From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Football programs from the eight area high schools The Tribune covers will appear this week as part of the paper’s first-ever ‘Media Days’ event this Thursday and Friday, broadcast live via Tribune Sports Live.
Sports editor Bobby Mathews will host the event as coaches and players talk about what they expect from the 2022 season.
“This is a great opportunity to really dig into what’s going on with area teams,” Mathews said. “For a lot of teams in our area, this is a season of transition. For Hewitt-Trussville, we’ll be seeing a whole new squad of skill players. For Clay-Chalkville, they return a lot of starters, but they’re also replacing Khalib Johnson at quarterback, so it’s going to be interesting to see how they transition to a new signal-caller.”
Other transitions for area programs include new coaches at Moody and Pinson Valley, as well as a step up from 5A to 6A classification for Center Point, and also a move from 6A to 5A for Springville.
“Those are two huge moves that will really affect region play, because now you have a 5A Region 6, where Leeds, Moody and Springville will be contending with Alexandria and Southside Gadsden in a really tough region.”
And Center Point’s move to 6A means that the “region of doom” — 6A Region 6 — will be even tougher, as the region now holds three teams who have won the last five 6A state titles (Clay-Chalkville, Pinson Valley and Oxford).
The season will also feature a new addition to The Tribune’s coverage area, as the paper will cover the Shades Valley High School Mounties … who are also in 6A Region 6.
Tribune Sports Live will begin its broadcast Thursday at 1 p.m.