Curry needs win, help to make playoffs
by Johnathan Bentley
Oct 25, 2011 | 1821 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Curry's Cade Oliver runs against Walker last week. The Yellow Jackets host Cordova Friday. Curry needs a win over the Blue Devils and a Mortimer Jordan loss to Gardendale to earn a playoff berth. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
Curry's Cade Oliver runs against Walker last week. The Yellow Jackets host Cordova Friday. Curry needs a win over the Blue Devils and a Mortimer Jordan loss to Gardendale to earn a playoff berth. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
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Six area football teams are in the playoffs.

A seventh still has a shot at the postseason — the Curry Yellow Jackets.

Despite losing five straight games to stiff competition, Curry could earn the No. 4 spot in Region 6 with a victory and a little help Friday night.

Curry hosts Cordova in the regular-season finale at Hudson-O’Rear Stadium with kick off set for 7 p.m. Friday night.

For the Yellow Jackets to get to the playoffs for the first time since 2002, Curry needs a win over Cordova as well as a Mortimer Jordan (3-6) loss to Class 6A Gardendale (3-6).

Heading into the final week of the season Curry, Mortimer Jordan and Hayden are tied for the fourth spot in the area. All three teams are 3-4 in area play.

Curry’s hopes were kept alive last Friday night when Hayden knocked off Mortimer Jordan 29-26.

The top three spots are already locked in: Hartselle, Cullman and Walker. The fourth will be decided Friday night.

The team that wraps up the fourth slot will travel to Region 7 champ Etowah (8-1) in the opening round of the playoffs in two weeks.

“It’s good to know that even though we’ve struggled of late, the hard work we put in early could pay off,” Curry coach Shay Oliver said. “We still have a lot of things that need to happen. Right now all we are worried about is what we have before us. It’s good to know we still have a chance.

“If we make it, we would be doing something Curry has never done — make the playoffs in 5A.”

Curry has made the playoffs five times in school history (1990-91, 1995-96 and 2002).

All five times the Yellow Jackets were a Class 4A team.

Since starting the season 4-0, Curry has faced a brutal schedule: Dora, Mortimer Jordan, Hartselle, Cullman and Walker. The Yellow Jackets haven’t scored more than 14 points in a game since a Week 4, 23-22 win over Hayden.

“What we have to do is focus on Cordova,” Oliver said. “People can say what they want about Cordova — about them being young and inexperienced, but they’ve got a bunch of good players. They have won six games and they aren’t going to be coming in here worried about 5A Curry.”

Cordova (6-3) has already secured the No. 3 seed in Class 3A, Region 5.

Cordova closed out region play with a 48-27 win over Winston County last week. The game was tied 14-14 at the half before the Blue Devils exploded for 27 straight points in the third quarter.

Curry lost to rival Walker 33-6.

Cade Oliver had a big game in the loss, rushing for 137 yards and a touchdown for the Yellow Jackets.

“I told our kids that we’ve played Hartselle, Cullman and Walker in three straight games. You can’t throw anything at our kids that we haven’t already faced. We played the big dogs. We ought to be chomping at the bit to play Cordova,” Oliver said.