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Looking ahead: WSN vs. Munford, Playoffs Round 1

Well, it’s finally playoff time! Tomorrow night the Blue Eagles (5-5) will take on the Munford Lions (9-1) in the first round of 4A playoffs.

The two teams have only matched up twice, once in round two of the 2014 playoffs and once in the first round of the 2015 playoffs. Munford knocked the Eagles out of the playoffs in both seasons.

WSN found its way into the playoffs in week ten, clinching the fourth spot of 4A-Region 1 with a 27-8 win over Escambia County.

Munford comes in as the class 4A- Region 3 champions and were ranked as the No. 8 team in 4A by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

The Eagles come in riding a two game winning streak, including last week’s emotional BOMC victory over the TRM Tigers.

The Lions come in streaking, winning its last nine games after dropping its season opener. Munford has been strong all around this year, scoring 35 points per game while only allowing 10. With that being said, Munford’s combined opponent record is 55-65. A weaker schedule may have to do with the team’s dominance. Not to say that it will not be a tough task, the team has handled its business all year and done what it has had to.

WSN’s combined opponent record is 66-44, and all of the team’s losses have come against top tier opponents, including a 9-1 Tallassee team and an undefeated 5A Carroll team.

Munford was Tallassee’s lone loss, as the Lion’s took a week five matchup, 19-6.

The Eagles have really found its gear defensively over the course of the last two weeks, only allowing 12.5 points per game over the course of those games.

WSN head coach, Andro Williams, has led the Eagles back into the playoffs in his first season after the team missed the 2016 postseason.

“We are going to treat this game just like any other,” Williams said. “We just want to win. At the end of the day that is all that matters.”

One thing that is for sure, this team has fed off of Williams’ personality. Williams is a ‘strictly business’, chip on the shoulder, gritty, no excuses kind of guy. The Eagles have played like that over the course of the season, gradually getting better in all facets of the game.

Seniors Jacobey Hawthorne and Marvin Maddox are two key players for WSN, as they have shown up big in the last couple of weeks carrying the load for the Eagles.

The defensive line has also been a focal point of the teams’ success, holding Escambia County to -39 rushing yards two weeks ago and controlling a very good run game last week against TRM.

WSN has excelled since junior Matthew Thomas took over all offensive snaps as quarterback. He has done a tremendous job controlling the pace of the offense and has been effective through the air, which opens up the defense for the Eagles’ strong run game.

It will be a fight against Munford, but WSN may surprise some people.

GO BIG BLUE!