PREP FOOTBALL: Regular season winding down this week

L-R: Cullman’s Max Dueland, Holly Pond’s Austin Marsh, Cold Springs’ Roberto Ayala (Joe McElroy, Howard Cole and Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The regular season is coming to an end this week and who would’ve thought in June that most local teams would be preparing to play their 10th games this week and begin hosting the playoffs a week from now. We’ve certainly been fortunate this season and relative to other programs all over the state and now our local teams have the opportunity to finish strong.

(7-2) Cullman v. (0-9) Columbia

The Bearcats coming off a massive, 30-29 win over Muscle Shoals last week and now they’ll host Columbia Thursday night to wrap up the regular season. This game was originally scheduled for earlier in October but was postponed to this week. It’s been another tough season for the Eagles who are still seeking their first win, but they’ll have their hands full with a Cullman team that’s playing with momentum right now. Thursday’s matchup with Columbia will be a good chance for the ‘Cats to stay hot before they host Shades Valley in the opening round of the state playoffs next week.

(4-5) Arab v. (5-4) Boaz

The Knights suffered a heart-breaking, 35-34 loss at Springville last week but with Boaz coming to town this week and a postseason appearance around the corner, Arab will have to refocus and prepare to bounce back. The Knights will face a solid Boaz team this week in their regular season finale. The Pirates were off last week but fell to Guntersville 56-14 their last time out. Both teams will be looking for a rebound performance Friday night with playoff games coming up for both of them next week.

(4-6) West Point v. (3-6) Carbon Hill

The Warriors were originally slated to play Curry this week, but the Yellow Jackets were forced to forfeit. So, West Point will pick up a forfeit win from Curry and host Carbon Hill in a game of no record Friday night. The Warriors took a tough loss at Guntersville last week but have won three of their last four games to create a little momentum going into the postseason. This week’s matchup with the Bulldogs will give West Point an opportunity to stay crisp before traveling to Alexandria for the first round of the state playoffs next week.

(8-1) Fairview v. (2-7) Holly Pond

The Holly Pond Broncos are set to travel to Fairview this week to renew their rivalry with the Aggies. Fairview has won back to back games in the series and will certainly be the favorites when the Broncos arrive Friday night. The Aggies got the chance to rest up last week after Sardis was forced to cancel the remainder of its season while Holly Pond is coming off a 38-12 loss to Vinemont. Fairview will look to end the regular season on a high note and stay hot going into the postseason, but the Broncos would love to come out and play spoiler to the Aggies’ memorable season.

(4-5) Cold Springs v. (6-3) Vinemont

Cold Springs’ loss to Lamar County last week eliminated the Eagles from playoff contention but they still have an opportunity to end the season on a high note with Vinemont coming to town Friday night. The Eagles of Vinemont will be playing in round one of the state playoffs next week, where and with whom has yet to be determined, but they’ll be just as hungry for a win over their county rival when they hit the field. Vinemont is playing with a lot of momentum in the second half of the season but don’t be surprised if Cold Springs gives the road Eagles all they can handle on their home field.

(2-7) Hanceville at (0-9) Elkmont

Hanceville will have the chance to close out the season with back to back wins after last week’s dismantling of Section but this week they’ll have to do it on the road. The Bulldogs will travel to Elkmont for their regular season finale Friday night to take on a Red Devils team that has struggled in 2020. Elkmont is still searching for its first win and has allowed at least 44 points in each of its games this fall. Hanceville has some momentum coming into this game and will have a great chance to end things on a high note with a big win on the road.

(1-8) Meek at (5-4) Sumiton Christian

The Tigers have dropped back to back games to Pickens County and Berry after defeating Lynn earlier this month, but they’ll have an opportunity to finish things strong on the road this week. Meek will travel to take on Sumiton Christian Friday night and the Eagles will be coming off a tough loss as well. They fell to Valley Head at home last week and will be looking for a bounce back win before traveling to Berry in the first round next week. However, the Tigers would love to spoil the final home game of the season for Sumiton Christian and create some momentum going into next season.

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