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2015  Questions

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          Each season begins with questions about each football program across the state. That is why we play the games. The 2015 season is not different. We have put together a list of questions that will be answered as the season progresses.

1. Can the numerous coaching changes take their new football programs to the next level?

          Mark Freeman, winner of six state championships in the AISA and AHSAA, moved back north to take over a struggling program at Thompson. The Warriors have not had a winning season since 2006 and have only won eighteen games the last eight years with a record of 18-62 including an 0-10 mark last year. Thompson has not won won more than eight games in a season since 1988. The question is not if Coach Freeman will turn around the Warriors but just how soon it will happen.

          Stacy Luker, after taking a year off, takes over the head coaching duties at Demopolis. Can he get the Tigers back to the Super Seven?

          Can Tom Causey get Pelham past the first round of the playoffs? The Panthers have advanced to the second round only once since 1999.

2. Can Park Crossing and Helena continue their early success?

          Park Crossing finished the 2014 season with a 7-3 record just missing the playoffs. Head coach Smitty Grider will not doubt be shooting for a playoff spot this year.

          Helena, under the direction of Coach Watt Parker, went 5-6 last year losing in the first round of the playoffs. Look for continued success from the program this season.

3. Can Hoover continue their dominance of the highest classification?
          The Bucs have participated in 14 of the last 15 state championship games winning nine of them. Moving to Class 7A changed nothing and likely will not in the near future. The only question seems to how long will the dominance continue?

4. Can Luverne continue their string of consecutive Playoff appearances?

          In 1981 Ronald Reagan was president and the Luverne Tigers had never qualified for the state playoffs. After reaching the playoffs in 1981, they missed out in 1982. Since that season the Tigers have advanced to the post season thirty-two consecutive times winning a couple of state champions along the way in 1991 and 1997. Scott Rials takes over the program as the sixth different head coach during the streak this fall.

5. Will T.R. Miller's consecutive scoring streak ever end?

          In this age of prolific offenses it seems the scoring streaks by many teams may continue forever. The Tigers have scored in an amazing 354 straight games dating back to the 1987 season. Ten of the top fifteen longest streaks are current.

6. Can Madison Academy pull off the four-peat?

          The Mustangs have won the past three Class 3A state championships and seem poised to join a small group with their fourth consecutive title. Only Hoover (2002-05) with four straight and Hazlewood (1998-2002) with five consecutive championships have won more than three in a row. In the AISA, Edgewood Academy has won five consecutive championships and will be working on number six this season.

7. Can Clay-Chalkville continue their scoring streak?

          The Cougars have scored at least 20 points in 62 consecutive games. The mark is a state record and the only question is whether they will extend the streak further. They have also scored 30 or more points in 20 consecutive games, tow short of the record set by Sweet Water between 2007-2008. Edgewood Academy has scored an amazing 40 or more points in 14 straight contests entering the 2015 season.

8. Can Talladega finally win?

         The Tigers have suffered through 19 consecutive losing seasons dating back to a 6-5 record in 1994. During that span the Tigers have gone 32-163. The streak is now the longest in the state after Lyman Ward with a string of 24 losing seasons in a row will be playing 8-man football this year.

David Parker

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Hazlewood won an amazing seventeen consecutive region championships from 1986-2002.