Wiregrass football teams prepare for 2018 season

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - 2017 was a year full of promise for the Andalusia Bulldogs.

Andalusia made it all the way to the semifinals in the AHSAA playoffs before its season came to an end. Quarterback Ethan Wilson is now at South Alabama so the Bulldogs will be looking to rebuild this year.

"We have three young men that are competing for the quarterback job," said head coach Trent Taylor. "One will be a senior, one will be a junior, and one will be a sophomore. The coach usually doesn't pick the quarterback, the team picks the quarterback. I think that's certainly true in our case."

The Goshen Eagles are in the same boat.

The Eagles were one game away from a berth in the state championship a year ago. The Eagles had tremendous success in 2017, but now have to find a way to do it again.

"Each of them have been talking all summer about trying to get to Auburn, that's where we will get to play the championship game," said head coach Bart Snyder. "Hopefully we can make that. Goshen has never been there."

From one tiger to another, Ed Rigby is trading in the Elba "E" for the Eufaula "E" as he takes over the Tigers program that's making the jump to Class 6A.

"Making the playoffs is not our goal," said Rigby. "Our goal is once we get there to do something with it, to make a run for a state championship."

Taking over for Rigby in Elba is former Dale County head man Pate Harrison who is hoping to build his own tradition at Elba.

"We talk about tradition, but we really don't talk about the past," said Harrison. "None of these guys have a ring. They want their own."

A familiar face in a new place. A legend in the state of Alabama, former T.R. Miller head coach Jamie Riggs has come out of retirement as he looks to turn around a Houston Academy program that's lost 19 straight games.

"We're trying to do things slowly," said Riggs. "Obviously we haven't had a lot of success in the last few years, but we're trying to do things slowly and do them right and build us a good foundation."

AHSAA schools will officially begin practice on Aug. 6.

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