5 High School Football Games to Watch on the Alabama Coast in Round Three


Here are five games involving teams from Coastal Alabama to watch in the third round of the playoffs.

CLASS 6A: Saraland (10-2) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-2)

Time / place: 7 p.m. Friday, Roy Johnson Jr. Stadium, Tuscaloosa

Last week: Saraland defeated Lee-Montgomery 35-6; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa defeated Baldwin County 28-22.

Seeds for the playoffs: Saraland is the seed of Region1; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa is the second seed in Region 4.

The lean: The two teams have split two previous games with Hillcrest winning 35-20 in 2014 and Saraland winning 34-27 in 2017.… Jeff Kelly’s Spartans have won 10 straight games since opening the season with back-to-back losses to a Class pair. 7A playoff teams, Theodore and Hewitt-Trussville. In the last four games, Saraland has dominated his opponents 170-19. The Spartans have allowed 13 points in the playoffs. Junior QB Gabe Reynolds completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,714 yards 20 touchdowns. West Virginia’s commitment Jarel Williams has 51 receptions for 742 yards and 12 touchdowns. Santae McWilliams Jr. (152 carries, 977 yards, 8 TDs) is the best rusher. The defense is anchored by linemen Keaton Law and Trevon McAlpine. … Hillcrest has won seven straight wins since a 38-30 loss to Hueytown on September 17th. Jamie Mitchell’s side scored a season 56 high in a first-round victory over Carver-Montgomery. The Patriots are led by junior quarterback Ethan Crawford. Crawford completed 117 of 189 passes for 1,927 yards and 22 touchdowns. He was only intercepted 3 times. He also ran for 535 yards and 15 touchdowns. Jamarion Johnson (132 carries, 791 yards, 15 TDs) is the team’s first rusher, while J’Quon Sturdivant is the team’s first receiver (8 TDs). The defense is led by Kendrick Davis (37 tackles, 10 TFL) and Collin Dunn (31.5 tackles, 8.5 TFL).

UMS-Wright quarterback Barton Elliot comes under pressure from Kameron Weaver of Greenville during a Class 5A playoff game against UMS-Wright on Friday, November 12, 2021. (Brad McPherson | preps @ al.com)

CLASS 5A: UMS-Wright (11-1) in Andalusia (8-4)

Time / place: 7 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Andalusia

Last week: UMS-Wright defeated Greenville 14-12; Andalusia defeated Demopolis 48-26.

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Seeds for the playoffs: UMS-Wright is the seed in Region 1; Andalusia is the third seed in Region 2.

The lean: UMS has won 18 of the 19 matches played against Andalusia. Andalucia’s only win in the series was a 27-21 overtime victory in the 2017 regular season. UMS returned to defeat the Bulldogs in the semifinals later that year 35-28 . The teams have made state semi-finals three times, most recently in 2019.… UMS have won 11 straight games since opening the season with a 13-0 loss to Class 7A Baker. The Bulldogs scored 372 points while allowing only 96. They allowed 19 points in their two playoff games. Cole Blaylock is the main threat on offense. The junior racked up 1,355 yards and 18 touchdowns on 223 carries. Quarterback Barton Elliott completes 64% of his passes for 1,124 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also rushed for 5 TDs. The offensive line is led by senior Luke Stringer. Robert Courtney leads the defense with 148 tackles. Holden Aran and John Erwin each have 109 tackles. Coach Terry Curtis is 259-55 in 23 years at UMS with 8 state titles. He’s 72-14 in the playoffs. … Andalusia have scored 90 points in their two playoff wins. The Bulldogs went on to win three straight after losing streak to Crestview, Fla. (27-21) and Greenville (28-20) in Weeks 9 and 10. J’Marion Burnette ran for 1,820 yards and 25 touchdowns. out of 249 staves. Omare Latimer has 459 yards and 8 touchdowns. Zade Newton also has 4 rushed TDs.

Shelby County Faith Academy

Faith Academy quarterback Colton Wood (16) carries the ball against Shelby County during the first half of a football game on Friday, November 5, 2021 in Columbiana, Alabama (Photo / Butch Dill)AL.COM

CLASS 5A: Pike Road (11-0) at Faith Academy (7-4)

Time / place: 7 p.m. Friday, Rams Field, Mobile

Last week: Pike Road defeated St. Paul’s 29-17; Faith Academy defeated Central-Clay County 40-33.

On air : Radio – WNSP-FM 105.5

Seeds for the playoffs: Pike Road is the seed in Region 4; Faith Academy is the third seed in Region 2.

The lean: Pike Road is in the quarterfinals for the first time in the school’s brief history. The Patriots have lost in the second round each of the past two seasons. Faith Academy is in the quarterfinals for the second year in a row under Jack French. The Rams had never made the AHSAA playoffs before French arrived in 2018.… The Patriots have outscored their opponents 524-128 this year. This will be their second trip of the season to Mobile. They beat McGill-Toolen Class 6A at Archbishop Lipscomb Stadium 76-51 to open the season. In last week’s win over St. Paul’s, senior quarterback Iverson Hooks returned after missing two games and had 113 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. He also intercepted a pass in the end zone in the last minute to secure the win. Ole Miss Commits Quinshon Judkins ran for 102 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. DL Khurtiss Perry, the state’s best uncommitted player, had five tackles, a sack and a safety. … Faith advanced behind QB Colton Wood and RB Christian Burnette. Burnette’s 80-yard run with 3:00 to go put the Rams in front for good. He also had an 85-yard touchdown on a screen pass. Wood had 345 yards and 4 touchdowns. LB Shemar James, another top non-committed player in the state, missed his fourth straight game with an ankle injury.

St. Paul's and Vigor Football

St. Paul’s defenseman Jaylen Sulton stops Vigor quarterback Anthony Mix in the first half of a preseason football game on Thursday, October 28, 2021 in Theodore, Alabama (Mike Kittrell | [email protected])

CLASS 4A: American Christian (11-1) to Vigor (11-1)

Time / place: 7 p.m. Friday, Harris-Terry Stadium (Blount High School), Eight Mile

Last week: American Christian defeated Jacksonville 49-35; Vigor defeated Cherokee County 34-0

Seeds for the playoffs: American Christian is the seed in Region 3; Vigor is the seed of region 1

The lean: The two teams never played. … ACA is in the quarterfinals despite a sudden change of coach before the season. Chris Smelley resigned three weeks before the start of the season and was replaced by defensive coordinator Cody Martin. Martin’s team lost the opener to Parker 28-27 before securing 11 straight wins. They have scored 516 points this season and are averaging 49 points per game in their last seven. Last week, QB Sawyer Deerman threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more in the win over Jacksonville. Christian Davis rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown. … Vigor has just completed a successful 330 mile road trip in Cherokee County. Jacori Barnes ran for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 carries. QB Anthony Mix Jr. rushed for 93 yards and TD and threw a 29-yard TD pass to Abraham Daniels. Jermaine Coleman added 11 carries for 126 yards. Michael Towner Jr. led the defense with 10 tackles, including five for loss and interception. … Vigor is playing his home games at Blount following Mobile County’s decision to no longer play at Ladd-Peebles Stadium following the October 15 shootout in a game against Williamson.

CLASS 1A: Fresh water (11-0) at Maplesville (11-1)

Time / place: 7 p.m. Friday, Red Devils Stadium, Maplesville

Last week: Sweet Water defeated Kinston 54-7; Maplesville defeated Linden 22-15.

Seeds for the playoffs: Sweet Water is the seed in region 1; Maplesville is the seed in Region 4.

The lean: The teams have divided 12 previous games, including eight in the playoffs. They met in the second round in 2019 with Sweet Water winning 34-21 at Sweet Water. … Sweet Water has allowed only 77 points all season. Pat Thompson’s Bulldogs held nine single-digits. In two playoff games, they dominated the competition 103-7. QB Walker Thompson threw for 721 yards and 8 touchdowns and has 40 solo tackles and 36 assists in defense. Jaland Lewis Horton has scored 17 touchdowns, while Christian Dunning is averaging 9 yards per carry. Trace Luker has 32 tackles and 35 assists. Michael Alan Cole and Tyler Ward start off on the offensive and defensive lines. … Maplesville’s only loss came in the regular season final against Montevallo (20-7). The Red Devils dominated the competition 441-114. They have reached at least the quarter-finals in 11 of the past 12 seasons. Brad Abbot is 29-7 in three years as a head coach. They have a pair of 1,000-yard rushers to Brady Harrison (1,369 yards, 14 TDs) and Jakavion Jackson (1,026 yards, 16 TDs). Harrison leads the team with 119 tackles.

SCHEDULE OF THE 3RD ROUND IN THE STATE

AHSAA

All games Friday at 7 p.m., unless otherwise specified

CLASS 7A SEMI-FINALS

Auburn (11-1) at Central-Phenix City (12-0)

Thompson (11-1) at Hoover (12-0)

CLASS 6A FOUR-FINALS

Saraland (10-2) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-2)

Opelika (9-3) at Hueytown (11-1)

Mountain Brook (11-1) at Pinson Valley (9-3)

Gardendale (10-2) at Clay-Chalkville (12-0)

CLASS 5A FOUR-FINALS

UMS-Wright (11-1) at Andalusia (8-4)

Pike Road (11-0) at Faith Academy (7-4)

Pleasant Grove (10-1) at Center Point (9-3)

Parker (11-1) at Fairview (11-1)

CLASS 4A FOUR-FINALS

American Christian (11-1) at Vigor (11-1)

Handley (9-2) at Jackson (10-2)

Madison Aca. (11-1) to Good Hope (9-3)

Oneonta (11-1) at Brooks (12-0)

CLASS 3A FOUR-FINALS

TR Miller (10-2) at Montgomery Academy (9-3)

Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-5) at Montgomery Catholic (12-0)

Saks (11-1) at Fyffe (10-1)

Winfield (12-0) at Piedmont (10-2)

CLASS 2A FOUR-FINALS

Clarke County (10-2) at BB Comer (10-2)

Lanett (10-2) at Highland Home (7-5)

Southeast-Blount (8-4) at Cleveland (10-2)

Spring Garden (12-0) at Mars Hill Bible (9-3)

CLASS 1A FOUR-FINALS

Brantley (11-0) vs. Keith (10-1)

Freshwater (11-0) at Maplesville (11-1)

Woodland (5-7) at Wadley (11-1)

Pickens County (10-2) at Decatur Heritage (10-2)

AISA CHAMPIONSHIPS

(Friday at Cramton Bowl, Montgomery)

CLASS AAA

Pike Liberal Arts (11-1) vs. Tuscaloosa Academy (7-4), 7 p.m.

CLASS AA

Autauga Academy (12-0) vs Escambia Academy (11-1), 3:30 p.m.

CLASS A

Lowndes Academy (10-3) vs. Jackson Academy (10-1), noon


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