Here are what some of the coaches said after the first week of the AHSAA football season:
“Wow. What a crazy game. We’ve got an outstanding offensive staff and they had a great game plan tonight. Iverson was also tremendous. Not bad for a guy coming back from an ACL injury.” – Pike Road coach Patrick Browning, talking about his runner Iverson Hooks and his team's 76-51 victory over McGill Toolen.
“We have to go back to work. I told the team, one game does not define the season unless we allow it to. We’ll watch film and correct mistakes and move forward. This is a good group of players and coaches and we’re going to do the right things and get better.” -- Wetumpka coach Tim Perry after his team's 41-13 loss to Prattville at the school's new stadium.
“They’re a very good team. But we played hard. We made some mistakes. But you just can’t do that against a high-powered team like Gardendale. But I’m proud of my guys. They battled, man. We’ve got some guys who haven’t played a lot of football, you know, varsity. And they played hard and we’ve got something to build on for the rest of this year.” --Sparkman coach Laron White after his team's 34-20 loss to Gardendale.
“We held a guy down on the ground, I guess. We didn’t let the guy get off the ground, which, I’ve never heard that rule in my life. So, just part of it.” -- Florence coach Wade Waldrep after his team was called for holding on the last play of the first half on a touchdown pass. Florence lost to Brentwood (Tn) 35-18.
“It was a typical Lauderdale County-Lexington football game. It was a physical, hard-fought game. The conditions were terrible. The field conditions had an effect on both teams. We had a lack of discipline and execution at times. We have a lot to work on there.”-- Lauderdale County coach Jeff Mason after his team beat Lexington 6-0 in the rain.
“When you are building a program, winning that first one is always big. Getting that first one under your belt and finding a way to win is big," said Houston County second-year head coach Chip Harris, after his team beat Northside Methodist 19-13 coming off a1-9 record from last season.
“I was proud of the kids,” said St. James coach Jimmy Perry, who was coaching in his 200th game as a head coach on Friday night in his team's 38-36 loss to Montgomery Academy. “I think we only had one turnover. We went through five defensive backs and seven wide receivers with cramps, so I have to do a better job getting us hydrated but our effort was off the charts. Sometimes you play good and win, sometimes you play good and lose. I thought we played pretty good, we just happened to lose.”
“They are pretty good. I know nobody can run it against us. If you don’t do a good job of throwing the football, it’s going to be hard to beat us.” – Vigor coach John McKenzie on his defense after his squad's 22-13 come from behind win over Blount in the Battle of Prichard.