Friday, September 22:
Sutton Memorial Stadium - Blountsville
3A, R 6
REGION STANDINGS: J.B. Pennington 2-0, Fultondale 1-0, Locust Fork 1-1, Vinemont 1-1, Holly Pond 1-1, Hanceville 0-2, Susan Moore 0-1.
SERIES: Hanceville 32-20-2
2016: J.B. Pennington 44-30
HANCEVILLE: 1-3, 0-2
J.B. PENNINGTON: 3-1, 2-0
LAST WEEK: Hanceville lost to Vinemont 21-20
J.B. Pennington defeated Locust Fork 20-14
FLASH NOTES: Two teams coming in directions off close games last week, square off on the first official day of fall.
J.B. Pennington has gone with region wins over Holly Pond and Locust Fork. Hanceville suffered a heartbreaker last week in the closing seconds to Vinemont, a week after Fultondale controlled the game from the opening kickoff.
Hanceville has a lot of potential in regards to the solid running game of R.J. Evans and Romeal Simmons. They combined for 265 yards in the Vinemont with Evans scoring on a 43-yard run in the third quarter to put them into the lead.
But the Bulldogs struggled in the passing attack and also lost possession on fourth down plays five times, the last coming at the Vinemont 17 with 1:40 to play in the game, up by six points.
Pennington has an athlete with Cullman County connections leading them offensively. Noah Allison has become the Tigers' signal caller, accounting for almost 300 yards in a game with Boaz September 1 and around 200 yards by running and throw in a home win a week later over Holly Pond.
Hanceville is looking to defeat an opponent for the first time outside the county under second year coach Craig Flanigan. Last year at Ray Talley Stadium, the Bulldogs and Tigers were in a scoring fest with Pennington pulling it out late by the final of 44-30.
The Tigers were second in Region 6 last season as they dropped back to Class 3A following a stint of being in 4A for 2014 and 2015. The Bulldogs are going for their first win in Blountsville since a 14-7 triumph in 2000.
The two schools did not play one another from 2002 to 2007 and 2010 to 2015 when they were placed in the same region by the AHSAA.