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September 16, 2010

Week Three NWA Previews

About: Today we are continuing our weekly prep football coverage by previewing some of the top games in North West Arkansas for Week Three of the 2010 Football Season.

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Conway at Heritage - September 17th

Conway

Last Week: 56-16 victory over Jonesboro

Key Players: QB Tyler Langley, RB Jamarkus Harmon, WR Tristan Eddings, WR Jalen Jones, WR Desmond Cox, DE Marquez Massey, LB Darian Hill, and DB Hunter Moix

Key Factor: Conway's skill players rival almost anyone in the state, but they have yet to see a defensive line that will bring pressure all night long like Heritage. If Conway's relatively inexperienced offensive line can hold up to the Heritage pass rush, they should keep on rolling.

Rogers Heritage

Last Week: 49-28 victory over Siloam Springs

Key Players: QB Reed Brown, RB Zac Stewart, WR Geof Fruik, G Jacob Huckaby, DT Reid Schatzman, DT Keith Rivers, LB Stefan Reed, S/RB Jimmy Britton, and K Hayden Severs

Key Factor: The War Eagles must find balance on offense; in the past they've had a tendency to get pass happy and dig themselves a hole. Stewart is one of the most exclusive backs in the state and a steady dose of him and Britton as the change of pace back will keep Conway's explosive offense on the sidelines.

Brandon Kirkpatrick's Pick: Heritage by7 | Luke Matheson's Pick: Conway by 7

Greenwood at Shiloh Christian- September 17th

Greenwood

Last Week: 44-12 victory over Lift for Life Academy (St. Louis, MO.)

Key Players: QB Stephen Hogan, RB Justin Sunde, RB/LB Marco Vota, RB/WR Dylan Dixon WR/S Blake Halsey, WR Seth Parker, C Ross Wheeler, and DE Chance Mouqett

Key Factor: Hogan must play within himself; he is making only his third start and will see the best defense he has seen so far. Greenwood Greenwood must play mistake free on offense, as they may need every score they can get to match the Saints.

Shiloh Christian

Last Week: 80-26 loss to Euless Trinity (Euless, TX)

Key Players: QB Kiehl Frazier, RB/S Garret Harper, WR/DB Zann Jones, T Travis Bodenstein, G/DT Trey Goss, T/DE Ryan Hyde, DT/G Samuel Harvill, LB/WR Colt Thomas

Key Factor: Shiloh's front four of Goss, Harvill, Hyde, and Chase Richards needs to apply constant pressure on Hogan in his first big Friday night game. A steady dose of Frazier and Harper on the ground will set up the aerial attack as well.

Brandon Kirkpatrick's Pick: Shiloh by 10 | Luke Matheson's Pick: Shiloh by 14

Jonesboro at Fayetteville - September 17th

Jonesboro

Last Week: 56-16 loss to Conway

Key Players: QB Moe Malugen, RB Zac Brooks, RB Demarques Johnson, WR P.J. Bookout, T Javin Puntry, DE Trip Crawford, LB Brad Shearin, LB Terrence Greer

Key Factor: Jonesboro must sustain a few drives, keeping Brandon Allen and the potent Bulldog offense off the field. Brooks, Johnson, and Shearin all have the ability to run on the Purple Dog defense

Fayetteville

Last Week: 42-6 victory over Russelleville

Key Players: QB Brandon Allen, RB Brice Gahagans, WR Chris Smith, TE Demetrius Dean, DE Devin Bowers, LB Dylan Hale, DL/LB Garrett Payne, CB Colby Jordan

Key Factor: Conway passed for almost 400 yards last week against the Hurricane and the Purple Dogs need to follow the same game plan. Allen is as dangerous as anyone in the state when he has time to throw. Also, force Jonesboro to beat them through the air, not with Brooks and Johnson.

Brandon Kirkpatrick's Pick: Fayetteville by28 | Luke Matheson's Pick: Fayetteville by 14

Gentry at Siloam Springs - September 17th

Gentry

Last Week: 27-13 victory over Charleston

Key Players: QB Austin Millsap, RB Tanner Coy, TE Tre Porter, TE Kevin Scherer, LB Eathen Ramsey, LB Tyler Rosenthal

Key Factor: Avoid the drop off of the huge win last week. It has been years since Gentry beat an opponent as good as the one they did last week.

Siloam Springs

Last Week: 49-28 loss to Rogers Heritage

Key Players: QB Austin Von Pouke, WR/CB Stuart Cifuentes, WR/S Chris Villasenor, C John Madding, DT Ernesto Guiterrez, TE/LB Braden Pippen

Key Factor: Von Pouke, a sophomore, has been sensational the first two weeks. He must continue his play, finding his two weapons in Cifuentes and Villasenor and Siloam should maintain their level of play.

Brandon Kirkpatrick's Pick: Siloam by 10| Luke Matheson's Pick: Siloam by 12

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