Prep Picks: My kingdom for a roll of duct tape
by Bran Strickland
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Clay Central's Tyrone Cosby scores an early touchdown against Childersburg in Week 6. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Clay Central's Tyrone Cosby scores an early touchdown against Childersburg in Week 6. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
There are lots of pointless majors in college.

While it would be easy to list them, I’m in no mood to alienate large parts of the picking population, so, I’ll just keep it to myself. Well, all but one: general studies.

No better way to prove you’re indecisive than to put it on your resume with some all caps letters behind it.

For those who can’t make up their mind, I always thought there would be 400-level classes in things like picking a place to go to lunch. But then one might become decisive and change majors, and that would defeat the process.

Recently, though, I came to terms with the fact that I’m a general studies kind of guy.

In the past week, I’ve worked on a car (kind of), replaced the inner workings of a toilet (after a $100-plus water bill), played locksmith (not with a coat hanger) and started a campfire (with semi-wet wood.)

None were really major tasks, granted, but it was that no one else around could do them.

“How do you know how to do this?” I was asked during one task.

The short answer: I just do.

The long answer is probably at a young age hanging around the men in my life, like my father and Uncle Dwayne, the latter of whom should have a PhD in all things fix-it. Really, after the things I’ve seen him do on a farm with bailing wire, he makes MacGyver look like a klutz.

I’m those things to a much lesser degree — jack of all trades, master at none.

And I’m in need of a Mr. Fix It.

After a horrible performance last week with six misses, I’ve got to prove I can fix this, too.

Anybody got any bailing wire? This may need some duct tape, too.

Clay Central at Dadeville: We all expected Clay Central to be good. This good? I didn’t. And I didn’t expect this game to be the one to decide the region title. Then again, I’m not paid to know much about Dadeville. That being said, even if I knew a lot about them now, it’d be difficult to go against what the Volunteers have going. … Clay Central 28, Dadeville 21.

Piedmont at Weaver: I knew all along the Bulldogs would be this good. … Piedmont 42, Weaver 13.

Vincent at Woodland: I can’t imagine what the Bobcats are going through right now as running back Mikey Howard battles an unknown illness. With Woodland at full speed, this wouldn’t be much of a contest. Without him, it’ll be closer, but gives his teammates an immense amount of motivation. … Woodland 28, Vincent 21.

White Plains at Susan Moore: I must say I’ve been pleasantly surprised with what White Plains has been able to accomplish in the past few weeks. Hate, too, that I wasn’t able to see the Wildcats’ game against Cleveland, which Al Muskewitz called one of the best he’d seen this year. Musky isn’t one to hand out compliments lightly. Much like in basketball officiating, consider this one a make-up call … White Plains 23, Susan Moore 21.

Oxford at Pell City: The Yellow Jackets haven’t been really tested in a while. And in not being all that tested, Racean Thomas should be well rested. Oxford has more weapons than just throwing the Roc at people, but I think he’ll be the difference maker this week, actually seeing action well into the fourth quarter. I’ll give him 300-plus yards. … Oxford 42, Pell City 28.

Pleasant Valley at Wellborn: Wellborn just has too many weapons, not to mention a likely higher level of focus after the near upset last week with Ranburne. It’ll be another week in the momentum they’ll have when the postseason starts again at The Hill … Wellborn 42, Pleasant Valley 14.

Gaylesville at Donoho: Donoho is a good football team but proved by its recent four-game skid its just not yet on that next level. As the losses have mounted, it’s up to the Falcons to prove they’ve grown despite of the setbacks. No better time than with a playoff berth on the line … Donoho 24, Gaylesville 21.

Ohatchee at Victory Christian: It’s a cliché in sports, but Ohatchee really is better than its record indicates. With the Indians being competitive in the late stages of many games, it’d be a shame if they went this entire season without being able to enjoy the thrill of victory. They’ll get it playing Victory. … Ohatchee 42, Victory 13.

Saks at Cleveland: Saks is clearly the better team. Cleveland, however, can do things to get you out of your game plan. This one could be a slight trap game, but the Wildcats will overcome. … Saks 28, Cleveland 14.

Jacksonville Christian at ASD: The Silent Warriors have had JCA’s number recently, winning four the past five. That changes Friday night, and hopefully for the Thunder’s sake helps it to close the season out on a strong note with another winnable game in the season finale. … JCA 21, ASD 18.

Munford at Anniston: I’ve got no idea how to go with this game. But as messed up as Class 4A, Region 5 has been this season, it’s kind of fitting. … Anniston 21, Munford 20.

Jacksonville at Alexandria: Last week was one of the strangest games I’ve ever witnessed. Jacksonville scored, at times, with relative ease. But that was when it held the ball, and in the fourth quarter, the Golden Eagles only had it just more than 40 seconds.

Alexandria has more big-play potential than Cleburne County had that night, which makes me think this game is headed for a shootout. The difference will come in the Valley Cubs secondary … Alexandria 42, Jacksonville 35.

Lincoln at Cleburne County: Speaking of Cleburne County, its methodical fourth-quarter drives were some of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen on a football field. I really didn’t expect to see Lincoln fall like it did last week, but I think its defense is a notch better than Jacksonville’s and will be able to hold Cleburne County in many of the third downs the Tigers converted last week. … Lincoln 35, Cleburne County 24.

For the rest of them …

Ragland 42, Falkville 10; Cedar Bluff 35, Spring Garden 32; Handley 37, Beulah 14; Randolph County 52, Prattville Christian 6; Loachapoka 38, TC Central 14; Hokes Bluff 28, Cherokee County 7; Fultondale 27, Ranburne 24.

Assistant Managing Editor Bran Strickland: 256-235-3590. On Twitter @Bran_Strickland.

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