Last Friday night was a little quieter than usual, with one team enjoying a night off, and another playing on Thursday night, only three local teams saw action. Each game, however, had playoff implications. How did each team pass their test?
Randolph County 53 Walter Wellborn 13 Wellborn entered their game with Randolph County as outsiders. With two region losses, a Panthers win would for sure shake up the already intense 3A Region 6. That wish did not come true for Wellborn, as they fell to RCHS on the road, 53-13.
Atario Hester led the way with three rushing touchdowns, and had a 100+ yard rushing day.
RCHS still controls their destiny in region seeding, and will be tested yet again this Friday with a road trip to region-leading Saks. A win over Saks would force a three-way tie for first place between those schools, and Piedmont.
Cleveland 49 Woodland 21 The Woodland Bobcats push for a playoff spot will have to wait one more week, as they fell to Cleveland, 49-21 on homecoming night.
Brock Edwards had three touchdown passes for Woodland.
The Bobcats, who entered the game needing to win two of their final three region games in order to qualify for the playoffs, are now in a "must-win" situation. A loss will end hopes of playoff contention. Woodland hits the road to face Westbrook Christian this Friday night.
Clay Central 40 St. Clair County 7 The Volunteers got back on track last Friday by defeating St. Clair County, 40-7. After sustaining two heartbreaking losses in a row due to special teams, it was good to see Clay Central pick up a win in their final home game of the season. The Vols took a 26-0 lead into halftime, and sealed the deal with two touchdowns in the 3rd quarter.
The next two games for Clay Central will decide their postseason fate, starting Friday with a rivalry road trip to Sylacauga. Currently, Clay Central and Sylacauga are in third and fourth place respectively in 5A Region 5. Center Point, the current second place team, will welcome Clay Central to town in two weeks.
Lincoln 30 Handley 12 Injuries and depth still plague the Handley Tigers as they fell to Lincoln on Thursday night. A crazy 4A Region 4 is still up in the air, but Handley will need to win their final two region games in order to solidify themselves a seat in the playoffs. Handley welcomes Leeds to town next week, and will travel to region-leader Talladega on October 26
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