KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Losing their most dynamic player left Alabama in no mood to celebrate — not even a big win over a longtime rival.
Auburn quarterback Bo Nix directed two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, capped by a 42-yard touchdown pass to Seth Williams with 1:11 left, to lift the Tigers to a 35-28 comeback win over Mississippi on Saturday.
It had been 20 years since Athens won a region championship in football. But thanks to the play of a backup quarterback and a little help, the Golden Eagles were able to claim the Class 6A, Region 8 championship Friday night, their first region title since 2000, when Athens played in Class 5A.
Tanner clinched a Class 2A playoff spot Friday night with a 50-26 victory over Pisgah. The Rattlers (5-4 overall, 3-3 region) earned the No. 4 spot in Class 2A, Region 8 with the win, while Pisgah (2-7, 2-4) misses out on the postseason.
Thorne Slaton rushed for two second-half touchdowns to help seal West Limestone's 41-14 win over Priceville as the Wildcats finished its Class 4A, Region 8 schedule unbeaten.
East Limestone looked as if it had completed a second-half comeback to defeat Sylvania. But the Indians gave Sylvania a little too much time, and the Rams took advantage, scoring a touchdown with just 27 seconds left to steal a 43-40 victory.
When the Clements Colts walked off the the field at Boss Hill Stadium in Elkmont after their Class 3A, Region 8 showdown with the Red Devils Friday night, they walked past a scoreboard showing 74-40 in favor of the visitors. Not only is 74 a school record for Clements for most points scored …
Ardmore's late comeback bid fell short, as Mae Jemison escaped with a 20-14 win Thursday that eliminated the Tigers from playoff contention.
Lindsay Lane Christian Academy wasted little time advancing to the Class 1A state volleyball tournament.
DeVonta Smith could be tearing up the NFL instead of the Southeastern Conference.
The Lindsay Lane Christian volleyball team ended last season on a sour note, losing a five-set thriller to cross-town rival Athens Bible in the quarterfinals of the North Regional Tournament.
Consistent success has been fleeting for the West Limestone football program. The Wildcats have just seven playoff victories in program history, with four of those coming in 1988's unexpected run to the state championship game, and before this year, just one region championship.
The fall sports seasons are winding down, with the volleyball regionals taking place this week and the football regular season ending next week.
A loss to Rogers cost West Limestone a playoff spot last year, and the Wildcats made sure the Pirates wouldn't deny them a region championship this season.
Friday's matchup between Athens and Cullman looked as if it would be a tough battle between two of the three best teams in Class 6A, Region 8. Instead, it was a complete beatdown.
East Limestone's six-game winning streak came to an end with a 35-19 loss to Russellville in a Class 5A, Region 8 clash Friday night.
Ardmore needed to win its final two region games of the season in order to have a shot at the Class 5A playoffs, and thanks to COVID-19, the Tigers have already gotten one of those wins without having to take the field.
Clements led Danville for most of Thursday night's Class 3A, Region 8 contest, but the Colts had to sweat out a last-second field goal attempt before they could clinch a 28-25 victory.
East Limestone's football team has a chance to do something only five other teams in the history of the Indians program has done — win a region championship.
For a while, Lee Hodges wondered if the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour season would resume after it slammed to a stop in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cottontown United Soccer Club of Athens took back a lot of gold from the Battle at the Jack Tournament in Decatur last month. Three different teams won first place in their respective divisions.
It has been a high school football season unlike any other, with games being canceled and players having to miss due to either COVID-19 positive tests or quarantine protocols.
Entering the fourth quarter, it looked like it would be anybody's game, but East Lawrence scored three touchdowns in the final period to pull away from Clements and take a 36-18 victory.
Athens sent a message on the first play of Thursday's game that it was not going to mess around with Buckhorn. The Golden Eagles continued to deliver that message all night long in a 47-14 win over the Bucks.
East Limestone's season didn't get off to a very good start. The Indians had to cancel their first scheduled game, then suffered a shutout loss to Mars Hill in their first game.
Through three quarters, it looked as if Elkmont might win its first game of the season. But Danville outscored the Red Devils 30-6 in the final period to pull away for a 44-20 win in Thursday night's Class 3A, Region 8 matchup.
West Limestone put points on the board in all three phases of the game and cruised to a 37-6 victory over Class 4A, Region 8 foe Wilson Thursday night. West Limestone remains undefeated in region play at 5-0 with an overall record of 6-1 on the 2020 season.
When Elkmont High School’s Quarterback Club couldn’t come up with the funds to purchase new football helmets or cheerleader uniforms, the Limestone County delegation stepped in to help.
The Friday night lights will be turned off this week, as every school in Athens and Limestone County has rescheduled its games for Thursday night due to forecasted inclement weather.
In a game full of missed opportunities, the East Limestone defense made sure the Indians didn't let Friday night's Class 5A, Region 8 game against Lawrence County slip away.
West Limestone coach Shelby Davis has said numerous times this year his players always seem to make winning plays at the end of games.
Just looking at the final score of Friday's game between Russellville and Ardmore, one might think Russellville dominated the game and took an easy victory. But that wasn't the case at all.
Michael Guster had a career night carrying the ball, leading Tanner to a 41-7 victory over Whitesburg Christian in a Class 2A, Region 7 contest.
Two weeks ago, Athens and Hueytown combined for 89 points in a game filled with big plays. Friday night proved to be the complete opposite, as the Golden Eagles earned a 19-7 victory over Hartselle in a contest that proved to be a defensive battle of inches.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Deep South's oldest rivals usually tangle deep into fall, long after the leaves have turned and talk has turned to conference titles and postseason games.
Athens has been lighting up the scoreboard its past few games with a powerful rushing attack, but Golden Eagles coach Cody Gross said his offense will face one of their toughest tests of the season Friday night when they host Class 6A, Region 8 rival Hartselle.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five personnel tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first COVID-19 outbreak of the NFL season in Week 4.
East Limestone’s 31-17 victory Friday night over West Limestone didn’t just give the Indians some bragging rights against their cross-county rivals. It was a little bit of history as well.
Beth Beasley was struck with the love of horses when her grandfather got her a pony when she was just 2 years old. That love has stayed with her and kept her continuing to not only ride, but compete and win in Tennessee Walking Horse competitions.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Nick Saban has never lost a season opener while coaching Alabama.
AUBURN (AP) — The first half ended with both teams feeling as if they were robbed of touchdowns.
If anyone wasn't sure about just how good East Limestone is this season, they know now. The Indians put on an impressive display against previously undefeated West Limestone and walked out of Cavnar Stadium with a 31-17 victory over the Wildcats.
Ardmore relied on big plays, special teams and touchdown maker Chris Allen to take a comfortable 38-18 victory over Clements in a non-region matchup Friday night.
Tanner moved up four classifications to take on Class 6A Columbia in a road game Friday night, and walked away with a 50-40 victory.
Coming off a loss on the final play to Muscle Shoals last week, the Athens Golden Eagles knew they were in for another tough matchup against Hueytown Friday night. The contest was close throughout, with the biggest lead of the game only 15 points. Unlike last week, however, this time Athens …
Friday will be the 49th time West Limestone and East Limestone have met on a football field. But few of them have had the anticipation this year’s matchup has.
Southeastern Conference football games won't have their normal scenes of packed stadiums and partying tailgaters.
When Calhoun Community College sophomore Allison Smith heard about the school starting an esports program, she was a little skeptical.
Cooler weather greeted runners in Huntsville this past weekend for the Southern Showcase, which took place at John Hunt Park and featured hundreds of runners around North Alabama.
Now in its third year, the Athens High football Feed the Eagle program is doing its part to make sure Athens football players have the proper nutrition. However, the program needs donations to continue to provide meals for the players.
Athens was one play and two seconds away from one of the most momentous victories since Cody Gross took over as coach in 2016.
This Week's Circulars
Bobby Lee Groce was born October 19, 1934, in Athens, Alabama. He left this earth in Pensacola, Florida, Saturday, October 17, 2020. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Leona Groce; brother, Robert Groce (Rachel); sisters, Christine Hunter (Louie), and Maveline Horton Hill (…
Robert Allen Clinard, 68, of Lester, died Wednesday, October 21, 2020. There will be a 3 p.m. graveside service Sunday at Dobbins Cemetery in Appleton, Tennessee. Visitation is noon-2 p.m. Sunday at Spry Funeral Home in Athens.
Malcomb Edward Townsend, 83, of Athens, Alabama, died Thursday, October 22, 2020, at his residence. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Visitation is from noon until service Tuesday at First Baptist Church.
Graveside service for Ms. Ida Belle Grizzard, 78, is 11 a.m. Monday, October 26, 2020 at Thatch-Mann Cemetery in Athens with Peoples Funeral Home directing. Public viewing at funeral home is 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, October 26.
Ruby I. Lemay Liverett, 91, of Athens, passed away Thursday. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home. Visitation will be 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday prior to the service. Burial in Civitan Cemetery.
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