By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC football

Alabama Week 9 Review

Amari Cooper set the tone of the last week's game early on. On Alabama’s first play of offense, Blake Sims hit Cooper for an 80-yard touchdown. Cooper went on to set an Alabama school record with 224 yards receiving, and he also added two touchdowns on the game. The Crimson Tide won the game 34-20,

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Gadsden City, Glencoe ranked in Oct. 29 ASWA football poll

Class 7A

Rank Record       Points

1. Hoover (7-2) 348

2. Fairhope (9-0) 297

3. Central-Phenix City (9-1) 250

4. Oak Mountain (8-1) 213

5. Baker <span

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Local football players recognized

Several local high school football players were nominated for both the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Offensive Player of the Week and Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight awards for the week of Oct. 24.

Westbrook Christian sophomore quarterback Wil Appleton threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns in the Warriors’ 49-12 win over Ashville on Oct. 23. 

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Bulldogs edge Cleveland, gain second place in region

By Mike Goodson/Messenger Correspondent

With second place in Class 2A, Region 7 and a first-round home playoff game at stake, Gaston rallied past Cleveland, 35-28, on Friday at GHS. 

The Bulldogs will host a state playoff game on Nov. 7.

The fourth quarter saw the Panthers drive 85 yards in nine plays to take their first lead of the

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Southside High’s Aleric Williams (center) carries a pair of Fort Payne defenders during the Panthers’ 24-17 Class 6A, Region 7 victory on Friday (Oct. 24) at SHS. Southside High’s Aleric Williams (center) carries a pair of Fort Payne defenders during the Panthers’ 24-17 Class 6A, Region 7 victory on Friday (Oct. 24) at SHS.

Southside beats Fort Payne, wins second straight region title

Chris McCarthy/Editor

Due in large part to a timely stop by junior linebacker Hunter Armstrong, Southside High made school history on Friday (Oct. 24) at Barney Hood Stadium.

With Fort Payne driving for a tying touchdown with under three minutes left in the game, Armstrong’s tackle of Desmon Turner for no gain on a completed pass on

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