Last week, teams statewide took a break from Alabama High School Athletic Association region play. Old rivalries were renewed. And a year’s worth of local bragging rights were earned.
Now, the real season begins. With four weeks of region play remaining for most teams, October will be the month where we separate the postseason contenders from the pretenders.
WHO IS IN CONTROL
The Munford Lions (4-1, 3-0) are on top of the Class 4A Region 5. Going undefeated in the area will be tough task starting with Friday’s game at Alexandria. Munford will play three of their last four region games away from Munford Stadium. After this week’s road test at Alexandria, Munford will travel to take on Cherokee County at Paul Snow Burgess Stadium on the campus of Jacksonville State University. They will also travel to Hokes Bluff before returning home to take on the Anniston Bulldogs. Going into week six, all four of their opponents left on the schedule have a 1-2 region record. If the Lions can stay healthy and continue to improve their play each week, they have the possibility of running away with the Region 5 crown.
There is a tight race in Class 1A Region 5 that looks like it could come down to the wire. The Fayetteville Wolves (4-1) are one of four teams that have a 2-1 record in region play. The Wolves are currently third in the Region 5 standings. If they are going to make the postseason, they need to beat region foes Verbena, Loachapoka, TC Central and St. Jude. Fayetteville will play three of their next four games at Farm Links Field. Of the three teams with a 2-1 record, the Wolves hold the tie breaker with Wadley, they lost to Notasulga and they have yet to face St. Jude. The TC Central Fighting Tigers only have one win, but they still could win the region. The Fighting Tigers still have to face the top four teams; if they can win all four of the games, they will win the region.
The Pell City Panthers (3-2, 2-1) are also in a tight race going into week six. The Panthers currently control their own destiny; if they win they get in. Pell City will face three other teams with a 2-1in region play to determine the seeding in Class 6A Region 7. The Panthers’ first test is Friday when they travel to Gadsden City. Next week, they will take on Huntsville and in their last region contest of the season they will travel to Oxford. Last season, Pell City defeated each of their final opponents by seven or less points.
The Sylacauga Aggies (3-2, 2-1) will have to finish strong to make the post season. The Aggies are currently in a three-way tie for second place with other 2-1 region teams Chilton County and Briarwood. Briarwood, who beat Sylacauga earlier this season, holds a tiebreaker over the Aggies. The Aggies and the Tigers of Chilton County will square off on Friday. Sylacauga will try to avenge last season’s loss to Chilton County on Friday at Legion Stadium. The Aggies have a tough road in front of them with the top region team Homewood coming to Legion Stadium next Friday, as well as region opponent Shelby County. Sylacauga would probably have to win three of the next four to secure a playoff berth.
The Childersburg Tigers (4-1, 3-1) are currently third in the Class 4A Region 3 standings. The Tigers will host No.4 and top seed in the region Central of Clay County on Friday. If Childersburg is unable to pull the upset they will have to defeat Dallas County, Elmore County and Holtville to earn a playoff berth for the second season in row.
The B.B. Comer Tigers are in a top race and the final half of the season will determine if they win the region or do not make the playoffs. The Tigers are 3-0 in the region and 4-1 overall. B.B.Comer takes on Leeds on Friday. If the Tigers defeat Leeds and drop one of their next three games they will not finish worse than second place. If they drop two of their games they won’t finish worse than third place.
Football fans in East Central buckle up for a wild finish.