The Hartselle Tigers captured the 5A, Region 8 title with a victory over Lee-Huntsville Friday night by the final score of 41-6.
The Tigers turned to quarterback Luke Bole to do their early damage, and Bole responded by completing his first seven passes of the night before going on to throw for 183 yards and four touchdowns in the contest.
Hartselle stands at 8-0, and 6-0 in region play. They own the tie breaker over the Russellville Golden Tigers with one game remaining. The remaining region game will pit the Tigers against an improved Muscle Shoals team led by Coach Scott Basden, but considered a monumental upset if Coach Basden were to lead his team past the Hartselle Tigers. Look for Hartselle to finish region play undefeated.
Madison: Coach Shannon Brown led his Bob Jones Patriots (4-4) to an important region win over the Austin Black Bears, as both teams are fighting for the final spot in the state playoffs in 6A, Region 8.
The Black Bears (4-4) are forced to win their last region game of the season next week when they play host to the Buckhorn Bucks, if they are to have a shot at taking the final playoff spot. The Black Bears haven't reached the playoffs since 2003, and that was their main goal entering the 2008 season.
The Sulligent Blue Devils defeated the Addison Bulldogs 41-14 as Caleb Massey rushed for one touchdown, and passed for four more in the contest.
Addison was led by Trent Godbee as he rushed 26 times for 164 yards, but the Bulldogs could not stop Massey and the Sulligent air assault. Sulligent improves to 6-2 this season with their only losses coming from 3A Hamilton, and region foe, Winston County.
Lynn: Hazlewood blew past a battered and beaten Lynn squad that continues to see the injuries pile up as the season continues.
The Golden Bears were paced by running back Jacolby Porter, as he raced for 200 yards on 10 attempts. Porter had touchdown runs of 40, 60, and 64 yards as he led the Hazlewood Golden Bears to a 46-7 victory over the Lynn Bears. Hazlewood improves to 8-0 this season.
Decatur: Coach Jere Adcock got his 100th career win as a head football coach Friday night as his Red Raiders defeated a tough Florence team 28-26.
This game saw two of the best running backs in North Alabama square off on Ogle Field, and Decatur running back, Chris Coffee, stole the show. Coffee rushed for 202 yards and four touchdowns, while Shawn Southward finished the game with 144 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Southward also caught a 38-yard pass to set up the Falcon third touchdown of the night.
Decatur improved to 6-2 overall, and 5-2 in 6A, Region 8, while the Florence Falcons fell to 5-3 on the season, and 5-3 in 6A, Region 8.
Tuscumbia: The Deshler Tigers are on a roll headed into their biggest game of the season next week, but before we talk about the Deshler versus Brooks game next week let's see how each team performed in week 8.
Deshler's Chase Blackburne completed only nine passing attempts, but that isn't bad at all considering he only attempted 12 during the entire game. Blackburne finished the first half nine-of-12 for 209 yards and four touchdowns. He also added a touchdown on the ground before retiring for the evening at halftime.
Blackburne involved everyone in the offense, as five different Tigers found pay-dirt during the contest. Deshler moves to 7-1 on the season, and 6-0 in 4A, Region 8. The game of the year will take place next week as Deshler travels to Killen, Al. next week to face off with an undefeated Brooks team.
Caddo: Brooks continued their dominance on the road this week as the Lions' signal caller, once again, led the way.
Alex Mitchell threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns as he took a knee for most of the second half. Kenyatta Roach added two touchdowns on the ground as the Lions blasted past East Lawrence 40-6.
The Lions improve to 8-0 on the season, and 6-0 in 4A, Region 8 play. This sets up the biggest game of the season as the Lions will host the Tigers from Deshler High School next Friday night.
Haleyville: The Haleyville Lions got a huge performance from back-up quarterback, Brett Bryson Friday night, as Bryson passed for 181 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Lions past the Dora Bulldogs 29-6. Bryson also added a 27-yard field goal to his resume'
Haleyville's Jeremy White also got in on the action with two touchdown receptions, and 148 all-purpose yards. The Lions improve to 6-2 over all, and 4-1 in region play. Haleyville will have their work cut out for them next week as they travel to take on undefeated Midfield.
Double Springs: Winston County improved to 8-0 this season with a 37-14 win over Cold Springs Friday night. The Jackets, once again, received a big game from running back, Josh Johnson, as Johnson rushed 15 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns. He also went over the 1,000 yard mark with his first touchdown of the first quarter from 15 yards away.
Winston County's Patrick Calloway also enjoyed a big night rushing as he added 120 yards, and one touchdown on 12 carries. Kollin Ergle led the Jacket defense with 10 tackles, one for a loss and two pass break ups.
Winston County remained undefeated on the season by rolling up 427 yards of total offense, but they did turn the ball over four times, twice inside the Cold Springs five yard-line. Coach Dan Hogan shared his thoughts about the turn overs.
"You can't turn the ball over in a close game. It will get you beat every time," Hogan stated. "We cannot afford to make those type mistakes next week at Lamar County."
The Yellow Jackets will travel to Vernon, Al. next week to do battle with a very good Lamar County team. The Jackets will face a truly unique offense as they will see the Notre Dame box for the first time ever. Lamar County is 7-1 this season with their only loss coming at the hands of the Sulligent Blue Devils. This game will decide the winner of 2A, Region7.
Arley: The Meek Tigers pulled off the upset of their season Friday night as they defeated the Hubbertville Lions. Meek entered the Homecoming festivities with a 2-5 record, but pulled off the upset to move them to 3-3 in region play.
The Tigers Matthew Gober caught a six yard touchdown pass from Scott Barrett with 14 seconds left on the clock to preserve the homecoming victory.
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