MONTGOMERY – Raycom Media will televise live the Class 5A second-round state football playoff game between defending Class 5A state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-3) and Central-Clay County (9-2) Friday night at Lineville as the Raycom/AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week. To find the cable channel serving your area, go to www.pathwaytotheplayoffs.com or go to www.ahsaa.com and click on the Raycom link.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and will follow a special Veterans Day presentation to be held just prior to the playing of the National Anthem. Veterans Day is Friday, November 11 and is a day set aside to pay tribute to all Americans who have served in one of the armed forces.
Special recognition will take place at each host school stadium, including the Volunteers’ stadium in Clay County.
“Over the years and across this great nation thousands of individuals in the military forces have served and sacrificed so that we may live free,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We invite our schools to honor local veterans by any means approved by their administration.”
St. Paul’s, coached by Steve Mask, won the 2014 and 2015 state football titled beating Mortimer Jordan in the Super 7 finals at Bryant-Denny Stadium last year and downing Pleasant Grove at Jordan-Hare Stadium in ’14. Coach Kris Herron’s Volunteers are in their third year in Class 5A and in their fifth year of existence. The Clay County School System merged arch-rivals Clay County and Lineville in 2012 – bringing two of the state’s most storied programs together to form the new school located midway between the two communities of Ashland and Lineville. Herron served as head coach at Clay County for three years leading his team to the Super 7 Class 2A finals in his first year as head coach in 2009 and to the 3A semifinals in 2011.
Clay County and Lineville met in the AHSAA’s first Super 6 Class 2A finals at Legion Field in 1996 with Herron on the staff as an assistant coach. Clay set the state record with 55 straight wins during a stretch from 1994 to 1997. The two schools combined for 1,158 wins with Lineville compiling a 575-322-25 record and Clay County, 583-333-38.
The merger of the two schools has been one of the AHSAA’s top success stories of bringing two communities together.
Raycom will pick a playoff game of the week each week leading up to the Super 7 championships at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Nov. 30-Dec. 2.