2016 football slate in place
By Michael Butler
Tallassee head football coach and athletic director Mike Battles has finalized the 2016 football schedule. "We are very excited about our schedule," Battles said. "There is some great competition and great teams on it."
The first two games will be against non-region opponents, Russell County in Seale on Aug. 19 and W.S. Neal as the first home game on Aug. 26.
The other non-region foe will be another Brewton team, like Neal, T.R. Miller on Sept. 23 for homecoming at J. E. "Hot O'Brien Stadium. THS played Miller the last two seasons losing 17-14 in 2015 and 21-10 in 2014. Tallasee is 0-5 overall in the series. The first three meetings in the series were post-season affairs. Coach Jamie Riggs will be back for his 28th season after initially announcing his retirement at the conclusion of last season.
The 2016 game with W.S. Neal will be the first between the two schools. Tallassee's matchup with Rusell County will be the tenth meeting. The Tigers are 9-0 vs. the Warriors. The teams were region foes in 2010-11. Tallassee won 40-14 in '11 and 21-20 in '10.
Tallassee's off week will be in the week prior to the first round of the playoffs. Cross-county rival Elmore County will remain the Tigers' final regular season opponent but as a regional opponent for 2016 and '17. The Panthers won 28-21 at Burt-Haynie Field last year after three straight wins prior by THS. The game will be back at ECHS this upcoming season.
The Tigers have played their most proximate opponent from Eclectic 54 times with a record of 31-22-1, but has played Dadeville more. The longtime series, like with Elmore County, dates back to the 1920s. Tallassee and Dadeville have played 64 times. The Tigers have a 46-18 advantage in the series. The two teams face off on Sept. 30 in Dadeville.
Tallassee topped Dadeville 28-22 for homecoming last year. Senior Night will be versus Holtville on Oct. 7. The Bulldogs have dropped 20 straight games, the longest losing streak in school history, and have won just two times in 30 meetings with Tallassee.
Possibly the most anticipated game on the schedule will come on Oct. 14 at Leeds. The Green Wave are winners of the last two state championships in Class 4A. In ten seasons, Keith Etheridge has won four state championships, two in 3A and two more in 4A.
The appeal of the schedule will likely be favorable with THS fans like with their coach. "We have several of our rivals along with some new teams we haven't faced in a while including two-time defending state champ Leeds. We look forward to the season getting here," Battles added.