Week 11 Notebook Class 5A and Below




The Pirates finished 5-5 overall and 3-4 to take the No 5 seed from the 3A-1 Conference, but coach Lee Larkan isn’t pleased with the season as a whole.

“We don’t really consider 5-5 and a fifth-place seed (as) a good season,” Larkan said. “I don’t even think a fifth seed should be in the playoffs. We’re not going to say the season was disaster, but in our minds, 5-5 is unacceptable.”

Atkins (7-2-1) finished 6-1 to finish second in the 3A-4 behind unbeaten Charleston. The Red Devils put up more than 300 yards per game with a balanced offense that included 168.4 passing yards and 149 rushing yards.

“I think it’s probably the best team they’ve had in a while,” Larkan said. “They kind of remind us of Elkins a lot because they are athletic and very well coached.”

The Red Devils are led by senior quarterback Seth Haney, who completed 112 of 185 passes for 1,683 yards and 27 touchdowns with six interceptions. Senior Cory Childress is Haney’s top target with 37 receptions for 639 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Senior Jessie Jones is Atkins’ top rusher with 642 yards and five touchdowns on 91 carries. Sophomore Gage Rehm has a team-best eight rushing touchdowns and is averaging 7.2 yards per carry.

“I’m sure they will be the favorite (to win),” Larkan said. “But we’ve had good practices this week and we have a good plan, so we’ll see what happens.”


Qualifying for the playoffs in one thing. Traveling to the game is another.

Huntsville will face a rugged five-plus hour drive through the hills of north Arkansas to Gosnell, which is located about 12 miles from the Mississippi River.

The trip begins on Friday morning when the Eagles leave school in a charter bus.

“We’ll leave at 8:30 in the morning on Friday, then stop and have lunch in Hardy,” Huntsville coach Randy Barnhill said. “We’ll get to Jonesboro and have a walk-through at Arkansas State at 1:30 (p.m.), then continue onto the Gosnell, where we should arrive by 4:30. It’s a long trip, but our kids are excited and ready to play.”

Huntsville (4-6, 3-4) qualified for the playoffs with a 44-28 victory at Berryville in Week 10. Jaron Evans rushed for 97 yards while quarterback Sean Mccone scored three touchdowns and completed five of six passes.

Gosnell (9-1, 7-0) defeated Harrisburg 52-0 to win the 3-4A Conference championship.


The Lions secured a winning record with a 40-14 home win against Gentry in Week 10 and opens the playoffs at Pocahontas, which finished second in the 4A-3 with a 6-1 record and finished 8-2 overall.

“We haven’t reached any goals yet but we are hoping the best part of our season is still in front of us,” said Garvette coach Bill Harrelson. “We played well friday night. We had four lost fumbles on the year and two of those came on back-to-back (series) on the goal line on Friday. Other than that, we played well. That was really the only negative about the win.”

The Redskins’ only losses came against Nettleton (42-20) in the season opener and against 4A-3 champion Gosnell (18-12) in Week 7. They have a balanced attack and are averaging 213.4 passing yards and 168.7 rushing yards per game.

Senior quarterback Haston Orewiler completed 116 of 197 passes for 1,687 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Senior Barkey Sorg has rushed for 1,091 yards and 16 touchdowns in 170 carries. The 5-food-10, 184-pounder has eclipsed 150 yards five times, including a season-high 249 yards on 20 carries vs. Nettleton.

“They have a good group and are very well coached,” Harrelson said. “They’re very balanced on offense. They set up the pass game with the run game well and the run game with a good passing game, so it’ll be a challenge fro our defense.”


At first glance, Jessieville’s 6-4 overall record is unimpressive. But the Lions play in a tough 5-3A Conference that includes traditionally strong programs at Prescott, Glen Rose, and Gurdon.

Jessieville finished fourth in the league after being picked sixth in a preseason poll of the league coaches. The Lions, who were 3-7 last year, open the playoffs on Friday at Elkins (8-2, 6-1), which finished in a three-way tie for first place in the 1-3A Conference.

“Jessieville is a No. 4 seed, but that conference is really good,” Elkins coach Chad Harbison said. “They’re a spread team and we haven’t faced a lot of those type teams. We know we’ve got a tough game on our hands.”

Jessieville is led by quarterback Adam Saveall, who has thrown for 964 yards. Elkins will counter with quarterback Jake Strode and halfback Colten Vaught, who has rushed for 950 yards and 26 touchdowns.


Pea Ridge and Arkadelphia will enter Friday’s playoff game after impressive wins last week.
Arkadelphia (5-5, 2-5) qualified for the playoffs with a 63-20 win over Malvern while Pea Ridge (9-1, 6-1) earned a No. 2 seed by beating Shiloh Christian 30-13.

Both teams advanced to the state semifinals last year. Arkadelphia was eliminated 61-42 by Prairie Grove while Pea Ridge fell 42-20 at Nashville.

Arkadelphia is a young team with dynamic players at key positions. Freshman quarterback Cannon Turner has passed for 1,413 yards and 17 touchdowns while sophomore Zion Hatley has rushed for 1,086 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Badgers will face a Pea Ridge team led by senior Zaine Holley and junior Drew Winn, who’ve combined for over 1,800 yards rushing this season.


Crossett is one of a handful of sub .500 teams in the playoffs (4-6 overall), but Shiloh Christian is not taking the Eagles lightly as they went 4-3 to finish fourth in the 4A-8 conference.

After opening the season with five straight losses, Crossett rallied to win four of its next five, including a 27-21 overtime win at Hamburg, which finished second in the conference behind perennial 4A power Warren, in game that’s been tabbed the Ashley Bowl.

The Eagles averaged 32.8 points during the last half of the regular season by imploring a run heavy attack that averaged 5.9 yards per rushing attempt. They’re led by junior Kaylon Williams, who had three 100-yard games this season and averages 8.3 yards per carry. Williams and senior Kientre’ Maxie have etched rushed for six touchdowns.

Junior quarterback Joseph Monroe Jr. has rushed for 473 yards and four touchdowns on a team-high 104 carries while completing just 18 passes in 50 attempts for 286 yards with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.


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Mike Capshaw

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Mike primarily covers Fayetteville and Farmington.
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