Round 1 Notes
Bibb County came away with one of the more controversial wins of the weekend as they were awarded a touchdown that was fumbled on the 1-yard line. That touchdown was the final one of the game as the Choctaws stopped Munford on their attempt and defeated the Lions 41-34 in overtime. Bibb will next play host to Thomasville as the Tigers got by a game Catholic Montgomery squad 20-6.
Bibb’s win was the lone bright spot for Region 4 as Region 3 was able to get three out of four to the second round, but it didn’t come easy as Hale County and Greensboro gave Tallassee and Leeds all they could handle, but the Tigers and Green Wave moved on with 29-26 and 19-12 victories. Leeds will host Andalusia while Tallassee travels to Montgomery to face St. James.
One of the most stunning upsets of the weekend came in Haleyville where the Lions fell 24-8 to Hokes Bluff as the Eagles dominated that one. Hokes Bluff will move on to host in the second round. They’ll face North Jackson as the Chiefs took care of business with Wilson, 41-7.
Also in the North, Jacksonville was no match for Cordova as the Golden Eagles were doubled up 46-23 by the Blue Devils. Cordova will face Rogers as the Pirates continue their unbeaten tear with a 42-6 win over Randolph.
Other Class 4A results: St. James beat Satsuma 49-21, Andalusia defeated Alabama Christian 42-24, Handley crushed West Blocton 49-7, UMS-Wright blanked Dale County 36-0, Cherokee County got by Winfield 29-22, West Limestone squeaked by Madison County 28-26, Madison Academy dominated Central-Florence 51-13, and Fayette County knocked off Saks 20-7.
Hillcrest-Evergreen began another shot at a Cinderella run with a 28-25 victory over Opp. Last year, the Jaguars finished 5-5 in the regular season before making a four round run to the semifinals as a four seed. This year as a 4-6 four seed, Hillcrest is off to the right start again. They’ll face Oakman in the second round after the Wildcats blanked Montgomery Academy 21-0.
Also in the South, Wicksburg pulled off their own shocker with a 34-28 win over T.R. Miller. The Panthers haven’t made the second round since 2007, but they’ll now get to host #2 ranked Gordo after the Green Wave dismissed Prattville Christian 55-14.
Up north, Fultondale was the epicenter of Region 6’s collective fall as the Wildcats were handled by Weaver 37-7. Lexington defeated North Sand Mountain for the second straight week and will travel to just outside the Anniston area for a 3 vs 4 seed showdown with Weaver.
Region 7 champion Sylvania prevented their league from going 0-for-4 with their 42-6 win over West Morgan. The Rams will have to travel for the second round as they face off with Randolph County, who defeated Region 6’s second seed J.B. Pennington 28-6.
Other 3A finals: Mobile Christian defeated Straughn 21-7, Montevallo took care of Southside-Selma, Pike County got by American Christian 27-22, Bayside Academy started their run to get back to the state finals with a 21-14 win over Daleville, Piedmont took care of Holly Pond 55-26, Colbert County beat Plainview 31-20, Lauderdale County crushed Geraldine 55-16, and Ohatchee won 49-28 over Locust Fork.
Elba began their road to a repeat championship with a 40-8 victory over R.C. Hatch. The Tigers will get an unexpected visitor as the Samson Tigers advance to the second round after Washington County was ruled to forfeit their 42-12 victory over Samson for use of an ineligible player. Samson would have hosted the game had they defeated Washington County outright on Friday.
Elba’s strongest challenger G.W. Long crushed J.U. Blacksher 54-21 in their start to the playoffs. They’ll get a tough challenge with New Brockton heading to Skipperville as the Gamecocks handled Keith 45-16.
West End-Walnut Grove pulled off quite an upset when they dismantled Lamar County 41-7. The Patriots get to host in the second round as they’ll welcome Lanett. The Panthers took care of Gaston in their own way, winning 68-13.
Fyffe and Cleveland will meet for the third straight year, but this time it’ll be as playoff opponents after Fyffe was moved from Region 7. The Red Devils beat up Horseshoe Bend 56-7 while the Panthers from Blount County handled Red Bay 41-14. Fyffe lost to Cleveland 21-14 last year, and the Panthers went on to win the Region 7 title
Other 2A results: Southern Choctaw began their 2016 postseason with a 40-26 win over Abbeville, Goshen knocked off Verbena 48-25, Aliceville knocked out Luverne 47-14, Leroy shutout Ariton 26-0, LaFayette had some offensive struggles in a 26-6 win over Collinsville, Sheffield defeated Cold Springs 27-14, Tanner had their way with Sulligent 42-14, and Sand Rock squeaked by Reeltown 20-18.
All eyes are on Terence Dunlap and the two-time reigning state champions in Maplesville. The Red Devils shutout seven of their nine opponents in the regular season, including Northview out of Florida and 3A American Christian. They began their playoff with a 61-6 win over Talladega County Central. They’ll next get an intriguing match-up with future Vanderbilt quarterback Jacob Free and Brantley after the Bulldogs defeated Marengo 55-38.
Linden, one of the two biggest threats to Maplesville in the South, started off just as dominant with a 77-7 drubbing of Houston County. The Patriots will next play in Notasulga out of Maplesville’s Region 3. The Blue Devils inched past Ragland with a late extra point to win 37-36. For comparison’s sake, Maplesville beat Notasulga 40-0.
In the upper half of the state, Cedar Bluff took down Berry-Fayette 41-20 to begin their journey back to the state finals. They’ll next have to face the team they beat in the semifinals last year as they’ll host Decatur Heritage. The Eagles beat Phillips Bear Creek 35-8 to advance.
There will also be a rematch from the regular season as Hubbertville will travel to Hackleburg for round two. The hosting Panthers took care of Lynn 35-6 in the first round while the Lions whipped Woodville 47-15. Hubbertville won the regular season matchup at home against Hackleburg, 22-14.
The rest of the 1A results: Georgiana won over Millry 28-6, Isabella handled Winterboro 46-6, Wadley crushed Loachapoka 50-7, Sweet Water defeated McKenzie 47-6, Pickens County took care of Coosa Christian 55-7, Sumiton Christian won on the road over Cherokee 49-28, Addison knocked out Shoals Christian 63-20, and Spring Garden picked up their first 10-win season in their 48-year history with a 40-14 victory over South Lamar.