Parker @ J.O. Johnson
Dora @ East Limestone
Russellville @ Wenonah
West Point @ Pleasant Grove
Don't sleep on: Ramsay & Fairfield
Synapsis: This one is hard to figure out. Region 5 has some teams who are traditionally very good but had a pretty lackluster showing early (Fairfield & Dora) and some teams who traditionally aren't that good but have looked good (Parker & Ramsay). I think the two regions match up really well and the games could go either way. R5's 4 could uspet R8's 1. I think it is slim but it could happen. I believe Pleasant Grove is the class of all of these teams and I just can't seem them losing, even though R8 should put up a pretty strong 4 seed. All in all, this one should boil down to a split or a 3-1 with some great games.
Decatur @ Briarwood Christian
Muscle Shoals @ Hueytown
Homewood @ Austin
Pelham @ Florence
Don't sleep on John Carroll & everyone else in R8.
Synapsis: This one is simply too hard to call. Every single team in R8 is a playoff quality team. Pretty much I am just cherry picking with my guesses and I changed them about 5 times before finally settling with what I have. Most of region 5 has started off slow but they have some really good teams who have lost really close games. Austin, whom I have as second, have lost both of their games to 7a schools by a combined 4 points. If they don't get down on themselves, they can easily stay in this playoff picture. While I think R8 is the toughest in 6A, R5 poses a challenge with traditional powers like Homewood & BC. R8 could sweep, or could go 1-3, I think it's that tough to call. At this early stage, I'd guess R8 3-1 in Round 1.