Bran: Do this one for your dads
by Bran Strickland
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While mothers have the hardest job, hands down, fathers can fall on the short side of things sometimes.

Comedian Chris Rock pointed it out in 1999.

How many songs are there on the radio about momma? Thousands. Songs about dads? “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.”

And while mothers are often complimented about things like dinner, no one has ever uttered the words: “Thanks for knocking out the rent” or “I sure do love all this hot water.”

Years before, Bill Cosby pointed out much of the same in his album, “Bill Cosby Himself.”

While young boys are taught the finer points of the gridiron by their fathers, when the cameras pan to players after touchdowns on college Saturdays, their first words are always, “Hi Mom.”

That can be rectified this week in Piedmont.

Back in 1987, Cherokee County rolled through the regular season undefeated, never allowing more than 10 points to any team — until the Warriors met Deshler in the second round and fell 27-20. Deshler fell to eventual runner-up Alexandria, 24-21, two weeks later.

Bulldog coach Steve Smith was on that team. So, too, was Piedmont assistant Patrick Walker, and a pair of Bulldog dads: Clint Bradley and Camp Reese.

So, I guess I’m talking to Cade Bradley and Tre Reese, in particular.

Do this one for your dads … Piedmont 42, Deshler 24.

Spring Garden at Hubbertville: Spring Garden got the biggest gift it could have gotten last week as Ragland was upset in the first round.

That being said, the Panthers almost fell themselves.

I was about as off as I could have been about last week’s game, saying it would be over by the half and then being shocked when I heard the game went into overtime. I’ll make no bold predictions this time around … Spring Garden 35, Hubbertville 33.

Red Bay at Woodland: With every week Woodland plays, it’s one week longer since Mikey Howard has been in the hospital. And when he’s back to 100 percent, if the Bobcats can last that long, I think he’ll help Woodland be one of the most powerful teams in the state.

As Woodland continues to win, it’ll do it with players not expected to carry the big load, gaining more and more confidence along the way.

But the Bobcats have to win. This week it’s doable … Woodland 42, Red Bay 14.

Walter Wellborn at Tanner: The Rattlers beat people like they stole something.

They score a lot — and I do mean a lot — of points, and then their defense is about as stingy as it comes, allowing just 7.2 points per contest.

Last week, though, I think was the turning point for the Panthers.

Wellborn has used the blazing speed of its talented tailbacks for the bulk of its success. But the power shown by Landon Machristie last week adds an entirely different layer to this offense. A much needed one, if the Panthers are to pull off this upset … Wellborn 21, Tanner 20.

Beauregard at Handley: The first of Handley’s four losses came against Beauregard, 47-29. Some argued then it was just Handley with a little too much of the big head after winning a state championship.

No, it was just the reality.

Beauregard is just better this season. Even at this point in the season, now that Handley has not only injuries but players being kicked off the team. … Beauregard 49, Handley 35.

Clay Central at Charles Henderson: An undefeated season is one of greatest accomplishments in football. That’s because no matter the talent, slip ups are going to come.

From those I spoke to, No. 4 Thomasville’s first-round loss to Charles Henderson could be put more into the slip-up category.

Don’t prepare right and just go through the motions, and undefeated seasons will come to an end. The Volunteers got that wake up call, and I think they got an easier trip to the third round … Clay Central 33, Charles Henderson 6.

Lincoln at Madison County: It’s safe to say when Lincoln is the Lincoln we all thought they would be, the Golden Bears are far better than their current record.

The three-game losing streak was broken last week, but that doesn’t make this week any easier to figure. Are they talented enough to beat Madison County? Without a doubt. Are they mature enough? I doubt it, because if they were they’d have stopped the bleeding before it cost them a region title.

NOTE TO GOLDEN BEAR UNDERCLASSMEN: Listen to your coaches, do what they tell you. That is all … Madison County 27, Lincoln 14.

Brooks at Munford: Brooks boasts a 10-1 record, but I’m not blown away by Region 8 where the bulk of those wins came. Then again, Alexandria losing last week didn’t give me much more confidence for Region 5.

I think they’re pretty close to the same teams. And they’re even both Lions. So, who knows … Munford 25, Brooks 21.

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

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