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Biggest Halfway Surprises

There have been a few surprises halfway through the 2010 seasons. Here is our list of surprising teams in no particular order.

Autaugaville (4-1) -
The Eagles have jumped out to a 4-1 start in 2010 after finishing last season with a 3-7 record. The four wins are the most for them since 2005 when they finished the season with a 10-1 record. 2005 was also their last winning season. The Eagles have a big game on Friday against Pickens County that will go a long way in determining the playoff seeding for region four.

Donoho (4-1) - After winning one game over the span of the last two seasons the Falcons appear to be a changed team in 2010. Donoho has a huge task on Friday when they travel to Appalachian in a region six matchup that could almost lockup a playoff spot for the Falcons. With the easiest portion of their schedule ahead of them they could very well finish with an 8-2 or 9-1 record. 

Escambia County (4-1) - Since 1993 the Blue Devils have enjoyed only two winning seasons in 2007 when they finished 7-4 and 1999 at 6-5. They also have not won a playoff game since 1993. Last season they went 3-7 competing as a 5A team before dropping to 4A in 2010. Coach Mark Heaton has the Blue Devils believing they can be competitive and win. Escambia County still has games against powerhouses Thomasville and Jackson remaining but are in the fight for the final playoff spot in a very strong region one.

Pinson Valley (4-1) - The Indians are coming off a very disappointing 1-9 record last season but look to have turned it around in 2010. Pinson's last winning record was 2004 when they finished 7-4. They still have a tough game against Briarwood Christian next week that could very well determine the region championship.

Samson (4-1) - The Tigers are off to a 4-1 start in 2010. The four wins are the most in a season since 2002 when the Tigers finished 5-5. In the last seven season they won a total of only eleven games. Under first year head coach Don Chesteen the Tigers are on their way to their first playoff appearance since 2001. With the next two games against tough opponents in Red Level and Goshen the Tigers need a couple more wins to lock down a playoff spot.

Selma (4-1) - The Saints are looking for some respect in 2010 after starting the season with a 4-1 record. Selma has not had a winning record since going 7-3 in 1994. They have not won a playoff game since 1984 so the 2010 season has been a surprise to the fans of the Saints. Under first year head coach Leroy Miles the Saints have a tough schedule with Demopolis and Greenville yet to be played. If they manage wins in the next two games against Chilton County and Brookwood they will secure a playoff spot.

Smiths Station (4-1) - The Panthers are off to their best start in years. The last season they won more than six games was 1997 when they finished 9-3. That was also the last year they won a playoff game. The Panthers still have a tough schedule remaining and will need to win a few more region games to qualify for a playoff spot.

Sumiton Christian (4-1) - The Eagles have jumped out to a 4-1 record this season after winning only one game over the span of the last two seasons. With a tough game against powerful Tanner this Friday and upcoming games against Cleveland and Westminster Christian the Eagles will need to win at least one of those games to qualify for the final playoff spot in region seven.

Thorsby (5-0) - The Rebels are in search of their first winning season since going 7-5 in 2003. With a 5-0 record in 2010 they are well on their way to break the string of non-winning seasons at seven. As an added note the Rebels have never won more than seven games in a season. With upcoming games against Central Hayneville and R.C. Hatch the Rebels seem assured of at least matching the seven win mark. This weeks game against American Christian could very well be for the region lead and home field advantage in the playoffs. The Rebels have never started a season 5-0.

West Limestone (5-0) - The Wildcats are off to a perfect 5-0 start for the first time in school history. They have not made the playoffs since 1998 and have not won a playoff games since 1988. They have not won more than five games in a season since the 1988 season. With Deshler and Central Florence remaining on the region schedule the Wildcats will need to win a couple more games to make the playoffs.

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