Prestridge’s Picks: Crenshaw schools dominate

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 26, 2004

For the first time this football season, every Crenshaw County high school claimed wins on the

football field during the same week.

Last Friday night, Luverne, Brantley, Highland Home and Crenshaw Christian Academy each dominated their opponents and came away with huge wins.

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Luverne claimed a 47-6 region win over B.B. Comer to clinch a Class 1A playoff berth. The fifth-ranked Tigers (6-1, 5-0) completely dominated the first half, running only 11 plays and scoring seven times, which included a three and out on their first series.

The Tigers are starting to click together at the right time.

Brantley ran away with another region win at home over Pleasant Home, 71-26. The third-ranked Bulldogs (7-0, 5-0) dominated their guests once again with its potent running game.

Look for the Bulldogs to make a lot of noise in the Class 1A playoffs.

Highland Home finally got back on the winning side of things with a 28-8 regional road win over Horseshoe Bend. The Squadron (2-5, 2-3) has a slim chance of making the playoffs, but will definitely have to win their remaining two region games to keep that chance alive.

The Squadron will need a bit of luck on their side if they want to advance to the postseason.

Crenshaw Christian captured a dominant homecoming win over Ashford Academy, 40-0. The Cougars are coming to life at the right time and they too have a chance to go deep into the Alabama Independent School Association playoffs.

With a perfect week of predicting, this prognosticator's record improves to 21-5 or 81 percent.

Lets jump into this week's games.

Luverne will be at home for the second week in a row as the Tigers host Lanett in a Class 1A, Region 3 contest. The Panthers suffered a 48-40 regional loss to Beulah last week.

Big plays worked last week, so why not try making them again this week. Taking a quick, early lead seems to spark the Tigers' offense and gets them started on the right foot.

Luverne's coaching staff should try to catch the Panthers' defense sleeping early and force a big play that will not only pump up the Tigers' players, but the fans as well.

The Tigers should continue to play with the enthusiasm as they did last week and capitalize on Lanett's mistakes.

This win should guarantee the Tigers the region title.

Prestridge's Pick: Luverne.




Brantley will host McKenzie in a Class 1A, Region 2 contest, that will also serve as the Bulldogs' homecoming tomorrow night. Florala put a whoopin' on McKenzie last Friday night, 45-6.

The Tigers have struggled all season and shouldn't be a threat to the Bulldogs. It should be a good night for the coaching staff to give younger players valuable playing experience.

Prestridge's Pick: Brantley.




Highland Home will hit the road this Friday night to take on G.W. Long in a regional battle.

G.W. Long suffered a 27-12 loss to Marbury last Friday night.

The Squadron is in a can't lose situation if they plan on having any chance of making the Class 2A playoffs.

Last week, the coaching staff shifted gears a bit and stuck to the running game. Although it was a good decision, they will have to mix things up this week because G.W. Long will be expecting the unexpected.

Nothing was broken with the passing game. The coaching staff just relied on it too much and became very predictable.

Turnovers could be the difference in the game.

Fans should expect a close one.

Prestridge's Pick: Highland Home.




Crenshaw Christian will travel to Grady to take on South Montgomery Christian Academy in an area showdown tonight.

The Cougars need to stick to the gal they took to the prom and that's the running game. Mix in a couple of pass plays and a few trick plays and a win should be in the bag.

Prestridge's Pick: Crenshaw.

Adam Prestridge is editor of

The Luverne Journal. He can be reached at 334-335-3541 or by e-mail: adam.prestridge@luverne