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As action continues to heat up on the gridiron, here are a few high school games fans should keep a close eye on as they kickoff their Labor Day Weekend:
1. Pleasant Grove at Ramsay – Both teams are looking to capitalize off their momentum after shutout wins in week two. It’ll be a dog fight from start to finish, but the 2014 Class 5A, State Runner-up Spartans (1-1) have something to prove in the Region 5 matchup against the Rams (1-0). By the end of the night, Pleasant Grove prevails.
2. Spain Park at Thompson – Following a shutout win against the Hueytown Golden Gophers at home, The Jaguars (1-1) hit the road to face the unbeaten Thompson Warriors (2-0) in a Class 7A battle. Spain Park hopes to climb the ranks of Region 3 with with an upset, but the Jags have to put together a complete game. However, after a triple-overtime loss to Austin on the road in week one, Jags will find a way to go in and steal one for the upset.
3. Hoover at Mountain Brook – The Spartans are in action at home for the third-straight week. Mountain Brook (1-0-1) faces its toughest opponent thus far in the Hoover Buccaneers (2-0). The Class 7A, Region 5 matchup is the first in-state game for the No. 78 nationally ranked Bucs. Hoover knocked off Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn. in week one and Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla. last week. As the face of high school football in Alabama (holding the state-record, 11 championships), the Bucs are chasing their fourth-straight state championship, as well as a national championship. Some notable players to watch for the Bucs are 6-foot-4, 205 pound outside linebacker Jeremiah Moon and 5-foot-11, 175 pound corneback P.J. Hall. Moon is a University of Florida commit and Hall is highly recruited by Louisville and Mississippi State University. Although Spartans have home-field advantage, Bucs will come out on top.
4. Brookwood at Bessemer City – After a hard fought road victory over the Shades Valley Mounties, the unblemished Bessemer City Tigers (2-0) are back at home to face the Brookwood Panthers (1-1) for a Class 6A, Region 4 matchup. A player to watch for the Tigers is 5-foot-10, 184 pound cornerback Jermarius Jordan. He’s on the radars of the University of Miami, Missouri and many others. Tigers will be too much for Panthers and Bessemer City will advance to 3-0.
5. McAdory at Northridge – The Yellowjackets look to take down the Jaguars in Tuscaloosa in the Class 6A, Region 5 matchup. Both teams are undefeated at 2-0, but Northridge sits at the top of the region, while McAdory is no.4. A notable player for the Yellowjackets is 6-foot-1, 190 pound quarterback Jay Jones. He’s on the radar of a host of SEC schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Georgia and Missouri. It’ll be a close one, but Northridge won’t be at the top of its region entering next week.
6. Clay-Chalkville at Hillcrest – Like McAdory, Clay (2-0) is traveling to Tuscaloosa to go head-to-head with the Patriots (1-1). Players to watch for the defending, Class 6A state champions are 6-foot-2, 180 pound wide receiver T.J. Simmons and 5-foot-11, 180 pound dual-threat quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome. Simmons is an Alabama commit and Louisville, Middle Tennessee State and the University of Alabama at Birmingham are a few schools on Pigrome’s list. By the end of the game, Cougars’ one-two-punch on offense will be too much for Patriots.
All notable players are class of 2016 prospects and all games are set for tonight at 7pm.