Coach: George Redding
Record at Fairview: 65-51 (12th year)
2017 record: 2-7 (0-6 in 5A, R 6)
2018: Fairview is in 4A, R 7 with DAR, St. John Paul, West Morgan, Priceville, North Jackson, Randolph, Danville.
Key personnel returning: QB Dayne Black, RB/LB Mason Black, LB Tyvn Ellis, WR Donte Dumas, NG Alex Medina, CB Eric Speegle, NG Jared Bachelor.
2018 schedule: Aug. 23 - @ West Point, Aug. 31 - Hanceville, Sept. 7 - DAR, Sept. 14 - @ St. John Paul, Sept. 21 - Priceville, Oct. 5 - @ North Jackson, Oct. 12 - @ West Morgan, Oct. 19 - Randolph, Oct. 26 - @ Danville, Nov. 2 - Holly Pond.
Outlook: Youth is the issue Redding is dealing with this year. Fairview dropped down from 5A back to 4A and is locked in a region with strong opponents like North Jackson, West Morgan, while other teams such as DAR, Priceville, St. John Paul, Randolph and Danville are trying to move up from what they experienced in their respective region last season.
The Aggies will have experience at a key position in 2nd year starting QB Dayne Black. Black is the only left hander that starts in the county system. His key will be to recognize defensive sets and put the Aggies in a position to go downfield and on into the end zone.
Fairview held its Fan Day Saturday at Dafford Smith Stadium. They signed autographs as did the cheerleaders, then went on to the field for contact work.
The spirit was high around noon with the Aggies focusing on a good day in full pads, overcoming 90 degree weather and sunny skies.
Outside the region, Fairview plays three teams from the county. The Aggies and West Point meet on opening night for the first time since the 1983 season.
Hanceville is back on the Fairview schedule, with the Bulldogs visiting on the final Friday in the Fairview home opener.
Seven straight regional games will follow. The Aggies have DAR visiting on September, meet St. John Paul in Huntsville the 14th and finish the month with a game the 21st on the home turf against Priceville.
Opening play in October will be pivotal with the Aggies at North Jackson the 5th and on to West Morgan the 12th. A regional game will be at home the 19th with Randolph, followed by a trip into Danville the 26th to close out the regional schedule.
Fairview has Holly Pond at home Nov. 2 to end the regular season.
Redding is the wininingest coach in Fairview history, passing his mentor Dafford Smith last year. Redding is the most tenured coach currently in Cullman County at 12 seasons.
Sportspage photos from Fairview Fan Day (August 11) by Johnny Thornton