Friday Night Football – Our Picks
Greenville (5-2) at Selma (5-2): Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium…the Tigers are attempting to bounce back from last week’s 44-34 loss to Demopolis…Selma fell to Brookwood 22-14, but is 5-2 on the year…the Tigers can secure a first round playoff game at home with a win on Friday night…Selma has only a slim chance at making postseason play, having already lost to Brookwood and Paul Bryant and with Demopolis next week…the all-time series between the Tigers and the Saints is tied at 9-9…Greenville has won the last six meetings, including last year’s game 41-6… Our Pick: Too much Kent Riley, too much Jamall Hamilton, too much Tigers. GHS 30, Selma 14.
Clarke Prep (6-1) at Fort Dale (6-1): Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Nest…Fort Dale will celebrate homecoming on Friday night…Clarke Prep is not your typical homecoming opponent at 6-1 on the year…this is the first non-region game for Fort Dale…the Gators are an AA school, but ranked No. 6 in the Alabama Sports Writers Association poll; the Eagles are ranked No. 5…both teams lone loss of the year came against No. 1 Monroe Academy….the all-time series between the two schools is tied 2-2…Clarke Prep won the last meeting 9-7 in 2007…Our Pick: Clarke Prep will be the second consecutive team the Eagles have faced in the ASWA Top Ten, (PLAS was No. 4 last week). With a first round playoff game assured at home, the Eagles should be loose and ready to play. FDA 21, Clarke Prep 14
Georgiana (0-7) at Kinston (4-3): Kickoff at 7 p.m. at Kinston Stadium…Georgiana’s two-point loss on Friday night to Pleasant Home, 38-36, was the third game this season the Panthers have dropped by three points or less…Kinston’s 38-6 loss to McKenzie last week snapped a four-game winning streak for the Bulldogs…this will be the first meeting for both schools…Our Pick: The Panthers are due at some point this season for a win. However, that won’t happen on Friday night against the Bulldogs, a team that’s built to run the football. Lots of three and outs for Georgiana combined with long, punishing, time consuming drives by Kinston will be the difference. Kinston 28, Georgiana 12
McKenzie (7-0) at Florala (1-6): Kickoff at 7 p.m. at Matthews Stadium…McKenzie is ranked No. 6 in the ASWA Class 1A poll…Florala’s lone victory this season is a 20-18 decision over Georgiana…the Wildcats lost to Geneva County last week 48-28…Florala leads the all-time series between the two schools 9-5-1…McKenzie beat Florala 55-0 last year…Our Pick: Will McKenzie be caught looking ahead to a big game against No. 1 Brantley next week? Our guess is no. And even if the Tigers do, the Wildcats can do little to slow McKenzie down. McKenzie 48, Florala 6