The Woodland Bocats won their fourth straight game and secured their first playoff berth since 2014 with a 47-6 dismantling of Talladega County Central Friday on a wet homecoming night in Woodland. The Bobcats led from start to finish in a game that was never in doubt.
The win continues a drought-busting season for Woodland, which got its fifth win of the season, allowing the Bobcats to avoid a sixth straight regular season losing record.
Woodland has already ended long losing streaks against rivals Wadley and Ranburne this year, and the prize of the postseason keeps the good times rolling in Bobcat country.
And they may not be done.
Woodland has two region games remaining, against Victory Christian next week and Winterboro the following week. If Woodland can win those two games the Bobcats could find themselves with at least a home playoff game in the first round and possibly a region championship.
The news was not so sunny for Wadley as the Bulldogs fell 35-8 to Ragland to drop their season record to 2-6. Even with that record and the Bulldogs' current four-game losing streak Wadley can still get into the playoffs with a win over Donoho and some help elsewhere in the region next week.
If they are going to do so they will need a better overall performance than what they put together Friday in Ragland. Wadley's offense sputtered to 168 total yards and committed four turnovers, while the defense surrendered a series of big plays in the first half.
Ragland scored with little resistance on five of their seven first-half possessions. The Purple Devils had scoring plays of 61, 45, 16, 21 and 22 yards as they built that 35-8 advantage in the first two quarters.
Wadley's only answer on offense came on a solid 9-play, 57-yard drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by quarterback Lakevion O'Neal. That play cut the Ragland lead to 14-8 at the time, but Wadley never mounted another serious scoring threat after that.
The teams played a scoreless final two quarters in a driving rain that affected both offenses.
O'Neal led the Bulldogs with 68 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, but he struggled in the passing game. He went just 3-for-16 for 49 yards and an interception through the air.
Clay Central 38, Holtville 0
Handley 41, Cherokee County 20 (Thursday)
Lanett 48, Ranburne 0 (Thursday)
RCHS 56, Vincent 38 (Thursday)
We will have full coverage of all of these games, as well a complete update on the playoff races in all the local regions in next week's print edition of the Randolph Leader.