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Must-win situations have arrived…

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By J.J. HIcks –

We’ve reached the stage of the season feels like it’s a must-win — for a region title, for a home playoff game, for even making the playoffs — for most teams.

That’s what comes with the stretch run in high school football, and for fans, coaches and players, you could argue it both is the most fun and most stressful time of the season. Every game means something (at least for most schools) and that brings with it an atmosphere and excitement that is unique to football.

Looking at this week’s games, I’m going to lead off with Bob Jones at Gadsden City on Friday.

The Titans’ 41-0 rout of Buckhorn on the road last week was a huge step toward clinching a postseason berth. Gadsden City now sits at 3-1 in Class 7A, Region 4, tied for second place. But just making the playoffs isn’t the end-all, even if it’s nice to have on your resumé. It’s just the beginning, so in order to make the ultimate dream come true, getting a home game in the first round of the playoffs can be a big help.

The Titans face a Patriot team that also is at 3-1 in the region, so this one very well could eliminate somebody from the running for the No. 2 playoff seed after Hewitt-Trussville.

Gadsden City has the momentum; it routed the Bucks last week, while Bob Jones was humbled by Hewitt 52-18. The loss dropped the Patriots to 4-3 overall and out of the ASWA Top 10.

I still assert that Gadsden City is the most unpredictable team in Etowah County — it sandwiched a 65-21 spanking by 6A unranked team Park Crossing between region shutouts of Grissom and Buckhorn in the past three weeks. So my pick likely should be taken with a very light grain of salt. However, my prediction is that Bob Jones emerges with a hard-fought 34-30 triumph.

Article portion is courtesy of The Gadsden Times

http://www.gadsdentimes.com/sports/20171011/jj-hicks-must-win-situations-have-arrived-for-area-teams

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