Monday, August 27, 2012

Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Bests

4A-6A All-Prep Team
QB - Kendrick Doss (Florence)
LB - Dylan Hogue (Central), Davian Eggleston (Florence), Ethan Felton, Zach Mize (Muscle Shoals)
RB - Will Minor (Deshler), Beniquez Brown (Florence), Dillon Gist (Muscle Shoals)
DL - Dee Liner (Muscle Shoals), Rock Slaughter (Muscle Shoals)
OL - John Broaddrick (Central), Jamarcus Ford (Deshler), Ben Thomas (Central), Julian Cole (Florence)
WR - JJ Green (Florence), Brandon Creasy (Deshler), BJ Bailey (Deshler)
DB - Kivon Coman (Florence), Jose Bentoncourt (Russellville), Levi Fell (Muscle Shoals)
Special Teams - Devan Sullivan (Muscle Shoals)

QB - Skylar Beck (Brooks)
LB - Logan Ezell (Russellville), Wilson Cook (Wilson), Chandler Sartain (Muscle Shoals)
RB - Clint Prestage (Brooks), Daniel Hayes (Central), Tyler Boyd (Russellville)
DL/OL - Kaelan Bonds (Russellville), Chris Petty (Central), Josh Tillary (Russellville)
WR/DB - Jordan Gist (Russellville), Aaron McClusky (Brooks), Murphy Harrison (Central)
Best Rushing Attack - Muscle Shoals
Best Passing Attack - Florence Falcons
Most Balanced Offense - Brooks Lions
Best Rush Defense - Muscle Shoals
Best Pass Defense - Florence Falcons
Most Improved - Brooks Lions
Brightest Future - Deshler Tigers
Most Exciting Games - Florence/Muscle Shoals,
Central/West Limestone, Muscle Shoals/Chelsea, Brooks/Deshler, Central/Deshler, Florence/Bob Jones,

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Best of 2011

A - 3A All-Prep 2011
QB - Cole Claunch (Colbert Heights), Will Bishop (SCA)
LB - Vic Gilbert (LCHS), Raleigh Killen (Rogers), Josh Ricks (Sheffield)
RB - Austin Kerr (Rogers), Chandler Russ (SCA), CJ Jackson (LCHS)
WR - Cody Stephens (Rogers), Devan Traglia (SCA), Bryson Smith (Colbert Heights
OL - Reid Newton (LCHS), Chase Fuller (Colbert Heights), Blake Harris (Rogers)
DL - Bradley Patterson (Red Bay), Briar Allen (Rogers), Brian Puckett (LCHS), Austin Belue (Red Bay)
Special Teams - Luke Gasque (Sheffield), Colby Spann (Colbert Heights), Tyler Grigsby (Rogers)

QB - Samuel Grisham (LCHS), Hunter Danley (Sheffield)
LB - Daniel Wood (SCA), Hunter Childers (Red Bay), Zane Taylor (Rogers), DJ Simmons (LCHS)
RB - Charles Jackson (Sheffield), Matt Belue (Red Bay), Jake Newton (LCHS)
WR/DB - Edgar Bahena (Tharptown), DJ Sanders (Sheffield)
OL/DL - Tyler Smith (LCHS), Jamie Hartley (SCA), Ben Laster (Hatton)

Best Rushing Attack - Lauderdale County
Best Passing Attack - Colbert Heights
Most Balanced Offense - Shoals Christian
Stingiest Defense - Lauderdale County
Most Impressive Stretch of Games - Rogers Playoff Run; LCHS Week 3-10
Most Improved - Sheffield
Most Exciting Games: Sheffield/Rogers; Rogers/Piedmont, LCHS/Glencoe
Red Bay/Colbert Heights, Sheffield/Cordova

Thursday, November 17, 2011

4A and 5A Previews

Deshler Tigers at Oneonta Redskins
Friday Night will match two similar teams.  Dehsler scores over 50 ppg while allowing 23.  Most every game they have been involved in, has been decided before the 4th quarter.  With a strong running game they have begun to show some balance with big pass plays as well.  They are 11-1 and in the third round...again....where they are 13-5 throughout history.  These Tigers have matured into a very good team this season.  Oneonta is 10-2 with some good history as well.They are scoring 47+ per game this season while only allowing 16.  They shutout West Limestone 35-0 last week to advance to round 3 for the 9th time where they are 4-5. The two schools only common opponent this season is Alexandria.  The Redskins lost to them by 1 point in week two while the Tigers won 59-19 last week.  Based on this expect Deshler to advance...again.

Muscle Shoals Trojans at Briarwood Christian Lions
The Lions are good.  They are 11-1. So is Muscle Shoals. Both teams beat Chelsea by double digits and both beat Athens by 20+. Briarwood lost to Vestavia Hills (6A team Florence beat in week 1) in mid -season as the only blemish on their record where MSHS lost to Florence.  The Lions are very strong offensively, scoring 43 ppg but not as powerful on defense as they have only 1 shutout all season and allow 21 ppg on average.  Muscle Shoals, on the other hand, scores even more (51 ppg) and allows much less (12 ppg).  If the Trojans can overcome the experience and size of Briarwood they could advance for the second time in school history to the state semi-finals.  The Lions are 8-4 in round 3 all time and have collected 5 state championships.  This is their 3rd consecutive region title.  History is on the Lions side; 2011 might be on the Trojans side though.  Great chance for the visiting team to pull the upset.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


With 4 local teams firmly focused on the season at hand - most teams can now plan for next year.  Beginning in 2012 the Regions and Class of several local teams will be different.  Here is how it breaks down.

1A Region 8
Tharptown, Decatur Heritage Hubbard, Waterloo, Vina, Shoals Christian, Phillips, Hackleburg

2A Region 8
Hatton, Lexington, Colbert Heights, Sheffield, Tanner, Phil Campbell, Red Bay, Cherokee

3A Region 8
Clements, Colbert County, Deshler, Elkmont, West Morgan, Westminster Christian, Lauderdale County, Madison Academy

4A Region 8
West Limestone, Central, Wilson, Brooks, Priceville, Haleyville, Rogers, East Lawrence

5A Region 8
Hartselle, Muscle Shoals, Cullman, Athens, Russellville, West Point, Lawrence Co, East Limestone

6A Region 8
Sparkman, Bob Jones, Austin, Florence, Hazel Green, Buckhorn, James Clemens, Decatur

Summary of biggest local changes - Deshler to 3A, Sheffield to 2A, and Rogers to 4A