Much is at stake for Gadsden City

Gadsden City (4-4, 4-2) at Huntsville (5-3, 4-2)
Last week’s results:
Gadsden City 42, Grissom 8; Clay-Chalkville 38, Huntsville 21
2012 result: Huntsville 35, Gadsden City 32
Series record: Gadsden City leads 2-1

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

Expect a playoff atmosphere at this game. Because in effect, that’s what it is.

For either team to play in Week 11, they must win this game.

“It’s a play-in game, essentially,” Gadsden City coach Matt Scott said. “If we don’t win, we’re out of the playoffs.”

The Titans have played very well in the past two games, so Scott is optimistic about his squad’s chances in its final Class 6A, Region 7 contest.

“We’ve been playing five sophomores on offense all season and they’re really coming together now,” he said. “At this stage of the season, you can’t call them inexperienced.

“The last couple of weeks, we’ve played fairly well in all three stages of the game.”

Huntsville, likewise, needs this win to make the playoffs.

“They’re a very physical team,” Scott said of the Panthers. “They don’t do things to beat themselves, so you have to play really well to beat them.

“The best description I know of them is “hard-nosed.”

Last week against Grissom, Dante Rudolph ran for two touchdowns, while Ahmad DeRamus passed for a pair of scores.

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