DOWN TO BUSINESS

Addison head coach David Smothers (left), Good Hope head coach Alan Scott (center) and Holly Pond head coach Mike Bates (right) will lead their teams into the first round of the playoffs on Friday night. 

It’s time for some postseason football.

And there are 208 programs across the state ready to compete for a championship in their respective classifications.

Addison, Good Hope and Holly Pond are among the local squads preparing for first-round tilts on Friday night.

The Class 2A Bulldogs have reached the playoffs nine straight seasons, while the Broncos are back in the 3A mix for a third consecutive year.

The 4A Raiders, meanwhile, are making their first postseason appearance since 2013.

Addison is hosting its 10th playoff game since 2010. Holly Pond and Good Hope, however, must hit the road.

See below for capsules on each first-round clash.


% Team: Addison (8-2, 5-1 and No. 1 in Class 2A, Region 7)


% Opponent: Sulligent (3-7, 2-4 and No. 4 in Class 2A, Region 5)


% Coach: Daniel Merchant (29-18 in four seasons)


%  All-Time Series: Sulligent 2-1


% Last Matchup: Sulligent 14, Addison 6 (2009)


% The Skinny: Sulligent is making its fifth straight playoff appearance.

The Blue Devils are also just a year removed from a trip to the 2A semifinals.

This season, however, hasn’t offered too many highlights.

Sulligent dropped six of its last seven games — losing by an average of 34.3 to 13.5 — and two of its wins came against programs — Berry and Sumiton Christian — with a combined 3-17 mark.

The Blue Devils have scored 20 points or less in six outings this season.

Addison, meanwhile, is 4-1 inside A.G. Hicks Stadium, where it’s averaging 38 points per game this season.


% Quotes of Note: “Going into the season, we didn’t really know what to expect. A lot of new faces on the team, and a lot of new opponents we had either never played or hadn’t played in a long time. I am tickled to death to still be playing football in November. Hopefully we’ll get better each week, fine-tune some things and make the community proud.” — Addison coach David Smothers on his team’s postseason berth


“Their overall record is not very good, but they’ve had a lot of injuries. They’ve got some kids that can score from anywhere on the field. It’s not a game you can take lightly. We’re taking this like we take every other week. We’re going to focus on stopping what they do. It’s fun practicing this time of the year. You’ve got everything in, and you’re just tweaking for specific schemes your opponent does.” — Addison coach David Smothers on his team’s first-round opponent


% Game: Friday, 7 p.m. at Addison High School


% Team: Good Hope (9-1, 5-1 and No. 3 in Class 4A, Region 5)


% Opponent: St. John Paul II (8-2, 5-2 and No. 2 in Class 4A, Region 7)


% Coach: David Lloyd (9-11 in two seasons)


 % All-Time Series: 0-0


% Last Matchup: First Meeting


% The Skinny: St. John Paul II won more games this season (eight) than its first six seasons (six) combined.

The Falcons have a strong offense (37.3 points per game) and have put up less than 28 points just once this season — a 49-7 home loss to North Jackson, which is the top scoring team in the state at 61.7 points per tilt.

Five of St. John Paul II’s victories, however, have come versus teams — Danville, Douglas, East Lawrence, Priceville and West Morgan — that combined to surrender an average of 41.7 points per contest defensively.

The Falcons, though, have plenty of playmakers to take full advantage of any defensive miscues.

Good Hope, on the other hand, is allowing just 13.9 points per outing and is seeking its first playoff win since 2006.


Quotes of Note: “It’s been a fun season. The longer I do this, the more I appreciate every win. For these guys to have gone out and did what they did, knowing their expectations were high, reaching those goals has been very gratifying. We’re glad to be in the playoffs, but I think our guys have definitely not reached all of our goals. There are some things out there that we still want to do.” — Good Hope coach Alan Scott on his team’s postseason berth


“They can score points. Being the defensive coordinator, that definitely gives you fits. They have playmakers at quarterback, running back and wide receiver. The offensive line is solid. We’re going to have to tackle well and align properly. They also have a solid defense. Very aggressive. They play smart football and protect the football.” — Good Hope coach Alan Scott on his team’s first-round opponent


 

% Game: Friday, 7 p.m. at Discovery Middle School


% Team: Holly Pond (6-4, 3-3 and No. 4 in Class 3A, Region 5)


% Opponent: Geraldine (8-2, 6-0 and No. 1 in Class 3A, Region 7)


% Coach: Brad Waldrop (23-20 in four seasons)


% All-Time Series: Geraldine 2-0


% Last Matchup: Geraldine 47, Holly Pond 20 (2013)


% The Skinny: Geraldine is back in the playoffs for the 12th straight season. The Bulldogs, however, haven’t won a postseason matchup since the 2012 campaign.

Geraldine does what it does extremely well.

The Bulldogs are sturdy on offense (28.4 points per game) and suffocating on defense (16 points per game).

Their only two losses this year came against 2A No. 1 Fyffe (41-7) and 3A No. 5 Piedmont (26-6).

Holly Pond’s streak of three straight postseason appearances is its longest since four consecutive in 2002-05.

The Broncos will be looking to earn the program’s first-ever playoff victory.


Quotes of Note: “We were so close to finishing a little higher, which you’d love to do. But getting back in it, these guys have experience. Things that were foreign three years ago aren’t now. You can see that in practice and putting stuff in.” — Holly Pond coach Mike Bates on his team’s postseason berth


“Their guy does a great job. They’re real sound. Good players with great tradition. I think they play smart football. You won’t catch them off guard by tricking them. You’ve got to match their aggressiveness in the interior line, offense and defense. I still think that’s one of our strong points. Our offensive line versus their defensive line and vice versa ... if we win that battle, we’ll have a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter.” — Holly Pond coach Mike Bates on his team’s first-round opponent


Game: Friday, 7 p.m. at Geraldine High School

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at jwinfrey@cullmantimes.com.​

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