AAAA-West has rough week

Alma suffered its first loss of the season, but Harrison remained unbeaten and two other teams, Greenwood and Huntsville, own 2-1 records as the AAAA-West Conference race gets under way this week.

Only two AAAA West schools managed wins in week 3 as Harrison defeated Mountain Home and Huntsville routed Yellville-Summit. And while the eight members finished with a combined losing record of 11-12-1 in non-conference play, there are still some very likely state title contenders. Here's what happened last week:


Poteau, OK 14, Alma 9 The Airedales sputtered against a tough Pirate defense amounting only 156 yards of total offense with 149 of that coming from junior running back Kyle Goodwin. Poteau gave Alma a safety on a punt out of their end zone late in the game and the madness on Alma's ensuing possession gave the Airedales plenty of chances. Three times Alma would try for a game winning touchdown with no time on the clock from their red zone, and three times the Airedales could not catch Byron Bradley's passes.

Predicted Score: Alma 21, Poteau 0


Booneville 45, Clarksville 0 Booneville led from the start, building a 27-0 halftime lead on the Panthers. The Bearcats finished with 437 total yards of offense, all of it rushing, while holding Clarksville to 79 total yards of offense. Predicted Score: Booneville 35, Clarksville 13


Atkins 19, Greenbrier 7 The Panthers could not stop the Red Devil rushing attack as Atkins had control of the ball for almost 34 of the 48 minutes played. Greenbrier had a field goal blocked and gave up a fumble return for a touchdown. Brandon Moreland's seven yard pass to Rodney Rhodes provided the Panthers with their only points. Greenbrier's Blake Gaither caught five passes for 103 yards in the game. Predicted Score: Greenbrier 17, Atkins 14


Fayetteville 47, Greenwood 17 Greenwood played a tough first half but trailed 25-3. Following a Greenwood score in the third quarter to bring them to within 15, Fayetteville rattled off 22 points straight points to seal the game. Greenwood was held to 32 rushing yards on 31 carries in the game. Predicted Score: Fayetteville 28, Greenwood 13


Harrison 35, Mountain Home 17 The Goblins kept their 18 game non-losing streak to the Bombers in tact using 14 early points to distance themselves from the AAAAA school. Senior Justin McCutcheon carried the ball 15 times for 101 yards and two scores, while junior Kasey Young led all rushers with 198 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries for the Gobs. Harrison allowed the Bombers to gain 283 yards with all but seven of that total coming on the ground. The Goblins finished with 335 yards of rushing offense and passing for 24 more. Predicted Score: Harrison 42, Mountain Home 7


Huntsville 28, Yellville-Summit 9 Senior Bracken Thompson passed for 232 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagles to another non-conference victory. Huntsville halfback Zane Trichel evened out a very good team offensive performance from the Eagles with 154 yards rushing and two touchdowns as Huntsville outgained Y-S 438 to 175. Dustin Canion, 4 receptions for 65 yards, and Justin Hargis, 6 catches for 115 yards, caught the touchdown passes for Huntsville. Predicted Score: Huntsville 21, Yellville-Summit 17


Batesville 27, Morrilton 6 The Devil Dogs could not get on track offensively following their initial drive down the field as Batesville used a good mixture of the run and pass on three long drives to overcome Morrilton. Batesville's Kyle Francis completed 12 of 17 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns while Tim Childress led the Pioneers in rushing with eight carries for 96 yards and a 52 yard score. Morrilton's Mark Kelley finished the game 13 of 25 for 109 yards with a touchdown and an interception as the Devil Dogs offense could only gain 129 yards. Predicted Score: Batesville 27, Morrilton 15


Ozark 14, Siloam Springs 7 An eight yard pass from Tyler Davis to Coy Stephenson provided the Panthers with its only points of the game as the Hillbillies used two big plays to win the ball game. Jonathan Flanigan's 55 yard TD romp along with Michael Bowman's 25 yard touchdown reception provided the difference in the ball game. Predicted Score: Ozark 17, Siloam Springs 7


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