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Briarwood Lions

Head Coach: Fred Yancey (twenty-seventh season)
Stadium: Lions Pride Stadium
Career Record: 26 seasons, (243-89)
At Briarwood: 26 seasons, (243-89)
2016 Enrollment:  570
Rank:  99th in the AHSAA, 8th in Class 5A

Overall Record:   329-166-1   (66.0%)
Last 25 years:   232-87   (73.0%)  (Rank: 18th in the AHSAA, 3rd in Class 5A)
Since 2010:   49-28  (64.0%)  (Rank: 94th in the AHSAA, 15th in Class 5A)
Last Playoff Appearance:   2015
Last Region Championship:   2011
Last Winning Season:   2013
Last Losing Season:   2015

Class:  6A              Region:   5
Record:  5-7
Region Record:   4-3, (fourth)
Playoff Record:   Second round loss to Austin by a score of 27-0.
Final ASWA Poll:   Not Ranked
Scoring:  178 (14.8)
Defense:  244 (20.3)

College Signees lost to Graduation
      Carter Bankston,   DL  [Navy]

Class: 5A              Region:   5
Strength of Schedule: 68-44 (61%) (28th in the AHSAA, 6th in Class 5A)
Region Strength:  37-36 (51%)
Non-Region Strength:  31-8 (80%)

 2015 Results 
 8/21   OPEN 
 8/28  vs. Chelsea  (6A)   16-21   L  
 9/3  @ Jackson-Olin  (6A)  *  20-26   L  
 9/11  vs. Homewood  (6A)  *  0-27   L  
 9/18  @ Hueytown  (6A)  *  13-10   W  
 9/25  vs. Oak Mountain  (7A)   0-35   L  
 10/2  vs. Walker   *  15-7   W  
 10/9  @ Pelham  (6A)  *  14-0   W  
 10/16  vs. Minor  (6A)  *  14-26   L  
 10/23  vs. John Carroll  (6A)  *  34-12   W  
 10/30  @ Madison Academy  (3A)   22-27   L  
 11/6  @ Fort Payne    30-26   W  
 11/13  vs. Austin    0-27   L  

 2016 Schedule 
 8/19   OPEN 
 8/26  @ Chelsea  (6A)       
 9/2  vs. Moody  (5A)  *      
 9/9  @ Wenonah  (5A)  *      
 9/16  vs. Fairfield  (5A)  *      
 9/23  @ Mortimer Jordan  (5A)       
 9/30  @ St. Clair County  (5A)  *      
 10/7  vs. Woodlawn  (5A)  *      
 10/14  @ Shelby County  (5A)  *      
 10/21  vs. Pleasant Grove  (5A)  *      
 10/28  @ Madison Academy  (4A)       
 11/4  vs. Corner        
 11/11  vs. Russellville        
 11/18  @ Mortimer Jordan        
 11/25  vs. Wenonah        

Class  5A Region  5
Team 2015 Record Scoring                            
Briarwood (6A) 5-7178-244
Fairfield (5A) 6-4208-189
Moody (5A) 6-4232-313
Pleasant Grove (5A) 8-4307-236
Shelby County (5A) 3-7334-307
St. Clair County (5A) 3-7205-260
Wenonah (5A) 10-1311-102
Woodlawn (6A) 1-968-333

 2016 Preview 

       Briarwood completed the 2015 season with a 5-7 record. With their 4-3 region record and a fourth place finish in Class 6A region five, the Lions earned a spot in the playoffs in 2015. Briarwood reached the second round of the playoffs before falling to Austin by a score of 27-0.

       Briarwood was inconsistent offensively last year and that needs to pick up if the Lions want to be competitive. They only averaged 14.8 points a game.

       Since 2010, Briarwood has gone a combined 49-28. Their 64.0% winning percentage ranks 15th in Class 5A over the past six seasons.

       Over the past 25 seasons, Briarwood has gone a combined 232-87. Their 73.0% winning percentage ranks 3rd in Class 5A and 18th in the AHSAA.

       The Lions are led by head coach Fred Yancey who is entering his twenty-seventh season at the helm. He has compiled a record of 243-89 over the past twenty-six seasons at Briarwood. Under his direction the Lions have qualified for the playoffs a total of twenty-four times. They have won fourteen region crowns with Coach Yancey. Coach Yancey has won three state championships at Briarwood, the last coming in 2003.

       Coach Yancey's overall record as a head football coach in twenty-six season stands at 243-89 (73.2%). His 243 wins rank 5th among active coaches in the AHSAA. He has a 51-21 record in the playoffs during his career. The playoff victories rank with the best among active coaches.

       The Briarwood Lions will play in Class 5A region five during the 2016 season. The Lions may find the schedule slightly easier this season with the move down in classification from Class 6A to 5A. They will compete in region five this year. The Lions have one of the toughest schedules in Class 5A. Their opponents had a combined record of 68-44 last season. That ranks 6th in Class 5A and 28th in the AHSAA.

       The Lions should be in contention for a playoff spot in region five this season. They will be looking to gain an advantage by hosting a first round postseason game. They have reached the playoffs every year since 1992 and will once again be in the hunt for a spot in 2016.

      Quarterback William Gray returns for his senior season after completing 184 of 309 passes for 1,799 yards and 5 touchdowns as a junior last season.

       The Lions open the 2016 season on the road against non-region opponent Chelsea on Friday, August 26 at Richard Conkle Stadium. Last year the Chelsea Hornets finished with an overall record of 7-4 and in third place in Class 6A region three. The Hornets lost in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs to Blount by a score of 41-28.

       Briarwood and Chelsea have met a total of 32 times on the football field. The Lions have a 22-9-1 record against the Hornets. They last met in 2015 with Chelsea winning by a score of 21-16.


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