Pirates score 25 unanswered points to upend Fayette County

Winfield’s Drew Cook (#2) heads to the end zone. Sean Wyers (#24) heads to block a Fayette Tiger.

By Derek Trimm
Winfield Correspondent
FAYETTE — The Winfield Pirates won the 600th game in school history with a 25-13 come from behind win over the Fayette County Tigers on Friday, Oct. 14 in Fayette.
The win improved Winfield to 7-1 on the season and 4-1 in Class 3A, Region 5, and also clinched a playoff berth.
Winfield trailed 13-0 going into the second quarter when the Pirates rolled off 25 unanswered points and held the Tigers out of the end zone the rest of the night to secure the region win.

Phillips ends game 30 points over Waterloo

Phillips’ Bo Green gives a signal as he heads toward the Cougar’s end zone.

By Chad Fell
Courtesy of the Northwest Alabamian
BEAR CREEK — The door to the 1A Region 8 state playoffs just opened a little wider for the Phillips Bears, after their 56-26 defeat of regional foe the Waterloo Cougars Friday night, Oct. 14.
The victory puts the Bears 6-2 on the season and 5-2 on the region. The loss puts the Cougars 2-5 on the season.

Red Raiders tame Stallions 38-13 Friday

Marion County’s Landon Morrow (#6) stretches out as he’s being tackled to try to gain a few more yards.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
GUIN —  The Marion County Red Raiders defeated the South Lamar High School Stallions 38-13 on Friday, Oct. 14.
The Raiders scored twice in the first quarter. The first touchdown came from a successful pass to Landon Morrow with 3:18 remaining in the first quarter.

Holy Spirit Catholic crushes Brilliant

Brilliant’s Quarterback Wes Woodard throws a pass.

By P.J. Gossett
General Manager
BRILLIANT — Brilliant’s football streak continues with their eighth loss this season. On Friday, Oct. 14, the Brilliant Tigers lost against the Tuscaloosa based Holy Spirit Catholic High School 56-0.
Brilliant received the kickoff and managed to take it 65 yards, before punting. On first down, Terry Collins was able to take it in for a touchdown. Holy Spirit’s PAT was good, lighting the scoreboard 7-0, HS.

Three county volleyball teams win their area

Winfield’s Tinsley Franks spikes the ball in their tournament game.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
MARION COUNTY —  Three Marion County teams are playing in the Super Regionals in Huntsville today after winning their areas last Wednesday, Oct. 12.
Marion County played against the Hubbertville Lions last Wednesday afternoon to begin the Class 1A Area 11 tournament in Guin. The Lady Raiders won three sets in a row 25-21, 25-6 and 25-7.
The Brilliant Tigers defeated the Lynn Bears in the second match and faced Marion County in the final match.
The Raiders won all four sets in close games, 25-21, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-14.

Hackleburg wins big in Florence

Cameron Ingram carries the ball for the Panthers.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
FLORENCE — The Hackleburg Panthers put on a commanding show for their traveling fans this weekend against Shoals Christian in Florence Oct. 14.
The Panthers opened the scoring in the game just a few minutes in with a 19- yard touchdown reception from quarterback Blaise Vickery. He also ran in the two-point conversion.
Shoals Christian responded with a touchdown of their own, but Cooper raced toward the end zone for a 58 yard touchdown run just minutes after Shoals looked to be getting into the game.

Pirates sail to homecoming win over Carbon Hill

Ella Chaffin is chosen 2022 homecoming queen.

By Derek Trimm
Winfield correspondent
WINFIELD — The Winfield Pirates sailed to a 62-0 homecoming win over the Carbon Hill Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 7, in Winfield.
The Pirates jumped out to a big lead at the half and used its stout defense to hold the Bulldogs out of the end zone for its third consecutive shutout, and also third on the season.

Hackleburg wins scathing game over Phillips 50-34

Phillips’ Hayden Hulsey adds yards to the game with Hackleburg.

By Amy Melson
Courtesy of the Northwest Alabamian
BEAR CREEK — Tempers ran hot when the Phillips Bears hosted the Hackleburg Panthers last week. The previously 6-1 Bears played hard but could not defeat the Panthers, who added a third victory to a winning streak that represents a comeback from early season losses. In the end, the Panthers won 50-34.

Aggies struggle against Dora Friday night

Hamilton’s Kevin McBride rushes for the Aggies.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Hamilton Aggies struggled to capitalize on last week’s victory with a big loss to Dora on Friday night away from home.
Hamilton, who came into the game on just a 1-5 record, was looking to improve their form in the final four games of the season.
Just a couple of minutes into the game, Dora opened the scoring and added on a second touchdown shortly after.
Following a short drive from the Aggies, Dora added to the score with another touchdown after a 16 yard run.

Brilliant Tigers fall to Lynn Bears 45-6

Lynn’s Cole Kelly (#3) on the carry as the Tigers’ defense moves to make the stop.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
BRILLIANT — The Brilliant Tigers lost 45-6 at home to the visiting Lynn Bears on Friday night, Oct. 7.
The Bears quickly gained the lead, scoring two touchdowns in the opening minutes of the game.
The Tigers tried to retaliate, but a fumble put the Bears back in control. The Bears seized the opportunity and scored again, leading 21-0 with just under four minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Tigers fall prey to Hubbertville Lions

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
HUBBERTVILLE —  The Brilliant Tigers lost to the Hubbertville Lions 42-8 on Friday, Sept. 30, but managed to break their scoreless streak.
The Lions scored 36 points in the first three quarters, before the Lions managed to score a touchdown and 2 point conversion on a 23 yard run in the fourth quarter.
The loss puts the Tigers’ record at 0-6 for the season and 0-4 in their region.
This Friday, the Tigers will play the Lynn Bears at home at 7 p.m.

Red Raiders rout Colts 22-16 for homecoming

Marion County High School’s Dalyce Floyd (#8) catches a heavily contested pass as the buzzer sounds on the first half of the game.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
GUIN – The Marion County High School Red Raiders defeated the visiting Clements Colts on homecoming night, Friday, Sept. 30.
The Colts were the first to strike, scoring a touchdown on a long pass with 9:51 left in the first quarter. With the 2 point attempt, they were ahead 8-0.
The Raiders tried to catch up, and the Colts tried to increase their lead, but both defenses kept the score locked at 8-0 for the remainder of the quarter.

Phillips racks up 46 points in first half during homecoming

Josh Mann carries the ball, followed by four Vina players, on Phillips’ first touchdown on the night. Also shown is Lathen Burton (#5).

By P.J. Gossett
General Manager
BEAR CREEK — The Phillips Bears shut out the Vina Red Devils 46-0 during homecoming Friday, Sept. 30. It only took the first half of the game for Phillips to total 46 points on the field. The game ended at half time with a score of 46-0, after homecoming festivities.
Phillips began by kicking off to Vina, and after their punt and on Phillips’ first down, Joshua Mann roared off to the end zone for a 74 yard run. Hayden Hulsey’s PAT failed, lighting up the scoreboard 6-0, Phillips.

Panthers win big on homecoming night

Daniel Cooper breaks through a tackle and heads towards the end zone.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HACKLEBURG — The Hackleburg Panthers were able to flex their muscles in front of their homecoming crowd on Friday night, Sept. 30, with a big win against Waterloo.
The performance was fit for the occasion as the Panthers beat the visitors by a score line of 46-16.
Waterloo looked ready to spoil the party for the Panthers early on, with a touchdown reception in the beginning stages of the first quarter.

Pirates’ balanced attack upends Tarrant

Winfield’s Sean Wyers (#24) catches a pass against his face mask as a couple of Tarrant defenders try to crash the reception.

By Derek Trimm
Winfield Correspondent
TARRANT — The Winfield Pirates used a balanced attack totaling 295 yards with 148 passing and 147 rushing to defeat the Tarrant Wildcats by a score of 43-0, on Friday, Sep. 30, in Tarrant.
Winfield scored on its first three plays of the game, a 60 yard run, 37 yard pass and a 40 yard run.
The Pirates defense turned in another stellar performance with its second consecutive shutout, and only giving up 73 total yards to the Wildcats and even picked up a safety early in the game.

Aggies snap losing streak against Curry

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
JASPER — The Hamilton Aggies were finally able to end their losing streak with a big win against the Curry Yellow Jackets in Jasper Friday, Sept. 30, with a score of 40-24
Hamilton opened the scoring and scored 16 points in the first quarter of the game.
They continued their scoring form with a touchdown in the second quarter of the game but were unable to keep Curry quiet as they scored a touchdown of their own.

Hubbertville Lions lose to Hackleburg 34-28

Daniel Cooper is in possession of the ball.

By Allen Dunavant
HUBBERTVILLE — The Lions hosted the Hackleburg Panthers on Friday, Sept. 23, in a non-region game. Greyson Key received the opening kick for Hubbertville, gaining eight yards to set up the Lions’ offense for its opening possession at its 30-yard line. Utilizing Jagger Youngblood, Taylor Hubbert and Key, Hubbertville advanced the ball across midfield, but the possession came to a halt, sending T.J. Keeton back to punt the ball away. Keeton’s punt was downed at the Panther’s seven-yard line.

Bears maul Tigers 53-0 on homecoming night

IBrilliant’s Wes Woodard (#10) keeps the ball and runs as Phillips’ Will Guthrie (#50) and the Bears’ defense tries to make the stop.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
BRILLIANT — The Phillips Bears defeated the Brilliant High Tigers 53-0 on Friday night, Sept. 23.
The Tigers kicked off to start their homecoming game, and the Bears quickly gained the yards they needed to score their first touchdown on the night, scored by Phillips’ Joshua Mann.
The Tigers were able to gain some yards during their first possession, but it ended in a fourth-down punt.
The Bears returned the punt to the 50-yard line, but a series of penalties forced them back deep into their own territory.

Marion County falls to Fayette by score of 59-28

Red Raider Cade Atkins runs past a Fayette County Tiger. Also shown for Marion County are Tye Madison (#7) and Sam Williams (#54).

By Dean Maddox
Editor, The Times-Record
FAYETTE — Marion County put up a gallant battle against Fayette before falling to the Tigers by the score of 59-28 Friday, Sept. 23.
The kickoff to Marion County was mishandled and recovered by the Tigers’ Logan Taylor on the Red Raiders’ three-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Charles Grant ran for a Fayette touchdown. Quarterback Blake Johnson ran for the two-point conversion and after only 14 seconds had elapsed off of the game clock, the Tigers led 8-0.

Pirates take down Aggies 52-0

Winfield’s Drew Cook swings around a Hamilton Aggie.

By Derek Trimm
Winfield Correspondent
WINFIELD — The Winfield Pirates and the Hamilton Aggies got together on the football field for the first time in two years, and the Pirates’ offense proved to be too much for the Aggies to handle as Winfield rolled to a 52-0 win on Thursday, Sept. 22, in Winfield.
Winfield scored early and often, rolling up 49 points and 416 total yards at the half. The Pirates’ defense shutout the Aggies for the first time since 1968, in a 21-0 win over Hamilton.

Pirates pick up first region win over Midfield

Keylan Hughes rushes for the Pirates.

By Derek Trimm
Staff writer
WINFIELD — After an open week the Winfield Pirates got back to playing football again, and took care of business with a 56-8 route of the Midfield Patriots in a Class 3A, Region 5 game on Friday, Sep. 16, in Winfield. The win gave the Pirates its first region win of the 2022 season.
The Pirates got off to a fast start rolling up 28 first quarter points and cruised out to a 49-0 halftime lead.
Winfield running back Drew Cook paced the Pirates scoring 4 rushing touchdowns in the first half.

Marion County Red Raiders defeat Berry 54-6

Dee Lipsey (5) shrugs off a defender in the Red Raiders’ game against Berry.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
GUIN —  The Marion County High School Red Raiders beat the Berry Wildcats 54-6 on Friday night, Sept. 16.
The Raiders scored first just under a minute into the first quarter, and scored again a few minutes later with a run from Tye Madison. Dee Lipsey scored the extra two points, and the Raiders were leading 14-0.

Brilliant Tigers struggle to get going in Sumiton

SUMITON —  The Brilliant Tigers’ scoreless streak continues after a 49-0 on-the-road loss to Sumiton Christian on Friday night, Sept. 16.
The Eagles scored four touchdowns in the first quarter, and consistently sent the extra point kicks through the uprights to go ahead 28-0.
In the second quarter, the Eagles scored one touchdown on a 44-yard run to increase their lead to 35-0.
In the third quarter, they scored again on a 10-yard run to go ahead 42-0.

Meek Lions end Phillips’ streak in big win

BEAR CREEK        -  Two undefeated teams once again entered the grid Friday night, Sept. 16, but the Meek Tigers’ winning streak remained hot with a 40-6 defeat of the Phillips Bears.
After a few swapped possessions and no score on the board,  A deep Tiger pass was picked off by Lathan Burton for the Bears for possession deep at the Tiger 10.  Tiger defenders kept the plays short and on 4th down, Hayden Hulsey attempted a field goal from 15 yards out, with 3:30 in the first quarter. The ball failed to part the uprights, leaving it scoreless.

Blue Devils spoil Aggies Homecoming

The Hamilton Aggies take the field in their Homecoming game against the Cordova Blue Devils.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
BRILLIANT —  The Hamilton Aggies had a good night spoiled after losing to the Cordova Blue Devils in their Homecoming game.
The community in Hamilton was out in full force for the big occasion, but the festivities didn’t last long after Hamilton struggled yet again defensively as they continued their winless run in the beginning of the season.

Marion County shuts out Holy Spirit

Red Raider Cade Atkins, top photo, and Dee Lipsey, bottom photo, veer away from Saints as they near the end zone.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
GUIN — The Marion County High School Red Raiders defeated the Holy Spirit Catholic High School Saints 52-0 on Thursday night, Sept. 8.
The Raiders kicked off the game and quickly regained possession of the ball within their own 30-yard line. A long reception from Dee Lipsey took the Raiders all the way down to the Saints’ 18-yard line.

Phillips takes down Cherokee 50-14

Phillips’ Hayden Hulsey catches a pass.

By P.J. Gossett
General Manager
CHEROKEE — The Cherokee Indians went bear hunting Friday night, Sept. 9, according to one of the signs on the field, but the tribe failed to overtake the Phillips Bears, ending the game 50-14 in favor of Phillips.
Phillips won the coin toss but deferred to the second half and started off with a fumble on their second first down on the night, but the Indians couldn’t find a way to Phillips’ end zone and turned the downs back over to Phillips.

Aggie fight not enough in Gardendale

Kevin McBride (#24) rushes to get a first down for the Aggies.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
GARDENDALE — The Hamilton Aggies suffered their third consecutive loss of the season, falling away from home to Oak Grove in Gardendale on Thursday, Sept. 8.
The game was originally set to be played in Bessemer, but due to work being done to the field at Oak Grove, the game was moved to Gardendale.
The Aggies lost by a score line of 27-14 in Hamilton’s first Thursday night game of the season.

Addison downs Hackleburg 26-14

Hackleburg’s Quarterback is Blaise Vickery.

By Shelly Hess
Courtesy of the
Northwest Alabamian
ADDISON — The Hackleburg Panthers came into Addison Thursday, Sept. 8, determined to spoil the Bulldogs’ perfect record in the region, and the way things were looking in the third quarter, it looked like they were going to accomplish their goal. However, the Dawgs rallied on defense, stopped the Panthers’ successful pass plays and came out with a 26-14 win.

Marion County shuts out Brilliant 62-0

Brilliant’s Kason Pool (#20) sees the approaching Red Raiders as he returns a kickoff during the first quarter.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
BRILLIANT — The Marion County Red Raiders shut down the Brilliant Tigers 62-0 on Thursday night, Sept. 1.
The Tigers kicked off, and within the opening 25 seconds of the game, the Raiders were ahead 6-0 with a touchdown run by Cade Atkins and a blocked extra point kick.

Second ranked Pirates’ fall in thriller at Gordo

Winfield’s Aiden Quinn looks to throw a pass.

By Derek Trimm
Winfield Correspondent
GORDO — Class 3A’s second ranked Winfield Pirates fell in a shootout thriller to the Gordo Greenwave 49-42 on Friday, Sept. 2 at Gordo.
In what looked like a heavyweight boxing match the Greenwave landed the early blows going ahead 13-0, before the Pirates countered with two scores to take a 14-13 lead. Both teams traded scores until the Greenwave landed the knockout blow with just 48 seconds left in the game to steal the victory.

Aggies downed by Corner Yellow Jackets 52-14

Josh Franks (#8) runs the ball up the field.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Hamilton Aggies struggled heavily on the defensive end as the Corner Yellow Jackets spoiled the Aggies’ first home game of the season. The Yellow Jackets won 52-14, in a game that left Hamilton players dejected on the sidelines.
Corner found it all too easy to rush the ball, with their running back finding an easy route on the outside and brushing off tackles from almost every play.

Lady Pirates fall to Lady Lions last week

Kennah Lacy (#23) and Tinsley Franks (#20) attempt a block.

By Melica Allen
Courtesy of the Northwest Alabamian
HALEYVILLE — It was a 3-to-1 match victory for the Haleyville Lady Lions volleyball team Monday, Aug. 29, against the Winfield Lady Pirates.
The match was played at the Haleyville Middle School gym, with HHS taking the first and second sets, 25-17, 25-16. The Lady Pirates won 25-21 in the third, and the Lady Lions closed it out in the fourth 25-19.

Defensive struggles continue for Tigers

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
REFORM — The Brilliant Tigers struggled to gain defensive shape this past Friday as they lost to Pickens County by a large margin.
The Pickens County Tornadoes won the game 52-0 against the Tigers on the night.
Brilliant’s main problem defensively was stopping the Tornadoes from rushing past their defenses.
The opposition scored five rushing touchdowns, running 197 yards total in the game.
Three of the touchdowns came from Pickens County senior Elijah Merriweather.

Quinn’s career night leads Pirates past Lions

Winfield’s Aidan Quinn (#1) charges past a Haleyville Lion. Quinn held a career high 304 yards.

By Derek Trimm
Winfield Correspondent
WINFIELD —  Winfield’s Aidan Quinn threw for a career high 304 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Pirates to a 28-19 victory over the Haleyville Lions on Friday, Aug. 26.
Quinn, a senior, completed touchdown passes of 5, 19, 54 and 19 yards.
Winfield pulled ahead early in the second quarter to a 13-0 lead, and Haleyville fought back to cut the lead to 13-6 but was unable to go ahead late in the game as the Pirates cruised to victory.

Panthers fail to claw back from Meek

Daniel Cooper tries to avoid a tackle during a punt return.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HACKLEBURG — The Hackleburg Panthers lost their second home game this season as the Meek Tigers came away with a 34-14 victory in Hackleburg.
The Tigers began the scoring in the first quarter through Blake Miller, who scored a 16 yard touchdown reception from quarterback Bradigan Farmer. Cameron Deaver was successful from the two point conversion.

Lynn Bears trample Marion County’s season opener 31-14

By P.J. Gossett
General Manager
GUIN — Marion County’s hopes were dashed for a season opening win Friday night, Aug. 26. The visiting Lynn Bears took those hopes away when the final seconds ticked down to a score of 31-14.
The Marion County Red Raiders kicked off to Lynn for the season start. After a run through of downs each, Lynn took the ball in for the first touchdown on the night. The honors went to Cole Kelly after a 52-yard drive. The PAT was good, with a score of 7-0, Lynn.

Tigers thrashed in opening game

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
WATERLOO — The Brilliant Tigers will want to move on as quickly as possible after Friday night’s 53-8 defeat against the Waterloo Cougars in Waterloo.
Waterloo started the scoring in the first quarter, scoring three touchdowns.
The Cougars scored from a field goal attempt in the second quarter, making their lead 21-0 at the end of the first half of play.

Hamilton Aggies fall late to Red Bay

Kenly Cochran (#11) tries to stop the opposing running back during the Aggies’ clash with Red Bay on Friday night.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
RED BAY — The Hamilton Aggies nearly got off to a perfect start in Red Bay, but were unable to hold off their opponents in the final seconds of the game, losing 22-20.
Hamilton’s secondary quarterback, Mason Holloway, played the full length of the game with starting quarterback Seth Ables still carrying an injury from pre-season.
Hamilton started the scoring through Kenly Cochran, who scored the team’s first touchdown of the regular season in the second quarter.

Hackleburg loses season opener 36-8 to Phil Campbell

Hackleburg’s Carson Swinney (#6) fights to gain a few more yards as Phil Campbell’s defense closes in during a run in the first quarter. Swinney rushed nine times for 30 yards.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
HACKLEBURG — The Hackleburg Panthers lost their first game of the season to the Phil Campbell Bobcats 36-8 at home on Friday night, Aug. 19.
The Panthers took an early lead but couldn’t hold off the Bobcats, despite numerous unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on the visiting team throughout the game.

Football kicks off this week for area schools

Blake Vaughn (left) and Ty Kerr run drills during an open practice under the lights for the Hamilton Aggies.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Football season officially kicks off this week, and the Journal Record is ready to cover all of the action!
Football teams across the county have been practicing all summer with the goal of becoming state champions this season.

Every week, we will feature football games from all over the county in our sports section where you will be able to read stories from the games and view our young players from each school in action.


Winfield 8U boys leave for Dothan

The Dixie Youth 8U Winfield boys pose for a picture before leaving for Dothan on Wednesday, July 27, for competition in the Dixie Youth World Series. Back row from left are Avery Tucker, Kolbe Windham, Brooks Riley, Ridge Stocks, Blaine McNeal and Lee Roland. Front row from left are Ames Poole, Chason Bonds, Case Miles, Erik Butsykin and Brock Corkren.

By P.J. Gossett
General Manager
WINFIELD — The Dixie Youth 8U boys team at Winfield left last Wednesday, July 27, headed for the James Oates Park in Dothan for the Dixie Youth World Series, where they will compete against 12 other states. The team won the 2022 state championship against Fayette on July 11, giving them a record of 18-1.