Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Intriguing Matchups Shape 2015 Season

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Intriguing Matchups Shape 2015 Season

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In one month, the high school football season kicks off, and each week brings with it a different story.

New rivalries are born while old rivalries rage on. Upsets happen, underdogs emerge and for some teams, everything fits together just right to culminate in an undefeated season.

Here's a look at a few of the games on this year's schedule that could easily become crowd favorites.

Tuscaloosa County High School plays in one of the toughest regions in Class 7A, which includes defending state champions Hoover, and its non-region schedule isn't any easier. Last year, TCHS and Hillcrest, once Class 6A region rivals, met as non-region opponents, but the Wildcats move up to 7A did nothing to dampen the rivalry, which remained as strong as ever.

"We are very fortunate because we've got a great region we have to play in, then turn around where some teams have off weeks and don't play tough opponents. But we are playing Northridge and Hillcrest, so even if we are down or they are down, you are going to get up to play each other because it is an in-town game," Wildcats coach Lee Gibson said. "That makes it a great thing, because no matter how the season is going you know the kids are going to prepare, coaches prepare and the communities are always there."

Gibson said that for the past five or six seasons, games against the Patriots have come down to the very end, and last year was no exception. Hillcrest walked away with a 24-19 victory in front of an overflowing crowd on its home field. This year the Wildcats will have the home field advantage on Friday, Sept. 25.

"It's a good, clean rivalry. You know our guys go to church with those guys, and to summer camp. They've known each other since Little League baseball," Gibson said. "It's just a fun rivalry."

The final week of the regular season will highlight one of the oldest rivalries in West Alabama between Gordo and Pickens County. Last season the Greenwave finished the regular season undefeated for the first time since 1981, and advanced to the Class 3A state semifinals. They defeated Pickens County, 50-7.In 2013, it was the Tornadoes that picked up the win, 33-22, and went on to win a Class 1A state championship to cap off a 15-0 campaign. Year in and year out, the programs have battled it out for bragging rights within the county, and both have gone on to represent the area in the playoffs in their respective classifications. …

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