Friday, September 20
all games at 7 p.m.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Muscle Shoals at Athens
Golden Eagle Stadium, Athens
Why it’s important: Athens wants to show that last year’s poor showing against the top region teams isn’t indicative of the type of team they are. AHS got off to a good start, but a slow first quarter cost them against a top-ranked Hartselle team. The Golden Eagles are up against another top 5, Class 5A opponent this week. A win would put Athens on the map again in 5A and stay in the hunt for a home playoff game in Region 8.
Preview: 146-0. That’s what Muscle Shoals has done to teams this year. The Trojans come to Golden Eagles Stadium with an impressive shutout streak, but they aren’t the only team with a stout defense. Athens is giving up just a touchdown per game this season against better competition. If Athens can keep it close into the 4th quarter, it might just have a shot to upset the No. 4 ranked Trojans
Series history: Athens leads 17-6
Last year: Muscle Shoals won 38-3
News Courier prediction: Muscle Shoals 13, Athens 6
Ardmore at Randolph
Sportsmed Field, Huntsville
Preview: Coming off one of the biggest wins in school history, Ardmore visits Randolph where it will try to stay grounded. Last week’s thrilling overtime win against North Jackson was the program’s first ever. Tonight, the Tigers will go for their second win in as many games against a Randolph team that was drilled 55-0 last week at Madison County.
Series history: Ardmore leads 1-0
Last Year: Ardmore won 33-7
News Courier Prediction: Ardmore 30, Randolph 13
Elkmont at West Morgan
Rebels Stadium, Trinity
Preview: Elkmont will try and build on last week’s 17-7 win over Westminster, the Red Devils first of the season. Elkmont has a chance go to .500 before a big trip to West Limestone next Friday. West Morgan is still trying to pick up the pieces after a 55-0 drubbing by Colbert County last week. The Rebels are giving up 46 points per game this season.