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PREP OPENERS: Lanier starts early, stays late

Sidney Lanier coach Marvin Cunningham led the Poets through two practices on the first day of workouts on Monday. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(August 8, 2017)

In what has become a tradition, the Sidney Lanier Poets opened preseason camp at midnight on Monday.

They followed with an early practice in the heat and humidity of the morning.

It wasn’t easy but senior defensive end Alfred Thomas said it was necessary.

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Daphne runs past Lanier

Daphne running back Mike Franklin fights through the Lanier defense in Thursday's Class 6A first round game at Cramton Bowl. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

Staff Report
(November 4, 2016)

The Sidney Lanier Poets took an early 6-0 in their Class 6A first-round matchup with Daphne on Thursday.

It would be the highlight of an otherwise difficult night.

The Trojans would answer with 24 straight points on the way to an easy  24-6 victory and on to the second round of the AHSAA playoffs.


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Poets win region opener over Northview

Staff Report
(September 4, 2016)

James Foster passed for two touchdowns as Sidney Lanier opened region play with a come-from-behind 24-14 victory over Northview in a Saturday matinee at Cramton Bowl.


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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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PREP RECAP: Elmore County earns comeback win; Park Crossing wins

St. James coach Jimmy Perry directs his team during Friday's loss to Elmore County. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 29, 2015)


Two plays meant winning or losing for Elmore County in a 24-17 victory over St. James at Carlisle Field on Friday night.

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PREP RECAP: Lee wallops Lanier; Edgewood extends streak

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 21, 2015)

It was a rivalry that once shaped the city’s gridiron landscape, but lately Robert E. Lee has had a dominating role in the annual matchup with Sidney Lanier.

Thursday’s season opener at Cramton Bowl was more of the same. The Generals struggled through a horrible first half before thrashing the Poets in the second half on the way to a 34-0 victory.

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Lanier young but hopeful heading into opener vs. Lee

Lanier's starting lineup will be heavy with sophomores including defensive end Alfred Thomas. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(August 20, 2015)

It’s been a while since Sidney Lanier has been relevant in the world of high school playoff football.

You have to go back to 2008 for the Poets' last trip to the playoffs and 2006 to find a playoff win.

Since then, what was once  the most illustrious high school football program in the state hasn’t seen the north side of .500 with the most wins in one season being three.


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Cramton Bowl schedule slam packed for 2015

G.W. Carver and Prattville will play on Sept. 25 as part of the busy schedule at Cramton Bowl this fall. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent

(June 15, 2015)

It’s a daunting task, trying to cram five high school football programs into one venue.

In the past, it was a cooperative effort among the coaches at the high schools. These days, the task falls to Montgomery Public Schools athletic director Brandon Dean and trying to schedule five high school programs into Thursday and Friday night playing dates at Crampon Bowl is a chore no one envies.


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PREP FOR PREPS: Lee, Lanier open 2014 season

Senior defensive end Cortavious Williams (41) will lead the Poets against the Generals Thursday at Cramton Bowl. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(August 21, 2014)

It’s been a while since fans of both Robert E. Lee and Sidney Lanier have enjoyed the spotlight.

The two programs have struggled to the point that neither have made the playoffs since 2009 and 2008 for Lee and Lanier, respectively. Days of scalping tickets for this game are long gone.


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City high school football schedule creates headaches

Robert E. Lee and Sidney Lanier will meet on Aug. 21 to begin the 2014 high school football season. (Staff Photo)


By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor

(March 12, 2014)

The 2014 high school football schedule has been released. In any other year, the news would be routine.

But with the addition of another program in Park Crossing this fall, fitting five teams into a two-day hole each week creates complications.


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Stanhope wins season opener; Lanier falls to Northview

Jeremy Powers (37) was one of several running backs that had a big night for the Mustangs in the win over Marbury. (Photo by Art Parker)

By Art Parker
RRS Correspondent

(August 30, 2013)

MILLBROOK - Despite sloppy play, Stanhope Elmore (6A) was strong enough to handle visiting Marbury (5A), 49-7, Thursday in the season opener at Foshee-Henderson Stadium.


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THURSDAY PREPS: New Lanier coach excited as season opener arrives; Stanhope meets Marbury

New Lanier coach C.J. Harris instructs players during a recent practice. The Poets open the 2013 season Thursday at Cramton Bowl. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(August 29, 2013)

It was early August and new Sidney Lanier coach CJ Harris was bouncing around practice as the team went through position drills. Working mostly with quarterbacks and running backs, he constantly drew an eye to other parts of the field watching and, occasionally, hollering across the way with a reminder of some sort to a player.

"Just trying to keep it moving," he said. "We've got a lot of work to do. And we don't have a lot of time."

Time is now up. Game Day is here for the new coach.

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