The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

September 5, 2013


By Jonathan Deal

— Six Limestone County teams hit the road the including a big test for Tanner at Red Bay. Ardmore's game against Butler has been moved to tonight at Milton Frank Stadium. Find out who is picked to win in this week's Fearless Predictions.


Friday, September 6

Tanner at Red Bay

7 p.m., Tiger Stadium

Why it’s important: This is new ground for Tanner. The Rattlers saw their state record 35-game regular season unbeaten streak end in Madison last week in the worst way possible. Could Tanner’s record state-best 28 games region game winning streak be in jeopardy a week later?

Preview: This is not the same Red Bay team Tanner walked over 34-0 last season. The Tigers went on to win 7 of their last 8 games last year, making a second-round playoff run. Red Bay could be Tanner’s toughest remaining regular season opponent. Tanner has won four straight in the series. Will they make it five?

Series history: Tanner leads 10-7 with one tie

Last year: Tanner won 34-0

News Courier prediction: Tanner 27, Red Bay 21

West Point at Athens

7 p.m., Golden Eagle Stadium

Preview: Athens gets a chance to extend its shutout streak to four games against a West Point team they have beaten by an average of 32 points in three meetings dating back to 2006. West Point won its opening game against Brewer 25-18. Athens is seeking its first 2-0 since 2006 when the Golden Eagles won the 5A State Championship game.

Series history: Athens leads 3-0

Last year: Athens won 41-9

News Courier prediction: Athens 34, West Point 6

Clements at West Morgan

7 p.m., Rebels Stadium

Preview: West Morgan won one game last year, a 54-0 victory on Clements home field. The Rebels went on to lose the other nine games by an average of 22 points per game. Clements is seeking its first win since Sept. 9, 2011. West Morgan has won nine straight in the series

Series history: West Morgan leads 15-6

Last year: West Morgan won 54-0

News Courier prediction: West Morgan 35, Clements 22

East Limestone at Cullman

7 p.m., Woodard Stadium

Preview: East Limestone travels to Cullman, fresh off making national news from a postgame brawl at Walker. Lost in all the hoopla was the fact that Cullman came back to win the game 13-10. East lost on a last second field goal against Madison County. The Indians made some big plays, but gave a lot yards through the air. That could be the story again against a Bearcat team that likes to pass.                           

Series history: Cullman 1-0

Last year: Cullman won 30-21

News Courier prediction: East Limestone 24, Cullman 21

Elkmont at Colbert County

7 p.m., Golden Eagle Stadium

Preview: These teams have traded shutouts for the past three seasons with the visiting teams leaving with big wins in those games. If Elkmont is going to leave Leighton with a win, the Red Devils will need more of the big plays they scored on against Ardmore last week.

Series history: Colbert County 15-6

Last year: Colbert County won 32-0

News Courier prediction: Colbert County 27, Elkmont 6

West Limestone at Brooks

7 p.m., E.D. Redding Stadium

Preview: West will have plenty of confidence after dismantling rival Clements in its opening game. The Wildcats will find out what they are made of against a Brooks team that made it to the 4th round of the 4A playoffs last season. This has been a high-scoring game the past three seasons. The teams have combined for an average of 68 points in those games.

Series history: Brooks leads 12-1

Last year: Brooks won 54-7

News Courier prediction: Brooks 35, West Limestone 27

Thursday, Sept. 5

Ardmore at Butler

7 p.m., Milton Frank Stadium

Preview: Ardmore is trying to get to 2-0 for the second consecutive season when the Tigers travel to Huntsville for the region opener for both teams Friday. Butler dropped their home opener to Section 27-12 while Ardmore won comfortably over Elkmont.

Series history: Ardmore leads 1-0

Last year: Ardmore won 45-21

News Courier prediction: Ardmore 28, Butler 12