Red Level readies for 2016 football season

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Red Level Tigers are looking for a strong year in 2016 after narrowly missing the playoffs in 2015 in head coach James Wise first season leading the program.

In 2015, the Tigers finished in fifth place in Class 1A, Region 2 play with a 4-6 record overall.

After starting off region play 1-0 in 2015, the Tigers nearly shocked the state with an upset over Brantley, but a last second touchdown gave the Bulldogs a 19-14 win.

The Tigers will look to build off last year’s success as they head into 2016.

Week one of the 2016 season has the Tigers hosting Cottonwood High School on Aug. 26. Red Level and Cottonwood have had one previous meeting back in 2004 with Cottonwood winning that contest.

On Sept. 2, the Tigers will travel to Houston County High School for the first region match up of the season. Red Level has a 1-0 record against Houston County High School.

The Tigers stay on the road the following week when the travel to face cross-county rival Florala High School on Sept. 9. Red Level has a 27-31 record against Florala.

Red Level returns home on Sept. 16 for a three-game home stand.

Kinston High School will be the first to visit Bobby Dye Field during the home stand for a region contest on Sept. 16. The Tigers hold the series lead over Kinston with an 11-6 lifetime record.

On Sept. 23, the Tigers take a short break from region play with a contest against J.F. Shields in Red Level. Red Level holds a 7-5 lifetime record over J.F. Shields High School.

The final game of the three-game home stand comes on Sept. 30 with a region game against Georgiana High School.

Red Level hits the road for a region contest against Brantley High School on Oct. 7.

The Tigers stay on the road on Oct. 14 when they travel to McKenzie to take on McKenzie High School. Red Level holds a narrow 30-29-1 series advantage over McKenzie.

Red Level’s final home game of the season will come on Oct. 21, when Pleasant Home travels a few miles down the road for a region contest with the Tigers. Red Level holds a 5-3 record against the Eagles.

For the final game of the regular season, the Tigers will travel to Ariton High School for a non-region contest on Oct. 28.  Ariton has one three of the four meetings between the two schools.