The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News 2

September 14, 2013

Early mistakes cost Athens in key region contest

Hartselle edges Golden Eagles 14-6

— Hartselle (3-0, 2-0) jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead that proved too much for Athens (2-1, 1-1) to overcome in a 14-6 loss in a key Class 5A, Region 8 contest.

The Tigers drove down the field and scored on their first possession when Zeth Malcom punched it in on a 4-yard touchdown run.

D’Andre Mack doubled the lead on Hartselle’s next play from scrimmage off a screen pass thrown by quarterback Jake Tiffin. Mack caught the ball at the line of scrimmage and darted 78 yards for a score.

From that point, Athens defense clamped down and allowed three first downs the rest of the game.

The Golden Eagles had a chance to tie the game late when they marched all the way down to the Hartselle 15, only to turn the ball over on downs with 25 seconds remaining.

Abraham McGrady scored Athens’ only points on a pair of field goals in the second and third quarter. Athens had several big plays throughout the game, but had to settle for field goals after reaching Hartselle territory.

McGrady converted a 30-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. Athens reached the 5-yard line in the third quarter after quarterback Stevie Farmer hit Johnnie Anderson on a 44-yard pass play, but the drive stalled again and Athens settled for another McGrady field goal.

Athens has another pivotal region game next week when undefeated Muscle Shoals comes to Golden Eagle Stadium.

1
Text Only
Local News 2
Poll

Do you think Athens-Limestone County is better prepared than in April 2011 to provide shelter from a major tornado?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee