Teams see changes in alignments

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Alabama High School Athletic Association released the 2016-2018 football classifications and alignments on Wednesday, and Andalusia and Straughn will find themselves in a new region this season.

Straughn will move down from Class 4A, Region 2, and will now join the Opp Bobcats in Class 3A, Region 2.

Along with Opp, Straughn’s region competion will include Daleville, Geneva, Houston Academy, Providance Christian, Slocomb and Wicksburg.

Straughn finished last season with a 5-6 record in Chris Wilson’s first year at the helm. The Tigers made it to the second round of the state playoffs before falling to Munford.

This is the third time that Straughn has been in Class 3A, with the longest stint being from 2002-2009.

After winning the Class 4A, Region 2 championship this past season, Andalusia will move to Class 4A, Region 1 for at least the next two seasons.

This is the fourth time in school history that the Bulldogs have been in Region 1, and Andalusia has never finished higher than second place in that region.

Andalusia’s region opponents will include Escambia County, Monroe County, Satsuma, Thomasville, UMS-Wright and W.S. Neal.

The other county schools were unaffected by the new classifications.