Football Roundup: Area teams prepare for Friday matchups

Published 8:36 pm Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Southside traveling to Excel

After a game last Friday that saw the Panthers fall, one of the team’s coaches collapse from an apparent heart attack, and one of the team’s players learn of a family situation during the game, Southside is looking to pick up the pieces on the road.

The Panthers (1-2, 1-1 Class 3A Region 1) will travel to the W.S. Neal Eagles (2-1, 1-1 Class 3A Region 1) in a region contest on Friday at 7 p.m.

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Southside is coming off a 36-14 home loss to Straughn, while W.S. Neal is coming off a 58-0 win over region foe Cottage Hill Christian.

Daniel Flowers, head football coach of Southside High School, said his team is trying to put last week behind it and move forward.

“You can’t dwell on last week. Like I told the guys, last week is over with,” Flowers said. “Each game is like a one-game season. You can’t worry about one game. You have to move to the next game and try to make the playoffs. We had a lot of stuff going on last week, but I told them maybe this week will be different. Usually, when you have a storm like that, things get better [afterwards].”

Saints set for Demopolis

The Selma High school Saints are still searching for their first region win of the season.

The Saints (1-2, 0-2 Class 5A Region 3) will travel to a familiar opponent in the No. 10 Demopolis Tigers (3-0, 2-0 Class 5A Region 3) Friday at 7 p.m.

Leroy Miles, head football coach of Selma High School, said the Saints have maintained a positive attitude coming off last week’s 28-14 region loss at Citronelle.

“The players’ spirit is up. We’re having a great week of practice. We’ve just got to not make mistakes and get 11 people playing on the same page,” Miles said. “Once we get 11 on the same page with everybody doing their job, then I think we can have some success.”


Morgan hosting Escambia

After falling for the first time this season in last week’s battle of unbeaten teams, the Morgan Academy Senators are hoping a return home will put them back on the winning track.

The Senators (3-1, 1-0 AISA Class 3A Region 2) will host the Escambia Academy Cougars (1-3, 0-3 AISA Class 3A Region 2) in a region game Friday at 7 p.m.

The Senators are coming off a 42-7 road loss at Tuscaloosa Academy, while Escambia is coming off its first win of the season, a 47-6 victory over Sparta Academy.

The game begins a four-game stretch of region opponents for the Senators.


Dallas County to take on Handley

After suffering their second straight loss, the Dallas County Hornets (1-2, 0-2 Class 4A Region 3) will host the Handley Tigers (2-1, 2-0, Class 4A Region 3) in a region game on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Hornets are looking to rebound from last Friday’s 41-14 road loss at Beulah, while Handley is searching for its third straight region win.


Keith at home against Holy Spirit

The Keith Bears (3-0, 2-0 Class 1A Region 3) will look to remain undefeated against region opponent Holy Spirit (0-3, 0-2 Class 1A Region 3) Friday at 7 p.m. in Orrville.

Keith is coming off a 34-7 win in its first ever meeting against the Ellwood Christian Academy Eagles last Friday.


Ellwood heading to Autaugaville

The Ellwood Christian Eagles (2-1, 1-1 Class 1A Region 3) are looking to bounce back from last week’s loss against Keith when they travel to the Autaugaville Eagles (0-3, 0-2 Class 1A Region 3) on Friday at 7 p.m.

Autaugaville is coming off a 26-0 loss at region opponent Billingsley last Friday.

Ellwood head coach Mike Stokes said his team needs to play better defense after giving up 34 points to Keith last week.

“We’ve got to go and play better defense than what we played against Keith,” Stokes said. “We’ve just got to be disciplined on certain things and certain ball fakes, and just play better defense overall.”