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Foley Lions

Head Coach: Tad Niblett (second season)
Stadium: Ivan Jones Stadium
Career Record: 8 seasons, (42-46)
At Foley: one season, (6-5)
2016 Enrollment:  1,354
Rank:  15th in the AHSAA, 15th in Class 7A

Overall Record:   559-309-27   (64.0%)
Last 25 years:   144-127   (53.0%)  (Rank: 155th in the AHSAA, 19th in Class 7A)
Since 2010:   44-27  (62.0%)  (Rank: 106th in the AHSAA, 11th in Class 7A)
Last Playoff Appearance:   2015
Last Region Championship:   2007
Last Winning Season:   2015
Last Losing Season:   2009

Class:  7A              Region:   1
Record:  6-5
Region Record:   4-4, (fourth)
Playoff Record:   First round loss to Central Phenix City by a score of 34-14.
Final ASWA Poll:   Not Ranked
Scoring:  259 (23.5)
Defense:  272 (24.7)

College Signees lost to Graduation
      Davis Crosby,   LB  [Delta St.]

Class: 7A              Region:   1
Strength of Schedule: 61-50 (55%) (97th in the AHSAA, 16th in Class 7A)
Region Strength:  45-41 (52%)
Non-Region Strength:  16-9 (64%)

D1 Prospects
      David Hendrick,  6-3,  196,  QB
      Clayton McConnell,  6-4,  260,  OG

 2015 Results 
 8/20  vs. Gulf Shores  (6A)   17-14   W  
 8/28  vs. Fairhope  (7A)  *  30-27   W  
 9/4  vs. Alma Bryant  (7A)  *  28-7   W  
 9/11  @ Mary Montgomery  (7A)  *  30-31   L  
 9/18  vs. Davidson  (7A)  *  19-14   W  
 9/25  @ Robertsdale  (6A)   35-19   W  
 10/2  @ Baker  (7A)  *  14-21   L  
 10/8  @ Murphy  (7A)  *  17-37   L  
 10/16  vs. Theodore  (7A)  *  48-33   W  
 10/23   OPEN 
 10/30  @ McGill-Toolen  (7A)  *  7-35   L  
 11/6  @ Central Phenix City    14-34   L  

 2016 Schedule 
 8/19  vs. Robertsdale  (6A)       
 8/26  vs. Fairhope  (7A)  *      
 9/1  @ Davidson  (7A)  *      
 9/9  vs. Alma Bryant  (7A)  *      
 9/16  vs. McGill-Toolen  (7A)  *      
 9/23   OPEN 
 9/29  @ Murphy  (7A)  *      
 10/7  @ Spanish Fort  (6A)       
 10/14  vs. Mary Montgomery  (7A)  *      
 10/21  @ Baker  (7A)  *      
 10/28  @ Theodore  (7A)  *      

Class  7A Region  1
Team 2015 Record Scoring                            
Alma Bryant (7A) 0-1064-331
Baker (7A) 6-4240-201
Davidson (7A) 3-7195-248
Fairhope (7A) 6-4270-204
Foley (7A) 6-5259-272
Mary Montgomery (7A) 3-7226-313
McGill-Toolen (7A) 13-1403-149
Murphy (7A) 7-4336-233
Theodore (7A) 7-4324-224

 2016 Preview 

       Foley completed the 2015 season with a 6-5 record. With their 4-4 region record and a fourth place finish in Class 7A region one, the Lions earned a spot in the playoffs in 2015. Foley's season came to an end in the first round of the playoffs when they fell to Central Phenix City by a score of 34-14.

       Since 2010, Foley has gone a combined 44-27. Their 62.0% winning percentage ranks 11th in Class 7A over the past six seasons.

       Over the past 25 seasons, Foley has managed to compile a record of 144-127. Their 53.0% winning percentage ranks 19th in Class 7A and 155th in the AHSAA. Their last losing season was 2009.

       The Lions are led by head coach Tad Niblett who is entering his second season at the helm. His team finished with a 6-5 record in his first season at Foley. Under his direction the Lions have qualified for the playoffs once. They have not won a region crown with Coach Niblett.

       Coach Niblett's overall record as a head football coach in eight season stands at 42-46 (47.7%). Over the course of his career, Coach Niblett's teams have qualified for the playoffs a total of six times and won one region championship.

       The Foley Lions will play in Class 7A region one during the 2016 season.

       The Lions should be in contention for a playoff spot in region one 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 2004 and will once again be in the hunt for a spot in 2016.

       The Lions open the 2016 season at home against non-region opponent Robertsdale on Friday, August 19 at Ivan Jones Stadium. Last year the Robertsdale Golden Bears finished with an overall record of 1-9 and in seventh place in Class 6A region one. The Golden Bears closed out the regular season with a loss to Baldwin County by a score of 21-18.

       Foley and Robertsdale have met a total of 98 times on the football field. The Lions have a 76-16-6 record against the Golden Bears. They last met in 2015 with Foley winning by a score of 35-19.

       College prospects include: Clayton McConnell (6-4, 260) offensive guard, David Hendrick (6-3, 196) quarterback,


Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

In 1925 Langdale tied a record by defeating Milltown 125-0. Hamilton had set the record by thrashing Fayette 125-0 in 1915.