Entering week four, area teams have some questions to answer as they look to either regroup or get started.
As region play is officially underway all across the area starting this Friday, Dadeville, Horseshoe Bend and Central-Coosa are looking for wins to get their seasons back on track. Meanwhile, Benjamin Russell will look to wipe the bad taste of last Friday out of its mouth.
Here’s a quick peek at what awaits each of our local teams as they hit the road this Friday.
Benjamin Russell @ Eufaula
Last week: BRHS lost to Class 6A No. 4 Opelika, 23-0; Eufaula defeated Sidney Lanier, 19-12
Series: BRHS leads, 5-1
2013 result: BRHS won, 42-6
The low down: For the last two seasons, this game had decide the Class 5A-Region 2 title, with BRHS coming up trumps both times. Now, the Wildcats are in Class 6A.
After getting rocked by Opelika, the ‘Cats will look to rebound in a big way against a young Tigers team that, like BRHS, brings with it a running game that can control contests when it gets going. It may come down to whichever side’s running game is able to find the most room to operate.
Dadeville @ Childersburg
Last week: Dadeville lost to Beauregard, 14-12; Childersburg beat Handley, 27-24
Series: DHS leads, 6-2
2013 result: DHS won, 38-8
The low down: Originally pegged as a potential 4A title contender entering the season, Dadeville has not been able to get its offense on track, and it has cost the Tigers in low-scoring affairs versus Reeltown and Beauregard.
Meanwhile, Childersburg has shaken off their season-opening loss to Reeltown to blast B.B. Comer 51-0 and hold off Handley. Dadeville can ill afford a loss in this game, as it is the region opener for Richard White’s bunch, but it won’t be easy to take down a seemingly rejuvenated Childersburg squad.
Central-Coosa @ Midfield
Last week: Central-Coosa lost to Fultondale, 35-0; Midfield lost to Woodland, 21-14
Series: Midfield leads, 2-0
2013 result: MHS won, 38-6
The low down: Both the Central-Coosa Cougars and Midfield Patriots will head into this game looking for their first win of the season, and a win here comes with a leg up in region standings.
Unfortunately for the Cougars, however, they will probably head into this game short-handed as six of their players suffered injuries, notably quarterback Andrew Hammond and linebacker/receiver Tre Royal. As of press time, it’s unknown if they will miss this game. If they do, then solving Midfield will be a bigger problem than it already has been in the short time that the squads have played one another.
Horseshoe Bend @ LaFayette
Last week: Horseshoe Bend lost to Class 2A No. 5 Lanett, 48-7; LaFayette lost to Class 2A No. 8 Reeltown, 28-13
Series: Tied 2-2
2013 result: LaFayette won, 21-15
The low down: After Horseshoe Bend got, in coach Jason Franklin’s words, “hit in the mouth” by Lanett, the Generals are still searching for their first win of 2014. To do it, they will have to take down an improved LaFayette squad that will attempt to get back to the winning side of things after running into Reeltown last Friday.
While both teams have only played one another four times, the series has been hotly contested as each side has alternated wins. With that in mind, it appears that HBHS would be in line for a victory, having lost in the teams’ last meeting, but games aren’t won via precedent.
Lyman Ward @ Crenshaw Christian
Last week: Lyman Ward lost to Cornerstone Christian, 29-0 Crenshaw Christian lost to Sparta Academy, 28-25
Series: Crenshaw Christian leads, 2-0
2013 result: Have not played since 2009 (Crenshaw Christian won, 42-7)
The low down: The Rangers haven’t gotten into the win column, but according to coach Leon Day, they are heading in the right direction. With LWMA heading to Luverne to take on Crenshaw Christian, Day will get a good look at whether or not the first two weeks of progress will carry over into week three.
Crenshaw Christian started the year as one of the more impressive squads on the AISA level, pitching two straight shutouts before taking a nail-biter of a loss to Sparta Academy.
With that said, Lyman Ward, which has done decently enough when it comes to moving the ball, has to be able to cash in on scoring chances, otherwise they may be in for a long night.
See The Outlook throughout the week for in-depth previews.