PREP FOOTBALL: Local teams ramping up for week 7 region games

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Good Hope’s Tanner Malin (11), Arab’s Ed Johnson (12) and Holly Pond’s Andy Light (16). (Maddie McKenney, Martha Needham & Howard Cole/The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Most of the regular season is behind us now and the importance of each remaining game is going up each and every week as the postseason approaches. Several teams are in great shape in their respective regions while others need some big wins in the final weeks of the regular season to have a chance at taking a playoff spot. Cullman, Fairview, Hanceville, Vinemont, Cold Springs, Addison and Meek are all on the road to take on region foes this week while Arab, West Point, Good Hope and Holly Pond prepare to host critical region matchups.

Cullman (5-2) at Columbia (0-7)

The Bearcats have won four straight games coming into this week’s trip to Columbia and as long as nothing goes wrong Friday night, they should be in great shape to extend their streak to five games. Cullman is putting up over 32 points per game during this win streak so the offense has been clicking and should be able to find some success against an Eagles team that has struggled so far this fall.

Arab (6-1) v. Oxford (3-3)

The Knights are gearing up for a major Region 7 clash this week. Oxford is travelling to Arab Friday night and a win over the Yellow Jackets would put the Knights in the driver’s seat atop the region standings. Arab has won five straight coming into this week’s matchup and Oxford is coming off a tight loss to Gadsden City last week. The Yellow Jackets have been inconsistent on the offensive side of the ball this season and they’ll see one of the best defenses they’ve played all year when they arrive at Arab Friday night. The Knights are allowing just 8.9 points per game this fall and after falling to Oxford 42-14 last season, they’ll be excited to hit the field and try to turn the tables on the Yellow Jackets this year.

Fairview (5-1) at Crossville (0-6)

The Aggies are coming off a massive, 21-18 win at Boaz last week and have a great chance to collect another region win Friday night. Fairview is posting 39 points per game this season and that high-powered offense will hit the road to take on Crossville this week. The Lions are still searing for their first win of the season and have struggled on both sides of the ball. Opponents are scoring 41 points per game against Crossville this year so if the Aggies can play their game and avoid any major mistakes, they’ll probably be returning home with another region win Friday night.

West Point (4-2) v. Sardis (0-6)

The Warriors hammered Crossville last week to improve to 4-2 and have won back to back games coming into this week’s matchup against Sardis. The Lions are still looking for their first win of the season and have had consistency issues on both sides of the ball. Opposing teams are scoring over 41 points per game against Sardis this year so West Point’s offense will have a great opportunity to find its rhythm and put some points on the board Friday night. As long as the Warriors execute their plan and avoid any major mistakes, they’ll have a great chance to pick up another region win.

Good Hope (5-2) v. Fultondale (1-5)

The Raiders went on the road and pulled off a huge win over Etowah last week to take control of Region 6 but now they have to refocus for another regional clash at home Friday night. Good Hope has been playing well on both sides of the ball this season and this week the Raiders will face a Fultondale defense that has been struggling this fall. The Wildcats are allowing more than 34 points per game and have been shut out on the offensive side of the ball three times this season. If Good Hope can ride the momentum it created at Etowah last week, the Raiders will have a great chance to add another region win to their playoff resume.

Hanceville (2-4) at Etowah (3-3)

After dropping a tough game to Oneonta at home last week, Hanceville will be on the road Friday night for a regional matchup with another strong team. The Bulldogs will take on Etowah this week and have a chance to create some major momentum for the end of the season with a win over the Blue Devils. Etowah has dropped back to back games to Fort Payne and Good Hope coming into this week’s matchup and the Bulldogs will try to find a way to win and make it three in a row Friday night.

Vinemont (2-4) at Susan Moore (3-3)

Vinemont is coming off a tough loss at Winfield this week, but the Eagles will have to put that one behind them and prepare for another regional road game. Vinemont will travel to Susan Moore to face the Bulldogs Friday night and has a chance to create some momentum with a big region win. The Eagles have had some struggles on the defensive side of the ball this season, allowing over 33 points per game but Susan Moore’s offense has been held to just 21 points in its last three games combined. The Bulldogs are trying to find their footing during this three-game losing streak, but Vinemont doesn’t plan to help them out when they arrive at Susan Moore Friday night.

Holly Pond (3-3) v. Winfield (7-0)

The Broncos hammered Tarrant 59-6 last week to pull their record back up to .500 this season but they’ll have a much bigger challenge in front of them this week. Winfield will travel to Holly Pond Friday night for a regional matchup against the Broncos and the Pirates have been red-hot the last few weeks. Winfield is scoring over 40 points per game and allowing just 6 points per game this fall so things have been running smoothly on both sides of the ball and it’ll take a special performance from Holly Pond to pull off the upset this week.

Cold Springs (0-6) at Midfield (5-2)

The Eagles are still looking for their first win of the season after falling to Addison at home last week and things won’t get any easier when they hit the road Friday night. Cold Springs will travel to take on Midfield in a regional clash this week and the Eagles will have to put together a great performance on both sides of the ball to knock off the Patriots on their home field. Cold Springs has struggled to put points on the board this year and Midfield’s defense will present another test for the Eagles Friday night.

Addison (4-3) at Lamar County (4-2)

The Bulldogs downed Cold Springs on the road last week and they’ll be traveling again this week for another regional showdown against Lamar County. Addison has dealt with some inconsistency on the offensive side of the ball this season but defensively, the Bulldogs have been stingy as usual. Addison is holding opponents to just 16 points per game this fall but the Bulldogs of Lamar County are posting 24 points per game. Something will have to give Friday night when these two Bulldogs meet and if Addison can make some plays on the offensive side, it’ll have a chance to pick up another big region win.

Meek (4-2) at Lynn (1-5)

The Tigers picked up a big, 34-14 win over Marion County last week to add another region win to their playoff resume but they’ll have to refocus and regroup for another important game Friday night. Meek will travel to take on Lynn this week and a win over the Bears would put the Tigers in a great position in the Region 6 standings. Meek is posting over 31 points per game this season and Lynn has struggled on the defensive side of the ball so if the Tigers can execute their plan on the road and take care of the football, they’ll have a great opportunity to pick up another region victory.

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