Corner football team ended playoff drought last year
by Johnathan Bentley
Jul 22, 2012 | 1699 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Corner made its first playoff appearances in five years in 2011.

New head football coach Zac Willis will look to make it back to the postseason against an unfamiliar group of opponents in 2012.

Corner takes on four first-time foes as well as another team the Jackets haven’t played since 1978.

The rest of the schedule includes three-long time rivals: Dora, Oak Grove and Hayden as well as a recent rival, Sumiton Christian.

Corner’s football program had made nine playoff appearances with the lone playoff win coming in 2006.

Last year the Jackets scored the second-most points since 1996 and won four region games for the first time since 2006.

Two of the three Region 5 teams that knocked off Corner last season won’t be on the schedule in 2012. Both Midfield and Fayette County dropped to Class 3A.

Good Hope, Haleyville and Tarrant are also gone from the region schedule while Dora and Oak Grove return.

Corner plays all five of its home games in consecutive weeks this season. The Jackets open with a pair of road games. They follow with five home games before closing the season with three road trips.

The season opens Aug. 31 at Munford (5-5 in 2011). This marks the first meeting between the Yellow Jackets and Lions.

Only a three-point loss to Lincoln kept Munford out of the playoffs last year. Munford has had just one winning season since 1998.

Corner hits the road for the region opener at West Blocton (7-4) in Week 2. The Tigers have made the playoffs each of the last three years, losing in the first round each time.

West Blocton played Corner to a 20-20 tie in 1978 — the only meeting between the schools.

Corner’s first home game comes against Dora (9-3) in Week 3. The Bulldogs have dominated the series against the Yellow Jackets, going 26-8-2. Dora has also won seven of the last eight, including a 55-10 win in 2011.

Corner’s last two wins over Dora came by one point.

Calera (4-6) travels to Corner in Week 4. The Eagles saw a nine-year playoff streak come to an end last season. Calera’s four wins came against teams that won a total of six games last year.

Corner hosts Hayden in Week 5 in a non-region game.

Hayden (5-5) has owned the series lately, winning five straight against Corner. The Yellow Jackets lead the all-time series 29-21. Class 5A Hayden last made the playoffs in 2004 and hasn’t won a playoff game since 1992.

The Wildcats closed the 2011 season with four straight wins after a 1-5 start.

Corner returns to region play in Week 6 with a home game against long-time rival Oak Grove (6-4). The teams have played 59 times with Oak Grove holding a 30-28-1 series lead.

The Yellow Jackets won last year’s meeting 28-7, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Tigers.

In Week 7, Jemison (6-4) travels to Corner for the Jackets’ last home game of the season. Jemison ended an eight-year playoff streak last season, finishing one win short of the postseason. The Panthers had one of the top offenses in 4A, scoring an average of 40.5 points per game, including four games with more than 50 points.

Corner and Jemison were in the same region from 2000 to 2003. Jemison is 3-1 all-time against Corner.

The Jackets play at Carbon Hill (2-8) in Week 8.

The teams have never met. Both of Carbon Hill’s wins last season came against teams that finished 0-10.

Corner takes on three-time defending region champion Bibb County (12-1) on the road in Week 9. The Choctaws have gone 46-6 over the last four seasons.

Corner makes the six-mile trip to Sumiton Christian (6-5) for the regular-season finale. The Yellow Jackets are 8-2 all time against the Eagles and have won four straight in the series, including a 39-21 victory last year.

Sumiton Christian made the playoffs for the first time since 2007 last season.