NICK JOHNSTON: Week 9 brings playoff implications


Stacy Williams and Etowah face Boaz on Friday in The Gadsden Times' Game of the Week. (Photo by Dave Hyatt | Gadsden Times | File)


COMMENTARY

The penultimate week of the high school football regular season is upon us, and Week 9 features several interesting games with playoff implications on the line.

One of the most interesting contests in the area is The Gadsden Times’ Game of the Week, featuring Etowah vs. Boaz.

Etowah coach Drew Noles will be facing his alma mater and the school he coached 13 years for the first time dressed in Blue Devils blue. Noles left Boaz in the offseason after compiling an 80-63 record with nine playoff appearances.

While much of the talk surrounding this game will be about Noles, the fact is, none of that will matter after the opening kickoff at Jim Glover Field on Friday night.

The Blue Devils are coming off a 21-17 loss to Class 5A, Region 7 and county rival Southside, ending any hope they had of a region title. They’ll look to get back on track against a Boaz team that’s really struggled this season, posting a 2-6 record overall and a 2-4 mark in region play. Sure, the Pirates will be playing with a bit of extra motivation, but the Blue Devils just have too many athletes in the stable. Etowah 34, Boaz 13.

Gadsden City travels to Huntsville needing a win to get in the playoffs. The Titans stunned Class 6A two weeks ago when they upset then-No. 2 Clay-Chalkville to stay alive for a berth in the postseason. Huntsville also is fighting for a spot in the playoffs and needs a win, so there’s going to be plenty of pressure on in Huntsville on Friday. This one’s a toss-up really, but I think being at home will help Huntsville tonight. Huntsville 28, Gadsden City 21.

Two Etowah County teams square off in Walnut Grove on Friday with Gaston traveling to face West End. Gaston needs a win and some help to get in the playoffs. The Bulldogs should hold up their end of the deal, too. Gaston 40, West End 13.

Glencoe should roll to a 49-12 win over Ashville; Cherokee County beats Hokes Bluff 30-21; Coosa Christian routs Woodville 49-6; Sardis falls to Oneonta 55-35; Southside handles Brewer with ease 42-14; and Westbrook Christian edges North Sand Mountain 28-27.

In other games: Albertville 35, Grissom 8 (Thursday); Spring Garden 34, Cedar Bluff 31; Valley Head 25, Collinsville 20; Fairview 43, Crossville 13; Guntersville 49, Douglas 0; Fort Payne 21, Scottsboro 20; Fyffe 40, Section 14; Donoho 39, Gaylesville 31; Geraldine 52, Pisgah 12; Piedmont 49, Weaver 21; Plainview 45, Holly Pond 6; Sand Rock 42, Ider 13; Sylvania 29, Brindlee Mountain 6.

 

Times Sports Writer Nick
Johnston can be reached at nick.johnston@gadsdentimes.com.