HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — For the first time since 2019 the Cottonwood Bears are coming off a winning season and feel confident going into August.

The Bears are still a young team with six returning seniors on both offense and defense.
But when you compare them to last year, you have a new ball club as Head Coach Dustin Harrison explains.

“Our IQ of the game has much improved and our leadership is much improved.” Harrison continued saying.
“Football wised, our maturity level is much improved and our players have been working hard all summer and had a great spring, and we expect big things from them.”

This season, big things are coming quickly for the Bears as Cottonwood will host Northside Methodist on August 25th, a team the Bears beat in week six last season 28 to 26.

But this year the region two showdown holds more weight since Northside is eligible for a playoff appearance after spending their first two years as an independent program in the AHSAA.

The Brother Bears of Cottonwood hold a brotherhood of their own, so not only do they hold confidence in their team but in their season as well.

Cottonwood Senior Eli Herring stated. “I’m surrounded by guys who love me and I love them as my brothers and it’s just something special to be a part of.”

When asked what he thought was the goal for this season? He was confident in saying. “To go to the playoffs we haven’t been there since 2014 and after we win we’re going to state.”