Last year: Johnson won 30-6.
Series history: Johnson leads 1-0.
News Courier Prediction: J.O. Johnson 20, Ardmore 16
Wilson (2-3, 2-1) at West Limestone (3-2, 1-2)
James Kennemer Stadium, Salem
Preview: Wilson visits West Limestone for homecoming for what could be an elimination game in the 4A Region 8 playoff puzzle. West will be eager to avenge last year’s 41-7 loss in Zip City.
The Wildcats have momentum on their side. After a convincing win over East Lawrence, West held on for a rivalry win against Elkmont last week. Wilson began the season with a pair of losses, giving up five touchdowns in each of its first two games, but rebounded with blowout victories over Rogers and Priceville.
Although the series is close over 12 games, these teams have had just one game decided by less than double digits dating back to 1979. The past three games in the series have been decided by an average of 26 points.
Last year: Wilson won 41-7.
Series history: Wilson leads 7-5.
News Courier Prediction: West Limestone 27, Wilson 19
Tanner (4-1, 3-0) at Colbert Heights (2-3, 1-2)
Amos Mitchell Stadium, Tuscumbia
Preview: Tanner begins the downhill portion of its region slate after winning convincingly in games against Lexington and Red Bay. The Rattlers have the state champion look again after suffering a rare blowout loss in the opening week to Madison Academy.
That loss doesn’t look so bad now that the Mustangs have steamrolled an extremely difficult early season slate.
Colbert Heights won a high-scoring affair at 1A Hackleburg last week after losing consecutive region games to Lexington and Sheffield.
Last year: Tanner won 69-13.
Series history: Tanner leads 5-2.
News Courier Prediction: Tanner 49, Colbert Heights 6
Elkmont (2-3, 2-1) at Madison Academy (5-0, 3-0)
Mustang Stadium, Madison
Preview: Elkmont has the unfortunate opportunity of playing the Madison Academy football machine Friday night. Fresh off a 28-10 win over 5A no. 10 ranked Cullman, Madison Academy welcomes the Red Devils to Mustang Stadium.
Elkmont showed fight in a two-point loss at West Limestone and will need to rebound quickly from that last-minute loss.