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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In & around SEC football

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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Area football players recognized

Three local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for the week of Sept. 23. West End junior quarterback Payne Stancil threw four touchdowns passes – all in the first half – in the Patriots’ 27-25 win over Pleasant Valley. Stancil tossed TD passes of 30 and 8 yards to
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Eagles soar past Glencoe, 21-6

By Chris McCarthy/Editor For the first time in 36 months, Hokes Bluff senior football players can say that their final season included a victory over their longtime Etowah County rivals. Sparked by a defense that pitched a shutout over the final 43 minutes and allowed just 45 yards after halftime, the Eagles posted first win
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Blue Devils hold off Fort Payne

By Cole Frederick/Fort Payne Times-Journal Etowah held off a furious second-half comeback attempt by Fort Payne to hold on for a 21-16 victory last Friday (Sept. 23) at FPHS. The Blue Devils’ fourth straight win moved then to 5-1, 3-0 on the season. The Wildcats (0-5) trailed 21-3 at halftime, but the offense started to
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Titans fall short against Park Crossing

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Since both Park Crossing and Gadsden City high schools had put up some impressive totals in their previous games – the Thunderbirds steamrolling Russell County, 65-6 and the Titans smashing Grissom, 60-19 – things were expected to heat up even more when the teams met up this past Friday (Sept. 23)
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Panthers, Warriors, Bulldogs, Patriots win; Conquerors fall short

Southside 40, Fairley (Tenn.) 14 Southside jumped out to a 33-0 lead en route to a 40-14 victory over Fairley (Tenn.) last Friday (Sept. 23) at SHS. For the Panthers, Beau McConnell rushed for two touchdowns, while Baylon Fry ran for one. Triston Shaw threw a pair of touchdown passes, one to Kenneth Bothwell and
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 3 Review Ole Miss took a 24-3 lead on Alabama late in the first half last Saturday (Sept. 17), and it appeared as if the Rebels would knock off the Crimson Tide for the third consecutive season. Alabama proceeded to go on a 45-6 run over the next two quarters,
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Blue Devils ranked in Sept. 21 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 4-0 354 2. Hoover 4-1 264 3. Hewitt-Trussville 5-0 249 4. Central-Phenix City 3-1 198 5. Bob Jones 4-1 166 6. Lee-Montgomery 4-0 157 7. Davidson 4-1 100 8. Enterprise 5-0 82 9. James Clemens 2-2 41 10. Mountain Brook 4-1 38 Others receiving votes: Spain Park (3-2)
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JSU edges Coastal Carolina

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent For the second week in a row it appeared to be deja vu all over again for the Jacksonville State football team. The No. 4 rated FCS team in America was going up against a bigger, stronger FBS team last Saturday (Sept. 17), although the final results were a little different.
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Area players recognized by AHSAA

Several local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Sept. 16. Hokes Bluff freshman running back Darrian Meads had 12 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns as Hokes Bluff notched its first win of the year with a 41-0 win over White Plains. Etowah junior
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Coosa Christian special teams step up in win over JCA

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Coosa Christian special teams unit was indeed just that last Friday (Sept. 16). The Conquerors scored two first-half touchdowns off blocked punts on the way to a 21-7 victory over Jacksonville Christian Academy in a Class 1A, Region 6 game in Gadsden. Coosa (2-3, 2-0) added another score midway through the
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Patriots rally past Tarrant on homecoming

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Tarrant Wildcats and the West End Patriots tangled in an old-fashioned shootout in Walnut Grove last Friday (Sept. 16), with the host Patriots coming away with a 29-27 Class 2A, Region 7 victory. With Tanner holding a six-point lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter, Jordan Malin’s touchdown
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Etowah wins third straight game

Daulton Hyatt’s 36-yard touchdown pass to Andy Noles with 5:14 left in the game gave sixth-ranked Etowah a 24-16 victory over Class 5A, Region 7 opponent Alexandria last Friday (Sept. 16) at AHS. The Blue Devils improved to 4-1 and 2-0, while the Valley Cubs dropped to 1-3 and 0-3. Following a scoreless first, quarter,
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Warriors notch first win of season

By Jason Bowen/Daily Sentinel The Westbrook Christian football team spoiled Section’s Homecoming last Friday (Sept. 16). The visiting Warriors broke open a tight game with three second-quarter touchdowns on the way to a 42-0 Class 2A Region 6 victory. Section (1-4, 1-2) struggled to produce much offensively while the Lion defense struggled to slow down
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Eagles blank White Plains, Yellow Jackets fall to Randolph County

Helped by Darrian Meadds’ 150 rushing yards, Hokes Bluff gained its first win of the season with a 41-0 shutout of Class 4A, Region 5 rival White Plains last Friday (Sept. 16) at WPHS. Meads also scored three touchdowns on his 12 carries. Fisher Simmons scored a pair of touchdowns for the Eagles (1-3, 1-2),
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Big plays lift Sand Rock past Gaston

By Shannon Fagan/Cherokee County Herald Sand Rock junior receiver Carson Carver finished with five catches for 91 yards, including the go-ahead 62-yard touchdown with 9:57 to go in the third quarter, to help the Wildcats earn a 23-7 victory over Class 2A, Region 7 rival Gaston on Friday at Sand Rock. The victory pushed Sand
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Sardis falls to No. 9 North Jackson

By Jason Bowen/The Daily Sentinel The North Jackson High football team used a familiar formula to hand Sardis a Class 4A Region 7 setback on Thursday (Sept. 15) in Stevenson. The No. 9-ranked Chiefs used a strong rushing attack and stingy defense to post a 48-28 victory. North Jackson (3-1, 3-0) ran for 424 yards,
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Titans hang 60 on Grissom, gain first win of season

Courtesy of al.com Gadsden City used a 42-point second quarter to take command and beat Class 7A, Region 4 rival Grissom, 60-19, on Thursday (Sept. 15) in Huntsville. The Titans improved to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the region, while Grissom dropped to 0-5 and 0-3. “I thought we played a much cleaner game tonight
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 2 Review A week after struggling with consistency on the offensive side of the ball against Clemson, the Auburn offense exploded for over 700 yards in a 51-14 win over Arkansas State. The Tigers’ dynamic rushing attack was led by Kamryn Pettway’s 152 yards on 15 carries, while sophomore
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Etowah ranked in Sept. 14 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 3-0 354 2. Hoover 3-1 256 3. Hewitt-Trussville 4-0 255 4. Central-Phenix City 2-1 183 5. Spain Park 3-1 168 6. Bob Jones 3-1 148 7. Lee-Montgomery 3-0 137 8. Davidson 3-1 49 9. Enterprise 4-0 47 10. James Clemens 1-2 40 Others receiving votes: Mary G. Montgomery
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Marching Southerners win, Gamecocks lose in Baton Rouge

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Jacksonville State/LSU football game played this past Saturday (Sept. 10) in Baton Rouge, La., was surrounded by controversy almost from the start in what eventually became a 34-13 loss for the Gamecocks. The controversy began shortly after the announcement of LSU banning visiting bands from performing at halftime. This ruling
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