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Last week Results

  • Clay Ctrl. 31, Handley 6
  • RCHS 46, Weaver 29
  • Ranburne 28, Woodland 7
  • Wadley 32, Ragland 6

Standout performances

Mo Winston, RCHS: 20 car., 244 yards, 4 TD 1 rec., 35 yards, TD

LaDamion Boyd, Central: 19 car., 250 yards, 2 TD 85-yard KR TD

Cortavion Lynch, Wadley: 21 car., 170 yards, 2 TD

Jaquez Wilkes, Wadley: 22 car., 155 yards, TD

Austin Terrell, RCHS: 11 car., 126 yards

Kaide Garrett, Ranburne: 65 rush yards, 2 TD 156 pass yards, 1 TD

Logan Crook, Ranburne: 10 car., 78 yards, TD

Analysis

When looking at Clay Central’s win over Handley Friday it’s only fair to say that for those four quarters the better team won the game.

Central controlled the line of scrimmage for the most part on both sides of the ball, limiting Handley’s running game to 63 yards when the Tigers came into the game averaging over 260 yards on the ground.

Central averaged nearly six yards per carry and got 250 of their 274 ground yards from stud running back LaDamion Boyd, who also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

But even in the midst of that disparity, it was big plays – not methodical drives – that tilted the game Central’s way.

Aside from his 84-yard kickoff return, Boyd scored on runs of 60 and 80 yards. Central’s first touchdown was set up by a 49-yard pass play, and their field goal came after Trendon Glenn’s interception of an attempted screen pass in Handley territory.

Even Handley’s touchdown came after a Central fumble set the Tigers up on the Vols’ 30-yard line. There just weren’t enough of those type of big plays in Handley’s favor to keep the game close.

Now looking at Central’s schedule and they way they are playing it’s difficult to see a loss over their next six games, although Valley and Beauregard may have something to say about that. Even so, 10-0 is definitely in play for the Vols.

And with Anniston looking like they may have fallen off the pace from last year’s region championship team, it’s also not hard to see Handley winning out from this point on.

Wadley may have just won its region with a solid 32-6 win over Ragland. Winterboro – coming off of a narrow loss to Spring Garden – could prove troublesome for Wadley when they meet on October 20, but if the Bulldogs can get by RCHS this week (not a given by any means) a healthy, focused Wadley team should run the table in the back half of its schedule and enter the playoffs as region champs.

RCHS continues to run its opponents into the ground. The latest victim was Weaver, which watched almost helplessly as the Tigers ran for 460 yards. The Tigers’ offensive line continues to dominate, and Mo Winston’s star continues to burn brighter and brighter by the week. They’ll get a good test this week against Wadley in a game that appears to be pretty evenly matched. But if they can get by the Bulldogs, the October 13 game against Walter Wellborn may be the greatest hurdle to a region title for the Tigers. If RCHS does win the region, amazingly it would be just the second region championship for Pat Prestridge in his storied career.

Ranburne was able to shut down Woodland and get enough offense from Kaide Garrett and company to win for the 12th time in the last 13 games between these two rivals.

Ranburne remains very much alive for a playoff spot, but Woodland’s hopes for postseason play took a big hit with the loss.

Both teams are off this week, but Woodland returns to action with a winnable game against Central, Coosa next week, while Ranburne enters a crucial stretch of games against Vincent, Isabella and Thorsby starting next Friday. The Bulldogs will most likely have to win two of those three games to have a shot at making the playoffs.

Games this week (7 p.m. Friday)

  • Clay Ctrl. at Alexandria
  • Lanett at Handley
  • Wadley at RCHS

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