Prep notebook: Oxford, Weaver looking for history to repeat
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
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If history repeats itself, Oxford and Weaver will win Friday night.

The last time Weaver beat Saks was also the last time Saks started the season 6-0.

It was in 2011, and, yes, it came in Week 7: Weaver 29, Saks 19.

In a series that has gone back and forth, Weaver has the upper hand, winning 20 of 36 games. At the same time, Saks has outscored the Bearcats 727-601.

For Oxford, the Yellow Jackets have played Grissom only once, and it was a lopsided 42-14 last season. Grissom appears to have struggled just as much this season. While Oxford has won four straight, Grissom is 0-6.

SHINING STARS: Of all the players who stood out in the area last week, none shined brighter than Jacksonville running back Dominique Thomas.

The senior’s 247-yard, five-touchdown performance in last week’s 40-39 win over Anniston nearly had Thomas named the Alabama Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week for Week 6. He was one of three finalists.

W.S. Neal’s Quenton Samuels took top honors.

Although Thomas was not recognized by the Alabama High School Athletic Association, several players were mentioned by both organizations.

Spring Garden’s Matt Mullinax, who has become a household name on both lists, finished Friday’s 47-22 win over Woodville with 223 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Teammate Ben Ivey made both lists after he recorded a fumble recovery and intercepted a pass. Piedmont’s C.J. Savage was also recognized by the ASWA and AHSAA after he had an 80-yard punt return for a score and a 24-yard touchdown reception in a 68-13 win over White Plains. The Bulldogs’ Denard Spears was mentioned by the AHSAA after his performance in the victory.

The ASWA recognized a host of other players.

Weaver’s Chris Arnold and Racean Thomas of Oxford were two tailbacks who made the cut. Quarterback Daylon Brackett of Jacksonville Christian continued his success Friday night and Anniston’s Quint Dobbins and Ranburne’s Dylan Wiggins joined him on the list. Spring Garden defensive lineman Corey Williams joined Ivey and Mullinax.

RANBURNE RANKED: Welcome back to the ASWA Top 10, Ranburne. It’s been 12 years since the Bulldogs were ranked, but after a strong 6-0 start, Ranburne is No. 10 in this week’s Class 2A poll.

In 2001, which also is the last time Ranburne started the season 6-0, the Bulldogs were No. 8 after Week 7, No. 10 after Week 9 and No. 9 in the final poll. Ranburne finished that season 9-2 and lost in the first-round of the playoffs.

ALEXANDRIA SLUMPS: This time last season, Alexandria was heading into what would be its second win of a four-game winning streak, which would lift the team to the Class 4A, Region 5 championship.

This year, Alexandria enters Friday’s game with Cleburne County fresh off back-to-back losses to Saks and Munford by a combined score of 74-0.

Although a loss Friday night would have bigger implications toward the playoffs, it would also be the first time Alexandria would have lost three games in a row since 2010. In 2010 and ’11, Alexandria finished the season on four-game winning streaks. Last season, the Valley Cubs won four out of five. Alexandria made the playoffs all three years.

PIEDMONT STREAK: Piedmont is still keeping alive a streak that began with the 3A state championship season in 2009.

Last week’s 68-13 win over White Plains secured the second-ranked Bulldogs’ fourth straight 6-0 start.

In addition, a win against Susan Moore on Friday night will extend Piedmont’s 7-0 streak to three seasons. A win Friday also will clinch a spot in the postseason for the seventh straight season.

Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star
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