State Football Playoff Notes

Madison Academy’s Godsey 4-0 vs. Vikings

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 11/8/19

Here are some notes involving the six playoff teams in the Daily Mountain Eagle’s coverage area.

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State Football Playoff Notes

Madison Academy’s Godsey 4-0 vs. Vikings

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Here are some notes involving the six playoff teams in the Daily Mountain Eagle’s coverage area.

Two teams — Jasper and Addison — open the postseason at home tonight. Four teams — Carbon Hill, Cordova, Oakman and Corner — play on the road.

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Madison Aca. at Jasper

— Madison Academy head coach Bob Godsey is 4-0 all-time against the Vikings. As the Hartselle head coach, Godsey defeated the Vikings in 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2011, outscoring Jasper 73-20.

— Jasper has excelled on both sides of the ball this season. Jasper leads Class 5A in scoring offense, averaging 42.1 points per game. Arab, which didn’t make the playoffs, is second at 40.6 ppg. The Vikings are second in Class 5A in scoring defense, giving up 9.7 ppg. Demopolis is first at 9.2 ppg.

— Madison Academy is the only school located in Madison County that has won a state football championship. The Mustangs won Class 3A titles in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

— Madison Academy junior quarterback Avery Seaton has had a hand in 30 of the Mustangs’ 37 offensive touchdowns this season. He has rushed for 1,043 yards and 15 touchdowns and also has completed 153 of 255 passes for 2,353 yards with 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

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Carbon Hill at Pike Road

— Carbon Hill has played 200 games since its last playoff game in 1999, a third-round loss to eventual state champion Deshler. The Bulldogs are on their 10th coach since their last playoff appearance.

— Pike Road, located in Montgomery County, in its second year of AHSAA football. The Patriots are sixth in the state (and first in 3A) in scoring offense, putting up 46.0 points per game.

— Pike Road is third in the Class 3A in defense, allowing just 88 points on the season. Only St. James scored more than 20 points against the Patriots.

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Cordova at Jacksonville

— Cordova, as a No. 3 seed, made the trip to No. 2 seed Jacksonville for a first-round playoff game in 2016 and knocked off the Golden Eagles 46-23. It was the only matchup between the teams.

— Jacksonville’s program is going through its best run in school history. The Golden Eagles have made the playoffs each of the last five seasons, but have only made the postseason 10 times total.

— Cordova is in the playoffs for the 29th time in school history. The Blue Devils are 19-10 in first-round games.

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Oakman at St. James

— Oakman is making a long road trip in the first round for the second straight season. The Wildcats traveled 196 miles to Brundidge to play Pike County last year. This season Oakman is making the 140-mile trip to St. James in Montgomery.

— Friday’s game will be a matchup of stellar senior running backs. St. James’ Austin Gavin has rushed 215 times for 1,363 yards and 16 touchdowns while Oakman’s has rushed 184 times for 1,404 yards and 19 touchdowns.

— Oakman is 0-4 in games decided by seven points or less. The losses came to playoff-bound teams Gordo (13-7), Cordova (21-14), Winfield (20-19) and Corner (29-28). The Wildcats’ wins are by an average of 28 points.

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Corner at Madison County

— Corner heads into the playoffs on a five-game winning streak. It’s the longest such streak since the Yellow Jackets closed the 2012 with six straight wins before losing to Dadeville in the first round of the playoffs.

— Corner is 1-12 in first-round playoff games. The Yellow Jackets lone postseason win came at Wilson in 2006. Corner has lost its last six playoff games.

— Madison County boasts the third-best scoring offense in Class 5A at 38.0 points per game. The Tigers have scored an average of 49 points over their last three games.

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North Sand Mountain at Addison

— Addison is in the playoffs for the 10th straight season. The Bulldogs’ longest playoff streak is 14 years (1994-2008).

— Addison is 28-9 in first-round playoff games. The Bulldogs’ have advanced to the third round each of the last two seasons. The last first-round loss came in 2015.

— In 55 seasons, North Sand Mountain has had just 13 winning seasons with eight coming since 2011. The Bison have lost in the first round of the playoffs each of the last three years.