Tonight Benjamin Russell heads to ASWA No. 5 ranked Opelika in hopes of earning its third consecutive win this season in a pivotal region contest.

The Wildcats walk into tonight’s matchup with a 2-1 season record overall, 2-0 in the region. They face the Bulldogs, who are 4-0 this season, 1-0 in the region.

Benjamin Russell is hoping to maintain the momentum from last week’s 40-29 win over Chelsea at home.

“It was a big win,” said Wildcats head coach Danny Horn. “They’re a really good team. They were undefeated for our region.”

The win didn’t come easy, as Chelsea was determined to put points on the scoreboard.

“Offensively they were really good,” Horn said. “Defensively they weren’t as good as they were offensively. But we beat a really good team.”

The coach is hoping that triumph gives the Wildcats the confidence needed to continue down a successful path this week.

“That just shows we can beat good teams if we play good enough,” Horn said. “If we don’t, we’re not going to beat good teams.”

Tonight Benjamin Russell has an opponent that also knows how to beat good teams.

“They’re undefeated,” Horn said of Opelika. “It’s going to be a challenge for us, that’s for sure.”

For the Wildcats, strategy for tonight boils down to one thing.

“We’ve got to go down there and play hard and get better,” Horn said.

Nonetheless, pulling out a win over the Bulldogs won’t be an easy task for Benjamin Russell.

“We’re going to have to have some help,” Horn said. “I’m not going to sit here and say we’re going to go down there and dominate them because that’s probably not going to happen.”

But besting the Bulldogs is not impossible.

“If we can go down there and play hard and not have any turnovers and not have any penalties and get a few turnovers ourselves, then we’ve got a chance,” Horn said.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.


Dadeville seeks redemption in Holtville

When Dadeville hits the road to play Holtville tonight, the Tigers head into the matchup 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the region.

That seems somewhat of an advantage over the Bulldogs, who have yet to win a game this season. However, with last week’s 46-14 loss to Leeds still fresh, Tigers head coach Richard White points out a glaring mistake Dadeville needs to work out in order to pull out a win this week.

“We haven’t played well in the second half all season long,” he said. “We’ve got to realize a high school football game is 48 minutes long, it’s not 24 minutes long. When we realize that, we’ll play some decent football.”

With Holtville eager for a first win, the Tigers will have their work cut out for them tonight.

“Holtville’s got a decent quarterback and linemen,” White said.

But the coach is more concerned about cleaning up Dadeville’s game.

“We’ve got to correct our mistakes,” White said.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.


Rebels travel to Lanett in search of win No. 3

Reeltown will also hit the road this week to play undefeated Lanett.

Although Reeltown, now 2-2 overall and in the region, earned a 26-19 win over Horseshoe Bend last week, the Rebels did make some mistakes that head coach Matt Johnson is hoping not to repeat tonight at Lanett.

“We had six penalties and one drive penalty,” he said. “We can’t do that.”

Both Reeltown and Lanett are physical teams. But the Rebels are working hard to seal another win tomorrow.

“I feel confident our guys will be fighting all four quarters,” Johnson said.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Morgan-Washburn Stadium.


Horseshoe Bend seeks second win

Horseshoe Bend is only one of two area teams playing at home this week. The Generals will host Ranburne tonight. Both teams are 1-2 for the season. But Ranburne is 1-1 in the region and the Generals are 0-2. That makes tonight’s game vital for both teams.

“This is a pivotal game for us and for them,” said Generals head coach Jason Franklin. “This would be our first region win. In our situation right now it’s a must-win situation.”

That’s because coming out on top tonight would help increase the winning team’s chances to get a coveted playoff spot.

The Generals come into tonight’s game in the wake of a 26-19 loss to Reeltown in last week’s rivalry game. It was a doubly bitter situation as the team played the Rebels without Franklin and two players after a one-game suspension from the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

“It was a tough loss but I’m proud of how our guys responded to adversity,” Franklin said.

With that loss behind them, the Generals zoned in on tonight’s matchup with Ranburne.

“Our guys are refocused,” Franklin said.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. at General Stadium.


Cougars look for home-field advantage over Beulah

Central Coosa is the other area team playing at home tonight as the Cougars host Beulah.

After last week’s 33-22 loss to Prattville Christian, Central Coosa comes into tonight’s matchup with a 1-2 overall season record and 0-1 in the region. Meanwhile, Beulah has yet to win this season and is 0-2 in the region.

“It’s another region game,” said Cougars head coach Barry Simmons. “If we win that it sets us up for the rest of the year.”

Central Coosa isn’t taking their home field advantage for granted, either.

“If we don’t focus and have the intensity we need we’re not going to win,” Simmons said.

To come out on top, the Cougars will have to play physical against Beulah.

“They’ve got two really good wingbacks and a really good quarterback,” Simmons said, “and we’re going to have to stop them.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Cougar Stadium.