Unbeaten teams get the nod

Harrison, Alma and Greenwood lead the way, but there are a few interesting games that Jim Bowles, of AAAAWest.com breaks down for us this week.

Five AAAA West members will drop down a classification in week two while two teams get set to take on Oklahoma teams and Greenbrier gears up for its in-county rivalry game.

Ozark at Alma – The Airedales struggled a bit, as usual, with nearby rival Van Buren in week one. Kyle Goodwin scored twice to lead Alma to the win.  Meanwhile, Ozark had four extra days of preparation to correct the fumbling problems and mental mistakes that almost cost them a win over Clarksville in the Alltel Classic last week. The Hillbillies should perform a little better, but probably not enough to get the Airedales  ... Alma 24, Ozark 14.

Clarksville at Atkins – Atkins returns 15-plus starters while Clarksville returns only one player who started some games in 2002. The Red Devils opened up their season with a big win over a very experienced Subiaco team while the Panthers struggled against Ozark. Hillbilly turnovers kept Clarksville in the game last week and don't expect Charlie Sorrels' Atkins team to give the Panthers as many opportunities ... Atkins 28, Clarksville 12.

Vilonia at Greenbrier – The Panthers shocked some people with their opening win over Beebe, but that was not the same Beebe team that ran over East opponents last season. Meanwhile, Vilonia is posed to have a great season and should rejoin the AAAA-West next year when the schools are reclassified. Look for the experienced Eagles rushing game to tire out Greenbrier ... Vilonia 32, Greenbrier 18.

Poteau, OK at Greenwood – The Pirates passing game was questionable before the season so look for the Bulldogs to stack the line in an attempt to stymie Poteau's option attack. Greenwood is coming off a strong win over Parkview but could face a little trouble against the Pirates' experienced secondary. Greenwood hasn't lost to Poteau in a few years, though, and this year should be no exception ... Greenwood 21, Poteau 17.

Farmington at Harrison  The Cardinals travel to Crooked Creek after falling to Huntsville last Friday. The Goblins forced mistake after mistake in their opening win over Prairie Grove and Farmington may not be as good as the Tigers are at this stage of the season. Harrison should allow some time for their subs to play in this rout ... Harrison 33, Farmington 10.

Huntsville at Berryville – Last year Doug Scheel took his team to the holler in Huntsville and was defeated despite shutting down the Eagles. Scheel's new team, Berryville, struggled in an opening loss to CassvilleMo., but is playing at home this week. Huntsville's experienced receiving corps could give the Bobcats fits as it looks like Ken Harriman will get Scheel again ... Huntsville 20, Berryville 17.

Dardanelle at Morrilton – The Sand Lizards played a hard-fought game in the Yell County Shootout, defeating Danville, 14-7. Morrilton needs to correct some major miscues that it suffered against Russellville in week one. With the teams' lines a wash, this game should come down to which team's skill position players execute better late in the game. Depth should win out on this one, but it won't be easy ... Morrilton 22, Dardanelle 20.

Siloam Springs at Stilwell, Okla. – The Panthers' offense struggled in week one while its defense seemed to be in midseason form. Stilwell was stomped last year by Siloam and the Panthers travel into Oklahoma to continue with what they started last year ... Siloam Springs 24, Stilwell 7.


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