Outside the Lines: Jags too tough for Pelham at Ned Bearden

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 29, 2006

This is it. Playtime is over. AISA teams are in their second week of action while AHSAA schools are coming off jamborees and scrimmages and starting their regular season.

Who will win and who will lose? Of course the outcome of a football game is dependent upon a lot of variables, who is healthy, who is hurt and sometimes, pure dumb luck. But more often than not, it depends upon the skills of the players and the offensive and defensive game plans.

Last week, I was 3-1 with my high school picks for 75 percent. So here I go again.

Spain Park performed well for new head football coach John Grass by drumming Northridge 31-0 in recent jamboree action.

Brett Burnett&8217;s Pelham squad also prevailed beating Walker in a scrimmage 17-6.

But I believe Spain Park has too much for the Panthers even at Ned Bearden Stadium in Pelham.

-Game of the Week prediction: Spain Park 28, Pelham 14.

Calera is coming off a jamboree where they stayed close with Maplesville and beat Jemison. Even though they go on the road to Vincent, I see Calera being a little too much for the Yellow Jackets, who fell to Chelsea 21-8 and beat Shades Mountain Christian 6-0.

-Prediction: Calera 21, Vincent 14.

Chelsea is off a 30-0 jamboree win over Shades Mountain Christian and a 21-8 win over Vincent and traveling to Dallas County.

-Prediction: Chelsea 21, Dallas County 8.

Montevallo is coming off a 7-6-jamboree loss to Fultondale and travels to Billingsley. I see a young bunch of Dawgs struggling on the road.

-Prediction: Billingsley 21, Montevallo 7.

Briarwood coming off a 22-0 thumping of Shades Valley will host Vestavia.

-Prediction: Briarwood 28, Vestavia 14.

Thompson is coming off an 8-0 jamboree over Oak Mountain and a good outing against Gadsden City. They travel to Florence.

-Prediction: Thompson 14, Florence 0.

Oak Mountain defeated Gadsden City 3-0 before falling to Thompson 8-0 in jamboree action. But I still feel they will prevail over Fairfield at home.

-Prediction: Oak Mount-ain 21, Fairfield 7.

Kingwood defeated Hooper Academy 21-12 in their season opener, which was not up to standards for head coach Jerry Stearns. So, I believe the Lions will be an inhospitable host to Meadowview.

-Prediction: Kingwood 28, Meadowview 0.

Shelby County fell to Moody and Mortimer Jordan in jamboree action. They will travel to St. Clair where I see the Wildcats losing.

-Prediction: St. Clair 24, Shelby County 14.

Coosa Valley battled Central Christian to a 32-26 final coming up just a little short. They will get their first win of 2006 this week.

-Prediction: CVA 28, West Alabama 0.

Cornerstone defeated Sumter 28-21 in a contest that was never that close. The go on the road this week to face South Choctaw.

-Prediction: Cornerstone 14, South Choctaw 7.

Shelby Academy whipped West Alabama 47-16 on the road in their season opener. They will host Open Door, but Open Door will wish they were closed.

-Prediction: Shelby Academy 35, Open Door 0