Local teams kick off football season

Friday night will mark the official opening of the 2021 high school football season.

This is officially referred to as Week Zero by officials at the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Teams that play a Week Zero game can have an offweek during the season.

Four local teams will kick off the season this week: Phil Campbell, Red Bay, Russellville and Tharptown. The Vina Red Devils will start their season next week.

Phil Campbell hosts Phillips

Phil Campbell versus Phillips is on the schedule as a road game for the Bobcats; instead, the game will be held at Phil Campbell Thursday, at the request of Phillips High School.

The two towns are located five minutes away from each other, making this a natural rivalry game. The Bobcats lead this series 25-18-5.

In 2020 this game was a COVID-19 forfeit win for the Bobcats. The last time the two teams met on the field was two years ago, and Phil Campbell won 29-0.