Lynn had its most important games of the season at the friendly confines of Posey Memorial Field last year.
This year the Bears will have to do their damage on the road if they hope to repeat last year’s success. Lynn plays six road games in 2011, including contests against Class 1A, Region 5 leaders Marion County and Parrish as well as a game against Winston County rival Addison to close the season. Four of the six road opponents made the postseason in 2010.
Lynn tallied 11 wins last year — it’s highest win total since 2000 — while advancing to the state quarterfinals. The Bears took second in the region behind Marion County and won two playoff games before falling to R.A. Hubbard 34-30 in the third round.
Coach Philip Smith’s squad will be road warriors in 2011.
The Bears open the year at Shoals Christian (6-6 in 2010). After back-to-back road games against Berry (6-4) and Meek (2-8), Lynn plays five of its last seven games on the road, though three of those require short trips to neighboring counties.
In Week 4, Lynn plays a key region game at Parrish (10-4). The Bears have won five straight games against the Tornadoes, their longest winning streak in the rivalry, which dates back to 1950.
Lynn plays at Carbon Hill (2-8) in a non-region game in Week 5. Last season the Bears put a school-record 76 points on the scoreboard in a 76-28 win over the Bulldogs.
Lynn returns home in Week 6 against Hubbertville (7-4), which advanced to the playoffs last year for the first time since 2001. Following a road trip to South Lamar (3-7) in Week 7, Lynn plays its final home game against Brilliant (2-8) in Week 8.
The Bears travel to Marion County (8-4) in Week 9 to take on the defending region champs before closing the season at Addison (10-3). Lynn defeated Addison 16-15 in 2010 and has won back-to-back games against the Bulldogs for the first time since the 1950s.
Lynn’s 2011 football schedule
Aug. 26-at Shoals Christian; Sept. 2-Berry; Sept. 9-Meek; Sept. 16-at Parrish; Sept. 23-at Carbon Hill; Sept. 30-Hubbertville; Oct. 7-at South Lamar; Oct. 14-Brilliant; Oct. 21-at Marion County; Oct. 28-at Addison