High school football teams take a break from region play this week.
Don’t expect a dip in intensity, however.
Week 5 of the 2019 high school football season features two rivalry showdowns and a clash of two 3-1 teams.
All games are Friday at 7 p.m.
The week is highlighted by the annual Battle of the Valley. The 32nd edition will be played Friday at Trammell Stadium when Scottsboro hosts archrival North Jackson.
The series began in 1988 after Bridgeport and Stevenson high schools consolidated to form North Jackson High School. The first meeting, a North Jackson 17-14 win played at the former Stevenson High School, started what is widely considered one of the state’s top rivalries.
North Jackson leads the series 21-10, but Scottsboro has won four of the last six meetings and has won three straight over the Chiefs at Trammell Stadium.
The 2019 Scottsboro team is riding a three-game winning entering the matchup. The Wildcats posted a 27-7 victory at East Limestone last week. Meanwhile, North Jackson (1-3) lost 49-48 to St. John Paul II. It was the Chiefs’ second one-point loss of the season.
Up on Sand Mountain, another Jackson County rivalry is renewed for the 39th time when Section visits Pisgah.
The Eagles led the series 27-11, but it’s Section that won last year’s matchup 18-6. Both teams are coming off of tough losses in Week 4 — Section (1-3) lost 37-7 to Cedar Bluff and Pisgah (2-2) lost to Boaz 38-8 — and both want to resume region play next week with momentum from a rivalry win.
It’s also Homecoming for Pisgah.
Another clash on Sand Mountain has North Sand Mountain (3-1) trekking to Sylvania (3-1). Sylvania leads the overall series between the teams 20-9, but NSM has won four of the last six meetings. The Bison rolled past Sylvania 44-15 last season.
NSM is coming off of a last-minute 12-7 win at Sand Rock while Sylvania shut our archrival Plainview 27-0.
Meanwhile, the Woodville Panthers do not play this week. Woodville (2-3) defeated previously unbeaten Appalachian 34-21 last Friday, resumes play Oct. 4 at home against Class 1A Region 7 foe Valley Head.