Tonight sees first full slate of prep games
Fri. August 31, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
TUSCALOOSA | A few football teams in Tuscaloosa County got an early start on the 2012 season. For the rest, the waiting is over.
North River Christian Academy and Tuscaloosa Christian, which field eight-man teams, will play their third games tonight. Tuscaloosa Academy traveled last week and routed Lee-Scott Academy, which was ranked in the AISA preseason poll. Teams in the AHSAA had the opportunity to play in jamborees last week, but tonight’s results will count.
Among the local Class 6A teams, Northridge and Hillcrest open with home games, while Tuscaloosa County will travel.
New head coach Scott Martin leads Hillcrest against Hartselle, which won the Class 5A championship last year. Coach Mike Smith’s Northridge Jaguars face Bob Jones. Coach Lee Gibson’s TCHS Wildcats play at Mountain Brook.
The Central Falcons, coached by Dennis Conner, were scheduled to start on Thursday, but the road game against Sipsey Valley was postponed until tonight because of weather concerns. Antonio Ford begins his second season coaching Sipsey Valley. The Bears posted two wins last year after going 0-10 in their first season in 2010.
Brookwood, coached by Ricky Bush, plays at home against Hale County, which has a new coach in Joey Milligan. Errol Jones debuts as Paul W. Bryant’s new head coach in a home game against Pelham.
American Christian Academy’s home opener pits brother against brother. John Causey coaches ACA. Tom Causey is the head coach at Demopolis.
The Northside Rams, led by new head coach Chris Hilliker, face off against longtime rival Berry.
Tuscaloosa Academy, fresh off its 34-0 victory, plays at home against Lyman Ward Military Academy from Camp Hill.
Tuscaloosa Christian plays at home against South Haven Christian from Tennessee. North River Christian Academy coach Kevin Boswell said his team is off tonight because Georgia/Alabama Christian does not have a team.