Powell leaving Section

Luke Powell is stepping down as Section head football after two seasons and will be an assistant coach at Guntersville next fall.

Luke Powell is stepping down as the head football coach at Section after two seasons.

Powell was hired as a teacher and an assistant football coach at Guntersville High School for the 2019-2020 school year during a special called Guntersville City Schools Board meeting on Wednesday.

Powell’s wife, former Fyffe basketball star and longtime Plainview girls basketball head coach Heather Mayes Powell, was hired as Guntersville’s head girls basketball coach during that same meeting.

“It was a family decision,” Powell said. “It’s hard to leave the kids (at Section), but the opportunity for us to be at the same school again was something we couldn’t pass up. The Lord just opened the door for us for that at Guntersville.”

Powell went 8-12 during his two seasons at Section, going 4-6 each season. The Lions won just two games combined the two seasons prior to Powell’s hiring.

“He did an excellent job for us,” said Section principal Gene Roberts. “He did what was best for his family. I hate to lose him, but I understand it.”

Powell, a 1999 Plainview alum an former standout quarterback at the school, was an assistant at Plainview before going to Section just a few weeks before the start of the 2017 season.

“I think (the hiring) was 25 days before the start of the season, so it was a really hectic time,” Powell said. “But I’ll always remember how the kids and the community responded. The kids went to work and bought in. The fact that we won four games that first year was a testament to those kids.”

Roberts said Section’s head-coaching position would be posted soon and the search for Powell’s replacement “will go from there.”

Powell will continue to teach at Section through the end of the school year.

“I’m super grateful to have had the opportunity to be the head coach here,” Powell said. “I can’t thank Mr. Roberts and (Jackson County School Superintendent) Mr. (Kevin) Dukes enough for giving me the opportunity. There’s a lot of great kids here and great people to work with. I’m going to miss them. It’s been a great opportunity and great experience for me these last two years.”

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