The two football scores that mattered most in Ranburne on Friday night were Ranburne 24, Vincent 10 and Woodland 29, Horseshoe Bend 19. Both the Bulldogs and the Bobcats won on the road. Taken together, the two results put Ranburne into the AHSAA Class 2A football playoffs as the No. 4 team from Region 5. Both Ranburne (4-5) and Vincent ended region play at 3-4. Woodland’s first win of the season for new head coach Jeremy Stanford left Horseshoe Bend 2-5 in region games, preventing a three-way tie for fourth. Ranburne’s head-to-head win over Vincent earned the Bulldogs a playoff berth.
“The joy on their faces when we finally got the word around that Woodland had won also was priceless,” Ranburne head coach Stephen Bailey said. “To see them work as hard as they’ve worked and come up short and continue to answer the call every week and finally have something good happen, it was a good moment – a really, really good moment – just to see what joy they had.”