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Jacksonville stuns No. 6 Hokes Bluff for first win, Weaver uses big second half to dump Wellborn, Alexandria rolls over Boaz, Anniston falls to FG in OT, Talladega wins third straight

Shamar Spinks (7) runs up to take a handoff from Weaver quarterback Dalton Hamby. (Photo by B.J. Franklin/GungHo Photos)

Alexandria 42, Boaz 13
Cherokee County 15, Anniston 12 (OT)
Jacksonville 28, Hokes Bluff 27
Ohatchee 21, Pleasant Valley 13
Oxford 38, Cullman 14
Piedmont 41, Randolph County 31
Saks 34, White Plains 0
Weaver 42, Wellborn 13
Winterboro 36, Donoho 14

By East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE – James Johnson intercepted a pass with 53 seconds to play to preserve Jacksonville’s first win of the season, 28-27 over sixth-ranked Hokes Bluff.

The play came a minute after No. 6 Hokes Bluff quarterback Landon Johnson overthrew his tight end on the potential go-ahead two-point conversion after he ran in from the 1 to make it a one-point game.

The teams were tied 14-all at halftime and 21-all after three quarters. The Golden Eagles (1-3) took the lead when Macey Carr scored from 9 yards out with 5:02 to play and Preston Harvey nailed the extra point.

Carr, who wore No. 6 in the Golden Eagles’ gray uniforms Friday night instead of his traditional No. 25, rushed for 231 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries. He had three runs of more than 25 yards.

Hokes Bluff 6 8 7 6 — 27
Jacksonville 0 14 7 7 — 28

HB – Braydon Hill 21 pass from Landon Johnson (kick failed), 2:42 1Q
J – Macey Carr 41 run (Preston Harvey kick), 10:48 2Q 6
J – Jakobie Calloway 9 Colton Clark pass from 4 (Preston Harvey kick), 2:47 2Q
HB – Braydon Hill 65 pass from Landon Johnson (Levi Taliaferro pass from Landon Johnson), 2:35 2Q
J – Macey Carr 51 run (Preston Harvey kick), 11:17 3Q
HB – Landon Johnson 1 run (Joseph Driskill kick), 3:39 3Q
J – Macey Carr 9 run (Preston Harvey kick) 5:02 4Q
HB – Landon Johnson 1 run (pass failed), 1:53 4Q


CENTRE – Gustav Larsen missed a chance to give his team its first victory of the season in regulation, but he got another in overtime and this time he wasn’t missing.

The Danish exchange student missed a field goal attempt at the end of regulation that would have given the Warriors the win, but he nailed a 20-yarder in the extra session to snap Cherokee County’s three-game losing streak.

“It’s awesome to get that first win,” Warriors coach Tripp Curry said. “Once you get over that hump, you get some good momentum going. We lost the first two games last year, and then we won 10 straight, so you just never know.”

It was a defensive battle, with both sides scoring just 12 points in regulation. Tyren Dupree threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score for Cherokee County, while Savion Bethune and Jonovan Carlisle scored for Anniston.

The Warriors struck first with a 15-yard pass from quarterback Tyren Dupree to running back Riley Russell. Dupree would also come up big on defense, nabbing two interceptions in the first half. The Bulldogs would manage to tie the game right before halftime with a 1-yard sneak from Bethune.

Cherokee County retook the lead with a 7-yard rush from Dupree. Anniston answered with a 1-yard scoring run from Jonovan Carlisle

Dupree finished with 85 yards rushing on 13 carries. Carlisle would finish with 155 rushing yards on 26 carries. Bethune rushed for 25 yards, but he threw of 102 on 10-of-21 passing. Tyree Carmichael caught five passes for 40 yards.

The Bulldogs were on offense first in overtime, and on the second play Warrior defensive back Sidney Perry intercepted a pass in the end zone. Anniston stonewalled Cherokee County’s offense, but it turned to Jensen and this time he was true.


JACKSONVILLE – Ohatchee got back on the winning track, but it was a lot tougher than many expected. Usually it’s hard to score when you don’t have the ball and Pleasant Valley made it as difficult as it could to keep the ball out of the Indians’ hands.

Ohatchee jumped to a 21-0 lead, scoring on each of its first three possessions, but it was all the Indians could do to get the ball. They ran off more than five minutes scoring the first touchdown of the game, but didn’t get it again until sometime in the second quarter. They had only eight possessions in the game and two of those were near the end of each half.

“We’re just glad to get a win and get back on the right side of the ledger,” Ohatchee coach Scott Martin said. “We got up 21-0 and (PV) never stopped fighting; they did a great job of limiting us. It was a dadgum game to the end.”

Domonique Thomas, Grayson Alward and Jesse Sellers scored the Indians’ three touchdowns. The Raiders made it 21-7 at halftime on Ethan Borders’ long run with a screen pass in the final two minutes of the second quarter, but the Ohatchee defense kept them out of the end zone until the final three minutes of the game.

“They controlled the clock the whole game,” Martin said. “Our defense held them on downs about four or five times tonight, so you’ve got to give them a lot of credit. They really bowed up when they had to.”


Keenan Woodruff and Grayson Chaffin combined for 357 yards rushing on 14 total carries in the first half before retiring for the evening as the Valley Cubs improved to 4-0 for the second time in three seasons. Woodruff rushed for 242 yards on seven carries and scored on three long touchdown runs. Chaffin also carried seven times and gained 115 yards with two scores.

The Weaver defense move in on Wellborn runner Ked Harris. (Photo by B.J. Franklin/GungHo Photos)


WEAVER – The Bearcats remained undefeated thanks largely to a rushing attack that piled up 399 yards. The Bearcats, who are idle last week, had Shamar Spinks rushing for 224 yards and London Knight going for 115.

But for all the defense did, the night may have belonged to a smothering Bearcats defense that help Wellborn’s triple-option offense to 130 yards and less than three yards per carry. Javian Thomas was the Panthers’ leading rusher with 65 yards on 15 carries.

It’s hard to win games when you can’t move the ball. That process is magnified when you have difficulty stopping the opponent from doing so as well. – Jay Pace


TALLADEGA – Ted Darby wanted to change the culture as the Tigers’ new football coach and he’s apparently doing just that. The Tigers matched last year’s win total with Friday’s win and have now won three straight for the first time since 1995, the last time they’ve won more than four games in a season. Since being shutout by Alexandria on Opening Night, the Tigers have taken down Talladega County Central, Cleburne County and Lincoln. The Golden Bears are still searching for their first win under new coach Matt Zedaker.

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Anniston 0 6 0 6 0 — 12
Cherokee Co. 6 0 0 6 3 — 15

C – Riley Russell 15 pass from Tyren Dupree (Johnthan Chadwick kick)
A – Savion Bethune 1 run (kick failed)
C – Tyren Dupree 5 run (kick failed)
A – Savion Bethune 1 run (run failed)
C – Gustav Jensen 20 FG

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Boaz 0 6 7 0 — 13
Alexandria 16 26 0 0 — 42

A – Keenan Woodruff 65 run (Josh Tucker pass from Jacob Wells), 10:10 1Q
A – Grayson Chaffin 80 run (Sam Shaw pass from Jacob Wells), 5:13 1Q
B – Jaden Hornbuckle pass from Easton Hardin (PAT failed), 11:01 2Q
A – Grayson Chaffin 25 run (pass failed), 9:35 2Q
A – Keenan Woodruff 68 run (Jacob Wells run), 7:15 2Q
A – Keenan Woodruff 65 run (pass failed), 3:05 2Q
A – Jared Ponder 21 pass from Jacob Wells (PAT failed)
B – Jaden Hornbuckle pass from Easton Hardin (PAT good), 0:14 3Q

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