No. 9 BRHS playing for Region title FridayPublished 9:37am Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The new AHSAA polls have been released and have the undefeated Benjamin Russell Wildcats ranked No. 9 in Class 5A.
BRHS has the opportunity to win a Region 2 title Friday night on the road at No. 7 Eufaula High School (7-1).
The Tigers have been in the top-10 rankings of Class 5A throughout the duration of the season, including reaching as high as No. 4 up until a loss in week five to Class 6A Enterprise.
The loss dropped the Tigers to No. 8 in the polls, and they have moved up one spot to No. 7 heading into Friday night’s match-up with a now top-10 team in BRHS.
For the Wildcats (8-0), it has been a tale of suffocating defense and grind-out offense to get them back to relevancy within the Class 5A ranks this season.
Benjamin Russell is yet to allow more than 13 points in a game yet this season and in their past four games have only allowed a total of 13 points combined and two shutouts.
For the season, BRHS has outscored their opponents by a score of 310-42 and has the No. 4 ranked defense in the AHSAA regardless of class, as well as the No. 4 ranked offense in Class 5A.
Besides their season opening game against Opelika, Benjamin Russell has scored 30 or more points in every game, with the low of 30 points coming in a 30-3 rout of 2011 Region 2 champion Valley in week four on the road.
The last time the Wildcats and Tigers squared off on the field was in 2005, a game that resulted in a 24-10 BRHS victory.
Benjamin Russell holds the all-time series lead against Eufaula at 3-1, as the teams first played each other in 2000. BRHS’ only series loss came in 2003 at Eufaula by a score of 22-8.
Kickoff Friday night is set for 7 p.m. at Senior Field in Eufaula.
See the Friday Outlook for an in-depth preview of the Benjamin Russell vs. Eufaula game.