Preview: This game carries massive implications with the winner claiming the fourth and final spot in 4A Region 8. A loss would not eliminate West Limestone, but the Wildcats would have to beat Haleyville in their final region game. Priceville is eliminated from the playoffs with a loss.
The Bulldogs are much improved from last season’s 2-8 record. In his third year at the helm, Dirk Strunk’s team is averaging 31 points per game. The problem is the Bulldogs also give up 29 points per game, and West should take advantage.
West Limestone is having its best season since 2010 behind an efficient offense and stingy defense. The Wildcats are allowing 18 points per game , nearly half of what they gave up last year. West Limestone has averaged 60 points per game in its last three games against Priceville.
Series history: West Limestone leads 3-2.
Last year: West Limestone won 49-41.
News Courier prediction: West Limestone 41, Priceville 33
Tanner (6-1, 5-0) at Hatton (3-4, 2-3)
Hatton Field, Hatton
Preview: Tanner’s region games have become predictable over the past few seasons. Like Alabama in college football, the Rattlers almost seem “boring” to watch because of their ruthless efficiency. Tanner is going about its business once again, going undefeated in region play while outscoring region foes 45-14. Tanner has not had a region opponent come within two touchdowns of victory in nearly three years, a 14-6 win at Oakman in October 2010.
Hatton does not appear to be a team to break Tanner’s 33-game region winning streak after last week’s 44-15 defeat at Colbert Heights. The Hornets had a chance to make the playoffs before the loss, but will be playing for pride only when they host Tanner Friday. Tanner has won the last eight in the series.
Series history: Tanner leads 10-7.
Last year: Tanner won 60-6.
News Courier prediction: Tanner 48, Hatton 13
Deshler (4-3, 2-3) at Elkmont (3-4, 3-2)
Boss Hill Stadium, Elkmont