The season is winding down, but the action is heating up for teams across the state of Alabama. the ultimate goal is to win a state championship, but in order to do that, you've gotta make the playoffs first.

Northside @ Bibb County

A match-up of the two top teams in 4A Region 4 pits the Rams of Northside traveling to Bibb County. Both squads are undefeated in region play so far, and the winner will control their destiny throughout the rest of the regular season for the region title.

Northside are coming in as the #9 team in 4A, according to the ASWA, and look to continue their pursuit of a perfect season as they clinched their playoff berth last week with a win over the West Blocton Tigers.

The Choctaws of Bibb County are coming into this game with a 5-3 record, but they're undefeated in region play (4-0). They haven't quite clinched a playoff berth, however, but all they need for that to officially happen is any loss by the Oak Grove Tigers, but winning the region is on their minds right now.

Hillcrest @ Paul Bryant

It's a fight for playoff seeding as the Stampede of Bryant host the Hillcrest Patriots this Friday night.

Hillcrest comes in as the 3rd place team in Region 4 with a 3-2 region record. They haven't clinched a playoff spot yet, so watch for them to rely on the legs of 4-star running back Brian Robinson to lead them to the promised land.

The Stampede are in the same boat as the Patriots, but are only 2-2 in region play. A win Friday night would set them up for a possibility to make the playoffs, but will take on McAdory in their final week of the regular season, although could set up nicely for Bryant because the Yellow Jackets may be resting many of their starters to get ready for their playoff game.

Greensboro @ Aliceville

In another important region match-up for playoff contention, the Raiders of Greensboro travel to Aliceville to take on the Yellow Jackets.

With a win Friday night, Aliceville will clinch a spot in the playoffs, but it won't come easy as Greensboro will be doing the same. The Raiders have the tiebreaker over the Hale County Wildcats (if necessary) and with a win over the Lamar County Bulldogs next week, they'll be playing some extra football come November.

Aliceville is coming into the game with a 5-3 overall record and a 3-1 record in region play. If they win this week, they'll meet American Christian Academy next week in a be-all-end-all battle for second place in Region 4, which has big implications when it comes to state playoffs and home field advantage.