And then there were two.
The Scottsboro Wildcats and the North Sand Mountain Bison play for quarterfinal berths in their respective classifications during AHSAA State Football Playoffs second-round games on Friday.
Both teams advanced thanks to first-round wins last week. Scottsboro defeated Russellville 17-14 in Class 5A while NSM upset No. 9-ranked Addison 20-13 in 2A.
It’s the first time since 2016 that two Jackson County teams have advanced past Round 1. Jackson County hasn’t had two state quarterfinal teams in the same season since 2002.
Scottsboro (9-2) will travel to the Birmingham area to take on Center Point (8-3) in a Class 5A second-round matchup. It’s the second meeting between the teams and the first meeting since 1995, when Center Point, then known as Erwin High School, defeated Scottsboro 31-14 in a second-round contest.
Center Point advanced by drubbing No. 5-ranked Etowah 42-13 in the first round. The Scottsboro-Center Point winner faces either No. 9 Mortimer Jordan (9-2) or Guntersville (8-2) in the Class 5A quarterfinals. If it advances, Scottsboro would host Guntersville but would have to travel to play Mortimer Jordan.
Meanwhile, NSM is set to host its first playoff game since 2016 when it welcomes Westbrook Christian (8-3) to Lloyd Dobbins Field in Higdon. Like NSM, Westbrook Christian also upset a ranked team on the road in Round 1, edging No. 10 Aliceville 25-22.
It’s the seventh all-time meeting between the Bison and Warriors in a series tied 3-3. NSM has won the last three meetings, the last of which came in 2013.
The NSM-Westbrook Christian winner plays either No. 2 Ohatchee (11-0) or No. 3 Collinsville (10-1) in the Class 2A quarterfinals. If it advances, NSM would host Ohatchee but travel to play at Collinsville, which would be a rematch of a Class 2A Region 8 game played at CHS on Sept. 6.
In other playoff games involving northeast Alabama teams, No. 1-ranked Fyffe (11-0) hosts No. 7 Ranburne (10-1) and Collinsville visits Ohatchee in Class 2A, Geraldine (7-4) visits B.B. Comer (6-5) and No. 9 Susan Moore (11-0) visits No. 6 Wellborn (10-1) in 3A, St. John Paul II (9-2) hosts No. 5 Jacksonville (9-2) in 4A, Mortimer Jordan visits Guntersville and No. 10 Madison County (9-2) hosts Alexandria (8-2) in 5A while Fort Payne (9-2) hosts two-time defending 6Astate champion Pinson Valley (8-2), which is coached by former Scottsboro head coach Patrick Nix.