Last week Results (Friday, October 6th
- Clay Ctrl. 47, Valley 0
- Handley 39, Anniston 6
- RCHS 35, Saks 14
- Vincent 33, Ranburne 20
- Woodland 38, C. Coosa 13
- Cannon Kyles, Handley: 3 car., 106 yards, 2 TD 6-for-6, 195 yds, 2 TD
- EJ Goss, Handley: 11 car., 164 yards, TD 1 rec., 91 yards, TD
- LaDamion Boyd, Central: 21 car., 172 yards, 2 TD
- David Noles, Woodland: 26 car., 172 yards
- Malakai Drummond, Woodland: 13 car., 89 yards, 4 TD
- Garret Hendrix, Woodland: 4 rec., 112 yards, TD
- Mo Winston, RCHS: 15 car., 145 yards, TD 1 rec., 35 yards, TD
- Austin Terrell, RCHS: 11 car., 114 yards, TD
- Amari Molden, RCHS: 10 car., 108 yards, 2 TD
- Kaide Garrett, Ranburne: 125 rush yards, 2 TD 174 pass yards
It’s that time of year ladies and gentlemen. We’ve entered the second half of the high school football season and with region games aplenty over the next three weeks, that means teams will start locking down playoff spots and playing for region titles. So now is the perfect time to set the scene for that playoff push for all of the local teams. Clay Central, Handley, RCHS and Wadley are all in great position to punch their playoff tickets this week, while Woodland and Ranburne are both still alive in their region as well. Here’s the situation for all six of the local schools.
The Vols are the first ones officially in after they clinched a playoff spot with Friday’s win over Valley.
They can win the region with a win this week and a Beauregard loss to Elmore County.
While Clay Central has been in the playoffs every year of its existence, and that streak will continue this year, it has never had an undefeated regular season in the school’s 12-year history.
The combination of the way that Central has played this year and the less-than-imposing nature of the remainder of its schedule makes 10-0 a very real possibility and in my mind a probability.
Also, if the Volunteers do end up winning their region it would be the fourth straight year that they have done so under head coach Danny Horn, which means that Horn will have led the team to a championship of some sort (state or region) in every year he has been the head coach.
The Tigers can clinch a playoff spot this week with a win against Talladega and a Munford loss to Jacksonville. And they will win the region with wins this week and next week against Cleburne County, no matter what happens elsewhere.
This is getting way ahead of ourselves, but a peek at the region standings and the remaining games in Region 1 shows that there’s is a pretty good chance that if Handley wins its region they will host St. Michael and head coach Phillip Rivers in the first round of the playoffs. It would be St. Michael’s first playoff appearance in the seven-year history of the program.
The undefeated Tigers can clinch a playoff spot with a win this week against Walter Wellborn.
The scenarios for who will take the top spot in the region are still fairly unsettled, but we’ll have a much clearer picture after Friday. If Wellborn beats RCHS that most likely takes the Tigers out of the running for the region title, as Wellborn has already played and defeated Dadeville.
If RCHS wins Friday they would still need to win out against Beulah and Dadeville to claim the top spot free and clear. If they beat Wellborn and lose to Dadeville you’d be looking at the dreaded three-way tie for first place, but that situation also appears to heavily favor RCHS because of the Tigers’ non-region wins. Stay tuned.
The Bulldogs can clinch a playoff spot with a win over Victory Christian Friday. If they do that, then they could win the region title with a win over Winterboro at home next week.
We mentioned this last week, but Wadley is in an interesting spot in regards to its potential first-round opponent. If the Bulldogs take care of business and win their region, they could end up hosting Coosa Christian in the first round. That’s a potential game between two teams that have been ranked in the top 10 in the state most of the season and who are thought to be contenders for the state finals out of the north. But that game would happen in the first round because Coosa Christian was forced to forfeit all of its wins this season for playing an ineligible player and could end up as the No. 4 seed out of Region 7. We’ll keep a close eye on the Conquerors the rest of the way to see if this unexpected game materializes.
Instead of looking to claim a playoff spot this week, Woodland is at the point of the season where they are trying to avoid elimination. There’s enough uncertainty and various possible outcomes that it’s hard to say for certain that the Bobcats would be eliminated if they lose to Vincent. There would still be a scenario where they could end up in a three-way tie for fourth, depending on what happens in the Ranburne-Isabella game Friday. We’ll know a lot more about the Bobcats’ hopes once the dust settles on Friday night.
The Bulldogs are going to have to win at least two of their next three games to get into the playoffs.
The Bulldogs are probably out of the running for one of the top two spots, but could climb as high as third if they win each of their next three games. And those games look winnable to some extent, especially after Ranburne gave Vincent all it could handle Friday.
Games this week
(7 p.m. Thursday)
Handley at Talladega
(7 p.m. Friday)
S’cauga at Clay Ctrl.
Wellborn at RCHS
Ranburne at Isabella
Woodland at Vincent
Wadley at Vic. Christian