At Jim Boyd Gymnasium:
Holly Pond 20 11 19 26 - 76 (6-2)
West Point 19 12 26 17 - 74 (4-4)
HOLLY POND: Griffin Morris 25, Jake Harris 10, Kyler Chaney 16, Zach Shaw 8, McKinley Garrett 8, Garrett Rowell 4, Devyn Tankersley 4.
WEST POINT: Kolby Sullins 15, Kolton Sapp 13, Rylan Jones 14, Austin Dubberly 12, Noah Gammon 7, Tyler Thompson, Skylar Bowers 4, Hunter Persall 2, Dalton White 2.
FLASH NOTES: Holly Pond never panicked when the Broncos began the fourth period trailing 59-50 as West Point's Noah Gammon dropped in a pair from the foul line.
What would transpire was a fourth quarter with five lead changes in a row in a span of a minute and seven seconds, plus the Broncos trying to protect the lead and the Warriors having their trouble down the stretch making foul shots.
Rylan Jones ripped a three from the top of the key at 3:35 to send West Point back in front for the final time on the night, 66-64.
Fifteen seconds later, it was the Broncos' Griffin Morris, who matched Jones in draining a three from the top, using his left hand to lead the way. That propelled Holly Pond ahead 67-66.
McKinley Garrett scored from close distance with 2:01 to play and the Broncos had gone up by a 72-66 margin.
The Warriors would answer.
Kolby Sullins landed from trey land with 25 seconds to go to reduce the deficit to 74-73 as West Point called for a time out.
Free throws would factor in the rest of the way. Jake Harris was one of two with 0:17 left as Holly Pond led 75-73.
Sullins made just one of two with 0:04 left and the margin was down to 75-74.
Harris could not extend the lead for the Broncos as he missed both with three seconds showing.
But West Point could not gather the rebound cleanly as the ball bounced out of play, giving it back to the Broncos with four-tents of a second to go.
Shaw got the first to go, then intentionally missed the second as time expired with the Broncos moving their winning streak to four in a row, getting their sixth win in eight games and improving to 2-1 vs. county opponents.
Mitch Morris' Broncos have been solid in scoring in their last two games in the fourth quarter, producing 22 last Friday to run past Cold Springs 83-53 and the 26 Monday evening against West Point.
Randy Jones' Warriors were seven of 11 from the line in the fourth with the Broncos shooting three of seven. The Broncos were guided by 10 field goals in the final 8:00, three shots coming from three-point range.
West Point finished the third with the advantage, but seeing it go from 50-40 at the 2:49 mark to 57-50 when time ran out.
The Warriors lost for the first time at Jim Boyd Gym in three game so far on the young season.
Up next for Holly Pond: Vs. Susan Moore Tuesday.
Up next for West Point: At Cold Springs Tuesday
Photo 1: West Point's Austin Dubberly passes over the Holly Pond defense of Griffin Morris (12), Kyler Chaney (22) and Zach Shaw (4).
Photo 2: Holly Pond's Kyler Chaney gets sandwiched between West Point's Kolby Sullins (14) and Rylan Jones (5).
Photo 3: West Point PG Hunter Persall moves the ball upcourt against Griffin Morris.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.
At Felton Easterwood Gymnasium:
Cold Springs 8 19 10 16 - 53 (1-5)
Holly Pond 17 17 27 22 - 83 (5-2)
HOLLY POND: Griffin Morris 19, Kyler Chaney 17, Jake Harris 12, Mckinley Garrett 12, Zach Shaw 9, Ben Jones 5, Tyler Boatright 4, Gunter Hollis 2.
COLD SPRINGS: Hunter McClendon 22, Adam Hill 7, Dylan Byrd 5, Carson Garmon 4, Logan Rice 3, Micah Calvert 3, Matthew Peed 2, Mason Harris 2, Brian McAnnally 3.
FLASH NOTES: Seeing a double digit lead get cut in the second quarter to seven at halftime with Cold Springs' McClendon putting in 12 in the second, Holly Pond opened the second half with an 18-0 run in less than 4:00 to get control of the game and win it going away.
Chaney and Garrett had the hot hand for Mitch Morris' Broncos early in the third, combining for 11 points on five field goals and a free throw. Harris racked up two treys late in the quarter to complete a 27-point outbreak on the basket and a comfortable 61-37 advantage with 8:00 left to get completed.
Holly Pond scored 20 field goals in the second half, seven coming from three-point range, netting 49 points in the final 16:00, allowing the Eagles 26 points, 10 field goals and two treys.
The Broncos slowed down McClendon in the second half, holding the Eagles' center to three field goals and zero for two from the line.
Cold Springs' coach Tim Willoughby was back with his squad after spending Thursday in Atlanta with his wife, Regina. Regina is getting treated for pancreatic cancer and is doing well according to reports from members of the Cold Springs community.
The Broncos have won their last three games after they were defeated on Thanksgiving night in the Holly Pond Thanksgiving Tournament by the Cullman Bearcats 70-58.
Up next for Holly Pond: At West Point Monday.
Up next for Cold Springs: Vs. West Point Tuesday.
Photo 1: Griffin Morris of Holly Pond moves the ball against Cold Springs' defense.
Photo 2: Cold Springs' Matthew Peed (5) dribbles away from Griffin Morris.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.
At Felton Easterwood Gymnasium:
Hanceville 11 14 11 17 - 53 (3-3)
Holly Pond 15 15 15 14 - 59 (4-2)
HOLLY POND: McKinley Garrett 17, Kyler Chaney 16, Griffin Morris 13, Zach Shaw 6, Jake Harris 3, Tyler Boatright 1.
HANCEVILLE: RJ Evans 13, Brendan Flanigan 11, Raiden Morgan 11, Damien Johnson 6, Josh Stanley 5, Allen Jones 5, Romeal Simmons 2.
FLASH NOTES: Holly Pond turned a 30-25 halftime lead on Hanceville into a 44-25 advantage with a 14-0 run to open the third period. The Bulldogs went scoreless for over 4:00 before a field goal by Flanigan was their first points of the third.
Hanceville patiently worked its way back into the game, closing to 45-40 early in the fourth on a field goal by Jones. Then Holly Pond regrouped, getting a three-point play from Morris to lead 48-40.
The Broncos could not put away Hanceville. Daniel Wakefield's Bulldogs got within four at 50-46 on free throws at the 3:00 mark by Flanigan.
But they fell behind by a 55-47 margin when Chaney drained a trey with 2:22 to play.
Free throws from Garrett with 13 seconds left, sealed the victory as Holly Pond was ahead 59-51. Hanceville got its final score from Evans as time ran out with Mitch Morris' Broncos going 3-1 in home games this season and snapping a three-game winning streak by Daniel Wakefield's Bulldogs.
Up next for Holly Pond: Vs. Cold Springs Friday (WKUL-FM)
Up next for Hanceville: Vs. Oakman Friday
Photo 1: Hanceville's Brendan Flanigan (2), Holly Pond's Kyler Chaney (22) at tipoff.
Photo 2: Hanceville PG Brendan Flanigan attacks the pressure of McKinley Garrett (23).
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.
HOLLY POND - After falling to Cullman on Thanksgiving night, the Holly Pond Broncos rebounded to claim the second best record in their 61st Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday.
Holly Pond edged Good Hope 68-62, compiling two wins in three assignments at the oldest high school invitational tournament in Alabama history.
Good Hope put the Broncos down 21-10 after the first period, then Mitch Morris' squad shook off the slow start and pulled it out by going on a 7-1 run in the final two minutes, thanks to a field goal from Kyler Chaney and free throws in crunch time from McKinley Garrett.
Griffin Morris ripped the cords for 20 to lead the Broncos with Garrett supporting the victory by scoring 17. The Broncos are 3-2 on the young season.
Leading Good Hope in this encounter was Cole Maddox with 21 points, Kallen Sharpton 13 and Issac McDonald 12.
Under the direction of second-year coach Drew Adams, a Holly Pond graduate, the Raiders are 2-2 one week into the new season.
Holly Pond welcomes Hanceville to Felton Easterwood Gym Tuesday while Good Hope has its home opener Tuesday vs. West Point.
AHSAA 3A state playoff game
Thursday, November 9
Rebels Stadium - Trinity
HOLLY POND: 7-3, #4 in 3A, R 6
WEST MORGAN: 9-1, #1 in 3A, R 8
SERIES: West Morgan 2-0
LAST TIME: 1971, West Morgan 17-6
LAST WEEK: Holly Pond defeated Fairview 18-6
West Morgan was idle
FLASH NOTES: After one win in 30 games between 2013 to 2015, the Broncos have become the turnaround story for Cullman County football, claiming 13 of 20 regular season victories in the last two seasons and consecutive trips to the 3A playoffs as a qualifier from Region 6.
Now Mike Bates has another challenge waiting his young crew, a trip to West Morgan who is on a seven-game winning streak. The Rebels started the season August 25 and went 10 straight weeks before they had their bye week.
A 31-21 win against Lexington enabled them to go 6-1 in Region 8 and get help in the tiebreaking procedure that put them on top of the standings.
Holly Pond is coming off a victory over Fairview for the first time in a decade. In the last two years, the Broncos have gone with back to back seasons of defeating Brindlee Mountain, Susan Moore, Hanceville and Vinemont, plus adding a quality win last Friday under adverse conditions.
The Broncos completed the regular schedule with 292 points in 10 games and allowed 208, only 15 in the last eight quarters in victories over Vinemont and Fairview.
This is the first time that Holly Pond has been to the playoffs in back to back years since 2004 and 2005.
Friday, November 3
Dafford Smith Stadium - Fairview
HOLLY POND: 6-3
SERIES: Fairview 35-19-2
2016: Fairview 62-35
LAST WEEK: Holly Pond defeated Vinemont 40-9
Fairview lost to Springville 24-0
FLASH NOTES: A chance for the Broncos to claim seven wins in a regular season before going to the AHSAA 3A playoffs is what is laid out in front of them.
The Broncos have turned things around under Mike Bates, going from 1-29 between 2013 to 2015 to 12-7 in regular season play the last two years with a 6-6 record in regional play and back to back six-win campaigns.
Holly Pond is seeking its best finish in a regular schedule since 2004 when they were 9-1. The Broncos are out to end 10 consecutive losses to their rival from the East side of Cullman County.
The Broncos have never had success against a George Redding led Fairview squad. The last time the Broncos were winners vs. the Aggies came in 2006 when it was a 37-26 score. Redding was not coaching the Aggies at the time, Scott Adams (the current DC) handled duties for the Broncos.
PLAYOFF GAME: November 10 at 3A, Region 8 champion (TBA)
Sportspage Game of the Week
Mark Smothers Stadium - Vinemont
Holly Pond 8 24 8 0 - 40 (6-3, 3-3)
Vinemont 3 0 0 6 - 9 (2-7, 1-5)
HP - Brody Bagwell 3 run (Kyler Chaney run) 6:39 in 1st
VM - Austin Sparks 25 FG 2:34 in 1st
HP - Chaney 9 run (Brody Rowell run) 9:30 in 2nd
HP - Jeremiah Holmes 6 run (Rowell run) 7:12 in 2nd
HP - Rowell 5 run (Chaney run) 2:18 in 2nd
HP - Chaney 1 run (Dustin Stancil run) 0:55 in 3rd
VM - Oistin Cornelius 5 run (kick failed) 7:09 in 4th
FLASH NOTES: Taking care of business is what Holly Pond did Friday night on the road, punching their ticket to the 3A state playoffs for the second consecutive season under Mike Bates.
Running the football, which has become the main ingredient to their success offensively, the Broncos netted 286 yards with nine different backs getting to run it. Kyler Chaney was five of six passing in the first half for 66 yards with some key throws to Tyler Boatright and Alex Corneligo that helped the Broncos moved toward the Vinemont end zone.
Holly Pond had four touchdowns on five first half possessions with 228 total yards by the break and 15 first downs.
An interception in the third quarter by Issac Ludwig set the Broncos up for a 51-yard drive for their only score of the final half.
Holmes finished with 102 yards rushing, Chaney gained 50 yards, Rowell accounted for 37 with Stancil having 22 yards to the second half total plus a 23-yard run by Luis Garcia in the fourth quarter,
The Broncos dominated with 21 first downs.
Vinemont got a touchdown in the final quarter on a 72-yard series with Cornelius gaining 42 yards in the drive and scoring from the five.
Both teams fumbled once in the final period with Vinemont's miscue recovered by Sean Shaddrix at the Holly Pond 37 as they were able to get a couple of first downs to run out the final 2:26 and head back home with a second straight winning season (six victories) after going 1-29 for Bates between 2013 to 2015.
The Broncos are 12-7 in the regular season for the past two years, having as many victories in that span, along with Cullman and West Point.
UP NEXT: Holly Pond @ Fairview November 3
Vinemont @ Falkville November 3
Sportspage photo of Holly Pond offense on the move vs. Vinemont, by Johnny Thornton.
Friday, October 20
Thomas-Michelfelder Field - Holly Pond
3A, R 6
HOLLY POND: 5-2, 2-2
FULTONDALE: 7-0, 4-0
SERIES: Fultondale 1-0
2016: Fultondale 56-27
REGION 6 STANDINGS: Fultondale 4-0, Pennington 4-1, Locust Fork 3-1, Holly Pond 2-2, Susan Moore 1-3, Vinemont 1-3, Hanceville 0-5
FLASH NOTES: Undefeated Fultondale invades Thomas-Michelfelder Field in the Broncos last time to play on campus in the regular season.
Fultondale has handled the region opposition with ease. Last week, the Wildcats romped past Susan Moore 48-14.
Holly Pond has gone 4-1 at home this season with a young team that gets more experience in game situation every time they play on Friday nights in the fall.
The Broncos are currently in fourth in the standings in Region 6, trying to keep Susan Moore and Vinemont off of them. Holly Pond completes the regional schedule next week with a visit to Vinemont.
Mike Bates' Broncos have produced 11 wins in the last 17 regular season games, the best among all schools in the county.
Sportspage Game of the Week
At Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville
3A, Region 6
Holly Pond 6 14 8 12 - 40 (5-2, 2-2)
Hanceville 0 6 0 14 - 20 (1-7, 0-5)
HP - Jeremiah Holmes 62 run (run failed) 11:44 in 1st
HP - Holmes 48 run (run failed) 9:49 in 2nd
HV - Romeal Simmons 76 run (pass failed) 9:29 in 2nd
HP - Holmes 3 run (Holmes run) 4:48 in 2nd
HP - Brody Rowell 27 run (Rowell run) 5:22 in 3rd
HP - Kyler Chaney 3 run (run failed) 11:08 in 4th
HV - Simmons 56 run (Alex Campbell run) 5:27 in 4th
HV - Bo Joles 11 pass to Brendan Flanigan (run failed) 3:14 in 4th
HP - Dustin Stancil 15 run (run failed) 1:19 in 4th
FLASH NOTES: Run-oriented Holly Pond made a statement on the game's first play by controlling the line of scrimmage and getting Holmes on the outside for a 62-yard touchdown run.
The Broncos were a team of big plays in the first half, accounting for 200 yards of total offense, all by the ground game. Holmes rambled for a 48-yard score early in the second then got a three-yard run to the end zone late in the quarter after Hanceville mishandled a Holly Pond punt at its five-yard line.
Romeal Simmons scored twice on impressive runs of 76 and 56 yards to spark Hanceville, but the Bulldogs were stymied by losing four possessions on fourth down plays in the second half, three consecutive times seeing a potential scoring march end in frustration.
Holly Pond produced three second half scores on TD drives of 69 and 60 yards in the third quarter and a 66-yard series during the final period.
The Broncos finished with 349 yards on the ground with Holmes ripping through the Bulldogs for 224 yards and three touchdowns. Rowell, Chaney and Stancil provided some punch to the running of Holmes with the Broncos enjoying a victory away from Holly Pond for the first time this season.
This was the first game for Holly Pond to get on the bus and travel in a short drive from campus down to Ray Talley Stadium.
Fultondale manhandled Susan Moore 48-14 to go to 4-0 in the region standings. J.B. Pennington belted Vinemont 49-6 with the Tigers 4-1 and in second place. Locust Fork was idle from regional play as the Hornets are 3-1 with games left against Hanceville next week and Fultondale on the 27th.
The Broncos are 2-2 now after Friday's victory. Holly Pond host Fultondale next week and goes to Vinemont on the weekend of the 27th.
Susan Moore fell to 1-3 in losing to Fultondale while Vinemont visits Susan Moore next week and entertains Holly Pond the week after. The Eagles are 1-3 in the standings, not yet eliminated from the playoff picture.
Photo of Holly Pond offense, led by QB Kyler Chaney, in the 1st quarter Friday night.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton.
Friday, October 13
Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville
RADIO: WKUL-FM (92.1)
3A, R 6:
REGION 6 STANDINGS: Fultondale 3-0, Pennington 3-1, Locust Fork 3-1, Holly Pond 1-2, Susan Moore 1-2, Vinemont 1-2, Hanceville 0-4.
SERIES: Hanceville 22-12
2016: Holly Pond 40-16
LAST WEEK: Holly Pond lost to Locust Fork 20-8
Hanceville lost to Susan Moore 40-22
FLASH NOTES: Plain and simple, the Broncos control their playoff destiny. A good performance in their first road game since September 8 will keep the Broncos in a position to try and punch their second straight playoff berth under Mike Bates.
Holly Pond has the tiebreaker over Susan Moore (36-20 win) and will play at Vinemont in two weeks. Regional leader Fultondale is sandwiched between the two county games for the Broncos.
The Broncos led Locust Fork 8-7 at the half last week on homecoming, but could not deliver the knock out punch. Locust Fork put two touchdowns on the board in the final half and ended the Broncos' winning ways by a 20-8 final score.
Now comes Hanceville, with it being the biggest game of the season to date. The Broncos want to maintain good momentum they have experienced in recent time, taking on a Hanceville squad that is trying to find its identity.