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Selma Saints

Head Coach: Keon Handley Sr. (first season)
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Career Record: 0 seasons, (0-0)
At Selma: First season
2016 Enrollment:  671
Rank:  78th in the AHSAA, 46th in Class 6A

Overall Record:   434-493-24   (47.0%)
Last 25 years:   97-150   (39.0%)  (Rank: 287th in the AHSAA, 47th in Class 6A)
Since 2010:   31-31  (50.0%)  (Rank: 182nd in the AHSAA, 34th in Class 6A)
Last Playoff Appearance:   2013
Last Region Championship:   1991
Last Winning Season:   2015
Last Losing Season:   2012

Class:  6A              Region:   4
Record:  5-5
Region Record:   1-5, (sixth)
Playoff Record:   Did not qualify.
Final ASWA Poll:   Not Ranked
Scoring:  171 (17.1)
Defense:  199 (19.9)

College Signees lost to Graduation
      Herschel Brown,   LB  [Benedict (S.C.)]
      Aderick Moore,   LB  [Tennessee Tech]

Class: 6A              Region:   4
Strength of Schedule: 54-55 (50%) (193rd in the AHSAA, 38th in Class 6A)
Region Strength:  42-27 (61%)
Non-Region Strength:  12-28 (30%)

 2015 Results 
 8/21  vs. Southside Selma  (4A)   35-26   W  
 8/29  @ Dallas County  (5A)   13-6   W  
 9/4  vs. Paul Bryant  (6A)  *  21-25   L  
 9/11  @ Hillcrest Tuscaloosa  (6A)  *  0-13   L  
 9/18  vs. McAdory  (6A)  *  7-40   L  
 9/25  @ Keith  (1A)   19-0   W  
 10/2  @ Brookwood  (6A)  *  23-16   W  
 10/9  @ Bessemer City  (6A)  *  0-59   L  
 10/16   OPEN 
 10/23  vs. Northridge  (6A)  *  7-14   L  
 10/30  vs. Ellwood Christian  (1A)   46-0   W  

 2016 Schedule 
 8/19   OPEN 
 8/26  vs. Southside Selma  (3A)       
 9/2  @ Bessemer City  (6A)  *      
 9/9  @ Dallas County  (5A)       
 9/16  @ Paul Bryant  (6A)  *      
 9/23  vs. Sumter Central  (5A)       
 9/30  vs. Northridge  (6A)  *      
 10/7  @ Brookwood  (6A)  *      
 10/14  vs. McAdory  (6A)  *      
 10/21  vs. Hillcrest Tuscaloosa  (6A)  *      
 10/27  vs. Stanhope Elmore  (6A)       

Class  6A Region  4
Team 2015 Record Scoring                            
Bessemer City (6A) 8-5347-221
Brookwood (6A) 1-998-282
Hillcrest Tuscaloosa (6A) 8-4311-254
McAdory (6A) 10-2413-193
Northridge (6A) 9-3320-243
Paul Bryant (6A) 6-4220-201
Selma (6A) 5-5171-199

 2016 Preview 

       Selma completed the 2015 season with a 5-5 record. Last year Selma finished sixth in Class 6A region four with a 1-5 region record and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

       The Saints last playoff victory came during the 1984 season. They would love to break through this year with a post season win.

       Selma was inconsistent offensively last year and that needs to pick up if the Saints want to be competitive. They only averaged 17.1 points a game.

       Since 2010, Selma has gone a combined 31-31. Their 50.0% winning percentage ranks 34th in Class 6A over the past six seasons.

       Over the past 25 seasons, Selma has managed to compile a record of 97-150. Their 39.0% winning percentage ranks 47th in Class 6A and 287th in the AHSAA.

After six seasons at Selma, Leroy Miles has resigned to accept a position with the Alabama Department of Education. His teams at Selma finished a combined 31-31 and 0-2 in the playoffs.

Keon Handley Sr. has been named as the new head football coach at Selma. Handley is a graduate of Fairfield in Birmingham and Miles College.

       The Selma Saints will play in Class 6A region four during the 2016 season.

       It will be an uphill battle for the Saints if they hope to grab one of the four playoff slots in region four this season.

       The Saints open the 2016 season at home against non-region opponent Southside Selma on Friday, August 26 at Memorial Stadium. Last year the Southside Selma Panthers finished with an overall record of 2-8 and in seventh place in Class 4A region one. The Panthers closed out the regular season with a loss to Dallas County by a score of 41-14.

       Selma and Southside Selma have met a total of 37 times on the football field. The Saints have a 31-6-0 record against the Panthers. They last met in 2015 with Selma winning by a score of 35-26.


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Foley outscored their opponents 433-6 in 1961. The Lions were named state champions by the Alabama Sports Writers Association that season.