Corner needs win to secure playoff spot
by W. Brian Hale
Oct 26, 2012 | 719 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORNER — It was not the start to the 2012 season that the Corner Yellow Jackets had hoped for.

Entering week five’s Class 4A, Region 4 contest against Hayden, Corner’s record stood at 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the region — making the Yellow Jackets’ goal of a second consecutive playoff appearance a daunting challenge.

Then the Yellow Jackets turned the page on their season. Corner would reel off four wins, including a 24-21 win over previously unbeaten Jemison, to place themselves back in postseason contention with a 5-3 overall record (4-2 in the region) leading into tonight’s crucial region matchup with the Bibb County Choctaws at Choctaw Stadium in Centerville.

Since week five, the Yellow Jackets’ offense has been impressive, averaging 35 points per game. Quarterback Blake Byrd has had a good year, completing 82 of 145 passes for 1,314 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Byrd has also rushed for 6 touchdowns, bringing his total offensive touchdowns to 18 on the year.

Byrd’s top target has been Kerry Smith, whose hauled in 51 passes for 925 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Byrd-Smith duo connected five times last week in the Yellow Jackets’ 52-14 victory over Carbon Hill for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Choctaws have had a disappointing season after winning three-straight region championship, checking in with a 3-4 overall record (3-3 in the region). Bibb County broke a three-game losing streak last week after a win over West Blocton.

A win by the Yellow Jackets would clinch the third or fourth playoff spot in the region, with the winner of the Calera-Jemison contest to be the final determining factor.

A Corner loss could potential lock up the playoff situation into tie-breaker scenarios, with the ASHAA using several methods to make a final decision.