(October 5, 2017)
The backside of the regular season officially opens this weekend and several teams have a chance to increase their chances for the post season.
The schedule this week has a few twists including a key Class 7A Region 2 matchup on Saturday when Robert E. Lee faces Jeff Davis. It is one of three games at Cramton Bowl this weekend with a couple of 6A games on Thursday and Friday. The biggest of the two has Park Crossing facing G.W. Carver in a region tilt.
Montgomery Catholic has an important date with Dale County. The Knights lost this matchup by a point a year ago.
Several other teams have important region dates including Tallassee, Prattville Christian and Wetumpka. Also, Macon East can take a big step towards a region title with a win over Lakeside on Thursday.
R.E. Lee vs Jeff Davis
What: Class 7A Region 2 game
When: Saturday at Cramton Bowl (7 p.m.)
2017 Records: Lee 4-1 (2-0); JD 4-2 (2-0)
Last week: Lee def. Carver, 50-20; JD lost to Lanier, 34-20
Last year’s meeting: Lee, 41-13 (win later forfeited)
Series record: JD leads, 27-24-1
Keys: JD QB Jaquan Williams had 208 yards passing last week. Lee QB Kanaius Johnson had 183 yards rushing with two TDs last week.
Outlook: RRS proclaimed last week that the Lee offense was good. It is now safe to take that up a notch, considering how solid a performance Johnson had a quarterback. There has been a question all season of just how good he could be considering he wasn’t a quarterback before the season. He has proven to be solid in all aspects of the position. He’s also getting help from the likes of Tedarrian Murray and Kevontae Ruggs, who is becoming the main target in the passing game. With the Vols, quarterback play has also been good but Williams is not getting the help he needs to make it better. JD needs the ball in the hands of Brandon Sanders more often. He has explosive speed. Both defenses have their moments but this one comes down to quarterback play and Lee has gotten a little more this season. A big step toward the playoffs, Lee wins on a rare Satuday night special.
Preddiction: Lee 33, Jeff Davis 21
Park Crossing vs G.W. Carver
What: Class 6A Region 2 game
When: Friday at Cramton Bowl
2017 Records: Carver 1-5 (1-1); Park Crossing 5-1 (3-0)
Last week: Lee def. Carver, 50-20; Park Crossing def. Gadsden City, 65-21
Last year’s meeting: PCHS, 55-7
Series record: PCHS leads, 3-0
Keys: Uziah Daniels rushed for 234 yards and 3 TDs in Park Crossing’s win last week. Willie Smith passed for a TD and ran for another last week for Carver.
Outlook: A 65-point performance lends to the idea that all cylinders are clicking for the Thunderbirds. But scoring has not been an issue for Smitty Grider’s team for most of the season. They opened with a 53-point performance against Jeff Davis and have averaged more than 40 points per game. Carver has not shown the consistency to expect an upset on Friday. For half the season, the Wolverines have been plausable on defense but it was no where to be found against Lee’s offense. They also continue to shoot themselves in the foot. Last week, Carver was driving early in the third quarter for what would have pulled it to within a point but fumbled on the Lee side of the 50 on what turned out to be a scoop-and-score play for the Generals. Carver wasn’t heard from again. The Wolverines have never beaten Park Crossing in three tries. Make it four.
Preddiction: PCHS 38, Carver 18
Dale County at Montgomery Catholic
What: Class 4A Region 2 game
When: Friday at Knights Field
2017 Records: Dale Co 5-1 (2-1); Catholic 4-1 (1-1)
Last week: Dale Co def. Slocomb, 35-17; Catholic def. Elmore Co., 36-0
Last year’s meeting: Dale Co, 34-33
Series record: Dale Co leads, 3-0
Key stat: Tyler Price had 182 yards and 2 TDs rushing in Catholic’s win last week.
Outlook: There may not be a more exciting second half of the season in the River Region than in this one. Five teams have a shot at making the playoffs and all of them could move up or fall in the next couple of weeks. Catholic is in decent position in that it’s region loss is to Trinity (which already has two losses) and the teams the Knights need to beat to win the title (Dale County and Alabama Christian) are still ahead. They have the miracle win over St. James to their credit. Now they have a chance to make up for the one-point loss to the Warriors from last year. This is a good test to see if this team is ready for prime time. They are at home and if they can keep their emotions in-check, they should win a close battle.
Preddiction: Catholic 31, Dale Co 30
Also this week…
Dothan at Sidney Lanier (Thurs.): The Poets keep pace at the top of the region standings. Lanier, 34-6.
Smiths Station at Prattville: Lions may need help to make playoffs but a win here is all but automatic. Lions, 40-7.
Wetumpka at Pelham: The Indians will get a test on the road but pass… Wetumpka, 30-17.
Dadeville at Tallassee: Dadeville not up to par this year. Tallassee breezes to win.Tallassee, 31-10.
Monroe Aca at Hooper Aca: Colts are enjoying a great year but a win against Monroe is too much to ask…Monroe Aca, 29-14.
Lowndes Aca at Abbeville Christian: Rebels need a region win. They get it by a hair. Lowndes, 24-23.
Lakeside at Macon East (Thurs.): Top two teams in the region. Knights take sole possession.Macon East, 28-21.
Other games: Stanhope Elmore over Russell Co., 23-13; Jemison over Marbury, 34-15; Alabama Christian over Ashford, 41-9; Prattville Christian over Beulah, 21-14; St. James over Bullock Co., 45-12; Ch. Henderson over Trinity, 27-15; Munford over Elmore Co., 40-7; Leeds over Holtville, 23-14; Billingsley over Verbena, 19-6; Highland Home over Autaugaville, 30-10; Autauga Aca over Jackson Aca, 34-12; Cornerstone over Evangel Christian, 27-14.
OPEN DATE: Montgomery Academy
Last week: 15-2 Season: 96-18 (.842)