After last season’s disappointing end, coach Bryan Moore said he needed to improve the Tigers’ schedule to better prepare them for the future.
He made good on that promise for the Tigers’ 2022 season, in which they will face four teams just outside the top 10 in their classification. Of their ten opponents, six made the 2021 playoffs, two of whom made it to the second round.
Here’s a look at the Tigers’ 2022 schedule.
August 19: Austin at Hartselle
The Tigers open their season by welcoming Austin to JP Cain Stadium. Hartselle defeated the Black Bears 29-0 last season. The Black Bears have nine starters who are returning on offense and 10 players who have started at least one game on defense. They averaged 21.9 points per game and gave up 26.8. The Black Bears are led by quarterback De’Air Young and linebacker Druce Clarke. The Tigers lead the series 31-23-1.
August 26: Jackson-Olin in Hartselle
A newcomer to Hartselle’s schedule are the Jackson-Olin Mustangs. The Mustangs finished last season 9-3 after losing to Mountain Brook in the second round of the playoffs. They defeated Cullman 22-14 in overtime to open the playoffs. Jackson-Olin averaged 34.0 points per game last season while giving up 23.1. They are entering their first year under head coach Jamaal Bess. This will be the first matchup between the two teams.
2 Sept Hartselle at Cullman
The Tigers are making a return trip to Woodard Stadium after beating Cullman 35-14 last season. The Bearcats finished third in the region last year and were 7-4 for the season. They averaged 23.3 points per game last season while giving up 15.6. Cullman is led by quarterback Ryan Skinner. The Tigers lead the series 49-47-4.
September 9: Columbia at Hartselle
Columbia is scheduled to visit Hartselle on September 9th. The Eagles lost to Hartselle last season. The last time the teams met on the field, the Tigers won 56-0 in 2020. Columbia has lost 62 straight games leading up to the 2022 season. They averaged 3.0 points per game last season while giving up 35.0. The Tigers lead the series 6-0.
16 September: Hartselle in Gadsden City
The Tigers open a treacherous four-game road trip with a visit to the Gadsden City Titans. The Titans dropped to 6A after playing in 7A for the past eight seasons. They finished last season 5-5 after averaging 20.8 points per game while giving up 22.0. Gadsden City is led by quarterback Luke Waldrop, offensive lineman Aaron Wood and defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick.
This will be the first matchup between the two teams.
September 23: Hartselle at Oxford
Hartselle travels to Oxford for a matchup with the Yellow Jackets. Oxford finished last season 7-5 after progressing to the 6A second round. They averaged 19.9 points per game last season while conceding 27.7. The Yellow Jackets are led by sophomore head coach Sam Adams. Sam Robertson returns as quarterback for Oxford. Oxford leads the series 2-0.
September 30: Hartselle at Muscle Shoals
The Tigers return to JF Moore Stadium to repeat last season’s 52-35 win over the Trojans. The Muscle Shoals finished last season 9-2 and finished second behind the Tigers in the region. They averaged 38.1 points per game and gave up 17.5. The Tigers lead the series 16-11-1.
7 Oct: Hartselle in Athens
Hartselle concludes the road portion of her schedule with a drive on I-65 to Athens. The Golden Eagles played the Tigers closer than anyone last season before losing 45-34. Athens finished last season 4-6 and missed the playoffs. They averaged 23.6 points per game and gave up 31.0. The Tigers lead the series 40-32-2 and have won 19 of their 23 games so far.
14 Oct: Decatur at Hartselle
Hartselle finishes the regional game as Decatur comes to JP Cain Stadium. The Tigers defeated the Red Raiders 42-21 last season. The Red Raiders will start seven seniors on offense and nine on defense. They averaged 23.4 points per game and gave up 23.7. Decatur is led by quarterback Ellis Dickman and linebackers Mylon Miller and Tommy Cazier. Decatur leads the 59-29 series.
28 Oct: Bob Jones at Hartselle
Hartselle ends the regular season with a visit to the Bob Jones Patriots. The Patriots finished last season 5-6 after losing in the first round of the 7A playoffs. Bob Jones averaged 33.5 points per game while giving up 30.4. They are led by quarterback Rayshawn Hardy and linebacker Rowan Jones. The Tigers lead the series 4-1.