West Alabama High School Football Preview: Week 10
The high school football regular season is down to its final two weeks with some teams wrapping up the season while others look ahead to postseason play.
Vestavia Hills (4-4) vs. Tuscaloosa County (2-7)
After a promising 2-0 start, Tuscaloosa County closes the book on the 2016 season tonight at Vestavia Hills.
While the Wildcat defense has allowed plenty of points during their seven game losing streak, the offense has simply not shown up since their win against Northridge. TCHS scored 56 points against Northridge but have managed 49 points in their last seven games combined. In last week’s 35-0 loss at Spain Park, the Wildcats offense crossed midfield once.
On the opposite sideline, Vestavia Hills will miss the Class 7A playoffs in what’s been an up-and-down season for the Rebels. Vestavia fell to Hoover 38-7 last Friday night but defeated Mountain Brook 17-14 in overtime two weeks ago.
The two teams have split the 12 games played in the series. Airtime on Tide 102.9/100.9 and the radioPup app is at 6:45.
Selma (1-7) vs. #1 Hiilcrest (8-0)
Thanks to a 61-14 demolishing of Brookwood, the Hillcrest Patriots clinched the top spot in Class 6A Region 4 and the No. 1 position in this week’s Alabama Sports Writers Association statewide poll.
The Patriots celebrated the final regular season home game for 29 seniors in their victory over Brookwood. Seven of the nine touchdowns by Hillcrest were recorded by seniors. Quarterback Cole Frederick continued his stellar play completing 11 of his 12 passes for 184 yards including two touchdown aerials.
The Selma Saints are experiencing a rebuilding year under first year head coach Keon Handley, Sr. The Saints have tasted victory once in eight games this season. A big reason for Selma’s struggles has been defensively. The Saints have surrendered 30 or more points in five of their seven losses.
Hillcrest leads the all-time series 5-1. Airtime on 95.3 the Bear and the radioPup app is at 6:30.
Central (2-6) vs. Dallas County (4-4)
The Central Falcons have a big night ahead in a senior night tilt with region foe Dallas County. Despite losing their first six games to start the season, a win for Central over Dallas County combined with a Jemison loss to Demopolis would put the Falcons into the Class 5A playoffs.
In last week’s road win at Marbury, Javonte Leatherwood rushed for 180 yards and a touchdown while Justice Williams added two rushing scores and a field goal.
The Dallas County Hornets are looking to make the playoffs for the second straight season. The Hornets have won their last two games and have scored over 40 points in each of the victories.
Tonight’s meeting marks the third all-time meeting between the two schools. Both games in 2014 and 2015 were decided late with Central winning 45-40 in 2014 and Dallas County winning at Central 15-14 last season.
Games around West Alabama (All start times are at 7 PM)
Northridge vs. McAdory
Oakman vs. American Christian
Northside vs. Oak Grove
Bessemer City vs. Brookwood
Holt vs. West Blocton
Bibb County vs. Sipsey Valley
Holy Spirit vs. Marion County
Greensboro vs. Hale County
Jemison vs. Demopolis
Gordo vs. Greene County
Berry vs. Pickens County
Aliceville vs. Billingsley
Haleyville vs. Fayette County
Hubbertville vs. Brilliant
Sulligent vs. Lamar County
Maplesville vs. Loachapoka
J.F. Shields vs. Linden
Winfield vs. Hamilton
A.L. Johnson vs. Millry
R.C. Hatch vs. Francis Marion
Lee-Scott Academy vs. Tuscaloosa Academy (AISA)
Southern Academy vs. Sumter Academy (AISA)
Clarke Prep vs. Pickens Academy (AISA)
South Choctaw Academy vs. Marengo Academy (AISA)
Morgan Academy vs. Pike Liberal Arts (AISA)
Gunn Christian vs. Tuscaloosa Christian (8-man)