Sumiton Christian-Meek matchup highlights Week 3
by W. Brian Hale
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Sumiton Christian’s DeMonte Hobbs has rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns through two games this season. The Eagles play at Meek on Friday. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
Sumiton Christian’s DeMonte Hobbs has rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns through two games this season. The Eagles play at Meek on Friday. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
After week two provided plenty of surprises and fireworks for teams throughout the Daily Mountain Eagle coverage area, this week’s matchups include several high-profile region battles that play an early key role in determining playoff berths and eventual region championships.

The Sumiton Christian Eagles and the Meek Tigers, who have both kicked off the season with 2-0 records, meet on Friday night at Meek Field to see which team will gain solid footing in Class 1A, Region 6.

Also in Region 6 action, the Addison Bulldogs will look for their first win of the year against the hosting Southeastern Mustangs.

In Class 1A, Region 5, state-defending champion and top-ranked Marion County travels to Harland-Nelson Stadium to take on the Parrish Tornadoes, who suffered their first loss of the season in a heartbreaker to Hubbertville, while the No. 6 Pickens County Tornadoes take on the No. 8 Lynn Bears.

Class 3A battles include Cordova taking on Vinemont and Good Hope hosting Winston County. In Class 2A, Oakman hosts Francis Marion.

Friday, Sept. 14

Sumiton Christian (2-0) at Meek (2-0)

WJBE 88.5 FM, 7 p.m.

The Tigers have been one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2012 season - obtaining their first 2-0 start since 2006 under third-year coach Lance Archer.

The Eagles have also been riding high since transitioning from Class 2A to 1A to the tune of a 2-0 mark, setting up a crucial early-season Region 6 battle for both teams.

For both programs, a win would help ensure a place in the top of the region standings going into future matchups with fellow front-runners Ragland and Falkville.

Both also have a prominent rusher — Meek’s Cameron Hallmark has 240 yards on 38 carries, while Sumiton Christian’s DeMonte’ Hobbs has tallied 215 yards on 19 carries. The teams also have a mutual opponent they’ve faced this year: Appalachian. Meek took out Appalachian in their season opener, 21-20 in overtime, and Sumiton Christian topped Appalachian 24-20 last Friday. It will be the first meeting between the two programs. The game will be broadcast on WJBE 88.5 FM.

Francis Marion (0-2) at Oakman (1-1)

After dropping a disappointing season-opener to Parrish, Oakman bounced back by beating Lamar County, 41-24 in the Wildcats first-ever win over the Bulldogs. Francis Marion has struggled in their first two games this season — scoring only six points in the consecutive losses. It will be the first meeting between the two programs.

Addison (0-2) at Southeastern (0-1)

The start of the David Smothers era at Addison hasn’t gone as planned, as the Bulldogs fell to playoff contenders Ider and Ragland to begin 2012. Southeastern played its first-ever football game on Aug. 31 in a 61-7 loss to Falkville in Region 6 play.

No. 1 Marion County (2-0) at Parrish (1-1)

After an emotional start to the season (Parrish suffered a deflating 31-25 overtime loss last week at Hubbertville), the Tornadoes return to the friendly confines of Harland-Nelson Stadium to find the defending state champion and top-ranked Marion County Red Raiders awaiting them.

The Red Raiders avenged their only loss of the 2011 season last week in a 62-6 rout of the Berry Wildcats — who the Tornadoes will also face next week. Marion County posted a 35-13 victory over Parrish last year, while the Tornadoes hold a 13-7 edge in the overall series.

No. 6 Pickens County (2-0) at No. 8 Lynn (2-0)

The sixth-ranked Tornadoes made a splash in their Region 5 debut, dominating South Lamar 75-6. The No. 8 Bears dispatched the Brilliant Tigers 28-7 to kick off region play, leading into this week’s battle between tradition-rich programs, who will be meeting for the first time. The winner of the contest will carry additional momentum in the remainder of the challenging Region 5 schedule.

Cordova (0-2) at Vinemont (2-0)

It’s been a rough start for the Blue Devils, who have been outscored 19-86 in previous outings against Dora and Hamilton. Vinemont has jumped out to their best start since 2007, including last week’s 21-16 nail-biter against Danville. Cordova holds a perfect 4-0 record against the Eagles, including last year’s 34-8 victory.

Winston County (1-1) at Good Hope (1-1)

The Yellow Jackets handed Winfield its worse loss in five season last week, 54-0, to break a 15-game losing-skid. Good Hope rallied from its season-opening loss to defeat Hanceville, 34-27. Winston County holds the series edge, 5-4, while Good Hope won the last meeting between the programs, 17-6 in 2005.