IT'S TIME FOR FOOTBALL PLAYERS TO ACT LIKE THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS:
I am glad to be back in what I do for WKUL-FM in covering the best of area high school football. I missed out last season for those who know because I was fighting for my life.
The prep game is something I enjoy. I don't enjoy what is going on with collegiate and professional football. All it takes is a handful of people to spoil something that is well presented by many.
In the latest drama in Tallahassee, Florida State quarteback Jameis Winston appearing in uniform prior to the Clemson game Saturday night, knowing he has been suspended.
The quote from his coach Jimbo Fisher was "so he could be with his teammates."
Well, does that apply to others who break rules, especially like Winston before and after he was named the Heisman Trophy winner in 2013?
Being in the spotlight as he is puts him in a disdvantage. But he has to realize when to and when not to as far as his behavior that makes me think he is a member of the "Sweathogs" from the 1970s TV series "Welcome Back Kotter."
The way he was disciplined for this one game suspension was totally a slap on the wrist. Being allowed to dress in his jersey and be on the sidelines, will that send a message to him to change his conduct in being a student-athlete?
I don't think so. Did anyone tell him after his rant on top of a table inside the FSU Student Center that NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. dropped him from No. 3 in his choice for 2015 picks all the way to No. 25.?
I was told by a very reliable source that Winston had to be kept under wraps when he was a star player at Hueytown High School. His high school is well known to me for it being Cullman grad and former Bearcat assistant Matt Scott.
Winston has more freedom of movement because he doesn't live in a dorm at FSU and the coaches can't keep a 24-7 watch on him all times.
There is no doubt in my mind a group of people have had enough with Jameis Winston. Those would be the voters, the members of the Heisman Trophy committee and former winners.
Winston doesn't come close at all in representing what the Heisman Trophy is. The one from recent years that does in all phases in and away from the game is former Florida QB Tim Tebow.
What Winston has done from last year to last Saturday has trumped everything that Johnny Manziel did after he won it in 2012.
I can rest assure that people like former winners Roger Staubach, Archie Griffin, Earl Campbell, Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson, Hershel Walker, Doug Flutie are not happy because that is not the way to represent the trophy in making very poor decisions when you are away from the field.
It takes away from the glowing image NCAA football is all about, especially now that Division I has a playoff system for the first time.
You can add what Southern California Athletic Director Pat Haden did in a recent game with Stanford as he is on the 13-member committee. Then add a punch fest between Miami and Nebraska from Saturday night and others who have recently had problems with law enforcement for making poor choices, ala Nick Marshall of Auburn right before SEC Media Days in July.
Then from what Winston has done in giving a "black eye" to college football, the problems with Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy and Jonathan Dwyer has shook the solid ground of the National Football League.
I don't watch the NFL except for highlights on Sunday NFL Red Zone. It will be pleasant Sunday evening to go out for a walk around my neighborhood then come back and watch Columbo on ME TV.
The negative of the NFL continued Sunday afternoon with the team I cheer for, the Redskins, getting into a brawl with the Eagles in Philadelphia.
I saw several players for the Redkins who had the "thug" mentality. DeShawn Jackson is another one with great talent and very poor personality skills.
Cheap shots came from the Redskins along with a lot of trash talking from both sides.
How does NFL commissioner Roger Goddell feel about the image his league is showing on and off the field right now? Pete Rozelle is turning over in his grave.
Football is a game of strength, ability and the process to try and outperform the opponent.
But is also something that is taken way too far. Fans go totally chaotic from college to pro, media people inhale this game too much that they can't breath and you have sponsors for the NFL that are pulling out or threatening to.
It's time for college and pro football to grow up. The negative overweighs the positive. Paul Finebaum said last week it is talked about because it is news.
I know he is not in favor of Jameis Winston like a lot of others are not, including myself. I will also say that Jimbo Fisher is all about winning and very weak when it comes to sitting down his star player for bad behavior.
The decision to kick him out of the game entirely was by the interim president and athletic director at FSU. If Fisher is that good of a coach, you have others that can come in, get their chance and prove they deserve to be on the field instead of on the sidelines.
Sean McGuire proved he could make enough plays for the Seminoles to overcome adversity and win the game.
Now let's see what happens this week with Winston and FSU as they go to North Carolina State. One game I don't think is enough to slow down this exteremely wild stallion the Seminoles have.
Hopefully, a week of good things to talk about from the college to the pro game will be coming. I know in covering high school football, coaches will not accept these types of behavior and they will get the message across.
Football was fun in the NFL and the NCAA when I was a teenager. Alabama would win with class because of Bear Bryant, along with other great programs such as Michigan, Oklahoma, Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Texas, Penn State and Nebraska.
The Steelers, Cowboys, Raiders, Rams, Redskins, Colts and Dolphins set the tone for winning in the NFL in the 70s and winning with good character.
How the times have changed. It's time to bring back the good ole' days for college and pro football. Enough said.
The comments are based on by this writer and do not reflect the opinion of others who also represent WKUL-FM.
West Point was delighted to finally play a football game in front of the home crowd. The Warriors recognized their first ever team (1964) before kickoff then the current squad went out and romped over Pope John Paul from Huntsville 41-7. The Warriors are the only undefeated team in the K92 coverage, currently 4-0 and 3-0 in 5A, Region 8.
A HAPPY HOMECOMING:
Cold Springs was the latest school to have homecoming in September. The Eagles celebrated the festivities by running over Falkville 47-12. It snapped a 7-game losing streak to the Blue Devils. The Eagles have a 4-1 record and are 2-1 in Class 2A, Region 6.
After 16 losses in regional play as a 4A program, the Good Hope Raiders finally celebrated the thrill of victory. The Raiders held off J.B. Pennington 28-21 Friday at James Shabel Stadium. Good Hope is in its fifth season competing in 4A of the AHSAA. The Raiders had never won a regional game in this classification before Friday. This comes after the Raiders were run over by defending 4A state champion Oneonta 53-8 the previous week.
Victory got away from the Cullman Bearcats the previous week in a 28-14 loss to open Class 6A, Region 8 action against Florence. On Friday, the Bearcats ventured into legendary Ogle Stadium and came back from Decatur with a 13-7 victory over Austin. That puts the Bearcats at 1-1 in Region 8 and 2-2 for the year.
This is a topsy turvy region. All teams that won last Friday were road teams, Cullman, Decatur (20-17 at Hartselle) and Athens (17-14 at Muscle Shoals). Decatur is 3-0 in the region with Florence 2-0 then Cullman and Hartselle 1-1, Athens and Muscle Shoals 1-2 and Austin 0-3.
GOOD CONTEST TO RESUME A RIVALRY:
It had been 63 years since the Addison Bulldogs and Hanceville Bulldogs had met on the gridiron. The two schools resumed the rivalry with Addison shutting out Hanceville 13-0 in the K92 Game of the Week. It was the first ever win by Addison in four tries with Hanceville. A 13-play, 65-yard scoring drive for Addison snapped a scoreless tie right before the half. Then Addison took the second half kickoff, march 70 yards and took eight and a half minutes off the clock to extend the lead to two touchdowns.
CAN'T KEEP HIM AWAY:
Addison's injured quarterback John Everett was in attendance Friday night at Ray Talley Stadium for the Bulldogs' game with Hanceville. Everett had surgery to repair ligament damage in his knee Wednesday in Birmingham and is now in the rehab process. He sat in a chair in the Southwest corner of the stadium with family and friends. He was greeted by his teammates before and after the Bulldogs' 13-0 win.
HEAR THE ROAR OF THE LIONS:
Cullman Christian School pouned Brooklane Christian 79-26 Friday night on the road in the Alabama Christian Education Association 6-man football. The Lions scored on five possessions in the first quarter for a 35-20 lead and coasted to a 66-26 halftime advantage. That is the season high in points for coach Chase Cantrell's Lions as they ended a two-game road assignment in superb fashion.
THEY HAVE EARNED FLASH'S SPOTLIGHT:
Addison's Devin Marlin. Caught a 13-yard TD pass from Hunter Ray and also had an interception in the Bulldogs' 13-0 win over Hanceville. He was selected the K92 Basch Brothers Powersports player of the game.
Bulldog quarterback Hunter Ray took over for an injured John Everett. He directed scoring drives of 65 yards late in the second quarter and 70 yards to start the second half. He threw a 13-yard TD pass to Devin Marlin to complete the 70-yard series that consumed most of the third quarter.
Cullman's Ross Crocker. Completed 19 passes for 178 yards including a 31-yarder to Caden Winn on 4th and 16 at the Austin 33 late in the game. That set up the go-ahead score on a 2-yard run from Justin Patterson and the Bearcats took down Austin 13-7.
Seth Donaldosn was Crocker's main target. He had eight receptions for 64 yards. Brontae Harris scored on a rushing touchdown from a yard out that gave Cullman an early 7-0 lead.
West Point's Bryant Farley anchored an impressive 41-7 rout of Pope John Paul in the Warriors' home opener. He ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns and threw for two scores. His 10-yard run to the end zone and added a 2-point conversion that gave the Warriors a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.
Running back Kobe Smith gained 116 yards and a touchdown. The Warriors threw only three times with one going to the end zone to tight end Ryder Jones.
Hanceville's Austin Coker had 37 yards rushing, including a 24-yard run in the first series of the game with Addison. Quarterback Hayden Loggins completed five passes for 95 yards. Dante' Reese caught two for 41 yards and Jose Orosco had three receptions for 51 yards.
Good Hope got good play from QB Riley Eisner, RB Jared McClure, WR Kainan Smith, WR Reese Harbison that keyed the Raider offense to outscore J.B. Pennington 28-21 and post its first ever win in Class 4A. The Raiders were 0-16 in 4A regional play before the victory Friday at James Shabel Stadium.
THE LATEST ON THE AHSAA REGIONAL FOOTBALL RACES:
CLASS 6A, REGION 8:
Decatur 3-0, Florence 2-0, Hartselle 1-1, Cullman 1-1, Athens 1-2, Muscle Shoals 1-2, Austin 0-3.
ANALYSIS: Topsy-turvy is the best to describe this region. All road teams won on Friday in Cullman at Austin, Athens at Muscle Shoals and Decatur at Hartselle.
Cullman hosts Athens October 3 for homecoming when region resumes. Then the Bearcats play at Hartselle October 10, host Decatur on the 17th and travel to Muscle Shoals the 24th. Bearcats should be in position to contend for a berth despite having a young team in 2014.
CLASS 5A, REGION 7:
Etowah 3-0, Guntersville 3-0, Madison County 3-0, Boaz 2-1, Douglas 1-2, Randolph 1-2, Fairview 0-3, Butler 0-3.
ANALYSIS: Fairview has an uphill battle with four games left in the region. Aggies at Madison County October 3, travel to Guntersville on the 10th, visit Douglas the 17th and play Butler the 24th at Cullman H.S. Big games coming up in region between Etowah, Guntersville, Madison County and Boaz.
CLASS 5A, REGION 8:
West Point 3-0, East Limestone 3-0, Russellville 3-0, Lawrence County 2-1, Johnson 1-2, Ardmore 0-3, Columbia 0-3, Pope John Paul 0-3.
ANALYSIS: West Point has taken down teams that are in the basement of the division. A solid schedule in October has the Warriors hosting Johnson on the 3rd, Russellville the 10th, playing at East Limestone the 17th and hosting Lawrence County the 24th. Warriors need one more win that should give them their first playoff berth as a 5A program.
CLASS 4A, REGION 7:
Oneonta 3-0, North Jackson 3-0, Westminster Christian 2-1, Locust Fork 2-1, Good Hope 1-2, Priceville 1-2, J.B. Pennington 1-2, DAR 1-2.
ANALYSIS: Good Hope's win over Pennington gives the Raiders hope they can still battle with the October regional schedule consisting of at Locust Fork the 3rd, at Priceville the 10th, hosting DAR the 17th and a trip to North Jackson on the 24th. Raiders finally have a regional win in Class 4A after 16 previous losses. Oneonta has North Jackson, Westminster on its schedule during October. Redskins are defending 4A champions.
CLASS 3A, REGION 5:
Winfield 3-0, Oakman 3-0, Vinemont 1-1, Winston County 1-2, Susan Moore 1-2, Hanceville 0-2, Holly Pond 0-3.
ANALYSIS: Vinemont remains in the mix despie Friday's loss to Winfield. Winfield and Oakman play in October that will determine the leader of this regional.
Vinemont has Oakman coming to Mark Smothers Stadium October 3, travel to Holly Pond the 10th, host Susan Moore the 17th and go to Winston County the 24th. A 3-1 record in October could get the Eagles on to the postseason, 4-0 will. Each game will be up for grabs.
Hanceville has Winfield, Oakman, Holly Pond and Susan Moore in order for regional play October 3-24. Holly Pond's regional schedule is against Winston County, Vinemont, Hanceville and Winfield in succession.
CLASS 2A, REGION 6:
Tanner 3-0, Tarrant 2-0, Cold Springs 2-1, Addison 1-1, Sumiton Christian 1-2, Falkville 0-2, Southeastern 0-3.
ANALYSIS: October 3 schedule with Tarrant at Tanner and Cold Springs at Addison. Addison can run the table and finish second to Tanner. Rattlers very tough to beat, especially at home.
Cold Springs is contending. Eagles have bye week on the 10th after Addison game, go to Sumiton Christian the 17th and entertain Tarrant on the 24th.
Tarrant and Addison play on the 17th at A.G. Hicks Stadium. Falkville's regional schedule in October includes Sumiton Christian the 3rd, at Tarrant the 10th, vs. Southeastern the 17th and on to Tanner on the 24th.
K92 PREP SCOREBOARD: September 19 (Week # 5)
Addison 13, Hanceville 0 (K92 Game of the Week)
Cold Springs 47, Falkville 12
Cold Springs 4-1, 2-1 in 2A, Region 6
Falkville 2-2, 0-2 in 2A, Region 6
Good Hope 28, J.B. Pennington 21
Good Hope 1-3, 1-2 in 4A, Region 7
Pennington 1-3, 1-2 in 4A, Region 7
West Point 41, Pope John Paul 7
West Point 4-0, 3-0 in 5A, Region 8
Cullman 13, Austin 7
Cullman 2-2, 1-1 in 6A, Region 8
Etowah 40, Fairview 20
Fairview 1-3, 0-3 in 5A, Region 7
Susan Moore 27, Holly Pond 7
Holly Pond 0-4, 0-3 in 3A, Region 5
Winfield 38, Vinemont 6
Vinemont 2-2, 1-1 in 3A, Region 5
Cullman Christian 79, Brooklane Christian 26
Cullman Christian 3-1
TEAM AWARD WINNERS:
K92/Cullman Park and Rec Team of the Week -
Good Hope Raiders
K92/USA Healthcare coaching staff of the week -
Cold Springs Eagles
K92/Ryan's Steakhouse Band of the Week -
ADDISON CLAIMS HARD FOUGHT VICTORY:
At Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville
Addison 0 7 6 0 - 13
Hanceville 0 0 0 0 - 0
Addison - Kyle Denson 1 run (Ronnie Wilette kick) 0:22 in 2nd.
Addison - Hunter Ray 13 pass to Devin Marlin (Kick failed) 3:13 in 3rd
Basch Brothers Powersports player of the game - Devin Marlin of Addison.
Bill Smith Pontiac/Buick/GMC offensive player of the game - Benjamin Robinson of Addison
Mitch Smith Chevrolet defensive player of the game - Issac Hardin of Hanceville
In the first meeting between the two teams nicknamed the Bulldogs since 1951, Addison had two long drives that was the difference in beating Hanceville for the first time ever.
The battle was scoreless when Addison took over the ball at its 35 with 4:47 to play in the first half. A total of 13 plays were used by David Smothers' Bulldogs with Kolby Kirk's 27-yard run, the longest in the drive.
Kyle Denson got Addison a first down on fourth and one from the two then punched it into the end zone with 22 seconds to play before the half ended.
The extra point from Ronnie Willette sent Addison to the locker room with a 7-0 advantage.
Addison received the ball to begin the second half and began to wear down Hanceville at the line of scrimmage. A 70-yard series consumed 8:41 of the third period with the Bulldogs getting the TD on fourth down on a 13-yard pass from Hunter Ray to Devin Marlin.
Ray was making his first start at quarterback, filling in for John Everett who suffered a season-ending knee injury last Friday in the Bulldogs' 42-7 win at Falkville.
Everett had successful surgery in Birmingham on Wednesday and was in attendance Friday night with his family, watching the game in the Southeast corner of the end zone at Ray Talley Stadium.
Hanceville outgained Addison in total yardage 122-87 in the first half. But Danny Miller's Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs twice, especially when they took the opening kickoff from their 24 and reached the Addison 10-yard line before they lost yardage and gave up possession at the 20 on a fourth down snap.
Austin Coker gained 32 yards rushing for Hanceville in the first period to lead them in performance. Hayden Loggins completed four passes for 65 yards in the first half that gave Hanceville an opportunity to move the ball on the tough Addison defense.
This was a game that saw both teams combine to have five series to end on downs. Addison stopped Hanceville three times while Hanceville forced Addison to give up the ball on downs in the first and fourth quarter.
Addison (3-2) has next week off. It will give the Bulldogs a chance to rest and get ready to host Cold Springs on October 3 in an important game in Class 2A, Region 6.
Hanceville will get a visit by the undefeated West Point Warriors next Friday in the K92 game of the week.
* The annual yearly meeting of the Cullman Electric Co-Op will be Saturday. It will be from 8 a.m. until 12 at Northbrook Baptist Church on Highway 157. Special music guest will be the Triumphant Quartet. Registered co-op members who attend the meeting will receive a power bill credit of $15.
* Cullman City Council has approved upcoming events in November in the city limits. The council approved a request from Edith Smith to host a Car Show November 8 at Depot Park with proceeds to support Christmas Love and Cullman Caring for Kids.
A request from Dena Harris was approved by the council for a 5K and 10K race to start at Festhalle Market Platz November 15. This race is to benefit people who suffer from ALS.
* A series of breaking and entering of motor vehicles has continued in the city limits for the second straight week. The Cullman Police Department reports the crimes took place at Rosemont Ave NW with a metal detector stolen. A purse, phone, jewelry and contents were taken from 13th Street SW and Highway 157. Contact the Cullman PD at 256-734-1434 if you have information on any of these cases.
* Auburn defeated Kansas State 20-14 on the road Thursday night in a game carried live on WKUL-FM. Nick Marshall threw TD passes to Ricardo Lewis and Duke Williams and the Tigers converted two field goals to go 3-0 on the season.
* Wallace State volleyball hosts Jefferson Davis today at 2 at Tom Drake Coliseum. The Lady Lions swept conference rival Gadsden State Wednesday night 25-9, 25-12, 25-20. Coach Randy Daniel talked about the team's success.
* The following area football teams are in search of their first win of the season. The Good Hope Raiders host J.B. Pennington at James Shabel Stadium, the Holly Pond Broncos welcome Susan Moore to Thomas-Michelfelder Field and the Hanceville Bulldogs meet Addison at Ray Talley Stadium.
TUNE IN TO THE K92 GAME OF THE WEEK, ADDISON AND HANCEVILLE THIS EVENING. PREGAME SHOW COVERAGE BEGINS AT 6:25, KICKOFF AT 7. THAT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED BY THE K92 POSTGAME SHOW. YOUR HOME FOR THE BEST IN AREA PREP FOOTBALL IS 92.1 FM, WKUL.
NO. 8 HARTSELLE TURNS BACK RIVAL CULLMAN:
At Cullman High School Gymnasium
Hartselle 25 25 25
Cullman 22 13 17
Hartselle wins match 3-0
TIME OF MATCH: 1:04
Hartselle got out to a fast start in the first set of the late afternoon Thursday, leading 12-1. Cullman regrouped and fought back behind the effort from Olivia Kontogeorge, Chandler Binkowski, Oakleigh White, Anna Evans, Alex Gipson, Anna Laidley, Tiffani Schwaiger and Kelsey Wren.
Gipson scored four straight serves that pulled Cullman to 17-11 with the four being an ace Hartselle couldn't handle.
When Cullman got back the serve, it was time for Kontogeorge to show her skills from the service line. The senior hit four in a row then came back with a kill that narrowed the deficit to 21-18 when Hartselle took a time out.
The time out settled down the Lady Tigers. Cullman managed to make it 23-21 on serves by Binkowski but an error at the net resulted in a point for Hartselle and a 24-21 lead.
The first set was completed in 22 minutes with a kill and Hartselle had a hard fought victory.
Like the first set, Hartselle stormed to a large lead in game two. It was 17-6 when the Lady Bearcats closed to 19-11 on a kill from Kontogeorge.
After that the Lady Tigers were back with momentum and finished off the home squad by a margin to 25-13.
Cullman quickly moved ahead in the third set as serves from Schwaiger accounted for four points along with two kills by Kontogeorge.
Cullman was ahead 5-1 when Hartselle answered and tied the score at 6-6. Cullman came back and scored five of the next six points and held an 11-7 margin on the serve by White.
Hartselle started to take advantage of some Cullman errors on the front row and never trailed the rest of the way, leading 14-13.
The lead for the Lady Tigers grew to 21-17 as Cullman fought hard to try and avoid getting swept.
Four straight points on serve along with some kills up front gave Hartselle the series as they moved to 3-0 in Area 15.
The Lady Bearcats will be playing in the Eddie Pruitt Ford Invitational in Hartselle over the weekend. Then they head to Brewer for an assignment and then take on Cold Springs and Good Hope in a tri-match next Thursday at D.E. Ryan Gymnasium.
* Cullman City School Board member Suzanne Harbin has been recognized by the Alabama Association of School Boards for achieving Level IV master school board status. Miss Harbin will be honored by the association during their annual convention on December 5.
* Set your schedule for a busy Saturday of activity in the area. Eva Frontier Days gets under way and will continue through September 27. Call Frontier Event Coordinator Barbara Frost at 256-796-7023 for more information.
* Cullman County Fair Parade will be from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m., starting from the Cullman County Courthouse and ending shy of the Cullman Shopping Center.
* The 2nd annual "Cluckenbrew" will be from 3 until 11 p.m. at Depot Park. Admission is $5.00 with plenty of games for the kids and a wing cook off from several area restaurants. A game tent will be available for the college football fans to see the Alabama-Florida game along with a "cash bar." The event is presented by the Cullman Parks and Recreation Department.
* Cullman native Mary Hovater spoke to a crowd Wednesday morning at Wallace State's Burrow Center. Hovater's appearance is part of "NASA Week" that is being celebrated by the city of Cullman. Hovater graduated from Wallace State in 1994 and now is employed at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
* Addison volleyball is No. 1 in Class 2A and is on a roll. The Lady Bulldogs clinched the regular season Area 14 title Tuesday sweeping Falkville on the road 25-8, 25-14 and 25-11. Addison is 16-1 with a 14-game winning streak heading into a tri-match today with Walker and Gardendale in Jasper.
* Addison's Jessy Taylor reached a milestone in her volleyball career with her 1,000th kill Tuesday in the first game at Falkville. Taylor was recognized by her team and coach Pam Wilkins following the match. Taylor was a member of the North team during the Alabama High School All-Star series in the summer and is one of several key players to the current No. 1 team in the Class 2A state rankings.
* Addison's junior varsity has a winning formula too. The Lady Bulldogs are 26-0 after sweeping Cold Springs Monday and Falkville Tuesday on the road. Coach Susie Brewer's Lady Bulldogs have won two tournaments in Montgomery and Muscle Shoals so far this season as part of their great accomplishments.
* West Point is on the verge of getting ranked for the first time ever in Class 5A. The 3-0 Warriors are 12th in the 5A rankings and could crack the Top 10 next week if they win Friday against Pope John Paul and several teams ahead of the Warriors lose this week.
* Addison is also just outside the Top 10 in Class 2A. The Bulldogs dropped Falkville out of the Top 10 by a 42-7 win last week in Falkville. Addison visits Hanceville Friday in the K92 game of the week from Ray Talley Stadium.
AUBURN TIGERS IN A THURSDAY NIGHT GAME FROM KANSAS STATE. COVERAGE BEGINS AT 4:30 WITH THE TIGER TAILGATE SHOW, KICKOFF IS SET FOR 6:30. YOUR HOME OF THE SEC CHAMPION AUBURN TIGERS IS YOUR CULLMAN COUNTY/NORTH ALABAMA SPORTS LEADER.
LADY LIONS TOP GADSDEN STATE IN CONFERENCE BATTLE:
At Tom Drake Coliseum - Hanceville
Gadsden State 12 9 20
Wallace State 25 25 24
Wallace State wins match 3-0
TIME OF MATCH: 0:55
Conference contenders squared off in just the second home match for Wallace State on the season. The Lady Lions made sure they would protect the home floor by getting control of the match early.
Game one took 15 minutes to be played with Wallace State a 25-12 winner. A key for Randy Daniel's Lady Lions in the first set was aggressive play at the net with eight kills resulting in points.
The kills were divided between Syretha Pride, BreAnna Thompson, Sidney Cooper, Bethany Johnson, Savanna Tidwell. Alexandria Gamble scored six points off serve to start the set. Montana Clark had a couple of serves to score with three of the final five points coming from frontline kills.
Wallace led from the start in the second set. The Lady Lions saw a 6-4 advantage turn into 14-5 when Sarah Battles, Cooper and Gamble combined for eight service points and momentum.
Tidwell ripped off five straight on serve as the score was extended to 20-7. Olivia Walker rested Tidwell and connected for it becoming a 21-7 Wallace score,
Two service points by Stephanie Eckered put the Lady Lions on the verge to take the set then a kill by Thompson gave the Lady Lions a 2-0 lead in the series.
Gadsden did eveything possible to try to extend the match past the third set. The Lady Cardinals got within a point at 4-3 and kept pressure on for the entire contest.
Wallace led by no larger of a margin that six points on several situations. Kheala Roberts had back to back kills to keep the Lady Lions in front by a narrow margin of 22-19.
Then Gadsden served long, giving Wallace a point and a 23-19 lead.
Pride converted a kill with the Lady Lions receiving as it was 24-20.
The match concluded when Gadsden returned Tidwell's serve out of bounds. It took 55 minutes for the Lady Lions to go to 15-3 on the season, 5-0 in the Alabama Community College Conference and extend the current winning streak to 10.
Gadsden State suffered its first conference defeat, falling to 7-5 and losing for the fifth straight assignment.
The Lady Lions have a conference match at the Coliseum Friday against Jefferson Davis from Brewton. The best of five will begin at 2 p.m.
* Repairs were taking place at the laundry mat Tuesday at the West Market Plaza. The front door was severely damaged on September 6 when a vehicle crashed into the building and also damaged a washing machine. No one was injured at the time the accident took place with unofficial reports claiming the vehicle had break problems.
* Arab Police Department is asking for help in identifying three individuals. They were seen in the Arab Wal-Mart with one a male with a beard wearing a red cut-off Alabama t-shirt. The other two are women. One has blonde hair, wearing a light blue shirt and blue jeans. The other is brunette, wearing a dark t-shirt with light colored jeans. Contact the Arab PD at 256-586-7525 if you have information on these people.
* A woman who was seriously injured in an auto accident on June 29 on Interstate 65 continues to make progress. Nashville, Tennessee resident Olivia Hatfield sustained head trauma and other injuries when she was hurt in the Northbound lane of I-65 at mile marker 297, 2 miles shy of the Dodge City exit. She was recently released from a rehab center in Atlanta and has been reunited with her two dogs that escaped the damaged vehicle and were recovered by volunteers two weeks later.
* Good Hope Middle School has won 17 straight football games dating back to the 2012 season. The Raiders are 3-0 this year after romping past Holly Pond 38-12 Monday night. Good Hope gained 345 yards of offense, 242 on the ground enroute to its latest win. The Raiders host Hanceville Monday looking to remain undefeated.
* West Point faces Pope John Paul in the Warriors' home opener Friday. The school is also recognizing the first team that played there in 1964. The Warriors' first ever victory came on September 19 of the '64 season, a 14-0 shutout of Clements. The fourth game of the 2014 schedule takes place on September 19.
* Wallace State volleyball welcomes Gadsden State to Tom Drake Coliseum for a conference showdown tonight at 6. The Lady Lions are 14-3, 5-0 in the conference and winners of 9 straight. Gadsden State is 3-0 in the conference and 7-4 overall, looking to stop a 4-game losing skid.
THE BRAVES AND NATIONALS MEET FOR THE FINAL TIME ON THE DIAMOND. CATCH THE GAME FROM TURNER FIELD AT 6 ON YOUR HOME FOR THE BEST IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, 92.1 FM.
ADDISON DOMINATES FALKVILLE, TAYLOR GETS 1,00TH CAREER KILL:
At Tom Drake Gymnasium - Falkville
Addison 25 25 25
Falkville 8 14 11
Addison wins series 3-0
TIME OF MATCH: 0:53
In consecutive days, the No. 1 team from Class 2A took care of opposition from Area 14 in straight sets on the road.
Addison swept Cold Springs Monday evening then came into Morgan County Tuesday and was on its way home after 6 p.m. with three dominant wins and a special moment for Jessy Taylor.
Taylor got her 1,000th kill in the first set. That was part of the solid display of volleyball by the defending 1A state champion who is back into 2A this season.
Besides Taylor driving the ball well over the net from the frontline, coach Pam Wilkins' squad served the ball well too. Kristen Brewer got the Lady Bulldogs going with seven straight to start the first set before a kill from Falkville's Emily Mickelson stopped the spurt.
Up next to show efficient serving skills was Jessica Robinson. Robinson converted seven straight from the service line with kills coming by Jessica Benton and a block by Benton and Summer Hinton to lift Addison to a 17-2 lead.
Falkville managed to slow down the pace slightly, but not enough as Addison took 16 minutes to win the opening set.
Coach Wilkins then went to her bench, giving them a chance to get in some reps. They responded with Kayren Ballard scoring three straight on serve after a side out to make it 4-0.
Anna Tuggle followed with three straight at the service line and it was 8-2 Lady Bulldogs.
Falkville broke serve and closed to 9-7 before Addison was able to regain momentum and move out to a 17-10 lead.
An ace from Ballard proved to be important for the Lady Bulldogs. That came after three service points by Maison Evans. Tuggle got three of the final five points on serve with volleys being scored by Taylor and Holly Posey sending Addison in front two games to none.
The third set was swift and solid for the Lady Bulldogs on serve. Evans converted four straight that Falkville couldn't return for a 4-0 lead.
Then Addison broke Falkville's service and turned a 4-3 lead into a comfortable 12-3 cushion. Benton got a block at the middle of the front line with that being followed by six service points from Robinson.
Falkville trailed 19-10 on a kill by Mickleson then it was time for the Lady Bulldogs to finish off the match.
Hinton smacked the ball over for a kill to make it 20-10 as four straight points on serve from Robinson extended the advantage to 24-10.
Falkville got a kill on receiving the serve then it was time for Addison to claim victory when a volley by the Lady Blue Devils went out of bounds.
Addison has swept Cold Springs and Falkville twice and will host the 2A, Area 14 Tournament October 20.
Wilkins' squad is 16-1 with 14 consecutive victories after falling to Pelham on August 30 in Montgomery at the Cramton Bowl.
The Lady Bulldogs will go to Jasper Thursday to face Walker and Gardendale in a tri-match. Walker is currently No. 2 in the 6A rankings.
Before the varsity took care of Falkville, the Addison JV remained undefeated on the season, sweeping the Blue Devils in two games.
Coach Susie Brewe's team is 26-0 and has won tournament titles in Montgomery and Muscle Shoals so far this season.
They will play at Walker Thursday before the varsity takes to the floor.
FLASH'S PREP ANALYSIS FOR WEEK # 5:
Addison Bulldogs (2-2) vs. Hanceville Bulldogs (0-3)
K92 Prep Football Game of the Week
SITE: Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville
Friday 7 p.m. (Pregame show at 6:25 p.m.)
SERIES: Hanceville leads 3-0
LAST TIME: Hanceville defeated Addison 13-6 in 1951
LAST WEEK: Addison defeated Falkville 42-7, Hanceville lost to Vinemont 45-20.
WEATHER: Sunny skies. Game time temp around 80 degrees.
COACHES: David Smothers 18-8 @ Addison 3rd year, Danny Miller 34-22 @ Hanceville 6th year.
ANALYSIS: Addison steered its ship in the right direction last Friday when the Bulldogs belted then No. 8 Falkville at Burl Vest Stadium. The Bulldogs got the job done despite losing starting QB John Everett to a leg injury.
Two touchdowns in the final 2:30 of the second quarter sent Addison to the locker room leading 14-7. Then four touchdowns in the second half created a one-sided affair and get Addison to 1-1 in 2A, Region 6.
Hanceville was down to Vinemont 7-6 in the first quarter when the Eagles had things well in hand with five more touchdowns before the half ended. The Bulldogs were down 38-6 and Hanceville fell to 0-3 on the season.
Hanceville will have to contain Addison's aggressive running game. Kolby Kirk ran for 121 yards and scored twice. He also caught a TD pass from backup QB Hunter Ray. Kirk also ran a punt return 42 yards to set up a second half scoring drive.
Freshman Benjamin Robinson netted 125 yards for Addison while Ray ran for 104 yards, taking over for the injured Everett.
Kirk was dangerous in the 26-20 come from behind win over Vinemont on August 29. He ran for over 200 yards and did that while playing with shoulder problems.
Hanceville has to keep Addison from controlling the line of scrimmage. Addison will try to display the running attack coach Smothers admires and keep Hanceville off balance by throwing it a few times.
It will be physical and Hanceville will need to show that they can play this type of game with Addison.
This game is special for it being the first time the two have played in 63 years. Bill Doty coached Hanceville the last time the two played each other. He was 23-12-4 in his four years leading the Bulldogs.
Aubrey "Snake Eyes" Hicks handled duties for Addison. He came to Addison in 1951 and stayed there until 1974, winning 130 games and the 1970 Class 2A state championship.
Addison is 77-29 all time against schools from the Cullman County system. Their best record is 25-2 against Cold Springs. The opponent from the county that has the most wins against them is Good Hope with nine.
Addison comes back to this county after playing Cullman in the spring jamboree at Oliver Woodard Stadium with the Bulldogs pulling off a 6-3 upset.
Pope John Paul Falcons (0-3, 0-2) vs. West Point Warriors (3-0, 2-0)
SITE: West Point Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
CLASS 5A, REGION 8:
SERIES: 1st meeting.
LAST WEEK: West Point defeated Ardmore 31-6, Pope John Paul lost to Lawrence County 28-14.
WEATHER: Sunny skies. Game time temperature around 80 degrees.
COACHES: Don Farley 7-6 @ West Point 2nd year, Rick Daniel 4-17 @ PJP 3rd year.
ANALYSIS: Things will be different this week for the Warriors. They are playing on their turf for the first time after four consecutive games on the road including a jamboree game.
West Point once again took control of a regional game in the second half. The Warriors got a touchdown and an extra point late in the half to lead Ardmore 7-6 on the road.
Then three touchdowns and a field goal in the second half came by the Warriors with one being a 76 yard kickoff return to start the second half from Kobe Smith. This was Smith's second straight game of taking a kick to the end zone.
Bryant Farley threw for three touchdowns and was eight of 12 in the air. His ability to throw the ball gives the Warriors balance to go with the solid ground game they possess.
Pope John Paul comes from Huntsville, playing football for only the third year in the AHSAA. The Warriors have made this a special game as they honor the first team the school put on the field (1964).
West Point's first ever victory came on September 19th of that year, a 14-0 shutout of Clements. Now the Warriors are playing in their 50th year and this week's game takes place on September 19.
This is a chance for the Warriors to go 4-0 for the first time since 2004 when they were a 4A program at that time.
A win gets them closer of clinching a playoff berth in Class 5A for the first time in school history.
Susan Moore Bulldogs (1-2, 0-2) vs. Holly Pond Broncos (0-3, 0-1)
SITE: Thomas-Michelfelder Field, Friday 7 p.m.
CLASS 3A, REGION 5
SERIES: Susan Moore leads 28-8
LAST TIME: Susan Moore defeated Holly Pond 47-15 in 2009.
LAST WEEK: Holly Pond lost to Collinsville 28-14, Susan Moore lost to Oakman 54-0.
WEATHER: Sunny skies. Game time temperature around 80 degrees.
COACHES: Mike Bates 0-13 @ Holly Pond 2nd year, Bryan Jennings 41-38 @ Susan Moore 8th year.
ANALYSIS: The Broncos and Bulldogs renew their rivalry with this game counting in the 3A, Region 5 standings.
Victory almost came for the Broncos last week in Mike Bates' second year. In their home opener, the Broncos held a 14-7 lead on undefeated Collinsville early in the fourth quarter. But the Panthers tied the game with 7:30 to play and then scored two touchdowns in the final 2:30 to escape an upset.
Now the Broncos meet a Susan Moore team that has been outscored 89-7 in regional losses to Winfield and Oakman (last week). The Bulldogs' win was on opening night by a 28-27 score over West End, a team the Broncos met in a fall jamboree.
J.B. Pennington Tigers (1-2, 1-1) vs. Good Hope Raiders (0-3, 0-2)
SITE: James Shabel Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
CLASS 4A, REGION 7.
SERIES: Good Hope leads 8-6
LAST TIME: J.B. Pennington defeated Good Hope 21-14 in 2009.
LAST WEEK: Good Hope lost to Oneonta 53-8, Pennington defeated DAR 52-38.
WEATHER: Sunny skies, game time temperature around 80 degrees.
COACHES: Chris Moss 44-55 @ Good Hope 10th year, Keith Garner 8-17 @ Pennington 3rd year.
ANALYSIS: After facing the defending 4A state champion on the road, the Raiders return home with another school from Blount County. Pennington won a shootout over DAR to go 1-1 in Region 7 of Class 4A.
The Tigers have scored 85 points in 3 games, but have allowed 106.
Good Hope has showed they can score points. The young Raiders need to eliminate mistakes in order to try and snap the 0-3 start in playing the Tigers for the first time in five years.
Coach Moss will look for consistent play from his sophomore QB Riley Eisner, RB Jared McClure and two talented wideouts in Kainan Smith and freshman Reese Harbison.
A confident Raider team on Friday night will serve the purpose for Good Hope with the next three games to be away from James Shabel Stadium. The Raiders are 0-16 all time in regional play while competing in Class 4A.
Falkville Blue Devils (2-1, 0-1) vs. Cold Springs Eagles (3-1, 1-1).
SITE: Cranford Stricklin Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
CLASS 2A, REGION 6.
SERIES: Falkville leads 23-3
LAST TIME: Falkville defeated Cold Springs 6-0 in 2011.
LAST WEEK: Cold Springs lost to Tanner 49-0, Falkville lost to Addison 42-7.
WEATHER: Sunny skies, game time temperature around 80 degrees.
COACHES: Rod Elliott 34-32 @ Cold Springs 7th year, Joel Schrenk 17-7 @ Falkville 3rd year.
ANALYSIS: Cold Springs will enter its fifth straight game, the most of any county team with the season getting started on August 22.
The Eagles ran into a buzzsaw as many thought this was possibly going to take place. Tanner still has a foothold on 2A football in North Alabama.
The Blue Devils were ripped from the Top 10 of Class 2A and the undefeated status when Addison dismantled them at Burl Vest Stadium in their regional opener.
Falkville lost two key people from the backfield to injuries. Now the Blue Devils must regroup as do the Eagles.
Cold Springs wants to show they can be competitive against a ball club that destroyed Phil Campbell and Decatur Heritage before reality sit in last Friday with Addison staying alive in the chase for a playoff berth.
Coach Elliott's season could be made or could be broken in the next three games. Falkville is first up followed by a Vinemont team that is riding plenty of momentum. The first game in October will have the Eagles going to Addison before they get their bye week.
The Eagles last three games with the Blue Devils have been close. Falkville was a 13-6 winner in 2009, took the 2010 battle 14-6 and shut out the Eagles in 2011.
Etowah Blue Devils (2-2, 2-0) vs. Fairview Aggies (1-2, 0-2)
SITE: Oliver Woodard Stadium - Cullman, Friday 7 p.m.
CLASS 5A, REGION 7.
SERIES: 1st meeting
LAST WEEK: Fairview lost to Boaz 35-24, Etowah defeated Randolph 37-23.
WEATHER: Sunny skies, game time temperature around 80 degrees.
COACHES: George Redding 50-30 @ Fairview 8th year, Drew Noles 9-6 @ Etowah 2nd year.
ANALYSIS: When Fairview has things going its way, they are a team that can compete. But the Aggies can't have another contest in which they fall behind as they did to Boaz 28-0 and try to make up a huge deficit.
Hayden Maples threw the ball very well last Friday, accounting for 206 yards and a touchdown of 21 yards to Jackson Smith right before halftime.
The Aggies will have to balance the attack with Austin Harris running well. Fairview must execute at the line of scrimmage and not put so much pressure on Maples to convert plays if it comes to third and long distance.
Etowah outscored Randolph last week, following a 47-6 crushing of Douglas on September 5.
Cullman throttled the Blue Devils 35-8 in Attalla on the final Friday of August. That came after losing to Northridge from Tuscaloosa by a score of 17-14.
This is the second of three straight games for the Aggies at Cullman's Oliver Woodard Stadium. They are scoring 25.5 points here so far, giving up an average of 23.5.
A win keeps the Aggies in the playoff picture of 5A, Region 7 with still some solid competition waiting to challenge them in October.
Vinemont Eagles (2-1, 1-0) vs. Winfield Pirates (3-1, 2-0)
SITE: Estes Hudson Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
CLASS 3A, REGION 5
SERIES: Winfield leads 6-2
LAST TIME: Winfield defeated Vinemotn 35-0 in 2013
LAST WEEK: Vinemont defeated Hanceville 45-20, Winfield defeated Winston County 55-20.
WEATHER: Sunny skies, game time temeparture around 80 degrees.
COACHES: Alan Scott 15-18 @ Vinemont 4th year, David McKinney 9-6 @ Winfield 2nd year.
ANALYSIS: Vinemont is on the upswing with consecutive wins and scoring 45 points in both games with Danville and Hanceville in front of the fans at Mark Smothers Stadium.
Now the Eagles take their vaunted running game into Marion County where Winfield is a very stout team. After a 35-15 loss to Fayette County on August 22, the Pirates have rolled off wins over Carbon Hill, Susan Moore and Winston County. The Pirates have outscored the opposition in Region 5 by a margin of 80-27.
The Eagles will look to continue their rugged ground game with John Michael Dye gaining all of the attention from the Pirate defense. He ran through Hanceville defenders for 262 yards and six touchdowns.
But the Eagles have more than Dye with Orey Woods who was back last week after misisng the Danville game with an injury. Bo Wright is the fullback and Garrett Boland operates the offense from the quarterback slot.
This is a game where the Eagles can make a statement. The last time Vinemont visited Winfield in 2012 with the Eagles winning a shootout 45-32.
Vinemont showed it can play on the road as they gave Addison everything the Bulldogs wanted on August 29. But the Eagles will need to be mistake free if they look to keep the winning going and remain at the top of the Region 5 leaderboard.
Cullman Bearcats (1-2, 0-1) vs. Austin Black Bears (0-4, 0-2)
SITE: Ogle Stadium in Decatur, Friday 7 p.m.
CLASS 6A, REGION 8
SERIES: Cullman leads 8-6
LAST TIME: Cullman defeated Austin 43-23 in 2009.
LAST WEEK: Cullman lost to Florence 28-14, Austin lost to Muscle Shoals 45-28.
WEATHER: Sunny skies, game time temperature around 80 degrees.
COACHES: Mark Britton 114-47 @ Cullman 14th year, Jeremy Perkins 23-23 @ Austin 5th year.
ANAYLSIS: This becomes a criticial game for both sides. Cullman needs to regroup from a tough loss in which the Bearcats battled No. 6 Florence until the speed of Falcons controlled the final 13 minutes of the contest.
Austin got into a slugfest with Muscle Shoals on the road last Friday. The Black Bears and Trojans were tied at the half at 21-21. Muscle Shoals was explosive in the second half with three touchdowns and a field goal, allowing Austin only one TD in the final two quarters.
Cullman must not allow Austin to have big time plays like Florence did on them last Thursday in a statewide televised game.
Coach Britton is watching this young team move forward with still plenty of challenges ahead of them.
In other Region 8 games Friday, Athens (0-2) is at Muscle Shoals (2-0) while Decatur (2-0) and Hartselle (1-0) hook up at J.P. Cain Stadium. Each week this region presents plenty of excitement that is similiar to the Western Division of the SEC.
* Cullman Police Department is having to deal with four breaking and entering of motor vehicles over the weekend. The incidents were reported at Olive Street SW, Clover Road NE and Campbell Lane SE. Among the items taken were wallets and their contents, speakers, a rifle and miscellaneous items. If you have information on any of these cases, call the Cullman PD at 256-734-1434.
* Governor Bentley has awarded grants that exceed $3 million dollars for improvement on highways across Alabama. A total of over $640,000 has been awarded to the North Alabama Highway Safety Office in Muscle Shoals. This office serves Cullman, Morgan, Winston and Lawrence counties.
* A masquerade jewelry/accessory continues today at Cullman Regional Medical Center. The fund raiser will be until 4 p.m. inside the Colonel Cullman Room. Proceeds will go to Hospice of Cullman County.
* An Arab woman was arrested over the weekend after admitting to commit arson. Twenty-two year old Alexandria Danielle Seymour set a semi-trailer on fire at Amberwood Apartments on South Main Street. Seymour was charged with 3rd degree arson. No injuries were reported.
* Six high school stadiums in the county will be active Friday night for this week of prep football. The Addison Bulldogs will face the Hanceville Bulldogs at Ray Talley Stadium in the K92 Game of the Week. Elsewhere, the Good Hope Raiders host J.B. Pennington, Holly Pond Broncos entertain Susan Moore, Cold Springs Eagles play host to Falkville, West Point Warriors meet Pope John Paul in their home opener and the Fairview Aggies take on Etowah at Cullman's Oliver Woodard Stadium.
* Today in prep volleyball, a limited schedule. Vinemont plays at Fairview, Good Hope travels to West Morgan, Cold Springs is at Sumiton Christian and No. 1 Addison takes a trip to Falkville.
* Auburn held its news conference Monday instead of Tuesday since the Tigers are playing this week on a Thursday night. The 5th ranked Tigers travel to Kansas State in their road opener. The game will be carried live on WKUL beginning at 4:30 with the Tiger Tailgate Show. Kickoff will be at 6:30 from Manhattan, Kansas.
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RAIDERS MIDDLE SCHOOL EXTENDS WINNING STREAK:
At Thomas-Michelfelder in Holly Pond
Good Hope 8 14 8 8 - 38
Holly Pond 6 0 0 6 - 12
GH: 2-yard run (conversion good) 6:18 in 1st
HP: 13-yard TD pass play (run failed) 0:00 in 1st
GH: 29-yard run (run failed) 3:35 in 2nd
GH: 8-yard TD pass (conversion good) 0:25 in 2nd
GH: 15-yard run (conversion good) 3:15 in 3rd
GH: 1-yard run (conversion good) 7:53 in 4th
HP: 8-yard run (no conversion) 0:00 in 4th
Good Hope has won 17 straight middle school games with consecutive undefeated seasons and Cullman County championships.
The Raiders racked up 345 yards of offense with the TD drives consuming 56, 64, 70, 80 and 40 yards. Coach McDonald's Raiders ran for 77 yards in the first quarter then improved that to 99 yards on the ground in the second with two drives to extend the lead from 8-6 to 22-6 by the time the game reached the half.
Holly Pond went 80 yards in the final 36 seconds to claim the final score of the night. A 42-yard pass and a couple of reverses from the tight end enabled the Broncos to get the ball into the end zone as time expired.
Good Hope is 3-0 on the season and will host Hanceville next Monday looking to keep the winning streak going.
RAIDERS TAKE JUNIOR VARSITY CONTEST:
At Thomas-Michfelder Field in Holly Pond
Good Hope 0 8 0 0 - 8
Holly Pond 0 0 0 0 - 0
GH: Cole Eipp 1 run (Eipp run) 0:37 in 2nd.
Good Hope got Holly Pond pinned deep into its own territory late in the second quarter of a scoreless junior varsity game Monday night. A 45-yard punt put the ball at the Holly Pond two.
The Broncos moved it out to the five then lost the ball on a fumble with the Raiders recovering it at the one.
In one play, the Raiders got the zero off their side of the scoreboard when Eipp took it in behind the left guard and added the two-point conversion.
Good Hope had two drives to come to stops in the third period on interceptions. The Raider defense also stopped a Bronco drive by picking off a Holly Pond pass near midfield.
In the fourth quarter, the Raiders drove from their 20 all the way to the Holly Pond 10 when they turned the ball over on downs.
The Broncos attempted to moving the pigskin downfield, but came up short, never getting it past midfield as the final minute of the clock ticked away.
Both teams stood out on the defensive side of the ball with the Raiders forcing two turnovers while the Broncos got the ball off three Raider miscues.
The closest Holly Pond drove was to the Good Hope 20 in the second quarter before the drive stalled and the Broncos turned it over on downs.
* Cullman Mayor Max Townson has proclaimed this week as "NASA week" for the city. This was created to honor Cullman resident Mary Mary Hovater who works as a systems engineer for the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Hovater and other reps of the Space Flight Center will visit 10 different schools this week and will be involved in an exhibition scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m. on the campus of Cullman High School.
* A man was killed and a woman was injured during a murder suicide Sunday morning in the Trinity community of Morgan County. Law enforcement was called to the scene before 9 a.m. with the incident reported on Old Trinity Road. The woman was taken to Huntsville Hospital by Air Evac with the male pronounced dead at the scene. The names of the victims were identified as Adrian and Angela Wray of Trinity.
* An investigation has cleared two Marshall County deputies from any type of wrong doing. Reports of damage to two signs of Sheriff candidate Chuck Ellis had surfaced with claims two deputies from the Marshall County Sheriff's Department were responsible. The damage to the signs was from a complaint filed by the candidate's father, Chuck Ellis Sr. through the Guntersville Police Department.
* American Red Cross is making cuts due to economic issues. The director of the Guntersville Red Cross Chapter, Judy Rhea, was let go over the weekend. Marshall County Red Cross Chairperson Rhonda McCoy didn't agree with how the agency handled this decision. A total of a dozen Red Cross agencies across Alabama have been closed in order to save money. Only six remain active with the local area handling residents in Cullman Winston & Blount counties.
* K92 team award winners from Friday night.
The Cullman Park and Rec Team of the Week is the Vinemont Eagles.
The USA Healthcare Coaching Staff of the Week is the Addison Bulldogs.
The Ryan's Family Steakhouse Band of the Week is the Holly Pond Broncos.
K92 thanks the Awards Palace for designing the awards that are presented each week during the regular football season.
* West Point Warriors are 3-0 after a 31-6 victory at Ardmore.
* John Michael Dye ran for 262 yards and scored 6 touchdowns in Vinemont's 45-20 victory over Hanceville.
* Addison scored 2 touchdowns in the final 2:30 of the second quarter to take the lead on the Falkville Blue Devils. The Bulldogs then put four touchdowns on the scoreboard in the second half and ran the undefeated Blue Devils off the field at Burl Vest Stadium 42-7.
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THEY LIKE WHERE THEY ARE RIGHT NOW:
West Point is happy for a 3-0 start. The Warriors have won all of these games on the road, the latest coming on Friday night by the score of 31-6 over Ardmore. This has matched the 3-0 start by the Warriors in 2004 when Michael Simmons was the head coach. Simmons is now the offensive coordinator.
Through three games of the 2014 regular season, the West Point Warriors have the best defense in the county, allowing 20 points so far. That is an average of 6.5 points per game. West Point shut out Hayden 31-0 in the opener, allowed Columbia 14 in game two and gave up just six points Friday in a 31-6 win at Ardmore.
Vinemont has been consistent in the last two weeks. The Eagles snapped an eight-game losing streak on Sept. 5 by beating Danville 45-26 on homecoming. On Friday, the Eagles won their second in a row and scored 45 at Mark Smothers Stadium against the Hanceville Bulldogs. Coach Alan Scott's Eagles have dominated the scoring in the first half of both games. The Eagles have outscored the Hawks and Bulldogs 70-13. There's no doubt the Eagles are loving their recent turnaround.
How about sending a message that they are still a contender? The Addison Bulldogs got toppled the week before by Tanner 34-0 in a 2A, Region 6 game. On Friday, the Bulldogs traveled to Falkville and handed the No. 8 Blue Devils their first loss in 2A, Region 6 by the final of 42-7. Addison was down 7-0 late in the second quarter when the Bulldogs scored twice to take the halftime lead. Then with QB John Everett out due to an injury, the Bulldogs shook off his absence and scored four touchdowns in the second half to put the game out of reach. Addison is 1-1 in the region, currently in second place behind Tanner (2-0) and Tarrant (1-0). The only score the Bulldogs gave up was a punt return. Addison shut down Falkville's vaunted passing game, keeping the Blue Devils under 100 yards.
Holly Pond still hasn't won under current coach Mike Bates in 13 games. But the Broncos gave the fans something to look forward too. The Broncos almost upset the Collinsville Panthers, falling 28-14 in the home opener Friday night. The game was scoreless at halftime with the Broncos taking a 14-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. But the Panthers tied the game with 7:30 to play then put two touchdowns on the scoreboard in the final 2:30 to head back to Dekalb County 3-0. This was the first meeting between the two schools.
LOVING WHERE THEY ARE AT THE PRESENT TIME:
Two weeks into regional play in the Alabama High School Athletic Associaiton, the West Point Warriors and Vinemont Eagles love where they are. The Warriors are 2-0 in 5A, Region 8, tied for the top spot with East Limestone, Lawrence County and Russellville.
Vinemont is 1-0 in 3A, Region 5. Winfield and Oakman are 2-0 in the regional standings.
Addison is 1-1 in 2A, Region 6. Tanner stands at 2-0 while Tarrant is 1-0. Addison is tied with Cold Springs and Sumiton Christian for third place after regional games on Sept. 12.
IMPACT PLAYERS FROM WEEK # 4:
Cullman's Brontae Harris - Returning a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown against No. 6 Florence. Harris accounted for 153 yards in returns, running, throwing and receiving.
Fairview's Hayden Maples - The K92 Bill Smith Pontiac/Buick/GMC offensive player of the game vs. Boaz. Maples threw for 249 yards and a touchdown. His longest pass covered 31 yards to Sambo Woods and to Antonio Taylor.
Addison's Koby Kirk - 121 yards rushing and two touchdowns in 42-7 win at Falkville. Kirk also scored in a 37-yard TD pass from backup QB Brandon Ray in the fourth quarter.
West Point's Kobe Smith - Returned a kickoff 76 yards to start the 3rd quarter in the Warriors' 31-6 win at Ardmore. He also caught a 58-yard scoring pass from Bryant Farley. Smith has returned kickoffs to the end zone in consecutive games for the 3-0 Warriors.
West Point's Bryant Farley - Completed eight of 12 passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns in 31-6 win over Ardmore. Two of the TD throws came during the third quarter.
Vinemont's John Michael Dye - Ran for 262 yards and scored six touchdowns in 45-20 victory over Hanceville in 3A, Region 5 opener for the Eagles. Dye was in the end zone five times in the first half and had 195 yards by halftime with Vinemont well in front 38-6.
Holly Pond's Michael Lambert - Engineered two scoring drives, taking one himself to the end zone on a 14-yard run in the third quarter. Lambert drove the Broncos back into the lead in the fourth before Collinsville rallied with three TDs and turned back the Broncos 28-14 at Thomas-Michelfelder Field.
CURRENT AHSAA REGIONAL FOOTBALL STANDINGS:
CLASS 6A, REGION 8:
Florence 2-0, Decatur 2-0, Hartselle 1-0, Muscle Shoals
1-1, Cullman 0-1, Austin 0-2, Athens 0-2.
SCORES: Florence 28, Cullman 14; Decatur 28, Athens 13; Muscle Shoals 45, Austin 28.
CLASS 5A, REGION 7:
Boaz 2-0, Etowah 2-0, Guntersville 2-0, Madison County
1-1, Randolph 1-1, Fairview 0-2, Douglas 0-2, Butler 0-2.
SCORES: Boaz 35, Fairview 24; Guntersville 33, Douglas 8; Etowah 37, Randolph 23; Madison County 67, Butler 8.
CLASS 5A, REGION 8:
West Point 2-0, Russellville 2-0, Lawrence County 2-0, East Limestone 2-0, Johnson 0-2, Pope John Paul 0-2, Columbia 0-2, Ardmore 0-2..
SCORES: West Point 31, Ardmore 6; Russellville 28, Columbia 8; Lawrence County 28, Pope John Paul 14;
East Limestone 33, Johnson 14.
CLASS 4A, REGION 7:
Oneonta 2-0, Locust Fork 2-0, North Jackson 1-1, Priceville 1-1, Westminster Christian 1-1, DAR 1-1, J.B. Pennington 0-2, Good Hope 0-2.
SCORES: Oneonta 53, Good Hope 8; DAR 52, J.B. Pennington 38; Locust Fork 46, Westminster 21; North Jackson 58, Priceville 13.
CLASS 3A, REGION 5:
Vinemont 1-0, Winfield 2-0, Oakman 2-0, Winston County 1-1, Holly Pond 0-1, Susan Moore 0-2, Hanceville 0-2.
SCORES: Vinemont 45, Hanceville 20; Oakman 54, Susan Moore 0; Winfield 55, Winston County 20.
CLASS 2A, REGION 6:
Tanner 2-0, Tarrant 1-0, Addison 1-1, Cold Springs 1-1, Sumiton Christian 1-1, Falkville 0-1, Southeastern 0-2.
SCORES: Tanner 49, Cold Springs 0; Addison 42, Falkville 7; Sumiton Christian 31, Southeastern 12.
WEEK # 4 PREP SCOREBOARD:
Florence 28, Cullman 14 (Thursday)
Bearcats 1-2, 0-1 in 6A, R 8
Vinemont 45, Hanceville 20
Eagles 2-1, 1-0 in 3A, R 5
Bulldogs 0-3, 0-2 in 3A, R 5
Boaz 35, Fairview 24 (K92 Game of the week)
Aggies 1-2, 0-2 in 5A, R 7
West Point 31, Ardmore 6
Warriors 3-0, 2-0 in 5A, R 8
Collinsville 28, Holly Pond 14
Broncos 0-3, 0-1 in 3A, R 5
Oneonta 53, Good Hope 8
Raiders 0-3, 0-2 in 4A, R 7
Tanner 49, Cold Springs 0
Eagles 3-1, 1-1 in 2A, R 6
Addison 42, Falkville 7
Bulldogs 2-2, 1-1 in 2A, R 6
Blue Devils 2-1, 0-1 in 2A, R 6
TEAM AWARD WINNERS:
K92/Cullman Park & Rec Team of the week
K92/USA Healthcare Coaching staff of the week
K92/Ryan's Family Steakhouse Band of the week
Holly Pond Broncos
AGGIES UNABLE TO COMEBACK, FALL TO PIRATES:
At Oliver Woodard Stadium - Cullman H.S.
Boaz 6 22 0 7 - 35
Fairview 0 12 0 12 - 24
Boaz - Clay Culbert 2 run (kick failed) 2:41 in 1st
Boaz - Tyler Cash 62 run (Culbert run) 11:05 in 2nd
Boaz - Matt Smith 17 pass to Wesley Burns (Leonardo Aragon kick) 6:09 in 2nd
Boaz - Smith 55 pass to Culbert (Aragon kick) 4:49 in 2nd
Fairview - Austin Harris 13 run (kick failed) 2:46 in 2nd
Fairview - Hayden Maples 21 pass to Jackson Smith (run failed) 0:53 in 2nd
Fairview - Harris 3 run (conversion failed) 10:21 in 4th
Boaz - Culbert 1 run (Aragon kick) 3:52 in 4th
Fairview - Harris 5 run (pass failed) 0:38 in 4th
Basch Brothers Powersports player of the game - Clay Culbert of Boaz
Bill Smith Pontiac/Buick/GMC offensive player of game - Hayden Maples of Fairview
Mitch Smith Chevrolet defensive player of game - Jose Medina of Fairview
Boaz was impressive with four consecutive touchdowns on drives of 97, 90, 42 and 68 yards to take command of the 5A, Region 7 game with the Aggies during Fairview's homecoming.
The Pirates led 28-0 when Culbert took a Smith pass and raced 55 yards that had the Aggies fighting for survival with still four and a half minutes to go until halftime.
Fairview came back with poise. A 75-yard drive ended when Harris raced around left end for the TD from 13 yards out. A 31-yard pass by Maples to Sambo Woods got the Aggies on their way of getting the zeros off the Woodard Stadium scoreboard.
After a Boaz punt, the Aggies had possession at the Fairview 41 and went 59 yards in 53 seconds to make it interesting, trailing 28-12 at the break.
Maples completed three passes on the drive with the score going to Smith for 21 yards. Maples was five of six throwing the ball in the second quarter for 85 yards, one TD and one interception.
The Aggies closed to 28-18 with a 54-yard drive that ended early in the fourth on Harris scoring from the three. Antonio Taylor hauled in a 31-yard pass from Maples that came on a big play when Fairview had a third down and long to convert.
But Boaz sealed the victory by driving 70 yards in 10 plays. The Pirates took six and a half minutes off the clock and had the Aggies down by three scores with little time to work with.
Coach George Redding's Aggies answered with a 76-yard drive thanks to some good throws by Maples who had 43 yards through the air on the series. Maples also ran for 12 yards and a first down with the drive ending on Harris scoring from the five.
The Pirates recovered the onside kick and ran out the remaining time to go 3-0 overall and 2-0 in 4A, Region 7.
The Aggies are now 1-2, 0-2 in the region. Fairview is playing three straight games at Cullman High School with Etowah coming to town next Friday.
The Pirates are 7-0 all time against the Aggies as this was the first time in Redding's coaching career to face Boaz. The last time the two played before Friday was 2003 with the Pirates on top 42-21.
* Many remember Thursday for it being September 11. The tragedy of 9/11 still hangs in the minds of so many people. The flag in front of Cullman City Hall was raised to half staff Thursday morning with members of the city council and the Cullman Police Department taking part in the ceremony.
* Twenty-two weather monitors will be installed throughout all volunteer fire departments in Morgan County today. Morgan County EMA Director Eddie Hicks reports the monitoring stations will have temperature, current conditions, wind speed and other accessories to alert residents of threatening weather throughout Morgan County.
* A county wide yard sale will be Saturday at Smith Lake Park. Vendors will be allowed to set up at 6 a.m. with sales to start at 7 a.m. Contact the Park at 256-739-2916 to reserve a spot for this special event.
* Florence Falcons beat the Cullman Bearcats 28-14 in 6A, Region 8 football Thursday night. The Falcons scored 2 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter to overcome a 14-13 deficit. Brontae Harris returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown early in the game for the Bearcats, his first score after transferring to Cullman from Hanceville in the summer.
* The Cold Springs Eagles have a challenge on their hands tonight. The Eagles meet the defending 2A state champion Tanner Rattlers in A Region 6 game in Limestone County. The Eagles are 3-0 for the first time since 2003 while the No. 3 Rattlers are coming off a 34-0 shutout of the Addison Bulldogs.
* Good Hope meets a defending state champion tonight on the road as well. The Raiders head to Oneonta to face the Redskins in a 4A, Region 7 assignment. It's the road opener for the 0-2 Raiders while the Redskins are 1-1 on the season and 1-0 in regional play.
* Addison will try to bounce back from the 34-0 loss to Tanner by traveling to No. 8 Falkville in a 2A, Region 6 game tonight. West Point takes a 2-0 record to Ardmore, it's the 3A, Region 5 opener for Vinemont tonight as the Eagles host Hanceville. All games will get under way at 7 p.m.
TONIGHT ON WKUL-FM:
6:07 - The SEC Report with Dave Neal.
6:30 - Prep Football Tonight with Johnny Flash.
7:00 - Boaz vs. Fairview in the game of the week from Cullman H.S.
9:45 - The K92 Postgame Show.
TUNE IN AND ENJOY GOOD FOOTBALL COVERAGE ON YOUR CULLMAN COUNTY/NORTH ALABAMA SPORTS LEADER.