State Football Playoffs: Oakman, Addison, Corner open playoffs tonight

Wildcats make long road trip to Daleville in first round

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 11/8/17

Oakman is no stranger to making lengthy road trips in the state playoffs.

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State Football Playoffs: Oakman, Addison, Corner open playoffs tonight

Wildcats make long road trip to Daleville in first round

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Oakman is no stranger to making lengthy road trips in the state playoffs.

Last season, the Wildcats made treks to Montgomery and Evergreen in the first two rounds.

Oakman is making another road trip today. The Wildcats open the Class 3A playoffs tonight at Daleville, a school located 227 miles away in Dale County.

Oakman (7-3), the No. 3 seed in 3A, Region 4, closed the regular season with a hard-fought 16-11 win over Class 5A Corner. Tonight's game will mark the Wildcats' fourth straight road game. Oakman hasn't played a home game since Oct. 13.

The Wildcats have won a first-round playoff game each of the last six years under head coach Mark Hastings. The team advanced to the state quarterfinals last year for the first time since 1995.

Daleville (6-4) started the season 2-4 before winning its last four games. The Warhawks, under first-year head coach Rob Armstrong, finished second in 3A, Region 2 behind Wicksburg. Daleville has been outscored by its opponents this season (240-273).

Daleville closed out the regular season with a 48-42 shootout win over Cottonwood. The Warhawks were led by running backs Jalen White and T.J. Tanner, who combined for 330 yards and four touchdowns. White carried the ball 30 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns while Tanner added 145 yards and two touchdowns on 15 attempts.

Oakman has been led by its passing attack. Quarterback Jon Avery has completed 124 of 183 passes for 1,693 yards and 17 touchdowns, along with only two interceptions.

Leading receiver Nick Moody has 51 catches for 999 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Moody has 96 tackles and four interceptions.

The rushing attack is led by Malcolm Hogue (77-505, 8 TD).

Logan Martin leads the team in tackles with 100, Kaleb Pedraza leads the team in sacks with seven and C.J. Hall has a county-best seven interceptions.

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Hubbertville (3-6) at No. 8 Addison (8-2)

Addison looks to make another long playoff run starting with a first-round game against the Hubbertville Lions tonight.

Since losing back-to-back games in the middle of the season, the Bulldogs have won four straight, outscoring the opposition 156-55.

Addison is coming off a 41-21 victory over Winston County in the regular-season finale.

After winning 10 games in 2016, Hubbertville enters the playoffs with just three wins this season. The Lions' wins came against Holy Spirit, Berry and Brilliant, who combined for a 9-21 record.

Hubbertville lost three of its last four games.

The teams met in the Class 1A quarterfinals last year with Addison earning a 30-20 victory.

Quarterback Zayne Guthrie leads the Addison offense. Guthrie has rushed for 815 yards and 12 touchdowns on 113 carries. He has also completed 36 of 69 passes for 556 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions.

Also for the Bulldogs, Tyler Borden has rushed for 809 yards and 13 touchdowns while Ben Robinson has rushed for 695 yards and 10 scores despite missing four games.

Addison's top receivers are Logan Wilkins (21-364, 4 TDs) and Luke Chambers (12-243, 3 TDs).

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Corner (5-5) at No. 6 Mae Jemison (9-1)

Corner opens the playoffs on the road tonight with a trip to Huntsville to take on the Mae Jemison Jaguars. The school is in its second year and is the former J.O. Johnson High School.

Mae Jemison, the Class 5A, Region 8 champion, has won four straight games since an overtime loss to Buckhorn. The Jaguars average 35.9 points, the fifth most in 5A.

Corner, which is the playoffs for the second straight year, has lost two of its last three games, including a 16-11 loss to Oakman last week.

The Yellow Jackets last won a playoff game in 2006.