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Third Round to Feature 26 games November 19 – Three Games Combine for More than 100 Points as AHSAA Football Playoffs Conclude Round 2

Central Al Scoreboard

Story by AHSAA Staff

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    MONTGOMERY – Fifty-two teams advanced to round three as the AHSAA 56th annual State Football Playoffs concluded Round 2 of the 2021 championship series Friday night.
    Round three Nov. 19 will feature four quarterfinal games in Classes 1A through 6A and two semifinal games in Class 7A. All games will kick off at 7 p.m., and currently all but two of the 26 contests are currently set to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
    The Class 7A semifinal rematch between Hoover (12-0) and defending state champion Thompson (11-1) at the Hoover Met has been selected as next week’s AHSAA TV Network and NFHS Network Playoff Game of the Week. Hoover won the regular-season contest between the two Region 3 rivals 24-21 scoring the winning TD in the final seconds. Central-Phenix City (12-0) will host Auburn (10-2) in the other Class 7A semifinal in a game to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
     AHSAA TV Network executive producer Vince Earley of WOTM TV announced the pairing Saturday morning. He also announced a second AHSAA TV Network small-school game of the week featuring Clarke County (10-2) vs. B.B. Comer (10-2) at Sylacauga’s Legion Stadium will also be telecast. It will be taped-delayed over the AHSAA TV Network but live over the NFHS Network.
     AHSAA Executive Director Alvin Briggs set the official brackets Saturday morning for the third round with a virtual meeting attended by the 52 remaining teams. Next Saturday’s fourth-round coaches’ playoff meeting will be live with all coaches coming to the AHSAA for the 9 a.m., meeting.
       The 26 teams advancing in the playoffs are gearing to return to Birmingham for the Super 7 State Championships Dec. 1-2-3, which will be held at Birmingham’s new Protective Stadium as the AHSAA celebrates its 100th anniversary. The Alabama High School Athletic Association was formed originally by 87 public and private high schools in 1921.
   The second round of state playoffs featured eight shutouts among the 52 games and three games where more than 100 points were scored.
     In Class 1A, Decatur Heritage (10-2) beat Ragland 76-60 – combining for 136 points, which tied for third most points all time. In that game, senior quarterback Brayden Kyle set a new AHSAA record for touchdowns accounted for in a single game. He had 11 in the Eagles’ win. He also had a two-point conversion. Kyle rushed for 348 yards and seven TDs, and passed for 261 yards and four TDs for 609 total yards, which ranks third all-time according to the AHSAA Record Book. Jack Poundstone of Trinity Presbyterian set the state record (618) in a 2008 playoff game versus Cordova. St. John Paul II Catholic quarterback Seth Brown had 614 total yards in a 2019 game versus West Morgan. Kyle’s total was third 600-yard total offense game on record. Kyle had 507 total yards in a first-round win over Marion County.

Decatur Heritage QB Brayden Kyle accounts for 609 total yards and 11 TDs in Eagles’ second-round playoff win

      The previous touchdowns accounted for record (9) was shared by three different players. James Raines of Berry High School had nine TD passes and passed for seven 2-point conversions in a 68-0 win over Brilliant in 2015. Hubbertville’s Tommy Haley-Ricks rushed for nine touchdowns in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008, and Victory Christian’s Brent Gulledge threw nine TD passes in a 70-6 triumph over Lyman Ward in 2004. All three games came in the regular season.
      The 136 points combined in the Decatur Heritage-Ragland playoff game were the most ever scored in an AHSAA state playoff game – beating the previous total (135) scored by Clay-Chalkville (85) and Scottsboro (50) in a Class 6A playoff game in 2014.
       For the record, Childersburg’s 82-64 win over Central Coosa in the final game of the regular season in 2016 combined for 146 points and is the all-time AHSAA record. Parrish and Hubbertville combined for 139 points in a 2003 win by the Tornadoes 81-58, and Slocomb beat Houston County 124-12 in 1931 for 136 points to set the all-time record originally which stood for 85 years.
     Also in the second round, 33 No. 1 seeds advanced to round, Class 1A had seven No. 1 seeds advance and one No. 4 seed. Classes 3A and Class 4A had six No. 1 seeds move forward, Class 6A had five and Class 2A had 4. Class 5A had the fewest No. 1 seeds advance, just 3.
     Ten No. 2 seeds, seven No. 3 seeds and two No. 4 seeds also advanced (Woodland in Class 1A and Gardendale (10-2) in Class 6A), Woodland (5-7), which started the season 1-5, qualified fourth in Region 5 and goes on the road for the third straight week in the quarterfinals to face Region 5, No. 1 seed Wadley (11-1), which beat the Bobcats 29-0 in the regular season. Gardendale (10-2), the No. 4 seed in Class 6A, Region 6, goes on the road for the third straight week to face Region 6 No. 1 seed Clay-Chalkville. The Cougars won the regular-season game 46-0.
      Five defending state champions also advanced. In addition, Thompson (7A), Pinson Valley (6A), Handley (4A), Fyffe (3A) and Mars Hill Bible (2A) posted second-round wins. Defending 1A state champion Linden was beaten 22-15 by Maplesville, and Class 5A defending champ St. Paul’s Episcopal fell to Pike Road 29-17.
     Ten of 11 unbeaten teams in Round 2 posted wins. The teams still unbeaten include:  Class 1A: Brantley (11-0); Sweet Water (11-0); Class 2A: Spring Garden (12-0); Class 3A: Montgomery Catholic (12-0); Winfield (12-0); Class 4A: Brooks (12-0); Class 5A: Pike Road (11-0); Class 6A: Clay-Chalkville (12-0); Class 7A: Central-Phenix City (12-0); and Hoover (12-0). 
      Twenty-four of the 26 playoff games are currently set to be live-streamed in the third round by member schools over the NFHS Network. A total of approximately 35 radio/internet audio broadcasts are expected as well in round three. 


    The second-round playoff results and third-round playoff pairings are listed.

AHSAA 2021 FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Third-Round Pairings
CLASS 1A

SOUTH
Brantley (11-0) at Keith (11-1), Orrville
Sweet Water (11-0) at Maplesville (11-1)
NORTH
Woodland (5-7) at Wadley (11-1)
Pickens County (10-2) at Decatur Heritage (10-2), at West Morgan HS

CLASS 2A
SOUTH
Clarke County (10-2) at B.B. Comer (10-2), Sylacauga
Lanett (10-2) at Highland Home (7-5)
NORTH
Southeastern (8-4) at Cleveland (10-2)
Spring Garden (12-0) at Mars Hill Bible (9-3), Killen

CLASS 3A
SOUTH
T.R. Miller (10-2) at Montgomery Academy (9-3)
Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-5) at Montgomery Catholic (12-0)
NORTH
Saks (11-1) at Fyffe (10-1)
Winfield (12-0) at Piedmont (10-2)

CLASS 4A
SOUTH
American Christian (11-1) at Vigor (11-1), Blount HS Stadium, Prichard
Handley (9-2) at Jackson (10-2)
NORTH
Madison Academy (11-1) at Good Hope (9-3)
Oneonta (11-1) at Brooks (12-0), Killen

CLASS 5A
SOUTH
UMS-Wright (11-1) at Andalusia (8-4)
Pike Road (11-0) at Faith Academy (7-4), Mobile
NORTH
Pleasant Grove (11-1) at Center Point (9-3)
Parker (11-1) at Fairview (11-1)

CLASS 6A
SOUTH
Saraland (10-2) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-2)
Opelika (9-3) at Hueytown (11-1)
NORTH
Mountain Brook (11-1) at Pinson Valley (9-3)
Gardendale (10-2) at Clay-Chalkville (12-0)

CLASS 7A
SEMIFINALS
SOUTH
Auburn (10-2) at Central-Phenix City (12-0)
NORTH
Thompson (11-1) AT Hoover (12-0), Hoover Met

Second-Round Results
CLASS 1A

SOUTH
Keith (11-1) 19, Notasulga (9-2) 2
Brantley (11-0) 48, Millry (8-4) 15
Maplesville (11-1) 22, Linden (6-5) 15
Sweet Water (11-0) 54, Kinston (8-4) 7
NORTH
Woodland (5-7) 21, Meek (8-4) 14
Wadley (11-1) 28, Hubbertville (9-3) 14
Decatur Heritage (10-2) 76, Ragland (9-3) 60
Pickens County (10-2) 38, Winterboro (7-5) 16

CLASS 2A
SOUTH
B.B. Comer (10-2) 34, Isabella (8-4) 25
Clarke County (10-2) 27, Ariton (10-2) 20
Lanett (10-2) 33, Luverne (9-2) 0
Highland Home (7-5) 32, Elba (10-2) 0
NORTH
Southeastern (8-4) 37, Sulligent (7-5) 18
Cleveland (10-2) 61, Midfield (9-2) 46
Mars Hill Bible (9-3) 47, Tanner (8-4) 20
Spring Garden (12-0) 40, Aliceville (8-4) 35

CLASS 3A
SOUTH
Montgomery Academy (9-3) 21, Trinity Presbyterian (9-3) 17
T.R. Miller (10-2) 35, Opp (9-3) 14
Montgomery Catholic (12-0) 31, Bayside Academy (9-3) 0
Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-5) 39, Slocomb (8-4) 37
NORTH
Fyffe (10-1) 43, J.B. Pennington (8-4) 14
Saks (11-1) 36, Oakman (9-3) 22
Piedmont (10-2) 31, Lauderdale County (10-2) 0
Winfield (12-0) 56, Ohatchee (9-3) 27

CLASS 4A
SOUTH

American Christian (11-1) 49, Jacksonville (7-4) 35
Vigor (11-1) 34, Cherokee County (7-4) 0
Handley (9-2) 28, Bibb County ((9-3) 14
Jackson (10-2) 45, Saint James (10-2) 33
NORTH
Madison Academy (11-1) 35, Priceville (10-2) 7
Good Hope (9-3) 35, Northside (10-2) 21
Brooks (12-0) 42, Randolph (10-2) 21
Oneonta (11-1) 36, Gordo (9-3) 26

CLASS 5A
SOUTH
Andalusia (8-4) 48, Demopolis (7-5) 26
UMS-Wright (11-1) 14, Greenville (8-4) 12
Faith Academy (7-4) 40, Central, Clay County (8-3) 33
Pike Road (11-0) 29, St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-4) 17
NORTH
Center Point (9-3) 9, Ramsay (6-5) 0
Pleasant Grove (11-1) 35, Leeds (10-2) 0
Fairview (11-1) 35, Russellville (9-3) 21
Parker (11-1) 41, Alexandria (11-1) 34

CLASS 6A
SOUTH
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-2) 28, Baldwin County (8-4) 22
Saraland (10-2) 35, Lee-Montgomery (8-3) 7
Hueytown (11-1) 49, McGill-Toolen Catholic (7-5) 17
Opelika (9-3) 28, Spanish Fort (10-2) 14
NORTH
Pinson Valley (9-3) 20, Oxford (7-5) 0
Mountain Brook (11-1) 45, Jackson-Olin (9-3) 14
Gardendale (10-2) 35, Homewood (6-6) 27
Clay-Chalkville (12-0) 56, Briarwood Christian (10-2) 21

CLASS 7A
SOUTH
Central-Phenix City (12-0) 77, Theodore (10-2) 41
Auburn (10-2) 56, Enterprise (8-4) 21
NORTH
Thompson (11-1) 45, Oak Mountain (7-5) 7
Hoover (12-0) 24, Hewitt-Trussville (9-3) 23

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