Diving catch

Scottsboro's Hatton Metz dives to make a catch. Scottsboro closes its season Friday night at Hartselle.

The Scottsboro football team will try to play spoiler during its 2018 season finale.

The Wildcats go on the road to take on Class 6A No. 5-ranked Hartselle, which is gunning for an undefeated season.

The game is Friday night at 7 at Hartselle’s J.P. Cain Stadium.

It’s the 10th all-time meeting between the schools in a series Scottsboro leads 5-4. The teams have not played since 2008, a Hartselle victory in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs.

Hartselle (9-0) is enjoying its best season since 2011, when the Tigers went 15-0 and won the Class 5A state championship. Now in Class 6A, Hartselle won the Region 8 championship and hosts Pelham in the opening round of the playoffs next week.

“They’re good everywhere,” said Scottsboro head coach Don Jacobs. “They do a lot of things [offensively] and the do them all well. The quarterback is good, they’ve got a power back and a speed guy that plays wide receiver and running back. They’ll make you cover the whole field.”

The Tigers defeated non-region foe Hazel Green 33-0 last week, the first shutout for a defense allowing just 10.1 points per game and one that hasn’t allowed more than 17 points in a game all season.

“Defensive they’re really athletic,” Jacobs said. “They play with three down linemen and the rest are a bunch of athletes that go make plays.”

Scottsboro (4-5) is coming off of a tough 29-3 loss at Brewer that took it out of playoff contention.

Jacobs wants to see his team “go compete” Friday night.

“It’s another Friday night, go compete and see how you stack up against one of the best 6As in the state,” Jacobs said. “Go compete, know what it takes to get better and look forward to working for next year.”

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