Talladega Tigers at Headland Rams
This year’s records: Talladega 5-5; Headland 9-1
Players to watch: Talladega: QB Nigel Scales (So.); WR JeQuerius Wilson (Sr.); LB Tristan Wells (Sr.). Headland: QB K’shun Stokes (Sr.); WR Ben Tew (Sr.); LB Conner German (Sr.).
Quick hits: Game is a Class 4A AHSAA state playoff opener. The winner faces the Montevallo-Andalusia winner in next week’s second round … It is the first meeting between the teams … Rams are hosting their first state playoff game at J.J. Yarbrough Stadium since a second-round game in 1988. It is the first opening-round game at home since 1984 … Rams are 3-15 overall in the state playoffs and have lost five straight since 1988 opening-round win at Ashford (17-15). Tonight’s game is the first playoff for Headland since 2011 … The Tigers are 0-8 in the playoffs with all eight games on the road. They came close last year, losing to Carroll only 12-6, trailing 6-0 most of the game … Headland, with its best season since 1988, enters ranked No. 10 in the state in Class 4A … Rams average 38.7 points a game, seventh best in 4A, and allow 20.1 points per contest. Tigers average 26.3 and allow 21.3 per game.