Here is an inside look at the top 4A high school football games across the state of Arkansas this week (Sept. 10-12).
7. Warren (0-1) @ Stuttgart (1-0)
After starting the season with a 17-6 loss to White Hall, Warren has a good chance to pick up its first win against Stuttgart. That said, the Ricebirds have a blowout victory against Star City under their belts and might give the Lumberjacks a run for their money.
6. Bauxite (1-1) @ Newport (2-0)
Coming off a close loss against Monticello, Bauxite looks to bounce back and regain a winning record, but it won’t be easy against 3A heavyweight Newport, which has blown out both of its opponents but hasn’t faced a team of Bauxite’s caliber.
5. Robinson (1-1) vs. Marion (0-2)
With losses against Wynne and Bryant, Marion is one of the best 0-2 teams in the state. That said, the Patriots will be underdogs yet again in their brutal nonleague grind against reigning 4A champion Joe T. Robinson. The Senators rebounded from a season-opening loss against Pulaski Academy by beating talented Maumelle 28-20 last week.
4. Arkadelphia (2-0) vs. Greenbrier (1-1)
Riding a hot start, Arkadelphia has a chance to pick up a win against a 5A playoff team. Greenbrier dropped a well-contested game against Batesville last week after blowing out Beebe in Week 1. This should be a close one.
3. Ozark (0-1) vs. Clarksville (0-0)
This matchup features two talented teams likely still dealing with rust. Clarksville has yet to play a game; Ozark fell in its opener last week against red-hot Booneville. This one could go either way if Clarksville comes out ready for battle.
2. Rivercrest (1-0) @ Valley View (1-0)
Both teams beat capable opponents with room to spare in their season openers. Valley View is in 5A, so the Blazers have more to lose.
1. Malvern (2-0) @ Lake Hamilton (1-0)
After close wins over Sheridan and Glen Rose, the Leopards now have an opportunity to pick up a win against a strong team two divisions up from them. Lake Hamilton defeated Lakeside in its only game thus far. Don’t expect either of these major playoff contenders to back down Friday.