WICKSBURG, Ala. (WDHN) — This week’s Extra Point Game of the Week matchup is a crucial region game for both teams.
The Slocomb Red Tops head into Wicksburg Panther territory for a 3A region two matchup.
Tied at 4-1 in region play this week’s matchup plays a huge role in both teams’ playoff picture.
If Slocomb wins, they win the region for the second year in a row and get to host a playoff game round one.
A Red Top loss could potentially drop them to the fourth spot and they would go on the road.
“We’re undersized every single week,” Slocomb Head Coach Richard Tisdale said. “We’ve faced a lot of adversity through Covid and through injuries early in the year. None of our kids make excuses, they kept playing hard and kept competing and kept getting better and hopefully they’ll get a big reward for that at the end of the year.”
A Wicksburg victory would give Opp the region crown.
The Panthers would get the two seed and host a playoff game, something they haven’t done since 2017.
A Wicksburg loss would put them in third and send them on the road for round one.
“We’re very confident at home,” Wicksburg senior Beau Sellers said. “I think we’re undefeated at home. That pulls a lot of weight. We don’t want to travel. We want to host and our goal is to be practicing around Thanksgiving.”
Sellers is right, the Panthers are undefeated at home this season, but that doesn’t scare the Red Tops.
“We’ve just got to come out and handle our business,” Slocomb senior Isai Morin said. “Do the little things right and do what we’ve got to do to come out and get a win.”
Both head coaches say stopping the run game is the key to victory Friday night.
“We’ve got to tackle,” Wicksburg Head Coach Josh Cox said. “They’ve got some really good backs. They’re really coming on strong as of late.”
Slocomb comes off of a 40-7 victory over previously undefeated in the region Opp.
The Red Tops hope that momentum helps with confidence in this week’s matchup.
“I think it will help us a lot, but we can’t let it get to our heads,” Slocomb senior Asael Morin said. “Can’t get big headed. We just have to do what we have to do.”
Wicksburg beat region foe Houston Academy last week.
The Panthers plan to use that momentum to claim the second seed.
“We want to win,” Wicksburg senior Michael Albertson. “We’re hyped up for this game. We want to host playoffs. We plan on winning this game.”
The Red Tops and the Panthers kick off Friday night at 7 p.m. in Panther Stadium.