Sumiton Christian faces region leaders in second half
by Johnathan Bentley
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Greg Patterson is entering his third season as the Sumiton Christian head football coach.
Greg Patterson is entering his third season as the Sumiton Christian head football coach.
•This is the seventh in a series highlighting area high school football schedules

Sumiton Christian’s has a chance at another hot start in 2011.

If last year is any indication, the Eagles’ first five games line up in their favor.

Sumiton Christian’s first five opponents finished with a combined record of 10-39. The Eagles started 4-1 last season before going 1-4 down the stretch to finish at .500.

The last five opponents, which include the top three teams in the region, provide some top-notch competition. Tanner, Cleveland, Oakman, Westminster Christian and Corner finished with a combined record of 38-18 last season.

The Eagles play in a wide-ranging, nine-team Class 2A Region that includes schools from eight different counties: Walker, Morgan, Madison, Jefferson, Blount, Etowah, Cullman and Limestone. The region spans Birmingham to Huntsville to Gadsden.

Coach Greg Patterson’s Eagles open the campaign with a pair of region games, traveling to Falkville (1-9 in 2010) and Fultondale (4-6) before hosting three straight. Sumiton Christian’s home opener comes against Decatur Heritage (1-7), which played its first season in the AHSAA last year. West End-Walnut Grove (4-7) makes the trip to Sumiton Christian in Week 4 and the Eagles host Cold Springs (0-10) in Week 5. Cold Springs is mired in a 25-game losing streak dating back to 2008.

In the second half of the season, Sumiton Christian faces the top three region teams from last year in a four-week span starting with a trip to defending region champion Tanner (11-1) in Week 6. Cleveland (9-3) makes the trek to Sumiton Christian the following week. Oakman (3-7) hosts the Eagles in Week 8 and Sumiton Christian closes out region play against Westminster Christian (10-2) in Week 9.

Sumiton Christian makes the short trip to Corner for the regular-season finale, which is set for Thursday, Oct. 27.

Sumiton Christian’s 2011

football schedule

Aug. 26-at Falkville; Sept. 2-at Fultondale; Sept. 9-Decatur Heritage; Sept. 16-West End-Walnut Grove; Sept. 23-Cold Springs; Sept. 30-at Tanner; Oct. 7-Cleveland; Oct. 14-at Oakman; Oct. 21-Westminster Christian; Oct. 27 (Thurs.)-at Corner