J.J. HICKS: Region games litter Week 2 prep schedule


Coosa's Austin Mills takes a snap against Donoho during last season's game. (Photo by Marc Golden | Gadsden Times | File)


COMMENTARY

Week 2 of the high school football season is packed with region matchups, including The Times’ Game of the Week: Donoho at Coosa Christian on Friday night.

It’s a Classs 1A, Region 7 tilt that was a Region 6 tilt until this season, when both teams moved with realignment.

Each squad opened with a region opponent. The Conquerors fell to Collinsville 38-13, while the Falcons edged Valley Head 30-28.

While it looks like that doesn’t bode well for Coosa, consider that last season the Conquerors lost to the Panthers 49-0.

It wasn’t a win, but it was a sign of progress.

It remains to be seen if the Falcons of 2012 are as stout as last season’s state quarterfinal team, but anything less than another playoff appearance would be shocking. Also, the Falcons defeated Coosa 46-6 last year.

For the Conquerors to pull off the upset, Austin Mills needs to be the playmaker he appeared he can be in Week 1. He can be effective running and throwing. Coosa is improving, but not fast enough. The Falcons prevail 28-10.

One Etowah County team plays tonight, as Gadsden City travels for a 6A, Region 7 game against Lee-Huntsville. The Titans log their second road win of the year, 27-21.

On Friday night, Glencoe hopes to rebound from its opening-week road loss to Westbrook Christian when it opens 3A, Region 5 play at home against Weaver.

Glencoe showed potential, but also displayed a propensity for mistakes — the mark of a young team. A good thing about young teams, though — they get better.

I saw enough last week to believe Glencoe will slow Weaver’s air attack and get the job done, 17-14.

The only other Etowah County team playing at home this week is Southside, which opens 5A, Region 7 action against Columbia. The Panthers had to fight and claw, but opened 2012 with an overtime win over rival Hokes Bluff.

I don’t believe they’ll have quite as tough of a time this week. Southside wins 33-13.

In other area games Friday: Pell City 34, Albertville 20; Piedmont 42, Ashville 20; Boaz 45, Brewer 13; Cedar Bluff 37, Valley Head 22; Cherokee County 28, Alexandria 26; Collinsville 48, Jacksonville Christian 3; St. Clair County 31, Crossville14; Fairview 37, Douglas 28; Fort Payne 35, Etowah 27; Sand Rock 24, Gaston 17; Spring Garden 29, Gaylesville 14; Hokes Bluff 13, Jacksonville 10; Geraldine 20, Plainview 17; Sardis 31, Locust Fork 11; Sylvania 44, New Hope 18; Fyffe 28, Westbrook 15 and Ider 30, West End 13.



Times Sports Writer J.J. Hicks can be reached at jj.hicks@gadsdentimes.com. Follow him on Twitter: @GT_JJHicks.