What did we learn?
– There were some significant losses in big games this past week for 4A. Leeds went down at the hands of 3A #1 Piedmont. North Jackson was handled by 5A Scottsboro. Thomasville lost to rival Jackson. Tallassee was edged out at home by T.R. Miller. Bibb County lost to Montevallo for the first time 2004. 4A took their lumps this past weekend even though they got good wins from Cherokee County, Rogers, Cordova, and Andalusia.
– Heading into Week 6, there will be no match-ups between region unbeatens, but there can be some shakeups. An Andalusia win over Thomasville would keep a three-way tie for first in play for Region 1. Same with Oak Grove and West Blocton in Region 4. Saks can muddy up the race led by Jacksonville and Cherokee County when they face the Warriors. Most of the games this week will be teams trying to stave off challengers from the bottom half of region standings. This creates plenty of upset opportunities.
– Week 5 continued to see the dominance of Region 5. While they did suffer their first losses outside of region play with Glencoe and Pleasant Valley, their combined record is still 26-11. Piedmont and Ohatchee continue to lead the way at 6-0 a piece. They’ll have some tough match-ups this week with Weaver and Walter Wellborn, who would like nothing more than to turn the two-horse race into a four-team battle royal.
– North Alabama takes center stage this week as there are three games between region unbeatens. In Region 6, Fultondale travels to Blountsville to take on J.B. Pennington. Region 7 will feature North Sand Mountain heading to New Hope. And in Region 8, a three-team race will be guaranteed at least one less unbeaten as Lauderdale County hosts Lexington. Region pictures will be just a little clearer as we enter the back end of region play.
– G.W. Long survived a grueling battle at home with New Brockton. The Gamecocks have been so close this year to beating some of the best 2A has to offer, but they can’t get over the hump. Long finished the clash with a 47-yard field goal as time expired, likely retaining their #1 ranking. Meanwhile, Elba was stunned by 3A Daleville to drop their first game of the year. Fyffe, Cleveland, and Sheffield all made nice statements in interclass victories.
– 1A had one of the better weekends of any classification. While there are plenty of opportunities to hand out upsets, we didn’t actually expect so many to follow through. Maplesville beating Dallas County wasn’t surprising. Beating them by 38 was. Same with how Linden destroyed Washington County by 48. Region 4 had wins over three teams from 2A. And of course, South Lamar pitched a shutout over 5A Curry.
Who stood out?
Cherokee County – The Warriors have won their last four after early losses to Rockmart (GA) and Piedmont. Cherokee County came into this past week after starting 3-0 in region play with an aim to take down 6A Carver-Birmingham. They did just that with Tyren Dupree’s 175 total yards of offense and scores added from Sidney Perry, Jacob Graves, and a Pick Six by Jaren Lockridge. The Warriors scored 27 unanswered points after being down 14-7 and won 34-21.
Daleville – The Warhawks look to be on pace for a season rivaling last year’s 10 wins after a surprising 27-22 victory at Elba. Ryan Warren punched in three of the four touchdowns—including the game winner—to push Daleville over the top. The back half of the region schedule is much more difficult for the Warhawks with games against Providence Christian, Straughn, and Opp. The good news is those are all at home.
South Lamar – For the second week in a row, the Stallions pitched a shutout. They also have wins over Berry-Fayette and Lamar County. This last week, South Lamar welcomed 5A Curry to Millport and sent them packing with a 14-0 loss. South Lamar has a chance to get into a three-way tie if they can beat Pickens County on October 7th and County turns around to beat Hubbertville the next week.
Players of the Week
Andrew Barfoot (QB, Satsuma) – 13/14, 233 yds, TD, rush TD in 33-26 win over Citronelle
Zac Oden (QB, Montevallo) – 23/40, 293 yds, 4TDs, 17 car, 107 yds in 37-27 win over Bibb County
Austin Tucker (RB, Ohatchee) – 209 yds, 5 TDs on the ground in 54-20 win over Ashville
Tanner Talley (RB, Sumiton Christian) – 22 car, 264 yds, 4 TDs as the Eagles beat Vincent 47-13
Seth Wadsworth (QB, Southeastern) – 8/12, 193 yds, 3 TDs, 12 car, 69 yds, TD, INT ret TD in 38-8 victory over Brilliant