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FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Isabella primed for playoff push

Published 4:14pm Thursday, October 4, 2012

Another development for IHS was Booth moving to the coach’s box for last week’s win at Verbena. Booth, who calls plays, said the improved perspective was an advantage but that he missed the opportunity to communicate with players during the game.

“It was an experiment,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to do that, and I think I did a better job calling plays, being able to see everything.”

Isabella’s improvements come at a crucial time, with four consecutive region games upcoming, including contests against two teams ahead of IHS in the standings.

“Even though we’re playing better, the schedule is about to get a lot tougher,” Booth said.

Who will win?

Isabella has improved dramatically since the beginning of the season, but injuries to offensive playmakers could cost the Mustangs. Even with a loss here, expect IHS to remain a factor in the playoff race the rest of the season.

Pick: Lanett | Picks record: 19-12

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Jemison (4-1) at West Blocton (1-4)

Jemison’s march toward a showdown with fellow region unbeaten Dora on Oct. 19 continues this week. Pick: Jemison

Ellwood Christian (3-2) at Maplesville (4-1)

Maplesville must guard against a letdown the week after a heartbreaking loss at Sweet Water. Pick: Maplesville

Billingsley (3-2) at Keith (5-0)

Billingsley’s hold on a playoff spot is tenuous, but even if the Bears fall on the road Friday, they should still have a good chance. Pick: Keith

Sylacauga (5-0) at Chilton Co. (4-1)

Chilton County has played well, especially on defense. But the offense won’t put up a ton of points in this one. Pick: Sylacauga

Chilton Christian (2-3) at Brooklane Baptist

Last week’s loss was embarassing for Chilton Christian. The Patriots will be looking for redemption. Pick: Chilton Christian

Trinity (3-2) at Thorsby (1-4)

Look for Thorsby to decide it wants to fight the rest of the season. The Rebels will improve but not pick up a win this week. Pick: Trinity

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