Playoff Football

Fairview coach George Redding signals a touchdown during a game this season.

Are you ready for some postseason football?

Addison, Cold Springs, Cullman, Fairview and Good Hope certainly are.

Those five programs in The Times' coverage area will begin their journey toward a potential state title in their respective classifications with first-round playoff matchups on Friday.

Addison and Fairview will host, while Cold Springs, Cullman and Good Hope will travel.

Let's check out what awaits them.

See below for complete capsules on each first-round postseason contest.


% Team: No. 9 Addison (8-2, 5-1 in Class 2A, Region 7)

% Last Playoff Appearance: 2018

% Opponent: North Sand Mountain (7-3, 5-2 in Class 2A, Region 8)

% Coach: Keith Kirby (29-14 in four seasons)

% The Skinny: Addison heads into Friday night's matchup riding a six-game winning streak.

The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents by an average of 35.8 to 9.3 during that stretch.

North Sand Mountain, meanwhile, is averaging 36.3 points per game, and its three losses this season have come against top-ranked Fyffe, No. 3 Collinsville and 3A Sylvania.

Quarterback Landon Green has thrown for 1,948 yards and 24 touchdowns.

His top target, Lake Bell, has notched 37 receptions for 782 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Those stats are courtesy of the Jackson County Sentinel.

This is the 10th straight postseason appearance for Addison.

% Quotes of Note: "Their offense is very confident, and they enjoy throwing that ball around. They score a lot of points, and they score quick. We've got to minimize the big play and put together long, sustained drives on offense." — Addison coach David Smothers

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


% Team: Cold Springs (5-5, 3-3 in Class 2A, Region 5)

% Last Playoff Appearance: 2016

% Opponent: No. 7 Ranburne (9-1, 5-1 in Class 2A, Region 6)

% Coach: Stephen Bailey (25-19 in four seasons)

% The Skinny: Cold Springs will face a big-time challenge on Friday night.

Ranburne can score at will (39.4 points per game), play defense (13.4 points per game), and its lone loss came to No. 2 Ohatchee back in Week 8.

The Bulldogs also have totaled at least 24 points in all but one matchup this season.

The Eagles, meanwhile, have momentum following a 28-8 victory over Vinemont last week.

They will be looking for their first road playoff win since 1993.

% Quotes of Note: "This was the goal — make the playoffs. We're awfully proud of these kids. It's a big accomplishment, and they're excited about the opportunity to face Ranburne. They're really good. They're probably the most physical team we've played in a while. It'll take a good effort for us to earn a win on Friday night, but I know we'll have a good effort." — Cold Springs coach Rod Elliott

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


% Team: Cullman (5-5, 3-2 in Class 6A, Region 7)

% Last Playoff Appearance: 2017

% Opponent: Mae Jemison (5-5, 4-1 in Class 6A, Region 8)

% Coach: Kelvis White (25-19 in four seasons)

% The Skinny: Both Cullman and Mae Jemison enter Friday's contest playing good football.

The Bearcats have won two straight games, while the Jaguars have reeled off four consecutive wins.

Jayden Sullins and Jaylen Hughey have each eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards for Cullman this season.

Daion Campbell, Kyle Davis and Dee Ford are some players to watch for Mae Jemison.

The Bearcats took down Region 8 champion Fort Payne 42-23 in Week 9.

Additionally, the combined record of Cullman's opponents this year was 63-37.

For the Jaguars? 49-51.

% Quotes of Note: "They're very similar to us. It's like looking in the mirror. Kelvis White is a great coach and has a great reputation. They have a real system on both sides of the ball. They're going to run the ball, they're hard-nosed, and I have a lot of respect for them. Our kids respect this bunch. It's going to be an exciting game I think." — Cullman coach Oscar Glasscock

% Game: Friday, 7 p.m. at Milton Frank Stadium (Huntsville)


% Team: No. 10 Fairview (8-2, 6-1 in Class 4A, Region 7)

% Last Playoff Appearance: 2013

% Opponent: Central-Florence (3-7, 3-3 in Class 4A, Region 8)

% Coach: Heath Wood (50-47 in nine seasons)

% The Skinny: The Aggies won five straight games to close the season and clinch a region title.

Now, they'll look to claim their first playoff win since 2010 on Friday night against Central-Florence.

The Wildcats earned their fewest regular-season victories since 2008 this fall.

Dalton Hanback has rushed for more than 1,600 yards this season, according to The Times Daily.

Central-Florence went 0-6 against postseason qualifiers in 2019 but played a tougher schedule — on paper — than Fairview, which is averaging 37 points per game.

% Quotes of Note: "Everybody's real excited about it. We're happy to be here. Central-Florence is a huge challenge. They play in a tough region. They have an outstanding running attack and can really throw the ball as well. Nothing changes for us, though. We've gone to work like it's any other day. We go to work like it's Week 1 or Week 11." — Fairview coach George Redding 

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


% Team: Good Hope (8-2, 4-2 in Class 4A, Region 5)

% Last Playoff Appearance: 2018

% Opponent: Oneonta (7-3, 6-1 in Class 4A, Region 6)

% Coach: Phil Phillips (17-7 in two seasons)

% The Skinny: Good Hope and Oneonta will meet again in the playoffs.

The Redskins defeated the Raiders 29-8 in the quarterfinals last season.

Oneonta won four of its last five games after a 3-2 start — its only loss coming to No. 5 Jacksonville.

These teams are remarkably similar on paper.

Good Hope has scored 289 points and allowed 207.

The Redskins have scored 301 points and allowed 217.

Oneonta is 5-0 at home. The Raiders are 5-0 on the road.

The Redskins do, however, lead the all-time series 5-0.

% Quotes of Note: "It's great to be in the playoffs. We didn't know what to think this year, but these guys have stepped up and done everything we've asked them to. Oneonta is really big and physical. Their tradition is outstanding. They expect to make deep runs. This year's team is no different. They have all the tools to give you problems on offense and defense. It's going to be a tough matchup for us." — Good Hope coach Alan Scott

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

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

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