The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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October 3, 2013

FEARLESS PREDICTIONS: Week 6

Last week: 4-1; Overall: 21-11

Friday, Oct. 4

all games at 7 p.m.

GAME OF THE WEEK

Athens (3-2, 1-2) at East Limestone (2-3, 1-2)

East Limestone Stadium, Capshaw

Why it’s important: These rivals meet for just the eighth time Friday in East Limestone for what could be an elimination game in 5A Region 8. A loss will drop one to 1-3 in region play with several big games still to come. The winner will remain in the playoff hunt and earn bragging rights for the next 365 days.

Preview: The teams enter Friday’s game riding high after each winning impressive out of region contests last week. Athens snapped a two-game losing streak with a 26-24 win over Austin. The Golden Eagles finished that game strong as they did in an opening week win over Decatur, scoring all their 20 points in the fourth quarter.

East Limestone scored the most it has in a single game in nearly two years with a 59-point scoring spree at Madison City Stadium. The Indians’ offense has improved week after week, finally clicking in last week’s win over James Clemens.

This will be a fascinating matchup between East Limestone’s explosive offense and Athens’ sound defense. East Limestone has won three in a row in the series.

Last year: East Limestone won 24-12.

Series history: East Limestone leads 4-3.

News Courier Prediction: Athens 30, East Limestone 21

J.O. Johnson (4-1, 3-0) at Ardmore (5-0, 3-0)

Cooper Field, Ardmore

Preview: The games just keep getting bigger for Ardmore under first-year head coach Clint Legg. After the school’s first-ever win over North Jackson two weeks ago, the Tigers host J.O. Johnson for first place in 4A Region 8.

Johnson’s defense has been rock-solid this season, allowing a paltry seven points per game at the halfway point. And the Johnson offense isn’t too shabby, either, with brothers Danny and DeVon Johnson. DeVon is a speedster and a threat to score every play, whether on a pass from Danny or by ground.

Ardmore can also score with junior quarterback Garrett Miller. Miller tossed five touchdowns passes last week, including three to favorite target, tight end Hayden Durrett.

Throw in a handful of talented backs and you have the recipe for a high-scoring affair in Ardmore Friday.

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