In & around SEC football - Week 6 previews and predictions

October 29, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent Alabama Week 5 Recap Nick Saban hasn’t lost to Tennessee since taking over at Alabama in 2007, and this year’s matchup was another blowout win for the Crimson Tide. UA jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and never looked back en route to a 48-17 victory. Mac Jones threw
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Casting on the Coosa: a wet rear end and a Sunday afternoon cut off

October 29, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent It’s been a couple of weeks since you last heard from me. I’ve fished when I could and watched bits and pieces of the Bassmaster Open this past week. It is a struggle in our local waters. We had 172 of the best bass fishermen around, and the three-day tournament took
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Glencoe’s Katie Giles sets PR in Oakville win

October 28, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Glencoe High sophomore Katie Gilles established a new personal record while winning her seventh 5K event of the season at the Oakville Cross Country Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Indian Mounds Park in Danville. Competing against 143 runners from all state classifications, Giles’ time of 19:13.04 broke her
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Etowah ranked No. 5 in ASWA football poll

October 28, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Released October 28 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 10-0 276 2. Hoover 9-1 191 3. Hewitt-Trussville 8-2 184 4. Theodore 8-1 160 5. Daphne 8-1 120 6. Auburn 8-1 119 7. Central-Phenix City 6-3 100 8. Austin 8-1 86 9. Fairhope 7-2 40 10. James Clemens 8-2
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Ashville girls finish second, boys third at St. Clair County Schools 5K meet

October 27, 2020 chris
Photo by Chris McCarthy/Messenger The Ashville High girls took second place and the boys came in third at the St. Clair County Schools cross country meet on Oct. 21 in Odenville. All six AHS girls placed in the top 10, led by Meghan McCarthy with a third-place time of 23:21.6. Kathleen McCarthy came in fifth
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Etowah’s Davis duo named to North all-star football roster

October 26, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy A pair of Etowah High senior football players will participate in the 62nd AHSAA North-South All-Star football game on December 18 at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Running back Trent Davis and receiver/defensive back NyNy Davis recently were selected to the North roster. Trent Davis, who committed
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Blue Devils, Bulldogs win in high school football

October 26, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Etowah 33, Sweet Water 20 In a game of no record, Class 5A No. 6 Etowah defeated Class 1A, No. 4 Sweet Water, 33-20, on Oct. 23 in Attalla. Etowah was originally scheduled to host Dora in a Region 6 game, but the Bulldogs were forced to cancel due
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Southside's Anglea, Glencoe’s Giles take top spots at county cross country meet

October 23, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Will Anglea raises his finger as he crosses the finish line to the Etowah County Schools boys cross country meet on Oct. 22 in Glencoe. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Will Anglea could not have chosen a better time to win his first varsity 5K meet. After being plagued by injuries over
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In & around SEC football - Week 5 previews and predictions

October 23, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspodent Alabama Week 4 Recap A dominant second half propelled Alabama to a 41-24 victory over Georgia in a battle between a pair of top 3 teams last Saturday (Oct. 17) in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide trailed 24-17 late in the first half before Will Reichard connected on a 52-yard field goal
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Local players recognized by AHSAA

October 21, 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 8. Southside senior Carnel Davis (pictured above) rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns on 26 attempts as the Panthers clinched a state playoff berth with a 38-14 victory over Scottsboro. Ashville
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Blue Devils ranked No. 6 in ASWA football poll

October 21, 2020 chris
Released October 21 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 9-0 276 2. Hoover 9-0 204 3. Auburn 8-0 187 4. Hewitt-Trussville 7-2 154 5. Theodore 7-1 133 6. Daphne 7-1 104 7. Central-Phenix City 6-3 98 8. Austin 7-1 79 9. Fairhope 5-2 41 10. James Clemens 7-2 29 Others receiving votes: Prattville (5-3)
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Glencoe runner wins fifth 5K of season

October 19, 2020 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Katie Giles nears the finish line of the Wildcat Fall Classic 5K last Saturday (Oct. 17) at White Plains. Giles took first place in the girls Class 1A-3A race. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Two local runners took first place and several others posted top 10 finishes at three recent 5K events. At the
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Area teams fall short in volleyball subregionals

October 19, 2020 chris
Photo: Ashville’s Ashlee Eastis (left) pushes the ball over the net as Rogers’ Kennedi Clark (25) and Harley Tucker (2) defend during the Lady Bulldogs’ 20-25, 13-25, 20-25 loss in the Class 4A subregional volleyball playoffs on Oct. 17 at AHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Several local high school volleyball teams competed in the subregional playoffs on
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Westbrook, Southside notch big region wins

October 19, 2020 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Caiden Wyatt tackles Cleveland’s Da’quarrius Phillips during the Warriors’ 3-0 victory in high school football on Oct. 23 in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Westbrook Christian 3, Cleveland 0 Layton Crawford’s 24-yard field goal at 10:36 of the fourth quarter gave Westbrook Christian a 3-0 victory over Class 2A, Region 6 rival Cleveland
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Titans' Orr to play in Alabama/Mississippi All-Star football game

October 19, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Gadsden City High School senior Rod Orr was recently selected to the Alabama roster for the 34th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic football game on Saturday, December 12, at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. A 6’8, 297-pound offensive tackle, Orr (pictured above) committed to Florida State last month.  
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Sardis cancels remainder of football season

October 16, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy In a press release issued on Friday, October 16, Sardis High School Principal Wendy Gibbs announced that the varsity football’s final three games of the 2020 season have been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. “The administration of Sardis High School and the Superintendent of Etowah Schools, in coordination with
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In & around SEC football - Week 4 previews and predictions

October 15, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent Alabama Week 3 Recap Alabama outlasted Ole Miss, 63-48, last Saturday in the highest-scoring regulation game in SEC history, and both offenses were stupendous. The Crimson Tide finished with 723 yards of offense, including 417 through the air from Mac Jones and 206 on the ground from Najee Harris. Harris scored
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Casting on the Coosa - A Brown loaner and a bass for Brother Butch

October 15, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent This week’s latest pathetic attempt at writing is off the cuff. I have had no ideas this week so I’m writing about anything that comes to mind. I enjoyed all the responses and ideas generated from last week’s column. I’m not sure where or how to attack that issue, but it
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Ashville dispatches Oneonta in area volleyball tournament 

October 15, 2020 chris
Photo: The Ashville High volleyball team gathers for a photo after winning the Class 4A, Area 9 Tournament last Wed-nesday (Oct. 14) at AHS. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Brynn Bothwell, Hannah England, AD Engle, Ashlee Eastis, Ryleigh Waid, Callie Stewart, Kazyla Simpson. Standing, from left: assistant coach Meghan Duren, Whitney Goodwin, Elizabeth Franklin, Josey Rakestraw,
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Lady Jackets make state volleyball playoffs

October 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Madalyn Amberson (8) spikes the ball past a pair of Geraldine defenders during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ loss in the Class 3A, Area 12 volleyball tournament championship match on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Geraldine. (Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter) Glencoe finished runner-up at the Class 3A, Area 12 volley tournament on Tuesday,
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Etowah ranked No. 6 in ASWA football pol

October 14, 2020 chris
Released October 14 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 8-0 276 2. Hoover 8-0 204 3. Auburn 7-0 187 4. Hewitt-Trussville 6-2 154 5. Theodore 6-1 126 6. Daphne 6-1 108 7. Central-Phenix City 5-3 98 8. Austin 6-1 72 9. Fairhope 4-2 41 10. James Clemens 6-2 20 Others receiving votes: Oak Mountain
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Local players recognized by AHSAA

October 12, 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 7. Etowah senior Trent Davis rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on six carries in Blue Devils’ 40-0 win over Hanceville. West End junior Jay Glover had three interceptions in the
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No. 7 Blue Devils extend region streak

October 9, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Etowah 40, Hanceville 0 Class 5A No. 7 Etowah remained undefeated in Region 6 play with a 40-0 win over Hanceville on Oct. 8. For the No. 7 Blue Devils ((5-2, 5-0), Trent Davis (pictured above) rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. Kahlil Hughley added
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Glencoe’s Giles, Southside boys win Pleasant Valley 5K

October 9, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe’s Katie Giles (pictured above) won the girls’ event and the Southside boys finished first at the Pleasant Valley Twilight 5K on October 8. It was Giles’ fourth victory of the season. She clocked in at 20:07.06, a minute and 29 seconds faster than runner-up Camryn
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Sardis’ Snead, Ashville girls finish runner-up at Fairview 5K

October 9, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Sardis High freshman Barit Snead finished runner-up and the Ashville girls took second place at the Fairview Hay of a Run 5K on October 8. Competing in the Class 5A-7A event, Snead (pictured above) posted a second-place time of 20:51.14. The Lady Bulldogs, whose average time
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In & around SEC football - Week 2 previews and predictions

October 8, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent Alabama Week 2 Recap A 35-point first half catapulted Alabama to a 52-24 victory over Texas A&M last Saturday, with quarterback Mac Jones throwing for 435 yards and four touchdowns. Receiver John Metchie III hauled in five passes for 181 yards and two scores, while Jaylen Waddle recorded 142 yards and
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Casting on the Coosa - Bruised feelings, an empty head and resource protection

October 8, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent My fishing was limited over the past week. I did manage to sneak in a few hours out on the water here and there, but my catches were small and infrequent. What few fish I have caught have been hanging around the wood and some schoolers. Earlier this week while I
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Blue Devils ranked No. 7 in ASWA football poll

October 7, 2020 chris
Released October 7 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 7-0 276 2. Hoover 7-0 204 3. Auburn 7-0 187 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5-2 131 5. Fairhope 4-1 115 6. Daphne 5-1 99 7. Theodore 5-1 96 8. Central-Phenix City 4-3 90 9. Austin 5-1 49 10. Prattville 5-2 45 Others receiving votes: James Clemens (5-2)
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Lady Bulldogs to host area tournament

October 6, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Ashville improved to 20-6 on the season after a tri-match sweep last Monday (Oct. 5) in Walnut Grove. The Lady Bulldogs defeated host West End, 25-18, 25-17, followed by a 26-24, 18-25, 16-14 victory over Sardis. For Ashville, Sera Beth Potter (pictured above) had 21 kills, 23 digs and
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Local players recognized by AHSAA

October 6, 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 5. Southside’s Michael Rich (pictured above) was 16 for 25 in passing for 321 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 54-41 win over Springville. Rich accounted for six touchdowns, four rushing
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