The Woodville football team will try to play the role of spoiler in its region finale.
The Panthers try to end Class 1A No. 6-ranked and Region 7 champion Decatur Heritage’s attempt at its first perfect regular season when the teams face off tonight at West Morgan High School in Trinity.
“They’re solid. They’ve got about 15 seniors. That’s big for 1A. This is kind of the year they’ve been waiting on,” said Woodville head coach Jay Powell. “We’re going to put a plan together and go see if we can spoil things.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The game was moved to tonight because of the threat of inclement weather on Friday.
It’s seventh all-time meeting between the teams. Decatur Heritage (9-0, 5-0) leads the series 6-0.
The game also has some playoff implications for the Woodville (4-4, 3-2). The Panthers look to be a headed toward being the No. 4 seed from the region the playoffs. Woodville would officially clinch if they defeat Decatur Heritage or Valley Head defeats Coosa Christian on Friday. If Woodville and Valley Head both lose, they would finish in a three-time for the final two playoff berths. But through AHSAA tiebreaker methods, Valley Head would earn the No. 3 seed by virtue of what would be a win over No. 2-seeded Falkville. Then Woodville would earn the fourth-seed thanks to its 30-28 overtime win over R.A. Hubbard on Oct. 10.
The Panthers enters tonight’s game on the heels of a 71-56 win over Coosa Christian. Woodville’s point total was a school record, and the 127 combined points between the teams were the most in any AHSAA game this season. It also tied for the eight most combined points in AHSAA history.
The win was Woodville’s fourth in its last five games, a strong turnaround after its 0-3 start.
“Anytime you lose three in a row, it affects you,” Powell said. “I’m really proud of guys for fighting through all that and winning four of five.”