An Elkmont running back is The News Courier's Player of the Week after helping his team beat Clements 24-8.
Dustin Ward, Elkmont
The News Courier Player of the Week is …
Dustin Ward, Elkmont: Ward made the most of his opportunities in Elkmont’s 24-8 win over Clements Friday. The Red Devils running back may not have had the most touchdowns this week, but he averaged 11 yards per attempt and scored the game’s opening touchdown. Ward’s five carry, 55-yard effort contributed to Elkmont’s 200-plus rushing yards.
Other local standouts
Tyler McCarley, Ardmore: McCarley carried the ball 25 times for 148 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, in a 38-14 win over Pope John Paul II Catholic. McCarley also snagged an interception.
Zach Ellis, Ardmore
Zach Ellis, Ardmore: Ellis averaged more than eight yards per carry and added a fourth quarter touchdown to compliment McCarley. Ellis carried the ball 14 times for 115 yards and a score.
Fred Rich, Tanner
Fred Rich, Tanner: Rich scored three first-half touchdowns as Tanner jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead over Sheffield. The senior finished with 14 carries for 108 yards and three scores as Tanner clinched the Class 2A Region 8 championship.
Hayden Stephens, Tanner
Hayden Stephens, Tanner: Stephens tacked on three more touchdowns to his tally in the win over Sheffield. The junior carried the ball 25 times for 197 yards and three scores.
Tristan Matthews, East Limestone
Tristan Matthews, East Limestone: Matthews combined with quarterback Mathew Franks to score on Muscle Shoals in the first quarter of Friday’s 42-7 loss. Matthews 44-yard touchdown catch marked the first time an opponent scored first on Class 5A’s No.1 team. Matthews recovered a fumble on the ensuing possession for East Limestone.
Caleb McConnell, West Limestone
Caleb McConnell, West Limestone: McConnell completed 14-of-22 pass attempts for 178 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception. The Wildcats lost 21-19 to Rogers.
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Florence loses D-II championship game
A tradition lasting nearly three decades is leaving North Alabama. The Division II football championship will be held in Florence for the final time Dec. 21, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
AHS girls swim team had eyes set on the goal
The Athens High girls swim team set a goal of finishing in the top three in this year’s AHSAA state Swimming & Diving Championships.
Athens girls swim team sets state record; finish second in AHSAA championships
The Athens High girls swim team set a state record and freshman Mallory Underwood was a double individual medal-winner in the AHSAA state swimming & diving championships Saturday.
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BREAKING: Tanner wins 2A football championship
Tanner won its second consecutive 2A state championship with a 21-13 victory over Washington County.
Tanner vs. Washington County: Tale of the tape
Predicting the outcome of high school football games during the regular season and in the first few rounds of the playoffs is sometimes a guessing a game, but can often be determined by just comparing common opponents.
Once a team reaches the state championship game, all bets are off. There are no common opponents and it’s difficult to know how the teams will fare.
Experience could be the difference for Tanner
Speaking with Tanner football players Wednesday afternoon, you wouldn’t know they were less than 48 hours away from a state championship game. Calm, cool and collected, each player answered questions with the confidence you would expect from a team playing in its third consecutive 2A title game.
Madison Academy wins 3A title 31-14 over Leeds
Kemoni Miller rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns to lead Madison Academy to a 31-14 victory over Leeds Thursday in the Class 3A championship game.
East Limestone reduced to one player in rare forfeit
No one in East Limestone’s Gymnasium had seen anything like it before.
Athens and East Limestone varsity girls teams played a back-and-forth game that you would expect from any rivalry, but what happened in the final minutes made even the Iron Bowl finish look ordinary.
East was reduced four players in the final minutes of the fourth quarter after having its fourth player foul out Tuesday. Playing four versus five, East erased a six-point deficit in the final two minutes to force overtime.
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