Talladega At Lincoln
Piedmont At Randolph County
IT WAS A SHOWCASE NIGHT FOR RUNNING BACKS IN ROUND 1, BEGINNING WITH RANBURNE'S CHRISTIAN SMITH IN FNN'S GAME OF THE WEEK
The 2nd seeded Ranburne Bulldogs left little doubt who the "Big Man On Campus" was Friday night in their 32-24 win over North Sand Mountain.
Christian Smith rushed for 208 yards on 18 carries. He also scored twice in the opening-round game.
Damon Calhoun, Gunner Hollis, and Josh Ralston each rushed for one touchdown.
Ranburne will travel in Round 2 to face Addison (9-2) who pounded Sulligent 56-6 to advance.
Following the win, Ranburne's Stephen Bailey told FNN's Danielle Moss that he was pleased with his team's performance, but knows there's still more work to be done.
"We can play better, and that's what we have to work on. Being consistent throughout the game."
Meanwhile, at Golden Eagles Stadium in Jacksonville, Ron Wiggins was at it again. #4 got the ball early and often in Jacksonville’s 39-21 first-round victory over Rogers in a Class 4A game, piling up 246 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He also had one reception for a 53-yard touchdown, as he burned the Pirates for big plays all night long.
Jacksonville’s win marked their 11th on the season, which is a school record. The Golden Eagles had won 10 games just once before when they finished 10-1 in the 1999 season. It’s just the seventh time in school history Jacksonville has made it to the second round of the AHSAA playoffs. They'll hit the road in Round 2 to Cullman, where they'll face 10-1 Good Hope.
In North Alabama, It was the first home playoff game in Hazel Green High School history. Visiting Oxford pounded Hazel Green 42-14 to advance into Round 2.
The Yellow Jackets ruled the ground in the first half as they had three running backs turn in big nights. Tyetus Lindsey-Smith ended up with 270 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns. He had 133 yards at halftime.
Oxford, now 9-2 returns to Lamar Field for Round 2 when they'll face Decatur, who eliminated Jackson-Olin.
Other area teams that advanced with Round 1 wins include Spring Garden, Southside-Gadsden, Donoho, Winterboro, Randolph County, Saks, Central-Clay County, and Wadley.
HERE'S THE RUNDOWN OF UPCOMING GAMES IN THE AHSAA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS FOR ROUND 2
Marengo (10-1) at Lanett (9-1)
Maplesville (9-1) at Georgiana (10-1)
Elba (8-2) at Linden (10-0)
Wadley (8-2) at St Luke’s Episcopal (10-1)
Donoho (9-2) at Mars Hill Bible (10-1)
South Lamar (11-0) at Winterboro (7-3)
Pickens County (7-4) at Falkville (11-0)
Waterloo (9-2) at Spring Garden (10-1)
Leroy (8-3) at Daleville (6-4)
Luverne (10-1) at Abbeville (10-1)
Highland Home (10-1) at LaFayette (7-3)
Cottage Hill Christian (10-1) at Ariton (8-3)
Fyffe (11-0) at Colbert County (8-3)
Red Bay (9-2) at Ohatchee (10-0)
Ranburne (9-2) at Addison (9-2)
Collinsville (10-1) at Aliceville (9-2)
Flomaton (8-3) at Winfield (11-0)
Oakman-Pike County winner at Thomasville (9-2)
Providence Christian (10-1) at Saint James (10-1)
Gordo (9-2) at Mobile Christian (9-1)
Midfield (9-1) at Westminster Christian (10-0)
Piedmont (9-2) at J.B. Pennington (6-5)
Randolph County (10-1) at Geraldine (9-2)
Fultondale (9-1) at Saks (9-1)
Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-4) at Alabama Christian (4-7)
Headland (10-1) at Andalusia (7-4)
Montgomery Catholic (8-3) at American Christian (11-0)
UMS-Wright (10-0) at Trinity Presbyterian (5-6)
Oneonta (8-3) at DAR (8-3)
Jacksonville (11-0) at Good Hope (10-1)
Hokes Bluff (10-1) at North Jackson (11-0)
Deshler (6-5) at Fayette County (9-2)
Jackson (8-3) at Ramsay (10-1)
Bibb County (8-3) at Greenville (9-2)
Demopolis (9-2) at Pleasant Grove (9-2)
Briarwood Christian (9-2) at Vigor (10-1)
Central-Clay County (8-3) at Madison Academy (9-1)
Etowah (11-0) at Center Point (6-5)
Southside-Gadsden (7-4) at Jasper (10-1)
East Limestone (9-2) at Mortimer Jordan (10-1)
Saraland (10-1) at Hueytown (9-2)
Opelika (6-4) at Bessemer City (7-4)
Wetumpka (9-2) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (6-5)
McAdory (10-1) at Spanish Fort (10-1)
Homewood (9-2) at Gardendale (6-5)
Muscle Shoals (9-2) at Pinson Valley (9-1)
Clay-Chalkville (10-1) at Hartselle (11-0)
Decatur (7-4) at Oxford (9-2)
Lee-Montgomery (7-4) at Auburn (10-1)
McGill-Toolen Catholic (9-2) at Central-Phenix City (11-0)
Mountain Brook (9-2) at Hoover (8-3)
Hewitt-Trussville (8-3) at Thompson (9-1)
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