High School Predictions – Week 2

So last week didn’t go as expected. I missed out on a couple of games I knew were going to be close, but ended up the other way.

Homewood lost a tough one to Decatur, and they are going to have a rough start to their season with Vestavia this week, then Pelham and Briarwood. Hoover didn’t look nearly as impressive as they have in the past in their loss to Miami Central. I know Central is supposed to be one of the best teams in the country as well, but neither team looked good. I was very impressed with Clay-Chalkville though, and I definitely think they are deserving of more credit that I gave them and deserve to be up there with Spanish Fort at the top above Hoover, at least for now.

At least I picked Spain Park right, even though it was 5-3.

Week 1: 1-4

So without further ado, here are my week two picks, as I try to rebound from going 1-4 last week.

Week Two

Homewood at Vestavia Hills
Hoover at Colquitt County (GA)
Thompson at Pelham
Mountain Brook at Huntsville (Thursday)
Briarwood at Chelsea
John Carroll at St. Clair County
Minor at Clay-Chalkville
Hewitt-Trussville at Gardendale
Oak Mountain at Hillcrest
Spain Park at Hueytown

AHSAA Game of the Week

Bibb County at Calera

A few great match-ups this week pitting teams in neighboring cities together that wouldn’t play otherwise due to the new regions and classifications. First is Homewood vs. Vestavia where Buddy Anderson can tie the wins record with a victory. This rivalry has lost a bit of it’s luster over the last few years, but it remains a game both schools and fan bases look forward to each season. Also, Thompson and Pelham will take each other on in another 6A Region 5 vs. 7A Region 3 match-up. Briarwood and Chelsea should be a good, close Shelby County game.

The two games of the week in my book are Hoover at Colquitt County and Spain Park at Hueytown.

Hoover is heading into Rush Propst’s new home as Colquitt County hosts a rematch of last year’s game which saw Hoover win 24-10 after being down 7 at the half. It will be interesting to see how they respond to being on the road in Georgia with a new fan base behind Propst, and after suffering their first defeat in over two years.

Spain Park has to head to Hueytown after the Golden Gophers knocked off Bessemer City, who was supposed to be one of the better teams in the state this season. Hueytown is showing they are for real now, and after Spain Park struggled to beat Austin 5-3 and not even put a touchdown on the board, I’m wondering if Spain Park has lost it’s offensive spark. It’s definitely not the Spain Park team of a couple of years ago under HC Chip Lindsey and QB Nick Mullins. If Hueytown can pull this out, then 6A could have a surprise team making a run this season.

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Jon Lunceford is a sports media broadcaster and digital professional. Jon is a graduate of the University of Alabama school of journalism, and played football at Birmingham-Southern College. He has also won two AHSAA Football State Championships while at Homewood High School and was a two-time World Cyber Games Team USA representative. He currently hosts Primetime on WJOX 94.5 and runs the high school athletics site JoxPreps.