SLOCOMB, Ala (WDHN) — Now that region competition is complete, the final week of the regular season carries a slate of games of some non-typical matchups like Brantley and Andalusia, Dothan and McGill-Toolen or even Enterprise at Navarre in Florida.
In the same breath, some schools use this week as a chance to rehash an old rivalry with another school that plays in another classification. We have a few of those games this week, but one sticks out not only due to how close the schools are geographically but also in play style and record.
The 8-1, Slocomb Red Tops host the 7-2, Geneva County Bulldogs Friday in The Extra Point game of the week. If you were wondering how close the schools were, it takes just about ten minutes to cover the seven miles between the schools, and the best part is that highway 52 takes you right to both.
So when the Bulldogs and Red Tops meet up again on Friday night it will be the 83rd meeting between the two and they have played every year since 1939.
For the first time in seven years, both teams will have atleast seven wins and will be playing in the post-season, so this game carries some weight.
“For a lot of our kids this is the Alabama vs Auburn game. So it is not only big for us to play well to keep our momentum but it is also a big game because of the fact that some guys only get one shot at playing Slocomb and they want to make the most of it,” said Geneva County coach Jim Bob Striplin.
This is one of those games where each town, whether it is Hartford or Slocomb, can cling to for the next year and the players can remember for the rest of their lives.
“These kids will see each other for the rest of their lives, when you are 40 and old like me, you can see the guys and say hey remember that play I had, or remember when we won that Friday night so it is a big game,” Tisdale said.
Geneva County currently leads the all time series, that dates back to 1929, 46 to 36.
Another interesting facet to this game, is the fact that both offenses use a similar style to get them going. That is the old reliable running attack.
Geneva County is highlighted by their five star running back, Emmanuel Henderson, which needs little explanation as to how he makes the team better. But, this year Henderson has been banged up and missed three straight games. With his abscence, the Bulldogs have seen the likes of Ken’li Preyer and J’quan Broxson step up into a bigger role.
Then for Slocomb, they have a two headed rushing beast of Jaylen Nobles and Rashawn Miller Jr., who also happen to be cousins.
You can read up on that duo here: https://www.dothanfirst.com/sports/slocombs-red-hot-duo-has-the-red-tops-a-win-shy-of-a-region-championship/
Another neat little part to the contest, is the fact that each schools’ principle puts a steak dinner on the line.
Geneva County and Slocomb kick Friday night at 7 p.m. at Red Top Stadium.