Rain forecast affects prep football schedule in Dallas County

Published 1:42 pm Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Three Dallas County schools have their games moved to Thursday because of bad weather.

Southside hosts St. James. Selma High visits Aliceville. Dallas County travels to American Christian Academy.

Heavy rain is forecast to hit West Alabama on Friday, forcing the games to get moved up a day earlier.

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 St. James at Southside: Southside is out of the Class 3A state playoff picture, but Panthers coach Charles Moody wants a strong finish.

“St James is a great team, we want to match their energy, effort, and physicality,” Moody said. “We want to come in and continue to improve and finish the season strong.”

Selma at Aliceville: The Saints (4-4) have already clinched a 6A state playoff berth and seek a second straight win over Aliceville, winning 60-14 last season.

“This week we’re trying to get better as a football team,” Saints coach Willie Gandy said. “We have two weeks to clean up some things in all phases of the game. We have a chance to get some kids healthy that we will need going into the playoffs.”

Dallas County at American Christian Academy: The Hornets (3-5, 2-3 in Region 3, Class 4A) travel to Tuscaloosa County to face one of the top teams in Class 4A, second-ranked American Christian Academy. The Patriots beat Dallas County 49-0 in 2018.

“We have a tall mountain to climb, but we are ready to work,” Hornets coach Heath LeVert said. “ We are excited about making the playoffs, but the biggest game on our schedule right now is American Christian Academy. They are the next one up.”