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Appalachian Eagles

Head Coach: Zack Jones (second season)
Stadium: Eagles Stadium
Career Record: 1 season, (1-9)
At Appalachian: one season, (1-9)
2016 Enrollment:  125
Rank:  354th in the AHSAA, 30th in Class 1A

Overall Record:   196-298-3   (40.0%)
Last 25 years:   116-147   (44.0%)  (Rank: 248th in the AHSAA, 34th in Class 1A)
Since 2010:   23-36  (39.0%)  (Rank: 250th in the AHSAA, 37th in Class 1A)
Last Playoff Appearance:   2013
Last Region Championship:   2009
Last Winning Season:   2013
Last Losing Season:   2015

Class:  1A              Region:   5
Record:  1-9
Region Record:   0-6, (seventh)
Playoff Record:   Did not qualify.
Final ASWA Poll:   Not Ranked
Scoring:  159 (15.9)
Defense:  431 (43.1)    (Team record for points allowed in a season)

Class: 1A              Region:   4
Strength of Schedule: 43-61 (41%) (349th in the AHSAA, 34th in Class 1A)
Region Strength:  36-27 (57%)
Non-Region Strength:  7-34 (17%)

 2015 Results 
 8/21   OPEN 
 8/28  @ Spring Garden  (1A)   21-61   L  
 9/4  vs. Victory Christian  (1A)  *  29-51   L  
 9/11  @ Wadley  (1A)  *  7-66   L  
 9/18  @ Ragland  (1A)  *  7-49   L  
 9/25  vs. Southeastern  (2A)   39-0   W  
 10/2  vs. Winterboro  (1A)  *  13-37   L  
 10/9  @ Talladega County Central  (1A)  *  7-44   L  
 10/16  @ Meek  (1A)   7-40   L  
 10/23  vs. Donoho  (1A)  *  14-35   L  
 10/29  vs. West End Walnut Grove  (2A)   15-48   L  

 2016 Schedule 
 8/18  @ Southeastern  (1A)       
 8/26  vs. Coosa Christian  (1A)       
 9/2  @ Wadley  (1A)  *      
 9/9  @ Victory Christian  (1A)  *      
 9/16  vs. Winterboro  (1A)  *      
 9/23  @ Gaylesville  (1A)       
 9/30  vs. Donoho  (1A)  *      
 10/7  vs. Woodville  (1A)       
 10/14  @ Talladega County Central  (1A)  *      
 10/21  vs. Ragland  (1A)  *      
 10/28   OPEN 

Class  1A Region  4
Team 2015 Record Scoring                            
Appalachian (1A) 1-9159-431
Donoho (1A) 3-6208-189
Ragland (1A) 3-8211-326
Talladega County Central (1A) 6-4231-190
Victory Christian (1A) 8-3352-275
Wadley (1A) 10-2472-130
Winterboro (1A) 6-4213-183

 2016 Preview 

       Appalachian finished the 2015 season with a disappointing 1-9 record. Last year Appalachian finished seventh in Class 1A region five with a 0-6 region record and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

       The defense allowed a team record 431 points last season.

       Appalachian was inconsistent offensively last year and that needs to pick up if the Eagles want to be competitive. They only averaged 15.9 points a game.

       Appalachian struggled on the defensive side of the football last year. The defense found little success in stopping opposing offenses as they gave up an average of 43.1 points a game.

       The Eagles would prefer to forget the past two seasons as they have finished with a 2-18 record. Since 2010, Appalachian has gone a combined 23-36. Their 39.0% winning percentage ranks 37th in Class 1A over the past six seasons.

       Over the past 25 seasons, Appalachian has managed to compile a record of 116-147. Their 44.0% winning percentage ranks 34th in Class 1A and 248th in the AHSAA.

       The Eagles are led by head coach Zack Jones who is entering his second season at the helm. His team finished with a 1-9 record in his first season at Appalachian. The Eagles have yet to reach the playoffs under his direction. They have not won a region crown with Coach Jones.

       Coach Jones' overall record as a head football coach in one season stands at 1-9 (10.0%).

       The Appalachian Eagles will play in Class 1A region four during the 2016 season. Following realignment, the Eagles remain in 1A but move from region five over to region four.

       This season, the Eagles will be a long shot for one of the four playoff spots in region four.

       The Eagles open the 2016 season on the road against non-region opponent Southeastern on Friday, August 19. Last year the Southeastern Mustangs finished with an overall record of 1-9 and in seventh place in Class 2A region six. The Mustangs closed out the regular season with a loss to Cleveland by a score of 61-8.

       Appalachian and Southeastern have met a total of 8 times on the football field. The Eagles have a 6-2-0 record against the Mustangs. They last met in 2015 with Appalachian winning by a score of 39-0.


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