After a 3-1 start to the season, the Boaz Pirates are looking to be real contenders, in both the county and region football races.

The Pirates opened the season with a 21-12 victory over Hayden. Then they fell to a tough Madison County team by a touchdown 42-35.

The Pirates are surging now. They downed Crossville 53-0 — a very similar score to Guntersville’s 58-0 win over Crossville this week.

On Friday night, they handed a 2-1 West Point team their first loss 49-7.

Upcoming dates to circle on your calendar include Sept. 24, when the Backyard Brawl with Albertville will be played at Albertville.

The Pirates travel to face Guntersville on Oct. 15. They will close out the season by hosting Arab on October 29.

While there’s still quite a bit of football to be played, Boaz has itself in good position for the remainder of the 2021 campaign.

Arab Bounces Back

The Knights lost a tough one to Guntersville 29-21 in the second game of the season. But make no mistake. This is a really good Arab team. We see them being a playoff team.

When a good team suffers a setback such as Arab did to Guntersville, they bounce back. That’s just what Arab has done.

They have since beat Ft. Payne 20-7 and Scottsboro 35-0.

They should do well in the next couple of games against Southside and Brewer with something of an “Amen Corner” looming Oct. 1 and 8 with Pell City and Oxford.

They’ve got a real shot at the playoffs too.

Tough Times

While the future looks bright for Boaz and Arab, things are pretty gloomy in Albertville. They fell 35-0 to Arab in the opener, 47-26 to Sparkman and now 38-11 to Florence.

7A football is big boy football and it’s a tough, tough league.

With Grissom, Bob Jones, Boaz, Austin, James Clemens and Guntersville ahead on the schedule, nothing gets easier for the Aggies.

Here’s hoping they can dig down, find something and find some success before the season ends. Just not against Guntersville.

Turning to County

Reality is setting in a bit for Marshall County’s rural teams.

After a 3-0 start, Douglas took a 42-19 region loss to Fairview Friday night. Another loss likely looms this week against Guntersville.

But Douglas is a much improved team this year. If they can shake off these setbacks, we see them winning at least one more game and possibly 3. A 5 or 6 win campaign for the Eagles signals progress. The Eagles can beat Glencoe, Crossville, Pisgah and maybe even West Point.

DAR fell Friday to North Jackson 53-0. But better days could be ahead. There are upcoming opportunities for wins for the Patriots in Pisgah and New Hope.

A bit of irony from Friday night’s game: Coach Joel Poole — who guided the Patriots for years — is now North Jackson’s offensive coordinator.

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