Baldwin County, Bayside and Spanish Fort advance to second round, Nov. 12

2021 AHSAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

Tony Whitehead/Gulf Coast Media 
Posted 11/11/21

BAY MINETTE , Ala.   -  Week Two of the AHSAA football playoffs kick off with three local teams still in the hunt.  The Tigers of Baldwin County High, the Admirals of Bayside …

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Baldwin County, Bayside and Spanish Fort advance to second round, Nov. 12

2021 AHSAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

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BAY MINETTE , Ala.   -  Week Two of the AHSAA football playoffs kick off with three local teams still in the hunt.  The Tigers of Baldwin County High, the Admirals of Bayside Academy and the Toros of Spanish Fort advanced with opening-round wins.

The Tigers and Admirals will be at home  Nov. 12.  The Toros (10-1) are on the road at Opelika (8-3). The Admirals (9-2) will host Montgomery Catholic (11-0). The Tigers (8-3) will host Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-2). Kick-offs are set for 7 p.m.

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-2) at Baldwin County High (8-3)

BAY MINETTE – BCHS Head Coach Scott Rials said his players and coaches were very excited to get to the playoffs and super excited to get the first-round win on the road over Helena 32-29.

“The guys were excited to get that win and see their hard work pay off,” Rials said. “That’s what we have been telling them all year and now here we are in the second round. Also any time you play a good team like them (Helena) you get better because it helps you to be challenged. So, really proud because these guys earned it and seeing them embrace it and wanting more and willing to work hard is just great.”

Looking ahead to Hillcrest- Tuscaloosa, he said he, his staff and their players know they are facing a good team.

“They are very good and our guys are looking at film and studying as much as possible about them,” he said. “They are very athletic and talented, so we do have our work cut out for us for sure. But we have talented guys too and they are preparing very seriously for Friday night.”

The Tigers’ offense is averaging about 34 points per game. Rials added that his defense will be tested, but they have been solid all year holding opponents to about 13 points on average per game.

“They understand that if they get the stops and get the ball back to our offense, then we have a better chance to score and the more opportunities we have to go ahead and stay ahead.”

He also expects special teams to play a big role.

“We’re fortunate to have very good special teams.” He said, “Our kicker Tony Licalzi and our punter Todd Powell, who also can play   quarterback when Ty (Mims) needs to come out. They are very good and consistent with their contribution to our kicking game.”

Spanish Fort (10-1) at Opelika High (8-3)

SPANISH FORT - The Toros hosted Calera last week and took a 41-31 round-one victory. Also advancing from Region 1 was McGill-Toolen Catholic and Saraland. Spanish Fort Head Coach Ben Blackmon said he expects a battle.

“I think it will be a tough-fought game between two good teams on Friday night,” he said. “They do some things very well on both sides of the ball, but I believe we do too. So, it’s going to be the team that does what they do best and not make mistakes that will win. So, we need to go work, stay in focus and limit mistakes.”

Also in Class 6A, McGill-Toolen Catholic (7-4) advanced and will host Hueytown (10-1) in Mobile and Saraland (9-2) will welcome Lee-Montgomery (8-2).

Montgomery Catholic (12-0) at Bayside Academy (9-2)

DAPHNE - The Admirals welcome undefeated Montgomery Catholic from Region 4 to Bayside Academy’s Freedom Field on their campus in Daphne. The MCHS Knights are undefeated and have outscored opponents 613 to 34.

“Obviously, we have our work cut out for us,” said Bayside head coach Phil Lazenby. “They can put up a lot of points in a hurry, so our defense will be essential for us this Friday.”

Bayside defeated Southside-Selma in round 1 37-36 while MCHS toppled Houston Academy 56- 7.

“They are explosive on offense and stingy on defense. They have great athletes and great coaches. We will have to take advantage of any and every opportunity we get. And we will have to do everything right to stay in this ballgame. I know we want it. We just have to play a near perfect ballgame to do it.”

Statewide, the seven defending champions won their first-round contestswith Class 3A Fyffe (9-1) claiming their 19th straight playoff win beating Walter Wellborn 34-0. Class 7A Thompson (10-1) captured its ninth straight playoff victory with a 49-10 win over Florence. Class 1A defending champion Linden (6-4) defeated Samson 20-12; Class 2A defending champion Mars Hill Bible (8-3) beat Sand Rock 48-13; Class 4A defending champion Handley (8-2) beat Geneva 42-6; Class 5A defending champion St. Paul’s Episcopal ((8-3) downed Selma 36-0 and Class 6A defending champion Pinson Valley (8-3) won on the road over Muscle Shoals 28-21.

Teams remaining undefeated include: Class 1A: Brantley (10-0); Sweet Water (10-0); Class 2A: Spring Garden (11-0); Class 3A: Montgomery Catholic (11-0); Winfield (11-0); Class 4A: Brooks (11-0); Class 5A: Alexandria (11-0); Pike Road (10-0); Class 6A: Clay-Chalkville (11-0); Class 7A: Central-Phenix City (11-0); and Hoover (11-0).


Round 1 results from last week

CLASS 7A
SOUTH
Central-Phenix City (11-0) 38, Daphne (5-5) 7

Enterprise (8-3) 35, Fairhope (9-2) 10
Auburn (9-2) 39, Baker (7-4) 3

Theodore (10-1) 30, Prattville (7-4) 26

NORTH
Oak Mountain (7-4) 38, James Clemens (10-1) 35

Thompson (10-1) 49, Florence (5-6) 10
Hoover (11-0) 56, Sparkman (4-7) 14
Hewitt-Trussville (9-2) 42, Bob Jones (5-6) 28

CLASS 6A
SOUTH

Baldwin County (8-3) 32, Helena (9-2) 29
Spanish Fort (10-1) 41, Calera (7-4) 31

McGill-Toolen Catholic (7-4) 20, Pelham (7-4) 6

Saraland (9-2) 37, Wetumpka (5-6) 7
Lee-Montgomery (8-2) 33, McAdory (7-4) 25

Hueytown (10-1) 50, Eufaula (5-6) 13
Opelika (8-3) 45, Northridge (7-4) 20
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-2) 56, Carver-Montgomery (7-4) 6

NORTH
Oxford (7-4) 30, Chelsea (4-7) 20
Pinson Valley (8-3) 28, Muscle Shoals (9-2) 21
Mountain Brook (10-1) 63, Southside-Gadsden (5-6) 0
Jackson-Olin (9-2) 22, Cullman (7-4) 14
Gardendale (8-3) 35, Hartselle (10-1) 28
Homewood (6-5) 42, Arab (8-3) 14
Clay-Chalkville (11-0) 42, Decatur (4-7) 0
Briarwood Christian (10-1) 35, Fort Payne (6-5) 12

CLASS 5A
SOUTH
Demopolis (7-4) 49, B.C. Rain (3-7) 6
Andalusia (7-4) 42, Sylacauga (7-4) 7
UMS-Wright (10-1) 45, Marbury (4-7) 7
Greenville (8-3) 32, Tallassee (7-3) 0
Central, Clay County (8-2) 41, Carroll (4-7) 14
Faith Academy (6-4) 42, Shelby County (5-5) 14
Pike Road (10-0) 37, Holtville (5-6) 0
St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-3) 36, Selma (5-6) 0
NORTH
Ramsay (6-4) 28, Guntersville (9-2) 20
Center Point (8-3) 66, East Limestone (5-6) 36
Pleasant Grove (9-1) 55, Douglas (6-5) 0
Leeds (10-1) 41, Lee-Huntsville (5-6) 22
Russellville (9-2) 41, Lincoln (6-5) 14
Fairview (10-1) 30, Fairfield (7-4) 28
Alexandria (11-0) 52, Ardmore (7-4) 6
Parker (10-1) 31, Boaz (6-5) 21

 CLASS 4A
SOUTH

American Christian (10-1) 41, Williamson (5-6) 12
Jacksonville (7-3) 42, Alabama Christian (7-4) 21
Vigor (10-1) 40, West Blocton (6-5) 0
Cherokee County (7-3) 34, Straughn (7-3) 26
Handley (8-2) 42, Geneva (6-5) 6
Bibb County (9-2) 40, Mobile Christian (5-6) 36
Saint James (10-1) 28, Anniston (5-5) 26
Jackson (9-2) 44, Montevallo (8-3) 20)
NORTH
Madison Academy (10-1) 55, Hamilton (4-7) 0
Priceville (10-1) 31, Etowah (6-5) 14
Northside (10-1) 35, Madison County (5-6) 31
Good Hope (8-3) 27, Central-Florence (7-4) 24
Brooks (11-0) 41, Dora (6-5) 21
Randolph (10-1) 38, Fayette County (6-5) 0
Oneonta (10-1) 40, Rogers (5-6) 14
Gordo (9-2) 37, North Jackson (5-6) 7

 CLASS 3A
SOUTH

Bayside Academy (9-2) 37, Southside-Selma (9-2) 36

Montgomery Academy (8-3) 35, Flomaton (6-4) 7
Trinity Presbyterian (9-2) 51, Wicksburg (7-4) 23
T.R.  Miller (9-2) 20, Hale County (5-6) 7
Opp (9-2) 35, Reeltown (6-5) 6
Montgomery Catholic (11-0) 56, Houston Academy (6-5) 7
Slocomb (8-3) 28, Dadeville (6-4) 16
Hillcrest-Evergreen (6-5) 27, Thomasville (5-6) 19
NORTH
Fyffe (9-1) 34, Walter Wellborn (5-5) 0
J.B. Pennington (8-3) 10, Phil Campbell (7-4) 7
Saks (10-1) 46, Plainview (7-4) 43
Oakman (9-2) 36, Colbert Heights (5-6) 7
Lauderdale County (10-1) 28, Vinemont (5-6) 6
Piedmont (9-2) 40, Sylvania (8-3) 20
Winfield (11-0) 60, Clements (4-7) 14
Ohatchee (9-2) 34, Geraldine (7-4) 13

CLASS 2A
SOUTH

Highland Home (6-5) 28, Orange Beach (9-2) 7

Isabella (8-3) 40, J.U. Blacksher (4-7) 6
B.B. Comer (9-2) 37, G.W. Long (8-2) 29
Clarke County (9-2) 47, Thorsby (6-5) 8
Ariton (10-1) 48, LaFayette (7-4) 20
Lanett (9-2) 18, Geneva County (5-6) 0
Luverne (9-1) 41, Greene County (5-6) 6
Elba (10-1) 55, Ranburne (6-5) 28

NORTH
Sulligent (7-4) 52, Pisgah (7-4) 38
Southeastern (7-4) 48, Lexington (7-4) 21
Midfield (9-1) 34, North Sand Mountain (4-7) 20
Cleveland (9-2) 35, Colbert County (6-5) 7
Mars Hill Bible (8-3) 48, Sand Rock (7-4) 13
Tanner (8-3) 35, Lamar County (7-4) 27
Spring Garden (11-0) 55, Hatton (5-6) 20
Aliceville (8-3) 46, Ider (7-4) 6

CLASS 1A

SOUTH
Keith (10-1) 43, McKenzie (6-4) 7

Notasulga (9-1) 45, Marengo (5-5) 16
Brantley (10-0) 59, R.C. Hatch (4-6) 6
Millry (8-3) 28, Loachapoka (6-4) 18
Maplesville (10-1) 40, Fruitdale (4-7) 6
Linden (6-4) 20, Samson (7-4) 12
Sweet Water (10-0) 49, Billingsley (4-7) 0
Kinston (8-3) 10, Central-Hayneville (6-4) 6
NORTH
Woodland (4-7) 28, Cedar Bluff (6-5) 20
Meek (8-3) 52, R.A. Hubbard (6-5) 20
Wadley (10-1) 48, Gaylesville (6-5) 14
Hubbertville (8-2) 46, Hackleburg (6-5) 14
Decatur Heritage (9-2) 48, Marion County (7-4) 28
Ragland (9-2) 28, Valley Head (5-6) 20
Pickens County (9-2) 51, Phillips (4-7) 21
Winterboro (7-4) 30, Sumiton Christian (7-4) 6

AHSAA 2021 Football Playoffs, Nov. 12

Second-Round Pairings, Game Sites, Kick-offs 7 p.m.

CLASS 7A
SOUTH
Theodore (10-1) at Central-Phenix City (11-0)
Enterprise (8-3) at Auburn (9-2)
NORTH

Oak Mountain (7-4) at Thompson (10-1), Alabaster
Hewitt-Trussville (9-2)  at Hoover (11-0)

CLASS 6A
SOUTH
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-2) at Baldwin County (8-3), Bay Minette

Lee-Montgomery (8-2) at Saraland (9-2)
Hueytown (10-1) at McGill-Toolen Catholic (7-4), Mobile
Spanish Fort (10-1) at Opelika (8-3)
NORTH
Oxford (7-4) at Pinson Valley (8-3)
Jackson-Olin (9-2) at Mountain Brook (10-1)
Gardendale (9-2) at Homewood (6-5)
Briarwood Christian (10-1) at Clay-Chalkville (11-0)

CLASS 5A
SOUTH

Demopolis (7-4) at Andalusia (7-4)
Greenville (8-3) at UMS-Wright (10-1), Mobile
Central, Clay County (8-2) at Faith Academy (6-4), Mobile
St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-3) at Pike Road (10-0)
NORTH
Ramsay (6-4) at Center Point (8-3)
Leeds (10-1) at Pleasant Grove (9-1)
Fairview (10-1) at Russellville (9-2)
Parker (10-1) at Alexandria (11-0)

CLASS 4A

SOUTH
Jacksonville (7-3) at American Christian (10-1), Tuscaloosa
Vigor (10-1) at Cherokee County (7-3), Centre
Bibb County ((9-2) at Handley (8-2), Roanoke
Jackson (9-2) at Saint James (10-1), Montgomery
NORTH
Priceville (10-1) at Madison Academy (10-1)
Good Hope (8-3) at Northside (10-1), Samantha
Randolph (10-1) at Brooks (11-0), Killen
Gordo (9-2) at Oneonta (10-1)

CLASS 3A
SOUTH
Trinity Presbyterian (9-2) at Montgomery Academy (8-3)
Opp (9-2) at T.R.  Miller (9-2), Brewton
Montgomery Catholic (11-0) at Bayside Academy (9-2), Daphne
Hillcrest-Evergreen (6-5) at Slocomb (8-3)
NORTH
Fyffe (9-1) at J.B. Pennington (8-3), Blountsville
Oakman (9-2) at Saks (10-1), Anniston
Lauderdale County (10-1) at Piedmont (9-2)
Ohatchee (9-2) at Winfield (11-0)

CLASS 2A

SOUTH
B.B. Comer (9-2) at Isabella (8-3)
Ariton (10-1) at Clarke County (9-2), Grove Hill
Luverne (9-1) at Lanett (9-2)
Elba (10-1) at Highland Home (6-5)
NORTH
Sulligent (7-4) at Southeastern (7-4)
Cleveland (9-2) at Midfield (9-1)
Tanner (8-3) at Mars Hill Bible (8-3), Killen
Aliceville (8-3) at Spring Garden (11-0)

CLASS 1A
SOUTH
Notasulga (9-1) at Keith (10-1), Orrville
Millry (8-3) at Brantley (10-0)
Linden (6-4) at Maplesville (10-1)

Kinston (8-3) at Sweet Water (10-0)
NORTH
Woodland (4-7) at Meek (8-3), Arley
Hubbertville (9-2) at Wadley (10-1)
Decatur Heritage (9-2) at Ragland (9-2)
Winterboro (7-4) at Pickens County (9-2), Reform