Prep Football: Pair of cross-county matchups highlight Week 2

In the and Country Legends 88.5 FM Game of the Week, the Oakman Wildcats take on the hosting-Curry Yellow Jackets in a meeting of in-county rivals. The Yellow Jackets fell short in the opener against Addison last week, but battled back late in the game for a chance of victory. Down 20-0, quarterback Luke Smith threw a 56-yard touchdown pass, followed by a 10-yard touchdown run by Colton Burton, but the Yellow Jacketes were unable to makeup any more of the eight-point deficit before the final whistle blew on the 20-12 outcome. Though the Wildcats were off to open the season, Oakman suffered jamboree losses to Hamilton and Mars Hill. Oakman leads the overall series with Curry, 26-16-6 and won the last meeting, 34-12, in 2015. The game will be broadcast at 7 p.m. both on and 88.5 F.M. ——— Dora at Carbon Hill Fresh off a 31-0 shutout of Cordova, Dora travels across the county for a non-region game against Carbon Hill on Friday. The Bulldogs held the Blue Devils to less than 100 yards last week. On the other hand, Carbon Hill got a pair of touchdowns with quarterback Jon Michael Madison hitting Carson McGinnis on two first-quarter strikes, but the Bulldogs didn’t score again in a 20-12 loss to Good Hope. Dora, replacing 2,000-yard rusher Caleb Danner, turned to a host of running backs in the opener. Five different backs carried the ball with both Ikei Hosea and John Collins rushing 11 times and Marcell Davidson rushing eight times. Hosea rushed for two scores and Averiun Berry added another touchdown. The teams have played each of the last two years with Dora outscoring Carbon Hill 90-14 in a pair of lopsided victories. ——— Hamilton (0-0) at Cordova (0-1) Cordova will look to bounce back from last week’s 31-0 shutout to archrival Dora against another rival, the Hamilton Aggies. Against Dora, the Blue Devils had trouble mounting offense, producing less than 100 yards. Defensively, Cordova allowed the Bulldogs to total 246 yards on the ground. The Blue Devils will need cohesion on offense and defense to hold off the tough challenge from the Aggies, who Cordova has beaten for five-consecutive victories. Cordova took last year’s win, 34-28, though Hamilton leads the overall series, 8-5. ——— Decatur Heritage at Sumiton Christian Sumiton Christian got off to a slow start in its season opener at Hanceville last week. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 48-0 lead after three quarters in a 48-14 victory over the Eagles. Decatur Heritage opened the season with a narrow 19-14 home win over Phillips in Week 1. The visiting Eagles have won 30 games over the last three years. Tonight’s game will be first-year head coach Bart Black’s home debut at Campbell Stadium. ——— Corner at Oak Grove Following a narrow, 26-25 loss to Northside in its opener, Corner travels to rival Oak Grove looking for its first win under new coach Jon Clements. The Yellow Jackets were led by junior quarterback Andrew Baker, who totaled 232 yards of offense. Baker completed 12 of 17 passes for 152 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He added 80 yards on the ground on 12 carries. Oak Grove (0-1) dropped its opener 55-13 to Walter Wellborn on the road last week.

Corner has won six of its last seven against Oak Grove and leads the series 34-31-1. ——— Winston County at Meek Winston County opened the season with an impressive win over Hackleburg. Now the Yellow Jackets turn their attention to county rival Meek. New Winston County coach Mark Mitchell got an outstanding defensive performance from his team last week as the Jackets held the Panthers to just 62 yards of offense, including 30 yards on 30 attempts on the ground. Offensively, Austin Owens led the way, rushing seven times for 102 yards and two scores. He also added a kickoff return for a score. Meek dropped its opener to Cold Springs, falling behind 28-0 and losing 34-20. Winston County has won the last five meetings, but the teams haven't played since 2001.