Rex Nelson: Arkansas High School Football Poll – Preseason


Rex Nelson Archive PageEditor’s Note: As we prepare to ramp up for another exciting football season in Arkansas, Rex Nelson shares his Southern Fried Blog Arkansas High School Football Rankings. We start this week with Rex’s preseason rankings of teams throughout the state.

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It’s that fun first week of Arkansas high school football when you can watch games almost every night.

Monday night sees a doubleheader at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock and a doubleheader at Cliff Harris Stadium in Arkadelphia.

Tuesday night sees another doubleheader at War Memorial Stadium along with a doubleheader at Golden Lion Stadium in Pine Bluff. Meanwhile, at Arkansas State University’s stadium in Jonesboro, ranked teams Batesville and Jonesboro square off in the Simmons Bank Classic in one of the biggest games of Week One.

Thursday night sees Bauxite battle Benton Harmony Grove in a game of interest since both teams have big-name new coaches who dropped down from higher classifications.

Dozens of games take place on Friday, including the Salt Bowl between Benton and Bryant at War Memorial Stadium. A crowd of at least 30,000 people is expected.

I’ll be on the air from 10 p.m. until midnight each Friday on more than 40 radio stations across Arkansas with scores, highlights, statistics, interviews and updated rankings. For those of you in central Arkansas, we can be heard on KARN-FM, 102.9.

Let’s get to it.

Here are the preseason rankings:


1. Fayetteville

2. Greenwood

3. Pulaski Academy

4. Cabot

5. Bentonville

6. Pine Bluff

7. Springdale Har-Ber

8. North Little Rock

9. Jonesboro

10. Benton

To see each Arkansas high school football classification’s rankings, click here.

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