Week 1 of the high school football season saw several pairings of teams in The Daily Home’s coverage area battling on the gridiron Friday night.
Here are five takeaways from the week’s action:
Off to a good start
Childersburg, Sylacauga, Winterboro and Pell City each claimed victories to open their respective seasons 2-0:
- The Tigers held Talladega County Central scoreless in a 26-0 win Thursday.
- Sylacauga defeated Chilton County 20-13 for the Aggies’ fifth win over the Tigers in their last six meetings.
- The Bulldogs faced off against a ferocious B.B. Comer defense that forced four turnovers, but head coach Alan Beckett’s bunch secured an 18-8 victory at Legion Stadium.
- Pell City rode a five-turnover performance by its defense in a 27-7 win over Calera.
These four area teams arguably have the most momentum going into region play in Week 2.
Wins aren’t always the prettiest
The matchup between Winterboro and B.B. Comer featured its share of mistakes and miscues for both squads.
The Bulldogs lost the turnover battle with a minus-2 differential, but they won the field position battle handily, with six of their seven first-half drives starting in Tigers' territory.
B.B. Comer’s woes came courtesy of a fumble, an interception, a bad snap on a punt and a blocked punt.
The teams committed 17 penalties for 109 yards.
The Tigers (1-1) opened the season with an 18-14 loss to Class 5A Alexandria (1-1) but rebounded with a 20-10 victory over 5A Munford on Friday.
Talladega sophomore quarterback Nigel Scales continued to show his upward progression with a pair of touchdown passes, while wide receivers Chaztin Tanner and Michael McGregor have emerged as key playmakers in the offense.
Tigers head coach Ted Darby said he wanted his team to be “battlefield tested” in the first two contests, but the real test could be on the horizon in 4A, Region 4 action against Childersburg, a team with a defense yet to surrender any points this season.
When looking at the Pell City schedule prior to the season, some people apparently made their doubts about the Panthers loud enough for the team to hear.
Here we sit heading into Week 2, and the Panthers have two wins in the hopper and are playing with a chip on their shoulders. Although they’re playing with an edge and finding ways to keep the naysayers in check, they’ve found a way to do it while having fun on the sidelines. Case in point: The turnover belt.
Pell City must go on the road and start 6A, Region 6 play against undefeated rival Oxford on Friday. The Yellow Jackets may have the sought-after prospects and the pedigree, but the Panthers can turn all those doubters into believers if they can continue outworking their opponents.
Going in reverse
It appears Munford’s summer of adversity extended into the regular season.
A year removed from a nine-win season, the Lions (0-2) find themselves on the ropes early.
Off to its worst start since 2010, Munford will travel to face Central Clay County, a team the Lions have never beaten in six attempts.
The Volunteers hired Danny Horn as head coach during the offseason. Horn won six state championships (five in 2A, one in 1A) when he coached Clay County from 1989-2008.