Winfield and Cordova, that's all that really needs to be said. We could throw out all kinds of impressive stats from each team, and some of their individual players, but tonight it will take a team effort from either the Blue Devils, or the Pirates, as the two teams are among the best in North Alabama, regardless of classification.
While each team is located in North Alabama, both teams are in the Southern region of the state, which has brought on several discussions about the distance the opposing teams have to travel to match-up with these two powerhouses, and vice versa, but that discussion is for another time. Tonight it's all about who's No.1 in this region.
Cordova has seemed unstoppable this season while drubbing opponents in almost every contest. As for the Pirates, the exact same thing is true. Both teams are ranked among the states' best in scoring defense, and scoring offense. Both have tremendous athletes on each side of the ball, and both play a physical style of football.
Both Cordova and Winfield like to run the football, and will, if they're allowed to do so. But, don't be misled as both have very capable passing games.
Cordova got Ryan Smith back from a broken hand last week, and he had an all world outing. Zack Townley has been steady all season long for the Pirates. He has an advantage being a senior, versus Smith as a sophomore. Townley is also very accurate with his passes, so this is the one area where you have to believe Winfield has an advantage.
The Cordova rushing attack is led by Tim Simon with college coaches bumping into each other trying to get a look at the junior phenom. Smith is also involved in the rush game and compliments Simon very well.
The one guy who seems to get overlooked by many is Rico Everett. The Blue Devil wide receiver had more than 900 yards receiving last season on a team that seldom threw the ball. Everett has several schools showing interest at the next level and could be a difference maker tonight.
The Winfiled defense is led by a pair of linebackers that made the "All Saban Team" at the University of Alabama's summer football camp. Marcus Carthage is a beast from his outside linebacker position, at 6-3, 200 pounds. He runs to the ball well with his 4.58 speed.
Drew Long actually led the state in tackles for most of the 2006 season. Long was playing out of position due to a shortage of defensive linemen, as he lined up at defensive end at 5-11, 190 pounds. The move to linebacker has allowed him to make plays all over the field.
With all the talent on each side of the field this is one of the best games of the season in any classification, or in any part of the state. If you can make it out to the small mining community of Cordova tonight you should enjoy yourself immensely.
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