Victory Christian moved back down to Class 1A after spending two tough seasons in Class 2A. Last season, Victory Christian played shorthanded due to injuries and due to parents not allowing their kids to compete on the 2A level.
“We have a tough region, but I think we can be more competitive there,” Victory Christian head coach Bobby Fairley said.
Other teams that make up Victory Christian’s Class 1A Region consist of: TC Central, Wadley, Winterboro, Ragland, Appalachian, Donoho and Shades Mountain Christian.
“It is a strong region from top to bottom,” Fairley said. “For us there is nobody that is going to be easy for us.
Last season, the Lions barely finished with enough players field a team, but with the excitement of moving down to classification during off-season workouts Victory Christian had over 30 kids in attendance.
“We already got them,” he said. “I haven’t really counted them, but on varsity we have about 30 or 35 working out in the weight room right now. It has already picked up; they are excited and I think they would have been just excited if we would have stayed in 2A. They have a good attitude and they are working. When you get in the weight room you start building confidence and getting better.”
The Talladega County Central Fighting Tigers and the Winterboro Bulldogs go north. Last season, TC Central and Winterboro were in arguably the toughest region in Class 1A with St. Jude, Loachapoka and Notasulga.
“I am very excited,” Dorsey said. “We have a good group of kids coming back and we want to make sure that we can compete with the teams up north.”
The Fayetteville Wolves moved up from Class 1A to Class 2A with an enrollment of 163. The Wolves move to a spread out Class 2A Region 3, which consists of defending state champions in Class 1A Pickens County, Holy Spirit, Francis Marion, R.C Hatch, Thorsby and Vincent.
“We are going to get out there play hard and work,” Fayetteville head coach John Limbaugh said. “We are going to be OK. We could have been dealt a tougher hand, but our kids are excited about it. We had a meeting with them today and they are extremely excited about it and I am excited about it.”
The Lincoln Golden Bears will move up to Class 5A in 2014. Lincoln has the smallest enrollment in 5A with 378.70. Lincoln head coach Brad Wallace knew that moving up a classification was in their future, but he didn’t expect to happen this upcoming season.
“Really and truthfully we did move up a classification, but we are still playing those 4A teams that moved up,” Wallace said. “We are still in the mix with them right now. I like our region, I like that we don’t have to drive as far. No.2 I think it will be a competitive region.”
Class 5A Region 6 consists of: Anniston, Alexandria, Hayden, Moody, Mortimer Jordan, Lincoln, St.Clair County and Springville.
Next season will also mark the first time that Lincoln will face Munford as a non-region opponent since the 1999 season when Lincoln was in 3A. Wallace said after the announcement was made he was on the phone with Munford head coach Will Wagnon setting up their game for next season.
“I think me and Coach Wagnon talked as soon as the new alignment was out,” Wallace said. “We went ahead and booked that one in there. I am trying to stay real close with our non-region games and trying to bring back some old rivals. We are trying to work with Childersburg and a couple of other guys in the county to just to keep where we can have the draw from the county. We can bring back some of those old rival games that we used to play.”
The Lions of Munford were also affected as they were sent south. Munford made the semifinals in Class 4A last season. The Lions join Class 4A Region 3 with traditional power house programs such as 3A runner-up Leeds, Childersburg, Dadeville, Handley, Holtville, and Elmore County.
Many questioned where Central of Clay County land and that was answered on Wednesday as they moved up to Class 5A. The Volunteers are in Class 5A Region 3 with Sylacauga and Talladega going south. Sylacauga and Talladega keep region foe Shelby County, but picked up Beauregard, Marbury and Tallassee.
In Class 6A the Pell City Panthers are going south. The Panthers and the Oxford Yellow Jackets join Region 3 with powerhouse programs such as Opelika and Ben Russell who moved up from 5A. Chelsea also joins the region with the other two teams that moved up from 5A in Valley and Chilton County.