The prep football regular season rolls into week four on Friday. There are several games being played locally, including two Class 6A, Region 4 matchups – Paul W. Bryant at Northridge, Hillcrest at Brookwood. Vestavia Hills visits Tuscaloosa County for a Class 7A, Region 3 meeting and Lakeside is at Tuscaloosa Academy in an AISA, Class AAA, Region 1 game.

Paul W. Bryant at Northridge

Bryant and Northridge enter the matchup at opposite ends of the standings. Bryant is 3-0 after dominating Brookwood 70-12 last week. Northridge enters winless after losing to McAdory, 28-7.

Bryant’s offense has been on a roll thanks to the play of quarterback Ty’Javian Edwards. The Stampede is averaging nearly 42 points per game and head coach Eldrick Hill said he knew his offense was special since the first practice in the summer.

“They’ve done a great job gelling since our first practice,” Hill said. “Our coaches have done a great job putting guys in the right positions.”

As for the game against Northridge, Hill expects a tough, physical contest.

“It’s gonna be a physical game. They’re going to try to punch us in the mouth early, we just have to be ready to take that punch and that drive. Hopefully we can sustain that and be victorious at the end of the day," Hill said.

Hillcrest at Brookwood

This matchup is the most important for the regional standings as Hillcrest and Brookwood enter with identical records.

Brookwood will look to rebound from back-to-back blowout losses to Northside and Bryant. The Panthers have been outscored 110-12 in the past two weeks after opening the season with a 30-26 win over West Blocton.

Hillcrest hopes for a repeat of last year’s matchup against Brookwood, which saw the Patriots score three touchdowns in three minutes on their way to a 62-0 win.

Vestavia Hills at Tuscaloosa County

Tuscaloosa County will face a tough battle as it looks for the first win of the season. Vestavia has won all of its games in dominant fashion. In just three games, the Patriots have outscored opponents 132-17.

Although they haven’t won a game yet, Tuscaloosa County has come close. The Wildcats lost to Mountain Brook by 10 last week and to Demopolis by just 6 in week one.

Lakeside at Tuscaloosa Academy

No local team has played in as many close games as Tuscaloosa Academy. In two wins and one loss so far, a touchdown or less decided the winner. The Knights are coming off a nail-biter of a win against Escambia Academy, 20-19.

Tuscaloosa Academy will look to win in comfortable fashion this week against a winless Lakeside. To do so they will turn to quarterback Mayes White, who leads the team in rushing and passing.