Ashville blanks Ragland in season opener

August 27, 2019 chris
Photo: Ashville’s Luke Harris (5) is tackled by Ragland’s Montana Campbell (2), Brody Bice (10) and Elijah Ball (12) during the Bulldogs’ 35-0 win in high school football on Aug. 23 at AHS. (Gary Hanner/St. Clair Times) By Gary Hanner/St. Clair Times Things did not go well for the Ragland Purple Devils in their season
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New-look Westbrook offense stretches its legs in season-opening win over Coosa Christian 

August 27, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Will Noles (left) runs for a first down as Joe Tucker (8) blocks Coosa Christian’s Cadden Moore during the Warriors’ 50-24 victory in high school football on Aug. 22 in Rainbow City. (Gary Wells)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Drew Noles Era at Westbrook Christian started off with a bang on August 22. After turning
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Susan Moore blasts past West End

August 27, 2019 chris
Photo: West End quarterback Eli Pearce prepares to pitch the ball during the Patriots’ 56-14 loss to Susan Moore on Aug. 22 in Blountsville. (Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter) By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter A sign on the fence along the Susan Moore High School sideline featured the message “The Bite is Back.” The
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2019 High School Football Preview: Local product takes the reins at Gadsden City

August 23, 2019 chris
GADSDEN CITY SENIORS. Pictured, first row, from left: Kenneth Mabry, Arlando Jennings, Sam Day, Martavious Baker, Eric Heard, Trey Blount. Second row, from left: Korey Isom, Khalil Marshall, Quinton Densmore, Jovan Sumpter, Jackson Veasy, Jalen Robinson, Jakari Embry. Third row, from left: Allen Merrick, Phillip Hunter, Paden New, Daniel Sparks, DeRickey Wright, Levi Adams. (Courtesy of
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2019 High School Football Preview: Southside needs greenhorns to step up

August 23, 2019 chris
SOUTHSIDE SENIORS. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Mahmood Abbassi, Zeke Hefner, Coleman Scales, Darryance Wofford, Jance Vaughn, Gage Lowman. Standing, from left: Austin Schatz, Colton Morrison, Bailey Sparks, Nolan Johnson, Malachi Leath, Chance Moon. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Answer: 4,613 yards and 51 touchdowns. Question: What did Southside’s recently graduated standout halfback produce over the
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2019 High School Football Preview: Blue Devils looking to develop depth

August 23, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Despite the graduation of most of a record-setting defense unit and the cross-county transfer of an SEC commitment, first-year Etowah head coach John Holladay likes what he has at his disposal for the upcoming season. “We do have some guys with experience coming back but we’ve got to establish some depth on
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2019 High School Football Preview: Sardis seeks higher ground in 5A, Region 7

August 23, 2019 chris
SARDIS SENIORS. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Justin Fuller, Luke Morris, Mason Golden, Henry Chavez, Mason Smith, Tre Dalrymple, Reece Lee. Standing, from left: Brayden Bridges, Dylan Metcalf, Michael Turner, Brandon Noblett, Temon Wilson, Jacob Hopper, Wyatt Samples, Jay Owens, Will Love, Ray Perez. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Sardis High’s inaugural season of Class 5A
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2019 High School Football Preview: As usual, Eagles will operate on the run

August 23, 2019 chris
HOKES BLUFF SENIORS. Pictured, front row, from left: Dylan Boatner, Ryan Coggins, Austin Roebuck, Matthew Jones, Mikell Mooneyham, Clay Rainey, Darrian Meads, Noah Word, Josh Jones. Back row, from left: Coby Latham, Lake Gilbert, Austin Elder, Pete Jackson, Tucker Marsh, Tristan Billingsley, Ashton Gulledge. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor With the Darrian Meads Era entering
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2019 High School Football Preview: Young Yellow Jackets sticking to the program

August 23, 2019 chris
GLENCOE SENIORS. Pictured, from left: Will Harrison, Conner Gray, Jeremy Thompson. (Not pictured: Daniel Maye) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Despite a 1-9 start as Glencoe High head football coach, Brian Alred’s core philosophy remains intact. “Physicality and discipline is what you build a winning program on,” said the 1998 GHS graduate and all-county linebacker for the
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2019 High School Football Preview: Drew Noles set to lead Warriors into battle

August 23, 2019 chris
WESTBROOK SENIORS. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Andrew Lockridge, Steven Smith, John Reese Bellew, Will Edwards, Jai’Shawn Cattling, Brandon Foster, Quinn Morrison, head coach Drew Noles. Standing, from left: Will Vice, Brandon Morgan, Baylor Tennyson, Derek Graham, Ethan Hart, Phillip Morrison, Josh Osagatharp, John Harvey, Brett Fouts. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Entering his 20th year
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2019 High School Football Preview: Young Gaston roster talented and battle-tested

August 23, 2019 chris
GASTON SENIORS. Pictured, sitting, from left: Mason Reeves, Alex McArthur, Garren Brown, Wes Simmons, Gage McArthur. Standing, from left: Cole Wadsworth, Malaikah Warren, Quoy Ransaw, Jayden Dupree. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gaston head football coach Swane Morris is confident that his program’s 2019 edition contains a bit more ammunition in its arsenal than in
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2019 High School Football Preview: Patriots building from the inside out

August 23, 2019 chris
WEST END SENIORS. Pictured, from left: Jackson Tidmore, Levi Armstrong, Mason Barrett, Jeremiah Roberson, Adam Bates. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Following an offseason of reflection and reassessment, Kyle Davis believes he has his finger on the pulse of the 2019 Patriots. “We talked a lot during the offseason about what we wanted to be
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2019 High School Football Preview: Rod Cates putting his stamp on Conquerors

August 23, 2019 chris
COOSA CHRISTIAN SENIORS. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Adam Flannery, Carston Lipscomb, Dartavious Britton. Standing, from left: Reece Myrick, Clay West, Trevor Horn. (Photo by Chis Westcott)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Let the Rod Cates Era begin. Coosa Christian’s latest head football coach inherits a program that has made the postseason the past three years. The Conquerors
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2019 High School Football Preview: Ashville fortified by Increased numbers, veteran roster

August 23, 2019 chris
ASHVILLE SENIORS. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Jaiden Colley, Curt Kirkland, Nathan Phillips, Nathan Williams, Ty Armstrong. Standing, from left: Lane Tibbs, DeAndre Woods, Cam Tillman, Derrick Walker, Jamal Nichols, Cain Palmer, Hunter Hirsh. (Photo by Nick Wilson)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The best thing said about Ashville’s 2018 season is that the Bulldogs experienced a good
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In & around SEC football - West Division Preview

August 22, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent West Division predictions Alabama (12-0, 8-0) Over/under 11 Projected wins: Duke, New Mexico State, at South Carolina, Southern Mississippi, Ole Miss, at Texas A&M, Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU, at Mississippi State, Western Carolina, at Auburn Projected losses: none No one would dare suggest this to Nick Saban, but at this point, the
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Gadsden State volleyball set for 2019

August 22, 2019 chris
Photo: Taylor Spradley (left) and Jaylen Freeman block a shot during a recent Gadsden State volleyball practice. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The 2019 Gadsden State volleyball team has a good blend of experience and youth with eight sophomores and six freshmen, and head coach Connie Clark hopes that will lead to good depth. “I’m
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In & around SEC football - East Division predictions

August 16, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Georgia (11-1, 7-1) over/under 11 Projected wins: at Vanderbilt, Murray State, Arkansas State, Notre Dame, at Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Missouri, Texas A&M, at Georgia Tech Projected losses: Auburn Kirby Smart has swiftly turned Georgia into an annual contender, with the Bulldogs being favored in every regular season game in
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Glencoe softball hosts successful cornhole tournament benefit

August 16, 2019 chris
Photo: Glencoe Cornhole Tournament participants get ready to toss the beanbag last Saturday (Aug. 10) at E.C. Wilson Park. The event was a benefit for the Glencoe High School softball program. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor When Tommy Stanley took over as head coach of the Glencoe High School softball team three years ago, one
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In & around SEC football - West Division Preview

August 8, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Coach: Nick Saban; 13th season at Alabama, 232-62-1 overall 2018 record: 14-1 There’s no safer bet in college football right now than Alabama winning at least 11 games in the regular season. The Crimson Tide have won at least 11 games in every season since 2010, when they finished 10-3.
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Area volleyball teams attend FCA Media Day

August 8, 2019 chris
Photo: Members of the Glencoe High School varsity volleyball team gather for a photo during the FCA Etowah County Volleyball Media Day on Aug. 2 at Southside Baptist Church. Pictured, from left: Morgan Lasseter, Mandy McGinnis, Hannah Whittenberg, Madalin Gorham, GHS FCA sponsor/coach Drew Hall, Brianna Beyerle, Lexi Gray, Aubrey Gray. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris
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NEO hosts annual symposium

August 8, 2019 chris
Photo: Dr. Adam Shaw with Northeast Orthopedics Sports Clinic and Physical Therapy (pictured at far left) conducts a seminar during the annual NEO Coaches Symposium on Aug. 2 at Southside High School. (Kaitlin Fleming/Messenger) By Kaitlin Fleming/Staff Writer In a few short weeks, the local football season will be in full swing, and with that
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Local teams ranked in ASWA preseason football poll

August 5, 2019 chris
Listed below is the Alabama Sports Writers Association preseason high school football rankings with first-place votes, last year’s record and total poll points. Class 7A 1. Central-Phenix City (26), 14-0, 312 2. Hoover, 9-4, 227 3. McGill-Toolen, 9-3, 201 4. Thompson, 11-2, 183 5. Hewitt-Trussville, 8-4, 165 6. Auburn, 10-2, 98 7. Mountain Brook, 9-3,
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In & around SEC football - East Division Preview

August 2, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Florida Coach: Dan Mullen, second season at Florida, 79-47 overall 2018 record: 10-3 There aren’t many coaches in college football better than Dan Mullen at maximizing talent and exceeding expectations. Mullen consistently overachieved at Mississippi State, and his first Florida team won 10 games when it was projected to win seven.
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Grass likes what he sees so far out of 2019 Gamecocks

August 2, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Photo: 2019 Westbrook Christian graduate P.J. Wells might see playing time as a freshman at JSU this fall. (Alex Chaney)  It’s 28 days and counting until the Jacksonville State football team begins its defense of a fifth straight Ohio Valley Conference championship. At the team’s 2019 Media Day last Tuesday (July 30)
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Douglas hires former Etowah DC  as head football coach

August 2, 2019 chris
Photo: Former Etowah High assistant football coach Jamison Wadley (pictured at center) recently was hired as head coach at Douglas. Pictured with Wadley is DHS Principal Patrick Smith (left) and at Marshall County Schools AD Alan Garner. (Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter) By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter Jamison Wadley is a man of faith
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Local soccer festival set for Saturday

July 31, 2019 chris
  The Alabama Heat FC and Alabama Rush will host the Clash on the Coosa Soccer Festival this Saturday, Aug. 3 at Murphree Stadium in Gadsden. Admission is $5. The game schedule is as follows: 8:15 a.m., Ala. Rush 06 Premier vs. CFA Rome 07 Classic; 9: 45 a.m., Ala. Rush 09 Black vs. CFA
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In & around SEC football - 2019 Media Days

July 25, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The weather certainly isn’t an indicator, but the college football season is rapidly approaching and representatives from all 14 SEC schools recently converged in Hoover for the 2019 SEC Media Days. After moving to Atlanta in 2018, the event returned to the Hyatt Regency Birmingham at the Wynfrey Hotel. Each team
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Gadsden City grad, coach participate in North/South football game

July 25, 2019 chris
Photo: 2019 Gadsden City High School graduate Q Dillard (center) blocks a South defender during the North/South All-Star Football Classic on July 18 in Montgomery. (submitted photo) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor 2019 Gadsden City High School graduate Javaronze “Q” Dillard finished off his prep career with a flourish last week in Montgomery. Dillard started at right
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Davis pleased with Patriots’ summer scrimmages

July 25, 2019 chris
Photo: Eli Pearce (center) will be throwing instead of catching the ball for West End this football season. (Sherry Abercrombie) By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter The West End High football team participated in four summer competitions before preseason practice starts Aug. 5. The West End linemen competed at Guntersville. The Patriots attended full team camps
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In & around the SEC - Football Coaching Rankings Part II

July 19, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent 7. Mark Stoops, Kentucky (last season’s rank: 8). Kentucky has been patient with Mark Stoops, and that patience paid off in Stoops’ sixth season. After back-to-back 7-6 campaigns, Stoops led the 2018 Wildcats to a 10-3 record, including their first win over Florida since 1986 and upsets over Mississippi State and
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