Clay Central running back Terry Heflin rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries in Central's 41-14 win over Carroll in the first round of the 5A state playoffs Friday in Lineville.

The Woodland Bobcats pulled off the upset of the night, while the three local teams that played at home all held serve and will advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Woodland entered the postseason with a record of 3-7 and was the No. 4 seed from 1A, Region 4. But the Bobcats went on the road to No. 1 seeded Cedar Bluff and knocked off the Tigers 28-20.

Woodland scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to jump out to a 21-7 lead before Cedar Bluff rallied to cut it to 21-20 at halftime. But the Bobcats got the only points of the second half on a 1-yard touchdown run by Parker Woodham, his third score of the game, late in the third quarter to give the Bobcats the cushion they needed to secure the win.

That lead held up when Woodland recovered a Cedar Bluff fumble near the goal line late in the fourth quarter as the Tigers were attempting to drive for a game-tying score.

Woodland won in the first round for the second straight season, with both wins coming on the road as the lower seeded team.

Woodland will travel to Meek next Friday for its second round game.

Clay Central 41, Carroll 14

Clay Central used an efficient running attack and forced four turnovers as they knocked off Carroll 41-14 in their first round playoff game in Lineville Friday.

Terry Heflin led the charge on offense as he ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries.

Elisha McNeil was a two-way terror for the Vols as he intercepted two passes on defense and rushed seven times for 72 yards and two touchdowns.

McNeil got his first interception on Carroll's third pass attempt of the game and returned it 48 yards to the Carroll 2-yard line. Heflin dove in from one yard out to stake Central to a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the ballgame.

That was part of a 20-point first quarter for the Volunteers, who never trailed in the game and didn't give up their first points until Carroll came up with scoop and score against Central's second-team offense late in the third quarter.

By that time had built a 41-0 lead, and the outcome was never in doubt.

Jakhiem McLemore accounted for Central's other touchdown, a 1-yard score in the second quarter that sent the Vols to the locker room with a 34-0 lead.

Central has yet to lose in the first round in four seasons under head coach Danny Horn. The Vols will travel to Faith Academy in Mobile for next week's second-round contest.

Handley 42, Geneva 6

Handley also got off to a fast start and put its first-round opponent away early in a 42-6 victory over Geneva in Roanoke.

Handley led 21-0 after the first quarter and 35-0 at the half as they started the defense of their Class 4A state title.

The Tigers piled up 318 yards of offense, and they spread the wealth to do it, as no Handley player gained more than 72 yards from scrimmage. And that 72 yards came on a long touchdown pass from Cannon Kyles to Maurice Cameron on Cameron's only reception of the game.

Tae Meadows ran for two first-quarter touchdowns, and Jay Haynes and Kyles also added scoring runs to go along with a fumble return for a score by Isaac Ware in the fourth quarter.

Handley will host Bibb County in the second round next week.

Other scores

Wadley 48, Gaylesville 14 – The Bulldogs will host Hubbertville in round two next week.

Elba 55, Ranburne 28 – Ranburne was not able to pull of the upset and sees its season come to an end with a 6-5 record.

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