Five storylines to watch Friday night
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
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Anniston quarterback Quint Dobbins (4) and Anniston coach Eddie Bullock face a must-win situation Friday night. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Anniston quarterback Quint Dobbins (4) and Anniston coach Eddie Bullock face a must-win situation Friday night. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
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What happens in Class 4A, Region 5?

With five teams playing for a spot in the postseason and only three spots available, two teams are going to be disappointed Friday night.

For Anniston, Jacksonville and Lincoln, it’s simple — win. For Alexandria and Cleburne County to get in, its gets a little more complicated.

Alexandria (3-5, 3-3) faces Jacksonville (6-2, 4-2), and Cleburne County (5-3, 3-3) takes on Lincoln (4-4, 4-2). These two battles have serious playoff implications. If there’s ever a time to leave it all on the field, it’s Friday night for these four teams.

Unfortunately for Anniston (5-3, 3-3), the Bulldogs face region-winner Munford (7-1, 6-0) on the road. If there’s one team that doesn’t feel pressure tomorrow night, it’s the Lions. But don’t expect Will Wagnon’s team to take it easy on Anniston.

Does Oxford get revenge?

On Friday night, it will be 364 days since the scoreboard at Pete Rich-Alumni Stadium read Pell City 34, Oxford 28. With the loss, the Yellow Jackets were out of the playoffs.

Now nearly a year later, Oxford doesn’t have that kind of pressure. When the Yellow Jackets welcome Pell City to Lamar Field on Friday, the rivals will battle for second place in Class 6A, Region 7, with Oxford having an shot of winning the region with a win and a Clay-Chalkville loss.

Oxford is riding a six-game winning streak, and Pell City has lost three of its last five.

Does Ohatchee get in the win column?

It’s been a long year for Ohatchee, but things may get easier Friday night.

The Indians travel to Victory Christian for their final Class 2A, Region 6 game, and this provides Ohatchee its best chance to get a win this season. Victory Christian is 1-7 and on a seven-game losing streak after opening the season with a win against the Alabama School for the Deaf.

Despite the winless record, Ohatchee has had opportunities to win in several games this season, but no matchup has seen the Indians favored as much as Friday night’s will.

Will Ranburne win the region?

Ranburne’s 29-26 loss to Wellborn last week takes some shine off this week’s Class 2A, Region 6 showdown with Fultondale, but the implications are the same.

Ranburne has only one loss in the region, while Fultondale is unbeaten. The Bulldogs can clinch a tie for the region title by knocking off Fultondale.

The Bulldogs have had a lot of “first since” accomplishments this season and a region championship would be Ranburne’s first since 1993.

Not having lost a game this season before last week, how will Ranburne rebound? Last season the Bulldogs only rebounded with a win once after losing a game.

Fultondale enters Friday’s contest having scored more than 35 points every week and not having allowed 30 or more points. It’s a big challenge for Ranburne, but the Bulldogs are in this position for a reason.

Does Clay Central repeat as region champion?

Clay Central has a chance to have as many Class 4A, Region 3 championships as it has had seasons.

The Volunteers travel to Dadeville on Friday in a repeat of last season’s region championship showdown. Just like last season, Clay Central enters the game unbeaten, but this season Dadeville sits at 7-1.

In 2012 this game did not live up to the hype. Clay Central dominated Dadeville’s spread offense and won 34-0.

The Volunteers’ defense is having a stellar season this year as well, holding teams to seven points or less in five games, including three shutouts. Dadeville has scored 30 or more points in all but one of its wins.
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