By Kaitlin Candelaria
This past Friday, several Over the Mountain schools competed in the first round of playoffs.
Homewood High School took on Lee-Hunstville on Nov. 6 and were able to cinch a 49-14 victory at Waldrop Stadium. The Patriots boasted a 9-2 regular season going into the first round of the Class 6A playoffs and were able to gain and maintain their lead by the second quarter. Despite the rain and a late rally by the Generals, the Patriots were able to hold onto their lead and shut down the Lee-Hunstville offense. OTMJ photographer Mark Almond was on hand to capture the game. His photo gallery can be viewed here.
Coach Ben Burgeson and his team will travel to Clay-Chaulkville this Friday to take on the Region 6 Cougars the at Tony Lunceford Field.
The Spain Park High School Jaguars took on the Hazel Green Trojans on Nov. 6 After a rocky start to their season, the Jaguars have gone on to dominant every opponent they come against, ending their regular season with a 10-1 record and for the first time in the school’s history, a number one spot in the rankings. Nov. 6’s home game against the Trojans was no different, with the Jaguars establishing a lead early on and stifling the Trojans with a 31-7 victory. Journal photographer Marvin Gentry was on hand to capture the stunning victory. His photo gallery can be viewed here.
This Friday, Spain Park will host the James Clemmens Jets for the second round.
The Hoover High School Bucs have struggled this season, but still opened strong in the first round of the playoffs, beating the Buckhorn High School Bucks 38-7. The defending Class 7A state champions will now match up with fellow Region 3 rivals Vestavia Hills on Friday night at the Hoover Met. The Vestavia Hills Rebels have already defeated the Bucs once during regular season with a 20-13 victory on Oct. 16. This match up should be interesting to say the least. Check back at OTMJ.com for updates and photos this weekend.
Bob Jones High School hosted the Vestavia Hills High School Rebels on Nov. 6 for the first round of the playoffs. The Rebels were able to shut down the Patriots with a 28-17 victory in the midst of a rain storm with a heavy running game. The Vestavia Rebels came into the first round with a near perfect season of 9-2. Bryan Bunch traveled to Huntsville to capture the Vestavia Hills victory. His photo gallery can be viewed here.
This Friday night, Coach Anderson and his team will once again go up against the Hoover Bucs.
The Region 5 Briarwood Christian School Lions went into the playoffs with a 5-6 record. However, the Lions rallied and were able to upset Region 7 champs, the Fort Payne Wildcats on Nov. 6 with a 30-26 victory on the road. Journal photographer Hal Yeager captured the black and gold victory. You can view his photo gallery here.
This Friday night, the Lions will play host to the Austin High School Black Bears at 7 p.m.