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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.

          How would you like to be a first year head football coach of a team that finished 0-10 last season and find out you have the most difficult schedule of any team in the state this season? Well that is exactly the scenario facing Chris Smelley at Sylacauga. The Aggies face eight team which made the playoffs in 2022. Their combined opponent's record is 82-35 while their non-region opponents finished 45-15. They did swap out Benjamin Russell for Wenonah but it was not enough to help much. They also play Moody (10-2), Trinity (9-3), Leeds (11-1) and Piedmont (12-3). We wish you the best Coach Smelley.

          It is a big drop off from the 70% winning percentage of Sylacauga's opponents to the second place team Montgomery Academy. Their opponents won at a 64% clip last season with a record of 77-43. It does not help that they play in a region with the likes of Andalusia and Catholic Montgomery. Their non-region games include contests with state champion St. James (13-2), Trinity (9-3) and Alabama Christian (8-4).

          The toughest non-region schedule belongs to Providence Christian. Their two opponents Highland Home (12-2) and Elba (11-1) finished last year 23-3. Opelika and Auburn are up next for the most difficult non-region schedules with their opponents sporting identical 24-4 records last year. The Auburn Tigers will face Hoover (11-2) to open the season and state champions Ramsay (13-2) midseason. Opelika takes on Thompson (11-3) to open the season and travels to Theodore (13-1)  for a  midseason matchup.

          The easiest non-region schedules in the state belongs to Wenonah, Sumiton Christian and Phillips. Their two opponents, Sylacauga (0-10) and Midfield (2-6) finished last season 2-16. Sumiton Christian and Phillips Bear Creek will face out of region opponents who went 2-18 in 2022.

          The easiest overall schedule belongs to Chickasaw. Their opponents went 29-65 last year. The second easiest schedule will certainly benefit Moody who will face off against in-state teams that finished the 2022 football season with a record of 30-63.

    All Games Non-Region
Sylacauga 5A 82-35 70% 45-15 75%
Montgomery Academy 4A 77-43 64% 30-9 77%
Columbia 6A 69-40 63% 25-25 50%
Scottsboro 5A 64-37 63% 30-15 67%
Smiths Station 7A 72-43 63% 19-5 79%
Plainview 3A 75-45 62% 30-7 81%
Dale County 4A 73-44 62% 23-12 66%
Alabama Christian 3A 71-44 62% 35-14 71%
Baker 7A 71-44 62% 40-12 77%
Clarke County 2A 70-45 61% 49-14 78%
Cleburne County 4A 62-40 61% 24-10 71%
North Sand Mountain 2A 62-40 61% 16-6 73%
Hoover 7A 73-47 61% 34-8 81%
Jackson-Olin 6A 71-45 61% 31-15 67%
Opelika 7A 73-46 61% 24-4 86%

Non-Region Games Only
Providence Christian 3A 23-3 88%
Opelika 7A 24-4 86%
Auburn 7A 24-4 86%
St. Paul's 6A 23-4 85%
Murphy 6A 11-2 85%
Pickens County 1A 22-4 85%
Saraland 6A 20-4 83%
Sylvania 3A 33-7 82%
Plainview 3A 30-7 81%
Hoover 7A 34-8 81%
Geraldine 3A 31-8 80%
Smiths Station 7A 19-5 79%
Austin 7A 30-8 79%
Hueytown 6A 30-8 79%
Clarke County 2A 49-14 78%
James Clemens 7A 32-9 78%
Anniston 4A 32-9 78%
Bob Jones 7A 28-8 78%

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