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No. 1 vs. No. 2 in August and September mean very little when compared to the same matchups in October and November when championships are at stake.

Smith-Robinson Stadium is the place to be tonight when No. 1 Greenwood hosts No. 2 Benton in what will likely be for the championship in the 6A-West Conference. Both teams are 6-1 with six-game winning streaks.

Benton is much-improved from last year when Greenwood beat the Panthers 33-17. Benton will also arrive with a busload of confidence after pounding El Dorado 62-35 last week in the rain.

Another rainy night won't bother Benton and senior running back Zak Wallace, who gashed El Dorado for 271 yards and two touchdowns last week.

Greenwood recovered quickly after losing to Fort Smith Northside on Aug. 31. Senior Peyton Holt has settled in at quarterback after moving from receiver. He passed for 227 yards and three touchdowns last week during a 51-7 victory over Russellville.

Holt has plenty of options at receiver and the Greenwood defense whipped Russellville at the line of scrimmage and forced three interceptions. But the Cyclones do not have a running game and an all-state back like Wallace.

Greenwood is a dominant program in Class 6A but Benton is getting close and closer to elite status with former Lincoln coach Brad Harris at the control. Benton could make things interesting, especially if it rains again as the forecast projects

But Greenwood usually finds a way win regardless of the conditions. It's what champions do.

RICK'S PICK Greenwood

Other games involving teams from Northwest Arkansas (selections are capitalized).

CLASS 7A

Rogers at BENTONVILLE

Springdale at FAYETTEVILLE

BENTONVILLE WEST at Rogers Heritage

VAN BUREN at Springdale Har-Ber

NORTH LITTLE ROCK at Fort Smith Northside

Fort Smith Southside at LITTLE ROCK CATHOLIC

CLASS 6A

EL DORADO at Siloam Springs

CLASS 5A

HARRISON at Alma

CLASS 4A

PRAIRIE GROVE at Gentry

Green Forest at GRAVETTE

SHILOH CHRISTIAN at Lincoln

Berryville at PEA RIDGE

POTTSVILLE at Elkins

Subiaco Academy at DARDANELLE

Waldron at MENA

Dover at OZARK

CLASS 3A

Charleston at BOONEVILLE

Cedarville at GREENLAND

LAMAR at Mansfield

Paris at WEST FORK

CLASS 2A

MOUNTAINBURG at Hackett

Lavaca at HECTOR

JOHNSON COUNTY WESTSIDE at Magazine

LAST WEEK 21-4 (84 percent)

OVERALL 133-39 (77 percent)

Sports on 10/19/2018

Print Headline: RICK'S PICKS: One six-game winning streak will end tonight at Greenwood

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