Friday, September 1
Cranford Stricklin Stadium - Cold Springs
SERIES: Berry 5-4
LAST TIME: Berry defeated Cold Springs 26-24 in 2016
LAST WEEK: Cold Springs lost to Hanceville 36-20
Berry lost to Curry 25-0
COACH: Rod Elliott (10th year) (51-45)
FLASH NOTES: Berry visits Cold Springs for the first time since 1998 when the Wildcats won at Stricklin Stadium 26-6.
Berry has won four straight in this series. This is the second time they are meeting each other after they hadn't played since 1999.
Berry faced a large school last Friday, getting blanked by Curry 25-0 in Fayette County.
Cold Springs fought Hanceville to an even game, scoring on an 87-yard pass from Jordan Lacey to Mason Harris on the first snap of the fourth quarter. Harris caught two touchdown passes in showing his speed and skills against the Hanceville secondary.
But field position after the touchdown went in Hanceville's advantage, driving for two touchdowns with both drives beginning inside the Cold Springs' 50.
Rod Elliott was pleased at how his young backfield played in their first varsity game, overcoming a slow start when they trailed 12-0.
A 70-yard drive right before the half with Harris taking a Brodi Williams pass into the end zone on fourth and goal from the 16, sent them to the locker room with momentum. The Eagles came out to start the second half, driving downfield to take the lead for the first time.
Berry has gone 47-26 since 2011, qualifying for the 1A playoffs the past six seasons. This will be the only time the Wildcats come into North Alabama, with most of their opposition coming from around West Central such as Hubbertville, South Lamar, Brilliant, Verbena, Marion County and Holy Spirit in Tuscaloosa.
The Eagles enjoyed the home turf in 2016 with four wins in five outings. They have won their last four games at Stricklin Stadium and are 14-5 at home since 2013.