Prep Football Preview: Carbon Hill looks to end region skid

Area teams open region play

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 9/6/18

Carbon Hill racked up a long lists of firsts last week with a 16-0 victory over Dora, the No. 10 ranked team in Class 5A.

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Prep Football Preview: Carbon Hill looks to end region skid

Area teams open region play


Carbon Hill racked up a long lists of firsts last week with a 16-0 victory over Dora, the No. 10 ranked team in Class 5A.

— First shutout win since 2004.

— First win over a ranked team since 1999.

— First win over Dora since 1971.

The Bulldogs hope to mark another item off the list tonight at Greene County — first region win since 2014.

Carbon Hill has dropped 20 straight region games going into tonight’s Class 3A, Region 4 opener. The last region win was a 36-20 victory at Curry in 2014. The Bulldogs are 1-42 in their last 43 region games.

Carbon Hill brings plenty of momentum into Eutaw, where Greene County High School is located. Against Dora, the Carbon Hill defense dominated the game from start to finish, giving up 90 yards of offense and allowing Dora across the 50-yard line just once on the night.

The Bulldogs got an early safety for a 2-0 lead and turned big plays on special teams and defense into a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns by Alex Atkins, who also had 6.5 tackles, one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery for the Bulldogs, who got a balanced offensive attack in the game.

Kade Perry, the Week 2 defensive Player of the Week, had a blocked punt, an interception and two tackles for loss and Calijha Cook had three tackles and two pass breakups.

Last season, Carbon Hill narrowly dropped a 36-30 home game to Greene County in a region matchup. The Bulldogs are 0-2 all time against the Tigers, losing each of the last two seasons.

Greene County (0-1) opened the season last week, falling to Class 5A Central-Tuscaloosa in a 58-34 shootout. The win snapped a 13-game losing streak for Central.


Oakman at Holt

Oakman looks to bounce back from a disappointing loss at Curry last week in the Class 3A, Region 4 opener at Holt.

Against Curry, the Wildcats led 14-0 going into the fourth quarter before giving up a safety and two touchdowns in a 17-14 loss. Oakman lost despite out-gaining Curry 237-188 in total yards. The Wildcats (0-1) were done in by four turnovers.

Christian Hubbard, who missed the second half of the 2017 season with an injury, shined in his return, rushing for 100 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and catching four passes for 62 yards.

Holt (1-1) matched its win total from the last two years combined with a 18-16 win over Autaugaville last week. The Ironmen had lost 21 straight games on the field. The lone win last year was a forfeit victory in a 73-0 loss to Hale County.

This is the first meeting between the teams.


Cordova at Good Hope

Coming off back-to-back shutout losses to start the season, Cordova makes the short trip to Cullman County looking to get back on track in the Class 4A, Region 5 opener against Good Hope.

The game is the home opener for the Raiders, who are off to their first 2-0 start since 2013. Good Hope won at Carbon Hill (20-12) two weeks ago and routed Priceville (47-14) on the road last week.

Cordova has been shutout in consecutive games for the first time since 1987, losing to Dora (31-0) and Hamilton (32-0).

Following the Good Hope game, the Blue Devils host region contenders Fayette County and Northside at home.


Addison at Winston County

Both Addison and Winston County enter tonight’s rivalry showdown coming off narrow losses last week.

Addison fought perennial state contender Piedmont to the end, losing 32-20 while Winston County came a two-point conversion short of beating Meek, losing 14-13 to the Tigers. The Bulldogs (1-1) have won two straight in the series against the Yellow Jackets and seven of the last eight. Addison quarterback Zayne Guthrie had a monster game against Piedmont, rushing 28 times for 192 yards and a touchdown. He also completed 4 of 17 passes for 84 yards with an interception.

Winston County (1-1) has been paced by versatile back Austin Owens. He has rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns this year and has returned a kickoff for a score in each of the first two games.


Marion County at Lynn

Lynn opens Class 1A, Region 6 play at Posey Field tonight with a key game against Marion County.

After winning two games each of the last three seasons, the Red Raiders have already match that win total in 2018, beating Vina and Hackleburg by a combined score of 70-6.

Lynn (1-0) opened the season with a 38-19 win at Hackleburg last week. Lynn quarterback Jackson rushed 13 times for 91 yards and three touchdowns in the win. He also completed 8 of 13 passes for 198 yards. Jordan Davis rushed 15 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bears have lost six in a row in the series. The teams last played in 2015 with Marion County winning 54-6.


Sulligent at Sumiton Christian

Sumiton Christian hosts one of the Class 2A, Region 5 favorites tonight at Campbell Field.

The Blue Devils (1-1) fell to Lamar County last week after edging Berry in the opener while the Eagles bring an 0-2 record into the region opener.

Sumiton Christian played just one half in a 31-7 loss to Decatur Heritage last week. The game was called before halftime due to severe weather in the area. Though two games, the Eagles have scored a pair of offensive touchdowns. Last week’s score came on a kickoff return.

This is the first ever meeting between Sumiton Christian and Sulligent.


Meek at South Lamar

Meek hits the road to Millport tonight with a game at No. 7 South Lamar in the Class 1A, Region 6 opener for both teams.

South Lamar opened the season with a 19-7 win over Lamar County and had last week off. Meek picked up its first win last week, denying Winston County a two-point conversion on the final play of the game for a 14-13 win. Meek was carried by senior running back Gabe Jones who rushed 29 times for 221 yards and a touchdown.

The Stallions lead the series with Meek 7-1, winning the last four games.