By Joshua Huff, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE — The Hewitt-Trussville football team released its 2020 schedule over the weekend under the new banner of Class 7A, Region 3.
If you can recall, the AHSAA reclassified all the teams in Alabama in December. With the new restructuring, Class 7A, Region 3 lost Mountain Brook, which moved to Class 6A, and welcomed former Class 7A, Region 4 Gadsden City.
Class 7A, Region 3
- Gadsden City (1-9, formerly of Class 7A, Region 4)
- Hewitt-Trussville (6-4, Class 7A, Region 3)
- Hoover (10-3, Class 7A, Region 3)
- Oak Mountain (4-5, Class 7A, Region 3)
- Spain Park (4-6, Class 7A, Region 3)
- Thompson (12-1, 2019 state champions, Class 7A, Region 3)
- Tuscaloosa County (2-8, Class 7A, Region 3)
- Vestavia Hills (7-4, Class 7A, Region 3)
With all that jazz out of the way, Hewitt-Trussville was able to get to work on designing its schedule for this upcoming season, which is:
- Week 1: August 21 … at Pinson Valley
- Week 2: August 28 … vs. Saraland
- Week 3: September 4 … at Spain Park
- Week 4: September 11 … at Tuscaloosa County
- Week 5: September 18 … vs. Thompson
- Week 6: September 25 … at Huffman
- Week 7: October 2 … vs. Hoover
- Week 8: October 9 … at Vestavia Hills
- Week 9: October 16 … vs. Gadsden City
- Week 10: October 23 … vs. Oak Mountain
- Week 11: October 30 … Bye
Week 1 — Much like this past season, the Huskies will open with Class 6A powerhouse Pinson Valley. Hewitt-Trussville edged out the Indians, 40-33, within the friendly confines of Huskies Stadium in 2019. Historically, the Huskies have had little trouble with Pinson Valley, holding a 27-3 overall edge in the series.
Week 2 — Hewitt-Trussville will return home in week 2 to face Class 6A power Saraland. The Spartans finished this past season 10-1. Their only loss of the season came in the first round of the playoffs to Park Crossing. This will be the first matchup between Hewitt-Trussville and Saraland.
Week 3 — Hewitt-Trussville returns to Region 3 play against regular rival Spain Park. In 2019, Spain Park ushered in the Huskies’ mid-season slide after a 28-24 victory that involved several late-game heroics. Overall, Hewitt-Trussville holds a 3-2 series advantage,
Week 4 — The Huskies continue Region 3 play with a trip to face Tuscaloosa County. The Wildcats finished this past season 2-8, but proved to be a stiff test for a Hewitt-Trussville team in dire need of a late-season victory. The Huskies ultimately won, 24-21. All-time, Hewitt-Trussville leads the series 4-1.
Week 5 — Already out of the playoffs, Hewitt-Trussville had nothing to lose when it collided with a Warriors team in the regular-season finale. With that mindset, the Huskies stunned No. 1 Thompson, 35-29, to wrap the year. Thompson would go on to win the Class 7A championship. Hewitt-Trussville holds a 6-5 series lead.
Week 6 — Hewitt-Trussville travels to face a Class 6A Huffman team that concluded the 2019 season 2-8. The Huskies defeated Huffman, 34-21, this past September. Overall, Hewitt-Trussville is 22-18 against the Vikings.
Week 7 — The always formidable Hoover Buccaneers travel to Trussville in October. Hoover won last season’s matchup, 28-14, despite falling behind 14-0 early in the first quarter at the Hoover Met. Historically, Hoover has dominated Hewitt-Trussville, leading the series 4-17.
Week 8 — The Huskies travel to face Vestavia Hills in what will be a revenge game for Hewitt-Trussville. The Rebels defeated Hewitt-Trussville, 19-14, in October, which was part of a 1-3 slide for the Huskies. Hewitt-Trussville has had problems with Vestavia Hills throughout the years. The Rebels hold a 2-13 series advantage.
Week 9 — Region newcomer Gadsden City returns to Hewitt-Trussville. The Titans were woefully inept in 2019, recording a 1-9 season in Region 4. Historically, the Huskies lead the series, 8-6.
Week 10 — Hewitt-Trussville remains at home to close out the regular season against Oak Mountain. The Huskies defeated the Eagles, 50-33, in an early-season shootout in 2019. The Eagles concluded this past season with a 4-6 record. Overall, Hewitt-Trussville leads Oak Mountain 5-3.