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September 7, 2010

Week Two: NEA Preview

About: Today we are continuing our weekly prep footballcoverage by previewing some of the top games in North East Arkansas for Week Two of the 2010 Football Season.

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#4 (Class 6A) Jonesboro vs #2 (Class 7A) Conway- Friday, September 10th
Jonesboro has stepped their program up to a new level since adding Coach Randy Coleman as head coach.QB Moe Malugen, ATH Zac Brooks,LB's Terrence Greer and Brad Shearin are key players to keep your eyes on this year. The Hurricane are looking for a spark this season after coming out slow against Class 5A Greene County Tech last week,winning 24-19. Key Stat: Coach Randy Coleman led the Hurricane to their best season since 1982 last year. Coleman has a record of 17-5 at Jonesboro.
Conway very well could be this year's sleeper team in Class 7A. The Wampus Cats defeated FS Southside last week by the score of 53-25. The Cats are loaded with top talent this year including QB Micah Delph, WR's Desmond Cox, Jalen Jones, Brandon Cox, and a host of others.Marquez Massey will do big thingson defense along with Tererence Cartwright, Corven Alexander, and a host of others. Key Stat: The Wampus cats have 15 returning starters in the second year of Coach Clint Ashcraft's new system.
Brandon Kirkpatrick's Pick: Conway by 14 | Kyle O'Neal's Pick: Conway by 17 | Luke Matheson's Pick: Conway by 16

#2 (Class 5A) Batesvillevs #8 (Class 6A)Searcy - Friday, September 10th
The Pioneers rolled over Newport last week by the score of 41-14. On offense, they will use the play of QB Storm Tipton RB Cody Vaughn, ATH Michael Showalter, WR's Michael Shellenberger and Frank Ramirez, as well as a host of others. Defensively, keep your eyes onDariusJohnson, Chance Rogers, Tipton, Showalter, Evan Fry, Dillon James and Keaton Thacker. Key Stat: The Pioneers gave up 17 points per game last year.
Searcy is a team on the move in Class 6A since the addition of Coach Tim Harper. The Lions steamrolled North Pulaski last week 56-0. Offensively, QB Desmond Stegall, RB's Jacob Mowrer and Hayden Mercer, WR's B.J. Slaughterand Bear Davidson are some to keep your eyes on. Defensively, the Lions are led by stout linebackers Mike Brown and Charles Birmingham. Slaughter, Andrew Moore, and Steven Seitz are playmakers in the secondary. Key Stat: The Lions won the same amount of games last year under new coach Tim Harper, than they did in the previous four years combined.
Brandon Kirkpatrick's Pick: Batesville by 10 | Kyle O'Neal's Pick: Batesville by14 | Luke Matheson's Pick: Searcy by 8

#9 (Class 3A) Bald Knob vs #10 (Class 4A) Newport - Friday, September 10th
The Bulldogs graduated a lot of talent off of last year's 13-1 team, but they showed they still have some talent after beating Pochahontas last week 48-17. Cordell Crisp lines up at QB this year, while Steven Merrill moved to RB from his WR position last year. Trey Gavine,Jordan Johnson,Terrell Woods, Cody Whitmire, and Joey Miller all line up at WR. Zach Shoebottom, Caleb McBride, Cody Davis and otherslock down the lines, whileDiAndre Woods, Tyler Wallace, Miller,Woods, and Trey Gavin lockdown at linebackers and in the secondary. Key Stat: The Bulldogs set the state records for interceptions last year, picking off 37 passes over the length of the season.
TheGreyhounds fell to Class 5A Batesville last week by the score of 41-14, and hope to pick up a win againsta salty Bald Knob team this Friday night. QB Michael Reynolds will lead the team, but ATH and Ole Miss commitmentArtez Brown is the man to watch. Quadarius Ross, Frank Brown, andJacoby Williamsare to be watched in the backfield, while Robbie Balentine, Dallas Luce, and Grant Black are the WR's. Ross, Brown, Devante Neal, Denzel Taylor, and Kordre Taylor are players to watch on defense. Key Stat: The Greyhounds move into a new conference this year, and hope to earn their first conference title since 2007.
Brandon Kirkpatrick's Pick: Newport by 7 | Kyle O'Neal's Pick: Bald Knob by 2 | Luke Matheson's Pick: Bald Knob by 6

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