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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Yellow Jackets, Conquerors, Bulldogs come up short

Glencoe fell to Randolph County, 40-14, last Friday (Sept. 2) in Class 3A, Region 6 action at GHS. The Yellow Jackets scored on Cade Alred’s 47-yard touchdown run and Jacob Amberson’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Noah Huff. Katie Smith kicked both extra points. Alred finished with 120 yards on 20 carries. Amberson was 7 for
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 3 Review It wasn’t a performance for the ages, but Auburn did enough to defeat FCS-member Mercer, 24-10, last Saturday (Sept. 16). Auburn outgained Mercer 510-246 but the Tigers turned the ball over five times while forcing zero turnovers. It was an ugly performance, and the offensive struggles from
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Hokes Bluff ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released September 19 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 3-0 334 2. Hoover 3-1 284 3. Thompson 3-0 243 4. Hewitt-Trussville 3-0 216 5. McGill-Toolen 3-0 176 6. Spain Park 3-1 129 7. Auburn 3-1 127 8. Fairhope 3-1 78 9. Theodore 3-1 39 10. Jeff Davis 3-1 31 Others receiving votes: Oak
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Locals recognized by AHSAA

  A pair of area high school football players were nominated to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 3 of the 2017 football season. Sardis High’s Logan Gaskin finished with 157 combined yards and accounted for seven touchdowns in the Lions’ 46-27 win over Geraldine. The senior quarterback passed for 78 yards
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Titans notch first win of season in home opener

Photo: Gadsden City’s Ryan Sparks (left) hands off to Jaelyn Fleming during the Titans’ 38-35 victory over James Clemens on Sept. 15. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gadsden City High School head football coach Bart Sessions was a happy man last Friday (Sept. 15) after his Titans (1-3, 1-1) gave him both his first
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Southside falls to Pell City on late touchdown

Photo: Southside High’s Kenneth Bothwell runs for yardage during the Panthers’ 28-21 loss to Pell City on Sept. 15. (Photo by Gary Wells)   By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor It appeared that Southside High School would send last Friday’s (Sept. 15) game against Pell City into overtime when Kenneth Bothwell’s six-yard touchdown run tied the game
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Blue Devils rally past Guntersville

By Jay Beard/Sand Mountain Reporter Guntersville tried to add another Class 5A, Region 7 region victory to the mix last Friday (Sept. 15), but the Etowah defense was just too much to handle as the Wildcats fell, 26-20, at Chorba-Lee Stadium. Etowah lineman Jessie Altman striped the ball from Guntersville’s Archer Charles midway through the
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Lions pound Geraldine, 46-27

By Taylor Beck/For Sand Mountain Reporter After the Sardis Lions capitalized on three forced turnovers to take a 20-7 first half lead over the Geraldine Bulldogs last Friday (Sept. 15), both offenses exploded in the second half. Sardis senior quarterback Logan Gaskin took his offense down the field and scored on an 11-yard scamper with
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Eagles, Patriots fall in region action

Hokes Bluff suffered its first loss of the season with a 28-27 setback at Jacksonville last Friday in Class 4A, Region 5 action. The No. 6 Eagles (2-1, 1-1) tied the game on Landon Johnson’s 1-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes left in the game, but a two-point conversion pass attempt fell incomplete,
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Conquerors fall to Ragland

Coosa Christian lost to Ragland, 67-26, in high school football last Friday (Sept. 15) in Gadsden. For the Conquerors (2-2, 1-0), Caleb Lipscomb threw touchdown passes of 29, 58, 69 and 30 yards, all to Evan Delp. Lipscomb was 10-for-21 in passing for 238 yards, while Delp had four receptions for 186 yards. Jackson Justus
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No. 1 Fyffe torches Westbrook

By Kelsey Daenen/For Fort Payne Times-Journal The top-ranked Fyffe Red Devils posted a 54-6 win over visiting Westbrook Christian in Class 2A, Region 6 action last Friday (Sept. 15) at Fyffe. Fyffe quarterback Seth Benefield completed a pass to Fyffe’s Brant Rowell for a 72-yard touchdown. The extra point by kicker Brody Dalton was good,
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Collinsville shuts out Bulldogs in region tilt

John Morgan/For Fort Payne Times-Journal Sophomore quarterback Kaleb Jones accounted for five touchdowns and a recovered fumble in Collinsville’s 41-0 victory over Gaston on Friday (Sept. 15) at Collinsville. The Panthers got their first win of the season and improved to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in Region 6 play. Gaston remained winless at 0-4 and
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Hokes Bluff ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released September 13 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 3-0 340 2. Hoover 2-1 280 3. Thompson 2-0 226 4. Hewitt-Trussville 2-0 216 5. McGill-Toolen 3-0 183 6. Spain Park 3-0 160 7. Theodore 3-0 81 8. Auburn 2-1 66 9. Oak Mountain 3-0 58 10. Mountain Brook 2-1 28 Others receiving votes:
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Local runners compete at Etowah Trails Invitational 5K

Local runners compete at Etowah Trails Invitational A number of area high school cross country runners competed on the Etowah Trails Invitational 5K last Saturday (Sept. 9) at Noccalula Falls Park. The event was hosted by Gadsden City High School. Several local runners finished in the top 10. In girls event, Meghan McCarthy of Rainbow
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JSU fades in second half against Ramblin’ Wreck

Photo: Jacksonville State’s Darius Jackson (right) covers Georgia Tech’s Nathan Cottrell during the Gamecocks’ 37-10 loss last Saturday (Sept. 9) in Atlanta. By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State made its annual visit into the land of major college football with adverse results once again on Saturday (Sept. 9) in Atlanta. Georgia Tech, one of the
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No. 7 Eagles hold of Cherokee County

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Levi Taliaferro (19), Dane Driskell (9), Jackson Evans (32), Grant Mason (45) and Ashton Gulledge (2) converge on Cherokee County’s Sidney Perry during the Eagles’ 27-21 win last Friday (Sept. 8) at HBHS. (Photo by Alex Chaney) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff jumped to a 21-14 halftime lead and held on for
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Etowah hangs 50 on Douglas on homecoming

Photo: Etowah High’s Evan Jones (right) pulls away from Douglas’ Briley Smith during the Blue Devils’ 50-0 victory last Friday (Sept. 8) in Attalla. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor It was nolo contendere at James Glover Field last Friday (Sept. 8). In their Class 5A, Region 7 opener against Douglas, the Blue Devils raced out to a
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Titans can’t overcome slow start against Hewitt-Trussville

Photo: Gadsden City’s Jaelyn Fleming drags a pile of Hewitt-Trussville defenders during the Titans’ 38-24 loss last Friday. By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A sluggish start doomed Gadsden City High in a 38-24 loss to Hewitt-Trussville last Friday (Sept. 8) at Husky Stadium in Trussville. The Huskies (2-0, 1-0) received the ball to start the game
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Sardis upsets No. 8 Madison Academy

By Taylor Beck/For Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis High found itself down 17-0 early in the second half to region foe and No. 8 Madison Academy but the Lions roared back to upset the Mustangs, 18-17, last Friday (Sept.8) in Sardis City. In the past two weeks, Sardis (1-2, 1-0) suffered single-digit losses at the hands
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Coosa Christian conquers Valley Head

By Bradley Roberts/Fort Payne Times-Journal Coosa Christian conquered Valley Head, 25-6, in the first Class 1A, Region 6 matchup of the season for both teams last Friday (Sept. 8) at Valley Head. The Conquerors improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in region competition, while Valley Head fell to 0-2 overall and 1-2 in region play.
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Penalties hamper Gaston in region loss to Section

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent Gaston kicked off its Class 2A, Region 6 schedule last Friday (Sep. 8) with a 20-6 loss to Section at Shinbone Ridge. The Lions (3-0, 1-0) regained possession with 8:30 remaining in the first half of play. The ball was being advanced until an interception by Matthew Rich placed the home
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Panthers fall short at Fort Payne

By Cody Dowler/Fort Payne Times-Journal A year ago, it was the Fort Payne Wildcats who didn’t finish strong in a 34-31 loss at Southside. Last Friday (Sept. 8), the Wildcats turned the tables with a 28-14 home win. The Panthers came out on offense with a shifty running game that gave the ‘Cats fits on
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Warriors, Yellow Jackets, Patriots come up short

Photo: West End High’s Levi Armstrong (left) fends off Tanner’s Ben Looney during the Patriots’ 28-10 Class 2A, Region 7 loss last Friday (Sept. 8) in Walnut Grove. (Photo by Sherry Abercrombie) Westbrook Christian fell to Sand Rock, 17-3, in the Warriors’ Class 2A, Region 6 opener last Friday (Sept. 8) in Rainbow City. Westbrook’s lone score
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 1 Review Despite losing much of its front seven to the NFL, No. 1 Alabama’s defense was dominant in the Crimson Tide’s 24-7 victory over No. 3 Florida State in Atlanta last Saturday (Sept. 2). The Alabama offense struggled at times in new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s debut, but
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Hokes Bluff ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released Sept. 6 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 2-0 280 2. Hoover 1-1 236 3. Thompson 1-0 187 4. Hewitt-Trussville 1-0 178 5. McGill-Toolen 2-0 151 6. James Clemens 1-0 121 7. Spain Park 2-0 111 8. Auburn 2-0 81 9. Mountain Brook 2-0 40 10. Baker 2-0 18 Others receiving votes:
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Locals recognized by AHSAA

Pictured above, Hokes Bluff’s Landon Johnson (Photo by Alex Chaney) Several area high school football players were nominated to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 2 of the 2017 football season. Glencoe senior quarterback Jacob Amberson completed 12-of-14 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-17 win
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Yellow Jackets rally past Westbrook, 28-14

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s John Ross Morgan (23) brings down Glencoe’s Easton Foreman during the Yellow Jackets’ 28-17 victory last Friday (Sept. 1) in Rainbow City. (Photo by Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor When Glencoe High’s first two possessions of the second half last Friday (Sept. 1) resulted in a fumble that led to a Westbrook
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Eagles end skid against Southside

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Ashton Gulledge (bottom) upends Southside Gavin Griffin  during the Eagles’ 33-16 victory last Friday (Sept. 1) at HBHS. (Photo by Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Entering this season’s opener, Hokes Bluff had suffered six straight losses to the Southside Panthers by an average score of 33-16. But on Friday (Sept. 1),
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Conquerors notch win in home opener

Pictured above, Coosa Christian’s Dartavious Britton By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian (1-1) picked up a 36-13 win over Appalachian in the school’s home opener last Friday (Sep. 1) at Phillip Ellen Field. The visiting Eagles kicked the game off with the ball, but that did not last long. Jasper Hutchens pass was intercepted by
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Bulldogs lose to Pleasant Valley

Photo: Gaston’s Lathon Stewart (7) tries to escape the grasp of Pleasant Valley’s Dalton Page during the Bulldogs’ 37-6 loss last Friday (Sept. 1) at Gaston. (Photo by Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Pleasant Valley Raiders broke into the win column by dominating the Gaston Bulldogs, 37-6, last Friday (Sept. 1) at Shinbone Ridge.
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Sardis rally falls short against Sylvania

By Taylor Beck/For Sand Mountain Reporter A fourth quarter rally fell short for Sardis against Sylvania last Friday (Sept. 1), sending the Lions to their second straight loss, 27-21. The Rams jumped out to a 20-6 lead after the first half behind a 94-yard punt return for touchdown, followed up with two more rushing touchdowns
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Patriots win; Blue Devils, Titans come up short

Courtesy of al.com West End notched its first win of the season last Friday (Sept. 1) with a 21-19 victory over Susan Moore in Blountsville. Nursing a 14-13 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, the Patriots (1-1) used a 13-yard Jacob Jones to Eli Pearce 13-yard touchdown pass to provide West End some
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Rankings 1. Alabama 2. Auburn 3. Florida 4. Georgia 5. LSU 6. Mississippi State 7. Tennessee 8. Kentucky 9. Arkansas 10. Texas A&M 11. Missouri 12. South Carolina 13. Ole Miss 14. Vanderbilt Week 1 Previews and Predictions Saturday, Sept. 2 Game of the Week Alabama vs. Florida State (+7.5).
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Hokes Bluff ranked in ASWA high school football poll

Released August 30 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 1-0 318 2. Hoover 0-1 272 3. Thompson 1-0 237 4. Hewitt-Trussville 0-0 200 5. McGill-Toolen 1-0 155 6. James Clemens 0-0 154 7. Spain Park 1-0 129 8. Auburn 1-0 87 9. Enterprise 1-0 56 10. Bob Jones 0-1 20 Others receiving votes:
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Locals recognized by AHSAA

Pictured above, Glencoe High’s Jacob Amberson Several area high school football players were nominated to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for the Week of Aug. 25. Making his first start at quarterback, Glencoe senior Jacob Amberson completed 6-of-10 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 84 yards and two
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Blue Devils take down Southside in season opener

Photo caption: Etowah’s Justin Harris (3) tackles Southside’s Kenneth Bothwell as Jarren Wright (33) closes in during the Blue Devils’ 17-3 victory in high school football last Friday (Aug. 25) in Attalla. (Photo by Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Etowah Blue Devils took advantage of a dominant defensive performance to stifle the Southside
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Titans fall short against Spain Park in Sessions’ debut

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Photo caption: Gadsden City cornerback Josh Richard (right) covers Spain Park’s Kenyon Hines during the Titans’ 31-19 loss in high school football last Friday (Aug. 25) in Hoover. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) The Bart Sessions era at Gadsden City High began on a sour note last Friday (Aug. 25) in Hoover. The Class 7A
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Yellow Jackets sting West End, 40-13

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Photo caption: West End’s Marcus Strickland (left) attempts to bring down Glencoe’s Jacob Amberson during the Yellow Jackets’ 40-13 victory on high school football last Friday (Aug. 25) in Walnut Grove. (Photo by Mike Goodson) The Glencoe High Yellow Jackets capitalized on five West End turnovers on the way to a 40-13
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Lions lose lead late against Plainview

By Huck Treadwell/For Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis let a 13-point lead evaporate in the waning moments of the fourth quarter against Plainview last Friday (Aug. 25). The Lions gave up a blocked punt and 12-yard touchdown run in a 31-30 road loss at Plainview. Sardis started off with a roar, grinding out a 70-yard drive
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Conquerors, Bulldogs lose in season openers

Coosa Christian fell to Holly Pond, 28-6, in the Conquerors’ opening game of the football season last Friday (Aug. 25) at Holly Pond. Coosa’s lone score came on a 68-yard touchdown pass from Caiden Lipscomb to Evan Delp midway through the second quarter. Lipscomb was 15 for 36 in passing for 208 yards. Sophomore halfback
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Lady Cardinals primed for 2017 volleyball season

Pictured above, Gadsden State head volleyball coach Connie Clark (left) has a word with sophomore outside hitter Morgan Newton (center) and sophomore setter Savannah Beck (right) during a recent practice at Beck Field House. By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With her first year under her belt as a junior college volleyball head coach, Connie Clark feels she
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent 2017 SEC Predictions SEC West Division 1. Alabama (12-0, 8-0) Losses: none A season ago, Alabama unquestionably was the best team in the SEC, and no other team in the league was particularly close. Nick Saban’s team has won the SEC three straight seasons, and is the favorite to do so
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2017 Football Preview: Gadsden City’s 2017 season now in session

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor First-year coach Bart Sessions has one goal and one goal only for the 2017 Gadsden City High football team – win a state championship. “That’s our only goal. This is Gadsden City, and we don’t coach or play in a game that we think we’re going to lose. I don’t say
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2017 Football Preview: Panthers on the prowl for postseason berth

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Southside High head football coach Ron Daugherty is well aware that his Panthers must make a bigger dent in its Class 6A, Region 7 schedule in order to play in a Week 11 game. “I think that’s a driving force for these seniors,” said Daugherty. “In both of those seasons, we
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Etowah Blue Devils replenishing stock for 2017

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Etowah no doubt suffered key losses from graduation, but the 2017 Blue Devils possess a good amount of firepower on both sides of the ball. “In high school ball, you do what have to do to adapt to what your team’s strengths are,” said head coach Drew Noles. “The biggest thing we’ve
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Eagles aiming to fly high 

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor After winning nine of its last 11 games last season and reaching the state semifinal round for the first time since the 2004 season, head coach Mike Robertson, is confident that his Eagles won’t rest on their laurels. “We just try to prepare our kids each week the best we can,”
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Loaded Lions ready to roar in region action

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With a four-year starter at quarterback and the four top receivers back from last season, will Sardis High employ elements of the wide-open Fun n’ Gun offense? “I don’t know about that, but we’re going to try to spread the ball around quite a bit with so much experience at those
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Seasoned Yellow Jackets ready to make a stir

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe played a lot of youngsters last season, and it showed in a 3-7 record. The Yellow Jackets were 3-3 at the halfway point before dropping their last four games. The above greenhorns are now a year older and hopefully wiser, however, and head coach Rusty Davis feels that his veterans have
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Westbrook looks to improve in 2017 under Mintz

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Taking over on the fly as a head football coach during the season is no easy task, including one as experienced as Brian Mintz. The 1981 Southside High graduate assumed the head position two games into the 2016 season. “I’ve never done that before,” said Mintz, who was an assistant for Westbrook
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Bulldogs to rely on trench warfare in 2017

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gaston High head coach Swane Morris has a situation on his hands that he can’t recall running into during his previous 17 years as a head coach. Out of every skill position on offense, he has no returning veterans, much less starters. “Some of them got snaps last year, but there’s several
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Patriots ready to climb the postseason ladder

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Although the 2017 West End roster may not contain the amount of star power as in the past few years, Kyle Davis believes that his Patriots will provide the communities of Walnut Grove and Altoona with something to cheer for this fall. “I can’t say that this team is as nearly talented
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Woods back at the helm at Coosa Christian

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Although he temporarily stepped down as Coosa Christian head football coach during the 2016 season, Nevandra Wood liked what we saw from afar when the Conquerors broke an 18-game winless steak and notched their first postseason berth in seven years under interim head coach Chris Sanders. “The season started out rocky,”
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NEO symposium attracts over 100 local coaches

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Over 120 local coaches and athletic directors attended the 3rd Annual Northeast Orthopedics Coaches Symposium on Aug. 3 at Southside High School. Participants were from area middle and high schools from all sports. “Our biggest goal is general education,” said NEO Certified Athletic Trainer Chris Russell. “Coaches nowadays have so many things
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent West Division Preview Alabama Head coach: Nick Saban, 11th season (114-19 at Alab-ama, 205-61-1 overall) 2016 record: first in West (14-1, 8-0) Key losses: linebacker Reuben Foster, defensive end Jonathan Allen, tight end O.J. Howard Key returning players: defensive back Minkah Fitz-patrick, offensive lineman Jonah Williams, receiver Calvin Ridley 2017 outlook
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent East Division Preview Florida Head coach: Jim McElwain, third season (19-8 at Florida, 41-24 overall) 2016 record: first in East (9-4, 6-2) Key losses: cornerback Teez Tabor, linebacker Jarrad Davis, defensive back Marcus Maye Key returning players: receiver Antonio Callaway, offensive lineman Martez Ivey, defensive end CeCe Jefferson 2017 outlook McElwain
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Longtime local baseball coach takes over at Southside

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Mike Lamb isn’t ready to step away from the diamond just yet. The former Westbrook Christian and Gaston High head baseball coach recently was named to direct the Southside baseball program. Lamb, who coached the Rainbow Middle School baseball team for the past five years, said it was an easy decision
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Hokes Bluff ranked in ASWA preseason football poll, Gadsden City, Etowah, Westbrook receive votes

First-place votes and 2016 record in parentheses Class 7A 1. Hoover (29) (12-2) 366 2. Central-Phenix City (1) (10-2 261 3. Thompson (5-5) 229 4. Hewitt-Trussville (1) (11-1) 191 5. James Clemens (8-4) 179 6. McGill-Toolen (13-1) 171 7. Spain Park (8-3) 114 8. Bob Jones (7-4) 83 9. Auburn (8-4) 64 10. Enterprise (10-2) 56
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Coach Rankings, Part II Last week, SEC coaches ranked 8-14 were unveiled. Here’s a quick reminder of who came in where last week: 14, Matt Luke, Ole Miss; 13, Barry Odom, Missouri; 12, Ed Orgeron, LSU; 11, Kirby Smart, Georgia; 10, Butch Jones, Tennessee; 9, Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M; 8,
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Local cyclist getting better with age

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Local competitive cyclist Randy Kerr recently received a backhanded compliment. Just after crossing the finish line to win his third straight USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships race on July 20 at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia, the Gadsden resident was surrounded by three race officials who demanded to inspect his
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Former Panther to coach Sardis baseball

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Shannon J. Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter Kevin Vinson has left the Coosa River Valley for Sand Mountain. The 1998 Southside High graduate was recently hired as Sardis head baseball coach. Vinson was an assistant coach last season that saw the Lions win their first area championship since 2010 and gain their first
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Coach Rankings, Part I The SEC has the best coach in college football in Nick Saban, but the coaching depth around the league has diminished in recent years. Only one other head coach in the league – Gus Malzahn – has won an SEC championship other than Saban, and a
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Gamecocks look to repeat as conference champions

By Mike Goodson Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State is a team heading into the 2017 football season with high expectations. If the Gamecocks get past three strong stumbling blocks in their first three games, JSU must then face a grueling nine-game OVC schedule. JSU opens with longtime foe Chattanooga, then travels to Atlanta to meet Georgia
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Local coach, player participate in all-star football game

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A pair of Eagles recently landed for a week in Montgomery. Hokes Bluff High School head football coach Mike Robertson was an assistant for the North team at the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s 2017 All-Star Sports Week, while 2017 HBHS graduate Adam Patterson competed in the North’s 14-13 victory over
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Media Days Auburn When Auburn took the stage on the final day of SEC Media Days last week in Birmingham, head coach Gus Malzahn and three of his players walked into the Wynfrey Hotel with high expectations for the second time in three seasons. Alabama was picked to win the
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Etowah grad’s transfer pays off with state championship

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor An acute mild case of homesickness ultimately led to good fortune for both Madison Grant and the Wallace State-Hanceville softball team. A 2016 Etowah graduate and standout softball player for the Lady Blue Devils, Grant attended Lindsey Wilson College for a semester before deciding that Columbia, Kentucky, was a bit too
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Media Days SEC Media Days have become a bigger event every year, and the most anticipated day is always when Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide address the media in Hoover. Saban was joined by defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman and receiver Calvin Ridley at the
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Glencoe native winds up stellar college career

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Jamie McGuire didn’t miss a beat after exchanging her high school black and yellow softball uniform for her college red and white gear four years ago. The 2013 Glencoe High School and 2017 Jacksonville State University graduate recently capped her outstanding collegiate softball career by helping the 2017 Lady Gamecocks win
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Gadsden State athletes recognized by NJCAA

The National Junior College Athletic Association recently announced its All-Academic teams for 2016-17 and recognized 11 Gadsden State student-athletes and two athletic teams for their academic achievement. Qualifying GSCC teams include volleyball with a 3.14 GPA and women’s basketball with a 3.00. To qualify as an academic team, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative
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Sardis High grads to cheer in college

By Shannon J. Allen Sand Mountain Reporter The Sardis High varsity cheerleading squad’s outstanding 2017 senior class produced four girls who will continue their careers in college. Amberly Sampson signed with Snead State in late April, while Madeline Young, Alyssa Ellis and Madison Chastain signed with the University of Montevallo in late May. All four
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick First Team All-SEC C: Grant Koch, Arkansas 1B: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State 2B: Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M 3B: Jordan Rodgers, Tennessee SS: Kramer Robertson, LSU OF: Tristan Pompey, Kentucky OF:  Greg Deichmann, LSU OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt DH: JJ Schwarz, Florida SP: Alex Faedo, Florida SP: Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt SP: Sean Hjelle, Kentucky
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA College World Series Review For the first time in school history, the Florida Gators are the college baseball national champions. The Gators defeated SEC rival LSU in the College World Series finals to secure their first title. Florida won the opening game, 4-3, behind seven solid innings from starting pitching
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Coosa's Hampton highlights All-Messenger softball team

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Unlike the past few years, there wasn’t much doubt as to which player meant the most to her team in local high school softball for the 2017 season. Coosa Christian’s Alaina Hampton bashed, belted and blasted her way to Player of the Year honors for The Messenger’s All-Area softball team The
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Etowah’s Dunn leads off All-Messenger baseball team

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Etowah High senior Eli Dunn was the source of much frustration for opposing hitters and pitchers alike this past baseball season. On the mound, the hard-throwing righthander went 8-2 with a 1.38 ERA while twirling four shutouts and racking up 70 strikeouts. At the plate, he collected 34 hits, 28 RBI,
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Former Titan holds football camp for local youths

2009 Gadsden City High School graduate and current Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick addresses local youths at the conclusion of his 5th Annual 21 Kids Football Camp. Standing to Kirkpatrick’s right is Cincinnati Bengals recevier A.J. Green and standing to his right is Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown. By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Dre Kirkpatrick was
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In & around SEC baseball

NCAA College World Series Review The Southeastern Conference sent three teams – the most of any league – to Omaha, Nebraska, for the College World Series. After the first stage of the tournament, two teams from the SEC remain in the battle to win the national championship. LSU met Florida State in the Tigers’ opening
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Etowah grad winds up baseball career at JSU

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor 2013 Etowah High graduate Josh Bobo just completed a solid four-year-career with the Jacksonville State baseball team. Bobo, who graduated last month with a degree in English, is experiencing mixed emotions about the end of his collegiate athletic career. “It’s kind of weird waking up and not having a set plan
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Southside High grad selected in MLB draft

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Braxton has seen the Light in terms of a professional baseball career. The 2014 Southside High graduate and Wallace State-Hanceville sophomore was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 24th round of the MLB draft on June 14. “Making it to the major leagues is something that everybody wants to do,
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Super Regionals Review Six teams from the Southeastern Conference made the 16-team super regionals field, and the conference – by far the most of any conference – and the league will have the most participants in the College World Series. Texas A&M was a No. 3 seed in the regionals,
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