E.A. Sports Today

A game of 1-on-1?

If the pollsters cooperate, Friday’s game between Piedmont and Leeds could be the county’s first matchup between No. 1s in years

By East Alabama Sports Today

Of course, the voters in the statewide football poll have to cooperate, but if the pollsters don’t punish Leeds too badly for losing to Handley last week, Calhoun County could have its first football game between No. 1-ranked teams in as long as records have been kept on such things.

The big game this week involving Calhoun County teams is Piedmont-Leeds at the Field of Champions. Last week, the Bulldogs were No. 1 in Class 3A and Leeds was No. 1 in 4A.

Piedmont upheld its end by beating Pleasant Valley; Leeds lost. With that Leeds loss, Piedmont’s 15-game winning streak is now the longest active AHSAA winning streak in the state.

The Alabama High School Football Historical Society has documented teams’ record against ranked teams all the way back to 1984. Since 1990, there have been 21 games between two No. 1 teams; the team from the higher classification has won 16 times.

None of the games have involved teams from Calhoun County. No. 1 Piedmont beat Leeds 7-0 in a 1-2 game in 2012.

Leeds leads the series 6-3-1. The teams have split four games since they resumed the series in 2012.

Even if the Green Wave falls to No. 2 (or lower) because of the loss, what follows is some pretty good information.

Here are the games since 1990 matching No. 1 teams across different classifications:

NO. 1 vs. NO. 1
2016 – Week 1 – 7A McGill-Toolen defeated 6A Spanish Fort 24-3
2015 – Week 1 – 3A Madison Academy defeated 4A Leeds 19-14 (Champions Challenge)
2014 – Week 11 – 5A St. Paul’s defeated 4A UMS-Wright 35-7
2014 – Week 1 – 4A Leeds won at 3A Madison Academy 27-24
2013 – Week 1 – 3A Madison Academy defeated 2A Tanner 48-6
2011 – Week 1 – 4A Thomasville won at 1A Sweet Water 28-7
2010 – Week 5 – 4A Jackson defeated 2A Leroy 28-24
2008 – Week 10 – 6A Prattville defeated 5A Central Tuscaloosa 47-0
2008 – Week 10 – 2A Leroy won at 1A Sweet Water 28-21
2007 – Week 5 – 1A Sweet Water defeated 2A Leroy 35-14
2006 – Week 1 – 5A Russellville defeated 4A Deshler 28-20
2002 – Week 10 – 4A Cleburne County won at 3A Tarrant 14-0
2000 – Week 1 – 5A Etowah defeated 6A Clay-Chalkville 43-23
1995 – Week 3 – 5A Russellville defeated 3A Colbert County 21-14
1994 – Week 1 – 2A Hazlewood defeated 1A Courtland 15-6
1992 – Week 5 – 6A Lee Montgomery won at 5A Gadsden 38-14
1992 – Week 4 – 2A Hazlewood won at 1A Parrish 40-20
1991 – Week 9 – 2A Cordova defeated 1A Parrish 27-21
1991 – Week 1 – 2A Hazelwood won at 1A Courtland 14-6.
1990 – Week 2 – 1A Courtland won at 4A Colbert County 14-0
1990 – Week 1 – 1A Courtland won at 2A Hazlewood 28-6
(Source: Alabama High School Football Historical Society)

CALHOUN COUNTY TEAMS VS. NO. 1
Alexandria – 5-5 (Last win: 2011, Leeds; last loss: 2010, Leeds)
Anniston – 4-5 (Last win: 1994, Oxford; last loss: 2012, Oneonta)
Donoho – 0-3 (Last win: none; last loss: 2005, Wadley)
Jacksonville – 0-7 (Last win: none; last loss: 2002, Cleburne County)
JCA – 0-1 (Last win: none; last loss: 2005, Wadley)
Ohatchee – 1-5 (Last win: 1984, Piedmont; last loss: 2012, Fultondale)
Oxford – 5-6 (Last win: 2011, Mountain Brook; last loss: 2000, Gadsden)
Piedmont – 1-7 (Last win: 2015, Madison Academy; last loss: 2014, Madison Academy)
Pleasant Valley – 0-3 (Last win: none; last loss: 2016, Piedmont)
Saks – 0-10 (Last win: none; last loss: 2013, Madison Academy)
Weaver – 0-8 (Last win: none; last loss: 2015, Madison Academy)
Wellborn – 1-8 (Last win: 1995, Anniston; last loss: 2014, Madison Academy)
White Plains – 0-4 (Last win: none; last loss: 2012, Piedmont)

PIEDMONT VS. NO. 1
2015-x – won at Madison Academy, 35-21
2014-x – lost at Madison Academy, 42-20
2014 – lost to Leeds, 42-18
2013-x – lost to Madison Academy, 34-33
2007 – lost at Fyffe, 40-28
2004 – lost to Randolph County, 33-7
1993-x – lost at North Jackson, 21-6
1990-x – lost to Plainview, 32-6
x-playoffs

PIEDMONT VS. NO. 2
2012 – defeated Leeds, 7-0
2010-x – lost to Hamilton, 27-21
2009-x – defeated Cordova in championship game, 35-28
2009 – lost at Cherokee County, 42-13
2008-x – lost at Leeds, 26-7
2008 – lost at Leeds, 35-0
2006 – lost to Fyffe, 47-13
2001 – lost to Litchfield, 52-7
1999-x – lost at Plainview, 24-17
1997 – lost to Cherokee County, 48-7
1985 – lost at Cherokee County, 15-13
x-playoffs

LEEDS VS. NO. 1
2015-x – defeated UMS-Wright, 33-0
2015 – lost to Madison Academy, 19-14
2014 – won at Madison Academy, 27-24
2014-x – won at UMS-Wright, 42-12
2013-x – lost to Madison Academy in championship game, 31-14
2012 – lost at Piedmont, 7-0
2006 – lost at Clay County, 50-6
1999-x – lost at Deshler, 45-14



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