Oakman heads to Carbon Hill in key region matchup

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 9/19/19

After opening Class 3A, Region 4 play with a victory, both the Oakman Wildcats and the Carbon Hill Bulldogs suffered tough losses last week to start off at 1-1.

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Oakman heads to Carbon Hill in key region matchup


After opening Class 3A, Region 4 play with a victory, both the Oakman Wildcats and the Carbon Hill Bulldogs suffered tough losses last week to start off at 1-1.

Tonight, the two teams will meet at Carbon Hill’s G.W. Keith Stadium with the goal of recording their second region win on the season before both take a one-week break from region competition.

Last week, the Bulldogs fell to Hale County, 33-13, in a game where head coach Chavis Williams said his team’s play started off flat.

“Hale County came out to play and I felt like they wanted it more than we did. We made a bunch of mistakes. Throughout region play, mistakes are going to happen — it’s the team that makes the fewer mistakes that has the real edge,” Williams said. “We challenged our guys at halftime to not think about the scoreboard — just go out and play with pride and more discipline. It was one region loss and one loss does not define you and we have plenty of opportunities left.”

The Wildcats also suffered a tough loss last week, 13-7, to No. 3 Gordo. Head coach Ryan Hall said the game against Gordo was a very physical battle, where his team showed great effort.

“It was a knock-down, drag-out high school football game and I felt our kids left everything they had there. I was proud of them, it was a game of highs and lows and they handled it really well,” Hall said. “I wanted to see how we would handle an environment like we saw at Gordo and we made some mistakes with penalties and not scoring in the red zone, but our defense played exceptionally well and had 300 yards of offense, but just couldn’t punch it in. I felt like it was a great measuring stick for us.”

Carbon Hill linebacker Haden Pare said the game with Oakman is unique both in the distinction of playing a county and a region rival.

“It feels different being out there with them since they’re in our region and in our county. There’s so much energy when we play against them,” Pare said.

Oakman running back Christian Hubbard stated the dynamic of the county/region rivalry adds a special element for both the teams and the fans.

“It makes the game more fun due to the closeness our communities have and what’s at stake in region play,” Hubbard said.

Bulldog lineman Connor Roden said he and his teammates are eager to show their play is much better than their performance during the fist half against Hale County.

“We’ve just got to bring our own energy. It all starts with us and we have to be mentally focused, ready to play,” Roden said.

Senior Oakman safety Braden Ray expects a challenge for he and his fellow teammates in the secondary in keeping the Carbon Hill receivers in check.

“We’ve just got to be ready for it. Keep our heads in the game, watch the quarterback to see what he’s doing,” Ray said.

Williams said his team has to be ready to defend against an Oakman offense that has the ability to score both on the ground and in the air.

“What impresses me is their team speed. They’re flying around and they’re gap sound. You’ve got Hubbard, who I’ve faced for the past three seasons — he’s accomplishments speak for themselves. They’ve got a very good quarterback who makes great throws and receivers that run good routes. They’re a well-polished team,” Williams said. “We’re going to have to pursue the football and not let them get comfortable. They’re going to make plays, we just have to limit the big plays.”

Hall stated that his team will need to play to what will give them the best chance to win.

“We can’t hurt ourselves with penalties, take care of the football and create some big plays offensively, while limiting those big plays on the defensive side,” Hall said. “We want to also win the special teams and the field position battle. Those aspects don’t change no matter who we’re playing, but coach Williams is a great defensive football mind. He will scheme us up and show us a lot of different looks. We’ll have to do a great job in execution.”

Oakman won last year’s meeting in a thrilling 21-19 victory. Carbon Hill leads the overall series, 27-18-6.

The preview show featuring both teams can be found on the Daily Mountain Eagle YouTube page.

The game will be broadcast on WJBE 88.5 FM and mountaineagle.com with a 7 p.m. kickoff.


Cordova (0-4, 0-2) at Northside (3-1, 2-0)

Cordova hits the road for its third region game still seeking its first win of the season under coach Justin Jones.

The Blue Devils are in the midst of a four-game road stretch. The next home game comes on Oct. 18 against Oak Grove.

Northside has won three straight games since a season-opening loss to Corner.

Cordova is coming off a 34-27 road loss at Fayette County last week. The Blue Devils were led by quarterback Kason Smith, who totaled 368 yards and had a hand in four touchdowns.

Northside earned its first ever win over Cordova last year, winning 39-22.


Sumiton Chr. (0-4, 0-2) at Southeastern (1-2, 0-1)

Sumiton Christian, another team seeking its first win of the season, makes the trip to Remlap today to take on the Southeastern Mustangs.

The Eagles (0-4, 0-2) fell to Cold Springs 50-12 at Campbell Field last week.

Southeastern (1-2, 0-1) lost to Cold Springs 34-33 on the road two weeks ago. The Mustangs were off last week.

Sumiton Christian has never lost to Southeastern, and brings a 7-0 all-time record into tonight’s game.


Brilliant (1-2, 0-2) at Lynn (1-2, 0-2)

Two teams in desperate need of a region win meet tonight at Lynn’s Posey Memorial Field.

The Bears have dropped consecutive games to a pair of undefeated teams — Marion County (20-18) and Pickens County (42-6). Lynn was tied at 6-6 with Pickens County last week, but was outscored 36-0 in the second half.

Since opening the season with a 65-0 win at Vina, Brilliant has also lost to both Pickens County (47-18) and Marion County (35-24).


Dora (2-2, 0-2) at Lawrence County (1-2, 1-1)

Coming off back-to-back region losses, Dora hopes to get back on track as the Bulldogs make the trip to Moulton to face Lawrence County.

Dora is coming of a 28-21 home loss to Hamilton. Lawrence County, which defeated Hayden in a region matchup two weeks ago, fell to West Point 42-14 last week.

The Bulldogs edged the Red Devils 35-29 in last year’s game.


Sheffield (3-1, 2-0) at Addison (2-2, 0-1)

Addison heads back home after suffering a tough 16-10 road loss to Red Bay in its region opener last week.

The Bulldogs haven’t lost more than one region game in a season since 2015.

Sheffield has won back-to-back games against Tharptown (56-24) and Hatton (20-8).

Addison won last year’s game 42-7 on the road.


Winston County (2-2, 0-1) at Sulligent (3-1, 1-1)

Winston County looks to end a two-game skid with a key region matchup at Sulligent tonight. The Yellow Jackets were held to one touchdown in last week’s 26-6 home loss to Tarrant.

The Blue Devils lost to Aliceville 43-6 last week.

Winston County won last year’s meeting 40-35.


Other games

Corner (2-2, 0-2) at Hamilton (3-0, 2-0)

Fayette Co. (2-2, 1-1) at Curry (0-3, 0-1))

Berry (2-2, 1-1) at Meek (0-4, 0-2)