Earlier this year back at the end of April we put together a list outlining some of the games we thought were going to be the biggest of the 2020 high school football season.
Back then we were at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, so making that list was a little bit a combination of needing content and finding something to look forward to.
With workouts starting a few weeks ago, we’re barreling towards the start of football practice, which according to new rules, will be allowed to start as early as July 27 this year.
Of course with Covid-19, there’s still a lot of question marks and even more unknowns regarding how things are going to play out.
So for the moment lets just pretend like there are no worries and the season will start on time without any problems.
With the season even closer we’re once again going to take a look at what might be the biggest games of the season, this time with a few changes.
East Lawrence vs. West Morgan 8/28
There’s no love lost between these two rivals who are separated by just a few miles and a count line. Now after two years away they will finally be meeting again.
In their last meeting, West Morgan ran away with the game en route to an 8-2 season a region title while East Lawrence finished the season winless. That was two years ago and things have changed a lot. The Eagles are coming off their best season in two decades and expectations are high under new head coach Bo Culver. Luckily for fans, this game is in week two so they won’t have to wait long to see these two go at it.
With the game being early in the season, it will also give us a good look at what the Eagles are going to look like.
East Lawrence had high expectations for this season but, because of Covid, Culver didn’t even get to meet with his team until June.
Hatton vs. East Lawrence 9/25
The Hornets just can’t draw a break. For the past two seasons they’ve been in one of the toughest regions around and it didn’t get any easier with the new realignments. In fact, it most likely got tougher with the loss of Addison but the addition of Mars Hill.
This game has been in the middle of the season the past two years and has served as a catalyst for both teams. Two years ago Hatton used a win to rebound from a 1-3 start to finish 6-4. Last year East Lawrence used a win to finish 5-5 for the first time in decades.
The game is a great county rivalry, but the implications of what a win could mean for both team’s seasons can’t be ignored.
Hatton vs. Lexington 10/2
These two schools and teams are very similar when you break them down and that always makes for fun in athletic events.
Lexington showed a lot of improvement towards the end of the last season and almost pulled the upset on Hatton in a tightly contested game.
Hatton lost some key players from last year’s team so this could be another tightly contested game that could also serve as an important region game for both teams.
R.A. Hubbard vs. Decatur Heritage 10/9
Going into last season it felt like the region would come down to these two teams.
When they met it certainly felt like it.
The Eagles edged Hubbard in a tight game and used the win to catapult them to the region title.
Hubbard wound up barely missing the playoffs, but one has to wonder had this game turned out differently how the season would’ve turned out.
Lawrence County vs. Russellville 9/18
It’s hard to have a list like this and not include this game. The Red Devils and Golden Tigers have carved out one of the best rivalries in North Alabama. The energy of this game should be off the chart as Red Devil players feel as if they were robbed of a win last year. This one is going to be a lot of fun to look forward to.