Southside shuts out Sardis, Ashville tops St. Clair County


Photo: Sardis High’s Avery Carroll (22) plows into a host of Southside defenders during the Panthers’ 40-0 victory in high school football on September 24 at Barney Hood Stadium. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)

Southside defeated Sardis, 40-0 in high school football action on September 24 at Barney Hood Stadium.
For the Panthers (4-2, 2-1), Gauge Nesmith finished with 296 yards in offense. He completed 15 of 22 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for seven times for 92 yards. Daimon Hitchcock and Cody Robert each had four receptions – the former for 81 yards and a touchdown and the latter for 79 yards and a score. Tyler Green ran for 70 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, while Cade Helms rushed seven times for 49 yards. Green also had three catches, while Cayden McMichael had two.
Defensively, John Gilbert and Spencer Sharpe each had nine tackles, followed by Koal Garrett and Jake Janson with seven each, and Tytan Rich, Jacob Davis and Ethan Light with five each. Sharpe, Gilbert, Light and Broady Johnson each had a sack, while Taylor Carr had an interception.
Southside resume its Class 6A, Region 7 schedule this Friday (Oct. 1) at Springville. Sardis (0-5, 0-2) travels to 5A, Region 7 rival Guntersville.

Ashville dismantles Saints

Ashville ended a three-game skid with a 33-9 victory over St. Clair County on September 24 in Odenville. The Bulldogs outgained the Saints by a 322 to 151 margin. For Ashville, Jayen Williams rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Cole Hyatt ran six times for 70 yards and a score. Dylan Harris was 3 for 8 in passing for 60 yards. Hunter Pyle had seven tackles, followed by Williams and Ashton Mostella with six each. Greyson Simpson had an interception, while Harris and Chandler McGinnis each recovered a fumble.
The Bulldogs (3-3, 0-3) have an open date this week before hosting Class 4A, Region 6 rival Dora on October 8.

West End wins by forfeit
West End won by forfeit over Appalachian, 1-0, on September 24. The Patriots (3-3, 1-2) host Etowah County neighbor and Class 2A, Region 6 rival Gaston this Friday (Oct. 1).

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