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Hatton Hornets

Head Coach: Denton Bowling (first season)
Stadium: Hatton Field
Career Record: 0 seasons, (0-0)
At Hatton: First season
2016 Enrollment:  203
Rank:  283rd in the AHSAA, 15th in Class 2A

Overall Record:   307-295-8   (51.0%)
Last 25 years:   130-133   (49.0%)  (Rank: 197th in the AHSAA, 27th in Class 2A)
Since 2010:   24-37  (39.0%)  (Rank: 255th in the AHSAA, 37th in Class 2A)
Last Playoff Appearance:   2015
Last Region Championship:   2000
Last Winning Season:   2014
Last Losing Season:   2015

Class:  2A              Region:   8
Record:  5-6
Region Record:   4-2, (third)
Playoff Record:   First round loss to Falkville by a score of 35-34.
Final ASWA Poll:   Not Ranked
Scoring:  246 (22.4)
Defense:  241 (21.9)

Class: 2A              Region:   8
Strength of Schedule: 48-58 (45%) (278th in the AHSAA, 43rd in Class 2A)
Region Strength:  32-33 (49%)
Non-Region Strength:  16-25 (39%)

 2015 Results 
 8/21   OPEN 
 8/28  vs. R.A. Hubbard  (1A)   47-6   W  
 9/4  vs. Sulligent  (2A)  *  14-37   L  
 9/11  @ Phil Campbell  (2A)  *  27-13   W  
 9/18  vs. Mars Hill  (2A)  *  22-20   W  
 9/25  vs. East Lawrence  (4A)   20-22   L  
 10/2  @ Randolph  (5A)   0-31   L  
 10/9  @ Red Bay  (2A)  *  0-42   L  
 10/16  vs. Tharptown  (2A)  *  68-0   W  
 10/23  @ Cherokee  (2A)  *  7-0   W  
 10/29  @ Wilson  (4A)   7-35   L  
 11/5  @ Falkville    34-35   L (OT) 

 2016 Schedule 
 8/19   OPEN 
 8/26  vs. R.A. Hubbard  (1A)       
 9/2  @ Madison County  (4A)       
 9/9  vs. Red Bay  (2A)  *      
 9/16  @ Lamar County  (2A)  *      
 9/23  vs. Danville  (4A)       
 9/30  vs. Sheffield  (2A)  *      
 10/7  @ Sulligent  (2A)  *      
 10/14  vs. Phil Campbell  (2A)  *      
 10/21  @ Mars Hill  (2A)  *      
 10/28  @ East Lawrence  (3A)       

Class  2A Region  8
Team 2015 Record Scoring                            
Hatton (2A) 5-6246-241
Lamar County (3A) 3-7149-362
Mars Hill (2A) 2-8155-328
Phil Campbell (2A) 4-7260-390
Red Bay (2A) 11-1491-77
Sheffield (3A) 4-6273-370
Sulligent (2A) 8-4413-271

 2016 Preview 

       Hatton completed the 2015 season with a 5-6 record. With their 4-2 region record and a third place finish in Class 2A region eight, the Hornets earned a spot in the playoffs in 2015. Hatton's season came to an end in the first round of the playoffs when they fell to Falkville by a score of 35-34.

       The Hornets last playoff victory came during the 2002 season. They would love to break through this year with a post season win.

       Since 2010, Hatton has gone a combined 24-37. Their 39.0% winning percentage ranks 37th in Class 2A over the past six seasons.

       Over the past 25 seasons, Hatton has managed to compile a record of 130-133. Their 49.0% winning percentage ranks 27th in Class 2A and 197th in the AHSAA.

Bart Stephenson will not return as the head football coach at Hatton next season.

His three teams at Hatton finished with a combined record of 15-17. The last two squads reached the playoffs but lost in the first round each season. They were the first playoff spots for the Hornets in ten years.

Denton Bowling is the new head football coach at Hatton. He is a 2001 graduate of Lawrence County where he served as an assistant for two years before moving to Northridge for six seasons.

       The Hatton Hornets will play in Class 2A region eight during the 2016 season.

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

       The Hornets open the 2016 season at home against non-region opponent R.A. Hubbard on Friday, August 26 at Hatton Field. Last year the R.A. Hubbard Chiefs finished with an overall record of 3-7 and in fifth place in Class 1A region eight. The Chiefs ended last season on a positive note with a win over Brilliant by a score of 33-13 after failing to gain a playoff spot.

       Hatton and R.A. Hubbard have met a total of 30 times on the football field. The Hornets have a 17-13-0 record against the Chiefs. They last met in 2015 with Hatton winning by a score of 47-6.


Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Morris Higginbotham coached three different teams to divisional state championships in the 1950s. He won titles at Walnut Grove in 1952, West Blocton in 1955 and Enterprise in 1960.