Week 5 preview: Unbeaten Addison eyes playoff spot
by W. Brian Hale
Sep 26, 2013 | 1005 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The fourth-ranked Addison Bulldogs (4-0) could potentially lock-up a Class 1A playoff berth with a win over Region 6 foe Appalachian (2-1) tonight at A.G. Hicks Stadium in Addison.

The Bulldogs, the lone undefeated team in the Daily Mountain Eagle coverage area, have looked unstoppable over the past two weeks — outscoring Southeastern and Shades Mountain Christian by a combined 90-7. The Eagles, who were off last week, jumped out to a 2-0 start with wins over Meek and Sumiton Christian before being routed by the No. 8 Falkville Blue Devils, 49-6.

Addison has won both meetings between the programs, including last year’s 18-0 shutout victory.

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Class 3A

Parrish (1-3) at Cordova (0-4)

Although both teams have had disappointing starts on the year, the stakes are still extremely high for the 83rd meeting between the Tornadoes and the Blue Devils.

Parrish, under first year coach Sam McCorkle, earned its first victory of the season last week in a 28-12 win over Berry. The Tornadoes lost their two opening games, to Class 2A, No. 7 Oakman and Hubbertville, by five points and easily could have arrived to tonight’s game at Hudson-Kirby Stadium with a 3-1 record.

The Blue Devils, under first year coach Jimmy Gay, are winless this season, being outscored by opponents 137-48. Cordova fell to region rival Winfield last week, 34-14.

Cordova leads the overall series, 52-27-4, with Parrish winning last year’s meeting 6-0.

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Class 2A

Northside (3-1) at No. 7 Oakman (3-1)

After two consecutive Region 4 blowout wins, the Oakman Wildcats will look to keep their high-powered offense going as they host the Class 3A Northside Rams tonight at Hosea Collins Field.

The Wildcats have performed at a top level in region wins over Francis Marion, 54-6, and R.C. Hatch, 69-6 — putting together complete games on offense and defense.

Oakman rolled up 469 yards of offense last week while holding R.C. Hatch to just 139 yards.

Northside enters the contest on a three-game winning streak after suffering a loss to Berry in the season opener. The Rams are tied for first place in Class 3A, Region 3 with No. 5 Fayette County.

Oakman leads the overall series, 13-8, winning last year’s game, 28-21.

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Class 1A

Meek (1-3) at No. 5 Marion Co. (3-1)

Last year’s two meetings between Meek and Marion County won’t go down in the Tigers’ history as stellar performances.

The Red Raiders shutout the Tigers 64-0 during the regular season, then set two new state records — most points scored and largest margin of victory in a playoff game — in Marion County’s 83-6 first round win.

Meek’s only win this season came in week two in a non-region contest against Woodville, 44-8. The Tigers have lost their past two games by a total of eight points — 25-24 against Sumiton Christian and 27-20 against Falkville.

The fifth-ranked Red Raiders’ only loss came to the Berry Wildcats in week two, 48-34. Marion County defeated the Parrish Tornadoes, 47-22 and Hubbertville, 60-35 for a two-game winning streak.

Marion County leads the series against Meek 18-7.

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Lynn (1-3) at Cold Springs (2-2)

The Lynn Bears have dropped their last three contests since their thrilling season-opening win over Winston County, including last week’s 42-19 loss to previously winless South Lamar.

The Stallions had lost 15 straight games heading into last week.

Class 2A Cold Springs, after starting the year with back-to-back wins, have lost their last two games against Hale County, 19-12 and Aliceville, 26-6.

Lynn won last year’s meeting, 21-0, the first between the programs.