Friday, December 18, 2009

2009 - Final Football Week

We were 4 for 4 in picking playoff winners last week. Congratulations on championships to Shiloh Christian (4A) and Junction City (2A). Both will begin 2010 as 2-time defending state champions looking to 3-peat. Fountain Lake prevailed over Harding Academy while Prescott took out Rivercrest.

As most of you know, the 3A state final venue shifts from War Memorial to UCA's Estes Stadium. We started the playoffs believing that Fountain Lake would be hoisting the trophy at season's end. Nothing in the extended playoffs has changed our thoughts on this. If you can make it to Conway, we think that these two teams will put on an exciting game for you with the Cobras winning a close one.

Have a great weekend! Hopefully, football will be part of it.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

2009 - Playoff Week 5 Shootout Pick

We were 3 for 3 in picking winners of the state finals last week. Congratulations to Springdale Har-Ber (7A), El Dorado (6A), and Monticello (5A) on your championships. We're sure that you are happy to start the '10s with the target on your back.

When the season started, we KNEW that this week was the final weekend of high school football in Arkansas.  As the story unfolded, we get one more week (well, one more game).  The state finals this week are, of course, our picks for the games of the week.  The 4A championship features Shiloh Christian against an excellent Lonoke team.  We picked Shiloh when the playoffs were kicking off, and we look for the Saints to bring another trophy to Springdale to go with the hardware from Har-Ber.  The 2A finals feature a rematch of Bearden and Junction City.  Bearden scraped by Junction City in the regular season, but we are going with the Dragons who are trying to win back-to-back state titles.

The semifinal games in 3A should entertaining if you can't make it to War Memorial. Harding Academy will travel to Fountain Lake while Rivercrest visits Prescott. I think we will see Fountain Lake and Prescott in UCA's Estes Stadium next weekend.

Have a great weekend! Hopefully, football will be part of it.

Friday, December 4, 2009

2009 - Playoff Week 4 Shootout Pick

Our pick for the Shootout of the Week last weekend was one of the best high school football games I have witnessed since last year's 5A state championship game between Pulaski Academy and Helena-West Helena. Nashville and Shiloh Christian both had defensive touchdowns, big plays on offense, and "special" special teams. We are sure that the Scrappers are wondering how they lost that game after the way the first 18 minutes went. We are also sure that the Saints are wondering how they won the game after the first 18 minutes.

Having said all that, we don't know how we could pick games other than the state championship games as our picks for games of the week. The 7A state championship game again features two 7A West rivals (Springdale Har-Ber and Ft. Smith Southside) on Saturday afternoon. Har-Ber plays a lot more physical defense than most realize and we think that mentality will carry the Wildcats to their first state title. The 6A title game will be a battle between El Dorado and Pine Bluff. We think that El Dorado has consistently been the best team in this class all year and feel that they will hoist the trophy in War Memorial. Finally, in the 5A championship, Monticello takes on Camden Fairview Friday night. We believe that Monticello will finish off the perfect 14-0 season in a close one over the Cards.

If you decide that you just can't make it to Little Rock, there will be another great matchup in Springdale weekend as Bald Knob looks to extend their dream season for one more week. They face a tough opponent (Shiloh Christian) in order to keep those perfect season hopes alive. Does Shiloh have anything left in the tank after that battle with Nashville? Have a great weekend! Hopefully, football will be part of it.