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Tragedy reminds us it's just a game

By Staff
Charles Prince, Sports Editor
The game was called off with over one quarter left to play.
The reason was the tragic death of a 14-year old freshman player, Zach Upton.
But, it is just a game. Cancelling the remaining time left in the Falkville at Oakman game was the only decision to make.
Does the game still have any meaning for either team?
Can the Oakman team go on and finish the season without a fallen friend?
Will they cancel their last three games?
Will they even care if they play anymore?
Can the players deal with the loss of a teammate?
The answers aren't known right now.
Hopefully, whatever decision the Oakman team makes will be one which helps them to overcome their grief.
The games will go on this week, but I'm not sure the usual excitement and passion will be in the air.
Football is perhaps the most exciting sport for players and fans alike, but it is just a game.
A game which seems a little insignificant this week.
Hartselle (5-2)
at Brewer (0-7)
The Tigers need two more region wins to clinch a home playoff game.
They'll pick up one of those wins this Friday…Tigers 38, Patriots 10
Winfield (7-0)
at Danville (7-0)
The title in 3A, Region 7 is on the line.
The Pirates average over 51 points per game, while the Hawks allow less than 10 a game. Something has to give…Pirates 24, Hawks 17
Cleveland (2-5)
at Priceville (2-5)
The Bulldogs are coming off a tough overtime loss to Cordova. Expect them to bounce back here…Bulldogs 24, Panthers 13
Falkville (0-7)
at Holly Pond (6-1)
It must be tough for the Falkville players to focus on anything after last week…Broncos 31, Blue Devils 13
Kentucky (1-6)
at Auburn (7-0)
Kentucky is no threat to the Tigers hopes of getting a berth in the BCS title game…War Eagle 56, Mildcats 6
at Tennessee (5-1)
A week ago this looked to be ugly, as Tennessee was coming off a big road win at Georgia.
Then Saturday the Vols looked shaky at best, in squeaking out a win at Ole Miss.
The Tide meantime, looked much improved as they dominated No. 25 Southern Mississippi in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama's running game should make some noise in Knoxville.
But, with the home crowd and a sub-par passing game working against them, the Tide will come up short…Rocky Top 27, Crimson Tide 20