2002 Playoffs Ins and Outs

Briarwood, Chelsea and Shelby Academy advanced to the second round of their respective playoffs as Pelham, Thompson, Shelby County, Calera and Coosa Valley were all eliminated last Friday night.

Briarwood (9-1) defeated Valley 35-6 and will travel to St. Paul’s (7-4) of Mobile in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.

Tim Castille set another state record in the win &045; most yards receiving in a career with 4,042.

In Class 4A, the Chelsea Hornets (8-3) defeated the defending Class 3A champion Hokes Bluff 26-21 to advance to round two.

Emmett Sills ran wild in the Hornets’ win, rushing 33 times for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Chelsea, who finished the season 0-10 a year ago, will travel to North Jackson to face 11-0 and second ranked North Jackson.

Shelby Academy, after a poor first half, put 20 points on the board in the second half en route to a 20-0 shutout of Lakeside Academy in round one of the Alabama Independent School Association playoffs.

Twin brothers Ryan and Andrew Elm accounted for all of the scoring for the Raiders. Ryan scored two touchdowns while Andrews scored one.

The Raiders (8-2) will travel to Jackson Academy (8-2) for the second round.

In Class 6A, Tuscaloosa County was too strong for the Pelham Panthers despite a stellar performance by Panther quarterback Chris Vines. Vines was 19-of-28 for 328 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Panthers lost 40-18.

The Thompson Warriors fell 6 points short of defeating defending Class 5A state champion Benjamin Russell in Alexander City in the opening round.

The Warriors lost 35-29 and scored 26 of their points in the final period of play.

In Class 4A the Shelby County Wildcats held a 7-0 lead at the half before Cherokee County exploded for 31 points in the second half to win 31-14.

Derek Harris and Justin Whitely each scored touchdowns in the Wildcat loss.

The Calera Eagles had the daunting task of knocking off defending Class 2A state champion Gordo in the first round. Had it not been for three turnovers in the first half, they may have done it.

Gordo returned an interception and a fumble for a touchdown and converted another fumble into a score in the first half.

Calera scored the first points of the game but found themselves in a 35-6 hole at the break.

Gordo went on to win 48-22, ending the Eagles season at 7-4.

Coosa Valley Academy reached the 1A

Alabama Independent School Association state high school football playoffs for the first time since 1994. But the Rebels trip into post season play was short.

The Rebels, who completed the regular season at 6-4 overall and 4-2 in regional play, were dispatched on the road by Southern Montgomery Academy last Friday night 42-0.

The loss marks the end of Jim Stomps’ first year at the helm of CVA.

At the conclusion of the regular season, Stomps said, &uot;We worked extremely hard this year. The seniors and all the players made commitment to each other to do whatever to took to get to the playoffs. I am extremely proud of their effort