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.
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.
GADSDEN – Class 1A, No. 8 Cedar Bluff swept a pair of volleyball matches against Ohatchee and Gaston on Thursday. The Lady Tigers defeated Ohatchee 25-16, 25-23 and beat Gaston 25-16, 25-17 to improve to 4-13 on the season.
SAND ROCK - Courtney Rowe came away with eight kills, eight digs and five aces to lead Class 3A, No. 10 Sand Rock to a 25-11, 25-9, 25-17 volleyball victory over visiting Gadsden City on Thursday.
Three Cherokee County volleyball teams saw movement in the latest AL.com volleyball rankings, released on Thursday.
Below are area high school football statistics through Week 2. Reporting this week was Cedar Bluff, Cherokee County, Gaylesville, Piedmont, Sand Rock and Spring Garden. Some schools only partially reported.
SPRING GARDEN – Something Sand Rock volleyball coach Lisa Bates has been looking for from her Lady Wildcats this season is getting their matches off to a fast start.
The last time the Spring Garden Panthers got off to a 2-0 start to a football season was 2012. That year, the Panthers won their first six games and secured a Class 1A playoff spot.
The Spring Garden Panthers posted a dramatic 21-20 come-from-behind football victory Friday at Class 1A, Region 7 rival Cedar Bluff on Friday. It was just the Panthers’ third win over the Tigers in their 44-year rivalry and the first since 2007.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association released its Week 3 Football Spotlight late Monday afternoon. Seven area athletes were among those recognized.
One of our readers sent me an email about my high school football picks last week.
ROME, Ga. - Class 3A, No. 8 Sand Rock reached the semifinals of the Coosa Invitational Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, going 4-1 for the day to improve to 7-4 for the season.