Tuesday, December 1, 2015

2015 Playoffs Week #4 Match-ups

It is hard to believe that it is Championship Week in the 2015 Arkansas high school football  season for classes 5A, 6A, and 7A. The other three classifications are playing semi-final games this week. The state championship game capsules with date and game time are below. Below the game capsules, you will find with our picks for winners of the class 2A-4A semi-final games in BOLD. The semi-final games will all be played at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 4.


7A
  • Springdale Har-Ber vs. Fayetteville
    • Saturday, December 5
    • 6:30 pm
    • War Memorial Stadium (Little Rock)
The Har-Ber Wildcats and Fayetteville Bulldogs will travel from Northwest Arkansas to Little Rock to play a rematch of the game that decided the 7A West title earlier this year. Har-Ber won the regular season match-up in a 47-43 thriller. Fayetteville is very familiar with the environs as they play in their 5th state championship game in the last 6 years. The Wildcats are looking for the first title since 2009. We look for another great game to match the regular season tilt.

OUR PICK: Har-Ber over Fayetteville in a 45-42 game.

As a curiosity, why must these teams (separated by 10 miles) travel an average of 150 miles to Little Rock to play a 6:30 pm Saturday kickoff?


6A
  • Greenwood vs. Pine Bluff
    • Saturday, December 5
    • 12:00 pm
    • War Memorial Stadium (Little Rock)
The 6A game has all the makings of an instant classic in War Memorial this weekend as the Greenwood Bulldogs and Pine Bluff Zebras have been pointing toward this game all season. Both teams have dominated competition during the regular season and continued that trend through the playoffs. Pine Bluff is looking to defend the 2014 state title while Greenwood is attempting to win its 7th title in Coach Rick Jones 12th season at the helm.

OUR PICK: Greenwood over Pine Bluff in a 52-45 game.


5A
  • Pulaski Academy vs. Little Rock McClellan
    • Friday, December4
    • 7:00 pm
    • War Memorial Stadium (Little Rock)
The 5A state championship also features a regular season conference rematch as the Pulaski Academy Bruins take on the Little McClellan Lions. The Bruins won the earlier game 41-30 - their closest contest this season. The Lions are riding high as this is their deepest playoff run since the mid-1990's. Pulaski Academy looks to extend a 26 game winning streak and cap it off with back-to-back state titles.

OUR PICK: Pulaski Academy over McClellan in a 48-28 game.


4A
  • Arkadelphia @ Prairie Grove
  • Pea Ridge @ Nashville


3A
  • Rivercrest @ Smackover
  • Prescott @ Harding Academy


2A
  • England @ Rison
  • Conway Christian @ McCrory

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