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PREP OPENERS: Autauga Academy's Rogers tabbed as top AISA pre-season player

Autauga Academy's Kendrick Rogers was selected as the top player by the coaches in the upcoming AISA season. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent

(August 23, 2017)

When the Alabama Independent School Association football coaches were polled over the summer for the best player in the private school organization, there were a variety of answers that primarily focused on skill players.

But one name was fresh on the coaches’ minds after watching seven-on-seven drills all summer. Finding a way to describe Autauga Academy sophomore sensation Kendrick Rogers wasn’t easy for Bessemer Academy coach Josh Wright.


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PREP OPENERS: Success Unlimited Academy looking to field team in 2018

Athletic director Bill Granger has plans for Success Unlimited Academy to field a football team in 2018. The jerseys are ready but the program needs financial help to get started. (Photo by Tim Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 21, 2017)

While other athletic directors and football coaches are scrambling in August to get their team on the field for its first game, Bill Granger is quietly and efficiently working behind the scenes with a deadline of his own.

The Success Unlimited Academy athletic director doesn’t have his own football team, but he has plans for one. And if he can field a team in time for the 2018 football season, Granger should have several options on how the Mustangs will compete before they ever take the field.


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SECIS CLASSIC: Autauga holds off Valwood; Escambia Academy tops FBS

Autauga Academy running back Djay Gardner rushes through the Valwood defense in the SECIS Classic on Saturday. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 13, 2017)

After holding Valwood School to minus-15 total yards and without a first down in the first half, no one could have expected Autauga Academy to maintain the same level of intensity in the second half of Saturday’s meeting in the second annual Southeastern Commission of Independent Schools’ Kickoff Classic at Cramton Bowl.

The Generals came out flat in the third quarter and the Valiants took advantage of it, scoring a pair of quick touchdowns to pull back into the contest before the Generals answered with a late touchdown to secure a 38-29 victory to extend their winning streak to 14 games.


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SECIS CLASSIC: Parkland (Miss.) runs over Frederica (Ga.); Terrell (Ga.), Lamar (Miss) win

Parklane's Kyrin Bickham fines running room Friday in the SECIS Classic at Cramton Bowl. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 12, 2017)

Parklane Academy relied on Magnum force to win its season opener with Frederica Academy.


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PREP OPENERS: SECIS Classic kicks off high school season

Autauga Academy goes through workouts prior to the season opener on Saturday in the SECIS Classic. (Photo by Tim Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 10, 2017)

The 2017 high school football season kicks off this weekend with the second annual Southeastern Commission of Independent Schools Kickoff Classic at Cramton Bowl, featuring three games on Friday and three more on Saturday.

The event kicked off last year with two games each day and expanded this year as additional private schools asked to participate in the prestigious regional event.


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Another AISA school closes

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 21, 2017)

Sumter Academy became the second longtime Alabama Independent School Association school to close its doors as headmaster Glen Sanders announced the school’s intentions on Tuesday.


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SMCA closes doors after steady fall in attendance

South Montgomery County Academy has closed its doors after suffering severe losses in attendance. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 2, 2017)

After years of fighting an annual battle to stay open, South Montgomery County Academy closed its doors for the last time in late May.

The school’s board of directors met on Thursday night to discuss the future of the property in Grady.


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Second round of SECIS Football Classic set

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 17, 2017)

The Southeastern Commission of Independent Schools will hold its second Kickoff Classic on Aug. 11-12 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl, expanding the format from eight teams to 12 after a successful debut in 2016.

“There were some teams that needed games,” Alabama Independent School Association athletic director Roddie Beck said, “and word of mouth got out how well some of them enjoyed it last year so more teams wanted to get involved.”


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AISA CHAMPIONSHIP: Glenwood takes Class AAA title

Glenwood earns the AISA Class AAA state baseball title after the 10-0 shutout of Pike Liberal on Thursday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 12, 2017)

They rarely ever played a third game in a playoff series or needed a third pitcher but Glenwood School had Jarrett Carter available if they ever needed him.

So when the Gators played a third game in the Alabama Independent School Association Class AAA state baseball tournament at Paterson Field, it was Carter who took center stage, earning most valuable player honors by pitching a three-hitter and helping the Gators to a 10-0 win over Pike Liberal Arts on Thursday afternoon.


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AISA FINALS: Glenwood, Pike Liberal split to force Game 3

Pike Liberal's Jade Sikes gets caught in a rundown and is tagged out by Glenwood's Daniel Holley in Wednesday's AISA Class AAA final at Paterson Field. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 11, 2017)

Pike Liberal Arts found every break in the first game of the championship series with Glenwood School, but couldn’t find the key hit in the second game.


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Macon East sweeps away Clarke Prep for state baseball title

Macon East raises the state championship trophy after sweeping Clarke Prep Tuesday at Paterson Field. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 10, 2017)

Connor Davis was hitting everything. Fastballs, curveballs, even opposing batters.

The Macon East Academy ace wasn’t at his best on the mound, hitting five opposing batters with pitches, but more than made up for it at the plate by scoring a run and driving in four more in the first game and scoring two more runs in the second game as the Knights swept Clarke Prep 8-4 and 6-0 in the Alabama Independent School Association Class AA state baseball championship at Paterson Field on Tuesday afternoon.


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Marengo Academy beats Eastwood for Class A title

Eastwood completes its best season in baseball with a second-place finish in AISA Class A Tuesday at Paterson Field. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 10, 2017)

Marengo Academy had been here before and was wary of getting into an offensive shootout with its opponent. That’s why head coach Woodie Beck handed the ball to senior David Dunn.


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AISA STATE SOFTBALL: Autauga rallies to beat Macon East for crown; Marengo, Glenwood win titles

Macon East's Chole Gulledge is called safe at third during a play against Autauga Academy in the AISA State Softball tourney on Saturday. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 7, 2017)

Autauga Academy coach Jeremy Deloach went over the normal strategy with sophomore Karsyn Kemsel in the bottom of the seventh inning, telling her to make sure to only swing at “her pitch.”

It wasn’t what Kemsel wanted, but she swung anyway, giving the Generals a stunning 10-9 victory over Macon East Academy and the Class AA championship in the Alabama Independent School Association state softball tournament at Lagoon Park Softball Complex.


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AISA ELITE EIGHT RECAP: Evangel boys advance

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 1, 2017)

Darryl Stewart and Ethan Johnson led a balanced effort with 10 points each as Evangel Christian advanced to the semifinals of the Alabama Independent School Association Class A basketball tournament with a 56-17 win over Patrician Academy in the Cramton Bowl Multiplex on Tuesday.

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Macon East sweeps regional tourney

Regional MVP Kyle Edwards of Macon East shoots over Autauga's Kendrick Rogers in Saturday's regional championship. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 30, 2017)

CECIL - It was the championship game of the AISA Class AA Region 1 tournament, but it could just as easily be a preview of the weekend’s Class AA state championship game at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex.

Macon East Academy improved to 30-0 with a 66-53 win over Autauga in the Macon East gym, their second hard-fought win over the Generals this season.


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Macon East boys rolling into post season

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 27, 2017)

CECIL – This weekend's AISA Regional Tournament at Macon East Academy may look like window dressing for the Knights.

But don't tell veteran coach Larry Chapman. This team has work to do if it is to win a state title in two weeks.


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AISA Class A Championship: Marengo edges Chambers

Malik Lyons attempts to break away from Marengo's Weldon Aydellot in the AISA Class A championship game on Friday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(November 19, 2016)

Weldon Aydelott touchdown with 1:17 remaining gave Marengo Academy a 34-33 victory and the AISA Class A state championship.
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Autauga Academy has right plan for state championship win

Autauga Academy coaches Kyle Glover (right) and Bobby Carrhad the right gameplan for the Generals' championship win Friday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(November 19, 2016)

TROY – Autauga Academy coaches had devised a defensive strategy for Escambia Academy when the two teams met in late October, but the Generals jumped out to an early lead and never needed it.


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Lowndes Academy has memorable season for good and bad reasons

Lowndes Academy quarterback Jon Johnson was recently honored by the Montgomery Quarterback Club. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(November 18, 2016)

The 2016 season was already considered a special one for Lowndes Academy as the school celebrated its 50th season of football.

Little did the coaches and players know in early August that 2016 would be a memorable season none of the participants would ever forget.



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AISA PLAYOFFS: Evangel Christian back in postseason

Andy Whatley has Evangel Christian Academy in the playoffs for the first time since 2011. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(November 1, 2016)

There’s a different feeling around Evangel Christian Academy this week.

“It’s been, what five or six years?” Evangel coach Andy Whatley said. “These kids are excited, excited, excited. As coaches, you say that’s a tough team we’re playing but these kids see we’re in the playoffs and all we need is two wins to get to Troy. They certainly see it through some exciting lenses.”


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AISA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: 1st Round Results

Results of the first round of the 2016 AISA state football playoffs played Friday, Nov. 4. River Region teams in bold.


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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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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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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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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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AISA football gets early start

Glenn Lott and Macon East open workouts on Thursday as AISA practices begin across the state. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(July 28, 2016)

Although teams in the Alabama Independent School Association can officially begin football practice on Thursday, it is somewhat anticlimactic.

With summer practice being more liberal than in the past and more teams involved in team camps, preseason workouts may need a name change.


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Former Autauga Academy star Howard named to Maxwell list

Former Autauga Academy star O.J. Howard was one of eight in-state players named to the Maxwell Award List on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

Staff Report
(July 6, 2016)

O.J. Howard was among eight in-state players named to the first preseason watch lists released on Tuesday by the Maxwell Football Club.


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