Well, I had my best week last week going 9-2. I picked Spain Park over County, but Tuscaloosa County is looking good this season. Wouldn’t surprise me if they are the only team to challenge Hoover for the top spot. A real dark horse in a region that was supposed to be dominated by the usual suspects in the Birmingham metro area.
I also missed Pelham over Jackson Olin. That win came out of left field. Jackson Olin has never been able to do much in football, usually getting matched up against over the mountain schools, but they took it to Pelham. I had pegged Pelham to compete for the region title this year, despite losing so many kids to Helena. They played 7A Thompson close and they played Homewood close. Then out of nowhere, the same Jackson Olin team that had gotten beaten up on by Briarwood, walks in and beats Pelham. I don’t even know what to think anymore.
In that region, now that Homewood has taken out Pelham and Briarwood, all they really have left is Walker. Minor can compete for a playoff spot, as can Hueytown, but I don’t know about winning it all. Homewood’s only road game in the last half of the season is at Hueytown, so who knows.
Week 1: 1-4
Week 2: 7-4
Week 3: 8-3
Week 4: 9-2
Week 5 sees a lot of road teams being the favorite, and I think most of them will win. There will be some strong statement games, such as Hueytown/Briarwood, Mountain Brook/Vestavia, Walker/Pelham, and Hewitt/Spain Park. I think Hewitt-Trussville is one of the most disappointing teams this season. Yes, their coach is new, but he’s also the highest paid, and the most talked about/overhyped coach as well.
Speaking of statement games, in keeping with tradition of picking Jerry Young and Aaron Daniel’s AHSAA Game of the Week, Prattville and Central-Phenix City will have an outstanding match-up that I hope you all watch if you are stuck at home. The link is below. Jamey Dubose, Central’s head coach, was at Prattville for a few successful years, but has had 4 head coaching jobs in 4 years now between Prattville, Florence, Charles-Henderson (where he never coached a game), and now Central. Both teams are undefeated, and are most likely battling for the 7A Region 2 championship this week.
Homewood at John Carroll
Hueytown at Briarwood
Hoover at Thompson
Mountain Brook at Vestavia
Clay-Chalkville at Pinson Valley
Chilton County at Chelsea
Hewitt-Trussville at Spain Park
Tuscaloosa County at Oak Mountain
Gardendale at Center Point
Walker at Pelham
Central-Phenix City at Prattville