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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC football

Alabama Week 9 Review

Amari Cooper set the tone of the last week's game early on. On Alabama’s first play of offense, Blake Sims hit Cooper for an 80-yard touchdown. Cooper went on to set an Alabama school record with 224 yards receiving, and he also added two touchdowns on the game. The Crimson Tide won the game 34-20,

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Gadsden City, Glencoe ranked in Oct. 29 ASWA football poll

Class 7A

Rank Record       Points

1. Hoover (7-2) 348

2. Fairhope (9-0) 297

3. Central-Phenix City (9-1) 250

4. Oak Mountain (8-1) 213

5. Baker <span

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Local football players recognized

Several local high school football players were nominated for both the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Offensive Player of the Week and Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight awards for the week of Oct. 24.

Westbrook Christian sophomore quarterback Wil Appleton threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns in the Warriors’ 49-12 win over Ashville on Oct. 23. 

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Bulldogs edge Cleveland, gain second place in region

By Mike Goodson/Messenger Correspondent

With second place in Class 2A, Region 7 and a first-round home playoff game at stake, Gaston rallied past Cleveland, 35-28, on Friday at GHS. 

The Bulldogs will host a state playoff game on Nov. 7.

The fourth quarter saw the Panthers drive 85 yards in nine plays to take their first lead of the

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Southside High’s Aleric Williams (center) carries a pair of Fort Payne defenders during the Panthers’ 24-17 Class 6A, Region 7 victory on Friday (Oct. 24) at SHS. Southside High’s Aleric Williams (center) carries a pair of Fort Payne defenders during the Panthers’ 24-17 Class 6A, Region 7 victory on Friday (Oct. 24) at SHS.

Southside beats Fort Payne, wins second straight region title

Chris McCarthy/Editor

Due in large part to a timely stop by junior linebacker Hunter Armstrong, Southside High made school history on Friday (Oct. 24) at Barney Hood Stadium.

With Fort Payne driving for a tying touchdown with under three minutes left in the game, Armstrong’s tackle of Desmon Turner for no gain on a completed pass on

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Etowah High’s Darius Moore (31) pursues Madison County’s Tyler Gurley during the Blue Devils’ 17-14 Class 5A, Region 7 loss on Oct. 24 in Attalla. (Photo by Travis Green)Etowah High’s Darius Moore (31) pursues Madison County’s Tyler Gurley during the Blue Devils’ 17-14 Class 5A, Region 7 loss on Oct. 24 in Attalla. (Photo by Travis Green)

Blue Devils can’t hold on against Madison County

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

With 1:57 remaining in Friday’s game, it seemed all the air inside Jim Glover Field was sucked away when the referees called Juan Rios’ 35-yard field goal attempt wide right.

From the spectators’ standpoint, the kick looked good, missing only by inches.

The downside was that the miss gave Madison County a

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Glencoe High’s Austin Bush (20) breaks up a pass intended to Pleasant Valley’s Ethan Borders during the Yellow Jackets’ 56-0 victory on Friday at GHS. (Photo by Gary Wells)Glencoe High’s Austin Bush (20) breaks up a pass intended to Pleasant Valley’s Ethan Borders during the Yellow Jackets’ 56-0 victory on Friday at GHS. (Photo by Gary Wells)

Yellow Jackets trounce Pleasant Valley

Glencoe finished off its region schedule with a 56-0 victory over Pleasant Valley on Friday (Oct. 24) at GHS.

The Yellow Jackets (8-0, 6-0) rolled up 436 total yards, including 344 on the ground, while holding the Red Raiders to 155. 

Both Thomas Ozmint and Dylan Stone went over the 100-yard rushing mark. Ozmint ran for 164

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Lions blast Crossville, 52-14

By Lionel Green/Sand Mountain Reporter

Keenan Lewis had another explosive offensive rushing game and the Sardis defense recovered two second-half Crossville fumbles as Sardis cruised to a 52-14 win at CHS on Friday (Oct. 24).

Playoff-bound Sardis improved to 5-4 overall and finished 4-3 in Class 4A, Region 6. Crossville dropped to 0-9 and ended up 0-7 in region

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Titans fall to Buckhorn

Courtesy of al.com

Class 7A, No. 3 Gadsden City stood between Buckhorn and a playoff berth on Friday (Oct. 24) in Region 4. The visiting Titans had already clinched the region championship.

The Bucks accomplished their goal by beating Gadsden City, 37-20, in Huntsville. Mackenzie Graham scored four touchdowns to lead playoff-bound Buckhorn (6-3, 4-3). The Bucks led 20-7 at

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Spring Garden puts down Conquerors

Courtesy of Cherokee County Herald

Spring Garden fell just four points short of setting a new school record for most points scored in a football game on Friday (Oct. 24) with a 72-42 victory over Class 1A, Region 7 rival Coosa Christian.

Spring Garden (6-3, 5-1) jumped out to a 33-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. 

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Eagles lose to Cleburne County

Hokes Bluff fell to Cleburne County, 35-14, in a Class 4A, Region 6 game on Friday (Oct. 24) at HBHS.

Noah Click and Fisher Simmons scored touchdowns for the Eagles (2-7, 2-5). 

Hokes Bluff closes out its season on Friday with a trip to Locust Fork.

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Gadsden City, Glencoe ranked in Oct. 22 ASWA football poll

  Class 7A

Rank Record       Points

1. Hoover (6-2) 360

2. Fairhope (8-0) 307

3t. Gadsden City (8-1) 236

3t. Central-Phenix City (8-1) 236

5. Oak Mountain (7-1)

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Etowah High's Paul Ruiz (Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter)Etowah High's Paul Ruiz (Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter)

Local football players recognized

Several local players were nominated for both the Alabama Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week and Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight awards for the week of Oct. 17.

Etowah junior Paul Ruiz rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and caught a touchdown pass in the Blue Devils’ 40-14 win over Boaz.

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Gadsden City’s Gabe Ford fights off a Hazel Green defender during the Titans’ 62-38 Class 7A, Region 4 victory last Friday (Pct. 17) at GCHS. Gadsden City’s Gabe Ford fights off a Hazel Green defender during the Titans’ 62-38 Class 7A, Region 4 victory last Friday (Pct. 17) at GCHS.

Titans get by Hazel Green, clinch region title

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Facing a Hazel Green squad that gave as good as it received last Friday (Oct. 17), Gadsden City used big plays on both sides of the ball to post a 62-38 victory that secured the Class 7A, Region 4 championship.

Gadsden City’s first region title in four years did not come easily. 

A

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Yellow Jackets wrap up region title with win over Weaver

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

Since the Alabama High School Athletic Association went to the region format almost 20 years ago, Glencoe has never won a region title - until this year, that is.

The Yellow Jackets defeated Weaver 56-7 Friday night to wrap up the Class 3A, Region 6 crown.

"I didn't say anything during the week, but Region

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Southside upends Scottsboro, will play for region title

Ry Parker/Daily Sentinel

The 2014 Scottsboro-Southside game followed a similar script as did the 2013 matchup, which was unfortunate for Scottsboro.

For the second straight season, Southside raced out to a big early lead and went on to hand the host Wildcats a 42-16 setback in Class 6A, Region 7 action.

The loss eliminated Scottsboro from region championship contention

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Blue Devils bounce past Boaz

By Ricky Smith/Sand Mountain Reporter

Entering the Etowah game Friday, the Boaz Pirates still had hopes of winning its last two region games and clinching its first-ever region title. Those hopes were quickly dashed as Etowah jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead and never looked back in a 40-14 win at BHS.

Etowah improved to 5-3

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Lions rally past CCHS, clinch playoff berth

By Lionel Green/Sand Mountain Reporter

Jesse Hubbard tossed the game-winning 6-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hallmark with three seconds left to send Sardis to a 42-38 come-from-behind win over Cherokee Countyon Friday (Oct. 17) in Sardis City.

“There was a lot of discussion about what we were going to do,” said Sardis head coach Gene Hill about the game-winning

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Gaston closer to playoff berth after Collinsville win

Gaston topped Collinsville 26-14, in a Class 2A, Region 7 football contest on Friday (Oct. 17) at CHS.

Mitchell Smith rushed for a pair of touchdowns for the Bulldogs (5-3, 3-2).

Jordan Douglas connected with Javonte Pope on a 34-yard touchdown pass, while Jashun Cammeron rushed for a score.

Albert Douglas had an interception on defense.

Gaston hosts Cleveland

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Coosa, West End, Hokes Bluff, Westbrook come up short

Coosa Christian fell to Class 1A, Region 7 rival Gaylesville, 51-32, on Friday (Oct. 17) at GHS.

For the Conquerors (1-7, 1-4) Johnny Grizzard completed 12 of 26 passes for 247 yards with three touchdowns while rushing eight times for 169 yards and three scores. Wesley Grizzard caught seven passes for 185 yards and three scores.

Coosa visits Spring

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