However, Batesville is going to have to put up some big numbers on the offensive side of the ball to come our of Smith Robinson Stadium with a ticket to the third round. PREDICTION: Batesville 28, Greenwood 27

Beebe at Pulaski Academy - Contrasting styles would be an understatement. Beebe's Dead-T versus Pulaski Academy's one-back and no-back spread. The result of this game hinges on Bruin defense's ability to not allow Beebe to have long drives and get a couple of early stops. PA's going to score, but will they be able to get the ball enough? We say yes. PREDICTION: PA 42, Beebe 21

4A Playoffs
Heber Springs


3A Playoffs
Fountain Lake

Glen Rose

2A Playoffs
Junction City

Des Arc
Mount Ida

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