The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

September 24, 2012

Fast takes

By Jonathan Deal

— Recapping Friday night’s football action in Limestone County …

Tanner 49

Lexington 7

Tanner’s defense never let Lexington in the game at Rip Swanner Field. The Rattlers held Lexington to 130 total yards and one touchdown. Tanner’s ground game produced 245 yards and quarterback Jonathan Fletcher was 6-of-8 for 70 yards and a touchdown.

Lauderdale County 48

Clements 14

No. 6 Lauderdale County scored six rushing touchdowns before halftime and cruised to an easy region victory at Clements. The Colts snapped a two-game scoreless drought when Marcus McNaughton connected with Demarcus Johnson for a 55-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

West Limestone 36

East Lawrence 27

West Limestone rushed for nearly 300 yards for the second time this season and picked up its first region win of the season. The Wildcats’ defense stopped East Lawrence on back-to-back fourth downs in the fourth quarter to pull away with the win.

Elkmont 28

West Morgan 14

Elkmont averaged more than seven yards per carry behind a big night from the Red Devil’s offensive line. With the score tied at halftime, the Red Devils scored two second- half touchdowns to earn their first victory of the season.

Muscle Shoals 38

Athens 3

Athens did something no other opponent has done this season by scoring on Muscle Shoals, but it was not enough in a lopsided loss to Class 5A’s No. 2 team. The field goal was set up by a long fumble return, an Athens strong point this season.

Ardmore 33

Randolph 7

Ardmore improved its playoff chances and stayed undefeated at home with a region win over Randolph at Cooper Field. The Tigers outgained the visitors 362 to 94 in total yards, including 362 on the ground.

East Limestone 48

Lawrence County 6

More than a dozen players carried the ball for East Limestone in their blowout region win over Lawrence County. Mathew Franks threw for two touchdowns and Torren Haley ran for two more.

By the numbers:


The average amount of rushing yards by East Limestone, Elkmont, West Limestone, Tanner and Ardmore in their Friday wins. Each team rushed for at least 245 yards while Ardmore had the most with 351 yards on the ground.


The average number of points scored by the five Limestone County teams notching victories last week.


The number of consecutive regular-season wins by Tanner. The Rattler are tied with Dadeville for the state record.

Looking forward:

Friday, Sept. 28

Austin at Athens

Ardmore at Clements

James Clemens at East Limestone

West Limestone at Elkmont

Tanner at R.A. Hubbard