Jackets leave county just twice this season
by Johnathan Bentley
Jul 02, 2012 | 3117 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Curry football coach Shay Oliver guided the Yellow Jackets to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 last season. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
Curry football coach Shay Oliver guided the Yellow Jackets to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 last season. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
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•The is the 2nd in a series highlighting local high school football schedules

Curry is staying close for the 2012 football season.

How close?

The Yellow Jackets leave the confines of Walker County just twice in the upcoming season.

Thanks to three road trips that are right down the road (Cordova, Walker and Carbon Hill), Curry will cut down on its travel expenses in 2012. The Yellow Jackets’ two road trips are to Center Point in Week 2 and to Moody in Week 8.

Curry will face a vastly different schedule in 2012. Four teams that played in Class 5A, Region 6 last year have moved to different regions for this season. Defending state champion Hartselle, Cullman and West Point moved to Region 8 while Brewer moved to Region 7.

New region opponents this season include: Center Point, Pinson Valley, Springville and Moody.

After making the playoffs for the first time in nine years in 2011, Curry coach Shay Oliver faces the 2012 campaign without his top two offensive weapons from last year, Cade Oliver and Aaron White. Oliver signed with UNA while White signed with Reinhardt College. The duo accounted for a total of 28 touchdowns last season.

Curry opened last season 4-0 before losing five straight. The Yellow Jackets rebounded in the season finale, beating Cordova to make the playoffs. Etowah knocked off Curry in the first round of the postseason.

Curry’s new-look team opens the season against Carbon Hill (2-8 in 2011) on Aug. 31. The Yellow Jackets have owned the Bulldogs in recent years. Curry has won five straight in the series and eight of the last nine meetings after picking up a 48-19 victory last season.

Week 2 features a trip to Center Point (formally Erwin). Center Point (11-2) finished as the 5A, Region 5 runner-up in 2011 and recorded the most wins in school history. Curry is 0-6 all time against the Eagles. The Yellow Jackets are also winless (0-8) against Week 3 opponent Mortimer Jordan, which finished 3-7 last year.

Curry travels to Walker in Week 4. The Yellow Jackets have lost 15 straight to the Vikings, including a 33-6 home loss last year.

The Yellow Jackets get their first look at three new teams over the next four weeks. Curry hosts Sipsey Valley (2-8) in Week 5. Sipsey Valley opened two years ago. The Bears are 2-18 during that span, winning two games in 2011.

Springville, a former region foe, returns to the schedule in Week 6 at Curry. The Tigers (5-5) played the last two seasons in Class 4A. Springville was a playoff team its last two seasons in 5A (2008-09). The Yellow Jackets have never beaten the Tigers (0-4).

Curry gets its first look at Pinson Valley in Week 7. The Indians (9-3) set a school record for wins and finished third in 5A, Region 5 last season, winning a first-round playoff game before losing to eventual champion Hartselle 22-21 in the second round.

The Yellow Jackets have also never faced Week 8 opponent Moody. Curry makes the trip to St. Clair County on Oct. 19 for its last game outside of Walker County. Moody is just 1-19 over the last two seasons.

Curry hosts Hayden (5-5) in Week 9. The Wildcats are the only team on the 2012 schedule that has a losing all-time record against Curry (2-4).

The Yellow Jackets close the season at Cordova. Curry snapped a four-game losing streak against the Blue Devils last year, winning 38-28 in the season finale to earn a playoff berth.