Head coach Brandon Lyles and the Douglas Eagles are getting ready to take the field for the 2021 spring season.
The Eagles will begin soring training on April 26 ahead of the 2021 season, which will start at Weaver on August 20.
Last season was Lyles’ first year as the head coach of the Eagles. Douglas got off to a hot 3-0 start before losing the last seven games of the season. The Eagles lost two of those games by just one score. Lyles said the youth and lack of depth posed the biggest issue last season.
“We got off to good start, which I was very happy about,” he said. “But as the season went on, we just didn’t have enough depth in several games. Once we got some injuries it became extremely tough to compete. Regardless, we played hard in several games and still had a chance to win against Glencoe and Pisgah.”
The silver lining to having a young team is that most of the experienced players will return for the 2021 season, players like Braxton Lindsey at quarterback, Dakota Stewart and Eli Teal at running back and Logan Plunkett at wide receiver will all be relied upon by the Eagles football team in 2021.
“We’ve got a lot of guys coming back who have a year with me and know what to expect,” Lyles said. “I do feel like there’s some excitement around the program as well. I’ve got 105 kids signed up to come out and play spring ball. Adding depth to go along with our experienced guys is going to be very important for us this year.”
Douglas will wrap up the spring season by playing Southeastern on the campus of Jacksonville State University on May 13. Lyles said the trip to JSU will be good for the program.
“Getting the opportunity to play on a college football field is going to be great for our guys,” he said. “It’s going to be great exposure for our school and a good opportunity for this team to compete on a big stage. We’re all excited to be gearing up for spring training and looking forward to the 2021 season.”
Here is the complete 2021 Douglas football schedule:
Aug. 20 – Weaver, away
Aug 27 – Brindlee, home
Sept. 3 – Sardis, away
Sept. 10 – Fairview, home
Sept. 17 – Guntersville, home
Sept. 24 – Glencoe, away
Oct. 1 – Open
Oct. 8 – Boaz, away
Oct. 15 – West Point, home
Oct. 22 – Crossville, away
Oct. 29 – Pisgah, home