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PRESS PICKS: Last year’s champ makes his move




Staff Report
(October 18, 2017)

It was a good week for Michael Butler, last year’s champion, but the top of the leaderboard looks the same after what was a very interesting week in football.

Graham Dunn still leads and actually increased it after a 12-3 week. Stephen Gunter stays at second while Butler is now tied for third with Rick Hendrick.

The new week may be the most important among the local high school teams while it is the traditional "Third Saturday in October" in the college ranks, meaning the annual meeting of Alabama and Tennessee. But that is in name only as the attention among Volunteers has been on the tenure of head coach Butch Jones. Alabama is a big favorite and no one on the panel is expecting an upset.

Auburn travels to Arkansas and still somewhat smarting after the loss to LSU. The Tigers are a unanimous pick to win.

The high school ranks include some of the biggest games of the season with Park Crossing and Sidney Lanier meeting for what will be the region championship. The Thunderbirds have won all three previous meetings but Lanier has its best team in several years.

Also at Cramton Bowl on Thursday, Prattville and Jeff Davis face off in what will possibly be for a playoff spot. JD gets the nod from the panel.

Tallassee also faces a test in Leeds. The Tigers could clinch at least second place in the region.

 

2017 standings (Last Week)

1. Graham Dunn 83-22 (12-3) .790

2. Stephen Gunter 80-25 (11-4) .762

3. Rick Hendrick 75-30 (10-5) .714

    Michael Butler 75-30 (13-2) .714

5. Tim Gayle 73-32 (9-6) .695

    Doug Amos 73-32 (12-3) .695

7. Barry McKnight 72-33 (10-5) .685

8. Mike Peacock 69-36 (10-5) .657

 

 

 

 

 

Graham Dunn, Publisher/Editor, River Region Sports
Current (week): 83-22 (12-3) .790

Lanier vs Park Crossing - Lanier

Prattville at Jeff Davis - Jeff Davis

Wetumpka at Opelika - Wetumpka

Leeds at Tallassee - Tallassee

St. James at Dale County - St. James

Tennessee at Alabama - Alabama

Auburn at Arkansas - Auburn

LSU at Ole Miss - Ole Miss

Kentucky at Miss St - Kentucky

Michigan at Penn St - Penn St

Southern Cal at Notre Dame - Notre Dame

Oklahoma St at Texas - Oklahoma St

Wake Forest at Georgia Tech - Ga Tech

Louisville at Florida St - Florida St

Arizona St at Utah - Utah

 

 

 

 

Stephen Gunter, Sports Director, WSFA Ch. 12
Current (week): 80-25 (11-4) .762

Lanier vs Park Crossing - Lanier

Prattville at Jeff Davis - Jeff Davis

Wetumpka at Opelika - Wetumpka

Leeds at Tallassee - Tallassee

St. James at Dale County - St. James

Tennessee at Alabama - Alabama

Auburn at Arkansas - Auburn

LSU at Ole Miss - LSU

Kentucky at Miss St - Miss St

Michigan at Penn St - Penn St

Southern Cal at Notre Dame - Notre Dame

Oklahoma St at Texas - Oklahoma St

Wake Forest at Georgia Tech - Ga Tech

Louisville at Florida St - Louisville

Arizona St at Utah - Utah

 

 

 

Rick Hendrick, Oper. Manager, 95.1FM The Fox/P.A. Montgomery Biscuits
Current (week): 75-30 (10-5) .714

Lanier vs Park Crossing - Park Crossing

Prattville at Jeff Davis - Jeff Davis

Wetumpka at Opelika - Wetumpka

Leeds at Tallassee - Tallassee

St. James at Dale County - Dale County

Tennessee at Alabama - Alabama

Auburn at Arkansas - Auburn

LSU at Ole Miss - LSU

Kentucky at Miss St - Miss St

Michigan at Penn St - Penn St

Southern Cal at Notre Dame - Southern Cal

Oklahoma St at Texas - Texas

Wake Forest at Georgia Tech - Ga Tech

Louisville at Florida St - Florida St

Arizona St at Utah - Utah

 

 

 

Michael Butler, WTLS 106.5 FM
Current (week):75-30 (13-2) .714

Lanier vs Park Crossing - Park Crossing

Prattville at Jeff Davis - Prattville

Wetumpka at Opelika - Wetumpka

Leeds at Tallassee - Tallassee

St. James at Dale County - St. James

Tennessee at Alabama - Alabama

Auburn at Arkansas - Auburn

LSU at Ole Miss - LSU

Kentucky at Miss St - Miss St

Michigan at Penn St - Penn St

Southern Cal at Notre Dame - Notre Dame

Oklahoma St at Texas - Oklahoma St

Wake Forest at Georgia Tech - Ga Tech

Louisville at Florida St - Florida St

Arizona St at Utah - Utah

 

 

 

Tim Gayle, Reporter, River Region Sports
Current (week): 73-32 (9-6) .695


Lanier vs Park Crossing - Lanier

Prattville at Jeff Davis - Prattville

Wetumpka at Opelika - Wetumpka

Leeds at Tallassee - Tallassee

St. James at Dale County - St. James

Tennessee at Alabama - Alabama

Auburn at Arkansas - Auburn

LSU at Ole Miss - LSU

Kentucky at Miss St - Kentucky

Michigan at Penn St - Penn St

Southern Cal at Notre Dame - Notre Dame

Oklahoma St at Texas - Oklahoma St

Wake Forest at Georgia Tech - Wake Forest

Louisville at Florida St - Florida St

Arizona St at Utah - Utah

 

 

 

 

Doug Amos, Co-host The Roundtable
Current (week): 73-32 (12-3) .695


Lanier vs Park Crossing - Park Cross

Prattville at Jeff Davis - Jeff Davis

Wetumpka at Opelika - Wetumpka

Leeds at Tallassee - Tallassee

St. James at Dale County - Dale County

Tennessee at Alabama - Alabama

Auburn at Arkansas - Auburn

LSU at Ole Miss - Ole Miss

Kentucky at Miss St - Miss St

Michigan at Penn St - Penn St

Southern Cal at Notre Dame - Southern Cal

Oklahoma St at Texas - Texas

Wake Forest at Georgia Tech - Ga Tech

Louisville at Florida St - Florida St

Arizona St at Utah - Utah

 

 

 

Barry McKnight, Co-host 740 Sportsline, Voice Troy Trojans
Current (week): 72-33 (10-5) .685

Lanier vs Park Crossing - Lanier

Prattville at Jeff Davis - Jeff Davis

Wetumpka at Opelika - Opelika

Leeds at Tallassee - Leeds

St. James at Dale County - St. James

Tennessee at Alabama - Alabama

Auburn at Arkansas - Auburn

LSU at Ole Miss - LSU

Kentucky at Miss St - Miss St

Michigan at Penn St - Penn St

Southern Cal at Notre Dame - Notre Dame

Oklahoma St at Texas - Oklahoma St

Wake Forest at Georgia Tech - Ga Tech

Louisville at Florida St - Florida St

Arizona St at Utah - Utah

 

 

Mike Peacock, Raycom Sports
Current (week): 69-36 (10-5) .657

Lanier vs Park Crossing - Park Cross

Prattville at Jeff Davis - Prattville

Wetumpka at Opelika - Wetumpka

Leeds at Tallassee - Tallassee

St. James at Dale County - St. James

Tennessee at Alabama - Alabama

Auburn at Arkansas - Auburn

LSU at Ole Miss - LSU

Kentucky at Miss St - Kentucky

Michigan at Penn St - Penn St

Southern Cal at Notre Dame - Notre Dame

Oklahoma St at Texas - Oklahoma St

Wake Forest at Georgia Tech - Ga Tech

Louisville at Florida St - Louisville

Arizona St at Utah - Utah

 


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