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High School football summary for last week (August 25th)

Last week Results

  • Handley 22, Valley 8
  • Woodland 38, VC 7
  • Wadley 35, H. Bend 7
  • Ranburne 31, W. Plains 28
  • Clay Ctrl. 21, Cle. Co. 7
  • RCHS 34, F’ville 0

Standout performances

  • E.J. Goss, Handley: 22 car., 168 yards, 2 TD
  • David Noles, Woodland: 16 car., 140 yards, TD
  • Malakai Drummond, Woodland: 9 car., 112 yards, 3 TD
  • Kaide Garrett, Ranburne: 19 car., 107 yards, 4 TD; 10-of-16 passing, 138 yds
  • Jaquez Wilkes, Wadley: 25 car., 127 yards
  • Frisco Robertson,Wadley: 3 touches, 117 yards, 2 TD

Analysis

It’s been a long time since Woodland had as much fun on a football field as they did Friday. The Bobcats were still in a tight football game at the start of the second half, but outscored Victory Christian 21-0 over the final two quarters to cruise to the win. The schedule gets much tougher over the next four weeks, but Drummond and Noles and Noah Waites and company may have the ability to surprise some folks by staying closer than expected and maybe even stealing a win or two.

Handley went old school in its win over Valley, relying on a punishing running game and a physical defense to overpower the Rams. We know from his years of experience that Cannon Kyles can sling it, but is this the year that coach Larry Strain turns him loose in the running game? Only time will tell, but Friday’s win might be a good indicator of the type of football that Handley will play this year.

There was no slow start against Horseshoe Bend for the Wadley Bulldogs as there was a year ago. Wadley wasted no time picking up where they left off last year, using a heavy dose of Jaquez Wilkes and the perfect sprinkling of the downfield passing game – this time with Frisco Robertson on the receiving end.

Ranburne’s offense won’t always be as concentrated in the output of quarterback Kaide Garrett as they were against White Plains. He had his hand in 245 of the Bulldogs’ 266 yards of total offense and scored all four touchdowns. Other guys will get involved, but it’s good to know Garrett can generate that kind of production when they need it.

Don’t read too much into the score of Clay Central’s jamboree against Cleburne County. The Vols were doing some experimenting with their lineup and played multiple quarterbacks in that game. Danny Horn will have his team ready and his lineup set once the games start to count.

And finally, there were no surprises when RCHS blanked Fayetteville in the Tigers’ jamboree Friday in Wedowee. Avion Willis was efficient, the defensive front was strong and the results spoke for themselves. We’ll find out more about RCHS over the next three weeks as they take on improved teams from Woodland and Childersburg and hit the road to Ragland. –

Games this week

(7 p.m. Friday)

  • Clay Ctrl. at Benjamin Russell
  • St. James at Handley
  • Woodland at RCHS
  • Ranburne at Wadley

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