Series record: Sardis 4, Fairview 1
Last meeting: 1981 – Sardis 28, Fairview 0
Last week: Sardis 48, St. Clair County 40; Oneonta 59, Fairview 21
By Gene Stanley/Messenger Sports Correspondent
Win this game and Sardis hosts a first-round playoff game, regardless of next week’s game against Oneonta.
Even should Fairview win, it is still possible for the Lions to host. But it involves beating Oneonta.
“We’d rather just take care of business and win this one and not have to worry about the seedings so much,” Sardis coach Gene Hill said.
With the way these teams like to score, the final of this one could conceivably look more like a basketball score.
The Lions are the 14th highest scoring team in the Alabama High School Athletic Association this year, averaging 44.1 points per game.
Fairview, which features one of the top quarterbacks in the state in Luke Bailey, is boasting an offense that has scored 220 points for a 31.4 points per game average.
“(Bailey) is what they center their offense on,” Hill said. “He’s got a great arm and is very smart.
“He’s like a coach on the field for them. And he’s been running the ball more the past couple of weeks.”
Sardis has faced some good quarterbacks this year, but Hill thinks that Bailey is probably the best they’ll see this year, until possibly in the playoffs.
Against St. Clair County, Toby Pee rushed 23 times for 165 yards and three touchdowns.
Pee also caught a team-high six passes for 115 yards and a TD.
Will Scott was 15-of-18 passing for 217 yards and a touchdown.
Jared Shirley had four catches for 58 yards, while Kailon Robeson had four receptions for 48 yards.
Zack Childers led the Lions in tackles with 14, followed by Braun Pee with 13, Colton Salers and Bryan Noblitt with 10 each and Jesse Hubbard with seven.