We’ve reached the halfway point of the high school football season.
And you just had to know that Bentonville wouldn’t start 0-5. Last week, the Tigers moved to 1-4 by beating a Fort Smith Northside team that had begun the season 4-0 and soared to the No. 2 spot in our overall rankings.
Conway stays in the top position for a second consecutive week following a 35-10 win over Van Buren.
What have we learned in the first half of the season?
— Conway, Fayetteville, North Little Rock and Fort Smith Northside all have teams capable of winning the Class 7A title. Expect Bentonville and Bryant to make some noise down the stretch.
— Expect either Greenwood or Jonesboro to be the Class 6A champion with Benton, El Dorado and Lake Hamilton having the potential to surprise some folks.
— In Class 5A, Wynne and Pulaski Academy appear to be on a collision course for the state semifinals. It’s a shame that the bracket doesn’t have them meeting in the finals at War Memorial Stadium.
— If I had to say right now, I would go with either Dollarway or Warren in Class 4A.
— Charleston, Lamar, Prescott, Smackover and Booneville all have the talent in Class 3A to bring home a state title.
— Just words in Class 2A: Junction City.
Let’s get to the rankings:
4. North Little Rock
5. Pulaski Academy
6. Fort Smith Northside
9. Camden Fairview
3. North Little Rock
4. Fort Smith Northside
4. El Dorado
5. Lake Hamilton
2. Pulaski Academy
3. Camden Fairview
4. Sylvan Hills
1. Pine Bluff Dollarway
5. Fountain Lake
1. Junction City
3. East Pointsett County