E.A. Sports Today

‘First game’ of ’24

Weaver ends first season under Cofer with 46-0 victory over Pleasant Valley, looks forward after season of improvement. Munford rides ‘Tank’ to victory over Ashville.

Cover photo: KeShawn Allen breaks an 80-yard touchdown run against Pleasant Valley on Thursday. (Photo by Greg Warren/For East Alabama Sports Today)

ASWA Thursday scoreboard

Autauga Aca. 29, Bessemer Aca. 20
Baker 37, Mountain Brook 28
Buckhorn 17, Grissom 13
Carver-Birmingham 38, Cordova 26
Collinsville 27, Valley Head 22
Corner 41, Hayden 13
Cottage Hill 25, St. Luke’s 13
Dothan 57, JAG 12
Excel 42, Southern Choctaw 6
Flomaton 63, Marengo 0
Fort Dale Aca. 49, Monroe Aca. 7
Fyffe 21, Sylvania 10
Geraldine 63, Hatton 6
Gordo 58, Hale Co. 26
Hackleburg 41, Cherokee 6
Headland 42, Cottonwood 26
Homewood 38, Jasper 14
Hueytown 47, Gardendale 28
Huntsville 56, Hazel Green 13
Jackson 45, Davidson 14
Lauderdale Co. 33, Brooks 3
Leeds 22, Center Point 0
Leroy 49, Washington Co. 14
Linden at Central-Hayneville, canceled
McAdory 35, Calera 31
Minor 28, Stanhope Elmore 21
Montevallo 41, Tarrant 21
Mortimer Jordan 14, Fultondale 13
Munford 35, Ashville 21
New Hope 28, Plainview 26
Patrician 52, Hooper 13
Pickens Co. 34, Marion Co. 15
Rehobeth 47, G.W. Long 3
Russell Co. 75, Greenville 43
Slocomb 24, Geneva Co. 14
Southside-Selma 50, Dallas Co. 18
Spain Park 39, Pelham 0
Straughn 35, Providence Chr. 14
Talladega Co. Central 24, Gaylesville 6
Thomasville 34, Clarke Co. 0
UMS-Wright 20, Williamson 19
Vestavia Hills 44, Helena 0
Vigor 46, Sidney Lanier 8
Weaver 47, Pleasant Valley 0
Winfield 64, Lamar Co. 7
Woodlawn 26, Shelby Co. 19

By East Alabama Sports Today

PLEASANT VALLEY — First-year Weaver coach Ken Cofer took a cue from one of his assistant coaches about how to approach Thursday’s season finale at Pleasant Valley.

“One of our coaches said, ‘This is the first game of next season,'” Cofer said.

The Bearcats rolled up 579 yards in total offense and beat the Raiders 47-0 in a non-region clash of Calhoun County schools.

Pleasant Valley (5-5) clinched its spot in the Class 2A playoffs prior to Thursday and will play at Pisgah on Nov. 10. The Raiders will appear in the playoffs for the first time since 2010 after matching their best wins total since going 6-5 in 2008.

Weaver finished 4-6 in the first season under Cofer, doubling its best wins total since going 7-4 in 2018.

Junior KeShawn Allen scored on an 80-yard touchdown run and caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from Kaden Gooden. Gooden also scored twice.

Christian Marturello and Damarion Welch each had a touchdown, and Weaver held Pleasant Valley to 116 yards.

Both teams have a bigger picture. Pleasant Valley, eyeing a playoff game, began pulling starters in the second half after trailing 25-0 at halftime.

Weaver got a positive sendoff into the offseason.

“We had a chance to go 8-2,” Cofer said. “We were in those close ballgames, but we didn’t. I hope we’re learning from these, but it was a great way to end the season. I’m glad to end on a win.”

This story will be updated.

Weaver players celebrate after winning at Pleasant Valley on Thursday. (Photo by Greg Warren/For East Alabama Sports Today)

Munford wins

Tank Edmondson rushed for 375 yards on 28 carries with five touchdowns, and Munford ended the regular season with a 35-21 victory over winless Ashville in a non-region game.

The Lions, 3-7 overall and 2-4 in Class 4A, Region 4, await the outcome of a three-way tiebreaker with White Plains and Cleburne County for the region’s fourth and final playoff spot. White Plains plays host to Westbrook Christian on Friday, and Cleburne County plays at Wellborn.

Against Ashville, Munford trailed 21-13 at halftime but dominated the second half. Edmondson capped the scoring with a 65-yard run on third down and 21 with just more than three minutes to play.

Trea Jordan and Jacob King had interceptions to stop Ashville drives. 

Jaylen Williams returned a punt 44 yards to set up the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion, returning to the 7-yard line. Edmondson punched it in on first play and scored the conversion.

He also scored on runs of 47, 13 and 23 yards and had 35 yards worth of runs called back on penalties. He still came within 25 of 400.

“Had I known he was so close, I would’ve given him two more carries after we got the ball back.” Munford coach Michael Easley said.

Edmondson passed 2,000 yards for the season.

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