Winfield Pirates mark 1,000th game this Friday

In last week’s predictions, I went 4-2. I failed to foresee a loss by Hamilton and Brilliant. Let’s see if I can improve this week.

Winfield @ Brilliant
The Winfield Pirates will mark their 1,000th game played this Friday, Sept. 24, against the Brilliant Tigers in a non-region rivalry. Their school history record sits at 585-368-46.
The Class 3A Pirates (5-0) are easily leading in Region 6 with a 3-0 record. They are ranked statewide for their defense, having only allowed 34 points for the season in five games--an average of less than 7 points-against-per-game. They have scored 193 points this season for an average of 38.6 points per game.
The Class 1A Brilliant Tigers (1-4) have scored 60 points this season--an average of 15 points-per-game. The Tigers’ defense has allowed a total of 146 points for an average of 36.5 points-against-per-game.
Winfield will walk away with this game and improve to 6-0. In fact, I don’t see the Pirates losing a game this season. They have four games after Brilliant this week--versus Vinemont on Oct. 1, at Holly Pond on Oct. 8, versus J.B. Pennington on Oct. 15 and at Carbon Hill on Oct. 22.
Prediction: Winfield

 Hubbertville @ Hackleburg
The Hackleburg Panthers (3-1) will host the Hubbertville Lions (2-2) this Friday. The Lions rank higher defensively than the Panthers, and they beat Hackleburg during a spring jamboree game. The Lions shut out the Waterloo Cougars in Week 2, 40-0, while in Week 3  the Cougars were able to score 20 points in their 40-20 loss to Hackleburg.
Based on total season points (Hackleburg has 114 and Hubbertville has 106) these teams are comparable offensively, but Hubbertville’s advantage on the defense could make the difference. But I’m going with the home team.
Prediction:
Hackleburg
Hamilton @ Walter Wellborn
Last year, Hamilton lost to the Class 3A Walter Wellborn Panthers 55-7. This year will be a different story. The Panthers (1-3) are 104-116 for scoring this season, whereas the Aggies are 151-107 and are averaging more than 30 points per game. I think  Hamilton could get a win on the road.
Prediction: Hamilton
Phillips @
Marion County
The Phillips Bears (1-4) will take a break in region play to face the Marion County High School Red Raiders (4-1). Marion County outranks Phillips both offensively and defensively among Class 1A teams, scoring roughly 30 points per game and while only allowing about 14 points against.
The Bears were shut out by the Red Raiders last year 40-0. I think you can expect to see that sort of thing again.

Prediction:
Marion County

 


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