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Athens Golden Eagles

Head Coach: Cody Gross (third season)
Stadium: Golden Eagle Stadium
Career Record: 6 seasons, (35-35)
At Athens: 2 seasons, (8-13)
2018 Enrollment:  748
Rank:  68th in the AHSAA, 36th in Class 6A

 History 
Overall Record:   555-401-36   (58.0%)
Last 25 years:   163-118   (58.0%)  (Rank: 110th in the AHSAA, 24th in Class 6A)
Since 2010:   34-53  (39.0%)  (Rank: 262nd in the AHSAA, 41st in Class 6A)
Last Playoff Appearance:   2017
Last Region Championship:   2000
Last Winning Season:   2013
Last Losing Season:   2017

 2017 
Class:  6A              Region:   8
Record:  5-6
Region Record:   4-3, (third)
Playoff Record:   First round loss to Clay-Chalkville by a score of 21-0.
Final ASWA Poll:   Not Ranked
Scoring:  228 (20.7)
Defense:  290 (26.4)


 2018 
Class: 6A              Region:   7
Strength of Schedule: 53-45 (54%) (115th in the AHSAA, 30th in Class 6A)
Region Strength:  26-27 (49%)
Non-Region Strength:  27-18 (60%)




 2017 Results 
 8/25   OPEN 
 9/1  @ Sparkman  (7A)   11-48   L  
 9/8  vs. Hartselle  (6A)  *  7-35   L  
 9/15  @ Muscle Shoals  (6A)  *  14-35   L  
 9/22  vs. Florence  (6A)  *  28-24   W  
 9/29  @ East Limestone  (5A)   27-9   W  
 10/6  @ Decatur  (6A)  *  27-14   W  
 10/13  vs. Columbia  (6A)  *  42-0   W  
 10/20  vs. Hazel Green  (6A)  *  29-12   W  
 10/27  @ Austin  (6A)  *  28-69   L  
 11/3  vs. Huntsville  (7A)   15-23   L  
 Playoffs 
 11/10  @ Clay-Chalkville    0-21   L  


 2018 Schedule 
 8/24   OPEN 
 8/31  @ Gardendale  (6A)       
 9/7  @ Hartselle  (6A)  *      
 9/14  vs. Decatur  (6A)  *      
 9/21  @ Hazel Green  (6A)       
 9/28  vs. East Limestone  (5A)       
 10/5  @ Cullman  (6A)  *      
 10/12  vs. Columbia  (6A)  *      
 10/19  vs. Muscle Shoals  (6A)  *      
 10/26  @ Lee Huntsville  (6A)       
 11/1  vs. Austin  (7A)       
 11/9  @ Homewood        



Class  6A Region  7
Team 2017 Record Scoring                            
Athens (6A) 5-6228-290
Columbia (6A) 0-1033-492
Cullman (6A) 7-4270-235
Decatur (6A) 4-6234-270
Hartselle (6A) 6-4266-154
Muscle Shoals (6A) 9-3332-250


 2018 Preview 


       Athens completed the 2017 season with a 5-6 record. With their 4-3 region record and a third place finish in Class 6A region eight, the Golden Eagles earned a spot in the playoffs in 2017. Athens's season came to an end in the first round of the playoffs when they fell to Clay-Chalkville by a score of 21-0.

       It marked the first time since the 2013 season that the Golden Eagles qualified for the playoffs.

       Since 2010, Athens has gone a combined 34-53. Their 39.0% winning percentage ranks 41st in Class 6A over the past eight seasons.

       Over the past 25 seasons, Athens has managed to compile a record of 163-118. Their 58.0% winning percentage ranks 24th in Class 6A and 110th in the AHSAA.




       The Golden Eagles are led by head coach Cody Gross who is entering his third season at the helm. He has compiled a record of 8-13 over the past two seasons at Athens. Under his direction the Golden Eagles have qualified for the playoffs once. They have not won a region crown with Coach Gross.

       Coach Gross' overall record as a head football coach in six season stands at 35-35 (50.0%). Over the course of his career, Coach Gross' teams have qualified for the playoffs a total of four times and won one region championship.

       The Athens Golden Eagles will play in Class 6A region seven during the 2018 season. Following realignment, the Golden Eagles remain in 6A but move from region eight over to region seven.

       The Golden Eagles will be in the mix for one of the last two playoff spots in region seven this season.

       The Golden Eagles open the 2018 season on the road against non-region opponent Gardxendale on Friday, August 31.

       This will be the first meeting between Athens and Gardxendale on the football field.

       Athens returns 6A All-State  offensive lineman Kannon Biggs. He was named to the honorable mention team last season.

  


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