Oakman gets tough three-game gauntlet at home in 2017

Cordova, Gordo, Montevallo make trip to Hosea Collins Field in consecutive weeks

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 8/2/17

Oakman faced a gauntlet midway through the 2016 football season.

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Oakman gets tough three-game gauntlet at home in 2017

Cordova, Gordo, Montevallo make trip to Hosea Collins Field in consecutive weeks

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Oakman faced a gauntlet midway through the 2016 football season.

The Wildcats' three-game stretch included road trips to Cordova, Gordo and Montevallo. All resulted in losses.

This season those same three teams head to Hosea Collins Field with Oakman hoping for some revenge. Following the three-game stretch, the Wildcats close this season with three consecutive road games.

Despite Oakman's three-game skid last season, the Wildcats earned their first trip to the state quarterfinals since 1995, finishing 8-5.

This season Oakman faces seven playoff teams from last year and its four non-region opponents - Lamar County, Pickens County, Cordova and Corner - each made the postseason and had a combined record of 33-16.

Following an open week to start the season, Oakman hosts Lamar County (6-5 in 2016) in the regular-season opener. The Wildcats won last year's matchup 40-8. The Bulldogs are under new head coach Robert Bradford this season.

In Week 3, Oakman opens Class 3A, Region 4 play at Midfield (3-6). The Patriots saw their five-year playoff streak come to an end in 2016. The Wildcats won last year's game 48-18.

Greene County makes the trip to Oakman in Week 4. The Tigers (3-6) suffered their fifth straight losing season last year. The Wildcats breezed past Greene County in 2016, winning 34-6.

Oakman's next four opponents went 46-10 in 2016, starting with Week 5's non-region opponent Pickens County (11-4). The Tornadoes advanced to the Class 1A championship game, losing to Maplesville at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn. Oakman hammered Pickens County 63-18 last season. The win was just the Wildcats' second against the Tornadoes. Oakman is now 2-10 in the series.

Cordova (9-3) heads to Oakman in Week 6 in another non-region matchup. The Wildcats have lost four in a row in the series, including 51-14 last year. State powerhouse Gordoo (13-1) travels to Oakman in Week 7. The Green Wave advanced to the state semifinals in 2016, losing to Mobile Christian, the same team that eliminated Oakman from the playoffs the previous week.

Gordo, the defending 3A, Region 4 champion, defeated the Wildcats 35-14 last year.

In Week 8, Montevallo (10-2) plays at Oakman in another key region matchup. The Bulldogs won 10 games for the first time since 1983 under first-year coach Brandon Wilcox last year. Montevallo edged Oakman 23-21 last year behind a late, tie-breaking safety.

Oakman starts its season-ending three-game road trip at Carbon Hill (1-9). The Wildcats won last year's game 54-16 in the first meeting between the teams since 1997.

The Wildcats play at American Christian (5-6) in Week 10. Oakman won last year's matchup, 27-14, giving the Wildcats the No. 3 spot in the region standings.

Oakman plays at Corner (7-4) in the regular-season finale. The Wildcats lost last year's game 35-31 to the Class 5A Yellow Jackets.