Coaches Poll Class 2A

Pickens County Defensive End Michael Williams releases the pre-season Coaches Poll for class 2A with the 2006 state champion coming in as the overwhelming favorite. The Alabama high school head coaches submitted their choices for the top 12 teams in their classification. Who made their list as the top teams in the state? reports the results...

No.1 Leroy Bears
Coach Danny Powell
Region 1
2006 Record 13-2 State Champions

The state champ Leroy Bears opened their season last night against 4A Jackson, and the game was a close one with the Bears coming up the winner 30-27.

The Bears are a runaway first place choice by the coaches to repeat. Coach Powell has players like quarterback Clint Moseley, wide receivers Aerick Davis and Johnny Williams back on offense, defensive end Josh Trotter, and Chris Weaver is moving to linebacker this season giving the Bears' fans another ride in 2007. Williams and Weaver were ASWA All-State Selections as juniors in 2006.

Leroy will open region play September 7 at Keith.

No.2 Lanett Panthers
Coach Ronnie Sikes
Region 3
2006 Record 8-5

Coach Sikes' Panthers made it to the third round in the playoffs in 2006. They will try and repeat or better the performance with the help of senior ASWA All-State Lamanski Ware. Watch for Ware to turn some heads this season.

Lanett opens their season at home Friday against 5A Valley, and a home regional contest against Reeltown next week. Loachapoka and Highland Home will try and challenge Lanett for the regional crown.

No.3 Lineville Aggies
Coach Steve Giddens
Region 6
2006 Record 12-2

The Aggies made a deep run into the play-offs losing in the semi-finals to Woodland in 2006. Lineville is set to improve off that impressive run with this season's team. They will start their work on Friday when they host 4A Cleburne County. Lineville will face region 6 member Ohatchee at home the following week.

No.4 Woodland Bobcats
Coach Larry Strain
Region 6
2006 Record 11-4

The 'Cats took their team all the way to Birmingham last December for the Super 6 and gave their fans a great show against the No.1 ranked Leroy Bears in a 12-7 defeat.

Woodland loses their ASWA All-State athlete Trae Strain and their other All-State player, offensive lineman Robert Benefield. The Bobcats will battle, among others, the No.3 ranked Lineville for their region championship.

Woodland plays at home against an improving Piedmont team on Friday and will travel for region play at Ranburne September 7.

No.5 Luverne Tigers
Coach Brad Waggoner
Region 3
2006 Record 11-2

The Tigers return their star offensive lineman, the aptly named Stoney Jackson, for 2007. Coach Waggoner's bunch lost to a very good Houston Academy in the third round of the play-offs in 2006. They hope to make a deep run again this season.

Luverne opens at 4A Opp and travels to Horseshoe Bend to open their region play September 7.

No.6 Southern Choctaws Indians
Coach Andrew Varner
Region 1
2006 Record 8-3

Southern Choctaw had a disappointing trip to the play-offs in 2006 when they lost the opening round soundly to Pickens County 28-0. Coach Varner has taken over the reins for the Indians. The team will look forward to a better showing this season.

Southern Choctaw opens their season at home against rival 3A Choctaw County Friday and begin region play at Excel the following week.

No.7 Addison Bulldogs
Coach Randy White
Region 8
2006 Record 10-2

The Bulldogs ran up against a very tough Woodland team in the third round of the play-offs in 2006, ending their impressive season.

Addison opens the season against 1A Hubbard at home Friday and will travel to Hatton for their first district game.

No.8 Fyffe Red Devils
Coach Paul Benefield
Region 7
2006 Record 12-1

Fyffe came blazing into the play-offs in 2006 with an undefeated and unchallenged regular season. They made it to the third round where they met Lineville and lost 32-21. Offensive lineman Chris Graben returns for his senior year, and the Red Devils are once again the team to beat for their region crown.

Fyffe opens Friday at home against 3A Crossville and travels to Sand Rock, their region 7 opponent the next week.

No.9 (tie) – Pickens County Tornadoes
Coach Jack Cook
Region 4
2006 Record 7-5

The Tornadoes opened the 2007 season with a loss at the hands of a highly talented 3A Gordo team 22-7. It was not a region game, and coach Cook will get them back on track. Defensive end Michael Williams, the talented senior ASWA All-State performer, is an Alabama verbal commitment.

Pickens County will start their regional title quest next week with a home contest against Oakman.

No.9 (tie) – Houston Academy Raiders
Coach Jimmy Addison
Region 2
2006 Record 13-1

Running back and ASWA All-State Stanley Jones was lost to graduation, but Houston Academy had a perfect record throughout their regular season with many opportunities to get experience for younger players.

The Raiders opened their season at home with a tight 13-8 win over 5A Rehobeth. This should set them up nicely for another run at the championship. They play Samson (region 2) at home next week.

No.11 American Christian Patriots
Coach Stephen Hooks
Region 4
2006 Record 9-3

American Christian is led to battle by senior quarterback Brad Smelley, younger brother of the newly promoted Chris Smelley who quarterbacks for the 'ole ball coach at South Carolina.

The Patriots found themselves out of the play-offs in the second round by Lanett in 2006, but this team has championship on their minds.

American Christian will open their season on the road Friday against 3A Montgomery Catholic and stay on the road when they play their first region game against Holy Spirit.

No.12 Red Level Tigers
Coach Tim Grimes
Region 1
2006 Record 8-4

Red Level competes in the region with No.1 Leroy and no.6 Southern Choctaw, but they are certainly looking to get one of those four play-off spots this season. The Tigers made it to the second round in 2006 before losing to Luverne.

The Tigers were set to begin their season Thursday at 3A Straughn, but the game has been delayed until Friday. They will take on their first region one opponent when they travel to Flomaton next week.

Others receiving votes: West Morgan, Highland Home, Loachapoka, Red Bay, Tanner, Keith, Cottonwood, Houston County, Sand Rock, Randolph County, Vincent, Wicksburg and J.B. Pennington.

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