Blue Devils get past Pell City, 8-6

October 8, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent With the game on the line last Friday (Oct. 5), Etowah High head football coach Drew Noles knew he could trust his defense to come through with a stop. The Class 5A, No. 2 Blue Devils (7-0) led Pell City 8-6 with 3:51 remaining, and the Panthers (2-4) had just picked
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James Clemens takes down Titans, 50-28

October 8, 2018 chris
Photo: Gadsden City defenders, including Marlon Brasher (7), Tyron Tripp (21) and Jovari Sumpter (99), pursue James Clemens’ Aaron Boone during the Titan’s 50-28 loss in high school football on Oct. 5 at GCHS. (Courtesy of Travis Greene) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The good news for the Gadsden City High faithful last Friday (Oct. 5) was
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Gaston remains winless after region loss to Cleveland

October 8, 2018 chris
By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Cleveland Panthers evened their record at 3-3 and 2-2 on the season with a 62-12 Class 2A, Region 6 win over the Gaston Bulldogs last Friday (Oct. 5). The game appeared to be a shootout with both teams scoring early in the opening quarter. Cleveland’s Da’Quarrius Phillips scored on an
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Southside steamrolls Douglas, 63-0

October 8, 2018 chris
By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter Southside High spoiled Douglas’ homecoming with a 63-0 shutout in Class 5A, Region 6 action last Friday (Oct. 5). It was the first game between the teams since 1981, and only the fifth meeting recorded. Southside is now 5-0 against Douglas. The Panthers (2-4, 2-1) all but sealed the game
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Eagles wallop Ashville on homecoming

October 8, 2018 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Will Clemons (7) tackles Ashville’s Luke Harris during the Eagles’ 52-0 victory in high school football last Friday (Oct. 5) at Hokes Bluff. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) Hokes Bluff shook off some early-game rust to post a 52-0 victory over Ashville in Class 4A, Region 6 action last Friday (Oct. 5) in
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Sardis come up short at Alexandria

October 8, 2018 chris
Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter The Alexandria Valley Cubs won a hard fought 33-15 match up against Class 5A, Region 6 opponent Sardis last Friday (Oct. 5). The Lions scored on their opening drive and Alexandria tied it up before the end of the first half at 7-7. It appeared as though Alexandria gained the
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Coosa Christian, Westbrook, West End, Glencoe fall short

October 8, 2018 chris
Coosa Christian lost to Class 1A, Region 6 rival Fairview, 70-27, last Friday (Oct. 5) in Cullman. The Aggies (7-0, 4-0) ran out to a 41-0 lead before the Conquerors (3-3, 1-2) got on the scoreboard with Caiden Lipscomb’s 66-yard touchdown pass to Evan Delp at 8:26 of the second quarter. Following another Fairview touchdown,
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In & around SEC football - Week 6

October 4, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review Despite limited offensive production, Auburn defeated Southern Mississippi, 24-13, in non-conference ac-tion at Jordan-Hare Stadium last Saturday (Sept. 29). The Tiger offense was just as sloppy as the weather, as AU outgained the Golden Ea-gles only 341 to 260. Jarrett Stidham completed 19-of-33 passes for 245 yards
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in Oct. 3 ASWA football poll

October 3, 2018 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 6-0 316 2. Hewitt-Trussville 5-1 246 3. Thompson 4-1 202 4. Auburn 6-0 185 5. Hoover 3-2 167 6. McGill-Toolen 4-1 134 7. Mountain Brook 5-0 116 8. Austin 4-1 70 9. Vestavia Hills 4-1 51 10. Theodore 4-1 18 Others receiving votes: Lee-Montgomery (4-2) 10, James
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Gadsden State’s Freeman named ACCC Player of the Week

October 3, 2018 chris
Gadsden State’s Jaylyn Freeman was named the Alabama Community College Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 24-30.  The freshman defensive specialist played in 10 sets  for the Lady Cardinals (18-7, 8-4), recording four kills, 14 assists, and 58 digs. So far this season, Freeman has 348 digs, 74 assists and 14 aces.
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Local players featured in Week 5 Prep Spotlight

October 3, 2018 chris
Photo by Gary Wells Three area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 5 of the 2018 season. Playing in the first half and one series on the second half, Hokes Bluff junior halfback Darrian Meads rushed 14 times for 167 yards and touchdown runs of 47,
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Gamecocks outlast Austin Peay in OVC action

October 1, 2018 chris
Photo: Jacksonville State’s Justin Thomas-Thornton (4) chases Austin Peay’s Kentel Williams during the Gamecocks’ 48-32 football victory last Saturday (Sept. 29) in Jacksonville. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State head football coach John Grass and his Gamecocks must know how it feels to have a bulls-eye painted on their back. “We’re everybody’s Super
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Blue Devils hold off Fort Payne, 21-14

October 1, 2018 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Trent Davis (left) breaks free from Fort Payne’s Tyler Newton during the Blue Devils’ 21-14 win last Friday (Sept. 28). (Courtesy of Fort Payne Times-Journal) By Cody Dowler/Fort Payne Time Journal Fort Payne nearly put an end to Class 5A, No. 3 Etowah’s perfect season last Friday (Sept. 28), but the Wildcats
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Helena gets past Southside, 13-7

October 1, 2018 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Kenneth Bothwell (left) looks for running room during the Panthers’ 13-7 loss to Helena last Friday (Sept. 28). (Courtesy of Travis Greene) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Helena earned its first win of the season with a 13-7 victory over Southside in a non-region contest on Friday (Sept. 28) at Barney Hood Stadium.
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Conquerors edge VCA in non-region action

October 1, 2018 chris
The Coosa Christian defense pitched a shutout over the final 41 minutes as the Conquerors defeated Victory Christian, 10-7, last Friday (Sept. 28) in Pell City. After falling behind 7-0 midway through the first quarter, Coosa (3-2, 1-1) drew within four points on Seung-min Cho’s 22-yard field goal with a minute left in the opening
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Hokes Bluff hangs 47 on Glencoe

September 30, 2018 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff High’s Tristin Billingsley catches a touchdown pass during the Eagles’ 47-7 victory last Friday (Sept. 28). (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Hokes Bluff did not have too much difficulty in posting its 32nd series win over Glencoe last Friday (Sept. 28). After punting on their first series, the Class 4A
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Geraldine edges Sardis in Lions’ homecoming

September 30, 2018 chris
Photo: Sardis High’s Tre Dalrymple (left) pursues Geraldine’s Jamison Rowell during the Lions’ 20-19 loss last Friday (Sept. 28) in Sardis City. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray Photography) By Huck Treadwell/Sand Mountain Reporter A fourth quarter rally by Sardis High fell just a little short and Geraldine was able to escape with a 20-19 win last
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Patriots shut out by Ragland

September 30, 2018 chris
Photo: West End High’s Jacob Jones (4) scrambles for yardage as Ragland’s Matthew Turbville, Bailey Wyatt and Hunter Day (pictured, from left) pursue during the Patriots’ 35-0 loss on Sept. 28 in Walnut Grove. (Sherry Abercrombie) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Ragland used a stonewall defense and an explosive offense on the way to a 35-0
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In & around SEC football - Week 5 previews, predictions

September 27, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 4 Review Tua Tagovailoa was nearly perfect as the Alabama offense racked up 524 yards in a 45-23 victory over Texas A&M. Mack Wilson intercepted a pass on the second play from scrimmage and Tagovailoa found DeVonta Smith for a 30-yard touchdown pass on the next play. It was
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Eagles, Blue Devils ranked in Sept. 26 ASWA football poll

September 27, 2018 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 5-0 343 2. Hewitt-Trussville 4-1 282 3. Thompson 4-1 227 4. Auburn 5-0 206 5. Hoover 3-2 192 6. McGill-Toolen 4-1 143 7. Mountain Brook 5-0 125 8. Lee-Montgomery 4-1 82 9. Austin 4-1 64 10. Vestavia Hills 3-1 22 Others receiving votes: James Clemens (3-2) 10,
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Area players featured in Week 4 Prep Spotlight

September 25, 2018 chris
Photo: Sardis High’s Trent Presley (right) intercepts a pass during the Lions’ 43-7 win over Douglas on Sept. 21 in Sardis City. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray Photography) Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 4 of the 2018 season. Coosa Christian junior running back Dartavious
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Jacksonville State keeps conference streak alive

September 24, 2018 chris
By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State overcame a sluggish start to overwhelm Tennessee Tech this past Saturday (Sept. 22) at Snow-Burgess Field. The No. 9 Gamecocks defeated the Eagles, 48-20 in their Ohio Valley Conference opener at Burgess-Snow Field. JSU (2-1, 1-0) extended its OVC win streak to 33 games, the longest active conference winning
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Blue Devils dismantle Southside, 42-0

September 24, 2018 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Brady Troup looks for an open receiver as Trent Davis (center) provides protection during the Blue Devils’ 42-0 win on Sept. 21. (Travis Greene) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor In the teams’ first region game in five years, Etowah dominated Southside in all three phases of the game en route to a 42-0 Class
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Conquerors ride past Decatur Heritage

September 24, 2018 chris
By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent In the latest edition of “The Shootout at Wills Creek,” Coosa Christian picked up its first Class 1A, Region 7 win of the season with a 54-42 victory over Decatur Heritage Christian Academy last Friday (Sept. 21) at Phillip Ellen Stadium in Gadsden. The Conquerors (2-3, 1-1) held a 48-42 lead
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Westbrook rally falls short against Ohatchee

September 24, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Westbrook Christian pushed Class 2A, No. 4 Ohatchee to the brink, but the Warriors’ upset bid fell just short in a 37-30 Region 6 loss last Friday (Sept. 21) at Jack Osborn Stadium in Rainbow City. Trailing 30-14 in the fourth quarter, the Warriors (3-2, 1-1) mounted a 17-play, 80-yard scoring
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Bulldogs can’t hold off Woodland in region tilt

September 24, 2018 chris
By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gaston failed to protect a double-digit halftime lead and had a late rally fall short in a 45-38 loss to Class 2A, Region 6 rival Woodland last Friday (Sept. 21) at Gaston. The Bulldogs (0-4, 0-2) jumped to a 16-0 lead with 1:14 to go in the opening period while holding
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Sardis races past Douglas, 43-7

September 24, 2018 chris
Photo: Sardis High’s Temon Wilson tries to break free from a Douglas defender during the Lions’ 43-7 win on Sept. 21 in Sardis City. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray) By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis High coasted to its first 5A, Region 6 victory with a 43-7 win over Douglas last Friday (Sept. 21) in Sardis
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Eagles fly past Anniston, 28-10

September 24, 2018 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Darrian meads runs for a third-quarter touchdown as Anniston’s Jimmy Felton (7) pursues and teammate Tristan Billingsley (3) looks on during the Eagles’ 28-18 win last Friday (Sept. 21) in Anniston. (Alex Chaney) Hokes Bluff posted a 28-18 win in Class 4A, Region 6 action last Friday (Sept. 21) in Anniston. The
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Bob Jones edges Gadsden City, 12-7

September 24, 2018 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Joshua Richard (left) brings down Bob Jones’ Donavan Brown during the Titans’ 12-7 loss last Friday (Sept. 21) in Madison. (Eric Schultz/preps@al.com) By Skip Vaughn/preps@al.com Two touchdown passes in the second half from Caden Rose to John-Michael Riley lifted Bob Jones to a 12-7 Class 7A, Region 4 victory against Gadsden City
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Walter Wellborn spoils Glencoe’s homecoming

September 24, 2018 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Andrew Massarro looks for running room during the Yellow Jackets’ 40-0 loss to Walter Wellborn last Friday (Sept. 21). (Gary Wells) Glencoe High fell to Class 3A, Region 6 rival Walter Wellborn, 40-0, in the Yellow Jackets’ homecoming game last Friday (Sept. 21). For Glencoe, Daniel Maye completed 3 of 5 passes
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