Austin was tasked with defending its region title Friday Night on the road at Muscle Shoals. It was a battle between the two undefeated teams in Class 6A, Region 8 and in the end, Austin prevailed. The Black Bears are the region champs once again after blowing ut the Trojans 42-14.
Athens and Hazel Green both entered Friday's game trying to keep playoff hopes alive. The Golden Eagles started fast and ended strong, knocking off the Trojans 29-12. That win coupled with a Hartselle loss to Decatur means Athens is officially locked into the postseason!
In Class 6A, Region 7, Albertville and Fort Payne were also looking to stay alive in the playoff hunt with the third and fourth spots in the region still up for grabs. It was a bit of a rough start for both teams but the Albertville defense did enough to hold off Fort Payne in a low-scoring 16-7 battle.