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January 28, 2014

2014 prep football schedules announced

— Following the announcement of new classificiations and region alignment from the AHSAA last week, coaches around the state will meet this week to put the finishing touches on the 2014 football schedules.

Coaches in the new 6A Region 8 met Monday and finalized schedules for one of the toughest regions in the state. Athens is among four teams moving from Class 5A into the region that also features Florence, Decatur and Austin.

Athens’ new schedule has the feel of the old Tennessee Valley Conference with nonregion games against Lee and Deshler.

AHS will still play its newest rival, East Limestone, in a midseason game on Sept. 26.

Athens will take advantage of a new rule which allows teams to begin the regular season a week earlier and have a bye during the season. AHS will kick off the season at home against Lee Aug. 22 and close the season at Deshler Oct. 31.

The schedule also features home games against Hartselle, Muscle Shoals, East Limestone and Florence.

The “old” 5A Region 8 now features Ardmore, which moved up from 4A. Coaches from that region met earlier this week to hammer out details of the upcoming season. Ardmore will play four Limestone County opponents this season including Elkmont, Clements and West Limestone out of conference.

Ardmore host East Limestone Oct. 24 for a 5A Region 8 game. Other home games for the Tigers include West Point, Elkmont, J.O. Johnson. The location of the final game against West Limestone is still to be determined.

Ardmore will play an exhibition game Aug. 22 and not have a bye week instead of beginning the season on that date.

Tanner also announced a tentative schedule Tuesday. The Rattlers will have home region games against Colbert County, Cold Springs, Tarrant and Falkville. Tanner will have nonregion games against West Limestone, Maplesville and R.A. Hubbard although the location of those games has yet to be determined.

Schedules for East Limestone, Clements, Elkmont and West Limestone will be announced later this week.

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