Decatur at Athens

Athens defensive lineman Alfred McCullough

The Athens Golden Eagles are flying high with their No. 2 ranking in class 5A. The Eagles have also been flying through opponents. The Golden Eagle defense is giving up 9.7 points per game, while the offense is scoring almost at will averaging 42.5 points per game.

Athens will face the Decatur Red Raiders in their biggest rivalry game of the season, but this year the game is more than just a rivalry. The Athens/Decatur game has always been a huge game in North Alabama with the winner enjoying bragging rights for 365 days, but this season the Red Raiders moved down a classification to 5A and put them in the same region with heated rival, Athens.

"It's a long-time traditional rivalry," Coach Allen Creasy stated this afternoon. "It's a very emotional game for our kids and our community, as it is for Decatur."

"Decatur has a good defensive team, and coming off two losses they kind of have their backs against the wall. They'll be ready for this game."

"We expect it to be the toughest game of our season, our first real test after playing a couple of very young teams the past couple of weeks."

Decatur does in fact have their back against the wall after losing two straight. The Raiders have played well enough to win on defense, while the offense continues to struggle. The Red Raiders will need to play up to their potential in this one, with this game being Decatur's biggest rival it should be plenty to motivate them.

Coach Adcock was unavailable for comment today as he was about to address his team when we called.

Players to watch: Robby Ezell, (All-State as Jr. with 3,400 yards passing) Jacquez Pride, (5 TD catches, holds offers from USM, Sanford and Ark St.) Terrell Williams, (RB-400 yards and 5 TDs on season) Alfred McCullough, (defensive tackle and Alabama verbal) Karlos Jones (defensive tackle) Jeremy Stinnett, (defensive back)Rolando McClain, (linebacker and Bama verbal) Caleb Thomas, (Center prospect) Tim Witherspoon and Demarrius Goode are all players being recruited or have colleges showing interest. This game is full of talent.

Tim's Pick: The Golden Eagles by two touchdowns. source for Alabama high school football.

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