Very little movement to report for this week’s POWER FIVE. As quickly as Wellborn entered, a last-second field goal by Randolph County sends the Panthers out for this week. Who takes their place? Find out in this week’s POWER FIVE for the week of October 14th
1 – PIEDMONT BULLDOGS
A #1 state-wide ranking by the ASWA and a cupcake game that yielded 7 touchdowns for the Dogs in their 64-7 win over Glencoe has everybody thinking positive things with the playoffs right around the corner. The Bulldogs should get a little more of a test when they make the long bus ride to Sylacauga Friday to face the B B Comer Tigers who are fresh off a road upset win over Pleasant Valley. Piedmont did suffer a blow however on Friday when Senior Ethan Swinford suffered a broken bone in his leg. He underwent successful surgery over the weekend and the report is “E-Train” could be back by the third round if he heals properly and rehab goes well. It will be interesting to see how Coach Smith adjusts the offense to offset the loss of Swinford.
2 – OXFORD YELLOW JACKETS
The Jackets put up another “W” in region play on the road at Shades Valley 38-20 this past Friday, setting up their showdown at Lamar Field with Clay-Chalkville this week. The Cougars have had Oxford’s number in the past five meetings, dating back to 2012. They’ve knocked Oxford out of the playoffs the past two seasons, so this is one of those “mental” things Oxford needs to put to bed this week as they prepare to enter the 6A post-season. Gardendale at home wraps up region play in two weeks and then everybody can start looking at brackets to see when the Oxford and Pinson Valley rematch will take place.
3 – OHATCHEE INDIANS
Ohatchee has the game of their regular season this Friday when they travel to Ranburne to face the 7-0 Bulldogs. Ranburne has a defense that should slow down the Indians' offense a little. The question is just how much. The Indians are coming off a bye week so they should be rested, healed up and well prepared for this region championship game that you’ll see live on FNN this Friday. If you like hard-hitting and old school high school football, don’t miss this one.
4 – ALEXANDRIA
We hear Coach Ginn gets Nate McCallum back this week, and he’ll need him as the Valley Cubs travel to Etowah to take on the 7-1 Blue Devils for the 5A-Region 6 championship. Alexandria has quietly put together a solid season and don’t be surprised if they come home back to the Valley with a region title in their pockets. We’re not sure what Pell City did two weeks ago in their 45-6 win over the Blue Devils but you can bet Todd Ginn does. In our eyes, Alexandria winning the region title would be the biggest “surprise” of the 2019 season.
5 – JACKSONVILLE GOLDEN EAGLES
Over the past two weeks, Jacksonville has found its stride. First, finishing off a tough Anniston team on the road then absolutely crushing Oneonta at home 55-21 this past Friday. The win should pretty much lock up a repeat championship in 4A-Region 6 for Clint Smith’s Golden Eagles. They make their final road trip to White Plains Friday, then finish the regular-season schedule at home against the Hokes Bluff Eagles next Friday. Coach Smith keeps talking about peaking at the right time, and that’s exactly what Jacksonville appears to have done. Add in Ron Wiggins – clearly one of the area’s most gifted backs and there’s no telling just how far these guys can go come November.
FIRST TWO TEAMS OUT
WALTER WELLBORN PANTHERS
Panther fans should be proud of the effort given in Friday’s loss to Randolph County. And even though the undefeated regular season has slipped away, all the things you play for hasn’t. Wellborn can still finish in a three-way tie for 3A-Region 6 if they can beat Piedmont in two weeks. But first, Jeff Smith’s cats have to travel to Pleasant Valley this Friday and take on a dangerous Raiders team that lost unexpectedly to B B Comer at home 30-29 last week. They’ll be looking for redemption at the expense of Wellborn. Panthers, don’t get caught looking ahead to Piedmont.
After a 17-6 upset of previously unbeaten Center Point last Friday, Matt Griffith's Aggies have positioned themselves into a position where a road win at Central-Clay County this Friday would lock Sylacauga into a first-round home game in the 5A playoffs on November 8th. A loss Friday in Lineville could relegate the Aggies back to 4th place in the region standings when the regular season ends…and that’s not a lock. They would still have to beat Munford to get in. Friday will be the biggest game in a while for the Aggies. Can they step up on the road and get it done?
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