Eagles fly past Central-Florence, 38-14

November 12, 2018 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill catches a pass over Central-Florence’s Ethan Looney during the Eagles’ 38-14 win in the first round of the Class 4A state football playoffs on Nov. 9. (Alex Chaney) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Junior running back Darrian Meads (pictured above) and junior quarterback Ashton Gulledge led third-ranked Hokes Bluff to a
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Donoho coasts past Conquerors, 59-14

November 12, 2018 chris
By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent  Coosa Christian’s 2018 postseason visit was a brief one, as the Conquerors fell to Donoho, 59-14, last Friday (Nov. 9) in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs in Anniston. The Eagles rolled out to a 45-0 halftime lead and went ahead 52-0 before Coosa could put points on
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In & around SEC football - Week 11 previews, predictions

November 8, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 10 Review Alabama passed its first test of the season with flying colors as the Crimson Tide smothered LSU, 29-0, in Baton Rouge last Saturday (Nov. 3). The UA offense sputtered early on but the de-fense submitted a brilliant performance in blanking the Tigers. LSU finished with only 12
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Lettermen of the USA announce inaugural event

November 8, 2018 chris
Photo: Lettermen of the USA founder, 1983 Southside High graduate and former University of Alabama football player Darryl Fuhrman (left) presents United States Air Force Sgt. Major Donny Ruepp (Ret.) with a football signed by University of Georgia head football coach Kirby along with two lifetime sideline passes for University of Georgia football games during
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in final ASWA high school football poll

November 8, 2018 chris
Released Nov. 7 Class 7A Rank Record Points  1. Central-Phenix City 10-0 300 2. Thompson 8-1 221 3. Auburn 9-1 188 4. Hoover 7-3 164 5. McGill-Toolen 8-2 153 6. Hewitt-Trussvill 7-3 138 7. Theodore 8-2 96 8. Mountain Brook 8-2 87 9. James Clemens 7-3 44 10. Austin 7-3 15 Others receiving votes: Prattville
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Area football players recognized

November 8, 2018 chris
Several local football players were recognized for the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 10 of the 2018 season. Hokes Bluff junior running back Darrian Meads rushed for 257 yards and five touchdowns (of 4, 5, 3, 23 and 4 yards) in the Eagles’ 55-28 victory over Sardis. Meads had 167 yards and four TDs by
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Last-second touchdown pulls Gamecocks past UT-Martin

November 6, 2018 chris
Photo: Jacksonville State quarterback Zerrick Cooper throws the game-winning touchdown pass as Tennessee-Martin’s Donnell Williams closes in during the Gamecocks’ 21-14 victory in college football last Saturday (Nov. 3) in Jacksonville. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent There’s an old saying in sports that it ain’t over ‘til it’s over. This axiom applied to the
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Local runners qualify for state cross country meet

November 5, 2018 chris
The Southside High boys and girls cross country teams earned a berth in the state 5K meet in Moulton this weekend with a sweep at the Class 5A, Section 2 meet last Saturday (Nov. 3) in Oxford. The Lady Panthers used four top 10 finishes to secure the first-place trophy. Camryn Davis paced Southside with
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Eagles dispatch Sardis in regular season finale

November 5, 2018 chris
Photo: Sardis High’s Jacob Hopper (17) avoids the tackle of Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill (10) and stretches the ball across the goal line for a touchdown while Will Clemons (7) looks on during the Eagles’ a 55-28 victory last Friday (Nov. 2) in Sardis City. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray Photography) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor On the
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Yellow Jackets halt skid with 32-point win over West End

November 5, 2018 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Julian Bethel pulls away from West End’s Kaleb Arledge (7) during the Yellow Jackets’ 40-6 victory last Friday (Nov. 2). (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A difficult football season for Glencoe High ended with a positive result last Friday (Nov. 2), as the Yellow Jackets stormed past West End, 40-6, at
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Rich tosses three TDs in Southside win over Cherokee County

November 5, 2018 chris
Southside High closed out the regular season with a 32-15 victory over Cherokee County last Friday (Nov. 2) in Centre. Quarterback Michael Rich (pictured above) threw three touchdowns for the Panthers – a 66-yarder to Kenneth Bothwell, a 35-yarder to Brennan Stokes and a 44-yarder to Blake Reed, Reed also scored a rushing touchdown. Southside
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Westbrook slams Sand Rock in final regular season game

November 5, 2018 chris
John Ross Morgan (pictured above) rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries as Westbrook Christian ended its regular season with a 42-7 victory over Sand Rock last Friday (Nov. 2) in Rainbow City. Quarterback Jackson Cox was 5 of 7 in passing for 113 yards and touchdowns. P.J. Wells had three receptions
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Conquerors edge New Hope in OT

November 5, 2018 chris
Dartavious Britton’s 13-yard touchdown run in overtime gave Coosa Christian a 42-35 victory over New Hope last Friday (Nov. 2). Britton’s score capped a 21-point rally by the visiting Conquerors (7-3), who travel to Donoho this Friday (Nov. 9) in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs. Trailing 35-21 after a New Hope
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Titans end season with loss to Clay-Chalkville

November 5, 2018 chris
Courtesy of AL.com Photo: Gadsden City’s Jamontez Woods (22) steps over Clay-Chalkville Jaylin Mack during the Titans’ 45-17 loss on Nov. 1. (Al.com/Butch Dill) Willie Miller accounted for three touchdowns in the first half and scored another to begin the second half in leading Clay-Chalkville to a 45-17 victory over Gadsden City on Nov. 1
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Lady Yellow Jackets compete at Elite Eight

November 1, 2018 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole, Aubrey Gray and Hannah Baker (pictured, from left) eye the ball during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ quarterfinal match against Montgomery Academy in the AHSAAS Elite Eight state volleyball tournament on Wednesday (Oct. 31) in Birmingham. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson, Sports Correspondent; Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe High head volleyball coach Jamie Barkley believes
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In & around SEC football - Week 10 previews, predictions

November 1, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC football rankings 1. Alabama (8-0, 5-0) 2. Georgia (7-1, 5-1) 3. Florida (6-2, 4-2) 4. LSU (7-1, 4-1) 5. Kentucky (7-1, 5-1) 6. Mississippi State (5-3, 2-3) 7. Texas A&M (5-3, 3-2) 8. South Carolina (4-3, 3-3) 9. Auburn (5-3, 2-3) 10. Missouri (4-4, 0-4) 11. Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-4) 12.
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Southside sweeps county 5K meet

November 1, 2018 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Camryn Davis (pictured) and Taylor Nails finished in first place in the Etowah County Schools cross country meet on Oct. 25 at Rainbow Middle School. (Gary Wells)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Southside High Panthers swept the Etowah County cross country meet on Oct. 25, as both the boys and girls’ teams
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Etowah moves up, Hokes Bluff slides down in Oct. 31 ASWA football poll

October 31, 2018 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points  1. Central-Phenix City 10-0 309 2. Thompson 8-1 231 3. Hoover 7-2 210 4. Auburn 8-1 155 5. McGill-Toolen 7-2 132 6. Hewitt-Trussville 7-3 128 7. James Clemens 7-2 126 8. Theodore 7-2 57 9. Mountain Brook 7-2 56 10. Austin 7-2 54 Others receiving votes: Fairhope (7-2) 20, Bob
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Lady Yellow Jackets earn a date at state

October 30, 2018 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe High head volleyball coach Jamie Barkley believes her Lady Yellow Jackets (pictured above) proved that they belong in the Elite Eight State Tournament at the Birmingham CrossPlex this week. “We’ve been talking about earning the right to be there, and I think our girls have done that,” she said. Indeed, they
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Area football players recognized

October 30, 2018 chris
Several local football players were recognized for the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 9 of the 2018 season. Etowah sophomore quarterback Brady Troup (pictured above) was 10 for 13 for 202 yards and two touchdowns as the Blue Devils clinched their second straight region title and first undefeated season since 1999 with a 49-7 win
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Eagles fall to Jacksonville in battle for region title

October 30, 2018 chris
Messenger file photo by Alex Chaney By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The battle of unbeatens for the Class 4A, Region 6 title between No. 2 Hokes Bluff and No. 3 Jacksonville was ultimately decided by a pair of two-point conversions last Friday (Oct. 26). Jacksonville went into Mike Robertson Stadium and escaped with a 16-14 victory
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Etowah sinks Pirates, clinch region title

October 29, 2018 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Davion Robison (25) gains yardage as Boaz’s Lorenzo Goss pursues during the Blue Devils’ 49-7 victory last Friday (Oct. 26) in Attalla. (Travis Greene) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Etowah High School football team has come a long way since an 82-0 victory over Oneonta in 1912. In addition to securing a
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Panthers cruise past Crossville in region finale

October 29, 2018 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Blake Reed (left) takes a handoff from Michael Rich during the Panthers’ 54-21 win over Crossville last Friday (Oct. 26) at Southside. (Gary Wells) By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent It was Senior Night at Barney Hood Stadium last Friday (Oct. 26), as Southside soundly defeated Crossville 54-21, to wrap up its Class 6A,
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Conquerors trample Valley Head, 72-14

October 29, 2018 chris
Photo: Coosa Christian’s Caleb Cates had over 100 rushing yards in the Conquerors’ 71-14 victory over Valley Head last Friday (Oct. 26) in Gadsden. (Wayne Butterworth/Messenger file photo) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Coosa Christian Conquerors proved to be just that last Friday (Oct. 26) at the expense of the Valley Head Tigers, 71-14, in
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Westbrook rallies past Cleveland, clinches third playoff seed

October 29, 2018 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Jackson Cox finished with over 200 yards in total offense in the Warriors’ 19-14 victory over Cleveland last Friday (Oct. 26). (Gary Wells/Messenger file photo) Westbrook Christian clinched the third playoff spot in Class 2A, Region 6 with a 19-14 victory over Cleveland last Friday (Oct. 26). The Warriors (6-3, 4-2) travel
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West End notches first win of season on last play of game

October 29, 2018 chris
Photo: West End’s Eli Pearce caught six passes for over 100 yards in the Patriots’ 25-22 victory over Woodland last Friday (Oct. 26). (Sherry Abercrombie/Messenger file photo) Mason Barnett’s 24-yard field goal with no time left gave West End its first win of the season last Friday (Oct. 26) in Class 2A, Region 6 action
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Sardis falls to Albertville, 35-7

October 29, 2018 chris
Photo: Sardis High’s Jay Owens (10) fends off an Albertville defender during the Lions’ 35-7 loss last Friday (Oct. 26) in Albertville. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray Photography) By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter Jacob Dendy rushed 21 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns and Isaiah Pankey threw a pair of scoring passes to lead
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Titans beat Grissom but miss out on playoff berth

October 26, 2018 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Jamontez Woods (right) fends off Grissom’s Jeffrey Campbell (77) and Eli Worsham (34) during the Titans’ 37-7 victory in high school football on Thursday, Oct. 25, in Huntsville. (Eric Schultz/preps@al.com) By John Ferry/For al.com Jamontez Woods scored three touchdowns and ran for 306 yards as Gadsden City pulled away from Grissom in
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Area teams compete in volleyball super regional tournament

October 26, 2018 chris
Three area high school volleyball teams qualified for the North Super Regional Tournament this week at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. Glencoe advanced to the Class 3A semifinals. The Lady Yellow Jackets opened the tournament on Thursday, Oct. 24 with a 25-7, 25-8, 25-4 win over Fultondale. Glencoe then defeated Holly Pond, 20-25, 25-18,
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In & around SEC football - Week 9 previews, predictions

October 26, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 8 Review After back-to-back losses, the Tigers righted the ship in a 31-16 road win at Ole Miss. JaTarvious Whitlow rushed for a career-high 170 yards on 19 carries, and Jarrett Stidham threw for 215 yards and a touchdown in the win. The Tigers racked up 484 yards of
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