Aggies to visit Buckhorn this season

Albertville quarterback Ben Allen rolls out during last season’s win over Buckhorn in a Class 6A, Region 8 battle. The Aggies travel to New Market this season for their first game at Buckhorn since 1997.

The Albertville football program has made 12 state playoff appearances in its history, and new head coach Cliff Mitchell served as an assistant coach for six of them — 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Mitchell would enjoy nothing more than leading the Aggies to the postseason in 2019. They’ll once again compete in Class 6A, Region 8 against Fort Payne, Hazel Green, Buckhorn, Mae Jemison and Lee-Huntsville.

Albertville finished 2-3 in the region standings a year ago and earned the No. 4 playoff seed. The Aggies’ first region matchup is Sept. 6 against Fort Payne.

“With Fort Payne winning the region last year, I think there’s no doubt they’re still the team to beat,” Mitchell said. “They’ll be pretty good.

“Buckhorn is going to a different kind of offense than what they were running last year. Hazel Green has a new coach [Joel Schrenk] from Falkville, and he went to school at Hazel Green. We’re not real sure what they’re going to be doing yet.

“Mae Jemison’s quarterback got hurt last year but he’s back, and we thought he was one of the most athletic kids we had seen. Mae Jemison will be pretty good. Their O-line was really, really good. They weren’t huge but they got after you.”

The Aggies’ five nonregion games are Columbia, Cullman, Boaz, Sardis and Guntersville. They went 4-1 against them last year.

“With our schedule, Boaz and Guntersville are always tough games for us,” Mitchell said. “When you know each other, it’s going to be a tough game.

“We’ll go down to Sardis and play and I’m excited about that. My sophomore year is the first time Douglas went to the playoffs after we beat them down there.

“I like playing teams around here just for the crowd effect. I like our kids getting to play in front of a bunch of folks. We’ll get to do that this year.

“I know we have to go to Buckhorn and go to Cullman, and those will be two tough games. Hopefully everything will work out in our favor.”

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