Race for the playoffs

Dora, Lynn, Addison already postseason bound

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 10/17/17

With eight weeks of high school football firmly in the books, the playoff picture for the teams in the Daily Mountain Eagle coverage area is beginning to take shape.

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Race for the playoffs

Dora, Lynn, Addison already postseason bound

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With eight weeks of high school football firmly in the books, the playoff picture for the teams in the Daily Mountain Eagle coverage area is beginning to take shape.

Some programs have locked up a playoff berth and look to secure a region title or the right to host in the first round of the postseason. Other teams’ playoff future is still in doubt — with teams either needing a final region win or in some cases, wins and mitigating factors to advance to the postseason.

The Carbon Hill Bulldogs are the area’s only team eliminated from playoff contention.

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IN THE PLAYOFFS

Lynn Bears — Class 1A, Region 7

The Bears (8-0, 5-0) are not only headed to the playoffs, but are pursuing their first region title since 2006. Lynn steps out of region play this week with a bout with Shoals Christian, but returns next week with a key showdown with current third-place team Decatur Heritage.

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Dora Bulldogs — Class 4A, Region 6

Dora’s critical victory over the Winfield Pirates on Friday night kept the Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1) in second place in the region and in contention for a home playoff spot. Victories in upcoming matchups with Haleyville and Good Hope will keep the Bulldogs at home to open the playoffs.

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Addison Bulldogs — Class 1A, Region 7

For the eighth-consecutive year, Addison (6-2, 4-1) is in the playoffs and with one region contest left — at home this week against R.A. Hubbard — the Bulldogs can stay home for the first round.

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THE BATTLE CONTINUES

Oakman Wildcats — Class 3A, Region 4

At 3-1 in the region, the Wildcats (5-2) need one victory — this week over Carbon Hill or next week over American Christian — to lock up a playoff spot. Currently tied for second place in the region with American Christian, a win for Oakman this week sets up the crucial showdown next week in Tuscaloosa for the remaining home spot for both teams.

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Sumiton Christian Eagles and Meek Tigers — Class 1A, Region 7

The Eagles (2-2) and the Tigers (1-3) are linked in their respective playoff future with two region games remaining. Sumiton Christian (3-4) hosts Decatur Heritage this week while Meek (5-3) travels to Southeastern. As long as the Tigers can avoid an upset, next week’s contest with the Eagles in Arley could be for the region’s fourth playoff spot.

Cordova Blue Devils — Class 4A, Region 6

With the Blue Devils (3-5) holding a tie-breaking win over fellow 2-2 region team Haleyville, Cordova just needs a win this week over Hamilton to clinch a fourth-place playoff spot and for the Lions to lose to either Dora and/or Fayette County.

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Corner Yellow Jackets and Curry Yellow Jackets — Class 5A, Region 6

Like Sumiton Christian and Meek, Corner and Curry’s playoff future is linked. Corner’s (2-3) road is easier — earn a win over Springville this week to clinch the fourth place spot and hope Curry doesn’t win its next two games. Curry (2-2) needs wins in both games — against front runner Mortimer Jordan this week and third-place team West Point next week — to secure a playoff berth.

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Jasper Vikings — Class 6A, Region 6

There’s no room for error for the Vikings at 1-3. Jasper has to win against Carver this week and Minor next week to hold the tie breaker for the region’s fourth-place spot. A loss to either ends the Vikings’ postseason hopes.

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Winston County Yellow Jackets — Class 2A, Region 7

Winston County also must win both of its upcoming games to go to the playoffs. The Yellow Jackets travel to Falkville (3-1) this week and host West End Walnut Grove (1-4) next week.