Hooten's Arkansas Football has arrived to highlight amongst over 200 high schools in the Natural State for the up coming fall 2017 season. Traditionally, two of Hempstead County's football teams (Hope Bobcats and Spring Hill Bears) are featured in the 25th annual edition of Hooten's football book with all the entire classifications from 2A-7A for conference preseason predictions voted by league coaches.

Hooten's Arkansas Football has arrived to highlight amongst over 200 high schools in the Natural State for the up coming fall 2017 season. Traditionally, two of Hempstead County's football teams (Hope Bobcats and Spring Hill Bears) are featured in the 25th annual edition of Hooten's football book with all the entire classifications from 2A-7A for conference preseason predictions voted by league coaches.

The hometown Hope Bobcats are picked to finish eighth in the 5A South Conference, as voted by league coaches in the upcoming 2017 football season. The Spring Hill Bears predicted to finish seventh out the 7-2A Conference by league coaches.

In the 25th annual Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine, the 432-page book, which takes more than five months to compile, offers the most comprehensive preseason football coverage in Arkansas. The book retails for $16.99 and is currently on sale now at Super 1 Foods, Walgreens and Wal-Mart. Arkansas Razorback quarterback Austin Allen graces the cover for the 2017 edition. Hooten's Arkansas Football takes a look back at the past 25 years since Arkansas joined the SEC, and offers a “what if” scenario with the Hogs staying in the Southwest Conference.


In addition to providing extensive coverage of every high school team in the state, the book offers an in-depth preview on the Razorbacks and coverage on each Southeastern Conference school. Arkansas State and every state college are previewed as well as all 130 Division I college teams in America.

The national award-winning book features coaches' polls for each high school conference, statewide rankings for every team, super teams for each classification, a national college poll and complete college and high school schedules.

Since the 2013 football, the Bobcats are picked eighth in the conference for preseason predictions. The Cats made a huge turnaround to finish the 2013 season co-conference champions with Camden-Fairview and ending their four-year league 30 game winning-streak. The Cats went on to advance to the semifinals in the postseason in 2013 when predicted to finish last in the conference.

This season will be different for the Cats, as they went winless last year for the first time with less depth and numerous injuries that played a major factor in their season. Thus far, the Cats upgraded to around 50 players during spring football and have worked hard and well during the summer at team camps in Nashville, Magnolia. Also they've participated at 7 on 7 tournament competitions at Benton and Camden-Fairview.

Hot Springs Lakeside is considered the top team to win the 5A South Conference for 2017. White Hall takes second, Watson Chapel picked third and Camden-Fairview fourth for the top four places to enter postseason voted by league coaches for preseason predictions.

Magnolia is picked fifth, Hot Springs sixth and De Queen seventh. For overall predictions in Class 5A, Pulaski Academy is predicted win the title as the No. 1 ranked team in the state. Wynne follows at No. 2, Alma - No. 3, Batesville - No. 4, Little Rock Christian - No. 5, Harrison - No. 6, Hot Springs Lakeside - No.7, Morrilton - No. 8, Greenbrier - No. 9, Little Rock McClellan - No. 10, White Hall - No. 11, Sylvan Hills - No. 12, Watson Chapel - No. 13, Blytheville - No. 14, Camden-Fairview - No. 15, Nettleton - No. 16, Beebe - No. 17, Valley View - No. 18, Maumelle - No. 19 and Hot Springs - No. 20 for the top 20 Class 5A state rankings.

In the 2A classification, the Spring Hill Bears are predicted to finish the 7-2A Conference seventh as last season. The Bears will be back with some experience and starters on both sides of the ball. With the injury bug haunting them last year, the Bears hope to qualify for one of five postseason spots. Mt. Ida comes into the season as the overall top-ranked team in the state for Class 2A after winning the 2016 state title last season.

The Bears held a close battle to Mt. Ida in their match-up last season just down a touchdown in first half. Foreman takes the second spot, Dierks picked third, Lafayette County fourth and Murfreesboro fifth for the top five finishes for postseason. Mineral Springs was voted to finish sixth and Mt. Pine takes the eighth spot.

For the overall Class 2A rankings, behind top-ranked Mt Ida, Rison - No. 2, Camden-Harmony Grove - No. 3, Danville - No. 4, Bearden - No. 5, Hampton - No. 6, Des Arc - No. 7, McCrory - No. 8, Conway Christian - No. 9, Cross County - No. 10, England - No. 11, Earle - No. 12, Hector - No. 13, Carlisle - No. 14, Hackett - No. 15, Murfreesboro - No. 16, East Poinsett County - No. 17, Hazen - No. 18, Foreman - No. 19 and Palenstine-Wheatley - No. 20.

The Bears return to their gridiron summer workouts for team camps this week as they've participated in early camps held in Gurdon and Little Rock.

The Bears will open their 2017 football season at home Sept. 1 hosting Bismarck, on the road at Parkers Chapel Sept. 8, back home Sept. 15 vs. Genoa Central. The Bears open 7-2A Conference play at Foreman Sept. 22, back home Sept. 29 hosting Lafayette County and Oct. 6 vs. Mt. Ida. On Oct. 13, Spring Hill battles Mt. Pine, Oct. 20 hosting Murfreesboro, Oct. 27 vs. Dierks and Nov. 2 at Mineral Springs.


From Hooten's Football college perpective, Alabama is tabbed to win the SEC West, followed by LSU, Auburn, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Georgia is picked to win the SEC Eastern Division, followed by Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Missouri.

The nationally renowned 5-star recruit signee and hometown former Bobcat McTelvin "Sosa" Agim is his defensive line’s best player and his versatility makes him even better. Agim played every game, the first eight as a backup and the last five starting. He totaled 27 tackles, 5.5 behind the line for minus 27 yards including 2.5 quarterback sacks, and was credited two quarterback hurries forcing incomplete passes. Agim returns for his sophomore season with the Razorbacks and convincingly one of the top pieces to lead the Hogs' defensive unit. Arkansas is predicted to finish the SEC West fourth behind Auburn-third, LSU-second and Alabama picked to win as the overall No. 1 ranked school in the country in the top 25 preseason poll.

Arkansas State is ranked second in the Sun Belt and 63rd nationally. Appalachian State is picked to win the Sun Belt.


The Alabama Crimson Tide are Hooten’s preseason No. 1 team, followed by Florida State, Southern Cal, Ohio State and Penn State.


Southern Arkansas is picked to win the Great American Conference, followed by Ouachita Baptist, Henderson State, Harding and SE Oklahoma State.

Former Hope Bobcat QB Austin Stubber and Spring Hill Bear TE Will Walton both are signees from SAU's recruiting class of 2017. Stubber and Walton both signed National Letters of Intent to play football at SAU in the fall as the Muleriders are predicted to finish first in the Great American Conference. Kyler Means (redshirt junior), and former 2013 Hope Bobcat continues to take part with the Muleriders entering the 2017 season with the special teams unit. Means already has completed two seasons at SAU as a kicker and punter for 2015-16.

Also former Bobcats' Josh Witherspoon and Riley Smith join the Henderson State Reddies who take the third spot in the GAC. Witherspoon and Smith are both HSU football signees from the recruiting class of 2016 and redshirt last season.


Hooten's high school favorites to win it all in 2017 are Har-Ber in Class 7A, Greenwood in Class 6A, Pulaski Academy in Class 5A, Warren in Class 4A, Prescott in Class 3A and Mount Ida in Class 2A.

The book is published annually by Hooten Publishing, Inc., of Benton.

HOOTEN'S ARKANSAS FOOTBALL PRESEASON PREDICTIONS 2017

5A SOUTH CONFERENCE

1. Hot Springs Lakeside

2. White Hall

3. Watson Chapel

4. Camden-Fairview

5. Magnolia

6. Hot Springs

7. De Queen

8. Hope

 

7-2A CONFERENCE

1. Mt. Ida

2. Foreman

3. Dierks

4. Lafayette County

5. Murfreesboro

6. Mineral Springs

7. Spring Hill

8. Mt. Pine

 

GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE

1. Southern Arkansas University

2. Ouachita Baptist University

3. Henderson State University

4. Harding

5. SE Oklahoma State

6. Arkansas Tech

7. SW Oklahoma State

8. UA-Monticello

9. NW Oklahoma State

10. East Central

11. Oklahoma Baptist

12. Southern Nazarene

 

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

SEC WEST

1. Alabama

2. LSU

3. Auburn

4. Arkansas

5. Texas A&M

6. Mississippi State

7. Ole Miss

 

SEC EAST

1. Georgia

2. Florida

3. Tennessee

4. Kentucky

5. South Carolina

6. Vanderbilt

7. Missouri