Straughn treks northwest to Thomasville for first round game

Published 1:00 pm Thursday, November 3, 2022

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Following a second win in Dothan this year, Straughn (7-3) remains on the road as the 3A state playoffs get underway at Thomasville (7-3) Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m.

This will be only the second-ever meeting between the two teams. Thomasville defeated Straughn at home en route to a state championship in 2010.

Region 2 third seed Straughn enters its 24th playoff appearance with a 17-23 overall record and is 10-13 in the first round. Region 1 second seed Thomasville enters its 41st appearance with a 42-38 mark and is 22-18 in the opening round.

“Thomasville is traditionally a very good team who runs the football and plays good defense. They are a very athletic program and played in a very tough region this season,” Head Coach Ashley Kilcrease said.

The Tigers make their second consecutive playoff appearance under Kilcrease’s leadership.

“We want to get to the point in our program where the playoffs are an expectation and not something that people are surprised about. I think we are off to a good start in doing that.”

Straughn closed out the regular season with a road win at Providence Christian last week.

“I thought our ability to throw the football in the first half was key even with Parker Black out on offense. Layne Grantham was able to make some big throws to Nick Williams, Grant Barnes, and Micah Turner, two of which were touchdowns. I think it was our best performance of the year on defense. Wyatt Smith and Ryan Cobb both had a really good game for us at linebacker, and I’m proud of our scout offense for giving us a great look,” he added.

The winner will play Dadeville or Southside-Selma in the second round next week.