It’s a little hard to believe we’re already in Week 5 of the high school football season.
Teams jump out of region play this week and most of them will renew rivalries with other teams in the area. After four weeks of play, East Central Alabama is left with just one undefeated team. Alabama School for the Deaf has found plenty of offense all season long, averaging 40 points per game. The Silent Warriors defense hasn’t given up any points in the last two weeks
There are five teams in the area looking for the first win of the season. And a few of them will get that this week simply because they’re playing other winless teams.
Because so many of our teams are playing each other this week, the picks won’t be easy. I slipped a little last week, going 9-4, which makes me 20-5 through two weeks. As always, home team in all caps.
Pell City over TALLADEGA: The first of a couple of winless matchups. I give Pell City the edge in this one because the Panthers have seen tougher competition so far this season. Both teams are young and are going through some serious growing pains this year. I think the Panthers take this one is a close game.
Talladega County Central over MUNFORD: I had a hard time with this pick, but in the end I think TC Central has a few more weapons to work with this season. And the Tigers probably remember the Lions coming to Howell’s Cove and beating them a year ago (regardless of the fact that the win was later taken away because of an ineligible player).
Alabama School for the Deaf over VICTORY CHRISTIAN: I wish I could see this game on Friday. The Silent Warriors put their undefeated record on the line against a pass-happy Victory Christian team. The Warriors haven’t let me down yet, so I’m going with them. The game will probably come down to which team scores last.
SYLACAUGA over Childersburg: The Aggies are looking to get back in the win column after losing a close game to Shelby County on Friday. The Childersburg Tigers should give Sylacauga all they want and probably a little more. They nearly upset Lincoln a week ago. I’ll take the home team in a close one, but wouldn’t be shocked if the Tigers pulled it out.
Other games: Hokes Bluff over RAGLAND, WINTERBORO over Vincent, B.B Comer over CENTRAL-COOSA, LINCOLN over Boaz, COLLINSVILLE over Fayetteville, Coosa Valley Academy over SMCA.