Wildcats visit Panthers with postseason security

Southside-Gadsden wide receiver Cody Roberts (1) reaches for a pass as the ball bounces out of bounds, while Fort Payne defensive back Alex Akins approaches the play at Wildcat Stadium in Fort Payne last Friday night. 

Last week’s win against Southside-Gadsden secured Fort Payne as a host for the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.

With postseason security, the Wildcats travel to play the Pell City Panthers for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Pete Rich-Alumni Stadium on Friday.

Fort Payne (6-1, 4-0 6A, Region 7) visits the Panthers (2-5, 1-3) ahead of next week’s matchup against Oxford to determine the region champion. 

The Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak with last week’s 34-29 victory against Springville. Their previous two losses were COVID-19-related forfeits to region foe Arab and Calera, respectively. They took a 59-20 loss against Oxford on Sept. 18 with their only other win coming in a 14-0 triumph against Talladega on Sept. 11.

Pell City averages 15 points per game and allows 18 per contest.

Fort Payne holds a 7-3 series lead against the Panthers, including a 28-13 victory in last year’s meeting.

As Pell City looks to salvage the rest of its season, the Wildcats aim for their fifth straight win.

Edging Southside 28-27 last week, Fort Payne secured its fourth region win while playing an opponent closely in the final minutes for a second consecutive week. Fort Payne used a goal-line stand to prevent Scottsboro from having a chance to complete a comeback in a 41-34 victory Oct. 2.

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