Here is an inside look at the top high school football games across the state of Arkansas this week (Sept. 10-12).
TOP 10 GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEK
Little Rock Parkview vs. White Hall – Thursday
Everything was clicking for Parkview in its season opener last week against Southwest at the brand-new Gryphon Stadium. Junior running back James Jointer led the way with 137 rushing yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots shut out Southwest 49-0. White Hall has opened the season with consecutive road wins, most recently taking down Warren 17-6. The Bulldogs return for their home opener but must be ready for the Patriots’ potent offense.
Greenwood vs. Har-Ber – Friday
Originally scheduled for a week off, Har-Ber picked up Greenwood as an opponent after Fort Smith Northside was forced into a no-contest due to a potential COVID-19 outbreak. Har-Ber has struggled defensively, allowing 36 points per game. Several offensive contributions from underclassmen give the Wildcats hope as the season moves along. Greenwood returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown last week against Southside and never looked back en route to a 42-3 victory.
Fordyce vs. Harmony Grove – Friday
Fordyce pulled off a victory in Week 1, edging Rison by one point. The Redbug offense is led by Jaheim Brown and South Dakota State commit Ja’Quez Cross. Cross combined for 279 yards rushing and receiving in the season-opening win. Harmony Grove opened with a 20-14 victory against Junction City before last week’s open date. Senior Mecca Arnold has been a top contributor since his freshman season and only seems to be getting better. He ran for three touchdowns and led the Hornets with 11 tackles in Week 1.
Valley View vs. Rivercrest – Friday
It was a solid showing for Valley View in the opener against Gosnell last Friday. Senior wide receiver Aedan Huntsman stepped up with nine catches for 113 yards. The defense was led by junior Cooper Lutz, who had 13 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble that helped hold Gosnell to six points. The Rivercrest offense was clicking in its opening win against Paragould. Senior quarterback Kam Turner had three touchdowns through the air and added another on the ground.
Jonesboro vs. Conway – Friday
After taking down Fayetteville in the opener, Conway took a step back in Week 2 against Bentonville. Conway was outscored 30-7 in the second half en route to giving up 500 yards of offense. Jonesboro quarterback Cross Jumper did all he could last week against Cabot, throwing for 301 yards and three touchdowns while adding 56 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Hurricane gave up a late score to drop the contest by four points against Cabot.
Pulaski Academy vs. Ravenwood (TN) – Friday
Pulaski opened its season two weeks ago and was treated to a show from wide receiver Jalyn Witcher. The senior caught 13 passes for 244 yards and five touchdowns as the Bruins won 48-35 to extend their win streak to 10 games and push forward with their hopes to repeat as 5A state champions. Ravenwood enters as the winner of three in a row to start the season and has allowed an average of 10 points per game.
Lake Hamilton vs. Malvern – Friday
Malvern started with a close win over Glen Rose, but a bigger challenge comes this week. The Leopards have lost their past three games against Lake Hamilton by an average of 35 points. Malvern spread the wealth in its first game with four players scoring on the ground. Lake Hamilton did not complete a pass in its opener but didn’t need to as the team rushed for 344 yards, nearly eight yards per carry. Malvern must come ready to stop the run.
Bentonville West took on a second consecutive out-of-state opponent in Week 2 and turned things around by dismantling Muskogee (OK), 41-0. Quarterback Dalton McDonald led the charge with five touchdowns, three on the ground and two through the air. Central bounced back after an opening loss with a big performance against Little Rock Hall. Lawson Gunn connected with Parker Perry for three touchdowns and running back Jeremiah Sample ran for two touchdowns and more than 200 yards.
Dumas vs. McGehee – Friday
Dumas was 1-9 last season but quickly put that in the rear-view mirror with consecutive shutout wins over Dollarway and Lakeside to open the season. The Bobcats have put an emphasis on the running game, with Kylin James and Brandon Johnson combining for seven touchdowns through two games. James has run for 375 yards, averaging nearly 12 yards per carry. McGehee has carried the momentum from an 11-2 campaign a year ago. The Owls opened with a 36-6 win over DeWitt last week and will look for a second consecutive win in the annual AG Bowl against Dumas.
Searcy vs. Batesville – Friday
After winning the 6A title last year, Searcy has yet to find its groove through two games this season. Junior Daniel Perry has been an offensive weapon for the Lions, scoring seven touchdowns — four on the ground and three through the air. He’ll need to keep it up until the Lions defense comes around. Batesville led Greenbrier 28-7 at halftime last week and cruised to a 31-19 win.