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August 10, 2012TweetFollow @LukeMatheson Follow @arkansasvarsity
There are debates each year in regards to the toughest conferences in Arkansas high school football.
Nearly every conference has at least one team that could be considered a competitor, but there are a few conferences that have set themselves apart when you look at records, championships, etc.
Today, we take a look at five conferences which on paper should produce the most dominate teams in the state this year.
These conferences are in no particular order, other than from Class 7A down to Class 2A.
7A WestThe 7A West has been completely dominate in terms of state championships since Arkansas went from four football-playing conferences to six in 2006. This year looks to be no different.
The Fayetteville Purple Dogs have a legitimate shot at defending their 2011 state championship, while Bentonville and Springdale Har-Ber will also be legitimate contenders.
In Class 7A, there is no doubt that the state championship will run through the West.
6A SouthWhile the Arkansas Activities Association forces 7A and 6A schools to play each other in conference play, the 6A South has proven their dominance once the playoffs roll around.
Texarkana and Lake Hamilton each enjoyed winning a championship in the first two years of the new 6A, but the El Dorado Wildcats have simply dominated everyone in their path the past three years, to include a victory of 7A West foe Springdale Har-Ber last year.
The Wildcats are poised to win their fourth-straight state championship, but even they will have to go through the other teams in the South in order to do so.
5A-WestThough the Greenwood Bulldogs showed how the West was won by winning six state championships since 2000, they have now moved on to Class 6A action. However, there are still plenty of teams in the conference which could still make this the toughest conference in Class 5A.
Alma, Greenbrier, Morrilton, and Shiloh Christian are the four teams expected to battle it out for the conference title, and lets be honest, it is only a matter of time before the Saint's begin to have success once again.
The 5A-South is right there on the heels with teams like Camden-Fairview, Watson Chapel, and White Hall, but because of Greenwood's past success, the 5A-West takes the nod in this one.
7-4AThe 7-4A conference gets the nod here despite the 8-4A pushing for the lead. However, when the Nashville Scrappers and Billy Dawson are on a roll, they are nearly impossible to stop.
Their four state titles since 2005 and 65-4 record under Dawson more than proves that.
Add salty teams like Malvern, Ashdown, and CAC, and one can easily see why the 7-4A gets the nod here.
Speaking of the 7-4A and 8-4A, another game between Nashville and Warren would be welcomed in the eyes of many Class 4A fans across the state.
8-2AWhen you want to talk about dominance at the lowest level of Arkansas high school football, there is no question that the 8-2A conference is the one to beat.
This conference has won five state championships in the past nine years, and three of the last four.
Junction City is loaded this season and is the early favorite to win it all, but you also have a stout Bearden team. On top of that, one of the most dominate Class 2A programs ever, Rison, has dropped back down from Class 3A.
There are without a doubt other tough leagues in Class 2A, but if any of their teams want to win a title, they will have to go through at least one team from the 8-2A.
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