Etowah used a stout running game and all but shut down Gunterville's rushing attack to come away with a 33-0 victory over the Wildcats in the opening round of the Class 5A state high school football playoffs Friday night.

The Blue Devils (11-0) advance to face Center Point (6-5) on the road next week in the second round of the playoffs.

Etowah scored four of their five touchdowns on the ground. Trent Davis scored from 29 and 2 yards in the first half, while quarterback Brady Troup tacked on another rushing touchdown from 1 yard out and then added a 39-yard scoring strike to Ollie Finch late in the first half to give the Blue Devils a 27-0 lead at the half.

Guntersville (3-7) had minus-57 yards rushing in the first half. In addition to having its run game shut down in the first half, the Wildcats were intercepted three times in the half. DeRickey Wright came away with two picks, while Finch had one to set up the Blue Devils' final scoring drive of the half.

"This was a great team win tonight," Etowah coach Drew Noles said. "I thought we ran the ball extremely well and our defense played lights-out again."

The Blue Devils scored the only touchdown of the second half with 5:36 left in the third quarter.

After Davis broke free for a 37-yard gain to the Gunterville 18, NyNy Davis capped the drive with a scoring run on the very next play to finish the scoring on the night.