Woodville football

Coach Jay Powell's Woodville team has only four regular-season home games this season, but he's urging his team to earn a fifth one by hosting a first-round playoff game.

Editor's note: This is the first of six stories in a series looking at local high school football team's 2019 schedules. The Sentinel continues its preview of local football teams’ 2019 schedules on June 30 with a look at NSM's schedule.

The Woodville High School football team has only four home games scheduled during the 2019 regular season.

Head coach Jay Powell to a motivational angle to that fact with this team.

“We talked about it and I told them if they wanted another home game, lets host in the playoffs,” said Powell, who is entering his sixth season with the Panthers.  “Let’s try get a few more home games by hosting and then advancing (in the playoffs).”

Although Woodville has four home games, three of them are Class 1A Region 7 contests. The Panthers only play six region games, therefore they’re not at a home/road disadvantage when it comes to region play.

“The region games are the most important and we’ve got an even split there,” said Powell, whose team is coming off a 4-6 campaign in 2018 and just missed the playoffs with a fifth-place region finish.

Woodville plays region home games against Gaylesville Sept. 13, Valley Head Oct. 4 and R.A. Hubbard Oct. 11. The Panthers play region road games at Falkville Sept. 6, at Coosa Christian Oct. 18 and at Decatur Heritage Oct. 25. Decatur Heritage does not have a football field and plays all of its “home” games at West Morgan High School in Trinity.

Woodville, which has a bye in Week 5, plays three of its four region games on the road, hosting Pisgah Aug. 30  while visiting Waterloo in the season-opener Aug. 23, visiting Appalachian Sept. 20 and playing at Section in the regular-season finale Nov. 1.

Powell called his team’s schedule “a challenge” and said the opening three-game stretch is a tone-setter for the Woodville season.

“If we can come out of that stretch with some success, healthy, and shown that we’ve embraced the changes we’ve made — we’re trying to be more physical in the trenches — I’ll feel good about the rest of it. That would set the pace for the rest of the season.”

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