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' llr rworraVtti rtrr ',)mmunity Section - Yage 4 Thursday, November 29, 2012 ' ,nden's quarterback Anthony Robinson Jr. loss to Brantley. (Photo by Jim DeWitt). picks up first down in Friday's 20-14 Only Sweet Water remains as er Region 5 rival, Pickens who were the fourth seed in In Class 2A, Region 1 foes Marion County (12-1), Guin the lone area team still alive for County (11-2) at Guin. Marion Region 1, will be the host. Sweet Water (11-2) andClass 2A a state championship as the County beat the Tornadoes 45- In Class 5A, unbeatenWashington County (12-1) Washington County(12-1)at AHSAA playoffs move into the 27 on Oct. 19 to claim the Muscle Shoals (13-0) ousted advanced. The top-seeded Sweet Water (ll-2) semifinal round. One defending region title - and this week's defending state champion Bulldogs will host the game. Tanner (12-0) at Reeltown state champion and six unbeat- home berth in the semifinals. Hartselle 49-21 and McAdory Reeltown (12-1) beat Woodland (12-1) en teams posted victories in the Unbeaten Brantley (13-0) beat (13-0) knocked off Cullmanto and will host unbeaten Tanner Class 3A quarterfinals of the AHSAA Linden and advance~ t,, ~,,,o, ............ .... ,/ ..... state football playoffs and are Mclntosh (8-5), which downed at McCalla. Region 1 rivals contest. Straughn (9-3) among the 24 schools that Maplesville, in the other semifi- Spanish Fort (12-1) and Saint And, in Class 4A, unbeaten Lauderdale County (12-I) at advanced to this week's play. nal game. Paul's (11-2) also advanged and Oneonta (13-0), last year's state Madison Academy (10-2), All games will be played In Class 3A, Madison will play at Spanish Fort. The runner-up, shut out J.O. Madison Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Academy (11-2), the Region 8 Saints beat the Toros in the reg- 'Johnson and will host Madison Class 4A Four teams in each of the six champion and last year's state ular-season game 3t-21. County (12-1) in one semifinal. Dora (12-1) at UMS-Wright classes will be competing for runner-up; downed Region 8 In Class 6A, Hoover (13-0) Dora (12-1) won on the road at (11-2), Mobile berths in the 2012 Super 6 State fourth-seed Colbert County 66- remained unbeaten with a 21-7 Charles Henderson and will Madison County (12-1) at Championships set for Dec. 6-7 28, while Region 8 runner-up win over arch-rival Vestavia travel to Mobile Friday to face Oneonta (13-0) at Auburn University's Jordan- Landerdale County (12-1) beat Hills and will now host Clay- UMS-Wright (11-2). UMS also Class 5A Hare Stadium. Classes 1A, 3A Region 8 third-seed Deshler 21- Chalkville (12-1). The Cougars won the road at Beauregard. Saint Paul's Episcopal (11-2) and 5A will play Dec. 6 7 to set UP this week's semifinal downed Mountain Brook 30-9 at Spanish Fort (12-1) (Thursday) and Classes 2A, 4A battle at Madison. The in the third round. Region 3 AHSAA State Football Muscle Shoals (13-0) at and 6A will play Dec. 7 Mustangs won the regular-sea- champion Carver-Montgomery PlayoffPairings McAdory(13-0),McCalla (Friday). son battle 24-10 on Sept. 7. (12-1) defeated Spain Park 26- Semifinals (Nov. 30) Class 6A Defending Class 1A state Fayette County (11-2) and 20 at Cramton Bowl and eamed Opelika (9-4) at Carver- champion Marion County (12- Straughn (9-3) posted road wins the right to host Region 3 third- Class 1A Montgomery (12-1), Cramton 1) beat Region 5 rival at Leeds and Midfield, respec- seed Opelika (9-4, an 8-7 win- Mclntosh (8-5) at Brantley Bowl Hubbertville 41-22 in the third tively, and will meet in the other ner over Region 3 second-seed (13-0) Clay-Chalkville (12-1) at round and will now host anoth- semifinal game. The Bulldogs, Auburn. Pickens County (11-2) at Hoover (13-0) II l,inden's Jamal Lewis (6) looks for running to Bulldogs. (Photo by Jim DeWitt). room against Brantley defense in 20-14 loss Linden's Marquise Shelton (23) runs deep to Bulldogs. (Photo by Jim DeWitt). into Brantley territory in Patriots 20-14 loss semis FAX Service ~e ~lemocrab~e}~orfer The move from Class 1A to 2A never fazed Sweet Water this season. The Bulldogs have hardly broken a sweat in the AHSAA Class 2A playoffs. The Latest victim is Lamar County, pounded by the Dawgs 55-20 Friday, Nov. 23. In three playoff games, Sweet Water has outscored its opponents 171-41. Sweet Water converted a turnover inlo an early score against the visiting Bulldogs and never looked back en route to its latest victory. Tra Parker picked up a pass, setting Sweet water up at the Lamar County 32-yard line and Deion Waters scored on an 8- yard run moments later for a 7- 0 lead. Lamar County failed to move against the Sweet Water defense on its next possession and the Dawgs, working with a short field, got a 7-yard touch- down run from quarterback Brett Davis for a 14-0 lead mid- ~a? through the opening peri- od. Just before the end of the period, Jakoby Aldridge scored on a 19-ym'd run fbr a 21-0 lead at the end of the period. Lamar County tried to count- er-punch early in the second quarter with an 8-yard touch- down pass flom Dallas Cockerham to Alex Wheeler, cutting the lead to 21-7, but Sweet Water answered with a return to the Lamar County 3- yard line on the ensuing kickoff. On the first snap, Demarcus Gamble banged his way into the end zone for a 28-7 lead. On Sweet Water's next pos- session, Aldridge sprinted 75 yards for a touchdown and a 35- 7 lead. Sweet Water took advantage of another Lamar County turnover - an interception by Jarvis Lewis - for its next score. Gamble got the touchdown on a 2-yard run to make it 42-7. Sweet Water put together a 91-yard scoring drive, capped by Aldridge's 28-yard run, to take a 48-7 lead at the half. With second and third team- ers playing in the second half, Sweet Water added a touch- down on Desmond Retic's 2- yard run. Lamar County scored twice - a 3-yard run by Wheeler in the third quarter and a 2-yard run by Cullin Carter in the fourth period. Sweet Water (11-2) hosts region runner-up Washington County Friday in the semi- finals. The Dawgs defeated Washington County 20-6 in the reguhir season. Austin Scott and Cedric by Tiger special teams and the The extra point try was again no O'Neal rushed for three touch- defense, good and UWA led 14-12 with Linden's Patriots did not lose and Linden held a 7-6 advan- downs each to lead Valdosta Malcolm Butler gathered in 6:10 left in the Brantley Friday, Nov. 23. The tage. State to a 49-21 victory over the opening kickoff and West ~ Alabama's offense clock simply ran out on a scrap- The Patriots promptly West Alabama in the second returned it 55 yards to set up a roared back on its next posses- py, game bunch of kids in red launched a time-consuming round of the NCAA Division II 4-yard touchdown run by Gary sion to go 58 yards on eight with Brantley leading 20-14 and scoring drive to widen the lead, Football Playoffs Saturday at Johnston. The score capped a plays, cappingthe driveon a 24- earning a trip to the AHSAA capped by Robinson's 5-yard Bazemore-HydeStadium. seven-play, 31-yard drive that yard scoring pass from Johnston Class 1A semi-finals against touchdown pass over the mid- ~he win improves the took 3:44. to Dakota Daniel and UWA led upstart Mcintosh. dle to Kynard Craig. Shelton Blazers to 9-2 and sets up A personal foul penalty on 21-12 with 1:57 left before the "We knew Brantley is the kicked the PAT for a 14-6 lead Valdosta State to host Carson- Valdosta State on the ensuring intermission, real deal," said Linden head with 7.5 seconds remaining in Newman in the quarterfinals kickoff backed the Blazers up VSU had the hot hand to start coach Andro Williams. "We the first hag. next week. West Alabama ends and Shontral Ford recovered a the second half, scoring on it knew we were going to have The second half saw it season as the Gulf South Blazer fumble at the 11 yard first two possessions. Scott our hands full, but we felt like Brantley slowly gain the Conference champions at 9-4. line to set up Johnston's second capped a 10-play, 87-yard drive Brantley had its hands full, too." momentum. Linden's defense "Credit Coach (David) Dean TD run of 1 yard. with a 4-yard run and following Brantley did. The Bulldogs, battled through the final 24 min- and his staff," UWA head coach "They made some mistakes a UWA fumble deep in its own averaging over 50 points per utes in its most physical per: ~/~ Will Hall said."They did a great to help us early and we took territory, Cedric O'Neal scam- game, hand their hands full for formance of the year, but the ' job getting ready for us and had .advantage of that," Hall said. pered in from 11 yards out. four quarters. Bulldogs tied the contest 14-14 a phenomenal plan. "They took it to us in the second Two-point tries were good fol- Linden took the fight to the on Andrew Parker's 2-yard run half and we couldn't match their lowing both scores and Valdosta Bulldogs from the opening and a successful two-point con- "They just outclassed us energy. They won the battle in led 28-21 with 6:25 left in the kickoff, version with 3:54 left in the today, beat us in every way, the trenches and their running third period. The Patriots drove to the third quarter. especially in the second half," backs ran hard." Touchdown runs of 9 and 2 Brantley 2-yard line early in the Brantley score the game- Hall said. "It was a disappoint- Valdosta State threaten late in yards by O'Neal late in the third contest, but a false start penalty winning touchdown on a 3-yard ing day for us because we the first period, but Otha Foster and early in the fourth quarter, kept them out of the end. But pass from quarterback Andrew hoped to perform better. It was intercepted Cayden Cochran in respectively, stretched the with 6:30 remaining in the sec- Lowery to wide receiver unfortunate that our season had the end zone to end the threat on Blazer lead to 42-21with ll:43 ond quarter, quarterback Terrance Bogan. The PAT to end today, but we took a the first play of the second quar- left to play. Scott capped off the Anthony Robinson Jr. twisted missed wide left, but Brantley major step with our program ter. The . interception was day with a 15-yard run with his way into the end zone from led 20-14 with 6:09 left in the this year." Foster's sixth of the year and his 4:42 left. 1 -yard out and Marquise game. UWA built a 21-12 lead by fourth against VSU. Scott added 133 yards on 20 Shelton kicked the PAT for a 7- Then time ran out on the the half, but Valdosta State The Blazers got on the board carries to his three scores, 0 lead. Patriots, who finish the season dominated play in the final two with 10:58 left in the first half Cochran completed 23-of-33 The Linden lead was short- with an 11-2 record. quarters. The Blazers outgained on a 13-yard run by Austin passes for 240 yards and a lived, however, as Brantley's Brantley moves on to the the Tigers 242-61 in the second Scott. The extra point was no touchdown, Regginald Lewis O.J. Guice returned the ensuing semi-finals, hosting Mclntosh, half, scoring five rushing touch- good and UWA led 14-6.had five receptions for 52 yards kickoff 78 yards for a touch- who upset Maplesville 28-18 downs on a UWA defense that After limiting UWA to one for the Blazers. Jeremy Grable down. The PAT sailed wide left last week. was ranked fourth in Division II fast down on the next threepos- recorded 11 tackles and in total yards allowed, sessions, Valdosta State got on Lawrence Virgil had three sacks West Alabama got off to a the board again on a 15-yard and five tackles for loss for MONOGRAMMABLE blazing start, building a 14-0 scoring pass from Cochran to VSU. lead in just less than seven min- Seantavious Jones on a fade into utes, on the strength big plays the left comer of the end zone. |: Alabama Southern was able to make some shots Coach Trent Eager was Community College's basket- and we didn't. We didn't give excited about getting the win. ball teams traveled up to Boaz up and we were able to get the "We came out the first half and on Tuesday, Nov. 20, where win." wejust weren't all there mental- both squads hammered their Jennings had high praise for ly," he said. "However, we were counterparts from Snead State. Brown. "She had a great able to regroup at the half and The Lady Eagles got the game," Jennings said. 'Twenty- we came out and we got the night started by overcoming a three points and a ton of win." 32-28 hag-time deficit to defeat rebounds -- it was a career night Eager said the victory is huge the Lady Parsons of Snead State for her. She was a big differ- for his Eagle squad. "Snead is a 60-55. Gabrielle Brown had a ence-maker for us." well-coached, well-disciplined career night, pacing ASCC with The Eagles followed suit in team," he said. "To go up there, 23 points. She was followed by the nightcap to take a 73-67 win on the road, and to get a win the DeShanti Lewis with 14. Dee over the homestanding Parsons. way that we did is good for our Dee Moulds had eight points in ASCC trailed Snead by seven at team. I am very proud of this the game. Defensively, Brown the half, 41-34, but a huge sec- victory." and Moulds had eight rebounds ond half effort saw the Eagles ASCC traveled to Ellisville, each while Brittnee On'had six. go on a 39-26 tear to take the Miss. on Nov. 26 to take on Brown also had five steals in six-point win. Jones Community College. the game. Orlando Coleman led the Results from that game are The win ups the Lady Eagles charge for the Eagles with 31 posted at The to 4-3 on the season, points followed by Will Bailey Eagles will be at home on Coach Rosalind Jennings with 20, Cyrus Lavant with 11 Thursday, Nov. 29 for a show- said she was proud of the way and Stepl'ffonButler with seven, down with the Eagles of the team responded. "We did a Defensively, Coleman had 17 Meridian Community College. good job coming back in the rebounds followed by Bailey The Lady Eagles tip off at 5:30 second half," she observed, and Charvis Teacher with five p.m. followed by the Eagles at "However, the score doesn't each. Teacber also had six steals 7:30p.m. indicate how we played in the in the game. The win ups the Tickets are $3. For more on first half. It was a whole-game Eagles' record to 2-3 on the sea- the Eagles, please visit effort but in the first half, Snead son. George Michael Rowe led West Alabama rushers with 54 yards on 15 carries. Johnston completed 6-of-11 for 73 yards and a score. Kyle Caldwell completed 3-of- 13 for 45 yards. Linebackers Ben Brooks and Deon Lacey had seven tackles each for the Tigers. ITEMS FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY Main Street, .&nden 295-8404 S. 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