NICK JOHNSTON: Cedar Bluff at Coosa highlights Week 3 games

Ben Mills and Coosa Christian look to pick up their first victory of the season at home Friday against Cedar Bluff. (Photo by Dave Hyatt | Gadsden Times | File)



It’s been a rough couple of weeks for everyone involved in picking area high school football winners.

It shows in The Times’ Guessperts panel season standings, too, as I’m a disappointing 26-14 on the season but just one game out of first place in a three-way tie for second.

So here’s to Week 3 being the week where everything starts looking up. We’ll start with The Gadsden Times’ Game of the Week on Friday night: Cedar Bluff at Coosa Christian. What makes this matchup such an intriguing one is that new Coosa coach Scott Clifton will be facing his former team. Clifton coached at Cedar Bluff for the previous seven seasons, and he is a 1992 graduate of the school.

He told me before the season began that he expected “mixed emotions” in Week 3, but that he had a job to do and that he wanted to try to approach the matchup like any other game. Both teams enter the Class 1A, Region 7 game 0-2 on the season and desperately need a win to kick-start the remainder of the season. No doubt Clifton is trying to build a solid program at Coosa, but right now his alma mater has a little too much for the Conquerors. Cedar Bluff 28, Coosa 13.

In Glencoe, the 1-1 Yellow Jackets are preparing to take on the undefeated Class 3A, No. 2 Piedmont Bulldogs. This usually is a fun game to attend. Both teams have physical defenses and bone-jarring hits are the norm. The Bulldogs are a buzz saw in Region 5 and seemingly reload for a region title every season. They’ve scored 57 and 55 points, respectively, against their first two opponents. Glencoe is reeling a bit after falling to Weaver last week but showed in Week 1 against Westbrook Christian how explosive it can be on offense and defense. Piedmont has gotten the better of the Yellow Jackets in each of the last five seasons. Unfortunately for Glencoe faithful, I see Piedmont making it six straight — but it could be close. Piedmont 28, Glencoe 21.

In other games Friday night: Clay-Chalkville 50, Albertville 7; Cleveland 32, Ashville 14; Boaz 28, Columbia 20; Jacksonville 34, Cherokee County 14; Collinsville 49, Woodville 0; Sardis 42, Crossville 6; St. Clair County 30, Douglas 13; Etowah 45, Brewer 14; Fort Payne 25, Arab 21; Fyffe 48, West End 14; Oxford 35, Gadsden City 20; Gaston 21, Section 20; Ragland 35, Gaylesville 21; Geraldine 48, Brindlee Mountain 13; Alexandria 28, Hokes Bluff 24; Plainview 40, Pisgah 21; Sand Rock 28, North Sand Mountain 14; Southside 40, Scottsboro 13; Valley Head 30, Spring Garden 21; J.B. Pennington 14, Sylvania 13; Westbrook 35, Ider 30.


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