By Sam Poe
Thursday, November 7, 2013 | 3:11 PM
The first round of high school football playoffs begin this week, and several local schools have advanced to postseason play. Here is a list of local and regional schools who will advance and a quick overview of their regular season. All playoff games will be held Friday night at 7:00 p.m.
Phillips- Phillips High School went 5-5 in the regular season. Coach Steve Spiller took over the reins at PHS just a few weeks prior to the start of the season, and the Bears made great strides in their performances this season. Phillips was defeated by Hubbertville, R.A. Hubbard, Hackleburg, Tharptown, and Brilliant and will face Addison in the first round of the playoffs. Phillips finished the season in third place of Region 8 and will travel to Addison who finished as the second place team in Region 6.
Hackleburg- Hackleburg High School finished the regular season with a 7-3 record, after losses to Marion County, Colbert Heights, and R.A. Hubbard. Coach Rod Hudson will lead the Panthers into the playoffs where they will host Ragland. Hackleburg finished as the second place team in Region 8, and Ragland comes into the playoffs as the third place finisher in Region 6. **Special Note: This game will be played at Phil Campbell High School, as the HHS Home field.**
Addison- The Addison Bulldogs finished the season 8-1, losing only to Falkville. Coach David Smothers has prepared his team to host the Phillips Bears in the first round of the playoff games. Addison finished the season in second place for Region 6, and Phillips is the third place finisher for Region 8.
Brilliant- The Brilliant Tigers completed the season with a 6-4 record and was able to pull out a big win against the Marion County Red Raiders to drastically change their season. The Tigers were defeated by Pickens County, Berry, Winfield, and Hubbertville. Coach Jerrod Helms is preparing his team to travel to Valley Head for the first playoff game this week. Brilliant will enter as the fourth place team in Region 5, and Valley Head is the first place finisher in Region 7.
Berry- Berry High School finished with a 5-5 record for the season, losing to Hubbertville, Parrish, Lamar County, Pickens County, and Oakman. Coach Danny Rains will lead the Wilcats into the first round of the playoffs to face Donoho. Berry enters as the third place finisher in Region 5, and Donoho is the second place team for Region 7.
Hubbertville- Hubbertville High School finished the season with a 8-2 record, after losing to Marion County, and Pickens County. Coach Lamar Harris and his team will host Collinsville this week for the first playoff game. Hubbertville is the second place team for Region 5, and Collinsville finished in Region 7 in third place.
Hamilton- Hamilton High School finished the season with a 8-2 record, with losses only to Haleyville and Hanceville. Coach Rodney Stidham and the Aggies will host Weaver Friday night. Hamilton finished in second place for Region 7, and Weaver comes in as the third place finisher for Region 5.
Winfield- The Winfield Pirates completed the regular season with a 6-4 record. The Pirates suffered losses in the season to Lamar County, Hamilton, Hanceville, and Haleyville. Coach David McKinney and the Pirates will travel to Piedmont this week for the first playoff game of the season. Winfield enters the playoffs in third place of Region 7, and Piedmont is the second place finisher in Region 5.
Fayette County: The Fayette County Tigers completed the season with a 9-1 record, after a loss to Pickens County. Coach Lance Tucker and the Tigers will host Opp in the first round. Fayette County enters as the first place team in Region 3, and Opp is the fourth place finisher in Region 1.
Haleyville- The Haleyville Lions finished the season with an impressive 9-1 record, after a loss to Central of Florence. Coach Mark Heaton and the Lions are preparing for a visit from the Fairview Aggies this week. Haleyville finished the season in second place in Region 8, and Fairview enters as the third place finisher in Region 6.
Central (Florence): Central High School completed the season with a 8-2 record, suffering losses to Lauderdale County and Brooks. Coach Brent Palmer and his team will host St. Clair County Friday night in the first playoff game. Central enters as the top finisher in Region 8, and St. Clair County finished in fourth place in Region 6.
West Limestone: West Limestone High School finished the season with a 7-3 record after losing to Haleyville, Central, and Brooks. Coach David Arnspager and his team will travel to Oneonta Friday night for the playoff game. West Limestone enters as the fourth place finisher in Region 8, and Oneonta completed the season as the first place finisher for Region 1.
Brooks: Brooks High School completed the season with a 6-4 record. The Lions lost to Colbert County, Wison, Haleyville, and Deshler. Coach Jerry Hill and the Lions will travel to Guntersville for the first round game. Brooks enters as the third place team in Region 8, and Guntersville is the second place team in Region 6.
Fairview: The Fairview Aggies completed their season 5-5 after suffering losses to West Point, Oneonta, Locust Fork, Guntersville, and Hanceville. Coach George Redding, Jr. is preparing to travel to Haleyville to face the Lions. Haleyville finished the season in second place in Region 8, and Fairview enters as the third place finisher in Region 6.