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2023 Football Preseason Preview

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2023   Class 2A  Top Ten 

1. Fyffe (15-0) 6. Highland Home (12-2)
2. B.B. Comer (12-3) 7. G.W. Long (8-4)
3. Reeltown (10-2) 8. Aliceville (11-2)
4. Tuscaloosa Academy (10-3) 9. Isabella (8-3)
5. Pisgah (11-3) 10. Ariton (10-2)

  2023 Predictions
      It seems every year the Fyffe Red Devils have something to say about any team wishing to compete for a title in 2A. The Red Devils have won five of the last seven state championships as a 2A team. They spent two years in 3A and even won a title there in 2020. We write enough about the Red Devils during the season so it will be brief here. Fyffe is still Fyffe and Coach Benefield is still on the sidelines. They return first team all-state RB Logan Anderson who was injured late last season and enough talent to compete for a seventh championship in 2023.

      B.B. Comer gave Fyffe a run for their money in the title game but came up short. Look for Coach Fossett's gang to be ready to prove they belong in the Super Seven. Kamore Harris, one of the best all around players in any classification will be back playing on both sides of the ball. A tough schedule will get the Tigers ready for a November run.

      Tuscaloosa Academy returns Junior QB Preston Lancaster after completing 165 of 237 passes for 2,327 yards last season along with 24 touchdowns. This could be a great season for a program which was in the AISA just two seasons ago.

      Pisgah returns all but three starters to a team that went 11-3 losing to Fyffe twice last season. Highland Home returns a lot of talent on defense and should be improved over their impressive 2022 showing. QB Bryson Hughes will be returning for G.W. Long after completing 180 of 312 passes for 2,732 yards last season and tossing 16 touchdown passes.

      Look out for these teams as the season progresses. Marion County, Lamar County, Vincent, Coosa Christian and Whitesburg Christian.

      Class 2A has some of the more interesting region competition over the past few seasons. Regions two, three and five are balanced with several in each capable of winning the region crown. One thing about 2A teams is that there are always a few teams that qualify for the post season with losing records. Last year five teams reaching the playoffs lost more games than they won.


Playoff Teams
Region 1Region 2
Clarke County G.W. Long
Chickasaw Ariton
J.U. Blacksher Wicksburg
St. Luke's Geneva County

Region 3 Region 4
Reeltown B.B. Comer
Highland Home Isabella
Luverne Vincent
Lanett Ranburne

Region 5 Region 6
Tuscaloosa Academy Southeastern
Aliceville Cleveland
Lamar County Locust Fork
Winston County West End Walnut Grove

Region 7 Region 8
Fyffe Lexington
Pisgah Hatton
Collinsville Falkville
North Sand Mountain Red Bay

 Most Difficult Schedules 2023
   The Clarke County Bulldogs have the most difficult schedule in 3A. They open the season with Sweet Water then play Leroy, Millry and end with Thomasville. All quality opponents with most in the hunt for a championship in 2023.

    The Bulldogs also have the distinction of having the most difficult non-region schedule.

Toughest Overall
Clarke County 70 45
North Sand Mountain 62 40
Section 68 45
Sand Rock 67 48
Woodland 64 47
Lamar County 64 47
Ider 59 44
LaFayette 55 44
Sulligent 64 50
Lexington 60 49
Toughest Non-Region
Clarke County 49 14
Wicksburg 24 8
North Sand Mountain 16 6
Highland Home 24 11
Sand Rock 21 13
Lexington 29 18
Cleveland 28 17
Fyffe 23 14
Southeastern 20 13
Ariton 21 14

 Most Victories 2010-2022
   Fyffe tops every other school in any classification with 168 victories the past twelve seasons. It is difficult to think they have won over 93% of the games they played and only felt the sting of defeat eleven times. They have won sixty more games than the second place team G.W. Long. The Red Devils also lead the state with six championships during that time.

  Fyffe     168-11     93.9%   6
  G.W. Long     107-41     72.3%    
  Reeltown     111-46     70.7%  
  Lanett     108-45     70.6%   2
  Red Bay     102-44     69.9%  
  Luverne     107-46     69.9%  
  Aliceville     106-50     67.9%  
  Tanner     105-51     67.3%   1
  Isabella     96-50     65.8%  
  Collinsville     94-51     64.8%  
  Tuscaloosa Academy     92-52     63.9%  
  Cleveland     93-57     62.0%  
  Ranburne     88-56     61.1%  
  North Sand Mountain     88-59     59.9%  
  Washington County     86-65     57.0%  
  Highland Home     82-65     55.8%  

 Last 25 seasons (1998-2022) 
    No surprise in 2A as the Fyffe Red Devils have practically owned the classification the past twenty five seasons racking up 284 wins along the way and six state championships. They have won over 87% of the games they have played which is tops in the state for any classification. The Red Devils are also one of only four teams that have not had a losing season since 1998.

  Fyffe 284-41 87% 6
  Aliceville 213-89 70% 2
  Reeltown 212-96 69% 2
  Red Bay 198-88 69%
  Luverne 204-97 68%
  Tanner 192-101 66% 2
  G.W. Long 177-103 63%
  Lanett 176-111 61% 2
  Washington County 176-113 61%
  Sand Rock 154-117 57%
  Highland Home 159-123 56%
  Clarke County 157-121 56% 1
  Isabella 156-121 56%
  Collinsville 150-121 55%
  Ranburne 148-119 55%
  Ariton 149-128 54%

David Parker

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