The Booneville Bearcats are picked to win Conference 3A-1, as voted on by conference coaches in the 26th annual Hooten’s Arkansas Football Magazine.
Publishers of the Magazine have also named the Bearcats the favorite for the Class 3A state title.
Magazine is picked fifth in Conference 2A-4 — coaches selected Hector as the favorite in the league — and Foreman is picked to repeat as Class 2A champions come December.
The cover story for the 26th annual Hooten’s Arkansas Football bookazine traces the hammer-down journey of Chad Morris from high school basketball coach to University of Arkansas head football coach.
The book retails for $16.99 and is on sale in south Logan County at Jam Mart and Walmart.
The 432-page book, which takes six months to compile, offers the most comprehensive preseason football coverage in Arkansas. Hooten’s picks the rebuilding Razorbacks to finish seventh in the SEC West in Morris’ debut season in Fayetteville.
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 Hooten’s Arkansas Football features coaches’ polls for each high school conference, statewide rankings for every team, super teams for each classification, the state’s Top 50 recruits, a national college poll and complete high school schedules.
Alabama is tabbed to win the SEC West, followed by Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Arkansas. Georgia is picked to win the SEC Eastern Division, followed by South Carolina, Missouri, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Arkansas State is ranked second in the Sun Belt and 65th nationally. Appalachian State is picked to win the Sun Belt.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are Hooten’s preseason No. 1 team, followed by Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia and Wisconsin.
Ouachita Baptist is picked to win the Great American Conference, followed by Harding, Southern Arkansas, Henderson State and Arkansas Tech.
Remaining Hooten’s high school favorites to win it all in 2018 are North Little Rock in Class 7A, Pine Bluff in Class 6A, Pulaski Academy in Class 5A, Warren in Class 4A, and Foreman in Class 2A.
The book is published annually by Hooten Publishing, Inc., of Benton.