Football playoff pairings…at least those that can be known

A total of 22 area high school football teams will advance to the playoffs, including four that compete north of the state line in the TSSAA.

For the Alabama schools, the pairings seem straight forward, that is except for Class 5A, Region 8. All four playoff participants have been identified in that region, it’s just a matter of breaking a three-way tie for second to get the final seeding.

Anyway, here are the first-round playoff pairings for all of the games involving teams in the TimesDaily’s coverage area. Playoffs begin in Tennessee on Friday, while the AHSAA playoffs start Nov. 9.

Class 6A, Region 8 (crosses over with Region 7)
1. Bob Jones (7-2) vs. Gadsden City (5-4)
2. Florence (6-3) vs. Huntsville (6-3)
3. Austin (7-2) at Pell City (6-3)
4. Decatur (6-3) at Clay-Chalkville (8-1)

Class 5A, Region 8 (crosses over with Region 7)
1. Muscle Shoals (9-0) vs. Boaz (6-3)
T2. Hartselle (6-3, 5-2) vs. TBD
T2. Cullman (7-2, 5-2) vs. TBD
T2. Russellville (7-2, 5-2) vs. TBD

Given the three-way tie scenario for seeding 2-4, the final pecking order in 5A-8 will not be known until after next week’s non-region games. AHSAA tiebreaker “L” or tiebreaker “M” should come into play to decide it. Each counts the number of defeated opponents’ wins, “L” taking into account only opponents in the same classification or higher (5A and 6A in this case), and “M” taking into account all defeated opponents regardless of classification.

It could get a little hairy, but we will break it down on the blog later. Basically, in order to sneak into the No. 2 spot, Russellville would need Hartselle and Cullman to either both win or both lose next week and render tiebreaker “L” useless. That would allow Russellville, under tiebreaker “M,” to claim wins by 3A Deshler and possibly 4A Fayette County that could put the Golden Tigers over the top.

Anyhow, here are the opponents the Nos. 2-4 seeds will face in the first round of the playoffs:

No. 2 vs. Arab (7-2)
No. 3 at Etowah (7-2)
No. 4 at Fort Payne (9-0)

Class 4A, Region 8 (crosses over with Region 7)
1. Brooks (8-1) vs. D.A.R. (4-5)
2. Central (6-3) vs. North Jackson (6-3)
3. Haleyville (7-2) at J.O. Johnson (8-1)
4. Rogers (5-4) at Madison County (8-1)

Class 3A, Region 8 (crosses over with Region 7)
1. Madison Academy (7-2) vs. Winston County (5-4)
2. Lauderdale County (8-1) vs. Vinemont (7-2)
3. Deshler (6-3) at Hanceville (6-3)
4. Colbert County (6-3) at Hamilton (9-0)

Class 3A, Region 7 (crosses over with Region 8)
1. Hamilton (9-0) vs. Colbert County (6-3)
2. Hanceville (6-3) vs. Deshler (6-3)
3. Vinemont (7-2) at Lauderdale County (8-1)
4. Winston County (5-4) at Madison Academy (7-2)

Class 2A, Region 8 (crosses over with Region 7)
1. Tanner (9-0) vs. Sand Rock (5-4)
2. Red Bay (6-3) vs. Westbrook Christian (6-3)
3. Sheffield (5-4) at North Sand Mountain (7-2)
4. Lexington (5-4) at Fyffe (9-0)

Class 1A, Region 8 (crosses over with Region 7)
1. Hackleburg (8-1) vs. Donoho (5-4)
2. Shoals Christian (6-3) vs. Spring Garden (7-2)
3. R.A. Hubbard (6-3) at Collnsville (8-1)
4. Phillips (5-4) at Cedar Bluff (8-0)

Tennessee

Class 1A
Collinwood (8-2), bye
Wayne County (4-6) at Jo Byrns (5-5)

Class 2A
Loretto (7-3), bye

Class 5A
Lawrence County (5-5) at Memphis Ridgeway (7-3)

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