A capsule preview of some high school football games involving teams from The Daily Home’s coverage area Friday night. Kickoff at all sites is set for 7:
Pell City at Anniston
Last meeting: Pell City won 28-0 in 2003.
Series: Anniston leads 8-1.
Outlook: The Panthers (3-1, 2-0) built plenty of momentum in a 44-0 region victory over Brewer last week, and now Pell City gets to face the 4A Bulldogs (0-4, 0-3), who have yet to gnaw their way into the win column. Pell City running back Chris Lynch must be salivating at the thought of chewing up plenty of ground against an Anniston team that has allowed 36 points or more in three of its four losses. Anniston’s offensive woes can be directly tied to the loss of quarterback Savion Bethune, who was injured in the second quarter of a jamboree game against Holt on Aug. 19.
Talladega at Walter Wellborn
Last meeting: Talladega won 14-13 in 1999.
Series: Wellborn leads 17-7.
Outlook: The Tigers (1-4, 0-3) will look to snap a three-game losing streak while simultaneously handing the 3A Panthers (2-1, 1-1) a loss in front of their homecoming crowd. Talladega quarterback Ashton Duncan and his supporting cast on offense have shown the ability to sustain drives deep into enemy territory, but the unit as a whole must not undo the work with costly penalties that kill those efforts and negate touchdown plays.
The second-biggest obstacle the Tigers face is keeping their offensive linemen fresh through four quarters. Tackles Jamonte Twymon and Jae-Lyn Russ join their guards on the defensive front, while center Nyjahl Garrett mans the middle linebacker position. Each game is a test of endurance for those five as well as others who play both sides of the ball, including Duncan.
TC Central at B.B. Comer
Last meeting: Comer won 13-12 in 1997.
Series: Comer leads 4-0.
Outlook: The Fighting Tigers (1-3, 1-2) earned their first win of the season last week by beating Victory Christian 48-19. TC Central’s point total in the victory was two points higher than its production in the previous three games combined (46). Quarterback Darrell Maple and running back Kylen Cross should find some success against Comer (0-4, 0-3). The Tigers enter the contest on a four-game skid -- the most recent a 68-14 defeat at the hands of Montgomery Academy. Comer has never lost to TC Central, but the Tigers have been outscored 44-189 in their four losses.
Victory Christian at Coosa Christian
Last meeting: Coosa Christian won 22-10 in 2009.
Series: Victory Christian leads 3-1.
Outlook: The Lions (3-2, 2-1) will look to rebound after having their three-game win streak snapped by 1A, Region 4 opponent TC Central last week. Coosa Christian (2-3, 1-1) hasn’t mustered many points and has played low-scoring games, save for a 62-33 rout at the hands of Ragland. Facing a playmaker like Lions quarterback Harrison Cheatwood could prove difficult for the Conquerors.