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CLASS 6A TITLE: Wetumpka suffers uncharacteristic drought on offense in title loss

Quarterback J.D. Martin races to the endzone in Wetumpka’s loss to Pinson Valley in the Class 6A championship game in Tuscaloosa on Friday. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(December 9, 2017)

TUSCALOOSA – All the history-making accolades didn’t mean much to the Wetumpka seniors on Friday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

They watched a three-point lead at halftime dissipate in a momentum-shifting second half and stood silently on the field at the conclusion of a 31-10 loss, suffering through a postgame ceremony at midfield as Pinson Valley walked away with the championship trophy.

SUPER 7: Wetumpka seniors follow through on promise

The Wetumpka Indians continued preparations this week for their first-ever trip to the AHSAA Super 7 in Tuscaloosa. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(December 6, 2017)

WETUMPKA – It isn’t your normal week at Wetumpka High, but it’s something a group of seniors promised each other six years ago.

That’s when several football players looked into the future and predicted they would be playing for a state championship one day as high school seniors.

Wetumpka punches ticket to Super 7

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(December 2, 2017)

WETUMPKA – It was the biggest call of the game. And it wasn’t made by a coach.

Backed up in the shadows of its own goal line, Wetumpka was forced to punt with just over five minutes remaining, guaranteeing Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa good field position as the Patriots hoped to turn up the pressure with a touchdown to cut into a 10-point lead.

Kavosiey Smoke had other ideas. As teammate Jadarious Martin prepared to take the snap near his goal line, Smoke turned toward his teammate as he barked out the signal to snap the ball to his punter. Martin took the snap and bolted for the right side of the field. Eighty-two yards later, he was in the end zone and the Indians had secured their first-ever trip to the state championship game with a 44-27 victory.

New AHSAA competitive balance ruling has local coaches baffled

Alabama Christian Academy softball coach Chris Goodman is not pleased with the new changes in how the AHSAA controls competitive balance among private schools. (File Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(December 1, 2017)

An Alabama High School Athletic Association task force charged with finding a competitive balance between public and private schools in the organization presented several options to the AHSAA Central Board of Control, which voted in a new system on Thursday morning that will move successful sports within schools to a higher classification based on their success.

The task force recommended keeping the 1.35 multiplier, a formula that originated in Alabama in 1999. Since then, other states have followed suit (which most abandoning the idea) but AHSAA officials gave the task force the option of making no additional changes, raising the multiplier, kicking private schools out of the organization, giving them their own classification or implementing what they call a “competitive balance factor.”

Big shake up in AHSAA classifications for 2018-2020

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent

(December 1, 2017)

Every two years, Alabama High School Athletic Association programs have to contend with new rivalries as they move up or down in the classification system.

The biggest change for the 2018-2020 classification period involves St. James, who drops from their customary position as a Class 4A program to become the largest school in Class 3A.

AHSAA PLAYOFFS: Wetumpka, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa looking for first berth in title game

Tim Perry leads the Wetumpka Indians into the program’s second-ever appearance in a semifinal game against Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa on Friday. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(December 1, 2017)

The last and only time the Wetumpka Indians were in the AHSAA semifinals, John Maddaloni was roaming the sidelines as the head coach. The likes of Jamie Winborn, Reid Tankersley and Tim Castro were suiting up.

Bill Clinton was president. The Internet was alive and well but not necessarily on your cell phone.

And current coach Tim Perry was at Alabama Christian Academy.

PLAYOFF RECAP: Wetumpka ‘Smokes’ Spanish Fort; ACA falls

Combined Reports
(November 25, 2017)

Kavoisey Smoke scored five touchdowns to lead Wetumpka to a 69-41 win over Spanish Fort in the Class 6A state quarterfinals at Hohenburg Field on Friday night… Alabama Christian struggled to find any offensive rhythm in Friday’s quarterfinal matchup with top-ranked Andalusia, falling, 45-13.

PREP CAPSULES: Two teams still fighting for a title

Staff Report
(November 24, 2017)

When the Thanksgiving feast is consumed on Thursday, the attention will turn to the high school playoffs on Friday - and with good reason.

PRESS PICKS: Lead tightens as Rivalry Week arrives

Staff Report
(November 22, 2017)

Rivalry Week is here and the standings look similar but closer as last week.

PLAYOFF RECAP: Wetumpka, ACA advance; Escambia stuns Autauga Academy

Combined Reports
(November 18, 2017)

Jadarious Martin threw for a pair of first-half touchdowns and Kavosiey Smoke added another in the third quarter as the Indians defeated Carver 27-7 at Cramton Bowl in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs on Friday night… Alden Stroud rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Reece Solar passed for one and ran for another as Alabama Christian garnered its school-record 10th win with a 38-7 victory over W.S. Neal at Wade Black Norton Field… Trey Turner and Patrick McGhee combined to rush for 224 yards and held Autauga to just 54 yards on the ground as Escambia Academy stunned the Generals 30-20 in the AISA Class AA championship game at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday afternoon.

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Friday
WBB - Alabama St at Miami, Fla., 6 p.m.
WBB - Birmingham Southern at Huntingdon, 6 p.m.
Saturday
CFB - Raycom Camellia Bowl: Arkansas St vs MTSU, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
CFB - New Orleans Bowl: Troy vs North Texas, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
MBB - MTSU at Auburn, 5 p.m. (Birmingham - SEC Network)
MBB - Troy at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (North Little Rock, Ark.)
MBB -Winthrop at Alabama St., 1 p.m.
MBB - Maryville at Huntingdon, 2 p.m.
CBB - Delta St at AUM (w/m), 2 p.m.
CBB - AUM (w/m) at Bethel Unv., 2 p.m.
Sunday
MBB - Berea at Huntingdon, 2 p.m.
WBB - Troy at Samford, 2 p.m.
 
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