In Class 5A, Region 6, the Walker Vikings travel to Pinson Valley to take on the Indians at Willie Adams Stadium, while the Curry Yellow Jackets take to the road to face the Mortimer Jordan Blue Devils at Jimmy Trotter Field in Kimberly.
In Class 4A, Region 4 competition, the Corner Yellow Jackets look to stay undefeated in region play as they host the Dora Bulldogs at Corner Stadium, while the Carbon Hill Bulldogs seek their first win of the season as they travel to Jemison to take on the Panthers.
Both Alabama and Auburn face crucial tests this week — with the top-ranked Crimson Tide heading to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium for an SEC West showdown with Arkansas, while the Tigers look to break their two-game losing streak against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Friday, Sept. 14
Walker (1-1) at No. 6 Pinson Valley (1-1)
WJLX 101.5 FM, 7 p.m.
Both the Vikings and the Indians rebounded after tough season-opening losses last week — with Walker beating Moody 28-13 in their Region 6 opener, while Pinson Valley routed Mortimer Jordan 31-7.
Both also had a good night rushing the ball, as the Vikings’ Tyler Phillips rushed 168 yards and a touchdown and the Indians’ Nickolas Gibson carried the ball 19 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns.
The key for Walker will be the turnover game — last week against Moody, the Vikings fumbled the ball four times, thwarting three offensive drives. The Vikings’ pass defense, who had a great showing on the night with three interceptions against the Blue Devils, will have a tough test in guarding Pinson Valley’s Earnest Robinson — an Auburn commit — and a potent Indian passing attack. It will be the first-ever meeting between the teams. The game will be broadcast on WJLX 101.5 FM.
Curry (1-1) at Mort. Jordan (0-2)
The Yellow Jackets and the Blue Devils are in a critical spot this week, with the prospect of going 0-2 in Region 6 early in the season. Curry suffered a 21-0 shutout against Center Point last week, while Mortimer Jordan was defeated 31-7 by Pinson Valley. The Blue Devils hold a perfect 8-0 all-time record against the Yellow Jackets, winning last year’s meeting 42-14 in Kimberly.
Dora (2-0) at Corner (1-1)
The Bulldogs have been unstoppable thus far in the 2012 season — scoring 84 points in their first two games and rolling up 450 yards of rushing offense in each contest.
The Yellow Jackets rebounded from their season-opening loss against Munford by edging West Blocton 14-9. Dora enters the contest with a two-game winning streak over Corner, having won last year’s battle, 55-10 at Horace Roberts Stadium.
Carbon Hill (0-2) at Jemison (1-1)
It’s been a rough start for the Carbon Hill Bulldogs, who have been outscored 20-106 in losses against Curry and Bibb County. Jemison bounced back from an opening loss to Chilton County to top Oak Grove 40-13 in their Region 4 opener. It will be the first meeting between the programs.
Saturday, Sept. 15
Alabama (2-0) at Arkansas (1-1)
CBS, 2:30 p.m.
It was supposed to be the first great SEC clash of 2012 — the high-powered Razorback offense versus the stonewall-like Alabama defense, where the winner would get a leg-up in the race for not only the SEC West, but potentially in the national championship as well. Then, the unthinkable happened: Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson went down with an injury, taking away the Razorbacks’ momentum and potentially their shot at a national title in last week’s shocking 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe, that saw Arkansas promptly dismissed from the Top 25 ranks.
With Wilson not being cleared for Saturday’s contest, things could get awfully messy for the Razorbacks this week as ‘Bama looks to regain the dominant look it had after trashing Michigan in the season-opener.
La-Monroe (1-0) at Auburn (0-2)
SEC Network, 11:30 a.m.
It’s a tale of two teams going in opposite directions: The Tigers, still stumbling after heartbreaking losses to Clemson and Mississippi State, come into this week’s matchup with the Warhawks looking for a number of things: their first win, an offense, a defense and a team identity. ULM, on the other hand, is looking to go 2-0 in SEC Western Division play after upsetting then-No. 8 Arkansas’ season in the 34-31 overtime win last week. Auburn needs this win badly to avoid going 0-3 into next week’s showdown with LSU.