Etowah looks to ground Aggie aerial game

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Etowah (2-2, 2-0) at Fairview (1-2, 0-2)

Last week: Etowah 37, Randolph 23; Boaz 35, Fairview 24

Series record: First meeting

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

Fairview High’s football teams have been known for its prolific offenses.

That hasn’t changed, as the Aggies are still scoring at a high rate and senior quarterback Hayden Maples is capable of hitting any target.

Through three games, Fairview has posted 65 points.

“That quarterback can put it anywhere he wants,” Eto-wah coach Drew Noles said. “They show you a lot of different formations and spread the ball around. “We’ll have to do a good job on defense.”

Last week, the Aggies got down 28-0 early, but turned it on and made a game of it.

“From the second quarter on, they were like a different team,” Noles said. “They really got it going and the offense clicked like it should. Had they played like that the entire game, they might’ve beaten Boaz.”

Another big weapon for the Aggies is junior tailback Austin Harris, who gained 1,497 yards last season. 

“We have to keep a keen eye on him,” Noles said. “He’s capable of breaking a big run on any play.”

Etowah currently shares first place in the Class 5A, Region 7 standings with Guntersville and Boaz, while Fairview is tied for third with Douglas and Butler.

Last week against Randolph, Paul Ruiz rushed 26 times for 230 yards and three touchdowns. 

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