North Jackson vs. Oneonta

North Jackson has completed the regular season as the top team in the state polls, and now heads into the Alabama 4A playoffs as one of only two unbeaten teams in 4A. The top-ranked Chiefs, along with second-ranked Tuscaloosa-Central, carry a 10-0 record into the first round as the only teams with un-blemished records in 4A for 2007.

North Jackson is the No.1 qualifier from Region 7 and will host the Oneonta Redskins in the first round, the No.4 qualifier from Region 5.

North Jackson won the 1993 4A championship and was the 4A runner-up to UMS-Wright in 2002, losing 7-3 to the Bulldogs on a late touchdown.

The Chiefs have a 23-17 overall record in the playoffs since the school opened in 1988, winning over Boaz 26-7 in the first round in 2006 before being ousted by Dora 14-28 in the second round.

Oneonta is no stranger to the state playoffs either and will represent Region 5 as a formidable foe for the Chiefs. Oneonta won the 3A Championship in 2004, defeating Winfield for the title. They also were 2A State Champions in 1972 and Co-Champions in 1971, along with being 3A Runners-up in 1985, 1987, and 2003.

Oneonta even has a common state playoff championship game opponent with North Jackson. That team that Oneonta lost to in the 1987 Championship game was UMS-Wright, the same team to which North Jackson was runner-up in 2002.

While this may not be a typical Oneonta state contender, the Redskins will bring a lot of tradition into the game Friday night, and the people of North Jackson know just what that means in terms of competition.

Oneonta will be fired-up and ready to play the top-ranked team in the state, and ready to make a statement about their school and team. North Jackson will try to take care of business as usual with a swarming, relentless defense, a hard-driving offense, and heads-up special teams play.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM Friday night at R.D. Hicks Stadium in Stevenson.

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