Meek-Falkville meet in battle of unbeatens
by W. Brian Hale
Sep 19, 2012 | 1496 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the midseason mark rapidly approaching for teams across the Daily Mountain Eagle coverage area, several programs will look to remain at the top of their region standings, while others will battle to stay within striking distance of the first place spot.

Three Class 1A-3A area teams, Meek, Oakman and Winston County, are undefeated in region play heading into Week 4, with Addison, Lynn and Sumiton Christian each having one region loss. Both Parrish and Cordova face tough tests on Friday to try to grab their first region wins of the season.

Class 1A

Meek (3-0) at Falkville (3-0)

The Tigers emerged victorious from one of their most difficult challenges of the season last week, edging previously-unbeaten Sumiton Christian, 27-24 to remain as one of the three undefeated teams in Region 6. The Blue Devils also arrive to the contest unbeaten, dispatching Appalachian 42-24 last week. A win for either program means not only staying at the top of the region standings, but would also give the victorious team its first 4-0 start in over 15 years. Falkville holds a 17-5 series record over Meek, with the Tigers winning the last matchup, 13-6, in 1993.

Sumiton Christian (2-1) vs. No. 8 Collinsville (3-0) at Jacksonville State University

After a disheartening 27-24 loss to Meek last week, there’s no break from tough competition for the Sumiton Christian Eagles as they take on the No. 8 Collinsville Panthers at Burgess-Snow Field on the campus of Jacksonville State. Collinsville, who routed Woodville 41-8 last week, advanced to the third round of the playoffs in 2011 and finished with an 11-2 mark.

Shades Mountain Chr. (0-2) at Addison (1-2)

The Bulldogs were able to break into the win column for the first time in the David Smothers era, manhandling Southeastern 48-0 last week. Shades Mountain Christian, which is coming off of an open week, has been outscored 14-69 in their first two games of the season. It will be the first meeting between the two programs.

Lynn (2-1) at South Lamar (0-3)

The Bears will look to bounce back after being shutout by No. 6 Pickens County last week, 42-0 with a Region 5 showdown against winless South Lamar, which have been outscored 21-146 this year.

Lynn holds a 4-2 series over the Stallions, with a 14-7 win last year at South Lamar.

Parrish (1-2) at Berry (1-2)

It’s been a struggle for the Tornadoes during the past two weeks — starting with a narrow 31-25 overtime loss to Hubbertville and following with last week’s 38-12 rout by state defending champion and top-ranked Marion County. Berry got its first win of the season last week with a 42-33 victory over Hubbertville. Parrish holds a 12-10-1 overall edge in the series, with Berry winning last season’s 48-46 overtime shootout at Berry.

Class 2A

Oakman (2-1) at R.C. Hatch (1-2)

The Wildcats have rebounded successfully after losing their season opener, posting back-to-back wins, including last week’s 64-26 blowout of Francis Marion, to remain undefeated in Region 4 play. R.C.

Hatch’s only win of the season came against Francis Marion, 32-6, in Week 2. Oakman carries a perfect 2-0 record in the series, winning 50-24 in 2007 and 31-30 in 2006.

Class 3A

Danville (2-1) at Winston County (2-1)

Winston County has been on a tear since dropping its season opener, routing Winfield 54-0 and beating Good Hope 34-26 to stay unbeaten in Region 7 play. Danville edged Winfield last week, 19-18, to hold a 1-1 record in the region. The Yellow Jackets lead the series, 8-6, including a 24-6 win in 2005.

Cordova (0-3) at Winfield (1-2)

It’s been a struggle for both of the tradition-rich programs in 2012. Cordova is off to its worst start in 10 years, including last week’s 34-14 loss to Vinemont. Winfield lost a heartbreaker last week to Danville, 19-18.

The Blue Devils hold a 16-8 series record against the Pirates, winning last year’s matchup, 38-20 at Hudson-Kirby Stadium.