Oakman faces key region showdown with Hale County
by W. Brian Hale
Oct 11, 2013 | 1104 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With Lamar County’s loss to Aliceville last week, a Class 2A, Region 4 title and home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs are still within the grasp of the eighth-ranked Oakman Wildcats.

With Oakman (5-1, 3-1) and tonight’s opponent, Hale County (4-2, 3-1), sitting at 3-1 in the standings — the remaining three region contests are critical in determining who will host to open the postseason and who will take to the road.

With next week’s matchup against front-runner Aliceville looming, Oakman’s will look for another productive game from its high-powered offense and stingy defense — which has overpowered the past four opponents, 198-32. Oakman beat region foe Sulligent last week, 41-7.

Hale County, on a four-game winning streak of its own, has kept contests closer — outscoring the competition 114-50. Hale County topped R.C. Hatch last Friday, 48-24.

Tonight’s clash in Moundville will be the 19th meeting between the programs, with Hale County holding a 10-8 edge in the series. Oakman won last year’s contest, 21-14.

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Class 3A

Winston County (3-3) at Hanceville (5-1)

Despite the loss of star quarterback Seth Blanton to injury, the Yellow Jackets kept their playoff hopes alive last week by overcoming an 18-0 deficit to secure a key region win over Cordova, 34-25.

The road to a second-consecutive playoff berth won’t get any easier this week, with Winston County traveling to Hanceville for a region showdown with the Bulldogs tonight at Ray Talley Stadium. The clash with the Bulldogs is a part of a difficult three-game stretch for the Yellow Jackets that includes trips to Hamilton and a home matchup with Vinemont that will help shape the Class 3A, Region 7 playoff picture.

The Yellow Jackets enter the contest on a three-game winning streak, including wins over Carbon Hill and Danville. Hanceville’s wins over Hamilton, Winfield and Vinemont has the Bulldogs tied for first place in the region.

Hanceville holds a three-game series edge over the Yellow Jackets, winning 61-14 last year.

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Danville (0-6) at Cordova (1-5)

Following last week’s 34-25 heartbreaking loss to Winston County, Cordova gets the opportunity to get back on track against the winless Danville Hawks tonight at Hudson-Kirby Stadium.

The Blue Devils’ offense has improved in the previous two games — up from a 12-point offensive production to 39.5 points a contest. That’s good news for Cordova, who will work against a Danville defense that is surrendering over 41 points a game. The Hawks dropped a 49-21 decision to Good Hope last week and have only scored 100 points this season. Cordova won the first meeting between the programs, 26-14, last season.

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Class 1A

Sumiton Christian (2-3) at No. 4 Addison (6-0)

The stakes are high for both the fourth-ranked Bulldogs and the Eagles in tonight’s region matchup at A.G. Hicks Stadium.

Sumiton Christian, who enters the contest with a 2-2 region mark, needs wins against Addison and Ragland or Southeastern to clinch a playoff berth. It won’t be an easy task for an Eagle offense that averages 20 points per contest against the Bulldogs’ defense that surrenders just one TD per contest.

With a win over the Eagles, the Bulldogs — who have locked up a spot in the playoffs — could set up next week’s clash with No. 6 Falkville as the de facto Region 7 championship game. Along with solid defensive play, Addison’s offense is averaging over 38 points a game and has outscored opponents 233-43.

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Berry (3-3) at Lynn (1-5)

Despite a 1-5 record on the season, the Lynn offense remains potent — averaging over 27 points per game behind the senior duo of Brody Meeks and Ben Cagle. The Bears’ defense, however, hasn’t fared as well. In the past four games, Lynn has given up 266 points for an average of 66 points a game.

Lynn will face another formidable challenge tonight in the Wildcats — who welcomed back Arkansas State commit “Tank” Hollingsworth from injury last week in Berry’s 34-26 victory over Brilliant. Lynn leads the overall series, 20-14, with the Wildcats winning last year’s matchup, 22-6.

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Meek (1-5) at Ragland (4-1)

The past two weeks haven’t been memorable ones for the Meek Tigers. After an impressive performance against No. 6 Falkville, the Tigers were routed by a pair of top 10 opponents, losing to No. 5 Marion County 41-16 and No. 6 Addison 47-8.

There’s no chance to catch a breath for the Tigers tonight as they host defending region champion Ragland at Meek Field in Arley.

Since losing their season opener to Addison, the Purple Devils have been on a tear and have won four consecutive games — culminating with last week’s 61-20 victory over Appalachian.

Ragland won last year’s meeting with Meek, 41-6 — the first between the schools.

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Parrish (1-5) at Brilliant (3-3)

Hit by injuries and a brutal schedule, the Tornadoes head to Brilliant seeking their second win of the season.

Parrish, who was without its top three playmakers — Chris Evans, Marcus Harris and Reginald Harris — last week against Pickens County. The result was a 70-6 loss.

Parrish, which trailed Cordova 21-20 at the half in Week 5, has been decimated by injuries since, losing to the Blue Devils 54-20 before last week’s defeat.

The Tornadoes look to bounce back against a Brilliant team that has already matched last year’s win total of three games.

Parrish has won the last four meetings.