Thanks to everyone for reading my predictions. Most came true, but the satisfaction I got from writing these columns came from you folks in readerland. A lot of you paid attention, and some of you even chided me from time to time. It was a lot of fun for me, and I hope it was for you as well.
Anyway, yours truly went 8-1 last week. I’m now 111-20 for the year.
Oneonta (10-2) at Cherokee County (12-0): The rematch, part one.
Get your popcorn ready for this one. The last time these two met in Week 4, 56 points lit up the scoreboard with the Warriors coming away with a 37-21 victory.
Revenge is on the Redskins’ minds, but the Warriors are simply playing at another level right now. That was never more evident than last week’s 47-15 victory over Fayette County. Jacob Morgan and D.J. Fife both rushed for over 100 yards. Gabriel Chambers had over 100 yards receiving. Coty Blanchard threw for 200 yards. You get the picture.
I think this game will be a mirror image of the one nine weeks ago, and the result will be the same. There’s just too many weapons for Oneonta to stop … Cherokee County 42, Oneonta 21.
Piedmont (10-2) at Leeds (12-0): The rematch, part two.
Like Oneonta, the Bulldogs have revenge on their minds this week. They return to the place where they suffered their worst defeat of the season (35-0).
But a lot has changed since that Week 8 drubbing. The Bulldogs’ defense, led by linebacker Daniel Hammett, has almost been lights out since that setback. Hammett and company were instrumental in last week’s 42-7 thrashing at Susan Moore.
While the Bulldogs have made an impressive move back up to 3A this season, Leeds is simply a team playing at another level. I think the Bulldogs will make a game of it against the Green Wave this time around, but I’m afraid the end result will be the same … Leeds 28, Piedmont 23.
For all of you basketball fans out there, another season is right around the corner. It’s even started up at Gaylesville, where the Trojan boys suffered a 63-22 setback to Sacred Heart last Friday.
Yours truly is planning on having a preview next week, but I need help from the coaches. I sent out a sheet back in October by e-mail, and have gotten a response from only a few of you.
Coaches, please send me a roster, a schedule and give me some comments on the upcoming year if you haven’t already done so. My office number is 927-5037 and my e-mail is email@example.com. The Herald’s fax number is 927-4853.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association has entered an agreement with R&B Media Group to form the AHSAA Radio Network.
R&B Media, LLC, located in Dadeville, will produce the radio network coverage for major AHSAA events, including the Super 6 Football Championships and the State Finals Basketball Tournament.
Randy Lee and Brett Pritchard, co-owners of R&B Media, currently produce two weekly television shows: Sports Blitz Live and Sports Blitz Outdoors. They also produce and co-host two radio shows: Sports Blitz Saturday Countdown and Sports Blitz Overtime. In addition, R&B Media holds the rights to the Wildcat Football Network, the broadcasting arm for Benjamin Russell High School athletics in Alexander City.
The agreement paves the way for R&B Media to develop a statewide radio network and also help promote the AHSAA on a weekly basis through AHSAA update reports and other special promotions. The agreement was brokered by the AHSAA’s marketing partner, Alabama Sports Foundation.