This is the fourth story in a series of six schools that will be competing in their first varsity football schedule in 2015.
Today Summertown will be profiled.
Summertown high school has had success in several sports since the school opened.
The Eagle baseball team has won two Class A state titles and the volleyball team has two state runner up finishes.
Summertown has also made the state tournament in boys and girls basketball and tennis as well.
Now the small community in Lawrence County is hoping success will follow suit in football.
The Eagle football program is just four years old as they hired Randy Smith to start the program at the middle school level in July of 2012, but Smith never coached a game, resigning days later for health reasons.
Summertown then hired Jake White who led the Eagle program forward as they played a Freshman schedule in 2013 and a Junior Varsity schedule last season.
White was relieved of his coaching duties in November and the Eagle program in now in the hands of Leslie Mote.
Mote will lead the Eagles into their first varsity schedule in 2015 and they will be competing in a nine team region 4-1A along with Columbia Academy, Cornersville, Fayetteville, Huntland, Moore County, Mt. Pleasant, Richland and another new varsity program in Grace Christian Academy, a school in Leipers Fork.
Mote comes to Summertown after coaching at Goodpasture the last two seasons and before that led the football programs at Columbia Academy (1998-2009) and Alabama Christian Academy (2011-12).
“I can’t wait to get started, I have family in the area and I’m looking forward to getting back and seeing them,” Mote said.
“We have about 60 kids out right now and the coaches are doing a great job of working the kids out and they are excited to get going.”
“The job and the school reminds me of when I coached at Columbia Academy and I think with that experience at a small school it will help me go forward at Summertown,” Mote continued.
Summertown will not have a home field advantage in 2015 as they will play their five home games at nearby Lawrence County high school.
But help is on the way in the form of a new school for both Summertown and Loretto as the Lawrence County school system purchased 70 acres of land for $600,000 dollars two months ago.
Both schools will receive 35 acres and Summertown school officials are hopeful to be in the new school and the Eagles to play in their new stadium by August of 2016.
“That’s our hopeful time frame,” Summertown principal Brent Long said.
Summertown is in definite need of an upgrade as the original parts of the school were built in 1940s and 1950s, and although school officials have upgraded the buildings over the years, it would be easier and more cost effective to get a brand new school.
Previous stories in the series, in case you missed them
Grace Christian Academy in Leipers Fork
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