Dallas County schools ready to get back on the winning side

Published 5:43 am Wednesday, September 13, 2023

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Dallas County is coming off one of its worst weeks in prep football as all six teams lost last Friday.

Keith, Morgan Academy and Dallas County hope the home crowd puts them back on the winning track this Friday night. All games kickoff at 7 p.m.

Fort Dale Academy at Morgan Academy: The Senators (1-2, 1-1) make their home debut of the season against a talented Fort Dale (3-1, 1-1) squad.

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“Fort Dale is a really good football team,” Senators’ coach Danny Raines said. “They are much improved. They are an older team as well with several upperclassmen playing key roles for them.”

Morgan Academy players who shined last week against Lee-Scott were: Caden Tellier, Milton Hand, Jack Johnson and Davis Fuller.

Southside at Sumter Central: The Panthers (1-1, 0-1) visit Sumter Central in a key Region 3, Class 3A contest. An 0-2 start in region play could hurt Southside’s playoff hopes. The winner will have a head-to-head tiebreaker in the standings.

Derick Smith, Erick Smith, Jay Moore and MJ Reese all shined in the Panthers’ loss at Trinity.  Southside needs more players to step up.

University Charter at Keith: The Bears (2-1, 0-1), coming off its first loss of the season, host University Charter in a key Region 3, Class 1A. The winner will have a head-to-head tiebreaker in the standings.

“University Charter is talented and well-coached,” Bears head coach Anthony Lumpkin said.

Eric Hall shined in the loss, scoring two touchdowns for the Bears.

Selma at Holtville: The Saints (0-3, 0-1 Region 3, Class 5A) remain in pursuit of their win of the season and avoid falling behind in the Region standings.

The Saints haven’t started a season 0-4 since a winless 0-10 campaign in 1983.

Selma head coach Leon Day is not pushing the panic button for the winless Saints.

“It was a tough loss to Demopolis, but we will keep working,” Day said.

Montevallo at Dallas County: The Hornets (0-2, 0-1 Region 3, Class 4A) continue to struggle on both sides of the ball, unable to score points and stop the opposition.

Cederick Simmons remains one of the few bright spots for the Hornets, scoring four touchdowns in the first two games.

Meadowview Christian School at Evangel-Montgomery:  MCS (0-3) remains winless, but Trojans head coach John Treherne sees improvement in his squad.

“We had a great effort against a very good team last week,” Treherne said.

Alex Johnson, Trent Ballard and Sean Pope all scored touchdowns for the Trojans last week. Keymyron Pritchett, Cole Ballard and Johnson all scored two-point conversions. Cole Ballard had an interception.