Previewing Alma at Siloam Springs.
KICKOFF 7 p.m.
RECORDS Alma 3-1, 1-0 7A/6A Central. Siloam Springs 3-1, 0-1.
ON THE AIR Audio is broadcast at siloamspringstv.com
BETWEEN THE LINES The Panthers suffered their first loss of the season last week 38-24 at Conway. … Siloam Springs is expected to be without three senior defensive starters who were injured against Conway: defensive lineman Kris Green, linebacker Gus Wright and safety Matt Downing. … Siloam Springs running back Ricky Hughes is second in rushing in the 7A/6A-Central Conference with 433 yards on 77 carries. … After allowing only 458 yards of offense in the first three games combined, Siloam Springs’ defense gave up 437 yards against the Wampus Cats last week. … Alma has won three straight games since losing to Fort Smith Southside 35-19 in the Hooten’s Kickoff Classic in Week 1. … The Airedales beat Springdale 17-7 at home in week 2, Harrison 45-21 at home in week 3 before defeating Little Rock Catholic 27-16 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock last week. … Alma quarterback Noah Dotson has passed for 746 yards and rushed for 201 yards. … Both head coaches, Bryan Ross of Siloam Springs and Doug Loughridge at Alma are former coaches at Class 3A Charleston.
PLAYERS TO WATCH Alma — QB Noah Dotson (Sr. 6-0, 220), WR Heath Friddle (Sr. 6-0, 160), RB Lance (Sr. 5-11, 190), OL/DT Daniel Edwards (Sr. 5-9, 250). Siloam Springs — QB Jordan Norberg (Sr., 5-10, 165), RB Ricky Hughes (Sr., 5-11. 155), WR/S Coby Roach (Sr., 5-10, 188), OL/DL Aric Sislo (Sr., 6-2, 240).
HOOTEN’S RANKINGS Alma is No. 6 in Class 6A; Siloam Springs is No. 8.
HOOTEN’S LINE Alma by 4.
OUR TAKE Alma 21, Siloam Springs 14.
— GRAHAM THOMAS • @NWAGRAHAM