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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Area players recognized by AHSAA

A pair of Etowah High athletes were nominated for this week’s Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Football Spotlight. Junior running back Caleb Horton rushed nine times for 95 yards and senior receiver Emil Smith Caught eight passes for 62 yards in the Blue Devils’ 14-7 win over Guntersville on Sept. 9.
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Blue Devils halt Guntersville winning streak

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Etowah Blue Devils ended two years of frustration last Friday (Sept. 9), and in the process may very well have put themselves in the driver’s seat for the Class 5A, Region 7 title. Facing a seventh-ranked Guntersville squad that had defeated Etowah by one point over the past two seasons on
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Gaston holds back Collinsville in region tilt

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Collinsville Panthers found themselves in double trouble this past Friday (Sept. 9) at Shinbone Ridge. The trouble came in the form of J.D. Pope and his twin brother D.J. as Gaston High held on for a 41-38 victory in Class 2A, Region 6 action at GHS. D.J. rushed for106 yards
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Lions notch first win of season

By Huck Treadwell/For Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis ended a three-game losing streak with a 26-0 shutout over Geraldine last Friday (Sept. 9) at SHS. The win ended a two-year losing streak to the Bulldogs. The Lions (1-3, 0-2) scored on their first play from scrimmage. After the Lions took over at their own 26-yard line,
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Titans' winless streak at four after loss to James Clemens

Courtesy of al.com Class 7A, No. 10 James Clemens outlasted Gadsden City, 21-14, in a key Region 4 game last Friday (Sept. 9) in Madison. The Jets (1-2, 1-1) got the edge with their running attack and defense. The score was tied 7-7 at halftime and 14-14 after three quarters. Bradley Belt’s 5-yard touchdown run
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Cleveland slips past Patriots

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter Unbeaten and sixth-ranked Cleveland outscored West End 33-26 last Friday (Sept. 9) in a Class 2A, Region 7 shootout in Walnut Grove. Cleveland (3-0, 2-0) and West End (1-3, 0-2) combined for 864 yards in total offense – 521 by the Panthers and 343 by the Patriots. Each team also
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Panthers, Conquerors, Eagles, Warriors come up short

Marquis Posey rushed for 114 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns as Pell City downed Southside, 35-21, in a Class 6A, Region 7 contest last Friday (Sept. 9) in Pell City. For the Panthers (3-1, 0-1), Kenneth Bothwell rushed for 93 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries. Triston Shaw and Bo McConnell
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Monroe out, Mintz in as Westbrook football coach

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Westbrook Christian head football coach Shea Monroe resigned earlier this week. Assistant coach Brian Mintz was named interim head coach. Westbrook athletic director and baseball coach Matt Kennedy confirmed that he met with Monroe on Sept. 6, during which time Monroe tendered his resignation effective immediately. Kennedy declined to comment on the
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 1 Review The Alabama defense held USC to less than 200 yards en route to a dominating 52-6 win last Saturday (Sept. 3) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex. The Crimson Tide outgained the Trojans by nearly 300 yards, while receiver ArDarius Stewart hauled in four passes for 113 yards
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Blue Devils ranked in Sept. 7 ASWA football poll

Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. Spain Park 3. Hewitt-Trussville 4. Hoover 5. Central-Phenix City 6. Bob Jones 7. Lee-Montgomery 8. Murphy 9. Thompson 10. James Clemens Others receiving votes: Davidson 21, Enterprise 21, Mary Montgomery 14, Vestavia Hills 11, Mountain Brook 5, Auburn 3, Tuscaloosa Co. (2-1) 3, Baker 2, Fairhope 2, Gadsden City 2,
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Southside rallies past Fort Payne

By Cody Dowler/Fort Payne Times-Journal Fort Payne got off to a promising start against Southside but ultimately fell short in a 31-34 loss in Class 6A, Region 7 action on Sept. 2 at Barney Hood Stadium. The visiting Wildcats held Southside (3-0, 1-0) to a three-and-out on their opening drive. Fort Payne’s offense then took
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Area players recognized by AHSAA

Several local athletes were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Football Spotlight for the week of Sept. 2. Southside sophomore halfback Kenneth Bothwell rushed 15 times for 269 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 34-31 win over Fort Payne. Etowah sophomore Emil Smith caught six passes for 97 yards and a
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Conquerors snap 18-game losing streak

By Cole Frederick/Fort Payne Times Journal The Coosa Christian football team picked up its first win in 19 games in a thrilling 7-6 victory over Valley Head in a Class 1A, Region 6 showdown last Friday (Sept. 2) in Gadsden. The Conquerors (1-2, 1-0) scored their only touchdown of the night on a one-yard quarterback
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Titans come up short in region opener

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A late rally fell short as Gadsden City’s 2016 winless streak continued last Friday (Sept. 2) at GCHS. A pair of touchdowns by sophomore running back Jamontez Woods in the last six minutes of the fourth quarter wasn’t enough to prevent a 28-14 loss to Class 7A, Region 4 rival and third-ranked
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Top-ranked Piedmont blanks Yellow Jackets

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Piedmont brought a lofty N0. 1 ranking to Glencoe this past Friday (Sept. 2), and the top-ranked Bulldogs made a believer out of many local football fans. The visitors from Calhoun County manhandled the undefeated Yellow Jackets to a tune of 33-0. The Piedmont defense held Glencoe (2-1, 0-1) to only
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West End falls to Tanner

By Kim West/For Athens New-Courier Tanner senior quarterback Chadarius Townsend ran for four touchdowns and nearly 300 yards and the defense had five interceptions as the No. 9 Rattlers fended off West End, 41-16, in the Class 2A, Region 7 opener for both teams on Friday (Sept. 2) at Tanner. Tanner (1-2, 1-0), bounced back
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Blue Devils, Bulldogs win; Lions, Eagles, Warriors come up short

Etowah opened Class 5A, Region 7 play with a 35-7 victory over Douglas last Friday (Sept. 2) at DHS. For the sixth-ranked Blue Devils (2-1, 1-0), Daulton Hyatt completed 6-of-12 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns, while Andy Noles was 6-of-9 in passing for 82 yards and two scores. Emil Smith caught six passes
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Gamecocks roll over UNA

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State seems intent on taking up where it left off last season. The No. 3 Gamecocks rolled to a 31-12 victory over North Alabama on Sept. 1 in JSU’s season opener at Burgess-Snow Field. “I thought we played well on both sides of the ball,” said Jacksonville State head coach John
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick SEC football rankings 1. Alabama 2. LSU 3. Tennessee 4. Ole Miss 5. Florida 6. Georgia 7. Texas A&M 8. Auburn 9. Arkansas 10. Mississippi State 11. Vanderbilt 12. Kentucky 13. Missouri 14. South Carolina Week 1 Previews and Predictions Missouri at West Virginia (-10). Barry Odom’s first game as a head
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Etowah, Glencoe ranked; GCHS, Southside, Gaston receive votes in Aug. 31 ASWA football poll

Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen (2-0) 357 2. Spain Park (2-0) 250 3. Hewitt-Trussville (2-0) 226 4. Hoover (1-1) 197 5. Murphy (1-0) 181 6. Central-Phenix City (1-1) 140 7. James Clemens (0-1) 115 8. Lee-Montgomery (2-0) 103 9. Bob Jones (1-1) 53 10. Vestavia Hills (1-0) 31 Others receiving votes: Foley (2-0) 17, Buckhorn (1-0)
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Area gridders recognized by AHSAA

Several local players, including three each from West End and Southside, were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Football Spotlight for Week 1. West End senior running back Jordan Malin rushed for 178 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries in the Patriots’ 65-42 win over Susan Moore. Senior quarterback Payne Stancil
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Patriots smoke Susan Moore after honoring late team member

By James H. Jimenez/For Sand Mountain Reporter Jordan Malin ran for four touchdown while Payne Stancil and Tyler Grant connected three times for scoring plays as the West End Patriots rolled over the Susan Moore Bulldogs, 65-42, on Thursday (Aug. 25) in Walnut Grove. However, the football game merely set the stage for a much
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Sylvania rams through Sardis

  By Cole Frederick/Fort Payne Times-Journal Sylvania running back Caleb Roebuck exploded for six touchdowns to lead the Rams to a 41-27 shootout victory over visiting Sardis on Friday (Aug. 26). “I don’t think we played very well the whole game, but I don’t want to take anything away from Sylvania,” said Sardis head coach
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Yellow Jackets blank Westbrook, 35-0

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Glencoe lit up the scoreboard with four second-quarter touchdowns en route to a 35-0 shutout over Westbrook Christian last Friday (Aug. 26) at GHS. The Yellow Jackets (2-0) ended up with 468 total yards, 197 of them coming in the decisive second period. Senior twins Austin and Aaron Bush turned in big
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Oxford weathers Gadsden City, 22-10

  By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gadsden City High has found itself in a precarious situation after only two weeks of this young football season. Following a 22-10 loss to Oxford last Friday (Aug. 26), the Titans are 0-2 for the first time in school history with region play set to begin this week. The game
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Big second half pulls Southside past Hokes Bluff

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Southside Crimson Panthers used a balanced offensive attack to break open a close game on their way a 44-29 victory over cross-county rival Hokes Bluff on Thursday (Aug. 25) at Barney Hood Stadium. Southside head coach Ron Daugherty noted that the game was a “typical” Southside-Hokes Bluff matchup. “Coach Rob
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick 2016 Predictions SEC East Division 1. Tennessee (10-2, 6-2) Losses: at Texas A&M, vs. Alabama Winning the East is the next logical step for Butch Jones and Company, but playoff consideration still might be a bit much for this group. The Vols certainly are talented and have an advantage playing in a
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Etowah ranked in ASWA poll; Gadsden City, Southside, Glencoe, Gaston receive votes

Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. James Clemens 3. Hoover 4. Spain Park 5. Bob Jones 6. Hewitt-Trussville 7. Murphy 8. Central-Phenix City 9. Auburn 10. Lee-Montgomery Others receiving votes: Gadsden City 14, Vestavia Hills 3, Buckhorn 2, Foley 2, Mary G. Montgomery 2, Jeff Davis 1. Class 6A 1. Clay-Chalkville 2. Blount 3. Spanish Fort
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Missed chances hurt Titans in loss to Spain Park

By Chris Benefield Sports Correspondent Failed opportunities and two major turning points doomed Gadsden City High last Friday (Aug. 19), as the Titans dropped a 21-17 decision to the Spain Park Jaguars before 5,500 at Titan Stadium. The defending state runner-up Jaguars hit Gadsden City with a thunder-and lightning running attack, as Larry Wooden pounded
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Williams make presence felt in Southside win over Etowah

By Chris McCarthy/Editor In the teams’ first meeting in three years, Southside out-gunned Etowah, 48-33, in high school football last Friday (Aug. 19) at Barney Hood Stadium. With the victory, the Panthers won its third straight game against their county neighbors while improving to 11-25-1 in the series. “I’m very proud of our kids for
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Yellow Jackets top West End in Davis’ debut

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Glencoe High School head football coach Rusty Davis won not one, but two big games last Friday (Aug. 19). Besides winning his first game as GHS head coach, Davis brought the program its milestone 500th victory in a 28-21 win over West End at GHS. “We played a good team that
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Pair of late scores pull Plainview past Sardis

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter Plainview scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to edge out Sardis 20-6, on Friday (Aug. 19) at SHS. The Lions had chances to take control early in the game, but missed some opportunities. Drew Vaughan returned a Plainview punt to the Plainview 24. But Sardis had a series of penalties that
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick SEC West Division Preview Alabama Head coach: Nick Saban, 10th season (100-18 at Alabama, 191-60-1 overall) 2015 record: first in West (14-1, 7-1) Key losses: linebacker Reggie Ragland, running back Derrick Henry, center Ryan Kelly Key returning players: defensive back Eddie Jackson, tight end O.J. Howard, offensive lineman Cam Robinson 2016 outlook
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Clark heads up Gadsden State volleyball program

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Connie Clark may be a first-year head volleyball coach at Gadsden State, but she is far form a newcomer to the program. Clark, who took over in mid-July when Angie San-ders resigned, has been the team’s assistant coach for the past 10 seasons, so she sees a very smooth transition to
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2016 Football Preview: Gadsden City to hang its hat on strong defense

By Mike Goodson Sports Correspondent Gadsden City High head football coach Matt Scott found himself and his team in an unusual position at the end of the 2015 football season. The Titans had just finished a 5-5 season, and for the first time in the program’s 10- year history GCHS finished out of the AHSAA
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2016 Football Preview: Panthers intent on finishing what they start

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Southside High head football coach Ron Daugherty was very pleased with the attendance and effort in the program’s offseason workouts. He also noted that the roster would not be in the triple digits as it has the past few years, which means that more players will see action on both sides
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2016 Football Preview: Etowah gearing up for tough region schedule

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor After viewing the combination of graduation losses, returning veterans and promising newcomers, Etowah head football coach Drew Noles feels that his 2016 Blue Devils will hold their own. “We lost some great players, players that you just don’t replace, like Darius Moore and Crishun Young,” said Noles. “We’ll do the best
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2016 Football Preview: Hokes Bluff has blend of veterans and newcomers

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With 20 years in the books as a head football high school coach, Mike Robertson appreciates a solid mixture of experience and youth. “We’ve got 18 seniors, and for a lot of them this will be their third year of getting on the field,” he said. “So we do have some
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2016 Football Preview: Sardis looking to build on strong offseason workouts

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Consistency will be the operative word this season for Sardis High School. The 2015 Lions only twice won two straight games on the way to a 5-5 record and a fifth place finish in Class 4A, Region 6. “For us to get where we need to get, we’re going to have
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2016 Football Preview: Rusty Davis making his mark at Glencoe

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Seven months into the job, Rusty Davis is settling in as head coach of his former high schools county rival. A 1984 Hokes Bluff High graduate and former Eagle quarterback, Davis now wears the yellow, black and gold of the Glencoe Yellow Jackets. Davis spent the past 24 years in various
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2016 Football Preview: Shea Monroe to lead, guide and direct Westbrook Christian

Chris McCarthy Publsiher/Editor Westbrook Christian is making the move from Class 3A the past two years to its traditional 2A spot. “That 3A region was very athletic,” said first-year head coach Shea Monroe. “Make no mistake – there is a lot of athleticism in the new (Class 2A, Region 6), but it is more of
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2016 Football Preview: Bulldogs re-sized and re-fitted

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Gaston High head football coach Swane Morris likened part of his offseason work on the roster as assembling the pieces of a puzzle. “We’re having to move different people around to different spots, and hopefully we won’t be short a piece when we’re finished,” he said. “We’ll see if our kids
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2016 Football Preview: Patriots have postseason in their sights

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Kyle Davis knows that last season’s six-win season was an important stepping-stone for his program. That being said, West End’s third year head football coach believes his program is more than ready to ascend the next rung on the ladder. “We want to make the playoffs,” said Davis. “It’s been a
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2016 Messenger Football Preview: new leaves are turning over in Conqueror country

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor New Coosa Christian football coach Chris Sanders is teaching his team to pay attention to detail in an effort to get back in the winning column. “If we can do that and limit mistakes, that is half the battle,” he said. “I want us to focus on one thing and get
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Local youngsters compete in national track & field meet

The local More Than Runners track club competed in the USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field meet from July 26th to July 30 at Sacramento State University in Sacramento, Calif. The club participated in the Alabama state meet in Selma and the Southeast Regional Meet in Baton Rouge, La., earlier this summer. In Sacramento, JaKodie
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent East Division Preview Florida Head coach: Jim McElwain, second season (10-4 at Florida, 32-20 overall) 2015 finish: first in East (10-4, 7-1) Key losses: defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III, running back Kelvin Taylor, defensive lineman Jon Bullard Key returning players: LB Jarrad Davis, DB Jalen Tabor, DB Marcus Maye 2016 outlook
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Gadsden City grad wins AGA title

Courtesy of jsugamecocksports.com Southside native and 2012 Gadsden City High graduate Bo Hayes won the Alabama Golf Association’s State Match Play Championship, overcoming an early deficit in the final round last Saturday (Aug. 6) at the 16th Alabama State Match Play Championship of the Alabama Golf Association in Brewton. A rising senior at Jacksonville State
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick SEC Coach Rankings 14. Barry Odom, Missouri 13. Kirby Smart, Georgia Odom and Smart are the two newcomers to the head coaching ranks as they are entering their first seasons at Missouri and Georgia, respectively. Odom served as the defensive coordinator at Missouri last season under Gary Pinkel and was promoted to
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JSU’s Grass optimistic about 2016 season

By Mike Goodson Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State head football coach John Grass unveiled his 2016 version of the  Gamecocks to the news media on Wednesday (Aug. 3) at the JSU Media Day. Jacksonville State is expected to have one of its strongest teams in recent years with a program that returns many veterans and features
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Area teams ranked in ASWA preseason football poll

Class 7A 1 McGill-Toolen (347) 2 James Clemens (248) 3 Hoover (219) 4 Central-Phenix City (172) 5 Spain Park (169) 6 Bob Jones (164) 7 Hewitt-Trussville (15 8 Murphy (98) 9 Auburn (49) 10 Gadsden City (32) Others receiving votes: Lee-Montgomery (8-4) 21, Jeff Davis (6-4) 10, Baker (6-4) 7, Buckhorn (6-5) 6, Vestavia Hills
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Preseason All-SEC team First Team Offense Quarterback Chad Kelly, Ole Miss Running back Leonard Fournette, LSU Nick Chubb, Georgia Receiver Calvin Ridley, Alabama Christian Kirk, Texas A&M Tight End O.J. Howard, Alabama Line Cam Robinson, Alabama Braden Smith, Auburn Avery Gennesy, Texas A&M Jashon Robertson, Tennessee Ethan Pocic, LSU First Team
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Former Florida State softball standout setting up shop in RBC

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Local youngsters no longer must commute to Birmingham, Huntsville, Auburn or Tuscaloosa in order to hone their softball skills with a top-flight instructor. Danielle Cox Brock, a former Glencoe resident and Florida State University softball standout who recently moved from South Florida to Hokes Bluff, brings impeccable credentials as a private
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Three area cagers, one local gridder see action at all-star week

By Stan Veitch Sports Correspondent The AHSAA North-South All-Star girls basketball game in Montgomery definitely on July 20 had an Etowah County flavor to it, with two Gadsden City guards – Haley Troup and Brooke Burns – starting. “It was great to start alongside Brooke,” Troup said. “The game was different than usual, though. They
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Each preseason, there’s a list of coaches relegated to the dreaded “hot seat” discussion. Throughout the recent SEC Media Days in Hoo-ver, four coaches from the SEC were frequently mentioned in those hot seat conversations – Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops, LSU’s Les Miles and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. Sumlin
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Gadsden City's Haley Troup keeps family at forefront

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Haley Troup recently showed where her priorities lie. The highly recruited Gadsden City High School incoming senior basketball player had planned on waiting until August before committing to a college, but a close relative’s grave illness hastened that announcement. With her grandmother Shirley Copeland suffering through the latter stages of ovarian
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Coosa's Hampton plays in North/South softball game

  By Stan Veitch Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian senior softball catcher Alaina Hampton played in Tuesday’s (July 19) AHSAA North-South All-Star softball game, and in the process, put her stamp on the doubleheader at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park. “There were two catchers and we split innings,” Hampton said. “I got to play in both games.” In
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Glencoe's Pierce honored

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Jason Pierce apparently is well thought-of in the state coaching community. The Glencoe High School girls golf coach recently was named the National Federation of High School Coach of the Year in girls golf for the 2015 season, which is seleted by the state coaches. Pierce’s Lady Yellow Jackets won 2015
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Brown, Cone win local junior golf tournament

Tee Brown and Hope Cone were the overall winners in the 2016 Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament played last week at the Gadsden Country Club, Briarmeade, Wills Creek and Silver Lakes courses. Brown shot an overall score of 213, while Cone finished at 234. It was Cone’s second straight county title. Her three-day total was
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Local angler wins Weiss Lake tournament

Gadsden resident Brian Smith won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series in the Co-Angler Division on Weiss Lake on July 9. Smith won with three bass weighing 11.84 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.81-pound kicker. “We were fishing shallow pretty much kicking up mud all day hitting docks,” said Smith. “I
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The SEC Media Days concluded yesterday (July 13) at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. Auburn recap Auburn was the first team to take the stage on Monday (July 11). Head coach Gus Malzahn, receiver Marcus Davis and defensive linemen Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams represented the Tigers. AU is
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Cooper family a tradition in Etowah County sports

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Traditions run deep in the Etowah County area. For one local family, spring and summer means carrying on a family tradition that began four generations ago, a tradition of umpiring local baseball by the family that has excelled in local sports. This is the story of the Cooper family. Robert Neil
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Sardis runner signs scholarship

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter Alexis Powell excelled in cross country, track and cheerleading for Sardis High School. For college, she chose to pursue a scholarship in cross country. “I just love running,” said Powell, whose best time for Sardis was 21 minutes over the 3.1-mile, or 5K, cross country course. Powell found what
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama is entering the football season as the defending national champion. The Crimson Tide has more talent on their roster than any other team in college football. Their only real concerns are at quarterback and kicker. The schedule is one of the toughest in the country. Sound familiar? The level of
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Beggs, Justus share top honor on All-Messenger baseball team

By Chris McCarthy/Editor An Eagle and a Conqueror took the top honors in the 2016 All-Messenger high school baseball team. Chase Beggs played a big hand in the Eagles finishing the regular season as the eighth-ranked team in Class 4A and qualifying for a state playoff berth. In 58 innings on the mound, the senior
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Gadsden native doing well on west coast

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent Nikki Ferguson has come a long way – both physically and in soccer – from his days around the Gadsden area. The man who was instrumental in helping start soccer programs at Southside, Westbrook Christian and Gadsden high schools recently was awarded the Bay Valley (Calif.) Conference Coach of the Year
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Southside, Etowah standouts highlight All-Messenger softball team

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A pair of standout pitchers who consistently helped their cause at the plate highlight the 2016 All-Messenger high school softball team. In being major factors in their teams advancing to the state tournament, Southside junior Savanna Yancey and Etowah senior Madison Grant are the team’s co-Players of the Year. Taking over as
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In & around the SEC

SEC Year in Review In the last decade, the Southeastern Conference has been synonymous with championships. From 2006-2015, the SEC won multiple national titles in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, track and field and golf. In the 2015-16 season, however, the SEC only won one championship in those sports. The conference still represented
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Brick Haley returns home for golf benefit

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Judging from the heavy turnout, the Brick Road to Success benefit golf tournament was a resounding success on June 24 at Twin Bridges Golf Course. Haley, a 1984 Emma Sansom High School graduate, was humbled by the sheer number of people who braved the near triple digit temperatures to participate in the
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In & around SEC baseball

Florida’s spectacular season came to an unceremonious conclusion earlier this week at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The Gators were upset, 2-1, by Coastal Carolina in the tournament’s opening game. It was the Chanticleers’ first-ever CWS victory. Florida then played Texas Tech in an elimination game, and the Red Raiders knocked the Gators
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YMCA summer campers receive dose of reality

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Local youngsters recently learned life lessons on doing their best and not giving up, courtesy of a pair of reality television participants. Jo Jo Bynum and Eddy Stewart, Alabama residents who currently are competing in the NBC series American Ninja Warrior, spoke to Coosa YMCA summer day campers on Monday (June 20).
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Local track team competes at state meet

The Gadsden-area More Than Runners track and field club competed in the state meet on June 18 and19 in Selma. The team, which competes in four age groups, qualified to for the regional meet held at Louisiana State University next month. First place winners were Kenedy Wright in the 100 and 200-meter dashes; Christopher Miller and
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Cardinals sign Centre's Wester

    By Shannon Fagan/Cherokee County Herald 2016 Cherokee County High School graduate Joel Wester recently signed a tennis scholarship with Gadsden State Community College. Wester played at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for the Warriors thispast season. “I wasn’t really expecting this (scholarship),” Wester said. “It was kind of late in
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In & around SEC baseball

NCAA Super Regionals Review The NCAA Super Regionals proved to be unkind to the Southeastern Conference. Five teams from the SEC – Florida, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, LSU, and South Carolina – participated in the Super Regionals, and all five teams also hosted the tournaments. However, Florida was the only team that advanced to the
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Brick Haley to host annual golf benefit at Twin Brdges

Former Emma Sansom High School football standout and current University of Texas defensive line coach Brick Haley returns to his hometown of Gadsden on June 24 to host the third annual Brick Road to Success Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held at Twin Bridges Golf Course, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting
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Area players make ASWA all-state softball, baseball teams

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Nineteen local players were recently named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2016 All-State high school softball and baseball teams. Ten area players made the softball teams and nine were picked for baseball. Seven players were selected for the first team – five in softball and two in baseball. Making the first
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In & around SEC baseball

NCAA Regionals Review Five teams from the Southeastern Conference advanced to the Super Regionals of the NCAA baseball tournament. Florida, the overall No. 1 seed for the tournament, rolled through its regional – including a 10-1 win over Georgia Tech in the final. The Gators face in-state rival Florida State in the best-of-three Super Regionals
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Locals make all-state, all-county soccer teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A number of local student-athletes recently were named to the all-state girls soccer teams as made by high school state members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the inaugural All-Etowah County boys and girls teams State runner-up Westbrook Christian had three players make the Class 1A-3A all-state first
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In & Aound SEC Baseball

SEC Tournament review Texas A&M defeated Florida, 12-5, in the SEC Tournament championship game last Sunday (May 29) in Hoover. The Aggies secured their first conference championship behind a dominant offensive performance, including five RBI from leadoff hitter J.B. Moss. Texas A&M also scored 12 runs in a semifinal win over Ole Miss and 13
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In & around SEC baseball

Alabama Week 10 Review Alabama was swept by South Carolina in the Crimson Tide’s final regular season series of the season. The Gamecocks won the final game of the series 9-7 and they recorded 16 hits against the Tide. UA entered the SEC Tournament as a No. 9 seed and defeated Kentucky, 5-2, in the
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Southside falls short in playback bracket final at state softball tournament

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Southside High softball team came up short of a berth in the Class 6A state championship game on Friday (May 20) in Montgomery. After winning two straight games the loser bracket, the Lady Panthers’ season ended with a 1-0 loss to Oxford in the playback final. The game’s lone run came
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