Seven area teams open state football playoffs on Friday
by Johnathan Bentley
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Dora’s DeMarcus Kirk runs against Handley on Friday night. The Bulldogs host Childersburg in the opening round of the playoffs. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
Dora’s DeMarcus Kirk runs against Handley on Friday night. The Bulldogs host Childersburg in the opening round of the playoffs. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
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Oakman’s won nine straight games.

Dora has its best regular-season record since 2006.

Walker is coming off its first ever region championship.

Addison is in the playoffs for the 31st time in school history.

All four teams open the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs at home on Friday.

A total of seven area teams made the postseason, with Winston County, Meek and Corner each hitting the road in the first round. Here is a look at the area’s first-round matchups.

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Goshen at Oakman

No. 9 Oakman (9-1) is in the playoffs for the second straight season. Coach Mark Hastings’ Wildcats are riding a hot streak heading into Friday’s first-round game against Goshen (5-5), which is located in Pike County. The Eagles finished as the No. 4 seed in Class 2A, Region 3.

Goshen started the season 1-5, but won its last four regular-season games, including a 56-21 victory over McKenzie.

Oakman earned an easy 47-32 win over Berry in Week 10, jumping out to a 47-16 lead before giving way to the reserves. The Wildcats got three touchdowns from receiver Quinton Harris in the game.

Friday’s matchup will mark the first meeting between the teams.

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Childersburg at Dora

Johnny Wright’s second time around as the Dora head football coach is off to a great start following a region championship and nine-win regular season.

The eighth-ranked Bulldogs open the postseason at home against Childersburg Friday.

Both teams bring momentum into the game. Dora has won five straight games since losing to Muscle Shoals, the No. 1 team in Class 5A, in Week 5. Childersburg (6-4) has won four straight games after opening the season 2-4.

Dora has relied on its running game to put points on the scoreboard this season. In the regular-season finale, a 39-22 win over defending 3A state champion Handley, Dora had three runners top the 100-yard mark on the ground.

The Bulldogs defense also did its job, holding Handley scoreless in the second half. Dora scored the final 27 points of the game. Dora has faced the Tigers four times, losing all four meetings. The teams haven’t played since 1973.

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Central-Tuscaloosa at Walker

The Vikings won the games they needed to win during the regular season, going a perfect 7-0 in region games.

Walker won the Class 5A, Region 6 title, but fell short in three tough non-region games, losing to Cullman, Russellville and Hueytown.

Each of Walker’s non-region opponents advanced to the playoffs.

In the first round, the Vikings host a Central-Tuscaloosa team that had won a total of three games over the past three season before putting together a 6-4 record in 2012.

Central-Tuscaloosa is a former state power. The Falcons won a 6A championship in 1995 and a 5A title in 2007.

Walker dropped its regular-season finale to 6A Hueytown 28-14. The Vikings kept the game close until the final minutes. Central Tuscaloosa’s four losses (McAdory, Wenonah, Pleasant Grove and Tuscaloosa County) are to teams that are a combined 34-6.

Walker has played Central 16 times with the Falcons holding a 13-3 advantage. The teams last played in 2008.

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Berry at Addison

For the second straight season, the Berry Wildcats make the trip to Addison for a first-round playoff game.

Last year, Addison ran into a red-hot Berry team that ran up and down the field on the Bulldogs in a 54-39 victory.

This year it’s Addison that brings momentum into the game.

The Bulldogs have won seven consecutive games (and also got a forfeit win) to close the season at 8-2 after an 0-2 start.

Addison’s defense has been stellar since the slow start, giving up just 29 total points during its winning streak. The Bulldogs closed out the regular season with a 14-7 win over rival Winston County.

Berry (6-4) closed the season with a loss to Oakman. Like Addison, the Wildcats started the season 0-2 before putting together a 6-game winning streak.

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Road Games

Winston County and Meek combined to win one game last season.

Both the Jackets and Tigers have enjoyed remarkable turnarounds this season. Each team hits the road to open the state playoffs this week.

Winston County (5-5) makes the trip to Madison Academy (8-2), the No. 6 team in 3A. Meek (5-5) travels to Guin to take on No. 1 Marion County (9-1), the 1A defending state champions.

Corner is in the playoffs for the second straight season. The Yellow Jackets (7-3) have caught fire since a 1-3 start, winning their last six games.

Corner draws a tough first-round opponent in Dadeville (9-1), the No. 6 team in 4A.