Here are five games to watch in the Huntsville area this week with the full schedule below.
HARTSELLE (5-0) AT OXFORD (3-2)
Time/place: 7 p.m., Friday, Lamar Field
In the past week: Class 6A, Hartselle, ranked No. 6, won 16-9 at Gadsden City. Oxford lost 44-20 visiting Pinson Valley.
The thin one: Hartselle has limited opponents to nine points or fewer in the past four weeks. The Tigers have the No. 3 scoring defense in 6A at 8.2 points per game. … Hartselle is playing the second of four straight on the road. … The Tigers have won 18 straight regular-season games. … Hartselle quarterback Jack Smith had a touchdown pass and ran against Gadsden City. … Oxford gave up two defensive touchdowns to Pinson Valley. The Yellow Jackets got their own defensive score via E’mari Carroll’s Pick 6…The previous two meetings between these two teams came in the playoffs: Oxford won 14-6 in the first round of Class 6A in 1996 , and the Yellow Jackets prevailed. 27-14 in the 1982 3A semifinals.
FORT PAYNE (3-1) TO ARAB (5-0)
Time/place: 7:00 p.m., Friday, Ciudad Arab Schools Sports Complex
In the past week: Class 5A, No. 10 ranked Arab beat Scottsboro 28-7. Class 6A Fort Payne had an open week.
The thin one: Arab is 5-0 for the first time since his start with six straight wins in 1949, according to AHSFHS.org. … The Knights boast the No. 3 scoring defense (5.4 ppg) and No. 5 scoring offense (38.4 ppg) in 5A. … Arab’s Drake Franklin rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns against Scottsboro. He has 857 rushing yards and 13 TDs on the season. … Fort Payne lost 18-0 to Gadsden City on Sept. 9. It was the first time the Wildcats had been out since the 2014 season. … Fort Payne’s final points came in a 49-8 win at Mae Jemison on Sept. 2. Wildcats quarterbacks Jake Barnes and Dax Varnadore threw two touchdown passes. … Arab beat Fort Payne 20-7 last season to snap a 13-game losing streak in the series. Franklin had a TD run in the win. The Wildcats lead the series 21-8-2.
PRICEVILLE (5-0) AT SCOTTSBORO (2-2)
Time/place: 7 p.m., Friday, Pat Trammell Stadium
In the past week: Class 4A, Priceville, ranked No. 10, won 40-0 at New Hope. Class 5A Scottsboro lost 28-7 at Arab.
The thin one: Priceville is off to its best start since opening 8-0 in 2015… The Bulldogs have shut out their last three opponents. … Priceville’s Mason Cartee rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns against New Hope. He has 665 rushing yards and nine TDs on the season. … Scottsboro’s Keelan Alexnader rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown against Arab. … This is the Wildcats’ first home game since the season opener on Aug. 19. … Priceville and Scottsboro will meet for the first time.
SYLVANIA (3-1) AT PISGAH (4-0)
Time/place: 7 p.m., Friday, Sam Kenimer Stadium
In the past week: Class 2A, Pisgah, ranked No. 4, won 42-10 at Ider. Class 3A Sylvania won 41-24 at Geraldine.
The thin one: Pisgah is off to its best start since an unbeaten regular season in 2003… The Eagles have scored 40 or more points in the last three weeks. … Pisgah rushed for 368 of his 522 attacking yards against Ider. Four ball carriers scored a touchdown, while quarterback Mason Holcombe threw two TD passes. … Sylvania’s Braiden Thomas and Aiden Parham each had a pair of touchdown runs against Geraldine. … The Rams’ only loss this season was to Piedmont, the top seed in 3A. … Sylvania and Pisgah last met in 2019. The Rams have won four straight in the series and are 29-21 all-time against the Eagles.
GARDENDALE (2-1) AT AUSTIN (3-2)
Time/place: 7 p.m., Friday, Austin Stadium, Decatur
In the past week: Gardendale, class 6A, No. 7, had an open week. Class 7A Austin won 47-10 at Albertville.
The thin one: Austin has won three straight after opening the season with losses to currently undefeated opponents Hartselle and Decatur. … Black Bears quarterback De’Air Young threw three touchdown passes and rushed to score against Albertville. … Gardendale has the highest scoring offense in 6A at 44.7 points per game. … Rockets four-star defensive lineman Kelby Collins is committed to Florida, while three-star defensive back Dallas Young is committed to Arkansas. … Austin and Gardendale last met in the 2015 6A quarterfinals, a 53-38 Black Bears victory. The Rockets won regular season matchups in 1989 and 1988.
Complete Week 6 Huntsville Area Schedule
Fort Payne in Arabic
Elkmont at Ardmore
Weaver in Asbury
Gardendale in Austin
Southside-Gadsden at Boaz
Sardis at Brewer
Brindlee Mountain in Woodville
Guntersville at Buckhorn
Tanner at Columbus, Louis Crews Stadium, Huntsville
Clement in GIVING
douglas at west point
West Limestone on East Limestone
Hartselle in Oxford
Mae Jemison vs. Huntsville, Milton Frank Stadium
James Clemens in Muscle Shoals
Madison Academy in Madison County
North Jackson in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee
Priceville in Scottsboro
christian westbrook in section
Westminster Christian in the center of Florence
New Hope at Decatur Heritage, West Morgan High, Trinity
Pisgah in Sylvania
Open: Albertville, Athens, Bob Jones, Danville, Decatur, Falkville, Grissom, Hazel Green, Lee-Huntsville, North Sand Mountain, Randolph, Sparkman, St. John Paul II, West Morgan, Whitesburg Christian