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Flash's prep football analysis - October 3:

AREA FOOTBALL PREVIEW - October 3 (Week # 7)


Cold Springs Eagles (5-1, 2-1) vs. Addison Bulldogs (3-2, 1-1)

K92 Game of the Week

SITE: A.G. Hicks Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.


SERIES: Addison leads 25-2

LAST TIME: Addison defeated Cold Springs 45-0 in 2009.

LAST WEEK: Cold Springs defeated Vinemont 21-15, Addison was idle.

2A, REGION 6 STANDINGS: Tanner 3-0, Tarrant 2-0, Cold Springs 2-1, Addison 1-1, Sumiton Christian 1-2, Falkville 0-2, Southeastern 0-3.

COACHES: Rod Elliott 36-32 @ Cold Springs 8th year, David Smothers 19-8 @ Addison 3rd year.

ANALYSIS: Playoff implication factors in this game with Cold Springs coming to A.G. Hicks Stadium playing good football and trying to win on Addison's turf for the very first time.

 Addison knows this game is important for the Bulldogs in order to stay near the top of the regional standings with many believing that Tanner will take the top spot even though Tarrant is 2-0 in regional play. 

 Tarrant travels to Tanner this week with it being the other showdown featuring the top four teams currently in the region.

 Cold Springs has won two straight after getting shut out at Tanner on Sept. 12 by the score of 49-0. The Eagles operate under a run-oriented system with sophomore quarterback Cayde Elliott the commander.

 Balance is what Elliott has behind him as it was illustrated with Nic Rollo rushing for 69 yards in the 21-15 win over Vinemont and scoring two touchdowns.

 Austin Moore gained 49 yards and had a score with Elliott picking up 28 yards on the ground and hitting on two tosses for 21 yards.

 Passing will not be a major item on either side. Hunter Ray makes his second start for Addison in replacing the injured John Everett.

 The Bulldogs were effective in running the last time they played. a 13-0 shutout at Hanceville two weeks ago.

 Freshman Benjamin Robinson gained 69 yards while Kolby Kirk had a 27-yard run that factored in to be important when the Bulldogs drove 65 yards in 13 plays right before halftime to score and lead 7-0.

 The trenches will decide which team can take care of business. Addison has gone 10-3 at home since Smothers took over the program in 2012. Without a doubt, this game has a lot riding on it in regards of the impact in the history of this series that has been owned by the Bulldogs.


Athens Golden Eagles (2-4, 1-2) vs. Cullman Bearcats (3-2, 1-1)

SITE: Oliver Woodard Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.


SERIES: Athens leads 30-20-1

LAST TIME: Cullman won 16-13 in 2013

LAST WEEK: Cullman defeated Fayette County 21-18, Athens lost to East Limestone 10-7.

CLASS 6A, REGION 8 STANDINGS: Decatur 3-0, Florence 2-0, Hartselle 1-1, Cullman 1-1, Athens 1-2, Muscle Shoals 1-2, Austin 0-3.

COACHES: Mark Britton 116-46 @ Cullman 14th year, Allen Creasey 98-76 @ Athens 15th year.

ANALYSIS: Momentum is on the side of Cullman with back to back road wins in which the Bearcats fought hard to earn.

 They shook Fayette County with a 14-0 lead and held the Tigers in beating them for the first time ever. It was Will Crenshaw rushing for 105 yards and scoring two touchdowns while Ross Crocker threw a 45-yard TD pass to Owen Lovell that contributed to the victory.

 This game is dangerous for the fact that Athens can play well on the road. The Golden Eagles clipped Muscle Shoals by a 17-14 margin two weeks back. A field goal was the difference in the Eagles' battle last week with East Limestone, falling 10-7.

 Athens has lost three times by a margin of seven or less. The Hartselle game on Sept. 5 came down to a field goal getting blocked as time ran out and Athens fell 24-21. James Clemens beat the Eagles 37-30 in week two.

 Mark Britton has the Bearcats getting better from week to week. Mistakes have been reduced since they last suffered a defeat to Florence 28-14 on Sept. 11. 

 Last season Athens fought Cullman to the wire and the Bearcats claimed a 16-13 victory at Woodard Stadium.

 A win keeps Cullman in the mix with Hartselle playing at Muscle Shoals the first Friday in October and Austin going to Florence. Decatur is idle in regional play for this week.


Johnson Jaguars (2-3, 1-2) vs. West Point Warriors (5-0, 3-0)


SITE: West Point Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.

SERIES: Johnson leads 2-0

LAST TIME: Johnson defeated West Point 33-0 in 2007.

LAST WEEK: West Point defeated Hanceville 47-6, Johnson lost to Buckhorn 49-18.

CLASS 5A, REGION 8 STANDINGS: West Point 3-0, Russellville 3-0, East Limestone 3-0, Lawrence County 2-1, Johnson 1-2, Pope John Paul 0-3, Columbia 0-3, Ardmore 0-3.

COACHES: Don Farley 9-6 @ West Point 2nd year, Harold Wells 121-127 @ Johnson 23rd year.

ANALYSIS: Things change for the Warriors. After playing four of five on the road to open the season,. West Point wants to use the home field to its advantage with four of the last five games in front of the home fans.

 The Warriors know the competition will be more challenging than it has been in the first half. The opposition record for the second half is 19-6, very different than a 2-23 record from the first five foes they have faced.

 The Warriors did what they had to with Hanceville in run the ball very well, throw it when they needed and use special teams with punt returns to set up good field position.

 Bryant Farley accounted for 245 yards of offense, throwing for 142 and two touchdowns and rushing for 103 and a score.

 He had help in the backfield with Kobe Smith gaining 145 yards and scoring three times plus catching a 17-yard touchdown pass.

 Will Wrenn was good in pass routes, three catches for 80 yards and a touchdown and also intercepted a pass.

 West Point will see more speed this week than they have in recent games. Johnson only lost to Russellville 26-25 a month ago and fell to East Limestone 33-14. The lone regional win for the Jags came against Lawrence County on Sept. 19 in Moulton by the score of 14-7.

 This will be history for the Warriors. West Point has never won four regional games while playing in Class 5A. The 5-0 start matches their record from 20 years ago when Billy Coleman was leading the team.

 This game serves as a frontrunner in the region this week besides the battle of unbeatens with Russellville playing at East Limestone.


Fairview Aggies (2-3, 0-3) vs. Madison County Tigers (2-3, 2-1)

SITE: Madison County Stadium in Gurley, Friday 7 p.m.


SERIES: Fairview leads 13-1

LAST TIME: Madison County defeated Fairview 13-7 in 2005.

LAST WEEK: Fairview defeated Holly Pond 53-27, Madison County lost to Walker 52-6.

CLASS 5A, REGION 7 STANDINGS: Guntersville 3-0, Etowah 3-0, Madison Co 2-1, Boaz 2-1, Douglas 1-2, Randolph 1-2, Fairview 0-3, Butler 0-3.

COACHES: George Redding 51-31 @ Fairview 8th year, Scott Peavey 32-28 @ MCHS 6th year.

ANALYSIS: It comes down to Fairview in a must win situation or the Aggies are eliminated from the postseason. These two have played as 4A programs from the past, now they meet in Class 5A for the first time.

 Fairview got a three-game losing streak out of the way by a solid second half against Holly Pond at Cullman's Oliver Woodard Stadium. A 26-point fourth quarter outburst allowed the Aggies to celebrate their season high with 53 points in their lastest triumph over the Broncos.

 Madison County clobbered Boaz, who held back the Aggies 35-24 on Sept. 12. The Tigers' two wins have been where they are point productive with 67 against Butler and 52 vs. Boaz.

 But the Tigers were drilled by a Walker program. Now the Aggies have a chance to add to the Tigers' miserary. It will come down to Fairview playing well from the beginning, especially if the Aggies are to win on the road.


Good Hope Raiders (2-3, 1-2) vs. Locust Fork Hornets (4-1, 2-1)

SITE: Pate Field, Locust Fork, Friday 7 p.m.


SERIES: Good Hope leads 8-4

LAST TIME: Good Hope defeated Locust Fork 44-12 in 2003.

LAST WEEK: Good Hope defeated Curry 19-14, Locust Fork had a bye.

CLASS 4A, REGION 7 STANDINGS: Oneonta 3-0, Locust Fork 2-1, Westminster Christian 2-1, North Jackson 2-1, Good Hope 1-2, Priceville 1-2, J.B. Pennington 1-2, DAR 0-3.

COACHES: Chris Moss 45-55 @ Good Hope 10th year, Chris Musso 10-5 @ Locust Fork 2nd year.

ANALYSIS: Good Hope is in the midst of a three-game tour from James Shabel Stadium. It begin in success last week when the Raiders scored twice in the fourth quarter to comeback and knock off Curry 19-14. Jared McClure scored on a 13-yard run with 2:45 to play and finished with 194 yards rushing.

 It will take a good team effort by the Raiders who are very young with just six seniors to beat a Locust Fork team that is up and coming. The Hornets lost two weeks ago to Oneonta 35-26 that dropped them from the ranks of the unbeaten.

 A win by the Raiders keeps them in the mix of the regional standings. Oneonta has Priceville at home Friday night in other regional play while Westminster hosts DAR and North Jackson travels to Blountsville to meet J.B. Pennington.


Oakman Wildcats (4-1, 3-0) vs. Vinemont Eagles (2-3, 1-1).

SITE: Mark Smothers Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.


SERIES: 1st meeting

LAST WEEK: Vinemont lost to Cold Springs 21-15, Oakman lost to Cordova 14-6.

CLASS 3A, REGION 5 STANDINGS: Oakman 3-0, Winfield 3-0, Vinemont 1-1, Susan Moore 1-2, Winston County 1-2, Holly Pond 0-2, Hanceville 0-2.

COACHES: Alan Scott 15-20 @ Vinemont 4th year, Mark Hastings 36-25 @ Oakman 6th year.

ANALYSIS: Vinemont comes into October not healthy. Coach Alan Scott doesn't use that an an excuse. With RB John Michael Dye not 100 percent and FB Bo Wright out with a concussion, it has changed the persona on how the Eagles have been unable to display perfect execution.

 Mistakes served as a breakdown for Vinemont falling at Cold Springs. Now the Eagles have lost two straight and will look to use the moment of playing at home this week in trying to slow down one of the c0-leaders from Region 5.

 Oakman's undefeated season ended with a 14-6 loss to a rival from Walker County in the Cordova Blue Devils. 

 Oakman has already romped over a county team this season, defeating Holly Pond 60-26 in the Region 5 opener on Sept. 5.

 A Vinemont wins keeps the Eagles a float in chasing down a playoff berth in this region. A loss will put them in a position to have to win out if they are to extend their season past October.


Winfield Pirates (4-2, 3-0) vs. Hanceville Bulldogs (0-5, 0-2)

SITE: Ray Talley Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.


SERIES: Winfield leads 8-6

LAST TIME: Hanceville won 27-7 in 2013

LAST WEEK: Hanceville lost to West Point 47-6, Winfield lost to Hamilton 38-31

COACHES: Danny Miller 34-24 @ Hanceville 6th year, David McKinney 10-7 @ Winfield 2nd year.

ANALYSIS: Hanceville's last three opponents have gone 12-4, which includes Winfield. The first 7:00 of the West Point game was good for the Bulldogs last Friday until the experience for West Point settled in and took over the game.

 Winfield is an experienced team that has outscored regional teams 118-33. The Pirates are producing at least 35 points per contest when they line up against regional competition.

 Hanceville has to execute on offense in order to take pressure off its defense and keep Winfield's aggressive offense on the sidelines.

 The Bulldogs can approach this game as everything to gain and nothing to lose. 


Holly Pond Broncos (0-5, 0-2) vs. Winston County Yellow Jackets (3-3, 1-2)

SITE: Malcolm Blake Stadium Double Springs, Friday 7 p.m.


SERIES: Winston County leads 3-2

LAST TIME: Holly Pond defeated Winston County 42-28 in 2011.

LAST WEEK: Holly Pond lost to Fairview 53-27, Winston County defeated Carbon Hill 41-8.

COACHES: Mike Bates 0-15 @ Holly Pond 2nd year, Wes Tidwell 12-15 @ Winston County 3rd year.

ANALYSIS: Holly Pond made plays early that gave them a 7-0 lead in the first quarter with Fairview. But the Broncos were unable to keep the Aggies from getting the lead and surrendered two touchdowns in the third quarter that put them down 27-7.

 The Broncos did score 20 in the last period, but gave up 26 to the Aggies and remained winless in the second year of Bates directing the Holly Pond program.

 Winston County has to prevent a Bronco upset to keep itself in the Region 5 playoff hunt. The Yellow Jackets have a win over Hanceville and losses to Winfield and Oakman in the region.

 The Broncos will once again try to go toe to toe with a team from the start and hope they can keep the game close when it gets to the fourth quarter.



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K92 local news/sports - September 30:

* A package found Monday morning at the BP Chemical Plant in Decatur was declared safe by the Morgan County Sheriff's Department. A package was discovered in an empty railcar. An area that covered 100 yards from where the package was, took precaution in being evacuated. No injuries were reported. 
* The 60th Miss Cullman County Fair Pageant will be tonight at 7 on the main stage of the fairgrounds. The contestants are Mallory Nichols of Cold Springs, Josie Oliver of Cullman, Taylor Edge of Fairview, Hannah Shaddix of Good Hope, Tiffany Bell of Hanceville, Megan Gambrill of Holly Pond, Destiny Lansford of Vinemont and Lexi Bell of West Point.
* Morgan County law enforcement confiscated 16 marijuana plants over the weekend and arrested three people in the Somerville community. Robert Sherrill Holmes, Franklin Spencer Holmes and Stephanie Vaught Holmes were charged with drug trafficking. Each were released on $50,000 bonds by the Morgan County District Attorney's office.
* A check of $75,000 was donated to Garden City Elementary School Monday. Cullman County School Superintendent Dr. Craig Ross announced the money was provided by American Protein and the Tommy Bagwell Foundation to be used for repairs to the elementary school along with building a student pavilion. 
 * Despite a disappointing season team wise, the Braves' Craig Kimbrel once again is the top reliever in the National League. Kimbrel had 47 saves against four blown saves and led the NL with a 1.61 earned run average. Kimbrel struck out the Phillies in the 9th to save a 2-1 win in the final game of the season Sunday.
* No. 1 Addison hosts Hartselle and Curry in a volleyball tri-match today. Also, Good Hope welcomes J.B. Pennington to town, Hanceville and Susan Moore play at Vinemont, Fairview visits Oneonta and St. Bernard goes to Appalachian.
* A battle of undefeated teams take to the gridiron today in middle school football. West Point and Good Hope play at 5 at James Shabel Stadium. Both are 4-0 on the season with Good Hope currently on an 18-game winning streak. The Raiders have won the last two middle school county championships.
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Monday night junior varsity football; Cullman Bearcats 36, Arab Arabian Knights 24:


At Oliver Woodard Stadium - Cullman


Arab       0  14  8   2  -  24

Cullman  8  14 14  0  - 36


Cull - Fletcher Jennings 31 pass to Alex Campbell (Jennings run) 5:43 in 1st.

Cull - Jennings 57 pass to Matt Cofer (run failed) 7:49 in 2nd.

Cull - Tanner Brown 38 pass to Cofer (Brown pass to Hayden Henderson) 4:30 in 2nd

Arab - Tanner Bright 4 pass to Russell Brazelton (run failed) 2:09 in 2nd.

Arab - Ashley 11 run (Bright pass to Riley Garrett) 0:09 in 2nd.

Arab - Patrick Hardin 65 interception return (Ashley run) 3:28 in 3rd.

Cull - Conner Freeman 69 run (Weston Norton pass to Henderson) 2:24 in 3rd.

Cull - Caleb Lipsey 35 fumble return (pass failed) 1:55 in 3rd.

Arab - Safety (Norton recovers ball in end zone) 1:47 in 4th



1st Downs - 10

Yards rushing - 129

Yards passing  - 186

Total yards - 314

Passing - 12/22/2

Fumbles lost - 0

Penalties - 4/40



1st Downs - 7

Yards rushing - 43

Yards passing - 117

Total yards - 160

Passing - 12/18/1

Fumbles lost - 1

Penalties - 2/20


 Cullman and Arab combined its freshmen and junior varsity personnel and played an entertaining game on a pleasant Monday night. This began homecoming activities for the Bearcats with the varsity to host Athens on Friday night.

 Three touchdowns by the Bearcats on three consecutive possessions looked like Cullman was going to run Arab off the artificial surface with a 22-0 lead at the 4:30 mark of the second quarter.

 Arab then got a 65-yard drive to get points on the board and set up a score right before the half ended when they picked off a Cullman pass and returned to the Bearcat 32.

 Cullman almost scored on the final play of the half, but a 50-yard swing pass to Cofer was nullified when the 'Cats were called for illegal block.

 The 'Cats were driving to start the third period when another fourth down play turned into points for the Knights.

 Hardin stepped in front of the receiver and sped 65 yards down the left sidelines with a pick six. The conversion brought the game to a 22-22 tie with 3:28 left in the third.

 Two plays after the kick, Cullman regained the lead to stay. Freeman went around right end then cut back against the grain and was gone on a 69-yard jaunt that made it 30-22 with the conversion.

 The defense then got a score when Brazelton fumbled, Lipsey picked it up around the Arab 35, went back toward midfield then took off left and scampered down the sidelines for the score.

 Cullman netted 221 yards of offense by halftime with 167 coming in the air out of the spread formation. Jennings and Brown delivered timely throws while Cofer had three first half catches for 110 yards and two scores.

 Freeman's run was the longest play from scrimmage. It came at a time the 'Cats needed a big play after two turnovers resulted in two touchdowns by the Knights.

 Cullman's defense allowed Arab only 17 yards of offense in the third and 39 in the fourth for 56 in the final two quarters with only three first downs.


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K92 local news/sports - September 29:

* Two people lost their lives in separate weekend auto accidents. An accident Friday morning claimed the life of a Blountsville man and sent a Bremen man to the hospital. Forty-eight year old Jonathan Sansing died from injuries he suffered in an accident on Highway 69, a mile south of the town of Dodge City. Forty-eight year old John Roberts was injured and later flown to UAB Medical Center.
* A one-vehicle crashed on Highway 69, 2 miles East of Cullman Sunday morning took the life of Johny Phillips of Baileyton. The accident was reported at 4:30 when Phillips lost control of his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
* Third degree burglary was reported by Cullman Police at A.K. Rentals, located at 2nd Ave NW. Among items stolen from the property were blowers and trimmers with being reported to the front door. If you have information, contact the Cullman PD at 256-734-1434.
* Students in the Cullman County School system will be out of the classroom for today. This has been set as "Fair Day" for students to attend the Cullman County Fair. Teachers will take part in professional development work day while the kids are enjoying the festivities at the fairgrounds.
* A 12-year old female from Cullman got her wish over the weekend to meet Latino recording artist El Dasa. Yazmin Amador and her family received an invitation to meet El Dasa on his tour bus before performing at Linn Park in Birmingham. The 12-year old is battling cancer. She has unfortunately been told the cancer has resurfaced into her body. Our thoughts and prayers go to this young lady and her family.
 * K92 Cullman Park & Rec Team of the Week is the Cullman Bearcats.
* K92/USA Healthcare coaching staff of the week is the Good Hope Raiders.
* K92/Ryan's Grill, Buffet & Bakery band of the week is the Fairview Aggies.
 Awards are designed courtesy of the Awards Palace on Highway 31, across the street from the Cullman County Courthouse.
* RB Will Crenshaw ran for 105 yards and 2 TDs as Cullman defeated Fayette County 21-18 for its first ever win against the Tigers.
* Good Hope RB Jared McClure gained 194 yards on the ground and scored the game winner from 13 yards out with 2:45 left to propel the Raiders by Curry 19-14.
* Cold Springs Eagles are 5-1 after a 21-15 victory over Vinemont, snapping a 7-game losing streak to the Eagles. Cold Springs now plays at Addison Friday night in the K92 Game of the Week.
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Baileyton man dies from Sunday morning auto accident:


 A Baileyton man died from injuries he sustained in a one-car accident Sunday morning on Alabama Highway 69, a mile east of the city of Cullman.

 Johny Phillips lost control of his vehicle when he crashed at 4:30 in the morning, hitting an embankment. Investigation continues on what caused the accident.

 This was the second accident during the weekend that happened on Highway 69. The other was on Friday morning, a mile south of the town of Dodge City. 

 Blountsville resident Jonathan Sansing was killed when he crashed into a vehicle driven by John Roberts of Bremen. Roberts suffered injuries and was taken by Air Evac to UAB Medical Center.

 The cause of the crash has not been determined by the Alabama State Troopers Decatur Post.


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Prep football recap from September 26:


 West Point has gone through the first half of the 2014 season without a loss. The Warriors have matched their best start since 1994 when they would compile a 10-0 regular season that year under Billy Coleman. Winning four of five on the road, the Warriors took care of Hanceville 47-6 Friday night to keep the record unblemished.



 Good Hope trailed Curry 14-7 early in the fourth quarter Friday night at Curry. The Raiders were able to get into the Yellow Jacket end zone twice in the final stanza and come back home with a 19-14 victory. Jared McClure scored the game winner on a 13-yard run with 2:45 remaining.



 Playing Vinemont for the first time since 2001, Cold Springs defeated their Eagle counterparts 21-15 Friday night at Cranford Stricklin Stadium. Cold Springs is having its best start at 5-1 since 2003 when the Eagles were coached at that time by Rod Elliott. The Eagles' win sanpped a 7-game losing streak to their neighbors from Vinemont.



 Cullman had never enjoyed the thrill of victory over Fayette County before Friday night. In a brief series that hadn't been played since 1995, the Bearcats started strong and held off the talented Tigers 21-18. Cullman has won back to back games at places not easy to come out on top in Decatur's Ogle Stadium and Fayette County High School.



 Fairview held a 27-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter of its latest rivalry with Holly Pond. This time the game was played at Cullman's Oliver Woodard Stadium because Fairview's Dafford Smith Stadium is under repairs in the bleachers. The Aggies scored four touchdowns, 26 points, while the Broncos had three scores for 20 points. When the smoked cleared, the Aggies won 53-27 to snap a three-game losing streak.



 West Point's Bryant Farley completed 7 of 11 passes in the first half for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns. Farley ran for 103 yards and scored a touchdown in the 47-6 win at Hanceville.


Kobe Smith of West Point ran for 145 yards and scored three touchdowns. He also caught a 17-yard TD pass from Bryant Farley as the Warriors ended a three-game losing streak to the Bulldogs.


Will Wrenn caught three passes for 80 yards and scored a touchdown in the West Point victory. He also intercepted a pass that set up a short scoring drive late in the second quarter.


Farley was selected the Basch Brothers Powersports player of the game. Smith earned the Bill Smith Buick/GMC offensive player of the game, Wrenn was the Mitch Smith Cheverolet defensive player of the game.


Good Hope's Jared McClure ran for 194 yards and scored the game winner of a thrilling 19-14 victory at Curry.


Reese Harbison had 118 yards receiving and caught a 75-yard scoring pass from Riley Eisner in the fourth quarter of the Good Hope-Curry game.


Eisner was 14 of 25 for 236 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders extended their winning streak to two following an 0-3 start.


In Cullman's 21-18 win at Fayette County, running back Will Crenshaw for 105 yards and scored two touchdowns. His performance helped the Bearcats defeat Fayette County for the first time ever.


Ross Crocker connected with Owen Lovell for a 45-yard touchdown that served to be a big play in the first time Cullman played Fayette County since 1995.



 Good Hope played Curry in 1977 and scored 19 points in a win. The Raiders got by the Yellow Jackets Friday night, scoring 19 points with 12 coming late in the fourth quarter.

 Cold Springs snapped a 7-game losing streak to Vinemont with a 21-15 win. The Eagles are 5-1 and 11-4 in their last 16 regular season games.

 Fairview's George Redding is 8-0 as a coach in the series with Holly Pond. He took the controls of the Aggies in 2007 and the series has been controlled by his program ever since.

 Mike Bates of Holly Pond returned to Cullman High School on the sidelines for the first time since 2000. Bates was the coach for the Bearcats until 2000. His last season at CHS, the 'Cats were 10-2 and 7-0 at Oliver Woodard Stadium.

 This time the past two years, Cullman had played 3A state power Madison Academy. Now the Bearcats swapped it with a 4A contender in Fayette County. This series will continue next year at Cullman's Oliver Woodard Stadium.

 Addison coaches no doubt was at Cranford Stricklin Stadium Friday night scouting the Cold Springs game. The Bulldogs had the week off and now welcome the Eagles to A.H. Hicks this Friday for a 2A, Region 6 clash. The 5-1 Eagles are 2-1 in the region, the 3-2 Bulldogs are currently 1-1 vs. regional foes.





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Prep football scoreboard and records:

K92 SCOREBOARD- September 26:

West Point 47, Hanceville 6 (K92 game of the week):

West Point 5-0, Hanceville 0-5.


Cold Springs 21, Vinemont 15

Cold Springs 4-1, Vinemont 2-3.


Fairview 53, Holly Pond 27

Fairview 2-3, Holly Pond 0-5


Cullman 21, Fayette County 18

Cullman 3-2.


Good Hope 19, Curry 14

Good Hope 2-3.


Cullman Christian 77, Marion Academy 42.

Cullman Christian 4-1


Addison was idle

Addison 3-2



K92/Cullman Park and Recreation Team of the week -

Cullman Bearcats.


K92/USA Healthcare coaching staff of the week -

Good Hope Raiders


K92/Ryan's Grill, Buffet and Bakery Band of the week -

Fairview Aggies.



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K92 Friday football feature; West Point Warriors 47, Hanceville Bulldogs 6:


At Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville:

West Point 14  20  13  0  -  47

Hanceville    0    0   0   6  -  6


WP - Bryant Farley 11 run (Tristin Skinner kick) 4:16 in 1st.

WP - Bryant Farley 17 pass to Kobe Smith (Skinner kick) 1:33 in 2nd.

WP - Smith 14 run (Skinner kick) 7:20 in 2nd.

WP - Smith 4 run (kick failed) 4:18 in 2nd.

WP - Farley 30 pass to Will Wrenn (Skinner kick) 3:33 in 2nd.

WP - Smith 6 run (Skinner kick) 10:24 in 3rd.

WP - Kolton Easterwood 3 run (kick failed) 2:49 in 3rd.

HV - Branen Hurst 10 pass to Issac Weissend (run failed) 0:43 in 4th.



Basch Brothers Powersports player of the game - Bryant Farley of West Point.

Bill Smith Buick/GMC offensive player of the game - Kobe Smith of West Point.

Mitch Smith Chevrolet defensive player of the game - Will Wrenn of West Point.


 West Point executed its offense to perfection in the first half, scoring on five consecutive possessions. A solid second quarter had the Warriors with 232 yards offense (140 rushing, 92 passing) as they scored  on drives of 81, 63 and 36 yards.

 The bread and butter to the West Point offense is QB Bryant Farley and RB Kobe Smith. They delivered when coach Don Farley needed the two to do so.

 By halftime, Smith rushed for 116 yards and scored twice. Smith had caught a 17-yard passing scoring pass to add to his outstanding performance with the Warriors up 34-0 at the break.

 Farley had completed seven of 11 passes by halftime for 142 yards and two touchdowns.

 Tight end Ryder Jones had two catches for 26 yards, Wrenn caught three for 80 yards. The Warriors netted 327 yards and had 15 first downs to take command of the game after it was scoreless in the first seven and a half minutes.

 Coach Farley kept his starters on field to start the second half. The Warriors recovered an onside kick and drove downfield in four plays for 48 yards. Smith got his final touchdown of the night.

 Then the Warriors' Alexis Hernadez ran 74 yards to set up a three-yard run by reserve quarterback Kolton Easterwood with less than 3:00 to go in the third.

 West Point was trying to pitch a shutout and had it until the Bulldogs scored with 43 seconds remaining. Hanceville avoided a second straight shutout.

 West Point is the top scoring team in the county with 192 points, averaging 38.4 per game. The defense has allowed 40 points, a total of eight per contest.

 In five games that consist of 20 quarters, the West Point defense has kept the opposition scoreless for 15 quarters. The Warriors are 5-0 for the first time in a decade, knowing the second half of the schedule will be challenging with four of the final games to be played on the West Point campus.


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Accident claims the life of Blountsville man:


 DODGE CITY - An accident Friday morning on Highway 69, a mile south of the town of Dodge City, claimed the life of one man and sent another to the hospital.

 Forty-eight year old Jonathan Sansing of Blountsville died from injuries sustained in the accident. Sansing was not wearing his seat belt at the time the accident took place at 6:10 a.m. according to information from the State Troopers Post in Decatur.

 The other driver, 48-year old John Roberts of Bremen, was injured and flown to UAB Medical Center with his injuries undisclosed. Roberts was wearing his seat belt the State Troopers report.

 Traffic was backed up for an undetermined period of time until the accident was cleared.


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K92 local news/sports - September 26:

* Cullman Police is looking for a suspect that stole prescription medication from two locations this week. Second degree theft of property was reported at Cleveland Ave SW and Commerce Ave. If you have information on these cases, call the Cullman PD at 256-734-1434.
* Cullman City Council earlier this week discussed ordinances to set the water and sewer rates for 2015, 2016 & 2017. No more information was released by the council in regards to how much the rates will be in the future.
* Thursday was normal in regards to no one losing power across the city and county. The sub-station on Highway 157 Wednesday afternoon broke down, causing an outage that effected the Southeast and Southwest part of the city and areas across the county such as Berlin and Dodge City according to reports.
* Coming up this weekend in the 60th annual Cullman County Fair, Jeff Whitlow and the Old Farm Band will perform tonight at 7 p.m.  The WKUL Country Showdown will be Saturday at 7 p.m. under the main stage of the fairgrounds. The fair runs through October 4.
* Eva Frontier Days comes to a close on Saturday. The event has been going on since last Saturday with a variety of activities for the young and the young at heart.
* The weather for the first weekend of fall will be fine for today and Saturday for ball games and numerous outdoor activities in the area. Thunderstorms return to the forecast for Sunday. The high Sunday will be only in the mid 70s. 
 * Two local teams resume rivalries for the first time in years tonight. The Good Hope Raiders play at the Curry Yellow Jackets. These two are meeting for the first time since 1977 when Good Hope won 19-7.
* Cullman Bearcats are playing Fayette County for the first time since 1995. The Tigers lead the brief series 3-0. It will be the first time Cullman coach Mark Britton is taking on a Fayette County team in his career. The Tigers are currently 4-1, the Bearcats 2-2. Both games kick off at 7 p.m.
* Addison Bulldogs have this week off. It is likely that coach David Smothers and his staff will be scouting the Cold Springs-Vinemont game this evening. Cold Springs comes to A.G. Hicks Stadium next Friday with both teams resuming play in Class 2A, Region 6. Addison is 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the region.
6:07 - The SEC Report with Dave Neal.
6:25 - Prep Football Tonight with the Flash, Johnny Thornton.
7:00 - K92 Game of the Week - West Point @ Hanceville.
9:45 - K92 Postgame Show.
10:30 - The AHSAA Scoreboard Show.
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AHSAA volleyball; Good Hope wins quad match from Cold Springs, Cullman, Holly Pond:



At D.E. Ryan Gymnasium - Good Hope



Good Hope defeated Holly Pond 25-19, 25-10 on

Court # 1.

Cold Springs defeated Cullman 25-22, 25-22 on 

Court #2.



Good Hope defeated Cold Springs 26-24, 25-22 on

Court # 1.

Cullman defeated Holly Pond 25-17, 25-16 on 

Court # 2.



Good Hope defeated Cullman 25-18, 25-16 on

Court # 1.

Cold Springs defeated Holly Pond 25-15, 25-16 on

Court # 2.



Good Hope 3-0

Cold Springs 2-1

Cullman 1-2

Holly Pond 0-3



 Good Hope entered this event still No. 8 in the latest 4A state prep rankings. The Lady Raiders were given challenges in each match and able to come out on top.

 Hannah Clay got 13 points in the match against Holly Pond with Hannah Smith handing out 11 assists. Angel Baker scored eight on serve and Kaylee Maddox showed her skills with 10 kills and a block.


 From Cold Springs' close wins over Cullman, the No. 4 Lady Eagles in the 2A Top Ten used 17 kills from Brittany Hopkins, seven kills by Hanna Wilson and 23 assists in the setter's role from Keegan Johnson.


 Matched up in the second segment, Good Hope and Cold Springs went back and forth as the lead swapped sides on numerous ocassions in the first set.

 The Lady Raiders snapped a 24-24 tie and then tallied the final two points to take the opener and grab the momentum.

 Cold Springs challenged in the second game, but Good Hope was able to handle the aggressive play of the Lady Eagles and take them down in straight sets.

 Maddox was solid with 15 kills and six assists, Baker converted five kills, Clay handed out seven assists and Smith was in on eight assists.

 Leading the Lady Eagles was Hopkins with 16 kills, 20 assists by Johnson and 18 digs from Kelsey Hester.


 Cullman got a win on the court over Holly Pond with Tiffani Schwaiger delivering five points and three kills in game one. Olivia Kontogeorge produced five points and four kills from the first game with three kills coming from Kesley Wren.

 The Lady Bearcats gained a sweep when the Lady Broncos seved the ball out of bounds to put Cullman ahead 13-12. Madison Cobbs rolled off four points on serve then service points by Kontogeorge, Wren and Oakleigh White enabled the Lady Bearcats to head into the final segment of the day with Good Hope with some confidence.


 The Lady Raiders rose to the challenge of the Lady Bearcats every time Cullman attempted to get control of the match.

 A 17-10 deficit for Cullman was erased in game one with Schwaiger scoring five straight, aided by kills from Kontogeorge and Wren to narrow the margin  17-15.

 A kill by Alyssa Harlan broke Cullman's advantage and Good Hope led 18-15 enroute to finishing off the Lady 'Cats in the set by a margin of 25-18.

 Maddox scored the final six points for the Lady Raiders and had kills from Smith and Baker that sent them to game two with the upper edge.

 A tight second set at 7-6 was broken by Good Hope featuring kills from Maddox and serves by Smith. The lead grew to 14-6 and Cullman was never able to mount a major comeback.

 Maddox scored three times for her team on kills to complete the sweep and give Good Hope a 14-7 record for the season.


 Cold Springs topped Holly Pond, but it was not easy. After winning the first set, the Lady Eagles fell behind 10-4 and staged a rally behind the play of Johnson, Hopkins, Wilson and Hester.

 They moved ahead at 14-13 and took control from that point to compile a 2-1 record for the day and go to 24-6 on the season.



GOOD HOPE - Kaylee Maddox (top performer), Hannah Clay, Hannah Smith.

COLD SPRINGS - Keegan Johnson, Brittany Hopkins, Hannah Wilson.

CULLMAN - Olivia Kontogeorge, Tiffani Schwaiger, Kesley Wren.

HOLLY POND - Taylor Oslin, Abby Gambrill, Taylor Tankersley.



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K92 local news/sports - September 25:

* A problem with the North Sub-station caused a power outage for city and county residents Wednesday afternoon. Brian Lacy of the Cullman Electric Co-Op informed K92 News at least 9,000 customers had lost power. Crews quickly repaired the problem at the Highway 157 Sub-station and power was back on by the early evening.
* For the first time in quite a while, regular unleaded fuel is under the $3.00 mark. Jet Pep at Highway 157 & Highway 69 and 278 Quick Stop is at $2.99 a gallon. Other locations that have seen a decrease in fuel price are Murphy Oil at $3.02, Pure $3.03, Shell and Exxon $3.05. There has been no word on whether a majority of fuel prices will stay around or under $3.00 for some time.
* Opening ceremonies for the 60th Cullman County Fair will be today. The ribbon cutting and flag raising will take place at 5 at the Fairgrounds. The Tiny Fair Princess & Petite Fair pageants will be at 6. The fair will run through Oct. 4. WKUL will have its talent search on Saturday at 7 under the main stage on the fairgrounds.
* Hartselle Mayor Don Hall returned to work Wednesday after taking time off following an arrest on Sept. 6 in Limestone County for DUI. The mayor made a public apology during the city council meeting Tuesday night. Mayor Hall reported he would consider stepping down if he feels he can not conduct the duties that is required to run a city such as Hartselle.
* A problem is developing at Arab Primary School. Parents are arriving too early to pick up their children, which is causing traffic issues. Vehicles have been reported blocking areas around the Primary School and neighborhood driveways. Parents must wait until 1:45 p.m. each day to pick up children when school is dismissed or could be receiving a ticket from the Arab Police Department for blocking the highway.
 * Two ranked prep volleyball teams will be part of a quad match today at D.E. Ryan Gymnasium. No. 4 Cold Springs from Class 2A will meet No. 8 Good Hope from Class 4A. Also involved in the event is Cullman and Holly Pond. The quad match starts on dual courts at Good Hope at 4 p.m.
* Elsewhere today in area prep volleyball, No. 1 Addison goes to Meek, Vinemont is at St. Bernard, Fairview visits Russellville, Addison swept Lynn Tuesday as head coach Pam Wilkins now has over 700 victories in her career at her alma mater. 
* Cullman Christian School comes back home Friday night for its next game in the Alabama Christian Education Association. The Lions routed Brooklane last Friday 79-26 and are 3-1 on the season. Coach Chase Cantrell's Lions meet Marion Academy at 7 at Cullman City Youth Stadium, located across the street from West Elementary School.
* Even with a 4-0 record, West Point didn't crack the 5A Top 10 this week. Three schools including regional rival East Limestone are ranked in the Top 10 and are 4-0. Eight of the 10 teams from Class 5A this week are undefeated including No. 1 St. Paul's and No. 2 Guntersville who are 4-0.West Point looks to stay undefeated Friday night at Hanceville in the K92 Game of the Week.
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K92 local news & sports - September 24:

* Many people who are associated with United Parcel Service locally and statewide are in mourning after tragedy was reported at a facility located in Birmingham Tuesday morning. A former employee, Joe Tensey, shot and killed two people then turned the game on himself. Tensey was recently fired by UPS with the reason not being disclosed. The names of the two victims who were killed have not been released.
* Krystal Johnson of Arab received a 7-year sentence for 1st degree assault after she left the scene of an accident that seriously injured Larry Gobble of Arab. Johnson was placed on 2-year probation as well. The charge for leaving the scene of an accident was dropped after Johnson made a plea deal.
* Hartselle residents will get to vote on the wet/dry referendum for the November 4 general election. A total of 930 valid signatures were delivered to the city clerk's office Tuesday with the agenda becoming a part of Tuesday night's city council meeting. If the referendum passes, over $200,000 in taxes per alcohol sales could come into the city based on reports by neighboring cities that has the same size to the city of Hartselle.
 * Good Hope Middle School is 4-0 on the football and winners of 18 straight after the Raiders defeated Hanceville 32-12 Monday night on homecoming. QB Preston Bagwell completed 4 of 5 passes for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Raiders led 20-6 at halftime and put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.
* Fairview Middle School led 32-0 at halftime and went on to defeat Holly Pond 40-22 Monday night. The Aggies evened their record to 2-2 on the season.
* Current Holly Pond coach Mike Bates looks forward to returning to Oliver Woodard Stadium Friday night. Bates and his Broncos will play the Fairview Aggies. Bates last coached at Cullman High in 2000 with his final season producing a 10-2 record including 7-0 in games played on the Cullman campus.
* It will be the battle of the Eagles on the gridiron for the first time since 2001. Vinemont goes to Cranford Stricklin Stadium Friday evening to take on Cold Springs. Cold Springs is off to a 4-1 start while Vinemont has a record of 2-2.  
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AHSAA volleyball; Cold Springs wins tri-match at West Point:



At Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point


MATCH # 1:

Fairview      23  20  17

West Point  25 25  25

West Point wins match 3-0



 West Point started the busy afternoon by taking Fairview in three hard fought sets. This was a Class 5A, Area 14 matchup and the Lady Warriors were victorious in area play for the first time this season.

 Game one featured 11 ties and five lead changes. After Fairview had tied the score at 23-23, West Point took the lead on a kill by Olivia Vanderburg.

 Then the Lady Warriors wrapped up the opening set that was completed in 26 minutes with Vanderburg blocking the ball at the net after Fairview tried to return the serve of Lexi Bell.

 Cassie Mariano had three critical kills in game one while Jeri Beasley provided solid play near the net with four kills and a block.

 Good serving was displayed by Bell with four points, Vanderburg with a couple and and Mariano with three including an ace.

 In the second set, Fairview went up 13-10 when the Lady Warriors answered and never trailed for the rest of the game.

 Lillie Burdette rolled off six straight points on serve to put West Point ahead 17-13.

 Fairview was able to close to 22-19 after West Point served the ball into the net. Then the Lady Warriors broke serve and finished off the Lady Aggies on points by Madison Roberts on serve and the final coming when Fairview served it into the net.

 A good start for Regina Jones' Lady Warriors keyed the sweep in three games. West Point was ahead 14-7 after Mariano volleyed the ball over the net off a serve from Bell.

 They maintained a decent margin that Fairview couldn't answer.

  Beasley blocked the ball at the net to make it 21-17 then went to the service line and scored four straight as the match went an hour and nine minutes.


MATCH # 2:

Fairview       17  25  5

Cold Springs 25 23  15

Cold Springs wins match 2-1



 No. 4 ranked Cold Springs came to Jim Boyd Gym and got challenged in both matches. The Lady Eagles were very solid in the first set with Keegan Johnson accounting for for six points on serve and had an ace. Kelsey Hester rolled off three in a row from the service line, and efficient play at the net in a series of kills by Hanna Wilson, Brittany Hopkins and Kaleigh Merring sent them to the lead in this match.

 Fairview found momentum in game two, going ahead 18-15 when Cold Springs got called for a net foul. Yhe Lady Aggies took advantage of opportunties and forced a tiebreaker in this match.

 Johnson set the tone for the Lady Eagles from the start. She nailed nine consecutive points on serve and had assistance from the front line.

 Fairview never recovered and the Lady Eagles came out two wins to one and waited for a showdown with the host of the afternoon, West Point.


MATCH # 3:

Cold Springs  23  25  15

West Point    25  18  10

Cold Springs wins match 2-1


 An inspired group of Lady Warriors went to battle with the Lady Eagles and claimed the win in the first set.

 Both teams went back and forth as the game was tied at 22-22 when Mariano broke it on a kill for West Point.

 Cold Springs got a crosscourt kill by Hopkins to tie the score at 23-23. Then it was time for Mariano, a left hander, to drill one that was not returned and the Lady Warriors were back in front.

 The set finished when Vanderbug scored on serve and the Lady Warriors held a 1-0 series lead.

 Cold Springs was down 13-10 when the Lady Eagles used the serving of Hopkins and Wilson and several kills by Hopkins, Wilson and Merring.

 Johnson accounted for the final three points on serve with kills going to Wilson and this match would come down to a third set.

 A pair of service winners by Wilson sent Cold Springs up 5-3. Then two solid serves by Jillian Keeton gave the visitors a 9-4 score as West Point asked for time.

 The Lady Warriors were able to narrow to 13-10 when Mariano had a kill from a serve by Bell.

 Cold Springs answered by breaking serve on a kill from Hopkins. The Johnson ended the 57-minute match with a serve that was not handled in the middle of the West Point defense.

 The Lady Eagles are now 3-1 vs. Cullman County teams. Coach Cantrice Voce will send her Lady Eagles to a quad match Thursday at Good Hope.

 The Lady Eagles will do battle with Good Hope, Holly Pond and Cullman. Good Hope is currently eighth in the 4A rankings. The series will begin Thursday at 4 p.m. at D.E. Ryan Gymnasium.


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Flash's prep football analysis - September 26:



West Point Warriors (4-0) vs. Hanceville Bulldogs (0-4)

SITE: Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville, Friday 7 p.m.

K92 Prep Football Game of the Week

SERIES: Hanceville leads 27-17-1

LAST TIME: Hanceville defeated West Point 45-22 in 2013

LAST WEEK: West Point defeated Pope John Paul 41-7, Hanceville lost to Addison 13-0.

COACHES: Don Farley 8-6 @ West Point 2nd year, Danny Miller 34-23 @ Hanceville 6th year.

WEATHER: Sunny skies, game time temperature in the upper 70s.

ANALYSIS: West Point gets back on the bus this week and makes its shortest trip so far in the 2014 season. The Warriors last week ran down Pope John Paul in the home opener and are 4-0 for the first time since 2004.

QB Bryant Farley and RB Kobe Smith ran for over 100 yards while the passing game was only needed three times. One completion went to TE Ryder Jones for a touchdown. 

 Farley scored twice with the Warriors on top 21-0 after the first and 34-0 at the half.

 West Point is the top scoring offense in the county with 145 points, an average of 36 per game. The solid defense has yielded the fewest, 34 points (6.5 average) and has kept the opposition scoreless for 12 of the 16 quarters so far.

 Hanceville played hard last week with a good Addison team. The Bulldogs didn't let any Addison runner gain over 70 yards rushing. Coach Miller's defense forced Addison to turn the ball over on downs twice and the game was scoreless for the first 21:30 before Addison finished a 13-play, 65-yard drive to get on the board prior to the half ending.

 Hanceville will look to play well at times just like last Friday and better if they want to knock the Warriors from the ranks of the unbeaten.

 It will take good efforts by QB Hayden Loggins, RB Dante' Reese, RB Austin Coker, WR Jose Orosco and DL Issac Hardin.

 West Point has a 4-game winning streak on the road and has won six in a row dating back to week eight of the 2013 season. Hanceville has suffered five straight losses, beginning with a playoff defeat to Glencoe last season. The Bulldogs are trying to end three consecutive losses in front of the fans at Ray Talley Stadium.


Holly Pond Broncos (0-4) vs. Fairview Aggies (1-3)

SITE: Oliver Woodard Stadium - Cullman, Friday 7 p.m.

SERIES: Fairview leads 29-16-2

LAST TIME: Fairview defeated Holly Pond 47-15 in 2013.

LAST WEEK: Fairview lost to Etowah 40-20, Holly Pond lost to Susan Moore 27-7.

COACHES: Mike Bates 0-14 @ Holly Pond 2nd year, George Redding 50-31 @ Fairview 8th year.

WEATHER: Sunny skies. Game time temperarture in the upper 70s.

 ANALYSIS: Besides the rivalry, this game becomes special for Holly Pond coach Mike Bates. He returns to Cullman High School for the first time on the sidelines since 2000 when he coached the Bearcats to a 10-2 record that year and second round playoff appearance in 5A. Bates' ball club went 7-0 at Oliver Woodard Stadium. 

 Bates understands the situation Fairview has had to go through with the change from playing at home to playing home games at Cullman. It also gives his kids a chance to enjoy playing at this historic stadium for the many great times players have enjoyed competing on it.

 One thing will happen. A losing streak will be done by either the Aggies or Broncos late Friday night. Fairview has lost three in a row, all in its first season playing in Class 5A and competing in Region 7.

 Holly Pond has played the last two games close, but unable to overcome letdowns late and have dropped games to Collinsville and Susan Moore at home.

 Bates is still seraching for his first win at Holly Pond while George Redding has a 7-0 record vs. the Broncos since he became head coach at Fairview in 2007.

 Holly Pond is still a young team with a percentage of the starters in their sophomore season. Fairview has experience in certain skill positions with QB Hayden Maples, RB Austin Harris, WR Jackson Smith the key to the success of the Aggies.

 This become the fourth place in the 48-year history of this rivalry. The game was first played in 1963 at St. Bernard and has gone through the years being played at Dafford Smith Stadium and Thomas-Michelfelder Field.

 It's the third consecutive game for the Aggies on the Cullman High School turf. The Aggies will play their next three games on the road when they resume Region 7 play to begin the month of October.


Vinemont Eagles (2-2) vs. Cold Springs Eagles (4-1)

SITE: Cranford Stricklin Stadium - Cold Springs, Friday 7 p.m.

SERIES: Vinemont leads 15-4

LAST TIME: Vinemont defeated Cold Springs 34-16 in 2001.

LAST WEEK: Cold Springs defeated Falkville 47-12, Vinemont lost to Winfield 38-6.

COACHES: Alan Scott 15-19 @ Vinemont 4th year, Rod Elliott 35-32 @ Cold Springs 7th year.

WEATHER: Sunny skies, game time temperature in the upper 70s.

ANAYLSIS: Both schools are glad this game is back on their schedule for the first time since 2001. It marks the first opportunity for Alan Scott to coach against Rod Elliott.

 Both teams are run-type squads. Vinemont will utilize John Michael Dye with his talented legs. He has stood out alone in game with county teams. He ran well in the jamboree battle with Good Hope August 21 then rushed for 262 yards and scored six touchdowns two weeks ago against Hanceville.

 The quarterbacks are left handers and sophomores. Garrett Boland anchors the Vinemont attack while Cayde Elliott handles the plays for Cold Springs.

 Cold Springs is 3-0 on the home field this season while Vinemont is 0-2 away from Mark Smothers Stadium. 

 Cold Springs' 4-1 record adds to the success of a 6-4 mark in 2013. That has the Eagles winning 10 of their last 15 regular season games.

 The last time this game was played down at Stricklin Stadium was 2000. Vinemont was a 13-9 winner. Vinemont has won 10 straight in the series with its Eagle counterparts. The last time Cold Springs came out on top was a 2-0 score in 1981 with the only points coming in on a safety.


Good Hope Raiders (1-3) vs. Curry Yellow Jackets (0-4)

SITE: Hudson/O'Rear Field - Curry, Friday 7 p.m.

SERIES: Good Hope leads 1-0

LAST TIME: Good Hope won 19-7 in 1977.

LAST WEEK: Good Hope defeated J.B. Pennington 28-21, Curry lost to Haleyville 56-26.

COACHES: Chris Moss 45-55 @ Good Hope 10th year, Russell Funk 0-4 @ Curry 1st year.

WEATHER: Sunny skies, game time temperature in the upper 70s.

 ANALYSIS: Good Hope and Curry get together for the first time since 1977 with this game to be played in Walker County. 

 The Yellow Jackets have played seven schools from Cullman County. Curry has never beaten Good Hope or Hanceville. The Jackets are 20-28 against the county with a 10-1 record vs. Fairview and 6-7 vs. West Point.

 The last time the Jackets played a county team was West Point in 2011 with Curry a 28-20 winner.

 Good Hope finally won a game as a 4A school, coming from behind to defeat J.B. Pennington last Friday at James Shabel Stadium.

 It is the first of three straight games for the Raiders on the road. They will rely on good play from the offense that features QB Riley Eisner, RB Jared McClure, WR Kainan Smith, WR Reese Harbison.

 Good Hope has lost three straight games on the road. Two weeks ago, the Raiders ran into 4A state champion Oneonta and fell 53-8.

 Good Hope can score points as shown by 35 in a jamboree with Vinemont, 41 against Cordova, 24 against Westminster and 28 vs. Pennington. Curry has allowed 40 to Oak Grove, 50 to Cordova, 44 to Hamilton and 56 last week against Haleyville.

 The last Curry won with it being at Hudson/O'Rear Field was the final game of last year. The Jackets got past Cordova 42-41.

 Good Hope is 13-8 all time against schools from Walker County. The most wins the Raiders against one school is 6-0 vs. Carbon Hill.


Cullman Bearcats (2-2) vs. Fayette County Tigers (4-1)

SITE: John Morgan Brown Stadium - Fayette, Friday 7 p.m.

SERIES: Fayette County leads 3-0

LAST TIME: Fayette County defeated Cullman 20-8 in 1995.

LAST WEEK: Cullman defeated Austin 13-7, Fayette County defeated Danville 41-26.

COACHES: Mark Britton 115-46 @ Cullman 14th year, Lance Tucker 35-10 @ Fayette County 4th year.

 WEATHER: Sunny skies, game time temperature in the upper 70s

ANALYSIS: Cullman swapped out Madison Academy and placed it with Fayette County for the middle of the schedule the next two years. From facing the defending 3A state champion, the Bearcats picked up a program that was 10-2 as a 3A program last season and has moved up to the 4A classification this year.

 Fayette County sits atop the standings in Region 5 of Class 4A. 

 Getting a good program to play like Fayette County will help Cullman who is young this season and still in contention for a playoff berth from Class 6A, Region 8 after the thrilling win last week at Ogle Stadium against Austin.

  After getting knocked out late in the game against Florence the week before, sophomore Ross Crocker came back and was very efficient in throwing the ball for the Bearcats. He connected on 19 of 30 throws for 178 yards and had a big 31-yard pass to Caden Will late that set up the go ahead score to break a 7-7 tie with the Black Bears.

 Mark Britton takes his coaching skills to Fayette County for the first time where he faces off against the Tigers' Lance Tucker. Tucker took over for his father Waldon Tucker who retired after the 2010 season.

 Tucker's dad was 230-95 at Fayette County from 1984 until 2010 and had led the Tigers to 55 playoff games and a state championship in 1996.

 Tucker was a QB at Fayette County then took his collegiate skills to Alabama. Now he follows the footsteps with the Tigers having tremendous success in 265 wins since 1984 while they were 57-57 between 1973 to 1983.

 Playing well with a team that is talented like Fayette County will provide Cullman confidence and the intensity the Bearcats will need when they resume Region 8 play next week.

 Athens invades Oliver Woodard Stadium next Friday, then the 'Cats go to J.P. Cain Stadium and battle Hartselle the 10th and get Decatur in a home game on the 17th followed by a trip to Muscle Shoals on the 24th.

 The regional schedule for Cullman coming up is comparable to how difficult it will be for teams in the Western Division of the SEC. Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M are undefeated in the conference, but will be facing one another in the upcoming weeks.

 Cullman is 1-1 in Region 8 with Decatur 3-0, Florence 2-0, Hartselle 1-1, Athens and Muscle Shoals 1-2.


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K92 local news & sports - September 23:

Cullman City Schools are moving forward with plans to have drug testing in the school system very soon. Superintendent Dr. Doreen Griffeth addressed the issue over the weekend, explaining the testing will be involved for students who take part in extracurricular activities. A meeting has been planned for October 8 with more details of the process to be explained at that time.
* According to a report, 75 percent of young males in the state are not eligible for involvement in the military. Among the reasons from the report are lack of education, criminal involvement and obesity. The lack of teens from the state for the military is current fourth across the country.
* Recalls are currently going on for 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos. Problems with the fuel pump have caused these vehicles to stall out. No accidents have been reported so far, but the Chrysler Cooperation is taking no chances. For more information on these vehicles, contact the Chrysler Customer Service Information line at 1-800-853-1403.
* Flu shots for senior citizens are being offered today at the following locations:
  Hanceville Senior Center 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  Dodge City Townhall Basement 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  Hilltop Senior Center 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  Holly Pond Senior Center 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  New Cannan Senior Center 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  For other dates when the shots will be offered and location, call 256-734-1241. Patients will need to have their medicaid or medicare card with them to receive the vaccine. 
  * Today's prep volleyball includes the following matchups. Fairview & Cold Springs in a tri-match at West Point, St. Bernard at Whitesburg Christian, Cullman at Brewer, Vinemont and Falkville in tri-match at Holly Pond, Hanceville at J.B. Pennington. Cold Springs comes into this week No. 4 in the 2A state prep poll. 
* Changes are already going on for the Braves. A day after being eliminated from the postseason, General Manager Frank Wren was fired. Wren had been the GM for seven years. John Hart has been named interim GM for the rest of the season. The Braves have struggled with a 4-15 record in September and are on the verge of finishing under. 500 after winning the East title last season.
* Heading into the final week of the season, the Braves' Craig Kimbrel is tied for the lead in saves in the National League with the Cardinals Trevor Rosenthal with 44. The former Wallace State Lion is trying to claim the top spot from the bullpen for the second straight year. His 1.71 ERA is the lowest for relievers in the league and his 88 strikeouts is 5th highest.
* The SEC announced Monday the Auburn-LSU game for October 4 will be at 6 p.m. The Tigers will welcome Louisiana Tech to Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday at 3 p.m. The games will be carried live on WKUL-FM with pregame show airing two hours before kickoff.
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Monday night MS football; Good Hope Raiders 32, Hanceville Bulldogs 12:


At James Shabel Stadium - Good Hope


Hanceville   0  6  0  6  -  12

Good Hope  8 12  6  6 - 32


GH - Austin Knight 57 run (Matt Dixon run) 7:35 in 1st

HV - Alex Campbell 8 pass to R.J. Evans (run failed) 7:53 in 2nd.

GH - Dixon 39 run (run failed) 3:27 in 2nd

GH - Preston Bagwell 21 pass to Dixon (pass failed) 0:03 in 2nd.

GH - Bagwell 70 pass to Matt Schwaiger (run failed) 7:10 in 3rd.

GH - Knight 9 run (run failed) 3:57 in 4th

HV - Campbell 7 pass (pass failed) 1:41 in 4th.



1st Downs - 9

Yards rushing - 152

Yards passing - 149

Total yards - 301

Passing- 4/5/0

Fumbles lost - 0

Penalties - 6/40


Austin Knight 6 carries, 82 yards, 2 touchdowns; Matt Dixon 4 carries, 67 yards, touchdown; Preston Bagwell 4 of 5 passing, 149 yards, 2 touchdowns, Matt Schwaiger 2 catches, 101 yards, touchdown; Dixon 1 catch, 21 yards, touchdown; Matt Hancock 1 catch, 27 yards



1st Downs - 8

Yards rushing - 60

Yards passing - 71

Total yards - 131

Passing - 5/12/0

Fumbles lost - 0

Penalties - 4/25


Romelle Simmons 12 carries, 19 yards; R.J. Evans 5 carries, 51 yards; Alex Campbell 5 of 12 passes, 71 yards, 2 touchdowns; Evans 3 catches, 56 yards; touchdown.


 In a game of undefeated middle school teams, Good Hope celebrated homecoming by hitting Hanceville with big time plays that either scored touchdowns or set up scores.

 After surprising the Bulldogs with a recovery of the onside kick to start the game, the Raiders went to the ground game. In one play, Knight was free on a 57-yard run and the Raiders led 8-0 as Dixon added the conversion.

 Good Hope doesn't kick the ball deep. That is a decision by the Raider coaching staff. Hanceville set up its first series from the Raider 45 and used four offsides penalties against the Raiders and a pass interference call to get the ball into the "red zone."

 The touchdown came on the first play of the second quarter as Campbell found Evans open from eight yards out. But the conversion attempt to tie the game game failed and the Raiders held on to lead 8-6.

 Coach McDonald's Raiders got touchdowns on drives of 57 and 61 yards after his defense forced Hanceville to turn the ball over on downs.

 The 57-yard drive ended when Dixon sped 39 yards to paydirt and it was 14-6 with 3:27 remaining in the half. 

 Hanceville could only reach the Good Hope 39 on its final series of the half, turning the ball to the Raiders on downs with 1:14 to play.

 Bagwell's left arm delivered with a 27-yard connection to Hancock to get the ball to the Hanceville 21. On the next play, a swing pass to Dixon accounted for the rest of the real estate and a touchdown to extend the lead to 20-6.

 The Raiders got the ball to begin the third quarter and on second and 10 from the Good Hope 30, Bagwell found Schwaiger open for a 70-yard touchdown that enabled the Raiders to have control of this contest.

 A final scoring drive began from the Raider 20 and carried into the fourth quarter. It ended on Knight scoring from the nine after Bagwell had hit Schwaiger on a 31-yard pass to give the Raiders first and goal inside the Bulldogs' 10.

 Hanceville tacked on its second TD drive of the game, going 54 yards. The biggest play was Campbell hitting Evans for a 38-yard gain as he fell on the ball after being hit by a Raider defender. Campbell tossed it into the end zone on the next play.

 Good Hope ran out the final 1:37 and now carry a 4-0 season record and 18-game winning streak into a battle at home next Monday with West Point. West Point came into this week of middle school football undefeated.

 Hanceville suffered its first setback and is 3-1. The Bulldogs meet Vinemont next Monday.


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K92 local news/sports - September 22:

* Customers who are served by the Cullman Electric Cooperative will notice an increase in customer service charge, beginning next year. The increase fee will be an additional dollar to residential members. The Co-Op is continuing to work on a major project of improving the North Substation, located at the intersection of Highway 157 and Highway 31 with updated wiring and poles being installed.
* Co-Op Spokesperson Brian Lacy reported 3,500 attended the yearly event that was held inside Northbrook Baptist Church. This was the 78th annual meeting coordinated by the local power company. Among the activities were bucket truck rides for the kids, games and gospel entertainment by the Triumphant Quartet. The customers who attended received a power bill credit of $15 to their services. 
* Cullman Park and Recreation hosted its 2nd annual "Clucknbrew" Saturday at Depot Park. According to a report from Park and Recreation Spokeperson Waid Harbison, participation increased from the previous year with 19 organizations involved in a wing cookoff. Refreshments were also available along with kids' games and large screen TVs that had many watching the Alabama-Florida game in the late afternoon and the Florida State-Clemson game in the evening.
* State Senator Paul Bussman reports he received information on Friday about the current situation with the leaking crypts at Cullman Memory Gardens. The senator said he was contacted by the Alabama Department of Public Health, being informed that the leakage was not hazardous, but leaving an unpleasant odor. The senator reported he will be in contact with representatives of the memory gardens to continue to take care of this issue that was brought to his attention a couple of months ago.
 * Cullman Park and Rec/K92 Team of the Week is the Good Hope Raiders.
* USA Healthcare/K92 coaching staff of the week is the Cold Springs Eagles.
* Ryan's Family Steakhouse/K92 Band of the week is the Cullman Bearcats.
Thanks to the Awards Palace for designing the plaques each week for K92 during the regular season.
* Good Hope won its first ever regional game as a 4A program, beating J.B. Pennington 28-21. The Raiders scored 2 touchdowns in the second half to overcome a 14-12 deficit and go to 1-2 in 4A, Region 7 play. 
* Cold Springs celebrated homecoming with a 47-12 rout of Falkville. The Eagles snapped a 7-game losing streak to the Blue Devils, beating them for the first time since 2004. The Eagles are 4-1, 2-1 in 2A, Region 6.
* West Point recognized its first ever team to play football before kickoff then its current team routed Pope John Paul 41-7 in its home opener. The '64 team received a standing ovation from the crowd then the 2014 squad improved to 4-0 and 3-09 in Class 5A, Region 8.
* Cullman stayed alive in the race for a playoff berth in the hotly contested 6A, Region 8 standings. The Bearcats got a late touchdown to get past Austin 13-7 at Ogle Stadium in Decatur. Cullman is 1-1 in the region, tied for 3rd place with Hartselle who is 1-1 after getting upset by Decatur 17-14. Decatur and Florence currently have undefeated records in the region.
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The Flash speaks; College and pro football losing its fun due to behavior issues:


 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.

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Week # 5 area prep football recap:


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.



 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.



 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.



 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.



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.



 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.



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