Walker-Curry renew rivalry
by W. Brian Hale
Sep 21, 2012 | 1423 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The area’s two Class 5A teams meet tonight for their 32nd contest as the Walker Vikings host the Curry Yellow Jackets to headline Class 4A and Class 5A action.

The Dora Bulldogs will look to improve to a perfect 4-0 on the year as they host the winless West Blocton Tigers in a Class 4A, Region 4 battle, while the Carbon Hill Bulldogs will meet the Oak Grove Tigers in a Region 4 contest between winless teams.

The Corner Yellow Jackets will look to even their record to 2-2 as they host the Calera Eagles in region play.

In collegiate action, the Auburn Tigers, after securing their first win of the season last week over ULM, face a difficult obstacle as they host the second-ranked LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, fresh off of their 52-0 destruction of the Arkansas Razorbacks, step outside of SEC play Saturday as they clash with the Florida Atlantic Owls at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

Curry (1-2) at Walker (2-1)

WJLX 101.5 FM and WJBE 88.5 FM, 7 p.m.

Both the Vikings and the Yellow Jackets come into tonight’s game following different paths. The Vikings, who were routed in their season-opening match with Cullman, have reeled off two consecutive wins over Moody and Pinson Valley to bring a spotless 2-0 record in Region 6 play into the contest.

The Yellow Jackets, who blew out Carbon Hill to start the year, have lost their last two games to Center Point and Mortimer Jordan. The most interesting battle to look for will be Curry’s offense — which has struggled to produce points in their two losses — against the re-emergent Walker defense that has forced eight turnovers in their two victories.

The Vikings hold a 28-3 series edge over the Yellow Jackets, including a 15-game winning streak. The game will be broadcast on both WJLX 101.5 FM and WJBE 88.5 FM.

West Blocton (0-3) at Dora (3-0)

Opponents have found no effective way of stopping Dora’s rushing attack this season, with the Bulldogs steamrolling their competition for an average of 375 yards per game. Area rushing leader Kai Thomas could have another big night against a West Blocton defense that is giving up an average of 32 points a game, including last week’s 55-0 shutout by Calera. It will be the first meeting between the teams since 1955.

Carbon Hill (0-3) at Oak Grove (0-3)

The good news coming into the Bulldogs-Tigers matchup is that one of the teams will grab their first win of the year...with the bad news being that the loser will be 0-4 on the season. Oak Grove has been outscored 33-112 in losses to Haleyville, Jemison and Bibb County, while Carbon Hill has been outscored 28-175 in losses to Curry, Bibb County and Jemison. It will be the first meeting for both programs.

Calera (2-1) at Corner (1-2)

The Corner defense will be a challenge tonight against a high-powered Calera offense that torched West Blocton 55-0 last week — the same Tiger team that the Yellow Jackets narrowly edged 19-14 in week two. The Region 4 meeting will be the first for the two teams.

No. 2 LSU (3-0) at Auburn (1-2)

Auburn broke into the win column for the first time in 2012 following last week’s 31-28 overtime win over ULM. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of discontent in and around the Plains concerning play on both the offense and defense — which rank at the bottom tier in nearly every statistical category. It’ll be a tough task to get things going against LSU, who comes into their SEC season opener with the No. 4 ranked defense in the country and the No. 9 scoring offense.

FAU (1-2) at No. 1 Alabama (3-0)

It’s interesting that FAU, who was torched by the Georgia offense last week for 714 yards, fired a verbal shot to kick off this week by lamenting on the speed of Alabama and how the Owls have the ability to overtake the Crimson Tide. For a quick run-down, FAU currently ranks 105th in total defense, spotting their opponents 469 yards per game. And as irony would have it, the Owls are also 105th in total offense, too, with their only win of the season coming against a winless FCS team, Wagner, 7-3.