Coaches keep focus on regular season finales
For two area high schools the final strokes have been made on the 2006 Alabama High School Athletic Association playoff picture, but the teams' respective coaches aren't quite ready to unveil that picture to their teams.
Instead, both Pike County High School head coach Wayne Grant and Charles Henderson High School head coach Hugh Fountain are keeping the focus on tonight's final regular contests.
“It's nice to know who we're playing, but we're taking it one game at a time,” Grant said.
“We'll start worrying about the playoffs on Saturday when we have the Booker T. Washington game behind us. I'm not smart enough to work on two teams at one time. I'd probably get confused about who did what.”
Grant and his third-ranked Bulldogs (8-1, 6-1 Class 3A, Region 2) will open the postseason at home against Montevallo High School.
Montevallo has posted a 6-3 mark, including a 4-3 record in Class 3A, Region 3 play.
“I don't know much about them at all,” Grant said. “We've started trying to gather some information so we'll have some stuff to look at this weekend, but I don't know a whole lot about what to expect from them. They're in the playoffs, so they have to be a pretty good team.”
While the Bulldogs will be looking to defend their home turf, Fountain and the Trojans (5-4, 4-3 Class 5A, Region 2) will be looking to score an upset on the road against top-seeded McAdory High School.
“McAdory has a good team,” Fountain said. “Traditionally they've had one of the best programs in the state, so it's going to be a tough game, but that's what you expect when you make it to the playoffs.
“It's like I told the team three weeks ago, from now on every game is going to be tougher than the one the week before. At the same time, we can't really worry about that right now because we still have a good Stanhope-Elmore (High School) team to play.”
The Yellow Jackets earned a No. 1 seed by posting an 8-1 overall mark and a 6-1 mark in Class 5A, Region 1 play.
Both the Bulldogs and the Trojans will open postseason play on Nov. 10.
Kickoff for both games is slated for 7 p.m.