Three local football games to watch in Week 2

Lions, Tigers clash in lone game that pits Baldwin County teams against each other

By Cole McNanna
Sports Editor
cole@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 8/24/22

After last week's fireworks to open the football season, Week 2 features another round of intriguing matchups for Baldwin County teams, including some region-opening contests.

Seven teams will hit …

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Three local football games to watch in Week 2

Lions, Tigers clash in lone game that pits Baldwin County teams against each other

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Editor's note: Gulf Shores' game was switched to an away contest due to rain.

After last week's fireworks to open the football season, Week 2 features another round of intriguing matchups for Baldwin County teams, including some region-opening contests.

Eight teams will hit the road, three teams will host games and Orange Beach has an open week but here are a few games to keep an eye on this weekend.

For more coverage, head to gulfcoastmedia.com/sports and following along on social media @GCMSportsAL where you can find the game-winning pick-six from Fairhope last Friday.

Foley Lions at Baldwin County Tigers, Friday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m.

The non-region finale for both teams, Foley enters with an 0-1 record and Baldwin County will kick off its second straight home game with a 1-0 mark.

It should be an interesting matchup in the secondary where Lions receiver and Alabama commit Perry Thompson will be tasked with going up against the Tigers' defensive backfield that features some top players in the eyes of Baldwin County head coach Scott Rials.

"Besides DJ Baker, our other safety DJ Jackson, we feel like we have to of the best safeties in the whole state, maybe the country," Rials said at Gulf Coast Media Day Aug. 16. "Those guys really play hard and fast and do a good job leading us, I know they're on the backend, but they do a lot of things."

Thompson may just be up to the task, however, after he hauled in three touchdown passes from Reece Tynes in Foley's 34-20 loss to the Prattville Lions, who only allowed at least 20 points to only four of 12 opponents last year.

Gulf Shores Dolphins at Citronelle Wildcats, Friday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m.

The Gulf Shores Dolphins were originally scheduled to host the Citronelle Wildcats to open play within Class 5A Region 1 but this week's rain changed those plans.

Thursday afternoon, Gulf Shores High School announced it was switching Friday's contest to an away game due to "excessive rain and unfavorable field conditions."

Still, the matchup will start the race toward finding the Class 5A Region 1 playoff teams.

Both teams were region opponents in the previous alignment of the Alabama High School Athletic Association and split their contests as members of Class 6A Region 1. Citronelle won the 2020 meeting 22-20 but under Gulf Shores head coach Mark Hudspeth, the Dolphins rolled 44-7 in last year's matchup to keep the Wildcats winless in region play.

This year, Gulf Shores will enter with a 1-0 record and an extra day of rest after last Thursday's contest against St. Michael Catholic. Citronelle will bring its 0-1 mark after it dropped its opener 30-14 to Millry.

Elberta Warriors at Faith Academy Rams, Friday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m.

Another contest that will start forming the playoff picture in Class 5A Region 1 will be played in Mobile when the Elberta Warriors hit the road to face the Faith Academy Rams.

Elberta will be coming off its last-minute loss to Bayside Academy and Faith Academy will have an extra week of practice under its belt after being open last week.

The Rams have won the teams' previous two region meetings and joined UMS-Wright Prep in advancing to last year's 5A state quarterfinal.

Bonus Thursday game: Daphne Trojans at Carver Montgomery Wolverines, Thursday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m.

The Daphne Trojans have a short week and a trip to Montgomery this Thursday to be among the first teams to kick off in Week 2. The Carver Wolverines will be opening their regular season slate and Daphne will bring its 0-1 record after last week's battle with Saraland.

The Trojans will be hanging around closer to home the rest of September but will likely use the extra bus time this week for team bonding and extra preparation for the Class 6A Wolverines, who finished 5-6 overall last year.

Daphne running back Nick Clark will look for another quick start to this one after he racked up 151 yards in last week's battle with Saraland.

Bonus marquee matchup: Spanish Fort Toros at Blount Leopards, Friday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m.

This week's bright lights will surround Spanish Fort's game at Blount where WJTC-UTV44 will televise the game both teams will look to earn a bounce-back win.

Last week, the Toros were on the other end of Fairhope's pick-six as time expired and the Leopards dropped a tough scrap with Vigor by a 7-0 score.

Former region foes, Spanish Fort won twice for every three games against Blount. The Toros won in 2021 (34-26) and 2020 (14-10) but the Leopards won in 2019 (27-10).

Spanish Fort won the 2018 game (19-7) and the 2017 contest (52-49) but Blount won 25-0 in 2016. The Toros won the first two region games, 41-38 in 2015 and 21-14 in 2014's game that needed overtime.

Other Baldwin County games in Week 2

Friday, Aug. 26

Robertsdale Golden Bears at Theodore Bobcats, 7 p.m.

The Golden Bears open the regular season and region play against the Bobcats, who opened with a 32-3 win over Baker last week.

Chickasaw Chieftains at St. Michael Catholic Cardinals, 7 p.m.

Rocky Bayou Christian Knights at Snook Christian Academy Eagles, 7 p.m.

Fairhope Pirates at Gulf Breeze Dolphins (FL), 7:30 p.m.

The first of two Floridian non-region opponents for the Pirates, although only this one is on the road. The Gulf Breeze Dolphins will be opening their regular season this week.

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