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NOTEBOOK: Grider leaves Park Crossing; Purifoy retains eliglbility

Combined Reports
(March 21, 2018)

Smitty Grider has been named the new head football coach at Hazel Green High School… Auburn’s Daniel Purifoy received news of eligibilty for next season but will have to sit out 30 percent of the Tigers’ basketball games, according to the NCAA.

Arizona State, Illinois win Blue-Gray tennis titles

The Illinois women’s tennis team celebrates the championship win in the Blue-Gray Tennis Classic at Lagoon Park. (Photo by George Wakefield)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 27, 2018)

The 70th annual Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic lived up to its billing as two ranked teams battled for the women’s title and two Cinderella squads clashed for the men’s championship.

LOCAL SPORTS: ACA stays perfect; Autauga wins twice in Selma

Staff Report
(February 21, 2018)

ACA (5-0) scored four runs in the fourth inning and five runs in the fifth to defeat Brew Tech 10-8 in Game 1 Friday night… Former ACA star Chandler Taylor homerred and drove in three runs to pace a 12-4 win in Game 1 of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s sweep of Washington State at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Friday.

2018 CFP: Tide QB change risky but the difference

Tua Tagovailoa capped off a remarkable game by earning the offensive MVP after leading Alabama to a come-from-behind win over Georgia. (Photo contibuted)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent

(January 10, 2018)

ATLANTA – Nick Saban hasn’t entered many locker rooms at halftime with his team trailing 13-0

It was obvious the game plan wasn’t working. To scrap the game plan, you needed to scrap the quarterback directing the offense and bring in a new script.

Saban’s decision to bench Jalen Hurts, who had compiled a 26-2 record as a starter, and go with true freshman Tua Tagovailoa in the second half of the College Football Playoff National Championship may be the most gutsy decision in the history of college football.

COLUMN: Presidential visit creates headaches for fans, media

President Donald Trump was on hand Monday for the national championship game. That created a few headaches for fans and media prior to the game. (Photo courtesy WSB)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor

(January 9, 2018)

ATLANTA -  The road to the College Football Playoff national championship game was relatively difficult for both Alabama and Georgia.

But it may have been a breeze compared to what fans (and several media members including yours truly) had to endure to enter Mercedes-Benz Stadium prior to Monday’s game.

Yes, Alabama fans were all smiles following their team’s come-from-behind 26-23 overtime win over the Bulldogs. But a few hours prior to kickoff, here is a guess that many of them were not smiling.

2018 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: Freshman impact lifts Bama to victory

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was one of several freshmen who played key roles in Alabama’s championship win over Georgia on Monday. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor

(January 9, 2018)

ATLANTA – With confetti falling from the rafters of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, freshman running back Najee Harris was fielding questions soon after the improbable 26-23 overtime championship victory over Georgia on Monday.

A gash over his left eye was bleeding as though he had been in a 15-round bout with a heavyweight champion.

He had no idea who gave it to him. And it wasn’t from game action but celebration.

2018 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: Trinity alumn Pappanastos living the dream

Andy Pappanastos has enjoyed living his dream this season as the Crimson Tide placekicker. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent

(January 8, 2018)

ATLANTA - This time a year ago, Andy Pappanastos stood on the sideline and watched Adam Griffith kick extra points and field goals. And while Pappanastos has had his share of missed field goals this season, he wouldn’t trade a minute of the 2017 season.

2018 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: Tide favorite on paper but not among CFB fans

Raekwon Davis and the Alabama defense would like a repeat performance from the Sugar Bowl in Monday’s national title game. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent

(January 8, 2018)

ATLANTA - Alabama is a slight favorite to win its fifth national championship in nine years when it takes on Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night.

But what Las Vegas is betting on and what the rest of the college football world wants are two entirely different things. No one outside of Alabama’s fan base is pulling for the Crimson Tide.

Those viewers who tune in Monday will be pulling for anyone not named Alabama to win the national title.

2018 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: Tide’s Scott reaches journey’s end with more than punting records

Senior JK Scott will take the field for Alabama one last time Monday when the Crimson Tide takes on Georgia for the national championship. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor

(January 7, 2018)

ATLANTA - For the final time in his illustrious career, punter JK Scott will suit up for the Alabama Crimson Tide on Monday in the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship against Georgia.

A four-year starter as Alabama’s punter, he added full-time kickoff duties  this season as well as long field goal attempts.  He has set many school kicking records and is listed at or near the top in nearly every  punting category.

During Saturday’s national championship media event, Scott spent time with River Region Sports to discuss his maturation and what it has meant for his football career.

2018 CFP: Buggs has breakout game against Clemson

By Tim Gayle
RRS Corresponent

(January 7, 2018)

Isaiah Buggs had a breakout game in Alabama’s win over Clemson last week. (Staff Photo)

ATLANTA — Isaiah Buggs, considered by some as last year’s No. 1 junior college player in the country out of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, flew beneath the radar early in the season, part of a group of defensive linemen that seemed average by Crimson Tide standards.

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