A second-consecutive region championship would give the Vikings’ program and its supporters something additional to smile about outside of the team’s response to the difficult circumstances experienced this season — including a ban on postseason play.
In other headlines from week six’s games:
JOHNNY COMES HOME — Dora coach Johnny Wright returned to the helm of the Bulldogs after undergoing heart bypass surgery on Sept. 16.
“I’m still sore — when you go through heart surgery and the process involved in such an operation, it takes a while before you feel one hundred percent again,” Wright said before Friday’s game.
“I missed being with the team and my coaching staff — it’s really hard to be away from them after all the time we spend together. It’s wonderful to be back.”
Wright coached from the press box during the 50-27 loss to Bibb County.
Wright’s return was a bright spot for the Bulldogs — already depleted from the loss of several playmakers.
Dora lost two more standouts during the first half of the game against Bibb County to injury — Jacob Twilley and Ki’Juna Babbs.
INCHING TOWARDS THE POSTSEASON — Both the No. 4 Addison Bulldogs (6-0, 5-0) and the No. 8 Oakman Wildcats (5-1, 3-1) are making their way to the postseason after dominating victories on Friday night.
Addison defeated in-county archrival Meek in a region contest, 47-8, while Oakman downed region foe Sulligent, 41-7.
The Bulldogs and Wildcats have key clashes in week eight that could very well determine where they’ll both end up in the playoffs — both against the remaining undefeated teams in their regions.
Addison hosts Sumiton Christian on Friday before travelling to No. 6 Falkville, while Oakman faces Hale County before hosting Aliceville.
ROUGH TREATMENT — Three teams in the Daily Mountain Eagle coverage area gave up 70 points or more on Friday night — all three outcomes coming at the hands of top five opponents.
The Carbon Hill Bulldogs, the area’s only winless team, were routed by top-ranked Calera, 83-6; the Parrish Tornadoes were drubbed by No. 1 Pickens County, 70-6 and the Lynn Bears fell to No. 5 Marion County, 78-38.
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Center Point (6-0) at Walker (4-2)
Sumiton Christian (2-3) at Addison (6-0)
Oakman (5-1) at Hale County (4-2)
Parrish (1-5) at Brilliant (3-3)
Dora (3-3) at Oak Grove (1-5)
Danville (0-6) at Cordova (1-5)
Curry (1-5) at Pinson Valley (3-3)
West Blocton (1-5) at Carbon Hill (0-6)
Winston County (3-3) at Hanceville (5-1)
Berry (3-3) at Lynn (1-5)
Meek (1-5) at Ragland (4-1)
Corner (3-3) at Jemison (5-1)