Friday night prep football capsules
Fri. August 24, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
at Lee-Scott Academy
When: 7 p.m. at Auburn
Breakdown: Tuscaloosa Academy, 9-2 last season, received votes but didn’t crack the top 10 in the preseason AISA poll. Lee-Scott Academy, 7-4 in 2011, is ranked No. 9. Robert Johnson begins his second season as Tuscaloosa Academy’s head coach. Jonathan Plott is a returning starter at quarterback, and Torrence Brown could see action as a tight end, split end and running back on offense and as a linebacker on defense. Jaevon Walton is another two-way player for the Knights. Walton will line up at fullback at linebacker.
Carroll’s prediction: Tuscaloosa Academy 27, Lee-Scott Academy 20
Sparta Academy at Pickens Academy
When: 7 p.m. at Carrollton
Breakdown: Pickens Academy begins the new season with 10 seniors among 16 returning starters. Coach John Gartman wants to take advantage of Josh Lewis’ athletic ability by having him fill a variety of positions — quarterback, running back or wide receiver on offense and in the secondary on defense. Garrett Estes is an experienced fullback, and Gartman wants Joel Pratt, a wide receiver, to get some carries as a running back. Sparta Academy, based in Evergreen, went 4-7
Carroll’s prediction: Pickens Academy 26, Sparta Academy 12
at Southern Academy
When: 7 p.m. at Greensboro
Breakdown: Clayton Hall, who missed last season because of a baseball injury, could be the starting quarterback for Southern Academy. Coach Shaun Bonds, who began fall camp with 35 players, said a lot of the starters will have to pull double duty on offense and defense. Senior Jacob Rose will be a fullback and strong safety. Senior Tyler Stewart is an offensive and defensive lineman. Senior Justin Broussard is a tailback and linebacker. Southern Academy made 11 straight playoff appearances before last season. The Cougars beat Wilcox Academy 37-31 in triple overtime in 2011.
Carroll’s prediction: Southern Academy 30, Wilcox Academy 21
at South Choctaw Academy
When: 7 p.m. at Toxey
Breakdown: Marengo Academy won only two games last season, but one was a 24-20 victory over South Choctaw Academy. Tight end Shade Pritchett had eight touchdown receptions in 2011. Junior Brent Lewis projects as a starting tailback for the Longhorns. South Choctaw Academy went 1-10 last year.
Carroll’s prediction: Marengo Academy 28, South Choctaw Academy 16
at Meadowview Christian
When: 7 p.m. at Selma
Breakdown: Jake Wingo, Sumter Academy’s new head coach, was the defensive coordinator on Robert Gartman’s staff last season. Two of the Eagles’ returning defenders are linebacker Christopher Yonker, who had 130 tackles, and end Mitchell Fox, who had 120 tackles. Sumter Academy was 9-4 last season. Meadowview Christian had a 1-10 record.
Carroll’s prediction: Sumter Academy 27, Meadowview Christian 6
CFA 8-man Football
Tuscaloosa Christian (0-1)
at North River Christian Acad. (0-1)
When: 7 p.m. at Sokol Park
Breakdown: Tuscaloosa Christian’s Jordan Potter threw touchdown passes to Calloway Newman and to Boyd Banks in last week’s 44-20 loss to Tabernacle Christian, the defending CFA champion. Freedom Woods scored Tuscaloosa Christian’s first touchdown on a 70-yard kickoff return. Gabe Foster had nine tackles for the defense, and Chase Cronan had two sacks. North River Christian Academy’s Michael Robertson threw for 15 yards and ran for 45. The Chargers finished with 58 rushing yards on 16 carries. Matthew Robertson led the defense with 12 tackles.
Carroll’s prediction: Tuscaloosa Christian 33, North River Christian Academy 27