Be sure to check out last week’s poll as well.
1. Conway (6-0, 3-0 Central): The Wampus Cats overcame the biggest road block on the remaining schedule, riding Kevin Chamorro to a 42-37 win at Greenwood. “Chaco” rushed for 369 yards and five touchdowns.
2. Fort Smith Northside (5-1, 2-1 West): The Grizzlies annihilated Rogers Heritage, leading 40-0 just a few minutes into the second quarter and winning 46-10. Quarterback Grant Hood leads an explosive, athletic offense, and the defense is pretty salty as well.
3. Fayetteville (5-1, 2-1 West): Fayetteville dispatched Springdale with ease, winning 49-21. The Bulldogs are good enough to win this conference; can they knock out rival Bentonville?
4. North Little Rock (5-1, 3-0 East): North Little Rock is in total control of the East after blasting Jonesboro 56-28. Don’t believe me? The remaining schedule includes Central, Searcy, Marion, and West Memphis. Mark the Charging Wildcats down for a first-round bye.
5. Bryant (5-0-1, 3-0 Central): Bryant met its first resistance since the season opener, trailing Alma 14-13 in the third quarter before rallying to win 24-14. Remaining schedule includes Greenwood and Conway, so we’re about to find out what the Hornets are made of.
6. Greenwood (4-2, 2-1 Central): Highest two-loss team, because Greenwood’s only losses came against the top two. Greenwood played well against Conway, but got out-physicaled in the end. The Bulldogs are still the 6A favorites.
7. Fort Smith Southside (4-2, 2-1 West): Southside is lucky to escape Rogers, 17-14. After combining for 10 points in their first two conference games and trailing 14-0 at the half, the Rebels roared back in the second half. The defense is dominant, but that offense isn’t championship material.
8. Bentonville (2-4, 2-1 West): The Tigers have found their offense. A week after hanging 29 on Northside, Kasey Ford and company rolled to a 45-13 thrashing of Har-Ber. None of the Tigers’ first six games were easy, but three of the last four are should-wins.
9. Benton (5-0-1, 3-0 South): Benton’s unbeaten, but still doesn’t have a signature win. Last four games: El Dorado, Texarkana, Pine Bluff, and Lake Hamilton. It’s go-time for the Panthers.
10. Pine Bluff (4-2, 3-0 South): The Zebras will be favored to beat Benton, even though they’re a spot back in this poll. LaDarius Skelton leads a capable offense, but it’s the defense that shut out Lake Hamilton.
11. El Dorado (5-1, 3-0 South): The Wildcats make their Power 11 Poll debut after a 30-13 win over Texarkana, coupled with Jonesboro’s loss. El Dorado’s only loss came out-of-state, and the Wildcats will certainly challenge for the 6A South title.
Waiting list: Cabot, Jonesboro
1. Pulaski Academy (5-1, 3-0 Central): It was a normal day at the office for PA, which hung 65 on Beebe. Sylvan Hills will be the only challenge in the weak 5A Central.
2. Wynne (6-0, 3-0 East): The Yellowjacks only scored 39 points in a win over Valley View. QB Ross Trail and the offense gets all the headlines, but the defense has pitched two shutouts and is giving up less than 10 points per game.
3. Maumelle (5-0-1, 3-0 West): Big jump for Maumelle, which downed Greenbrier 34-20. The offense is scoring 39 points per game in the last two.
4. Batesville (5-1, 3-0 East): The Pioneers took care of business against a pretty good Forrest City team. Next week is the big showdown with Wynne.
5. Camden Fairview (4-2, 2-1 South): The Cardinals retain the top spot in the 5A South, but boy did that 29-0 loss to Magnolia look ugly. Fairview needs to regroup quickly and move on.
6. Sylvan Hills (6-0, 3-0 Central): The Bears slide down a little bit after this weekend, thanks to an odd game with Jacksonville and injury concerns over star QB Tra Doss. Sylvan Hills and Jacksonville were tied 7-7 in the first quarter when a lightning delay pushed the game to Saturday night, where the Bears held on for a 28-22 win.
7. Harrison (3-3, 2-1 West): The Golden Goblins knocked off Morrilton 44-29 to move up a spot. Gobs’ losses have come to Siloam Springs, Alma, and Maumelle. Not too shabby.
8. Little Rock Christian (4-2, 2-1 West): Warriors move up after a win over Vilonia. The big game left on their schedule is against Maumelle.
9. White Hall (3-3, 2-1 South): White Hall took care of business against Lakeside, winning 49-35. The Bulldogs still need Camden Fairview to stumble one more time if they want a conference title.
10. Hot Springs (3-3, 3-0 South): The Trojans? Really? After nearly upsetting Lake Hamilton in week one, Hot Springs has now won three straight conference games. They’re here until someone proves they deserve this spot more.
11. Magnolia (3-3, 1-2 South): Magnolia gets an obligatory spot in the poll after stunning Camden Fairview 29-0. Now they can prove they’ve turned a corner.
Waiting list: Farmington, Nettleton, Greenbrier, Forrest City
1. Dardanelle (6-0, 3-0 Four): It turns out the best defense for this super-charged offense is bad weather. Sand Lizards beat Arkansas Baptist 21-0 in less than one quarter.
2. Warren (4-2, 3-0 Eight): Lumberjacks beat Dumas 49-2. Hamburg and Dollarway are some of the remaining big games.
3. Dollarway (5-1, 3-0 Eight): The Cardinals dispatched Monticello 42-7. The backlogged top of this conference is going to take awhile to sort out.
t-4. Fountain Lake (4-1-1, 2-1 Seven): So, Fountain Lake beat Nashville….which beat Arkadelphia….which beat Fountain Lake. We at THV 11 are done trying to sort this mess out. THEY’RE ALL TIED until someone slips up.
t-4. Mena (6-0, 3-0 Seven): The Bobcats are actually undefeated, but have seen a weaker schedule. That changes next week against Arkadelphia.
t-4. Nashville (5-1, 2-1 Seven): The Scrappers got a gift with Fountain Lake losing, and are back in the race. Ashdown is a classic trap game next week.
t-4. Arkadelphia (5-1, 2-1 Seven): The defending 7-4A champs clawed their way back into the thick of things by knocking off Fountain Lake in double overtime. For their troubles, the Badgers draw 5-0 Mena next week.
8. Pocahontas (6-0, 3-0 Three): If Pocahontas was trying to fly under the radar, then drilling Brookland 54-8 wasn’t a good strategy. The Redskins have outscored their conference foes 144-22 so far, and will move up when that big logjam in front of them gets broken up.
9. Hamburg (5-1, 3-0 Eight): Only loss came to a 5A school. Lions downed Star City 37-20 on Saturday (when the game finished) for their first signature win.
10. Pea Ridge (6-0, 3-o One): The Eagles got a scare from Cedric Duarte and Gravette, but held on for a 21-19 and a clear lead in the 1-4A.
11. Star City (4-2, 1-2 Eight): Bulldogs lost another tough one to Hamburg. No bad losses, a couple decent wins, and a tough conference.
Waiting list: Gosnell, Shiloh Christian, Malvern, Clinton, Pottsville, Robinson, Dover
1. Charleston (6-0, 3-0 Four): Our 3A poll debuts with Ty Storey-led Charleston in control.
2. Hoxie (6-0, 3-0 Three): Hoxie, picked second in the 3-3A, leads the state in scoring margin, outscoring its opponents by over 30 points per game on average. Oh yeah, and Hoxie just knocked off conference favorite Rivercrest by 35.
3. Prescott (6-0, 3-0 Five): The Curley Wolves drilled Horatio 47-0 stay atop the 5-3A.
4. Booneville (5-1, 3-0 Four): The Bearcats took it on the chin to Dardanelle, but beat two other 4A foes before getting off to a fast start in the 4-3A. Showdown with Charleston will be epic.
5. Lamar (5-1, 2-1 Four): Lamar was drilled by Booneville, but is still a contender to make a playoff run.
6. Bald Knob (6-0, 3-0 Two): Bald Knob is having a better season than expected. The Bulldogs have to be a happy with a 21-0 win over Atkins, since the game was canceled in the first half with Atkins driving.
7. Smackover (5-1, 3-0 Six): Smackover took care of business against Drew Central to stay atop the 6-3A. The only loss was to Junction City, which apparently doesn’t lose.
8. Lavaca (5-1, 2-1 Four): Make that four 4-3A teams in this poll, as the Golden Arrows survived Paris 17-7 to stay in contention for a playoff spot.
9. West Fork (5-1, 3-0 One): The Tigers are atop the weak 1-3A. The showdown with the next-best team, Green Forest, is in a couple of weeks.
10. Melbourne (5-1, 2-1 Three): The Bearcatz (seriously, why is there a “z” at the end?) have lost only to Hoxie, they’ve earned their spot in the poll.
11. Episcopal (5-1, 3-0 Five): Only loss came to Prescott, and the Wildcats even have a win over 4A DeWitt.
Waiting list: Mayflower, Benton Harmony Grove, McGehee, Harding Academy, Rivercrest
1. Junction City (6-0, 3-0 Eight): Best in the 2A is an understatement. A 32-game win streak. A history of dominance. Can anyone stop the Dragons?
2. Hazen (6-0, 4-0 Six): The Hornets are outscoring opponents 157-6 in conference games. The non-conference slate included a big-time resume win over Earle.
3. Rison (5-1, 3-1 Eight): Rison lost badly to Junction City, but that happens a lot. The Wildcats are still an elite 2A team.
4. Bearden (5-0, 4-0 Eight): Another 8-2A school. Bearden has the best chance to end Junction City’s streak in the regular season.
5. Des Arc (4-1, 4-0 Six): Des Arc’s only loss to a very good Bald Knob team. The Eagles have dominated in their last two wins, over Carlisle and Augusta.
6. Conway Christian (5-1, 3-0 Five): CCHS lost only to 3A Episcopal, and beat a very good England team 21-0 last week.
7. Hector (6-0, 5-0 Four): Hector has outscored its opponents 243-43 this season and has scored exactly 43 in three straight weeks.
8. Earle (4-2, 3-0 Three): The Bulldogs are only this low because of two early losses, although they came against 4A Highland and #2 Hazen. Bulldogs get a chance to jump against EPC.
9. East Poinsett County (5-1, 3-0 Three): A tough loss to McCrory hurt, but EPC has won five straight since, by 36 points per game.
10. Gurdon (4-2, 3-0 Seven): A couple of losses to ranked 3A schools were a rough start, but the Go-Devils have won three straight with ease.
t-11. Lafayette County (5-1, 3-0 Seven): RB Tre Burks is a beast for LCHS. He rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Foreman.
t-11. Mount Ida (5-1, 3-0 Seven): Tied with Lafayette County for now. The Lions are still favored to win this conference.
Waiting list: Dierks, Magnet Cove, England, Woodlawn, McCrory, Cross County