High School Football Preview: The Ariton Purple Cats


DALE COUNTY, Ala (WDHN) — To cap off the first week of high school football previews, we look at one of the more successful Wiregrass teams from last season.

The Ariton Purple Cats will be trying to find similar success from 2019 in which they were 2A Region 2 champs. Their season would end in the state quarterfinals for the second straight season, losing to Leroy high 24-35.

The Purple Cats’ season did not start off how you’d think considering their finish. Ariton dropped their first two games against Dale County and Goshen.

They will start this season with the exact same opponents.

Ariton will return many valuable players from the past year, including All-State honorable mention lineman, Chase Hughes.

A big part of why the team found success, was their hunger to be great. Now that winning has come their way, head coach Steven Kilcrease must keep his team wanting to achieve more.

“It was a hungry group, I think this group we have a lot of those guys back. They sort of have a sour taste how things ended last year, we think we could’ve moved on further,” Kilcrease said.

A great way for them to find that success and have a shot at making a title run, have an offense that is capable of breaking 2019’s school record of 480 points scored in a season.

When asked to name some breakout players or guys to watch this season, coach Kilcrease said there are too many, he’d leave someone out.

Kilcrease is looking to have his fifth straight winning season at Ariton, he has yet to have a losing season.

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