ALBERTVILLE, Ala. - before 2015 Albertville high school had just one playoff appearance in the past five years. That changed when head coach Dale Pruitt took over after a nine year stint at Plainview. The Aggies won seven games his first year with the team, snapping the three year postseason drought, but coach Pruitt says that had more to do with the players than him as a coach. "It's all about the players. They made the tackles and they made the plays. I think we can build off of that."
Most teams would be thrilled with this kind of turnaround, but not Albertville. The only thing on it's minds is the first round playoff loss to Minor. The Aggies lost a close one 37-35, so they feel like it's a game they could have won. Now the team is determined to build off the success of 2015 and be even better this year. Albertville knows it's not the most talented team in class 6A, but it's a team that plans on outworking the competition to win games. "You don't see anybody from any university out here looking at them, so we have to be blue collar," Pruitt told WHNT News 19's Taylor Tannebaum. "We have to play as one team, we are going to have to be one heart beat, we gotta do the little things well. We gotta help each other out, and that's the kind of stuff I think high school football is all about. That's what we have to do to be successful."
Albertville kicks off the new season August 19 at home against Columbia.