Pike County travels to Slocomb looking to clinch No. 2 playoff seed

Published 10:25 pm Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The playoff teams in 3A Region 2 are locked up, but the majority of the seeds are still up for grabs.

Dale County will be the one seed, but the two, three and four spots have yet to be decided.

Pike County can finish in any of the three spots pending the outcome of its game against Slocomb, and Barbour County’s game versus Daleville.

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Bulldogs head coach Fred Holland said that his players are not worrying about outside scenarios.

“Our goal each week has been to control what we can control, and that is us,” Holland said. “We can’t get caught up in the ‘ifs’ and ‘possibles.’ None of that matters if we don’t take care of our own business.”

A win over Slocomb would guarantee Pike County the No. 3 seed, and coupled with a Daleville upset of Barbour County, the Bulldogs could jump all the way to the No. 2 spot and host a first-round playoff game.

Holland feels that Slocomb, led by first-year head coach Jon Cooper will try everything scheme-wise to avoid a loss.

“Whoever loses this one will be the four seed,” Holland said. “The winner could go all the way to second. They will give us a lot of looks, but they want to run the football. They have been great at it all season, and will try to do it again. We have to stop the run on defense, and be able to move it on the ground on offense.”

Pike County and Slocomb have met nine times on the gridiron previously. The Bulldogs are 6-3 against the Red Tops, including wins in 2011 and 2012.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.