"Special" senior class leading Albany to unbeaten record


ALBANY, Texas - Benjamin Franklin is credited as saying there are only two certainties: death and taxes. But he didn't know about Albany Lion football.

Albany is playing past Thanksgiving for the 15h straight year, an incredible mark of consistency under head coach Denney Faith, who says this season's dominance has been fueled by the senior class.

"They have such good chemistry together," said Faith. "We spend so much time in the fieldhouse, and on the practice field, and at games together. And then when you see them away from competition or practice they're still together, sitting together at a basketball game or going to a movie.

"It's a special group because they're all friends."

"We've been hanging out since elementary school," Albany senior Adam Faith said. "We get good chemistry. We know each other really well."

Since the senior class started high school Albany has won 50 of its 55 games.

The Lions are 11-0 this year with their closest game a 39-13 win at Class 3A power Cisco. Albany breezed through the district slate and cruised to a 56-16 victory against Irion County in its Class 2A Division II bi-district playoff game last week.

"I told them at the senior game, their last home game, that they are a special class and they'll be missed," said Denney Faith.

The Lions play Santo (7-4) in the area round on Friday at 2 p.m. at McMurry University's WIlford Moore Stadium in Abilene.

The winner will face either Lindsay or Menard in the regional semi-finals next week.