Preview and prediction for AHSAA football 1A semifinal: Pickens County vs. Coosa Christian
Pickens County needs just one win over Coosa Christian to reach the Super 7 state championship for the first time since 2020. Here is a look at Pickens County's fourth-round matchup with a prediction.
Coosa Christian (9-4) at Pickens County (10-3)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
This 1A semifinal matchup pits two teams with polar opposite pasts against each other. Coosa Christian didn't have an AHSAA playoff win in its history until this season. Pickens County is No. 17 in all-time wins in Alabama high school football.
Coosa Christian's offense has hit a stride the last two months, and in the quarterfinals it knocked off Lynn, the only 1A team to defeat Pickens County. The Conquerors have scored 31 points or more in seven straight and tied its season-high 46 against Lynn behind a balanced attack.
Pickens County hasn't fallen since a 21-20 overtime loss in a region champion-deciding game vs. Lynn in September.
Nearly every week, it's been a different Pickens County player to star on offense, or a combination of these four upperclassmen: Korbit Sommervile, Santonio Jones, Elijah Merriweather and Kemaurion Plott. Last week, it was senior quarterback Demarkis Giles, who had four touchdowns passing.
Pickens County has been more decisive in its playoff wins than Coosa Christian and defeated the highest-ranked team in No. 7 Meek during the second round.
The Tornadoes are slightly older, but much more experienced than Coosa Christian because of deep playoff runs. If it can play below its 2.2 turnovers per game, Pickens County will advance to Jordan-Hare Stadium for a chance to win its first state championship since 2013.
Rushin's pick: Pickens County 44, Coosa Christian 38
Jerell Rushin is a recruiting reporter for the Tuscaloosa News and the USA TODAY Network. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @JerellRushin_.