In & around SEC football - Week 1 previews and predictions

September 25, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent The stranglehold COVID-19 placed on sports from March to July left plenty of doubt as to whether or not college football would be played at all this fall. The season was delayed, two Power 5 conferences postponed the 2020 season and nonconference games were eliminated in the Southeastern Conference. Nevertheless, it’s
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Casting on the Coosa: Captain Derick and the fluorocarbon line blues

September 25, 2020 chris
By  Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent It has been a couple of weeks since my last article, so I’ll try and catch up on everything. My fishing amount has dropped off some in the last month, but I’ll give you the best information I can. We had a high school tournament on the river last Saturday (Sept.
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Lady Panthers win eight matches

September 25, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside’s Macey Herren (3) tips the ball backs towards Gadsden City’s Tochi Osuji during the Lady Panthers’ match victory in high school volleyball last Monday (Sept. 21). (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  Southside split a tri-match at Springville last Tuesday (Sept. 22). The Lady Panthers (14-11) lost to Springville, 13-25, 22-25, 15-25 before defeating Hewitt-Trussville, 21-25, 25-15, 15-9.
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Blue Devils ranked in latest ASWA football poll

September 23, 2020 chris
Released September 23 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 5-0 276 2. Hoover 5-0 205 3. Auburn 5-0 181 4. Hewitt-Trussville 4-1 160 5. Central-Phenix City 3-2 137 6. Prattville 4-1 101 7. Fairhope 3-1 73 8 (tie). Daphne 3-1 53 8 (tie). Theodore 4-1 53 10. Austin 4-1 49 Others receiving votes: James
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Local gridders recognized by AHSAA

September 22, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 4. Etowah’s Trent Davis rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and caught three passes for 62 yards and a score in the Blue Devils’ 24-0 victory over Ashville.
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Ashville High girls win Fairview Invitational; Knight ranked first in state

September 21, 2020 chris
Photo: Ashville High’s Wyatt Knight took first place in the boys Class 1A-4A division at the Fairview Invitational 5K on Sept. 19. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Ashville High boys and girls’ cross country teams are quietly making a name for themselves this season. The girls won their third meet of the year and
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Gadsden City, Hokes Bluff, Westbrook, Etowah, West End win in high school football

September 21, 2020 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Connor Faulkner (10) avoids Glencoe’s Carson Naylor (right) before encountering Eli Huff (24) during the Eagles’ 42-0 victory on Sept. 18. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) The Etowah special teams blocked four Ashville punts, including on three straight Bulldog possessions, on the way to a 24-0 shutout over Class 4A, Region 6 rival
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Etowah ranked in latest ASWA high school football poll

September 16, 2020 chris
Released September 16 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 4-0 269 2. Hewitt-Trussville 4-0 211 3. Hoover 4-0 184 4. Auburn 4-0 161 5. Austin 4-0 140 6. Central-Phenix City 2-2 103 7. Prattville 3-1; 65 8. Fairhope; 3-1; 43 9. Oak Mountain; 4-0; 41 10. Daphne; 3-1; 25 Others receiving votes: Theodore (3-1)
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Area gridders recognized by AHSAA

September 15, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Several local football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 2. Etowah’s Trent Davis rushed for 224 yards and four touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 39-22 Class 5A, Region 7 victory over Fultondale. Davis scored on runs of 55, 10, 4 and
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Local runners medal at Oakville 5K

September 15, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Two local runners medaled and several other posted top 25 finishes at the Chickasaw Trails Invitational 5K last Saturday (Sept. 12) at Oakville. Southside’s Camryn Davis (pictured above) was runner-up in the large school girls division out of 154 participants, clocking with a time of 21:15.64. For the Southside
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Westbrook, Etowah post impressive wins

September 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Ryan Scott (1) catches a touchdown pass in front of Southeastern’s Austin Arriaga during the Warriors’ 24-14 victory in high school football on September 11 in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Will Noles finished with 142 total yards and four touchdowns in Westbrook Christian’s 24-14 win over Class 2A, Region 6 rival Southeastern.
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Pearce-less Patriots fall to Cleveland

September 11, 2020 chris
Photo: West End’s Rocko Sainsbury (left) hands off to Isaiah Roberson during the Patriots’ 44-13 loss to Cleveland on Sept. 10 in Walnut Grove. (Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter)  By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter West End trailed 14-7 and was driving in Cleveland territory on Thursday night when quarterback, Eli Pearce suffered a right
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Casting on the Coosa: A damaging wake and a New Testament serpent

September 11, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent It’s been a long week of fishing, with little rewards. I did not get any on Friday, but I cooked some crappie for my mom and dad. I broke out the fish fryer and deep-fried some crappie that Jonathon Nix provided for us. Brother Butch, who is the principal at West End
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Blue Devils ranked in latest ASWA football poll

September 9, 2020 chris
Released September 9 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 3-0 266 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3-0 214 3. Hoover 3-0 182 4. Auburn 3-0 165 5. Austin 3-0 131 6. James Clemens 2-1 97 7. Daphne 3-0 81 8. Central-Phenix City 1-2 66 9. Prattville 2-1 32 10. Fairhope 2-1 30 Others receiving votes: Oak Mountain
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Local gridders recognized by AHSAA

September 9, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Southside-Gadsden’s Carnel Davis rushed for 215 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries as the Panthers rallied from a 11-point second half deficit to defeat Pell City, 22-17. Quarterback Michael Rich completed 9-of-20 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown, while Aulden Battles caught four passes for 133 yards
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Glencoe runner wins second 5K of season

September 8, 2020 chris
Photo by Chris McCarthy/Messenger By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe High sophomore Katie Giles (pictured above) won her second cross country event of the season at the Red Raider Invitational at Pleasant Valley High School last Saturday (Sept. 5). Giles’ winning time of 20:34.43 was 57 seconds faster than runner-up Taylor Knight of Ashville. The Glencoe girls
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Southside, Etowah, Hokes Bluff, Glencoe, Westbrook post wins; Titans, Conquerors, Lions, Patriots, Bulldogs come up short

September 8, 2020 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Eli Huff (right) runs back a kickoff as Levi Long (34) provides blocking during the Yellow Jackets’ 28-20 win over Weaver last Friday (Sept. 4) at Wilson-Darnell Field. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) Carnel Davis rushed for 215 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries as Southside rallied from a 11-point second half
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Casting on the Coosa: The Hurricane takes a bubble bath and concern from The Chief

September 4, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent The Toyota Series Tournament kicked off on Wednesday, and most of all the local guys did well during the first day. Several guys I know or know of were in the top 15. Terry Tucker was sixth, Hunter Hayes seventh, Adam Brown eighth, Lynn Johnson 10th and Kade “The Catch King” Kitchens in
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The hunting chronicles: Enjoy your season, whatever it may be 

September 4, 2020 chris
By Bobby Dale Welch/Staff Correspondent  There is a Bugs Bunny cartoon with Bugs and Daffy going back and forth arguing duck season and rabbit season in front of Elmer Fudd. Of course, Bugs tricks Daffy and Elmer blasts his beak around in circles. As I’ve been writing stories and recounting different experiences of my life,
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Etowah ranked in latest ASWA football poll

September 2, 2020 chris
Released September 2 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 2-0 276 2. Hewitt-Trussville 2-0 199 3. Hoover 2-0 191 4. Auburn 2-0 160 5. Fairhope 2-0 136 6. Prattville 2-0 95 7. Austin 2-0 76 8. James Clemens 1-1 54 9. Central-Phenix City 0-2 39 10. Spain Park 2-0 27 Others receiving votes: Daphne
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Local gridders recognized by AHSAA

September 1, 2020 chris
Messenger fille photo by Chris McCarthy Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 1. Southside senior quarterback Michael Rich was 14-for-25 in passing for 156 yards and rushed for 52 yards and the winning touchdown as the Panthers rallied from a 14-0 deficit to post
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Ashville sweeps St. Clair County 5K

August 31, 2020 chris
Photo: Wyatt Knight took first place at the St. Clair County Briar Patch Invitational last Saturday (Aug. 29) in Odenville. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Sparked by six top-10 finishes, the Ashville High boys and girls cross country teams swept the St. Clair County Briar Patch Invitational last Saturday (Aug. 29) in Odenville. For the AHS boys, Wyatt
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Patriots pierce Pleasant Valley

August 31, 2020 chris
Courtesy of Bethany Smith Photography Eli Pearce finished with 243 total yards and six touchdowns in West End’s 38-22 victory over Pleasant Valley last Friday (Aug. 28) in Walnut Grove. Pearce (pictured above) completed 9 of 18 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 112 yards and four TDs on 13 carries.
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Southside rallies past Hokes Bluff

August 28, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Michael Rich (left) tries to get off a pass as Hokes Bluff’s Will Clemons closes in during the Panthers’ 21-14 victory last Thursday (Aug. 27) at SHS. (Courtesy of Gary Wells)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside erased a 14-point deficit and a three-game losing streak to Hokes Bluff in a muddy, old-school
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Conquerors deliver against Gaston

August 28, 2020 chris
Photo: Gaston’s Ethan Stone (15) zeroes in on Coosa Christian’s D.J. Smith (2) during the Conquerors’ 55-26 victory in high school football last Thursday (Aug. 27) in Gadsden. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor After being taken to the proverbial woodshed by Westbrook Christian in the season opener, Coosa Christian rebounded in a big way against
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Titans win second straight, Ashville, Sardis come up short

August 28, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy A pair of touchdown runs by C.J. Miller and one each from JaQuan Woods, Artavious Hicks and Demarcus Macon sparked Gadsden City to 45-20 victory over Fort Payne last Thursday (Aug. 28) at GCHS. For the Titans (2-0) Brady Troup was 15 for 20 in passing for 287 yards,
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Hokes Bluff, Ashville kick off volleyball season at Sardis

August 27, 2020 chris
Hokes Bluff’s Abby Watkins (41) and Haley Kate Wekkingham (13) rise to block the kill attempt of Ashville’s Whitney Goodwin during a volleyball tri-match on August 20 in Sardis City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)
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Sardis volleyball opens season with home tri-match

August 27, 2020 chris
Sardis High’s Harlee Vincent (15) and Lili Underwood block a tip by Ashville’s Ryleigh Waid during a volleyball tri-match on August 20 in Sardis City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)
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Casting on the Coosa: A rescue mission and a shout out to The Catch King

August 27, 2020 chris
 By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent Believe it or not, I managed to catch a few fish this past week. I got our on the water on Friday, and while flipping down a bank on the river I noticed a pontoon boat floating down toward me as other boats drove by. I did not think much of
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The hunting chronicles: There’s nothing like a “first deer” excitement

August 27, 2020 chris
By Bobby Dale Welch/Staff Correspondent It’s about time of year. It’s time to bush hog those food plots, put the finishing touches on that dove field and don’t forget to fling some arrows down range. A friend and I were talking this week about how much we used to practice with our bows. After much
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