By Nate Olson | Photo by Jimmy Jones
Conway moved up a notch to No. 2 after rolling past then-No.2 Cabot 57-21 last Friday. Class 5A Greenbrier, which is 6-0, and Class 6A Sylvan Hills (5-1), which has won five in a row, make their debuts this week.
See the Week 7 SBLive Arkansas power rankings below.
1. Bryant (5-1)
The Hornets will be heavily favored again this week against Little Rock Southwest, which hasn’t won a game on the field in two seasons of existence, and then begin a three-week stretch against teams contending for the 7A-Central Conference crown.
2. Conway (5-1)
After crushing predicted 7A-Central title contenders North Little Rock and Cabot in back-to-back weeks, the Wampus Cats play at formidable Fort Smith Northside this week.
3. North Little Rock (5-1)
The Charging Wildcats righted the ship against Little Rock Southwest last Friday and now get winless Little Rock Catholic to feast on.
4. Cabot (5-1)
The Panthers never got going in their showdown at Conway but get a break this week at winless Little Rock Central.
5. Bentonville (5-1)
The Tigers have played all of their big games at home this season until this week, when they make the quick trip down I-49 to face No. 8 Fayetteville, most likely for the 7A-West Conference title.
6. Shiloh Christian (5-1)
After taking care of Prairie Grove, the one team that might have had a shot at competing with them, 42-14, the Saints can probably name their score the final four games of the regular season.
7. Pulaski Academy (5-1)
White Hall challenged the Bruins for a half; now the tough task of facing another stout defense on the road with Maumelle on Friday night.
8. Fayetteville (4-2)
Since the offseason, pundits have proclaimed the Bulldogs a comeback team for 2021, and they can prove it this week with a win against No. 5 Bentonville and take a step toward sealing the 7A-West Conference title.
9. Lake Hamilton (6-0)
The Wolves will be heavily favored the next two weeks at Siloam Springs and at home against Van Buren, respectively, but end the season with 6A-West title contenders Benton (home) and Greenwood (road).
10. Benton (5-1)
The Panthers make the long trip to face improving Mountain Home this week and then have a showdown at home with Greenwood next week.
11. Jonesboro (4-2)
The Hurricane sit atop the 6A-East and will enjoy a third straight game against the lesser competition of the league with West Memphis before taking a step back up with a game at Searcy next week.
12. FS Northside (5-1)
The Grizzlies look for an upset of No. 2 Conway when the Wampus Cats visit Fort Smith on Friday night.
13. Little Rock Christian (6-1)
The Warriors enjoy a bye this week to prepare for a showdown at rival Pulaski Academy next week.
14. Little Rock Parkview (3-3)
The Patriots went 1-2 against 6A-West heavyweights, including at Lake Hamilton and Benton, and now enjoy the softer part of the conference slate.
15. Greenwood (4-2)
A game at improving Russellville is dangerous with a showdown at Benton lurking next week.
16. Wynne (5-1)
Normally, playing at rival Batesville would be a marquee game, but with the Pioneers enduring a tough season, the Yellowjackets most likely won’t be tested in 5A-East Conference play until a regular-season finale at Nettleton.
17. White Hall (5-2)
The Bulldogs travel just down the road to rival Watson Chapel and should get back on the winning track with a tougher league game against Maumelle next week.
18. El Dorado (5-2)
The Wildcats will be favored to take care of Marion this week, but a game at Sylvan Hills, which is undefeated in 6A-East Conference play, is waiting next week.
19. Vilonia (6-0)
The home game with Harrison on Friday loomed much larger before Top 25 newcomer Greenbrier blasted the Goblins last week.
20. Farmington (5-1)
The Cardinals travel to Clarksville this week with a showdown with No. 21 Greenbrier looming next week.
21. Greenbrier (6-0)
The Panthers make their Top 25 debut after staying perfect with a surprising 45-21 blowout at previously ranked Harrison last week.
22. Sylvan Hills (5-1)
After a loss to Maumelle in the season opener, the Bears have won five straight. After a tilt with conference bottom dweller Sheridan this week, they will play conference contenders El Dorado and Jonesboro back-to-back.
23. Warren (5-1)
The Lumberjacks have played the meat of the 8-4A Conference schedule and should cruise to the conference title with the only slight challenge maybe a home game with Monticello next week.
24. Joe T. Robinson (5-1)
The Senators go for their sixth straight win at Malvern on Friday.
25. Stuttgart (5-1)
The Ricebirds should be leery of Clinton (3-3) after it knocked off previously unbeaten Mills last Friday.