Football playoff preview capsules

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 07:22 PM.

Area football teams’ playoff game capsules. All games played on Friday. All times CST.

Region 1-1A semifinal

Cottondale (4-5) at Bratt Northview (7-3), 7:30 p.m.

  • How they advanced: Cottondale — Finished as runner-up in District 2-1A; Northview: Won the District 1-1A championship for the second straight season.
  • Marquee victories: Cottondale — 36-21 over Sneads Oct. 26 to clinch at least second place in the district, 34-13 over Vernon Oct. 5 in a convincing victory over the defending district champion; Northview — 40-6 over Baker Nov. 2 to lock down the district crown, 50-29 over Chipley Sept. 14 in a rematch of last year’s state semifinal.
  • Worst defeat(s): Cottondale — 41-14 against Graceville Nov. 2 in a battle to determine the district title, 48-22 against Bozeman in the regular-season finale Nov. 9 in a matchup of a potential playoff pairing; Northview — 44-20 against Gulf Breeze Sept. 28.
  • All-time playoff records: Cottondale — 2-7; Northview — 4-8.
  • Last year’s playoff results: Cottondale — Did not qualify; Northview — Beat Wewahitchka 67-14 in the regional semifinal (first round), defeated Freeport 43-13 for the Region 1-1A title, lost to Chipley 25-21 in the state semifinal.
  • Notes: Cottondale last appeared in the playoffs in 2010 with a run that ended in the opening round. … The Hornets were 1-9 in 2011 and doubled that win total in Week 3 this season. … Northview is unbeaten against 1A opponents with its three losses coming to schools in 4A and 5A. … The Chiefs have won four of their last six games. … The Hornets have lost two in a row and three of their last four. … Cottondale has never played at home in the postseason and is 2-7 on the road. … This is Northview’s ninth home playoff game with the Chiefs possessing a 3-5 mark. … Northview has won its past two playoff openers, while Cottondale has dropped its last three postseason contests.
  • Up next: Freeport (5-5) or Graceville (8-2) in the regional championship Nov. 23.

Region 1-1A semifinal

Freeport (5-5) at Graceville (8-2), 7:30 p.m.

  • How they advanced: Freeport — Was second in District 1-1A; Graceville — Won the District 2-1A championship with a 4-0 record.
  • Marquee victories: Freeport — 46-7 over Jay Nov. 2 to clinch the runner-up berth, 27-7 over Graceville Sept. 28; Graceville — 41-14 over Cottondale to win the district title, 42-41 over Chipley in the final regular season game last week.
  • Worst defeat(s): Freeport — 42-0 against Northview Oct. 19, 39-13 against Chipley Oct. 26; Graceville — 38-0 against Liberty County in the season opener Aug. 31, 27-7 against Freeport Sept. 28.
  • All-time playoff records: Freeport — 6-7; Graceville — 24-16 with two 1A state titles (1988, ‘93).
  • Last year’s playoff results: Freeport — Defeated Vernon 32-18 in the regional semifinal (first round), lost to Northview 43-13 in the region championship; Graceville — Did not qualify.
  • Notes: Graceville returns to the regional tournament for the first time since 2008, which was the last of a four-year run that included a runner-up finish in the inaugural Class 1B championship game in 2005. … Graceville has won six straight games since losing to Freeport. … Graceville was within 14-7 during the regular-season meeting, but Freeport pulled away in the second half. … The Bulldogs have qualified for the playoffs in four straight seasons. … Freeport is 1-4 in road playoff games, while Graceville is 18-7 at home in the regional draw. … The teams have never played in the postseason.
  • Up next: Cottondale (4-5) or Northview (7-3) in the regional championship Nov. 23.


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