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Rex’s Rankings: After nine weeks

Monday, October 26th, 2020

There are two weeks remaining in the regular season in high school football. Then we’ll try to have playoffs in this year of the virus.

What we call the Big Three in Class 7A all won easily last week — No. 1 Bryant beat Cabot, 42-14. No. 2 North Little Rock beat Fort Smith Northside, 45-7. No. 3 Bentonville beat Rogers, 74-21.

We’ll learn a lot more this Friday when Bryant and North Little Rock square off.

In the Class 6A showdown last Friday, Greenwood downed Benton by a final score of 42-28.

Pulaski Academy posted an easier-than-expected 60-28 victory over Little Rock Christian in the Class 5A showdown.

Here are the updated rankings after nine weeks of the season:

OVERALL

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Pulaski Academy
  5. Greenwood
  6. Conway
  7. Wynne
  8. Lake Hamilton
  9. Cabot
  10. Shiloh Christian

CLASS 7A

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Conway
  5. Cabot

CLASS 6A

  1. Greenwood
  2. Lake Hamilton
  3. Jonesboro
  4. Benton
  5. Little Rock Parkview

CLASS 5A

  1. Pulaski Academy
  2. Wynne
  3. Harrison
  4. Texarkana
  5. Little Rock Christian

CLASS 4A

  1. Shiloh Christian
  2. Stuttgart
  3. Arkadelphia
  4. Nashville
  5. Joe T. Robinson

CLASS 3A

  1. Harding Academy
  2. Prescott
  3. Hoxie
  4. Newport
  5. Rison

CLASS 2A

  1. Fordyce
  2. Gurdon
  3. Des Arc
  4. Junction City
  5. Bigelow

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Rex’s Rankings: After eight weeks

Monday, October 19th, 2020

We continue to limp toward the end of the regular season in this year when games are canceled due to the virus and new contests are scheduled on the fly.

Eight weeks down; three to go until the playoffs.

Only one of our Top 10 teams — No. 7 Cabot — wasn’t in action last Friday. The other nine teams played, and all won big.

The margins of victory for the nine teams that played were 70, 39, 45, 25, 38, 36, 28, 29 and 23 points. So it wasn’t a Friday night for drama, at least as far as the Top 10.

Here are the updated rankings:

OVERALL

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Pulaski Academy
  5. Greenwood
  6. Conway
  7. Cabot
  8. Benton
  9. Wynne
  10. Lake Hamilton

CLASS 7A

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Conway
  5. Cabot

CLASS 6A

  1. Greenwood
  2. Benton
  3. Lake Hamilton
  4. Little Rock Parkview
  5. Jonesboro

CLASS 5A

  1. Pulaski Academy
  2. Wynne
  3. Little Rock Christian
  4. Texarkana
  5. Harrison

CLASS 4A

  1. Shiloh Christian
  2. Stuttgart
  3. Arkadelphia
  4. Nashville
  5. Joe T. Robinson

CLASS 3A

  1. Harding Academy
  2. Prescott
  3. Hoxie
  4. Newport
  5. Rison

CLASS 2A

  1. Fordyce
  2. Gurdon
  3. Des Arc
  4. Poyen
  5. Junction City

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Rex’s Rankings: After seven weeks

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Seven weeks down and four to go in the regular season in high school football.

How far we’ll get in the playoffs in this “year of the virus” is still very much anyone’s guess. Numbers rise and teams continue to cancel games.

Neither of our top two teams — Bryant and North Little Rock — played last week.

The game of the week was Conway’s 52-49 victory over previously undefeated Cabot. That vaulted the Wampus Cats to No. 6 in the Top 10 while dropping the Panthers one spot to No. 7.

Benton also moved into the Top 10 following its 30-20 victory over previously undefeated Little Rock Parkview, which dropped out of the ranking after having been No. 7 the previous week.

Here are the updated rankings:

OVERALL

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Pulaski Academy
  5. Greenwood
  6. Conway
  7. Cabot
  8. Benton
  9. Wynne
  10. Lake Hamilton

CLASS 7A

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Conway
  5. Cabot

CLASS 6A

  1. Greenwood
  2. Benton
  3. Lake Hamilton
  4. Little Rock Parkview
  5. Searcy

CLASS 5A

  1. Pulaski Academy
  2. Wynne
  3. Little Rock Christian
  4. Texarkana
  5. Harrison

CLASS 4A

  1. Shiloh Christian
  2. Nashville
  3. Joe T. Robinson
  4. Stuttgart
  5. Arkadelphia

CLASS 3A

  1. Harding Academy
  2. Prescott
  3. Hoxie
  4. Newport
  5. Rison

CLASS 2A

  1. Fordyce
  2. Gurdon
  3. Des Arc
  4. Poyen
  5. Junction City

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Rex’s Rankings: After six weeks

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Somehow we’ve made it through six weeks of the regular season in high school football in this year of the virus. There are five weeks still to go.

Whether the Arkansas Activities Association will be able to hold playoffs is still anyone’s guess.

But it does seem reasonable to think that we’ll make it to the end of the regular season with school administrators being creative in scheduling games on the fly when opponents cancel due to the virus.

Take Paris, for example.

Its game with Two Rivers was canceled on Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, Paris had scheduled a game with Hector for that evening.

Cabot went to Collierville, Tenn., last week in order to get in a game. Booneville bused all the way to Warren a day after Danville canceled.

“No one has seen film, no one has done any scouting,” says Paris superintendent Wayne Fawcett. “From a scheduling standpoint, it’s like organizing a Saturday afternoon pickup game. The goal is to get the students as many games as you can. Schools have shown a willingness to schedule anyone, anywhere on short notice. This is absolutely the craziest time I’ve experienced in decades of doing this.”

The big three teams at the top of our rankings remain undefeated.

No. 1 Bryant cruised to a 31-3 victory over Little Rock Catholic in a game at War Memorial Stadium.

No. 2 North Little Rock struggled but held on to defeat a talented Conway team by a score of 39-37.

No. 3 Bentonville rolled over Fort Smith Southside, 35-7.

Here are the updated rankings:

OVERALL

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Pulaski Academy
  5. Greenwood
  6. Cabot
  7. Little Rock Parkview
  8. Lake Hamilton
  9. Wynne
  10. Little Rock Christian

CLASS 7A

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Cabot
  5. Conway

CLASS 6A

  1. Greenwood
  2. Little Rock Parkview
  3. Lake Hamilton
  4. Benton
  5. Van Buren

CLASS 5A

  1. Pulaski Academy
  2. Wynne
  3. Little Rock Christian
  4. Texarkana
  5. Magnolia

CLASS 4A

  1. Shiloh Christian
  2. Joe T. Robinson
  3. Nashville
  4. Arkadelphia
  5. Crossett

CLASS 3A

  1. Harding Academy
  2. Prescott
  3. Hoxie
  4. Newport
  5. Rison

CLASS 2A

  1. Fordyce
  2. Gurdon
  3. Junction City
  4. Des Arc
  5. Poyen

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Rex’s Rankings: After five weeks

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Last week wasn’t a good one in high school football as far as avoiding the virus. There were 15 games canceled across the state.

We all knew this 2020 season was going to be an adventure. The encouraging thing has been the willingness of schools to schedule games on the fly. It has already given us nonconference matchups we wouldn’t normally see.

The Big Three continued to impress.

No. 1 Bryant and No. 2 North Little Rock won by identical 48-7 scores as Bryant beat Fort Smith Northside and North Little Rock beat Little Rock Central.

No. 3. Bentonville also had an easy victory, 45-6 over Springdale Har-Ber.

Here are the updated rankings as we continue to muddle through this season like none before:

OVERALL

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Pulaski Academy
  5. Greenwood
  6. Cabot
  7. Little Rock Parkview
  8. Lake Hamilton
  9. Wynne
  10. Joe T. Robinson

CLASS 7A

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Cabot
  5. Conway

CLASS 6A

  1. Greenwood
  2. Little Rock Parkview
  3. Lake Hamilton
  4. Siloam Springs
  5. Van Buren

CLASS 5A

  1. Pulaski Academy
  2. Wynne
  3. Little Rock Christian
  4. Texarkana
  5. Magnolia

CLASS 4A

  1. Joe T. Robinson
  2. Shiloh Christian
  3. Arkadelphia
  4. Nashville
  5. Crossett

CLASS 3A

  1. Harding Academy
  2. Prescott
  3. Hoxie
  4. Newport
  5. Booneville

CLASS 2A

  1. Fordyce
  2. Gurdon
  3. Junction City
  4. Des Arc
  5. Poyen

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Rex’s Rankings: After four weeks

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Last Friday was a good one for Arkansas schools against out-of-state teams.

Arkansas squads went 7-1, including No. 1 Bryant’s thrilling 44-40 victory over Texas powerhouse Trinity Christian.

Pulaski Academy, our No. 4 team overall, defeated Life Christian Academy, which made the long trip from Virginia to play in Little Rock.

No. 5 Greenwood defeated Choctaw, Okla, 23-12, while No. 3 Bentonville posted a 35-28 victory over Mill Valley of Kansas. That team won a state championship last year.

Other wins were Rogers over Springfield Central of Missouri, Fort Smith Northside over Moore of Oklahoma and Prairie Grove over Stilwell of Oklahoma.

The lone loss was Shiloh Christian, and that was a one-point defeat at the hands of a much larger school, Sand Springs of Oklahoma. Still, we dropped Shiloh from No. 1 to No. 2 in Class 4A

Here are the updated rankings as we head into conference play:

OVERALL

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Pulaski Academy
  5. Greenwood
  6. Cabot
  7. Bentonville West
  8. Little Rock Parkview
  9. Lake Hamilton
  10. Wynne

CLASS 7A

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Cabot
  5. Bentonville West

CLASS 6A

  1. Greenwood
  2. Little Rock Parkview
  3. Lake Hamilton
  4. Van Buren
  5. Siloam Springs

CLASS 5A

  1. Pulaski Academy
  2. Wynne
  3. Little Rock Christian
  4. Texarkana
  5. Magnolia

CLASS 4A

  1. Joe T. Robinson
  2. Shiloh Christian
  3. Arkadelphia
  4. Nashville
  5. Crossett

CLASS 3A

  1. Harding Academy
  2. Prescott
  3. Hoxie
  4. Newport
  5. Booneville

CLASS 2A

  1. Fordyce
  2. Gurdon
  3. Junction City
  4. Des Arc
  5. Poyen

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Rex’s Rankings: After three weeks

Monday, September 14th, 2020

We’re three weeks into the regular season.

Some games continue to be canceled each week due to the virus, but overall the experiment (playing this 2020 season as scheduled) is working for now.

Bryant had last Friday off but remains atop our poll.

Right on the heels of the Hornets, though, is North Little Rock, which posted a 35-17 victory over Fayetteville.

At No. 3 is Bentonville, which made Arkansas look good with a 21-17 victory over Kansas City Rockhurst.

Also making Arkansas look good was Pulaski Academy, a 37-29 winner over Ravenwood in Tennessee. PA is No. 4.

Here are the updated rankings:

OVERALL

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Pulaski Academy
  5. Greenwood
  6. Cabot
  7. Bentonville West
  8. Little Rock Parkview
  9. Shiloh Christian
  10. Benton

CLASS 7A

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Cabot
  5. Bentonville West

CLASS 6A

  1. Greenwood
  2. Little Rock Parkview
  3. Benton
  4. Lake Hamilton
  5. Van Buren

CLASS 5A

  1. Pulaski Academy
  2. Wynne
  3. Little Rock Christian
  4. Texarkana
  5. Magnolia

CLASS 4A

  1. Shiloh Christian
  2. Joe T. Robinson
  3. Arkadelphia
  4. Nashville
  5. Crossett

CLASS 3A

  1. Harding Academy
  2. Prescott
  3. Hoxie
  4. Newport
  5. Booneville

CLASS 2A

  1. Fordyce
  2. Gurdon
  3. Junction City
  4. Des Arc
  5. Poyen

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Rex’s Rankings: After two weeks

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

We’ve made it through two of the 11 weeks on the regular-season schedule in this strangest of all years. We continue to watch the virus numbers on a week-to-week basis and hope for a full season.

There were no shocking upsets last week.

Bryant was as impressive as ever in a 57-17 victory over Marion.

North Little Rock began the J.R. Eldridge era with a 41-28 victory over Springdale Har-Ber.

The Chris Young era at Greenwood, meanwhile, began with a 42-3 victory over Fort Smith Southside.

Coaching changes don’t seem to have slowed down either North Little Rock or Greenwood.

Here are the rankings after two weeks of the regular season:

OVERALL

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Pulaski Academy
  5. Greenwood
  6. Cabot
  7. Bentonville West
  8. Little Rock Christian
  9. Little Rock Parkview
  10. Shiloh Christian

CLASS 7A

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Cabot
  5. Bentonville West

CLASS 6A

  1. Greenwood
  2. Little Rock Parkview
  3. Van Buren
  4. Lake Hamilton
  5. Jonesboro

CLASS 5A

  1. Pulaski Academy
  2. Little Rock Christian
  3. Harrison
  4. Wynne
  5. Texarkana

CLASS 4A

  1. Shiloh Christian
  2. Joe T. Robinson
  3. Arkadelphia
  4. Nashville
  5. Crossett

CLASS 3A

  1. Harding Academy
  2. Prescott
  3. Hoxie
  4. Newport
  5. Booneville

CLASS 2A

  1. Fordyce
  2. Gurdon
  3. Magnet Cove
  4. Junction City
  5. Des Arc

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Rex’s Rankings: After one week

Monday, August 31st, 2020

Well, we got the first week in.

It’s going to be week-to-week in this year of the virus.

If you go to a game, keep your masks on and stay socially distanced. If you don’t, the governor will pull the plug.

What did we learn?

We learned that Bryant is again going to be something special. We had Benton ranked first in Class 6A coming into the game, but the Hornets made the Panthers look like a Class 2A squad en route to a 48-7 victory. Bryant is 13-0-1 in the Salt Bowl since 2006. Buck James is 5-0 as a coach in the series.

Pulaski Academy won a 48-34 against Joe T. Robinson in a shootout between the defending Class 5A and Class 4A state champions. Both teams are going to be good again.

And keep an eye on Conway in Class 7A. The Wampus Cats were impressive in a 38-21 victory over a quality Fayetteville squad.

Here are the updated rankings after one week of the regular season:

OVERALL

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Pulaski Academy
  5. Greenwood
  6. Cabot
  7. West Memphis
  8. Conway
  9. Little Rock Christian
  10. Shiloh Christian

CLASS 7A

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Cabot
  5. Conway

CLASS 6A

  1. Greenwood
  2. West Memphis
  3. Jonesboro
  4. Little Rock Parkview
  5. Benton

CLASS 5A

  1. Pulaski Academy
  2. Little Rock Christian
  3. Harrison
  4. Wynne
  5. Texarkana

CLASS 4A

  1. Shiloh Christian
  2. Joe T. Robinson
  3. Warren
  4. Ozark
  5. Arkadelphia

CLASS 3A

  1. Harding Academy
  2. Prescott
  3. Newport
  4. Hoxie
  5. Rison

CLASS 2A

  1. Fordyce
  2. Gurdon
  3. Magnet Cove
  4. Junction City
  5. McCrory

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Rex’s Rankings: The season begins

Friday, August 28th, 2020

It’s going to be an adventure with the pandemic still raging. Coaches and players are taking it week to week.

And so will we as the high school season begins with games this weekend.

In a year like no other, here are our rankings going into the season:

OVERALL

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Benton
  5. Pulaski Academy
  6. Greenwood
  7. Bentonville West
  8. Cabot
  9. West Memphis
  10. Little Rock Christian

CLASS 7A

  1. Bryant
  2. North Little Rock
  3. Bentonville
  4. Bentonville West
  5. Cabot

CLASS 6A

  1. Benton
  2. Greenwood
  3. West Memphis
  4. Jonesboro
  5. Little Rock Parkview

CLASS 5A

  1. Pulaski Academy
  2. Little Rock Christian
  3. Harrison
  4. Texarkana
  5. Wynne

CLASS 4A

  1. Joe T. Robinson
  2. Shiloh Christian
  3. Nashville
  4. Warren
  5. Ozark

CLASS 3A

  1. Harding Academy
  2. Prescott
  3. Osceola
  4. Rison
  5. Newport

CLASS 2A

  1. Junction City
  2. Gurdon
  3. Fordyce
  4. Foreman
  5. Magnet Cove

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