MCCALLA, Ala. (WIAT)- There may not be a team in the state of Alabama that has more playoff experience than the McAdory Yellow Jackets.
Under the leadership of David Powell, McAdory has not missed the playoffs since 1996. The only problem is they can’t get over the postseason hump.
The closest a Powell-coached McAdory team ever got to a state title was 2012 when they lost to Spanish Fort in the championship game.
Powell sees one simple cure for the playoff jinx, mentally preparing the team that the season is not 10 weeks long. The season ends in December.
“We do talk about the season being not 10 games but 15,” Powell said. “So that mindset, going into it every year and once the season hits it is week to week.”
McAdory has won two or more playoff games in five of the past seven seasons, but getting over that mid-November hump has been the challenge.
“You got to have excitement in playoffs,” senior Dakota Chapman said. “I have seen guys get complacent, teams come out flat and just no energy. You have to have excitement.”
That excitement starts on Aug. 19 at Pinson Valley, the only team McAdory lost to in the regular season last year.