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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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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC football

Alabama Week 7 Review

Despite a sluggish performance, Alabama defeated Arkansas, 14-13, in Fayetteville last Saturday. The Crimson Tide needed several late defensive stands to hold off the Razorbacks, and a Landon Collins interception finally sealed the game late in the fourth quarter. Offensively, the Tide struggled throughout most of the game in rushing for only 66 yards. Blake

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Glencoe High senior Jessica Rathje signs a letter of intent to play softball at Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga., on Tuesday (Oct. 13) in the GHS library. Pictured sitting, from left: Jessica’s mom April, Jessica, Jessica’s dad Brad. Standing, from left: Brenau assistant softball coach Gary Hatfield, Jessica’s pitching coach Eddie McConnell. Glencoe High senior Jessica Rathje signs a letter of intent to play softball at Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga., on Tuesday (Oct. 13) in the GHS library. Pictured sitting, from left: Jessica’s mom April, Jessica, Jessica’s dad Brad. Standing, from left: Brenau assistant softball coach Gary Hatfield, Jessica’s pitching coach Eddie McConnell.

Glencoe’s Rathje signs softball scholarship

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Jessica Rathje received a rather special present on her 18th birthday on Tuesday (Oct. 13).

The Glencoe High senior signed a letter of intent to play softball at Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga.

As the ace of the pitching staff last season, Rathje helped the Lady Yellow Jackets post a 29-5 record, gain a final regular

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Gadsden City, Glencoe ranked in Oct. 15 ASWA football poll

  Class 7A

Rank Record       Points

1. Hoover (5-2) 336

2. Fairhope (7-0) 289

3. Prattville (6-1) 209

4. Gadsden City (7-1) 192

5. Central-Phenix City (7-1) <span

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Gadsden City grounds Jets, clinch playoff berth

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

It took a bit longer than Gadsden City head coach Matt Scott would have liked, but his Titans eventually put away a pesky James Clemens squad for a 42-35 victory at a wet and windy Titan Stadium on Friday.

Gadsden City (7-1, 5-0) clinched a home playoff berth with the Class 7A, Region 4 win.

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Bulldogs strike down West End

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

Lightning struck early and often on Shinbone Ridge on Friday (Oct. 10), as Gaston High rolled to a 49-20 victory over West End in Class 2A, Region 7 action.

The Bulldogs (4-3, 2-2) scored three plays into the game, on a 50-yard run by Jashun Cammeron.

On West End's fourth play, Javonte Pope caught an

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Southside weathers delay to post region win

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent

Southside shook off an extended weather delay to post a 44-20 win over Class 6A, Region 7 rival Lee-Huntsville on Friday at SHS.

“I was proud of how our players handled it,” Southside coach Ron Daugherty said about the long weather delay. “We pretty much went in there and relaxed like it an hour and

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Blue Devils hang 60 on Butler

Courtesy of al.com

Coming off a close loss to Guntersville last week, Etowah stayed in the playoff chase in Class 5A, Region 7 with a 60-6 win on Friday over Butler in Huntsville. 

The win allowed the Blue Devils (4-3, 4-1) to take a firm grip on second place in the region.

“We came off a tough loss last

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Yellow Jackets stone Ohatchee

Led by Dylan’s Stone standout rushing effort, Glencoe remained undefeated on Friday with a 42-12 victory over Class 3A, Region 6 foe Ohatchee.

The game was halted a halftime due to weather conditions.

On just eight carries, Stone ran for 217 yards and four touchdowns. 

After the Indians scored on their first possession, the Yellow Jackets (7-0,

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Westbrook’s playoff hopes take big hit with loss to Weaver

Courtesy of Anniston Star

Westbrook Christian fell to Weaver, 41-28, on Friday in a Class 3A, Region 6 game at Weaver. 

Westbrook (2-5, 2-3) dented the scoreboard first after a 2-yard run by quarterback Joseph Schauer on the Warriors’ second drive of the night. The Bearcats answered back in a big way, rattling off 27-unanswered points.

Just before the

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC football

Alabama Week 6 Review

Alabama lost its first game of the season last weekend against Ole Miss in Oxford. Despite leading 14-3 at halftime, the Crimson Tide lost 23-17. The Rebels took advantage of two missed field goals by Alabama kicker Adam Griffith, and quarterback Blake Sims was intercepted on the Tide’s final possession. Sims was outplayed by Ole

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Gaston, West End to meet for 37th time

West End (1-5, 0-4) at Gaston (3-3, 1-2)

Last week: Fyffe 56, Gaston 8; Ider 59, West End 26

Last meeting: Gaston 40, West End 24 (2013)

Series record: West End leads 23-13-1

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

Gaston High is at the make or break point of its season. 

With three Class 2A, Region 7 games left, the Bulldogs must win at

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