The high school football season is about halfway over. So naturally, playoff talk has already started.
It’s becoming clear which teams are the favorites in each region, and which teams will likely be staying home.
For the five Montgomery city public schools (G.W. Carver, Jeff Davis, Park Crossing, Robert E. Lee and Sidney Lanier), it looks like all have a shot at the postseason.
Of course, football is a crazy game. Someone will upset somebody somewhere and shake things up.
But until then, here’s how it could happen.
The Wolverines are sitting at 2-3 at the season’s halfway point, but are 2-1 in region play. With Class 6A, Region 2 having eight teams, it’ll probably take four region wins to move on. Carver plays a winless Russell County this week, and then has Park Crossing, Dothan and Wetumpka left.
If the Wolverines can get win No. 3 this week, they’ll be in a great spot to at least get the fourth seed. That gives them three chances to get one more win, and they have the tie breaker over Carroll-Ozark (2-3, 2-1).
Playing in arguably the toughest region in the state (Class 7A, Region 2), Jeff Davis will needs its “A” game to close out the season. The Vols are 6-1, and 2-1 in the region. The one loss however is to Robert E. Lee, so the Generals would have the tie breaker in the competitive seven-team region.
JD plays Prattville on Saturday, then Smiths Station and Central-Phenix City. A win over the Lions would be huge to move to 3-1 in region play, and give Prattville its second region loss of the year. Central is already 3-0 in the region, and Smiths Station is 1-1, and 5-1 overall. Three region wins will likely secure a spot, but the Vols might need to win two of their next three to avoid tying with Lee.
The Thunderbirds sit atop Class 6A, Region 2 at 3-0, but go against another 3-0 team in Northview this week. It’s an eight-team region, so it’ll probably take four wins to get to the playoffs, but the Thunderbirds need to win this week if they’re thinking home-field advantage.
Park Crossing has Carver, Russell County and Stanhope Elmore still left in region play. Russell County and Stanhope are both winless, so you’d have to think Park Crossing gets a couple of W’s there. But as we saw last year, the Carver game can go either way.
Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee is 1-2 in the region, and will need the most help to make it to the playoffs. The Generals play Enterprise (0-2) this week, and need to come out swinging to get back to even. Then there’s Auburn (1-2) and Prattville (1-1).
Auburn has shown it’ll give quality teams a fight with close losses to Central and JD. Depending how things go, the winner of the Prattville-Lee game on Oct. 23 could determine who keeps playing, and who stays home.
Sidney Lanier are 2-1 in region play, and in the seven-team Class 5A, Region 2, three wins will probably get you in. The Poets face a tough Charles Henderson (1-1) squad this week, and then have Greenville and Alabama Christian remaining.
Greenville sits atop the region at 2-0, and 5-0 overall. Alabama Christian is 0-3 in the region. Win or lose, Lanier has gotten better every week, and should be able to win at least one of its last three.