Tri-match # 2 at Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point
Hanceville 20 12
Fairview 25 25
Fairview (21-7) wins the match 2-0
TIME OF MATCH: 0:42
FLASH NOTES: Fairview was off its stride to start the match with Hanceville and the Lady Bulldogs capitalized by an 8-3 advantage on three straight service points from Savannah Hollingsworth.
But as the first set moved on, Fairview started to work its way back in contention, featuring Taylor and Yearwood at the front line. Yearwood tied the score at 12-12 on a kill, then good serving by Manasco and Marisa Donohoo, put the Lady Aggies up 20-15.
Hanceville shook off the nerves and pulled to 22-19 on a service point by Sadie Eddy.
Fairview then got a volley by Means, a kill from Hogeland and a volley by Manasco that allowed them for a comeback win in the first set.
The second game was handled by Fairview after it was even at 3-3. Taylor scored on a kill and another kill by the senior made it 13-10. Four consecutive points by Alivia Boyil, including an ace, enabled the Lady Aggies to up the margin to 18-10.
Hanceville was unable to make a huge dent into the deficit with Manasco serving well in crunch time, plus getting two volley points from Taylor that sent them home 1-1 on the day and 21-7 for the season.
Tri-match # 3 at Jim Boyd Gym - West Point
Hanceville 9 22
West Point 25 25
West Point (10-6) wins match 2-0
TIME OF MATCH: 0:37
FLASH NOTES: Selena Clark made it her own game in the opening set by scoring 14 straight points, with Hanceville unable to slow her down. She converted three aces and served well into the Lady Bulldogs' back row, presenting them with problems in trying to handle her serves.
The run was broken when West Point was called for two hits on setting the ball. But the set was finished off from Thompson, Sarah Chapman and Huckaby in serves and playing the ball around the net.
Hanceville didn't go away with a serious challenge. Amy Chambers' Lady Bulldogs fought hard in game two, leading by a 16-11 score when Regina Jones of West Point needed a time out.
That allowed the Lady Warriors to make their move. Shadix produced four straight on serve with aid by a couple of Hanceville infractions that got the set tied at 21-21.
Hanceville went back in the lead on a Karmen Johnson kill as it was 22-21. But the next serve landed in the net, giving West Point a tie as Thompson scored three straight on serve, with help by a kill from Carter and a volley from Huckaby.
It was the second time in a week span the Lady Warriors had won a tri-match on the home floor after not being able to finish matches vs. solid opponents a couple of weeks ago.
Hanceville had some solid efforts in the second set by Kierra Merriweather, Lauren Roberson, Hollingsworth, Malia Howell and Eddy to display a competitive side after getting controlled by Clark's serving in game one.
Photo 1: Molly Morgan (32), Savannah Hollingsworth (31) and Karmen Johnson in match with Fairview.
Photo 2: Lady Bulldogs celebrate a play in their match against West Point Thursday.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Friday, September 29
Newman Stadium - Clements
SERIES: Clements 1-0
2016: Clements 10-7
LAST WEEK: Hanceville lost to J.B. Pennington 42-0
Clements lost to Lauderdale County 29-0
FLASH NOTES: Hanceville is out to end tough times after the Bulldogs kicked off the season defeating Cold Springs 36-20.
The Bulldogs had a chance to gain victory two weeks ago at Vinemont, but gave up 83 yards in a span of 1:05 with the Eagles pulling out a 21-20 triumph.
Hanceville got overmatched last Friday in Blountsville to J.B. Pennington. This was the first time the Bulldogs failed to score in Craig Flanigan's second season at his alma mater.
Clements has not scored in its last two games for second-year coach Cody McCain (A West Point graduate).
The Colts opened the 2017 season with a 14-7 victory over Danville. The momentum has gone in the opposite direction, getting outscored 58-14 in three straight losses.
Hanceville has not defeated a team outside the county since Flanigan took over the Bulldogs last year. The Bulldogs are 0-9 vs. non county opponents. Hanceville is playing at Clements for the first time ever. The school is located 15 miles West of Athens on U.S. Highway 72.
Friday, September 22:
Sutton Memorial Stadium - Blountsville
3A, R 6
REGION STANDINGS: J.B. Pennington 2-0, Fultondale 1-0, Locust Fork 1-1, Vinemont 1-1, Holly Pond 1-1, Hanceville 0-2, Susan Moore 0-1.
SERIES: Hanceville 32-20-2
2016: J.B. Pennington 44-30
HANCEVILLE: 1-3, 0-2
J.B. PENNINGTON: 3-1, 2-0
LAST WEEK: Hanceville lost to Vinemont 21-20
J.B. Pennington defeated Locust Fork 20-14
FLASH NOTES: Two teams coming in directions off close games last week, square off on the first official day of fall.
J.B. Pennington has gone with region wins over Holly Pond and Locust Fork. Hanceville suffered a heartbreaker last week in the closing seconds to Vinemont, a week after Fultondale controlled the game from the opening kickoff.
Hanceville has a lot of potential in regards to the solid running game of R.J. Evans and Romeal Simmons. They combined for 265 yards in the Vinemont with Evans scoring on a 43-yard run in the third quarter to put them into the lead.
But the Bulldogs struggled in the passing attack and also lost possession on fourth down plays five times, the last coming at the Vinemont 17 with 1:40 to play in the game, up by six points.
Pennington has an athlete with Cullman County connections leading them offensively. Noah Allison has become the Tigers' signal caller, accounting for almost 300 yards in a game with Boaz September 1 and around 200 yards by running and throw in a home win a week later over Holly Pond.
Hanceville is looking to defeat an opponent for the first time outside the county under second year coach Craig Flanigan. Last year at Ray Talley Stadium, the Bulldogs and Tigers were in a scoring fest with Pennington pulling it out late by the final of 44-30.
The Tigers were second in Region 6 last season as they dropped back to Class 3A following a stint of being in 4A for 2014 and 2015. The Bulldogs are going for their first win in Blountsville since a 14-7 triumph in 2000.
The two schools did not play one another from 2002 to 2007 and 2010 to 2015 when they were placed in the same region by the AHSAA.
Sportspage Game of the Week:
At Mark Smothers Stadium - Vinemont
Hanceville 0 12 8 0 - 20 (1-3, 0-2)
Vinemont 0 14 0 7 - 21 (1-2, 1-1)
VM - Carl Price 6 run (Austin Sparks kick) 8:28 in 2nd
HV - Romeal Simmons 3 run (kick failed) 5:39 in 2nd
VM - Price 6 run (Sparks kick) 1:28 in 2nd
HV - Alex Campbell 12 run (run failed) 0:16 in 2nd
HV - R.J. Evans 43 run (Campbell pass to Owen Harper) 9:07 in 3rd
VM - Jack Hill 14 pass to Dustin Moore (Sparks kick) 0:35 in 4th
FLASH NOTES: Vinemont stole victory from Hanceville in this 3A, Region 6 battle by getting the ball at its 17 with 1:35 left after Hanceville failed to convert on fourth down and one from the Eagles' 18-yard line.
Hill, who came into the game late in the final period, got a 63-yard completion to Teague Whatley, bringing the ball to the Hanceville 20 with less than a minute to play. Price picked up a first down inside the Hanceville 10 then the Eagles were penalized for delay of game, sending them back to the 14-yard line.
Hill hit Moore on a slant route that carried into the end zone and Sparks' conversion sent the Eagles back on top with Hanceville still in a position to win the game.
From their 42, the Bulldogs got a 36-yard completion from Campbell to Evans that placed the ball at the Vinemont 22 with time running out. Campbell tried to pass on the next snap, lost his footing and suffered a 20-yard loss as the clock hit zero.
Vinemont had a miracle victory, Hanceville a painful defeat.
The Bulldogs dominated the statistics, especially in the second half with 199 yards offense to 93 for the Eagles. Hanceville rushed for 160 in the second half, 132 coming during the third quarter that featured a 76-yard march to the end zone on the first series of the second half.
Hanceville started two drives late in the game deep in Vinemont territory and added no points on its side of the scoreboard. The Bulldogs gave up the football to the Eagles five times on fourth down snaps, three in the final quarter.
Vinemont had the total offense advantage in the opening half with 158 to 147. Running the ball for 77 yards in the second quarter boosted Stephen Robinson's squad. But in the second half, Hanceville's defense yielded Vinemont just 29 yards rushing, 11 coming in the third quarter.
Evans gained 166 yards on the ground as Hanceville accounted for 253 yards running the football. Simmons added 99 yards as both scored a touchdown for Craig Flanigan's team.
Price had 55 yards on the ground for the Eagles and two touchdowns. Hill was only four of 16 passing, but the 63-yard gain to Whatley and the 14-yard TD to Moore were the difference between victory and defeat.
UP NEXT: Hanceville @ J.B. Pennington September 22
Vinemont vs. Fultondale September 22
Hanceville about to snap the football in the 1st quarter of the Vinemont game Friday.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
Friday, September 15
Mark Smothers Stadium - Vinemont
3A, Region 7
SERIES: Hanceville 18-13
2016: Hanceville 28-22
LAST WEEK: Hanceville lost to Fultondale 60-6
Vinemont lost to Locust Fork 44-6
HANCEVILLE: 1-2, 0-1
VINEMONT: 0-2, 0-1
REGION STANDINGS: Fultondale 1-0, Locust Fork 1-0, J.B. Pennington 1-0, Susan Moore 0-0, Hanceville 0-1, Vinemont 0-1, Holly Pond 0-1.
FLASH NOTES: One of these teams is going to find itself in the middle of a pack of teams that are 1-1 after Friday night. Both are looking to upgrade their performances after suffering one-sided defeats the past two weeks.
Hanceville has encountered No. 4 Addison from 1A and an undefeated Fultondale team that was the best in Region 6 last year. The Bulldogs have allowed 100 points in the last two games, being outscored 66-6 in the opening half.
What Craig Flanigan is looking for vs. a young unit from Vinemont, the ability to get RBs' Romeal Simmons and R.J. Evans around the ends as they were superior in week one, combining for 299 yards and four touchdowns to defeat Cold Springs 36-20.
If Vinemont has to kick, the Bulldogs want the ball in the hands of Brendan Flanigan. Flanigan had a 90-yard kickoff return for a third quarter TD against Cold Springs and a 45-yard return in the fourth period that set up a short TD drive.
Hanceville has been superior in this series with the Eagles since 2010, winning six of seven decisions. The only loss in this span was in 2014 when the Eagles rolled to a 45-20 victory at Vinemont.
All of the Bulldogs' wins under Flanigan have been vs. Cullman County schools. Hanceville is 4-1 against the county when Flanigan took the lead position on the sidelines last year.
Friday, September 8
Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville
3A, Region 6
SERIES: Hanceville 2-1
2016: Fultondale 59-8
LAST WEEK: Hanceville lost to Addison 40-6
Fultondale defeated Tarrant 35-6
FLASH NOTES: Thirty years was the last time the Fultondale Wildcats invaded Ray Talley Stadium. Fultondale is the defending Region 6 champion, bringing an undefeated streak to Hanceville at 6-0 in league play.
The Bulldogs felt the blunt of No, 4 ranked Addison on the road last Friday and has to quickly remove that out of their minds in order to prepare for another outstanding opponent.
Fultondale wrecked Tarrant last week in two rivals from Jefferson County going after one another.
Hanceville is seeking success at home in which they have only won two of the last six assignments. This does become a pivotal game for Craig Flanigan in his second season with Hanceville on the road for the next three weeks, two of them regional games in Vinemont and Blountsville vs. J.B. Pennington.
Fultondale is currently on a 4-game assignment away from home with stops at St. James and Vinemont to follow the visit to Talley Stadium.