Greenville Tigers bracing for #8220Hurricane Eufaula#8221;

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Georgiana Panthers &#8220shocked the world” Friday night by defeating No. 1 Southern Choctaw and Donald Ray Mixon's team gets no time to rest as they travel to this week's No. 1 team: the Leroy Bears.

The Greenville Tigers also had a region win Friday night, defeating the Rehobeth Rebels to remain undefeated at 3-0.

Fort Dale picked up their second Top 10 win of the season over Clarke Prep, 22-20, while McKenzie had a huge letdown against head coach Miles Brown's old school, Pleasant Home, in a 33-0 shutout loss.

Here are this week's predictions:

No.9 Fort Dale vs. Monroe

The Fort Dale Eagles got back on track Friday night with another huge Top 10 win, this time over Clarke Prep, 22-20.

The usual run-happy Eagles found the air the place to be during Friday night's win as quarterback Ty Newton finished 10-of-15 for 133 yards and one touchdown.

Fort Dale's defense also toughened up with the Eagles making a stop on a two-point conversion that would have sent the game into overtime.

Monroe is coming off a 51-0 trouncing at the hands of Cottage Hill and with this week being homecoming, look for the Eagles to soar…

Fort Dale 35, Monroe 14.

McKenzie vs. Zion Chapel

A week after the first McKenzie Tigers football win in nearly two years, the Tigers suffered a total collapse during Friday night's loss at Pleasant Home, 33-0.

The Tigers allowed the Eagles to score all but one of their touchdowns in the first half and then Pleasant Home topped that with a kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half.

The Zion Chapel Rebels fell to the No. 1 Brantley Bulldogs Friday night, 42-0, but so did Pleasant Home a week before they shut out the Tigers.

If McKenzie doesn't get tougher Friday night against the Rebels, the schedule is going to…

Zion Chapel 24, McKenzie 18.

Georgiana @ No. 1 Leroy

&#8220It will take a miracle for the Panthers to pull this one off, but miracles do happen…”

Those are the words I wrote in this space last week and it turns out, I was wrong.

I was wrong because it didn't take a miracle for the Panthers to beat the No. 1 Indians, it just took 48 minutes of hard-nosed, no-quit defense.

The Panthers' defense gave up two, huge scoring plays during the win, but that was it. The offense answered the first Southern Choctaw score and then came up big when it counted.

A win Friday night against the Leroy Bears would be the biggest back-to-back wins in Georgiana history…

Leroy 30, Georgiana 20.

Greenville vs.

No. 3 Eufaula

It's been 11 years since the Tigers have started off 3-0, but this week, Greenville head coach Bryant Vincent said his team is bracing for &#8220Hurricane Eufaula.”

&#8220We see it on the radar,” Vincent said. &#8220It's coming, and we have to be ready for it.”

The Eufaula Tigers are ranked in the Top 5 and are coming off a 62-24 stomping of Booker T. Washington, and the Greenville Tigers need this crucial win to stay atop the region standings.

Greenville 4-0? Stranger things have happened…

Eufaula 35, Greenville 24.

Last week: 7-2

Overall: 15-7

Austin Phillips is The Greenville Advocate sports editor.

You can contact him by e-mailing austin.phillips@greenvilleadvocate.com or by calling 382-3111 ext. 122.