Five new opponents on Carbon Hill schedule

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 6/15/16

A new head coach comes with a new list of opponents for the Carbon Hill Bulldogs football team in 2016.

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Five new opponents on Carbon Hill schedule


A new head coach comes with a new list of opponents for the Carbon Hill Bulldogs football team in 2016.

New head coach Scott Curd will lead his squad against a host of new opponents in the upcoming season as the Bulldogs make the move from Class 4A to Class 3A.

Carbon Hill has five first-time opponents on the schedule — Locust Fork, Greene County, American Christian, Midfield and Montevallo. Three Walker County schools are also on the schedule — Dora, Oakman and Curry.

For the first time ever, Carbon Hill and Oakman will compete in the same region. Both schools are in Class 3A, Region 4.

Along with Carbon Hill (1-9 in 2015) and Oakman (8-4), the region includes Gordo (12-1), American Christian (10-2), Montevallo (9-3), Midfield (6-4) and Greene County (1-9).

Non-region games are against Locust Fork (5-5), Dora (0-10), Marion County (2-8) and Curry (1-9).

Curd, a 1988 Carbon Hill High School graduate, takes over for former coach Woody Smothers, who coached the team for two years.

Carbon Hill opens the 2016 season at home against Locust Fork.

The Hornets, who are moving down from Class 4A, had five contests decided by one possession last season, finishing 3-2 in those games.

Carbon Hill heads to Dora in Week 2 for another non-region game. Dora is coming off its first winless season since 2000 last year under first-year head coach Mike Cain. Dora, which gave up a school record 484 points last season, brings a 12-game losing streak into 2016.

After not playing since 1973, the two teams met in 2012-13 with Dora winning both meetings by a combined score of 125-12.

Carbon Hill hosts Greene County in the region opener in Week 3. The Tigers’ lone win in 2015 came against Class 2A Francis Marion in Week 6 last season. Greene County is 6-33 over the last four years including a 2-24 mark in region play.

The Bulldogs take on the region’s power programs in their next two games.

Carbon Hill plays at American Christian in Tuscaloosa in Week 4. ACA is coming off a 10-2 record in 2015, its 11th double-digit win season since joining the AHSAA in 1994.

The Bulldogs follow with a home game against Gordo, which has won consecutive region championships. Gordo hasn’t missed the playoffs since 2001 and is 25-2 over the last two seasons. The teams played from 2004-07 with Gordo winning all four matchups.

Carbon Hill follows with a home game against Marion County in Week 6. The teams last played in 1997. Marion County finished 2-8 in 2015, one year after reaching the Class 1A state semifinals.

The Bulldogs head to Midfield in Week 7. The Patriots have been to the postseason 22 of the last 24 years, including the last five years in a row.

Carbon Hill doesn’t leave the county in its final three games.

After an off week. the Bulldogs play at Oakman in Week 9. The teams haven’t played since 1997. The Wildcats are enjoying one of their most successful runs in school history. Oakman has gone 46-14 over the last five years, winning two region titles and five playoff games.

Carbon Hill closes out region play with a home game against Montevallo in Week 10. Montevallo put together its best season since 1998 under head coach Andrew Zow — the former University of Alabama quarterback — going 9-3. Zow is now the head coach at Calera.

The Bulldogs close the season on the road against county rival Curry. The Yellow Jackets’ only win of 2015 came against Carbon Hill 13-6.

The teams were in the same region each of the last two years. Curry is making the jump to 5A for the 2016 season.