October 24 prep scoreboard:
West Point 21, Lawrence County 14 (OT)
(K92 game of the week)
West Point 6-3, 4-3 in 5A, R 8
Warriors clinch first playoff berth since 2008 and first time as a 5A program.
Cold Springs 36, Tarrant 33
Eagles 7-2, 4-2 in 2A, R 6
Eagles in 3-way tie for 2nd in Region 6 with Addison & Tarrant. Tiebreaker procedure to determine where teams will be seeded for playoffs.
Vinemont 27, Winston County 19
Eagles 5-4, 4-2 in 3A, R 5
Eagles take 3rd place in region, avoid playoff trip to Madison Academy.
Fairview 33, Butler 0
Aggies 3-6, 1-6 in 5A, R 7
Aggies play final game at Cullman High School's Oliver Woodard Stadium. Aggies 3-2 in the temporary home until Dafford Smith Stadium can be repaired.
Muscle Shoals 28, Cullman 0
Bearcats 4-5, 2-4 in 6A, R 8
Bearcats out of the playoffs for first time since 2004.
North Jackson 62, Good Hope 14
Raiders 4-5, 3-4 in 4A, R 7
Raiders get toppled in first ever visit to North Jackson.
Susan Moore 15, Hanceville 14
Bulldogs 1-8, 1-5 in 3A, R 5
Bulldogs can't hang on to 14-0 halftime lead, fall to Bulldogs.
Winfield 44, Holly Pond 19
Broncos 0-9, 0-6 in 3A, R 5
Broncos have gone through 20 straight losses.
Addison 27, Southeastern 7
Bulldogs 6-3, 4-2 in 2A, R 6
Bulldogs overcome 7-0 deficit to finish in 3-way tie for second place in the region.
Thursday, October 30:
Fairview @ Vinemont (K92 FM)
Priceville @ West Point
Cold Springs @ Holly Pond
Faith Christian @ Cullman Christian (ACEA playoffs)
Friday, October 31:
Hanceville @ Good Hope (K92 FM)
Russellville @ Cullman
Winston County @ Addison
All games will kick off at 7 p.m.
WARRIORS CELEBRATE HOMECOMING WITH OVERTIME WIN, CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH:
At West Point Stadium
Lawrence County 0 0 0 14 0 - 14
West Point 7 7 0 0 0 - 21
WP - Bryant Farley 17 pass to Ryder Jones (Tristian Skinner kick) 5:30 in 1st
WP - Kobe Smith 4 run (Skinner kick) 0:47 in 2nd
LC - Jakob Terry 4 run (Nate Ford kick) 8:56 in 4th
LC - Jacob Orr 90 punt return (Ford kick) 7:11 in 4th
WP - Smith 7 run (Skinner kick) Overtime
1st Downs - 9
Yards rushing - 152
Yards passing - 117
Total yards - 269
Passing - 8/16/0
Fumbles lost - 0
Penalties - 7/95
Kobe Smith 21 carries, 66 yards, 2 touchdowns; Bryant Farley 14 carries, 53 yards, 8 of 16 passing, 117 yards, touchdown; Ryder Jones 3 catches, 39 yards, touchdown; Will Wrenn 1 catch, 40 yards; Blake Yearwood interception.
1st Downs - 9
Yards rushing - 64
Yards passing - 89
Total Yards - 153
Passing - 7/19/1
Fumbles lost - 1
Penalties - 8/55
Basch Brothers Powersports player of the game - Ryder Jones of West Point.
Bill Smith Buick/GMC offensive player of game -
Kobe Smith of West Point
Mitch Smith Chevrolet defensive player of game -
West Point defense.
Teamwork is what got West Point its biggest victory of the season for the Warriors to clinch a playoff berth for the first time as a 5A program and get back to the postseason after a five-year absence.
A series of players on the defensive side came through when the Warriors needed it, especially when the Red Devils lined up for a game winning 20-yard field goal in the closing seconds of regulation.
But Ryder Jones, Levi Laney, Jacob Perez, Logan Burgess, Dustin Gonzales, Blake Yearwood, Bryon Young and Kyle Butler dug in and forced kicker Nate Ford to miss it from the right hashmark.
On the second play the Warriors had the ball in overtime, they ran the I-formation with Smith getting outside thanks to a key block by Cameron Moore and the junior scored his second TD of this homecoming encounter.
The Warriors stood their ground on Lawrence County's overtime possession. It came down to a fourth down pass from the West Point four that was broken up in the end zone, intended for Alex Evans-McDaniel.
West Point allowed Lawrence County 38 yards of offense in the first half with one first down the Red Devils got on their own and another by a West Point penalty.
But as the game went into the fourth quarter, the visitors from Moulton roared back with a 61-yard drive that got them on the scoreboard and then a spectacular 90-yard punt return by Jacob Orr and this game was even with 7:00 left in the final stanza.
The Warriors racked up 231 yards of offense by the half with the two touchdown advantage. Then the offense struggled as LCHS adjusted and held Don Farley's squad to 28 yards in the third and fourth quarter before they were able to get the play they needed to get back the momentum when it appeared a potential victory was slipping away from them as the Red Devils lined up for a short range field goal with nine seconds to go.
Now the Warriors can finish the regular season with a victory against Priceville on Thursday that would send them into the postseason at 7-3, their best finish since they won seven games in 2005.
* Groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for the I-65 interchange with Cullman County Road 222. Governor Robert Bentley was on hand for the ceremony along with District 4 state senator Paul Bussman and other distinguished guests. The interchange will be built a mile above the Good Hope exit with new businesses to be on County Road 222 as plenty of property is available for this project to become a reality for the Good Hope community.
* A new business will be built in the Vinemont area. AGCOR steel will open on January 1st of 2015. The business will be located behind Apel Steel on Goodwin Road. The business is co-owned by Zac Smith and Scott Seawright with plans to expand from 10 employees in its first year to 25 by the year 2020.
* An Arab primary school teacher remains in intensive care after suffering a stroke over the weekend. 50-year old Andra Rutherford is in the neuro-intensive care unit at Huntsville Hospital. The teacher suffered a stroke while attending a beauty pageant in Oneonta. She has been teaching at Arab Primary for 18 years.
* Cullman County Superintendent Dr. Craig Ross released information Thursday that it will cost approximately $2.7 million dollars to repair Fairview High School's Dafford Smith Stadium. The stadium was declared unsafe before the season began because of deterioration in the concrete bleachers on the home and visiting side. The Aggies have played their home this season at Cullman High School. No official word has been announced on the timetable to repair this stadium that was built in the 1960s.
* Tonight in local high school football:
Lawrence County at West Point
Butler vs. Fairview at Cullman High School
Cullman at Muscle Shoals
Winfield at Holly Pond
Tarrant at Cold Springs
Vinemont at Winston County
Hanceville at Susan Moore
Good Hope at North Jackson
Addison at Southeastern.
All games kick off at 7 p.m.
* The Alabama High School volleyball North Regionals will begin today at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.
Addison meets Southeastern in Class 2A at 10:15 a.m.
Good Hope plays Wilson at 11:30 a.m. in Class 4A.
St. Bernard takes on Belgreen in Class 1A at 4:15 p.m.
Holly Pond and Colbert Heights play at 5:30 p.m. in Class 3A. Quarterfinal, semifinal and championship rounds will be played Saturday.
TUNE IN FOR THE WEST POINT-LAWRENCE COUNTY GAME TONIGHT IN THE K92 GAME OF THE WEEK. PREGAME SHOW WILL BE AT 6:25, KICKOFF AT 7:00 ON YOUR CULLMAN COUNTY/NORTH ALABAMA SPORTS LEADER.
BLEACHERS ON BOTH SIDES OF FAIRVIEW'S DAFFORD SMITH STADIUM IN DIRE NEED OF REPAIRS:
FAIRVIEW - In order for the Fairview Aggies to return to Dafford Smith Stadium in the immediate future, it will cost approximately $2.7 million dollars according to information released Thursday by Cullman Count Schools Superintendent Dr. Craig Ross.
The stadium was shut down on August 28, a day before the Aggies were to play the Hanceville Bulldogs on campus. An engineer reported deterioration on the concrete bleachers on the visiting side and on the home side.
This stadium was built in the mid 1960s when Fairview got involved of having high school football. The stadium bears the name of Dafford Smith who coached the Aggies form 1986 until 1996 and led the program to 64 victories.
An evaulation by Advance Structural Design Incorporated has the stadium at a safety risk for spectators. Heavy rain caused the embankment on the visiting side to erode and become dangerous.
Cracks are found in the cement bleachers on both sides of the stadium. Severe erosion was reported on the home embankment to the south side of the bleachers.
It was by decision to declare the stadium unsafe for spectators with none of the teams (varsity, junior varsity, middle school and youth) able to play in the facility for 2014.
Besides the problems with the bleachers and the embankments, the press box is in need of repairs and the track that surrounds the field is in critical condition as well.
The Cullman County School Board will conduct workshops in the upcoming weeks and months with the public in order to combat the issue at hand. Those who want to give with suggestions can do so by sending an e-mail to email@example.com
Dr. Ross addressed the Fairview issue one day after he publically reported an estimated cost of $850,000 to repair structural problems at Garden City Elementary School.
Fairview plays Butler Friday night in its final game of the season on the Cullman High School campus. The Aggies have defeated Hanceville and Holly Pond there with losses coming in regional play to Boaz and Etowah September 12 & 19.
* Investigation continues by the Cullman Police Department have identified a male who was killed on the railroad tracks near Arnold Street Monday morning. The victim is 31-yard old Brian Reed, a native of Massachusetts. Reed reportedly going from one train to another when he was struck and killed instantly. No foul play is expected.
* Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Craig Ross addressed the public in Garden City Wednesday about the status of Garden City Elementary. The school has 5 vital safety concerns and must be repaired before students are allowed back into the regular part of the building. Further investigation will take place before a decision is made Dr. Ross said to the large crowd at Garden City First Baptist Church.
* Cullman City Schools have been given permission by the school board to surplus & salvage 18 Apple 5S smartphones. The phones are 16gb and will be offered for sale by closed bid. No timetable was sent on when the bidding will take place for the phones.
* A report by the National Transportation Safety Board indicates at least 40 percent of drivers may fall asleep while under the wheel. Triple A Alabama spokesperson Clay Ingram reports drivers will not admit to driving while drowsy. The information to receive can be difficult to prove on a regular basis according to reports.
* After winning the 4A, Area 10 volleyball tournament Tuesday, the Good Hope Lady Raiders have drawn Wilson in the first round of the North Regional Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. The Lady Raiders carry a 35-16 record into the region with 10 victories in their last 11 assignments.
* Cullman is in a must-win situation Friday night. The Bearcats play at Muscle Shoals. A win by the Bearcats keeps them in the chase for a playoff berth in Class 6A, Region 8. A loss and the Bearcats will be out of the postseason for the first time since 2004.
* Cold Springs Eagles host Tarrant tomorrow night. The Eagles are looking to upset the Wildcats and possibly finish in a 3-way tie for second place in Class 2A, Region 6. Cold Springs clinched its first playoff berth since 2004 last Friday with a 26-0 win at Sumiton Christian. The Eagles are 6-2 on the season.
CCBOE WORKING ON DOING ITS BEST FOR THE STUDENTS:
GARDEN CITY - With Garden City First Baptist Church full to capacity Wednesday afternoon, Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Craig Ross addressed the crowd on the status of Garden City Elementary School.
Portions of the school was shut down due to structural problems before the start of the schedule in mid August. Portable classrooms were brought in with school starting on time despite the last minute changes for the purpose of safety.
After Principal Susan Melton welcomed those in attendance that included school board members Kenny Brockman (Hanceville-Garden City), Wendy Crider (Cold Springs) Gene Sullins (West Point), Jason Speegle (Good Hope), Superintenent assistant Dr. Brandon Payne and staff member Denise Schulman, Dr. Ross reported five areas of Garden City Elementary School with vital safety concerns.
They were (no particular order) the girls' bathroom, Northwest classroom, Gymnasium and storage area (Southeast & Southwest corner), stairs on both sides of the stage and the western half of the northern wall needs further investigation.
Dr. Ross pointed out these areas have to be repaired before students are allowed to return to these areas of the school.
The superintendent, in his first year with the school system, reported an estimated cost of $850,000 to cover the repairs for the school.
More structural testing will be needed Dr. Ross replied with the estimates to be discussed by the school board.
"The Cullman County Board of Education is working through this for the best for the students," Dr. Ross said.
Workshops will be conducted Dr. Ross said and will be available for the public to attend. A website has been established for residents to give suggestions and support.
They can send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherrie Saunders, a sales manager of BP Construction, offered services for no charge, even though two other companies have inspected the school and given Dr. Ross updated information.
"We can do this at a cost," Saunders said after the meeting.
"I think it can be done considerably less than $850,000."
Saunders stated she has a partner in the business that is based out of Huntsville in Thomas Parks that has 40 years of experience in this field of work.
Saunders has been associated with the company for six years. Her other reason is her children attend Garden City including her son Drake who is 60 percent legally blind.
Saunders commends the effort of the Garden City teachers as they allow her son to be a regular student despite the eye loss that gets worse every day she said.
Saunders said her son is in the third grade, but through the work of the teachers, he is reading at a fifth grade level. He was the only student in his class to have A's & B's after the first semester she said.
That is a big reason for her to see that the school is saved and not shut down despite the major structural problems.
Dr. Ross wants to hear from the community. He didn't come to Garden City Wednesday with a decision on the fate of the school. "We can work together and do a lot of good things for the community," he added.
This is the first of consecutive public meetings in regards to serious structural issues. Dr. Ross and board members will be in attendance Thursday at the Fairview High School Auditorium to update the public on the status of Dafford Smith Stadium.
The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m.
FLASH'S PREP FOOTBALL REPORT - October 24 (Week # 10)
Lawrence County Red Devils vs. West Point Warriors
Class 5A, Region 8 (K92 Game of the week)
SITE: West Point Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Lawrence County 5-3, 3-3 in 5A, R 8
West Point 5-3, 3-3 in 5A, R 8
SERIES: Lawrence County leads 17-15
LAST TIME: West Point defeated LCHS 15-7 in 2013
LAST WEEK: West Point lost to East Limestone 31-7, Lawrence County lost to Russellville 21-13.
ANALYSIS: It's win and go into the first round of the state playoffs in this matchup. This becomes West Point's biggest game with it also being the 2014 homecoming.
The victor takes the 4th seed from Region 8 and punches a first round trip to Birmingham to face Region 5 champion Parker High School.
West Point has three consecutive losses, Lawrence County has suffered defeat in its last two games. The heartbreaker for the Warriors was two weeks ago when they suffered a 26-22 setback at home to Russellville.
In comparison to common opponents from the region, the Warriors lost to East Limestone 31-7, the Red Devils fell 41-7. Against Russellville, WP was defeated 26-22 with LCHS going down by the score of 21-13.
Facing Johnson, the Warriors lost 40-10 with the Red Devils taking a 14-7 setback early in the season. West Point routed Columbia 42-14 while Lawrence County beat the Eagles 23-7. The Warriors ran over Ardmore 31-6 while LCHS got by the Tigers 28-21. Against Pope John Paul, West Point won 41-7, LCHS was a 28-14 winner.
It comes down to execution on both sides. Coach Don Farley believes the Warriors can play as well as they did against Russellville for the first three quarters, the losing streak will be over, homecoming will be celebrated and the Warriors are playoff qualfiers for the first time as a 5A program and in the postseason for the first time since 2008.
West Point has a 3-game winning streak against the opponent from Moulton. Lawrence County would love to spoil the homecoming fun and to prevent the Warriors from having their best regional record in seven years competing from the 5A ranks.
Cullman Bearcats vs. Muscle Shoals Trojans
Class 6A, Region 8
SITE: J.F. Moore Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Cullman 4-4, 2-3 in 6A, R 8
Muscle Shoals 5-2, 3-2 in 6A, R 8
SERIES: Cullman leads 4-3
LAST TIME: Muscle Shoals defeated Cullman 47-7 in 2013
LAST WEEK: Cullman lost to Decatur 33-13, Muscle Shoals was idle
ANALYSIS: With two consecutive losses in the region, the Bearcats are on the outside looking in. They have a chance to continue their playoff run that began in 2005. Mark Britton's squad will need to win against the Trojans and get some help by Austin.
Austin plays at Hartselle. The Tigers are 2-3 in the region, but have the tiebreaker against the Bearcats. A Cullman win and a Hartselle loss, the Bearcats take the No. 3 seed from the region and Hartselle is out of the playoff picture. A 3-way tie will be decided on the tiebreaker procedure. A young ball club that has run into mistakes the last two weeks must eliminate them, especially on the road in order to look to keeping the season going on the first Friday night of November.
Butler Rebels vs. Fairview Aggies
Class 5A, Region 7
SITE: Oliver Woodard Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Butler 0-8, 0-6 in 5A, R 7
Fairview 2-6, 0-6 in 5A, R 7
SERIES: Fairview leads 2-0
LAST TIME: Fairview defeated Butler 47-14 in 2011
LAST WEEK: Fairview lost to Douglas 27-14, Butler lost to Guntersville 52-22
ANALYSIS: It will be the final time the Aggies play at Cullman High School this season with Woodard Stadium being their temporary home until the situation with Dafford Smith Stadium can be resolved.
Coach George Redding reports Butler has speed and the Aggies must do what they can to contain it and not allow the Rebels the big play.
Fairview has been effected by lack of point production in three straight losses. The Aggies have not been consistent on scoring when they get the ball into the opponent's 20-yard line. The lack of execution in the red zone has turned close games the past three weeks into double digit losses to Madison County, Guntersville and Douglas.
It's a chance for the seniors to say goodbye from the home perspective for the final time. Fairview doesn't want the opponent to come in from Huntsville and head back to the Rocket City with something to smile about. The Rebels have been beaten by large numbers from everybody they have played in 2014. A Fairview win would give them a 3-2 mark in playing on the artificial surface of the Cullman Bearcats for half of the season.
Good Hope Raiders vs. North Jackson Chiefs
Class 4A, Region 7
SITE: R.D. Hicks Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Good Hope 4-4, 3-3 in 4A, R 7
North Jackson 6-2, 5-1 in 4A, R 7
SERIES: 1st meeting
LAST WEEK: Good Hope defeated DAR 63-40, North Jackson defeated Oneonta 52-27
ANALYSIS: The Raiders were eliminated from the 4A, Region 7 playoff race last week, even with an entertaining victory on homecoming. Westminster Christian downed J.B. Pennington 38-20 and has the tiebreaker on the Raiders for a win at Good Hope on the first Friday of September.
But with everything to gain and nothing to lose, the Raiders could provide help for Oneonta. The Redskins are in a three-way with North Jackson and Locust Fork. If the Raiders upset the Chiefs and Oneonta beats Westminster, the Redskins take the No. 1 seed and Locust Fork drops to third place.
The Raiders have played well with four wins in the last five games to have confidence of traveling to the town of Stevenson for the first time.
Good Hope will have to show poise against a team that went on the road last week and won by more than three touchdowns to cool off Oneonta. But the Raiders are hoping the Chiefs put too much emotion into that game and don't have a lot left in the tank when this contest kicks off.
Vinemont Eagles vs. Winston County Yellow Jackets
Class 3A, Region 5
SITE: Malcom Blake Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Vinemont 4-4, 3-2 in 3A, R 5
Winston County 5-3, 3-2 in 3A, R 5
SERIES: Winston County leads 7-6
LAST TIME: Winston County defeated Vinemont 42-8
LAST WEEK: Vinemont defeated Susan Moore 40-14, Winston County was idle.
ANALYSIS: The winner is No. 3 in this region. That gives the winner a trip to Rogersville for the first round of the playoffs with Lauderdale County. The loser has to head to Madison Academy and deal with one of the best 3A programs in the Northern part of Alabama.
Vinemont got momentum on its side midway in the third quarter and finished off Susan Moore with 21 unanswered points, thanks to time consuming drives from the potent running attack.
If the Eagles can use a variety of runners from QB Garrett Boland, RB John Michael Dye, RB Orey Woods, RB Colby Nicholas and FB Bo Wright, they can keep the Yellow Jackets off balance.
Winston County had a week off to prepare for this showdown. If Vinemont coach Alan Scott and his staff has been able to see the Winston County film against Holly Pond, they may be able to see some things that allowed the winless Broncos to lead at the half 27-15.
If Holly Pond can fight hard with the Jackets at Blake Stadium for three quarters, the Eagles know they are in the same opportunity. All they have to do is raise the bar a little higher and return to Vinemont late Friday night as the No. 3 qualifier in the region.
Winfield Pirates vs. Holly Pond Broncos
Class 3A, Region 5
SITE: Thomas-Michelfelder Field, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Winfield 5-3, 4-1 in 3A, R 5
Holly Pond 0-8, 0-5 in 3A, R 5
SERIES: Winfield leads 2-1
LAST TIME: Holly Pond defeated Winfield 28-27 in 2011
LAST WEEK: Holly Pond lost to Hanceville 27-7, Winfield lost to Oakman 41-14
ANALYSIS: Holly Pond has a tough challenge in its final regional game of the season. The Pirates suffered a rare loss at home last week that gave Oakman the regional title. Now the Pirates will come to the East side of Cullman County determined to get things in order prior to the playoffs.
The Broncos were not the same without QB Michael Lambert who was lost to a broken collarbone in the game with Vinemont. His absence was felt last week against Hanceville with the Broncos down by four touchdowns when the game reached halftime.
Caleb Jones has taken over running the Bronco offense. They will need plenty of help from the rest of the unit with Winfield able to go deep into its sidelines with over 70 players on the roster.
The Broncos are in search of their first win for Mike Bates with two games left in 2014, both in front of the fans at Thomas-Michelfelder Field.
Hanceville Bulldogs vs. Susan Moore Bulldogs
Class 3A, Region 5
SITE: Larry Patterson Field, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Hanceville 1-7, 1-4 in 3A, R 5
Susan Moore 2-6, 1-4 in 3A, R 5
SERIES: Susan Moore leads 3-1
LAST TIME: Susan Moore defeated Hanceville 22-14 in 1999
LAST WEEK: Hanceville defeated Holly Pond 27-7, Susan Moore lost to Vinemont 40-14
ANALYSIS: Getting a win over Holly Pond will give Hanceville a chance to head to Blount County with confidence they can make it two straight.
Playing at Vinemont last Friday, Susan Moore showed they could move the ball with a 16-play, 80-yard drive in the third quarter that cut the margin to 19-14. They have a quarterback that can operate the read option and a running back that can find holes through the defense.
But Hanceville had big plays from Dante' Reese in the HC game with Holly Pond along with Caleb Hurst and others.
This game could be evenly matched. It will come down to who wants it more in the final night of regional action for the two programs that have a lot of success from their past.
Tarrant Wildcats vs. Cold Springs Eagles
Class 2A, Region 6
SITE: Cranford Stricklin Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Tarrant 4-4, 4-1 in 2A, R 6
Cold Springs 6-2, 3-2 in 2A, R 6
SERIES: 1st meeting
LAST WEEK: Cold Springs defeated Sumiton Christian 26-0, Tarrant defeated Addison 26-13.
ANALYSIS: A shutout victory in Walker County put the Eagles into the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Now playing their final home game in the Southwest part of Cullman County, the Eagles are looking to continue their run against a team from Jefferson County that will be the biggest challenge so far for Rod Elliott and his squad.
Tarrant scored three times in the second half to get control of the game at Addison and knock the Bulldogs out of second place in Region 6 play.
The Eagles will look to contain big plays by the Wildcats and take advantage of opportuntities. In the past two seasons, the Eagles have produced 12 wins against six losses and have been rewarded with a playoff berth.
Now the Eagles are looking for the possibility of finishing second or settling for fourth, pending on the outcome of this encounter.
Addison Bulldogs vs. Southeastern Mustangs
Class 2A, Region 6
SITE: Remlap Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Addison 5-3, 3-2 in 2A, R 6
Southeastern 2-6, 0-5 in 2A, R 6
SERIES: Addison leads 2-0
LAST TIME: Addison defeated Southeastern 47-0 in 2013
LAST WEEK: Addison lost to Tarrant 26-13, Southeastern lost to Falkville 33-13
ANALYSIS: Southeastern now has a stadium on its own campus in just its third year of playing in the AHSAA. The school is located on Highway 75 in Blount County, south of Locust Fork and before you cross into Jefferson County.
Addison will look to get back on the winning track after Tarrant topped the Bulldogs last week with a solid second half and dropped David Smothers' squad to third place in the Region 6 standings.
Anything can happen in the game of football and Addison will be wanting to know of the outcome of the Cold Springs-Tarrant game. A win by the Eagles and Addison wins at Southeastern, which ie expected, a three-way tie of 4-2 would take place in the region standings with the tiebreaker procedures to be applied.
Addison is going to the playoffs for the 13th time since regional play was adopted by the AHSAA in 2000 and for the fifth consecutive season, the third under David Smothers.
* Cullman County School Superintendent Dr. Craig Ross has set public meetings in regards to structural issues at Garden City Elementary and Fairview's Dafford Smith Stadium. Dr. Ross will address the Garden City issue today at 3:15 at Garden City 1st Baptist Church. He will speak to residents on the Fairview situation Thursday at 5:30 at the high school auditorium.
* Good Hope has a new mayor. Council member Jerry Bartlett was sworn in Monday night, taking over running the town while former mayor Corey Harbison heads to Montgomery, preparing for his new job as District XII House of Representatives. Bartlett, a former teacher and coach at Good Hope High School, has been on the city council for six years. He will finish out Harbison's term as mayor through 2016.
* The Auburn Network has been listed as a business linked to Speaker of the House Representative Mike Hubbard, a day after Hubbard was indicted on federal charges for corruption in an attempt for personal gain. Former Governor Bob Riley and former Auburn football coach Pat Dye have been named in this case as well. Hubbard created the Auburn Network in 1994 with the business reaching new heights in net profit.
* The annual Cullman Regional Medical Center fall book fair will be Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. inside Professional Office Building II. A variety of books will be on sale for the public, presented by the CRMC Auxiliary.
* Good Hope's Lady Raiders won the 4A, Area 10 volleyball tournament Tuesday night in Oneonta, beating the Lady Redskins 3 games to one. Kaylee Maddox was selected the tournament's Most Valuable Player while Hannah Smith, Hannah Clay and Alyssa Harlan were named to the All-Tournament team.
* First round pairings are set for the 1A, 2A & 3A North volleyball regionals in Huntsville. St. Bernard plays Belgreen Friday at 4:15 in 1A, No. 1 Addison meets Southeastern at 10:15 a.m. in Class 2A while Area champion Holly Pond plays Colbert Heights at 5:30 p.m. The tournament will be at the Von Braun Center.
* West Point is playing for a postseason bid Friday night. It's homecoming for the Warriors as Lawrence County comes to town. Both are tied for 4th place in Class 5A, Region 8 with the winner to clinch a playoff bid. This is the K92 game of the week with kickoff set at 7 p.m.
LADY RAIDERS COME THROUGH TO TOP ONEONTA, CLAIM THE 4A, AREA 10 VOLLEYBALL TITLE:
Class 4A, Area 10 Tournament championship at Oneonta High School Gymnasium:
Good Hope 25 14 25 25
Oneonta 21 25 20 19
Good Hope wins match 3-1
Good Hope remembered the last time it played on Oneonta's court (October 2). The Lady Raiders lost three close games to the Lady Redskins that gave Oneonta the opportunity to host the 4A, Area 10 Tournament Tuesday.
After taking care of J.B. Pennington 25-20, 25-12 and 25-22, the Lady Raiders were ready to go into a war with Oneonta, dealing with a hostile crowd that included adults sitting above the side of the playing area where the Lady Raiders, attempting to distract them.
All it did was inspire Rosemary Brown's ball club to pull off the task of winning the area championship on the road and carry plenty of momentum into the North Regionals this weekend in Huntsville.
A team effort has carried Good Hope to great success in 2014. It was shown by so many Tuesday evening. Jami Stinson, who was elevated to the varsity roster following the JV season, delivered six service points in the opening set including an ace as Good Hope went up 14-9.
But Oneonta bounced back and went on op 17-16 on one of several kills by Dynasty Sanders.
Another player Brown moved up after she finished with the middle school came through in the clutch too. MaKailey Speegle got four straight points on serve with the fourth an ace to make it 23-20 Lady Raiders.
After a service break by Oneonta, the Lady Raiders took care of the opening set on a volley from Jessica King and a spike by Kaylee Maddox off a serve from Stinson to put the visitors ahead 1-0 in the start of grueling four-game encounter.
Oneonta was out in front early in the second set, leading 17-9 when Sanders got another point for her team on a kill.
The Lady Raiders could never slow down the Lady Redskins in this set and went back to work when the third game got under way.
Down 7-3, the Lady Raiders stormed into the lead on three consecutive kills by Maddox while Hannah Clay was connecting well on six straight serves.
A service winner by Celina Dillard gave Good Hope a 20-12 cushion with Oneonta desperate to challenge. They closed to 21-16 then Clay scored points on serve, Alyssa Harlan contributed a point by a block and Maddox finished the set with her 10th kill in the set and Good Hope was on the verge of taking down the tournament host with a set left to go for.
Once again, the Lady Raiders fought back from a deficit. Staying calm, they used service points by Hannah Smith, Dillard and Angel Baker to wipe out a 9-1 disadvantage.
A serve by Baker with Harlan getting a kill sent the Lady Raiders ahead to stay in the set at 17-16.
The momentum continued to build. Baker was scoring from the service line as Maddox and Harlan were getting kills thanks to hard fought digs on the back row by Dillard and Clay and solid sets from Smith.
Harlan scored on a kill that raised the lead to 23-17. Oneonta broke serve and narrowed to 23-18. A kill from Maddox put Good Hope within a point of winning the match.
Oneonta extended it by scoring on a service break and was down 24-19.
The Lady Raiders received the serve and finished off the great evening with Maddox driving it in the middle of the Oneonta defenders who couldn't contain her.
Maddox, who would be selected as the tournament MVP, had 25 kills in the match and one block. Smith, an All-Tournament member, delivered 41 assists, plus converted six serves.
Clay, also on the All-Tournament team, had 19 assists and 11 service points. Harlan produced nine kills and four blocks and joined Maddox, Smith and Clay on the All-Tournament team.
Good Hope is 35-16. The Lady Raiders will play in the quarterfinal round of the North Regional at the Von Braun Center against the opponent to be named later.
The Lady Raiders are playing their best round of volleyball, going 10-1 since last Wednesday when they defeated West Point, then won a quad match at home against Holly Pond, Fairview and Sand Rock, went 4-1 in the Cullman pre-area tournament and came back to Cullman County Tuesday night with the area championship trophy.
* Investigation continues after a male was killed on the train tracks near Arnold Street early Monday morning. Cullman Police Department reports the victim was not from the area and no foul play is expected.
* The general election is two weeks from today. Registered voters will go to the polls and vote in six state races, two local races. The two local races are Coroner with Republican Jeremy Kilpatrick against Democrat Gary Murphree while District 6 of the Cullman County School Board will be between Democrat incumbent Randy Hasenbein and Republican Mike Graves. WKUL will have live coverage of Decision 2014 that evening from the Cullman County Courthouse.
* Cullman City School board will meet today. Among the items that will be discussed will be Dr. Doreen Griffeth's responsibility for the signing of official documents, federal proposals, grants and application for funds for the current school year.
* The bond for Joel Moyers was revoked Monday by a Limestone County judge. Moyers was sent back to jail as he waits for his trial to begin. Moyers was charged for the murder of Brandon Hydrick in September, 2012. Moyers was arrested at his mother's home in Cullman County following the investigation. The trial has been set for February 23 of 2015.
* A representative of the North Alabama Regional Council of Government has contacted the Cullman County Commission in regards to a watershed project that is under way with the Ryan Creek watershed. The cities included in the project include Good Hope, Vinemont and Cullman. More information on this project will be released in the upcoming months.
* An upset took place Monday in the 2A, Area 14 volleyball tournament. No, 4 Cold Springs was knocked off by Falkville three games to two. Falkville won the last three after going down 2-0. The Cullman County champion is out of the playoffs, finishing 38-10 on the season.
* Area volleyball tournaments continue today. Good Hope is playing in Class 4A, Area 10 at Oneonta, West Point and Fairview are in the 5A, Area 14 Tournament in Moulton and Cullman competes in the 6A, Area 15 tournament in Hartselle.
* Good Hope won its 3rd straight county middle school football championship Monday night. The Raiders beat Hanceville 28-14 as running back Austin Knights rushed for 114 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. The Raiders have a 21-game winning streak going into next year.
RAIDERS KEEP THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY IN GOOD HOPE FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR:
Cullman County Middle School Football Championship
At James Shabel Stadium - Good Hope
Hanceville 0 0 8 6 - 14
Good Hope 8 6 8 6 - 28
GH - Austin Knight 4 run (Preston Bagwell run) 3:06 in 1st
GH - Knight 2 run (run failed) 2:30 in 2nd
GH - Knight 11 run (Bagwell pass to Brandt Rollins) 4:47 in 3rd
HV - Alex Campball 61 pass to Momael Simmons (RJ Evans run) 4:12 in 3rd
GH - Bagwell 2 run (pass failed) 4:36 in 4th
HV - Campball 9 pass to Simmons (No conversion) 0:00 in 4th
1st Downs - 13
Yards rushing - 157
Yards passing - 52
Total yards - 209
Passing - 2/6/0
Fumbles lost - 0
Penalties - 5/40
Austin Knight 18 carries, 114 yards, 3 touchdowns;
Preston Bagwell 2 of 6 passes, 52 yards, 3 carries, 5 yards touchdown; Dylan McDonald 3 carries 29 yards; Matthew Hancock 2 catches, 52 yards.
1st Downs - 5
Yards rushing - 25
Yards passing - 114
Total yards - 139
Passing - 7/11/0
Fumbles lost - 1
Penalties - 4/34
Alex Campball 7 of 11 passing, 114 yards, 2 touchdowns; Romeal Simmons 4 catches, 92 yards, 2 touchdowns, 8 carries, 25 yards; Colin Long 1 catch, 9 yards; Mark Dyer 1 catch, 12 yards.
With part of the running game home due to flu-like symptoms, Good Hope made up for the absence of Matt Dixon.
Dixon had been a main cog in the Raiders' running game all season. But the other half of that Raider tandem, Austin Knight, stepped it up, especially in the second half.
He ran for 58 yards on five carries in the third quarter with four rushes of 11 yards or better. His third score of the game came after the Raider defense forced a Hanceville punt from inside its 20 with Matthew Hancock taking the ball 20 yards downfield to the Hanceville 25-yard line.
Two runs of 18 and 11 yards allowed the Raiders to extend the lead to 22-0 near the midway mark of the period.
Then the Bulldogs got a quick score on a screen pass to Simmons who took it down the left sidelines for 61 yards, the longest play of the championship game.
But the ball control offense by Patrick McDonald's Raiders took over and they scored to cap off a 12-play, 68-yard drive and lead by three touchdowns at 28-8.
Hanceville got a touchdown on the final play of the game when Simmons took it in from the nine on a pass from Campball.
Good Hope has won 21 consecutive middle school games, three straight county championships. Hanceville had the second best record in the county behind the Raiders. Phillip Key's Bulldogs beat West Point in week five to clinch a berth and get an opportunity in a rematch on the Good Hope campus.
But the Bulldogs were down 14-0 as Good Hope controlled the first half with 110 yards of offense to only 30 for the Bulldogs.
"They were excited to get to play the championship," McDonald said afterwards. Good Hope hadn't played in two weeks with last week's game against Fairview postponed due to severe weather on October 13 and no school the following day.
"This team loves each other. We had great blocking and running the football. This is a great bunch of kids to coach."
* The deadline to register and vote in the November 4 general election is today. Residents can go to the board of registrars office inside the Cullman County Courthouse during regular business hours.
* Cullman Police investigating two incidents that were reported over the weekend on Olive Street SW. Fraudulent use of a credit card was first reported with several miscellaneous charges. The other was leaving the scene of an accident after damage was reported to a 2006 Honda Ridgeline. Contact the Cullman PD at 256-734-1434 if you have information on either case.
* Unemployment across the state was reported at 6.6 percent for the month of September. The Department of Labor reports that jobs have climbed 1.6 percent in the past 12 months. Industries have prospered with a 3 percent increase in employment in the past year.
* Power failures were reported across Marshall County Saturday night. The power failure was due to issues from its supplier, the Tennessee Valley Authorities. This power failure didn't effect any resident in and around Cullman County. The outage is still under investigation.
* A male was taken to UAB Hospital Sunday night after he was injured in a paraglider crash on Highway 79 near Blountsville. The accident happened at 5:30 p.m. with the victim suffering injuries during takeoff. The accident is under investigation by the Blount County Sheriff's Department.
* K92/Cullman Park & Rec Team of the week is the Cold Springs Eagles & the Hanceville Bulldogs.
* K92/USA Healthcare coaching staff of the week is the Hanceville Bulldogs.
* K92/Ryan's Buffet, Grill & Bakery band of the week is the Hanceville Bulldogs.
Awards are provided by the the Awards Palace, located across from the Cullman County Courthouse.
* Vinemont and Cold Springs clinched playoff berths with wins Friday. Vinemont topped Susan Moore 40-14 in the K92 game of the week, Cold Springs shut out Sumition Christian 26-0. Cold Springs is in the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
* Cullman County Middle School football championship tonight at 6 at James Shabel Stadium. Good Hope Raiders looking to 3-peat as they face the Hanceville Bulldogs. The Raiders have won 2 straight county titles and currently have a 20-game winning streak. The Bulldogs are 5-1 on the season.
JOIN US FOR TIGER TALK TONIGHT AT 7 ON YOUR CULLMAN COUNTY/NORTH ALABAMA SPORTS LEADER.
SEGMENT ONE OF AHSAA VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS MONDAY & TUESDAY:
AHSAA AREA VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENTS:
Class 1A, Area 10 @ Arley
St. Bernard vs. Appalachian 5 p.m.
Winner vs. Meek 6:30 p.m. (Finals)
Class 2A, Area 14 @ Addison
Cold Springs vs. Falkville 5:30 p.m.
Winner vs. Addison 7 p.m. (Finals)
Class 3A, Area 10 @ Susan Moore:
Susan Moore vs. Hanceville 4:30 p.m.
Holly Pond vs. Vinemont 5:30 p.m.
Finals 6:30 p.m.
Class 4A, Area 10 @ Oneonta:
Oneonta vs. Locust Fork 4 p.m.
Good Hope vs. J.B. Pennington 5 p.m.
Finals 6 p.m.
Class 5A, Area 14 @ Moulton Middle School:
Fairview vs. Lawrence County 4 p.m.
West Point vs. Russellville 5 p.m.
Finals 6 p.m.
Class 6A, Area 15 @ Hartselle:
Hartselle vs. Decatur 4 p.m.
Cullman vs. Austin 5:30 p.m.
Finals 7 p.m.
ANALYSIS: The format is single elimination with each match the best of 5 games. The top two teams from each area advances to the North Regional this weekend at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.
LADY RAIDERS, LADY BEARCATS REACH SEMIFINALS, LADY AGGIES WIN SILVER BRACKET:
Cullman Pre-Area Tournament
Good Hope 3-0
Carbon Hill 0-3
West Point 1-2
Good Hope defeated Curry 2-1 in quarterfinal
Brewer defeated Cullman 2-1 in quarterfinal
Cordova defeated Good Hope 2-1 in semifinal
Randolph defeated Brewer 2-1 in semifinal
Cordova vs. Randolph in championship
Athens defeated West Point 2-1 in quarterfinal
Carbon Hill defeated Hayden 2-0 in quarterfinal
Fairview defeated Athens 2-0 in semifinal
Carbon Hill defeated Meek 2-0 in semifinal
Fairview defeated Carbon Hill in championship.
ANALYSIS: Using this an opportunity to build momentum heading into next week's area tournament, Good Hope had the best run of the local teams in this 12-team tournament.
The Lady Raiders went 3-0 in Pool B, fought off Curry 25-13 and 26-24 in the quarterfinal round of the Gold bracket. Good Hope was down 23-17 in the second set when they made a run and moved on to the Final Four.
Winning the first game by the score of 25-17, Good Hope had momentum before Cordova came through and took the second set 25-23 to set up a tiebraker for a berth to the championship match of this division.
Cordova cooled off the Lady Raiders who had won eight straight prior to being knocked out in the semifinal round.
Rosemary Brown's Lady Raiders are 33-16 going into the 4A, Area 10 Tournament Tuesday at Oneonta.
Kaylee Maddox was at the top of her game from the frontline and backrow with solid kills throughout the day. Also, Hannah Smith, Hannah Clay, Celina Dillard, Alyssa Harlan, Angel Baker, Jessica King, Jami Stinson, Kate Kent and Emma Pugh contributed on serves, digs, sets and kills.
Cullman got good play by its regular personnel of Olivia Kontogeorge, Kelsey Wren, Oakleigh White, Madison Cobbs, Allie Gipson and Tiffani Schwaiger to claim No. 2 from Pool A.
Coach Michelle Greenlee's Lady Bearcats won the first set of the semifinal against Brewer 25-18 then the Lady Patriots evened it up with a 25-19 triumph in the second set.
With a tiebreaker needed, Brewer led early and eliminated Cullman from its own tournament by the final of 15-9.
Fairview was seeded the highest in the siliver bracket. The Lady Aggies swept Athens in the semis then took care of Carbon Hill 25-20 and 25-11 to go 3-3 for the day and carry momentum into the 5A, Area 14 Tournament at Moulton on Tuesday.
Leading the way for Tracy Means' Lady Aggies were Taylor Edge, Carli Ashley, Dalys Mullican, Melody Manasco, Kayla Aleman and Pheonix Janusas.
Cullman moves on to the 6A, Area 15 Tournament in Hartselle. Lady Bearcats meet Austin with the winner to play Hartselle or Decatur for the title.
The top two teams from each area will advantage to the sectional round next weekend.
REGIONAL SCHEDULE TO CLOSE OUT NEXT WEEK WITH PLAYOFF BERTHS HANGING IN THE BALANCE:
Next Friday will complete the 15th year the Alabama High School Athletic Associaition has used regional play to determine playoff qualifiers in the sport of football.
Three teams from the K92 coverage area have punched a ticket to the 2014 season. They are Addison & Cold Springs in Class 2A and Vinemont in Class 3A.
Two others are playing for their playoff lives next week with a win that can send them into November or a loss and they finish up their schedule on Halloween weekend.
Here is a look at next week's regional schedule:
Lawrence County at West Point (K92 Game of the week). Both are 3-3 in 5A, Region 8 and 5-3 on the season. The Warriors lost 31-7 Friday night to East Limestone while the Red Devils were beaten 21-13 at Russellville.
Who wins will take the fourth seed from the region and will go to Region 5 champion Parker of Birmingham in the opening round November. West Point has never made the playoffs as a 5A program.
Vinemont at Winston County. The Eagles and Yellow Jackets have 3-2 records in 3A, Region 5. What is at stake next Friday in Double Springs is the winner gets No. 3 from the region. The loser will make a first round visit to Madison Academy.
Tarrant at Cold Springs. Cold Springs is a playoff participant for the first time since 2004. The Eagles are 3-2 in 2A, Region 6, tied with Addison. Addison lost to Tarrant who has a 4-1 record in playing at Cold Springs for the first time. An upset by the Eagles and an Addison win at Southeastern in which the Bulldogs will be heavy favorites, would cause a three-way tie and the tiebreaker format to be utilized.
Cullman at Muscle Shoals. A team that has given the Bearcats problems from the past, waits for them to come to town. Muscle Shoals was idle on Friday and is 3-2 in the region. The second straight Cullman defeat put the Bearcats at 2-3 and tied with Hartselle. Hartselle was beaten up by Florence 25-3. The Tigers own the tiebreaker against Cullman. Hartselle plays Austin this week. Austin got its first regional win Friday when the Black Bears slammed Athens 24-7. The Bearcats will need some help and will have to be a winner if they expect to continue their currrent playoff run of 10 consecutive years.
Good Hope at North Jackson. The Raiders have been eliminated from the 4A, Region 7 standings. However, they could spoil North Jackson's bid at a regional title if they go into Stevenson and pull off a huge victory.
North Jackson, Locust Fork and Oneonta are 5-1 in the region. North Jackson lost to Locust Fork, Locust Fork lost to Oneonta and Oneonta was thumped by North Jackson 52-27 Friday night.
Westminster Christian meets Oneonta this week. The Wildcats are a game ahead of the Raiders, but own the tiebreaker of a victory over Good Hope on September 5.
With everything to gain and nothing to lose, the Raiders will want to make a statement they are a team to be looked at next season if the finish with a 3-game winning streak in the region.
PREP SCOREBOARD - October 17 (Week # 9)
CLASS 3A, REGION 5:
Vinemont 40, Susan Moore 14 (K92 game of the week)
Hanceville 27, Holly Pond 7
Oakman 40, Winfield 14
STANDINGS: Oakman 5-0 (7-1), Winfield 4-1 (5-2), Winston County 3-2 (5-3), Vinemont 3-2 (4-4), Susan Moore 1-4 (2-6), Hanceville 1-4 (1-7), Holly Pond 0-7 (0-5)
CLASS 6A, REGION 8:
Decatur 33, Cullman 13
Florence 25, Hartselle 3
Austin 24, Athens 7
STANDINGS: Florence 5-0 (6-2), Decatur 4-1 (6-2), Muscle Shoals 3-2 (5-2), Hartselle 2-3 (5-3), Cullman 2-3 (4-4), Athens 1-5 (2-7), Austin 1-4 (2-6)
CLASS 5A, REGION 8:
East Limestone 31, West Point 7
Russellville 21, Lawrence County 13
Johnson 53, Pope John Paul 6
Columbia 50, Ardmore 39
STANDINGS: East Limestone 6-0 (8-0), Russellville 5-1 (7-1), Johnson 4-2 (5-3), West Point 3-3 (5-3), Lawrence County 3-3 (5-3), Columbia 2-4 (3-5), Ardmore 1-5 (2-6), Pope John Paul 0-6 (0-8).
CLASS 5A, REGION 7:
Douglas 27, Fairview 14
Guntersville 52, Butler 22
Etowah 40, Boaz 14
Madison County 67, Randolph 14
STANDINGS: Guntersville 6-0 (8-0), Madison County 5-1 (5-3), Etowah 5-1 (5-3), Boaz 4-2 (5-3), Randolph 2-4 (3-5), Douglas 2-4 (4-5), Fairview 0-6 (2-6), Butler 0-6 (0-8).
CLASS 4A, REGION 7:
Good Hope 63, DAR 40
North Jackson 52, Oneonta 27
Locust Fork 50, Priceville 35
Westminster Christian 38, J.B. Pennington 20
STANDINGS: North Jackson 5-1 (6-2), Locust Fork 5-1 (7-1), Oneonta 5-1 (6-2), Westminster Christian 4-2 (5-3), Good Hope 3-3 (4-4), Priceville 1-5 (3-5), J.B. Pennington 1-5 (1-7), DAR 0-6 (2-6).
CLASS 2A, REGION 6:
Tarrant 26, Addison 13
Cold Springs 26, Sumiton Christian 0
Falkville 33, Southeastern 13
STANDINGS: Tanner 5-0 (6-2), Tarrant 4-1 (4-4), Addison 3-2 (5-3), Cold Springs 3-2 (6-2), Sumiton Christian 2-4 (2-6), Falkville 1-4 (4-4), Southeastern 0-5 (2-6).
VINEMONT CLINCHES PLAYOFF BERTH AFTER WIN OVER SUSAN MOORE:
At Mark Smothers Stadium - Vinemont
Susan Moore 0 7 7 0 - 14
Vinemont 13 6 15 6 - 40
VM - Colby Nicholas 15 run (Lucas Burch kick) 11:20 in 1st
VM - Garrett Boland 28 run (kick blocked) 4:31 in 1st.
SM - Daniel Cornelius 20 pass to Hunter Duncan (Enrique Pantoja kick) 1:06 in 2nd
VM - Boland 20 pass to Steven Melton (kick failed) 0:00 in 2nd
SM - Pantoja 2 run (Pantoja kick) 6:30 in 3rd
VM - Bo Wright 38 run (Boland run) 3:57 in 3rd
VM - Randall Guthrey 9 run (Burch kick) 0:31 in 3rd,
VM - Nicholas 4 run (kick failed) 8:27 in 4th.
1st Downs - 20
Yards rushing - 342
Yards passing - 25
Total yards - 367
Passing - 2/4/0
Fumbles lost - 0
Penalties - 4/25
Garrett Boland 6 carries , 53 yards, touchdown, two pass completions, 25 yards, touchdown; John Michael Dye 9 carries, 74 yards, Bo Wright 10 carries, 92 yards, touchdown; Colby Nicholas 4 carries, 30 yards, 2 touchdowns; Steven Melton 2 catches, 25 yards, touchdown.
1st Downs - 13
Yards rushing - 166
Yards passing - 63
Total yards - 229
Passing - 6/14/0
Fumbles lost - 0
Penalties - 12/110
Enreique Pantoja 16 carries, 57 yards, touchdown; Daniel Cornelius 16 carries 76 yards, 6 of 14 passing, 63 yards, touchdown.
After Susan Moore scored on a 16-play, 80-yard drive that consumed 5:30 of the start of the third quarter, Vinemont regained control of the contest with its own 80-yard series in five plays as Wright had his best run of the night, scoring from 38 yards out around right end.
That set off a chain reaction for the Eagles to produce touchdowns on their next two possessions and put away the Bulldogs who were determined to spoil the Eagles' bid of qualifying for the 3A playoffs.
The second score in the third quarter was set up after the defense forced the Bulldogs to punt. They drove from the Susan Moore 47 and ended it with Guthrey racing around the right side for the score from the nine.
Coach Alan Scott's Eagles accounted for 111 yards rushing in the third period and extended the lead by the score of 34-14 with one quarter to go.
A 68-yard drive following another Susan Moore punt covered 3:16 of the clock and seven plays. Nicholas, who started the night with the scoring for the Eagles, ended it on a four-yard run.
Two key plays ignited Vinemont. Boland took the opening kickoff 73 yards and the Eagles' first series began at the Susan Moore 15. They scored on their first snap.
Then Susan Moore was hit with a major distance penalty as time had expired in the second quarter. Given an untimed down from the Bulldogs' 20, the Eagles cashed in as Boland threw a perfect pass to Melton, his big tight end.
Instead of being ahead 13-7 at the half, the Eagles led 19-7 as Susan Moore had three penalities of major distance in the final minute of the half. The 45 yards the Bulldogs handed the Eagles by the penalty flag was more than the 20 yards they allowed from moving the football.
Vinemont is in the playoffs for the second time in the four years they have been coached by Scott. Now the Eagles play next Friday at Winston County with the No. 3 seed in the region up for grabs.
* Currently, 16 stations in and around Cullman are selling regular unleaded fuel for less than $3.00. The lowest price is by Jet Pep and Murphy Oil at $2.91 a gallon. Pure is $2.93, Shell and Exxon $2.94 and Marathon $2.99. These are the lowest prices the area has been throughout this year.
* The recent stormy weather has caused wildlife to become active. Deer and turkey are looking for food following the storms that pelted Cullman and surrounding areas. Residents are advised to be aware of possible wildlife coming out of wooded areas, especially those that could cause driving accidents.
* New equipment has been approved for the Cullman Police Department. The Cullman City Council authorized 35 body cameras and 6 tahoes during a regular meeting earlier this week. The cameras will be ordered next week with a camera also to be installed on the collar of the police dog. The new vehicles are expected to be at the department within 90 days.
* Cullman County Bosom Buddies will host the inaugural 5K run Saturday at 3 p.m. at Sportsman Lake Park. Participants are invited to take part in a Pinkfest immediately after the race. Live music will be presented by the group Horizon. Proceeds will be donated to the local community center to assist cancer patients.
* Thursday night prep football - Douglas 27, Fairview 14.
* Cullman Bearcats face Decatur in the regular season tonight at Oliver Woodard Stadium for the first time since 1987. Decatur is 3-1 in Class 6A, Region 8 with Cullman 2-2 in the standings in 3rd place.
* Addison Bulldogs can clinch No. 2 in Class 2A, Region 6 with a victory tonight at home against the Tarrant Wildcats. This is the first meeting between the two schools. Addison is 5-2, 3-1 in the region.
* Cold Springs can stay alive for its first playoff berth since 2004 if the Eagles win at Sumiton Christian this evening. Cold Springs is 5-2, 2-2 in 2A, Region 6 with Sumiton 3-5 and 2-3 in regional play.
TUNE IN TONIGHT FOR THE VINEMONT EAGLES AND THE SUSAN MOORE BULLDOGS IN THE K92 GAME OF THE WEEK. KICKOFF WILL BE AT 7, IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING PREP FOOTBALL TONIGHT AT 6:25. DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE K92 POSTGAME SHOW RIGHT AFTER OUR BROADCAST.
LADY RAIDERS TAKE DOWN NO. 8 SAND ROCK TO FINISH OFF GOOD DAY ON THE HOME FLOOR:
Quad match @ D.E. Ryan Gymnasium - Good Hope
COURT # 1:
Sand Rock 29 25 12
Good Hope 27 23 15
Good Hope wins match 2-1
Holly Pond 9 7
Good Hope 25 25
Good Hope wins match 2-0
Fairview 14 16
Good Hope 25 25
Good Hope wins match 2-0
COURT # 2:
Sand Rock 25 25
Fairview 14 16
Sand Rock wins match 2-0
Sand Rock 25 25
Holly Pond 16 10
Sand Rock wins match 2-0
Fairview 25 25
Holly Pond 18 18
Fairview wins match 2-0
ANALYSIS: A week ago, the Lady Raiders suffered a heartbreaking loss in the Cullman County championship in three sets to No. 4 Cold Springs from Class 2A.
A week later, the Lady Raiders close out their home schedule vs. the No. 8 squad from Class 3A in coming from behind after dropping a very entertaining first set.
Good Hope battled hard in game to tie the score at 25-25 following a receiving error on Sand Rock. They gained the lead at 27-26 after the Lady Wildcats were guilty of a volley error and had a chance to take the set.
But Sand Rock broke service and would go to score the next three points to take the opener.
Game two was a thrilling as the first one. A net foul propelled the Lady Raiders to tie the score at 20-20. A service ace from Hannah Clay between two defenders put Good Hope up 23-22.
Then Sand Rock answered with a kill by Megan Lumsden and the match was even once more.
However, Kaylee Maddox responded on the next play with a volley that landed across the net and it was 24-23.
The set ended on a solid serve from Hannah Smith and the battle between two solid programs would go to the tiebreaker.
A net foul on a serve from Clay pushed Good Hope's lead to 6-3. Jami Stinson came in for Maddox and served it over to score a point and it was 10-6 Good Hope.
But Stinson then committed a foot fault and Sand Rock would follow that with another point and was down 10-8.
Celina Dillard delivered with a volley to move it to 11-8, a kill by Alyssa Harlin extended the advantage to 13-10 following a couple of service breaks.
Clay was back at the service line and delivered to give Good Hope a 14-10 advantage, only to see Sand Rock stay in contention on service points from Courtney Rowe who impressive for the No. 8 team from Class all afternoon and evening.
Down two with Rowe serving, the Lady Wildcats were looking to narrow it to one. Jessica King came through with a solid volley from the right side of the front line to complete the comeback and give Rosemary Brown's Lady Raiders a 29-15 record heading into a pre-area tournament Saturday at Cullman High School.
Winning three times on Thursday gave Good Hope a 9-1 record at D.E. Ryan Gymnasium this season with the only loss coming to Priceville.
Fairview left Good Hope with a victory over Holly Pond to offset losses to Sand Rock and Good Hope in straight sets.
The Lady Aggies got good play from the front line on a series of kills by Carli Ashley, Taylor Edge and Dalys Mullican along with service points by Pheonix Janusas, Kylee Yancy, Ashley and Edge.
They broke a 15-15 tie in the first set on a kill by Ashley and went on with a 10-3 run to close out the Lady Broncos in the opener.
The consistency continued for the Tracy Means' Lady Aggies as they were able to get control of the game on a block at the net by Edge and run the score to 17-14.
From there, they used good serving and several kills to sweep the match.
Holly Pond played hard with good efforts coming from Kaitlyn Stephens, Taylor Tankersley, Abby Gambrill, Maddie Folds and Mykenzie Heaton.
Fairview joins Good Hope in the Cullman pre-area invitational. The Lady Aggies are in Pool A with Cullman, Hayden and Cordova. Good Hope has been place in Pool B with Brewer, Carbon Hill and Meek.
The tournament begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and continues throughout the day.
* A total of 12 patients from the state that have been examined for possible Ebola virus according to a report Wednesday from the State Health Office. One patient was tested for flu-like symptoms after recently visiting Kenya, not West Africa, where the virus may be coming from.
* A new policy from the Cullman County Commission requires all employees to inform their organizations if a family member is hired. Current employees will be "grandfathered" in the policy of promoting, hiring or transferring. This nepotism law effects employees who work with spouses, family members and domestic partners. Each department will determine if the employee's relationship to this newly enforced county policy.
* Power crews continued to work on Wednesday, restoring power across the city and in the county. From Wednesday afternoon, Co-Op officials reported 500 residents still without power as 50 separate outages were caused from Monday's stormy weather.
* Cullman Police continued to investigate forgery that took place at the Cullman County Rescue Squad at Sportsman Lake Road. A forged check was discovered when the incident was reported to the police. Police also report a forged document took place at 2nd Avenue SW.
* No local teams are in the Top 10 in the state football polls. The Addison Bulldogs are the closest, just on the outside looking in from Class 2A. The West Point Warriors visit No. 4 East Limestone in an impact game Friday in Class 5A, Region 8.
* Because of schools not being in session Tuesday from Monday's severe weather, no volleyball games in the county school system were played.
* Coming up Thursday, Hanceville will be at St. Bernard, Cullman travels to Meek, West Point is at county champion Cold Springs, Fairview, Holly Pond and Sand Rock play a quad match at Good Hope. This is the final day of the regular season. Area tournaments start next week.