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October 4, 2012

TALKIN’ PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Aggies have a lot to prove versus Fighting Saints

CULLMAN — Guntersville defeated Fairview 21-14 in Week 3. St. Clair County then beat the Wildcats 31-28 the very next Friday.

So based on those results, one plus one equals a win for the Fighting Saints tonight in Aggie land, right?

Not so fast.

That could wind up being the outcome, but anyone who knows anything about sports should know better than to cross-reference opponents.

With that lesson out of the way, let's turn the discussion to the boys donning the Purple and Gold. Fairview (4-1, 2-1 in Class 4A, Region 6) has recently developed a reputation as a program that racks up wins each season against mediocre to average opposition but generally comes up short versus above-average teams when it matters most.

Well, Aggies, tonight's your chance to prove your doubters wrong. A win against St. Clair County (3-2, 3-0) would not only be a step in the right direction for that argument, but it would also put George Redding's squad on the fast track for a playoff spot in an extremely competitive Region 6. Halfway through the season, No. 1 Oneonta, Sardis and the Fighting Saints are all 3-0 in region play. If Fairview pulls out the victory tonight, and Sardis also defeats Guntersville, then the Aggies will have the luxury of holding their own playoff fate. If not, they could wind up on the outside looking in come Week 11.

% No. 4 Hamilton (5-0, 3-0 in Class 3A, Region 7) at Vinemont (4-1, 2-1): Their records might be close, but the Eagles have yet to play a squad as powerful as the 3A Aggies.

The offensive line will have to provide Ty Jones and Tyler Boland with plenty of room to run, the defense must avoid a Hanceville-sized meltdown — see Week 4 — and everything will have to come together perfectly on homecoming night if Vinemont hopes to stay within striking distance of Hamilton. The Aggies are averaging 37 points a game on offense, compared to the mere 10.7 they've yielded per night on D.

Alan Scott is still searching for that signature win in his second season as the Eagles' coach. An upset over Hamilton is just what he's looking for.

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