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Murphy Panthers

Head Coach: Rick Cauley (third season)
Stadium: Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Career Record: 2 seasons, (14-8)
At Murphy: 2 seasons, (14-8)
2016 Enrollment:  1,573
Rank:  7th in the AHSAA, 7th in Class 7A

Overall Record:   554-343-27   (62.0%)
Last 25 years:   167-110   (60.0%)  (Rank: 89th in the AHSAA, 12th in Class 7A)
Since 2010:   40-26  (61.0%)  (Rank: 118th in the AHSAA, 13th in Class 7A)
Last Playoff Appearance:   2015
Last Region Championship:   2008
Last Winning Season:   2015
Last Losing Season:   2003

Class:  7A              Region:   1
Record:  7-4
Region Record:   7-1, (second)
Playoff Record:   First round loss to Lee Montgomery by a score of 37-21.
Final ASWA Poll:   8th
Scoring:  336 (30.5)
Defense:  233 (21.2)

College Signees lost to Graduation
      Eric Archie,   OL  [Army]
      Myron Collins,   DB  [West Alabama]
      Keller Farni,   K  [South Alabama]
      Jaylen Sutton,   WR  [Arkansas Tech]

Class: 7A              Region:   1
Strength of Schedule: 59-49 (55%) (92nd in the AHSAA, 15th in Class 7A)
Region Strength:  44-42 (51%)
Non-Region Strength:  15-7 (68%)

D1 Prospects
      Kendric Haynes,  6-1,  224,  OLB
      Neil Farrell,  6-4,  295,  DT
      Nicholas Sims,  5-9,  184,  RB

 2015 Results 
 8/20   OPEN 
 8/28  @ Baker  (7A)  *  28-20   W  
 9/4  vs. Mary Montgomery  (7A)  *  37-9   W  
 9/11  vs. Vigor  (5A)   14-20   L (OT) 
 9/18  vs. Theodore  (7A)  *  32-31   W  
 9/25  vs. Daphne  (6A)   27-28   L  
 10/2  @ Davidson  (7A)  *  27-17   W  
 10/8  vs. Foley  (7A)  *  37-17   W  
 10/16  @ McGill-Toolen  (7A)  *  28-35   L  
 10/22  vs. Fairhope  (7A)  *  37-13   W  
 10/30  @ Alma Bryant  (7A)  *  48-6   W  
 11/6  vs. Lee Montgomery    21-37   L  

 2016 Schedule 
 8/18   OPEN 
 8/26  @ Alma Bryant  (7A)  *      
 9/2  vs. McGill-Toolen  (7A)  *      
 9/9  @ Mary Montgomery  (7A)  *      
 9/16  @ Baker  (7A)  *      
 9/23  @ Saraland  (6A)       
 9/29  vs. Foley  (7A)  *      
 10/7  vs. Theodore  (7A)  *      
 10/14  @ Fairhope  (7A)  *      
 10/21  vs. Davidson  (7A)  *      
 10/27  vs. Vigor  (5A)       
 11/4  @ Central Phenix City        

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 

       Murphy completed the 2015 season with a 7-4 record. With their 7-1 region record and a second place finish in Class 7A region one, the Panthers earned a spot in the playoffs in 2015. Murphy's season came to an end in the first round of the playoffs when they fell to Lee Montgomery by a score of 37-21.

       The Panthers had some tough luck last season as three of their four losses were by less than eight points.

       Since 2010, Murphy has gone a combined 40-26. Their 61.0% winning percentage ranks 13th in Class 7A over the past six seasons.

       Over the past 25 seasons, Murphy has managed to compile a record of 167-110. Their 60.0% winning percentage ranks 12th in Class 7A and 89th in the AHSAA. Their last losing season was 2003.

       The Panthers are led by head coach Rick Cauley who is entering his third season at the helm. He has compiled a record of 14-8 over the past two seasons at Murphy. Under his direction the Panthers have qualified for the playoffs a total of two times. They have not won a region crown with Coach Cauley.

       Coach Cauley's overall record as a head football coach in two season stands at 14-8 (63.6%).

       The Murphy Panthers will play in Class 7A region one during the 2016 season.

       The Panthers should be considered one of the favorites for the region one championship this season and a home game in the first round of the playoffs.

      The defense will be led by senior linebacker Kendric Haynes who registered 8 sacks last season.

      Running back Nichols Sims returns for his senior season after rushing for 737 yards and 7 touchdowns as a junior last year.

       The Panthers open the 2016 season on the road against region opponent Alma Bryant on Friday, August 26 at Hurricane Stadium. Last year the Alma Bryant Hurricanes finished with an overall record of 0-10 and in ninth place in Class 7A region one. The Hurricanes closed out the regular season with a loss to Murphy by a score of 48-6.

       Murphy and Alma Bryant have met a total of 22 times on the football field. The Panthers have a 17-5-0 record against the Hurricanes. They last met in 2015 with Murphy winning by a score of 48-6.

       Murphy returns 7A All-State Senior linebacker Kendric Haynes. He was named to the second team last season. The Panthers also return Senior defensive lineman Neil Farrell. He was named to the first team.

       College prospects include: Kendric Haynes (6-1, 224) outside linebacker, Neil Farrell (6-4, 295) defensive tackle, Nicholas Sims (5-9, 184) running back,


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