Gadsden City hopes for happy homecoming

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 Grissom (2-5, 1-4) at Gadsden City (4-3, 3-2)
Series record: First meeting
Last week: Clay-Chalkville 21, Gadsden City 14 (OT); Oxford 42, Grissom 14

    By Gene Stanley/Messenger Sports Correspondent

After suffering an overtime loss last week, Gadsden City finds itself somewhat on the rope.

A loss this week wouldn’t eliminate the Titans from playoff consideration, but it certainly wouldn’t help anything.

“For us to have a shot at the playoffs, this is almost a must-win game,” Gadsden City coach Joe Billingsley said. “This will be a good matchup, because of Grissom’s team speed. We’ll be equally matched for speed at almost every position.

“As for us, we’ve got to focus on fundamentals and stop making so many mistakes. We need to be more disciplined.”

From Region 7 of Class 6A, only Clay-Chalkville has nailed down a playoff spot, while only Lee-Huntsville has been eliminated from consideration.

With that said, Gadsden City is probably going to make the postseason, barring a huge upset or two.

The Titans are currently tied for third with Huntsville and Oxford. And Huntsville is Gadsden City’s Week 9 opponent. Huntsville plays Clay-Chalkville tonight.

Should the Titans wind up in a tie with Oxford, they win the tiebreaker, because of head-to-head play. Oxford faces Albertville tonight, then closes region play against Pell City.

The Titans thus need to take care of themselves and not be forced into a last-game scramble.

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