1961, '62 Altoona High football teams dominated competition

October 26, 2018 chris
Editor’s note: The following article was originally published in the Nov. 18, 2001 edition of The Messenger. By Joshua Price/Sports Editor The 1961 Altoona High School Choctaw football team posted a magnificent season. The Chocs won eight games that year and lost one. The team whipped “Little Seven” Etowah County rivals Sardis, Gaston, Walnut Grove
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in Oct. 24 ASWA football poll

October 24, 2018 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points  1. Central-Phenix City 9-0 309 2. Thompson 7-1 225 3. Auburn 8-0 202 4. Hoover 6-2 186 5. Hewitt-Trussville 7-2 157 6. Austin 7-1 129 7. Mountain Brook 7-1 99 8. McGill-Toolen 6-2 76 9. James Clemens 6-2 65 10. Theodore 6-2 17 Others receiving votes: Fairhope (6-2) 13, Bob
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Gadsden State's Massey named ACCC Player of the Week

October 24, 2018 chris
Gadsden State freshman setter Madelyn Massey was recently named Alabama Community College Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 15-21. The Decatur native led the Lady Cardinals with 72 assists and 10 digs in eight sets. She also recorded six kills and one block. Massey currently ranks second in the conference in
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Westbrook, Southside, Glencoe advance to volleyball super regionals

October 23, 2018 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Scarlett Stearns (left) and Ohatchee’s Emma Haynes battle at the net during the Lady Warriors’ 25-19, 23-25, 25-10, 25-23 victory in the Class 2A, Area 11 Volleyball Tournament finals last Monday (Oct. 23) in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Three local volleyball teams advanced to the North Super Regional Tournament at the Von Braun Center
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Gaston’s Hawkins tops AHSAA Prep Spotlight

October 22, 2018 chris
Gaston High senior running back Kameron Hawkins (pictured above) rushed for a school-record 434 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries as Gaston posted its first in win of the season on beating West End, 42-34. Hawkins reeled off touchdown runs of 75, 32, 12 and 72 yards as the Bulldogs snapped a 10-game streak
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Morris, Hawkins reach milestones as Gaston ends losing streak

October 22, 2018 chris
Photo: Gaston’s Malik Redmond tackles West End’s Levi Armstrong during the Bulldogs’ 42-34 in high school football last Friday (Oct. 19) in Walnut Grove. (Sherry Abercrombie Photography) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent It was a historic evening for Gaston High head football coach Swane Morris and senior running back Kameron Hawkins last Friday (Oct. 19), as
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Westbrook nails down playoff spot with 35-point victory over Woodland

October 22, 2018 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s P.J. Wells (right) beats a pair of Woodland defenders for a touchdown catch during the Warriors’ 56-21 victory in high school football last Friday (Oct. 12) in Rainbow City. (Travis Greene) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Westbrook Christian had little difficulty in securing a second straight state postseason berth last Friday (Oct. 19).
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Etowah rallies past Alexandria, moves closer to region title

October 22, 2018 chris
Messenger file photo by Travis Greene By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent The Blue Devil faithful were buzzing in Death Valley last Friday, Oct.19, as Etowah (9-0, 5-0) scored 27 unanswered points on the way to a 27-7 victory over Class 5A, Region 6 foe Alexandria (4-4, 2-3) in Alexandria. Etowah can wrap up the region championship
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Hokes Bluff fends off CCHS, remains unbeaten

October 22, 2018 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill (10) stretches for a key first down during the Eagles’ 21-17 victory over Cherokee County in high school football last Friday (Oct. 19) in Centre. (Alex Chaney) By Grant Benefield/For Cherokee County Herald Cherokee County gave second-ranked Hokes Bluff all it could handle last Friday (Oct. 19) but the Warriors
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Panthers upset Boaz, clinch playoff berth

October 22, 2018 chris
Messenger file photo by Travis Greene By Ricky Smith/For Sand Mountain Reporter In a game that featured two of the best high school running backs in north Alabama, Kenneth Bothwell and Southside prevailed over Christian Collins and Boaz last Friday (Oct. 19), as the Panthers came away with a 45-28 win over the Pirates in
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Lipscomb airs out Woodville in Conquerors' region win

October 22, 2018 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells Caiden Lipscomb finished with 427 yards of total offense and six touchdowns as Coosa Christian clinched the third playoff seed in Class 1A, Region 7 with a 47-20 victory over rival Woodville last Friday (Oct. 26). Lipscomb was 18 for 31 in passing for 402 yards and five touchdowns
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Titans win second in a row, remain in playoff hunt

October 22, 2018 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Jimmy Lay/al.com Gadsden City forced three Huntsville turnovers and blocked a punt and a field goal attempt as the Titans kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 27-7 Class 7A, Region 4 road victory over Huntsville last Friday (Oct. 19). Quinton Densmore broke open a scoreless game
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Sardis surges past Crossville, 50-25

October 22, 2018 chris
Photo: Sardis’ Drew Vaughn (37) out-races a pair of Crossville defenders on the way to a touchdown during the Lions’ 50-25 win in high school football last Friday (Oct. 19) in Sardis City. (Bentley Gray Photography) By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter The respective offenses of the Sardis Lions and Crossville Lions roared last Friday (Oct.
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Weaver rushes past Glencoe, 42-13

October 22, 2018 chris
Photo: Glencoe’s Colton Stone (left) is chased by Weaver’s Isaiah Woods during the Yellow Jackets’ 42-13 loss in high school football last Friday (Oct. 19). (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Weaver used an explosive rushing attack and a stingy defense to subdue Glencoe, 42-13, in high school football action last Friday (Oct. 19). The Bearcats
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in Oct. 17 ASWA football poll

October 21, 2018 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 8-0 309 2. Thompson 6-1 215 3. Auburn 7-0 201 4. Hoover 5-2 176 5. Mountain Brook 7-0 174 6. Hewitt-Trussville 6-2 128 7. Austin 6-1 101 8. Theodore 6-1 90 9. McGill-Toolen 5-2 41 10. James Clemens 5-2 37 Others receiving votes: Fairhope (6-2) 5, Bob
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In & around SEC football - Week 8 previews, predictions

October 18, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 7 Review The Crimson Tide submitted one of its best defensive performances of the season in a 39-10 victory over Missouri last week. In the second quarter, Missouri cut the lead to 13-10 on a touchdown pass from Drew Lock to Jalen Knox. Alabama responded with 17 unanswered points
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Hokes Bluff’s Meads highlights Week 7 Prep Spotlight

October 16, 2018 chris
Photo by Alex Chaney Hokes Bluff High’s Darrian Meads (pictured above) was named the state’s top performer in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 7 of the 2018 season. In just over 30 minutes of action, the junior halfback rushed 17 times for 401 yards and touchdowns runs of 89, 60
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Local runners compete at Oxford meet

October 15, 2018 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Several local runners placed in the top 20 at the Terrortorium on the Creekbank 5K last Saturday (Oct. 13) in Oxford. In the boys race, Southside High senior Taylor Nails (pictured above) finished first out of 228 competitors with a time of 16:57.35 to help the Panthers finish in
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Jacksonville State rolls past Eastern Illinois

October 15, 2018 chris
Photo: Jacksonville State quarterback Zerrick Cooper (6) hands off to Tramel Terry during the Gamecocks’ 49-22 victory over Eastern Illinois last Saturday (Oct. 13) in Jacksonville. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Jacksonville State Express continued to pick up speed last Saturday (Oct. 13), as the No. 7 Gamecocks rolled on towards the FCS
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Titans rally past Florence for first win of season

October 15, 2018 chris
Photo: Carlos Flores and the Gadsden City High football team won their first game of the season on Oct. 12. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger file photo)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent After six straight losses to start the season, Gadsden City entered its Class 7A, Region 4 contest against Florence with its backs against the wall. To make
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Conquerors clock out Gaylesville, 34-6

October 15, 2018 chris
Photo: Coosa Christian’s Clay Waites (2) runs for yardage after a catch as Gaylesville’s Tristen Payne (6) pursues during the Conquerors’ 34-6 victory last Friday (Oct. 12) in Gadsden. (Wayne Butterworth) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Coosa Christian’s homecoming game against Gaylesville last Friday (Oct. 12) was shorter than expected for the host team. With the Conquerors
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Southside notches big region win over Alexandria

October 15, 2018 chris
Photo by Travis Greene By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Southside High head football coach Ron Daugherty must have bought an alarm clock last Friday (Oct. 12). Something or someone served a wake-up call on the Panthers, as they pounded visiting Alexandria, 35-14. The win propelled Southside into third place in Class 5A Region 6 standings at
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Westbrook collars Bulldogs on homecoming

October 15, 2018 chris
Messenger file photo/Gary Wells By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent It was homecoming at Jack Osborne Stadium last Friday (Oct. 12), where Westbrook Christian defeated Class 2A, Region 6 rival and Etowah County neighbor Gaston, 48-0, in Rainbow City. “We had a slow stretch in the second quarter, and I wasn’t happy with that,” said Westbrook head
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Boaz tops Sardis in region tilt

October 15, 2018 chris
By Taylor Back/Sand Mountain Reporter “Ground and pound” was the game plan for Boaz last Friday (Oct. 12), as the visiting Pirates raced past Sardis by a score of 42-14 in Sardis City. It was the Pirates first win against Sardis in three years and clinched Boaz (7-1, 4-0) a spot in the playoffs for
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Meads runs for over 400 yards on Mike Robertson Night

October 15, 2018 chris
Photo by Alex Chaney Darrian Meads made sure that the first game played on Mike Robertson Field was a memorable one last Friday (Oct. 12). In just over 30 minutes of action, the junior halfback rushed 17 times for 401 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 49-10 win over Class 4A, Region 6 rival
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Blue Devils torch Douglas on homecoming

October 15, 2018 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Reggie Phillips dives for a first down as teammate Bennett Nance provides blocking during the Blue Devils’ 54-0 victory over Douglas on Oct. 12 in Attalla. (Travis Greene) Sparked by four touchdown passes from Brady Troup, Etowah remained undefeated with a 54-0 thrashing of Class 5A, Region 6 rival Douglas last Friday (Oct.
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In & around SEC football - Week 7 previews, predictions

October 11, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 6 Review Alabama didn’t particularly play well but still dominated Arkansas, 65-31, on the road. Tua Tagovailoa had another superb performance as he completed 10-of-13 passes for 334 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Damien Harris rushed for 111 yards and two scores, while Jerry Jeu-dy caught four passes
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Hokes Bluff, Etowah ranked in Oct. 10 ASWA football poll

October 11, 2018 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 7-0 313 2. Hewitt-Trussville 6-1 249 3. Thompson 5-1 195 4. Auburn 6-0 185 5. Hoover 4-2 172 6. McGill-Toolen 5-1 136 7. Mountain Brook 6-0 114 8. Austin 5-1 86 9. Theodore 5-1 50 10. James Clemens 4-2 20 Others receiving votes: Vestavia Hills (4-2) 11,
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Local players featured in Week 6 Prep Football Spotlight

October 11, 2018 chris
Photo courtesy of Alex Chaney Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 6 of the 2018 season. Coosa Christian senior quarterback Caiden Lipscomb was 27-of-50 passing for 429 yards and three touchdowns (66, 24 and 14 yards) in the Conquerors’ 70-27 loss to Falkville. Junior
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Gadsden State's Spradley named ACCC Player of the Week

October 11, 2018 chris
Gadsden State freshman outside hitter Taylor Spradley (pictured above) was named Alabama Community College Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 1-7. The Alexandria native helped the Lady Cardinals to an 8-4 record on the week while recording 81 kills, 15 digs, and eight blocks. For the season, Spradley currently is first in the
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