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Prep Blitz: Tonight's football playoff games

Austin (8-2) at Pell City (6-4)
Where: Pete Rich-Alumni Stadium
What: Class 6A first-round playoff game
Radio: FM-94.7
Last season: Pell City won 42-38
The skinny: Coming off a double-overtime win against rival Hartselle, Austin enters the playoffs with some momentum. Led by Josh Walker’s four touchdowns, the Black Bears overcame a 20-point deficit in the second half. … Led by running back Ira Burch, Pell City boasts an offense that’s averaging 27.3 points per game. Burch accounted for more than 200 all-purpose yards last week in a loss against Tuscaloosa County. … The Panthers are giving up 27 points per game. … The all-time series is tied 1-1.
The Daily picks: Austin 28, Pell City 24

Decatur (7-3) at Clay-Chalkville (9-1)
Where: Cougar Stadium
What: Class 6A first-round playoff game
Last season: Did not play
Radio: AM-1400
Last season: Did not play
The skinny: Decatur enters the playoffs on a four-game winning streak and has won five of its past six games. … Decatur running back Josh Matthews is averaging 6.89 yards per carry. … Clay-Chalkville enters the playoffs with a banged up roster. Defensive lineman LaVante Price suffered a season-ending knee injury, and the Cougars’ top two running backs did not play last week because of injuries. … The all-time series is tied 1-1.
The Daily picks: Clay-Chalkville 24, Decatur 14

Hartselle (6-4) at Fort Payne (10-0)
Where: Wildcat Stadium
What: Class 5A first-round playoff game
Radio: FM-99.9
Last season: Did not play
The skinny: Hartselle enters the playoffs in unfamiliar position. For the first time since 2007, the Tigers aren’t a heavy favorite in the opening. Hartselle lost four of its last six games and finished the fourth seed in Region 8. … Hartselle faces a tough test on the road at second-ranked Fort Payne. The Wildcats average 40.2 points per game while giving up 11.5 points. … Hartselle leads the all-time series 3-1.
The Daily picks: Hartselle 17, Fort Payne 14

Sand Rock (5-5) at Tanner (9-0)
Where: Rip Swanner Stadium
What: Class 2A first-round playoff game
Last season: Did not play
The skinny: Coming off an idle week, Tanner hopes to begin a second straight run to the Class 2A state title game. … Tanner has not lost a game at Rip Swanner Stadium in three years. … The Rattlers have been the definition of dominant this season, outscoring opponents 453-72. … Tanner safety Greg Maclin and linebacker Fred Rich are UAB commitments, and coach Laron White said he believes the Rattlers’ defense has a few more potential college players. … Sand Rock is averaging 25.1 points game while giving up 20.1. … The all-time series is tied 1-1.
The Daily picks: Tanner 42, Sand Rock 14

Falkville (7-3) at Pickens County (8-2)
Where: G.S. Spruill Stadium
What: Class 1A first-round playoff game
The skinny: Falkville hopes to snap a three-game losing skid this week in the opening round of the playoffs, but the Blue Devils got a tough draw with Pickens County. The Tornadoes are averaging 39.7 points per game. … Falkville is enjoying its best season in more than 20 years. … Led by running back Hunter Woodall, the Blue Devils are making their first postseason appearance since 2006. … Falkville has not won a playoff game since 1999.
The Daily picks: Pickens County 33, Falkville 21

R.A. Hubbard (6-4) at Collinsville (8-2)
Where: Cagle Civitan Stadium
What: Class 1A first-round playoff game
Last season: Did not play
The skinny: R.A. Hubbard has struggled with consistency at times this season. The Chiefs are averaging 27.7 points per game, but are giving up 23.6 points. … John Owens is one of the most explosive running backs in the area. He is averaging more than 100 yards per game. … R.A. Hubbard leads the series 1-0.
The Daily picks: Collinsville 21, R.A. Hubbard 16

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