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Vinemont's Bryce Perkins (12) leads the Eagles onto the field.

Talk about a tough Friday night.

Eight teams — Cold Springs was off — in The Times' coverage area combined to go 2-6 last week.

Time for a rebound performance.

The opportunities are certainly there in a loaded Week 7 schedule.

Before we begin, though, remember to cast your vote in "The People's Pick," a series of Twitter polls posted on my timeline (@winfreyjake) each and every Monday afternoon.

Let's take a look.

Class 2A, Region 7

Addison (5-2, 2-1) at Tanner (1-5, 1-2): I'll keep this one short.

The No. 10 Bulldogs shouldn't have much of an issue securing a road victory on Friday night.

The Rattlers are 5-22 since 2017 and are surrendering 32.8 points per game this season.

Addison rolls here.

% My Pick: Addison

% People's Pick: Addison (94 percent — 139 votes)

Class 2A, Region 5

Cold Springs (3-3, 2-1) at Winston County (2-4, 0-3): The Eagles enter Friday night's road clash hoping to snap a modest two-game losing streak.

The Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, are hoping to get their stagnant offense going.

Winston County has scored only 26 points during its current four-game skid, and its two wins so far this season have come against programs — Hackleburg and Meek — with a combined 1-12 record.

A well-rested Cold Springs should get the job done.

% My Pick: Cold Springs

% People's Pick: Cold Springs (70 percent — 114 votes)

Class 6A, Region 7

Cullman (3-4, 2-1) at Muscle Shoals (7-0, 3-0): The Bearcats have a big challenge ahead of them.

The second-ranked Trojans are explosive on offense (42 points per game) and fantastic on defense (8.4 points per game) under coach Scott Basden.

Muscle Shoals has also won six straight in the series by an average score of 39.2 to 8.8.

Cullman will need a superb performance to pull off the upset on Thursday night.

% My Pick: Muscle Shoals

% People's Pick: Muscle Shoals (95 percent — 128 votes)

Class 4A, Region 7

West Morgan (2-5, 1-3) at Fairview (4-2, 3-1): The Aggies are playing excellent football right now.

That's likely to continue on Friday night — and here's a reason why.

Fairview is averaging 33.8 points per game so far this season.

The Rebels, meanwhile, are allowing 34.9 points per game so far this season.

That math doesn't add up for West Morgan, which is winless against the Aggies in three meetings.

Make it four.

% My Pick: Fairview

% People's Pick: Fairview (95 percent — 105 votes)

Class 4A, Region 5

Good Hope (5-1, 2-1) at Haleyville (3-3, 2-1): How are the eighth-ranked Raiders going to respond following their first loss of the season?

We shall find out on Friday night against the Lions.

On paper, Haleyville is a tough squad to figure out.

The Lions barely defeated Oak Grove (1-6) and Curry (0-6) but took No. 4 Northside, which downed Good Hope 41-16 last week, to the wire in a 36-35 loss in Week 3.

The Raiders won 23-7 in 2018, but Haleyville leads the all-time series 4-1.

Tricky spot here for coach Alan Scott's team.

Having said that, I still like Good Hope to win.

% My Pick: Good Hope

% People's Pick: Good Hope (92 percent — 131 votes)

Class 3A, Region 5

% J.B. Pennington (1-5, 0-3) at Holly Pond (1-6, 1-3): The Broncos need a victory on Friday night, and they should have a good chance to get one against the Tigers.

J.B. Pennington, which lost its first five matchups of the season, downed Cleveland 22-20 last week in its strongest offensive performance of the fall so far.

Holly Pond, on the other hand, has dropped three straight against three solid opponents.

In the end, though, I think Kyler Chaney and the Broncos do enough to win this game at home.

% My Pick: Holly Pond

% People's Pick: Holly Pond (73 percent — 114 votes)

Class 3A, Region 5

Locust Fork (4-3, 2-1) at Vinemont (2-4, 1-2): The Eagles welcome in the Hornets on Friday night in what could be one of the best games of the week.

Locust Fork, behind coach Matt Plunkett, has won three consecutive outings following a 1-3 start to the season and improved significantly on defense along the way.

The Hornets, who allowed 37.5 points per bout in the first four weeks, have allowed just 12.7 points per bout in the past three weeks.

But much like the Black Eyed Peas — I gotta feeling.

And the feeling is Vinemont bounces back from a loss to Fultondale last week with a huge win.

% My Pick: Vinemont

% People's Pick: Locust Fork (83 percent — 103 votes)

Class 5A, Region 7

West Point (2-4, 1-3) at Dora (2-4, 0-4): The Warriors hit the road for a fifth time on Friday night.

And it's a pretty important outing in regard to their postseason aspirations.

West Point has dropped two straight contests — to No. 1 Jasper and No. 3 Russellville, respectively — but can build some momentum beginning with a victory over the Bulldogs.

Dora, meanwhile, is currently riding a four-game losing streak.

The Warriors lost last year's matchup 50-29 on their home field.

I think they return the favor this week.

% My Pick: West Point

% People's Pick: West Point (69 percent — 108 votes)

% My Record: 39-15

% People's Record: 39-14-1

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at​

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