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MPS schools shut out on first day of Central Regional

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 17, 2017)

Thursday wasn’t a very good day for MPS programs as all four teams in action ended their seasons abruptly.

No other school system in the state took a beating the way the Montgomery County school system did, although there is a chance of redemption with the boys and girls teams from Carver and Sidney Lanier in action on Friday.


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NSD 2017: Ruggs follows advice of fallen friend and picks Alabama

Henry Ruggs made his college choice known with a moving tribute video to his friend, Rod Scott. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 1, 2017)

The powerful presentation of a video made the announcement for Robert E. Lee High star Henry Ruggs, III on Wednesday, but there were two separate endings filmed because he couldn’t choose between Alabama and Florida State.

The video conveyed the loss Ruggs felt last March as a junior when senior Rod Scott, a teammate on the Generals’ basketball team, was killed in an automobile accident on the way to the state basketball tournament in Birmingham. It depicts Ruggs working out in the weight room and on the football field, along with clips of him visiting his friends’ graveside.


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ALA-MISS ALL-STAR: Ruggs makes instant impression in All-Star game

Robert E. Lee's Henry Ruggs, III opened the 2016 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(December 11, 2016)

It took Henry Ruggs 15 seconds to make an impact in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl on Saturday.

Ruggs fielded the opening kickoff at the 10-yard and sprinted past everyone to the end zone.


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ALA-MISS ALL-STAR GAME: Ruggs ready to test wares against top talent

R.E. Lee's Henry Ruggs, III will play in this weekend's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl. (Photo by Drew Gayle)


By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(December 5, 2016)

Rivals is in the process of updating its recruiting rankings, so Henry Ruggs may move up when the Rivals250 postseason rankings come out, if you’re interested. Ruggs, for one, isn’t.

“It’s not about ratings or anything to me,” he said. “I don’t focus on accolades, I just play to play.”

It’s almost unthinkable to consider him a four-star recruit in today’s world. He’s never attended a football summer camp and has only played receiver for two years. Well, three if you want to count his one year at McKee Junior High, where he played cornerback and some receiver. “But we didn’t throw the ball that much,” he points out.


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Lee forced to forfeit wins, loses playoff spot

Staff Report
(October 24, 2016)

The football season for Robert E. Lee has come to an abrupt end.

According to a release by the Alabama High School Athletic Association, the Generals football program has been fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit six varsity football wins for violating the AHSAA eligibility rules.


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Auburn drops Lee from unbeaten ranks

Lee's Antonnio Ballard grabs Garrett Morris for a tackle in the Generals' loss to Auburn. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(October 7, 2016)

It wasn’t, by anyone’s standards, a good night for Lee football.

The Generals, poised to set up what they hoped was a final push to win the Region 2 championship, had no answer for a punishing Auburn High rushing attack that turned back the General,s 40-32, at Cramton Bowl on Thursday night.


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Ruggs, three JD players among Alabama All-Stars

Robert E. Lee wide receiver Henry Ruggs headlines a large contingent of players from the River Region that will play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in December. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

Contributed
(October 3, 2016)

The River Region will be well represented when the Alabama All-Stars take the field against Mississippi in December.

The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association announced the team on Tuesday. Director Alvin Briggs named the team that will play in the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Dec. 10 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.


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Lee makes quick work of Jeff Davis

Henry Ruggs scored twice including one on a 50-yard run in Lee's win over Jeff Davis on Friday. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(October 1, 2016)

On a night when the Jefferson Davis celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1996 state championship, it was Robert E. Lee that looked like the champion.

The Generals (6-0, 3-0) jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back on the way to a 41-13 win over the Vols (3-4, 1-2) in Class 7A, Region 2 action at Cramton Bowl on Friday.


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Ruggs, Lee offense dazzle in win over Smiths Station

Henry Ruggs, III not only caught eight passes including one for a score, he also threw for a touchdown in Lee's win on Thursday. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(September 9, 2016)

It didn’t look much like the Robert E. Lee of old, or even of the recent past.

Of course, having a top-caliber receiver like Henry Ruggs can change not only your game plan but the defensive strategy of your opponent.

Both of those elements were on display Thursday night as Lee quarterback Michael Huntley was 18 of 24 for 317 yards and four touchdowns, adding a fifth score on a 16-yard run to help the Generals (3-0) improve to 1-0 in region play with a 42-14 win over Smiths Station at Cramton Bowl.


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QB Club announces first prep Players of the Week

Contributed
(September 1, 2016)

The Montgomery Quarterback Club has announced its Players of the Week for games of Aug. 25-27.

Mike Huntley from Robert E. Lee High School is the Public School Player of the Week and Tripp Carr from Autauga Academy is the Private School Player of the Week.


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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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Lee/Enterprise among Raycom Thursday night high school telecasts

Contributed
(July 14, 2016)

Raycom Media announced Thursday the slate of high school football games lined up for the 2016 Raycom/AHSAA Thursday Night Game of the Week series.

Raycom, the AHSAA’s TV Partner for the Super 7 football championships and State Basketball Tournament, will show 11 football games beginning with three Champions Challenge games Aug. 18-20, four regular season games and one playoff game over each of the first four rounds of the 2016 state playoffs.


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Former Lee coach Boswell passes away

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 27, 2016)

Former Robert E. Lee football coach Clinton “Bo” Boswell passed away on Thursday in Montgomery.


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NSD 2016: Lee's Thomas gets surprise opportunity to play at Auburn

Robert E. Lee cornerback Daniel Thomas got a surprise on Wednesday when he was offered an opportunity to sign with Auburn. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 3, 2016)

When Daniel Thomas was preparing to go to school on Wednesday morning, the Robert E. Lee High cornerback thought he would be signing a national letter of intent with the University of Minnesota.

But, just in case, he had a last bit of advice for a friend.


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QB Club names prep players of the year

Contributed
(December 8, 2015)

The Montgomery Quarterback Club has announced the winners of its 2015 awards.

Malik Cunningham from Park Crossing High School has been selected as the Public School Player of the Year. Nathan Rourke from Edgewood Academy and Robert Adams from Trinity Presbyterian School have been selected as co-winners of the Private School Player of the Year Award.


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Ruggs leads Generals to playoff berth

Robert E. Lee players celebrate after defeating Wetumpka on Friday. The Generals will play in the Class 7A playoffs this week. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(November 4, 2015)

How deep can Robert E. Lee go into the playoffs?

A lot of that depends on the Generals, who have a big-play offense and a solid defense but a penchant for shooting themselves in the foot at times.

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Blount, Thomas garner top honors from QB Club

Contributed
(October 1, 2015)

The Montgomery Quarterback Club has announced its Players of the Week for games of Sept. 25.

Jud Blount from Montgomery Academy is the Private School Player of the Week and Daniel Thomas from Robert E. Lee High School is the Public School Player of the Week.

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Lee beats Jeff Davis, stakes claim to city title

The Lee Generals celebrate the "capture" of the Battle of the Bowl trophy after the win over Jeff Davis on Thursday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(September 18, 2015)

There are times when Robert E. Lee’s football team looks self-destructive and counterproductive, but not in city games.

The Generals claimed the city championship by dominating Jeff Davis 31-23 at Cramton Bowl on Thursday night in an important region contest for both teams.

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Lee ends drought with win over Carver

Lee coach Tyrone Rogers and Carver linebacker Mack Wilson congratulate one another after the Generals' win over Carver on Thursday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 28, 2015)

News spread quickly as Robert E. Lee built a 28-0 halftime lead against G.W. Carver on Thursday night at Cramton Bowl.

By late in the third quarter, 200 or so fans had clustered outside the wrought-iron fence on Madison Avenue, joining the estimated crowd of 10,000 inside the stadium in watching the Generals stumble briefly, then regain their balance en route to a 34-13 upset of the Wolverines.

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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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Johnson returns to football with ideas of leading Lee back to respectability

Shaq Johnson took over as quarterback midseason in 2014 and has kept the job since. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 20, 2015)

You couldn’t blame Shaquille Johnson when he hung up his football cleats after a successful career at Capitol Heights Middle School.

Johnson played both football and basketball for the Bulldogs, but decided to concentrate on basketball when he arrived at Robert E. Lee High as a freshman in 2012.

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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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River Region teams earn berth in state finals

Contributed
(February 27, 2015)

Jeff Davis scored the last five points of the game to stage a dramatic 42-41 come-from-behind win over Hazel Green Thursday to advance to the Class 7A girls’ state basketball championship game Saturday night at the BJCC... G.W. Carver (28-4) outscored Woodlawn by nine in the fourth quarter en route to a 54-42 victory in the AHSAA Class 6A boys’ state basketball tournament...Coach Randy Varner’s Rams (23-7) posted a close 42-40 win over Anniston (27-9) at Bill Harris Arena Thursday night to clinch a spot in the Class 5A girls state tournament finals.


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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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PREP FOR PREPS: Teams shuffle with new classification

Jeff Davis is one of three schools from the River Region that moved into the new Class 7A. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(August 20, 2014)

ED Note: The 2014 high school football season opens this week. River Region Sports is preparing football fans with leadoff stories heading towards Thursday's openers. Today, the new classification brings change to several aspects of River Region football.

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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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City high school football teams welcome first day of practice

Lee linemen go through the paces in the first preseason practice of 2013 on Monday. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(August 6, 2013)

Gregg Baker was all smiles on Monday.

So were most high school football coaches as the teams in the River Region and across the state as preseason workouts officially opened for AHSAA schools.


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WATCH TALLASSEE-LAMP baseball on netAL.com

Staff Report
(February 21, 2013)

Catch live high school baseball action on Thursday when LAMP travels to Tallassee in a battle of two teams new to Class 4A in 2013. River Region Sports and Tallassee Times TV will provide live coverage of the game from Southside Field.

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