GURLEY, Ala. -The only thing constant in life is change and there's been a lot of it at Madison county this off-season. It all starts at the helm with new head coach Scott Sharp.
It's been a great transition to be honest. I've been very pleased," said Sharp. "The assistants have been great and welcoming and just picking up and running with it. The players have done a great job so its been a smooth transition."
Coach sharp isn't the only new face with the team. Former Buckhorn quarterback Dalen Morris has spent the off-season vying for the starting job. Morris says it's different coming from 7A to 4A but he says he likes it.
"I just hope to lead by example and if you lead by example hopefully everyone will follow me, in a good way, so hopefully we can make it to the state championship game."
Morris will be joined in the backfield by three-star running back Tae Provens. Between his senior quarterback and junior running back, Sharp believes the tigers can be explosive on offense.
"We're getting the ball out fast, said Provens. "It's coming out..it's smoking."
The Tigers have dropped down from class 5A to class 4A this season but their schedule doesn't get any easier. Accoring to the Alabama High School Football History website, Madison County has the third-toughest schedule in class 4A.
"Of course competing in 4A we have a tough schedule this year and certainly our aspirations are certainly to get to the playoffs," said Sharp. "I don't think the playoffs are our goal. We wanna make a run deep in the playoffs and I think the guys out here have built this program to that prospective."
Madison County opens up the season at home against Etowah on August 26th.