The second seasonPublished 5:44pm Monday, November 4, 2013
Now that the 2013 high school football regular season has come to a close, three local teams turn their attention to the post-season.
Benjamin Russell, Dadeville and Reeltown will each begin their journey to the AHSAA Super 6 Championships this Friday.
For Benjamin Russell (5A) and Dadeville (4A), the teams will look to continue their impressive play, as the teams enter the playoffs on multiple-game winning streaks.
For the perennial playoff participants out of Reeltown (2A), the team has battled through injuries and finally seems to have hit its stride, although their road will be a tough one to hoe.
Team: Benjamin Russell (5A)
First-round opponent: Chilton Co.
Where: Charles E. Bailey Sportplex (Alexander City)
When: 7 p.m.
With a second-straight region title under their belts, the Wildcats head into the 2013 Class 5A Playoffs playing as well as possible, as they have not tasted defeat since their season-opening loss to 6A foe Opelika.
In addition to winning, the Wildcats have done so emphatically, as BRHS has outscored their adversaries by average scores of 44-9.
The Wildcats will try to continue their impressive play against Chilton County, who the Wildcats bounced from the playoffs last season thanks to a 24-7 victory.
Chilton County fields a defense with some talent, as Cade Hatch (53 tackles, 7 interceptions), Patrick McKinney (82 tackles, nine for loss), James Hilyer (95 tackles, five for loss) and Beau Waid (six sacks) could make things a little difficult for Bryant Horn and the Wildcats’ offense.
History may be on Benjamin Russell’s side in this matchup, as the Wildcats are 6-0 all-time against Chilton County.
Team: Dadeville (4A)
First-round opponent: Thomasville
Where: Tiger Stadium (Dadeville)
When: 7 p.m.
The Dadeville Tigers come into the playoffs firing on all cylinders defensively, as four of their last five victories were of the shutout variety. This included a 14-0 statement win over 2012 Class 4A-Region 3 champ Central of Clay County.
Next up for Dadeville is a familiar foe in Thomasville. This will be the third meeting between the two teams, and the squads have never played each other outside of the playoffs. In the first meeting (2010), Thomasville downed the Tigers 35-26 in the third round and went on to win the 4A state championship that season.
The following season (2011), Dadeville returned the favor, eliminating Thomasville in the second round by a score of 28-26.
This matchup should be a clash of styles, as Thomasville will employ a multi-faceted rush attack spearheaded by Zavier Mapp (509 yards, eight scores) and Dadeville comes in with a fast-paced quick passing game. Tamarcus Russell (145 tackles, two sacks), Anfernee Jennings (122 tackles, seven sacks) and D.J. Morgan (127 tackles, two picks) will be counted on to lead Dadeville’s charge to stuff Thomasville.
Team: Reeltown (2A)
First-round opponent: North Sand Mountain
Where: Lloyd Dobbins Field (Higdon)
When: 7 p.m.
The Rebels came into the season expected to be one of the top contenders to the Class 2A crown, but injuries and inconsistent play derailed the Rebels at points of the season. However, Reeltown’s players are starting to get back healthy, and it has shown in the Rebels’ last three games, which were all resounding victories.
While the Rebels are playing very well as of late, waiting for Reeltown is North Sand Mountain, where the Rebels will face the Bison for the first time ever. The Bison come in with a 8-2 record and a dual-threat under center in Cody McBryar. McBryar has also made plays in pass defense, as he leads the Bison in interceptions (six).
McBryar and Dexx Walsh (team-leading 7.5 sacks) are the top defenders on a team that Reeltown will have to take note of as it tries to establish its notorious run game.
Cody Martin (827 yards, eight touchdowns) and Ariko Stewart (747 total yards, 15 touchdowns) will be called upon to lead the Rebels past the Bison and on to the second round.