5 Birmingham area high school football games to watch in Week 6

Here are five games to watch in the Birmingham area this week, featuring interclass play in a non-region week.

There are several interesting matchups, including ranked teams from different classes playing.

The complete schedule follows.

CLAY-CHALKVILLE (5-0) AT THOMPSON (3-2)

Thompson's Peter Woods

Thompson’s Peter Woods warms up during a game at Thompson High School’s Warrior Stadium in Alabaster, Ala., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. (Dennis Victory | preps@al.com)

Time / location: Friday, 7 pm, Warriors Stadium, Alabaster

Last week: Class 6A top-ranked Clay-Chalkville beat Center Point 56-19 and Class 7A seventh-ranked Thompson beat Chelsea 48-3.

The skinny: Clay-Chalkville has won both games in the series, including 27-7 the last time they played in 1999.

Both teams have capable offenses, but this game should be decided on the defensive side.

Clay-Chalkville’s defense has allowed 39 points with 2 shutouts in five games. DJ Barber and Matthew Yafondo are the defensive leaders at LB while Jamon Smith and Devin Finley handle the front duties. DBs Ormond Wallace and Camaran Jones will be tested while offensive threats Jaylen Mbakwe (Alabama commit) and Mario Craver will help at DB. QB Kamari McClellan has dangerous targets in Mbakwe and Craver. Rodreckus Johnson runs behind an OL anchored by center Pierre White and AJ Williams.

Thompson’s defense features a front 7 led by DL Clemson commit Peter Woods and LBs Seth Hampton and Jake Ivie. The defensive backfield has Alabama commit Tony Mitchell along with Anquon Fegans. The offense is trying to limit mistakes and QB Zach Sims has options at WR with Korbyn Williams, Deuce Oliver and Kolby Hearn. AJ Green in the workhorse at RB – he’s also dangerous out of the backfield.

HOOVER (4-1) AT MOUNTAIN BROOK (5-0)

Mountain Brook at Jackson-Olin Football

Mountain Brook’s Cole Gamble (19) carries the ball against Jackson-Olin’s Tywuan Cooper (24) during a game at Jackson-Olin High school in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (Marvin Gentry | preps@al.com)

Time / location: Friday, 7 pm, Spartan Stadium, Mountain Brook

Last week: Class 7A sixth-ranked Hoover beat fifth-ranked Hewitt-Trussville 17-7 and Class 6A second-ranked Mountain Brook beat Jackson-Olin 41-0.

The skinny: Hoover leads the series 34-8 with a seven game winning streak that includes the 34-10 win in 2019, the last game between the teams.

Both teams rely heavily on defense.

Hoover allows opponents only 11 points a game with a superior defense. The front 7 is special with a DL features Jordan Norman, Andrew Parrish, Michael Nixon and Chaleb Powell along with LBs Bradley Shaw and Kaleb Jackson. Jay Avery, DJ Estes, Keith Christein and Devan Carlisle are strong at DB. QB Brewer Smith has weapons at WR in KJ Law and Freddie Dunson while Ahamari Williams (Wildcat in goal line situations) and Lamarion McCammon handle RB duties. OL includes Ethan Hubbard, AJ Franklin and Rashad Smith.

Mountain Brook surrenders 9.6 points a game with LBs Trent Wright, Vaughn Frost and Braxton Dean very active along the front. Parker Avery is strong on the defensive line and Mac Palmer holds the fort at defensive back. The offense features a potent ground game with Cole Gamble, Will Waldrop and Jack King finding holes behind a capable OL. QB John Colvin targets receivers Jackson Beatty and Clark Sanderson. Kicker Reed Harradine is a weapon.

PINSON VALLEY (2-2) AT HOMEWOOD (4-1)

Pinson Valley Scrimmage

Pinson Valley’s Jacobi Jackson during a scrimmage at Pinson Valley high school in Pinson, Ala., Saturday, August 6, 2022. (Marvin Gentry | preps@al.com)

Time / location: Friday, 7 pm, Waldrop Stadium, Homewood

Last week: Class 6A eighth-ranked Pinson Valley beat Oxford 44-20 while Homewood Beat Benjamin Russell 31-24.

The skinny: The series is tied at 3 wins each, but Pinson Valley has won the last two meetings, including 42-7 in the first round of 2019 playoffs.

Pinson Valley’s defense has allowed only 64 points (16 per game). The Metcalf brothers, TJ and Tevis, are hang-tight stoppers at DB and both can add offensive firepower. The front 7 is stout with Zi’Keith Springfield, J’Roc Williams and Jacobi Jackson. Sophomore QB Keywone Posey continues to improve with the top receiving threat Virginia commit Amare Thomas. OL Cam Griffin and Carson Moorer block for RB Taurus Chambers.

Homewood QB Woods Ray has thrown for 1,037 yards and 9 TDs and run for 249 yards and 3 scores. WR Jackson Parris (26 catches) and RB Calyb Colbert (15 catches) lead in receptions while Colbert has 218 rushing yards. Talton Thomas leads the defense with 35 tackles, Parker Sansing has 32 and Clay Burdeshaw has 26 stops, all from DB. OLB Adam Parker has 28 tackles and LB Rigdon Gibbons has 24 tackles.

PLEASANT GROVE (3-1) AT PARKER (3-2)

2022 HS Football - Ramsay at Pleasant Grove

Pleasant Grove’s Kyron Burroughs celebrates a touchdown during the first half of the Ramsay at Pleasant Grove high school football game in Pleasant Grove, Ala., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. (Vasha Hunt | preps.al.com)Vasha Hunt

Time / location: Friday, 7 pm, Major Brown Memorial Stadium, Birmingham

Last week: Class 5A sixth-ranked Pleasant Grove beat Hayden 53-0 while Class 6A Parker lost 27-14 to Gardendale.

The skinny: Pleasant Grove leads the series 9-3 and won 42-28 last season.

It’s Pleasant Grove’s first real test since the loss to Ramsay. The offense is led by Eric Handley (Kentucky offer) with while ATH Kyron Burroughs is the classic scatback and WR Clarence Taylor is good with the ball in his hands. Jordan Foy leads the OL. The defense will be tested by Parker’s running game. Aiden Hall and BJ Jordan at LB and Deshawn Love at DL head the front 7. Cam Wormley is strong on the back end.

Parker RB and Kentucky commit Khalifa Keith returned from injury last week, but the Thundering Herd lost QB Malik Muhammad to injury. Tyson Allen will start in his place of him. Xavier Richardson leads the offensive line while Carl Pitts is threat at receiver. Jeremiah Beaman has Alabama and Auburn offers and Jourdin Crawford has LSU and Arkansas offers to head a strong DL. The defensive backfield is stout with Naeem Offord (Auburn offer), Jeremiah Struggs and Timothy Merritt.

RAMSAY (4-1) AT AUBURN (5-0)

2022 HS Football - Ramsay at Parker

Ramsay’s Jmarcus Jones defends against Parker at Parker high-school football game in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Aug 25, 2022. (Vasha Hunt | preps.al.com)Vasha Hunt

Time / location: Friday, 7 pm, Duck Samford Stadium, Auburn

Last week: Class 5A third-ranked Ramsay beat Fairfield 48-14 and Class 7A top-ranked Auburn beat Lee-Montgomery 58-7.

The skinny: It’s the first meeting between the teams.

Ramsay features a dynamic offense (36.4 ppg) and a stingy defense (19.2 ppg). Sophomore QB Kameron Keenan leads the offense with RBs Ashton Ashford and Tremell Washington running behind an OL anchored by Anthony Miles. WRs Kristian Stinson and Jalen Jones are targets. The defense is even better with wrecking ball LB QB Reese and DL Caleb Patterson on the front. The defensive backfield is exceptional with Jmarcus Jones, James Jones, Fletcher Taylor, Zedrick Powell and O’Conner Jones.

Auburn’s prolific offense is led by QBs Clyde Pittman and Davis Harsin (son of Auburn coach Bryan Harsin) with RB DV Williams finding holes behind an experienced OL that includes Auburn commit Bradyn Joiner, Avery Ferris and Eric Patrick. Receiving targets are WRs Ean Nation and Marcellus Josephson along with TE Griffin McLean. LB Klark Cleveland is the defensive bell cow along with LB Coleman Granberry behind a strong front of Mark Toland, Rico Spinks, Jordan Reese and Deuce White. Graham Young, Andrew King, Andre Emilius and Jaylin Davis handle the back end.

BIRMINGHAM AREA SCHEDULE

(All games at 7 pm unless noted)

THURSDAY

Hewitt-Trussville at Huffman

FRIDAY

Briarwood Christian at Oak Mountain

Clay-Chalkville at Thompson

Corner at Fultondale

Fairfield at Center Point

Choctaw County at Woodlawn (Choctaw County forfeit)

Gardendale at Austin

Hoover at Mountain Brook

Jackson-Olin at Helena

Leeds at Sylacauga

Lynn at Tarrant

Midfield at Francis Marion

Minor at Florence

Montevallo at Jemison

Moody at Shelby County

Mortimer Jordan at Cullman

Pelham at Chelsea

Pinson Valley at Homewood

Pleasant Grove at Parker

Ramsay at Auburn

Shades Valley at Bessemer City

Sipsey Valley at Oak Grove

Vincent at Childersburg

Wenonah at Holt

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