By Nate Olson | Photo by Jimmy Jones
The final week of the regular season will be an eventful one for ranked teams. The docket features a matchup between No. 1 and No. 2 for a conference title; two undefeated, Top 20 county rivals with a conference title on the line, and several other key matchups.
See the Week 10 rankings below.
1. Bryant (8-1)
Even after replacing 70 percent of their starters, the Hornets are in familiar territory with an unblemished league mark gunning for a third straight 7A-Central Conference title at No. 2 Conway on Friday night.
2. Conway (8-1)
Pundits might not have predicted the Wampus Cats to contend for a state title, but here they are with a chance to make a statement against three-time defending champion Bryant at home with the conference title at stake.
3. Fayetteville (7-2)
The Bulldogs truly have been the comeback team of 2021 as many thought, and a win against Springdale Har-Ber on Friday gives them their first outright conference title since 1963.
4. North Little Rock (7-2)
Their only two losses have come to the state’s two best teams and with a little more execution Friday, they could have taken the Hornets into the fourth quarter.
5. Shiloh Christian (8-1)
The home game with Huntsville on Friday night will be the last of the regular season, but the first of several in November as Shiloh makes a run to Little Rock for the Class 4A state championship game.
6. Pulaski Academy (8-1)
The Bruins will travel to one-win Jacksonville on Thursday night to wrap up the regular season and tune up for the playoffs.
7. Bentonville (6-2)
Rival Bentonville West is playing well, but the Tigers should take care of them and secure the 7A-West Conference No. 2 seed.
8. Benton (8-1)
The Panthers play struggling Van Buren in the regular-season finale and already have the 6A-West Conference title and No. 1 seed in the 6A state playoffs locked up.
9. Cabot (6-2)
The Panthers play North Little Rock on Friday for the No. 3 seed in the 7A-Central.
10. Lake Hamilton (8-1)
A tough loss to Benton snapped an eight-game win streak, but the Wolves can secure the No. 2 spot in the 6A-West with a win at Greenwood Friday night.
11. Jonesboro (7-2)
Jonesboro can finish as undefeated 6A-East Conference champions with a win at Marion on Thursday night.
12. Little Rock Parkview (6-3)
The Patriots travel to Mountain Home on Friday and should leave with a win and most likely the No. 3 seed in the 6A-West Conference.
13. Wynne (8-1)
An emotional night playing fellow 5A-East undefeated Nettleton will be even more so with the passing Monday of legendary former Yellowjackets coach Don Campbell.
14. FS Northside (5-4)
The Grizzlies will be the No. 5 seed in the 7A playoffs which makes them very dangerous with the close losses they’ve had with 7A-Central heavyweights.
15. White Hall (7-2)
After a bye week, the Bulldogs finish the 5A-Central slate with a struggling Beebe team as they prepare to enter the playoff field as a No. 2 seed.
16. Greenwood (6-3)
The Bulldogs battle Lake Hamilton in a rematch of last year's Class 6A state championship game in the regular-season finale Friday night at home, trying to avoid the No. 4 seed — they could be as high as No. 2 seed if they win by two points or more.
17. Little Rock Christian (7-2)
The Warriors get another tuneup with struggling Watson Chapel with the No. 3 seed in the 5A-Central Conference firmly locked up.
18. El Dorado (7-2)
The Wildcats finish the season being heavily favored against West Memphis and will be the No. 2 seed in the 6A-East conference.
19. Vilonia (9-0)
It’s the biggest game the Eagles have played in a long time with their first conference title since 2003 on the line as well as the Judge’s Cup — the trophy given to the winner of this Faulkner County rivalry.
20. Greenbrier (9-0)
The Panthers are 12-8 against fellow undefeated Faulkner County rival Vilonia over the past two decades and seek their first 5A-West title since winning back-to-back crowns in 2016-17.
21. Warren (8-1)
The Lumberjacks look to make it nine wins in a row against Central West Helena.