Week 3 of high school football action saw several area teams jump out to solid starts within their respective regions.
Here are five takeaways from Friday’s slate of games as squads approach the midway point of the 2018 season:
Contenders or pretenders?
Sylacauga (4-0, 2-0) and Victory Christian (3-0, 1-0) remain standing as the only undefeated teams in The Daily Home’s coverage area. The Aggies, who play in Class 5A, Region 5, defeated Moody 21-14, while the Lions, members of 1A, Region 5, steamrolled Appalachian 40-12.
Talladega County Central (2-1, 2-0) shutout Ragland for a second region victory.
Talladega (3-1, 2-0) and Lincoln (2-1, 1-0) still haven’t lost within 4A, Region 4. That will change for one of those teams Friday night at 7 when the Golden Bears travel to face the Tigers.
Talladega can score
The Tigers have posted 41 and 47 points in consecutive games -- the first time Talladega has scored 40-plus points back-to-back in more than 50 years.
In the first three games of the season, Talladega used its air attack to put points on the board.
In Friday’s 47-21 win over Elmore County, Talladega was able to get its running game going, scoring three rushing touchdowns. Nigel Scales also kept his touchdown streak alive as he threw for two TDs to JQ Wilson. Scales now has 11 passing touchdowns through four games.
Surles’ breakout performance
Lincoln quarterback Javion Surles put on a show against Leeds. The junior rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. Lincoln rushed for 342 yards in a 42-21 win over the Green Wave.
Feels like the first time
B.B. Comer (1-2, 1-1) and Fayetteville (1-3, 1-1) both picked up their first wins of the season.
The Tigers’ 40-7 victory over 3A, Region 6 foe Glencoe was the first of the Adam Fossett era, while the Wolves broke a 12-game losing streak with their 17-8 win against Central Coosa in 2A, Region 4.
Bitten by the injury bug
Sylacauga won the battle against the Blue Devils, but it came at a cost.
Senior defensive back DeMarco Campbell was taken off the field in an ambulance, but head coach Matt Griffith said it was a precautionary move. Griffith said Campbell was knocked out while playing defense with seven seconds remaining.
Talladega quarterback Scales limped off the field during the Tigers’ win over Elmore County.