By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
Last Friday officially marked the passing of the midway point of the regular season for nine prep football teams in The Times’ coverage area.
And what a night it was, as seven squads took home wins over their respective opponents. The seven victories matched Week 1 for the highest total so far this year.
While Class 1A, No. 4 Addison and 5A Cullman continued their marches toward playoff berths and potential first-round hosting rights, Hanceville and Good Hope picked up big wins over 3A, Region 7 foes Winfield and Danville, respectively, in an ever-tightening race to see which of those two teams — if not both — can secure one of the top spots in the region.
Fairview also kept its postseason hopes alive with a thrilling 36-34 road win over Saint Clair County, as did Cold Springs, which dispatched Francis Marion 44-22 away from home.
If you’re wondering to yourself what all these winning teams have in common, look no further than the backfield — more specifically, the running back position.
Cullman’s Garrett Crider pounded through rival Russellville’s defensive line all night long, collecting 164 yards and a score on 22 carries.
Crider was a big reason for the Bearcats’ 30-7 homecoming win over the Golden Tigers, which was only the third victory in 16 tries over Russellville in school history.
Meanwhile, over in Hanceville, the three-headed monster of Torrey Green, Brontae Harris and Carlos Chacon has been a nightmare for opposing teams’ defensive coordinators to prepare for all year long.
Green has had multiple 100-yard and three-touchdown performances, while Chacon turned in a four-score game of his own during a Week 5 win over county-rival West Point.
However, this past Friday night, it was Harris’ show. The junior speedster ran the ball 17 times for 175 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 27-7 region victory over Winfield. Harris scored on runs of 1, 5 and 87 yards, the latter in the third quarter to set the tone for his team's second-half domination.
Not to be outshined, Raider senior Jared McClure tossed in five touchdowns to go along with a 146-yard night on the ground in Good Hope’s 49-21 homecoming win over Danville.
Coach Chris Moss and his Red and White squad hold the tiebreaker over Hanceville, which could prove to be quite significant should the two teams find themselves gridlocked at season’s end.
The Aggies and Eagles each unleashed its own attack dog during their respective wins on Friday.
Fairview’s Austin Harris carried the ball a season-high 32 times for 246 yards — another season best — scoring two 56-yard touchdowns in the Aggies’ come-from-behind win over the Saints. The victory moved Fairview to 2-2 in the region and did nothing but improve its playoff chances moving forward.
Logan Campbell was at it once again for Cold Springs — he’s been in beast mode all season long, folks — as the senior rushed 28 times for 269 yards and three touchdowns. All in all, he collected 342 total yards on the evening in the Eagles’ runaway victory.
Much like Fairview, Cold Springs sits at 2-2 in its region, with a huge game against Lamar County on the docket. The Eagles also play host to R.C. Hatch and travel to Oakman in the following two weeks. Should Rod Elliott’s squad secure at least two wins, it could be heading back to the playoffs.
Dillon Jarrett and company once again ran roughshod over their Friday-night opponent. This time, it was Meek that had to endure a pounding from the Bulldogs in a 47-8 beatdown.
Addison currently sits at 5-0 with an undefeated season very much on its mind. The Blue and White host Sumiton Christian this Friday before traveling to Falkville in Week 8 and Winston County during the final week of their schedule.
Although the postseason picture might be looking bleak for coach Don Farley and West Point, the Warriors were able to keep their hopes alive with a gritty 15-7 win over Lawrence County. Bryant Farley was clutch for his team, scoring the game-winning touchdown — a 17-yard scamper — with less than a minute left. Will Wrenn then pulled down a pick to secure the Maroon and White’s second victory of the season.
% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at firstname.lastname@example.org