Preview: Elkmont controls its own destiny when it welcomes Deshler to town Friday. The Red Devils are currently tied for third in 3A Region 8 with games against Lauderdale County (5-2, 3-2) and fourth-place Deshler remaining.
A loss Friday would eliminate Deshler from playoff contention. The Tigers have made the playoffs for 29 consecutive seasons.
Series history: Deshler leads 2-0.
Last year: Deshler won 56-6.
News Courier prediction: Deshler 34, Elkmont 14
Hartselle (5-2, 3-2) at East Limestone (2-5, 1-4)
East Limestone Stadium, Capshaw
Preview: East Limestone was eliminated from playoff contention last week with a loss to Muscle Shoals but can still make some noise in 5A Region 8 by upsetting Hartselle Friday. Hartselle has outscored East Limestone 43-7 in their only three meetings dating back to 2008.
Series history: Hartselle leads 3-0.
Last year: Hartselle won 47-7.
News Courier prediction: Hartselle 31, East Limestone 14
Colbert County (7-0, 5-0) at Clements (1-6, 1-4)
M.T. Newman Stadium, Clements
Preview: Clements hosts another top-ranked opponent this weekend when the Colts welcome No. 8 Colbert County. Clements is reeling after suffering more injuries in a 35-6 loss to Elkmont last week. Colbert County looks to remain undefeated heading into its matchup with No. 1 ranked Madison Academy next week.
Series history: Colbert County leads 4-1.
Last year: Colbert County won 56-30.
News Courier prediction: Colbert County 41, Clements 0