By Zachary Sizemore
The Lions are kicking off the second half of the football season. Let’s take a look at their upcoming matchups.
October 5th at McGill-Toolen High School
McGill-Toolen currently sits first in the region with a 4-1 overall record (3-0 in region play). QB Sheldon Layman, a University of Memphis commit, is the key player that leads the team. The Yellow Jackets have posted impressive wins over Spanish Fort, rival Murphy, and Davidson. They went to double overtime with Mary G. Montgomery last week with McGill winning 17-10.
McGill also has a 29 region game winning streak that dates back to 2014.
October 12th vs Fairhope High School
Foley vs Fairhope. It’s the biggest rivalry in Baldwin County. Who’s the “real FHS?”
Fairhope is 3-2 at the midway point of the 2018 season. They opened up the season with a loss at Wetumpka. The Pirates then went on a two game winning streak with another loss coming at Theodore. Senior QB Devin Mitchell leads the team with Damell Bell at RB. This is an offensive team averaging 31 points per game.
Also, there is a trophy on the line in this game. Fairhope currently has it in their hands after a 28-23 win over the Lions on their home turf last year. The Lions have won 2 of the last 3 vs the Pirates.
This game will be home for Foley, their third of the season.
October 19th at Mary G. Montgomery High School
Montgomery has a more improved team from the last two years. With new head coach, Stan McCain, the Vikings have looked like a team that can contend for wins. Their most recent game stands out above the rest.
They took McGill-Toolen to two overtimes as they fell to the Yellow Jackets 17-10. They have posted solid wins over Robertsdale and Alma Bryant, with three tough losses coming to Murphy, Fairhope, and as mentioned, McGill-Toolen.
The trip for the Lions will be the final road game of the 2018 season.
October 26th vs Murphy High School
Murphy has stood as a test for Foley the past couple of years.
In 2016, it came down to a two-point conversion on the last play of the game that saw the Lions come up short at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The following year looked much better. It was the same situation, just with the roles switched. Foley won last year’s matchup at home 27-26, with Murphy getting stopped on a two-point conversion try.
The Panthers sit at 1-3 on the season with blowout losses coming from Baldwin County, McGill-Toolen, and Fairhope. They have one win on the year, a 36-30 shootout against Montgomery.
This will be the first of two home games that end the season for the Lions.
November 2nd vs Davidson High School
This game will be an emotional one for the Lions as it will be Senior Night.
The Wildcats have been a struggle to Foley for the past two years with a 41-7 loss at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in 2016 and a 24-7 loss in 2017.
Davidson is led by RB Kolbe Blunt, who has put up staggering numbers in all the games they have played. He is a key player on the team’s offense.
Davidson sits at 2-3 on the year with wins over Alma Bryant and Baker.
This will be the final home game for the Lions as they look to lock their spot in the playoffs.