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Dothan Wolves potentially in the hunt for new opponents

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jul. 21, 2020 at 5:41 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The GHSA voted on Monday to postpone the start of the 2020 high school football season by two weeks. Normally not a problem for teams in the state of Alabama, except the Dothan Wolves have three games scheduled with Georgia teams this season.

If the AHSAA continues forward with its season as planned, the Wolves will have to find three new opponents for the 2020 season.

Head coach Smitty Grider has been in the process of reaching out to teams to potentially fill those spots and one name he mentioned sticks out like a sore thumb.

Hoover.

That’s right, that Hoover. The Class 7A powerhouse Hoover Bucs COULD be the Wolves first opponent for the 2020 season. Grider said there have been talks between the two programs for a potential Week One matchup.

The two teams met in May of 2019 in a spring game at Rip Hewes Stadium, the first contest in Wolves history. Dothan kept it close all game, but Hoover would come out victorious.

With games already scheduled with Prattville, Auburn, and Central-Phenix City, Grider understands the daunting task of adding a team of Hoover’s caliber, but he seems up for the challenge.

“Obviously it would be a very difficult opener, but at the same time, it would be great exposure for our players,” said Grider. “They have such a great program up there, but I said when I came, we wanted to play the best and they are obviously one of the ones that would be in that category and I think our kids would be excited about playing them.”

Along with Dothan’s three games against Bainbridge, Callaway, and Tift County potentially being affected, other Wiregrass schools are in the same boat. The Headland Rams had a game scheduled on September 4 against Seminole County while the Charles Henderson Trojans were set to play Early County on September 11.

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