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Fort Dale Academy Eagles

Head Coach: James Sampley (eighteenth season)
Stadium: Fort Dale Stadium
Career Record: 22 seasons, (166-89)
At Fort Dale Academy: 17 seasons, (125-71)

Overall Record:   293-207-1   (59.0%)
Last 25 years:   183-103   (64.0%)  (Rank: 6 in the AISA)
Since 2010:   38-30  (56.0%)  (Rank: 13 in the AISA)
Last Playoff Appearance:   2015
Last Region Championship:   2009
Last Winning Season:   2015
Last Losing Season:   2014

Class:  AAA              Region:   1
Record:  6-5
Region Record:   3-3, (fourth)
Playoff Record:   First round loss to Bessemer Academy by a score of 47-0.
Final ASWA Poll:   Not Ranked
Scoring:  211 (19.2)
Defense:  276 (25.1)

Class: AAA              Region:   2
Strength of Schedule: 56-52 (52%) (18th in the AISA, 12th in Class AAA)
Region Strength:  29-26 (53%)
Non-Region Strength:  27-26 (51%)

 2015 Results 
 8/21   OPEN 
 8/28  @ Evangel Christian Academy  (AA)   35-6   W  
 9/4  @ Autauga Academy  (AAA)  *  14-29   L  
 9/11  vs. Escambia Academy  (AAA)  *  7-34   L  
 9/18  vs. Wilcox Academy  (AA)   35-26   W  
 9/25  @ Sparta Academy  (A)   40-22   W  
 10/2  @ Hooper Academy  (AAA)  *  14-0   W  
 10/9  vs. Monroe Academy  (AAA)  *  3-34   L  
 10/16  @ Morgan Academy  (AAA)  *  28-20   W  
 10/23  vs. Pike Liberal Arts  (AAA)  *  21-0   W  
 10/30  vs. Edgewood Academy  (AA)   14-58   L  
 11/6  @ Bessemer Academy    0-47   L  

 2016 Schedule 
 8/19   OPEN 
 8/26  @ Evangel Christian Academy  (AA)       
 9/2  @ Wilcox Academy  (A)       
 9/9  vs. Pike Liberal Arts  (AAA)  *      
 9/16  vs. Northside Methodist Academy  (AAA)  *      
 9/23  vs. Sparta Academy  (A)       
 9/30  @ Lee-Scott Academy  (AAA)       
 10/7  @ Morgan Academy  (AAA)  *      
 10/14  vs. Monroe Academy  (AAA)  *      
 10/21  @ Hooper Academy  (AAA)  *      
 10/28  @ Lakeside  (AA)       
 11/4  @ Glenwood School        

Class  AAA Region  2
Team 2015 Record Scoring                            
Fort Dale Academy (AISA-AAA) 6-5211-276
Hooper Academy (AISA-AAA) 1-954-302
Monroe Academy (AISA-AAA) 13-1533-138
Morgan Academy (AISA-AAA) 4-6236-329
Northside Methodist Academy (AISA-AA) 7-4332-316
Pike Liberal Arts (AISA-AAA) 4-6243-279

 2016 Preview 

       Fort Dale Academy completed the 2015 season with a 6-5 record. With their 3-3 region record and a fourth place finish in Class AAA region one, the Eagles earned a spot in the playoffs in 2015. Fort Dale Academy's season came to an end in the first round of the playoffs when they fell to Bessemer Academy by a score of 47-0.

       Since 2010, Fort Dale Academy has gone a combined 38-30. Their 56.0% winning percentage ranks 6th in Class AAA over the past six seasons.

       Over the past 25 seasons, Fort Dale Academy has managed to compile a record of 183-103. Their 64.0% winning percentage ranks 3rd in Class AAA and 6th in the AISA. The Eagles have been successful on the football field with twenty-one winning seasons during this time.

       The Eagles are led by head coach James Sampley who is entering his eighteenth season at the helm. He has compiled a record of 125-71 over the past seventeen seasons at Fort Dale Academy. Under his direction the Eagles have qualified for the playoffs a total of fifteen times. They have won two region crowns with Coach Sampley. Coach Sampley led Fort Dale Academy to a state championship in 2010.

       Coach Sampley's overall record as a head football coach in twenty-two season stands at 166-89 (65.1%). His 166 wins rank 4th among active coaches in the AISA. Over the course of his career, Coach Sampley's teams have qualified for the playoffs a total of twenty times and won four region championships. Coach Sampley won a state championship at Lowndes Academy in 1997.

       The Fort Dale Academy Eagles will play in Class AAA region two during the 2016 season. Following realignment, the Eagles remain in AAA but move from region one over to region two.

       The Eagles will be in the mix for one of the last two playoff spots in region two this season.

       The Eagles open the 2016 season on the road against non-region opponent Evangel Christian Academy on Friday, August 26. Last year the Evangel Christian Academy Lions finished with an overall record of 3-7 and in sixth place in Class AA region two. The Lions ended last season on a positive note with a win over South Montgomery Academy by a score of 43-6 after failing to gain a playoff spot.

       Fort Dale Academy and Evangel Christian Academy have met a total of 4 times on the football field. The Eagles have a 4-0-0 record against the Lions. They last met in 2015 with Fort Dale Academy winning by a score of 35-6.


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