Week 2 Column

Fairview coach George Redding speaks to his team during a game this season.

Teams from all over the state will begin their postseason pushes on Friday night.

That's right — it's time for our local squads to duke it out in their respective region openers.

Well, except for Addison and Vinemont, both of which will kick off their region slates next week.

But it's currently Week 2, and there are several matchups on the schedule that need our attention.

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.

Time to take a crack at these games.


Non-Region Game

Class 2A Winston County (2-0) at Class 2A No. 5 Addison (1-1): The Bulldogs head into Friday's tilt coming off their first setback of the season — a 28-16 loss to 3A No. 2 Piedmont.

The Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, have picked up victories over Hackleburg (44-16) and Meek (38-18).

Addison should provide a much more formidable challenge.

Additionally, the Bulldogs have lost just four times to Winston County since 1993.

History favors the home team in this one, and so do I.

% My Pick: Addison

% People's Pick: Addison (73 percent — 137 votes)


Class 2A, Region 5

Southeastern (1-1) at Cold Springs (1-1): The Eagles are hoping to bounce back this week after a 43-15 loss to Berry last Friday.

The Mustangs, on the other hand, are looking to make it two straight following a 49-0 victory against Brindlee Mountain in Week 1.

Let's bring out the history book again.

Cold Springs is 3-0 all-time against Southeastern with an average margin of victory of 25 points.

I'll take the Eagles here.

% My Pick: Cold Springs

% People's Pick: Cold Springs (78 percent — 110 votes)


Class 6A, Region 7

Decatur (0-2) at Cullman (0-2): It's a tale of two two-loss teams in this matchup.

The Bearcats have dropped their two games by two and three points, respectively, to 5A programs.

The Red Raiders have dropped their two games by 31 and 42 points, respectively, to 7A programs.

To make a long story short — I believe Cullman is the better team here.

Look for the Bearcats to earn their first triumph over Decatur since 2015.

% My Pick: Cullman

% People's Pick: Cullman (58 percent — 136 votes)


Class 4A, Region 7

Fairview (1-1) at D.A.R. (1-1): The Aggies and Patriots are both coming off superb wins last week.

Fairview downed Hanceville 41-6 on the road, while D.A.R. crushed my alma mater Douglas 49-12.

The Aggies have allowed just 20 points so far this season.

The Patriots, meanwhile, have scored 83 points so far this season.

Whichever unit shines brightest on Friday night could determine the outcome of this one.

Fairview leads the all-time series 4-1.

% My Pick: D.A.R.

% People's Pick: Fairview (68 percent — 138 votes)


Class 4A, Region 5

No. 9 Good Hope (2-0) at Cordova (0-2): The Raiders are 2-0 for the second straight season.

And they would love nothing more than to make that 3-0 come Friday night against the Blue Devils.

Good Hope has claimed a pair of double-digit wins against Carbon Hill and Priceville, while Cordova has come up short against Dora (27-15) and Hamilton (19-14).

Road openers can be tricky, but I think the Raiders are more than up to the task.

% My Pick: Good Hope

% People's Pick: Good Hope (91 percent — 117 votes)


Class 3A, Region 5

Hanceville (1-1) at J.B. Pennington (0-2): The Bulldogs are anxious to move on from Week 1.

As are the Tigers, who lost to Susan Moore 20-0 ahead of their home and region opener on Friday.

Both teams would love nothing more than a Week 2 triumph.

J.B. Pennington, though, might have the upper hand if history is any indication.

The Tigers have won three straight in the series and have outscored Hanceville 157-38 in doing so.

% My Pick: J.B. Pennington

% People's Pick: Hanceville (57 percent — 110 votes)


Class 3A, Region 5

Holly Pond (0-2) at No. 7 Midfield (1-0): The Broncos drew a tough foe for their region opener.

The Patriots eased past Tarrant 22-0 last week, riding the momentum of a 9-2 campaign in 2018 to a solid 1-0 start.

Holly Pond, meanwhile, is attempting to recover from a 17-2 loss to Ider in Week 1.

Midfield outlasted the Broncos 36-30 last season in the only meeting between these two programs.

% My Pick: Midfield

% People's Pick: Midfield (89 percent — 118 votes)


Non-Region Game

Class 3A Vinemont (1-0) at Class 2A Westbrook Christian (2-0): This could be the matchup to watch on Friday night.

The Eagles are 1-0 for the first time since 2016, while the Warriors are off to a 2-0 start following an impressive pair of wins over Coosa Christian (50-24) and Ragland (47-16).

Vinemont, though, is better than both of those programs — in my opinion, of course.

The Eagles also defeated Westbrook Christian 15-13 last season in a back-and-forth contest.

Expect more of the same this time around, including the winner.

% My Pick: Vinemont

% People's Pick: Westbrook Christian (69 percent — 108 votes)


Class 5A, Region 7

West Point (1-1) at Hamilton (1-0): Here's one that could go either way — literally.

The Warriors will need to shake off last week's tough loss to Arab if they want to defeat the Aggies.

These teams have met each of the past three seasons — with Hamilton holding a slim 2-1 cushion.

The scores from those meetings? 48-42, 23-13, 14-10.

It's a close one again — so let's get out the quarter.

Flip.

% My Pick: Hamilton

% People's Pick: Hamilton (53 percent — 114 votes)


% My Record: 11-5

% People's Record: 8-7-1

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

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