Central-Tuscaloosa self-reports violation, no longer in playoffs

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Central-Tuscaloosa High School won’t be in the playoffs this season. The school self-reported a violation of an AHSAA eligibility rule, which resulted in the school being fined, placed on probation for a year, and they have had to forfeit four wins this season in football.

The school played an ineligible student in violation of the Overlapping School Zones Rule according to the AHSAA in a release Friday morning.

Central was at 4-6 this season after falling to Northridge last night, and 4-2 in region play, putting them as the third seed from 5A Region 3. Now they will drop to 0-10, and 0-6 in region play. Their forfeited wins include victories over Jemison, Sumter Central, Marbury and Dallas County.

This changes the playoff landscape for Region 3. Here are the current standings:

1. Demopolis (6-0)
2. Calera (5-1)
3. Marbury (4-2)

4. Jemison (2-4)
4. Sumter Central (2-4)
4. Dallas County (2-4)
7. Central-Tuscaloosa (0-6)

Three of the first round match-ups are set now for this region. All match-ups are between regions 1 and 3:

Demopolis hosts Williamson
Calera hosts Jackson
Marbury travels to St. Paul’s
4th place travels to Vigor

There is a three-way tie for fourth now that has to be decided by Tiebreaker “L” tonight between Jemison, Sumter Central and Dallas County. Jemison is at Shelby County tonight, Sumter Central is at Oxford and Dallas County is at Billingsley.

Right now, only Jemison has non-region wins with victories over Chilton County and Billingsley, although Billingsley won’t count toward Tiebreaker “L” for being too low in classification. Chilton County has 1 win on the season. Because of that, Dallas County’s potential win over Billingsley won’t count either.

Oxford is 9-0, so if Sumter Central were to win tonight, they would win the tiebreaker. If Oxford defeats Sumter Central, then Jemison will be the representative. This seems like the likeliest scenario.

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