FAIRVIEW - Fairview is one of three county teams that will not begin the 2017 football regular season next week.
The Aggies will be on the field, playing East Limestone at Dafford Smith Stadium. This will be a jamboree game for both teams.
This situation came into play when North Sand Mountain opted out of a trip to Fairview after the Bison played the Aggies in Jackson County last year.
Coach George Redding was able to find East Limestone who had an opening on the weekend of August 25. But it had to be a jamboree game, due to the Indians full with a 10-game regular season schedule.
Never the less, the Aggies are back home at Smith Stadium for the entire season after not being able to play there from 2014 until late October of 2016, with cracks in the concrete bleachers on both sides, causing the stadium to be unsafe for spectators.
Fairview did get to play on the home field October 21, getting past Springville 21-17 in its final game in 5A, Region 6 play. Spectators for the Aggies and Tigers shared the home side of the stadium. Bleachers on the visitors' side were not done until spring time. That was a special moment for the Fairview community as coach Smith was honored before the game with an autograph football coming from the squad. Fairview finished 5-5 in 2016, winning three of its last four games.
The 2013 season was the last time the Aggies had a full schedule of playing home assignments. They were 3-1 at home that year. Fairview played 2014 and 2015 at Cullman's Oliver Woodard Stadium and spent four weeks at West Point Stadium last fall.
Fairview has a 9-game schedule for the regular season, playing at Smith Stadium vs. Corner (Sept. 8), West Point (Oct. 6), Hayden (Oct. 20) and Holly Pond (Nov. 3).
The Aggies had to postpone Media Day from the weekend due to wet fields from rainfall last week.
Fairview started the second week of fall practice Monday on its practice field.
Photo of Fairview practice August 11, courtesy of Sherrie Ashley.