Football Picks: Another season has arrived. Hallelujah! We even have a taste of college sprinkled in with the prep slate this week.
Last season, I went 109-51 (68%). Let's hope to raise the bar to at least 70 percent this year.
Bullock Co. at Reeltown: It's a Thursday night kickoff in Reeltown. It might be a bit anticlimactic considering that on a Thursday night of the first week next season, Reeltown will play Tallassee.
Last year, the Rebels beat BCHS easily 35-8 on a night that the lights went out in Union Springs. Expect much of the same minus the power surge this time. Reeltown 42, Bullock 12
American Christian at Trinity: Randy Ragsdale built an empire at Trinity with 25 straight winning seasons from 1989-2013. Barry Loyal is finding that it's tough to follow a legend. The Wildcats are 11-13 i his first two seasons.
Meanwhile, Chris Smelley is building a legacy of his own with 41 wins in his first five seasons in Tuscaloosa. American Christian 30, Trinity 7
Wetumpka at Fairhope: Speaking of building up a program - Tim Perry has made Wetumpka a powerhouse in Class 6A. The Indians missed a trip to the Super 7 by a point last year after reaching the title game the year prior.
There's no reason to believe Wetumpka won't contend again this season. Fairhope is no slouch as a 7A opener, but I'm going with the boys from Elmore County. Wetumpka 27, Fairhope 21
Tallassee at Catholic: It's game week! The countdown is over as the Tigers open the season with the first of three road games.
Last year's game was nip and tuck until the fourth quarter when Tallassee pulled away for a 28-7 win. The Knights are no pushover. Aubrey Blackwell, like THS coach Mike Battles, knows how to win. This one will likely come down to the finish. Tallassee 20, Catholic 14
There are many ways to catch the game if you can't attend: 1300 WTLS/106.5 FM, Tallassee Times TV on YouTube, Spectrum Channel 97 and the TuneIn app.
Miami vs. Florida: One college game is on the docket this weekend at the home of Mickey Mouse in Orlando.
Dan Mullen made a splash in year one in Gainesville. Manny Diaz is looking to do the same in South Florida. A winning season might be a stretch - even in the ACC. Florida 27, Miami 17