Hooten's Picks Tribe Sixth, Cougars Seventh
The 2016 edition of Hooten's Arkansas Football Magazine is now on sale at locations across the state, and includes predictions for each high school conference. In addition to high school coverage, the book also includes previews of the Razorback and Red Wolf football squads, coverage of all other football colleges in Arkansas, SEC schools and all other division one programs in the nation.
According to this year's coaches poll, the Piggott Mohawks have been picked to finish sixth in the re-aligned 3A-3 and the Rector Cougars are predicted to finish seventh among the eight members of 2A-3. The other Clay County team, the Corning Bobcats, are picked to finish eighth, in last place in 3A-3 once again.
This year RHS drops down to 1A status based on student population, but remains in 2A for football only. Other conference mates include the familiar teams from Cross County, Earle, EPC, Midland, Marked Tree and Salem. They're also joined by Kipp: Blytheville for the coming two year cycle.
Some familiar former conference mates return to 3A-3, and join the Mohawks, Corning, Hoxie, Manila, Osceola and Rivercrest as they welcome the return of the Newport Greyhounds and Walnut Ridge Bobcats. Newport dropped down from 4A while Walnut Ridge moved up from 2A to replace Melbourne and Cedar Ridge.
The coaches picked the Tribe to finish ahead of Corning and Manila, with Rivercrest, Osceola, Hoxie, Newport and Walnut Ridge forecast to finish in the top five spots.
The 448-page book, which takes more than five months to compile, offers the most comprehensive preseason football coverage in Arkansas. Homegrown Hogs Drew Morgan and Brooks Ellis grace the cover.
The graphically enhanced book features coaches' polls for each high school conference, statewide rankings for every team, super teams for each classification, a national college poll and complete college and high school schedules.
Alabama is tabbed to win the SEC West, followed by LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State and Texas A&M. Georgia is picked to win the SEC Eastern Division, followed by Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
Arkansas State is ranked first in the Sun Belt and 60th nationally.
The Florida State Seminoles are Hooten's preseason No. 1 team, followed by Alabama, Clemson, Stanford and Michigan.
Henderson State is picked to win the Great American Conference, followed by Harding, Ouachita Baptist, Southern Arkansas and Southwestern Oklahoma State.
Hooten's high school favorites to win it all in 2016 are Fayetteville in Class 7A, Greenwood in Class 6A, Pulaski Academy in Class 5A, Nashville in Class 4A, Glen Rose in Class 3A and England in Class 2A.
The book is published annually by Hooten Publishing, Inc., of Benton. It retauls for $16.99 and is now on sale at Harp's, Jordan's Kwik Stop and Wal-Mart.