5 Coastal Alabama football games to watch in the first round of the playoffs

Here are five playoff games involving coastal Alabama teams to watch this week.

A full program follows.


Time/place: 7 p.m. Friday, Ivan Jones Stadium, Foley

Last week: Dothan defeated Jeff Davis 41-12; Foley defeated Jackson-Olin 28-12

The lean: Dothan is the No. 4 seed in Region 2; Foley is the first seed in Region 1. … Wolves are in the playoffs for the first time since 2019. They finished tied with Enterprise in the Region 2 standings at 5-3, but Enterprise got the lead seeded No. 3 due to their one-on-one victory. In last week’s win at Jeff Davis, Wolves rushed for 325 yards, including 166 by Tamarion Peterson. The defense allowed just 152 yards and got an interception return for a touchdown from TK Knight. Dothan first-year head coach Jed Kennedy is set to return to the sidelines after a week’s suspension for shoving a volunteer Wolves assistant coach. … Foley finished the season with 5 straight wins to earn his first trip to the playoffs since 2015. The Lions won a regional championship for the first time since 2007. In last week’s victory, Reece Tynes threw a pair of TD assists and ran for another. He was 21 of 34 for 233 yards and had touchdown passes to Harrison Knight and Makai Mitchell. Tynes has thrown for 2,153 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. Alabama WR clerk Perry Thompson caught 7 passes for 69 yards in the win and intercepted a pass. For the season, Thompson has 78 receptions for 913 yards and 10 touchdowns. RB Kolton Nero rushed for 1,017 yards and 13 touchdowns on 151 carries.

The winner plays: Auburn or Fairhope

Wells Connell (35) of Briarwood chases down Caden Creel (1) of Fairhope during a game in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday, October 28, 2022. (Marvin Gentry | [email protected])


Time/place: 7 p.m. Friday, Duck Samford Stadium, Auburn

Last week: Fairhope defeated Briarwood Christian 44-22; Auburn defeated Smiths Station 63-0

The lean: The two teams have only played twice before, both times in first-round playoff games. Fairhope won 43-42 in 2011. Auburn won 34-23 in 2018. … Fairhope coach Tim Carter spent nine years as head coach at Auburn, going 84-25 and leading the Tigers to the game for the 2013 Class 6A title. In eight years at Fairhope, he is 54-31. His team is making its sixth straight playoff appearance. The Pirates are looking for their first playoff victory since 2014. … Fairhope QB Caden Creel was nearly perfect in last week’s road win over Briarwood. He completed 28 of 30 pass attempts for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed for 152 yards and a score on 22 carries. For the season, the senior completed 66% of his passes for 1,689 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,059 yards and 10 touchdowns. Qualin McCants rushed for 15 touchdowns and Preston Godfrey 9. Ben Moseley (674 yards, 4 touchdowns) is the team’s leading receiver. … Auburn’s only loss was a 38-17 loss to regional rival Central-Phenix City on Oct. 14. Since then, the Tigers have won at Prattville (37-29) and Smiths Station (63-0). Keith Etheredge is 19-4 in his second season at Auburn and 169-56 overall. He won 4 state titles in 10 years at Leeds and another in 2019 at Oxford. Auburn’s two quarterbacks, Clyde Pittman and Davis Harsin, had 2,023 passing yards and 24 touchdowns. Both have completed over 67% of their passes. Ean Nation (54 receptions, 756 yards, 8 touchdowns) needs five receptions to tie Auburn’s single-season record for receptions. DV Williams rushed for 830 yards and 12 touchdowns on 132 carries.

The winner plays: Foley or Dothan

UMS-Wright head coach Terry Curtis, left, and Faith head coach Jack French talk during warm-ups as the Bulldogs host Faith in a preseason football game on Friday, Oct. 21 2022, in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell | [email protected] com)


Time/place: 7 p.m. Friday, Tigres Stadium, Eufaula

Last week: Faith Academy defeated LeFlore 61-6; Eufaula was inactive

The lean: Both teams have never played. … Faith Academy has beaten opponents 343-68 this season. The Rams’ only losses have come on the road to top teams in Region 1, 22-12 at Gulf Shores and 21-20 at No. 1-ranked UMS-Wright. QB Jarrett Daughtry completes 73% of his passes for 1,600 yards and 15 touchdowns. Ty Goodwill (545 yards, 6 TDs) and Dorian Smith (566 yards, 4 TDs) are his main receivers. Christian Burnette rushed for 713 yards and 11 touchdowns on 106 carries. Head coach Jack French is 44-15 in 5 years at Faith and 303-135-2 in 39 years overall. … Eufaula has won four of its last five games under freshman coach and former Tiger star Jerrell Jernigan. The team’s last victory was two weeks ago when they beat Early County, Georgia, 31-28. The Tigers have scored 281 points this season and conceded 201. Their losses have come to Pike Road (16-10 in overtime) and Charles Henderson (34-7). Eufaula is led by Alabama commit DL Yhonzae Pierre. … The Tigers are making their 25th straight trip to the playoffs. They last missed the playoffs in 1997.

The winner plays: Demopolis or Elmore County

UMS-Wright’s Joe Lott (1) celebrates after his touchdown take against Williamson as time expires in the first half of a preseason football game Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell | [email protected])

CLASS 5A: CAP (6-4) TO UMS-WRIGHT (10-0)

Time/place: 7 p.m. Friday, Cooper Stadium, Mobile

Last week: Headland defeated Cottonwood 53-26; UMS-Wright defeated LeFlore 17-8

The lean: The teams have never played. … Headland have won their last two games against New Brockton (34-14) and Cottonwood. The Rams have scored 287 points this season and allowed 231. Reginald Melton is in his first full season as Headland’s head coach. The Rams are in the playoffs for the first time since 2018. The team went 10-2 that year and lost to Andalucia in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs. … UMS has been number 1 since the first ASWA poll in August. Head coach Terry Curtis is tied with former Vestavia Hills coach Buddy Anderson for the most wins in AHSAA coaching history (346). South Alabama commitment Cole Blaylock rushed for 1,461 yards and 19 touchdowns on 203 carries. He also had 3 TD receptions. Joe Lott had 2 TDs, rushed for 6 TDs, caught a TD pass and had 5 steals. The defense is also led by John Charles Erwin with 107 tackles. … UMS-Wright has only been knocked out before the quarterfinals once (2016) since 2010 and only twice in Curtis’ 24-year tenure. The Bulldogs have won 8 state titles under Curtis’ tenure.

The winner plays: Beauregard or Marbury

Strong Spanish vs Daphne Football

Spanish Fort’s Sawyer Wilson runs for a first down during a preseason football game, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Spanish Fort, Ala. (Scott Donaldson | al.com)Scott Donaldson/al.com


Time/place: 7 p.m. Friday, Pike Road Stadium

Last week: Spanish Fort did not play; Pike Road defeats BT Washington 49-34

The lean: Both teams have never played. … Spanish Fort finished the regular season on a five-game winning streak after starting the year 2-3. The Toros topped the competition 310-207. Their losses came to three playoff teams – Fairhope (34-28), Saraland (35-24) and Theodore (29-21). A year ago, Spanish Fort lost to Opelika in the second round of the playoffs. It was the first time in school history that the team had lost before the state quarterfinals. Sawyer Wilson rushed for 1,233 yards and 12 touchdowns on 141 carries. UAB commitment Jake Godfrey had 749 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns and 555 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. QB Brayden Walker passed for 1,129 yards and 8 touchdowns. … Pike Road, in coach Ed Rigby’s first season, outscored its competitors 302-210. The Patriots’ losses have come to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (28-21), Marist, Georgia (33-22), Stanhope Elmore (14-13) and Carver-Montgomery (22-19). Sophomore Anthony Rogers rushed for 1,315 yards and 19 touchdowns on 138 carries. It also has TD reception. QB Kaleb Foster completes 59% of his passes for 771 yards and 8 touchdowns. He rushed for 7 touchdowns. OT Vysen Lang is one of the top uncommitted senior recruits in the state. …Pike Road won the Class 5A state title last year before upgrading to 6A this year.

The winner plays: Homewood or McAdory



Georgiana at Leroy

Southern Choctaw at Elba

Fresh Water Verbena

Florala in Millry


Wicksburg at JU Blacksher

St. Luke to GW Long

Chickasaw in Ariton

Cottonwood in Clarke County


Straughn at Thomasville

W. S. Neal at Opp

Mobile Christian at Houston Academy

Pike County in Excel


BT Washington at Orange Beach

Jackson in Andalucia

Bayside Academy at Montgomery Catholic

Montgomery Academy at TR Miller


Carroll in Gulf Shores (Sunny 105.7 FM in Gulf Shores)

Academy of Faith in Eufaula

Williamson to Charles Henderson

Tip at UMS-Wright (Sports Talk 99.5 FM)


Wetumpka in Saraland (WNSP-FM 105.5)

Spanish Fort at Pike Road

St. Paul to Carver-Montgomery

Sidney Lanier to Theodore


Dothan to Foley (WHEP-AM 1310 to Foley)

Fairhope in Auburn

Mary G. Montgomery in Central-Phenix City

Company at Baker


Snook at Lowndes Academy

South to South Choctaw

Lakeside at Jackson Academy

Escambia Academy at Chambers Academy

Macon East at Clarke Prep

Valiant Cross at Monroe Academy

RELATED: Statewide first-round playoff pairings

. matches football Coastal Alabama watch first round of playoff

. Coastal Alabama football games watch playoffs

PREV Authorities search and tow car from missing woman’s home in Omaha
NEXT Volunteers push to double reward money for missing Texas state student