Baldwin County football teams face big games to close regular season

Top quarterbacks Creel, Vizzina to duel under Friday night lights; Butts named AISA All-Star for Snook Christian

By Cole McNanna
Sports Editor
cole@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 10/27/22

Week 11 of the high school football season signals the end of the regular season but this slate of games is not running low on intrigue.

Class 5A Region 1 is still to be decided and one of the …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Subscribe to continue reading. Already a subscriber? Sign in

Get the gift of local news. All subscriptions 50% off for a limited time!

You can cancel anytime.
 

Please log in to continue

Log in

Baldwin County football teams face big games to close regular season

Top quarterbacks Creel, Vizzina to duel under Friday night lights; Butts named AISA All-Star for Snook Christian

Posted

Week 11 of the high school football season signals the end of the regular season but this slate of games is not running low on intrigue.

Class 5A Region 1 is still to be decided and one of the best quarterback matchups in the state is going down in Birmingham where all but one of this year’s playoff teams are in action. Click here to read more about those who are postseason-bound and stay tuned for final regional standings following this week’s action.

No. 6 Gulf Shores Dolphins at B.C. Rain Red Raiders, Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.

While Gulf Shores has locked in its playoff spot and clinched its first postseason berth since 2013, B.C. Rain is one of four teams fighting for the last two playoff spots left in Class 5A Region 1.

The 4-3 Red Raiders own an identical record to the Williamson Lions who play first-place UMS-Wright. Vigor finished 4-4 and is idle this week and 5-2 Faith Academy hosts last-place LeFlore but B.C. Rain only owns a tiebreaker over Vigor after it lost to Williamson in Week 5.

All-time series: Gulf Shores leads 6-2.

Trend: Dolphins won first four meetings but now the previous four contests have been even.

Fairhope Pirates at Briarwood Christian Lions, Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

In a meeting of top Alabamian quarterbacks, Caden Creel and the Fairhope Pirates hit the road to take on Christian Vizzina and the Briarwood Christian Lions in a non-region battle.

What Creel lacks in height he makes up for it with athleticism and the dual-threat quarterback has not only racked up 1,510 passing yards on 114 completions with 11 touchdowns, but he’s also registered 907 rushing yards on 137 carries with 9 touchdowns according to MaxPreps stats.

His passing yards ranked 31st in MaxPreps’ statewide leaders and his 2,417 total yards ranked 13th entering Friday’s contest. Creel remains an uncommitted prospect.

Vizzina, a five-star Clemson commit who stands 6’ 4”, has played two fewer games than Creel and sits with 1,309 passing yards on 116 completions with 11 touchdowns to go along with 319 rushing yards on 101 carries with 9 touchdowns. Vizzina was also recently named to the Team Alabama roster for the Alabama-Mississippi Classic.

Still, before the season at the Baldwin County Media Day hosted by AL.com, Fairhope head coach Tim Carter brought up this matchup and looked forward to seeing the signal-callers do their thing.

“I think Caden’s one of the best quarterbacks in Alabama and he’ll get a chance to prove that,” Carter said July 13. “I challenged him the other day, I said I want people to leave there that night going, ‘Man, who is that kid from Fairhope?’ Because I’ve had the opportunity to coach a lot of really good quarterbacks and I’ll put him up there with any of them.”

All-time series: 0-0, teams’ first meeting.

Playoff status: The Pirates slid to third in Class 7A Region 1 but extended a playoff streak to six years. Briarwood Christian finished sixth in Class 6A Region 3 after four straight losses to close region play.

Crenshaw Christian Cougars at Snook Christian Eagles, Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. (at Summerdale Middle)

Heading to the playoffs for only the second time in program history, the Snook Christian Eagles will host their senior night at Summerdale Middle School this Friday in preparation for the Alabama Independent School Association’s (AISA) state bracket.

The last time Snook went to the postseason was in 2018 which was the program’s second varsity season and first year aligned in an AISA region. The Eagles didn’t field a team in 2019 due to a lack of participation but now they find themselves back in the playoffs after they put up the most points they have all season last week in a 46-32 win over Sparta Academy.

Snook also made history this week when Philip Butts was announced as the school’s first representative chosen to compete in the AISA All-Star Game Dec. 2.

All-time series: Crenshaw leads 1-0.

Playoff status: The Eagles are playoff-bound for the second time in program history with fourth-place finish in Region 2. Cougars finished second Region 1 with a 6-3 overall record.

Jackson-Olin Mustangs at Foley Lions, Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.

All-time series: 0-0, teams’ first meeting.

Playoff status: Foley won Class 7A Region 1 and Jackson-Olin just grabbed the last two wins it needed to finish third in Class 6A Region 5.

Fruitdale Pirates at Orange Beach Makos, Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.

All-time series: Tied 1-1.

Trend: Orange Beach won last year 26-0 but Fruitdale still holds a 34-33 scoring edge.

Playoff status: Makos earned No. 2 seed from Class 4A Region 1, Pirates finished sixth in Class 1A Region 1.

Alabama Christian Eagles at Bayside Academy Admirals, Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

All-time series: 0-0, teams’ first meeting.

Playoff status: Bayside Academy finished fourth in Class 4A Region 1 for its fourth straight postseason berth. Alabama Christian finished third in Class 3A Region 3 and enter on a three-game win streak where it scored 56 points in each of the last two.

Citronelle Wildcats at Elberta Warriors, Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

All-time series: 0-0, teams’ first meeting.

Playoff status: Both teams have been eliminated from the Class 5A Region 1 playoff race and each own one win. Citronelle picked up its first win of the season over LeFlore 29-6 last week.

Hillcrest-Evergreen Jaguars at Daphne Trojans, Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

All-time series: Daphne leads 2-0 with a 53-16 scoring edge but the teams haven’t met since 1992-93.

Playoff status: Both teams finished fifth in their respective regions to sit outside the playoff picture.

Get the best from Gulf Coast Media in your inbox twice a week. Sign up for our free newsletter.

* indicates required