After head coach Don Jacobs picked up his 100th career head-coaching win in Scottsboro’s 33-0 victory over North Jackson, someone asked Jacobs this week what he was going to do next.

“Try to win (No.) 101,” Jacobs said with a laugh.

Scottsboro (4-1, 3-0) hopes win No. 101 comes Friday night when its plays Madison County (4-2, 2-1) in Class 5A Region 8 play. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Tiger Stadium in Gurley.

Scottsboro leads the series 23-9-3 and has won the last four meetings. After going 55 years between meetings, the teams have now played every season since 2008.

Both teams enter the matchup with region title hopes and playoff implications at stake.

“It’s a big game for both of us,” Jacobs said. 

Scottsboro enters the game riding a four-game winning streak, its longest such streak since 2016. The Wildcats are undefeated in region play thanks to victories over Ardmore 41-27, Guntersville 42-14 and East Limestone 27-7.

Madison County is a Guntersville fourth-quarter comeback away from begin undefeated in region play as well.

Since falling 49-42 at Guntersville in Week 2, the Tigers have posted wins of 35-20 over East Limestone, 27-21 over Brewer and 42-7 over non-region foe New Hope. Madison County also has a non-region win over Westminster Christian 46-23 and a non-region loss to Buckhorn 35-21.

Jacobs said the Tigers aren’t overly big size wise across their fronts but feature a set of skill players “that are faster than the wind. They’ve got a senior quarterback (Austin Mills) and No. 3 (Mekhi Burdette-Barnes) and No. 5 (Quamain Gamble) and No. 17 (Isaiah Purdue) can fly. Defensively we’ve got to try not to give up big plays, make them drive it and go the distance instead of getting anything easy.”

The coach also wants to see a more consistent performance from the Scottsboro offense.

“The key for us on offense is executing,” Jacobs said. “We need to control the momentum, have some 16-, 17-play drives and run some clock.”

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