Lynn plays both teams on the road this season.
That’s only part of the brutal schedule facing first-year Lynn head coach Jon Randolph in 2013. The Bears also host Hubbertville and Berry, a pair of teams that reached the quarterfinals in 2012.
Lynn went through peaks and valleys in 2012. A great start was done in by a miserable second half as the Bears missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
The Bears’ playoff chances were looking good halfway through the season with a 4-1 record going into Week 6. That’s when Lynn lost to Marion County, starting a four-game losing streak that ended the Bears’ postseason hopes.
Four of Lynn’s first five opponents this year had losing records in 2012. The first five foes combined to go 22-33 last season while the last five opponents went a combined 40-22.
Lynn opens the season with a road game at rival Winston County. The Bears have won four in a row in the series, including last year’s 38-25 home victory.
In Week 2, the Bears open the home schedule with a game against Brilliant, a team Lynn has defeated seven straight times. Lynn won last year’s game 28-7.
Week 3 involves a road trip to Pickens County. The Tornadoes went 11-3 last season, losing to Marion County 41-40 in their state semifinal game. Last year marked the first meeting between Pickens County and Lynn with the Tornadoes earning a 42-0 win.
In Week 4, Lynn hosts a South Lamar team that went 0-10 last year. The Bears are riding a five-game win streak against the Stallions and won last year’s game 27-0.
Lynn makes the trip to Cullman County to take on the Cold Springs Eagles in a non-region game in Week 5. Cold Springs snapped a 35-game losing streak last year, winning three games. Lynn won last year’s meeting 21-0.
Lynn’s schedule gets considerably harder starting with a Week 6 trip to Marion County.
The state runner up Red Raiders have won three straight games against the Bears, winning by a total of 59 points over the last two years combined. Marion County has gone 27-3 over the last two seasons, winning a state title in 2011.
Lynn hosts Berry in Week 7. The Wildcats advanced to the third round of the state playoffs for the first time in school history last year. Despite holding Berry to its second-lowest point total of the season, Lynn fell to the Wildcats 22-6 last season.
The Bears head to Parrish for another key 1A, Region 5 matchup in Week 8. Parrish snapped a six-game losing streak to Lynn in 2012 with a 44-31 victory. Like Lynn, the Tornadoes finished 5-5 last season.
Lynn closes out the regular season with a pair of home games. Hubbertville makes its way to Lynn in Week 9. The Lions ended a nine-game losing streak to the Bears last year, winning 33-18.
The Bears close out the regular season with a game against county rival Meek. Lynn has owned the series in recent years, winning the last nine meetings, including a 14-0 win last year.