We start with the bad news: two coverage area teams were eliminated after losses Friday night.
If Pell City (5-4) had defeated Oxford on the road, they could have clinched a playoff berth. Even without a win, they still could have clinched a playoff berth, as they entered as the No. 4 seed in their region. However, the Yellow Jackets earned a home win against the Panthers, 41-20, which gave them the No. 2 seed in the region. Gadsden City beat Huntsville 42-41 in overtime. The win pushed Gadsden City to the No. 3 seed and moved Huntsville back to the No. 4 seed and knocked Pell City out of playoff contention. Both teams ended win the same region record, but Huntsville won the head to head match up which gave them the fourth and final seed in Class 6A Region 7.
Fayetteville (5-4, 3-4) needed an upset win against No. 2 seed St. Jude and also needed area opponent Wadley to defeat Notasulga. If both scenarios had played out, Fayetteville would have earned the No. 4 seed in the Class 1A Region 4 because they held a tiebreaker over Wadley. Wadley beat Notasulga 30-0, but the Wolves fell to the Pirates 36-26, eliminating them from playoff contention.
The Daily Home coverage area has seven teams that earned a berth in the postseason. For most teams week nine severed as week to see who and where they would play on Nov.8 in the first round of the playoffs.
TC Central (4-5, 4-3) earned the No. 4 seed in Class 1A Region 4 with their loss to Loachapoka last week. Wadley’s win over Notasulga, gave the Bulldogs the No. 3 seed for the area as they held the tie-breaker over the Fighting Tigers. TC Central will play Class 1A Area 2 champion and the current No. 3 team in 1A Brantley (8-1, 7-0). Brantley has won eight straight games since losing 33-19 to Luverne in week one. They are 5-0 at home this season. After starting the season 1-4, TC Central has three of their last four games. Brantley and TC Central have never met previously in football.
After earning a spot as the No. 4 seed last season, B.B. Comer (5-4) returns to the playoffs this year, once again as the No. 4 seed. Last season, Comer lost in the first round to Fayette Co. 35-16. Fayette Co. went on to finish as the runner-up in Class 3A. This season, Comer travels to Midland City to face Class 3A Area 2 champions and the current No. 7 team in 3A Dale Co. (9-0). The two teams have never met previously in football.
The third No. 4 seed in the county earning a playoff spot was Lincoln (4-5). The Golden Bears loss their final region game at home against Cleburne County, 21-14. Because of the loss, Lincoln fell to the No. 4 seed and Cleburne County earned the No. 3 seed. Lincoln will travel to Huntsville to play Class 4A Area 7 champions and the current No. 8 team in 4A J.O. Johnson (8-1). The Jaguars have won eight straight games after falling to James Clemens in week one. The two teams have never met previously in football.
Two other Talladega county teams and one coverage area team earned No. 3 seeds for the playoffs.
Sylacauga (6-3) returns to the playoffs for the third time in the last four years. Last season, the Aggies also earned the No. 3 seed in Class 5A Area 4. They were eliminated in the first round by Demopolis, 49-20. This season, they will travel to Valley (6-3). Sylacauga hasn’t played Valley since 2005, a 54-23 road loss. Sylacauga will be looking to write history, as they have never defeated Valley in 10 previous meetings.
Childersburg (7-2) will also return to the playoffs this season. Last season, the team earned the No. 4 seed. They lost in the first round to Dora, 56-27. This season, they improved their seed to No. 3. They face Class 4A No. 9 Andalusia (8-1). The Tigers enter this week against Winterboro having won three straight games. The two teams have never met previously in football.
In the AISA playoffs, Coosa Valley Academy (5-5) makes their first playoff appearance since winning the Class A title in 2010. The Rebels have since moved up to the Class AA classification. The Rebels finished with a No. 3 seed, behind AISA’s No. 1 team Edgewood and No. 9 team Autauga Academy. CVA has faced a schedule that included five of the top 10 teams in AISA, so they should be battle-tested for the playoff competition. They will travel to Camden to face Wilcox Academy (6-3). Both teams defeated Crenshaw Christian this season with the Rebels earning a 31-8 win, while the Wildcats had a 42-7 win. It has been some time since the two teams faced one another, but Wilcox won the last meeting 44-0 in 2001.
Munford is the lone Talladega county school hosting during the playoffs. The No. 10 Lions (8-1) finished a perfect 7-0 in region play with a 55-21 win against Anniston on Friday. They won the Class 4A Area 5 title and a No. 1 seed. Last season, the team traveled to Fairview as the No. 3 seed and advanced to the second round following a 41-27 win. This season, they will host Ardmore (6-3) at Munford Stadium. This will mark the first meeting between the two teams.