SMITHS STATION, AL (WTVM) - By Kim Smith
The Friday night lights are back on, and it's time for Week 4 action in high school football!
This week region play is heating up with 2 teams who remain perfect so far...
The Prattville Lions are a perennial power in Alabama, and when they rolled into Smiths Station it definitely felt like a playoff type of game.
This is only the second meeting between Smiths and Prattville, with the last game in 2008.
Prattville and Smiths now in the same region will have one of their biggest tests so far this season.
Both teams are undefeated. Smiths Station has been successful under new head coach Jason Dukes, who came in and implemented the spread offense, which this team has only been running for about 6 months. Quarterback Dalton Sinquefield says it was very different but they have been able to adjust well.
And it's showing in their game. Sinquefield was the first quarterback to pass for more than 400 yards from an Alabama high school, throwing 433 in Week 1.
With speedy weapons like Armani Reedy and Austin Taylor, Smiths has built what we like to call panther passing power.
But it's the deep ball that Prattville is preparing for. With a defense led by safety Desmond Martin, Prattville's coach Chad Anderson is looking for consistency with his defense. They have given up 40 points all coming in the first half.
Sinquefield and the Smiths Station Panthers know this week won't be easy, but it's a test they want to take.
"You look forward to it because anytime you can go and conquer a team like Prattville," said Sinquefield. "It shows that you are a great team and have great things going for you. I think we are still growing and we showed that we have some growing pains and that the road is not going to be smooth. It's going to have bumps in it, and we've shown great things in the first 3 games."
"It's going to be a challenge for us," said Dukes. "We've seen them on film.. We've also seen that if we can come out and execute on offense and defensive game plan then we are going to have an opportunity to win. So it's going to be a great challenge for us. The atmosphere on Friday night is going to be electric. It's going to be a play off type atmosphere."
This will be a statement game for Smiths with Prattville, a team that has a dominating run game and a talented quarterback who is committed to Duke.