We now have 827 teams &  
180,575 games on

Search Site

AHSFHS Article Series

   The best of the best in Alabama High   
  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

2016 Team Previews 

    Share on Facebook        

Ragland Purple Devils

Head Coach: Brian Alred (first season)
Stadium: Joan Ford Stadium
Career Record: 0 seasons, (0-0)
At Ragland: First season
2016 Enrollment:  125
Rank:  353rd in the AHSAA, 29th in Class 1A

Overall Record:   306-340-4   (47.0%)
Last 25 years:   160-109   (60.0%)  (Rank: 90th in the AHSAA, 11th in Class 1A)
Since 2010:   55-17  (76.0%)  (Rank: 32nd in the AHSAA, 5th in Class 1A)
Last Playoff Appearance:   2015
Last Region Championship:   2012
Last Winning Season:   2014
Last Losing Season:   2015

Class:  1A              Region:   5
Record:  3-8
Region Record:   3-3, (fourth)
Playoff Record:   First round loss to Cedar Bluff by a score of 47-26.
Final ASWA Poll:   Not Ranked
Scoring:  211 (19.2)
Defense:  326 (29.6)

Class: 1A              Region:   4
Strength of Schedule: 42-60 (41%) (8th in the AHSAA, 1st in Class 1A)
Region Strength:  34-28 (55%)
Non-Region Strength:  8-32 (20%)

 2015 Results 
 8/21  @ Maplesville  (1A)   7-54   L  
 8/28  @ Gaston  (2A)   0-28   L  
 9/4  vs. Wadley  (1A)  *  7-28   L  
 9/11  @ Winterboro  (1A)  *  20-6   W  
 9/18  vs. Appalachian  (1A)  *  49-7   W  
 9/25  vs. Cedar Bluff  (1A)   26-28   L  
 10/2  vs. Talladega County Central  (1A)  *  14-30   L  
 10/9   OPEN 
 10/16  @ Donoho  (1A)  *  23-13   W  
 10/23  vs. Victory Christian  (1A)  *  20-36   L  
 10/29  @ Ohatchee  (3A)   19-49   L  
 11/5  @ Cedar Bluff    26-47   L  

 2016 Schedule 
 8/19  vs. Ohatchee  (3A)       
 8/26  vs. Ashville  (4A)       
 9/2  vs. Talladega County Central  (1A)  *      
 9/9  vs. Coosa Christian  (1A)       
 9/16  vs. Wadley  (1A)  *      
 9/23  @ Tarrant  (2A)       
 9/30  @ Victory Christian  (1A)  *      
 10/7  @ Winterboro  (1A)  *      
 10/14  vs. Donoho  (1A)  *      
 10/21  @ Appalachian  (1A)  *      
 10/28   OPEN 
 11/4  vs. Notasulga        

Class  1A Region  4
Team 2015 Record Scoring                            
Appalachian (1A) 1-9159-431
Donoho (1A) 3-6208-189
Ragland (1A) 3-8211-326
Talladega County Central (1A) 6-4231-190
Victory Christian (1A) 8-3352-275
Wadley (1A) 10-2472-130
Winterboro (1A) 6-4213-183

 2016 Preview 

       Ragland finished the 2015 season with a disappointing 3-8 record. With their 3-3 region record and a fourth place finish in Class 1A region five, the Purple Devils earned a spot in the playoffs in 2015. Ragland's season came to an end in the first round of the playoffs when they fell to Cedar Bluff by a score of 47-26.

       Ragland took a step backwards last year with their first losing season since 2009. The Purple Devils lost as many games as in any season since 1996. The Purple Devils hope to rebound after a down year. Last season they struggled winning just three games which followed a 11-2 record in 2014.

       Ragland was inconsistent offensively last year and that needs to pick up if the Purple Devils want to be competitive. They only averaged 19.2 points a game.

       As one of the best football programs in the state since 2010, Ragland has gone a combined 55-17. Their 76.0% winning percentage ranks 5th in Class 1A over the past six seasons.

       Over the past 24 seasons, Ragland has managed to compile a record of 160-109. Their 60.0% winning percentage ranks 11th in Class 1A and 90th in the AHSAA.

Michael Hathorn will not return after only one season as the head football coach at Ragland. The St. Clair Board of Education decided not to renew his contract after a 3-8 season.

Brian Alred takes over the football program at Ragland for the 2016 season. He served as the defensive coordinator under head coach Jonathan Nix.

       The Ragland Purple Devils will play in Class 1A region four during the 2016 season. Following realignment, the Purple Devils remain in 1A but move from region five over to region four. The Purple Devils have one of the toughest schedules in Class 1A. Their opponents had a combined record of 42-60 last season. That ranks 1st in Class 1A and 8th in the AHSAA.

       The Purple Devils will be in the mix for one of the last two playoff spots in region four this season. They have qualified for the playoffs every year since 2000 and are hopeful to continue that streak in 2016.

       The Purple Devils open the 2016 season at home against non-region opponent Maplesville on Friday, August 19 at Joan Ford Stadium. Last year the Maplesville Red Devils finished with an overall record of 13-1 and in first place in Class 1A region four. The Red Devils won the Class 1A State Championship last season when they defeated Cedar Bluff by a score of 59-24 in the Super Seven finals in Auburn.

       This will be the second meeting between Ragland and Maplesville on the football field. The Purple Devils have a 0-1-0 record against the Red Devils. They last met in 2015 with Maplesville winning by a score of 54-7.


Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

The first night game played between high school teams in the state occurred on September 23, 1927 when Pike Road and Cloverdale met in the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.