J.J. HICKS: Glencoe at Etowah leads Week 10 games


Glencoe coach Lee Ozmint gestures during Friday's game against Ashville. (Photo by Eric T. Wright | Gadsden Times)


COMMENTARY

Week 10 is here, and the playoff races — most of them, anyway — are over.

Two playoff-bound teams are featured in The Gadsden Times’ Game of the Week: Etowah and Glencoe.

Friday’s game between the Etowah County rivals sees a pair of teams that, despite playing in the postseason, likely will not be overlooking each other.

Etowah brings a strong defense and multiple offensive playmakers to the field; Glencoe does the same.

Kordell Rudolph coordinates an attack at quarterback that provides him with weapons such as running backs Devin Horton, Paul Ruiz, Stacy Williams and Marquavious Britton and wide receivers Lamar Thomas and Jordan Powell.

The Yellow Jackets counter with dual-threat signal-caller Dylan Stone leading the way, with running back Thomas Ozmint, wideout Pace Ozmint and athlete Hunter Nunnally giving the Blue Devils plenty to prepare for.

While both teams are adept at slowing opposing offenses, Etowah’s stable of premier athletes makes the difference. Etowah 24, Glencoe 13.

Two more county teams tangle when Hokes Bluff travels to Westbrook Christian.

The Eagles are 0-9 and would like to finish the year with a win.

The Warriors lost to North Sand Mountain last week 15-14, a defeat that left Tony Osborne’s team out of the playoffs by the thinnest of margins.

It would appear that Hokes Bluff would be the more motivated team, but Westbrook has shown strong resolve all season, and I think they muster up a little bit more Friday. Westbrook 31, Hokes Bluff 21.

Sardis ends its four-game skid with a 45-24 victory over Boaz; Coosa Christian finishes the year with three wins after a 38-13 triumph over Southeastern; Gadsden City gets a bit of momentum for the playoffs with a 24-17 win at Hewitt-Trussville; Pleasant Valley is no match for postseason-bound Gaston, 42-14; Southside completes a perfect regular season by slipping past a strong Moody team 21-16; and West End cannot gain win No. 1 on the year, falling to Good Hope 45-20.

In other games: Geraldine 44, Crossville 13; Guntersville 27, Albertville 20; Ranburne 38, Ashville 7; Sand Rock 17, Cedar Bluff 13; Collinsville 35, White Plains 31; New Hope 48, Douglas 14; Fort Payne 20, James Clemens 17; Fyffe 34, Plainview 28; Gaylesville 28, Ohatchee 14; Piedmont 45, Lincoln 18; Talladega County Central 37, Spring Garden 24; Sylvania 23, Ider 7; Cherokee County 23, Randolph County 13.


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