The Scoop: Region 6 is SEC of high school

Published 12:52 am Tuesday, September 23, 2008

After four weeks of Class 6A, Region 6 football, there is one thing I know for certain: I don’t know anything.

In the toughest region, regardless of classification, in the state, everybody is beating up on everybody.

Since the Region 6 teams are like their collegiate brethren in the state, I have compiled a list comparing each Region 6 coach to a coach in the Southeastern Conference.

-Gardendale, Chris Fancher: Bobby Petrino — Fancher can coach and the Rockets can play; they just need time. If Fancher will stay at Gardendale for a long time, the Rockets will once again be good in 6A.

-Homewood, Dickey Wright: Phil Fulmer — Remember when Homewood used to be good? When the Patriots were in 5A, they were dominant. What happened?

-Hoover, Josh Niblett: Nick Saban — The former Tide fullback has proven he can win championships, which he did at Oneonta, but has not lived up to expectations in these four short weeks. But then again, who will ever live up to the Bear, I mean, Rush?

-Mountain Brook, Chris Yeager: Urban Meyer — What Yeager has done with the Spartans this season is truly amazing. Yeager has his team poised for a title run.

-Oak Mountain, Jerry Hood: Sylvester Croom — Obviously, this is not a look-a-like contest, but you can never count out a Croom or Hood coached team.

Pelham, Brett Burnett: Mark Richt— Coach of the Year in his first season, Burnett has not been able to lead the Panthers deep into the playoffs since. The Panthers will always have a strong offense under Burnett.

-Thompson, Brian Maner: Tommy Tuberville — Don’t ever count out the Warriors with Maner at the helm. Just like the Riverboat Gambler, Maner’s teams show up in big games and he knows how to beat his rivals.

-Spain Park, David Shores: Houston Nutt — Shores used to coach at Pelham under Burnett and took over when John Grass left for Oxford. The Jags have sputtered since.

Vestavia, Buddy Anderson: Steve Spurrier — The Ol’ Ball Coach is one of the best and he’s loved and hated by many. Just depends whether you’re from Hoover or not.

Austin Phillips’ column The Scoop appears weekly in the Alabaster Reporter.