AL.com - 5 High School Football Games to Watch in Coastal Alabama in Round 3


Saraland quarterback Gabe Reynolds passes against Lee-Montgomery in the first half of a prep football playoff game Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, in Saraland, Ala. (Mike Kittrell | preps@al.com)


The following is an article written by Ben Thomas of AL.com published on November 16th.


CLASS 6A: Saraland (10-2) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-2)

Time/location: 7 p.m. Friday, Roy Johnson Jr. Stadium, Tuscaloosa


Last week: Saraland defeated Lee-Montgomery 35-6; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa defeated Baldwin County 28-22.

Playoff seeds: Saraland is the top seed from Region1; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa is the second seed from Region 4.


The skinny: The two teams have split two previous meetings with Hillcrest winning 35-20 in 2014 and Saraland winning 34-27 in 2017. … Jeff Kelly’s Spartans have won 10 straight games since opening the season with back-to-back losses to a pair of Class 7A playoff teams, Theodore and Hewitt-Trussville. In the last four games, Saraland has outscored its opponents 170-19. The Spartans have allowed 13 points in the playoffs. Junior QB Gabe Reynolds has completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,714 yards 20 TDs. West Virginia commit Jarel Williams has 51 receptions for 742 yards and 12 TDs. Santae McWilliams Jr. (152 carries, 977 yards, 8 TDs) is the leading rusher. The defense is anchored by linemen Keaton Law and Trevon McAlpine. … Hillcrest has won seven straight since a 38-30 loss to Hueytown on Sept. 17. Jamie Mitchell’s team scored a season-high 56 in a first-round win over Carver-Montgomery. The Patriots are led by junior quarterback Ethan Crawford. Crawford has completed 117 of 189 passes for 1,927 yards and 22 TDs. He’s been intercepted just 3 times. He’s also rushed for 535 yards and 15 TDs. Jamarion Johnson (132 carries, 791 yards, 15 TDs) is the team’s leading rusher, while J’Quon Sturdivant is the team’s leading receiver (8 TDs). The defense is led by Kendrick Davis (37 tackles, 10 TFL) and Collin Dunn (31.5 tackles, 8.5 TFL).