Past champions face off Friday

Published 3:26 pm Monday, October 3, 2011

Fort Dale Academy quarterback Chip Taylor (12) and running back Matthew Bender (2) and the Eagles will take on Pike Liberal Arts School Friday night in Greenville. (File Photo)

Friday night the past two Alabama Independent School Association Class AAA state champions will square off when Fort Dale Academy plays host to Pike Liberal Arts School.

The Eagles, the 2010 state champions, enter the contest reeling from a 45-7 loss to Monroe Academy Sept. 30. Meanwhile, the Patriots, the 2008 and 2009 state champions, enter the game riding the momentum of a three-game winning streak. Pike Liberal scored a 23-6 win against Prattville Christian Sept. 30.

The Patriots (4-2, 1-2 Class AAA, Region 1) scored the win despite being held to just 250 yards of total offense.

Running back Nick McLaughlin, who has already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark this season, accounted for 168 of the Patriots’ 20 yards. McLaughlin carried the ball 34 times and scored once on a 2-yard run.

Georgiana at Pleasant Home

Georgiana School and Pleasant Home High School will both look to get back on track Friday night when the teams face off in Andalusia.

The Panthers are looking to rebound from a 38-8 loss to in-county rival McKenzie School, while the Eagles are hoping to erase the memory of a 49-7 loss to region power Brantley High School.

The Eagles (4-2, 3-1 Class 1A, Region 2) avoided the shutout when quarterback Hunter Weaver ran for a score in the fourth quarter.

Pleasant Home can clinch home field in the first round of the playoffs with wins against Georgiana and Geneva County.

McKenzie at Kinston

McKenzie School will look to extend its winning streak to four games when it travels to Kinston Friday night to take on Kinston High School.

The Tigers enter Friday night’s contest on the strength of a 38-8 victory against in-county rival Georgiana School.

Kinston (0-6, 0-3 Class 1A, Region 2) has failed to notch a victory this season. The Bulldogs latest loss was a heartbreaking 9-8 loss to Geneva County Sept. 30.