Baldwin County football wrap-up: Gulf Shores sets program records in wins, points scored

Foley Lions grab county’s lone region crown, Spanish Fort finishes 15th straight season of at least five wins and 300 points

By Cole McNanna
Sports Editor
cole@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 11/2/22

The regular season has officially come to a close for all of Baldwin County’s football teams and half finished with a positive record.

Seven are going to the playoffs where three will host …

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Baldwin County football wrap-up: Gulf Shores sets program records in wins, points scored

Foley Lions grab county’s lone region crown, Spanish Fort finishes 15th straight season of at least five wins and 300 points

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The regular season has officially come to a close for all of Baldwin County’s football teams and half finished with a positive record.

Seven are going to the playoffs where three will host the first round but none had a better record than the Gulf Shores Dolphins, who set a program record with nine regular-season wins.

The Dolphins, who have been ranked all season for the first time in school history, also set scoring records with 402 points for – breaking the 2009 record of 381 points – and 189 points against, which was tied for the second fewest allowed with the 2006 team that finished 5-5.

Gulf Shores, in its 23rd varsity season, is postseason-bound for only the fourth time but is set to host a playoff game for the first time this Friday against Carroll.

The Dolphins were ranked in all 12 state polls released by the Alabama Sports Writers Association this season where they started at No. 8, climbed as high as No. 4 and finished as the fifth-ranked team in Class 5A.

Makos make history

Similarly, Orange Beach is hosting a playoff game for the second straight year but will be searching for its first postseason victory in program history.

The Makos finished 8-2 overall and also set a team record in scoring with 361 points which broke the 345-point record set last year. Orange Beach also cracked the ASWA state polls for the first time this season where it checked in at No. 10 after Week 3 and No. 8 after Week 4.

Pirates put up third straight 300-point season

Baldwin County’s other eight-win team, Fairhope, was the only other local team that finished the season ranked in the final ASWA poll where the Pirates checked in at No. 8.

Earlier in the season, Fairhope climbed to its highest ranking since 2014 when it registered the No. 2 spot with a 3-0 record. The 363 points the Pirates scored this season marks a third straight 300-point season and is the most points scored since that 2014 season (468 points).

Lions win first region crown since 2007, score most points since 2014

The county’s lone region champion, the Foley Lions, won their first region crown since 2007 with a 7-3 overall mark and 5-1 record within Class 7A Region 1.

The 2007 postseason was the first time Foley won a pair of playoff games and the Lions’ 363 points scored this season was the most they’ve scored since 2014 (402 points), which was also the last time they won two postseason games.

Toros extend win, scoring streaks

The Spanish Fort Toros also finished with a positive record and eclipsed 300 points on the season with seven wins and 310 points scored.

Spanish Fort has now won five or more regular-season games and scored at least 300 points every year since 2008, its third varsity season. Also in that 15-year span, the Toros have won all of their first-round playoff matchups and own a 27-1 record in the first two rounds of the state playoffs.

Admirals, full of youth, qualify for fourth straight postseason

Coming into the 2022 season, Bayside Academy head football coach Phil Lazenby said his Admiral squad this year had very little varsity playing experience. Although it wasn’t a matter of if they were going to be good football players, he said it was more so a question of how soon they’ll show their skills.

Bayside Academy got out of the gates with wins in its first four games before setting a program record for single-game scoring in its 66-48 region win over Escambia County. In a season where Lazenby grabbed his 200th career victory, none were bigger than the region-opening win over St. Michael which helped clinch a fourth straight postseason by way of a tiebreaker.

All those teams, plus Snook Christian Academy, are set to open the state playoffs this Friday night. Stay tuned for a full playoff preview and follow along on social media @GCMSportsAL for sideline updates throughout the postseason.

Until then, here are the unofficial Baldwin County standings broken down by wins and points for, as well as the final region standings per classification.

Unofficial Baldwin County standings by wins, points

  1. Gulf Shores: 9-1; 402-189
  2. Fairhope: 8-2; 363-266
  3. Orange Beach: 8-2; 361-211
  4. Foley: 7-3; 332-311
  5. Spanish Fort: 7-3; 310-207
  6. Bayside Academy: 6-4; 266-233
  7. St. Michael Catholic: 5-5; 281-209
  8. Daphne: 4-6; 199-211
  9. Elberta: 2-8; 109-315
  10. Snook Christian Academy: 1-9; 237-560
  11. Baldwin County: 1-9; 113-310
  12. Robertsdale: 0-10; 125-426

FINAL REGION STANDINGS

Class 7A Region 1

  1. Foley 7-3 (5-1)
  2. Baker 4-6 (4-2)
  3. Fairhope 8-2 (4-2)
  4. MGM 6-4 (4-2)
  5. Daphne 4-6 (3-3)
  6. Davidson 3-7 (1-5)
  7. Alma-Bryant 3-7 (0-6)

Class 6A Region 1

  1. Theodore 10-0 (8-0)
  2. Saraland 9-1 (7-1)
  3. Spanish Fort 7-3 (6-2)
  4. St. Paul’s 5-5 (5-3)
  5. McGill-Toolen 5-5 (4-4)
  6. Blount 3-7 (3-5)
  7. Murphy 2-7 (2-6)
  8. Baldwin County 1-9 (1-7)
  9. Robertsdale 0-10 (0-8)

Class 5A Region 1

  1. UMS-Wright 10-0 (8-0)
  2. Gulf Shores 9-1 (7-1)
  3. Faith Academy 8-2 (6-2)
  4. Williamson 6-4 (4-4)
  5. Vigor 5-4 (4-4)
  6. B.C. Rain 4-6 (4-4)
  7. Elberta 2-8 (2-6)
  8. Citronelle 1-9 (1-7)
  9. LeFlore 0-10 (0-8)

Class 4A Region 1

  1. T.R. Miller 9-1 (7-0)
  2. Orange Beach 8-2 (5-2)
  3. Jackson 8-2 (5-2)
  4. Bayside Academy 6-4 (4-3)
  5. St. Michael Catholic 5-5 (4-3)
  6. Escambia County 4-6 (2-5)
  7. Satsuma 1-9 (1-6)
  8. Wilcox Central 1-8 (0-7)

AISA Class 1A Region 2

  1. Jackson Academy 10-0 (4-0)
  2. South Choctaw Academy 4-6 (3-1)
  3. Wilcox Academy 4-6 (2-2)
  4. Snook Christian Academy 1-9 (1-3)
  5. Sparta Academy 0-10 (0-4)

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