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Gadsden City (3-5, 3-2 in 7A, Region 4) no doubt is disappointed with last week’s 34-3 loss to Bob Jones. It was a defeat that put a serious dent in the Titans’ hopes of hosting a playoff game in the first round. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t still possible, though it would take two straight wins by Gadsden City and two straight losses by Bob Jones.

Should the Titans lose out in the region, they would be in danger of missing the playoffs entirely. That makes Friday’s road tilt at a much-improved Sparkman team even more important.

The Senators, who are ranked No. 10 in 7A, sit at 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the region. Since they’re tied with Gadsden City for the No. 3 spot, whoever wins this one will land at least the third seed in the playoffs should they win the next week also. Sparkman basically is in the same boat as Gadsden City.

The Senators already have won more games in 2017 than they did in all of 2016, and they’re on the verge of their first playoff spot since 2006. Gadsden City is much more accustomed to going to the playoffs. That could mean Sparkman will fold under the pressure, or it could even rise to the occasion; the Titans are used to this kind of late-season meaningful game, though.

But it’s also hard to overlook Gadsden City’s inconsistent play, as it will look excellent one week, then subpar the next. But coming off a 31-point home loss, it’s tough to see the Titans going on the road and knocking off such a strong opponent; Gadsden City falls 28-22.

Article portion by J.J. Hicks of The Gadsden Times

http://www.gadsdentimes.com/sports/20171018/jj-hicks-some-playoff-races-remain-tight-down-stretch

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