Nearly perfect picks marred only by tie

The AAAA-West Conference was never covered better and Jim Bowles picks 'em like he sees 'em. Get them right most of the time, too.

Only two teams suffered losses in the first week of high school play as close wins and blowouts dotted the conference landscape. 

 

Alma 17, Van Buren 13 -- As expected the Airedales had a tough time with its in-county rival. After leading at halftime 10-7, Alma's Kyle Goodwin scored his second touchdown of the game to put the Pointers out of reach. Jim's Pick: Alma 21, Van Buren 10.

 

Greenbrier 17, Beebe 14 -- Greenbrier picked up its first win over another AAAA member in its opening game of the 2003 season. Taking advantage of a young Badgers squad, the Panthers' kicker, Andrew Gordon, kicked a 19-yard field goal with 19 seconds left to seal the victory. Jim's Pick: Greenbrier 13, Beebe 8.

 

Greenwood 28, LR Parkview 7 -- Greenwood added 14 second-half points to outlast the Patriots at Smith-Robinson Stadium.  The Bulldogs defense stood tall all night long causing turnovers and holding down Parkview's talented receivers. Jim's Pick:  Greenwood 34, Parkview 15.

 

Harrison 31, Prairie Grove 12 -- Little went right for the Tigers as the Goblins frustrated them all night long by forcing turnovers and taking advantage of numerous penalties. Harrison scored 24 points before PG could answer. Jim's Pick:  Harrison 15, Prairie Grove 13.

 

Huntsville 28, Farmington 14 -- The Eagles outgained the Cardinals 455 to 103 and raced to a 28-7 lead before holding off the AAA ballclub. Bracken Thompson passed for 275 yards in the big victory. Jim's Pick: Huntsville 28, Farmington 15.

 

Russellville 46, Morrilton 6 -- Nothing went right for the Devil Dogs and everything went right for the Cyclones. Russellville's Nathan Brown missed on only three passes as Morrilton had a kickoff return for a touchdown called back and turned the ball over twice in the red zone. Jim's Pick: Russellville 27, Morrilton 14.

 

Siloam Springs 7, McDonald County 7 - After a strong fall practice, the Panthers offense failed to produce more points to start the season. Siloam Springs' defense looked tough although it was against an inexperienced Mustangs offense. Jim's Pick:  McDonald County 28, Siloam Springs 13.

 

Week 2 AAAAWest.com/MCC AAAA Rankings

1. Stuttgart (1-0) - AAAA Southeast

2. Alma (1-0) - AAAA West

3. Wynne (1-0) - AAAA East

4. Batesville (1-0) - AAAA East

5. Crossett (1-0) - AAAA Southeast

6. Harrison (1-0) - AAAA West

7. Sylvan Hills (0-1) - AAAA Southeast

8. Greenwood (1-0) - AAAA West

9. Hope (1-0) - AAAA Southwest

10. Vilonia (1-0) - AAAA East


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