Daphne-Spanish Fort matchup headlines Week 6 matchups around Baldwin County

Local teams take one-week break on region play entering second half of regular season

By Cole McNanna
Sports Editor
cole@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 9/21/22

While region play takes a week off, there is once again an intra-county matchup on the Week 6 docket of the high school football season.

The Daphne Trojans head to Spanish Fort to face the Trojans …

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Daphne-Spanish Fort matchup headlines Week 6 matchups around Baldwin County

Local teams take one-week break on region play entering second half of regular season

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While region play takes a week off, there is once again an intra-county matchup on the Week 6 docket of the high school football season.

The Daphne Trojans head to Spanish Fort to face the Trojans in one of the many intriguing local matchups this Friday. Elsewhere, Foley hosts Class 6A No. 3 Saraland, Class 5A No. 7 Gulf Shores hosts Murphy and Orange Beach hosts McIntosh.

St. Michael Catholic (McGill-Toolen), Baldwin County (MGM) and Robertsdale (Alma-Bryant) all have away games this week while Class 7A No. 2 Fairhope, as well as Elberta, Bayside Academy and Snook Christian Academy, are off this week with byes.

Daphne Trojans at Spanish Fort Toros, Friday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.

This week’s lone contest between two Baldwin County teams marks the 11th meeting between Daphne and Spanish Fort where the Toros own an 8-2 lead in the all-time series. Daphne won last Oct. 30, 2020, in non-region action after a six-year span as region foes.

This year, the visiting Trojans enter as winners of their last three in a row to erase an 0-2 start. They’ve scored at least 25 points in all three wins, including the 40-21 win over Davidson that moved their record to 85-1 when scoring 40 points or more since 2000.

Spanish Fort has had a wild ride to open the season after the Toros lost on the last-second, pick-six in Fairhope. They earned region wins over Blount and Baldwin County then fell by 11 points to No. 3 Saraland and eight points to No. 5 Theodore.

When Spanish Fort scores 20 or more points, it has a 154-14 overall record since 2000, according to the Alabama High School Football Historical Society. When the Toros allow 20 or more points, the record falls to 41-36.

No. 3 Saraland Spartans at Foley Lions, Friday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.

Friday will mark Saraland and Foley’s first time meeting on the football field but the Lions had an extra week to prepare on last week’s bye. Foley previously beat Baldwin County and MGM but is coming off its first region loss to Baker.

The visiting Spartans have been ranked No. 3 in Class 6A all season and enter with a 5-0 record after four region wins. Saraland’s 35-24 win over Spanish Fort was its lowest point total so far and helped the Spartans improve to 82-2 when scoring 30 or more points and 56-0 when scoring 40 or more.

Murphy Panthers at No. 7 Gulf Shores Dolphins, Friday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.

It will also be the first meeting between Gulf Shores and Murphy when the Panthers bring their 0-4 record into Friday’s contest.

Murphy hasn’t scored more than 20 points in region losses to No. 3 Saraland, No. 5 Theodore, St. Paul’s and McGill-Toolen while the Dolphins have scored at least 22 points in each of their games. No. 7 Gulf Shores is coming off its second 45-point game of the season where it now owns a 27-0 record when scoring 40 or more points.

Since 1984, the Class 6A Panthers are 6-7 against Class 5A teams that are ranked and 7-10 against ranked teams in lower classifications.

McIntosh Demons at Orange Beach Makos, Friday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.

All-time series: Orange Beach leads 1-0 having won 35-14 last year.

Mako Details: Orange Beach is coming off its first loss of the season where it fell out of the polls after being ranked for the first time in school history. The Makos are still outscoring opponents 109-84.

Demon Details: Class 1A McIntosh has started the season with a 1-2 record where all of the games were region contests. The Demons’ lone win came 44-0 over last-place J.F. Shields in between losses to No. 2 Leroy, 47-19, and Southern Choctaw, 22-21.

St. Michael Catholic Cardinals at McGill-Toolen Catholic Yellow Jackets, Friday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.

All-time series: 0-0, catholic schools’ first meeting.

Last week: McGill-Toolen beat Murphy 34-14 to move to 2-2 overall, St. Michael beat Satsuma 45-8 to move to 3-2 overall.

Trend: Cardinals moved to 8-0 when scoring 40 or more points but have an 0-19 record when opponents score 30 or more points.

Baldwin County Tigers at MGM Vikings, Thursday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.

All-time series: Baldwin County leads 17-11.

Trend: Tigers snapped Vikings’ five-win streak with last year’s 34-0 victory. This year, Baldwin County’s offense has been shut out in three of four losses where it scored only 7 points against Spanish Fort.

Robertsdale Golden Bears at Alma-Bryant Hurricanes, Friday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.

All-time series: Alma-Bryant leads 5-1.

Last week: Robertsdale lost to Saraland 50-0 to move to 0-4, Hurricanes lost to MGM 33-19 to move to 2-2.

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