VINEMONT - Vinemont will make its debut under new coach Stephen Robinson Friday when the Eagles host county rival Good Hope.
The game was to be played Thursday, but postponed due to wet grounds and possible severe weather to be in the area.
Kickoff will be at 7:00 p.m.
The Eagles come into the opener fresh off a 21-15 win in a jamboree at East Lawrence last Friday.
Robinson was the Eagles' offensive coordinator the last two seasons, getting promoted to the head position when Matt Norris' contract was not renewed after the spring jamboree.
Vinemont has won three of the last four, including a 14-7 victory at Good Hope in 2016. The Eagles face former coach Alan Scott, who is in his third season at Good Hope.
The game will be carried live on WKUL-FM (92.1)
At Vinemont Gymnasium
Vinemont JV 23 9 5
Vinemont 25 25 25
Vinemont wins match 3-0
TIME OF MATCH: 1:04
FLASH NOTES: Two days before they open the 2017 season with new coach Lance Lay, the Lady Eagles presented the home crowd an intersquad match that was tight at the beginning, then controlled by the varsity in the second and third sets.
Danielle Partain's junior varsity fought the varsity point for point in the opening set. The largest lead was four points on three occasions by the varsity at 20-16, 21-17 and 23-19.
Vinemont won it on a service point by Alexis Bonner and a volley from Maddie Oliver. Rachel Hall had four kills in game one along with three service points and an ace. Cassidy Wright had three consecutive points on serve with two being scored by Maddie Woods.
In game two, an ace from Madison Harbison pushed the varsity to a 6-4 lead. The JV tied the score at 6-6, then after a service break, Oliver converted seven consecutive serves, getting help on kills by Mikayla Golden and Wright.
Wright tallied three in a row then the JV broke service and Vinemont got it back with Gracie Kennedy closing out the second set by scoring three straight on serve.
Oliver broke a 1-1 tie in the third set by getting 10 consecutive points and the Lady Eagles coasted from there.
Kennedy was in true form, scoring the final 10 points on serve, having assistance on kills by Hall and Golden.
The match ended at 7:13 p.m.
It was a training session for new officials from the Cullman Area Volleyball Association as everyone awaits the start of the 2017 schedule on Thursday.
Vinemont will head to Good Hope for a tri-match with the Lady Raiders and Cold Springs at 4:00 p.m.
Vinemont varsity on near side, Alexis Boner (8), Rachel Hall (11), Cassidy Wright (23) in intersquad match Tuesday.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
Thursday, August 31
Mark Smothers Stadium - Vinemont
7:00 p.m. (WKUL-FM)
SERIES: Good Hope 29-16
LAST TIME: Vinemont won 14-7 in 2016
LAST WEEK: Vinemont defeated East Lawrence in jamboree 21-15
COACH: Stephen Robinson (1st year)
FLASH NOTES: Robinson makes his debut in front of the fans at his alma mater. Robinson was the offensive coordinator the last two years with the Eagles well aware of what to expect from Robinson on the sidelines.
Sophomore QB Jack Hill started last week in the jamboree, getting the Eagles to a 14-0 lead at the half and 21-0 going into the fourth quarter.
Carl Price anchors the running game with Cameron Carter a primary target in the passing attack from the wide receiver position.
Vinemont is on an upswing with 46 currently on the roster and nine coaches supporting Robinson on the sidelines and in the press box.
The Eagles have not beaten the Raiders in Vinemont since 2005, a 26-14 decision. They have lost the last three times they have welcomed the Raiders to town.
This will be the second consecutive year the game is the opener for both. Both have followed the similar pattern of winning their jamboree assignment prior to the matchup.
These two began football in the same year, 1970, and have had some memorable games throughout the history of this rivalry.
Jamboree, August 25
Eagle Stadium - Caddo
LAST TIME: Vinemont defeated East Lawrence 34-20 in 1995
COACH: Stephen Robinson (1st year)
2016 SEASON: 2-8, 0-6 in 3A, Region 6
FLASH NOTES: Robinson, the former offensive coordinator, is Vinemont's fifth head coach since 2008.
The Eagles managed two wins in 2016, coming from behind in the final minute to knock off Good Hope 14-7 and outscore Priceville at home 35-28 in game six.
Vinemont played several other opponents close, but was unable to get over the hump. They finished the season with four consecutive losses.
The team and Robinson know each other, with the transformation very comfortable after Robinson was officially hired in the summer.
Vinemont has worked hard on its conditioning program and has been going through the regiment of hard work after fall practice began on August 7.
For the second straight year, Vinemont gets East Lawrence in a jamboree game. Vinemont won the rain shortened game last year at Mark Smothers Stadium.
This will allow them to go through a rehearsal before the Robinson era begins at Vinemont the following Thursday (August 31) with Good Hope paying a visit.
Robinson played for Smothers and was a member of the 1993 team that posted 11 wins in 13 games, 4-0 in 3A, Area 10 and reached the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.
VINEMONT - Stephen Robinson's inaugural season as Vinemont football coach will not be until August 31 when the Eagles lock up with county rival Good Hope at Mark Smothers Field.
The Eagles will have a game under their belt before Good Hope comes to town. Vinemont will play a jamboree at East Lawrence on August 25. East Lawrence visited Vinemont in a jamboree last year with the game being stopped in the third quarter due to a thunderstorm and a flash flood warning.
Robinson is the Eagles' new head coach following two seasons working as offensive coordinator under Matt Norris. Robinson is a 1996 Vinemont graduate. He was a member of the 1993 team that earned a berth to the quarterfinals in the 3A playoffs, going 11-2 that year with Smothers serving as the head coach.
Vinemont and Good Hope play on the final day of August (31st) in a Thursday night special. The Eagles edged the Raiders 14-7 last season in the opener at Good Hope when they scored the game winner with 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
This will be the first time the Eagles and Raiders meet in an opener on the Vinemont campus. Both started football the same year, 1970, with Vinemont winning by the final of 34-14.
Vinemont Eagle Walk in 2016 season.
Photo courtesy of Vinemont High School