SBLive final 2020 Arkansas high school football Top 20 Power Rankings: Bryant on top

Here are SBLive’s final Top 20 Arkansas high school football rankings for the 2020 season.

Our statewide football rankings, which span all conferences, are released every Monday throughout the 2020 high school football season. The rankings are compiled by SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette.

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SBLIVE POWER RANKINGS: FINAL ARKANSAS TOP 20

Dec. 21, 2020

1. Bryant (13-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 1

Bryant won its third consecutive 7A championship by beating North Little Rock 27-17. The Hornets have won 30 games in a row.

2. North Little Rock (12-2)

Last week’s ranking: No. 3

North Little Rock was the only team from Arkansas to play Bryant close this season and for that, the Charging Wildcats get the No. 2 spot. NLR’s two losses both came against Bryant.

3. Pulaski Academy (13-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 4

The Bruins dominated this season, beating every Arkansas team they faced by at least two scores. They didn’t play a 7A opponent in 2020 — that would have been a fantastic barometer to see exactly how good their high-powered offense was this year. In the postseason, Pulaski Academy scored more than 50 points in each game.

4. Greenwood (14-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 5

Greenwood went undefeated to win the 6A title, earning the No. 4 spot. The Bulldogs beat Lake Hamilton 49-24 to clinch the 6A championship.

5. Cabot (8-4)

Last week’s ranking: No. 8

Even though Cabot had four losses this season, the Panthers beat Bentonville 38-34 in the 7A quarterfinals in a game Panthers fans will remember for the rest of their lives. That win gave them the No. 5 spot. In the semifinals, Cabot fell to North Little Rock, 49-42.

6. Bentonville (10-1)

Last week’s ranking: No. 2

In a shocker, Bentonville lost 38-34 in the 7A quarterfinals to Cabot, which dropped the Tigers to the No. 6 spot in our final rankings.

7. Conway (9-4)

Last week’s ranking: 6

Conway had a great season that included a 52-49 win over Cabot on Oct. 9. The Wampus Cats advanced to the 7A semifinals, where they lost to No. 1 Bryant, 56-14.

8. Lake Hamilton (11-2)

Last week’s ranking: 7

Lake Hamilton’s two defeats this season came against No. 4 Greenwood in the regular season and in the 6A championship game.

9. Shiloh Christian (12-1)

Last week’s ranking: 16

The Saints won the 4A championship and none of their playoff games were particularly close. Their one loss came against Page (Oklahoma) in September.

10. Wynne (13-1)

Last week’s ranking: 9

Wynne’s perfect season came to an end in the 5A semifinals when the Yellowjackets fell to Pulaski Academy, 52-14.

11. Catholic (5-7)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Wins over Sylvan Hills and Benton push Catholic to No. 11 despite a sub-.500 record. The Rockets lost in the regular season to Fort Smith Northside and Jonesboro when the Hurricane still had star quarterback Cross Jumper. Their five other defeats came against teams ranked ahead of them.

12. Benton (6-5)

Last week’s ranking: 10

Benton had to forfeit its first-round 6A postseason game because of COVID-19, which ended the Panthers’ season. Their best win came against Parkview, 30-20 on Oct. 9.

13. Sylvan Hills (9-4)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Sylvan Hills beat Russellville and Parkview in the 6A playoffs before falling to Lake Hamilton 21-20 in overtime in the semifinals. That playoff run moved the Bears to No. 13.

14. Parkview (9-2)

Last week’s ranking: No. 11

Parkview fell to No. 13 Sylvan Hills 7-0 in the second round of the 6A playoffs. The Patriots’ best win came against Van Buren.

15. LR Christian (9-3)

Last week’s ranking: 14

LR Christian lost in the 5A state title game to Pulaski Academy, 64-27.

16. Rogers (6-3)

Last week’s ranking: 13

Rogers’ best win came against Har-Ber, 49-42 on Oct. 30. That victory gets the Mountaineers into the final Top 20.

17. Har-Ber (5-7)

Last week’s ranking: 20

Har-Ber’s loss to Fayetteville in the regular season was a head-scratcher, but the Wildcats’ playoff win over Fort Smith Northside clinched them a spot in the final Top 20.

18. Fort Smith Northside (5-5)

Last week’s ranking: 17

Fort Smith Northside beat Catholic and Fayetteville in the regular season, but the Grizzlies’ 7A postseason defeat to Har-Ber puts Northside at No. 18 to end the year.

19. Harding Academy (12-1)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Harding Academy won the 3A championship with ease, beating every postseason opponent by at least 27 points. The Wildcats defeated McGehee 71-44 in the title game.

20. Fordyce (16-0)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Fordyce’s 2A state championship puts the Redbugs at No. 20 to end the year. Fordyce won the title with a 35-32 victory over Des Arc.

Just missed the cut: Harrison and Magnolia

Dropped out: Fayetteville, Robinson, Harrison, Bentonville West

Moved in: Catholic, Sylvan Hills, Harding Academy, Fordyce

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