FLORENCE — Shoals Christian clinched a 1A playoff spot Friday night with a 40-7 win over Tharptown.
The Flame (5-2, 5-0) built a 27-point lead after one quarter and was never threatened.
“We played well but we had too many little mistakes,” Shoals Christian coach Patrick Odom. “We’ve got to clean up those little things and get a lot done with Hackleburg and Phillips coming up.”
Odom said he was particularly pleased with the way his defense managed to contain Tharptown quarterback Kelby Hallmark, who threw for only 97 yards.
Daniel Wood rushed for 129 yards on 11 carries to lead the Flame. His performance included three touchdown runs. Senior quarterback Will Bishop passed for 156 yards and two touchdowns, both of which were caught by Dale Thomas. Thomas had six catches for 106 yards.
Shoals Christian got a 4-yard scoring run from Wood on its first possession. When Eli Frazier recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, the Flame was in business again. The Bishop-to-Thomas clicked for a 21-yard score on the next play.
Wood’s 19-yard run and Dustin Covington’s 10-yard run gave the Flame a 27-0 lead after one quarter.
Shoals Christian got a 21-yard run from Wood with 15 seconds left in the half and a 48-yard scoring strike from Bishop to Thomas in the third quarter to push the lead to 40-0 in the third quarter.
Tharptown’s lone score came with 7:33 remaining as Michael Rice scored on a 6-yard run.
Hackleburg 40, Phillips 16
BEAR CREEK — The Panthers (6-1, 5-0) punched their ticket to the playoffs behind freshman Kristian Jones, who rushed 26 times for 351 yards and four touchdowns.
Panthers defensive ends Corey Jackson and Josh Jones harassed the Phillips backfield all night. Jackson recorded 3.5 sacks, while Josh Jones had 2 to lead the Panthers defense, which recorded eight sacks total and allowed only 15 yards on the ground.
Hackleburg plays Shoals Christian with the region title on the line Thursday night, while Phillips looks to keep its playoff hopes alive against Tharptown.
R.A. Hubbard 54, Vina 8
John Owens ran for 110 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns as R.A. Hubbard routed Vina.
The Chiefs (4-3, 3-2) jumped out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter. Owens got it rolling when he scored on a 2-yard run and added the first of his six extra point kicks. Blake Lipscomb added an 8-yard late in the first quarter to make it 14-0.
Owens added a 9-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, followed by a 12-yard scoring run by Austin Beasley. The Chiefs found the end zone again with one second left in the half when Owens went in on a 4-yard run to put Hubbard up 35-0 at halftime.
Hubbard added a 34-yard touchdown run by Darrain Almon and a 4-yard pass from Chris Gilcrease to Deontae Carter in the third quarter to go up 48-0. Texas Shelby capped the scoring for the Chiefs with a 6-yard run early in the third quarter.
Vina (0-7, 0-5) got a late touchdown on a 1-yard run by Cody Renfrow, who also ran for the 2-point conversion.
Decatur Heritage 32, Waterloo 20
DECATUR — Decatur Heritage scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and held off Waterloo on Friday night.
Jordan Holland passed for 115 yards and a touchdown as well as catching a touchdown pass to lead the Eagles (3-4, 2-2) over the Cougars.
Bradley Darby led Waterloo with 122 yards on 16 carries, while Bobby Fox added 60 yards and two touchdowns.
Decatur Heritage took a 6-0 lead in the first when running back Lee Godwin took a handoff from Holland and then threw back to Holland for a 11 yard touchdown.
Fox scored on a 4-yard run in the second to tie the game before Holland passed to Godwin for five yards and another touchdown.
Benjamin Waters scored for Decatur Heritage in the third quarter before Fox got his second touchdown on another 4-yard run with 26 seconds left in the third quarter.
Godwin and Patrick Metzger scored for the Eagles in the fourth quarter pushing the lead to 32-14 with just over seven minutes left.
Wayne Darby got Waterloo’s final score on a 1-yard run.