Yellow Jackets drop to Class 4A in 2018

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 7/11/18

After two years at the Class 5A level, Curry drops a classification for the 2018 season. The Yellow Jackets will compete in Class 4A, Region 5.The new classification brings a host of new teams on the …

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Yellow Jackets drop to Class 4A in 2018

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After two years at the Class 5A level, Curry drops a classification for the 2018 season. The Yellow Jackets will compete in Class 4A, Region 5.

The new classification brings a host of new teams on the schedule. Curry has just one opponent that was on last year’s schedule — Carbon Hill. 

The Yellow Jackets, who went 4-6 in 2017, have six home games this season, and they play their last three games at Hudson-O’Rear Stadium.

The season starts on Friday, Aug. 24 at home against Addison. The Bulldogs (10-3 in 2017) are moving up to Class 2A this season after making the third round of the playoffs in Class 1A last season. Curry and Addison last played in 1979. The all-time series is notched at 14-14-2.

Curry hosts Oakman in Week 2. The Wildcats (8-4) have won at least eight games each of the last seven years. The teams last played in 2015. Oakman leads the series 16-26-6. 

After an off week, Oak Grove (3-7) hosts Curry in Week 4 in the region opener. The teams were region foes in 2014-15. Oak Grove leads the series 4-2.

Curry plays at Fayette County (12-3) in Week 5. The Tigers played for the Class 4A state championship last season, losing to UMS-Wright. The teams were in the same region in 2014 and 2015. Fayette County leads the series 6-2.

Curry steps out of region play in Week 6 with a third straight road game, this one at Hanceville (1-9). The teams last played in 1981. The Bulldogs have won all four previous meetings. Hanceville struggled through its worst season since 2009 last year. 

Haleyville makes the trip to Curry in Week 7. The Lions slumped to 4-7 in 2017. Haleyville leads the series 16-11, winning its last five games over the Jackets.

Curry makes the short trip to Cordova (4-7) in Week 8. The teams last played in 2015. The Blue Devils lead the series 57-17-4.

The Jackets’ last three games come at home, starting with a region matchup with Good Hope (4-6). The teams played region games in 2014 and 2015. The Red Raiders hold a 3-0 series lead. 

Northside travels to Curry the following week for the region finale. The Rams (9-2) set a school record for wins last season, but lost in the first round of the state playoffs. Northside is 0-11 in playoff games. Curry hasn’t played Northside since 1977. The Jackets lead the series 5-1.

Curry closes the season against arch rival Carbon Hill (3-7). 

The teams have played every year since 1980. Carbon Hill won last year’s game 44-21. 

The Bulldogs lead the series 40-31.

Curry has improved on its record each of the last three seasons under coach Philip Smith, winning one game in 2015, two in 2016 and four last season.