Rex’s Rankings: Arkansas High School Football Shows Muscle


Editor’s Note: We start the Arkansas high school football season how we will continue it until it ends, with Rex Nelson sharing his Arkansas High School Football Rankings, featured on his Southern Fried Blog.

Rex’s Rankings: After one week

Rex Nelson Archive PageThe first week of the high school football season is in the books.

Some highlights and takeaways:

— Pine Bluff was even more impressive than expected in its 28-7 win over a good Fort Smith Northside team.

— Cabot may be the real deal. The 34-18 win over Conway also was impressive.

— How about that crowd of more than 34,000 for the Salt Bowl at War Memorial Stadium? That says a lot about the strength of high school football in the state.

— Speaking of the strength of high school football in the state, Pulaski Academy went to Dallas and ended Highland Park’s 84-game home winning streak. I was in Dallas on Saturday, and there was a major story on that accomplishment in the Dallas Morning News. Congratulations to the Bruins.

— Smackover, a good team, played two games in six days and starts 0-2 with losses to Warren and Junction City. Yes, Warren is still Warren. And Junction City is still Junction City.

Let’s get to the rankings:


1. Pine Bluff

2. Fayetteville

3. Bentonville

4. Pulaski Academy

5. Fort Smith Southside

6. Greenwood

7. Cabot

8. Bryant

9. El Dorado

10. Batesville

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

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