In & around SEC football

December 8, 2016

By Cole Frederick

SEC Championship Review
Alabama captured its fifth SEC championship in the last eight seasons in dominating fashion last Saturday (Dec. 3). Florida jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but the Crimson Tide controlled the rest of the game en route to a 54-16 victory. In the first half, Alabama’s defense and special teams each scored, including an interception returned for a touchdown by Minkah Fitzpatrick. Bo Scarbrough carried the ball 11 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns, while Jalen Hurts threw for 138 yards and another score. The Tide defense intercepted Florida quarterback Austin Appleby three times. Alabama (13-0) advanced to the College Football Playoffs, where it will take on Washington at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, Dec. 31. If the UA wins, it will take on the winner of the Clemson-Ohio State game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

All-SEC First Team
Quarterback: Nick Fitzgerald, So., Mississippi State
Running back: Kamryn Pettway, So., Auburn; Derrius Guice, So., LSU
Receiver: ArDarius Stewart, So., Alabama; Christian Kirk, So., Texas A&M
Tight End: Evan Engram, Sr., Ole Miss
Tackle: Avery Gennesy, Sr., Texas A&M; Jonah Williams, Fr., Alabama
Guard: Braden Smith, Jr., Auburn; Will Clapp, So., LSU
Center: Jon Toth, Jr., Kentucky
Kicker: Daniel Carlson, Jr., Auburn

Line: Myles Garrett, Jr., Texas A&M; Jonathan Allen, Sr., Alabama; Carl Lawson, Jr., Auburn; Derek Barnett, Jr., Tennessee
Linebacker: Reuben Foster, Sr., Alabama; Kendell Sr., Beckwith, LSU; Zach Cunningham, Jr., Vanderbilt
Secondary: Minkah Fitzpatrick, So., Alabama; Jalen Tabor, So., Florida; Jamal Adams, Jr., LSU; Tre’Davious White, Sr., LSU
Punter: J.K. Scott, Jr., Alabama
Return Specialist: Christian Kirk, So., Texas A&M

All-SEC Second Team
Quarterback: Josh Dobbs, Sr., Tennessee
Running back: Rawleigh Williams, So., Arkansas; Ralph Webb, Jr., Vanderbilt
Receiver: J’Mon Moore, Jr., Missouri; Fred Ross, Sr., Mississippi State
Tight End: O.J. Howard, Sr., Alabama
Line: Cam Robinson, Jr., Alabama; Ethan Pocic, Sr., LSU; Dan Skipper, Sr., Arkansas; Alex Kozan, Sr., Auburn; Robert Leff, Sr., Auburn
Kicker: Gary Wunderlich, Jr., Ole Miss

Line: Arden Key, So., LSU; Caleb Brantley, Jr., Florida; Montravius Adams, Sr., Auburn; Charles Harris, Jr., Missouri
Linebacker: Jarrad Davis, Sr., Florida; Tim Williams, Sr., Alabama; Ryan Anderson, Sr., Alabama
Secondary: Eddie Jackson, Sr., Alabama; Aarion Penton, Sr., Missouri; Justin Evans, Sr., Texas A&M; Quincy Wilson, Jr., Florida
Punter: Johnny Townshend, Jr., Florida
Return Specialist: Evan Berry, Jr., Tennessee

Coach of the Year
Nick Saban, Alabama

Offensive Player of the Year
Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State

Defensive Player of the Year
Jonathan Allen, Alabama

Freshman of the Year
Jalen Hurts, Alabama

Area basketball teams ranked in ASWA poll

December 8, 2016

BOYS CLASS 7A 1. Mountain Brook 2. Lee-Montgomery 3. Smiths Station 4. Hoover 5. McGill-Toolen 6. Spain Park 7. Sparkman 8. Auburn 9. Murphy 10. James Clemens CLASS 6A 1. Pelham 2. Austin 3. Daphne 4. Hueytown 5. Carver-Montgomery 6. Spanish Fort 7. LeFlore 8. Sidney Lanier 9. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 10. Clay-Chalkville CLASS 5A 1. Jemison-Huntsville

Westbrook’s Self signs with UAH

December 8, 2016

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Tyler Self’s prowess on the baseball field and in the classroom has propelled him to the Rocket City. Last Wednesday (Dec. 7), the Westbrook Christian senior signed a baseball scholarship with the University of Alabama at Huntsville. In 67 innings on the mound this past season, Self went 11-1 with 72 strikeouts

Gadsden City's Day, Minton sign with Birmingham Southern

December 8, 2016

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A pair of Gadsden City High student-athletes will test their academic and athletic capabilities in the Magic City next year. Seniors Ella Day and David Minton received four-year President Scholarships from Birmingham Southern and will participate in softball and baseball, respectively. Last season, Day batted .445 with 61 hits, 18 doubles, four

Coosa’s Hampton signs with UAH

December 8, 2016

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A 10-year old dream came true for Alaina Hampton on Dec. 1 when the Coosa Christian senior signed a softball scholarship with the University of Alabama at Huntsville. “I’ve been playing softball since I was in fourth grade, and I always wanted to play in college,” she said. “Growing up, you’re going

Lady Titans take down Hewitt-Trussville in triple OT

December 7, 2016

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The third time was the charm for the Gadsden City High girls basketball team on Tuesday (Dec. 6). Facing Hewitt-Trussville in their Class 7A, Area 7 opener, the Lady Titans posted a 65-61 victory after battling tooth and nail through regulation and three overtime periods. The outcome was finally decided in the