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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.

Springdale Har-Ber’s Max ...

Springdale Har-Ber’s Max Pena (center) runs through drills Tuesday during football practice at Wildcat Stadium in Springdale. Har-Ber welcomed more than 150 players into camp this week as the Wildcats began preparations for the Aug. 24 season-opener against Pulaski Academy.

Little Rock Catholic ...

Little Rock Catholic senior running back Samy Johnson returns to lead the Rockets after a 2017 season in which he ran for 1,292 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Coach Tommy Shoemaker

Coach Tommy Shoemaker