The Cottonwood Football Team struggled through an uncharacteristic down year in 2011. The Bears completely rebuilt their roster and it showed, as the team managed just one win.
One year later, things look much different in Bears country. Cottonwood now features a more experienced group, including impact players like Terry Wilson, Cameron Blanks and Cory Gill.
The Bears took their lumps in 2011, but now they're ready to return the favor, and possibly return to their usual place near the top of Class 2A Region 2.
"The core is there," Head Coach Toby Greene said. "We've got three linemen who started on our 12-1 team (in 2010), and we've got five or six skill guys that got a lot of playing time, if not started last year. The core is there to get better.
"Just day by day, we've got to go out and control what we can control everyday, and do the work and put in the effort, and I think we'll be able to reap some of the benefits from it."
Cottonwood has a proud tradition in football, and the Bears are just two years removed from a 12-1 record and the number one ranking in the state. Coach Greene says his players are hungry for a return to prominence.
"There's a lot of tradition," Greene said. "These kids expect to get it back to what it was. I believe in them, and I think they can get it back there."
Cottonwood will host Ashford for a pre-season game on Thursday night. The Bears open the regular season on the road on August 31st, visiting Pleasant Home.
Cottonwood 2012 Schedule
Date Opponent Score
Fri., Aug. 31 @ Pleasant Home (1A)
Fri., Sep. 7 @ Ariton (2A) *
Fri., Sep. 14 vs. Providence Christian (2A) *
Fri., Sep. 21 @ Wicksburg (2A) *
Fri., Sep. 28 vs. McKenzie (1A)
Fri., Oct. 5 vs. Houston Academy (2A) *
Fri., Oct. 12 @ G.W. Long (2A) *
Fri., Oct. 19 @ Samson (2A) *
Fri., Oct. 26 vs. Houston County (2A) *
Thu., Nov. 1 vs. Rehobeth (5A)
* denotes region game