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Phillips Bears

Head Coach: Steven Spiller (fourth season)
Stadium: James E. Glass Stadium
Career Record: 12 seasons, (73-56)
At Phillips Bear Creek: 3 seasons, (21-13)
2016 Enrollment:  112
Rank:  361st in the AHSAA, 37th in Class 1A

Overall Record:   224-488-22   (32.0%)
Last 25 years:   93-166   (36.0%)  (Rank: 307th in the AHSAA, 48th in Class 1A)
Since 2010:   33-32  (51.0%)  (Rank: 178th in the AHSAA, 18th in Class 1A)
Last Playoff Appearance:   2015
Last Region Championship:   1999
Last Winning Season:   2015
Last Losing Season:   2013

Class:  1A              Region:   8
Record:  6-5
Region Record:   4-2, (third)
Playoff Record:   First round loss to South Lamar by a score of 54-42.
Final ASWA Poll:   Not Ranked
Scoring:  364 (33.1)
Defense:  323 (29.4)

Class: 1A              Region:   8
Strength of Schedule: 44-60 (42%) (336th in the AHSAA, 29th in Class 1A)
Region Strength:  22-40 (36%)
Non-Region Strength:  22-20 (52%)

 2015 Results 
 8/21  @ Meek  (1A)   0-28   L  
 8/28  @ Tharptown  (2A)   54-10   W  
 9/4  vs. R.A. Hubbard  (1A)  *  34-6   W  
 9/11  @ Hackleburg  (1A)  *  6-29   L  
 9/18  vs. Cherokee  (2A)   20-55   L  
 9/25  @ Phil Campbell  (2A)   62-45   W  
 10/2  vs. Shoals Christian  (1A)  *  46-24   W  
 10/9  @ Waterloo  (1A)  *  56-20   W  
 10/16  vs. Vina  (1A)  *  20-8   W  
 10/23  @ Decatur Heritage Christian  (1A)  *  24-44   L  
 10/30   OPEN 
 11/5  @ South Lamar    42-54   L  

 2016 Schedule 
 8/19  vs. Meek  (1A)       
 8/26  @ Central Florence  (4A)       
 9/2  @ Cherokee  (1A)  *      
 9/9  @ Vina  (1A)  *      
 9/16  vs. Shoals Christian  (1A)  *      
 9/23  @ Phil Campbell  (2A)       
 9/30  @ Hackleburg  (1A)  *      
 10/7  vs. Tharptown  (1A)  *      
 10/14  vs. Waterloo  (1A)  *      
 10/21   OPEN 
 10/28  vs. Hubbertville  (1A)       
 11/4  @ Decatur Heritage Christian        

Class  1A Region  8
Team 2015 Record Scoring                            
Cherokee (2A) 4-5221-158
Hackleburg (1A) 10-2433-157
Phillips Bear Creek (1A) 6-5364-323
Shoals Christian (1A) 2-8168-360
Tharptown (2A) 0-1055-451
Vina (1A) 5-6240-221
Waterloo (1A) 1-9106-438

 2016 Preview 

       Phillips completed the 2015 season with a 6-5 record. With their 4-2 region record and a third place finish in Class 1A region eight, the Bears earned a spot in the playoffs in 2015. Phillips's season came to an end in the first round of the playoffs when they fell to South Lamar by a score of 54-42.

       Since 2010, Phillips has gone a combined 33-32. Their 51.0% winning percentage ranks 18th in Class 1A over the past six seasons.

       Over the past 25 seasons, Phillips has managed to compile a record of 93-166. Their 36.0% winning percentage ranks 48th in Class 1A and 307th in the AHSAA.

       The Bears are led by head coach Steven Spiller who is entering his fourth season at the helm. He has compiled a record of 21-13 over the past three seasons at Phillips. Under his direction the Bears have qualified for the playoffs a total of three times. They have not won a region crown with Coach Spiller.

       Coach Spiller's overall record as a head football coach in twelve season stands at 73-56 (56.6%). Over the course of his career, Coach Spiller's teams have qualified for the playoffs a total of seven times .

       The Phillips Bears will play in Class 1A region eight during the 2016 season.

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

       The Bears open the 2016 season at home against non-region opponent Meek on Friday, August 19 at James E. Glass Stadium. Last year the Meek Tigers finished with an overall record of 7-4 and in fourth place in Class 1A region six. The Tigers lost in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs to Decatur Heritage Christian by a score of 29-28.

       Phillips and Meek have met a total of 20 times on the football field. The Bears have a 10-10-0 record against the Tigers. They last met in 2015 with Meek winning by a score of 28-0.


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