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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 2016 season is no 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?

          Can Keith Etheredge do for Pell City what he did for Leeds? In the last 24 seasons Pell City has won three playoff games. Coach Etheredge won five last year with the Green Wave and 33 in the last ten seasons.

          Can Andrew Thomas replace Jamie Riggs at T.R. Miller with the same success the Tigers enjoyed under Riggs' direction the past 27 years?

2. Can Asbury and Mae Jemison find success as new football programs in the AHSAA?

          While Asbury has been around for a while and recently decided to add a football program, Mae Jemison is made up of former Butler and J.O. Johnson students. While Mae Jemison may win some games and be competitive, Asbury will find the going tougher this year.

3. Can Hoover find their way back to the Super Seven in the highest classification?
          The Bucs participated in 14 of 15 state championship games winning nine of them before falling to Spain Park in the semi-finals last season. The three losses last year were the most on the football field since the 1999 season.

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-three consecutive times winning a couple of state champions along the way in 1991 and 1997.

5. Can Talladega finally win?

         The Tigers have suffered through 20 consecutive losing seasons dating back to a 6-5 record in 1994. During that span the Tigers have gone 34-170. The streak is now the second longest in the state behind Vina with a string of 25 losing seasons in a row.
6. Is this the year Edgewood Academy finally loses a game?  

         The Wildcats will be without coach Bobby Carr and only time will tell if it is business as usual at Edgewood. Since nothing lasts forever, it is a good bet to believe the Wildcats will lose again some Friday night.
7. Can somebody play defense and slow down the Clay-Chalkville offense?  

         The Cougars have scored at least 20 points in 77 consecutive games. Ironically, the streak began on 9/10/2010 with a loss to Oxford 29-17. The last time the Cougars did not score at least 20 points was 9/3/2010 in a win over Hewitt-Trussville by a score of 7-6. Clay-Chalkville has averaged scoring 42 points a game during the streak.
8. Can St. Paul's, Leeds or Maplesville pull of the magical three-peat?  

         These three teams will have their focus on winning a third state championship in a row. Spanish Fort and Madison Academy will take a shot at their fourth championship in the last five years.

David Parker

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Foley outscored their opponents 433-6 in 1961. The Lions were named state champions by the Alabama Sports Writers Association that season.