Prep football season opens with top rivalries

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 7/30/19

College football saves rivalry week for the end of the season — Alabama vs. Auburn, Michigan vs. Ohio State, Army vs. Navy.

High school football is a different story.

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Prep football season opens with top rivalries

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College football saves rivalry week for the end of the season — Alabama vs. Auburn, Michigan vs. Ohio State, Army vs. Navy.

High school football is a different story.

Some of the best rivalries are on tap to the start the season. That’s the case with two of the top rivalries in the area.

Walker County has two of the most hotly contested rivalries in the state opening the season this year — Dora at Cordova and Cullman at Jasper.

How long have Dora and Cordova been at it? The teams will meet for the 96th time on Friday, Aug. 23.

Competition is at the basis for every great rivalry — and Dora-Cordova has plenty of it. Only five wins separate the teams with the Blue Devils holding a 49-44-2 edge in the series. Dora holds a 6-4 lead over the last 10 meetings.

This year’s game at the Hudson-Kerby Field — the sign at the field has been corrected from Hudson-Kirby — holds plenty of intrigue with the addition of new Cordova coach Justin Jones. Dora coach Bart Lockhart is 2-0 against his alma mater. The Bulldogs have dominated the series over the last two years, winning by a combined score of 79-12.

Jasper will host Cullman on Thursday, Aug. 22 in the 71st meeting between the teams. You won’t find a more balanced rivalry in the state. The teams are deadlocked at 34-34-2 and are separated by just 22 points in a rivalry that was first played in 1920.

Cullman has outscored Jasper 1,124 to 1,102. The Bearcats have won five straight in the series, which was restarted last season following a four-year hiatus. Despite winning just three games last season and missing the playoffs, Cullman handed Jasper its lone regular-season loss, 28-27.

This year’s game will be the first played on Jasper’s new artificial turf at Ki-Ro Gambrell Field. Cullman introduces new coach Oscar Glasscock to the rivalry as well.