Things to do in Cherokee County Thursday, Sept. 29

The Family Care Center in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center in Centre includes a Thrift Store open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Family Care Center helps others by giving clothing, food and possibly hope to families in their time of need. The Center asks for your help by supporting its thrift stores. There are currently three locations, the one in Centre, another at 5511 Main St. in Hokes Bluff and another in Cedar Bluff. The Center is currently helping more than 100 families per week and thanks the community for its continued support. Director is Cindy McGinnis.

The Highway 411 Yard Sale begins Thursday, Sept. 29 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 2.

In high school volleyball action, Cedar Bluff, Asbury at Fyffe, TBA; Jacksonville at Cherokee County, TBA; Collinsville at Sand Rock, 4 p.m.; Gaylesville, Sacred Heart at Spring Garden, 5 p.m.

An Art Class is held each Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Cherokee County Public Library. Participants are urged to bring two Number Two pencils and an 8 X 10 sketchbook

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36 the signs

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Cedar Bluff tumbles five spots in latest ASWA football rankings

The latest Alabama Sports Writers Association football poll was released late Tuesday evening, but not much changed for area teams.

The biggest movement came in Class 1A, where the Cedar Bluff Tigers (3-2) tumbled five places to No. 9 after their 35-14 loss at Class 2A Collinsville. Cedar Bluff looks to rebound when it hosts Region 6 rival Valley Head (1-3) on Friday.

Also in the Class 1A rankings, Spring Garden (5-0) held steady at No. 3 following its 45-23 victory at Donoho on Friday. The Panthers host Coosa Christian (2-4) this Friday in another Region 6 battle.

In Class 3A, Piedmont (6-0) continues to have a tight grasp of the top spot following its 29-14 victory over Class 4A, No. 8 Leeds on Friday. The Bulldogs earned 30 of 31 first-place votes in this week’s rankings and will host Weaver (4-1) in a Region 5 battle this Friday.

Two other area teams received consideration for this week’s poll: Class 2A Sand Rock (4-1) and Class 4A Cherokee County (4-2).

The Wildcats, winners of four straight, host the top-ranked team in Class 2A, the Fyffe Red Devils (5-0), on Friday in a crucial Region 6 contest. The Warriors, also winners of four straight, host a key Region 5 game against Saks (3-2).

Other area games this Friday include Collinsville (3-2) at Westbrook Christian (2-3) and Gaylesville (1-4) at Woodville (1-4).

This week’s complete rankings are listed below.

ALABAMA SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL Week 6

Sept. 28, 2016

(First-place votes and record in parentheses)

Class 7A

1. McGill-Toolen (31) (5-0) 372

2. Hoover (4-1) 268

3. Hewitt-Trussville (6-0) 256

4. Central-Phenix City (4-1) 212

5. Bob Jones (5-1) 177

6. Lee-Montgomery (5-0) 159

7. Davidson (4-1) 108

8. Enterprise (6-0) 101

9. James Clemens (3-2) 59

10. Mountain Brook (4-1) 46

Others receiving votes: Spain Park (3-2) 8, Vestavia Hills (3-2) 1.

Class 6A

1. Spanish Fort (13) (5-1) 312

2. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (11) (6-0) 303

3. Blount (7) (5-1) 262

4. Oxford (6-0) 217

5. Opelika (5-1) 176

6. Minor (5-0) 156

7. Park Crossing (5-1) 116

8. Hartselle (6-0) 105

9. Clay-Chalkville (4-2) 68

10. Chelsea (5-1) 25

Others receiving votes: Wetumpka (5-1) 15, Ramsay (4-1) 7, Gardendale (4-2) 2, Pinson Valley (4-2) 2, Decatur (4-1) 1.

Class 5A

1. Jackson (23) (5-0) 348

2. St. Paul’s (8) (4-1) 303

3. Beauregard (4-0) 239

4. Etowah (5-1) 190

5. Scottsboro (5-0) 184

6. Russellville (4-1) 152

7. Carroll (5-0) 121

8. Demopolis (4-1) 95

9. Mortimer Jordan (4-2) 52

10. Central-Clay County (4-1) 47

Others receiving votes: Briarwood Christian (4-1) 20, Sylacauga (4-1) 6, Guntersville (3-2) 5, Vigor (4-2) 4, Eufaula (3-2) 1.

Class 4A

1. UMS-Wright (28) (4-1) 361

2. Madison Academy (1) (4-1) 270

3. Haleyville (2) (5-0) 258

4. Andalusia (5-1) 214

5. Cordova (5-1) 173

6. Munford (4-1) 158

7. Rogers (6-0) 112

8. Leeds (4-2) 70

9. Jacksonville (5-0) 58

10. Thomasville (3-1) 47

Others receiving votes: Handley (3-2) 16, West Limestone (5-1) 13, North Jackson (3-2) 12, Cherokee County (4-2) 2, Montgomery Catholic (4-1) 2, West Blocton (5-1) 1.

Class 3A

1. Piedmont (30) (6-0) 369

2. Gordo (1) (5-0) 282

3. Montevallo (5-0) 235

4. Mobile Christian (4-1) 204

5. Opp (4-1) 154

6. Colbert County (4-1) 146

7. Ohatchee (6-0) 139

8. Oakman (4-1) 84

9. T.R. Miller (3-2) 81

10. Daleville (4-1) 38

Others receiving votes: Lexington (4-1) 9, Straughn (3-1) 8, Bayside (3-2) 5, Colbert Heights (3-3) 4, Lauderdale County (3-2) 3 Weaver (4-1) 3, Pike County (4-1) 2, American Christian (4-2) 1.

Class 2A

1. Fyffe (24) (5-0) 351

2. G.W. Long (2) (4-0) 274

3. Elba (5) (4-1) 253

4. LaFayette (5-0) 216

5. Cleveland (5-0) 193

6. Lanett (5-1) 134

7. Red Bay (5-0) 119

8. Tanner (2-3) 57

9. Aliceville (4-1) 56

10. Sheffield (5-1) 50

Others receiving votes: New Brockton (2-3) 32, Washington County (3-2) 22, Sand Rock (4-1) 6, Leroy (3-2) 3, Goshen (4-1) 1.

Class 1A

1. Maplesville (24) (4-0) 351

2. Linden (7) (5-0) 300

3. Spring Garden (5-0) 238

4. Addison (6-0) 202

5. Sweet Water (3-1) 165

6. Decatur Heritage (4-1) 133

7. Wadley (5-0) 117

8. Georgiana (6-0) 103

9. Cedar Bluff (3-2) 69

10t. Hubbertville (4-0) 34

10t. Pickens County (3-2) 34

Others receiving votes: Notasulga (3-2) 7, Isabella (5-0) 6, McKenzie (5-1) 4, South Lamar (4-2) 3, Brantley (2-3) 1.

AISA

1. Bessemer Acad. (31) (6-0) 372

2. Autauga Acad. (5-0) 274

3. Monroe Acad. (5-1) 246

4. S. Choctaw Acad. (5-0) 191

5. Marengo Acad. (4-1) 177

6. Chambers Acad. (5-0) 161

7. Escambia Acad. (4-2) 111

8. Fort Dale Acad. (4-1) 96

9. Lowndes Acad. (3-1) 68

10. Pike Liberal (3-2) 27

Others receiving votes: Lee-Scott Acad. (3-2) 13, Morgan Acad. (4-2) 12, Springwood (4-1) 9, Edgewood Acad. (0-6) 5, Glenwood (4-1) 4, Cornerstone Chr. (4-1) 1.

The Alabama Sports Writers Association prep committee members are: Paul Beaudry (Chairman), Alabama Media Group; Cathy Higgins, Alexander City Outlook; Josh Dutton, Andalusia Star-News; Will Gaines, Anniston Star; Jonathan Deal, Athens News Courier; Andrew Garner, Atmore Advance; Gary Estwick, Birmingham News; Rob Rice, Blount Countian; Shannon Fagan, Cherokee Herald; Tommy Hicks, Citronelle Call-News; Ross Wood, Clarke Co. Democrat; Rob Ketcham, Cullman Times; Johnathan Bentley, Daily Mountain Eagle; Justin Graves, Decatur Daily; David Mundee, Dothan Eagle; Lee Peacock, Evergreen Courant; John McWilliams, Florence TimesDaily; Jeremy Smith, Freelance (Demopolis); Chris McCarthy, Gadsden Messenger; J.J. Hicks, Gadsden Times; Daniel Boyette, Huntsville Times; Ben Thomas, Mobile Press-Register; Stacy Long, Montgomery Advertiser; Eric Bacharach, Opelika-Auburn News; Shannon Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter; Jason Bowen, Scottsboro Daily Sentinel; Daniel Evans, Selma Times-Journal; Baker Ellis, Shelby County Reporter; Lavonte Young, Talladega Daily Home; Joey Chandler, Tuscaloosa News; Cory Diaz, Wetumpka Herald.

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MR. DANIEL PORTER

Mr. Daniel Porter,32, of Centre, Ala passed away suddenly on Monday, September 26, 2016.

Services for Mr. Porter are incomplete and will be announce at a later date. Please keep the Porter family in Prayer as they are grieving the loss of their loved one, Mr. Porter.

Wright Memorial Mortuary,Inc is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Daniel Porter.

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Nine area football players earn recognition in AHSAA Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association recognized nine area football players in its weekly Spotlight late Monday afternoon.

Spring Garden’s Ben Ivey, Dakota Lambert and Hunter McCord, Sand Rock’s Braden Carver, Cherokee County’s Tyren Dupree and Jaren Lockridge, Piedmont’s Taylor Hayes, Collinsville’s Daniel Mann and Gaylesville’s Landon Lawson were among the athletes statewide to earn statewide recognition for their performances on Friday.

Ivey, a senior quarterback, and Lambert, a senior running back led the Panther offense in their 45-23 victory at Donoho. Ivey rushed for 137 yards on 15 carries with six rushing touchdowns and two 2-point conversions, while Lambert accumulated 161 yards on 19 carries. Lambert also had two receptions for 33 yards and a 2-point conversion.

McCord, also a senior, led the Panthers (5-0) on defense with seven tackles and two sacks.

Carver, a senior running back, rushed for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns (1 and 22 yards) on 16 carries and caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jansen Alexander in the Wildcats’ 34-14 win at Pisgah. The win improved Sand Rock’s record to 4-1.

Dupree, a junior quarterback, also had a solid night running the football. He ran for 108 yards on 18 carries and a 12-yard touchdown and passed for 67 yards in the Warriors’ 34-21 homecoming victory over Class 6A Carver of Birmingham.

Lockridge, a senior defensive back, helped the Warrior defense with his interception return for a touchdown as the Warriors improved to 4-2.

Hayes, a senior quarterback, combined for 256 yards (162 rushing and 94 passing) as defending 3A state champion Piedmont defeated defending 4A champ Leeds 29-14. Hayes accounted for all four touchdowns (three rushing and one passing) for the Bulldogs (6-0). It was Piedmont’s 16th straight win, and it avenged the Bulldogs’ last loss, which came on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 at the hands of Leeds in a 29-12 setback.

Mann, a sophomore filling in for senior quarterback Grant Jones, completed 15-of-26 pass attempts for 179 yards and two touchdowns, both to senior Dallas Reed, as Collinsville beat Cedar Bluff 35-14. Mann’s effort helped the Panthers improve to 3-2.

Lawson, a senior linebacker/fullback, posted eight tackles on defense and rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries on offense as the Trojans fell to Appalachian 49-20.

In other statewide happenings, G.W. Long High School’s 5-foot-7, 127-pound senior Garrett Sanders wears many hats for the Rebels football team of Coach Scott Horne. Last Friday night it was his foot, however, that provided the winning push as Long (4-0) knocked off New Brockton 31-28.

Sanders booted a booming 47-yard field goal as time expired to give G.W. Long the win and catapulted him into the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 5 of the 2016 football season.

But his heroics did not begin with the kick. It capped a dramatic fourth-quarter that included 31 points being scored in the last 7:35. It featured three touchdowns in the last two minutes.

Dothan Eagle sportswriter David Mundee shared his description of the final seconds.

Sanders ran eight yards and got out of bounds with 3.4 seconds left to set up his winning field goal. He also kicked all four of his team’s extra points and had two punts for 94 yards, including a 42-yarder that was downed at the 1-yard line and a 52-yarder that turned the field with two minutes remaining in the game. Sanders finished with 86 yards rushing and one score on 10 carries and caught two passes for 55 yards.

The final quarter opened in a 14-14 tie. The Rebels, starting on the final play of the third quarter, moved 67 yards in nine plays with 7:25 left with Mackenzie Hicks scoring his second TD of the game on a 4-yard run.

New Brockton, coached by Justin Jones, tied the game again it on the ensuing series, capitalizing on a 59-yard Clay Kelley kickoff return. Quarterback Dalton Adkison ran it on five straight plays, scoring on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 5:24 left. Max Weeks’ extra point tied it at 21.

The Gamecocks held G.W. Long on the ensuing series, but Sanders turned the field position with his booming 52-yard punt to the New Brockton 20-yard line. On the next play, Rebels defensive end Jamel Beaty intercepted a Gamecocks pitch and ran 22 yards to the New Brockton 7. One play later Sanders scored, taking a speed sweep to the left before cutting inside at the edge for the touchdown and with 1:45 left, G.W. Long led 28-21.

The Gamecocks, though, were undaunted. Kelley ignited New Brockton with a 25-yard kickoff return. Starting at the Long 43-yard line, it took just five plays as Adkison connected with receiver Joseph Smith for the tying touchdown with 24.1 seconds left.

The Rebels got the ball at their own 48 and two plays later Sanders hauled in an 18-yard pass and got out of bounds at the 30 with time for one final play. The snap, the hold and the kick were perfect as the Rebels pulled out the win.

“I just wanted to be calm, take my time and get a good kick in,” Sanders said.

Horne said right before the kick he and his coaches were discussing different options, including a long pass play. “I know you might not believe this, but we don’t kick field goals in practice,” Horne said. “We had two options of what we wanted to do and we went with option two and he made it. Sometimes you make the right call and sometimes you don’t. It worked out for us. He made a great kick. The guys up front (on the line) held up and it went through.”

Horne said the intense game was much needed. “You want to be in a game like this before the playoffs,” he said.

New Brockton’s Jones also recognized the classic intensity. After the handshakes he screamed, “Second round. Let’s do this again.”

Jones also praised both sides. “Their kids made plays and our kids made plays all night long, back and forth. It was a heck of a ball game.”

Sanders’ effort edged out a big performance from Ohatchee running back Austin Tucker and Montevallo quarterback Zac Oden. Tucker rushed for 209 yards and scored five touchdowns as unbeaten Ohatchee (6-0) downed Ashville 54-20, improving to 6-0 for the first time since 2000. Tucker, who now had 1,053 yards rushing and 16 rushing TDs on the season, scored on runs of 9, 47, 11 and 18 yards. He also had a 20-yard TD catch.

Oden was 23-of-40 passing for 298 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 107 yards on 17 carries as the Bulldogs beat Bibb County 37-27. It was Montevallo’s first win over the Choctaws since 2004.

MILESTONE

VESTAVIA CLAIMS SCHOOL’S 350TH WIN: Vestavia Hills running back Toliver Chatwood had 16 carries for 150 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-12 win over Helena as the Rebels, coached by Buddy Anderson, recorded the 350th win of the school’s program now in its 47th year. The school has won 65.8% of its games while compiling a 350-182-1 record during that span.

Anderson, who is in his 39th year as head coach, is 323-137-0 and ranks first in the AHSAA for football head-coaching wins. His 323 wins ties another former Alabama coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant, who retired as the University of Alabama’s head football coach after the 1982 season with a career record of 323-82-17. Bryant’s record for the Crimson Tide was 232-46-9 over 25 seasons from 1958-1982.

Five other AHSAA high school coaches have won 300 or more games – Walton Tucker (309), Jamie Riggs (305), Glenn Daniel (302) and Jimmie Moore (317) and Robert Herring (301). Moore, however, won 226 games in Mississippi, Herring won 154 games outside Alabama and Tucker won 25 games at non-AHSAA member schools. Anderson is the only coach currently still coaching.

In other highlights reported:

RUSHING

TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Rushed for 315 yards on 22 carries with three touchdowns (17, 70 and 69 yards) in a 42-20 loss to Ashford.

RED WILLIAMS, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 292 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in the Bulldogs’ 36-14 win over Highland Home.

DREW HILL, HORSESHOE BEND: Had 19 carries for 236 yards and three touchdowns as the Generals beat Holtville 42-6. Teammate Trace Meadows added nine carries for 123 yards and two more scores for Coach Jason Franklin’s team.

TANNER TALLEY, SUMITON CHRISTIAN: Had 269 yards rushing in Sumiton’s 47-13 win over Vincent.

NOAH IGBINOGHENE, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Had 221 total yards and three touchdowns on just five touches as the Huskies beat Center Point 55-0. He had 172 yards rushing on three carries and 49 receiving yards on two catches.

MARKEVIOUS MATTHEWS, TALLASSEE: The sophomore piled up a career-high 228 yards rushing on 19 carries in the Tigers’ 34-27 loss to T.R. Miller.

JACKSON KEITH, DECATUR HERITAGE: Rushed for 219 yards and a 44-yard touchdown, caught a 4-yard TD pass and recovered an offensive fumble in the end zone for a score in a 42-22 win over Shoals Christian.

REYNARD ELLIS, SHADES VALLEY: Rushed 15 times for 207 yards in a 28-25 setback to Pinson Valley.

BRENT MYERS, BRINDLEE MOUNTAIN: Had 30 carries for 193 yards as the Lions fell 19-16 to Douglas.

STEVONTE TULLIS, ASHFORD: Gained 181 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns in a 542-20 win over Houston County. He scored twice in the second half as the Yellow Jackets broke open a 21-20 game after intermission with 21 unanswered points.

JACOB SANDERS, MARION COUNTY: Rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns (24 and 51 yards) on 23 carries as the Raiders beat Carbon Hill 40-28.

MATTEHW MARQUET, CHELSEA: Rushed for 165 yards and passed for 101 and accounted for four touchdowns as the Hornets beat Gardendale 38-21.

DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Registered 29 carries while gaining 146 yards as the Wildcats beat North Jackson 24-6. The senior running back scored two touchdowns and had seven tackles on defense.

RYAN WARREN, DALEVILLLE: Rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns (1 and 40) on 14 carries, had a 23-yard TD reception and threw a 26-yard halfback pass to the 1-yard line to set up the eventual winning touchdown in the third quarter as the Warhawks knocked off defending Class 2A state champion Elba 27-22 to snap a nine-game winning streak. The regular-season loss for Elba was just its second in the last 26 games. The Tigers have gone 32-3 in their last 35 games.

PASSING

DEVNE DANIEL, CORNER: Led Corner to a 55-41 win over Oak Gove accounting for six touchdowns. He rushed 18 times for 183 yards and five touchdowns and completed 5-of-7 passes for 150 yards and another TD to finish with 333 total yards.

SETH WADSWORTH, SOUTHEASTERN: The junior quarterback completed 8-of-12 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 12 times for 69 yards and another TD in a 38-8 win over Brilliant. He intercepted a pass on defense and returned 86 yards for his fifth touchdown of the night to finish with 348 all-purpose yards.

MAURICE ROBINSON, MURPHY: Was 13-of-27 passing for 147 yards and rushed 17 times for 151 yards as Murphy snapped a three-game losing streak with a 28-21 victory over Saraland. Robinson rushed for three TDs (3, 46 and 9 yards) and passed for a 12-yard score to account for all four touchdowns.

BRANDON CROSBY, MAE JEMISON: Passed for 193 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 78 yards and one score and returned a fumble 40 yards for another TD in a 42-27 loss to Buckhorn.

CHAPPELLE WADE, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Was 20-of-36 passing for 297 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-21 loss at Cherokee County.

ANDREW BARFOOT, SATSUMA: Completed 13-of-14 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as Satsuma nipped rival Citronelle 33-26.

CHASE OVERSTREET, BALDWIN COUNTY: Was 15-of-24 passing for 196 yards and four TDs as the Tigers beat Alma Bryant 35-14.

TREVOR OAKES, HARTSELLE: Passed for 295 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers beat Russellville 45-38.

JORDAN SEYMOUR, HAZEL GREEN: Was 22-of-30 passing for 197 yards and rushed for 56 yards on 13 carries in a 27-20 win over Sparkman. He provided two important touchdowns in the second-half comeback win.

PAYNE STANCIL, WEST END: Threw four touchdowns passes–all in the first half–in the Patriots’ 27-25 win over Pleasant Valley. Stancil tossed TD passes of 30 and 8 yards to Andrew Little, 43 yards to Dylan Butler and 36 yards to Jordan Malin. Little also intercepted a Pleasant Valley pass with 2:32 remaining to seal the win.

DAULTON HYATT, ETOWAH: Completed 12-of-18 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns and rushed five times for 26 yards as the Blue Devils beat Fort Payne 21-16.

RECEIVING

CONNER HOWELL, GARDENDALE: Caught 12 passes for 220 yards and one TD in a 38-21 loss to Chelsea.

MARLON WILLIAMS, McGILL-TOOLEN: Had five pass receptions for 175 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two more touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets beat Blount 45-12.

WILL COOPER, HUNTSVILLE: Caught five passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns (57 and 54 yards) in a 40-21 win over Columbia.

TYRIQUE PURVIS, DECATUR: Snagged eight passes for 176 yards and two scores in the Red Raiders’ 34-14 win over Lee-Huntsville.

BRAXTON ROBINSON, ELBA: Caught 5 passes for 152 yards with two touchdowns in a 27-22 loss to Daleville.

JOSHUA JONES, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Caught six passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ 34-21 loss at Cherokee County.

DEFENSE

DEVIN MARCH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Totaled 21 tackles with one quarterback sack in the Lions’ 42-20 loss to Ashford.

PRESTON GARNER, DOUGLAS: Made three interceptions for the Eagles as Douglas won its first game of the season 19-16 over Brindlee Mountain.

BRANDON HEARD, HORSESHOE BEND: Had 12 tackles and a sack in the Generals’ 42-7 win over Holtville.

MARCUS JONES, ENTERPRISE: Intercepted two passes and also batted down a lateral that teammate Darius Jones picked up and returned for a touchdown in the Wildcats’ 45-10 win over Theodore.

DANTRELL LINDOR, HEADLAND: Returned an interception for a touchdown for the winning touchdown as the Rams beat Providence Christian 13-7.

RICKY HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Recorded 19 tackles in a 13-7 loss to Headland.

CARLOS JOHNSON, B.C. RAIN: The freshman nose guard had 11 tackles with three sacks in a 19-0 win over Williamson.

WILL IGNONT, BUCKHORN: Recorded 10 tackles–six for loss, three sacks and two pass breakups in a 42-27 win over Mae Jemison.

AUSTIN FREEMAN, SCOTTSBORO: Had eight tackles and an interception return for 61 yards in the Wildcats’ 24-6 win over North Jackson. Teammate Evans Wright also had eight tackles and recovered a fumble as a mainstay on the defensive line.

MARQUEL SHELTON, BESSEMER CITY: Had five tackles for losses and 11 total stops as the Tigers topped Wenonah 29-15.

SPECIAL TEAMS

CHASE WIDGEON, OHATCHEE: Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and returned four punts for 45 yards as the Indians beat Ashville 54-20.

GARRET KENNEDY, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Blocked a punt in the fourth quarter that led to the game winning touchdown as the Warriors edged White Plains 21-19. He also rushed 14 times for 113 yards and a 65-yard TD.

SAM KIMEL, RANDOLPH: Returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, had two TD receptions and a long run to finish with 306 all-purpose yards as Randolph beat Ardmore 48-13.

KYRIQ McDONALD, JAMES CLEMENS: Scored on an 81-yard kick return, a 30-yard interceptions return and a 50-yard run to help the Jets beat Clay-Chalkville 28-6.

GRANT WOODRUFF, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Returned the opening kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown as Cottage Hill beat Chickasaw 47-14 for the Warriors’ third straight win. He also rushed for one TD and caught a pass for another score.

ANDREW OSTEEN, ENTERPRISE: The Wildcats kicker made a 27-yard field goal, 6-of-6 extra points and punted twice for a 48.5 yard average with one of the two punts being downed inside the 20 during Enterprise’s 45-10 win over Theodore.

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Seventeen arrested on unrelated drug charges

Over the last week the DeKalb County Drug and Major Crimes Unit along with the drug dogs Mako and Jogi have made 17 drug arrests.

Those arrested, according to a press release from Dekalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris, were as follows:

-Briggs Mitchell Hatley, 53, of Wellington, Ala., on two counts of counts of Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

-Jason Ray Mooneyham, 33, of Crossville and David Beau Brown, 22, also of Crossville for Unlawful Manufacturing Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Brown was also charged with Giving False ID to Law Enforcement.

-Monica Renee Bogle, 19, of Fort Payne, Aaron Hegwood, 18, of Fort Payne and Hunter Jacob Moseley, 18, of Fyffe, for Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

-Heath Allen Haney, 32, of Valley Head, for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the second degree, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstructing Justice with False ID and warrant for Receiving Stolen Property.

-Carrie Suzanne Tolbert Byrd, 33, of Albertville, for Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the Second Degree.

-Jeremy Matthew Jones, 40, of Fyffe, for Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the Second Degree.

-Eric Shannon Richards, 44, of Dawson, on two counts of Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the Second Degree and Pistol Concealed without Permit.

-Mary Elizabeth Bates, 44 of Dawson and Sharon Marie Luke Adkins, 46 of Section on two counts of Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the Second Degree.

-Alex Eugene Goldthreate, 47, of Collinsville, for Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and warrant for Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance.

-Skylar Christian Markle, 26, of Albertville, on two counts of Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Three individual were arrested for outstanding warrant:

-Michael Lloyd Skyles, 55 of Fort Payne, on warrants for Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the Second Degree.

-Billy Wayne Walker, 51, of Henagar, on warrants for Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Parole Violation.

-Brandon Keith Davis, 22, of Crossville, on warrants for Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

There were also two sex offenders arrested including Dwain Allen Williams, 51 of Crossville for leaving the state without notification to the Sheriff’s Office and Jerry Lewis Avirett, 52, of Crossville, for failure to register with local Law Enforcement, according to the press release from Sheriff Harris.

Most of these arrest was made possible by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit Mako and handler Deputy Andy Brown and Jogi and handler Deputy Duck Jones, Harris said.

“Mako and Jogi have been a great addition to the DeKalb Drug and Major Crimes Unit and DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, they have helped make so many drug arrest,” said Harris. “Mako is about 7 years old and due to health reason we will have to retire him really soon. Jogi is about 6 years old and we will have to retire him in about a year.”

Sheriff Harris says “this was a busy week and a lot of these arrest came from traffic stops where the K-9’s were called to assist. We are already in the process of replacing Mako, these dogs are usually around $8,500 to $10,000 to purchase the dog and its handlers training with the dog. These dogs are a valuable asset to the Sheriff’s Office. The K-9’s also assist the cities and other counties when we are called upon. We also have an arson dog that has been a valuable asset to counties all over North Alabama. Myself and Etowah County Todd Entrekin purchased this K-9 named Andy for the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office. His handler is Deputy Fire Marshal Ray Cumby.”

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SHANNON FAGAN: Crucial games this week

We’re past the midway point of the high school football regular season, but things are just now getting interesting.

For most of our area teams, it’s about playoff positioning from here on out. For others, it’s about keeping their heads above water and finishing the season strong.

I’d like to do the same with picking.

I went 5-1 last week. I should have known better than to doubt the Cherokee County Warriors on homecoming, but oh well. I’m still 27 games over .500 (30-3 for those of you counting), but with each passing week it’s getting a little tougher.

Almost as tough as picking which game I’m going to attend this Friday.

There are three games around the area I’d love to see, but since they haven’t perfected the cloning process yet, I’m only able to go to one. Glad I still have a few days left to think about it. It might just come down to a coin toss, like some of these potential playoff spots in a few short weeks.

The push toward the playoffs begins now.

Gaylesville (1-4) at Woodville (1-4): Here are two of those teams I was talking about trying to keep their heads above water. Both teams have four-game losing streaks, but with a win, it could ignite a spark that could salvage what’s left of the 2016 season.

I know Gaylesville has a ton of injuries, but the Trojans have never lost to Woodville. They’re 10-0 in their history against the Panthers.

Somehow, someway, Gaylesville gets back in the win column … Gaylesville 26, Woodville 20.

Coosa Christian (2-4) at Spring Garden (5-0): Spring Garden got its toughest challenge of the season last week in a come-from-behind win at Donoho. There’s potential for the Panthers to get another one this week from the Conquerors, but when you have a smothering defense and a senior-laden backfield like Spring Garden, it’s too tough a task for almost any 1A team. The Panthers move to 6-0 … Spring Garden 42, Coosa Christian 13.

Valley Head (1-3) at Cedar Bluff (3-2): I know the Cedar Bluff Tigers are still licking their wounds from last week’s loss at Collinsville, but this is still a team not to be toyed with. Both of their losses have come against bigger schools.

I know Valley Head has had an off week to get some things corrected from its last loss, but even with that, I still like Cedar Bluff to come out on top in this one … Cedar Bluff 36, Valley Head 14.

Collinsville (3-2) at Westbrook Christian (2-3): Since Brian Mintz took over the head coaching duties for Shea Monroe, Westbrook Christian has responded well. The Warriors have won two in a row, including last week’s 21-19 victory over Class 4A White Plains.

Collinsville coach Ernie Willingham told me after Friday’s win against Cedar Bluff the Panthers will have their guard up, and I have no reason to doubt him … Collinsville 34, Westbrook Christian 21.

Weaver (4-1) at Piedmont (6-0): Speaking of dangerous teams, there’s none more scarier than the Piedmont Bulldogs right now. They just whipped Class 4A Leeds, and they appear headed for another championship run.

But don’t discount the Weaver Bearcats. Their lone loss this season has been to Ohatchee, and the Indians are undefeated. I look for the Bearcats to give Piedmont a challenge, but Taylor Hayes and company are just playing at another level right now … Piedmont 33, Weaver 14.

Saks (3-2) at Cherokee County (4-2): Here are two more teams who are on a roll. Both of them started at 0-2, but haven’t lost since.

A big part of both squads’ successes of late has been defense. Saks has only allowed a total of 12 points in the past three weeks, including a 37-0 shutout of St. Clair County last week.

The Warriors haven’t been too shabby either. In their three region wins, they’ve yielded an average of less than a touchdown, so points may be at a premium in this one.

But I like the Warriors here. They’re playing at home, and I think they have enough firepower to get them by … Cherokee County 31, Saks 28.

Fyffe (5-0) at Sand Rock (4-1): What a game we have here. It could very well be for the Class 2A, Region 6 championship, and Fyffe could come into Russell Jacoway Stadium as the top-ranked team in the state after what transpired last Friday.

The Red Devils haven’t given up more than 14 points in a game all season and that was in their opener against Geraldine (48-14). They’ve posted two straight shutouts, including last week’s 35-0 victory at Plainview.

Plainview is the one opponent these two teams have in common, and it’s Sand Rock’s lone loss. I know the Wildcats have come a long way since their season opener, but I still don’t think they’re quite on the level Fyffe is right now … Fyffe 35, Sand Rock 21.

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Ms. Becky Miguel Francisco

Ms. Becky Miguel Francisco, 18 of Centre, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Ms. Francisco was a native of Cherokee County, was a student at Cherokee County High School and was a member of Grace Point Church Of God.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Perry Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ricky Pollard, Rev. Shane Swafford, and Rev. Albert Alameda officiating. Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the funeral home. Perry Funeral Home Directing. www.perryfuneral.net.

Survivors include parents, Miguel Juan Francisco and Magdelena Mateo Juan; brothers, Ricardo Francisco, Alejandro Mateo both of Centre; sisters, Reyna, Yazmin Francisco, both of Centre; grandparents, Maria Pedro Miguel Francisco, Matias Antonio Eulalia, Maria Pedro Miguel and Juan Francisco all from Guatemala.

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Sand Rock secures sixth Cherokee County Volleyball Tournament title

SAND ROCK – The Cherokee County Volleyball Tournament has always been a measuring stick for the Sand Rock Lady Wildcats.

There have been years where Lisa Bates’ teams have dominated, but there have also been times when they’ve struggled – particularly mentally – resulting in an early exit.

On Saturday at home, the Lady Wildcats proved up to their latest challenge, sweeping through their competition on their way to their sixth county title.

Sand Rock (22-6) began its day earning a 27-25, 25-18 victory over Spring Garden, then defeated Cherokee County for the fifth time this season (25-8, 23-25, 15-8), setting up a championship showdown with the Cedar Bluff Lady Tigers.

Sand Rock finished off its latest county championship with a 25-20, 25-14 victory against the Lady Tigers (17-11).

“Today was completely mental, and that’s what we’ve been working on the past few days,” Bates said. “I’m proud we mentally dug deep and pulled through today. We had some times where we had to fight through some things. I’m proud we could do that, just mentally tough it out to win today.”

August Gilliland collected 28 kills, 32 digs and three aces on the day for the Lady Wildcats. Savannah Blackwell posted 23 kills and 28 digs. Paige Norris contributed 44 digs. Erin Langley added 34 assists, 18 digs and four aces. Kynleigh Chesnut came away with 12 kills. Haylie Pruitt had 11 kills and four blocks, and senior Audrey Richardson finished with 34 assists.

Bates was particularly proud for Richardson, the team’s lone senior.

“I’m glad we could do that for her because it really means a lot to her,” Bates said. “She’s just a good young lady who doesn’t get a lot of credit for what she does. You won’t find a harder worker. She’s really leading this team and helping this team keep good chemistry and that’s one thing about this team. They really do a lot of things together. They work together. They like each other. We don’t have big hitters and we don’t have outstanding superstars, but we just work well together.”

Cedar Bluff’s path to Saturday’s championship match was a little tougher. The Lady Tigers dropped their first match of the day against Cherokee County 25-13, 27-25 to fall into the loser’s bracket.

Cedar Bluff defeated Gaylesville (25-14, 25-15) and Spring Garden (15-25, 25-18, 15-10) to set up a rematch with the Lady Warriors. The Lady Tigers overcame their earlier loss with a 25-22, 21-25, 15-12 victory to earn their spot in the championship match against Sand Rock.

“I was proud of the way they fought through it,” Cedar Bluff first-year coach Deidra Davis said. “They showed a lot of fight, a lot of guts to be able to come back through something like that. We had to come through and beat Centre, the team that put us in the loser’s bracket. I’m proud of the way they played in that match, to overcome the loss this morning and fight back through it.”

In their first match against Cherokee County, Colbi Whitlock tallied five digs, three kills and an ace. Brooklyn Willbanks added seven digs and three aces. Julianne Wilson managed three kills and a block. Kiana Dobbins delivered five digs and a kill. Hannah Cosby contributed five digs. Matison Bedwell had three assists. Laura Ann Hughes finished with two assists and an ace.

Against Gaylesville, Ashley Goodwin, Whitlock and Willbanks all posted three kills. Willbanks also added nine digs and four aces. Whitlock also had nine digs. Hughes collected nine assists, nine digs and three aces. Haley Chandler finished with four aces and a kill.

In the win over Spring Garden, Whitlock earned six kills and three aces. Cosby contributed five digs, three kills and two aces. Willbanks posted 16 digs and three aces. Dobbins and Bedwell had nine and five digs respectively. Wilson came away with three kills. Hughes finished with seven assists.

In the rematch with Cherokee County, Dobbins led the way with 11 kills and seven digs. Whitlock added seven kills, six digs and two aces. Bedwell posted 11 digs, two kills and an ace. Cosby came away with 10 digs and two blocks. Willbanks contributed six digs and an ace. Wilson had three blocks and Hughes finished with 17 assists and an ace.

In the championship match against Sand Rock, Dobbins and Whitlock both had five kills. Dobbins also added seven digs. Cosby contributed five digs and a pair of kills. Bedwell came away with seven digs and an ace. Hughes finished with eight assists.

“Even though we didn’t win (the championship match), we were able to take a lot of positives away from today,” Davis said. “Coming back through the loser’s bracket like we did, we showed a lot of effort, came together as a team and responded. It’s something we can continue to build on. We hope to keep climbing up the mountain and get to where we want to be at the end of the season.”

A complete roundup of Saturday’s tournament can be found in this Wednesday’s edition of The Cherokee County Herald.

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Sand Rock earns sixth Cherokee County Volleyball Tournament title

SAND ROCK – The Cherokee County Volleyball Tournament has always been a measuring stick for the Sand Rock Lady Wildcats.

There have been years where Lisa Bates’ teams have dominated, but there have also been times when they’ve struggled – particularly mentally – resulting in an early exit.

On Saturday at home, the Lady Wildcats proved up to their latest challenge, sweeping through their competition on their way to their sixth county title.

Sand Rock (22-6) began its day earning a 27-25, 25-18 victory over Spring Garden, then defeated Cherokee County for the fifth time this season (25-8, 23-25, 15-8), setting up a championship showdown with the Cedar Bluff Lady Tigers.

Sand Rock finished off its latest county championship with a 25-20, 25-14 victory against the Lady Tigers (17-11).

“Today was completely mental, and that’s what we’ve been working on the past few days,” Bates said. “I’m proud we mentally dug deep and pulled through today. We had some times where we had to fight through some things. I’m proud we could do that, just mentally tough it out to win today.”

August Gilliland collected 28 kills, 32 digs and three aces on the day for the Lady Wildcats. Savannah Blackwell posted 23 kills and 28 digs. Paige Norris contributed 44 digs. Erin Langley added 34 assists, 18 digs and four aces. Kynleigh Chesnut came away with 12 kills. Haylie Pruitt had 11 kills and four blocks, and Audrey Richardson finished with 34 assists.

Bates was particularly proud for Richardson, the team’s lone senior.

“I’m glad we could do that for her because it really means a lot to her,” Bates said. “She’s just a good young lady who doesn’t get a lot of credit for what she does. You won’t find a harder worker. She’s really leading this team and helping this team keep good chemistry and that’s one thing about this team. They really do a lot of things together. They work together. They like each other. We don’t have big hitters and we don’t have outstanding superstars, but we just work well together.”

Cedar Bluff’s path to Saturday’s championship match was a little tougher. The Lady Tigers dropped their first match of the day against Cherokee County 25-13, 27-25 to fall into the loser’s bracket.

Cedar Bluff defeated Gaylesville (25-14, 25-15) and Spring Garden (15-25, 25-18, 15-10) to set up a rematch with the Lady Warriors. The Lady Tigers overcame their earlier loss with a 25-22, 21-25, 15-12 victory to earn their spot in the championship match against Sand Rock.

“I was proud of the way they fought through it,” Cedar Bluff first-year coach Deidra Davis said. “They showed a lot of fight, a lot of guts to be able to come back through something like that. We had to come through and beat Centre, the team that put us in the loser’s bracket. I’m proud of the way they played in that match, to overcome the loss this morning and fight back through it.”

In their first match against Cherokee County, Colbi Whitlock tallied five digs, three kills and an ace. Brooklyn Willbanks added seven digs and three aces. Julianne Wilson managed three kills and a block. Kiana Dobbins delivered five digs and a kill. Hannah Cosby contributed five digs. Matison Bedwell had three assists. Laura Ann Hughes finished with two assists and an ace.

Against Gaylesville, Ashley Goodwin, Whitlock and Willbanks all posted three kills. Willbanks also added nine digs and four aces. Whitlock also had nine digs. Hughes collected nine assists, nine digs and three aces. Haley Chandler finished with four aces and a kill.

In the win over Spring Garden, Whitlock earned six kills and three aces. Cosby contributed five digs, three kills and two aces. Willbanks posted 16 digs and three aces. Dobbins and Bedwell had nine and five digs respectively. Wilson came away with three kills. Hughes finished with seven assists.

In the rematch with Cherokee County, Dobbins led the way with 11 kills and seven digs. Whitlock added seven kills, six digs and two aces. Bedwell posted 11 digs, two kills and an ace. Cosby came away with 10 digs and two blocks. Willbanks contributed six digs and an ace. Wilson had three blocks and Hughes finished with 17 assists and an ace.

In the championship match against Sand Rock, Dobbins and Whitlock both had five kills. Dobbins also added seven digs. Cosby contributed five digs and a pair of kills. Bedwell came away with seven digs and an ace. Hughes finished with eight assists.

“Even though we didn’t win (the championship match), we were able to take a lot of positives away from today,” Davis said. “Coming back through the loser’s bracket like we did, we showed a lot of effort, came together as a team and responded. It’s something we can continue to build on. We hope to keep climbing up the mountain and get to where we want to be at the end of the season.”

A complete roundup of Saturday’s tournament can be found in this Wednesday’s edition of The Cherokee County Herald.

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Third-ranked Gamecocks down Liberty 48-19

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Jacksonville State wrapped up the non-conference portion of its 2016 schedule with a resounding road win over one of the most successful FCS programs of the past decade.

Eli Jenkins rushed for two touchdowns and threw two more as the third-ranked Gamecocks pounded Liberty 48-19 Saturday night at Williams Stadium. Jacksonville State’s suffocating defense snuffed out the Flames by limiting them to only 181 yards, far below their season average of 336.

Roc Thomas added 114 yards, one touchdown on the ground and caught a TD pass as Jacksonville State improved to 3-1.

Jacksonville State amassed 563 total yards with Jenkins accounting for 345 himself (224 passing, 121 rushing).

“It was a quality, quality win,” said Jacksonville State head coach John Grass. “It was a great performance in a lot of places.”

Liberty (1-3) managed only 41 yards and was 0-for-10 on third-down conversions in the first 30 minutes.

Jacksonville State need 53 seconds to score after forcing the Flames into a three-and-out on the opening series. Jenkins was 3-for-3 on the quick drive, hitting a wide-open Thomas for a 51-yard touchdown pass just three minutes into the contest.

Connor Rouleau’s extra point put the Gamecocks in front 7-0 at the 12:06 mark in the first quarter.

Liberty’s only first-half highlight came on a 31-yard field goal by Alex Probert.

Another long three-play drive extended Jacksonville State’s lead to 14-3 midway through the first. Jenkins ripped off his longest run of the season, a 76-yard sprint to the end zone, with 4:48 remaining in the quarter. It was the senior quarterback’s longest run since an 83-yarder against Charleston Southern in last year’s FCS playoffs.

Josh Barge, who earlier became the sixth player in Ohio Valley Conference history to surpass the 3,000-yard milestone for career receiving, returned a Liberty punt 75 yards for touchdown early in the second quarter. Barge became the first Gamecock to return a punt for a touchdown since Alan Bonner went 64 yards against Alabama A&M in 2009.

Jenkins scored on a one-yard sneak and Cade Stinnett’s kick gave JSU a 27-3 halftime lead.

“They could not get anything going on offense. I thought it was just a great performance defensively,” Grass said. “Offensively, we wanted more explosive plays and we got it. It was a night of explosive plays.”

That explosiveness continued after Liberty had closed to within 27-10 entering the final quarter.

Thomas scored on a two-yard run one play after breaking free on a 57-yard scamper on the first play of the fourth. Shaq Davidson hauled in a 69-yard touchdown pass from Jenkins five minutes later, and reserve back Justice Owens broke loose on an 87-yard touchdown run to make the final 48-19 with 1:27 remaining.

Jacksonville State sacked Liberty’s quarterbacks six times and intercepted two passes. The Flames managed only 44 yards on 36 rush attempts.

The Gamecocks begin their quest for a third straight OVC championship when they host Tennessee Tech on Oct. 8. Kickoff at The Snow is set for 1 p.m.

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