'Showdown week' for region frontrunners
by W. Brian Hale
Oct 18, 2013 | 845 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s one of the most pivotal weeks of the year for several teams across the Daily Mountain Eagle coverage area — “Showdown Week” — where region titles and postseason berths can be decided in Friday night’s games.

Two teams — the Walker Vikings and the No. 4 Addison Bulldogs — can claim region championships with victories, while the No. 8 Oakman Wildcats can remain in contention for their region title with a win.

For the Winston County Yellow Jackets and the Dora Bulldogs, victories are needed for both programs this week in order to keep their playoff aspriations alive.

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Aliceville (5-2) at Oakman (6-1)

Oakman's hopes of a second straight region championship will be put to the test today against Aliceville.

After playing five of its first seven games away from Hosea Collins Field, the 8th-ranked Wildcats close out the season with three straight home games.

None is bigger than tonight's Class 2A, Region 6 matchup.

Aliceville (5-2, 5-0) currently sits atop the region standings after hammering both Lamar County (56-33) and R.C. Hatch (61-6) over the last two weeks.

Oakman can tie Aliceville for first place with a win over the Bulldogs.

Coach Mark Hastings' Wildcats have been on a tear since a loss to Lamar County in Week 2. Oakman has won five straight games thanks to a balanced offense and a dominating defense. The Wildcats have outscored their last five opponents 226-32, allowing double digit points just once over that span.

Oakman, led by senior quarterback Jase Trotter and receivers Deontre Muse, Purvis Coger and Quinton Harris along with running back Chris Austin, won last year's meeting 50-36 at Aliceville.

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Walker (5-2) at Mortimer Jordan (4-3)

The Vikings can capture their second consecutive Class 5A, Region 6 championship with a win over the Blue Devils on Friday night, regardless of next week’s clash with Springville.

Standing at a perfect 5-0 in region play, Walker’s victory over previously unbeaten Center Point allows the Vikings to hold the tie-breaker in determining the region champion should the Vikings lose one of the next two games.

The Vikings should be in good shape, thanks to a stingy defense and the emergence of a powerful running attack led by halfback Marlon Oliver.

Mortimer Jordan has moved the ball successfully this season, scoring more than 34 points per game, but have had trouble stopping the opposition on defense, surrendering over 28 points a contest.

Walker holds a 7-2 edge in the overall series and won last year’s meeting, 38-6.

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No. 4 Addison (7-0) at No. 6 Falkville (6-0)

A true Class 1A, Region 6 title match, the Bulldogs and the Eagles meet in a winner-take-all clash.

Both teams’ last region championship came when the programs were in different classifications.

Addison won a region title in 2006 as a Class 2A program, while Falkville’s came in 1996 while in Class 3A.

Both teams have mercilessly torn through their competition — the Eagles have outscored opponents 264-39, while the Bulldogs have posted a 289-55 scoring edge.

The Bulldogs hold a 32-17 record over the Eagles and won last year’s match, 20-12.

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Jemison (6-1) at Dora (4-3)

The Bulldogs have battled opponents — and losses to their roster — to remain in Class 4A, Region 4's region race.

Dora clinched a thrilling 45-42 victory over Oak Grove last week to head into Friday night’s battle with a 3-2 region mark. The Bulldogs can solidify their region spot with a win tonight.

The Panthers, who hold a 6-1 record in the region standings, lost their only game to front-runner Bibb County, 26-19, in week four.

Jemison routed Corner last week, 54-27.

The Bulldogs hold a 2-1 series advantage over the Panthers, winning last year’s meeting 39-8.

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Winston County (3-4) at Hamilton (5-2)

The road back to the playoffs is a tough one for Winston County.

The Yellow Jackets, 2-3 in region play, will need back-to-back wins over both Hamilton and Vinemont next week, as well as a series of losses to the three 4-1 teams in the region for the next two weeks to earn a potential fourth-place playoff spot.

Hamilton has won all five meetings between the two teams, including last year’s 46-27 decision.