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Saturday 10/25/2014
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Piedmont blanks Weaver
Posted: October 25, 2014

PIEDMONT – Seniors Mitchell Bennefield, Tyler Lusk and Dreek Thompson combined to have a hand in all six Piedmont touchdowns as the Bulldogs completed Class 3A, Region 6 play with a 42-0 victory over Weaver.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Top-ranked Fyffe pounds Collinsville, 49-7
Posted: October 25, 2014

FYFFE – The Fyffe Red Devils completely dominated Collinsville in route to claiming the Class 2A, Region 7 title Friday night.

Friday 10/24/2014
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Three Cherokee County teams in action Thursday, Oct. 30
Posted: October 24, 2014

Three Cherokee County football teams will be in action this Thursday, Oct. 30, to cap the end of the 2014 regular season.

Thursday 10/23/2014
Braves name Hart president of baseball operations
Posted: October 23, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have named John Hart as president of baseball operations.

Hart was hired as interim general manager on Sept. 22 and will also continue to serve in that role. It's unclear if Hart's new title means the team no longer will seek a full-time replacement for Frank Wren, the former general manager. Wren was fired last month following a disappointing finish this season.

Team president John Schuerholz announced Thursday the 66-year-old Hart has agreed to a three-year contract that will continue through the team's first season at its new stadium in Cobb County.

Hart, the former general manager for the Rangers and Indians, joined the Braves last year as a senior adviser.

Wednesday 10/22/2014
High School Football Stats Through 8 Weeks
Posted: October 22, 2014

Below are area high school football statistics through eight weeks. Reporting this week was Cedar Bluff, Cherokee County, Gaylesville, Piedmont, Sand Rock and Spring Garden. Some schools only partially reported.

Warren Koegel announces retirement from Jacksonville State
Posted: October 22, 2014

JACKSONVILLE - Warren D. "Moose" Koegel announced on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the year after more than 40 years of being on a college campus, including the last three and a half as Athletics Director at Jacksonville State University.

VOLLEYBALL: Lady Warriors can’t find rhythm in season-ending loss to Crossville
Posted: October 22, 2014

HOKES BLUFF – Cherokee County volleyball coach Dax McDonald has been around volleyball long enough to know a team’s success begins with the pass.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Piedmont remains eighth, Spring Garden picking up interest in latest ASWA football rankings
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 9:10 am

For the second consecutive week, Class 3A Piedmont (6-2) held steady at No. 8 in the latest Alabama Sportswriters Association high school football rankings. The latest rankings were released late Tuesday evening.

Tuesday 10/21/2014
VOLLEYBALL: Spring Garden outlasts Cedar Bluff to claim Class 1A, Area 13 championship
Posted: October 21, 2014

SPRING GARDEN – Spring Garden volleyball coach Ben Carroll didn’t have much of a voice following the Lady Panthers’ Class 1A, Area 12 tournament matches Monday night.

VOLLEYBALL: Sand Rock advances to North Super Regional as Class 3A, Area 13 runner-up
Posted: October 21, 2014

GERALDINE – Class 3A, No. 8 Sand Rock is making a return trip to Huntsville.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Eight area athletes’ performances recognized by AHSAA
Posted: October 21, 2014

Week 9 of the high school football season saw many outstanding performances throughout the state, eight of which came from the Cherokee County area. Those eight were all recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s weekly Spotlight.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Gaylesville’s Evans, Spring Garden’s Downey honored by ASWA
Posted: October 21, 2014

The Cherokee County area saw several outstanding rushing performances last Friday. The Alabama Sportswriters Association recognized two of them in its Players of the Week compilation, released late Monday evening.

Monday 10/20/2014
Manning breaks Favre's mark with 509th TD pass
Posted: October 20, 2014

DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's NFL record for touchdown passes with No. 509. He didn't stop there, either.

Manning threw four TD passes in Denver's 42-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, two to Demaryius Thomas, one to Wes Welker and another to Emmanuel Sanders.

That gives him 510.

The record-breaker was an 8-yarder to Thomas with 3:09 left in the first half.

Manning's receivers played keep-away with the milestone memento before Manning got the ball and congratulations from his teammates.

Favre sent along his congratulations via a scoreboard video he taped from his home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Manning went into the game with 506 and needed just four drives to break Favre's record.

He threw a 3-yard TD pass to Sanders on Denver's first drive and tied the record when Welker took a pass over the middle for 39 yards. Sanders' score was his first in Denver, and he became the 47th player to catch a TD pass from Manning.

Manning added a 40-yard TD throw to Thomas in the second half.

Manning reached the milestone in his 246th regular-season game. Favre needed 302.

As Manning approached the milestone, Favre told The Associated Press he was thrilled "it's Peyton that's doing it. I think a lot of Peyton. I know him well. I know his family well. His dad was one of my idols."

Favre, who grew up in the Gulf Coast watching Archie Manning and the New Orleans Saints, sent along his well wishes last week to Manning, the only player in NFL history with more MVP awards (five) than his three.

The veneration is mutual.

Saying he appreciated Favre's words of encouragement, Manning suggested that of all the men who have ever taken a snap in the 94-year history of the NFL, "nobody's defined longevity and career toughness more than him."

Favre played in a QB-record 297 straight regular-season games during his 20-year NFL career, plus another two dozen in the playoffs.

"He always answered the bell every single Sunday and was always producing," Manning said. "And growing up in the South, both of us, Brett has always said he was a big fan of my dad's, so there's been kind of a mutual respect there from my family to him, as well. And I always enjoyed watching him play. Nobody played the game quite like he did. He's truly a one-of-a-kind quarterback."

Favre said that were it not for Manning's neck problems at the tail end of his tenure in Indianapolis, Manning might very well have gone on to eclipse his most hallowed mark, the consecutive games streak, and certainly would have obliterated his career touchdowns mark by now.

"I know Peyton missed a year. Aside from that year, he's played just like I did. I mean, he's been out there over and over and over again," Favre said.

Manning's 208-game starting streak ended when he sat out the 2011 season following neck fusion surgery.

With the top pick and Andrew Luck there for the taking, the Colts and Manning had a tearful goodbye. And Manning landed in Denver, where he rejuvenated both his stellar career and a foundering franchise.

In Indy, Manning averaged 1.92 touchdown throws per game. Since joining the Broncos in 2012, he's averaged almost three TD throws a game.

Favre said he enjoys pulling up a chair at his home and watching Manning go to work.

"He's a throwback, a pocket passer, in a mobile quarterback league," Favre said. "Peyton's one of the last guys to play the way he does. And at 38, he's still the best at what he does."


SHANNON FAGAN: Me and my big mouth
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 4:43 pm

During last Thursday’s “End Zone Show” on WEIS radio, hosts Shane McElwee and Nolen Sanford teased me about getting back in a groove following a 6-1 mark picking the area high school games in Week 8.

Saturday 10/18/2014
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Section holds off Cedar Bluff, 14-7
Posted: October 18, 2014

CEDAR BLUFF – In just about all of their losses this football season, Cedar Bluff had its chances to win, but fell short in one of the three phases of the game.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Warriors lose heartbreaker at Sardis
Posted: October 18, 2014

SARDIS CITY – Jesse Hubbard tossed the game-winning 6-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hallmark with three seconds left to send the Sardis Lions to a thrilling come-from-behind 42-38 win over the Cherokee County Warriors at Sardis Stadium on Friday.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Spring Garden blasts past Woodville, 53-20
Posted: October 18, 2014

WOODVILLE – The Spring Garden Panthers handed Woodville its fifth straight football loss Friday night, eliminating their hosts from playoff contention with a 53-20 decision.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Gaylesville’s Evans gallops past Coosa Christian
Updated: October 19, 2014 - 11:27 am

GADSDEN – Senior tailback Dillon Evans had a monster game rushing the football Friday night for the Gaylesville Trojans. He ran for 274 yards on 34 carries with four touchdowns, leading the Trojans to a 51-32 victory in a Class 1A, Region 7 matchup.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Piedmont blanks Westbrook Christian, 49-0
Posted: October 18, 2014

RAINBOW CITY – Piedmont coach Steve Smith completely misread his team entering Friday’s Class 3A, Region 6 game against Westbrook Christian.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Sand Rock falls short at New Hope
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 4:42 pm

NEW HOPE – Sand Rock senior quarterback Chase Garrett completed 17 of 37 pass attempts for 185 yards and two touchdowns, but the Wildcats fell short in a Class 3A, Region 7 heartbreaker at New Hope on Friday, 24-21.

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