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Young quarterback leads Montgomery Academy to first win of season

MA quarterback Trey Lindsey led the Eagles to their first victory of the season on Friday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 27, 2016)

He was an inexperienced sophomore entering Friday night’s game with St. James, but Montgomery Academy quarterback Trey Lindsey showed his coaches and teammates a little something about poise and leadership in a 21-12 win over the Trojans.


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COLUMN: College football addict makes 2016 predictions

Deshaun Watson may lead Clemson to a national title this season. (Photo courtesy College Football Playoff Assoc.)

By Mike Tankersley
RRS Correspondent
(August 26, 2016)

Predicting college football must be addictive because people keep doing it despite often terrible outcomes.

So, here’s this college football addict’s preseason predictions, as stated on River Region Sports radio this week and in this column today.

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Lee 'busts' Park Crossing in shootout

Lee running back Teddiran Murray attempts to power into the end zone against the Park Crossing defense during the Generals' win over Park Crossing. (Photo by Gordon Ward)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 26, 2016)

After Robert E. Lee’s pulsating 51-44 win over Park Crossing, Lee coach Tyrone Rogers told his players a story about Buster Douglas, the heavyweight challenger that was so overlooked by the public in his 1990 bout with heavyweight champion Mike Tyson that only one casino would issue odds for the bout.

Rogers, playing the role of Douglas by jabbing the air as he recounted the story for his players, told of how no one believed in Douglas, no one was surprised when he was knocked down by Tyson in the eighth round, but no one other than a handful could have believed he would get up and knock out Tyson in the 10th round in what many consider the most stunning upset in heavyweight boxing history.


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PRESS PICKS: Dunn is the one after first week of picks

Staff Report
(August 25, 2016)

River Region Sports' own Graham Dunn is on top of the board after one week of picks.

The lead is just one game with Doug Amos right behind.


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PREP CAPSULES: More rivalries dot Week 1 schedule

Staff Report
(August 24, 2016)
A week of high school football is in the books.

But we call this Week 1. It's almost like Christmas all over again.


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PREP RECAP: Edgewood's long winning streak ends

New Edgewood coach Eric Folmar was unsuccessful in his debut on Friday when the Wildcats' 71-game losing streak ended. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(August 22, 2016)
It took about 17 seconds for the new era of Edgewood Academy football to take shape.

Morgan Academy relied on a flea flicker for a touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage, setting the tone in a 46-0 rout of the overmatched Wildcats, Friday at Faulkner University.


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PREP RECAP: Park Crossing impressive in season opener

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 22, 2016)

There will be plenty said about Park Crossing’s explosive offense after Thursday’s season opener in the MPS Kickoff Classic at ASU Stadium.

Malik Cunningham certainly kept the Thunderbird fans entertained by throwing for two touchdowns and running for two more in a 30-20 victory in the 2016 season opener.


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Macon East- Lowndes canceled after players injured in auto accident

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 19, 2016)

The season-opening game between Macon-East Academy and Lowndes Academy has been canceled after four Lowndes players were injured in an automobile accident on the way to practice Thursday.


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RIVER REGION FOOTBALL GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

Staff Report
(August 19, 2016)

River Region Sports is excited to announce the release of the 2016 River Region Football Guide this week. The books are available at various locations.


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CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE: Hillcrest cruises to win over Demopolis

Contributed
(August 19, 2016)

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School’s veteran offense posted 42 points in the first half en route to a 42-7 win over Demopolis as the two teams opened the 2016 prep football season at Cramton Bowl in the first of three games in the 11th annual Champions Challenge high school football classic.


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PRESS PICKS: New season opens with new 'classic'

Staff Report
(August 18, 2016

Football season arrives and the panel is ready.

For the seventh year, River Region Sports invites members of the local media to pick select games involving local high school games and the top college matchups in the state, SEC and the nation.


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Powers collide in 11th Champions Challenge

Coaches for this year's Champions Challenge Football Classic pose during the annual press conference. (Photo contributed)

Combined Report
(August 18, 2016)

Six prep football powers are set to kick off the 2016 high school football season this weekend at the 11th annual Champions Challenge Football Classic this weekend at Cramton Bowl.


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PREP CAPSULES: Season of change opens

Staff Report
(August 17, 2016)

The 2016 high school football season arrives and with it anticipation of playoff berths, regional titles and a trip to Auburn for the Super 7 (or Troy for the AISA).

What used to be a partial schedule on what has been deemed "Week 0" there are more teams playing than not for the first time since the AHSAA added the extra week.


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HS KICKOFF COUNTDOWN: MA's Hudson putting injury past him

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 16, 2016)

He was just trying to get a couple of extra yards for a first down, but Sam Hudson knew it was bad before he hit the ground.

The Montgomery Academy junior receiver had just caught a pass from Barton Lester in the second quarter of a first-round playoff game last November against Hillcrest-Evergreen at McLemore Field.


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Coaching legend John Tatum passes away

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 15, 2016)

John Tatum, who helped validate private-school football programs in the Alabama High School Athletic Association and spent a lifetime teaching sportsmanship, succumbed to cancer on Sunday evening.

Tatum coached Montgomery Academy to the Class 1A state championship in 1987, the first time a private school won a football title in the public school ranks since the influx of private schools in the mid to late 1970s.


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SECIS CLASSIC: Bessemer Academy too much for Lamar

u>By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 14, 2016)

What was expected to be a thrilling showcase for two top-caliber quarterbacks turned into a great night for Bessemer Academy’s defensive backs.

Lamar School’s Davis Harrison had the upper hand in July seven-on-seven drills, but Bessemer Academy’s defensive backs turned the tables with six interceptions in a 35-13 victory over the Raiders in the inaugural Southeastern Commission of Independent Schools Kickoff Classic on Saturday night at Cramton Bowl.


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SECIS CLASSIC: Lee stars in Escambia Academy win

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 14, 2016)

When Escambia Academy defensive tackle Trae Lee grabbed his first career interception, he wasn’t satisfied with his 23-yard interception return.

So the 248-pound senior made the most of a second opportunity, returning it 70 yards for a touchdown.


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SECIS CLASSIC: Brookwood (Ga.) impressive in Classic debut

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 13, 2016)

Brookwood School linebacker Carson Allen had a simple philosophy for the 2016 season opener.

“We didn’t want anybody to tell us it would be a rebuilding year, we just want to keep getting better and better,” Allen said. “A lot of freshmen and sophomores stepped up to the plate. I thought they did a good job.”


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SECIS CLASSIC: Madison-Ridgeland (Miss.) vanquishes Valwood (Ga.)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 13, 2016)

It’s been a whirlwind summer for sophomore Hunter Hulsey.

He was the apprentice, learning how to play quarterback under Madison-Ridgeland Academy coach Herbert Davis and the coach’s son, senior quarterback Hayden Davis. He had stepped in as a freshman last year when the quarterback was lost for the season with a knee injury in the first month, but Davis was ready to resume his starting position.

That was before the senior suffered a season-ending broken foot in seven-on-seven workouts this summer, leaving Hulsey again as the starting quarterback of a team that has reached the state finals the last two seasons.


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HS KICKOFF COUNTDOWN: Top games of River Region for 2016

Both Prattville and G.W. Carver made the list of top games for 2016 in the River Region. (Staff Photo)

Compiled by RRS Staff
(August 12, 2016)

The tradition began last year.
Picking the top matchups among games played in the River Region was not easy but we pulled it off.

So, River Region Sports does again and takes a look at the top games of the 2016 high school season.


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HS KICKOFF COUNTDOWN: City schools get first look at opening venue

Coach Smitty Grider and Park Crossing got their first look at ASU Stadium on Monday. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(August 9, 2016)

Two of the four city’s high schools got a preview of their season opening venue on Monday.

Jeff Davis and Park Crossing had light workouts at Alabama State’s ASU Stadium in preparation of their upcoming meeting on Aug. 18.


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HS KICKOFF COUNTDOWN: Game week arrives for AISA

New Lanier coach Marvin Cunningham works out his team in preparation of the season opener against Robert E. Lee on Aug. 19. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(August 8, 2016)

Trinity Presbyterian head football coach Randy Ragsdale looked over his crew in the final minutes of practice and said the words most wanted to hear last Thursday.

It’s time to put on the pads.

“Let’s see what we’ve accomplished these first few days and are we prepared for the next step,” he said to his team.


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HS KICKOFF COUNTDOWN: Quarterback battle shaping up at St. James

St. James junior Josh Garnett is one of two players looking to start at quarterback for Coach Jimmy Perry this season. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 8, 2016)

After recording a school-record 275 rushing attempts last season, the return of tailback Blake Underwood for his senior season is welcome news for St. James fans.

But the success of the Trojans may hinge heavily on the starting quarterback and that battle could continue right until the season opener at Bayside Academy.


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Hornets go full pads in Saturday workouts

Alabama State donned the full pads Saturday in preparations for the upcoming season. (Photo courtesy Alabama State Unv. Athletic Dept)

Contributed
(August 6, 2016)

After spending most of the first week of preseason practice in acclimation sessions, the Alabama State Hornets hit the field in full pads for the first time Saturday, which also represented the first day of two-a-day practice sessions.


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Glover, Carr adapting to new surroundings

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 3, 2016)

PRATTVILLE – The mother approaches the Autauga Academy coaching staff, the parent of a transfer that played for former Edgewood Academy coach Bobby Carr. She has the paperwork to complete her son’s transfer and brings it to Carr.

There’s one problem. Carr isn’t the head coach at Autauga. He was hired as a volunteer offensive coordinator in July by new coach Kyle Glover.

If the presence of two successful former head coaches on the same staff is a problem, neither coach will admit it. While they are several years apart, they grew up as friends in Prattville before Carr’s family eventually moved to Millbrook where he became the starting quarterback at Stanhope Elmore.


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Alabama Challenge AAU teams earn titles

The Alabama Challenge 17U team includes (first row, from left): Dalvin White, Kevion Nolan, Travarus Carroll, Tony Johnson and Keldric Gardner; (second row) Coach Robert Shannon, Herb Jones, Trey Jemison, Rayshaun Hammonds, DeAntoni Gordon and Coach Walter White. (Photo courtesy AAU)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 1, 2016)

It took Jerry Bartley 24 years, but one of his final AAU teams will send him out a winner.

Bartley has served as the state AAU chairman since 1993, but it wasn’t until this year that one of his teams, the Montgomery-based Alabama Challenge, won the 17U AAU Boys Basketball National Championship, held July 13-18 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.


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Folmar ready to lead Edgewood Academy

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 1, 2016)

ELMORE - With a flurry of departures from both players and coaches, it seems like new Edgewood Academy coach Eric Folmar would have taken advantage of Alabama Independent School Association rules that permitted him to start practice last Thursday.

Instead, Folmar will wait until Monday to kick off the Wildcats’ preseason practice.


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WTLS Radio renews contract with Crimson Tide Network

Staff Report
(July 29, 2016)

University of Alabama sports broadcasts will continue to be heard in the River Region on WTLS 1300 AM and 106.5 FM. The station is extending its contract with the Crimson Tide Sports Network until 2020.


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Friday
HSFB - Jeff Davis vs Carver, 7 p.m. (Cramton Bowl)
HSFB - WS Neal at Tallassee, 7 p.m. (Click to watch)
HSVOL - Mayor's Cup Tourney, Cramton Bowl Multiplex
SLBASE - Birmingham (White Sox) at Biscuits, 7 p.m.
Saturday
SLBASE - Biscuits at Mobile (D-Backs), 7 p.m.
HSVOL - Mayor's Cup Tourney, Cramton Bowl Multiplex
Sunday
SLBASE - Biscuits at Mobile (D-Backs), 5 p.m.
 
 
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