Football Picks: An 8-2 mark last week brings the overall record to 107-38 (74%). It also brings us to the final week of high school picking for 2023.
The Super 7 is this week with couple of local teams (Reeltown and Catholic) going to Tuscaloosa. I'll cover some of the matchups this week.
I'll also pick Army/Navy and incorporate more college picks in the coming weeks with bowl season upon us.
We have our four picks for the CFP. Alabama is in after its win over Georgia for the SEC Championship. Florida State is mad. Georgia too for that matter.
Central vs. Thompson (7A Championship): The Georgia streak was snapped on Saturday night. Maybe it's time somebody stopped Thompson's state title run.
Central is the team to do it. Patrick Nix's club has had no challengers this year. They have beaten every opponent by double digits. Expect this to be their stiffest test. Central 34, Thompson 28
Catholic vs. Cherokee County (4A Championship): The state title has eluded the Knights for the past three seasons. And Catholic may have been the best team each of those years.
Cherokee County reached the championship game last year falling to the team that also eliminated Catholic in Andalusia. Catholic 42, Cherokee 21
Fyffe vs. Reeltown (2A Championship): It was four years ago when Matt Johnson reached his first Super 7 as head coach. The opponent at Jordan-Hare was Fyffe. Here we go again.
To Bryant-Denny we go this time and the Rebels have a real shot at bringing home some hardware. This would be the program's fourth and the first for Johnson as coach (he has one as a player).
The Red Devils are as good as any team has been over the past decade. Paul Benefield is shooting for his seventh blue trophy during that span.
What a moment last week when Gaines Tapley's field goal hit the right upright and fell over the crossbar as time expired in Sylacauga. Like that fortuitous bounce, it seems that Reeltown is a team of destiny. Reeltown 34, Fyffe 20
Saraland vs. Clay-Chalkville (6A Championship): Defending champ Saraland is back in the Super 7. Also back is Mr. Football Ryan Williams.
Williams took the Heisman for high schoolers in this state as a sophomore last year. That was unprecedented.
Clay-Chalkville did something nobody else has done this year. They beat Thompson. It was aired on national TV too. What people got to see was Jaylen Mbakwe. He will probably be this year's Mr. Football. Clay Chalkville 38, Saraland 35
Army vs. Navy: America's game pits a couple of 5-6 squads. The Commander-in-Chief's Trophy is still up for grabs after Army upset Air Force in early November. Army 23, Navy 20