Football Picks: The record for the first week was 4-1. Once again we have an all prep week before college games start next go round.
Tallassee struggled, but a win is a win. The Tigers bobbled the ball around, but the Blue Devils played their hearts out. They were outnumbered more than two to one.
I was impressed at how the defense stepped up in the second half. It allowed the offense to get more opportunities and finally cash in with some scores to pull away.
Now, on to this week's matchups.
Notasulga at Lanett: The Blue Devils turned some heads last week at J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium even in a loss. Lanett played up last week too, losing to Valley 35-6. LHS 20, NHS 18.
Dadeville at Reeltown: It doesn't feel right. This is supposed to be the season opener. It is for Dadeville, but Reeltown played Childersburg last week. The Rebels broke a six game losing streak with last year's 7-0 win. DHS 21, RHS 20.
Elmore County at St. James: The Trojans are glad to put last week behind them. Park Crossing dominated. This is the kickoff to the season for the Panthers. ECHS 27, SJHS 21.
Stanhope Elmore at Prattville: The first game for both in 2015 is a long-running rivalry, a lopsided one at that. The Lions have won 17 of the last 20. Prattville is one of the favorites in 7A. Stanhope, a 6A team, has had three losing seasons in the last four years. PHS 34, SEHS 20.
T.R. Miller at Tallassee: While Tallassee fans were disappointed that the win last week against Notasulga was "ugly," T.R. Miller would have happily traded places. Andalusia had their way with them 25-0, breaking a streak of games without being shutout that dated back to 1987.
In Brewton, T.R. Miller beat Tallassee 21-10 last year. There have been four meetings in this series. This will be the first in Tallassee, as the home team vies for its first win in its fifth try.
I expect Jamie Riggs' squad will play better and be a viable opponent. I'd count on Mike Battles' bunch to improve this week too. It'll be required to get a win. THS 20, TR 14.