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Athens Golden Eagles

Head Coach: Cody Gross (second season)
Stadium: Golden Eagle Stadium
Career Record: 5 seasons, (30-29)
At Athens: one season, (3-7)
2017 Enrollment:  861
Rank:  51st in the AHSAA, 19th in Class 6A

 History 
Overall Record:   550-395-36   (58.0%)
Last 25 years:   177-117   (60.0%)  (Rank: 87th in the AHSAA, 18th in Class 6A)
Since 2010:   29-47  (38.0%)  (Rank: 259th in the AHSAA, 43rd in Class 6A)
Last Playoff Appearance:   2013
Last Region Championship:   2000
Last Winning Season:   2013
Last Losing Season:   2016

 2016 
Class:  6A              Region:   8
Record:  3-7
Region Record:   1-6, (seventh)
Playoff Record:   Did not qualify.
Final ASWA Poll:   Not Ranked
Scoring:  206 (20.6)
Defense:  223 (22.3)

College Signees lost to Graduation
      Jerry Foster,   DE  [North Alabama]

 2017 
Class: 6A              Region:   8
Strength of Schedule: 53-58 (48%) (239th in the AHSAA, 43rd in Class 6A)
Region Strength:  44-37 (54%)
Non-Region Strength:  9-21 (30%)

D1 Prospects
      John Bachus,  ,  0,  QB



 2016 Results 
 8/19   OPEN 
 8/26  vs. Sparkman  (7A)   19-35   L  
 9/2  @ Hartselle  (6A)  *  7-41   L  
 9/9  vs. Muscle Shoals  (6A)  *  21-31   L  
 9/16  @ Florence  (6A)  *  28-31   L  
 9/23  vs. East Limestone  (5A)   31-7   W  
 9/30  vs. Decatur  (6A)  *  28-31   L  
 10/7  @ Columbia  (6A)  *  17-0   W  
 10/14  @ Hazel Green  (6A)  *  7-20   L  
 10/21  vs. Austin  (6A)  *  13-20   L  
 10/27  @ Huntsville  (7A)   35-7   W  


 2017 Schedule 
 8/25   OPEN 
 9/1  @ Sparkman  (7A)       
 9/8  vs. Hartselle  (6A)  *      
 9/15  @ Muscle Shoals  (6A)  *      
 9/22  vs. Florence  (6A)  *      
 9/29  @ East Limestone  (5A)       
 10/6  @ Decatur  (6A)  *      
 10/13  vs. Columbia  (6A)  *      
 10/20  vs. Hazel Green  (6A)  *      
 10/27  @ Austin  (6A)  *      
 11/3  vs. Huntsville  (7A)       
 11/10  @ Clay-Chalkville        



Class  6A Region  8
Team 2016 Record Scoring                            
Athens (6A) 3-7206-223
Austin (6A) 10-4396-308
Columbia (6A) 0-1093-408
Decatur (6A) 10-2393-269
Florence (6A) 2-8219-271
Hartselle (6A) 9-3370-248
Hazel Green (6A) 6-4255-238
Muscle Shoals (6A) 7-6336-238


 2017 Preview 


       Athens finished the 2016 season with a disappointing 3-7 record. Last year Athens finished seventh in Class 6A region eight with a 1-6 region record and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

       Since 2010, Athens has gone a combined 29-47. Their 38.0% winning percentage ranks 43rd in Class 6A over the past seven seasons.

       Over the past 25 seasons, Athens has managed to compile a record of 177-117. Their 60.0% winning percentage ranks 18th in Class 6A and 87th in the AHSAA.

       The Golden Eagles are led by head coach Cody Gross who is entering his second season at the helm. His team finished with a 3-7 record in his first season at Athens. The Golden Eagles saw improvement from a 2-8 record the season before coach Gross arrived. The Golden Eagles have yet to reach the playoffs under his direction. They have not won a region crown with Coach Gross.

       Coach Gross' overall record as a head football coach in five season stands at 30-29 (50.8%). Over the course of his career, Coach Gross' teams have qualified for the playoffs a total of three times and won one region championship.

       The Athens Golden Eagles will play in Class 6A region eight during the 2017 season.

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

      Logan Smith will be in the lineup when the season opens. Last year Smith completed 131 of 214 passes for 1,502 yards and nine scores. He also rushed for 468 yards on 118 carries.

      Keandre Jones also returns for his senior season after catching 41 passes for 540 yards last year.

      Safety Perry Kirby returns after registering 117 tackles in 2016. He will be aided on defense by linebacker Thomas Carter who collected 108 tackles.

       The Golden Eagles open the 2017 season on the road against non-region opponent Sparkman on Friday, September 1 at Sparkman Field. Last year the Sparkman Senators finished with an overall record of 4-6 and in fifth place in Class 7A region four. The Senators closed out the regular season with a loss to Decatur by a score of 59-41.

       Athens and Sparkman have met a total of 26 times on the football field. The Golden Eagles have a 17-9-0 record against the Senators. They last met in 2016 with Sparkman winning by a score of 35-19.

       College prospects include: John Bachus (, 0) quarterback,

  


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