In & around SEC football - Week 3 review, Week 4 previews and predictions

September 20, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 3 Review After Ole Miss scored on its first play from scrimmage, it appeared Alabama would be in for a shootout against the Rebels. However, the Crimson Tide scored the next 62 points and did not allow another point. The Alabama offense was unstoppable, regardless of whether Tua Tagovailoa
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Hokes Bluff, Etowah remain at No. 2 in Sept. 19 ASWA football poll

September 19, 2018 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 4-0 339 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3-1 276 3. Thompson 3-1 218 4. Auburn 4-0 214 5. Hoover 2-2 195 6. McGill-Toolen 3-1 162 7. Mountain Brook 4-0 111 8. Vestavia Hills 3-0 80 9. Lee-Montgomery 3-1 53 10. Austin 3-1 28 Others receiving votes: Sparkman (3-0) 15, Theodore
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Local players featured in Week 3 Prep Spotlight

September 18, 2018 chris
Photo by Travis Greene Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 3 of the 2018 season. Etowah junior DeRickey Wright (pictured above at left) accounted for 26 points and four touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 36-0 win over Sardis. Wright returned an interception 32 yards
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Titans’ winless streak at four games after loss to Austin

September 17, 2018 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Calvin Wilson (23) pursues Austin’s Javon Jackson during the Titans’ 31-10 loss on Sept. 14 at GCHS. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gadsden City fell to 0-4, 0-2 on the season following a 31-10 loss to Austin High last Friday (Sept. 14) at GCHS. Although the Titans out-gained the Black Bears
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Second-ranked Hokes Bluff thumps Oneonta

September 17, 2018 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Will Clemons (7) runs into Oneonta’s Andrew McAlpine during the Eagles’ 49-7 victory in high school football on Sept. 14. (Alex Chaney) Darrian Meads rushed for 204 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries in No. 2 Hokes Bluff’s 49-7 victory over Oneonta in Class 4A, Region 6 action on Sept. 14
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Westbrook shoots past West End, 62-35

September 16, 2018 chris
Photo: West End’s Eli Pearce catches pass in front of Westbrook Christian’s Jai’Shawn Cattling during the Warriors’ 62-35 victory in high school football on Set. 14 in Walnut Grove. (Sherry Abercrombie) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor In a shootout of O.K Corral proportions, West End and Westbrook Christian combined for 97 points and 1,037 yards on Friday
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Blue Devils have the Wright stuff against Sardis

September 16, 2018 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Trent Davis (3) tries to break free from Sardis’ Michael Turner during the Blue Devils’ 36-0 victory last Friday (Sept. 14) in Attalla. (Travis Greene) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Derickey Wright made his presence known early and often as he led Class 5A, No. 2 Etowah to a 36-0 victory over Sardis
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In & around SEC football - Week 3 previews, predictions

September 13, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 2 Review Alabama’s offense picked up right where it left off last week as the Crimson Tide torpedoed Arkansas State by a score of 57-7. Tua Tagovailoa was sharp in his se-cond career start in throwing for 228 yards and four touchdowns while completing 13-of-19 passes. Jalen Hurts was
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in Sept. 12 ASWA football poll

September 12, 2018 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Hoover 2-1 351 2. Central-Phenix City 3-0 268 3. Thompson 2-1 229 4. Auburn 3-0 202 5. Hewitt-Trussville 2-1 168 6. McGill-Toolen 2-1 164 7. Lee-Montgomery 3-0 124 8. Mountain Brook 3-0 87 9. Bob Jones 2-1 41 10. Vestavia Hills 2-0 31 Others receiving votes: Prattville (2-0) 20,
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Local players recognized by AHSAA

September 11, 2018 chris
  Several area players were recognized in AHSAA prep football spotlight for the week of Sept. 7. Etowah senior receiver Emil Smith returned a punt 48 yards for a touchdown and caught touchdowns passes of 3 and 21 yards in the Blue Devils’ 52-7 win over Crossville. West End senior quarterback Jacob Jones (pictured above)
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Gamecocks hang 71 points on Mississippi Valley State

September 11, 2018 chris
Photo: Jacksonville State’s Zerrick Cooper attempts a pass during the Gamecocks’ 71-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State last Saturday (Sept. 8). at Burgess-Snow Field. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State rebounded from a tough season-opening loss to North Carolina A&T to thrash the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, 71-0 on Saturday, Sept. 8
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Top-ranked Tigers dispatch Glencoe

September 11, 2018 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Andrew Massaro (left) runs into Randolph County’s Dante Jordan (10) as Daniel Maye provides blocking during the Yellow Jackets’ 41-0 loss to Randolph County last Friday (Sept. 7). (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Most people say that in order to improve in sports, you must play the best competition possible. If
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Blue Devils stomp Crossville, 52-7

September 11, 2018 chris
  Emil Smith (pictured above) caught touchdown passes of 3 and 21 yards and ran back a punt 48 yards for another score in the No. 2 Blue Devils’ 52-7 win over Crossville in the Blue Devils’ Class 5A, Region 6 opener last Friday (Sept. 7) at Crossville. In two quarters of action, Brady Troup
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Hokes Bluff dismantles White Plains

September 11, 2018 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Austin Gulledge (left) fights off a White Plains defender during the Eagles’ 34-8 victory last Friday (Sept. 14). (Alex Chaney) Hokes Bluff opened its Class 4A, Region 6 schedule last Friday (Sept. 14) with a 34-8 victory over White Plains. Darrian Meads rushed 16 times for 227 yards and two touchdowns for
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Conquerors, Patriots, Warriors, Bulldogs come up short

September 11, 2018 chris
Coosa Christian lost to R.A. Hubbard, 40-7, in the Conquerors’ Class 1A, Region opener last Friday (Sept. 7). Coosa’s lone score came on Caiden Lipscomb’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Horne in the third quarter. Lipscomb completed 9 of 31 passes for 114 yards, while Carston Lipscomb had three receptions for 37 yards. Dartavious Britton
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Late touchdown pulls Southside past Sardis

September 9, 2018 chris
Sardis High’s Trent Presley (left) gets pushed out of bounds by Southside’s Ryan Martin during the Panthers’ 14-10 victory in high school football on Sept. 7 in Sardis City. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Southside High finished what it started against Sardis last Friday (Sept. 7). The Panthers (1-2, 1-0) scored on their first and last possessions
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Titans come up short in region opener

September 9, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Gadsden City stumbled to a 2 1-9 loss to Sparkman in its Class 7A, Region 4 opener on Friday (Sept. 7) at Titan Stadium. The Titans’ offensive woes from a week ago carried over into the matchup with the Senators, as the Titans only mustered 32 yards of offense and one first down
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In & around SEC football - Week 2 previews, predictions

September 6, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 1 Review Auburn knocked off Washington, 21-16, in a showdown between two top 10 teams last Saturday in Atlanta. The Tigers forced two Washington turnovers and submitted a terrific performance defensively. The Huskies made several trips into the red zone but Auburn allowed only one touchdown on the afternoon.
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Blue Devils, Eagles ranked in Sept. 5 ASWA football poll

September 5, 2018 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 2-0 326 2. Hoover 1-1 269 3. Central-Phenix City 2-0 252 4. McGill-Toolen 2-0 224 5. Bob Jones 2-0 169 6. Auburn 2-0 148 7. Hewitt-Trussville 1-1 134 8. Lee-Montgomery 2-0 88 9. Mountain Brook 2-0 37 10. Spain Park 1-1 20 Others receiving votes: Enterprise (2-0) 14,
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Area players recognized in AHSAA prep football spotlight

September 4, 2018 chris
Photo: Coosa Christian’s Dartavious Britton (center) finished with over 400 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 45-22 win over Appalachian. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) Several local players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Football Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2018 football season. Coosa Christian junior running back Dartavious
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Westbrook scores early and often against Ragland

September 4, 2018 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian quarterback Jackson Cox looks (left) for an open receiver as Derek Graham provides blocking during the Warriors’ 28-6 victory over Ragland last Friday (Aug. 31) Rainbow City. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Westbrook Christian played as close to a perfect half of football that can be played in a 28-6 victory
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No. 2 Blue Devils shut out Moody

September 2, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 5A, No. 2 Etowah head football coach Drew Noles knew his team might have a letdown after such an emotional season-opening win over Gadsden City on Aug. 23. Luckily for Noles, the Blue Devil defense came ready to play, as Etowah pitched a shutout en route to a 19-0 victory
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Titans can’t get into gear against Oxford

September 2, 2018 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Jamontez Woods runs past Oxford’s Jonovan Carlisle during the Titans’ 35-6 loss on Friday, Aug. 31. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Missed opportunities and inconsistency on offense doomed Gadsden City in its home opener against Oxford on Friday, Aug. 31. The Titans mustered only 120 total yards on the way to a
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Sardis opens with road win at Sylvania

September 2, 2018 chris
Courtesy of Fort Payne Times Journal The Sardis High football team kicked off its inaugural Class 5A season by beating Class 3A Sylvania, 27-3, on Friday, Aug. 31, at Sylvania. The Rams, who advanced to the 3A state playoff quarterfinals a year ago, had won two straight games against Sardis. Both teams were scoreless through
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Britton’s huge game propels Conquerors past Appalachian

September 2, 2018 chris
  Dartavious finished with over 400 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 45-22 win over Appalachian. The junior halfback rushed for 262 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, caught four passes for 104 yards and two TDs and returned a kickoff for 40 yards. Caiden Lipscomb was 16 of 31 in
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Gaston can’t hold off Sand Rock in second half

September 2, 2018 chris
By Roy Mitchell/for Cherokee County Herald Sand Rock overcame a two-touchdown deficit to defeat Gaston, 21-12, last Friday (Aug. 31) at Sand Rock. Tanner Clanton’s barreling runs, Samuel Alexander’s big plays and second-half offensive line play led the Wildcats (1-0) to the comeback win. Sloppy football plagued both teams in the first half. Gaston (0-1)
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Hokes Bluff makes it two straight over Southside

August 31, 2018 chris
Photo: Southside’s Kenneth Bothwell (3) follows the blocking of Andrew Dunston (30) as Hokes Bluff’s Houston Edwards (56) and Ashton Gulledge (2) pursue during the Eagles’ 42-13 victory in high school football on Thursday (Aug. 30) at Southside. (Photo by Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent It took Class 4A, No. 3 Hokes Bluff just
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In & around SEC football - Week 1 previews, predictions

August 30, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Football Rankings 1. Alabama 2. Georgia 3. Auburn 4. Mississippi State 5. Florida 6. South Carolina 7. Texas A&M 8. LSU 9. Missouri 10. Kentucky 11. Arkansas 12. Ole Miss 13. Vanderbilt 14. Tennessee Week 1 Previews and Predictions Game of the Week: Washington vs. Auburn (-2). Both the Huskies and
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in first ASWA football poll

August 29, 2018 chris
Released August 29 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Hoover 1-0 360 2. Thompson 1-0 274 3. Central-Phenix City 1-0 243 4. McGill-Toolen 1-0 228 5. Bob Jones 1-0 161 6. Auburn 1-0 142 7. Hewitt-Trussville 0-1 129 8. Spain Park 1-0 120 9. Lee-Montgomery 1-0 47 10. James Clemens 0-1 11 Others receiving votes:
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Etowah’s Graham named AHSAA Prep Spotlight Player of the Week

August 29, 2018 chris
From AHSAA Etowah High School head football coach Drew Noles said that 6-foot-6, 240-pound senior defensive end Jamin Graham is not committed to any college as of yet. Noles added that he never has seen a player more committed to his team and to his grandfather. Graham turned that commitment into two defensive touchdowns in
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