Lineman Frankie Bender consults with head coach Keith Maple during last week’s jamboree game at Moody.

2010 season:  3-7.

Last week’s jamboree:  The Tigers defeated Moody 21-13.

Friday night:  The team visits Fort Payne for a non-region game.  “We’re excited about it,” head coach Keith Maple said.  “We have a lot of young guys who have never started or played in a varsity game before, so they’re pumped, and we’re expecting a lot from these guys.”

This year’s senior class:  15 players.  “I’m real excited about having them back. They have some good experience now, and they’re all excited about the year.”

On last season’s disappointing finish:  “We’ve only had three years like that since I’ve been here, and we don’t want another one.  Down years often have to do with class size, and we only had six seniors last yer, and only three of those started.  The kids learned a lot from it, though,and they’ve worked hard to improve.”

 On classifications:  “We’ve been up and down over the past five years.  We might be 5A again next year.  It’s tough in 5A, but it’s just as tough in 4A.  Look at our region.  There’s Alexandria.  How many state championships have they won?  Oneonta, St. Clair County, and Anniston have all won a few, and Cleburne County has been knocking at the door.  But we’re ready to play.  Our guys are tired of hitting each other.”

Tigers Schedule:

Friday              Fort Payne               Away

Sept. 2            St. Clair County        Home

Sept. 9            Oneonta                   Away

Sept. 16          Anniston                  Home

Sept. 23          Pinson Valley          Home

Sept. 30          Jacksonville            Away

Oct. 7              Alexandria              Home

Oct. 14            Cleburne County    Away

Oct. 21            Locust Fork            Away

Oct. 28            Arab                       Home



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