Friday, November 3
SERIES: Cullman 2-1
2016: Chelsea 45-38
LAST WEEK: Cullman defeated Brewer 24-0
Chelsea defeated Helena 24-17
FLASH NOTES: With the No. 3 seed from 6A, Region 7 locked in, the Bearcats are out for a 7-3 regular season in trying to avoid an upset down in Shelby County.
Chelsea started 2017 with an 0-7 record and has rebounded to defeat Chilton County and Helena on the road the last two weeks.
Cullman is 2-2 away from Woodard Stadium. Two weeks ago, the Bearcats won 42-40 at Southside-Gadsden as Fletcher Jennings threw for 417 yards and 4 touchdowns in a come from behind triumph.
The 'Cats kept Brewer off the scoreboard in getting their first shutout of the year. Now they want to maintain the level they have experienced the last two games with interim coach Mark Stephens.
Cullman is in the AHSAA playoffs for the 15th time in the last 17 seasons.
PLAYOFF GAME: Cullman at Ramsay November 10 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 20
Barry Hood Stadium - Gadsden
6A, R 7
CULLMAN: 4-3, 2-2
SOUTHSIDE: 2-5, 1-3
SERIES: Tied 1-1
2016: Cullman 56-35
REGION 7 STANDINGS: Oxford 5-0, Pell City 4-0, Cullman 2-2, Fort Payne 2-2, Albertville 1-3, Southside 1-3, Brewer 0-5.
FLASH NOTES: Mark Stephens will lead the Bearcats on the sidelines for the first time. The change took place while Cullman was in a bye week last week as head coach Mark Britton continues to get treated for kidney cancer.
Cullman controls its own destiny. Two wins the next two weeks and the Bearcats are 3rd in Region 7, heading to the postseason for the 15th time in the past 17 seasons.
Cullman is 1-2 away from Woodard Stadium, coming off a 19-16 double OT loss at Pell City two weeks ago. Cullman has the tiebreaker over Fort Payne who is tied with them entering this week.
An e-mail was released by Cullman High School Principal Kim Hall in regards to football coach Mark Britton being diagnosed with kidney cancer.
This is the statement:
On Friday, September 22, 2017 Coach Mark Britton announced his intent to retire at the end of the 2017 football season. Within 72 hours of this announcement, Coach Britton had health concerns that required medical attention. Through a series of tests and the attention of local physicians,
Coach Britton received a diagnosis of renal cancer on Wednesday, September 27. Due to the nature of his condition, Coach Britton will need to follow his doctor’s orders at this time and take care of himself through this process. He will undergo surgery once his medical team completes the scheduling process. At this point, the cancer is contained in the kidney and he will require no additional chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
We ask that you respect the privacy of Coach Britton, Mrs. Patti and their family at this time. Additionally, we ask that you respect our student-athletes and coaching staff as they emotionally process these circumstances. Coach Britton is beloved by the Cullman High School faculty, coaching staff, student body and community. He will be in our thoughts and prayers as he recovers and we will support him through this journey. We will respect his wishes by pouring our hearts into this school and community.
Photo of Cullman coach Mark Britton, courtesy of Cullman High School.
Friday, October 6
Pete Rich Alumni Stadium - Pell City
Cullman: 4-2, 2-1 in 6A, R 7
Pell City: 3-2, 2-0 in 6A, R 7
SERIES: Tied 1-1
2016: Cullman 25-24
LAST WEEK: Cullman defeated Fayette County 37-34
Pell City lost to Anniston 20-14
REGION 7 STANDINGS: Oxford 3-0, Pell City 2-0, Cullman 2-1, Fort Payne 1-1, Albertville 1-2, Southside Gadsden 0-2, Brewer 0-3.
FLASH NOTES: This is a huge test for Cullman. Bearcats have done well in the first half, posting three of four wins at Oliver Woodard Stadium. Now to stay near the top, the Bearcats must take down Pell City, in the first of two road games that will factor in for Cullman's opportunity to make the playoffs in Mark Britton's final season at his alma mater.
Cullman is 1-1 on the road. This is the first time the 'Cats have been to Pell City since the first round of the 2003 state playoffs.
A Cullman victory would give them a tiebreaker advantage over Pell City if they both finish with the same regional record.
The Panthers are playing on the home surface for the first time since September 8 when they were routed by Gardendale 53-7. Pell City is 1-1 at home in 2017.