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FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: Rivalry game could swing seasons

Local rivals Isabella and Thorsby have had opposite experiences this season, but attitudes about the 2015 season could change quickly this week.

Thorsby has a 5-4 record, including 4-2 in region play, and the Rebels are gearing up for a berth in the Class 2A state playoffs.

Isabella, meanwhile, is 1-8 and hasn’t won a game since Week 2 of the season.

Though there will be no postseason appearance for IHS, a win over rival Thorsby on Friday could change how the season will be viewed.

And for Thorsby, a loss could suddenly darken the feelings about a successful campaign so far.

Given results so far, Thorsby would be considered a favorite in the rivalry game, but Isabella has won the last four in the series.

During that streak, the Mustangs have outscored the Rebels 165-13.

So, THS will have to reverse the recent trend to go into the playoffs with its momentum still intact.

Though 2015 has been an exciting season for Thorsby and disappointing, for the most part, for Isabella, that could change on Friday.

The game will begin at 7 p.m. at Susan Bentley Field.

It will be the last home game of the regular season for Thorsby’s seniors and the last game for Isabella’s seniors.

Who will win the Isabella-Thorsby game?

  • Thorsby (78%, 21 Votes)
  • Isabella (22%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 27

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FRIDAY NIGHT WEATHER

Friday’s weather should be pleasant, with a high temperature of 72 degrees. Things should cool by the time high school football games begin at 7 p.m. The low Friday night is expected to be 53 degrees. Rain is forecasted for Saturday afternoon but shouldn’t be a factor for fans planning for the games on Friday night.

ALSO THIS WEEK

•Chilton Co. at Calera (Thursday)

•Montevallo at Billingsley (Thursday)

•Maplesville at Sweet Water

•Jacksonville Christian at Verbena

All games begin at 7 p.m.

UNOFFICIAL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS

Editor’s note: The playoff pairings below are based on results through 10 weeks of the season. Since there are still games left to be played, the pairings are subject to change.

Class 2A

•Thorsby at Providence Christian

Class 1A

•Verbena at J.U. Blacksher

•Billingsley at Millry

•Kinston at Maplesville

REGION STANDINGS

Class 6A, Region 3

Opelika (6-0 region, 9-0 overall)

Benjamin Russell (5-1, 9-1)

Chelsea (4-2, 7-2)

Pell City (2-4, 4-5)

Oxford (2-4, 3-6)

Valley (2-4, 3-6)

Chilton Co. (0-6, 3-6) 

Class 5A, Region 4

Demopolis (7-0, 8-1)

Helena (6-1, 7-2)

Calera (5-2, 7-2)

Dallas Co. (4-3, 5-4)

Central Tuscaloosa (2-5, 4-5)

Sumter Central (2-5, 2-7)

Jemison (1-6, 1-8)

Wilcox Central (0-7, 0-9)

Class 2A, Region 4

Fayetteville (6-0, 8-1)

Pickens Co. (5-1, 7-2)

Thorsby (4-2, 5-4)

Francis Marion (3-3, 3-6)

R.C. Hatch (2-4, 3-6)

Holy Spirit (1-5, 1-8)

Vincent (0-6, 0-9)

Class 1A, Region 3

Notasulga (5-0, 7-2)

Billingsley (3-2, 4-5)

Loachapoka (3-2, 4-5)

Verbena (2-3, 6-3)

Autaugaville (2-3, 5-4)

Isabella (0-5, 1-8)

Class 1A, Region 4

Maplesville (4-0, 7-1)

Linden (3-1, 6-2)

A.L. Johnson (2-2, 2-6)

Keith (1-3, 3-6)

Ellwood Christian (0-4, 3-6)