By Gary Lloyd
GARDENDALE — The new Class 6A, Region 6 is going to be tough.
Most games could go one way or the other, according to Pinson Valley head coach Matt Glover.
He doesn’t know if the Indians are a playoff team in a region that includes Clay-Chalkville, Shades Valley, Gardendale, Center Point, Huffman and Woodlawn. He said Pinson Valley could win every game or lose every game.
“There’s a fine line between them,” he said.
Center Point head coach Bennie Hall said the region is a tossup between Clay-Chalkville and Shades Valley, though he leans toward the Cougars as the favorite to win the region.
“We welcome the challenge of playing in such a good region,” Hall said.
Glover said whoever makes the playoffs from this region will be “battle-tested.”
“I’m excited about it,” he said. “It’s just another class. It’s still football.”
Pinson Valley has spent the last four seasons in Class 5A. In Glover’s first season in 2009, the Indians were in Class 6A. They went 1-9.
“I don’t want to go back to that,” Glover said.
The biggest challenge in ascending a class is depth, especially in the offensive and defensive lines.
Pinson Valley will have seven starters back on offense and five on defense. Glover said the new offense will feature “all kind of stuff.”
Glover was flanked at media day by rising senior running back Nick Gibson and rising senior linebacker Deon Gregory.
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