Hootens.com Kickoff Week Features Top Teams

Ten of the top teams in Arkansas, a three-time defending Texas state champ and 2013 Oklahoma state runner-up start the 2014 high school season during Hootens.com Kickoff Week.

The 12 participants in this year’s kickoff week combined for 111 wins, five conference titles, two state championships and two state runner-up finishes last season.

Hootens.com Kickoff Week begins with a Labor Day doubleheader at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Monday, Sept. 1. Class 4A Highland, which features a pair of Division I players, takes on Midland Christian, Texas, at 7:30 p.m.Midland Christian has won 40 games the past three seasons and six state titles since 2000. Hot Springs Lakeside meets 2013 quarterfinalist Lincoln at 5:30 p.m.

UAPB’s Golden Lion Stadium in Pine Bluff hosts a doubleheader Tuesday, Sept. 2. Class 4A No. 1 Warren, which has won consecutive 8-4A titles and finished as state runner-up last season, plays traditional 7A West heavyweight Fort Smith Southside at 7:30 p.m. Class 3A seventh-ranked Episcopal plays DeWitt at 5:30 p.m.Episcopal advanced to the quarterfinals last fall for the second time in school history,

On Thursday, Sept. 4, at Mayo-Thompson Stadium in Fort Smith, defending Class 3A state champion Charleston, led by Arkansas Razorback quarterback commit Ty Storey, plays tradition-rich Shiloh Christian at 5:30 p.m. Then at 7:30 p.m. Alma plays Poteau, Okla. Alma advanced to the Class 5A semifinals last season, while Poteau finished as Oklahoma Class 4A state runner-up.

In the event’s 14-year history, 19 teams started runs to the state finals during Hootens.com Kickoff Week. Four teams that played in the 2009 Kickoff Week reached the state title game.