Up-hill battle for Curry Yellow Jackets
by Johnathan Bentley
Jul 08, 2013 | 1924 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Curry coach Shay Oliver's football team finished 1-9 last season, losing its last nine games.
Curry coach Shay Oliver's football team finished 1-9 last season, losing its last nine games.
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•This is the second in a series highlighting area high school football schedules.

Curry’s football team got off to a strong start in 2012 — routing Carbon Hill by 45 points in the season opener.

That’s where the highlights ended for the Yellow Jackets.

Nine consecutive losses followed.

Some were close, others were not. Curry had the ability to pile up points, but was done in by a defense that allowed an average of 38 points per game.

The 2013 version of the Yellow Jackets faces the same schedule as last season with non-region games against a pair of county rivals — Carbon Hill and Cordova — as well as Sipsey Valley.

The Class 5A, Region 6 schedule includes home games against Center Point, Walker and Moody.

Half of Curry’s schedule features teams with new coaches, including the first three: Carbon Hill (with new coach Rodney Dollar), Center Point (with Bennie Hall as coach) and Mortimer Jordan (led by former Dora coach Dusty Goode).

Hayden (with former Fultondale coach Keith Register) and Cordova (led by former Parrish coach Jimmy Gay) also have new coaches.

First up for Curry is a rivalry game against Carbon Hill.

Curry has dominated the series over the last decade, winning six in a row and nine of the last 10. The Yellow Jackets have won the last six by an average of 36 points.

Carbon Hill welcomes in Rodney Dollar as new coach. He takes over a team that finished 0-10 last season.

Curry opens region play at home in Week 2 against Center Point.

The Jackets are 0-7 all time versus Center Point, formally Erwin, including a 21-0 loss last year.

Mortimer Jordan, another team Curry has never beaten, hosts Curry in Week 3.

The Yellow Jackets are 0-9 all time against the Blue Devils. Mortimer Jordan routed Curry 42-16 last year.

Curry hosts Walker in Week 4. Last season, the Yellow Jackets held the lead late in the third quarter only to be outscored 27-0 down the stretch in a 41-15 loss. Curry has lost 16 straight to the Vikings.

In Week 5, Curry steps out of region play for a game at Sipsey Valley, the first of three straight road games.

Last season Sipsey Valley pulled out an improbable comeback from 18 points down in the fourth quarter for a 54-47 victory.

The Bears also made their first trip to the playoffs, finishing with a 6-5 record.

Curry travels to Springville in Week 6.

The Tigers finished 2-8 last season with one of the wins coming in a 34-31 decision over the Yellow Jackets.

In Week 7, Curry closes out its three-game road trip with a game at Pinson Valley.

The Indians put up 66 points last year in a 34-point win over the Yellow Jackets.

Moody comes to Curry in Week 8. The Blue Devils were 6-4 last year, just missing the playoffs.

Moody won last year’s game 33-15.

Curry tries to get some payback in Week 9 on the road at Hayden.

The Wildcats won just two games last season and knocked off the Jackets 35-7 at Curry, which leads the all-time series 4-3.

Cordova travels to Curry to close the regular season.

The Blue Devils defeated Curry 42-28 last season.

Curry opponents finished with an overall record of 44-63.

The bad news for Curry is that every team, with the exception of Hayden, holds an advantage in the all-times series though the Yellow Jackets played Center Point and Moody for the first time last season.