Series history: Clements leads 12-10
Last Year: Madison Academy won 55-0
News Courier Prediction: Madison Academy 56, Clements 7
Russellville (0-2) at East Limestone (0-2)
7 p.m., East Limestone Stadium
Preview: Russellville travels or limps into Capshaw tonight looking for its first win of the season. The Tigers are 0-2 for the first time since 1997 while East Limestone is 0-2 for the second consecutive year. Offense has been the Tigers problem this season after losing offensive coordinator Shane Smothers and his two sons to Muscle Shoals in the offseason.
East hasn’t had a problem scoring, averaging 24 points per game in two losses this season. The problem is defense. The Indians, gave up 45 points to Cullman last week.
Series history: Russellville leads 4-1
Last Year: Russellville won 37-14
News Courier Prediction: East Limestone 24, Russellville 20
Westminster (1-1) at Elkmont (0-2)
7 p.m., Boss Hill Stadium
Preview: Elkmont hosts Westminster tonight and is looking for its first win of the season. The Red Devils have found ways to score this season, but can’t slow teams down enough to enter the fourth quarter with a chance to win. Westminster narrowly missed the playoffs last season in one of the toughest regions in 3A. The Wildcats were shut out 35-0 by Deshler last week.
Series history: Westminster leads 1-0
Last Year: Westminster won 40-14
News Courier Prediction: Westminster 21, Elkmont 17
Cherokee (0-2) at Tanner (1-1)
7 p.m., Rip Swanner Stadium
Preview: Tanner proved last week that its opening-season loss to Madison Academy is not an indication of how their year will go. Last week’s 35-14 win was against one of the best teams in 2A Region 8, meaning Tanner should have little trouble with the rest of its regular season schedule.
Series history: Tanner leads 11-4
Last Year: Tanner won 67-7
News Courier Prediction: Tanner 55, Cherokee 6
Central (2-0) at West Limestone (1-1)
7 p.m., James Kennemer Stadium
Preview: West Limestone plays its second tough opponent in as many weeks when the Wildcats hosts Central in a 4A Region 8 contest. West held its own against 2012 region champs Brooks in a 27-12 defeat last week. Region runner-up and possible front-runner this season, Central, brings an undefeated team to Salem looking to go 3-0. Dropping another region game wouldn’t be the end of the world, but a win would dramatically increase West Limestone’s chances of making the playoffs. Central has won eight consecutive games in the series.
Series history: Central leads 8-5
Last Year: Central won 62-12
News Courier Prediction: Central 27, West Limestone 22