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Selma High faces powerhouse St. Paul in round two

Selma High meets a traditional powerhouse in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

The Saints (7-3) visit second-ranked and unbeaten St. Paul (10-0) at 7 p.m. Friday night at Delaney Field in Mobile.

Selma coach Will Gandy knows it will be a challenge facing St. Paul, whose nickname is also the Saints.

St. Paul is also considered a hotspot for landing Football Bowl Subdivision players over the years, producing quarterbacks A.J. McCarron and Jake Coker, who eventually led Alabama to national championships.

“St. Paul is the best team in 5A,” Gandy said. “We have work to do.”

Gandy is pleased that the Saints made school history this season, especially for the postseason.

“For the  first time since 1984, Selma has won a playoff game,” Gandy said. “We made playoffs in consecutive years for the first time. I’m extremely proud of all our players and coaches.”

The Saints have a shot to win because of their offense. Dion Nelson and Jevonte Stubbs have scored  over 35 touchdowns combined this season. The duo scored two more against Carroll in the first round last week.