It’s win-or-go-home time.
The first round of the high school football playoffs are here with four Etowah County teams ready to take the field.
Etowah is the lone county team hosting Friday night while Sardis, Hokes Bluff and Westbrook have some lengthy road trips ahead of them.
The last time a team from Etowah County did not advance past the first round was 2015. Can that be avoided this season?
Last week’s record: 7-0; Overall: 75-13.
Center Point (7-3) at 5A, No. 5 Etowah (9-1)
Etowah no doubt is facing one of the toughest — if not the toughest — four seed in the state of Alabama regardless of classification. The Blue Devils did have an extra week to prepare and heal from injuries. Center Point will be battle tested coming out of a very tough region. … Etowah wins 24-17
Sardis (5-5) at 5A, No. 4 Clay Central (8-2)
Clay Central is a physical football team, but so is Sardis. But it's going to be a tough task for the Lions going up against the defending 5A state champions. … Clay Central wins 31-13
Hokes Bluff (7-3) at 4A, No. 4 Northside (9-1)
Hokes Bluff seems primed to make a deep run. The Eagles typically make their postseason runs when starting out on the road and Northside is 0-12 in the postseason over its history. But injuries have been troublesome for Hokes Bluff this season. … Northside wins 28-27
Westbrook Christian (7-3) at 2A, No. 10 Aliceville (8-2)
Westbrook can put up points, but they were hard to come by in its three losses. Aliceville gives up an average of 12.2 points per game. This will be the Yellow Jackets' 24th consecutive postseason appearance while the Warriors are in the playoffs for a third year in a row for the first time since 2001-03. … Aliceville wins 26-13