AREA FOOTBALL PREVIEW - October 3 (Week # 7)
Cold Springs Eagles (5-1, 2-1) vs. Addison Bulldogs (3-2, 1-1)
K92 Game of the Week
SITE: A.G. Hicks Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
CLASS 2A, REGION 6:
SERIES: Addison leads 25-2
LAST TIME: Addison defeated Cold Springs 45-0 in 2009.
LAST WEEK: Cold Springs defeated Vinemont 21-15, Addison was idle.
2A, REGION 6 STANDINGS: Tanner 3-0, Tarrant 2-0, Cold Springs 2-1, Addison 1-1, Sumiton Christian 1-2, Falkville 0-2, Southeastern 0-3.
COACHES: Rod Elliott 36-32 @ Cold Springs 8th year, David Smothers 19-8 @ Addison 3rd year.
ANALYSIS: Playoff implication factors in this game with Cold Springs coming to A.G. Hicks Stadium playing good football and trying to win on Addison's turf for the very first time.
Addison knows this game is important for the Bulldogs in order to stay near the top of the regional standings with many believing that Tanner will take the top spot even though Tarrant is 2-0 in regional play.
Tarrant travels to Tanner this week with it being the other showdown featuring the top four teams currently in the region.
Cold Springs has won two straight after getting shut out at Tanner on Sept. 12 by the score of 49-0. The Eagles operate under a run-oriented system with sophomore quarterback Cayde Elliott the commander.
Balance is what Elliott has behind him as it was illustrated with Nic Rollo rushing for 69 yards in the 21-15 win over Vinemont and scoring two touchdowns.
Austin Moore gained 49 yards and had a score with Elliott picking up 28 yards on the ground and hitting on two tosses for 21 yards.
Passing will not be a major item on either side. Hunter Ray makes his second start for Addison in replacing the injured John Everett.
The Bulldogs were effective in running the last time they played. a 13-0 shutout at Hanceville two weeks ago.
Freshman Benjamin Robinson gained 69 yards while Kolby Kirk had a 27-yard run that factored in to be important when the Bulldogs drove 65 yards in 13 plays right before halftime to score and lead 7-0.
The trenches will decide which team can take care of business. Addison has gone 10-3 at home since Smothers took over the program in 2012. Without a doubt, this game has a lot riding on it in regards of the impact in the history of this series that has been owned by the Bulldogs.
Athens Golden Eagles (2-4, 1-2) vs. Cullman Bearcats (3-2, 1-1)
SITE: Oliver Woodard Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
CLASS 6A, REGION 8
SERIES: Athens leads 30-20-1
LAST TIME: Cullman won 16-13 in 2013
LAST WEEK: Cullman defeated Fayette County 21-18, Athens lost to East Limestone 10-7.
CLASS 6A, REGION 8 STANDINGS: Decatur 3-0, Florence 2-0, Hartselle 1-1, Cullman 1-1, Athens 1-2, Muscle Shoals 1-2, Austin 0-3.
COACHES: Mark Britton 116-46 @ Cullman 14th year, Allen Creasey 98-76 @ Athens 15th year.
ANALYSIS: Momentum is on the side of Cullman with back to back road wins in which the Bearcats fought hard to earn.
They shook Fayette County with a 14-0 lead and held the Tigers in beating them for the first time ever. It was Will Crenshaw rushing for 105 yards and scoring two touchdowns while Ross Crocker threw a 45-yard TD pass to Owen Lovell that contributed to the victory.
This game is dangerous for the fact that Athens can play well on the road. The Golden Eagles clipped Muscle Shoals by a 17-14 margin two weeks back. A field goal was the difference in the Eagles' battle last week with East Limestone, falling 10-7.
Athens has lost three times by a margin of seven or less. The Hartselle game on Sept. 5 came down to a field goal getting blocked as time ran out and Athens fell 24-21. James Clemens beat the Eagles 37-30 in week two.
Mark Britton has the Bearcats getting better from week to week. Mistakes have been reduced since they last suffered a defeat to Florence 28-14 on Sept. 11.
Last season Athens fought Cullman to the wire and the Bearcats claimed a 16-13 victory at Woodard Stadium.
A win keeps Cullman in the mix with Hartselle playing at Muscle Shoals the first Friday in October and Austin going to Florence. Decatur is idle in regional play for this week.
Johnson Jaguars (2-3, 1-2) vs. West Point Warriors (5-0, 3-0)
CLASS 5A, REGION 8
SITE: West Point Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
SERIES: Johnson leads 2-0
LAST TIME: Johnson defeated West Point 33-0 in 2007.
LAST WEEK: West Point defeated Hanceville 47-6, Johnson lost to Buckhorn 49-18.
CLASS 5A, REGION 8 STANDINGS: West Point 3-0, Russellville 3-0, East Limestone 3-0, Lawrence County 2-1, Johnson 1-2, Pope John Paul 0-3, Columbia 0-3, Ardmore 0-3.
COACHES: Don Farley 9-6 @ West Point 2nd year, Harold Wells 121-127 @ Johnson 23rd year.
ANALYSIS: Things change for the Warriors. After playing four of five on the road to open the season,. West Point wants to use the home field to its advantage with four of the last five games in front of the home fans.
The Warriors know the competition will be more challenging than it has been in the first half. The opposition record for the second half is 19-6, very different than a 2-23 record from the first five foes they have faced.
The Warriors did what they had to with Hanceville in run the ball very well, throw it when they needed and use special teams with punt returns to set up good field position.
Bryant Farley accounted for 245 yards of offense, throwing for 142 and two touchdowns and rushing for 103 and a score.
He had help in the backfield with Kobe Smith gaining 145 yards and scoring three times plus catching a 17-yard touchdown pass.
Will Wrenn was good in pass routes, three catches for 80 yards and a touchdown and also intercepted a pass.
West Point will see more speed this week than they have in recent games. Johnson only lost to Russellville 26-25 a month ago and fell to East Limestone 33-14. The lone regional win for the Jags came against Lawrence County on Sept. 19 in Moulton by the score of 14-7.
This will be history for the Warriors. West Point has never won four regional games while playing in Class 5A. The 5-0 start matches their record from 20 years ago when Billy Coleman was leading the team.
This game serves as a frontrunner in the region this week besides the battle of unbeatens with Russellville playing at East Limestone.
Fairview Aggies (2-3, 0-3) vs. Madison County Tigers (2-3, 2-1)
SITE: Madison County Stadium in Gurley, Friday 7 p.m.
CLASS 5A, REGION 7
SERIES: Fairview leads 13-1
LAST TIME: Madison County defeated Fairview 13-7 in 2005.
LAST WEEK: Fairview defeated Holly Pond 53-27, Madison County lost to Walker 52-6.
CLASS 5A, REGION 7 STANDINGS: Guntersville 3-0, Etowah 3-0, Madison Co 2-1, Boaz 2-1, Douglas 1-2, Randolph 1-2, Fairview 0-3, Butler 0-3.
COACHES: George Redding 51-31 @ Fairview 8th year, Scott Peavey 32-28 @ MCHS 6th year.
ANALYSIS: It comes down to Fairview in a must win situation or the Aggies are eliminated from the postseason. These two have played as 4A programs from the past, now they meet in Class 5A for the first time.
Fairview got a three-game losing streak out of the way by a solid second half against Holly Pond at Cullman's Oliver Woodard Stadium. A 26-point fourth quarter outburst allowed the Aggies to celebrate their season high with 53 points in their lastest triumph over the Broncos.
Madison County clobbered Boaz, who held back the Aggies 35-24 on Sept. 12. The Tigers' two wins have been where they are point productive with 67 against Butler and 52 vs. Boaz.
But the Tigers were drilled by a Walker program. Now the Aggies have a chance to add to the Tigers' miserary. It will come down to Fairview playing well from the beginning, especially if the Aggies are to win on the road.
Good Hope Raiders (2-3, 1-2) vs. Locust Fork Hornets (4-1, 2-1)
SITE: Pate Field, Locust Fork, Friday 7 p.m.
CLASS 4A, REGION 7
SERIES: Good Hope leads 8-4
LAST TIME: Good Hope defeated Locust Fork 44-12 in 2003.
LAST WEEK: Good Hope defeated Curry 19-14, Locust Fork had a bye.
CLASS 4A, REGION 7 STANDINGS: Oneonta 3-0, Locust Fork 2-1, Westminster Christian 2-1, North Jackson 2-1, Good Hope 1-2, Priceville 1-2, J.B. Pennington 1-2, DAR 0-3.
COACHES: Chris Moss 45-55 @ Good Hope 10th year, Chris Musso 10-5 @ Locust Fork 2nd year.
ANALYSIS: Good Hope is in the midst of a three-game tour from James Shabel Stadium. It begin in success last week when the Raiders scored twice in the fourth quarter to comeback and knock off Curry 19-14. Jared McClure scored on a 13-yard run with 2:45 to play and finished with 194 yards rushing.
It will take a good team effort by the Raiders who are very young with just six seniors to beat a Locust Fork team that is up and coming. The Hornets lost two weeks ago to Oneonta 35-26 that dropped them from the ranks of the unbeaten.
A win by the Raiders keeps them in the mix of the regional standings. Oneonta has Priceville at home Friday night in other regional play while Westminster hosts DAR and North Jackson travels to Blountsville to meet J.B. Pennington.
Oakman Wildcats (4-1, 3-0) vs. Vinemont Eagles (2-3, 1-1).
SITE: Mark Smothers Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
CLASS 3A, REGION 5
SERIES: 1st meeting
LAST WEEK: Vinemont lost to Cold Springs 21-15, Oakman lost to Cordova 14-6.
CLASS 3A, REGION 5 STANDINGS: Oakman 3-0, Winfield 3-0, Vinemont 1-1, Susan Moore 1-2, Winston County 1-2, Holly Pond 0-2, Hanceville 0-2.
COACHES: Alan Scott 15-20 @ Vinemont 4th year, Mark Hastings 36-25 @ Oakman 6th year.
ANALYSIS: Vinemont comes into October not healthy. Coach Alan Scott doesn't use that an an excuse. With RB John Michael Dye not 100 percent and FB Bo Wright out with a concussion, it has changed the persona on how the Eagles have been unable to display perfect execution.
Mistakes served as a breakdown for Vinemont falling at Cold Springs. Now the Eagles have lost two straight and will look to use the moment of playing at home this week in trying to slow down one of the c0-leaders from Region 5.
Oakman's undefeated season ended with a 14-6 loss to a rival from Walker County in the Cordova Blue Devils.
Oakman has already romped over a county team this season, defeating Holly Pond 60-26 in the Region 5 opener on Sept. 5.
A Vinemont wins keeps the Eagles a float in chasing down a playoff berth in this region. A loss will put them in a position to have to win out if they are to extend their season past October.
Winfield Pirates (4-2, 3-0) vs. Hanceville Bulldogs (0-5, 0-2)
SITE: Ray Talley Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
CLASS 3A, REGION 5
SERIES: Winfield leads 8-6
LAST TIME: Hanceville won 27-7 in 2013
LAST WEEK: Hanceville lost to West Point 47-6, Winfield lost to Hamilton 38-31
COACHES: Danny Miller 34-24 @ Hanceville 6th year, David McKinney 10-7 @ Winfield 2nd year.
ANALYSIS: Hanceville's last three opponents have gone 12-4, which includes Winfield. The first 7:00 of the West Point game was good for the Bulldogs last Friday until the experience for West Point settled in and took over the game.
Winfield is an experienced team that has outscored regional teams 118-33. The Pirates are producing at least 35 points per contest when they line up against regional competition.
Hanceville has to execute on offense in order to take pressure off its defense and keep Winfield's aggressive offense on the sidelines.
The Bulldogs can approach this game as everything to gain and nothing to lose.
Holly Pond Broncos (0-5, 0-2) vs. Winston County Yellow Jackets (3-3, 1-2)
SITE: Malcolm Blake Stadium Double Springs, Friday 7 p.m.
CLASS 3A, REGION 5
SERIES: Winston County leads 3-2
LAST TIME: Holly Pond defeated Winston County 42-28 in 2011.
LAST WEEK: Holly Pond lost to Fairview 53-27, Winston County defeated Carbon Hill 41-8.
COACHES: Mike Bates 0-15 @ Holly Pond 2nd year, Wes Tidwell 12-15 @ Winston County 3rd year.
ANALYSIS: Holly Pond made plays early that gave them a 7-0 lead in the first quarter with Fairview. But the Broncos were unable to keep the Aggies from getting the lead and surrendered two touchdowns in the third quarter that put them down 27-7.
The Broncos did score 20 in the last period, but gave up 26 to the Aggies and remained winless in the second year of Bates directing the Holly Pond program.
Winston County has to prevent a Bronco upset to keep itself in the Region 5 playoff hunt. The Yellow Jackets have a win over Hanceville and losses to Winfield and Oakman in the region.
The Broncos will once again try to go toe to toe with a team from the start and hope they can keep the game close when it gets to the fourth quarter.