Local teams gearing up for state playoffs

Published 6:48 pm Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots are set to begin their AISA playoff run this Friday night. One week from Friday, the AHSAA state playoffs will begin and Pike County will be well represented.

The Pike Patriots, coming off their most successful season since the 2009 season. The Patriots finished with a 10-1 overall record and their 4-1 region record was good enough for second best in Region 2. As the two seed, the Patriots will open up the playoffs at home this Friday night against the 4-6 Glenwood Gators. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Charles Henderson had to wait deep into the night on Friday night to find out their playoff fate. Despite losing their region finale against Valley on Friday night, the Trojans clinched a spot in next week’s opening round. The Trojans finished region play with a 3-3 record. They will enter the postseason as a four seed and will hit the road to take on Ramsay at Lawson Field in Birmingham.

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The Goshen Eagles are still awaiting to hear their post season fate. The Eagles finished their region schedule with a 4-3 record. The Eagles will wait to see the results of Friday’s showdown between New Brockton and Samson. A third-place finish would send the Eagles south to take on the second-seeded Leroy Bears in a rematch of last year’s semifinals. A fourth-place finish would send the Eagles to Mobile to take on top-seeded Cottage Hill.

The Pike County Bulldogs claimed their second region championship in the last three years after they finished region play with a perfect 7-0 record. With one game remaining in the regular season, the Bulldogs lone loss came in week one against Alabama Christian 16-0. The Bulldogs will begin the playoffs as a number one seed out of Region 2 and will host Oakman on Friday night.

The Ariton Purple Cats finished region play in third place in Class 2A Region 2 with a 5-2 record. Ariton finished in a tie for second with Geneva County, but a head-to-head loss to the Bulldogs forced the Purple Cats into the third position. They will have to hit the road to take on Thorsby Friday night beginning at 7 p.m.