The Eufaula Football Team enjoyed a stellar 2011 campaign. The Tigers went 10-2, advancing to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs, before losing to Jameis Winston and Hueytown.
Now, the Tigers are looking to rebuild, after losing most of their key players from last year's squad. Head Coach Dan Klages knows his young team will have to grow up quickly.
However, at Eufaula, it's more about reloading than rebuilding, so the Tigers believe they'll have a chance at another successful season in 2012.
"We've got a lot of eager players who have kind of been waiting their turn, and have been getting some good experience," Klages said. "There were several games we got ahead in last year where they got to play a lot."
The Tigers return only a handful of starters from last year's team, but Klages is counting on those players to lead the way early, with so many young players breaking into the line-up on a full-time basis.
"We've also got some very key starters back," Klages said. "We've got a starter at the defensive line position. We've got one at linebacker and one in the secondary, so we've got a starter at each level."
Eufaula opens the regular season on the road, visiting Abbeville on August 31st.
Eufaula 2012 Schedule
Date Opponent Score
Fri., Aug. 31 @ Abbeville (3A)
Fri., Sep. 7 vs. B.T. Washington (5A) *
Fri., Sep. 14 @ Marbury (5A) *
Fri., Sep. 21 @ Russell County (5A) *
Fri., Sep. 28 vs. Enterprise (6A)
Fri., Oct. 5 vs. Valley (5A) *
Fri., Oct. 12 @ Carroll (5A) *
Fri., Oct. 19 vs. Rehobeth (5A) *
Fri., Oct. 26 vs. Benjamin Russell (5A) *
Fri., Nov. 2 @ Charles Henderson (4A)
* denotes region game