BRHS set to host LeFlore in first round FridayPublished 9:38am Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The 28-21 loss this past Friday night at Homewood ended the shot at a perfect season for the Benjamin Russell Wildcats.
BRHS (9-1) was looking to become the first Wildcat squad to go undefeated through a regular season since 1988.
With that being said, the last time Benjamin Russell won a state championship was in 2001, and one of their only losses in the regular season came against Homewood in the first week before losing to Opelika in the final week.
No. 3 Homewood gave the Wildcats a little bit of what they can expect if they get deep in the playoffs as the No. 8 Wildcats went up against one of the stoutest offensive and defensive fronts in Class 5A against the Patriots.
The Wildcats will now put the success of their regular season behind them as they head into the first round of the state playoffs Friday night at the Sportplex against LeFlore High School (3-7).
Benjamin Russell will face a LeFlore team that fought through their regular season to squeak out the No. 4 seed in a tough Region 1 that features No. 4 Spanish Fort, No. 7 St. Paul’s and traditionally strong Vigor, who lost in the Class 5A state title last year to Hartselle.
LeFlore finished Region 1 play with a 3-4 record including wins over Faith Academy, Williamson, and Gulf Shores to slide into the No. 4 seed in Region play.
LeFlore will come into Friday night’s game allowing an average of 34 points per game, while putting up 19 points per game in 2012.
The last time the Rattlers were in the state playoffs was 1990, as the Mobile school returns to the Class 5A playoffs for the first time in 22 years.
All things considered, the state playoffs are a new season for every team involved and LeFlore is a highly tested team in pound-for-pound the best Region in Class 5A this season.
Benjamin Russell will be hosting a first round playoff game for the first time since 2007 when they hosted Scottsboro in head coach Scott McCombs’ first season.
Tickets for Friday night’s game will be available for purchase at the main office of the high school by pre-sell beginning today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $7 apiece.
See the Friday Outlook for the preview story for Benjamin Russell vs. LeFlore.