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2023 Football Preseason Preview


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2023   Class 4A   Top Ten

Top Ten
1. Cherokee County (12-3) 6. Handley (11-2)
2. Andalusia (14-1) 7. Oneonta (11-2)
3. Jackson (8-3) 8. Deshler (12-1)
4. Catholic Montgomery (13-1) 9. T.R. Miller (10-2)
5. Jacksonville (8-4) 10. B.T. Washington (6-6)
    

 
 2023 Predictions 
 
      It was a difficult job narrowing the long list of excellent teams to just ten in 4A. There are a lot of teams deserving to be in the top ten that were left off the list. Anniston lost a lot to graduation and will have a new head coach in 2023. American Christian, Dora, Etowah, West Morgan, Randolph, Orange Beach and Bibb County are all deserving consideration this season.     

       Cherokee County returns RB Jacob Cornejo to lead the offense. The Warriors lost a few skilled players to graduation but word is they are filling those spots nicely this off season. A tough early season schedule with games against 5A Alexandria and Piedmont will test the Warriors.

      Andalusia returns QB Jack Lathrop and RB JMarion Burnette to the offense which should be very good this year. If the Bulldogs can find replacements on the defensive side of the football they will be back in the championship hunt.


      Catholic Montgomery returns one of the top QBs in the state in Caleb McCreary who totaled over 3,600 yards of offense last year.

      Jacksonville could well be the Cinderella squad this year as Jim Ogle will return to lead the Golden Eagles at quarterback. Last season, Ogle earned Class 4A All-State honors after throwing for 2,523 yards and 28 touchdowns along with rushing for 252 yards and two TDs.

      B.T. Washington is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. QB Elijah Hall will be returning after completing 110 of 192 passes for 1,767 yards last season along with 22 touchdowns. Hall also rushed for another 1,839 yards and 17 TDs in 2022. The Golden Eagles have not been accustomed to winning consistently but this could very well be their best team ever.

      Dora returns players at most of the skilled positions and will be a team in the hunt later in the season.

      Orange Beach just has a very difficult schedule to maneuver in 2023. They could start the season 1-3 and still be a very good team. Lastly, Westminster Christian returns their record setting QB Brandon Musch. Watch out for the Wildcats in 2023.

      T.R. Miller, Oneonta and Handley will have a say in the playoffs just as they have for the past few seasons.
     

 
Playoff Teams
Region 1Region 2
Jackson Andalusia
T.R. Miller Catholic Montgomery
Orange Beach B.T. Washington
St. Michael Montgomery Academy
    

Region 3 Region 4
American Christian Handley
Bibb County Jacksonville
West Blocton Anniston
Montevallo Munford
   

Region 5 Region 6
Dora Cherokee County
Northside Oneonta
Haleyville Etowah
Cordova Good Hope
   

Region 7 Region 8
Deshler Westminster Christian
West Morgan Priceville
Rogers Randolph
Brooks Madison County
   



 Most Difficult Schedules 2023
 
   The most difficult schedule in 4A belongs to Montgomery Academy. The Eagles play in a very tough region with the likes of Andalusia, Catholic and B.T. Washington. They also have St. James, Trinity and Alabama Christian on their schedule.

    The most difficult non-region schedule goes to Anniston who  play Walter Wellborn, Andalusia and Piedmont during the season.

Toughest Overall
Montgomery Academy 77 43
Dale County 73 44
B.T. Washington 69 47
East Lawrence 65 44
Hamilton 64 44
Geneva 68 47
Andalusia 64 47
North Jackson 67 48
Brooks 65 48
Cleburne County 66 47
Toughest Non-Region
Anniston 32 9
Montgomery Academy 30 9
Andalusia 26 8
Haleyville 26 8
Bibb County 29 9
American Christian 27 9
Randolph 26 9
North Jackson 27 11
Hamilton 23 10
St. Michael 23 11


 
 Most Victories 2010-2022
 
   This is somewhat of a surprise. I doubt many fans would have guessed Jackson as the winningest team in 4A over the past thirteen seasons. But here are the Aggies leading the way with 123 wins and a state championship in 2011.

Titles
  Jackson     123-39     75.9%   1
  Andalusia     122-41     74.8%   1
  T.R. Miller     116-41     73.9%  
  American Christian     118-42     73.8%  
  Bibb County     115-41     73.7%  
  Oneonta     117-49     70.5%   1
  Etowah     107-45     70.4%  
  Brooks     102-46     68.9%  
  Handley     107-50     68.2%   3
  Deshler     106-56     65.4%  
  Montgomery Academy     99-54     64.7%  
  Northside     93-51     64.6%  
  Bayside Academy     97-57     63.0%  
  Jacksonville     93-55     62.8%  
  Catholic Montgomery     93-57     62.0%  



 
 Last 25 seasons (1998-2022) 
 
    While T.R. Miller still sits atop the list of best teams over the past 25 seasons they have not won more than ten games in any season since 2013. On the other hand they have been the most consistent winner in 4A the entire 25 years having suffered through only one losing season in 2007.

    The 233 wins by American Christian is the second most wins among teams that have not won a state championship the past twenty five seasons.

Titles
  T.R. Miller 244-72 77% 2
  American Christian 233-75 76%
  Deshler 239-89 73% 2
  Brooks 207-83 71%
  Oneonta 212-97 69% 2
  North Jackson 194-96 67%
  Etowah 191-94 67% 1
  Montgomery Academy 193-101 66%
  Handley 190-104 65% 3
  Orange Beach 20-11 64%
  Andalusia 186-109 63% 1
  Bibb County 182-105 63%
  Jackson 182-111 62% 1
  Hamilton 175-112 61%
  Geneva 158-111 59%
  Cherokee County 167-120 58% 1
  Bayside Academy 137-105 57%





David Parker
  AHSFHS.org
  dparker@ahsfhs.org





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