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Four West Alabama high school teams have advanced to round 3 of the playoffs. Two did it in heart-stopping fashion and two others dominated their opponents. Here’s a look at area winners and those whose season closed Friday night:

Patton Turnipseed kicked a 51-yard field goal with three seconds left at Lexington to lift upstart first-year AHSAA member Tuscaloosa Academy to a 23-20 win. The Knights travel to play powerful Fyffe next week.

Pickens County trailed at Meek most of the game but scored twice in the final minute to pull off a 44-36 comeback win. Head Coach Michael Williams said he and his players never quit and that their “faith in God” wouldn’t let them As a result, the Tornadoes host Marion County next week.

Aliceville won handily at home over Falkville38-21. Up next for the Yellow Jackets is a road game at Pisgah.

Gordo stayed dominant with a 44-14 blowout at home against Lauderdale County. Quarterback Brax Garrison shined on offense and linebacker Max Stephenson led a swarming Green Wave defense. Gordo opens round three with a trip to Sylvania.

Two Tuscaloosa teams known as the Patriots saw their seasons end at home Friday. Hillcrest fell victim to sophomore Alabama commitment Ryan “Hollywood” Williams. Those in attendance were happy that the speedster is committed to Alabama. Saraland toppled Hillcrest 56-31. The Pats finished 11-1 in Jamie Mitchell’s second season and their future is very bright.

ACA fell 31-7 to Andalusia at home to finish 9-3. Coach Cody Martin’s team also has a bright future behind sophomore quarterback Kai Young.

Faith Academy of Mobile beat Demopolis 36-15 to end the Tigers’ season.

In AISA football playoff action Lowndes Academy eliminated Southern Academy 35-0.

Scores of note involving Birmingham-based teams include:

Hoover 28  Hewitt-Trussville 11

Thompson 21  Vestavia Hills 12

Theodore 29  Hueytown 19

Mountain Brook 37  Gadsden City 6


Aliceville vs. Falkville second round of class 2A state playoffs

Aliceville defeated Falkville 38-21 in the second round of the class 2A state playoffs

Saraland vs. Hillcrest in Round 2 6A AHSAA Playoffs

Saraland defeated Hillcrest 56-31 in round two of the 6A AHSAA Playoffs.

Gordo versus Lauderdale County Round Two Playoff Matchup

Lauderdale County visits Gordo for the second round of the playoffs. Gordo dominated Lauderdale County 44-14.

ACA Falls at Home in Second Round of AHSAA Playoffs

Andalusia defeats American Christian Academy, 31-7, to move on the 4A playoffs.


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