It was No. 1 against No. 2 last Friday night, and No. 1 prevailed as Fayetteville posted a 43-33 victory over North Little Rock.
We’ll leave Fayetteville in the No. 1 spot in this week’s rankings while dropping the Charging Wildcats to No. 7.
Teams on the rise include Conway following a 49-28 victory over Jonesboro and Fort Smith Northside (the Bear has come out of hibernation along Rogers Avenue) following a 32-8 win over Little Rock Central.
Greenwood remains the class of Class 6A with strong challenges expected from Lake Hamilton and Pine Bluff. And keep an eye on Texarkana, which finds itself 2-0 against Texas competition (wins over Texas High and Liberty-Eylau).
Class 5A is crowded at the top. Wynne, Batesville, Greenbrier and Pulaski Academy are capable of winning the state title. Pulaski Academy was particularly impressive with a 52-20 win on the road in Florida over New Smyrna Beach.
The boys in orange — Nashville and Warren — find themselves in the top two positions in Class 4A.
Charleston stays atop Class 3A following a 42-6 victory over Gentry, but Booneville takes a tumble after a surprising 28-0 loss at the hands of the Dardanelle Sand Lizards.
In Class 2A, it’s all Junction City. The game with Rison is usually a good one. Not this time. The Dragons beat Rison, 48-8, last Friday.
Here are the rankings after two weeks of the high school football season:
5. Fort Smith Northside
7. North Little Rock
8. Lake Hamilton
3. Fort Smith Northside
5. North Little Rock
2. Lake Hamilton
3. Pine Bluff
4. Pulaski Academy
5. Camden Fairview
4. Star City
1. Junction City
3. East Poinsett County