RED LEVEL EAGER TO BEGIN: Tigers open 2017 with Skipper at the helm

Published 12:05 am Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Red Level Tigers look to get the 2017 high school football season kicked off under the guidance of first-year head coach Kenny Skipper.

For the season opener, the Class 1A Tigers will hit the road to take on Class 2A Cottonwood on Sept. 1 for a non-region game.

Cottonwood and Red Level have only met twice with Cottonwood winning both contests. Last season, Cottonwood won 32-20.

The Tigers’ home opener will be the following week when they take on Houston County on Sept. 8. This will also be the first Class 1A, Region 2 game of the season.

Red Level and Houston have played twice in the past with both teams winning one game. Houston County won last year’s game 34-20.

Red Level’s stadium will feature a few upgrades for the 2017 season.

The town was awarded $240,000 Community Development Block Grant.

With the grant, they will add more handicap parking spaces at Bobby Dye Stadium and make the restrooms on the home side handicap accessible.

There will also be a new section of bleachers to accommodate the handicapped and a new five-foot walkway that stretches from the end of the bleachers to the visitor side.

On Sept. 15, the Florala Wildcats come to town for a region contest with the Tigers.

Florala currently leads the all-time series 34-28, but Red Level has defeated the Wildcats the past two seasons.  Last season, the Tigers won 49-15.

Region play continues for the Wildcats on Sept. 22 when they travel to Kinston to take on the Bulldogs.

Red Level leads the series 12-6, and one last year’s game 61-14.

The Tigers will host J.F. Shields on Sept. 29 for homecoming.

Red Level holds the series lead with an 8-5 record. Red Level has won the six for the last seven matches with J.F. Shields, including a 55-8 thumping last season. Red Level has won the last three games by a combined score of 153-8.

Opening up the month of October, the Tigers get back on the road and make the short trip up Hwy. 55 to take on the Georgiana Panthers. That game will be Oct. 6.

Georgiana has holds a 36-14-1 record over the Tigers, and has won the past six meetings.

The Tigers return home on Oct. 13 when they will host the Brantley Bulldogs for a region contest.

The perennial Class 1A powerhouse Bulldogs has won the past 13 games between the two schools.

Red Level stays at home on Oct. 20 to take region foe McKenzie Tigers.

McKenzie holds a narrow edge in the all-time series with a 32-31-1 record against Red Level. McKenzie has won the past eight contests with Red Level.

On Oct. 27, the Tigers will close out region play with a road contest against the Pleasant Home Eagles.

Red Level holds a 5-4 series lead over the Eagles. Pleasant Home edged out last year’s game 45-40.

The Tigers will close out the regular season at home against Class 2A Ariton on Nov. 3.

Ariton holds a 4-1 lead in the all-time series. Last year was the first meeting between the two teams in nearly 20 years, with Ariton coming away with a 35-26 win.