J.J. HICKS: Titans-Cougars leads Week 7 games


Gadsden City looks to rebound after last week's 35-7 loss to Pell City. (Photo by Eric T. Wright | Gadsden Times | File)


 

COMMENTARY

The final stretch leading up to the state high school football playoffs continues in Week 7 with games beginning to mean more and more.

The Gadsden Times’ Game of the Week features Gadsden City hosting Class 6A, Region 7 rival Clay-Chalkville. The Cougars (6-0, 4-0) are ranked No. 2 behind Hoover.

As for the Titans (2-4, 2-2), their first season under Matt Scott has been Jekyll and Hyde-esque. There has been a blowout victory (41-7 over Lee-Huntsville), a shutout win (14-0 over Albertville) and a hard-fought loss against tough competition (16-13 to then-No. 8 Auburn on the road) and last week’s inexplicable defeat on homecoming (35-7 to Pell City).

There is talent on hand for Gadsden City in the form of linebacker T.J. Posey, wide receiver Terrell Malone and defensive lineman Chris McElderry, among others.

The Cougars, who average 48.3 points per game, have Cincinnati commit Hayden Moore at quarterback and four-star junior running back Nick Gibson. The Titans will put up a fight but come up short. Clay-Chalkville 34, Gadsden City 20.

In 2A, Region 7, Sand Rock and Westbrook Christian each are 2-2 and jockeying for position in the playoff race.

The Wildcats and Warriors are two of four teams fighting for a pair of postseason spots after top seeds Fyffe and North Sand Mountain.

Westbrook (3-3, 2-2) is the home team and won last year’s game 31-20. On the other hand, it is coming off a 26-0 loss to Gaston. Sand Rock (4-2, 2-2) nearly pulled off an upset against No. 5 Fyffe last week before losing 19-13. This is a close one, but I’m going to go with the squad that is playing better right now. Sand Rock 20, Westbrook 13.

In other Etowah County games Friday: Southside stays unbeaten with a 47-7 rout of Boaz; Coosa Christian gets its first win with a 17-14 triumph over Shades Mountain Christian; Etowah rebounds from its first defeat to top Arab 31-21; Gaston falls to Fyffe 28-17; Glencoe edges Cleveland 21-20; Hokes Bluff loses to Munford 31-6; Sardis gets back on the winning track by downing St. Clair County 38-14; West End drops a 44-20 decision to Section.

In other games Friday: Albertville 24, Lee-Huntsville 13; White Plains 21, Ashville 17; Donoho 35, Cedar Bluff 28; Anniston 34, Cherokee County 21; Collinsville 45, Spring Garden 35; Guntersville 48, Crossville 7; Locust Fork 17, Douglas 7; Fort Payne 42, Columbia 13; Gaylesville 51, Woodville 6; Geraldine 49, Holly Pond 0; Piedmont 55, Susan Moore 7; New Hope 25, Plainview 18; Pisgah 22, Sylvania 9.

 

Times Sports Writer J.J. Hicks can be reached at jj.hicks@gadsdentimes.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GT_JJHicks.