Is it already that time again? Oh yes it is. Football season is rearing it’s pretty little head again with both Chambers County high schools starting football practice next week. The LaFayette High School Bulldogs will begin workouts at 3:30 p.m on Monday, August 3 while the Chambers Academy Rebels will be holding their first varsity football practice of the 2015 season at noon on Thursday, August 6.
Coming off of a rough 2014 season in which the Bulldogs started strong with a 35-0 opening week win over Class 1A opponent Loachapoka High School before embarking on a nine game losing streak to finish the season with a disappointing 1-9 record.
The Rebels did finish last season with a record over .500 but barely going 3-2 in the Class A Region 1 of the AISA and an overall record of 6-4. Both teams will be practicing in temperatures 90-91 degrees according to the national weather report. Coaching staffs are expected to have proper hydration systems available for the players and according to LaFayette High School head football coach and Athletic Director James Lucas the Bulldogs will have that issue covered.
“We have trainers and managers out there that keep water at every station,” Lucas said, “water for practice and both water and Gatorade for the games.”
LaFayette graduated 14 players from last years team and are looking to use practices to tighten up on fundamentals and find new roles for the rising juniors and seniors. “We’re trying to get ready for our first game against Beauregard [in a couple weeks] and we’re very young this year,” said Lucas. “We have a lot of 9th and 10th graders on the team and practice is for getting them ready to perform under the lights on Friday nights.”
The Bulldogs start their Class 2A Region 5 regular season schedule on the road at Beauregard High School in Opelika on Friday, August 21 at 7 p.m. The freshman and sophomores won’t be the only new additions to the team, opening week will also mark the debut of new offensive and defensive coordinators Michael Bratcher and Corey Thornton, respectively.
The Rebels will open their Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) regular season on the road at Cornerstone Christian in Columbiana on Friday, August 28 at 7 p.m. The Rebels will look to avenge last season’s 33-32 season opening loss to the Cornerstone Christian Chargers on August 29, 2015.
Both teams will be looking to rebound from tough finishes to last season; Chambers Academy from a lose in the first round of the AISA Class A playoffs to South Choctaw 68-28 and LaFayette in the last game of the regular season by a score of 63-6 to Class 4A opponent Saks High School. Both the Rebels and Bulldogs gave up a season high amount of points during those games. Starting with the first practice of the season the respective coaching staffs and their players will look to try and change that. Let the games, eh practices begin.