Sportspage Thursday night special
At Burl Vest Stadium - Falkville
Vinemont 0 7 0 0 - 7 (2-8)
Falkville 7 20 12 6 - 47 (7-3)
Falk - Aaron Dove 2 pass to Noah Holmes (Marcus Klocek kick) 3:31 in 1st
VM - Jack Hill 31 pass to Dustin Moore (Austin Sparks kick) 9:00 in 2nd
Falk - Dove 34 pass to Christian Angulo (kick failed) 8:01 in 2nd
Falk - Dove 10 run (Klocek kick) 4:37 in 2nd
Falk - Dove 27 pass to Allen Vinson (Klocek kick) 0:00 in 2nd
Falk - Vinson 62 run (kick blocked) 11:38 in 3rd
Falk - Vinson 21 run (kick blocked) 8:09 in 3rd
Falk - Fred Walls 2 run (Dove run) 9:21 in 4th
FLASH NOTES: A Falkville turnover set up Vinemont to drive 60 yards early in the second quarter and tie the game on a 31-yard pass by Jack Hill to Dustin Moore who made a diving catch in the right side of the end zone. The kick by Sparks put it 7-7 with 9:00 left in the half.
Falkville then got good field position on a squib kick, going 52 yards in a minute as Dove threw a 34-yard TD to Angulo. Then after holding the Eagles to three and out, the Devils marched 48 yards with Dove taking it in from 10 yards out and it was 20-7.
An interception deep in Falkville gave the Devils the ball at their 21 with 2:04 left in the half. Good passing from Dove got them in scoring range and he dumped off a pass to Vinson on the final play of the quarter. Vinson broke tackles and went down the sidelines to put the Devils in front at the break 27-7.
A bizarre start was witnessed by the fans on the second half kickoff. The Devils used a reverse play with Walls coming to the left sidelines, scampering 45 yards to the Vinemont 35. When he took a toss from a teammate to begin the end around, the lights on the visiting side of the stadium went out.
A breaker blew according to announcement by the PA announcer. The game was delayed 12 minutes with a re-kick taking place at 8:37 p.m.
Vinson then broke free for a 62-yard TD on the first snap of the second half and Falkville was on its way to its sixth straight victory and finish the regular season at 7-3.
The Devils passed for 260 yards with Dove throwing for three touchdowns. They attacked Vinemont for 241 yards on the ground as Vinson rushed for 160 yards and scored twice. Vinson moved past the 1,000-yard mark on the season.
Vinemont had 163 yards in its final game for first year coach Stephen Robinson. The Eagles only gained 41 yards in the second half after netting 122 by the break. Vinemont threw two interceptions and fumbled once. The two interceptions set up scoring drives for the Devils in the first half.
The Eagles finish the season at 2-8 with a 5-game losing streak.
Falkville is probable the No. 2 seed out of 2A, Region 7 as Tarrant shut out Talladega County Central Thursday night 27-0. Falkville, Tarrant and Cleveland finished 5-1 in the region with this week's games factoring into who will be seeded 1st through 3rd.
The Blue Devils go into the postseason with a 6-game winning streak.
Photo 1: Vinemont's Dustin Moore (12) trying to get a first down in the 1st quarter.
Photo 2: Falkville QB Aaron Dove waiting to get the snap from the shotgun formation.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Friday, November 3
Burl Vest Stadium - Falkville
SERIES: Vinemont 23-17
2016: Falkville 53-34
LAST WEEK: Vinemont lost to Holly Pond 40-9
Fallville defeated Tanner 20-16
FLASH NOTES: Vinemont finds itself in a playoff implication game, even though they are not heading to the postseason.
The game looms large for Falkville. The Blue Devils are in a three-way tie for the lead in 2A, Region 7 at 5-1 with Tarrant and Cleveland. A win by the Blue Devils against Vinemont and a Tarrant victory over Talladega County Central would place Falkville as 2nd in the region and a playoff game next week on campus.
Vinemont has everything to gain and nothing to lose in completing its first season under Stephen Robinson. The Eagles have gone through some injures and playing young personnel in the skill positions.
Working hard to finish 2017 will be a positive standpoint for Vinemont with plenty of experience to return to the gridiron next season.
Friday, October 20
Larry Patterson Field - Susan Moore
3A, R 6
VINEMONT: 2-5, 1-3
SUSAN MOORE: 2-5, 1-3
SERIES: Susan Moore 12-5
2016: Susan Moore 35-21
REGION 6 STANDINGS: Fultondale 4-0, Pennington 4-1, Locust Fork 3-1, Holly Pond 2-2, Vinemont 1-3, Susan Moore 1-3, Hanceville 0-5.
FLASH NOTES: Both teams enter the third Friday in October with identical records overall and in the region.
This will cap off three consecutive weeks of travel time for Stephen Robinson's Eagles. They are back in Blount County for the second straight week, visiting Blountsville last Friday.
The winner stays in playoff contention. Vinemont will host Holly Pond the following week with Susan Moore getting an assignment against Pennington.
Friday, October 13
Sutton Memorial Stadium - Blountsville
3A, R 6
REGION 6 STANDINGS: Fultondale 3-0, Pennington 3-1, Locust Fork 3-1, Vinemont 1-2, Holly Pond 1-2, Susan Moore 1-2, Hanceville 0-4.
SERIES: Pennington 12-3
2016: Pennington 41-0
VINEMONT: 2-4, 1-3
PENNINGTON: 5-2, 3-1
LAST WEEK: Vinemont lost to Priceville 37-14
Pennington lost to Fultondale 56-8
FLASH NOTES: Vinemont makes the first of consecutive visits to Blount County the next two Fridays. The Eagles are in Blountsville this week, meeting a J.B. Pennington squad that was beaten in every way possible by Region 6 leader Fultondale at home last Friday.
Vinemont struggled in its game at Priceville, falling behind by two touchdowns and unable to adjust. The Eagles did get a pair of touchdown drives, but it was too little, too late and the chance to resume regional play with a 3-3 record was denied.
The Eagles will be a factor in determining the playoff positioning the next three weeks as Pennington, Susan Moore and Holly Pond are like Vinemont, contending for a ticket to the November schedule.
The Eagles are going for their first victory away from home for new coach Stephen Robinson. The Tigers are only 1-2 in games played this season in Blountsville.
At Vinemont Gymnasium
Good Hope 25 26 25
Vinemont 15 24 10
Good Hope (11-9) wins match 3-0
TIME OF MATCH: 0:59
FLASH NOTES: Vinemont celebrated senior night for Cortnee Chaffin and Madison Harbison, looking to slow up a Good Hope team that ended West Point's winning streak at 10 assignments on Tuesday night.
Vinemont was able to challenge early thanks to good efforts from Cassidy Wright, Rachel Hall, Maddie Oliver, Mikayla Golden and Gracie Kennedy. The Lady Eagles were on the heels of Good Hope at 11-9 in the first set when a Good Hope spurt stretched the lead to 19-9 and the Lady Eagles were not able to overcome the issue.
In the second set, Vinemont got some points off Good Hope mistakes and quality serves by Oliver and Chaffin in pushing the lead to 15-7.
The game shifted when Good Hope's Kate Kent had three kills and a volley and steady serving brought the Lady Raiders back to tie the score at 23-23.
Vinemont was able to jump in front 24-23, but could not produce the set winner with Good Hope scoring three straight and sending the Lady Eagles to a 2-0 deficit with game three waiting to be done.
Vinemont was overcome by Good Hope serving well to start the set and could never make up a 12-3 deficit. The Lady Eagles broke the momentum for a brief moment on a service point by Golden.
But then the next serve went into the net, giving Good Hope match point and victory in the first meeting between the two teams this season.
Lance Lay's Lady Eagles will return a trip to Good Hope next Thursday.
Photo 1: Rachel Hall (11), Alyssa Bruner (8) waiting to play the ball at the net.
Photo 2: Madison Harbison with parents in senior recognition before the match.
Photo 3: Vinemont players and coaches break huddle during a time out Thursday.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Friday, October 6
Bulldog Stadium - Priceville
SERIES: Vinemont 1-0
2016: Vinemont 35-28
LAST WEEK: Vinemont defeated Addison 28-22
Priceville lost to Fairview 34-14
FLASH NOTES: Happy times were well achieved last week when the Eagles scored a huge upset, knocking off No. 9 Addison on homecoming.
The Eagles had the Bulldogs down 14-0 in the first half with the game going down to the wire after Addison rolled off 22 consecutive points in trying to spoil the Eagles' homecoming plans.
Playing with poise, Stephen Robinson's squad went after it and pulled it out on a TD pass by Jack Hill on the last play of the contest.
Vinemont's two wins have been at Mark Smothers Stadium in the closing seconds when it appeared victory had eluded them.
Now playing at Priceville for the first time, the Eagles meet a ball club that gave Fairview a challenge for the opening half with the game deadlocked at the break at 14-14.
Fairview adjusted and controlled the second half, extending the Priceville losing streak to 15 games.
Going into the stretch run of Region 6 play at 3-3 will serve huge for the Eagles who are in the first of three consecutive games on the road. Vinemont is at J.B. Pennington next week and on to Susan Moore on the 20th.
Friday, September 29
Mark Smothers Stadium - Vinemont
SERIES: Addison 20-7
2016: Addison 43-36
LAST WEEK: Vinemont lost to Fultondale 48-6
Addison lost to Lynn 21-18
FLASH NOTES: It's the third straight game for the Eagles on the Vinemont campus. The last two opponents visiting Vinemont have combined for eight wins in nine games this season.
That's a challenging task for a team with a new coach and young in the skilled positions.
Addison has controlled the season with nine straight wins against the Eagles. The last time Vinemont took down Addison was a 14-8 final on September 3, 1993.
The last three games have been decided in the closing moments. Addison squeezed out a 26-20 victory in 2014, outscored the Eagles 42-33 to open the 2015 season and rallied in the final quarter at A.G. Hicks Stadium last season for a 43-36 thriller.
Addison is smarting after falling to county foe Lynn that ended a 14-game regular season winning streak and dropped them to 3rd in the 1A, Region 7 standings.
The Bulldogs will want to use the Eagles as a building tool before they get back into region play at Addison next Friday against Decatur Heritage. Decatur Heritage is tied for the region lead with Lynn at 3-0.
Heritage is undefeated at 4-0.
Vinemont will not be back back at home until October 27 when they finish regional play vs. Holly Pond. First-year coach Stephen Robinson will have his Eagles playing at Priceville, J.B. Pennington and Susan Moore to open the month of October.
Friday, September 22
Mark Smothers Stadium - Vinemont
3A, R 6
REGION STANDINGS: Fultondale 1-0, J.B. Pennington 2-0, Vinemont 1-1, Holly Pond 1-1, Locust Fork 1-1, Hanceville 0-2, Susan Moore 0-1.
SERIES: Fultondale 1-0
2016: Fultondale 55-14
VINEMONT: 1-2, 1-1
FULTONDALE: 3-0, 2-0
LAST WEEK: Vinemont defeated Hanceville 21-20
Fultondale defeated St. James 45-21
FLASH NOTES: Vinemont has something to build on in its come from behind thriller vs. Hanceville last Friday. This is the second of three consecutive games on the Vinemont campus with the defending Region 6 champion coming to town for the very first time.
Fultondale brings with it plenty of speed and a high scoring machine. The Wildcats have outscored Tarrant, Hanceville and St. James 140-33.
In three road games, the Wildcats have produced 140 points, allowing the opponent 33. They have not played on campus yet and will not until next week against Hale County.
Vinemont did some good things last week as net 251 yards in the Hanceville game, 11 first downs. Jack Hill completed two key passes in the game winning 83-yard drive that took just 1:05 off the clock. Teague Whatley caught a 63-yard pass that put the ball to the Hanceville 20 with Dustin Moore catching a 14-yard slant pass for the game winner with 35 seconds remaining. Austin Sparks drilled three extra point conversions, the difference in the contest on a humid night in North Cullman County.
A young team must deal with a veteran ball club that has put together the winning touch with 11 victories in their last 13 regular season games. Fultondale is 7-1 on the road dating back to the 2016 regular season.
Tri-match # 1 @ Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point
Vinemont 7 20
West Point 25 25
West Point (2-2) wins match 2-0
FLASH NOTES: West Point started the afternoon under a steamy Jim Boyd Gymnasium with outside temperature in the upper 80s, getting hot in the first set to handle Vinemont with no trouble.
Avery McClure was the standout in the opening set for the Lady Warriors, going to the service line with the score 12-7 and staying there for 13 consecutive points. McClure received help from Molly Pendley with a kill in the segment, a volley by Lexi Shadix and solid play up front from Mackenzie Carter, Selena Clark as the setter, Josie Huckaby and Meredith Calvert.
Vinemont settled down and played better in the second set with Rachel Hall scoring two service points and having two kills and a block, Cassidy Wright with three service points, a volley and a kill, Mikayla Golden a service point and a kill, Maddie Oliver a service point and Kortnee Chaffin a service point.
Alexis Boner converted an ace to pull the Lady Eagles to 24-20 then Vinemont served the ball out of bounds that allowed to complete sweeping the match in under one hour. Vinemont fell to 2-4 after a 3-1 record and 2nd place finish Saturday in the St. Bernard Invitational.
Tri-match # 2 @ Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point
Brewer 25 25
Vinemont 16 16
Brewer (4-5) wins match 2-0
FLASH NOTES: Brewer brought a solid service attack to Cullman County, gaining momentum early and using three service points by Carly Fairbanks and a series of kills by Brie Causey, Lesiha Steger and Shyan Flack to outdistance Vinemont in the first set.
The Lady Eagles had their moments with Golden getting a couple of kills, a service point, Hall two service points, a kill and two blocks.
In game two, Vinemont kept it close, trailing 12-8 on a service point from Hall. But Flack got a couple of kills the next two plays and Brewer moved the margin to 17-8. Chaffin served two in row to pull the Lady Eagles to 18-11, but could never get closer.
An unfortunate break happened at the end of the match when Wright turned her ankle and had to be assisted to the sideline. She was taken out of the gymnasium by a teammate and West Point trainer Donna Chamblee.
Her status was undetermined following the match.
UP NEXT: Vinemont @ Hanceville Tuesday 2:00 p.m. (Quad match)
Sportspage photo of Vinemont's Rachel Hall by Johnny Thornton
Volleyball @ West Point Monday 4:00 p.m. (Tri-match)
Volleyball @ Hanceville Tuesday 2:00 p.m. (Quad match)
Volleyball @ St. Bernard Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Football vs. Fultondale Friday 7:00 p.m.