Lady Panthers pour it on in second half against Chelsea

By Chris McCarthy/Editor With Chelsea within single digits of her Lady Panthers at intermission last Monday (Dec. 19), Southside High girls basketball coach Kim Nails streamlined her halftime adjustments to one area. Convert turnovers into points. “We created a lot [of turnovers] in the first half but we weren’t able to capitalize on some of
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No. 10 Hornets sting Southside, 58-31

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Though disappointed in the outcome, Southside High boys basketball coach Chad Holderfield found a silver lining in his team’s 58-31 loss to Chelsea on Monday (Dec. 19) at SHS. “This gives us a good measure of who we are and what some of the better teams in the state are like,” he
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick College football bowl previews and predictions Saturday, Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl Texas-San Antonio vs. New Mexico (-7) The Lobos (8-4) earned their second consecutive bowl bid under coach Bob Davie and are looking for their first bowl win since 2007. This is the first bowl bid Texas-San Antonio (6-6) has received
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Area teams ranked in Dec. 15 ASWA basketball poll

BOYS CLASS 7A 1. Mountain Brook 2. Lee-Montgomery 3. Smiths Station 4. McGill-Toolen 5. Auburn 6. Huffman 7. Sparkman 8. Murphy 9. Hoover 10. Grissom CLASS 6A 1. Pelham 2. Austin 3. Daphne 4. Carver-Montgomery 5. Spanish Fort 6. LeFlore 7. Muscle Shoals 8. Blount 9. Fort Payne 10. Chelsea CLASS 5A 1. Jemison-Huntsville 2.
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Etowah's Hyatt signs with Arkansas

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Etowah High senior Daulton Hyatt certainly made the most of his single year in Attalla. The senior quarterback signed a national letter of intent with the University of Arkansas on Dec. 14. “It’s definitely a great day for me,” said Hyatt, who will graduate from EHS later this month and enroll at
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Gadsden City student named athlete of the year

Courtesy of gadsdencityathletics.com The Gadsden City High student body gave the school’s Special Olympians a standing ovation on Monday (Dec. 12) and repeated that action for David Hodges, who was named Alabama’s Special Olympics 2016 Athlete of the Year. Hodges has been doing Special Olympic sports for six years and was part of the Titans’
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Titans take down Midfield, 65-62

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Gadsden City High held off a late rally by Midfield to post a 65-62 win in boys basketball on Tuesday (Dec. 13) at GCHS. Torque Bateman’s put-back with 3:17 left in the fourth quarter gave the Titans a 61-51 lead, but Class 3A No. 1 Patriots went to a full-court press that
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick SEC Championship Review Alabama captured its fifth SEC championship in the last eight seasons in dominating fashion last Saturday (Dec. 3). Florida jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but the Crimson Tide controlled the rest of the game en route to a 54-16 victory. In the first half, Alabama’s defense and
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Area basketball teams ranked in ASWA poll

BOYS CLASS 7A 1. Mountain Brook 2. Lee-Montgomery 3. Smiths Station 4. Hoover 5. McGill-Toolen 6. Spain Park 7. Sparkman 8. Auburn 9. Murphy 10. James Clemens CLASS 6A 1. Pelham 2. Austin 3. Daphne 4. Hueytown 5. Carver-Montgomery 6. Spanish Fort 7. LeFlore 8. Sidney Lanier 9. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 10. Clay-Chalkville CLASS 5A 1. Jemison-Huntsville
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Westbrook’s Self signs with UAH

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Tyler Self’s prowess on the baseball field and in the classroom has propelled him to the Rocket City. Last Wednesday (Dec. 7), the Westbrook Christian senior signed a baseball scholarship with the University of Alabama at Huntsville. In 67 innings on the mound this past season, Self went 11-1 with 72 strikeouts
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Gadsden City's Day, Minton sign with Birmingham Southern

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A pair of Gadsden City High student-athletes will test their academic and athletic capabilities in the Magic City next year. Seniors Ella Day and David Minton received four-year President Scholarships from Birmingham Southern and will participate in softball and baseball, respectively. Last season, Day batted .445 with 61 hits, 18 doubles, four
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Coosa’s Hampton signs with UAH

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A 10-year old dream came true for Alaina Hampton on Dec. 1 when the Coosa Christian senior signed a softball scholarship with the University of Alabama at Huntsville. “I’ve been playing softball since I was in fourth grade, and I always wanted to play in college,” she said. “Growing up, you’re going
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Lady Titans take down Hewitt-Trussville in triple OT

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The third time was the charm for the Gadsden City High girls basketball team on Tuesday (Dec. 6). Facing Hewitt-Trussville in their Class 7A, Area 7 opener, the Lady Titans posted a 65-61 victory after battling tooth and nail through regulation and three overtime periods. The outcome was finally decided in the
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Gamecocks fall to Youngstown State in FCS quarterfinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State’s hopes of a return trip to Frisco, Texas, and a chance to play for the FCS Division 1 National Championship came to a screeching halt on Saturday (Dec. 3) at Burgess-Snow Stadium. Youngstown State rolled up 520 offensive yards while stunning No. 3 seed Jacksonville State, 40-24, in the
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Iron Bowl Review Alabama pulled away from Auburn in the second half of the Iron Bowl and defeated the Tigers, 30-12, to secure a perfect 12-0 regular season. The Crimson Tide led 13-9 at the half after several first half turnovers kept Auburn in the game, but the Alabama defense held the
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Westbrook, Etowah volleyball standouts sign with Wallace State

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A pair of local high school seniors will continue their volleyball careers with the most successful junior college volleyball program in Alabama. Etowah’s Emma Jones and Westbrook Christian’s Courtlyn Barber both signed scholarships recently with Wallace State-Hanceville. The Lady Lions have won the past eight Alabama Community College Conference Tournaments. Last season,
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Warriors hold off Glencoe

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Westbrook Christian Warriors placed four players in double figures in defeating cross-county rival Glencoe, 85-68, last Tuesday (Nov. 29) in Rainbow City. “This was another typical Glencoe/Westbrook game,” said Westbrook head coach Donnie Pruitt. “They always come ready to play. Glencoe did a good job handling our pressure. They’re a
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Lady Yellow Jackets breeze past Westbrook

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Glencoe High School Lady Yellow Jackets raced to a 23-2 first quarter lead and never looked back in cruising to a 70-22 win over Westbrook Christian on Tuesday (Nov. 29) in Rainbow City. Glencoe (3-1) was led by Asia Dennis’ 11 points but the Lady Jackets saw a very balanced
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Eagles come up short in state semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor With just over 19 minutes remaining in Hokes Bluff’s Class 4A football semifinal against Madison Academy last Friday (Nov. 25), the Eagle faithful could sense the program’s first state championship appearance since 2001. Darrian Meads’ 5-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the second half provided Hokes Bluff with a 21-7
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Auburn Week 12 Review Auburn dominated Alabama A&M, 55-0, in its final tune-up game before the Iron Bowl. Jeremy Johnson earned his first start of the season at quarterback on Senior Night and completed 14 of his 19 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. Johnson also rushed for 42 yards and
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Titan duo sign basketball scholarships

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Haley Troup and Brooke Burns have been friends since kindergarten and played varsity basketball together since their freshman season, so it was only fitting that Gadsden City High School’s “Dynamic Duo” signed college basketball scholarships at the same time. On Nov. 16 at the GCHS library, Troup signed with the University of
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Gamecocks win third straight OVC title

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent For the third consecutive year, the Jacksonville State football team has won the Ohio Valley Conference championship and will head to the FCS playoffs. Eli Jenkins rushed for a career best four touchdowns and Jaylen Hill had two of JSU’s four interceptions as the Gamecocks wrapped up an undefeated OVC season
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Eagles dispatch Cherokee County, move to 4A semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Hokes Bluff High head football coach Mike Robertson is fortunate that he didn’t follow up on his initial reaction last Friday (Nov. 18) after his Eagles found themselves in an early 14-point hole against a Cherokee County squad that was riding a 10-game winning streak. “I don’t know about y’all, but was
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Titans fall to Hoover in state semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent A capacity crowd was on hand last Friday (Nov. 18) in Gadsden to witness the latest episode of the “We want Hoover” trilogy. This was the same story with an almost identical outcome. The Hoover Bucs overcame a sluggish start and exploded in he second half to defeat the Gadsden City
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Alabama  Week 11 Review The Crimson Tide dominated Mississippi State from start-to-finish in an impressive 51-3 win that clinched the SEC West Division for the third straight season. In less than three quarters of action, quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns and added another 100 yards on the ground. Hurts became
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Westbrook’s Catanzaro signs with South Alabama

By Chris McCarthy/Editor John Hilliard Catanzaro recently took the next step toward his goal of one day competing on the PGA Tour. The Westbrook Christian senior signed a golf scholarship with the University of South Alabama in Mobile on Tuesday (Nov. 15) in Rainbow City. A member of the school’s varsity golf team for the
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Area football players recognized

Five local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for second round of the state football playoffs on Nov. 11. Gadsden City junior running back Jaelyn Fleming rushed 22 times for 134 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 75 yards and a score in the Titans’ 29-28
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Area runners compete at state cross country meet

Several local runners participated in the Alabama High School Athletic Association state cross country championships last Saturday (Nov. 12) at Oakville Museum and Park in Moulton. Four area runners finished in the top 15 of their respective classifications to earn all-state honors. In boys action, Southside senior Hunter Nails took sixth place in Class 6A
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Big special team plays help carry Titans past Hewitt-Trussville

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Due large part to clutch special teams play, Gadsden City High will participate in the state football semifinals for the second time in the past three years. Trailing second-ranked and undefeated Hewitt-Trussville by double digits midway through the fourth quarter, the visiting Titans (7-5) scored two touchdowns off a pair of turnovers
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Eagles dispatch North Jackson, head to quarterfinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Three weeks into the 2016 high school football season, Hokes Bluff was facing a dismal future. The Eagles were 0-3 and the postseason appeared to be out of reach. What a difference hard work and a few weeks can make. Fast forward to round two of the Class 4A state playoffs
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Lanett blasts Patriots in second round

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter No. 8 Lanett ran 12 plays in the first half against West End Last Friday (Nov. 11), and six of them went for touchdowns. The Panthers’ first-half explosion propelled them to a 53-14 victory in a Class 2A second-round playoff game in Walnut Grove. Lanett (10-2) will face No.
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Etowah falls to Mortimer Jordan in second round

Mortimer Jordan posted a 44-30 victory over Etowah in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs last Friday (Nov. 11) in Kimberly. The Blue Devils (9-3) led 3-0 after one quarter courtesy of Raul Hernandez’s 27-yard field goal. After the hosts went up 8-3 on Brown’s 8-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion, Etowah
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 10 Review The Alabama defense blanked the LSU offense last Saturday (Nov. 5) as the Crimson Tide captured a 10-0 win over the Tigers. Jalen Hurts carried the ball 20 times for 114 yards and a touchdown and threw for 107 yards. The Alabama defense held the LSU offense to
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Area football players recognized

Seven local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for first round of the state football playoffs on Nov. 4. One of two quarterbacks chosen for the Alabama All-Stars, Etowah senior quarterback Daulton Hyatt completed 11-of-14 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 44-27 Class 5A
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Blue Devils top Mae Jemison, advance to second round

 By Chris McCarthy/Editor Every current member of the Etowah High football team is entering unknown territory this week. As a result of their 44-27 win over Mae Jemison in a first round Class 5A state playoff game last Friday (Nov. 4) in Attalla, the Blue Devils (9-2) advanced to the second round for the first
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Kilgo on the mark in Gadsden City win over Mountain Brook

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Johnathan Kilgo converted 3 of 4 field goal attempts to lead the Gadsden City Titans to a 15-7 Class 7A first round playoff win at Mountain Brook last Friday (Nov. 4). Kilgo kicked a 46-yard field goal with 2:38 to go to seal the win. Mountain Brook had several opportunities late,
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Eagles upend top-seed Haleyville, advance to second round

Courtesy of Florence Times-Daily For the first time in nine years, the Hokes Bluff High School football team will participate in the second round of the postseason. Landon Johnson threw for a par of touchdown passes and ran for another as the No. 4 seed Eagles (7-4) posted a 24-8 victory over No. 1 seed
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Patriots gun down Lamar County, will host in second round

Payne Stancil threw four touchdown passes, including three to Andre Little, to lead West End High to a 41-7 victory over Lamar County last Friday (Nov. 4) in the first round of the Class 2A state football playoffs in Vernon. The Patriots (6-5) host Lanett this week in the second round. “It turned out to
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Lanett muzzles Bulldogs in first round

Courtesy of Opelika-Auburn News Gaston High’s postseason began and ended at Lanett last Friday (Nov. 4). Behind eight touchdowns from Tre Story, the Panthers (9-2) cruised to a 68-13 victory in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs. Story threw for six TDS and rushed for another two. Gaston (6-5) forced a fumble
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Conquerors fall to Pickens County in 1A playoffs

Coosa Christian fell to Pickens County, 55-7, in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs last Friday (Nov. 4) in Reform. Jace Mills threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Caden Davidson for the Conquerors’ lone score. Teppei Daisaku made the PAT. Mills was 3 for 17 in passing for 76 yards, while Davidson
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In & around SEC football

Auburn Week 9 Review The Auburn offense continued its impressive attack on the ground in a 40-29 road win over Ole Miss. The Tigers rushed for 307 yards, including 236 and a touchdown from Kamryn Pettway. Sean White threw for 247 yards and a touchdown, and the Auburn defense limited the Rebel defense to only
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Etowah ranked fourth in final ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 10-0 360 2. Hewitt-Trussville 10-0 260 3. Central-Phenix City 8-1 220 4. Hoover 8-2 219 5. Davidson 9-1 190 6. Enterprise 9-1 141 7. Spain Park 8-2 110 8. James Clemens 7-3 97 9. Mountain Brook 8-2 63 10. Bob Jones 7-3 31 Others receiving votes: Auburn (7-3)
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Area football players recognized

Three local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 28. Sardis sophomore running back Drew Vaughn rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and caught a TD pass in the Lions’ 48-7 win over Boaz. Hokes Bluff senior running back Fisher Simmons
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Lady Cardinals fall short at conference tournament

The Gadsden State volleyball team went 1-2 at the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament last weekend in Hanceville. On Friday (Oct. 28), the Lady Cardinals (16-13) opened the tournament with a 23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 16-14 win over Lawson State, then lost to Faulkner State, 25-14, 25-18, 25-11. On Saturday (Oct. 29), Gadsden State fell
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Gamecocks dispatch Eastern Illinois

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State head football coach John Grass must have made his entire offensive unit walk back to Calhoun County two weeks ago following their “disastrous” 24-7 win over Eastern Kentucky. For the first time in several seasons, the Gamecock offense was held out of the end zone. If it had not
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Southside edges Glencoe, 28-21

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent Southside celebrated both Senior Night and Homecoming last Friday (Oct. 28) with a 28-21 victory over Etowah County rival Glencoe at Barney Hood Stadium. It was the final game of the season for both local squads. The Panthers finished the year at 6-4, while the Yellow Jackets wound up at 3-7.
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Patriots come up short to Ashville

By Chris McCarthy/Editor West End ended its regular season on a sour note last Friday (Oct. 28) in St. Clair County , falling to Ashville, 35-28. The Patriots (5-5, 3-3) led 21-13 midway through the second quarter before the host Bulldogs (4-6, 2-5) scored a pair of touchdowns to take a 14-point lead after the
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Sardis blasts Boaz, 48-7

By Ricky Smith/For Sand Mountain Reporter Drew Vaughn and Logan Gaskin combined to rush for 258 yards and three touchdowns to lead Sardis to a 48-7 win over Boaz last Friday (Oct. 28) in Sardis City. The game was the season finale for both teams, as Sardis closed out the year at 4-6 and Boaz
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Eagles fly past Westbrook

Hokes Bluff secured with its first winning season in six years with a 55-20 victory over Westbrook Christian last Friday (Oct. 28) at Hokes Bluff. The Eagles (6-4) travel to Haleyville this Friday (Nov. 4) in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. The Warriors finished the year at 3-7. Levi Taliaferro scored
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 8 Review Alabama used an explosive second half to pull away from Texas A&M in a 33-14 win to remain unbeaten on the season. The Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0) rushed for 287 yards as a team and Damien Harris led the way with 17 carries for 128 yards. Jalen Hurts
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Blue Devils ranked in Oct. 26 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 9-0 360 2. Hoover 8-1 259 3. Hewitt-Trussville 10-0 249 4. Central-Phenix City 8-1 209 5. Davidson 8-1 175 6. Enterprise 9-1 143 7. Spain Park 7-2 106 8. James Clemens 6-3 89 9. Mountain Brook 7-2 72 10. Bob Jones 7-3 19 Others receiving votes: Lee-Montgomery (0-9)
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Area football players recognized

Four local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 21. Gadsden City’s Damon Williams rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries as the Titans beat Huntsville, 48-21. Teammate Ryan Sparks completed 8-of-13 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns. West End’s Payne
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No. 1 Scottsboro rolls past No. 2 Etowah to clinch region title

By Jason Bowen/Daily Sentinel For all the anticipation and hype about a Class 5A No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup, Friday’s game ended like most of Scottsboro’s games this season – in a convincing victory. The top-ranked Wildcats took control in the second quarter and took any remaining doubt away in the third quarter on
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Panthers out of playoff picture with loss to Albertville

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Southside High was outscored 28-7 in the second half en route to a 42-28 loss to Class 6A, Region 7 rival Albertville last Friday (Oct. 21) at Barney Hood Stadium. The loss dropped the Panthers (5-4, 2-4) into fifth place in the region, while the Aggies (7-2, 4-2) clinched the fourth and
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Titans lock up third seed with win over Huntsville

Courtesy of al.com Gadsden City locked up the No. 3 seed in Class 7A, Region 4 with a 48-21 win over Huntsville last Friday (Oct. 21) in Huntsville. The Titans were led by quarterback Ryan Sparks, who completed 8-of-13 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns. Damon Williams also had a big night, rushing for
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West End dominates Winston County, secures playoff berth

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent West End High obtained the fourth and final playoff spot in Class 2A, Region 7 with a 73-28 win over Winston County on Friday (Oct. 21) in Walnut Grove. It is the Patriots’ first postseason berth since 2010. “Tonight was a good opportunity to play a lot of young guys,” said
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Conquerors fall to Woodville

By Lionel Green/For Daily Sentinel A clutch fourth-down run by Nick Baker, a game-winning touchdown plunge by Angel Montesdeoca and a game-saving interception by Adam Ramirez highlighted the final 90 seconds of a classic defensive battle between the host Woodville Panthers and the visiting Coosa Christian Conquerors on Friday (Oct. 21). In a contest with
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No. 1 Red Devils scorch Gaston

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent No. 1 ranked Fyffe exploded for a 35-7 halftime lead and never looked back on the way to a 56-14 victory over Gaston in Class 2A, Region 6 action last Friday (Oct. 21) at Shinbone Ridge. Gaston closed out its regular season at 6-4 and 5-2 and is assured of a
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Sardis out of playoffs with loss to Randolph

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis High was in control of its playoff destiny for 54 minutes last Friday (Oct. 21) in Sardis City. But Randolph put together back-to-back scoring drives late in the game to steal a 28-27 win. As a result, the Raiders (6-3, 3-3) claimed the No. 4 seed in Class 4A,
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Hornets sting Westbrook

Courtesy of Fort Payne Times-Journal The Ider Hornets came back from a 13-point deficit to defeat the Westbrook Christian Warriors, 34-26, in Class 2A, Region 6 action on Friday (Oct. 21) in Rainbow City. The scoring began when the Warriors scored on a 54-yard touchdown run a minute and 30 seconds into the game. Ider’s
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Yellow Jackets, Eagles come up short

Glencoe High fell to Class 3A, Region 5 rival Ohatchee, 40-7, last Friday (Oct. 21) at GHS. For the Yellow Jackets (3-5, 1-4), Cole Holbrooks completed 10 of 25 passes 210 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Bush had four receptions for 99 yards and a TD. Austin Bush finished with 12 tackles, followed by Aaron
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Local teams compete at regional volleyball tournament

Four area high school volleyball teams competed at the AHSAA North Super Regional Tournament last week in Huntsville. In Class 2A on Oct. 21, Westbrook Christian defeated Mars Hill Bible, 25-19, 25-16, 22-25, 25-14, before losing in the quarterfinals to Winston County, 25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 18-25. The Lady Warriors finished the season with a 39-6
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In & around SEC football

Alabama Week 7 Review The Crimson Tide wasted no time disposing of Tennessee last Saturday (Oct. 15), cruising to a 49-10 victory. Alabama held the Volunteers to only 163 yards of offense while the Tide rolled up nearly 600 yards on the afternoon. Quarterback Jalen Hurts rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns, while Bo
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Area volleyball teams advanced to regional tournaments

Westbrook Christian swept West End, 25-11, 25-20, 25-12 in the Class 2A, Area 11 Tournament championship match on Monday (Oct. 17) in Rainbow City. Both teams advanced to the North Super Regional Tournament in Huntsville beginning on Friday (Oct. 21). The Lady Warriors will face Mars Hill Bible, while the Lady Patriots play Hatton. Glencoe
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Etowah ranked second in Oct. 19 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 8-0 348 2. Hoover 7-1 251 3. Hewitt-Trussville 9-0 240 4. Central-Phenix City 7-1 203 5. Davidson 7-1 169 6. James Clemens 6-2 140 7. Enterprise 8-1 118 8. Spain Park 6-2 83 9. Mountain Brook 6-2 52 10. Lee-Montgomery 6-2 33 Others receiving votes: Bob Jones (6-3)
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Area football players recognized

Seven local players, including three from Gadsden City, were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 14. Hokes Bluff freshman halfback Darrian Meads rushed 21 times for 207 yards and four touchdowns as the Eagles beat Anniston 35-6 to clinch their first playoff spot since 2007. Coosa
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Jenkins, Barge set career marks in JSU win over Austin Peay

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State met Austin Peay in the teams’ annual Ohio Valley Conference struggle last Saturday (Oct. 15) and the game turned out to be just that. The Gamecocks (5-1, 2-0) took a 14-7 lead into the half against the winless Governors, but a turnover by Austin Peay in the third quarter
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Titans top Sparkman, secure playoff berth

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent It was Senior Night at Titan Stadium last Friday (Oct. 14), and Gadsden City rewarded its 21 upperclassmen with a state playoff berth. The Titans (4-5, 4-2) clinched the third spot in Class 7A, Region 4 with a 62-27 thumping of Sparkman (3-5, 2-4) at GCHS. It was the Titans’ third
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Gaston takes down Westbrook, 53-10

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Westbrook Christian notched the first and last points in its Class 3A, Region 6 game against Gaston, but other highlights were few and far between for the home squad last Friday (Oct. 14) in Rainbow City. The Bulldogs erupted for 53 points – including 26 in a 4:32 span in the second
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Conquerors secure first playoff berth in seven years

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian and Gaylesville put it all on the line on Friday (Oct. 14) with a playoff spot at stake. When the smoke cleared, the Conquerors were enjoying the spoils of a hard-fought 21-18 win in Class 1A, Region 6 action in Gadsden. With Coosa (3-6, 3-2) clinging to a 21-18
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Eagles end nine-year playoff drought

By Mary Elizabeth Dial/Staff Correspondent Hokes Bluff High School secured a spot in the state playoffs last Friday, Oct. 14 with a 35-6 win over Class 4A, Region 5 rival Anniston in Hokes Bluff. This will be the Eagles’ first postseason appearance since 2007. “It’s been a tough three or four years here, but we
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Blue Devils cruise past Crossville, will play for region title

Etowah High won its eighth straight game while remaining undefeated in Class 5A, Region 7 play with a 56-21 victory over Crossville last Friday (Oct. 14) in Attalla. The Blue Devils (8-1, 6-0) ran out to a 35-0 lead before entering halftime ahead 49-0. Etowah quarterback Daulton Hyatt tossed three touchdown passes, all in the
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Panthers fall to Cullman, 56-35

Courtesy of Cullman Times Cullman High knew that Southside’s Alaric Williams was going to get his yards last Friday (Oct. 14), and get them Williams did. But the Bearcats had several explosive playmakers of their own and proved that point to the visiting Panthers in the form of a 56-35 Class 6A, Region 6 victory.
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Sardis, Glencoe come up short

Sardis High fell to 2-5 overall and 2-3 in Class 4A, Region 7 with a 44-18 loss to Madison County last Friday (Oct. 14) in Gurley. Madison County (5-3, 4-1) took a 7-0 lead before the Lions pulled within 7-6 on Drew Vaughn’s 12-yard touchdown run at 3:34 of the first quarter. After the Tigers
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 6 Review Alabama’s defense forced five Arkansas turnovers en route to a 49-30 road win on Saturday (Oct. 8). Jalen Hurts completed 13 of 17 passes for 253 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while adding two more scores on the ground. Damien Harris carried the ball 13 times for
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Etowah ranked third in Oct. 12 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 7-0 348 2. Hoover 6-1 251 3. Hewitt-Trussville 8-0 240 4. Central-Phenix City 6-1 201 5. Davidson 6-1 171 6. James Clemens 5-2 147 7. Enterprise 7-1 113 8. Lee-Montgomery 6-1 77 9. Spain Park 5-2 57 10. Mountain Brook 5-2 17 Others receiving votes: Vestavia Hills (4-3)
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Area football players recognized

Five local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 7. Southside senior running back Alaric Williams finished with 224 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries to lead the Panthers to a 42-14 victory over Brewer. Gadsden City senior running back Damon Williams rushed
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Westbrook dominates Asbury

By Mary Elizabeth Dial/Staff Correspondent Westbrook Christian School conquered Asbury High School on Oct. 7 in Rainbow City. What looked like a potential shutout until the third quarter ended in a four-touchdown lead and a win for WCS. The final score for the Class 2A, Region 6 game was 41 – 13. The first quarter
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Sardis drives past DAR

The Sardis Lions moved into fourth place in the Class 4A, Region 7 football standings by outscoring DAR, 41-27 on Friday (Oct. 7) in Grant. It was the first meeting between the schools. The Lions improved to 3-4, 2-2 and will travel to Madison County (4-3, 3-1) this Friday (Oct. 14). Madison County and Madison
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Gamecocks wins OVC opener

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference with a surprisingly hard-fought 40-21 win over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Saturday (Oct. 8) at JSU. The win gave JSU its 18th consecutive victory over OVC opponents. The Gamecocks did have a couple of scares during
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Titans knock off No. 8 Bob Jones

Courtesy of al.com Damon Williams rushed for a season-best 220 yards and two touchdowns as Gadsden City kept its postseason hopes alive with a 46-41 comeback victory over Class 7A No. 8 Bob Jones on Friday (Oct. 7) in Madison. Williams scored on a 3-yard run as Gadsden City (3-5, 3-2 in Region 4) regained
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Bulldogs hold off Ider in region tilt

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Gaston Bulldogs exploded in the second half, putting 35 points on the scoreboard to swat a stubborn bunch of Hornets from Ider, 42-26, at Shinbone Ridge last Friday (Oct. 7). The game was tied 7-7 at intermission when the Dawgs woke up and got offensive with their Class 2A, Region
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West End shoots past Falkville

The performances of Payne Stancil and Andre Little propelled the West End High football team to a 38-22 triumph over Falkville on Friday (Oct. 7) in a Class 2A, Region 7 matchup at FHS. The Patriots (4-4, 2-3) are tied with Tarrant for fourth place in the Region 7 standings. West End owns the head-to-head
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Eagles dispatch Ashville for fourth straight win

By Chris McCarthy/Editor An 0-3 start to the season must now seem like a distant memory to Hokes Bluff. The Eagles scored touchdowns on their first four possessions of the game en route to a 37-6 victory over host Ashville  in Class 4A, Area 5 action last Friday (Oct. 7). The win was the Eagles’
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Etowah cruises past Boaz on homecoming

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent It was homecoming last Friday (Oct. 7) at Jim Glover Field, as Etowah High defeated Boaz, 51-10, in a Class 5A, Region 7 game in Attalla. With their seventh straight win, the Blue Devils improved to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in region play. The Pirates dropped to 0-7, 0-5. “It was sloppy, but
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Conquerors fall to No. 7 Cedar Bluff

By Grant Benefield/Cherokee County Herald After being sidelined the past three weeks while recovering from an emergency appendectomy, Cedar Bluff senior quarterback Josh Decker was itching to return to the football field. Decker made his return to the Tigers on homecoming against Class 1A, Region 6 rival Coosa Christian last Friday (Oct. 7), and he
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Southside wins, Glencoe loses in region contests

Alaric Williams rushed for 226 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries to lead Southside to a 42-14 victory over Class 6A, Region 7 opponent A.P. Brewer last Friday (Oct. 7) in Somerville. Also for the Panthers (5-2, 2-2), Triston Shaw threw a pair of touchdown passes to Austin Winningham, while Baylon Fry rushed for
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 5 Review The Crimson Tide had no trouble disposing of Kentucky, 34-6, last Saturday (Oct. 2). Receiver Calvin Ridley hauled in 11 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Joshua Jacobs carried the ball 16 times for 100 yards and another score. It was the third time
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Blue Devils ranked in Oct. 5 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 6-0 357 2. Hoover 5-1 262 3. Hewitt-Trussville 7-0 249 4. Central-Phenix City 5-1 207 5. Lee-Montgomery 6-0 168 6. Davidson 5-1 140 7. James Clemens 4-2 96 8. Bob Jones 5-2 94 9. Mountain Brook 5-1 80 10. Enterprise 6-1 36 Others receiving votes: Spain Park (4-2)
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Area football players recognized

Five local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Sept. 30. Etowah senior quarterback Daulton Hyatt passed for four touchdowns and ran for another in the Blue Devils’ 61-41 victory over Arab. Hyatt had TD passes of 20, 15, 40 and 31 yards while completing 17-for-23
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Panthers come up short against Oxford

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent The atmosphere was strong at Barney Hood Stadium on Friday night (Sept. 30) as Southside lost a close one to No. 4 Oxford, 24-21, in a Class 6A, Region 7 game. The Panthers (4-2, 1-2) started the second half off strong in scoring on their first possession. Southside started the drive
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Etowah outlasts Arab in region tilt

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent “I’m proud of our guys; we’re really banged up but found a way to win tonight.” Such were the words of Etowah High School head football coach Drew Noles following the Blue Devil’s 61-41 victory over the Arabian Knights of Arab High School on Friday (Sept. 30) in Attalla. Senior quarterback
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Titans keep playoff hopes alive on homecoming

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Don’t count the local squad out of the postseason picture just yet. Sparked by big plays on offense, defense and special teams, Gadsden City posted a 40-14 victory over Class 7A, Region 4 rival Buckhorn last Friday (Sept. 30) at the school’s homecoming. The Titans improved to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in
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Westbrook falls in OT to Collinsville

By Cole Frederick/Fort Payne Times-Journal A 10-yard touchdown run by running back Dallas Reed gave the Collinsville Panthers a thrilling 13-7 overtime victory over the Westbrook Christian Warriors last Friday in Class 2A, Region action in Rainbow City. The teams were deadlocked at 7-7 after regulation, and the Warriors received the ball first. The Collinsville
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Sardis slides past WCA

By Huck Treadwell/For Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis punched the ball into the end zone six times in a 38-26 shootout with Class 4A, Region 7 opponent Westminster Christian Academy last Friday (Sept. 30) in Sardis City. Sardis improved to 2-4 overall and 1-2, while Westminster fell to 1-6 overall and 1-3. Halfway through the first
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Cold Springs soaks West End

By James H. Jimenez/For Sand Mountain Reporter You can’t always stop momentum. The West End Patriots learned as much in a region loss to the Cold Springs Eagles by a final score of 26-16 last Friday (Sept. 30) in Walnut Grove. Cold Springs (4-2, 3-0) had won three games in a row coming into Friday
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Eagles, Yellow Jackets, Bulldogs notch wins

Darrian Meads’ 10-yard touchdown in overtime gave Hokes Bluff a 27-24 victory over Class 4A, Region 5 rival Oneonta last Friday (Sept. 30) at HBHS. Meads rushed for 241 yards and four touchdowns on 31 attempts. The Eagles (3-3, 2-1) travel to Ashville this week for another region contest. Glencoe halted a three-game losing streak
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Conquerors fall to Spring Garden

Coosa Christian lost to No. 3 Spring Garden, 56-19, in a Class 1A, Region 6 game last Friday (Sept. 30) at SGHS. After the Conquerors (2-5, 2-1) took a 7-0 lead at 9:16 of the first quarter on Dartavious Britton’s 4-yard touchdown run and Seongsoo Park’s PAT, the Panthers (6-0, 4-0) reeled off 35 straight
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 4 Review In the span of about two minutes last Saturday (Sept. 24), the Auburn Tigers went from believing they had just lost in heartbreaking fashion to LSU to discovering they had won. LSU quarterback Danny Etling appeared to have thrown a game-winning touchdown pass as time expired, but
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Etowah ranked in Sept. 28 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 5-0 372 2. Hoover 4-1 268 3. Hewitt-Trussville 6-0 256 4. Central-Phenix City 4-1 212 5. Bob Jones 5-1 177 6. Lee-Montgomery 5-0 159 7. Davidson 4-1 108 8. Enterprise 6-0 101 9. James Clemens 3-2 59 10. Mountain Brook 4-1 46 Others receiving votes: Spain Park (3-2)
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