THE ROAD AHEAD

Addison’s Gage Gilliland (left) and Good Hope’s Isaiah Green (right) react after scoring touchdowns in their respective playoff contests.

Both Addison and Good Hope accomplished exactly what they wanted to do last Friday night.

Survive and advance.

The Class 2A Bulldogs earned a 56-6 home victory versus Sulligent in their first-round playoff game, while the 4A No. 9 Raiders downed St. John Paul II 62-28 on the road to pick up the program's first postseason triumph since the 2006 campaign.

It doesn't get much easier from here, though.

Addison, which is looking for its third consecutive quarterfinal appearance, will host No. 10 Ranburne (9-2).

Good Hope, meanwhile, will welcome in No. 2 Jacksonville (11-0) for its second-round clash hoping to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since the 1997 season.

See below for complete capsules on each Friday night matchup.


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


% Opponent: No. 10 Ranburne (9-2, 5-1 and No. 2 in Class 2A, Region 6)


% Coach: Stephen Bailey (16-17 in three seasons)


% All-Time Series: Tied 1-1


% Last Matchup: Addison 29, Ranburne 13 (2007)


% The Skinny: Ranburne advanced to this point with a 32-24 win against North Sand Mountain last week.

The offense, which averages 30.8 points per contest, is led by running back Christian Smith and quarterback Joshua Ralston.

Coach Stephen Bailey's squad has crafted 32 or more points in eight of its nine wins so far this season. Only three of those victories, however, came against programs that finished with a winning record.

The defense, meanwhile, surrenders an average of 15.9 points per game.

Ranburne's two losses have come against No. 2 Ohatchee (28-0) and 1A Wadley (28-6).

Addison has secured a total of six playoff victories over the past three campaigns, its highest three-year total since seven from 2005-07. The Bulldogs collected the 1A state title in 2005.

Addison has also lost just 11 meetings at A.G. Hicks Stadium since the 2010 season.


% Quotes of Note: "It gave us some confidence in the secondary. We had a lot of big plays on defense. We were aggressive, and we went after balls. I was tickled to death to play all of those young kids and get those other kids off the field. It was pretty much a perfect first-round playoff game for us. We were subbed out on both sides. Those days are over, though, I can tell you that." — Addison coach David Smothers on last week's postseason win against Sulligent

"They're good. They're very similar to what we are. Physical team, pretty disciplined in their assignments and real comfortable doing what they do. That allows them to do it at a higher level. Their money dogs are their running back and quarterback. Slot receiver is good, too. Two big offensive tackles. Solid football team. Just a lot of similarities. Kids are similar, too, in the way they conduct themselves." — Addison coach David Smothers on Ranburne

"Other than your typical stuff, it's more about who can get those three-and-outs and make the other team punt. That team is going to win the game, barring turnovers." — Addison coach David Smothers on the keys to Friday night's game.

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


% Team: No. 9 Good Hope (10-1, 5-1 and No. 3 in Class 4A, Region 5)


% Opponent: No. 2 Jacksonville (11-0, 7-0 and No. 1 in Class 4A, Region 6)


% Coach: Clint Smith (55-23 in seven seasons)


% All-Time Series: 0-0


% Last Matchup: First Meeting


% The Skinny: Jacksonville went undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 1999.

The Golden Eagles made it to the second round for the fourth time in six years as well with a 39-21 win over Rogers.

Ron Wiggins is, without question, Jacksonville's biggest offensive threat.

The junior running back has accumulated 2,492 yards and 36 touchdowns on 287 carries this season.

Quarterback Luke Jackson has thrown for 1,792 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. His top target is Jewels Gray, who's caught 64 passes for 740 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Golden Eagles average 35 points per game and allow an average of 19.5 points per contest defensively.

They also have quality wins over No. 3 Hokes Bluff (16-14) and 3A No. 5 Piedmont (28-21).

Good Hope's 10 triumphs are the program's most since a 10-2 campaign in 2006.

The Raiders' average margin of victory this season is 20.6 points.


% Quotes of Note: "These guys have maintained the same attitude throughout the year. We haven't gotten too high on ourselves or too low on ourselves. It's, 'Hey, let's go to work and do what we do.'" — Good Hope coach Alan Scott on his team's mindset following last week's postseason win against St. John Paul II

"The running back is as good as we've seen in a long time. He finds a way to make plays. Their offensive line is senior-laden, including their tight end. They're big and strong. They have two wide receivers who are as fast as anybody we've seen all year. Defensively, they flat out get after you every play. And they're very physical. They have earned their ranking." — Good Hope coach Alan Scott on Jacksonville

"Control the line of scrimmage. Same way in almost any game. If our lines can hold their own, we've got a chance. If they are going to be much more physical than us, it's going to be tough." — Good Hope coach Alan Scott on the keys to Friday night's game.

"Our pep club, cheerleaders, band and fans have been phenomenal from the word go. We've brought more people to the stadiums than some home teams have. I want to thank them for everything." — Good Hope coach Alan Scott on the community support

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

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

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