In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Bowl Previews and Predictions, Part I Season record: 89-23 Saturday, Dec. 16 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl North Texas vs. Troy (-6). Before Neal Brown took over at Troy, the Trojans had never won 10 games in a season in the FBS. Over the last two seasons under Brown, Troy has
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Lady Cardinals breeze past Cleveland State

Photo: Gadsden State’s Kelsey Patterson attempts a jump shot during the Lady Cardinals’ 86-74 victory over Cleveland State last Wednesday (Nov. 13). (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gadsden State placed four players in double figures on the way to an 86-74 victory over Cleveland State on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Beck Field House. The
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Three area teams ranked in latest ASWA basketball poll

Released December 14 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Sparkman 3. Spain Park 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. James Clemens 6. Alma Bryant 7. Mountain Brook 8. Huffman 9. McGill-Toolen 10. Davidson Class 6A 1. LeFlore 2. Hazel Green 3. Ramsay 4. Hartselle 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Homewood 7. Austin 8. Brewer 9. Selma 10. Blount Class 5A
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Local college football lettermen recognize veterans

Photo: Former Etowah High and University of Alabama standout lineman and LETTERMEN of USA member David Gilmer (right) presents an autographed Kyle Whittingham University of Utah football to Vietnam War veteran and U.S. Army Captain Michael Mendell during the recent Semper-Fi Community Task Force/Heroes Week luncheon in Huntsville.   Lettermen of the USA, a non-profit
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Lady Titans battle No. 3 Spain Park to the wire

Photo: Gadsden City High’s Cianni Rhodes battles for possession with Spain Park’s Claire Holt (center) and Barrett Herring during the Lady Titans’ 51-48 loss last Tuesday (Nov. 12) at GCHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor One day after the Gadsden City High School girls basketball team suffered through a 47-point Class 7A loss to
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In & around SEC football

SEC Championship Review To make the playoffs, Auburn needed to beat Georgia for the second time in four weeks. The Tigers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but that was all the offense Auburn could muster on the afternoon, as Georgia pulled away for a 28-7 win to secure the SEC title. Kerryon Johnson
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Hokes Bluff duo leads off All-County football football team

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Darrian Meads (pictured above) and Landon Johnson were named Co-MVPs the 2017 of the All-Etowah County Schools football team. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A pair of Eagles soared to new heights this year, and the postseason honors are starting to roll in. Senior quarterback Landon Johnson and sophomore halfback Darrian Meads were named
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Southside, Sardis move in AHSAA reclassification; Westbrook, Coosa Christian affected by new private school rule

Photo: Kenneth Bothwell and the Southside football team will compete in Class 5A next season. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Two local high school moved in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s re-classification for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 athletic seasons. The AHSAA’s Central Board of Control unanimously approved the measure on Nov. 30. Southside, who competed in
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Local teams ranked in latest ASWA basketball polls

Released Dec. 7 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Sparkman 3. Spain Park 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. James Clemens 6. Davidson 7. Huffman 8. Alma Bryant 9. Mountain Brook 10. McGill-Toolen Class 6A 1. LeFlore 2. Hazel Green 3. Ramsay 4. Brewer 5. Homewood 6. Austin 7. Selma 8. Athens 9. Blount 10. Carver-Birmingham Class 5A
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Etowah’s Howard highlights 5A, All-Region 7 football team

Etowah High’s Alex Howard was named Player of the Year of the Class 5A, All-Region 7 football team. The 6-2, 230-pound junior defensive end/offensive tackle put up big numbers on both sides of the ball while helping the Blue Devils finish with an 11-2 record, win a region championship and qualify for state playoff quarterfinals.
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In & around SEC football

By C ole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Iron Bowl Review Auburn’s win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl didn’t come as a total surprise, but the manner in which the Tigers won the game certainly wasn’t expected. While Auburn didn’t rout Alabama, they did prove on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium that they are the better team right
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Area teams ranked in ASWA basketball polls

Released Nov. 30 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Sparkman 3. Spain Park 4. Huffman 5. Hewitt-Trussville 6. James Clemens 7. Davidson 8. McGill-Toolen 9. Gadsden City 10. Lee-Montgomery Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. LeFlore 3. Ramsay 4. Brewer 5. Homewood 6. Athens 7. Hillcrest-Tusc. 8. Austin 9. Blount 10. Northview Class 5A 1.
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True Etowah County boys basketball tournament on tap for 2018

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent In 1951, Norman Dale arrived in rural Hickory, Indiana, to become a high school teacher and head basketball coach of the Huskers. He was hired by his longtime friend, principal Cletus Summers. Speaking with Cletus, Dale thanks him for the opportunity and mysteriously mentions that he hopes things will work out
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Huff reaches milestone in GCHS win

Photo:Gadsden City High boys basketball coach Reginald Huff earned his 500th career win with the Titans’ 61-42 victory over Southside on Nov. 28. By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Walter Holt, Gid Riddle, George Baker. We now can add Gadsden City High School’s Reginald Huff to the list of legendary Etowah County basketball coaches. Last Tuesday (Nov.
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Lady Panthers defeat Gadsden City

Photo: Southside High’s Lauren Hunt (23) drives between Gadsden City’s Asia Samuels (34) and Brittney Watts (5) during the Lady Panthers’ 46-39 victory in girls basketball last Tuesday (Nov. 28) at GCHS. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent “This was an exciting game,” said Southside High girls basketball coach Kim Nails following her Lady Panthers’
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Hokes Bluff comes up short in Class 4A third round

Photo: Hokes Bluff Austin Gulledge (2) runs into Fayette County’s Chance Stevenson during the Eagles’ 35-27 loss in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A state football playoffs on Nov. 24. (Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Hokes Bluff’s quest to play in the state semifinals for the second straight year came to an end
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Etowah falls short in 5A quarterfinals

Etowah’s Corey Thomas fights for yardage during the Blue Devils’ 31-0 loss to Briarwood Christian in the Class 5A state quarterfinals last on Nov. 24) at in Birmingham. (Al.com/ Butch Dill) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 5A, No. 5 Etowah’s best season in nearly two decades ended with a 31-0 loss to No. 1 Briarwood
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 12 Review The Tigers were sluggish in a 42-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe and led the Warhawks only 14-7 at the half. Kerryon Johnson led the Auburn offense with 137 yards rushing and a touchdown and Darius Slayton caught four passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. Jarrett Stidham threw
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Gaston football team receives sportsmanship award

Pictured in above photo, from left: Etowah County Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Cosby, TV-24 Pigskin Roundup host Jon Holder, GHS head football coach Swane Morris, GHS principal Tammy George, GHS athletic director Richard Tant. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent On Nov. 17, the Gaston High School football team received the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’
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Hokes Bluff shuts out Rogers, moves to quarterfinals

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Darrian Meads (left) looks avoid Rogers’ Ethan Truitt during the Eagles’ 12-0 victory over Rogers in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs on Nov. 17. (Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Not many teams qualify for the state football quarterfinals with a two-game total of 24 points. Count Hokes
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Blue Devils dispatch Brooks, move to third round

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 5A, No. 5 Etowah advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1999 with a resounding 42-21 win over Brooks on Friday (Nov. 17) at Jim Glover Field in Attalla. The Blue Devils (11-1) will travel to take on No. 1 Briarwood Christian next Friday (Nov. 24). For most
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In & around SEC football

Auburn Week 10 Review Auburn submitted its best performance of both the season and the Gus Malzahn era in a convincing and do-minating 40-17 win over No. 1 Georgia last Saturday, Nov. 11, at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and outgained the Bulldogs by a
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Area runners compete at state cross country meet

Photo: Southside High’s Taylor Nails is pictured competing in the Class 6A boys state cross country meet last Saturday (Nov. 11) in Moulton. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Four local runners placed in the top 15 in their respective events at the AHSAA state cross country meet last Saturday (Nov. 11) in Moulton. The top 15 runners in
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Hokes Bluff exacts revenge on Madison Academy

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill makes a catch between a trio of Madison Academy defenders during the Eagles’ 12-10 win in the first round of the Class 4A state football playoffs on Friday (Nov. 10) in Madison. (Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent As the final seconds ticked off the clock in Class 4A, No.
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Sardis comes up short to Cherokee County in first round

Photo: Sardis High’s Chase Bright runs after a catch as Cherokee County’s Jawaun Hood hangs on during the Lions’ 21-14 loss in the first round of the Class 4A state football playoffs on Nov. 10 in Sardis City. (Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Sardis High did not have an answer for
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Conquerors fall to Cherokee in first round

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Jake McDowell (right) pursues Cherokee’s Willie Padron during the Conquerors’ 49-0 loss in the first round of the Class 1A state football playoffs on Nov. 9. (Allison Carter/Florence Times-Daily) By Jacob Cole/For Florence Times-Daily Arian Strong’s five-touchdown performance propelled Cherokee to its first playoff win since 1999 as the Indians routed Coosa
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Westbrook loses to Sulligent in first round

Tyreke Metcalfe rushed for three touchdowns and Jaron Scott passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to in Sulligent’s 42-14 win against Westbrook Christian in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs on No. 9. Scott completed a 67-yard touchdown pass play to C.J. McLemore and another 32-yard pass to McLemore for a touchdown.
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Blue Devils get past Pleasant Grove in first round

Photo: Etowah High’s Caleb Horton runs for a second quarter touchdown during the Blue Devils’ 15-12 victory over Pleasant Grove on Friday (Nov. 10). (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Etowah had to endure a few tense moments in the second half, but the fifth-ranked Blue Devils hung on to post a 15-12 victory over Pleasant
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 9 Review It wasn’t Alabama’s best offensive performance, but the Crimson Tide still won comfortably in taking down, LSU, 24-10 last Saturday (Nov. 4) in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers actually outgained the Tide on the night, but a Ronnie Harrison interception of LSU quarterback Danny Etling led to an Alabama
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in final ASWA football poll

Released November 8 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 9-0 281 2. Thompson 10-0 258 3. Hewitt-Trussville 10-0 210 4. McGill-Toolen 10-0 183 5. Auburn 9-1 146 6. Hoover 7-3 139 7. Fairhope 8-2 89 8. Bob Jones 7-3 82 9. Davidson 7-3 41 10. Mountain Brook 7-3 33 Others receiving votes: Sparkman
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Area runners qualify for state 5K meet

Photo: Southside High’s Taylor Nails, Presley Johnson and Camryn Davis (pictured, from left) gather for a photo after qualifying for the state cross country meet on Saturday, Nov. 11, in Moulton. (Submitted photo) Several local runners qualified for the AHSAA state cross country meet this Saturday, Nov. 11, at Moulton. A pair of Gadsden City runners
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Horn, Thomas pace JSU past Murray State

Photo: Jacksonville State quarterback Bryant Horn finds open space during the Gamecocks’ 59-23 victory over Murray State last Saturday, Nov. 4, in Jacksonville. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Bryant Horn appears to be finding a home at quarterback for Jacksonville State. For the second week in a row, the junior signal caller paced the
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Southside steamrolls Glencoe, 56-0

Photo: Glencoe High’s Tyler Palomares (left) pursues Southside’s Gavin Griffin during the Panthers’ 56-0 win last Friday (Nov. 3). (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside High ended its season on a positive note last Friday (Nov. 3), as the Panthers blanked cross-county rival Glencoe, 56-0. The Panthers outgained the Yellow Jackets 282 to 33.
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Hokes Bluff dispatches Westbrook, 43-17

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Peyton Moore (5) attempts to break up a pass by Westbrook’s Jackson Cox during the Eagles’ 43-17 victory last Friday (Nov. 3) in Rainbow City. (Alex Chaney) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Hokes Bluff Eagles used a big-play offense to subdue a stubborn bunch of Westbrook Christian Warriors last Friday (Nov. 3) by
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Sardis sinks Pirates, 35-7

Photo: Sardis High’s Jake Ross (31) escapes from Boaz’s Jackson Sarratt during the Lions’ 34-7 victory last Friday (Nov. 3). (Bentley Gray/Sand Mountain Reporter) By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter After Boaz jumped out to a 7-0 first quarter lead over Sardis, the Lions scored 35 unanswered points on the way to a 34-7 victory last
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Ashville snuffs out West End’s playoffs hopes

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor West End saw its postseason hopes disappear in the dense fog on Friday (Nov. 3) in Walnut Grove. With the Patriots facing a win-and-you’re-in scenario for the fourth and final playoff seed in Class 2A, Region 7, West End came up short against Class 4A Ashville by a score of 40-28.
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC rankings 1. Alabama (8-0, 5-0) 2. Georgia (8-0, 5-0) 3. Auburn (6-2, 4-1) 4. Mississippi State (6-2, 3-2) 5. LSU (6-2, 3-1) 6. Texas A&M (5-3, 3-2) 7. South Carolina (6-2, 4-2) 8. Kentucky (6-2, 3-2) 9. Florida (3-4, 3-3) 10. Arkansas (3-5, 1-4) 11. Ole Miss (3-5, 1-4) 12.
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Blue Devils, Eagles ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released November 1 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 9-0 326 2. Thompson 9-0 298 3. Hewitt-Trussville 9-0 237 4. McGill-Toolen 9-0 199 5. Hoover 7-2 184 6. Auburn 8-1 158 7. Fairhope 8-1 126 8. Mountain Brook 7-2 91 9. Bob Jones 7-3 55 10. Sparkman 7-2 32 Others receiving votes: Davidson
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JSU extends conference winning streak

Photo: Jacksonville State quarterback Bryant Horn can’t avoid a pair of Southeast Missouri State defenders during the Gamecocks’ 23-7 victory last Saturday (Oct. 28) in Jacksonville. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State blocked two Southeast Missouri State kicks and Cade Stinnett booted a career-best three field goals to lift the No. 3 Gamecocks to
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Blue Devils plant Scottsboro in regular season finale

Photo: Etowah High’s Davian Smith (27) and Dalton Robison (17) converge on Scottsboro’s Jacob Manning during the Blue Devils’ 47-27 win over Scottsboro on Oct. 27. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Etowah High capped its regular season and extended its winning streak to eight games with a 47-27 Class 5A, Region 7 victory over Scottsboro
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Huntsville edges Titans on last-second field goal

Photo: Gadsden City High’s Jaylen Cole (2) stays on his feet after a catch during the Titans’ 38-35 loss Huntsville last Friday (Oct. 27). (Photo by Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Both Gadsden City High’s season and postseason hopes came down to one moment in time last Friday (Oct. 27) in Gadsden. In a
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Eagles clipped by Saks in battle for region title

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 4A, No. 8 Hokes Bluff couldn’t keep pace with No. 7 Saks as the Wildcats left Hokes Bluff Stadium with a 35-19 win last Friday (Oct. 27). Saks (9-0, 7-0) clinched the Class 4A, Region 5 championship with the win and will host Westminster Christian in the first round of
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Conquerors notch third playoff seed

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Coosa Christian earned the third playoff seed in Class 1A, Region 6 with a 28-7 victory over Woodville last Friday (Oct. 27) in Gadsden. The Conquerors (4-6, 3-2) travel to Cherokee on Nov. 10 for the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs. “Getting a higher seed than fourth hasn’t been
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Panthers knock Albertville out of playoffs

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter Albertville scored 15 points during a furious fourth-quarter rally against last Friday (Oct. 27, but the Aggies needed 18. Oliver Diaz’s 23-yard field goal sailed wide left after a high snap with 18.7 seconds remaining, allowing the Panthers to escape with a 20-18 victory at Aggie Stadium in the
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Sardis tops Randolph for region title

By Skip Vaughn/AL.com Sardis High beat host Randolph, 28-20, last Friday (Oct. 27) at SportsMed Field in Huntsville to clinch first place in Class 4A, Region 7. Sardis improved to 6-3 overall and 5-1 atop the region. “Our offense really lined up and pounded the ball,” said Sardis coach Gene Hill. “That keeps the other
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Stancil leads Patriots to third win

By Barry Barnett/For Daily Mountain Eagle Winston County’s bid to earn the fourth and final playoff spot in Class 2A Region 7 fell just short last Friday (Oct. 27) in Double Springs, as the Yellow Jackets were narrowly defeated by the visiting West End Patriots, 26-19. The Jackets spotted West End a 19-0 lead before
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Westbrook falls to fourth playoff seed with loss to Ider

Courtesy of Fort Payne Times Journal The Ider Hornets solidified their playoff position as a No. 3 seed after a dominant performance in all phases of Friday’s 28-0 win over the visiting Westbrook Christian Warriors. The Hornets jumped out in front in the early going and never looked back in a game that decided the
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Yellow Jackets, Bulldogs come up short

Glencoe closed out its Class 3A, Region 7 schedule with a 48-6 loss to No. 7 Ohatchee last Friday (Oct. 27). The Yellow Jackets’ lone score came on Jakob Amberson’s six-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Mayo. Amberson was 4 for 9 in passing for 79 yards. Cade Alred gained 49 yards on 10 rushes. Kaleb
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 8 Review The Tigers rebounded from their loss at LSU with a resounding 52-20 road win at Arkansas last weekend. Running back Kamryn Pettway had his best game of the season as he rushed 11 times for 90 yards and three touchdowns. Kerryon Johnson added 63 yards and another
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Blue Devils, Eagles ranked in latest ASWA high school football poll

Released October 25 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 8-0 313 2. Hoover 7-1 263 3. Thompson 8-0 226 4. Hewitt-Trussville 8-0 201 5. McGill-Toolen 8-0 172 6. Auburn 7-1 138 7. Fairhope 7-1 114 8. Mountain Brook 6-2 84 9. Bob Jones 6-3 45 10. Sparkman 6-2 32 Others receiving votes: Spain
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Local volleyball teams headed to North Super Regionals

Several area high school volleyball teams qualified for the North Super Regional Tournament this weekend at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. Coosa Christian finished second to Appalachian in the Class 1A, Area 11 Tournament on Monday (Oct. 23). The Lady Conquerors open the regional tournament against Athens Bible on Thursday (Oct. 26). Westbrook Christian
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Westbrook blanks Gaston, earns playoff berth

Photo: Gaston High’s Chase Thrasher (13) tackles Westbrook Christian’s John Ross Morgan during the Warriors’ 31-0 Class 2A, Region 6 win on Oct. 20. (Photo by Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Westbrook Christian earned a spot the state playoffs with a 31-0 victory over Class 2A, Region 6 rival and Etowah County neighbor Gaston
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Sardis headed to state playoffs with win over Madison County

Photo: Sardis High’s Drew Vaughn looks to avoid Madison County’s Anthony Horton during the Lions’ 21-14 victory on Oct. 21. (Huck Treadwell/Sand Mountain Reporter) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Sardis Lions punched their ticket to the postseason for the first time since 2014 after they defeated Madison County, 21-14, in a pivotal Class 4A, Region
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Blue Devils clinch region title with win over Crossville

By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter After jumping out to the school’s first 4-0 start since 1984, Crossville suffered its fourth consecutive loss, this time at the hands of the Etowah by a score of 42-6 last Friday (Oct. 20). For Etowah, the win essentially clinched first place in the Class 5A Region 7 playoff race.
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Southside falls out of playoff picture with loss to Cullman

Courtesy of The Cullman Times Cullman secured a playoff spot last Friday (Oct. 20) with a 42-40 Class 6A, Region 7 win over Southside. The visiting Bearcats (5-3, 3-2 in) had to survive two attempts at onside kicks in the final stages after the Panthers (2-6, 1-4) scored a late touchdown. Cullman had to overcome
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Titans remain in playoff hunt despite loss to Sparkman

Courtesy of al.com No. 10 Sparkman beat Gadsden City, 38-13, last Friday (Oct. 21) in Harvest to clinch third place in Class 7A, Region 4. The Senators’ last playoff appearance and winning record came in 2006 when the Senators went 10-2 and advanced to the 6A second round. Sparkman (7-2, 4-2) scored on all three
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Walter Wellborn grounds out Glencoe

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Walter Wellborn had two players finish with over 100 yards rushing while limiting Glencoe to 82 total yards on the ground in a 34-7 Class 3A, Region 5 win last Friday (Oct. 20) at Glencoe. Kedrick Harris rushed for 126 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns, while Jeff Smith ran for 124 yards
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Conquerors headed to state playoffs

For the second year in a row, the Coosa Christian football team will play a game in Week 11. Dartavious Britton rushed for over 200 to lead the Conquerors (3-6, 2-2) to a 33-6 victory over Class 1A, Region 6 rival Gaylesville last Friday (Oct. 20) at GHS. Coosa Christian hosts Woodville this week to
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Eagles secure playoff berth

Hokes Bluff clinched a spot in the state playoffs with a 41-16 victory over Anniston in Class 4A, Region 5 action last Friday (Oct. 20) in Anniston. For the No. 8 Eagles (7-1, 5-1), Darrian Meads gained 179 yards and scored three touchdowns on 20 carries. Landon Johnson rushed nine times for 65 yards and a
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Patriots fall to Pleasant Valley

West End lost to Pleasant Valley, 34-14, last Friday (Oct. 20) at PVHS. Levi Armstrong scored a touchdown for the Patriots (2-6, 1-4). West End travels to Winston County this week to finish out Class 2A, Region 7 play.
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 7 Review For one half, it appeared last Saturday (Oct. 13) as if Auburn was going to win in Baton Rouge for the first time since 1999. The Tigers led LSU 20-0 and looked dominant in all three phases of the game. But that lead slowly but surely slipped
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released October 18 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 7-0 340 2. Hoover 6-1 276 3. Thompson 7-0 246 4. Hewitt-Trussville 7-0 210 5. McGill-Toolen 7-0 186 6. Auburn 6-1 149 7. Fairhope 6-1 122 8. Mountain Brook 5-2 81 9. Bob Jones 5-3 39 10. Sparkman 5-2 29 Others receiving votes: Spain
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Jacksonville State sets OVC record in win over EKU

Photo: Jacksonville State quarterback Bryant Horn (left) hands off to Roc Thomas during the Gamecocks’ 41-25 win over Eastern Kentucky last Saturday (Oct. 14) at JSU. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State jumped to a quick 14-0 lead against Eastern Kentucky last Saturday (Oct. 14) and never looked back on the way to
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Southside stays in playoff picture with win over Brewer

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Southside Panthers kept their playoff hopes alive with a 20-6 victory over the Brewer Patriots in a Class 6A, Region 7 matchup on Friday (Oct. 13) at Barney Hood Stadium. Southside (2-5, 1-3) set the tone early defensively by forcing three consecutive three-and-outs on Brewer’s first three possessions. The Panther
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Second-half turnovers doom Gadsden City in region loss to Bob Jones

Photo: Gadsden City High’s Ahmad Bell (left) and JaBraun McNeil (21) attempt to tackle Bob Jones’ Dylan Ray during the Titans’ 34-3 loss last Friday (Oct. 13) at GCHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High’s opportunity to secure a home playoff game was literally picked apart by Bob Jones last Friday (Oct. 13)
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Eagles rush past Ashville, 47-14

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Darrian Meads exploded for 224 yards on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Hokes Bluff Eagles built a 33-0 halftime lead on the way to a 47-14 Class 4A, Region 6 victory over Ashville last Friday (Oct. 13). Quarterback Landon Johnson added 92 yards on seven carries while finding
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Etowah shuts out Boaz, wins sixth straight

Photo: Etowah High’s Emaje Graves sacks Boaz quarterback Easton Hardin during the Blue Devils’ 41-0 victory last Friday in Boaz. (Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter) By Ricky Smith/For Sand Mountain Reporter Boaz suffered the same fate against Class 5A, No. 7 Etowah last Friday (Oct. 13) that other Region 5 teams have during this football
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DAR snaps Sardis winning streak

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter DAR stunned Class 4A, Region 7 leader Sardis on Friday (Oct. 13), upsetting the Lions 31-21 to spoil their 2017 homecoming game in Sardis City. Will Bailey, Nathan Nelson and Brayden Lewis powered the Patriots, who entered the contest without a region victory. DAR improved to 4-3 and 1-3.
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Falkville downs West End, 48-14

By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter Any shot that that West End had of making the postseason ended last Friday (Oct. 13) after the Patriots suffered a 48-14 loss to Class 2A, Region 7 rival Falkville in Walnut Grove. The Patriots fall to 2-5, 1-4 on the season, while Falkville improved to 4-3, 3-1. The Blue
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Hornets sting Gaston, 47-12

By Gary Gaddis/For Fort Payne Times-Journal The Ider Hornets are one step closer to the playoffs after a 47-12 victory over visiting Gaston last Friday (Oct. 13). The Hornets increased their record to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in Class 2A, Region 6 with the victory. The Hornets control their own destiny en route to the
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Westbrook shuts out Asbury for fourth straight win

Westbrook Christian won its fourth game in a row with a 38-0 shutout over Class 2A, Region Asbury last Friday (Oct. 13) in the Warriors’ homecoming. Jackson Cox threw three touchdown passes, two to Alex Burnett and another to Court Coley. Cox was a prefect 4-for-4 in passing for 133 yards. Burnett had two catches
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Coosa Christian, Glencoe come up short

Coosa Christian fell to Cedar Bluff, 50-18, in a Class 1A, Region 6 game last Friday (Oct. 13) in Gadsden. Coosa quarterback Caiden Lipscomb three touchdowns passes – one to Evan Delp for 24 yards, one to Ashton Clemmons for 10 yards and one to Karter Roberts for 40 yards. Lipscomb completed 16 of 37
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 6 Review After winning its first two SEC games by a combined score of 125-3, Alabama had its closest game of the season in a 27-19 win over Texas A&M. The game was never really in doubt, but the Crimson Tide let the Aggies hang around for longer than
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Area teams ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released October 11 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 6-0 317 2. Hoover 5-1 259 3. Thompson 6-0 223 4. Hewitt-Trussville 6-0 204 5. McGill-Toolen 6-0 172 6. Auburn 5-1 134 7. Fairhope 5-1 115 8. Spain Park 4-2 71 9. Mountain Brook 4-2 52 10. Sparkman 5-1 19 Others receiving votes: Davidson
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Bulldogs end skid with thumping of Asbury

Photo: Gaston High’s Bubba Satterfield (right) and D.J. Easley celebrate Satterfield’s touchdown during the Bulldogs’ 47-0 win over Asbury on Oct. 6. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Asbury Rams of Albertville traveled to nearby Etowah County last Friday (Oct. 6) to play a Class 2A, Region 6 “home” game against Gaston. Both teams
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Titans shut out Buckhorn for third region win

Courtesy of al.com Ryan Sparks threw three touchdown passes as Gadsden City rolled to a 41-0 Class 7A, Region 4 win over host Buckhorn last Friday (Oct. 6) in New Market. The Titans (3-4, 3-1) held Buckhorn to just 146 yards of offense. The Bucks (2-4, 0-4) only crossed midfield once. Gadsden City led 31-0
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Garden springs past Conquerors

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Coosa Christian Conquerors fell to the Spring Garden Panthers, 42-8, in a Class 1A, Region 6 contest on Friday (Oct. 6) in Gadsden. The Panthers (5-1, 4-0) set the tone early on as they marched down the field for a 10-play, 58-yard scoring drive to start the game. Running back
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Lions keep rolling with fourth straight win

By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis earned its fourth consecutive win last Friday (Oct. 6) in Huntsville. The Lions improved to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in Class 4A, Region 7 with a 43-14 victory over Westminster Christian. Sardis led the Wildcats 43-0 through the third quarter behind the efforts of a stingy Lion defense and
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Warriors rally past Collinsville in region tilt

By Kelsey Daenen/Fort Payne Times-Journal The Collinsville Panthers took a 33-10 loss to the visiting Westbrook Christian Warriors last Friday in Class 2A, Region 6 action. The first quarter was even play with both teams making mistakes, including multiple fumbles. Collinsville’s Kaleb Jones scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first five minutes of
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Hokes Bluff, Etowah notch region wins

Ninth-ranked Hokes Bluff (5-1, 3-1) held off Oneonta, 27-21, to win its fourth straight game last Friday (Oct. 6). The Eagle defense made a late goal line stand to secure the Class 4A, Region 5 victory. For Hokes Bluff (5-1, 3-1) quarterback Landon Johnson was 6-of-13 in passing for 158 yards and touchdown passes for
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Stancil scores four TDs in West End win

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter West End improved to 2-4 on the season and 1-3 in Class 2A, Region 7 play last Friday (Oct. 6) with a 35-7 win over Cold Springs in Bremen. The Patriots held a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter on Payne Stancil’s 18-yard touchdown run. Marcus Strickland
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Yellow Jackets, Panthers come up short

Glencoe fell to Pleasant Valley, 37-0, in Class 3A, Region 5 action last Friday (Oct. 6) in Jacksonville. For the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 0-3), Cade Alred rushed 17 times for 57 yards. He and Noah Huff each had two catches. Tyler Palomares had 10 tackles, followed by Bradley Scott and Nathan Kuykendall with seven each
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 5 Review Alabama continued its do-minance with a 66-3 rout of Ole Miss last Saturday, and it was clear from the start that the Rebels weren’t going to threaten the Crimson Tide like they had the past few seasons. UA gained over 600 yards on offense, while the defense
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released October 4 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 5-0 319 2. Hoover 4-1 257 3. Thompson 5-0 223 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5-0 195 5. McGill-Toolen 5-0 173 6. Auburn 5-1 139 7. Fairhope 4-1 112 8. Spain Park 3-2 62 9. Mountain Brook 3-2 51 10. Bob Jones 4-2 20 Others receiving votes:
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Lady Panthers sweep up at county volleyball tournament

Photo: the Southside High volleyball team displays its first-place trophy after defeating Glencoe in the championship match of the Etowah County Schools Tournament last Saturday (Sept. 23) at Hokes Bluff. Front row, from left: Marissa Hendon, Alexis Thompson, Makayla Moore, Lauren Hunt. Back row, from left: Carsyn Millhoff, Hailey Hendon, Macie Williams, Harley Simmons, Maggie
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Meads leads Hokes Bluff past Glencoe, 41-21

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill (10) gains yardage after a catch during the Eagles’ 41-21 victory over Glencoe last Friday (Sept. 29) at Glencoe. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Darrian Meads’ No. 6 jersey number was never more appropriate than on Sept. 29 at Glencoe. The Hokes Bluff sophomore running back scored six touchdowns to
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Blue Devils hold off Fort Payne

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Etowah High Blue Devils held on for a 27-24 victory over the visiting Fort Payne Wildcats in a non-region game last Friday (Sept. 30) at Jim Glover Field in Attalla. Etowah (5-1) led 27-10 late in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats scored two touchdowns in 20 seconds to close
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Park Crossing spoils Titans' homecoming

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent No one can accuse Gadsden City of picking an easy opponent for its homecoming game. Last Friday (Sept. 29), the Titans “celebrated” their homecoming with a 65-21 loss to Park Crossing of Montgomery. Despite being flagged for 190 yards in penalties, the Class 6A Thunderbirds outscored the Titans 42-7 in the
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Warriors win second straight

Westbrook Christian improved to 2-3 with a 16-14 victory over White Plains last Friday in Anniston. For the Warriors, Court Coley caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, while Will Dickson kicked a 24-yard field goal. Coley paced the Westbrook ground game with 59 yards on 11 carries, while John Ross Morgan ran 19
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Conquerors come up short against VCA

Coosa Christian lost to Victory Christian Academy, 38-27, last Friday (Sept. 29) in Pell City. For the Conquerors (2-4), Dartavious Britton scored on a 78-yard kickoff return and a 41-yard run. Caiden Lipscomb threw a pair of touchdown passes, one to Ashton Clemmons for six yards and another to Evan Delp for 12 yards. Britton
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Bulldogs fall to Ranburne

Gaston lost to Ranburne, 39-12, last Friday (Sept. 29) at Gaston. For the Bulldogs, Josh Campbell threw a third-quarter touchdown pass to Zach Satterfield. Phillip Simmons and Christopher Tinsley each had an interception. Gaston resumes Class 2A, Region 6 action this week at home against Asbury.
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 4 Review In perhaps the most dominating win of the Nick Saban era, Alabama opened up conference play by embarrassing Vanderbilt, 59-0, on the road last Saturday (Sept. 23). The Crimson Tide outgained the Commodores, 677-78, in total yards and had 38 first downs compared to Vanderbilt’s three. Damien
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Hokes Bluff, Etowah ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released Sept. 27 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 4-0 353 2. Hoover 4-1 287 3. Thompson 4-0 248 4. Hewitt-Trussville 4-0 224 5. McGill-Toolen 4-0 188 6. Auburn 4-1 146 7. Fairhope 4-1 126 8. Jeff Davis 4-1 75 9. Spain Park 3-2 40 10. Mountain Brook 3-2 37 Others receiving votes:
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Gamecocks light up Liberty

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Thunder and lightning seem to follow Coach John Grass and his Jacksonville State football team. Last season, the JSU at LSU game in Baton Rouge was delayed for more than an hour because of an electrical storm, and it was déjà-vu all over again last Saturday (Sept. 23) for the Gamecocks’ home
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Westbrook rallies past Section for first win

Photo: Westbrook’s Addison Ponder was a major factor in the Warriors’ 28-21 victory over Section on Sept. 22. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Trailing Class 2A, Region 6 rival Section by 14 points at halftime last Friday (Sept. 22), Westbrook Christian was in danger of dropping its fourth straight game of the season. The Warriors rose
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Gadsden City shuts out Grissom for second region win

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent Gadsden City High School picked up its second straight Class 7A, Region 4 win last Friday (Sept. 22), blanking Grissom (2-3, 0-3) by a score of 19-0 at Titan Stadium. “It didn’t click early for us, but still had some kids get in there and make some plays when they needed
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Blue Devils blank No. 3 Alexandria

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Etowah High coach Drew Noles knew entering his team’s Class 5A, Region 7 showdown with No. 3 Alexandria last Friday (Sept. 22) that his defense’s performance would decide the outcome. The Blue Devil defense dominated all four quarters of the pivotal region showdown as Etowah (4-1, 3-0) blanked the No. 3
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Sardis holds off North Jackson

Photo: Sardis High’s Josh Scales sacks North Jackson quarterback Tanner Woodall during the Lions’ 19-13 victory over North Jackson last Friday (Sept. 22). (Photo by Huck Treadwell) By Jay Beard/For Sand Mountain Reporter The Sardis defense, along with a ground-and-pound offense, stood tall last Friday (Sept. 22) night as the Lions beat Class 4A, Region
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Miscues doom West End in region loss

Photo: West End High’s Payne Stancil (right) carries the ball as Michael Patton (54) blocks during the Patriots 44-21 victory on Sept. 22 in Walnut Grove. (Photo by Sherry Abercrombie) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Tarrant Wildcats capitalized on seven West End turnovers on the way to a 44-21 Class 2A, Region 7 victory last
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Panthers, Eagles notch big wins

Southside High’s Tyler Abernathy stiff-arms a defender during the Panthers’ 24-6 victory over Fairley of Tennessee last Friday (Sept. 22). (Photo by Gary Wells) Southside gained its first win of the season last Friday (Sept. 22) defeating Fairley of Tennessee, 24-6, in the Panthers’ homecoming. For Southside (1-4, 0-2), Kenneth Bothwell rushed 19 times for
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