Going into last week’s games the Munford Lions (7-1, 5-0) were the only team that secured their spot into the postseason. In week seven, the Lions clinched a playoff berth and the Class 4A Region 5 title in week seven with their win over Hokes Bluff.
The playoff picture for many teams cleared up in week eight. TC Central, Childersburg, and Sylacauga clinched a playoff berth with wins last week.
The Fighting Tigers (4-4,4-2) defeated Fayetteville to earn a spot in the postseason. This week’s game against Loachapoka will determine seeding. If TC Central wins Friday, they will earn the third seed. A TC Central loss and a Wadley win over Notasulga will put the Fighting Tigers in the fourth seed. If TC Central falls and Notasulga defeats Wadley, the Fighting Tigers will take third place in the Class 1A Region 4.
Childersburg also clinched a playoff berth last week with their blowout win over Dallas County. The Tigers (6-2, 4-2) clinched the third seed, as they hold the tiebreaker over fourth seed Handley (3-5,3-3). The Tigers will travel to take on Andalusia in the first round.
The Sylacauga Aggies clinched a playoff berth and the third seed in Class 5A Region 4 with a win over Talladega.
Several teams in East Central Alabama will have to win or get help on Friday night to punch their ticket to the 2013 Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs.
Currently, Lincoln is tied for second place with a 4-2 record in Class 4A Region 5 with the Jacksonville Eagles. The Golden Bears own the tie breaker over Jacksonville. For Lincoln, their game against Cleburne County will determine whether they will host a first round game, travel in the first round or make the postseason. If the Golden Bears defeat Cleburne County, the team will host the first round for the second season in a row. If Lincoln falls and Anniston upsets Munford, the Bulldogs and Cleburne County will clinch a playoff berth. If both Lincoln and Anniston lose, the Golden Bears will have a chance to earn the second spot through the fourth spot in Class 4A region depending on the outcome of the other games in the region.
For the B.B. Comer Tigers (4-4, 3-3) it’s simple: if they win they are in. If the Tigers fail to win at Thorsby on Friday and Tarrant (3-5, 3-3) upsets third seed Midfield, B.B. Comer will be eliminated from postseason contention. The Tigers own the tie breaker, so if both teams win or lose B.B. Comer will earn the fourth seed.
For the Pell City Panthers, if they defeat Oxford they are in the playoffs. Currently Pell City, Huntsville and Gadsden City are tied in Class 6A Region 7 play with a 4-2 record. Pell City holds the tie breaker over Gadsden City with a head-to-head victory. Huntsville owns the tiebreaker over Pell City, as they won the head to head match up in week seven. If Pell City wins and Gadsden City defeats Huntsville, Pell City would clinch the second seed, Oxford would earn the third seed and Gadsden City would clinch the fourth seed. If Pell City falls and Gadsden City wins, Huntsville would earn the fourth seed as they hold the tiebreaker over Pell City. If Huntsville wins and Pell City wins, the Panthers will clinch the fourth seed.
I hope this can bring clarity to the playoff picture.