It’s game week for Jackson County high school football teams.
All six teams will be in action in regular-season or preseason games.
Woodville is the only local team jumping straight into regular-season play in Week 0. The Panthers make the long trek to the Shoals to take on Waterloo Friday at 7 p.m.
Woodville head coach Jay Powell said his team has handled the first two weeks of fall practice well but is excited game week has arrived.
“It’s tough when you’re practicing but there’s no game at the end of the week,” Powell said. “But they we mature and stayed motivated to get better in practice. They’re excited that we finally play.”
It’s the sixth all-time meeting between the schools. Woodville won 52-12 in its last trip to Waterloo in 2014. The win was Powell’s debut with the Panthers. Waterloo, which is coming off an appearance in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs, got revenge with a 47-7 win at Woodville a year ago.
Meanwhile, North Sand Mountain and Section play in the Cherokee County Fall Jamboree on Thursday at Gaylesville High School. Section plays the host team at 5:15 p.m. followed NSM playing Cedar Bluff at 6 p.m. and Spring Garden at 6:45 p.m.
On Friday, Scottsboro visits Sylvania, North Jackson hosts Guntersville and Pisgah travels to Ider for jamboree games that kick off at 7 p.m.
Scottsboro head coach Don Jacobs wants to see his team play its preseason scrimmage with regular-season intensity.
“It doesn’t count, but if they’re keeping score on that scoreboard, it does count. I think our kids learned a lesson last year (against Sylvania). They came out and competed and I’m not sure we competed all that well. We ended up tying the game, and that’s all fine and dandy, but we didn’t play very well defensively or offensively,” Jacobs said. “You’d like to get started on the right foot at Sylvania and then build momentum against Fort Payne coming into the region game against Ardmore.”
Other regular-season games in northeast Alabama this week include West End at Susan Moore on Thursday, DAR at Westminster Christian, Collinsville at Plainview, Pell City at Fort Payne, Asbury at Brindlee Mountain, Arab at Boaz, Madison County at Buckhorn and Holly Pond at New Hope on Friday and Crossville at Geraldine on Saturday.