Fever playoff preview: Round 2

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - There are only three more weeks until the AHSAA champions are crowned to an end in Tuscaloosa. There are still several Fever teams hoping for a spot in the coveted championship game.

Last week, Lee continued their magical season with a dramatic 37-21 overtime victory against. With both Park Crossing and Lanier already eliminated, the Generals are the team from the River Region competing in Class 5A or above.

Coming up on Friday night, Lee (8-3) faces a tough rematch against 7A region 2 champion Central Phenix-City (8-3)  for a spot in the semi-finals.

In their previous meeting on September 10, the Red Devils beat Lee 39-20 at Cramton Bowl.

Lee's defense played strong in the game, only allowing 305 yards of total offense. They also held almost every Red Devil player below 100 yards.  Red Devil quarterback Quan Weaver threw for only 94 yards, but rushed for an additional 59 yards, including a touchdown.

However, the Generals' offense could not put enough points to keep up with Central-Phenix City.

Central's defense held to Lee to their third lowest score of the season. In the three games this season Lee's offense failed to eclipsed the 21-point mark, the Generals have lost.

Now the game moves to Phenix City, where the Red Devils have won all but one game of the year. Their sole home loss came from undefeated Opelika.

Lee and Central-Phenix City face off Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in Phenix City.

Another Montgomery team with title aspirations are the Trinity Wildcats (8-3), who will face undefeated powerhouse UMS-Wright (11-0) out of Mobile.

Trinity is coming off a close 14-7 win against Northside in round one of the playoffs.

Despite being a primarily offensive team, the Wildcats struggled to move the ball against Northside. Northside held Trinit's offense to several season lows, including only 50 yards through the air.

Senior Robert Adams was responsible for all 14 points by the Wildcats. Adams scored both receiving and punt return touchdowns. Adams added both points after touchdown as well.

Adams has been a true leader for the Wildcats on the field. As a receiver, he has put up over 1,100 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also adds 45 more points as the kicker.

UMS-Wright comes into the game after beating Handley 20-8 last week in Mobile, their closest victory of the season.

Throughout the regular season, UMS-Wright clobbered their opponents by lopsided scores as much as 56 points.

The Bulldog's junior running back Michael Matthews leads the dynamic offense. Matthews has put up 1,681 yards on the ground and 23 touchdowns. Matthews also has two receiving touchdowns.

Despite their offensive prowess, the defense might be Trinity's toughest challenge.

UMS-Wright's stingy defense is allowing only 10 points per game, including three shutouts. The Bulldogs have only allowed their opponent to score more than three touchdowns once this season.

Trinity and UMS-Wright will face off at 7:00 p.m. in Mobile.

In the 6A bracket, undefeated Opelika (11-0) will play a rematch of their first game of the year against Hillcrest of Tuscaloosa (8-3).

Opelika has won big for most of the season, beating their opponents by an average of 29 points, including a 51-0 thumping of Daphne in the opening round of the playoffs.

In their meeting in August, Opelika beat Hillcrest 34-20 in Tuscaloosa. Opelika put up 430 yards in total offense, while forcing five turnovers.

Senior running back Josh Johnson leads the offense for the Bulldogs. Johnson has 1,209 yards rushing on the season with 23 touchdowns. Johnson also has 208 yards and three touchdowns as a receiver.

Hillcrest comes into the game after defeating Northview 36-15 in the first round of the playoffs.

Hillcrest's success comes from a strong offense that puts up 28 points per game. The Patriots have a defense that has pitched a shutout, but has also allowed their opponent more than 30 points in all three of their losses.

Hillcrest of Tuscaloosa and Opelika face off at 7:00 p.m. in Opelika.

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