High School teams prep for playoffs

Published 5:04 pm Wednesday, October 27, 2010

High school football’s second season begins next week.

The lone Butler County school to claim a regional title this season, McKenzie’s football players enjoyed a day off Monday from practice, (although the players did get in a few conditioning laps in on the field).

The Tigers don’t play again until the playoffs. McKenzie (9-0) hosts Marengo (4-5) in the first round on Nov. 5.

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McKenzie upset No. 1 Brantley 18-12 on Friday night. The Tigers, ranked No. 6 headed into Friday’s game, are sure to climb up the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 1A state poll, (rankings weren’t available at press time). While the team – and town – are still enjoying the long awaited win and regional championship, head coach Miles Brown said the players need to re-focus for Marengo.

“Because they’re a good football team and they can beat us,” said Brown. “I tried to schedule us a game for this week, but now I’m glad I didn’t. We’ve got to come down off beating Brantley.”

Brown said depending on how the games play out when the post-season starts – and the Tigers keep winning – there’s the likelihood that the first four rounds could be in McKenzie. The Super Six will be played at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium this year.

The Tigers are already prepping for a playoff run: the school is selling Region Champion t-shirts to help offset any expenses incurred during the playoffs. The shirts are long sleeved, navy, and cost $20. Orders are due by Friday. Call the school at 374-2711.

If the Tigers get to Auburn they might have to go through Brantley again to get there. Or Linden. Or Sweet Water.

Greenville High School (6-3) closes out the regular season against Sidney Lanier (0-9) Thursday night. The Tigers host McAdory in the first round on Nov. 5 at Tiger Stadium.

McAdory (7-2) – where former Auburn great Bo Jackson played his high school ball – finished third in Class 5A Region 4, dropping a 27-22 contest to eventual region winner Pleasant Grove. McAdory also lost 36-21 to region runner-up Hueytown.

Fort Dale Academy (7-2) faced Edgewood (8-2), also on Thursday night. The Eagles host Morgan Academy (5-3) in the first round of the AISA Class AAA playoffs in Greenville next Friday night.

In a preseason game in which reserve players saw plenty of action, Morgan beat Fort Dale 20-13 earlier this season.