The Opp Football Team has some big shoes to fill this season, at several positions. The Bobcats lost 16 players from last year's 6-5 playoff squad, including several of it's biggest stars.
Gone are names like T.J. Register, Devin Davis, Trey Short and Thomas Weed. But, the cupboard isn't bare in Covington County, as running back Onterrio Jones returns to anchor the Bobcats.
It will also be a season of change for Opp, as the team moves to Class 3A Region 1, after winning Region 2 last season. So, the team knows it faces plenty of challenges, trying to rebuild on the fly, while playing an entirely new slate of teams.
"Our whole goal this year is to get to the end of October," Head Coach Jack Whigham said, "If we can get to the end of October, I think we're going to have a pretty good chance. Our first three games, I'll put them up against anybody in the state. We start out with Elba, the defending state champions, then we play T.R. Miller and then we play Bayside Academy for our first three.
"If there's not a for sale sign in my yard at the end of week three, I'll feel okay."
Opp opens the regular season on August 31st, hosting rival Elba, the defending Class 2A State Champs.
Opp 2012 Schedule
Date Opponent Score
Fri., Aug. 31 vs. Elba (2A)
Fri., Sep. 7 @ T.R. Miller (3A) *
Fri., Sep. 14 vs. Bayside Academy (3A) *
Fri., Sep. 21 @ Excel (3A) *
Fri., Sep. 28 @ Andalusia (4A)
Fri., Oct. 5 vs. Southside Selma (3A) *
Fri., Oct. 12 @ Cottage Hill Christian (3A) *
Fri., Oct. 19 @ W.S. Neal (3A) *
Fri., Oct. 26 vs. Straughn (3A) *
Fri., Nov. 2 vs. Pike County (3A)
* denotes region game