Hillcrest High School and Sparta Academy have both had good football seasons this year, and both teams will begin their playoff runs tomorrow (Friday) night when they go on the road for first round games.
Hillcrest will travel to McLemore Field in Montgomery to play Montgomery Academy for the first time in school history. Tomorrow night’s game will also mark Hillcrest’s 11th all-time trip to the state playoffs and will also be Hillcrest’s third straight trip to the state playoffs. Hillcrest hasn’t won a playoff game since the 2000 season, so a win tomorrow night will propel the Jags into the second round for the first time in 15 years.
Sparta will travel to Torbert Field in LaFayette to play Chambers Academy for the sixth time in school history. Sparta is 3-2 all-time against Chambers. Tomorrow night’s game will also mark Sparta’s 17th all-time trip to the playoffs and will also be Sparta’s fourth straight trip to the postseason. Sparta hasn’t won a playoff game since the 1997 season, so a win will send them to the semi-finals for the first time in 18 years.
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The ninth weekend of the college football season has come and gone and LSU remains the only unbeaten team in the SEC. However, that could change this coming Saturday when the Bayou Bengals take on 7-1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. That game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on CBS.
In addition to that game, there will be six other games featuring head-to-head match-ups between SEC teams. It’ll all get started when Mississippi State plays at Missouri tonight (Thursday) at 8 p.m. (ESPN). Games on Saturday will include Kentucky at Georgia, South Carolina at Tennessee, Vanderbilt at Florida, Arkansas at Ole Miss and Auburn at Texas A&M.
With that said, here are my predictions for this week’s slate of games. I like Alabama over LSU, Texas A&M over Auburn, Mississippi State over Missouri, Georgia over Kentucky, Florida over Vanderbilt, Tennessee over South Carolina and Ole Miss over Arkansas.
Last week: 6-0. So far this season: 64-13.
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This past weekend also marked the ninth weekend of our local ESPN College Football Pick ‘Em Contest. Sharon Peacock remained in first place for the sixth week in a row, and Ricky Taylor remained in second place for the third straight week. Hunter Norris jumped from fourth place to third place, and Ricky Powell dropped from third place to fourth place.
Casey Grant remained in fifth place, and Mike Dailey went from seventh place to sixth place. I went from eighth place to seventh place, and Deagan Dailey dropped from sixth place to eighth place. Sam Rowell remained in ninth place for the second straight week, and Jeremy Matheny remained in the No. 10 spot for the second straight week.
If you’re one of the contestants in the contest and didn’t do well over the weekend, don’t sweat it. We’ve got four more weeks to go before the end of the season, and the Top 10 could change a lot over the course of the next month.