Ardmore (4-1, 2-1) at J.O. Johnson (4-1, 2-1)
7 p.m., Milton Frank Stadium
Preview: Ardmore travels to Huntsville Friday for a pivotal playoff game in Class 4A Region 8. Ardmore has its running game in full gear entering this game, rushing for at least 340 yards three times this season. In the four wins this season, the Tigers are averaging 312 yards per game, led by senior Tyler McCarley, who is averaging 111 yards per outing. Although Johnson likes to spread the ball around more, the Jaguars can score points, averaging 30 points per game this season.
Series record: These teams have never met
News Courier prediction: J.O. Johnson 26, Ardmore 16
Madison Academy (3-2, 2-0) at Elkmont (1-4, 1-2)
7 p.m., Boss Hill Stadium
Preview: Although its record won’t show it, Madison Academy might be the best team in Class 3A. The Mustangs only losses have come against the top team in 2A (Tanner) and a top 10 5A team (Cullman). Running back Kerryon Johnson is a threat to score every time he touches the ball for Madison Academy. Elkmont will have to focus on Johnson while hoping the Mustangs’ other weapons don’t kill them. These teams met in the second round of the playoff last season.
Series record: Madison Academy leads 14-9
Last year: Madison County won 42-0 in the 2nd round of the playoffs
News Courier prediction: Madison Academy 35, Elkmont 14
Colbert Heights (1-4, 1-2) at Tanner (5-0, 3-0)
7 p.m., Rip Swanner Field
Preview: The top team in Class 2A welcomes Colbert Heights for homecoming in Tanner Friday. The Rattlers have proved tough to score on this season, allowing just over four points per game through five games this season. At R.A. Hubbard last week, Tanner limited the Chiefs to negative 19 yards passing and less than 100 on the ground. On offense, the starters have seen little action past halftime, racing out to big leads early in the game. This one should be no different, as Colbert Heights has struggled on defense, giving up almost five touchdowns per game.
Series record: Tanner leads 4-2
Last year: did not play
News Courier prediction: Tanner 55, Colbert Heights 7