Markevious Matthews running to the endzone
Tigers appear in preseason poll
The Tallassee Tigers are headed back to Class 5A football in 2018 and are ranked No. 8 in the first Alabama Sports Writers Association poll of the season. THS finished the regular season at No. 4 last year in the ASWA Class 4A rankings.
Tallassee is coming off of a 10-2 season last year. It was just the third time in Tigers' history with ten wins or more in a season (1992, '99).
The only other time Tallassee was ranked in the 5A classification was during the 2010 season when the Tigers peaked at No. 9 under head coach Rodney Dollar.
Tallassee's highest ranking was No. 3 - twice; 1999 under Mark Rose and 1960 under Jackie Davis. This is the fourth season in which the Tigers have made the poll during Mike Battles' tenure since 2012.
The Tigers are one of three teams in Class 5A/Region 2 in the Top 10; Carroll-Ozark (No. 4), Beauregard (No. 10).
In Class 2A, Reeltown debuts at No. 6. The Rebels were 7-5 in coach Matt Johnson's second season last year.
Tallassee Highest ASWA Rankings By Year (Coach)
2017: No. 4 - Mike Battles
2013: No. 7 - Mike Battles
2012: No. 8 - Mike Battles
2010: No. 9 - Rodney Dollar
2000: No. 4 - Jared Jones
1999: No. 3 - Mark Rose
1996: No. 8 - Steve McCord
1991: No. 4 - Woody Weaver
1990: No. 6 - Woody Weaver
1989: No. 4 - Woody Weaver
1988: No. 10 - Woody Weaver
1983: No. 10 - Marc Rice
1961: No. 5 - Jackie Davis
1960: No.3 - Jackie Davis
1959: No. 6 - Jackie Davis (Montgomery Advertiser)
1954: No. 8 - Charles Hattaway (Birmingham Post-Herald)