Austin Black Bears at Thompson Warriors
Where: Warriors Stadium in Alabaster
What: Class 7A playoff game
Coaches: Jeremy Perkins is (71-43) in his 10th season at Austin, Mark Freeman is (41-14) in his ninth season at Thompson
This season: Austin (7-3), Thompson (8-1)
Radio: 94.7-FM, 1490-AM
Last meeting: Austin won at Thompson 30-18 on Sept. 4, 2009. The series is 1-1 overall.
What’s next: The winner advances to play the Mountain Brook at Florence winner
The skinny: This is Austin’s 26th playoff appearance and fifth in a row. It’s the seventh playoff appearance under Perkins. The Black Bears are 8-17 all-time in first-round playoff games and 8-6 overall in Perkins’ coaching tenure. … The Black Bears average scoring 35.3 points a game while allowing 18.5 points. … Quarterback Quincy Crittendon has thrown for 2,032 yards and 20 touchdowns. Running backs Jevon Jackson and Tybo Williams both have 10 rushing touchdowns. Receiver Tre Shackelford has 36 catches for 763 yards and nine touchdowns. Leading tacklers are seniors Awysum Harris (95) and Charles Baker (90). … This is Thompson’s 18th playoff appearance overall. The Warriors lost in last year’s 7A state championship game to Central Phenix City, 52-7. Thompson has been ranked No. 1 in the state most of the season until suffering its first loss on Oct. 25 to Hewitt-Trussville, 35-29. The Warriors finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the state. They average scoring 43.1 points a game while allowing 21 on defense
The Daily picks: Thompson
Hartselle Tigers at Fort Payne Wildcats
Where: Wildcat Stadium
What: Class 6A playoff game
Coaches: Bo Culver is (4-6) in his first season at Hartselle, Chris Elmore is (14-7) in his second season at Fort Payne
This season: Hartselle (4-6), Fort Payne (8-2)
Radio: 99.9-FM, streaming on NFHSnetwork.com
Last meeting: Hartselle won 14-6 in a 2012 playoff game. Hartselle leads the series 4-1.
What’s next: The winner advances to play the Pinson Valley-Homewood winner
The skinny: This is Hartselle’s 37th playoff appearance. The Tigers are 38-35 overall and 7-12 in first-round road games. Culver coached Deshler last season to the Class 4A state championship game. … Hartselle averages scoring 28.5 points a game while allowing 19.6 points on defense. … The Tigers are led on offense by quarterback Cal George and running back Brinten Barclay. George has thrown for 11 touchdowns and rushed for nine. Barclay has 14 rushing touchdowns. The defense is led by Drew Cartee (90 tackles), Jackson Boyer (93) and Ryan Langston (76). … The Wildcats are the Region 8 champions. They average 32.6 points a game while giving up an average of 21.8 points. … Both teams have losses to Cullman. The Bearcats beat Hartselle, 15-10, and Fort Payne, 42-23. … Fort Payne is 7-7 in first round playoff games at home.
The Daily picks: Hartselle
Buckhorn Bucks at Athens Golden Eagles
Where: Golden Eagle Stadium
What: Class 6A playoff game
Coaches: Keith Henderson is (10-20) in his third year at Buckhorn, Cody Gross is (23-19) in his fourth season at Athens
This season: Buckhorn (4-6), Athens (7-3)
Last meeting: Buckhorn beat Athens, 31-24, in 2005. Athens leads the series 8-2.
What’s next: The winner advances to the play the Helena vs. Clay-Chalkville winner
The skinny: Athens is making its 31st appearance in the playoffs. The Golden Eagles are 11-5 in first-round home playoff games. Athens averages 33.5 points per game on offense and allows 18.5 on defense. … Quarterback Jordan Scott leads Athens in rushing with 723 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s also thrown for five touchdowns. Running back Jaelen Cates has 694 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. Rush Boyett and Jakerrias Scott lead the Athens defense. … After getting off to a 3-1 start, Buckhorn has lost five of its last six games. The Bucks average scoring 25 ponts a game while allowing 31.
The Daily picks: Athens
Rogers Pirates at Priceville Bulldogs
Where: Bulldog Stadium
What: Class 4A playoff game
Coaches: Jerry Fulks is (10-11) in his second season at Rogers, Chris Foster is (7-3) in his first season at Priceville
This season: Rogers (3-7), Priceville (7-3)
Last meeting: Rogers beat Priceville, 55-7, in 2017. Rogers leads the series 3-1.
What’s next: The winner advances to play the Hokes Bluff-Northside winner
The skinny: Rogers opened the season with six losses and won just three games, but they were the right three to make the playoffs as the No. 3 team out of Region 8. The Pirates average scoring 18.9 points a game while allowing 25.2 points a game on defense. This is the Pirates’ 19th playoff appearance. … Priceville is making just its third playoff appearance. The Bulldogs are looking for their first playoff victory. … Priceville loves to run the ball behind a big offensive line led by Michael McNutt (6-foot-7, 330 pounds). Running back Jerry Burton has rushed for 2,203 yards and 28 touchdowns this season. … Priceville averages 29.8 points a game while allowing 26.3 points. … Linebacker Tristan Holmes leads the Priceville defense with 78 tackles. Jaxon Graham has 70 stops. Wyatt Hurt leads the team with four interceptions.
The Daily picks: Priceville
Danville Hawks at Deshler Tigers
Where: Howard Chappell Stadium in Tuscumbia
What: Class 4A playoff game
Coaches: Shannon McGregory is (5-15) in his second season at Danville, Randall Martin is (7-3) in his first season at Deshler
This season: Danville (5-5), Deshler (7-3)
Last meeting: Deshler beat Danville, 42-7, in 2017. Deshler is 2-0 all-time vs. Danville.
What’s next: The winner advances to play the Oneonta vs. Good Hope winner
The skinny: Danville is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Hawks' last playoff win came in 1994. Danville had one of the biggest turnarounds in the state after going 0-10 in 2018. The Hawks average scoring 25.2 points a game while allowing 32.7 points. … Cameron Moore leads Danville with 891 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. Quarterback Luke Nail has passed for 1,121 yards and six touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 802 yards and 14 touchdowns. Calup Cunningham is Danville’s top tackler with 90 stops. Dalton Madison has 75 tackles. … Deshler is making its 37th playoff appearance. The Tigers’ three losses have come against three powerhouses that are in the playoffs — 6A Muscle Shoals, 5A Russellville and 5A Jasper.
The Daily picks: Deshler
Vina Red Devils at Decatur Heritage Eagles
Where: Rebels Stadium at West Morgan High in Trinity
What: Class 1A playoff game
Coaches: Ben Guin is (3-7) in his first season at Vina, Steve Meek is (65-35) in his ninth season at Decatur Heritage
This season: Vina (3-7), Decatur Heritage (10-0)
Last meeting: Decatur Heritage beat Vina, 36-8, in 2015. The Eagles lead the series 4-0.
What’s next: The winner advances to play the Donoho-Berry winner next Friday.
The skinny: Vina is the No. 4 team out of Region 8. The Red Devils have wins over Phillips Bear Creek, 8-7, Cherokee, 58-18, and Shoals Christian, 44-12. Decatur Heritage beat Phillips Bear Creek, 48-7, and Shoals Christian, 52-0. Vina averages scoring 13 points a game while allowing 35 points a game. … Decatur Heritage averages 39 points a game while allowing 11.7 a game. This is the Eagles’ sixth consecutive trip to the playoffs. They have lost first-round road games the last two years. Quarterbacks Stratton Orr and Braden Kyle have combined for 68 of 114 for 1,223 yards and 15 touchdowns. Colton Keith leads the rushing attack with 989 yards and 15 touchdowns. The defense is led in tackles by Carter Sample (97) and Hank Davis (89). Tyler Founds has five interceptions.
The Daily picks: Decatur Heritage
Falkville Blue Devils vs. Waterloo Cougars
Where: Waterloo Stadium
What: Class 1A playoff game
Coaches: Tyler Mitchell is (6-4) in his first season at Falkville, Brad Palmer is (27-35) in his sixth season at Waterloo
This season: Falkville (6-4), Waterloo (8-2)
Last meeting: This is the first meeting.
What’s next: Winner advances to play the Victory Christian vs. Pickens County winner
The skinny: The Blue Devils have made it to the playoffs for a third straight season and six out of the last eight years. This is Falkville’s 17th playoff appearance. The Blue Devils average scoring 29 points a game while allowing 18. Quarterback Peyton Sallee has thrown for 13 touchdowns and 1,205 yards. He’s rushed for 313 yards and six touchdowns. Running back Christian Angulo has rushed for 11 touchdowns and 1,011 yards. Mikell Philyaw has 41 receptions for 600 yards and seven touchdowns. Leading the defense is Luke Fitzgerald with 81 tackles and Austin Holmes with 80.
The Daily picks: Falkville
Clements Colts at Geraldine Bulldogs
Where: Coolidge-Isbell Field
What: Class 3A playoff game
Coaches: Michael Parker is (10-11) in his second season at Clements, Brad Waldrop is (30-25) in his fifth season at Geraldine
This season: Clements (6-4), Geraldine (6-4)
Last meeting: This is the first meeting
What’s next: Winner advances to play the Fultondale-B.B. Comer winner
The skinny: The Colts are back in the playoffs for a second straight year. They are the No. 3 team out of Region 8. Clements averages 29 points a game while allowing 27. Jairrice Pryor leads the Colts offense with 1,682 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns. The Clements defense is led by Holden Graves with 72 tackles, Hunter Towe 71, Miles Fleming 66 and Hayden Graves with 61. … Geraldine is the No. 2 team out of Region 7. Three of the Bulldogs’ losses have come against undefeated Fyffe (28-0), undefeated Susan Moore (34-6) and 9-1 Piedmont (35-14). The Bulldogs average scoring 32.8 points a game while allowing 16.8.
The Daily picks: Geraldine