Best Tuscaloosa games, picks for week 9
Week 9 of Tuscaloosa region high school football the season is here. Here is a look at the best zone games, with predictions.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Sipsey Valley (2-6, 1-4 5A-3) center (3-5, 2-3)
Dalton Bailey was a production machine for Sipsey Valley, scoring 1,248 yards and 14 touchdowns on 63 receptions. But the Bears’ defense could last a long day. It allows 35 points per region game and Central’s Shunkeith Turner ran for 120 yards in a win last week.
A win would give Central a regional record of 0.500 and the most wins in a season with Rodney Bivens Jr. as coach. Central beat Sipsey Valley 51-0 last season and is 3-0.
Rushin’s choice: Center 49 Sipsey Valley 18
American Christian Academy (7-1, 6-0 4A-3) at West Blocton (6-2, 4-2)
The American Christian Academy is on a seven-game winning streak and it doesn’t look like an opponent from the region is slowing it down. West Blocton and ACA’s top common opponent, Bibb County, lost to ACA 34-12 but won against West Blocton.
Sawyer Deeman has the biggest college football deals on ACA, but Ty Flowers, Christian Davis and a host of other weapons will make this game tough for the Tigers if they fall behind early.
Rushin’s choice: ACA 47, Blocton West 20
Tuscaloosa County (1-7, 0-6 7A-3) at Spain Park (1-7, 0-6)
Tuscaloosa County have lost seven straight games but have a chance for a fighter to win their first game since opening week. The Wildcats were competitive against Gadsden City, as were Spain Park, the region’s other 0-6 team.
TCHS will have to give itself a chance on the third downs because it allows 44.5 points per region game. Their offense will probably have to score a lot, so good performances everywhere, especially the offensive line, are needed against another struggling defensive unit.
Rushin’s choice: TCHS 39, Spain Parc 36
Northridge (6-2, 3-2 4A-R4) at McAdory (6-2, 3-2)
Northridge and McAdory both come in this week after losing two and allowing Hueytown more than 60 points in their final games.
The Jaguars can shorten the game with their racing game and hold a small scoring advantage over McAdory in region games. They just came out of an open date and had more time to regroup. Northridge won their first game against McAdory last year and may do the same in 2021.
Rushin’s choice: Northridge 28, McAdory 24
Rushin last week: 3-0. Rushin this season: 35-12.
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