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The Toughest Schedules 

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          Which teams have the toughest road ahead of them this season? Well, as everything else concerning the game of football, it is always debatable depending on which fan you ask.

          If we simply look into the numbers it can become a little clearer. The team whose opponents have the highest winning percentage from last year would be the best place to begin. But that is not always the case depending on how tough each region is for that team. But, for now, that is where we will look.

          At the top of the list is B.T. Washington. The Golden Eagles' opponents this season finished last year with a combined record of 83-38. Their non-region opponents include 5A state champion Pike Road (14-0), Trinity (9-3) and Tallassee (7-3) finished a combined 30-5. They also compete in a region that includes Montgomery Academy (11-4) and Catholic Montgomery (13-1). Eight of their opponents qualified for the playoffs in 2021.

          The team in second place would be a region foe of B.T. Washington in Dale County. Their 2021 opponents went 71-36 last year. The Bulldogs play Ariton and G.W. Long  in non-region play.

          Other teams with difficult road to travel include: Opelika (76-39), Thompson (81-41), Smiths Station (75-40), and Blount (77-42).

          Teams with tough non-region schedules are led by Thompson. The Warriors start the season against Buford GA (14-1) and Lipscomb Academy TN (13-1) then play a midseason game against defending 6A champion Clay-Chalkville (15-0). All told, the Warriors play non-region games against teams with a 42-2 record this season.

          Other teams with strong non-region schedules are: Thomasville (38-5), Clay Chalkville (36-5), Central Phenix City (19-3), Straughn (23-4) and Ramsay (34-6).

          The last category is the strongest regions. This is accomplished by combining the records of all the teams in each region. The best combined record for any region in any classification belongs to Class 7A region two. Their combined records were 65-38. The teams include; Auburn, Central Phenix City, Dothan High, Enterprise, Jeff Davis, Lee Montgomery, Opelika, Prattville and Smiths Station. The teams finished a combined 31-16 against non-region foes last year. Six of those teams made the playoffs last season.

          Second place belongs to Class 4A region two. Their combined record from last season was 57-38. Against non-region opponents they finished 24-18. Three of the teams in this region reached the semi-finals of the playoffs last year.

David Parker

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