The countdown to opening kickoff is quickly approaching. High school football practice started on Monday, which gives several area teams only 17 days before opening games slated for Aug. 21 and Aug 22.
Last season, five area teams – Munford, Childersburg, Sylacauga, TC Central and B.B.Comer – took a step forward and made the postseason. The Munford Lions, Sylacauga Aggies and Childersburg Tigers all made it to the second round of the playoffs.
Many area teams go into the new season with many questions. Here just a few of them to be mindful of as the 2014 season approaches.
How will reclassification affect area teams: Last season, Childersburg and Munford made the postseason, but under the new alignment they are in a region with traditional powerhouses Leeds, Handley and Dadeville. All five of those teams made the postseason last year. Which playoff team will be on the outside looking in?
Who’s starting under center? Fayetteville opens camp with a quarterback battle looming. Fayetteville has three players competing for the starting quarterback position. Last season, Fayetteville had success using two-quarterback system. Third-year coach John Limbaugh said he won’t use a two-quarterback rotation this season, so who will win the job? Jacob Skinner, Hunter Limbaugh and Walker Wesson are competing for the job. Winterboro also has a quarterback battle going into fall practice.
Can Mahand turn around TC? TC Central hasn’t had a winning season since 2009, when the Fighting Tigers went 6-5. Last season, the team went 5-6 and made its first appearance in the postseason in four years. TC Central hired Chris Mahand in the off-season after Damien Dorsey resigned. Can Mahand lead TC Central to its first winning season since 2009?
Can Talladega make the postseason for first time in 19 years? There have been a lot of positive things coming from Talladega camp this summer. Second-year head coach Robert Herring said he has a young team with a good group of senior leaders. With the new alignment, Talladega won’t have to face Homewood and Briarwood. The Tigers; new area consists of Tallassee, Marbury, Central Coosa, Sylacauga and Shelby County. Last season, Talladega went 3-7. With this schedule and their added talent, can the Tigers win two or three more games and make the postseason?
Where will Jaunta’vius Johnson sign? Lincoln’s Jaunta’vius Johnson is ranked as the nation's No. 31 defensive tackle and a three-star prospect in the 24/7 Sports Composite. Johnson visited Auburn and Alabama earlier in the summer. Johnson was a force on the defensive line for the Golden Bears last season. As a junior, he recorded 79 tackles. He also rushed for 10 touchdowns. Johnson earned Alabama Sports Writers All-State honorable mention honors.
Johnson said there are certain things he likes about his top two schools – Alabama and Auburn. So which team will the 6-foot-4, 323-pound lineman sign with on Wednesday afternoon?
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