Panthers will beat Warriors in Alabaster

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 17, 2006

This Friday&8217;s football action includes a couple of very big rivalries among many important region games.

Looks like I dropped the old crystal ball on my toe last week, going 8-5 with my predictions, for 67-27 total and a dip in the old accuracy rating from about 73 percent to 71 percent … ouch!

As to those rivalry games … we&8217;ve got the Pelham Panthers going on the road to play the Thompson Warriors,

and the Calera Eagles traveling to play the Montevallo Bulldogs.

Adding a little spice to these already intense rivalries is the fact that they are both region games. In fact, every match up this week is a region game except for Cornerstone Christian School and Meadowview Christian School, which is a 1A versus 2A, AISA match up.

Pelham and Thompson are both 6A Region 5 teams while Calera and Montevallo are both 3A Region 3 teams.

-While this was a very tough call to make, the Game of the Week has to be those Pelham Panthers and Thompson Warriors.

Pelham (6-1, 5-0) is coming off a 32-20 road win over region foe Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa. Thompson (6-1, 4-1) is coming off a 35-17 home win over regional opponent Northridge.

I think the Panthers have a little too much firepower for the Warriors.

Game of the week prediction: Pelham 35, Thompson 21.

-5A Briarwood Christian School (6-1, 5-0) is coming off a 42-20 home win in region play against Sylacauga and will travel to play region foe Moody, which lost to Chelsea 30-27.

Prediction: Briarwood Christian School 48, Moody 14.

-3A Calera (6-1, 4-1) is coming from a 32-21 home defeat at the hands of Montgomery Academy and will travel to play region foe Montevallo (5-2, 3-2) who just defeated Beulah at home in

region play, 26-21.

Prediction: Calera 35, Montevallo 21.

-5A Chelsea (6-1, 5-0) is coming off a 30-27 home win over regional opponent Moody and will travel to play region foe Sylacauga, which lost to Briarwood 42-20.

Prediction: Chelsea 35, Sylacauga 21.

-1A, AISA Coosa Valley Academy (3-5, 3-4) is coming off a tough 27-20 region loss at Sumter Academy and will host region foe South Choctaw Academy, which defeated Shelby Academy 39-32.

Prediction: South Choctaw Academy 42, Coosa Valley Academy 14.

-1A, AISA Cornerstone Christian School (5-3, 5-3) is coming off an easy road win over region rival Warrior Academy 62-12, but will host 2A, AISA Meadowview Christian School, which beat Evangel Christian Academy 34-14.

Prediction: Meadowview Christian School 35, Cornerstone Christian School 14.

-2A, AISA Kingwood Christian School (6-2, 4-1) is coming off a 46-34 region loss at Lowndes Academy and will travel to play a region match with Evangel Christian Academy, which lost to Meadowview Christian School 34-14.

Prediction: Kingwood Christian School 48, Evangel Christian School 14.

-6A Oak Mountain (3-4, 2-3) is coming off a heart-breaking 31-27 region loss at home to foe Spain Park and in more region play will host Mountain Brook,

which defeated Homewood 27-7.

Prediction: Oak Mountain 35, Mountain Brook 28.

-1A, AISA Shelby Academy (6-2, 6-1) is coming off a tough 39-32 loss at South Choctaw Academy and will host Central Christian Academy, which has two losses.

Prediction: Shelby Academy 42, Central Christian Academy 21.

-5A Shelby County (5-2, 4-1) is coming off a 41-7 homecoming win over region foe Brookwood and will travel to play a region game against McAdory.

Prediction: Shelby County 28, McAdory 14.

-6A Spain Park (4-3, 2-3) is coming off a huge road win over region foe and rival Oak Mountain 31-27 and will host region opponent Carver-Birmingham, which lost to Minor 49-20.

Prediction: Spain Park 49, Carver-Birmingham, 14.

-2A Vincent (4-3, 4-1) is coming off an exciting 13-12 road win over region foe Westbrook Christian and will host region foe Falkville for homecoming, which defeated Victory Christian 33-12.

Prediction: Vincent 21, Falkville 18