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Little Rock McClellan’s ...

Little Rock McClellan’s Xavion Morgan (middle) runs the ball as Pine Bluff Dollarway’s Antonio Brown (left) and Prince Okojie try to tackle him in Monday’s season opener at War Memorial Stadium. Morgan carried 8 times for 81 yards for the Lions, who racked up 319 of their 334 yards on the ground. More photos from this game are available at arkansasonline.com/galleries. Nashville defeated Watson Chapel 28-22 in Monday’s second game.

North Little Rock ...

North Little Rock Coach Jamie Mitchell (left) celebrates with his team after winning the Class 7A state championship last season. It was the first state championship in the state’s largest classification by a central Arkansas school since Little Rock Central won in 2004.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE ...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Molly Kingston, 17, a senior at Har-Ber High School, demonstrates a workout the team has been using Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at CrossFit 540 in Springdale. The Springdale Har-Ber volleyball team spent the offseason doing CrossFit workouts to get ready for the season.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/CHARLIE KAIJO ...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/CHARLIE KAIJO Fayetteville High School Carly Unruh (6) and Rosana Hicks (8) reach to block a shot during a benefit volleyball match, Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Siloam Springs High School in Siloam Springs.

Pine Bluff quarterback ...

Pine Bluff quarterback Tyler Foots passed for 1,857 yards and 28 touchdowns, and rushed for 943 yards and 10 scores last season, leading the Zebras to the Class 6A state championship game.

Running back Zak ...

Running back Zak Wallace and the Benton Panthers will travel to Greenwood for an Oct. 19 clash.

BRYAN HUTSON will ...

BRYAN HUTSON will lead Elkins as it makes the move from Class 3A to Class 4A this season. Hutson coached last season at Paris, his hometown.

Pulaski Academy’s (from ...

Pulaski Academy’s (from left) Grant Pignio, John David White and Blake Titus celebrate with teammates after their 37-36 victory over Little Rock McClellan in the Class 5A state championship Dec. 2 at War Memorial Stadium. White and Titus are among the key returners this season as the Bruins go for their fifth consecutive state title.

Jared McBride (left) ...

Jared McBride (left) will direct Hot Springs Lakeside against Lake Hamilton on Aug. 31.

Warren wide receiver ...

Warren wide receiver Treylon Burks (center) has helped lead the Lumberjacks to the Class 4A state championship game the past two seasons. The Lumberjacks defeated Pea Ridge in the 2016 title game, but lost last season to Arkadelphia.

Pea Ridge and ...

Pea Ridge and linebacker Tristin Brewer will travel to Harrison on Aug. 24 in a nonconference game.

Sweet feeling Arkadelphia ...

Sweet feeling Arkadelphia won its first state championship since 1987 when it defeated Warren in the Class 4A state title game in December at War Memorial Stadium. The Badgers defeated Southside Batesville, Ashdown and Pea Ridge to reach the state final.

Booneville fullback Carson ...

Booneville fullback Carson Ray (left) rushed for 637 yards and a team-high 15 touchdowns last season as a junior. The Bearcats open the season Aug. 24 at home against Clarksville.

Rison Coach Clay ...

Rison Coach Clay Totty (shown) will lead the Wildcats against McGehee on Sept. 28 in a 6-3A Conference game. The Wildcats are moving up from Class 2A to Class 3A this season.

Rivercrest won its ...

Rivercrest won its final game in Class 3A last season, defeating Junction City in the Class 3A state championship game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The Colts have moved to Class 4A. Junction City is in Class 2A this season, which means there will be a new state champion in Class 3A for 2018.

Fullback Chase Boyd ...

Fullback Chase Boyd (20) carries two Mount Ida defenders into the end zone for a touchdown during Foreman’s Class 2A state championship victory in December. Boyd, a senior, and junior Isaac Carver combined for 19 touchdowns last season for the Gators, who return 15 starters.

Coach Steven Jones ...

Coach Steven Jones and Junction City face Hector in a rare late-season nonconference game on Oct. 26. Both teams had open dates because of schools leaving 11-man football to play eight man, so the Dragons and Wildcats will square off at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.

Defending champions The ...

Defending champions The Foreman Gators reached their first state title game last season with victories over Clarendon, Bearden, Danville and Salem. The Gators averaged 43.2 points per game offensively, while allowing 11.3 points per game defensively.

Bentonville head football ...

Bentonville head football coach Jody Grant talks to his players during a practice Aug. 9 at Bentonville High School.

(Photo by Tony ...

(Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images) Navy Midshipmen place kicker Bennett Moehring (16) before the Military Bowl football game between Navy and Virginia at Navy - Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, on December 28, 2017. Navy defeated Virginia 49-7.

Little Rock McClellan ...

Little Rock McClellan Coach Maurice Moody has turned the Lions into state title contenders. “We’ve built a winning tradition here, and they believe and expect to win,” he said.

Arkansas' India Lewis ...

Arkansas' India Lewis guards Clemson's Kanetra Queen during the second half of an NCAA Tournament game on Friday, March 15, 2002, in Manhattan, Kan. The Razorbacks won 78-68.