Alma tabbed to beat arch-rival

We're already 1-0 on our AAAA-West picks. Jim had Ozark to beat Clarksville handily and we'll stand right behind him ... all the way to the edge of the cliff.

Alma at Van Buren - The Pointers return eight starters from a team that

finished 2-8 in 2002 and is under the direction of its third coach in as

many seasons.  Their switch to the Wishbone offense could prove to be a

mistake in its opening game as Alma's hard hitting defense strives to

stop the run.  With Alma returning five defensive starters from last

year's 12-1 semifinalist team, the odds are not stacked in VB's favor.

Look for junior Kyle Goodwin, Alma's halfback, to have a very successful

opening game.........Alma 21, Van Buren 10


Greenbrier at Beebe - The Badgers return only six starters from a very

successful 10-2 team that fell to Alma in the quarterfinals.  With five

of those starters coming back on the defensive side of the ball, expect

Beebe to be tough up front.  Problem is though is that Greenbrier will

attempt to throw the ball.  Brandon Moreland is one of the better

quarterbacks in the conference and will be looking to improve on his

1,300 passing yard performance of 2002, especially since all three

starting receivers return.  The Panthers offense struggled a bit in

scrimmages while the defense did pretty well.  I expect Beebe's

inexperience to show.........Greenbrier 13, Beebe 8


LR Parkview at Greenwood - The Patriots have not been that successful

the last couple years, but have 12 starters returning from a team that

won three games last year while competing in the AAAAA Central.

Greenwood won last year 37-14 and hope to take advantage of Parkview's

lack of a run defense.  Expect the Bulldogs to ground it out to start

the season as they return a good running core of

players.........Greenwood 34, Parkview 15.


Harrison at Prairie Grove - The Tigers tied the Goblins last year at

Crooked Creek and return 12 starters off a team that finished 6-3-2 in

2002.  Prairie Grove returns a strong rushing game to go along with a

veteran defense.  Meanwhile, Harrison returns a tough running back,

senior Justin McCutcheon, to go along with a defense that returns nine

starters.  The Goblins might have another tough time against a team

that's out to prove something, but.........Harrison 15, Prairie Grove 13


Huntsville at Farmington - Farmington made the playoffs in AAA last

year, finishing the season at 5-6.  The Cardinals only return five

starters off that team, and do not have that many seniors.  Huntsville

returns a veteran ball club that features senior Bracken Thompson at the

quarterback position.  The Eagles defeated Farmington by three last

season, its first in the AAAA West.  This year, it shouldn't be that

close.........Huntsville 38, Farmington 15


Russellville at Morrilton - Landon Leach has moved on to the University

of Arkansas but senior Nathan Brown is expected to fill his shoes in the

vaunted Cyclone passing attack.  The Cyclones were a popular favorite to

win their first AAAAA title last year, but could only muster an 8-5

record even though they landed in the semis.  One of those eight wins

was a pasting of the same Morrilton team that had beaten the Clones

three straight seasons.  Morrilton switches to a passing attack under

new head coach Chris Hill and as expected the Cyclones should be

prepared, but don't be surprised if Russellville is looking forward to

Conway.  Nonetheless.........Russellville 27, Morrilton 14


McDonald County, OK at Siloam Springs - Siloam Springs returns 11

starters off a team that lost to McDonald County last year, the same

team that beat the Panthers last year by 26 despite not making the

playoffs in Missouri.  Siloam will start the season with an

inexperienced offense, although one that performed well in the

preseason, and could have problem with Mickey D's again.........McDonald

County 28, Siloam Springs 13

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