CULLMAN COUNTY – With three weeks left to go in the 2017 regular season, the play-off picture is starting to take shape for several high school football teams around Cullman County.
The Addison Bulldogs have already assured themselves a spot in the 1A state playoffs. The Bulldogs boast a record of 6-2, 4-1 in 1A Region 7 play. They currently sit at the number two spot.
The Meek Tigers may need some help this week, as they are currently sitting in fifth place and Region 7. The Tigers, who are 5-3, 1-3 in region play, will need to take care of business against Southeastern this week and Sumiton Christian in week 10, the team who currently sits in fourth place, to earn a play-off spot.
Although the Cold Springs Eagles (1-6, 0-4 in 2A Region 7) will miss the playoffs this year, they have the chance to play spoiler to Tanner if they can take down the Rattlers with a win this week.
Holly Pond (5-2, 2-2 in 3 A Region 6) is on the bubble, sitting in fourth place going into week nine. However, things look good for the Broncos as they have had wins over Susan Moore and Hanceville, two of the three teams behind them in the standings. A win over Vinemont in week 10 will assure the Broncos a spot in the 2017 AHSAA playoffs.
Vinemont (2-5, 1-3 in 3A Region 6) has a tough road ahead of them. The Eagles can still make the playoffs under first-year head coach Stephen Robinson but it's going to take wins over Susan Moore and Holly Pond in consecutive weeks to accomplish it.
Hanceville is on the outside looking in this year with a record of 1-7, 0-5 in Region 6 play. This will not stop the Bulldogs from trying to make life difficult for Locust Fork as they try to throw a monkey wrench in their post-season plans.
Good Hope (3-4, 1-4 in 4A Region 6) will miss the 2017 playoffs. The Raiders will look to finish the season strong and take that momentum into the 2018 season.
West Point has had a strong season this year, going into week nine with a record of 4-3, but most importantly 3-2 in 5A Region 6. The Warriors control their own destiny and can earn a play-off spot with a win over Curry in week 10.
Dafford-Smith Stadium will have to wait another year to see a play-off game as the Fairview Aggies (2-4, 0-4 in 5A Region 6) will miss the playoffs in 2017. The Aggies will look to end the season on an upswing as they get fired up for the cross-creek rivalry game against the Holly Pond Broncos to end the season.
It has been an emotional season for the Cullman Bearcats (4-3, 2-2 in 6A Region 7), with longtime head coach Mark Britton announcing his cancer diagnosis on the heels of his announcement of his plans to retire at the end of the season. The Bearcats would like nothing more than to win a state championship for Coach Britton. To accomplish this, they will first need to earn a spot in the 2017 AHSAA playoffs. They can do this with a win over Southside-Gadsden this week.
Get up-to-the-minute scores from all nine local games tonight at The Tribune's www.CullmanScoreboard.com. Look for full stories on each game later tonight.
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