Prep Picks: You can’t get more bizarre than this
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Piedmont's C. J. Savage (6) celebrates after a 69-yard touchdown run against Cherokee County in week 1. (File photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Piedmont's C. J. Savage (6) celebrates after a 69-yard touchdown run against Cherokee County in week 1. (File photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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In Bizzaro world, everything is backward.

And not like Yankees think we’re backward. Like backward backward.

Bizzaro world is a place called, HTRAE. That’s Earth backward. You know, like Oprah and Harpo. I don’t know, maybe she lived there once.

Superman didn’t live there, but he did visit the cubed alternate Earth once. The Green Lantern was yellow, not really backward, but everybody was deprived of their super powers. Even Batman, whose belt did nothing more than hold his britches up like normal people.

HTRAE is a make-believe world for comic book fans.

Or is it?

As I drove up and down Quintard Avenue last week, things did seem really strange. I mean, they were building stuff. Putting new bricks on one building, making way for a new Burger King a little farther north.

And the City Council seemed quite civil last week, too.

Despite gas prices still being ridiculous, there were a few more things just not quite right.

Could it be that I was living in Notsinna? It’s the only explanation.

We have a brand-new prep writer, Brandon Miller. I could have handed the reins of this picking contest to him, but I’m a nice guy both in Anniston and Notsinna. It’s not fair to throw him into the fray knowing so little about the local teams.

Then he messed around and went 18-2.

And as for the picking public? Lots of folks beat me, but that’s not bizarre. Some of y’all did something I’ve never seen in all my years here at the The Star. Or even read about before that.

Seven people tied atop the contest with one miss.

Seven.

NEVES.

Can’t quite explain it. But if the city of Oxford suddenly goes broke tomorrow, we residents of the Model City will prepare for the impending housing boom.

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Leeds at Piedmont: Formula remains the same — picking Piedmont until the Bulldogs lose.

Not that I would pick against the Bulldogs, but with this game (the only one in the regular season) I’d at least like to have the option. I’d just make me feel better, as I think this is a pretty evenly matched game.

One of these teams will be in the state championship game, if not both.

Oh, yeah. It’s tonight. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be there. Just DVR “The Office.” … Piedmont 21, Leeds 20 (3OT).

Fyffe at Wellborn: We’ve never made the same team the Game of the Week two times in a row. But then again, I don’t know if anybody’s ever played two more high-profile games in back-to-back weeks. Wellborn handled previously top-ranked Fultondale much better than I thought. I think No. 3 Fyffe proves to be a better team — what the Red Devils lack in athleticism they’ll make up for in fundamentals. But I can’t pick against Wellborn twice … Wellborn 27, Fyffe 21.

Donoho at Collinsville: The Falcons have had a nice run, and there’ll be plenty more wins this year. This just won’t be one of them. Don’t let it get you down. … Collinsville 28, Donoho 14.

Weaver at Jacksonville: And the same can be said for Jacksonville, just going back a week. I knew the Golden Eagles’ run would end sooner or later, but didn’t necessarily think it would happen at the hands of Munford. Jacksonville gets back to its winning ways … Jacksonville 21, Weaver 7.

Saks at Alexandria: I thought Alexandria’s game with Anniston could have gone either way. Nope, just went one way. Saks’ jittery/slow starts could really get the Wildcats in trouble as Alexandria corrects last week’s woes … Alexandria 24, Saks 17.

Woodland at Randolph County: When I used Woodland for my Upset Special (upsetting Fultondale), it worked. When I used Randolph County for my Upset Special (upset Reeltown), it didn’t. And that’s how I decided this one … Woodland 35, Randolph County 32.

Cleburne County at St. Clair County: About this time last year, Cleburne County got the ball rolling. It got a pretty good head of steam up last week. I’d advise folks to get out of the way … Cleburne County 28, St. Clair County 7.

Clay Central at Munford: Munford dethroned one Class 4A unbeaten last week. Any more would be purely greedy … Clay Central 42, Munford 15.

Handley at Anniston: Hands-down the most difficult to pick. I think Handley is a notch better than Anniston, but now without Alabama committment Bradley Bozeman, who is out with an ACL injury, the game becomes much closer. I literally think it’s the toss of a coin. But then again I thought that last week, too … Handley 21, Anniston 20.

Florence at Oxford: Same goes for this one. Florence played Gadsden City close, just like Oxford. Some say that was just the first game. Maybe so, but I’m going with Oxford on nothing more than location … Oxford 35, Florence 32.

Pleasant Valley at White Plains: Some games will draw a good bit more attention, but at its heart and soul, this is kind of what high school football is all about. A good old-fashioned county rivalry … White Plains 24, Pleasant Valley 21.

Jacksonville Christian at Spring Garden: First time the Panthers have ever been 4-0. Friday night will be another first … Spring Garden 35, Jacksonville Christian 7.

And for the rest of them …

Etowah 45, Lincoln 32; Beulah 23, Ranburne 14; Wadley 35, Gaston 28; Vincent 40, TC Central 28; Benjamin Russell 35, Talladega 7; Glencoe 40, Hokes Bluff 21; Cherokee County 32, Ider 13; Westbrook Christian 23, Ohatchee 14.

Bran Strickland is the Assistant Managing Editor for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3590 or follow him on Twitter @bran_strickland.
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