Prep Football Preview

Holly Pond's Levi Boatright (34) is pictured.

Do you hear that noise?

That's right — it's the wonderful sound of postseason chatter.

All nine teams in The Times' coverage area remain eligible for the playoffs in their respective regions as they prepare for the second half of the high school football season.

And that important stretch starts this Friday night with some key Week 6 matchups.

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.


Class 2A, Region 7

Colbert County (5-1, 3-0) at Addison (4-2, 1-1): If you like good defense, then this game is for you.

The Bulldogs are allowing just 11.7 points per contest.

The No. 10 Indians, meanwhile, are allowing just 11.2 points per contest.

Addison, though, has played a much tougher schedule so far this season.

Colbert County's five victories have come against teams with a combined 4-21 record.

The Indians, however, rolled past the Bulldogs 35-8 in 2018.

Look for a close, low-scoring game on Friday night.

% My Pick: Colbert County

% People's Pick: Colbert County (64 percent — 81 votes)


Class 6A, Region 7

Cullman (3-3, 2-0) at Athens (4-1, 2-0): Let's go ahead and get this out of the way.

This is the matchup I'm most unsure about this Friday night.

The Bearcats have won three of their past four outings, while the Golden Eagles have reeled off four straight victories since a Week 1 loss to Class 6A No. 8 Gardendale.

Athens won last year's game 19-16 in overtime and leads the all-time series 31-23-1.

Having said that, I just have a feeling Cullman is going to put together a strong performance.

% My Pick: Cullman

% People's Pick: Athens (63 percent — 158 votes)


Class 4A, Region 7

North Jackson (1-4, 1-2) at Fairview (3-2, 2-1): The Aggies enter Friday night's game in search of their first-ever win against the Chiefs.

North Jackson leads the all-time series 13-0 and has outscored Fairview 595 to 135 in those 13 tilts.

That's the bad news.

Here's the good news.

The Chiefs have surrendered at least 31 points in four of their five games so far this season.

And Tyvn Ellis, Tyler Simmons and Parker Martin are coming in rested for the Purple and Gold.

Give me the home team in what could be a shootout.

% My Pick: Fairview

% People's Pick: Fairview (82 percent — 113 votes) 


Class 4A, Region 5

Northside (5-1, 3-0) at Good Hope (5-0, 2-0): This could be the best game of the week.

In my opinion, of course.

The No. 4 Raiders are fresh off a bye week, while the No. 8 Rams have won five consecutive games since a Week 0 loss to Class 5A Corner.

Both teams can score — Good Hope averages 34.4 points per game, while Northside averages 39.0 points per game — and both teams are hungry for a region championship.

The Raiders' lone regular season loss last season came against the Rams (42-27).

Can they turn the tables and exact revenge this Friday night?

We shall see.

% My Pick: Northside

% People's Pick: Good Hope (64 percent — 88 votes)


Class 3A, Region 5

Midfield (3-1, 2-0) at Hanceville (3-3, 1-2): The Bulldogs will take on the No. 10 Patriots this Friday night looking for their first home win of the season.

Hanceville is 3-1 on the road and 0-2 inside Ray Talley Stadium.

Midfield, however, won't make it easy.

The Patriots already hold wins against Holly Pond and Vinemont.

And coach Rod Isaac's squad would love to make it a Cullman County sweep.

But don't count out the Bulldogs.

% My Pick: Midfield

% People's Pick: Midfield (74 percent — 94 votes)


Class 3A, Region 5

Holly Pond (1-5, 1-2) at Locust Fork (3-3, 1-1): The Broncos crushed the Hornets 36-10 in 2018.

For me, that was expected.

This year, however, is a different story — I have no idea what to expect this Friday night.

So I'll go with recent history.

Locust Fork is 2-0 in its past two games, outscoring its opponents 63-20.

Holly Pond, meanwhile, is 0-2 in its past two games and has been outscored 75-44.

% My Pick: Locust Fork

% People's Pick: Locust Fork (81 percent — 89 votes)


Class 3A, Region 5

Vinemont (2-3, 1-1) at Fultondale (4-1, 3-0): The Eagles face a difficult test this Friday night.

The Wildcats have won 21 consecutive region games and boast a 20-5 home record since 2015.

Fultondale has also defeated all three region opponents so far this season by at least 14 points.

Like I said before, a difficult test.

% My Pick: Fultondale

% People's Pick: Fultondale (93 percent — 89 votes)


Class 5A, Region 7

Jasper (5-0, 3-0) at West Point (2-3, 1-2): The Warriors will face the top-ranked squad in Class 5A.

The No. 1 Vikings had pitched three straight region shutouts before beating then-No. 2 Central-Clay County 35-34 in double overtime last week.

Jasper enters Friday night's matchup having won 16 of its past 18 games.

% My Pick: Jasper

% People's Pick: Jasper (95 percent — 97 votes)


% My Record: 33-13

% People's Record: 33-12-1

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

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