D190928 Decatur Lawrence County football (copy)

The Decatur Red Raiders travel to Hartselle to take on the Tigers. [DAN BUSEY/DECATUR DAILY]


DAR Patriots at Danville Hawks

Where: Smith-Owens Stadium

What: Class 4A, Region 7 contest

Coaches: Shannon McGregory (4-13) in his second season at Danville, Joey Poole (15-13) in his third season at DAR

This season: Danville (4-3, 3-1), DAR (2-4, 1-3)

Last meeting: DAR beat Danville last season, 59-12

The skinny: The Hawks have won four of their last five games and are tied at the top of the region with Priceville, who they beat last Friday, and Fairview. A win in their final home game would be huge before closing out the season with region games at Saint John Paul II and Fairview. … DAR really needs to win its final three region games to have any chance of making the playoffs.

The Daily picks: Danville


Brewer Patriots at Guntersville Wildcats

Where: Chorba-Lee Stadium

What: Class 5A, Region 8 game

Coaches: Geoff Walters (17-30) in his fifth season at Brewer, Lance Reese (74-30) in his 10th season at Guntersville

This season: Brewer (3-3, 2-2), Guntersville (3-2, 2-2)

Last meeting: Brewer beat Guntersville, 32-8, last season

Radio: 95.9-FM

The skinny: Brewer and Guntersville are tied with Arab for fourth place in the region behind Madison Academy, Madison County and Scottsboro. The winner of this game improves its playoff possibilities. The loser is in big trouble. After Guntersville, Brewer has region games with East Limestone and Scottsboro. Guntersville has Ardmore and East Limestone.

The Daily picks: Guntersville



Huntsville Panthers at Austin Black Bears

Where: Austin Stadium

What: Class 7A, Region 4 contest

Coaches: Jeremy Perkins (69-41) in his 10th season at Austin, Mark Fleetwood (13-15) in his third season at Huntsville

This season: Huntsville (4-3, 1-3), Austin (5-1, 3-1)

Last meeting: Austin won last year’s meeting, 40-3

Radio: 94.7-FM, 1490-AM

The skinny: The Black Bears will be looking to bounce back from a tough 24-21 loss at Sparkman last week. The loss has knocked them out of a tie for first in the region all the way to third place. The top two teams in each region hosts first round playoff games. There are five teams ahead of Huntsville in the region standings. The Panthers can’t afford another region loss. Huntsville leads the series, 22-12.

The Daily picks: Austin


Decatur Red Raiders at Hartselle Tigers

Where: J.P. Cain Stadium

What: Class 6A, Region 7 game

Coaches: Jere Adcock (171-100) in 24 seasons at Decatur, Bo Culver (2-4) in his first season at Hartselle

This season: Decatur (1-6, 0-3), Hartselle (2-4, 1-2)

Last meeting: Hartselle won last year’s meeting, 35-14

Radio: 94.3-FM, 1400-AM, 99.9-FM, streaming on NFHSnetwork.com

The skinny: Despite the disappointing records, this game does have playoff implications. Four teams out of this six-team region make the playoffs. Muscle Shoals and Athens are undefeated in region play. Cullman has one loss. Columbia, which has yet to score one point this season, appears destined for last place. That means the winner of this game could have fourth place. If Hartselle wins and then beats Cullman next week, the Tigers could finish as high as third. … Decatur leads the series, 59-26.

The Daily picks: Hartselle


Falkville Blue Devils at Decatur Heritage Eagles

Where: Rebel Stadium at West Morgan High in Trinity

What: Class 1A, Region 7 game

Coaches: Tyler Mitchell (4-3) in his first season at Falkville, Steve Meek (62-35) in his ninth season at Decatur Heritage

This season: Falkville (4-3, 3-1), Decatur Heritage (7-0, 3-0)

Last meeting: Falkville beat Decatur Heritage last year, 70-41

The skinny: A victory could move undefeated Decatur Heritage one step closer to the region championship. Falkville and Valley Head are tied for second-place with one region loss. A Falkville win over Decatur Heritage could set up a three-way tie at the top with two weeks of region games left to play. … Falkville’s 70 points in last year’s meeting set a record for the most points ever scored against Decatur Heritage. … Falkville leads the series, 4-1.

The Daily picks: Decatur Heritage


Priceville Bulldogs at North Jackson Chiefs

Where: R.D. Hicks Stadium in Stevenson

What: Class 4A, Region 7 game

Coaches: Chris Foster (4-2) in his first season at Priceville, Chandler Tygard (1-5) in his first season at North Jackson

This season: Priceville (4-2, 3-1), North Jackson (1-5, 1-3)

Last meeting: North Jackson won last year’s game, 69-7

The skinny: Priceville is smarting after a loss to county and region rival Danville, 26-25. In the past, North Jackson would not be a good place to try to bounce back, but the Chiefs have hit a low point with a new coaching staff this season. Priceville, Danville and Fairview are tied at the top with one region loss. Danville plays Fairview in two weeks. If Priceville can win its final three region games, they could be champions at best or finish second at worst.

The Daily picks: Priceville


West Morgan Rebels at Fairview Aggies

Where: Dafford Smith Stadium

What: Class 4A, Region 7 game

Coaches: Mikel Riggs (3-14) in his second season at West Morgan, George Redding Jr. (74-58) in his 13th season at Fairview

This season: West Morgan (2-5, 1-3), Fairview (4-2, 3-1)

Last meeting: Fairview took a 31-14 win last season

The skinny: After opening with four losses, West Morgan turned it around with two wins, but stumbled at home last week vs. Saint John Paul II, 49-36. The Rebels need to win their final three region games to have a chance at a spot in the playoffs. Fairview is trying to keep pace with Priceville and Danville at the top of the region.

The Daily picks: Fairview


Athens Golden Eagles at Columbia Eagles

Where: Milton Frank Stadium in Huntsville

What: Class 6A, Region 7 game

Coaches: Cody Gross (21-17) in his fourth season at Athens, Nicholas Well (0-2) in his first season at Columbia

This season: Athens (5-1, 3-0), Columbia (0-6, 0-3)

Last meeting: Athens won 56-0 last season

The skinny: Athens will be looking to stay undefeated in region play. The Golden Eagles have won five straight since opening the season with a 21-14 loss to Gardendale. … Columbia changed head coaches after being shut out in its first four games. The Eagles went scoreless in their next two games. Columbia has been outscored 359-0 and lost 38 games in a row.

The Daily picks: Athens


Lawrence County Red Devils at Jasper Vikings

Where: Ki-Ro/Gambrell Field

What: Class 5A, Region 7 game

Coaches: Rich Dutton (32-47) in his eighth season at Lawrence County, Bryan Moore (17-2) in his second season at Jasper

This season: Lawrence County (3-3, 2-2), Jasper (6-0, 4-0)

Last meeting: Jasper won 28-7

Radio: 97.9-FM

The skinny: The Red Devils have had two weeks of emotional football. They beat Decatur, 27-25, for the first time since 1954. Then they lost a tough game at home to No. 5-ranked Russellville, 22-14. Next up for Lawrence County is a trip to Jasper to play the No. 1 team in Class 5A. The Vikings have outscored four region opponents, 208-7. Lawrence County is fourth in the region behind Jasper, Russellville and Hamilton.

The Daily picks: Jasper


Ardmore Tigers at East Limestone Indians

Where: East Limestone Stadium

What: Class 5A, Region 8 contest

Coaches: PJ Wright (6-10) in his second season at Ardmore, Jeff Pugh (81-68) in his 14th season at East Limestone

This season: Ardmore (2-4, 0-4), East Limestone (1-5, 0-4)

Last meeting: East Limestone won 34-0 last season

Radio: 105.1-FM, 1110-AM

The skinny: These Limestone County rivals have seen their seasons falter after good starts. Ardmore opened with two wins and has since lost four times. East Limestone opened with a win and has lost its last five games. Playoff hopes are looking dim. … East Limestone leads the series 29-21. The Indians have won the last six meetings. Ardmore’s last win over East came in 2008.

The Daily picks: East Limestone


Clements Colts at East Lawrence Eagles

Where: Eagle Stadium in Trinity

What: Class 3A, Region 8 game

Coaches: Michael Parker (7-10) in his second season at Clements, James Moore (5-11) in his second season at East Lawrence

This season: Clements (3-3, 1-2), East Lawrence (3-3, 1-2)

Last meeting: Clements won 40-0 last season

The skinny: Clements, East Lawrence and Phil Campbell are right now tied for fourth in the region. The winner of this game will keep its playoff hopes alive. The loser has a tall mountain to climb. After opening with three wins, Clements has lost three in a row. The Colts have scored a combined 15 points in the last two games. East Lawrence has won three of its last four since starting the season 0-2. The three wins is the most for East Lawrence since the 2012 team won four. The last time East won five or more was in 1997 when the Eagles finished 7-4. … Clements leads the series 5-0.

The Daily picks: East Lawrence


Rogers Pirates at West Limestone Wildcats

Where: James Kennemer Stadium in Lester

What: Class 4A, Region 8 game

Coaches: Jerry Fulks (7-10) is in his second season at Rogers, Shelby Davis (7-9) is in his second season at West Limestone

This season: Rogers (0-6, 0-3), West Limestone (4-2, 2-1)

Last meeting: Rogers won 39-12 last season

The skinny: A win over Rogers is vital to West Limestone’s playoff hopes. The Wildcats close out region play with games vs. the top two teams in the region — Brooks and Deshler, which are both undefeated in region play. … Rogers leads the series 20-8-1.

The Daily picks: West Limestone


Elkmont Red Devils at Wilson Warriors

Where: Ralph Thompson Stadium

What: Class 4A, Region 8 contest

Coaches: Duane Wales (4-22) is in his third season at Elkmont, Matt Poarch (4-11) is in his second season at Wilson

This season: Elkmont (1-5, 0-3), Wilson (1-5, 1-3)

Last meeting: Wilson won last year’s game, 21-0

The skinny: The winner of this game still has an outside chance at qualifying for the playoffs, but they must win the rest of their region games and get some help with some upsets. … Wilson leads the series 6-2.

The Daily picks: Wilson


Hatton Hornets at Tharptown Wildcats

Where: Tharptown Field

What: Class 2A, Region 7 contest

Coaches: Denton Bowling (14-22) in his fourth season at Hatton, Kevin Lacey (6-28) in his fourth season at Tharptown

This season: Hatton (2-4, 1-3), Tharptown (1-4, 0-3)

Last meeting: Hatton won 66-7 last season.

The skinny: Hatton will be looking to win two in a row after knocking off Tanner, 46-13, last week. Freshman quarterback Briley Kerby ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more. Hatton is 5-0 all-time vs. Tharptown.

The Daily picks: Hatton


Addison Bulldogs at Tanner Rattlers

Where: Rip Swanner Stadium

What: Class 2A, Region 7 contest

Coaches: David Smothers (66-24) is in his eighth season at Addison, Oscar Bonds (2-14) is in his second season at Tanner

This season: Addison (5-2, 2-1), Tanner (1-5, 1-2)

Last meeting: Addison won 43-18 last season

The skinny: Addison is coming off a 44-12 win over Colbert County. If the Bulldogs win their final three region games, they could do no worse than second in the region. Tanner still has a shot at the playoffs, but is in a must-win situation vs. Addison.

The Daily picks: Addison


R.A. Hubbard Chiefs at Woodville Panthers

Where: Frazier Field

What: Class 1A, Region 7 contest

Coaches: Mac Hampton (14-14) in his third season at R.A. Hubbard, Jay Powell (22-36) is in his sixth season at Woodville

This season: R.A. Hubbard (4-3, 2-2), Woodville (2-4, 1-2)

Last meeting: R.A. Hubbard won last season, 42-33

The skinny: This is a key game for both teams as they try to make the playoffs. A win at Woodville and next week at home against Valley Head would probably put R.A. Hubbard in the playoffs. R.A. Hubbard leads the series 2-1.

The Daily picks: R.A. Hubbard

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