Annual Year-in-Review for July - December 2019

Football returned to the county schools in August, with the Fayette Tigers under the direction of new head coach Bill Smith.

We continue our review of stories from 2019 with headlines from July - December. Events from the first six months of the year were reviewed in last week’s edition of The Times-Record. July:
The Town of Berry received a clear audit report from Kellum, Wilson and Associates during its July 1 meeting. A two-vehicle accident in Fayette on July 2 caused multiple injuries and totaled both vehicles.


Realignments for 2020-22 announced by AHSAA

The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) recently announced the new classifications and realignments for the 2020-22 seasons. Fayette remained in Class 4A, Region 5 in football. The Tigers will continue to be in the northern-half of the 4A bracket for the next two seasons, and Fayette will also continue to play Curry, Northside, Oak Grove and Haleyville as regional opponents. Also playing in Class 4A, Region 5 will be Gordo, moving up from Class 3A; and Hamilton, moving down from Class 5A.


FCHS holds football banquet

Parker Nichols (left), shown with Head Football Coach Bill Smith, received the “School Record Holder Award” at the football banquet.

Fayette County High School held its annual Football Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Southside Baptist Church gymnasium in Fayette.

Locke is named All-State in football

Pictured is Johnathan Locke of Berry High School.

The Alabama Sportswriters Association selected Johnathan Locke of Berry as its second team All-State athlete in Class 1A football for the 2019 season. Locke, a junior on the Berry High School football team, was one of the leaders for the Wildcats. He played running back and wide receiver on offense, and also contributed heavily on defense as a defensive back.

‘Touchdown McCabe’ honored by Itawamba College

Pictured at the celebration honoring Neil McCabe at Itawamba Community College, were his family, from left: Rick McCabe, Neil McCabe, Pat McCabe and Donna Barton.

Fayette resident Neil McCabe was recently honored by his former college for doing something that only he can say that he accomplished - scoring the first touchdown for Itawamba College in the history of the program. McCabe signed with the junior college (now community college) after playing high school football for Lauderdale County. He was a starting tailback for the first football team that Itawamba fielded in 1949, 70 years ago.

More than just a football game

Shown are President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Alabama - LSU football game.

Sometimes a football game is more than just a game - it is an event that reaches beyond what takes place on the field. Saturday’s Alabama - LSU football game was one of those special events. The past several seasons, this football rivalry has become one of the most competitive in college football.

Younghance honored by Fayette County High School

M.C. Younghance was honored prior to the start of the Fayette - Anniston football game for his 44 years of service raising the U.S. flag at all the home football games. Shown from left: Steve Younghance, Sharon Younghance, John Daniel Younghance, M.C. Younhance, FCHS Principlal Dr. Jeremy Madden and Fayette County Superintendent of Education Jim Burkhalter.

Younghance honored by Fayette County High School By Dean Maddox M.C. Younghance was recognized last Friday night before the start of the Fayette - Anniston football playoff game for his 44 years of service raising the American flag at all of the Fayette County High School home football games.

Tigers lose first round game to Anniston 19-6

Jason Robinson (2) picks up a big first down before being pushed out-of-bounds by an Anniston defender.

Anniston used a massive rushing attack to control the game’s tempo and defeat the Fayette Tigers 19-6 in a first-round state football playoff game. The Bulldogs outrushed the Tigers 241 net yards to 24, thus controlling the time of possession to earn the victory.

Panthers defeat Hubbertville 28-20

Zach Tidwell (73) blocks two players for Gage Alexander (10) who scores a touchdown for the Lions.

Advancing into the first round of the playoffs for the 10th consecutive year, the Lions traveled to northeast Alabama on Friday night to meet up with the Panthers of Spring Garden. Spring Garden, the top seed in region five, entered the contest with a 9-1 record and the Lions, with a 6-4 record, was seeded as the number four team from region six.

Berry falls to Donoho 34-6

Shown is Berry’s Johnathan Locke (7) running with the ball during the Wildcats’ first-round playoff game against Donoho. Trailing on the play and attempting to block is Josh Williams (10). Also attempting to block is Houston Cannon (56). Shown running in to assist are Deason Nichols (2), Tyler Lollar (20), Isaac Darty (58) and Dylan Westbrooks (28). Pictured on the Berry sidelines are Trent Smith (3), Noah Morrison (52), Timothy Wright (25) and Matthew Morrison (54).

The Grateful Dead once sang about what a long, strange journey this has been. The Berry faithful who made the long trek to Calhoun County to see the Wildcats take on the Donoho Falcons could identify with this. The Wildcats were returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and looking to avenge a week seven loss in the regular season to the Falcons. Berry controlled the clock during the game, but big plays by the Falcons were too much for the Wildcats to overcome as they fell 34-6.