Wadley's Scooter battle (5) and Kadarius Zachary (10) during the Bulldogs game against Notasulga on October 26. (Photo: Karen Beverly)
The regular season has come to a close for 2018, and four teams are left standing. Clay Central, Handley, Randolph County, and Wadley will all host playoff games as 2-seeds in their respective regions.
The Randolph County Tigers will be tasked with welcoming the Lauderdale County Tigers to Wedowee to open the playoffs. While the Tigers are ranked #1 in Class 3A, it was Piedmont who claimed the region 6 crown, winning the tie-breaker by owning the head-to-head matchup that was played in mid-September.
Lauderdale County is 4-6, with all four wins coming over region opponents. The Tigers finished third behind Colbert Heights and #7 Westminster Christian.
Wadley, under first year head coach Jonathan Farr, are in the playoffs as the 2-seed after an impressive 7-2 regular season. Their lone loss came to the #1 Lanett Panthers, who ended as region 4 champions. Coach Farr looks to become the first first-year head coach in Wadley history to win a playoff game, as his Bulldogs welcome 1A power Brantley to Curtis Lynch Memorial Field on Friday night. Brantley enters the game at 7-3, finishing third in 1A Region 2 behind Elba and region title owner Georgiana. This will be the 2nd time that Wadley has faced Brantley, the Bulldogs in red clad defeated Brantley in 2007, 21-20 in a comeback effort for Brantley at home.
Handley's topsy-turvey region has finally gotten figured out, as they claim the 2-seed in 4A Region 4. In the first round, the Tigers will host an old friend in Trinity out of Montgomery. This will be the seventh time that these two teams have faced each other, with Trinity winning the first five meetings. Handley won the most recent match, 28-14 in the 2007 playoffs. Trinity has had a down year, entering the game at 4-6, but has won three of their last four games to close out the year.
Finally, Clay Central will be rewarded in the first year of Danny Horn's return by hosting a playoff game as the 2-seed in 5A Region 5. Their only region loss came to region champ Mortimer Jordan on a bizarre final play that involved a blocked field goal resulting in a touchdown. The Blue Devils won that game, 32-27. The Volunteers from Clay Central will host Corner from 5A Region 7 in round one. Much like many opponents from the 2018 season, Corner and Clay Central have never met on the gridiron before Friday. Corner and Clay Central share a mutual opponent, the Jasper Vikings. Jasper defeated Corner 35-20 on September 14, and got the best of Clay Central two weeks later, 10-7, scoring on a last-minute field goal. Corner finished third in region 7, with a 6-4 record, 4-3 in region.
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