Three local players make All-State in football

Three local football players were recently named to the 2021 Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State football team. Gage Alexander, Hubbertville running back, repeated as a first team All-State player in Class 1A after also making the team in 2020. Joining Alexander as first team Class 1A All-State was Tanner Parr of Berry, who was named All-State punter.
Making second team All-State from Hubbertville was defensive lineman Dawson Youngblood.


Fayette drops to Class 3A in reclassification

The Fayette County High School Tigers will compete during the next two academic years as a Class 3A team in athletics, according to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s reclassification of schools that was released last week. Fayette was last classified as a Class 3A school for football during the 2012-13 school years. The Tigers have been classified as Class 4A in football every year since leaving Class 5A following the 1999 season, with the exception of the previously mentioned two years.

Fayette exits playoffs after 38-0 loss to Randolph

Cooper Sanford (4) protects the ball while being tackled after catching a pass.

The Fayette Tigers concluded its 2021 football season last week after suffering a 38-0 first-round playoff game loss to Randolph Academy. Randolph effectively put the game out of reach in the first quarter by scoring 28 points. Three of the touchdowns were the direct result of Fayette turnovers.


Hubbertville defeats Hackleburg in first round of playoffs

Cole Brand (11) is shown intercepting a pass for Hubbertville.

Advancing to the first round of the playoffs last Friday night, Hubbertville hosted the Hackleburg Panthers for the second time this season. The teams had met up for a fall jamboree in Hackleburg on Aug. 20 and later, the Lions hosted the Panthers for homecoming on Sept. 24.

Fayette wins close game against Red Bay 24-20

Charles Grant (6) is shown running with the football behind the blocking of Kendrick Moore (1).

Fayette scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to come from behind and defeat Red Bay by the score of 24-20. The game was tied 6-6 at halftime, with Red Bay leading 14-12 at the conclusion of the third period. Red Bay received the opening kickoff and after driving to its 41-yard line, punted the ball to Fayette. The punt was returned 34 yards by Cooper Sanford, but a holding penalty on the return gave the Fayette Tigers possession at its 15-yard line.


Winterboro defeats Berry 34-20 to close the Wildcats’ season

Berry’s Will Knight (12) is pictured running behind the blocking of Colton Cunningham (6).

Before the start of the game on a cool, damp night, the Berry Wildcats took time to recognize its 21 senior football players and cheerleaders. After the pre-game activities, the Wildcats faced the Winterboro Bulldogs in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Despite great efforts by both the Berry offense and defense, the Bulldogs’ ground game proved to be the difference as Winterboro took the win 34 - 20.

Fayette clinches playoff spot with 34-13 win

Charles Grant (6) is pictured running behind the blocking of G’onni Harris (21), Hollis Strawbridge (24) and Tuff Stripling (52).

Fayette’s Kendrick Moore had a career night, scoring four total touchdowns, as the Fayette Tigers defeated the Hamilton Aggies 34-13. On a night when Fayette honored all of the teams in the school’s history, the win secured a third seed in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 4A playoffs for the Tigers.

Meek defeats Berry by the score of 28-7

Deon Mayfield (60) is pictured making a leaping tackle for Berry with the assistance of Colton Cunningham (6).

The Berry Wildcats faced its final road test of the season and concluded its region play as they traveled to Arley to face the Meek Tigers. Meek controlled the game clock and used special teams' turnovers to defeat the Wildcats 28-7. The Tigers won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. Meek started its opening possession on its 32-yard line. The Tigers failed to move the ball and punted on fourth down from the Meek 34-yard line.

Hubbertville defeats Lynn 40-14

Greyson Key (21) is shown handing the ball off to Gage Alexander (10) for Hubbertville.

Hubbertville closed out its regular season play last Friday night, welcoming the Lynn Bears to Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium. The Lions won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick. The kickoff sailed out of bounds, setting the Lions’ offense up for its opening possession at the 40-yard line. The Bears’ defense stood its ground early, allowing a gain of only five yards on the first three plays with Austin Berryhill punting the ball away on fourth down.