By Kyle Sutherland | Photo by Scott Miller
While there were a variety of one-sided results, the second week of playoff action did not disappoint. One of the better finishes of the season came in a Class 6A quarter-final that went to the final seconds and as the best of the best continue to compete with their seasons on the line the excitement is far from over as we only are a week away from the first panel of state championship games.
Here are the SBLive Arkansas Power 25 High School Football Rankings for Week 13.
1. Bryant (10-0)
Five quick touchdowns from James Martin and another outstanding defensive performance led the Hornets to a 42-7 quarterfinals win over Rogers, taking the win streak to 51 over the state competition. Bryant takes on No. 3 Conway in a Week 10 rematch on Friday.
2. Cabot (9-2)
As in their Week 1 matchup, Cabot jumped on West early and built a 20-0 lead before the Wolverine offense could pick up points. West cut it to 27-14 just before halftime, but the Panthers ran away with it when they came back from the dressing room. Evion Jimmerson led the Panthers’ ground attack with 197 yards and two touchdowns while Abe Owen added another two points and 112 yards. Cabot faces a 7A semi-final road trip to #4 Bentonville.
3. Conway (10-2)
Conway had something to prove to the team ending their 2021 campaign and they repaid it with authority to Fayetteville. Ouachita Baptist signs Boogie Carr rushed for 156 yards and scored two touchdowns in the 37-0 win. Traveling to Saline County for the second time in three weeks, the Wampus Cats have even more revenge on their minds as they face off against top-ranked Bryant for a spot in the 7A state championship.
4. Bentonville (10-1)
The Tigers earned their first shutout of the season in a 45-0 win over North Little Rock, and they haven’t conceded more than 10 points in their last three games. CJ Brown dominated the Charging Wildcats’ second-holing in 8 passes for 209 yards and 4 touchdowns, two of them from over 50 yards, while Logan Tymeson had field goals from 29, 38 and 45 yards. Bentonville will host No. 2 Cabot in the 7A semifinals this week.
5. Catholic (11-0)
In one of the great results of 2022, the Rockets refused to lose and claimed their 11th straight win, tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season. There were three lead changes in the fourth quarter, but as the clock ticked down, Sam Sanders connected with Thomas Duch around the five-yard line and Duch was rolled into the promised land with four seconds remaining as Catholic went 26-23 over Little Rock Christian escaped . The Rockets will be the No. 6 Pulaski Academy at War Memorial Stadium for a berth in the 6A State Title Game.
6. Pulaski Academy (10-1)
Sophomore quarterback Brandon Cobb has been one of the Bruins’ unsung heroes this season, and his number was called up again in a 52-33 win over Mountain Home. Cobb completed 16 of 26 passes for 364 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Kenny Jordan put together over 100 yards both in the air and on the ground for a total of 261 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Bruins will make the short trip to War Memorial Stadium on Friday to take on the No. 5 Catholic.
7. Greenwood (9-2)
Aside from a late second-half surge, the Bulldogs looked less than impressive in their previous game, which they lost to Little Rock Christian in Week 10. It was a different story on Friday as they overcame Russellville 42-7 after a week’s rest. Hunter Houston was excellent, completing 24 of 31 passes for 307 yards and responsible for all of Greenwood’s five touchdowns, while LJ Robins was Houston’s right hand who threw 8 passes for 163 yards and 3 points. The Bulldogs become No. 13 Benton received in the 6A semifinals.
8. Joe T Robinson (11-1)
Senators showed no mercy visiting Batesville as star running back Noah Freeman looked like himself as he dominated the Pioneer defense with 130 yards and a score of just 11 carries while quarterback Quentin Murphy threw for three scores and one more had ground. Ashtyn Williams led defensively with 18 total tackles, while Evans O’Laimey and Tank Reese also recorded double-digit stops. Robinson hosts No. 9 Parkview in the 5A semifinals.
9. Park View (10-2)
It didn’t take long for the Patriots to sideline guest Wynne as they accumulated 35 points in the first half and the sportsmanship rule was enforced after halftime. Eric McGehee completed 9 of 11 passes for 191 yards and a score while Monterrio Elston led the receiving corps with 3 receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Parkview travels to No. 8 Robinson for a 5A semi-final showdown on Friday.
10. Shiloh Christian (11-1)
Shiloh Christian continued his dominance as the best offense in the Class 5A, recording 28 unanswered points in the last 16 minutes and amassing the most points this year against a state opponent in a 69-32 win over Mills. Eli Wisdom totaled 257 yards in offense (125 rushing) and 3 touchdowns while Bo Williams added 200 yards and 5 points on the ground. The Saints host No. 15 Camden Fairview in the 5A Semifinals.
11. Arkadelphia (10-0)
The Badgers scored over 50 points for the third time this year in a 52-21 win over Ozark. Donovan Whitten completed 21 of 31 passes for 261 yards and 5 touchdowns – two each for Carter Babb and Tripp Campbell, one for LaTonnieo Hughes – while Kyle Reed added two points on the ground. Arkadelphia hosts Rivercrest in the 4A Quarterfinals.
12. Bentonville West (8-4)
It looked like West might go 27-14 at the break in the second half, but was only able to score one more goal from that point and failed to slow Cabot’s offense as the Wolverines fell in for the Panthers for the second time this season.
13. Benton (9-2)
The Panthers would not see a repeat of last season when they were eliminated in the quarterfinals and it was evident when they scored their second shutout of the year in a 31-0 win over Lake Hamilton. Cline Hooten has effectively led the Panther offense since taking over as quarterback, and he had another great outing, completing 23 of 28 passes for 264 yards and a 62-yard touchdown while Braylen Russell had three touchdowns. Benton goes to No. on Friday. 7 Greenwood.
The Mounties needed a quick start against the high-ranked Bryant, but couldn’t, as they put together just 203 yards in total offense early in the fourth quarter and gave up 42 points to the Hornets.
15. Camden-Fairview (10-2)
With their backs to the wall on the 21-7 road down, the Cardinals are reeling off 19 unanswered points to get past Valley View 26-21 and keep their season alive. University of Arkansas baseball player Martavius Thomas brought the team on its back, throwing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, including one for 68 yards against Trent Haygood, and remaining just over three minutes to take the lead. Camden Fairview has another long road trip ahead of him, this time to the other side of the state to face No. 10 Shiloh Christian in the 5A semifinals.
16. Little Rock Christian (9-3)
Trailing 13-3, the Warriors dominated the third quarter as momentum shifted to a scoop and a Cooper Jones goal, and the offense scored another touchdown from a Preston Davis interception. After Catholic responded, Ronny Anokye put the Warriors back ahead with a rushing touchdown with just over a minute to go, but a late Catholic result with four seconds remaining sent Little Rock Christian home despite a valiant effort.
17. Fayetteville (7-4)
It was a disappointing end to the season for the Purple Dogs, as they were shut out 37-0 by Conway in their own field — the first time they’ve been shut out since 2004 — as one of the state’s best offenses of the year was completed switched off.
18. Harding Academy (10-0)
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find anything that hasn’t been said about Harding Academy considering the Wildcats have really only been challenged in one game this season, and last Friday it was no different than they did against DeWitt brought 45-7. Owen Miller completed 10 of 14 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns, and also had another hit on the ground. The Wildcats host McGhee in the 4A Quarterfinals, a squad they defeated 71-44 in the 2020 3A State Title Game.
19. Mills (10-2)
The Comets’ best season since 2010 is over, but they didn’t go down without a strong fight before Shiloh Christian’s offense became too much. Achillies Ringo threw for 293 yards in the loss, 116 of those yards were credited to UCA commit Jabrae Shaw.
20. Warren (11-1)
The Warren offense earned by far the most points of the season with a 62-24 win over Stuttgart, avenging a Week 1 loss, and the Lumberjacks earned their third win in their last four games against the Ricebirds. Quarterback Maddox Lassiter rushed for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns with just 12 carries. The Lumberjacks host No. 23 Malvern in the 4A Quarterfinals.
21 Lake Hamilton (9-3)
It was a tough end to an overall great season for Lake Hamilton, as Benton was knocked out 31-0 by Searcy after a solid first-round performance. The Wolves have been hidden in two of their last five competitions.
22. Valley View (9-3)
The Blazers looked for pace to win Camden Fairview but allowed the Cardinals to charge back as Valley View conceded 19 unanswered points and couldn’t get much offense going in the second half.
23 Malvern (9-2)
The Leopards scraped and scraped as they fell behind at halftime before retaking the lead in the fourth quarter and never giving it up to beat Lamar 41-31. Quarterback Cedric Simmons offensively scored a total of over 300 yards (203 passing, 121 rushing) and 5 touchdowns. The Leopards travel to No. 20 Warren for the 4A Quarterfinals.
Elkins makes his Power 25 debut in 2022 as one of the quieter dominant teams in Class 4A. The Elks’ schedule hasn’t been the strongest, but you can only play against those in front of you, and they’ve beaten their opponents by 397-89 points since September 30, including two shutouts. Da’Shawn Chairs was one of the better running backs in the state and he dominated Ashdown’s defense in the first round with over 300 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Elks host Nashville in the 4A Quarterfinals.
25. Wynne (9-3)
Despite a disappointing performance last Thursday in a 42-0 loss to Parkview, the Yellowjackets’ overall performance this season speaks for itself when you consider they’ve played in five games without head coach Van Paschal – who is currently still on salary and money The school district hasn’t given an update — and won four of those five contests.