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Friday, August 6, 2010

Ten Storylines for 2010

Football practice started around the state this week with players working out in shorts for the first few day. As with every season there are storylines that must be played out through the season. Here are a few for the upcoming season.

Can Don Chesteen win at Samson? Coach Chesteen was a successful coach at Geneva and Geneva County in the 1970s and 1980s. He is also a member of the Wiregrass Hall of Fame. His father was the head coach at Samson from 1954-57 and at Geneva County from 1960-67. Samson has struggled to win in the past seven season with only eleven wins to their credit. Coach Chesteen hopes to turn things around quickly.

Can some team replace Hoover and Prattville at the top of 6A? In the past decade these two perennial powerhouses have dominated class 6A. Auburn, Gadsden City, Davidson, Bob Jones and others hope this trend is nearing the end of it's run.

Will any of the new schools come out winning? Decatur Heritage Christian, Saraland, Sipsey Valley, Randolph and St. Luke's will hit the football field for the first time in 2010. Can any of these teams duplicate the efforts of Spanish Fort? Starting a new program is always difficult as most of these teams will begin without seniors on the roster.

Coach Waldon Tucker surpasses Glen Daniel. Coach Tucker is set to become the head coach with the most wins in state history. With three more victories Coach Tucker will become the al-time leader in coaching wins this coming season. He enters the 2010 season with 299 wins.

How will Pickens County do in class 1A? After a 12-2 season in 2009 Pickens County moves to 1A and hopes to content for a state title but must get past Sweet Water and Linden just to get to Auburn in December.

Handley moves in with Clay County in class 3A. Handley thought they got a break when they moved from 4A to 3A until they found out they would be in Region 3 with Leeds and Clay County. This could be one of the tougher regions in any classification.

Can Carver Montgomery continue their winning ways in Region 4? Carver joins Prattville in Region 4 after residing in 5A the past two season. They hope to have better success than Benjamin Russell did two seasons ago when they moved from 5A.

Can Colbert County return to winning ways? Jackie Ferguson returns to coaching in Alabama by taking the reins at Colbert County. He won three state titles at Hazlewood in the 1980s including his last two season at the school. Overall his record is 163-53-2 as a head coach over 19 seasons at Hazlewood, Athens, Brooks and West Morgan.

Will the Super Six continue it's success? Moving the Super Six to Tuscaloosa and Auburn may prove to be a huge success for the AHSAA. These are first class facilities that are great hosts to a great event. Maybe the weather will be a little warmer this year.

Consolidation of Clay County and Lineville. After 89 years of beating up on each other every season the two will combine efforts for the 2011 school year. This will probably be the last time they meet on the football field. Lineville holds the upper hand in the series with a 55-46-4 record.

David Parker

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Collinsville completed the 1931 season with a record of 1-4-5. The five ties will forever be a state record since all games are now decided by overtime.