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Pairings set for 2018 AHSAA State Football Playoffs

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Two Thursday Games in First-Round Pairings

15 Unbeaten Teams Head into First Round Of AHSAA State Football Playoffs Nov. 8-9

AHSAA - RON INGRAM - MONTGOMERY – All of the seven the defending state football champions and 15 unbeaten teams advanced to the first round of the 2018 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs. First-round games are scheduled for Nov. 9 with two games set for Thursday, Nov. 8.

The first round of the playoffs was officially set Saturday morning at the AHSAA Coaches’ Playoff Meeting. While all seven champions from 2017 are in the field, only four will be competing in the same classification: Class 7A Hoover (7-3), Class 6A Pinson Valley (8-1), Class 4A UMS-Wright (9-0) and Class 1A Sweet Water (6-4)). All schools were re-classified for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years with St. Paul’s Episcopal (7-3) moving from 5A to 6A, Class 3A Hillcrest-Evergreen (6-4) climbing to 4A and Class 2A Lanett (8-1) dropping to 1A.

Two Thursday games set are the Class 6A contest featuring Sidney Lanier (4-6) vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (5-5) at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl and the Class 2A game between Tarrant (5-4) and Colbert County (7-3), which will be played at Fultondale High School’s stadium.

A total of 208 schools advanced into the AHSAA football playoffs, which will culminate at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 5-6-7 with the Super 7 State Championships. Unbeaten teams qualifying include, by class: (Class 1A) Linden (9-0); South Lamar (10-0); Falkville (10-0); (Class 2A) Ohatchee (9-0); Fyffe (10-0); (Class 3A) Winfield (10-0); Westminster Christian (9-0) of Huntsville; (Class 4A) UMS-Wright (9-0); American Christian (10-0); Jacksonville (10-0); North Jackson (10-0); Class 5A: Etowah (10-0); (Class 6A) Jackson-Olin (10-0); (Class 7A) Central-Phenix City (10-0).

Jackson-Olin, coached by Tim Vakakes, recorded the school’s first-ever 10-0 regular season. Vakakes took over the program in 2013 – guiding a team program that went 0-10 in his first year to this year’s perfect slate. Jacksonville, coached Clint Smith, closed out an undefeated regular season for just the third time in school history. The first came 98 years earlier in 1920 and the second was in 1999.

Etowah and Fyffe have had 13 unbeaten regular seasons each. The Blue Devils’ first came in 1921 and the Red Devils’ total includes six in the last eight years.

First-time schools in the playoffs include St. John Paul II Catholic (4A), Cottage Hill Christian (2A) Mars Hill Bible (1A) and Pike Road (3A), which fielded its first varsity football team at the new Pike Road High School. The previous Pike Road High School discontinued football 85 years ago in 1933.

The NFHS Network also plans to live-stream several games produced by member schools belonging to the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program and will also live-stream a game over Facebook Watch, thanks to a contract with Facebook that will showcase high school sports produced by the NFHS Network on the social media site. The first game will be a Class 7A match-up: Florence (5-5) at Thompson (8-1).

The first-round playoff pairings are listed.

AHSAA State Football Playoffs

First-Round Pairings

(All games Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.)


CLASS 1A

Florala (5-5) at Lanett (8-1)

Isabella (7-3) at Marengo (9-1), Dixons Mills

Notasulga (4-6) at Georgiana (9-1)

Sweet Water ( 5-4) at Maplesville (8-1)

Millry (5-5) at Linden (9-0)

Billingsley (5-5) at Elba (7-2)

Francis Marion (5-4) at St Luke’s Episcopal (9-1), Mobile

Brantley (7-3) at Wadley (7-2)

Marion County (7-3) at Mars Hill Bible (9-1), Florence

Coosa Christian (7-3) at Donoho (8-2), Anniston

Phillips (4-6) at South Lamar (10-0), Millport

Winterboro (6-3) at R.A. Hubbard (8-2), Courtland

Talladega County Central (4-6) at Falkville (10-0)

Cherokee (4-6) at Pickens County (6-4), Reform

Decatur Heritage (7-3) at Spring Garden (9-1)

Hubbertville (7-3) at Waterloo (8-2)


CLASS 2A

Daleville (5-4) at Reeltown (8-2)

New Brockton (6-4) at Leroy (7-3)

Vincent (3-7) at Abbeville (9-1)

Southern Choctaw (7-3) at Luverne (9-1)

Chickasaw (5-5) at Highland Home (9-1)

LaFayette (6-3) at Geneva County (6-4), Hartford

Goshen (4-6) at Cottage Hill Christian (9-1), Mobile

Ariton (7-3) at Thorsby (9-1)

Cleveland (5-5) at Fyffe (10-0)

Colbert County (7-3) at Tarrant (5-4), Fultondale HS, Thursday

Cedar Bluff (7-3) at Ohatchee (9-0)

Winston County (6-4) at Red Bay (8-2)

Sulligent (3-7) at Addison (8-2)

North Sand Mountain (8-2) at Ranburne (8-2)

Sheffield (6-4) at Aliceville (8-2)

Westbrook Christian (7-3) at Collinsville (9-1)


CLASS 3A

Houston Academy (7-3) at Winfield (10-0)

Montgomery Academy (7-3) at Flomaton (7-3)

Oakman (5-5) at Pike County (8-2), Brundidge

Thomasville (8-2) at Beulah (8-2)

T.R. Miller (6-4) at Saint James (9-1), Montgomery

Lamar County (6-4) at Providence Christian (9-1), Dothan

Pike Road (6-4) at Mobile Christian (8-1)

Wicksburg (7-3) at Gordo (8-2)

Weaver (7-3) at Westminster Christian (9-0), Huntsville

Pisgah (4-6) at Midfield (8-1)

Clements (4-6) at Piedmont (8-2)

J.B. Pennington (5-5) at Susan Moore (8-2), Blountsville

Holly Pond (6-4) at Geraldine (8-2)

Lauderdale County (4-6) at Randolph County (9-1), Wedowee

Plainview (3-7) at Fultondale (8-1)

Saks (8-1) at Colbert Heights (6-4)


CLASS 4A

Alabama Christian (3-7) at Lincoln (7-3)

Sipsey Valley (5-5) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (6-4)

Talladega (5-5) at Headland (9-1)

Andalusia (6-4) at Montevallo (9-1)

Williamson (6-4) at American Christian (10-0), Tuscaloosa

Holtville (7-3) at Montgomery Catholic (7-3)

West Blocton (4-6) at UMS-Wright (9-0), Mobile

Trinity Presbyterian (4-6) at Handley (5-5), Roanoke

Oneonta (7-3) at Brooks (8-2), Killen

DAR (7-3) at Northside (9-1), Samantha

Rogers (7-3) at Jacksonville (10-0)

Good Hope (9-1) at St. John Paul II Catholic (8-2), Huntsville, Discovery Middle School

Curry (5-5) at North Jackson (10-0), Stevenson

Central-Florence (5-5) at Hokes Bluff (9-1)

Randolph (7-3) at Fayette County (8-2), Fayette

Anniston (6-4) at Deshler (5-5), Tuscumbia


CLASS 5A

Charles Henderson (3-6) at Ramsay (9-1), Birmingham, Lawson Field

Chilton County (4-6) at Jackson (7-3)

Fairfield (4-6) at Greenville (8-2)

Citronelle (6-4) at Bibb County (7-3), Centreville

Faith Academy (6-4) at Demopolis (8-2)

Pleasant Grove (8-2) at Beauregard (5-4)

Central-Tuscaloosa (4-6) at Vigor (9-1), Prichard Memorial Stadium

Valley (5-5) at Briarwood Christian (8-2)

Alexandria (6-4) at Madison Academy (9-1)

Corner (6-4) at Central-Clay County (7-3)

Guntersville (3-7) at Etowah (10-0), Attalla

Center Point (5-5) at Russellville (9-1)

Sylacauga (7-3) at Jasper (9-1)

Brewer (8-2) at Southside-Gadsden (6-4)

Dora (5-5) at Mortimer Jordan (9-1), Kimberly

Boaz (7-3) at East Limestone (8-2)


CLASS 6A

Eufaula (5-5) at Hueytown (8-2)

Stanhope Elmore (6-4) at Saraland (9-1)

Bessemer City (6-4) at Park Crossing (6-4), Montgomery, Cramton Bowl

St. Paul’s Episcopal (7-3) at Opelika (5-4)

Daphne (5-5) at Wetumpka (8-2)

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (5-5) at Sidney Lanier (4-6), Montgomery, Cramton Bowl, Thursday

Benjamin Russell (6-4) at Spanish Fort (9-1)

Carver-Montgomery (8-2) at McAdory (9-1), McCalla

Gardendale (5-5) at Fort Payne (6-4)

Athens (8-2) at Homewood (8-2)

Albertville (6-4) at Pinson Valley (8-1)

Minor (4-6) at Muscle Shoals (8-2)

Pelham (7-3) at Hartselle (10-0)

Mae Jemison (4-6) at Clay-Chalkville (9-1)

Decatur (6-4) at Jackson-Olin (10-0), Birmingham

Oxford (8-2) at Hazel Green (6-4)


CLASS 7A

Lee-Montgomery (6-4) at Theodore (8-2)

Fairhope (7-3) at Auburn (9-1)

Davidson (6-4) at Central-Phenix City (10-0)

Prattville (7-3) at McGill-Toolen Catholic (8-2), Mobile

Bob Jones (6-4) at Hoover (7-3)

Mountain Brook (8-2) at Austin (7-3), Decatur, Austin Stadium

Hewitt-Trussville (7-3) at James Clemens (7-3), Madison Municipal Stadium

Florence (5-5) at Thompson (8-1), Alabaster