With SEC Media Days going down this past week in Atlanta, reporters did their best to get coaches to reveal as much information as possible and talk about storylines for the coming season.
High school football season is closer to kicking off that its college counterpart. So what are some storylines entering the season for Jackson County teams?
› Momentum carryover for Scottsboro? — After a tough start in 2017, Scottsboro won four of its last six games to post a 5-5 finish that most would’ve thought unlikely earlier in the season. With a lot of returning players now more comfortable in coach Don Jacobs’ system, the Wildcats will look to carry over last season’s finish to this season’s start.
› North Jackson bounce back? — Last season wasn’t the typical season at North Jackson as the Chiefs finished 2-8. With all but six seniors returning and the addition of speedster running back Lee Witherspoon, the Chiefs attempt to bounce back. Their performance in the spring — a 33-0 win over Albertville — may be a sign of things to come for North Jackson.
› Woodville’s region shakeup — The AHSAA’s recent reclassification shook up Woodville’s football region. The Panthers no longer have to deal with the teams that dominated the region the past four years, Cedar Bluff and Spring Garden. Woodville’s region race is much more open with those teams gone.
› Pruitt takes over Pisgah — Jeremy Pruitt isn’t the only Pruitt who will make his head-coaching debut this fall. His brother, Luke, is the new Pisgah head coach. Luke’s hire has been a huge hit with Pisgah fans and most notably with players, as the roster has expanded to more than 40 players. Luke Pruitt, who has been part of successful coaching staffs at Plainview and Albertville, will try to help the Eagles improve on three consecutive 4-6 campaigns.
› NSM, Section battle in rugged 2A Region 8 — There might not be a more competitive region top to bottom in north Alabama than the one Section and North Sand Mountain find themselves in this season and next. NSM is still in the midst of the most consistent run of success in program history, while Section is rising after a solid 2017 season under new coach Luke Powell. But 2A Region 8 with test both teams’ meddle. There are as many as seven teams in the league that you can make the argument for grabbing a playoff berth.
› Jason Bowen is the sports editor of the Sentinel. He can be reached by email at email@example.com. Follow Jason on Twitter at @jbo_sports12