Ranburne spoils Westbrook's homecoming

October 6, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Karmichael Cattling looks for running room during the Warriors’ 33-13 loss to Ranburne on Oct. 4 in Rainbow City. (Colin Edwards) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor After racing out to a 4-0 start this year, Westbrook Christian has hit a mid-season speed bump. A week after suffering a 35-point loss to Class 2A, Region
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Lions fall to Alexandria in double OT

October 6, 2019 chris
By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter Head coach Gene Hill and the Sardis Lions gave Class 5A, No. 10 Alexandria all it could handle last Friday (Oct. 4), but fell short of pulling what would have been a historic upset. It took two overtime periods for the visiting Valley Cubs to escape its Class 5A, Region
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Gadsden City falls to James Clemens

October 4, 2019 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s C.J. Miller runs into a pair of James Clemens defenders during the Titans’ 62-7 loss in high school football on Thursday, Oct. 3, in Madison. (Bob Gathany/Preps@AL.com) By Daniel Boyette/al.com Chase Starling scored three rushing touchdowns in a 62-7 rout of visiting Gadsden City last Thursday (Oct. 3) in Madison. Starling finished
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In & around SEC football - Week 6 previews

October 3, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review Less than seven minutes into Auburn’s matchup with Mississippi State last Saturday, the Tigers led 21-0. The Bulldogs never came within 15 points for the remainder of the game. Auburn led 42-9 at the half before taking the foot off the gas and winning 56-23. It was
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Etowah ranked fourth in Oct. 2 ASWA football poll

October 2, 2019 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 5-0 286 2. McGill-Toolen 5-0 229 3. Central-Phenix City 5-1 203 4. Hoover 4-1 181 5. Mountain Brook 5-0 136 6. Theodore 5-0 116 7. Lee-Montgomery 6-0 113 8. Austin 5-0 78 9. Sparkman 5-0 41 10. Hewitt-Trussville 4-2 18 Others receiving votes: Vestavia Hills (4-1) 10, James
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Local football players recognized by AHSAA

October 2, 2019 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Darrian Meads scores one of his four rushing touchdowns during the Eagles’ 35-6 victory over Glencoe in high school football last Saturday (Sept. 28) at GHS. (Alex Chaney)  A pair of area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for the week of Sept. 27. Hokes
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Area runners medal at Scottsboro, Cold Springs

September 30, 2019 chris
Photo: The Ashville High School girls cross country team gathers for a photo after winning the Scottsboro Invitational 5K in the Class 1A-4A division last Saturday (Sept. 28). Pictured, from left: Callie Stewart, Kathleen McCarthy, Emma Drinkard, Meghan McCarthy, Taylor Knight, Grace Staples, Molly Northam. (Courtesy of Becky Staples) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Several area high
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Meads scores four first-half TDs in Eagles’ win over Glencoe

September 30, 2019 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Trent Dooley (15) attempts to bring down Glencoe’s Justin Dove during the Eagles’ 35-6 victory in high school football last Saturday (Sept. 28) at GHS. (Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A 16-hour delay and near triple digit temperatures could not prevent Hokes Bluff from winning its fourth straight game against its ancient
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Etowah overcomes weather, Fort Payne to remain undefeated

September 30, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Brady Troup (left) hands off to Ethan Foster during the Blue Devils’ 26-20 victory over Fort Payne last Friday (Sept. 27) in Attalla. (Travis Greene) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 5A No. 4 Etowah battled through weather, injuries and a late Fort Payne rally to remain unbeaten on the year with a
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West End ends skid with win over Ragland

September 30, 2019 chris
File photo by Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter By Gary Hanner/St. Clair Times West End entered its game against Ragland last Friday (Sept. 27) 0-4 on the season while having given up 245 points. The Patriots, however, flexed their muscles in the first half in gaining 226 total yards and building a 34-0 lead. By
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Sardis gets past Geraldine, 19-14

September 30, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells By Daniel Taylor/Sand Mountain Reporter It was a wet homecoming night for Geraldine, which lost to Sardis, 19-14, on Friday (Sept. 27) at GHS. The visiting Lions fell behind 7-0 early in the second quarter when Geraldine’s D.J. Graham intercepted the ball and ran it 35 yards to the
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In & around SEC football - Week 5 previews

September 27, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 4 Review Auburn scored on a 57-yard touchdown run from Anthony Schwartz on the fifth play from scrimmage and never looked back en route to a 28-20 road win over Texas A&M last Saturday (Sept. 21). The Tigers led 14-3 at the half and built an 18-point lead at
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Blue Devils ranked fourth in Sept. 25 ASWA football poll

September 25, 2019 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 5-0 286 2. McGill-Toolen 4-0 225 3. Central-Phenix City 4-1 206 4. Hoover 4-1 181 5. Mountain Brook 5-0 145 6. Theodore 5-0 116 7. Lee-Montgomery 5-0 105 8. Austin 5-0 79 9. Sparkman 4-0 34 10. Hewitt-Trussville 3-2 14 Others receiving votes: Vestavia Hills (3-1) 12, James
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Local football players recognized by AHSAA

September 25, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells Several area football players were recognized for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for the week of Sept. 20. Etowah junior quarterback Brady Troup (pictured above) completed 13-of-17 passes for 346 yards and a school-record five touchdowns passes (of 43, 8, 29, 54 and 80 yards), all
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Southside wins Champions Tournament

September 23, 2019 chris
Southside High swept the competition on the way to the first-place trophy at the Champion of Champions Fall Fest Tournament last Saturday (Sept. 21) at Alexandria. The Class 5A No. 10 Lady Panthers (23-8) defeated Faith Christian, 25-22, 25-9; Saks, 25-13, 25-15; and Collinsville, 25-17, 25-15 before beating Curry, 25-15, 25-22 in the championship match.
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Etowah holds off Southside, 56-32

September 23, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Bennett Nance (73) provides blocking for Ollie Finch (6) during the Blue Devils’ a 56-32 win over Southside on Sept. 20 in Attalla. (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 5A, No. 4 Etowah withstood a valiant effort from county rival Southside to improve to 3-0 in Region 6 play and 5-0
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Gadsden City comes up short against Bob Jones

September 23, 2019 chris
Photo: Gadsden City High’s D’Javi Byers (21) fends off Bob Jones’ D.J. Johnson during the Titans’ 24-20 loss on Sept. 20 at GCHS. (Travis Greene) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The first day of the fall season did not include the Gadsden City High football team’s first victory of 2019. In Class 7A, Region 4 action on
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Sardis hangs 67 on Douglas

September 23, 2019 chris
Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis overwhelmed Douglas in Class 5A, Region 6 football action on Sept. 20, crushing the host Eagles by a score of 67-0. The Lions’ 67 points are the second-most in a game in school history. The record is 68 against Locust Fork in a 68-48 decision on Sept. 7, 2012.
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Westbrook, Hokes Bluff, Glencoe, Gaston, Coosa, Ashville come up short

September 23, 2019 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Darrian Meads (6) takes a handoff from Ashton Gulledge (2) as Anniston’s Khalil Peoples looks on during the Eagles’ 21-0 loss ion high school football on Sept. 20. (Alex Chaney) Westbrook Christian had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 56-21 loss to Ohatchee on Sept. 20. KarMichael Catting rushed for a
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In & around SEC football - Week 4 previews

September 20, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 3 Review After a slow start – at least by Alabama standards – the Crimson Tide last week turned a 14-10 lead into a 47-23 victory over South Carolina to start SEC play. The Gamecocks kept pace with the Crimson Tide offense for most of the first half, but
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Local football players recognized by AHSAA

September 18, 2019 chris
Photo by Travis Greene Several area football players were recognized for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for the week of Sept. 13. In one half of action, Etowah senior Trent Davis rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries in the Blue Devils’ 58-13 victory over Sardis. Also in one
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in Sept. 18 ASWA football poll

September 18, 2019 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 4-0 295 2. McGill-Toolen 3-0 238 3. Central-Phenix City 3-1 209 4. Hoover 3-1 193 5. Mountain Brook 4-0 137 6. Theodore 4-0 113 7. Lee-Montgomery 4-0 106 8. Hewitt-Trussville 3-1 88 9. Austin 4-0 61 10. Vestavia Hills 3-0 33 Others receiving votes: James Clemens (2-2) 3,
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Southside boys finish first, girls second at Titan Trails 5K

September 16, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells The Southside High boys cross country team finished first and the girls came in second at the Titan Trails Invitational 5K last Saturday (Sept. 14) at Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden. The Panthers’ average time of 19:23.79 was almost 134 seconds better than runner-up Albertville. With an average time
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Ashville girls win Fairview Invitational 5K

September 16, 2019 chris
Photo: The Ashville High girls cross country team gathers for a photo after winning the Fairview Invitational 5K in the Class 1A-4A division last Saturday (Sept. 13). Pictured, from left: Emma Drinkard, Kathleen McCarthy, Meghan McCarthy, Taylor Knight, Emma Thompson, Grace Staples, coach Michele Rogers, Molly Northam, Callie Stewart. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Out of 16 teams
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Indians tomahawk Hokes Bluff, 44-13

September 16, 2019 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Will Clemons (7) and Hunter Burke (30) tackle an Oneonta runner during the Eagles’ 44-13 loss in high school football on Sept. 13. (Alex Chaney)  Oneonta proved too much for Hokes Bluff to handle on Sept. 13, defeated the Class 4A No. 2 Eagles by a score of 44-13 in Region 6
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No. 4 Etowah steamrolls Sardis in region action

September 15, 2019 chris
Photo: Sardis High’s Sawyer Sims tries to bring down Etowah’s Jacara Mostella during the Blue Devils’ 58-13 victory in high school football on Sept. 13 in Sardis City. (Travis Greene/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Etowah High Blue Devils provided ample evidence as to why they are the state’s fourth-ranked football team in Class 5A. The
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Westbrook shoots past West End, 63-29

September 15, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Colin Edwards By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Westbrook Christian waltzed past West End, 63-29, to open Class 2A, Region 6 play on Friday (Sept. 13) at Jack Osborn Stadium in Rainbow City. Westbrook forced West End’s potent offense to punt on its opening drive, and the Warriors (4-0, 1-0) quickly scored their
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Titans fall to Austin in region action

September 15, 2019 chris
Courtesy of Decatur Daily Austin fought off a late surge by Gadsden City to grab a Class 7A, Region 4 win last Friday (Sept. 13) in Decatur, beating the Titans by a score of 17-6. The Black Bears led by 17 points for most of the game until Gadsden City scored on a 71-yard touchdown
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In & around SEC football - Week 3 previews

September 12, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 2 Review The Tigers improved to 2-0 after a sluggish 24-6 win over Tulane. Auburn was stagnant offensively for most of the game and struggled to run the ball against the Green Wave. The Auburn defense was predictably stout, and Tulane was never really a threat on offense as
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Blue Devils steamroll Crossville, 49-7

September 11, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Trent Davis avoids a pair of Crossville defenders during the Blue Devils’ 49-7 victory in high school football on Sept. 6 in Attalla. (Travis Greene) By Madison Cannon/Sports Correspondent Class 5A No. 5 Etowah took on Region 7 rival Crossville on Sept. 6 at Jim Glover Field in Attalla and the Blue
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