Scott Curd named Carbon Hill head football coach

Scott Curd is coming home. The Carbon Hill High School graduate is heading back to his alma mater as the Bulldogs new head football coach. The move became official at the Walker County Board of Education meeting on Thursday. Curd replaces Woody Smothers, who was relieved of his duties after two seasons at the school. Curd, a 1988 Carbon Hill graduate, has served as head football coach at McKenzie, Addison, Brilliant and Danville. He spent the last two seasons as the offensive line coach at Winston County High School. Carbon Hill is coming off a 1-9 season in 2015. The Bulldogs lost their first nine games before defeating Lynn 41-22 in the season finale. Two of their three wins over the last two seasons have come against the Class 1A Bears. Curd inherits a program that is 10-80 over the last nine years. Carbon Hill hasn't had a winning season since 2002 and hasn't advanced to the state playoffs since advancing to the third-round of the 4A playoffs in 1999. The 16-year playoff drought is the longest of any Walker County school. Carbon Hill is dropping one classification to Class 3A for the 2016 season, which opens at home with a non-region game against Locust Fork on Sept. 19.