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Sipsey Valley Bears

Head Coach: Antonio Ford (sixth season)
Career Record: 5 seasons, (17-35)
At Sipsey Valley: 5 seasons, (17-35)
2016 Enrollment:  387
Rank:  153rd in the AHSAA, 3rd in Class 4A

Overall Record:   17-45   (27.0%)
Last 25 years:   17-45   (27.0%)  (Rank: 358th in the AHSAA, 58th in Class 4A)
Since 2010:   17-45  (27.0%)  (Rank: 322nd in the AHSAA, 55th in Class 4A)
Last Playoff Appearance:   2014
Last Region Championship:   Never
Last Winning Season:   2012
Last Losing Season:   2015

Class:  4A              Region:   4
Record:  2-8
Region Record:   1-5, (sixth)
Playoff Record:   Did not qualify.
Final ASWA Poll:   Not Ranked
Scoring:  135 (13.5)
Defense:  243 (24.3)

College Signees lost to Graduation
      Antonio Bostic Jr.,   DB  [Jacksonville St.]

Class: 4A              Region:   4
Strength of Schedule: 68-42 (62%) (26th in the AHSAA, 4th in Class 4A)
Region Strength:  36-37 (49%)
Non-Region Strength:  32-5 (86%)

 2015 Results 
 8/20  @ Brookwood  (6A)   14-21   L  
 8/28  vs. American Christian  (3A)   21-22   L  
 9/4  @ West Blocton  (4A)  *  14-32   L  
 9/11  vs. Bibb County  (4A)  *  0-26   L  
 9/18  @ Montevallo  (4A)  *  0-21   L  
 9/25  vs. Gordo  (3A)   6-52   L  
 10/2  vs. Northside  (4A)  *  0-6   L  
 10/9  @ Oak Grove  (4A)  *  29-35   L  
 10/16  vs. Holt  (4A)  *  30-22   W  
 10/23   OPEN 
 10/30  @ Hale County  (3A)   21-6   W  

 2016 Schedule 
 8/18  @ Winfield  (4A)       
 8/26  @ American Christian  (3A)       
 9/2  vs. West Blocton  (4A)  *      
 9/9  vs. Holt  (4A)  *      
 9/16  vs. Greensboro  (4A)  *      
 9/23  vs. Gordo  (3A)       
 9/30  @ Northside  (4A)  *      
 10/7  vs. Oak Grove  (4A)  *      
 10/14  @ Hale County  (4A)  *      
 10/21  @ Bibb County  (4A)  *      
 10/28   OPEN 

Class  4A Region  4
Team 2015 Record Scoring                            
Bibb County (4A) 7-4298-252
Greensboro (3A) 5-6308-268
Hale County (3A) 5-5240-288
Holt (4A) 2-8212-376
Northside (4A) 7-3250-115
Oak Grove (4A) 5-5215-245
Sipsey Valley (4A) 2-8135-243
West Blocton (4A) 5-6237-329

 2016 Preview 

       Sipsey Valley finished the 2015 season with a disappointing 2-8 record. Last year Sipsey Valley finished sixth in Class 4A region four with a 1-5 region record and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

       The Bears have never won a playoff game in the school's history. They would like to break through and pick up that first post season victory in 2016.

       The offense struggled putting points on the score board as Sipsey Valley averaged scoring just 13.5 points a game.

       Since 2010, the Sipsey Valley football program has struggled with a record of 17-45.

       The Bears are led by head coach Antonio Ford who is entering his sixth season at the helm. He has compiled a record of 17-35 over the past five seasons at Sipsey Valley. Under his direction the Bears have qualified for the playoffs a total of two times. They have not won a region crown with Coach Ford.

       Coach Ford's overall record as a head football coach in five season stands at 17-35 (32.7%).

       The Sipsey Valley Bears will play in Class 4A region four during the 2016 season. The Bears have one of the toughest schedules in Class 4A. Their opponents had a combined record of 68-42 last season. That ranks 4th in Class 4A and 26th in the AHSAA.

       This season, the Bears will be a long shot for one of the four playoff spots in region four.

       The Bears open the 2016 season on the road against non-region opponent Winfield on Thursday, August 18 at Estes Hudson Stadium. Last year the Winfield Pirates finished with an overall record of 10-2 and in first place in Class 3A region five. The Pirates lost in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs to Colbert County by a score of 26-20.

       Sipsey Valley and Winfield have met a total of 2 times on the football field. The Bears have a 0-2-0 record against the Pirates. They last met in with


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