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On the gridiron

Here is a look at what’s happening on the high school football front in and around Calhoun County for this week and Week Zero

By Kurt Duryea
Special to East Alabama Sports Today

It’s not too early to think about the end is it? Are we really that spoiled? We can’t wait for the high school football season to kickoff and yet we can’t help but wonder how it will end.  

Some varsity teams will kick off their season on Aug. 18. Then, fast forward to first round playoff contests that begin Nov. 4. Everything culminates in Auburn with the state championships to be settled Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

As far as Classes 1A through 6A are concerned, teams work through a five-week playoff format. On the first Friday in November, first round crosses in the South have Region 1 squads squaring off against Region 2 and Region 3 facing Region 4. In the north, we’ll see Region 5 versus Region 6 and Region 7 battling Region 8.   

Here’s how the Calhoun County football programs are aligned in the 2022 AHSAA matrix and their potential opponents in the first round postseason cross.     

1A, Region 5: Lynn, Brilliant, Holy Spirit Catholic, Hubbertville, South Lamar, Pickens County, Marion County, Sumiton

1A, Region 6: The Donoho School, Spring Garden, Ragland, Wadley, Winterboro, Talladega County Central, Victory Christian

2A, Region 5: Tuscaloosa Academy, Greene County, Lamar County, Sulligent, Aliceville, Cold Springs, Winston County

2A, Region 6: West End, Southeastern, Gaston, Cleveland, Pleasant Valley, Holly Pond, Locust Fort

3A, Region 3: Sumter County, Greensboro, Prattville Christian, Southside-Selma, Trinity Presbyterian, Alabama Christian, Saint James

3A, Region 4: Dadeville, Beulah, Weaver, Saks, Walter Wellborn, Childersburg, Randolph County

3A, Region 5: Winfield, Fayette County, Oakman, Gordo, Midfield, Tarrant, Carbon Hill

3A, Region 6: Geraldine, Ohatchee, Hokes Bluff, Piedmont, Westbrook Christian, Glencoe, Sylvania, Plainview

4A, Region 3: West Blocton, Holt, American Christian, Montevallo, Hale County, Bibb County, Dallas County, Sipsey Valley

4A, Region 4: Talladega, Handley, White Plains, Jacksonville, Anniston, Munford, Cleburne County

5A, Region 5: Jasper, Hayden, Pleasant Grove, Wenonah, Ramsay, John Carroll, G.W. Carver, Fairfield

5A, Region 6: Leeds, Southside-Gadsden, Lincoln, Saint Clair County, Alexandria, Moody, Springville

6A, Region 5: Mortimer Jordan, A.H. Parker, Minor, Gardendale, Mountain Brook, Woodlawn, Jackson-Olin

6A, Region 6: Shades Valley, Pinson Valley, Clay-Chalkville, Pell City, Oxford, Center Point, Huffman

While there are no Calhoun County schools In Class 7A it’s worth noting that the four-week postseason jaunt to Jordan-Hare opens with Region 1 taking on Region 2 and Region 3 challenging Region 4.   

As far as girls flag football is concerned, Oxford and Anniston have declared for the 2022 season and are part of Area 15 along with Albertville. At seasons end, the Area 15 winner and runner-up begin tournament play against Area 16 which features Sparkman, Grissom, Colbert County, Bob Jones and Huntsville. Oxford reached the state semifinals in last year’s inaugural season. 

Who will survive and bring a blue map trophy back to Calhoun County? Only time will tell and the clock is running.

Looking back at 2021, here’s how the Calhoun County schools fared in their then respective classifications (in alphabetical order): 

Alexandria 5A, Region 6 (11-1) – The Valley Cubs lost in second round to Parker 41-34

Anniston 4A, Region 4 (5-5) – The Bulldogs lost in first round to St. James 28-26

Donoho 1A, Region 5 (2-7) – The Falcons did not make playoffs

Jacksonville 4A, Region 4 (7-4) – The Golden Eagles lost in second round to American Christian 49-35

Piedmont 3A, Region 5 (13-2) – The Bulldogs won the 3A title defeating Montgomery Academy 35-33

Ohatchee 3A, Region 5 (9-3) – The Indians lost in second round to Winfield 56-27

Oxford 6A, Region 7 (7-5) – The Yellow Jackets lost in second round to Pinson Valley 20-0

Saks 3A, Region 5 (12-2) – The Wildcats lost in state semifinal to Piedmont 52-44 OT

Walter Wellborn 3A, Region 5 (5-5) – The Panthers lost in round one to Fyffe 34-0

Weaver 3A, Region 5 (1-9) – The Bearcats did not make playoffs

White Plains 4A, Region 4 (3-7) – The Wildcats did not make playoffs

Kurt Duryea is the radio voice of Piedmont football on WCKA (810 AM, 94.3 FM, 97.1 FM) and a frequent contributor to East Alabama Sports Today.


THURSDAY JAMBOREESHost SchoolHome TeamVisitor
6:30 PMBuckhorn Buckhorn TBA
7:00 PMCullman Cullman Arab 
5:00 PMDaphne Daphne TBA
6:00 PMFoley Foley TBA
6:00 PMFort Payne Fort Payne Chattooga (TN)
6:00 PMGadsden City Gadsden City TBA
6:00 PMGaylesville Gaylesville Douglas 
7:00 PMHamilton Hamilton Lamar County 
6:00 PMHelena Helena Leeds 
6:00 PMJohn Carroll CatholicJohn Carroll CatholicCordova 
7:15 PMJohn Carroll CatholicMortimer Jordan Cordova
8:15 PMJohn Carroll CatholicJohn Carroll CatholicMortimer Jordan 
7:00 PMDARDARScottsboro 
7:00 PMMcGill-Toolen CatholicMcGill-Toolen CatholicTBA
6:00 PMSmiths Station Smiths Station Northside 
6:30 PMTalladega Talladega Chelsea 
7:00 PMTuscaloosa CountyTuscaloosa CountyLee-Huntsville
5:00 PMUMS-Wright UMS-Wright TBA
7:00 PMWaterlooWaterlooLexington 
7:00 PMWestminster Christian Westminster Christian Hazel Green 
FRIDAY JAMBOREESHost SchoolHome TeamVisitor
7:00 PMAlabama ChristianAlabama Christian Madison Academy
7:00 PMArdmore Ardmore Mae Jemison 
6:00 PMAthens Athens St. Michael Catholic 
7:00 PMAuburn Auburn TBA
7:00 PMAustin Austin TBA
2:30 PMBaker Baker TBA
7:00 PMBenjamin Russell Benjamin Russell Madison Academy
7:00 PMBibb County Bibb County Isabella 
7:00 PMBoaz Boaz Ashville
7:00 PMBrantley Brantley Ariton 
7:00 PMBrindlee Mountain Brindlee Mountain St. John Paul II Catholic 
7:00 PMCherokee County Cherokee County Trion, GA
7:00 PMCorner Corner TBA
7:00 PMCottage Hill Christian Cottage Hill Christian Chickasaw 
5:00 PMDecatur Decatur TBA
7:00 PMDeshler Deshler Haleyville 
6:00 PMEast Limestone East Limestone TBA
7:00 PMFultondale Fultondale Hale County 
6:00 PMGreenville, GAGreenville, GAPark Crossing 
7:00 PMGuntersville Guntersville New Hope 
7:00 PMHackleburg Hackleburg Brilliant 
6:00 PMHartselle Hartselle TBA
6:30 PMHatton Hatton Lawrence County 
7:00 PMHighland Home Highland Home Pike Liberal Arts 
6:00 PMJ.B. Pennington J.B. Pennington Sardis 
7:00 PMJames Clemens James Clemens Oxford 
6:30 PMJasper Jasper TBA
7:00 PMLocust Fork Locust Fork Oneonta 
7:00 PMLuverne Luverne Linden
7:00 PMMadison County Madison County West Limestone 
7:00 PMMurphy Murphy TBA
7:00 PMOak Mountain Oak Mountain Albertville 
7:00 PMOpelika Opelika TBA
7:00 PMOrange Beach  Orange Beach  TBA
7:00 PMPaul W. Bryant Paul W. Bryant Bob Jones
7:00 PMRogers Rogers Mars Hill Bible
7:00 PMRussell County Russell County TBA
7:00 PMSpanish Fort Spanish Fort TBA
7:00 PMSpring Garden Spring Garden Ohatchee 
7:00 PMSpring Garden Ranburne Ohatchee 
7:00 PMSpring Garden Ranburne Etowah 
7:00 PMSpring Garden Handley Etowah 
7:00 PMSylacauga Sylacauga B.B. Comer 
7:00 PMSylvania Sylvania North Jackson 
7:00 PMTalladega County Central Talladega County Central Woodville 
7:00 PMTheodore Theodore TBA
7:00 PMVigor Vigor TBA
7:00 PMWest End West End Vincent 
7:00 PMWest Point West Point Hayden 
7:00 PMWinfield Winfield Sulligent 
SATURDAY JAMBOREESHost SchoolHome TeamVisitor
7:00 PMShelby County Shelby County Beauregard 
(Aug. 18)
Host ClassVisitor
7:00 PMHelena5AChelsea 
7:00 PMChoctaw County 1ALinden 
7:00 PMJ.F. Shields1AJ.U. Blacksher
7:00 PMSpring Garden 1A Sand Rock 
7:00 PMCoosa Christian 1AGeraldine 
7:00 PMThorsby 2AJemison 
7:00 PMLocust Fork2AAppalachisn
7:00 PMTanner 2ALauderdale County
7:00 PMNorthside Methodist3AHouston County 
7:00 PMTrinity Presbyterian3ABooker T Washington
7:00 PMColbert County 3ABrooks 
7:00 PMElkmont 3ASheffield 
7:00 PMMars Hill Bible 3ACullman 
7:00 PMSt. Michael Catholic4AGulf Shores 
7:00 PMAndalusia 4AOpp 
7:00 PMCordova 4AFayette County 
7:00 PMDora 4AWinfield 
7:00 PMAshville 4ASt. Clair County 
7:00 PMEtowah 4ASpringville 
7:00 PMElmore County 4AMarbury 
7:00 PMTallassee 5AReeltown 
7:00 PMWoodlawn6ABessemer City
7:00 PMColumbia 6AFairview 
7:00 PMSmiths Station 7ALaGrange, GA
7:00 PMVestavia Hills 7AMountain Brook 
7:00 PMAlbertville 7AArab 
7:00 PMBob Jones 7AMuscle Shoals 
7:00 PMSumiton Christian1AOak Grove
7:00 PMSlocomb 4ACottonwood 
7:00 PMCorner 4ASoutheastern 
7:00 PMCorner 4ASoutheastern 
7:00 PMEast Lawrence4ALynn
7:00 PMCarver-Birmingham5AMidfield 
7:00 PMAlexandria5AHokes Bluff
5:00 PMMurphy6ATBA
7:00 PMAlma Bryant7AFaith Academy
(Aug. 19)
Host ClassVisitor
7:00 PMAuburn7AHoover
7:00 PMMillry 1ACitronelle 
7:00 PMGeorgiana 1AW.S, Neal 
7:00 PMKinston 1ASamson 
7:00 PMPleasant Home 1AA.L. Johnson
7:00 PMUniversity Charter School1AHubbertville 
7:00 PMBillingsley 1APrattville Christian
7:00 PMR.C. Hatch 1AAutaugaville 
7:00 PMSouth Lamar 1ALamar County 
7:00 PMVictory Christian1AWoodland 
7:00 PMCedar Bluff 1AWinterboro 
7:00 PMGaylesville 1AWest End 
7:00 PMCherokee 1ABrindlee Mountain
7:00 PMHackleburg 1APhil Campbell 
7:00 PMMeek 1AMaplesville 
7:00 PMWaterloo 1ABrilliant 
7:00 PMChickasaw 2ALeFlore Magnet 
7:00 PMWashington County2AMarengo 
7:00 PMAriton 2ADale County 
7:00 PMGoshen 2ADaleville 
7:00 PMHorseshoe Bend 2AWadley 
7:00 PMLuverne 2ABrantley 
7:00 PMCentral, Coosa2AVerbena 
7:00 PMVincent 2ARagland 
7:00 PMAliceville 2APickens County 
7:00 PMCold Springs 2ACurry 
7:00 PMGreene County 2AGreensboro 
7:00 PMTuscaloosa Academy2AHoly Spirit Catholic
7:00 PMWinston County 2AAddison 
7:00 PMCleveland 2AOneonta 
7:00 PMGaston 2AAsbury 
7:00 PMNorth Sand Mtn2AValley Head 
7:00 PMSection 2ADecatur Heritage Christian
7:00 PMWhitesburg Christian2AWoodville 
7:00 PMHatton 2AWilson 
7:00 PMRed Bay 2AHamilton 
7:00 PMTharptown 2AShoals Christian School
7:00 PMSulligent 2AOakman 
7:00 PMPleasant Valley 2ACollinsville 
7:00 PMExcel 3AB.C, Rain 
7:00 PMFlomaton 3ASt, Luke’s Episcopal
7:00 PMHillcrest, Evergreen3AT.R, Miller 
7:00 PMMobile Christian3APike Liberal Arts
7:00 PMAshford 3ARehobeth 
7:00 PMHouston Academy3AWicksburg 
7:00 PMNew Brockton 3AElba 
7:00 PMProvidence Christian3AHighland Home 
7:00 PMChildersburg 3AMunford 
7:00 PMDadeville 3AB.B, Comer 
7:00 PMSaks 3AOhatchee 
7:00 PMWalter Wellborn 3AAnniston 
7:00 PMWeaver 3ADonoho
7:00 PMGordo 3ASipsey Valley 
7:00 PMTarrant 3ATalladega County Central
7:00 PMMadison Academy3ADeshler 
7:00 PMVinemont 3AFalkville 
7:00 PMClements  3AHolly Pond 
7:00 PMColbert Heights 3ALexington 
7:00 PMEscambia County 4ACottage Hill Christian
7:00 PMBullock County 4AKeith 
7:00 PMGeneva 4AHeadland 
7:00 PMMontgomery Academy4ASaint James 
7:00 PMMontgomery Catholic4AMcGill-Toolen Catholic
7:00 PMBibb County 4AChilton County 
7:00 PMHale County 4ANorthside 
7:00 PMHandley 4AValley 
7:00 PMJacksonville 4ABoaz 
7:00 PMWhite Plains 4ARanburne 
7:00 PMHaleyville 4ARogers 
7:00 PMWest Limestone 4AArdmore 
7:00 PMWest Morgan 4ARandolph School 
7:00 PMPriceville 4APlainview 
7:00 PMSt, John Paul II Catholic4AWestbrook Christian
7:00 PMWestminster Christian4ALee-Huntsville
7:00 PMElberta 5ABayside Academy
7:00 PMCarroll 5ADothan 
7:00 PMDemopolis 5AAmerican Christian
7:00 PMHoltville 5AFultondale 
7:00 PMShelby County 5AWest Blocton 
7:00 PMBeauregard 5ASelma 
7:00 PMSylacauga 5ABenjamin Russell 
7:00 PMFairfield 5AA.H, Parker 
7:00 PMHayden 5AJ.B, Pennington 
7:00 PMJasper 5ACenter Point 
7:00 PMPleasant Grove 5APaul W, Bryant 
7:00 PMRamsay 5AHueytown 
7:00 PMLincoln 5ATalladega 
7:00 PMSouthside, Gadsden5AGuntersville 
7:00 PMSardis 5AKate Duncan Smith DAR
7:00 PMScottsboro 5AFort Payne 
7:00 PMDouglas 5ASusan Moore 
7:00 PMA.P, Brewer 5AHanceville 
7:00 PMLawrence County 5ADanville 
7:00 PMWest Point 5AGood Hope 
7:00 PMMattie T. Blount 6AVigor 
7:00 PMSt, Paul’s Episcopal6AUMS-Wright 
7:00 PMTheodore6ABaker 
7:00 PMCarver-Montgomrery6APine Forest, FL
7:00 PMStanhope Elmore 6AShades Valley 
7:00 PMWetumpka 6AJeff Davis 
7:00 PMHomewood 6AJohn Carroll Catholic
7:00 PMPelham 6AJackson-Olin 
7:00 PMBrookwood 6AHolt 
7:00 PMHillcrest, Tuscaloosa6APike Road
7:00 PMMinor 6AHuffman -Magnet
7:00 PMMortimer Jordan 6ALeeds 
7:00 PMClay-Chalkville 6ABriarwood Christian
7:00 PMOxford6AMcAdory
7:00 PMPell City 6AMoody 
7:00 PMHartselle 6AAustin 
7:00 PMBuckhorn 6AMadison County 
7:00 PMGadsden City 6ACarrollton, GA 
7:00 PMHazel Green 6ASparkman 
7:00 PMMae Jemison 6ADecatur 
7:00 PMDaphne 7ASaraland 
7:00 PMFairhope 7ASpanish Fort 
7:00 PMMary G, Montgomery7AWilliamson 
8:00 PMCentral, Phenix City7AHewitt-Trussville 
7:00 PMEnterprise 7ABay, FL
7:00 PMPrattville 7AFoley 
7:00 PMOak Mountain 7ANorthridge 
7:00 PMSpain Park 7ACalera 
5:30 PMThompson 7ABuford, GA
7:00 PMTuscaloosa County7ACentral , Tuscaloosa
7:00 PMFlorence 7APinson Valley 
7:00 PMGrissom 7ARussellville 
7:00 PMJames Clemens 7AGardendale 
8:00 PMCallaway, GAGHSAOpelika 
8:00 PMModel, Rome GAGHSACherokee County 
8:00 PMMt, Zion, GA GHSACleburne County  
8:00 PMPataula Charter, GAGHSABarbour County 
 AUG. 19
7:00 PMLeroy 1AThomasville 
7:00 PMFlorala 1AZion Chapel 
6:00 PMSweet Water1AClarke County 
7:00 PMGW Long 2AMcKenzie 
7:00 PMFayetteville 2ARandolph County 
7:00 PMPleasant Valley 2ACollinsville 
7:00 PMPisgah2AGlencoe
7:00 PMPike County 3ACharles Henderson
7:00 PMStraughn 3ARed Level 
7:00 PMBeulah 3AAbbeville 
7:00 PMPiedmont 3AFyffe 
7:00 PMBaldwin County 6ADavidson 
7:00 PMRussell County 6ASouthside, Selma
8:00 PMRussell County 6AEufaula
7:00 PMWayne County, MS MHSAAJackson 
(Aug. 20) 
TimeHost ClassVisitor
4:00 PMLaFayette 2ALoachapoka 
6:15 PMLanett2ANotasulga
7:00 PMIder 2ACrossville 
6:00 PMSidney Lanier  6ALee-Montgomery

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