Opp and Slocomb face off Friday night for the region crown

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OPP, Ala (WDHN) — As we approach the end of the regular season, the fight for playoff position enhances. Across the Wiregrass, there are some regions that are congested at the top and others have teams clawing to claim the fourth spot.

Class three region two has a little bit of both. Providence and New Brockton play Friday night in a game that may decide the fourth seed in that region. But, there is another game in 3A that the Extra Point Game of the Week will show case.

Opp hosts Slocomb Friday night in a must see game. Both teams are coming off their sixth straight win and both schools are undefeated in the region. This game will be Opp’s final region contest on they year, so the message for the Bobcats is simple. Win Friday and lock up the region title.

Slocomb, even with a win, has more work to do. The Red Tops have their final region game next week as they play Wicksburg. Who, just loss their first region game last week to Opp. So, if you’d like to do the math there, say Slocomb were to win Friday, a loss next week to Wicksburg would bring tie breakers into the situation.

But for now, the focus remains on this week. Both Opp and Slocomb know how to win and win big. Each school has an average margin of victory greater than 30 points.

Obviously with that margin of victory means that the region foes can put up points.

The Bobcats offense starts with their signal caller, Hal Smithart who has tossed multiple touchdown passes in every game this year. Slocomb head coach, Richard Tisdale, will be trying to call up a game plan to slow Smithart down.

“I don’t know if you can game plan for what does. He never misses, he does not have many bad throws, he always puts it on his spot. So we just have to be fundamentally sound and jump on board and make a stop when we need a stop. It is going to take a whole team effort to do that,” Tisdale said.

Tisdale may look to his offense to slow down Smithart and the Bobcat offense. The best way to limit the numbers Smithart puts up is to keep him off the field. The Red Tops have a strong rushing attack that stems from their dynamic duo of Jaylen Nobles and Rashawn Miller Jr.

Like any one-two punch, Nobles and Miller have different running styles. Both are balanced, but Nobles can beat you with finesse and power. Miller is quicker back but also has sneaky power.

“It doesn’t look like many people have slowed them down or stopped them so that is going to be our challenge. We do not want to let them get the big plays and we are going to test them to see how patient they can be, they usually do not have to,” said Opp head coach, Brent Hill.

Friday night at Channell Lee Field one team will finally receive their first region loss and the winner will be one step closer to earning that region crown.

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