SBLive Top 20 Power Rankings: Wynne debuts at No. 16

Here are SBLive’s Top 20 Arkansas high school football rankings for the week of Sept. 7.

Our statewide rankings, which span all classifications, will be released every Monday throughout the 2020 high school football season. The rankings are compiled by SBLive reporters Connor Morrissette, Bodie DeSilva and Lance Smith.


Sept. 7, 2020

1. Bryant (2-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 1

Bryant has outscored its first two opponents (Benton and Marion) 105-24.

2. North Little Rock (1-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 2

North Little Rock started the JR Eldridge era with a 41-28 win over No. 12 Har-Ber.

3. Bentonville (1-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 3

Bentonville led 17-14 at halftime in their game on Friday against No. 13 Conway, but cruised in the second half to a 47-21 season opening victory.

4. Pulaski Academy (1-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 4

PA was off this past week. This week the Bruins travel to take on Tennessee power Ravenwood.

5. Greenwood (1-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 5

Greenwood receiver Caden Brown started last week’s game with a 93-yard kick off return for a touchdown and the Bulldogs never looked back in their 42-3 win over Fort Smith Southside.

6. Cabot (2-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 8

Braden Jay returned a kick-off 95 yards to help Cabot edge Jonesboro in a thriller 36-22.

7. Little Rock Christian Academy (2-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 7

LR Christian knocked off Searcy, last year’s 6A champs, 37-28 to move to 2-0.

8. Bentonville West (Centerton) (1-1)

Last week’s ranking: No. 9

Dalton McDonald passed for two scores and ran for three more in Bentonville West’s 41-0 win over Muskogee (Okla.).

9. Benton (0-1)

Last week’s ranking: No. 10

Benton returns to action two weeks after their 48-7 loss to No. 1 Bryant against Little Rock Christian on Friday.

10. Parkview (1-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 14

Parkview beat Little Rock Southwest 49-0 on Friday. With QB Landon Rogers and TE Erin Outley leading the charge (two Arkansas commits), Parkview’s offense will be fun to watch all year.

11. Robinson (Little Rock) (1-1)

Last week’s ranking: No. 13

Robinson beat a good Maumelle team 28-20 this past week. Robinson senior Hunter Smith had a kick off return for a TD to put the Senators ahead 28-13 in the third quarter. That was the game-winning score.

12. Har-Ber (Springdale) (0-2)

Last week’s ranking: No. 11

Har-Ber is 0-2 but don’t let the record fool you, the Wildcats are still a top team in Arkansas. They’ve lost to Jenks (Okla.) and No. 2 North Little Rock in the past two weeks. Har-Ber’s schedule doesn’t get any easier this week though as the Wildcats travel to take on No. 5 Greenwood.

13. Conway (1-1)

Last week’s ranking: 6

Conway kept it close in the first half against No. 3 Bentonville on Friday, but ended up losing 47-21.

14. Jonesboro (1-1)

Last week’s ranking: No. 12

Cross Jumper made an incredible TD throw to Dawson Wagner, but it wasn’t enough as Jonesboro fell 36-32 to No. 6 Cabot in one of the games of the year so far in Arkansas high school football.

15. Central (Little Rock) (1-1)

Last week’s ranking: No. 16

Central won this year’s Battle of the Bell against Little Rock Hall 41-6 on Friday.

16. Wynne (2-0)

Last week’s ranking: NR

With wins over Marion and West Memphis, Wynne debuts in the SBLive Top 20 Power Rankings this week. The Yellowjacket’s top player is 2021 offensive lineman Terry Wells, an Arkansas commit.

17. Van Buren (2-0)

Last week’s ranking: 19

For the third straight year, Van Buren has won the Battle of the Bone over Alma. Van Buren QB Gary Phillips completed 13 of 18 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns in Friday night’s 35-0 win. He also rushed for 115 yards and two scores.

18. Lake Hamilton (1-0)

Last week’s ranking: 18

Lake Hamilton returns to action this week against Malvern following Week 0’s 31-17 win over Lakeside.

19. Fayetteville (0-2)

Last week’s ranking: No. 17

Fayetteville, a preseason top 10 team in Arkansas, has struggled out of the gate this season. This past week the Bulldogs fell to Owasso (Okla.) 31-17. The week prior, Fayetteville lost to No. 13 Conway 38-21.

20. Harding Academy (1-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 20

After having to skip their would-be season opener two weeks ago due to COVID-19, Harding Academy took down Mena 44-20 this week to begin the year.

Dropped out: West Memphis is out this week after losing to Wynne 39-6.

Moved in: Wynne

Other teams we’re watching: Arkadelphia, Fort Smith Northside, Little Rock Catholic, Maumelle, Fordyce, Nashville, Shiloh Christian, Harrison and White Hall.


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