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Rex’s Rankings: The preseason

It’s time for high school football players to begin practice.

And, right on schedule, the heat and humidity are up after what had been a relatively cool summer by Arkansas standards.

It has been 36 years since I played football, but early August always brings back memories of the dreaded two-a-day practice sessions on the old Goza field at Arkadelphia when I was a Badger in the 1970s.

I was driving to the Goza gym for an August football practice when I heard on the radio that Elvis had died. There were some of us who feared we might join him about two hours into practice that hot day.

Late each Friday night during the 2013 season, I will announce Rex’s Rankings on the statewide high school scoreboard show that I co-host with Grant Merrill. You’ll be able to pick us up on more than 40 stations this season from 10 p.m. until midnight.

The weekly rankings will be posted each Monday here on the Southern Fried blog.

Since players are reporting for practice, I figured it was time for the preseason rankings. Soon, teams will be on the Road to the Rock, hoping they make it to one of the six state championship games at War Memorial Stadium in early December.

Let me know why you agree and disagree with these rankings. The beauty of early August is that everyone is undefeated.

Here goes:


1. Bentonville

2. Fayetteville

3. North Little Rock

4. Greenwood

5. Pine Bluff

6. El Dorado

7. Pulaski Academy

8. Camden Fairview

9. Fort Smith Southside

10. Conway

Class 7A

1. Bentonville

2. Fayetteville

3. North Little Rock

4. Fort Smith Southside

5. Conway

Class 6A

1. Greenwood

2. Pine Bluff

3. El Dorado

4. Lake Hamilton

5. Jonesboro

Class 5A

1. Pulaski Academy

2. Camden Fairview

3. White Hall

4. Batesville

5. Shiloh Christian

Class 4A

1. Arkadelphia

2. Warren

3. Booneville

4. Nashville

5. Prairie Grove

Class 3A

1. Charleston

2. Harding Academy

3. Glen Rose

4. Prescott

5. Fountain Lake

Class 2A

1. Junction City

2. Gurdon

3. Carlisle

4. Rison

5. Bearden

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