AHSAA Football Playoff Semifinals Friday

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Twenty-Four Teams Advance To AHSAA Football Playoff Semifinals Friday

RON INGRAM - AHSAA, MONTGOMERY, AL " One defending state champion and six unbeaten teams posted victories in the quarterfinals of the AHSAA state football playoffs and are among the 24 schools that advanced to this weeks semifinals. All games will be Friday, Nov. 30 with kick off set for 7 p.m.

Four teams in each of the six classes will be competing for berths in the 2012 Super 6 State Championships, which are set for Dec. 6-7 at Auburn Universitys Jordan-Hare Stadium. Classes 1A, 3A and 5A will play on Thursday (Dec. 6) and Classes 2A, 4A
and 6A will play on Friday (Dec. 7).

Defending Class 1A state champion Marion County (12-1) beat Region 5 rival Hubbertville 41-22 in the third round
and will now host another Region 5 rival, Pickens County (11-2) at Guin Friday.  Marion County beat the Tornadoes 45-27 on Oct. 19 to claim the region title " and this weeks home berth in the semifinals. Unbeaten Brantley (13-0) beat Linden and will host McIntosh (8-5), which downed Maplesville, in the other semifinal game.

In Class 3A, Madison Academy (11-2), the Region 8 champion and last years state runner-up, downed Region 8 fourth seed Colbert County 66-28, and Region 8 runner-up Lauderdale County (12-1)  beat Region 8 third seed Deshler 21-7 to set up this weeks semifinal battle at Madison. The Mustangs won the regular-season battle 24-10 on Sept. 7. Fayette County (11-2) and Straughn (9-3) each posted road wins at Leeds and Midfield, respectively, and will play in the other semifinal game Friday. The Bulldogs, who was the fourth seed in Region 1, will be the host.

In Class 5A, unbeaten Muscle Shoals (13-0) ousted defending state champion Hartselle 49-21 and McAdory (13-0)
knocked off Cullman to set up Fridays semifinal clash at McCalla. Region 1 rivals Spanish Fort (12-1) and Saint Pauls (11-2) also advanced and will play Friday at Spanish Fort. The Saints beat the Toros in the regular-season game 31-21.

In Class 6A, Hoover (13-0) remained unbeaten with a 21-7 win over arch-rival Vestavia Hills and will now host Clay-Chalkville (12-1) Friday at Bucs Stadium. The Cougars downed Mountain Brook 30-9 in the third round.  Region 3 champion Carver-Montgomery (12-1) defeated Spain Park 26-20 at Cramton Bowl on Friday and earned the right to host Region 3  third seed Opelika (9-4, an 8-7 winner over Region 3 second seed Auburn, at the Bowl Friday.

In Class 2A, Region 1 foes Sweet Water (11-2) and Washington County (12-1) advanced. The top-seeded Bulldogs will host the game.  Reeltown (12-1) beat Woodland and will host unbeaten Tanner (12-0) this week in the other semifinal contest.

And in Class 4A, unbeaten Oneonta (13-0), last years state runner-up, shut out J.O. Johnson and will host Madison County (12-1) in one semifinal. Dora (12-1) won on the road at Charles Henderson and will travel to Mobile Friday to face UMS-Wright (11-2). UMS also won the road at Beauregard.

AHSAA Football State Playoffs
(All games are Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.)

Class 1A
McIntosh (8-5) at Brantley (13-0)
Pickens County (11-2) at Marion
County (12-1), Guin

Class 2A
Washington County (12-1) at Sweet
Water (11-2)
Tanner (12-0) at Reeltown (12-1) 

Class 3A
Fayette County (11-2) at Straughn (9-3)
Lauderdale County (12-1) at
Madison Academy (10-2), Madison

Class 4A
Dora (12-1) at UMS-Wright
(11-2), Mobile
Madison County (12-1) at Oneonta (13-0)

Class 5A
Saint Pauls Episcopal (11-2) at Spanish Fort (12-1)
Shoals (13-0) at McAdory (13-0), McCalla

Class 6A
Opelika (9-4) at
Carver-Montgomery (12-1), Cramton Bowl
Clay-Chalkville (12-1) at Hoover