JACKSONVILLE - Jacksonville State sophomore receiver Josh Barge had a breakout performance Saturday night against Division II West Alabama.
VALLEY HEAD - The Gaylesville Trojans had a solid defensive performance, but the offense couldn't find the end zone in a 18-0 setback at Class 1A, Region 7 rival Valley Head on Friday.
CLEVELAND - Two touchdowns called back for penalties and another sure scoring chance missed when a wide-open receiver dropped a touchdown catch led to Collinsville losing 49-20 at Cleveland in a Class 2A, Region 7 high school football game Friday.
RAINSVILLE - Jayse Pruitt completed 11-of-13 pass attempts for 214 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Plainview Bears to a 48-14 victory over previously-unbeaten Sand Rock in Class 3A, Region 7 football action Friday.
SPRING GARDEN - Class 1A, No. 6 Spring Garden battled back from a game down to take its Area 12 volleyball match with Cedar Bluff on Thursday. The scores were 22-25, 25-18, 27-25, 25-20.
The Spring Garden Lady Panthers (5-12) and Sand Rock Lady Wildcats (10-5) continue to be ranked in the latest AL.com volleyball rankings. The latest rankings were released on Thursday.
Below are area high school football statistics through three weeks. Reporting this week was Cedar Bluff, Cherokee County, Gaylesville, Piedmont, Sand Rock and Spring Garden. Some schools only partially reported.
SAND ROCK – Sand Rock football coach Russell Jacoway announced on Wednesday that the Wildcats’ regular-season home finale with Cedar Bluff has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Halloween night.
CENTRE – The Cherokee County Lady Warriors looked to get a leg up in the Class 4A, Area 12 volleyball race Tuesday against Hokes Bluff, but it was the Lady Eagles who took early momentum and finished with the victory in four games. Cherokee County lost 17-25, 25-22, 3-25 and 19-25 to drop to 5-2 on the season (0-1 Area 12).
RAINSVILLE – Class 3A, No. 10 Sand Rock went the distance Tuesday in its volleyball match at Plainview, but fell short in five games 25-20, 12-25, 25-27, 25-18 and 9-15.
Last week, the Spring Garden Panthers were on the cusp of breaking into the top 10 of the Class 1A football rankings.
Several running backs across the state turned in stellar rushing performances last Friday, including three from the Cherokee County area. Cedar Bluff’s D’Shawn Fife, Collinsville’s Jalyn Martin and Piedmont’s Dreek Thompson were among those honored by the Alabama Sportswriters Association for its Players of the Week.
The Cherokee County area has a number of good running backs this football season, and three of them were selected in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s weekly spotlight for Week 4.
Can you believe we’re already a month into the football season? I can’t either. The first three weeks have really flown by.
The duo of Cory Etter and Trevor Lane shot a two-day total of 112 to capture first place in the Championship Flight of the Highway 9 golf tournament over the weekend. The two-day tournament was held at Pine Hill in Anniston on Saturday and Cherokee County Country Club in Centre on Sunday.
SPRING GARDEN – Spring Garden football coach Jason Howard said there was nothing special he said to his Panther players at halftime of Friday night’s Class 1A, Region 7 clash with Gaylesville.
CEDAR BLUFF – After last week’s heartbreaking one-point region loss to Spring Garden, the Cedar Bluff Tigers’ backs were against the wall Friday night against defending Class 1A, Region 7 champion Valley Head.
SAND ROCK – The move up to Class 3A doesn’t appear to be a problem for the Sand Rock Wildcats. They improved to 3-0 (2-0 Region 7) with a 56-22 victory over North Sand Mountain on Friday.
CENTRE – Senior running back Devin Harris ran wild Friday night at Centre. He gained 205 yards on 12 carries and scored five touchdowns in leading the Saks Wildcats to a 38-16 Class 4A, Region 6 football victory over Cherokee County.
PIEDMONT – The final score showed Piedmont defeating Ohatchee 49-12. That score doesn’t reflect it but both Ohatchee (1-2) and Piedmont (3-0) played with the intention of winning from the start Friday night in their Class 3A, Region 6 fray.
HOLLY POND – Class 2A Collinsville kept Class 3A Holly Pond winless on the 2014 football season Friday, sending the Broncos to their 13th straight loss with a 28-14 win.