Tuscaloosa’s 2 biggest schools face off with new head coaches


By WVUA 23 News Reporter Grace Brister

Tuscaloosa County High School faces Hillcrest High School tonight for week one of football season with new head coaches.

Tuscaloosa County head coach, Adam Winegarden, previously coached at Hillcrest High School for two seasons and beat the Wildcats in this rivalry game 2010 and 2011.

Winegarden expressed how important this game was to the community as a whole.

“On any given Friday night, you can have 500 student athletes, or students from your band, your cheerleaders, your choir… your football players that are putting on a show for our community,” said Winegarden. “Anytime you’re going to have five to ten thousand people to watch that event I think that it’s a pretty special thing.”

Hillcrest head coach Jamie Mitchell is brand new to the rivalry, but he expressed his thoughts on what this game means for citizens of Tuscaloosa.

“This game matters so much to both communities, and, you know, I think it’s been a heated rival for a long time, and it’s a fun game to play in,” said Mitchell.

Hillcrest has won this rivalry game for seven straight seasons. The last time Tuscaloosa County won this game was in 2013.

“We’ve got to have continual improvement. That’s a big thing for our team. I mean, we have a lot of work to do to become a better football team, much less compete well in this game,” said  Winegarden.

Mitchell’s outlook going into this game is about fixing as well as learning from their mistakes.

This will be the first game played on the new turf field at Wildcat Stadium which is an estimated $1 million project.

They will face off tonight at 7 p.m.

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