PLAYOFF UPDATE: Carver’s hopes end with loss to Wetumpka
By Tim Gayle
There were only a handful of high school games played on Thursday night, but three of the games had a huge impact on a trio of River Region teams, knocking them out of state playoff contention.
Locally, G.W. Carver played Wetumpka for the fourth and final playoff berth in Region 2 and Wetumpka pulled out a 17-8 victory over the Wolverines, ending their playoff hopes.
Darrian Steele scored on a reverse and the Wolverines added a two-point conversion for a brief 8-7 lead, but it was Carver’s only points of the night. The Wolverines drove to the Wetumpka 11 in the final seconds of the first half but came away empty, threatened again in the third quarter before throwing an interception in the end zone and turned the ball over on downs at the Wetumpka 31 in the fourth quarter before Williams’ final touchdown sealed the win.
With the win, Wetumpka earned a playoff berth and will travel to McAdory for the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs in two weeks.
In Class 7A, Enterprise stunned Central-Phenix City 17-14 in a televised matchup, putting the Wildcats in the playoffs and eliminating Jeff Davis from playoff contention in the process.
An Auburn victory over Smiths Station would ensure the Tigers of second place in the region, while a Smiths Station victory would ensure the Panthers a playoff spot and eliminate both Lee and Prattville in the process. An Auburn victory would leave the final playoff spot to the winner of the Lee-Prattville game.
In Class 1A, Billingsley’s 40-22 win over Autaugaville was not only important in terms of bragging rights for the two county schools, but it gave the Bears the third seed in the upcoming playoffs while eliminating Autaugaville from playoff competition. Billingsley (4-6) will travel to either J.U. Blacksher or Millry for the first round of the 1A playoffs in two weeks.
Two other games also had important playoff implications. A.L. Johnson wrapped up third place in Region 4 with a win over Ellwood Christian and earned the right to travel to Brantley in two weeks for the first round of the 1A playoffs. And in 2A, the Region 4 title was determined by Fayetteville’s 16-14 win over Pickens County. Fayetteville earned the region title with the win, while Pickens County finished second.