Two teams — the No. 5 Oakman Wildcats and the No. 3 Addison Bulldogs, having clinched homefield advantage by securing the second-place spot in their respective regions, will host their first-round games.
The Dora Bulldogs, the fourth-place team in Class 4A, Region 4, will travel to Troy to take on the No. 1 Charles Henderson Trojans at Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium on the campus of Troy University — a rematch of last year’s third-round playoff meeting between the two programs.
Addison is making its fourth-straight appearance in the playoffs, while Oakman and Dora are making the third.
Phillips (5-5) at No. 3 Addison (8-1)
With the exception of 34-20 loss to region champion Falkville in week eight, the Bulldogs have manhandled their region and non-region opposition, scoring over 35 points a game on offense, while defensively allowing just 11 points a contest.
Addison’s final ranking in the Alabama Sports Writer Association (ASWA) poll of third place is its highest since 2008, when the Bulldogs were ranked third in the preseason.
Addison defeated in-county rival Winston County last week, 38-12, in Double Springs.
Phillips, who made postseason play for the second-straight year, finished the 2013 regular season with a 5-5 record for the third consecutive year.
The Bears’ offense and defensive totals have closely matched, with production of 28.5 points per game and surrendering 23.5 points a contest.
Phillips recorded a 1-4 mark against playoff opponents this season, losing Hubbertville, R.A. Hubbard, Hackleburg and Brilliant and securing a victory of Shoals Christian.
The playoff matchup will be the 16th meeting between the teams, with the Bulldogs leading the overall series, 12-3-1.
Addison has won the last 10 games, including the last meeting, 63-20, in 2011.
Cottonwood (6-4) at No. 5 Oakman (9-1)
Following a week two loss to region champion Lamar County, the Wildcats have been on a tear, winning seven-straight contests, including close victories over Aliceville, Cold Springs and Berry over the past three weeks.
Oakman’s offense, which has been augmented by the return of a powerful rushing attack, has been consistently productive throughout the season, scoring over 37 points a game. The Wildcats’ smallest point total on the year was 19 points in the week two loss.
The bend-don’t-break defense, which has made big stops in key situations, is averaging 17 points a game.
Cottonwood, located south of Dothan a few miles from the Alabama-Florida border, is making its first playoff appearance since 2010.
The Bears opened the season with a perfect 4-0 mark before losing four of their last six contests.
Cottonwood’s offense has produced 33 points a contest, while surrendering 21 points a game on defense.
Friday night’s clash a Hosea Collins Field in Oakman will be the first meeting between the programs.
Dora (5-5) at No. 1 Charles Henderson (10-0)
The injury-riddled Bulldogs were able to clinch their third-straight playoff berth, successfully clinching Region 4’s fourth-place spot after a season of hits to the depth chart and an absence of head coach Johnny Wright to heart bypass surgery served as obstacles beyond the on-field competition.
The Bulldog offense has seen good production this season, scoring 33 points a game, but has struggled defensively — giving up 31 points a contest.
Dora gave up more than 40 points this season in half of its games in losses to Calera, Muscle Shoals, Bibb County and Handley, as well as a win over Oak Grove.
The Trojans, who Dora defeated in the third-round of last year’s playoffs en route to a matchup with eventual state champion UMS-Wright, enter Friday night’s game with a perfect 10-0 record and Class 4A’s number one ranking.
Charles Henderson has been unstoppable on offense — scoring a school-record 442 points this year.
The Trojans’ defense has been equally formidable, surrendering just 14 points a contest.
Dora won last year’s meeting, 33-21.