Southside, Keith to tangle in Panther Stadium

Published 1:20 pm Thursday, September 26, 2019

Keith High and Southside have one of the top rivalries in Dallas County.

Southside entertains the Bears (3-2) on Friday at Panther Stadium.

Southside (2-2) leads the all-time series 25-21, but Keith won 29-20 at Caldwell Stadium in Orrville.

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Bears coach Anthony Lumpkin expects the usual tough contest against Southside.

“It’s not going to be easy,” Lumpkin said. “They are very well coached and are an athletic group. We’ll have to try and slow them down.”

Two of Dallas County’s top quarterbacks face off, Jared Edwards of the Bears and Southside’s Christopher Thomas.

“It’s a cross county rival that we’re excited to be a part of,” Panthers coach Chris Moody said. “They run the ball well and their quarterback is electric. We just want to play with great discipline and focus and improve. We want to make sure we take care of the ball and that will give us a chance to be successful.”

Linden at Selma: The Saints (3-2) are hosting the Patriots for Homecoming at Memorial Stadium.

Selma is coming off 44-6 thrashing at McAdory last week. The Saints’ only points came on a kickoff return.

Saints head coach Willie Gandy will face the squad, where he served as defensive coordinator last year.

“They will be a tough physical group of kids,” Gandy said. “Those kids that I know really well. I  know they will defiantly be fired up to go up against some of their old coaches.”

Holtville at Dallas County: The Hornets (2-2) take a two-game winning streak to Martin Field against Holtville.

“Holtville is a very disciplined team,” Hornets coach Heath LeVert said. “We’re excited about the challenge that comes with another one loss team. Homecoming is always a special week for the school and alumni, but we are going to have to stay mentally tough and stay focused to keep the hype and the excitement that comes with it.”

Success at Morgan Academy: The Senators (1-4, 0-2)  need a win to keep their AISA state playoff hopes alive on Homecoming.

Morgan Academy coach and Athletic Director Josh Thacker said he hopes the festivates won’t distract the players.

“Homecoming always brings its own set of distractions,” Thacker said. “Hopefully we can clear our heads and focus on the task at hand. Success is very athletic and much improved from last season. We’ll have our hands full.”

Evangel-Alabaster at Meadowview Christian:  The Trojans (0-4) are coming off their best performance in two years, scoring 30 points last week.

MCS coach Bob Taylor believes the Trojans will need a similar effort against Evangel.

“Evangel is a great football team,” Taylor said. “They are a good offensiveteam. Their quarterback, Tyler Henderson, is a great athlete. They will present match up problems for us at their wide receiver. Defensively they are physical and get after you.”

Ellwood Christian Academy at Autaugaville: The Eagles (0-5) will play their second straight contest under new coach Ray Blanks. ECA will be without linebacker and running back Emanuel Blanks, who suffered back and wrist injuries two weeks ago at Keith.