FLASH'S PREP FOOTBALL REPORT - October 24 (Week # 10)
Lawrence County Red Devils vs. West Point Warriors
Class 5A, Region 8 (K92 Game of the week)
SITE: West Point Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Lawrence County 5-3, 3-3 in 5A, R 8
West Point 5-3, 3-3 in 5A, R 8
SERIES: Lawrence County leads 17-15
LAST TIME: West Point defeated LCHS 15-7 in 2013
LAST WEEK: West Point lost to East Limestone 31-7, Lawrence County lost to Russellville 21-13.
ANALYSIS: It's win and go into the first round of the state playoffs in this matchup. This becomes West Point's biggest game with it also being the 2014 homecoming.
The victor takes the 4th seed from Region 8 and punches a first round trip to Birmingham to face Region 5 champion Parker High School.
West Point has three consecutive losses, Lawrence County has suffered defeat in its last two games. The heartbreaker for the Warriors was two weeks ago when they suffered a 26-22 setback at home to Russellville.
In comparison to common opponents from the region, the Warriors lost to East Limestone 31-7, the Red Devils fell 41-7. Against Russellville, WP was defeated 26-22 with LCHS going down by the score of 21-13.
Facing Johnson, the Warriors lost 40-10 with the Red Devils taking a 14-7 setback early in the season. West Point routed Columbia 42-14 while Lawrence County beat the Eagles 23-7. The Warriors ran over Ardmore 31-6 while LCHS got by the Tigers 28-21. Against Pope John Paul, West Point won 41-7, LCHS was a 28-14 winner.
It comes down to execution on both sides. Coach Don Farley believes the Warriors can play as well as they did against Russellville for the first three quarters, the losing streak will be over, homecoming will be celebrated and the Warriors are playoff qualfiers for the first time as a 5A program and in the postseason for the first time since 2008.
West Point has a 3-game winning streak against the opponent from Moulton. Lawrence County would love to spoil the homecoming fun and to prevent the Warriors from having their best regional record in seven years competing from the 5A ranks.
Cullman Bearcats vs. Muscle Shoals Trojans
Class 6A, Region 8
SITE: J.F. Moore Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Cullman 4-4, 2-3 in 6A, R 8
Muscle Shoals 5-2, 3-2 in 6A, R 8
SERIES: Cullman leads 4-3
LAST TIME: Muscle Shoals defeated Cullman 47-7 in 2013
LAST WEEK: Cullman lost to Decatur 33-13, Muscle Shoals was idle
ANALYSIS: With two consecutive losses in the region, the Bearcats are on the outside looking in. They have a chance to continue their playoff run that began in 2005. Mark Britton's squad will need to win against the Trojans and get some help by Austin.
Austin plays at Hartselle. The Tigers are 2-3 in the region, but have the tiebreaker against the Bearcats. A Cullman win and a Hartselle loss, the Bearcats take the No. 3 seed from the region and Hartselle is out of the playoff picture. A 3-way tie will be decided on the tiebreaker procedure. A young ball club that has run into mistakes the last two weeks must eliminate them, especially on the road in order to look to keeping the season going on the first Friday night of November.
Butler Rebels vs. Fairview Aggies
Class 5A, Region 7
SITE: Oliver Woodard Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Butler 0-8, 0-6 in 5A, R 7
Fairview 2-6, 0-6 in 5A, R 7
SERIES: Fairview leads 2-0
LAST TIME: Fairview defeated Butler 47-14 in 2011
LAST WEEK: Fairview lost to Douglas 27-14, Butler lost to Guntersville 52-22
ANALYSIS: It will be the final time the Aggies play at Cullman High School this season with Woodard Stadium being their temporary home until the situation with Dafford Smith Stadium can be resolved.
Coach George Redding reports Butler has speed and the Aggies must do what they can to contain it and not allow the Rebels the big play.
Fairview has been effected by lack of point production in three straight losses. The Aggies have not been consistent on scoring when they get the ball into the opponent's 20-yard line. The lack of execution in the red zone has turned close games the past three weeks into double digit losses to Madison County, Guntersville and Douglas.
It's a chance for the seniors to say goodbye from the home perspective for the final time. Fairview doesn't want the opponent to come in from Huntsville and head back to the Rocket City with something to smile about. The Rebels have been beaten by large numbers from everybody they have played in 2014. A Fairview win would give them a 3-2 mark in playing on the artificial surface of the Cullman Bearcats for half of the season.
Good Hope Raiders vs. North Jackson Chiefs
Class 4A, Region 7
SITE: R.D. Hicks Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Good Hope 4-4, 3-3 in 4A, R 7
North Jackson 6-2, 5-1 in 4A, R 7
SERIES: 1st meeting
LAST WEEK: Good Hope defeated DAR 63-40, North Jackson defeated Oneonta 52-27
ANALYSIS: The Raiders were eliminated from the 4A, Region 7 playoff race last week, even with an entertaining victory on homecoming. Westminster Christian downed J.B. Pennington 38-20 and has the tiebreaker on the Raiders for a win at Good Hope on the first Friday of September.
But with everything to gain and nothing to lose, the Raiders could provide help for Oneonta. The Redskins are in a three-way with North Jackson and Locust Fork. If the Raiders upset the Chiefs and Oneonta beats Westminster, the Redskins take the No. 1 seed and Locust Fork drops to third place.
The Raiders have played well with four wins in the last five games to have confidence of traveling to the town of Stevenson for the first time.
Good Hope will have to show poise against a team that went on the road last week and won by more than three touchdowns to cool off Oneonta. But the Raiders are hoping the Chiefs put too much emotion into that game and don't have a lot left in the tank when this contest kicks off.
Vinemont Eagles vs. Winston County Yellow Jackets
Class 3A, Region 5
SITE: Malcom Blake Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Vinemont 4-4, 3-2 in 3A, R 5
Winston County 5-3, 3-2 in 3A, R 5
SERIES: Winston County leads 7-6
LAST TIME: Winston County defeated Vinemont 42-8
LAST WEEK: Vinemont defeated Susan Moore 40-14, Winston County was idle.
ANALYSIS: The winner is No. 3 in this region. That gives the winner a trip to Rogersville for the first round of the playoffs with Lauderdale County. The loser has to head to Madison Academy and deal with one of the best 3A programs in the Northern part of Alabama.
Vinemont got momentum on its side midway in the third quarter and finished off Susan Moore with 21 unanswered points, thanks to time consuming drives from the potent running attack.
If the Eagles can use a variety of runners from QB Garrett Boland, RB John Michael Dye, RB Orey Woods, RB Colby Nicholas and FB Bo Wright, they can keep the Yellow Jackets off balance.
Winston County had a week off to prepare for this showdown. If Vinemont coach Alan Scott and his staff has been able to see the Winston County film against Holly Pond, they may be able to see some things that allowed the winless Broncos to lead at the half 27-15.
If Holly Pond can fight hard with the Jackets at Blake Stadium for three quarters, the Eagles know they are in the same opportunity. All they have to do is raise the bar a little higher and return to Vinemont late Friday night as the No. 3 qualifier in the region.
Winfield Pirates vs. Holly Pond Broncos
Class 3A, Region 5
SITE: Thomas-Michelfelder Field, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Winfield 5-3, 4-1 in 3A, R 5
Holly Pond 0-8, 0-5 in 3A, R 5
SERIES: Winfield leads 2-1
LAST TIME: Holly Pond defeated Winfield 28-27 in 2011
LAST WEEK: Holly Pond lost to Hanceville 27-7, Winfield lost to Oakman 41-14
ANALYSIS: Holly Pond has a tough challenge in its final regional game of the season. The Pirates suffered a rare loss at home last week that gave Oakman the regional title. Now the Pirates will come to the East side of Cullman County determined to get things in order prior to the playoffs.
The Broncos were not the same without QB Michael Lambert who was lost to a broken collarbone in the game with Vinemont. His absence was felt last week against Hanceville with the Broncos down by four touchdowns when the game reached halftime.
Caleb Jones has taken over running the Bronco offense. They will need plenty of help from the rest of the unit with Winfield able to go deep into its sidelines with over 70 players on the roster.
The Broncos are in search of their first win for Mike Bates with two games left in 2014, both in front of the fans at Thomas-Michelfelder Field.
Hanceville Bulldogs vs. Susan Moore Bulldogs
Class 3A, Region 5
SITE: Larry Patterson Field, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Hanceville 1-7, 1-4 in 3A, R 5
Susan Moore 2-6, 1-4 in 3A, R 5
SERIES: Susan Moore leads 3-1
LAST TIME: Susan Moore defeated Hanceville 22-14 in 1999
LAST WEEK: Hanceville defeated Holly Pond 27-7, Susan Moore lost to Vinemont 40-14
ANALYSIS: Getting a win over Holly Pond will give Hanceville a chance to head to Blount County with confidence they can make it two straight.
Playing at Vinemont last Friday, Susan Moore showed they could move the ball with a 16-play, 80-yard drive in the third quarter that cut the margin to 19-14. They have a quarterback that can operate the read option and a running back that can find holes through the defense.
But Hanceville had big plays from Dante' Reese in the HC game with Holly Pond along with Caleb Hurst and others.
This game could be evenly matched. It will come down to who wants it more in the final night of regional action for the two programs that have a lot of success from their past.
Tarrant Wildcats vs. Cold Springs Eagles
Class 2A, Region 6
SITE: Cranford Stricklin Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Tarrant 4-4, 4-1 in 2A, R 6
Cold Springs 6-2, 3-2 in 2A, R 6
SERIES: 1st meeting
LAST WEEK: Cold Springs defeated Sumiton Christian 26-0, Tarrant defeated Addison 26-13.
ANALYSIS: A shutout victory in Walker County put the Eagles into the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Now playing their final home game in the Southwest part of Cullman County, the Eagles are looking to continue their run against a team from Jefferson County that will be the biggest challenge so far for Rod Elliott and his squad.
Tarrant scored three times in the second half to get control of the game at Addison and knock the Bulldogs out of second place in Region 6 play.
The Eagles will look to contain big plays by the Wildcats and take advantage of opportuntities. In the past two seasons, the Eagles have produced 12 wins against six losses and have been rewarded with a playoff berth.
Now the Eagles are looking for the possibility of finishing second or settling for fourth, pending on the outcome of this encounter.
Addison Bulldogs vs. Southeastern Mustangs
Class 2A, Region 6
SITE: Remlap Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Addison 5-3, 3-2 in 2A, R 6
Southeastern 2-6, 0-5 in 2A, R 6
SERIES: Addison leads 2-0
LAST TIME: Addison defeated Southeastern 47-0 in 2013
LAST WEEK: Addison lost to Tarrant 26-13, Southeastern lost to Falkville 33-13
ANALYSIS: Southeastern now has a stadium on its own campus in just its third year of playing in the AHSAA. The school is located on Highway 75 in Blount County, south of Locust Fork and before you cross into Jefferson County.
Addison will look to get back on the winning track after Tarrant topped the Bulldogs last week with a solid second half and dropped David Smothers' squad to third place in the Region 6 standings.
Anything can happen in the game of football and Addison will be wanting to know of the outcome of the Cold Springs-Tarrant game. A win by the Eagles and Addison wins at Southeastern, which ie expected, a three-way tie of 4-2 would take place in the region standings with the tiebreaker procedures to be applied.
Addison is going to the playoffs for the 13th time since regional play was adopted by the AHSAA in 2000 and for the fifth consecutive season, the third under David Smothers.