Sportspage Game of the Week
At Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville:
J.B. Pennington 15 14 21 21 - 71
Hanceville 0 8 0 0 - 8
Penn - Sheldon Blythe 3 run (kick failed) 3:21 in 1st
Penn - Safety: Ball snapped out of HV end zone 1:30 in 1st
Penn - David Blaxton 55 kickoff return (Noah Allison kick) 1:15 in 1st
Penn - Allison 3 run ( Allison kick) 4:25 in 2nd
HV - Bo Joles 1 run (Romeal Simmons run) 1:55 in 2nd
Penn - Allison 24 pass to Cade Timmerman (kick failed) 1:00 in 2nd
Penn - Cole Littleon 1 run (Cesar Gonzalez kick (9:21 in 3rd
Penn - Blythe 40 run (Gonzalez kick) 5:50 in 3rd
Penn - Allison 59 run (Gonzalez kick) 2:07 in 3rd
Penn - Blaxton 10 run (Gonzalez kick) 11:00 in 4th
Penn - Matthew Smith 9 run (Alexis Abundes kick) 5:42 in 4th
Penn - Hayden Floyd 22 run (Abundes kick) 4:35 in 4th
FLASH NOTES: J.B. Pennington made sure Hanceville would not go into a comeback after the Bulldogs cut the lead to 23-8 on Bo Joles 1-yard run and Romeal Simmons two-point conversion inside the final 2:00 of the first half.
The Tigers would need just 53 seconds to scamper 61 yards as two passes by Noah Allison would send them back to the end zone and on to a comfortable 29-8 halftime cushion.
Cade Timmerman made a diving catch in the right corner of the end zone for a 24-yard TD play. The Tigers broke Hanceville's momentum for the rest of the night.
A 29-8 lead at the break became an enjoyment for Pennington in the second half and a nightmare for Hanceville. The Tigers would score six times, three per the third and fourth and dominate total offense in the second half 368 to 51.
Pennington rushed for 207 yards in the third and 117 in the fourth, doing it in that stanza with reserves.
The Tiger scoring drives in the third were 57, 40 and 65 yards and 52, 52 and 35 in the fourth.
For the night, the Tigers converted four Hanceville miscues into points, including a safety when the ball went over the punter's head and into the end zone in the first quarter.
Allison, rushed for 124 yards on three carries in the third quarter and scored a TD. He had another chance for points, but fumbled the ball that Hanceville recovered in the end zone.
Hanceville ended with 221 yards offense, 132 coming by the passing game as Joles had seven completions for 110 yards. Fred Ellis caught four passes from Joles for 84 yards, with long gains of 30 and 40 yards in the second period.
Pennington punched its first win of the season in three games and also is 1-0 in 3A, Region 5. Hanceville dropped to 1-2 and 0-2 in the regional standings.
Up next for Hanceville: Vs. Holly Pond Friday.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
At Lane Horton Gymnasim - Hanceville:
Priceville 25 25
Hanceville 8 7
Priceville (9-2) wins match 2-0
Time of match: 0:26
Priceville 25 23 8
Good Hope 20 25 15
Good Hope (3-5) wins match 2-1
Time of match: 1:03)
Good Hope 25 25
Hanceville 3 12
Good Hope (4-5) wins match 2-0
Time of match: 0:25
FLASH NOTES: A concern if volleyball would be played at Lane Horton Gym Tuesday did come into possibility, due to power failure in the Hanceville city limits before 3:00 p.m.
A conversation between Hanceville coach Amy Chambers and Good Hope coach Natasha Holcombe was discussed as everyone patiently waited for power to be restored by the Cullman Electric Cooperative.
At 3:46 p.m., the power was back on inside the gym and across the campus as the games went on as scheduled.
Priceville and Hanceville took to the floor, starting at 4:10 p.m. with Priceville well in command of the assignment.
Overcoming a 4-0 deficit in the second set, Priceville had strong serving by Rebecca Rotermund, who scored 11 straight before Hanceville broke her serve. Skylar Benson, moments later, would step in and display her serving skills, with three consecutive points and a 16-7 lead for Priceville.
Meredith Clecker finished off Hanceville by scoring the last seven points on serve as Priceville took less than a half hour to sweep Hanceville and prepare to face Good Hope for the second time on the season.
Priceville had swept Good Hope 2-0 the week before on campus. Now playing the Lady Raiders at a neutral site and Good Hope trying to stop a 3-game losing streak from the weekend in the Hayden invitational.
Things went well for Priceville in the opening set as Benson began to be an impact player with consecutive volleys and a 15-11 lead for the Lady Bulldogs.
Good Hope started a rally and cut the score to 18-17 on a kill by Abi Orton, off a serve from teammate Alee Jackson.
Then it was Benson to step back into the spotlight, converting a kill then a block that pushed the Priceville lead to 21-17. Good Hope was able to get a service break and a serve by Chrissi Smith pulled the Lady Raiders to 24-20.
But Priceville ended the momentum as Benson tallied a block at the net to close out the first set 25-20. But the advantage Catrina Mason's Lady Bulldogs gained at the end of the first set, could not be held, due to a determined group of Lady Raiders, inspired by coach Holcombe.
Priceville moved out to an 11-6 edge when Good Hope had a comeback to be performed, led by Skylar Tucker. Tucker would get five straight service points, keyed by kills from Jackson and Jesse Kent, tieing the game at 11-11.
After Priceville scored on a Good Hope net error, the Lady Raiders used two kills and a pair of service points by Sidnie English that pushed them in front 14-12.
Leading 18-17, the Lady Raiders gained a point on a volley from Smith and moments later, took advantage of a four hits violation by Priceville to make it 23-21.
Priceville again fought back as a kill by Benson pulled the score to 24-23. The Lady Raiders broke service and forced a tiebreaker when Orton smashed the ball over for a kill and a 25-23 victory.
In game three, the Lady Raiders went ahead to stay at 4-3 when Kent converted a kill and the margin grew to 10-5 on service points by Smith and back to back kills from Orton.
Priceville would draw the deficit to 10-8, seeing Good Hope fight off the Lady Bulldogs when Orton tallied a kill and four consecutive service points from Riley Smith sent the Lady Raiders to celebrating a hard fought triumph against a strong squad from Morgan County.
Good Hope grabbed the advantage early in the first set with Hanceville. A volley from Raygen Turner had Hanceville down 2-1.
Then Jackson would go to the service line and reel off 19 consecutive points, a career best for her with the lead soaring to 21-1. Her service was broken with a serve going out of bounds.
But the damage was done and Hanceville could never recover. The first set took nine minutes to be played.
Hanceville managed to be competitive in the second set, taking advantage of Good Hope errors. The Lady Bulldogs fell behind 5-1, but closed to 8-5, seeing the momentum go down when they were called for a foot fault on a serve.
Tucker netted four straight service points and the Lady Raiders went ahead 13-5. Serves by Jackson and Chrissi Smith gave them an 18-7 lead. Hanceville got some points on serves by Gordana Oden, Noelia Palma and Ally Bice, trimming the deficit to 21-12.
A volley from Smith sent the momentum back to Good Hope's side as consecutive service points from English ended the match at 6:35 p.m.
Up next for Hanceville: Tri match at Holly Pond Thursday 4:00
Up next for Good Hope: Tri match at Fairview Thursday 4:00
Photo 1: Hanceville's Noelia Palma (26), Raygen Turner (13) vs. Priceville
Photo 2: Hanceville coach Amy Chambers speaks to her team before Priceville match.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Sportspage Game of the Week:
At Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville:
Sumiton Christian 0 0 0 14 - 14
Hanceville 22 14 12 0 - 48
HV - RJ Evans 59 run (Romeal Simmons run) 11:42 in 1st
HV - Evans 3 run (Simmons run) 7:48 in 1st
HV - Bo Joles 45 pass to Fred Ellis (pass failed) 4:36 in 1st
HV - Allen Huckaby 13 run (Evans run) 9:44 in 2nd
HV - Ellis 11 run (kick failed) 4:48 in 2nd
HV - Huckaby 27 run (pass failed) 6:32 in 3rd
HV - Tristan Herrera recovers fumble in end zone (kick failed) 0:00 in 3rd
SC - Jackson Gable 55 pass to Jeremy Brown (run failed) 6:07 in 4th
SC - Gable 60 pass to Brown (Gable pass to Brown) 1:56 in 4th
FLASH NOTES: Working hard during the summer paid off for Hanceville in total domination of Sumiton Christian to begin the Cody McCain era.
A good kickoff return set the Bulldogs to score on the first play from scrimmage with Evans racing around left end for a 59-yard TD. The Bulldogs would strike two more times in the Sumiton end zone by the end of the first quarter and led 22-0, with 166 yards of total offense accumulated through 12 minutes of play.
Hanceville recovered a Sumiton punt at the Eagles' 13 early in the second stanza and needed one snap to continue the scoring assault.
Huckaby carried it to the end zone and the run from Evans sent the lead to 30-0.
The Bulldogs forced a Sumiton punt and took over at their 30, needing 43 seconds to complete their first half scoring.
Ellis ran it around the right side from the 11 and Hanceville had netted 293 yards of offense by intermission with 13 first downs and 200 on a powerful running game.
Evans went to the locker room with 139 yards on five carries in the first half. Joles completed four of four passes in the half for 93 yards and a TD to Ellis.
With the second half clock shortened to 8:00 in the third quarter and a running clock in the final quarter, the Bulldogs would gain 125 yards offense in the third as Huckaby romped 27 yards for the touchdown and a 42-0 lead.
On the last play of the third, freshman Tristan Herrera pounced on a loose ball in the Sumiton end zone and the Bulldogs carried a comfortable 48-0 cushion to the final stanza.
Sumiton Christian got two touchdowns in the fourth on pass plays from Gable to Brown, covering 55 and 60 yards.
Hanceville would net 413 yards offense in the McCain debut, racking up 16 first downs.
The defense was stout all night with nine tackles behind the line, recovering a fumble in the end zone and allowing Sumiton Christian minus 10 yards for the contest.
Sumiton passed for 177 yards, 128 in the final quarter on three completions and compiled only five first downs.
The Bulldogs celebrated in snapping a 9-game losing streak and defeated the Eagles for the first time ever. This was only the third time the two have played, the first since the 2007 season.
Up next for Hanceville: At Fairview August 31 7:00 p.m.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
Coach: Cody McCain
Record at Hanceville: 0-0 (1st year)
2017 record: 1-9 (0-6 in 3A, R 6)
2018: Hanceville is in 3A, R 5 with J.B. Pennington, Midfield, Vinemont, Holly Pond, Fultondale and Locust Fork.
Key personnel returning: QB/RB Fred Ellis, RB/LB RJ Evans, RB/S Romeal Simmons, QB Bo Joles, C Logan McKey, G Tristan Herrera, G Will Akin, T Tristin Cornelius.
2018 schedule: Aug. 24 - Sumiton Christian, Aug. 31 - @ Fairview, Sept. 7 - J.B. Pennington, Sept. 14 - Holly Pond, Sept. 21 - @ Vinemont, Sept. 28 - Curry, Oct. 5 - @ Midfield, Oct. 19 - Fultondale, Oct. 26 - @ Locust Fork, Nov. 2 - @ Good Hope.
Outlook: Seeking a winning program for the first time since 2013, Cody McCain has Hanceville working hard.
The Bulldogs were in helmets and shoulder pads for the first time Wednesday, battling 90 degree weather in the late afternoon.
An experienced ball club for a new coach is a promise. Hanceville has personnel that can show good ability in running the ball like Evans, Ellis and Simmons.
Ellis and Simmons were slowed down late in the 2017 season by injuries. That's a key for Hanceville in which key players must avoid bumps and bruises in order for this team to create a path to success.
Hanceville went through its worst campaign since 2008. A 9-game losing streak is hubbering above them as they await the opener at Ray Talley Stadium with Sumiton Christian.
Playing in Region 5 of 3A will be a challenge for the Bulldogs to get from a last place finish in regional play the year before.
No game in the region will be easy. The Bulldogs are aware of that. What adds to the challenges already is a solid Midfield team that was inserted into the region with Fultondale, plus competitive squads out of Locust Fork, J.B. Pennington and Holly Pond.
By regional setup, Hanceville will have to go to Vinemont for the second consecutive year. The Eagles pulled out a victory over the Bulldogs in the closing seconds by the score of 21-20. Nothing more needs to be said to the guys that were on the turf of that battle in 2017.
Fairview is back on the Hanceville schedule, along with Curry. Sumiton Christian meets the Bulldogs for the first time since 2007.
The regular season is now a traditional game as Hanceville will journey to Good Hope on the first Friday in November.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton