From staff reports
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.
Series history: Elkmont leads 17-10
Last Year: Elkmont won 28-24
News Courier Prediction: Elkmont 35, West Morgan 20
East Limestone at Lawrence County
Red Devils Stadium, Moulton
Preview: East Limestone would never have imagined an 0-3 start back in early August, but games against Cullman, Madison County and Russellville will do that. Despite the losses, senior Jordon Gandy has lived up to the billing, scoring four different ways for the Indians this season. Lawrence County has shown the ability to score points, but is giving up 40 points per game. East Limestone has won four straight in the series.
Series history: Teams are tied 6-6
Last Year: East Limestone won 48-6
News Courier Prediction: East Limestone 41, Lawrence County 20
Tanner at Lexington
McMeans Stadium, Lexington
Preview: Tanner hits the road for the third time in four weeks to take on an undefeated Lexington team averaging 37 points per game. Tanner proved it can score as well in back-to-back region blowouts after suffering a rare defeat in its opening game. The Rattlers look to finally have things rolling and should score plenty against the Golden Bears.
Series history: Tanner leads 19-10
Last Year: Tanner won 49-7
News Courier Prediction: Tanner 41, Lexington 13
West Limestone at East Lawrence
Eagle Stadium, Caddo
Preview: West Limestone looks to get back on track against an East Lawrence team that has suffered three heavy defeats to start the season. In their past two meetings, these teams have combined for 68 points per game. Although neither team has lit up the scoreboard so far, this one could be another shootout.
Series history: West Limestone leads 4-1
Last Year: West Limestone won 36-27
News Courier Prediction: West Limestone 33, East Lawrence 20
Robert Earl Grisham Stadium, Rogersville
Preview: The Colts can’t catch a break with the way their schedule is set up this season. After rebounding from an opening season loss with a win at West Morgan, Clements hosted the No. 1 team in 3A last week and will travel to a Lauderdale County team that could move into the top ten with a win.
Series history: LCHS leads 15-4
Last Year: LCHS won 48-14
News Courier Prediction: Lauderdale County 34, Clements 13