Panthers wont waste second chance

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 22, 2006

As the 2006 football season continues to grind to an end, Shelby County has claimed at least one state championship and we have one hope left for another.

I went a perfect 4-0 last week in my playoff predictions to push my record to 105-36 and leave me at a solid 74 percent rate of accuracy.

Unfortunately, 5A Shelby County went down to defeat 21-20 at UMS Wright on a blocked extra point.

Still, the Wildcats enjoyed an exceptional season going 8-4 and making it to the second round.

Hoover thumped a very good Thompson football team 31-0 at home.

The 5A Warriors also ended 8-4 overall.

Shelby Academy went to Troy, and brought home the Alabama Independent School Association AISA Class 1 State Championship by whipping South Choctaw 26-22.

Now, all that is left of the 2006 football season for Shelby County are the 6A Pelham Panthers. The 10-2 Panthers accomplished no &8220;minor feat&8221; by traveling to Minor and winning 34-21.

The reward for making it to the third round of the state playoffs is the chance to host the 10-2 Rebels of Vestavia Hills, who beat them earlier this season 27-0.

I believe Pelham is a much better football team than that.

I believe Pelham has a chance to avenge that earlier loss and win. But it won&8217;t be easy. Vestavia whipped Sparkman 40-17.

But remember this. Homewood beat Vestavia Hills 28-10 earlier this year. And an Oak Mountain team that did not make the playoffs Beat Homewood 21-0 earlier this season, as well.

Now this, as some of my fellow reporters would say is Fred logic. But my logic had been good nearly three quarters of the time this season.

Stranger things have happened.

Pelham will need the support of the local fans to make it as loud as they can for the opposing team. If you want your Panthers to win, be there.

Prediction Pelham 21, Vestavia Hills 17.

Basketball season is now upon us. As football seasons winds to a finish and Thanksgiving turkey settles, take time to support your favorite high school in basketball by following them online or every Wednesday in the Shelby County Reporter.