Southside High’s Aleric Williams gains yardage while Holt Keeling (15) provides blocking during the Panthers’ 42-21 loss to Oxford on Thursday (Aug. 21) at SHS. Southside High’s Aleric Williams gains yardage while Holt Keeling (15) provides blocking during the Panthers’ 42-21 loss to Oxford on Thursday (Aug. 21) at SHS.

Panthers fall to Oxford in 6A debut

Chris McCarthy/Editor

Oxford pulled out a couple more big plays than did Southside on Thursday.

Competing as a Class 6A football team for the first time since the 1991 season, the Panthers came up short by a score of 42-21 at Barney Hood Stadium. 

The visiting Yellow Jackets, who remained in 6A following last year’s re-classification, enjoyed a 21-point

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Ford Clay and the Gadsden City Titans open the 2014 football season at Auburn High.Ford Clay and the Gadsden City Titans open the 2014 football season at Auburn High.

Gadsden City faces 5th ranked Auburn

Gadsden City (0-0) at Auburn (0-0)

2013 result: Auburn 16, Gadsden City 13

Series record: Auburn 2, Gadsden City 0

By Gene Stanley/Correspondent

Gadsden City opens the season with a huge challenge.

The Titans visit Auburn High, which is ranked No. 5 in Class 7A in the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s preseason poll. 

The Tigers finished last year as the Class 6A runner-up, losing

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Paul Ruiz and the Etowah High Blue Devils travel to Tuscaloosa on Friday to take on Northridge. Paul Ruiz and the Etowah High Blue Devils travel to Tuscaloosa on Friday to take on Northridge.

Etowah High traveling to T-Town to play Northridge

Etowah (0-0) at Northridge (0-0)

Series record: Have not met

By Gene Stanley/Correspondent

The Etowah High Blue Devils start off their football season with a trip to Tuscaloosa with Northridge in their sights.

While the Jaguars finished last year with only a 2-8 record, Etowah coach Drew Noles said that this would be one of the toughest games of the year for

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC football

2014 Season Predictions

SEC West 

1. LSU (11-1, 7-1). After losing to Auburn in October, LSU regroups and knocks off Florida, Ole Miss, and Alabama to win the SEC West with an 11-1 record. The Tigers rely heavily on their running game and strong defense throughout the season, and quarterback play improves as the year progresses. Losses: at Auburn. 

2. Alabama (11-1, 7-1).

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Gadsden native Pat Adkison (right) poses for a photo with Samford University Athletic Director Martin Newton during the Central Alabama Softball Association 2014 Hall of Fame Banquet on Aug. 16 in Birmingham. Gadsden native Pat Adkison (right) poses for a photo with Samford University Athletic Director Martin Newton during the Central Alabama Softball Association 2014 Hall of Fame Banquet on Aug. 16 in Birmingham.

Gadsden’s Adkison inducted into Central Alabama softball hall of fame

Gadsden resident Pat Adkison was inducted into the Central Alabama Softball Association 2014 Hall of Fame on Aug. 16 in Birmingham. 

Adkison’s softball career began in 1952 as a player. He started with fast pitch in Samson as a catcher and later played fast pitch in Tuscaloosa. 

Adkison turned to the slow pitch game in Milton, Fla., where he played with Joe’s

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