It’s playoff time across Arkansas.
What do we know after 10 weeks of the regular season?
In Class 7A, we know that Bentonville beat Fayetteville on Friday but that Fayetteville is capable of bouncing back and winning it all. The Purple Dogs have shown that the past two years.
Cabot may well be the best 7A team to come out of central Arkansas in recent seasons. North Little Rock. Conway, Fort Smith Southside and Springdale Har-Ber all have the talent to pull a surprise or two along the way.
In Class 6A, we know that it’s Greenwood and everyone else. It’s hard to see anyone challenging the Bulldogs in the playoffs.
In Class 5A, Pulaski Academy and Camden Fairview are the class of the division. But Batesville, Morrilton, Hope, Alma, Wynne and White Hall all could make some noise. Hope already has defeated Fairview and White Hall. The Bobcats are playing as well as anyone in the state right now.
In Class 4A, Arkadelphia has been No. 1 since the start of the season. The Badgers were dominant in the second half Friday night in a 42-10 rivalry game victory against a Malvern team that had come in with a record of 8-1. Pine Bluff Dollarway and Warren have the athletes to give the Badgers problems, though. In fact, Arkadelphia could find itself going on the road to Warren in the quarterfinals. That will be a state championship-type game.
In Class 3A, there are at least seven teams that have a chance of getting hot at the right time and winning a state title. They are Charleston, Harding Academy, Glen Rose, Hoxie, Smackover, Barton and Lamar.
Junction City is the big dog in Class 2A but could be challenged along the way by East Poinsett County, Dierks, Gurdon, Carlisle, Des Arc, Bearden or Hector.
Let the playoffs begin.
Here are the rankings:
4. Pulaski Academy
5. North Little Rock
8. Camden Fairview
10. Fort Smith Southside
3. North Little Rock
2. Pine Bluff
3. Lake Hamilton
5. El Dorado
1. Pulaski Academy
2. Camden Fairview
3. Pine Bluff Dollarway
2. Harding Academy
3. Glen Rose
1. Junction City
2. East Poinsett County
Des Arc needs to be in your top 5 instead of Carlisle since the Herd lost the 6AA District Championship to DA Friday night.
Doesn’t Alma get a mention in 5A since they went undefeated in the 5A West, which would obviously include a win over Morrilton?
Des Arc only beat Carlisle because they were twisting the knees of boys who had already undergone major surgery repairs to their knees and twisting ankles of undiscovered talents who were stepping up in the place of the injured. They have a good team, but not sure they are better than a healthy Carlisle team would be.
I can assure you that Alma and Des Arc are both right there knocking on the door of the Top 5 in their classifications.
Why wouldn’t the Badgers be playing at home throughout the playoffs?