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Decatur Red Raiders at Columbia Eagles

Where: Milton Frank Stadium in Huntsville

What: Class 6A Region 8 contest

Coaches: Jere Adcock (173-108) is in his 25th season at Decatur. Nicholas Wells (0-7) is in his first season at Columbia.

This season: Decatur (1-7, 1-4), Columbia (0-7, 0-4)

Last meeting: Decatur won 59-0 in 2019

Radio: 94.3-FM, 1400-AM

The skinny: The Red Raiders picked up their first win last week over Hazel Green, 28-0. Columbia has not won a game since 2015.

The Daily picks: Decatur

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Danville Hawks at Clements Colts

Where: M.T. Newman Stadium in Clements

What: Class 3A Region 8 contest

This season: Clements (1-6, 1-3), Danville (2-5, 1-3)

Coaches: Michael Parker (11-18) is in his third season at Clements. Shannon McGregory (7-21) is in his third season at Danville.

Last meeting: Clements won 14-7 in 2017

The skinny: Both teams have struggled on offense. Danville has scored 91 points, but 77 came in wins over Brewer and Elkmont. … Clements has scored 153 points, but given up 262.

The Daily picks: Clements

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FRIDAY

Albertville Aggies at Austin Black Bears

Where: Austin

What: Class 7A Region 4 contest

Coaches: Jeremy Perkins (77-45) is in his 11th season at Austin. Cliff Mitchel (7-11) is in his second season at Albertville.

This season: Austin (6-1, 4-1), Albertville (2-5, 1-4)

Last meeting: Austin won 37-0 in 1987

Radio: 94.7-FM, 1490-AM

The skinny: The transition to Class 7A has not been easy for the Aggies. Albertville was just moved up from 5A to 6A in 2012. Albertville tight end/defensive end Trinity Bell is a Tennessee commitment. … No. 8 Austin is rolling along while averaging 37 points a game on offense while giving up 16 points on defense.

The Daily picks: Austin

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Hartselle Tigers at Hazel Green Trojans

Where: Bob Grimwood Stadium in Hazel Green

What: Class 6A Region 8 contest

Coaches: Bryan Moore (5-3) is in his first season at Hartselle. Joel Schrenk (3-13) is in his second season at Hazel Green

This season: Hartselle (5-3, 4-2). Hazel Green (2-4, 0-4)

Last meeting: Hartselle won 37-6

The skinny: Hartselle’s win over Muscle Shoals last week was its biggest of the season. Moore called it a program changer. The Tigers now have a chance to finish with seven wins after winning just four last year. They also can possibly get a No. 2 seed, which would mean a first-round home game in the playoffs. … Hartselle is 10-0 all-time vs. Hazel Green.

The Daily picks: Hartselle

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Cullman Bearcats at Athens Golden Eagles

Where: Golden Eagle Stadium in Athens

What: Class 6A Region 8 contest

This season: Athens (5-2, 4-1), Cullman (6-1, 4-0)

Coaches: Cody Gross (29-22) is in his fifth season at Athens. Oscar Glasscock (12-7) is in his second season at Cullman.

Last meeting: Athens won 31-17 in 2019

The skinny: With Hartselle’s upset of Muscle Shoals a region championship is now a distinct possibility for the Golden Eagles. … Since the Muscle Shoals game, the Golden Eagles’ rushing attack has been almost unstoppable with running back Jaylen Gilbert. … The only blemish on Cullman’s record is a 21-6 loss to Class 2A power Mars Hill. … Athens leads the series 32-23-1.

The Daily picks: Athens

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Cherokee Indians vs. Decatur Heritage Eagles

Where: Rebel Stadium in Trinity

What: Class 1A Region 8 contest

Coaches: Steve Meek (79-38) is in his 10 season at Decatur Heritage. Ben Floyd (0-7) is in his first season at Cherokee.

This season: Decatur Heritage (6-2, 5-0) Cherokee (0-7, 0-5)

Last meeting: This is their first meeting.

The skinny: Decatur Heritage has won six straight while outscoring opponents 291-111. The Eagles the No. 6-ranked team in Class 1A.

The Daily picks: Decatur Heritage

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Deshler Tigers at Priceville Bulldogs

Where: Bulldog Stadium

What: Class 4A Region 8 contest

Coaches: Chris Foster (13-6) is in his second season at Priceville. Randall Martin (13-7) is in his second season at Deshler.

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

Last meeting: Deshler won 48-10 in 2017

The skinny: After a tough region loss at home to Central, 20-14, the Bulldogs need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. … Since dropping a 33-14 loss to West Limestone, Deshler has outscored four region opponents 128-14.

The Daily picks: Deshler

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West Morgan Rebels at Wilson Warriors

Where: Ralph Thompson Stadium

What: Class 4A Region 8 contest

Coaches: Mikel Riggs (5-23) in his third season at West Morgan. Matt Poarch (6-19) is in his third season at Wilson.

This season: West Morgan (1-7, 1-4), Wilson (1-7, 0-5)

Last meeting: This is their first meeting

The skinny: The playoffs are out of the picture for both teams. It’s an opportunity for a young West Morgan team to gain more experience.

The Daily picks: West Morgan

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Fairview Aggies at Brewer Patriots

Where: James Tucker Stadium in Florette

What: Class 5A Region 8 contest

Coaches: Geoff Walters (17-42) is in his sixth season at Brewer. George Redding Jr. (85-60) is in his 14th season at Fairview.

This season: Brewer (0-8, 0-5), Fairview (6-1, 4-1)

Last meeting: Brewer won 29-26 in 2005

The skinny: A young Brewer team has taken its lumps this season. Fairview, which is ranked No. 10 in 5A, will be a challenge. The Aggies’ lone loss was to No. 5 Guntersville, 48-12.

The Daily picks: Fairview

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Ider Hornets at Falkville Blue Devils

Where: Burl Vest Stadium

What: Class 2A Region 7 contest

Coaches: Tyler Mitchell (14-5) is in his second season at Falkville. Miles Keith (3-15) is in his second season at Ider.

This season: Falkville (7-0, 4-0), Ider (1-7. 0-4)

Last meeting: This is their first meeting.

The skinny: Falkville is ranked No. 8 in the state in Class 2A. The Blue Devils have outscored opponents, 312-27.

The Daily picks: Falkville

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Mae Jemison Jaguars at Lawrence County Red Devils

Where: Red Devil Stadium in Moulton

What: Class 5A Region 8 contest

Coaches: Rich Dutton (36-54) is in his ninth season at Lawrence County. Harold Wells (2-5) is in his first season at Mae Jemison.

This season: Lawrence County (3-4, 2-2), Mae Jemison (2-5, 2-2)

Last meeting: Mae Jemison won 32-27 in 2017

The skinny: These two teams are tied for third place in Region 8. This game could decide the playoff opponents for both teams. … Lawrence County quarterback Brody Sparks has thrown for 1,435 yards and 16 touchdowns.

The Daily picks: Lawrence County

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Lee Generals at Ardmore Tigers

Where: Cooper Field

What: Class 5A Region 8 contest

This season: Ardmore (4-3, 1-3), Lee-Huntsville (2-5, 1-3)

Coaches: P.J. Wright (10-17) is in his season at Ardmore. Jerry Ross (5-22) is in his third season at Lee.

Last meeting: Lee won 40-22 in 2017

The skinny: Since starting the season 3-0 the Tigers have lost three of their last four. Lee has forfeited two of its last three games.

The Daily picks: Ardmore

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East Limestone Indians at Russellville Golden Tigers

Where: Tigers Stadium in Russellville

What: Class 5A Region 8 contest

This season: East Limestone (6-1, 5-0), Russellville (6-1, 4-0)

Coaches: Jeff Pugh (90-71) is in his 15th season at East Limestone. John Ritter (23-6) is in his third season at Russellville.

Last meeting: Russellville won 17-13 in 2017

The skinny: The Indians have been on a hot streak since their season opening loss to Mars Hill, winning six in a row. The winner of this game will be region champs. … This will be old school football at its finest featuring two physical teams that like to run the ball and play defense.

The Daily picks: Russellville

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West Limestone Wildcats at Rogers Pirates

Where: Pirate Field in Rogers

What: Class 4A Region 8 Contest

This season: West Limestone (6-1, 5-0), Rogers (2-5, 1-4)

Last meeting: Rogers won 23-19 in 2019

Coaches: Shelby Davis (15-12) is in his third season at West Limestone. Jerry Fulks (12-17) is in his third season at Rogers.

The skinny: A West Limestone win locks up the Wildcat’s first region title since 1998.

The Daily picks: West Limestone

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Hatton Hornets at Tharptown Wildcats

Where: Wildcats Stadium

What: Class 2A Region 8 contest

This season: Hatton (2-5, 0-4). Tharptown (3-4, 0-4)

Last meeting: Hatton won 51-7 in 2019

Coaches: Denton Bowling (19-28) is in his fifth season at Hatton. Kevin Lacey (10-35) is in his fifth season at Tharptown.

The skinny: If Hatton wins out, the Hornets still have a slim chance at making the playoffs. The Hornets are 6-0 all-time against Tharptown.

The Daily picks: Hatton

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Waterloo Cougars at R.A. Hubbard Chiefs

Where: R.A. Hubbard Stadium in North Courtland

What: Class 1A Region 8 contest

This season: R.A. Hubbard (4-3, 4-1), Waterloo (5-3, 4-1)

Coaches: Mac Hampton (19-19) is in his fourth season at R.A. Hubbard. Michael Williams (5-3) is in his first season at Waterloo.

Last meeting: R.A. Hubbard won 40-14 in 2015

The skinny: The winner of this game locks up second place in the region behind champion Decatur Heritage. The difference between second and third is a home game in the first round of the playoffs vs. a road trip. R.A. Hubbard is 8-0 all-time vs. Waterloo

The Daily picks: R.A. Hubbard

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