Local football players recognized

Several local football players were recognized for the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the first round of the state playoffs on Nov. 9. Southside senior running back Kenneth Bothwell finished with 130 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 attempts as the Panthers rallied past A.P. Brewer, 15-9. With Southside trailing 9-7 midway through the fourth
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Westbrook, Southside finishes third at state cross country meet

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Mitchell Cook (right) and Jonah Morris finished second and third at the Class 1A/2A boys state cross country meet last Saturday (Nov 10) at Oakville Indian Mounds Park in Danville. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Three area teams finished in the top 10 at the AHSAA state cross country meet last Saturday (Nov 10)
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Southside rallies past Brewer in first round

Photo: Southside High’s Blake Habyan (center) returns an interception during the Panthers’ 15-9 win over A.P. Brewer in the Class 5A state playoffs last Friday (Nov. 9). (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Thanks to a standout defensive effort and a late scoring drive, Southside High won its first postseason game in four years with
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Top-ranked Blue Devils blank Guntersville in first round

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 5A No. 1 Etowah remained perfect on the season as the Blue Devils rolled over Guntersville, 33-0, last Friday (Nov. 9) in the first round of the state playoffs at Jim Glover Field in Attalla. Etowah (11-0) advances to take on Center Point (6-5) this Friday (Nov. 16) on the
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Eagles fly past Central-Florence, 38-14

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Junior running back Darrian Meads (pictured above) and junior quarterback Ashton Gulledge led third-ranked Hokes Bluff to a 38-14 win over Central-Florence (6-5) last Friday (Nov. 9). Meads rushed for 164 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns, while Gulledge completed 4-of-6 passes for 92 yards and a rushing touchdown.
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Donoho coasts past Conquerors, 59-14

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent  Coosa Christian’s 2018 postseason visit was a brief one, as the Conquerors fell to Donoho, 59-14, last Friday (Nov. 9) in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs in Anniston. The Eagles rolled out to a 45-0 halftime lead and went ahead 52-0 before Coosa could put points on
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In & around SEC football - Week 11 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 10 Review Alabama passed its first test of the season with flying colors as the Crimson Tide smothered LSU, 29-0, in Baton Rouge last Saturday (Nov. 3). The UA offense sputtered early on but the de-fense submitted a brilliant performance in blanking the Tigers. LSU finished with only 12
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Lettermen of the USA announce inaugural event

Photo: Lettermen of the USA founder, 1983 Southside High graduate and former University of Alabama football player Darryl Fuhrman (left) presents United States Air Force Sgt. Major Donny Ruepp (Ret.) with a football signed by University of Georgia head football coach Kirby along with two lifetime sideline passes for University of Georgia football games during
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in final ASWA high school football poll

Released Nov. 7 Class 7A Rank Record Points  1. Central-Phenix City 10-0 300 2. Thompson 8-1 221 3. Auburn 9-1 188 4. Hoover 7-3 164 5. McGill-Toolen 8-2 153 6. Hewitt-Trussvill 7-3 138 7. Theodore 8-2 96 8. Mountain Brook 8-2 87 9. James Clemens 7-3 44 10. Austin 7-3 15 Others receiving votes: Prattville
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Area football players recognized

Several local football players were recognized for the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 10 of the 2018 season. Hokes Bluff junior running back Darrian Meads rushed for 257 yards and five touchdowns (of 4, 5, 3, 23 and 4 yards) in the Eagles’ 55-28 victory over Sardis. Meads had 167 yards and four TDs by
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Last-second touchdown pulls Gamecocks past UT-Martin

Photo: Jacksonville State quarterback Zerrick Cooper throws the game-winning touchdown pass as Tennessee-Martin’s Donnell Williams closes in during the Gamecocks’ 21-14 victory in college football last Saturday (Nov. 3) in Jacksonville. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent There’s an old saying in sports that it ain’t over ‘til it’s over. This axiom applied to the
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Local runners qualify for state cross country meet

The Southside High boys and girls cross country teams earned a berth in the state 5K meet in Moulton this weekend with a sweep at the Class 5A, Section 2 meet last Saturday (Nov. 3) in Oxford. The Lady Panthers used four top 10 finishes to secure the first-place trophy. Camryn Davis paced Southside with
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Eagles dispatch Sardis in regular season finale

Photo: Sardis High’s Jacob Hopper (17) avoids the tackle of Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill (10) and stretches the ball across the goal line for a touchdown while Will Clemons (7) looks on during the Eagles’ a 55-28 victory last Friday (Nov. 2) in Sardis City. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray Photography) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor On the
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Yellow Jackets halt skid with 32-point win over West End

Photo: Glencoe High’s Julian Bethel pulls away from West End’s Kaleb Arledge (7) during the Yellow Jackets’ 40-6 victory last Friday (Nov. 2). (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A difficult football season for Glencoe High ended with a positive result last Friday (Nov. 2), as the Yellow Jackets stormed past West End, 40-6, at
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Rich tosses three TDs in Southside win over Cherokee County

Southside High closed out the regular season with a 32-15 victory over Cherokee County last Friday (Nov. 2) in Centre. Quarterback Michael Rich (pictured above) threw three touchdowns for the Panthers – a 66-yarder to Kenneth Bothwell, a 35-yarder to Brennan Stokes and a 44-yarder to Blake Reed, Reed also scored a rushing touchdown. Southside
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Westbrook slams Sand Rock in final regular season game

John Ross Morgan (pictured above) rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries as Westbrook Christian ended its regular season with a 42-7 victory over Sand Rock last Friday (Nov. 2) in Rainbow City. Quarterback Jackson Cox was 5 of 7 in passing for 113 yards and touchdowns. P.J. Wells had three receptions
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Conquerors edge New Hope in OT

Dartavious Britton’s 13-yard touchdown run in overtime gave Coosa Christian a 42-35 victory over New Hope last Friday (Nov. 2). Britton’s score capped a 21-point rally by the visiting Conquerors (7-3), who travel to Donoho this Friday (Nov. 9) in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs. Trailing 35-21 after a New Hope
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Titans end season with loss to Clay-Chalkville

Courtesy of AL.com Photo: Gadsden City’s Jamontez Woods (22) steps over Clay-Chalkville Jaylin Mack during the Titans’ 45-17 loss on Nov. 1. (Al.com/Butch Dill) Willie Miller accounted for three touchdowns in the first half and scored another to begin the second half in leading Clay-Chalkville to a 45-17 victory over Gadsden City on Nov. 1
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Lady Yellow Jackets compete at Elite Eight

Photo: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole, Aubrey Gray and Hannah Baker (pictured, from left) eye the ball during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ quarterfinal match against Montgomery Academy in the AHSAAS Elite Eight state volleyball tournament on Wednesday (Oct. 31) in Birmingham. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson, Sports Correspondent; Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe High head volleyball coach Jamie Barkley believes
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In & around SEC football - Week 10 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC football rankings 1. Alabama (8-0, 5-0) 2. Georgia (7-1, 5-1) 3. Florida (6-2, 4-2) 4. LSU (7-1, 4-1) 5. Kentucky (7-1, 5-1) 6. Mississippi State (5-3, 2-3) 7. Texas A&M (5-3, 3-2) 8. South Carolina (4-3, 3-3) 9. Auburn (5-3, 2-3) 10. Missouri (4-4, 0-4) 11. Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-4) 12.
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Southside sweeps county 5K meet

Photo: Southside High’s Camryn Davis (pictured) and Taylor Nails finished in first place in the Etowah County Schools cross country meet on Oct. 25 at Rainbow Middle School. (Gary Wells)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Southside High Panthers swept the Etowah County cross country meet on Oct. 25, as both the boys and girls’ teams
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Etowah moves up, Hokes Bluff slides down in Oct. 31 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points  1. Central-Phenix City 10-0 309 2. Thompson 8-1 231 3. Hoover 7-2 210 4. Auburn 8-1 155 5. McGill-Toolen 7-2 132 6. Hewitt-Trussville 7-3 128 7. James Clemens 7-2 126 8. Theodore 7-2 57 9. Mountain Brook 7-2 56 10. Austin 7-2 54 Others receiving votes: Fairhope (7-2) 20, Bob
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Lady Yellow Jackets earn a date at state

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe High head volleyball coach Jamie Barkley believes her Lady Yellow Jackets (pictured above) proved that they belong in the Elite Eight State Tournament at the Birmingham CrossPlex this week. “We’ve been talking about earning the right to be there, and I think our girls have done that,” she said. Indeed, they
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Area football players recognized

Several local football players were recognized for the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 9 of the 2018 season. Etowah sophomore quarterback Brady Troup (pictured above) was 10 for 13 for 202 yards and two touchdowns as the Blue Devils clinched their second straight region title and first undefeated season since 1999 with a 49-7 win
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Eagles fall to Jacksonville in battle for region title

Messenger file photo by Alex Chaney By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The battle of unbeatens for the Class 4A, Region 6 title between No. 2 Hokes Bluff and No. 3 Jacksonville was ultimately decided by a pair of two-point conversions last Friday (Oct. 26). Jacksonville went into Mike Robertson Stadium and escaped with a 16-14 victory
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Etowah sinks Pirates, clinch region title

Photo: Etowah High’s Davion Robison (25) gains yardage as Boaz’s Lorenzo Goss pursues during the Blue Devils’ 49-7 victory last Friday (Oct. 26) in Attalla. (Travis Greene) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Etowah High School football team has come a long way since an 82-0 victory over Oneonta in 1912. In addition to securing a
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Panthers cruise past Crossville in region finale

Photo: Southside High’s Blake Reed (left) takes a handoff from Michael Rich during the Panthers’ 54-21 win over Crossville last Friday (Oct. 26) at Southside. (Gary Wells) By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent It was Senior Night at Barney Hood Stadium last Friday (Oct. 26), as Southside soundly defeated Crossville 54-21, to wrap up its Class 6A,
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Conquerors trample Valley Head, 72-14

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Caleb Cates had over 100 rushing yards in the Conquerors’ 71-14 victory over Valley Head last Friday (Oct. 26) in Gadsden. (Wayne Butterworth/Messenger file photo) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Coosa Christian Conquerors proved to be just that last Friday (Oct. 26) at the expense of the Valley Head Tigers, 71-14, in
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Westbrook rallies past Cleveland, clinches third playoff seed

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Jackson Cox finished with over 200 yards in total offense in the Warriors’ 19-14 victory over Cleveland last Friday (Oct. 26). (Gary Wells/Messenger file photo) Westbrook Christian clinched the third playoff spot in Class 2A, Region 6 with a 19-14 victory over Cleveland last Friday (Oct. 26). The Warriors (6-3, 4-2) travel
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West End notches first win of season on last play of game

Photo: West End’s Eli Pearce caught six passes for over 100 yards in the Patriots’ 25-22 victory over Woodland last Friday (Oct. 26). (Sherry Abercrombie/Messenger file photo) Mason Barnett’s 24-yard field goal with no time left gave West End its first win of the season last Friday (Oct. 26) in Class 2A, Region 6 action
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Sardis falls to Albertville, 35-7

Photo: Sardis High’s Jay Owens (10) fends off an Albertville defender during the Lions’ 35-7 loss last Friday (Oct. 26) in Albertville. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray Photography) By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter Jacob Dendy rushed 21 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns and Isaiah Pankey threw a pair of scoring passes to lead
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Titans beat Grissom but miss out on playoff berth

Photo: Gadsden City’s Jamontez Woods (right) fends off Grissom’s Jeffrey Campbell (77) and Eli Worsham (34) during the Titans’ 37-7 victory in high school football on Thursday, Oct. 25, in Huntsville. (Eric Schultz/preps@al.com) By John Ferry/For al.com Jamontez Woods scored three touchdowns and ran for 306 yards as Gadsden City pulled away from Grissom in
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Area teams compete in volleyball super regional tournament

Three area high school volleyball teams qualified for the North Super Regional Tournament this week at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. Glencoe advanced to the Class 3A semifinals. The Lady Yellow Jackets opened the tournament on Thursday, Oct. 24 with a 25-7, 25-8, 25-4 win over Fultondale. Glencoe then defeated Holly Pond, 20-25, 25-18,
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In & around SEC football - Week 9 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 8 Review After back-to-back losses, the Tigers righted the ship in a 31-16 road win at Ole Miss. JaTarvious Whitlow rushed for a career-high 170 yards on 19 carries, and Jarrett Stidham threw for 215 yards and a touchdown in the win. The Tigers racked up 484 yards of
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1961, '62 Altoona High football teams dominated competition

Editor’s note: The following article was originally published in the Nov. 18, 2001 edition of The Messenger. By Joshua Price/Sports Editor The 1961 Altoona High School Choctaw football team posted a magnificent season. The Chocs won eight games that year and lost one. The team whipped “Little Seven” Etowah County rivals Sardis, Gaston, Walnut Grove
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in Oct. 24 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points  1. Central-Phenix City 9-0 309 2. Thompson 7-1 225 3. Auburn 8-0 202 4. Hoover 6-2 186 5. Hewitt-Trussville 7-2 157 6. Austin 7-1 129 7. Mountain Brook 7-1 99 8. McGill-Toolen 6-2 76 9. James Clemens 6-2 65 10. Theodore 6-2 17 Others receiving votes: Fairhope (6-2) 13, Bob
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Gadsden State's Massey named ACCC Player of the Week

Gadsden State freshman setter Madelyn Massey was recently named Alabama Community College Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 15-21. The Decatur native led the Lady Cardinals with 72 assists and 10 digs in eight sets. She also recorded six kills and one block. Massey currently ranks second in the conference in
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Westbrook, Southside, Glencoe advance to volleyball super regionals

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Scarlett Stearns (left) and Ohatchee’s Emma Haynes battle at the net during the Lady Warriors’ 25-19, 23-25, 25-10, 25-23 victory in the Class 2A, Area 11 Volleyball Tournament finals last Monday (Oct. 23) in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Three local volleyball teams advanced to the North Super Regional Tournament at the Von Braun Center
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Gaston’s Hawkins tops AHSAA Prep Spotlight

Gaston High senior running back Kameron Hawkins (pictured above) rushed for a school-record 434 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries as Gaston posted its first in win of the season on beating West End, 42-34. Hawkins reeled off touchdown runs of 75, 32, 12 and 72 yards as the Bulldogs snapped a 10-game streak
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Morris, Hawkins reach milestones as Gaston ends losing streak

Photo: Gaston’s Malik Redmond tackles West End’s Levi Armstrong during the Bulldogs’ 42-34 in high school football last Friday (Oct. 19) in Walnut Grove. (Sherry Abercrombie Photography) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent It was a historic evening for Gaston High head football coach Swane Morris and senior running back Kameron Hawkins last Friday (Oct. 19), as
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Westbrook nails down playoff spot with 35-point victory over Woodland

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s P.J. Wells (right) beats a pair of Woodland defenders for a touchdown catch during the Warriors’ 56-21 victory in high school football last Friday (Oct. 12) in Rainbow City. (Travis Greene) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Westbrook Christian had little difficulty in securing a second straight state postseason berth last Friday (Oct. 19).
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Etowah rallies past Alexandria, moves closer to region title

Messenger file photo by Travis Greene By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent The Blue Devil faithful were buzzing in Death Valley last Friday, Oct.19, as Etowah (9-0, 5-0) scored 27 unanswered points on the way to a 27-7 victory over Class 5A, Region 6 foe Alexandria (4-4, 2-3) in Alexandria. Etowah can wrap up the region championship
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Hokes Bluff fends off CCHS, remains unbeaten

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill (10) stretches for a key first down during the Eagles’ 21-17 victory over Cherokee County in high school football last Friday (Oct. 19) in Centre. (Alex Chaney) By Grant Benefield/For Cherokee County Herald Cherokee County gave second-ranked Hokes Bluff all it could handle last Friday (Oct. 19) but the Warriors
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Panthers upset Boaz, clinch playoff berth

Messenger file photo by Travis Greene By Ricky Smith/For Sand Mountain Reporter In a game that featured two of the best high school running backs in north Alabama, Kenneth Bothwell and Southside prevailed over Christian Collins and Boaz last Friday (Oct. 19), as the Panthers came away with a 45-28 win over the Pirates in
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Lipscomb airs out Woodville in Conquerors' region win

Messenger file photo by Gary Wells Caiden Lipscomb finished with 427 yards of total offense and six touchdowns as Coosa Christian clinched the third playoff seed in Class 1A, Region 7 with a 47-20 victory over rival Woodville last Friday (Oct. 26). Lipscomb was 18 for 31 in passing for 402 yards and five touchdowns
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Titans win second in a row, remain in playoff hunt

Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Jimmy Lay/al.com Gadsden City forced three Huntsville turnovers and blocked a punt and a field goal attempt as the Titans kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 27-7 Class 7A, Region 4 road victory over Huntsville last Friday (Oct. 19). Quinton Densmore broke open a scoreless game
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Sardis surges past Crossville, 50-25

Photo: Sardis’ Drew Vaughn (37) out-races a pair of Crossville defenders on the way to a touchdown during the Lions’ 50-25 win in high school football last Friday (Oct. 19) in Sardis City. (Bentley Gray Photography) By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter The respective offenses of the Sardis Lions and Crossville Lions roared last Friday (Oct.
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Weaver rushes past Glencoe, 42-13

Photo: Glencoe’s Colton Stone (left) is chased by Weaver’s Isaiah Woods during the Yellow Jackets’ 42-13 loss in high school football last Friday (Oct. 19). (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Weaver used an explosive rushing attack and a stingy defense to subdue Glencoe, 42-13, in high school football action last Friday (Oct. 19). The Bearcats
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in Oct. 17 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 8-0 309 2. Thompson 6-1 215 3. Auburn 7-0 201 4. Hoover 5-2 176 5. Mountain Brook 7-0 174 6. Hewitt-Trussville 6-2 128 7. Austin 6-1 101 8. Theodore 6-1 90 9. McGill-Toolen 5-2 41 10. James Clemens 5-2 37 Others receiving votes: Fairhope (6-2) 5, Bob
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In & around SEC football - Week 8 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 7 Review The Crimson Tide submitted one of its best defensive performances of the season in a 39-10 victory over Missouri last week. In the second quarter, Missouri cut the lead to 13-10 on a touchdown pass from Drew Lock to Jalen Knox. Alabama responded with 17 unanswered points
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Hokes Bluff’s Meads highlights Week 7 Prep Spotlight

Photo by Alex Chaney Hokes Bluff High’s Darrian Meads (pictured above) was named the state’s top performer in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 7 of the 2018 season. In just over 30 minutes of action, the junior halfback rushed 17 times for 401 yards and touchdowns runs of 89, 60
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Local runners compete at Oxford meet

Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Several local runners placed in the top 20 at the Terrortorium on the Creekbank 5K last Saturday (Oct. 13) in Oxford. In the boys race, Southside High senior Taylor Nails (pictured above) finished first out of 228 competitors with a time of 16:57.35 to help the Panthers finish in
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Jacksonville State rolls past Eastern Illinois

Photo: Jacksonville State quarterback Zerrick Cooper (6) hands off to Tramel Terry during the Gamecocks’ 49-22 victory over Eastern Illinois last Saturday (Oct. 13) in Jacksonville. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Jacksonville State Express continued to pick up speed last Saturday (Oct. 13), as the No. 7 Gamecocks rolled on towards the FCS
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Titans rally past Florence for first win of season

Photo: Carlos Flores and the Gadsden City High football team won their first game of the season on Oct. 12. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger file photo)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent After six straight losses to start the season, Gadsden City entered its Class 7A, Region 4 contest against Florence with its backs against the wall. To make
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Conquerors clock out Gaylesville, 34-6

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Clay Waites (2) runs for yardage after a catch as Gaylesville’s Tristen Payne (6) pursues during the Conquerors’ 34-6 victory last Friday (Oct. 12) in Gadsden. (Wayne Butterworth) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Coosa Christian’s homecoming game against Gaylesville last Friday (Oct. 12) was shorter than expected for the host team. With the Conquerors
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Southside notches big region win over Alexandria

Photo by Travis Greene By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Southside High head football coach Ron Daugherty must have bought an alarm clock last Friday (Oct. 12). Something or someone served a wake-up call on the Panthers, as they pounded visiting Alexandria, 35-14. The win propelled Southside into third place in Class 5A Region 6 standings at
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Westbrook collars Bulldogs on homecoming

Messenger file photo/Gary Wells By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent It was homecoming at Jack Osborne Stadium last Friday (Oct. 12), where Westbrook Christian defeated Class 2A, Region 6 rival and Etowah County neighbor Gaston, 48-0, in Rainbow City. “We had a slow stretch in the second quarter, and I wasn’t happy with that,” said Westbrook head
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Boaz tops Sardis in region tilt

By Taylor Back/Sand Mountain Reporter “Ground and pound” was the game plan for Boaz last Friday (Oct. 12), as the visiting Pirates raced past Sardis by a score of 42-14 in Sardis City. It was the Pirates first win against Sardis in three years and clinched Boaz (7-1, 4-0) a spot in the playoffs for
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Meads runs for over 400 yards on Mike Robertson Night

Photo by Alex Chaney Darrian Meads made sure that the first game played on Mike Robertson Field was a memorable one last Friday (Oct. 12). In just over 30 minutes of action, the junior halfback rushed 17 times for 401 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 49-10 win over Class 4A, Region 6 rival
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Blue Devils torch Douglas on homecoming

Photo: Etowah High’s Reggie Phillips dives for a first down as teammate Bennett Nance provides blocking during the Blue Devils’ 54-0 victory over Douglas on Oct. 12 in Attalla. (Travis Greene) Sparked by four touchdown passes from Brady Troup, Etowah remained undefeated with a 54-0 thrashing of Class 5A, Region 6 rival Douglas last Friday (Oct.
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In & around SEC football - Week 7 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 6 Review Alabama didn’t particularly play well but still dominated Arkansas, 65-31, on the road. Tua Tagovailoa had another superb performance as he completed 10-of-13 passes for 334 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Damien Harris rushed for 111 yards and two scores, while Jerry Jeu-dy caught four passes
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Hokes Bluff, Etowah ranked in Oct. 10 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 7-0 313 2. Hewitt-Trussville 6-1 249 3. Thompson 5-1 195 4. Auburn 6-0 185 5. Hoover 4-2 172 6. McGill-Toolen 5-1 136 7. Mountain Brook 6-0 114 8. Austin 5-1 86 9. Theodore 5-1 50 10. James Clemens 4-2 20 Others receiving votes: Vestavia Hills (4-2) 11,
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Local players featured in Week 6 Prep Football Spotlight

Photo courtesy of Alex Chaney Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 6 of the 2018 season. Coosa Christian senior quarterback Caiden Lipscomb was 27-of-50 passing for 429 yards and three touchdowns (66, 24 and 14 yards) in the Conquerors’ 70-27 loss to Falkville. Junior
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Gadsden State's Spradley named ACCC Player of the Week

Gadsden State freshman outside hitter Taylor Spradley (pictured above) was named Alabama Community College Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 1-7. The Alexandria native helped the Lady Cardinals to an 8-4 record on the week while recording 81 kills, 15 digs, and eight blocks. For the season, Spradley currently is first in the
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Southside wins fourth straight county volleyball title

Photo: The Southside High School volleyball team gathers for a photo after winning the Etowah County School Tournament championship last Saturday (Oct. 6) at Sardis. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Lily Anderson, Lauren Hunt, Alexis Thompson, Marianna Coley. Standing, from left: Sidney Yancey, Maggie Bell, Macie Williams, Hailey Hendon, Makayla Moore. The Southside High School volleyball
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Blue Devils get past Pell City, 8-6

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent With the game on the line last Friday (Oct. 5), Etowah High head football coach Drew Noles knew he could trust his defense to come through with a stop. The Class 5A, No. 2 Blue Devils (7-0) led Pell City 8-6 with 3:51 remaining, and the Panthers (2-4) had just picked
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James Clemens takes down Titans, 50-28

Photo: Gadsden City defenders, including Marlon Brasher (7), Tyron Tripp (21) and Jovari Sumpter (99), pursue James Clemens’ Aaron Boone during the Titan’s 50-28 loss in high school football on Oct. 5 at GCHS. (Courtesy of Travis Greene) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The good news for the Gadsden City High faithful last Friday (Oct. 5) was
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Gaston remains winless after region loss to Cleveland

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Cleveland Panthers evened their record at 3-3 and 2-2 on the season with a 62-12 Class 2A, Region 6 win over the Gaston Bulldogs last Friday (Oct. 5). The game appeared to be a shootout with both teams scoring early in the opening quarter. Cleveland’s Da’Quarrius Phillips scored on an
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Southside steamrolls Douglas, 63-0

By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter Southside High spoiled Douglas’ homecoming with a 63-0 shutout in Class 5A, Region 6 action last Friday (Oct. 5). It was the first game between the teams since 1981, and only the fifth meeting recorded. Southside is now 5-0 against Douglas. The Panthers (2-4, 2-1) all but sealed the game
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Eagles wallop Ashville on homecoming

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Will Clemons (7) tackles Ashville’s Luke Harris during the Eagles’ 52-0 victory in high school football last Friday (Oct. 5) at Hokes Bluff. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) Hokes Bluff shook off some early-game rust to post a 52-0 victory over Ashville in Class 4A, Region 6 action last Friday (Oct. 5) in
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Sardis come up short at Alexandria

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter The Alexandria Valley Cubs won a hard fought 33-15 match up against Class 5A, Region 6 opponent Sardis last Friday (Oct. 5). The Lions scored on their opening drive and Alexandria tied it up before the end of the first half at 7-7. It appeared as though Alexandria gained the
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Coosa Christian, Westbrook, West End, Glencoe fall short

Coosa Christian lost to Class 1A, Region 6 rival Fairview, 70-27, last Friday (Oct. 5) in Cullman. The Aggies (7-0, 4-0) ran out to a 41-0 lead before the Conquerors (3-3, 1-2) got on the scoreboard with Caiden Lipscomb’s 66-yard touchdown pass to Evan Delp at 8:26 of the second quarter. Following another Fairview touchdown,
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In & around SEC football - Week 6

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review Despite limited offensive production, Auburn defeated Southern Mississippi, 24-13, in non-conference ac-tion at Jordan-Hare Stadium last Saturday (Sept. 29). The Tiger offense was just as sloppy as the weather, as AU outgained the Golden Ea-gles only 341 to 260. Jarrett Stidham completed 19-of-33 passes for 245 yards
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in Oct. 3 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 6-0 316 2. Hewitt-Trussville 5-1 246 3. Thompson 4-1 202 4. Auburn 6-0 185 5. Hoover 3-2 167 6. McGill-Toolen 4-1 134 7. Mountain Brook 5-0 116 8. Austin 4-1 70 9. Vestavia Hills 4-1 51 10. Theodore 4-1 18 Others receiving votes: Lee-Montgomery (4-2) 10, James
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Gadsden State’s Freeman named ACCC Player of the Week

Gadsden State’s Jaylyn Freeman was named the Alabama Community College Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 24-30.  The freshman defensive specialist played in 10 sets  for the Lady Cardinals (18-7, 8-4), recording four kills, 14 assists, and 58 digs. So far this season, Freeman has 348 digs, 74 assists and 14 aces.
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Local players featured in Week 5 Prep Spotlight

Photo by Gary Wells Three area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 5 of the 2018 season. Playing in the first half and one series on the second half, Hokes Bluff junior halfback Darrian Meads rushed 14 times for 167 yards and touchdown runs of 47,
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Gamecocks outlast Austin Peay in OVC action

Photo: Jacksonville State’s Justin Thomas-Thornton (4) chases Austin Peay’s Kentel Williams during the Gamecocks’ 48-32 football victory last Saturday (Sept. 29) in Jacksonville. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State head football coach John Grass and his Gamecocks must know how it feels to have a bulls-eye painted on their back. “We’re everybody’s Super
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Blue Devils hold off Fort Payne, 21-14

Photo: Etowah High’s Trent Davis (left) breaks free from Fort Payne’s Tyler Newton during the Blue Devils’ 21-14 win last Friday (Sept. 28). (Courtesy of Fort Payne Times-Journal) By Cody Dowler/Fort Payne Time Journal Fort Payne nearly put an end to Class 5A, No. 3 Etowah’s perfect season last Friday (Sept. 28), but the Wildcats
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Helena gets past Southside, 13-7

Photo: Southside High’s Kenneth Bothwell (left) looks for running room during the Panthers’ 13-7 loss to Helena last Friday (Sept. 28). (Courtesy of Travis Greene) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Helena earned its first win of the season with a 13-7 victory over Southside in a non-region contest on Friday (Sept. 28) at Barney Hood Stadium.
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Conquerors edge VCA in non-region action

The Coosa Christian defense pitched a shutout over the final 41 minutes as the Conquerors defeated Victory Christian, 10-7, last Friday (Sept. 28) in Pell City. After falling behind 7-0 midway through the first quarter, Coosa (3-2, 1-1) drew within four points on Seung-min Cho’s 22-yard field goal with a minute left in the opening
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Hokes Bluff hangs 47 on Glencoe

Photo: Hokes Bluff High’s Tristin Billingsley catches a touchdown pass during the Eagles’ 47-7 victory last Friday (Sept. 28). (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Hokes Bluff did not have too much difficulty in posting its 32nd series win over Glencoe last Friday (Sept. 28). After punting on their first series, the Class 4A
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Geraldine edges Sardis in Lions’ homecoming

Photo: Sardis High’s Tre Dalrymple (left) pursues Geraldine’s Jamison Rowell during the Lions’ 20-19 loss last Friday (Sept. 28) in Sardis City. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray Photography) By Huck Treadwell/Sand Mountain Reporter A fourth quarter rally by Sardis High fell just a little short and Geraldine was able to escape with a 20-19 win last
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Patriots shut out by Ragland

Photo: West End High’s Jacob Jones (4) scrambles for yardage as Ragland’s Matthew Turbville, Bailey Wyatt and Hunter Day (pictured, from left) pursue during the Patriots’ 35-0 loss on Sept. 28 in Walnut Grove. (Sherry Abercrombie) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Ragland used a stonewall defense and an explosive offense on the way to a 35-0
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In & around SEC football - Week 5 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 4 Review Tua Tagovailoa was nearly perfect as the Alabama offense racked up 524 yards in a 45-23 victory over Texas A&M. Mack Wilson intercepted a pass on the second play from scrimmage and Tagovailoa found DeVonta Smith for a 30-yard touchdown pass on the next play. It was
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Eagles, Blue Devils ranked in Sept. 26 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 5-0 343 2. Hewitt-Trussville 4-1 282 3. Thompson 4-1 227 4. Auburn 5-0 206 5. Hoover 3-2 192 6. McGill-Toolen 4-1 143 7. Mountain Brook 5-0 125 8. Lee-Montgomery 4-1 82 9. Austin 4-1 64 10. Vestavia Hills 3-1 22 Others receiving votes: James Clemens (3-2) 10,
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Area players featured in Week 4 Prep Spotlight

Photo: Sardis High’s Trent Presley (right) intercepts a pass during the Lions’ 43-7 win over Douglas on Sept. 21 in Sardis City. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray Photography) Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 4 of the 2018 season. Coosa Christian junior running back Dartavious
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Jacksonville State keeps conference streak alive

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State overcame a sluggish start to overwhelm Tennessee Tech this past Saturday (Sept. 22) at Snow-Burgess Field. The No. 9 Gamecocks defeated the Eagles, 48-20 in their Ohio Valley Conference opener at Burgess-Snow Field. JSU (2-1, 1-0) extended its OVC win streak to 33 games, the longest active conference winning
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Blue Devils dismantle Southside, 42-0

Photo: Etowah High’s Brady Troup looks for an open receiver as Trent Davis (center) provides protection during the Blue Devils’ 42-0 win on Sept. 21. (Travis Greene) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor In the teams’ first region game in five years, Etowah dominated Southside in all three phases of the game en route to a 42-0 Class
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Conquerors ride past Decatur Heritage

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent In the latest edition of “The Shootout at Wills Creek,” Coosa Christian picked up its first Class 1A, Region 7 win of the season with a 54-42 victory over Decatur Heritage Christian Academy last Friday (Sept. 21) at Phillip Ellen Stadium in Gadsden. The Conquerors (2-3, 1-1) held a 48-42 lead
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Westbrook rally falls short against Ohatchee

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Westbrook Christian pushed Class 2A, No. 4 Ohatchee to the brink, but the Warriors’ upset bid fell just short in a 37-30 Region 6 loss last Friday (Sept. 21) at Jack Osborn Stadium in Rainbow City. Trailing 30-14 in the fourth quarter, the Warriors (3-2, 1-1) mounted a 17-play, 80-yard scoring
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Bulldogs can’t hold off Woodland in region tilt

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gaston failed to protect a double-digit halftime lead and had a late rally fall short in a 45-38 loss to Class 2A, Region 6 rival Woodland last Friday (Sept. 21) at Gaston. The Bulldogs (0-4, 0-2) jumped to a 16-0 lead with 1:14 to go in the opening period while holding
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Sardis races past Douglas, 43-7

Photo: Sardis High’s Temon Wilson tries to break free from a Douglas defender during the Lions’ 43-7 win on Sept. 21 in Sardis City. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray) By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis High coasted to its first 5A, Region 6 victory with a 43-7 win over Douglas last Friday (Sept. 21) in Sardis
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Eagles fly past Anniston, 28-10

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Darrian meads runs for a third-quarter touchdown as Anniston’s Jimmy Felton (7) pursues and teammate Tristan Billingsley (3) looks on during the Eagles’ 28-18 win last Friday (Sept. 21) in Anniston. (Alex Chaney) Hokes Bluff posted a 28-18 win in Class 4A, Region 6 action last Friday (Sept. 21) in Anniston. The
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Bob Jones edges Gadsden City, 12-7

Photo: Gadsden City’s Joshua Richard (left) brings down Bob Jones’ Donavan Brown during the Titans’ 12-7 loss last Friday (Sept. 21) in Madison. (Eric Schultz/preps@al.com) By Skip Vaughn/preps@al.com Two touchdown passes in the second half from Caden Rose to John-Michael Riley lifted Bob Jones to a 12-7 Class 7A, Region 4 victory against Gadsden City
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Walter Wellborn spoils Glencoe’s homecoming

Photo: Glencoe High’s Andrew Massarro looks for running room during the Yellow Jackets’ 40-0 loss to Walter Wellborn last Friday (Sept. 21). (Gary Wells) Glencoe High fell to Class 3A, Region 6 rival Walter Wellborn, 40-0, in the Yellow Jackets’ homecoming game last Friday (Sept. 21). For Glencoe, Daniel Maye completed 3 of 5 passes
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In & around SEC football - Week 3 review, Week 4 previews and predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 3 Review After Ole Miss scored on its first play from scrimmage, it appeared Alabama would be in for a shootout against the Rebels. However, the Crimson Tide scored the next 62 points and did not allow another point. The Alabama offense was unstoppable, regardless of whether Tua Tagovailoa
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Hokes Bluff, Etowah remain at No. 2 in Sept. 19 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 4-0 339 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3-1 276 3. Thompson 3-1 218 4. Auburn 4-0 214 5. Hoover 2-2 195 6. McGill-Toolen 3-1 162 7. Mountain Brook 4-0 111 8. Vestavia Hills 3-0 80 9. Lee-Montgomery 3-1 53 10. Austin 3-1 28 Others receiving votes: Sparkman (3-0) 15, Theodore
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Local players featured in Week 3 Prep Spotlight

Photo by Travis Greene Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 3 of the 2018 season. Etowah junior DeRickey Wright (pictured above at left) accounted for 26 points and four touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 36-0 win over Sardis. Wright returned an interception 32 yards
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Titans’ winless streak at four games after loss to Austin

Photo: Gadsden City’s Calvin Wilson (23) pursues Austin’s Javon Jackson during the Titans’ 31-10 loss on Sept. 14 at GCHS. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gadsden City fell to 0-4, 0-2 on the season following a 31-10 loss to Austin High last Friday (Sept. 14) at GCHS. Although the Titans out-gained the Black Bears
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Second-ranked Hokes Bluff thumps Oneonta

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Will Clemons (7) runs into Oneonta’s Andrew McAlpine during the Eagles’ 49-7 victory in high school football on Sept. 14. (Alex Chaney) Darrian Meads rushed for 204 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries in No. 2 Hokes Bluff’s 49-7 victory over Oneonta in Class 4A, Region 6 action on Sept. 14
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