SHANNON FAGAN: Not looking to get “slammered” this week


It may have taken six weeks, but I earned my first perfect week of area high school picks this season. I went 6-0 last to break my drought and improve to 31-8 on the season.

But as good as it felt to go 6-0, that wasn’t the highlight of my weekend. My lovely fiancé Bethany and I were watching Alabama at Arkansas on Saturday afternoon when the subject of Auburn’s game with LSU came up. I was surprised with what she said when talking about that game.

She said Auburn would probably get slammered.

I laughed and laughed, but I knew what she meant. She creatively combined slammed with hammered, which when you think about it, that’s pretty clever. She added a new word to my vocabulary, and a lead for this column, so for that sweetheart I thank you.

Well, let’s see who gets slammered and who does the slammering in Week 7.


Cherokee County (5-1) at Fultondale (0-6)

And right on cue, here’s a game I think the Warriors will be doing some slammering of their own. They’re coming off a bye week and Fultondale is winless. The only way this one is close is if the Warriors are looking ahead to next week’s showdown with Etowah, but I think they’re focused on the task at hand.

The pick: Cherokee County.


Piedmont (4-2) at Glencoe (2-4)

It’s got to feel a little funny being Piedmont defensive coordinator James Blanchard and his son Bayley this week. When the two look across the sideline at Wilson-Darnell Field tomorrow night, they’ll be on opposite teams. Bayley was hired as an assistant at Glencoe over the summer.

I’m sure Bayley is going to have a fine career as a coach, but I look for his father to get the best of him in this one.

The pick: Piedmont.


Ider (2-5) at Collinsville (4-2)

Collinsville got whipped at Fyffe last week, but I don’t think the sting of that loss lasts long. I look for the Panthers to rebound quite nicely behind Keaton DeBoard and Mason McAteer.

The pick: Collinsville.


Spring Garden (6-1) at Pleasant Valley (2-4)

Spring Garden has rebounded quite nicely since its only loss of the season to Wadley back on Sept. 2. The running game is back in the Garden, and I look for that train to keep on rolling at Pleasant Valley.

The pick: Spring Garden.


Coosa Christian (2-4) at Cedar Bluff (3-4)

The Tigers are in the midst of a three-game skid, but it’s homecoming at Cedar Bluff this week, and the Tigers have never lost to Coosa Christian in eight meetings. I like Bucky Leek and company to get back on track here and head into their bye week with a win.

The pick: Cedar Bluff.


Fyffe (6-0) at Sand Rock (2-5)

Speaking of skids, Sand Rock has also lost three in a row. The injury bug has bitten the Wildcats pretty hard, and now top-ranked Fyffe is coming to town. I’m afraid it’s going to be another long night for the Wildcats in this week’s Foothills Tractor Game of the Week.

The pick: Fyffe.

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