News Sports Opinion Photos Social Classified Obits Contact

Football Picks: It was a weak week for picking (6-5). That dropped the win percentage down a few notches to 75%. The column picks total stands at 60-20.

In high school, playoff spots are up for grabs with teams jockeying for position. In college, it might be the biggest week of the season to date for the Tide and Tigers, as well as a couple of other in-state rivals (Troy and South Alabama).

Highland Home at Notasulga: Notasulga got spanked by Isabella last Friday. I thought they'd win. Unless Loachapoka upsets Maplesville, a win gives the Blue Devils the No. 3 seed in the region. NHS 34, HHS 26

Reeltown at Fayetteville: A Reeltown win this week would lock up the region's No. 3 seed. A loss coupled with a Horseshoe Bend win puts three teams in a tie for third with one that will be left out of the post-season. FHS 28, RHS 26

Leeds at Munford: The Green Wave could make things interesting with a win. That would likely help Tallassee if the Tigers take care of business. There would be a three-way tie for No. 2 in the region. THS has a win over the No. 1 seed to be in Handley.

A Leeds loss with a Tallassee win puts the pair in a tie for third, tiebreaker advantage to Tallassee. MHS 27, LHS 20

Benjamin Russell at Wetumpka: The Indians can wrap up the No. 2 seed with a win. A loss would drop them to fourth or possibly create a scenario of three teams tied for No. 3. WHS 37, BRHS 20

Tallassee at Elmore County: The Tigers did what they had to do in Leeds last week. The mission is not quite complete. They have to take care of their cross-county rivals to guarantee a playoff berth.

The Panthers ended Tallassee's three-game win streak in the series with last year's 28-21 victory in Eclectic. The game is back at Burt-Haney this year. Elmore County is out of the playoff mix but can spoil the Tigers' post-season hopes.

In Elmore County's four wins, their opponents have combined for 10 wins. That includes Holtville and Childersburg with one between them.

Tallassee's beaten those same region foes but have fared better against quality competition. The Panthers have been whipped by an average score of 48-19 in their four region defeats vs. Handley, Munford, Leeds and Dadeville. THS 34, ECHS 20

Troy at South Alabama: South Alabama has broken new ground this year with wins over an SEC team (Mississippi State) and a Top 25 team (San Diego State). Troy did that when they were first getting started with "Big Boy" football too.

Outside of the marquee wins, Joey Jones' Jags have an 0-3 record in the Sun Belt. Neal Brown's Trojans have only the one loss this season - at No. 4 Clemson. Troy 31, USA 21

Mississippi State at Kentucky: Two of the doormats of the conference have made the picks column this week. It is a bad week for the college slate. The Dogs are really missing Dak Prescott. The Cats are getting ready for basketball season.  MSU 24, UK 20

Ole Miss at LSU: Coach "O" is getting credit for the LSU turnaround. The Bengal Tigers were supposed to win those games and would have done the same with Les Miles. So now they have a legitimate challenger. Colonel Reb won't be crying in "Death Valley" as he was in Fayetteville last Saturday night. Ole 30, LSU 27

Arkansas at Auburn: It seems that the heat is off of Gus after a couple of strong wins. This week's SEC West opponent from Arkansas is riding high after beating No. 12 Ole Miss.

There are some intangibles in Auburn's corner this week. The Hogs are in the midst of a tough stretch with their third straight game this week vs. a Top 25 team. Meanwhile, the Tigers rested up last week. Also, those last two games were at Razorback Stadium. Home field edge to the Orange and Blue.

I expect Auburn's defense to be the key. They'll get more stops. With that being noted, they will need to produce with their red zone offense? AU 27, Ark 23

Texas A&M at Alabama: After the Tide's impressive win in Knoxville, the Saban train is at full capacity. The comments are that Bama is unbeatable. They do keep defying the naysayers with blowout wins. There aren't many naysayers though.

I remember the talk that Alabama would win the NFC East if they were in it back in 2010 after blasting Urban Meyer's Florida team. They lost the next week at South Carolina.

I'm not trying to make bold predictions in the now, based on the defending champ losing three games that year. They've not lost three in a season since then.

What I will point out is that there will come a time when an opponent will challenge Bama again. It will probably happen this season. It might even occur this weekend.

Texas A&M appears to be a worthy challenger. They have a good quarterback with the big play receivers. They're better in the running game. Plus, John Chavis has made the defense better than respectable.

So, on paper - to me, this team matches up with the mighty Tide. The winner might just be in the driver's seat to win the division, the SEC and vie for a national championship. Can Alabama get another non-offensive score? That might be the difference. UA 38, A&M 34

Send Comments































































































































































































































Free Counter
Vita Cost Vitamins

Coaches Norman Dean (left) and Mike Battles converse during Monday night's middle school game at O'Brien Stadium. The two will be on opposite sidelines on Friday night as Tallassee plays Elmore County in Eclectic.

THS upends defending champ, play rivals next

By Gary Buchanan

Tallassee’s first ever meeting with the Leeds ended with the Tigers handing the No. 5 Greenwave...

Read More

Friday Night Scene

Kyle Thornton captured this shot during warmups for Elmore County's Thursday night game in Holtville. The Panthers won 49-21.

SMS ends season with victory over Panthers


The Southside Middle School football team concluded their 2016 campaign...

Read More

Volleyball Girls

Tallassee's volleyball team during a win at Stanhope Elmore last week. The Tigers begin play in the Class 4A/Area 5 tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. vs. Dadeville in Eclectic. The winner advances to play the winner of Holtville vs. Elmore County at 7:00 p.m. Photo by Stephen Osborne.

Montez Brooks follows his blockers
Photo by Suzannah Solomon Wilson

Rebels bounce back in region play

By Suzannah Solomon Wilson

The Reeltown Rebels achieved another region victory with a 40-15...

Read More

Tourney Winners

The CLP 10U Bulls won last weekend's Playmakers Tournament in Wetumpka. Photo courtesy of Stephen Webster.

Junior Rebels complete solid season


The 2016 Reeltown Junior High Rebels finished their season with a 6-1 record and claimed Reeltown’s seventh...

Read More

New Paint

Before and after photos at Pearson Court in East Tallassee received a fresh coat of paint. The work was done by the Tallassee Recreation Department. Photos courtesy of Rick Golden.

2016 Schedule

vs. Texas A&M
Saturday, Oct. 22
11:30 a.m.

1300 WTLS/106.5 FM

Tallassee Tider

Alabama secondary coach Derek Ansley during Saturday's game at Neyland Stadium vs. Tennessee. The Crimson Tide won 49-10. Submitted by Melissa Hill. Courtesy of Alabama Football Snapchat.

THS Football

2016 Schedule
Varsity Roster
JV Schedule
SMS Schedule
SMS Roster

1224 Gilmer Avenue

THS Volleyball

2016 Schedule

Casey Baynes

Casey is the son of Mark and Michelle Baynes.  He plays quarterback, linebacker and punter.  He has been on the varsity team for two years.  Casey said that he has played organized football since the age of seven.  He was recognized in the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for his play in the season opener vs. Russell County.

Casey has also played basketball and continues to play with the Tallassee baseball team. He started with t-ball and is now the starting third baseman and a pitcher with the high school Tigers. Last year, Casey competed in the the shot put event as a state qualifier with the THS track team. 

Casey has taken all advanced classes since ninth grade and maintained a GPA of 3.84.  He is undecided on where he will attend college.  He said he would love the opportunity to play baseball or football.  When asked about a major, Casey said he is undecided but is leaning toward the medical field, possibly in physical training or sports medicine. In his spare time he enjoys hanging out with friends, playing sports and watching sports.  He attends First Baptist Church with his family.  











2016 Schedule

at Elmore County
Friday, Oct. 21
6:00 p.m.

1300 WTLS/106.5 FM
Tallassee Times TV
TuneIn App
Bright House Channel 97

Click Here

SEC Preview

By J. Newcastle

Week 8

It was another exciting weekend around the SEC. Alabama has firmly established itself as the top team nationally but the league has several teams that should do well in bowl season. I went 4-2 with the picks bringing the yearly total to 47-15...

Read More

THS Cross Country

2016 Schedule


2016 Schedule


2016 Schedule

Weekly Recap