Lincoln using bye week to improve while region play begins for other teams


  1. Childersburg (2-0)
  2. Holtville (1-0)
  3. Lincoln (1-1)
  4. Elmore County (0-1)
  5. Handley (0-1)
  6. Talladega (0-1)
  7. Leeds (0-2)

Lincoln (1-1)

Following a challenging start to the season, the Lincoln Golden Bears carry a 1-1 record into a bye week as other teams in their region begin region play. This could prove to be an advantage for the Golden Bears as four of the other teams in the region have already spent their bye weeks. Lincoln is the only team off this week in their region, so they have a full two weeks to prepare for the region opener against the Leeds Green Wave.

Childersburg (2-0) at Talladega (0-1)

With new starting quarterback Cam Thrash, the Childersburg Tigers have thrived in their first two games of the season. Childersburg is coming off a 64-20 win against Talladega County Central, while Talladega lost 28-15 to Munford in their season opener. Talladega head coach Shannon Felder was hired about a month from the start of the season, so he is still trying to figure out what he has in his group of Tigers. They will be tested by a tenacious Childersburg defense that has exhibited an edge to them, allowing 17 points per game to start the year. This game is an opportunity for Childersburg to keep rolling and for Talladega to stabilize the program.

Handley (0-1) at Holtville (1-0)

Holtville walloped Central Coosa 41-0 last week, but the Bulldogs face a much more difficult opponent in Handley. While Handley lost a close game to Tallassee last week, the Tigers will be looking to right the ship. It’s a difficult start to the season to open the year with a 5A opponent and then to have to hit the road for region play the next week, but it is a chance for both of these teams to put themselves in a good position to start the year, looking to return to the playoffs. It is a competitive region, so games like these can mean the difference of playing in November or not.

Elmore County (0-1) at Leeds (0-2)

Leeds is a much-improved team in 2019, but unfortunately for the Green Wave, they haven’t been able to snag their first win of the season, losing to John Carroll 34-33 in double-overtime last week. If it weren’t for the two overtime periods, Leeds defensive statistics would look better than 27 points per game. Don’t forget Leeds held Sylacauga to 20 points in Week 0, forcing several turnovers in the process. Despite the 0-2 start, if Leeds can start region play 1-0 against Elmore County, they could be an under-the-radar team for a playoff spot.