|5.||Central Arkansas Christian||94.2|
|12.||Pulaski Oak Grove||92.5|
|26.||East Poinsett Co.||85.3|
With all that talent, Bruins are AAA's No. 1 team
Pulaski Academy's curse is an inability to string three wins together in postseason play. Heading into the 2001 state playoffs, the Coach Kirby Norwood's Bruins were the No. 1 team in the state according to Rich's Power System. Three weeks later, before they were able to reach the semifinals, the Bruins had been bumped out of the picture. Kevin Kelley, Pulaski Academy's offensive coordinator under Norwood, hopes to change the trend. Seven starters on both sides of the football and the state's most highly acclaimed quarterback, Adam Thrash, make Pulask Academy the team to beat in 2003. Last year's state finalists, two-time champion Warren and runner-up Rivercrest, look to be the most viable challengers. Warren's playoff success stretches to 10 consecutive postseason victories. While the Lumberjacks' success is recent, Rivercrest is the bastion of historical achievement: The Colts have earned 21 consecutive playoff berths and have had 22 winning seasons in a row. Prescott is a dangerous postseason team, boasting a 37-11 playoff record. The Curley Wolves will be tested in the 7AAA Conference and a team to avoid on the playoff bracket. RPS has some surprises, too, including fifth-ranked Central Arkansas Christian. The Mustangs posted their first winning football campaign in eight years and return 17 starters from an 8-3 club that lost only to PA, Brinkley and Dover. First on CAC's list of "things to do," though, is to win its first playoff game. Stand-bys Nashville, Dollarway, Newport and Booneville fill out the next four spots with Gosnell, a club that won 12 straight games before losing to eventual champion Warren, rounding out the top 10. Also be on the lookout for 11th-ranked Berryville, favored to beat out Shiloh Christian for the 1AAA Conference title; No. 12 Pulaski Oak Grove, a heavy favorite to win the 5AAA Conference; and Brinkley, the team most likely to pick up the pieces in the 6AAA Conference if PA should inexplicably crumble.
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