The playoff picture, for the most part, will be straightened out following Friday night's games. Wadley and Clay Central will look to solidify their place as 2nd seed in their respective regions, while Randolph County and Handley still have a ton to figure out.
The region finale's for our local teams are upcoming and are sure to provide quality entertainment.
Clay Central (5-3, 5-1) at Center Point (5-3, 5-1)
With Clay Central losing a heartbreaker to Mortimer Jordan a few weeks ago, this week's game with Center Point will decide the 2nd-seed in 5A Region 5. Both teams are coming in with identical records, and have lost to the same region opponent, region champ Mortimer Jordan. The Eagles fell to Mortimer Jordan 28-20 in week two, Clay Central lost to the Blue Devils on October 5, 32-27. Outside of games with Mortimer Jordan, both teams have gotten through their region schedules relatively unscathed. Clay Central's closest region win was against Munford by 21 points, 35-14; Center Point's was a 15-point win over St. Clair County, 22-7. This Friday night's bout will be one to watch and will be a wonderful ending to a great region schedule.
Notasulga (4-5, 3-2) at Wadley (6-1, 4-1)
1A Region 4's seeding has not been set in stone yet, but one can assume that the current standings will stay the same. Lanett, Wadley, Billingsley, and Notasulga have qualified for the playoffs. Billingsley defeated Notasulga last Friday night to take third place in the region. This week, #1 Lanett faces #3 Billingsley, and #2 Wadley hosts #4 Notasulga. With the higher numbers coming into their games as heavy favorites, the seeding is likely to remain the same. Wadley will play their final regular-season home game this Friday night and is expected to host a first-round game, a great way to begin a challenging postseason.
Randolph County (7-1, 5-1) at Pleasant Valley (5-3, 3-3)
Now that the least confusing playoff scenarios for Wadley and Clay Central are discussed, let's move on to something a little more challenging. Randolph County went on the road and defeated the #1 Saks Wildcats, which put a tie-breaker in place, with three teams suffering one loss in region play. RCHS, Piedmont, and Saks are now in a three-way tie for first place in 3A Region 6. For a breakdown of what tiebreakers come into play, I would suggest liking "Tiger Den Media" on Facebook. A friend of Lake Wedowee Life, Jeremy Wortham, has broken down how RCHS could win the region championship. It's a complicated process, but it is one to follow if you're a fan of high school football.
Handley (4-4, 3-2) at Talladega (4-4. 3-2)
The RCHS scenario is a strange one, but not as much as the one that Handley has found themselves in. Handley grabbed a win over Leeds last Friday to qualify themselves for the postseason. With two losses, Handley could still win 4A Region 4 with a win on Friday night (What?!?). Lincoln, who currently leads the region with one loss, faces Elmore County on Friday. If Elmore County wins, there will be a three-way tie for first place. If that's the case, Handley wins the region. A Lincoln loss would give them two losses against two teams that Handley defeated (Elmore County and Holtville), as long as the Tigers defeat Talladega this Friday. If anything else happens, well, I'll have to do more research. Be sure to stay tuned to Monday's recap for a full response.
West End (0-8, 0-5) at Woodland (2-6, 1-4)
With a loss at Westbrook Christian last Friday night, the Woodland Bobcats have been eliminated from playoff contention. All is not lost, however. The Bobcats have two games remaining and have a chance to increase their win total from three wins a year ago, to four. Winning two games to close out the year would give this team a reason to smile, and confidence heading into offseason workouts.
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