Mark Clark

Clark is a local sports writer for The

Citizen of East Alabama.

Time to separate the contenders from the pretenders
This is the first week in which the Alabama High School Athletic Association begins to pare the contenders from the pretenders in its seven divisions – 1A through 7A. There are over 200 teams vying for a chance to advance a step closer to the Super 7 championship games to be played in Tuscaloosa. There are also 12 Alabama Independent School Association teams remaining in its playoffs. The AISA began last week while the AHSAA was finishing up its regular season play.

Which teams will win this week and advance another step? No one knows for sure, but it has always been fun to guess the outcomes of the games. So, this week, I begin with my annual predictions based on absolutely nothing other than a gut feeling. That is probably the same method the big shots in Las Vegas would use since no one can predict with any clear accuracy how 14 to 18-year-olds will play from week to week.

In the classification I will be watching closest – 7A, there are four teams with perfect records heading into the playoffs – McGill-Toolen, Thompson, Hewitt-Trussville and Central-Phenix City. Only two of the 16 teams in the Class 7A playoffs will remain after the next three weeks and there is no guarantee either of them will be undefeated. Central will be playing its fifth team to make the playoffs in Class 7A tomorrow night at Garrett-Harrison Stadium when they face Theodore. Central has already played Auburn, R.E. Lee, Jeff Davis and Bob Jones – all of which will be playing tomorrow night as well – during the regular season. They also played Opelika – a Class 6A team – which made the playoffs. 

See how well you can predict the winners with your own system. Maybe you have a different gut feeling than I do.




CLASS 7A

Davidson (7-3) loses at Auburn (9-1)

Jeff Davis (5-5) loses at McGill-Toolen (10-0)

Lee-Montgomery (6-3) wins at Fairhope (8-2)

Theodore (6-4) loses at Central-Phenix City (9-0)

 

Mountain Brook (7-3) loses at Bob Jones (7-3)

Huntsville (6-4) loses at Thompson (10-0)

Sparkman (7-3) loses at Hoover (7-3)

Spain Park (6-4) loses at Hewitt-Trussville (10-0)

 

CLASS 6A

Saraland (7-3) wins at Benjamin Russell (7-3)

Stanhope Elmore (5-5) loses at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (7-3)

Opelika (7-3) wins at Daphne (8-2)

Bessemer City (4-6) loses at Park Crossing (9-1)

 

Carver-Montgomery (4-6) loses at McAdory (6-4)

Blount (6-4) loses at Wetumpka (9-1)

Paul Bryant (6-4) loses at Sidney Lanier (9-1)

Pelham (5-5) loses at Spanish Fort (9-1)

 

Shades Valley (7-3) wins at Pell City (6-4)

Carver-Birmingham (7-3) loses at Austin (10-0)

Cullman (7-3) wins at Ramsay (6-4)

Florence (4-6) loses at Pinson Valley (10-0)

 

Gardendale (6-4) loses at Muscle Shoals (8-2)

Hueytown (5-5) loses at Oxford (10-0)

Athens (5-5) loses at Clay-Chalkville (8-2)

Fort Payne (6-4) loses at Homewood (9-1)

 

CLASS 5A

Jackson (5-4) loses at Calera (6-4)

Greenville (5-4) loses at Beauregard (8-1)

Marbury (5-5) loses at St. Paul’s (9-1)

Talladega (6-4) loses at Carroll-Ozark (10-0)

 

Charles Henderson (6-4) loses at Central-Clay Co. (7-3)

Williamson (7-3) loses at Demopolis (8-2)

Sylacauga (8-2) loses at Eufaula (8-2)

Jemison (5-5)loses  at Vigor (7-3)

 

St. Clair Co. (7-3) loses at Guntersville (9-1)

Corner (5-5) loses at Mae Jemison-Huntsville (9-1)

Alexandria (8-2) wins  at Wenonah (8-1)

Lawrence Co. (5-5) loses at Mortimer Jordan (8-2)

 

West Point (6-4) loses at Brooks (7-2)

Pleasant Grove (5-5) loses at Etowah (9-1)

Lee-Huntsville (7-3 )wins at Hayden (5-5)

Crossville (4-6) loses at Briarwood Chr. (10-0)

 

CLASS 4A

Thomasville (7-3) loses at Tallassee (9-1)

Dale Co. (7-3) loses  at Bibb Co. (9-1)

Leeds (7-3) loses at UMS-Wright (8-2)

Sipsey Valley (4-6) loses at Montgomery Catholic (9-1)

 

Alabama Chr. (8-2) loses at Northside (9-1)

W.S. Neal (5-5) loses at Munford (9-1)

West Blocton (6-4) loses at St. James (7-3)

Childersburg (5-5) loses at Andalusia (9-1)

 

Hokes Bluff (8-2) loses at Madison Acad. (7-3)

Haleyville (4-6) loses at Rogers (10-0)

Randolph (6-40) loses at Jacksonville (7-3)

West Limestone (4-6) at Fayette Co. (8-2)

 

Cordova (4-6) loses at Wilson (9-1)

Cherokee Co. (4-6) loses at Sardis (7-3)

Deshler (7-3) wins at Dora (8-2)

Westminster Chr. (6-4) loses at Saks (9-0)

 

CLASS 3A

Mobile Chr. (7-3) loses at Pike Co. (8-2)

Providence Chr. (6-4) loses at Gordo (9-1)

Southside-Selma (7-3) loses at Clarke Co. (8-2)

Midfield (4-5) loses at Wicksburg (9-1)

 

Slocomb (5-5) loses at American Chr. (7-3)

Bayside Acad. (5-5) loses at Montgomery Acad. (8-2)

Oakman (7-3) wins at Daleville (6-4)

Prattville Chr. (3-7) loses at Hillcrest-Evergreen (9-1)

 

Ohatchee (8-2) wins at Sylvania (9-1)

Holly Pond (7-3) loses at West Morgan (9-1)

North Sand Mountain (8-2) loses at Randolph Co. (9-1)

Colbert Co. (6-4) loses at Fultondale (10-0)

 

Locust Fork (4-6) loses at Colbert Heights (9-1)

Weaver (6-4) loses at Plainview (9-1)

Lauderdale Co. (6-4) loses at J.B. Pennington (8-2)

Geraldine (4-6) loses at Piedmont (9-1)

 

CLASS 2A

J.U. Blacksher (6-4) loses at Luverne (8-2)

Samson (4-6) loses at Aliceville (6-4)

Elba (8-2) wins at Leroy (8-2)

R.C. Hatch (4-6) loses at Ariton (9-1)

 

Geneva Co. (6-4) wins at Thorsby (7-2)

Southern Choctaw (4-5) loses at Goshen (9-1)

Keith (6-4) wins at Abbeville (8-2)

New Brockton (5-5) loses at St. Luke’s (8-1)

 

Reeltown (6-4) wins at Falkville (7-3)

Westbrook Chr. (5-5) loses at Sulligent (9-1)

Cleveland (7-3) loses at LaFayette (8-2)

Sheffield (4-6) loses at Fyffe (10-0)

 

Ider (6-4) wins at Lamar Co. (6-4)

Ranburne (4-6) loses at Tarrant (7-2)

Mars Hill Bible (7-3) loses at Sand Rock (8-2)

Tanner (3-7) loses at Lanett (10-0)

 

CLASS 1A

Millry (5-5) loses at Isabella (9-1)

Pleasant Home (5-5) loses at Wadley (9-0)

Highland Home (7-3) wins at Marengo (7-3)

Winterboro (5-5) loses at Georgiana (10-0)

 

Houston Co. (8-2) wins at Talladega Co. Central (6-3)

Linden (7-3) loses at Maplesville (9-0)

Ragland (5-5) loses at Brantley (7-3)

Notasulga (5-5) loses at Sweet Water (8-1)

 

Hubbertville (3-6) loses at Addison (8-2)

Woodville (5-5) loses at Hackleburg (9-1)

Decatur Heritage (8-2) wins at South Lamar (7-3)

Waterloo (4-5) loses at Cedar Bluff (7-3)

 

Coosa Chr. (4-6) loses at Cherokee (7-3)

Holy Spirit (4-6) loses at Lynn (10-0)

Phillips-Bear Creek (6-4)loses  at Spring Garden (7-3)

Meek (7-3) wins at Pickens Co. (8-2)

AISA

SEMIFINALS

CLASS AAA

Bessemer Acad. (7-5) loses at Tuscaloosa Acad. (8-1)

Morgan Acad. (6-5) loses at Monroe Acad. (11-0)

CLASS AA

Escambia Acad. (10-1) loses at Macon-East (10-1)

Lakeside (7-3) loses at Autauga Acad. (11-0)

CLASS A

Abbeville Chr. (5-7) loses at Chambers Acad. (11-0)

Crenshaw Chr. (8-3) loses at Patrician Acad. (7-4)