High School Predictions – Week 7

Not a great week last week as my Homewood Patriots were off. I went and watched Chelsea take on Helena at the brand new Helena High School. Helena didn’t look great on the field, but the scenery outside of the field was beautiful. And the place was standing room only. Usually when I, or one of my colleagues, says that, we are definitely exaggerating. However, this time it was true. They needed to build that place a little bigger, especially if they jump up to 6A once the kids in the city work themselves out of Pelham and into Helena.

Week 1: 1-4
Week 2: 7-4
Week 3: 8-3
Week 4: 9-2
Week 5: 7-4
Week 6: 5-4

Total: 37-21

A lot of teams were off last week, but it’s time to get back to the grind now. Region championships are going to be decided over the next few weeks, and it should be a blast to watch.

Week Seven

Minor at Homewood
Hoover at Spain Park (Thursday)
Chelsea at Opelika
Briarwood at Walker
John Carroll at Jackson-Olin
Thompson at Vestavia
Pelham at Hueytown
Shades Valley at Gardendale
Hewitt-Trussville at Oak Mountain
Tuscaloosa County at Mountain Brook (Thursday)
Center Point at Clay-Chalkville

There is no AHSAA Game of the Week this week, as the crew is taking a week off. They will resume next week.

So instead, I’ll pick a game that has me very interested this week. Ramsay vs. Parker.

Ramsay is my mom’s alma mater. While my dad and I both went to Homewood, and Homewood was winning championships during both of our times there (1974, 2002, 2004), my mom wasn’t so fortunate. Ramsay has always had an amazing basketball program, and while my mom was a cheerleader, they always looked forward to basketball season because the football team stunk.

That’s all different this year, as Ramsay has made an amazing comeback in 5A this season. They were in Homewood’s region the last two years and it would always be a 70-0 kind of game. This year though, Ramsay is looking impressive. However, so is Parker, who is a team that hasn’t always been as bad as Ramsay, but still never a championship contender. This year, both teams are looking amazing, and the winner of this game as a realistic chance of winning a region championship.

This is another case of the 7 classifications working out well as it allows these schools to be on a more level playing field in football. I can’t wait to see the outcome of this game. I almost wish this was on TV over Spain Park and Hoover on Thursday.

Ramsay vs. Parker (Thursday)

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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.