Chaztin Tanner, Talladega getting ready for season

Chaztin Tanner and Talladega will face a critical game at Childersburg on Sept. 7.

TALLADEGA COUNTY -- The countdown is on for the return of Alabama High School Athletic Association football.

We are 11 days away from the season opener Thursday, Aug. 23, when Talladega hosts Alexandria. Most of the other area schools will open the season that Friday.

With the season approaching, there’s not a better time to look ahead to some of the best matchups in Talladega County. All games are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Oxford at Munford

Date: Aug.24

Location: Munford Stadium

The skinny: This will be the first meeting between the teams since 1974. Munford is 0-2 against the Yellow Jackets. The two communities are separated by 10 miles. In addition to the schools being so close, Munford lost its best player, Zay Britt, to Oxford, which added some fuel to this upcoming game.

Winterboro at B.B. Comer

Date: Aug. 30

Location: Legion Stadium

The skinny: Adam Fossett leads his new team against his former team. Fossett led the Bulldogs to a 30-15 record from 2008-11. Comer will look to win its season opener for the first time since 2000. The two teams haven’t played since 2013. B.B. Comer won the last two matchups 32-6 in 2013 and 48-30 in 2012. Comer leads the series 23-7.

Talladega at Childersburg, 7 p.m.

Date: Sept. 7

Location: Joe Cox Stadium

The skinny: After 17 years of not meeting on the gridiron, Talladega and Childersburg will face off in a Class 4A, Region 4 opener. Childersburg won the last two matchups between the teams. In 2001, Childersburg prevailed 20-7, and in 2000, Childersburg pulled out a 14-13 victory. Talladega leads the series 22-14. Both teams made the first round of the playoffs last season.

Ragland at TC Central

Date: Sept. 14

Location: Alumni Stadium

The skinny: The series between the Fighting Tigers and Purple Devils has gone back and forth the last few seasons. TC Central won the last matchup 27-13 last season at Howell’s Cove. Ragland won the 2016 meeting 13-6. Both teams won on the road in 2015 and 2014. TC Central will try to win back-to-back games in the series, a feat that hasn’t happened since 2006-07.

Talladega at Lincoln

Date: Sept. 21

Location: Keith Howard Memorial Stadium

The skinny: The last two times these teams played it came down to the wire. Last season, Talladega needed a field goal in overtime to defeat Lincoln 37-34. In 2016, the Golden Bears held on to beat the Tigers 13-6.

Munford at Lincoln

Date: Sept. 28

Location: Keith Howard Memorial Stadium

The skinny:  OK, I know, if you look back at the last five seasons, Munford has dominated Lincoln. Last fall, Munford won 40-9 in a game that resembled WrestleMania at times (I still can see the body slam). With tempers having flared last season, I expect Lincoln to have a better against showing against its archrival.

St. Clair County at Sylacauga

Date: Oct. 5

Location: Legion Stadium

The skinny:  For the Aggies, this game will be vital to their postseason run as it will be the first of a four-game stretch against region opponents. This will be the first matchup between the schools on the gridiron.

Ragland at Winterboro

Date: Oct.19

Location: Bulldog Stadium

The skinny: Both teams possibly could enter this game needing a win to clinch a postseason berth. History will be on the Purple Devils’ side as they have won the last four matchups, including a 27-6 victory last season.Winterboro hasn’t defeated Ragland since 2005.

Sylacauga at Munford

Date: Oct. 26

Location: Munford Stadium

The skinny: This is a matchup between the two most successful football programs in Talladega County. It’s also a rare matchup as the Lions and Aggies have only played eight times since 1958. Sylacauga won the last three meetings in 2011, 2010 and 1987.

This showdown should help determine playoff seeding for 5A, Region 5. If the Aggies live up to their standard of winning seven or eight games a season, a win could give head coach Matt Griffith the 100th of his career. He enters the season eight wins away.

B.B. Comer at Fayetteville

Date: Nov.2

Location: FarmLinks Field

The skinny: No matter how bad things have been for B.B. Comer over the years, it always seems to get up for county rival Fayetteville. The Tigers have won three of the fourth last matchups, including a 42-34 win last season. For Fayetteville, two of its losses have been by eight points or less.

LaVonte Young is the Sports Editor for The Daily Home. Contact him at lyoung@dailyhome.com or follow him on Twitter @LYoung_DHSports.