Road warriors across county football scene

Published 5:46 pm Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Last week was a good week for Pike County teams, and in turn it was a good week for my predictions. All four teams won and in the second week of the season the area had its first 4-0 week.

It was good to see every fan in all corners of Pike County happy on Saturday and I am sure those fans stayed happy through Sunday since Auburn and Alabama both won.

But back to the high school football action. Region play opened last week and it was great to see all the teams win.

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As far as score predictions, I was pretty close on all scores, but the 28-13 prediction for Charles Henderson’s victory was the closest to the 25-7 final.

This week the Trojans, ranked No. 5 in Class 5A, hit the road for the first time to take on region foe Booker T. Washington in Tuskegee.

Booker T. battled with the No. 1 Eufaula Tigers last week before falling, 7-0. This means that the Trojans will be in for a tough test again. This time they are on the road, but I don’t see Hugh Fountain’s team losing to Washington.

The Trojans will emerge victorious to the sound of a 28-14 score in week three.

The No. 8-ranked Pike County Bulldogs destroyed Wicksburg on the road last week and that was a far cry from the 21-10 victory I predicted. Brad Waggoner had his boys ready to take that first region game and they did in dominating fashion.

This week the Bulldogs draw the winless Headland Rams. First look would say another blowout win for the Bulldogs, but I believe Headland will fight hard for one half, but PCHS will eventually widen the margin and pull out a win.

Pike will bump the Rams to 0-3 by a final of 35-14.

Steven Kilcrease and the No. 5-ranked Pike Liberal Arts Patriots crushed Hooper last week, as the final score was not evidence of the Pike domination. Hooper made a valiant comeback on the Pike backups, but the Patriots looked great in the first half.

After two decisive victories so far this season, Kilcrease and the Patriots face their toughest test so far in week three in the form of No. 2-ranked Fort Dale Academy.

This game will be a barnburner that will come down to the wire, but I would have to give the edge to the Patriots for one reason, Jerel Foster. Pike will escape Greenville with a 35-31 victory.

Goshen took out rival Zion Chapel behind a strong performance from sophomore running back Marcus Jackson last week. Jackson dominated the game, but the Eagles will face a much stronger team in Keith this week and they are on the road. The Bears mauled Highland Home last week and they will take out the Eagles convincingly to the tune of 35-20 this week.

Good luck to all area teams and I will see you on the gridiron.

Matt Nascone is the sports editor of The Messenger. He can be reached at 670-6315 or online at