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Alabama Christian Eagles

Head Coach: Nate Sanford (second season)
Stadium: Eagles Stadium
Career Record: 1 season, (10-3)
At Alabama Christian: one season, (10-3)
2018 Enrollment:  318
Rank:  192nd in the AHSAA, 47th in Class 4A

Overall Record:   187-261-1   (42.0%)
Last 25 years:   107-143   (43.0%)  (Rank: 254th in the AHSAA, 36th in Class 4A)
Since 2010:   31-53  (37.0%)  (Rank: 275th in the AHSAA, 40th in Class 4A)
Last Playoff Appearance:   2017
Last Region Championship:   1992
Last Winning Season:   2017
Last Losing Season:   2016

Class:  4A              Region:   2
Record:  10-3    (Team record for wins in a season)
Region Record:   4-2, (third)
Playoff Record:   Quarter-finals loss to Andalusia by a score of 45-13.
Final ASWA Poll:   Not Ranked
Scoring:  426 (32.8)    (Team record for points scored in a season)
Defense:  283 (21.8)

Class: 4A              Region:   2
Strength of Schedule: 64-48 (57%) (60th in the AHSAA, 12th in Class 4A)
Region Strength:  27-36 (43%)
Non-Region Strength:  37-12 (76%)

 2017 Results 
 8/25  vs. Providence Christian  (3A)   42-12   W  
 9/1  @ Elmore County  (4A)   49-21   W  
 9/8  @ Bullock County  (4A)  *  38-12   W  
 9/15  vs. Dale County  (4A)  *  34-27   W  
 9/22  vs. Trinity  (4A)  *  35-21   W  
 9/29  @ Prattville Christian  (3A)   52-14   W  
 10/6  @ Ashford  (4A)  *  35-10   W  
 10/13  @ St. James  (4A)  *  14-49   L  
 10/20   OPEN 
 10/27  vs. Catholic Montgomery  (4A)  *  8-19   L  
 11/2  vs. Montgomery Academy  (3A)   35-18   W  
 11/10  @ Northside    33-28   W  
 11/17  vs. W.S. Neal    38-7   W  
 11/24  vs. Andalusia    13-45   L  

 2018 Schedule 
 8/24  vs. Saks  (3A)       
 8/31  @ Pike County  (3A)       
 9/7  @ Trinity  (4A)  *      
 9/14  vs. Catholic Montgomery  (4A)  *      
 9/21  @ Dale County  (4A)  *      
 9/28   OPEN 
 10/5  vs. Headland  (4A)  *      
 10/12  @ LaFayette  (2A)       
 10/19  @ B.T. Washington  (4A)  *      
 10/26  vs. Ashford  (4A)  *      
 11/2  vs. Weaver  (3A)       
 11/9  @ Lincoln        
 11/16  vs. Hillcrest Evergreen        

Class  4A Region  2
Team 2017 Record Scoring                            
Alabama Christian (4A) 10-3426-283
Ashford (4A) 1-991-318
B.T. Washington (5A) 4-6204-253
Catholic Montgomery (4A) 10-2336-146
Dale County (4A) 7-4337-245
Headland (5A) 1-9108-349
Trinity (4A) 4-6226-331

 2018 Preview 

       Alabama Christian completed the 2017 season with a 10-3 record. With their 4-2 region record and a third place finish in Class 4A region two, the Eagles earned a spot in the playoffs in 2017. Alabama Christian lost in the quarter-finals of the playoffs last season to a good Andalusia team by a score of 45-13.

       The Eagles improved in 2017 with their first winning season since 2011. No team at Alabama Christian ever won more games in a season than the ten victories last year. The 426 points scored by the Eagles last year were a team record in a single season. The Eagles hope to continue the success they had last season. Coach Sanford saw improvement as they won ten games following a 4-7 record in 2016.

       Since 2010, Alabama Christian has gone a combined 31-53. Their 37.0% winning percentage ranks 40th in Class 4A over the past eight seasons.

       Over the past 25 seasons, Alabama Christian has managed to compile a record of 107-143. Their 43.0% winning percentage ranks 36th in Class 4A and 254th in the AHSAA.

       The Eagles are led by head coach Nate Sanford who is entering his second season at the helm. His team finished with a 10-3 record in his first season at Alabama Christian. The Eagles saw improvement from a 4-7 record the season before coach Sanford arrived. Under his direction the Eagles have qualified for the playoffs once. They have not won a region crown with Coach Sanford.

       Coach Sanford's overall record as a head football coach in one season stands at 10-3 (76.9%).

       The Alabama Christian Eagles will play in Class 4A region two during the 2018 season.

       The Eagles should be considered one of the favorites for the region two championship this season and a home game in the first round of the playoffs.

       The Eagles open the 2018 season at home against non-region opponent Saks on Friday, August 24 at Eagles Stadium. Last year the Saks Wildcats finished with an overall record of 13-1 and in first place in Class 4A region five. The Wildcats lost in the semi-finals round of the Class 4A playoffs to Fayette County by a score of 34-7.

       This will be the second meeting between Alabama Christian and Saks on the football field. The Eagles have a 0-1-0 record against the Wildcats. They last met in with

       Alabama Christian returns 4A All-State  punter Reece Solar. He was named to the first team last season.


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