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Winfield sticks at No. 5

MONTGOMERY - Winfield held firm in the Class 3A rankings as the Pirates remained at No. 5 this week.
The Pirates held the slot after earning a victory over  Class 5A rival Hamilton. The Pirates trailed the Aggies 14-12 at halftime before dominating the second half 26-0 as head coach David McKinney’s squad improved to 6-0 this year.
While the Pirates remain the only team from the county in the Top 10, Marion County received one vote as a potential Top 10 school.

Red Raiders shutout Vina


Marion County senior Braden Pyron (2) looks back as he races to the end zone on the opening kickoff of the 2018 season. Pyron returned the kick 80 yards to score on the Red Raiders’ first play of the season.

VINA - Marion County scored on the first live play of the 2018 season with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and never looked back en route to a 42-0 win over Vina on Friday night, Aug. 24.
The opening win puts Marion County at 1-0 on the so-very-young season while dropping Vina to 0-1 to start the year.

Huge third quarter lifts Pirates over Lions


Winfield’s Luke McKinney (56) blocks for running back Chris Broyles (7) after the handoff from quarterback Jackson Elkins (2). Broyles scored three times as he racked up 200-plus yards in the Pirates’ 37-13 victory.

WINFIELD – The Winfield Pirates got off to slow start to begin the 2018 season against the Haleyville Lions, but the offense came out firing on all cylinders in the second half.
When the final was in the scoreboard lights  at Estes Hudson Stadium in Winfield, the Pirates had scored 31 unanswered points en route to a 37-13 win over their Winston County rivals on Friday, Aug. 24.

Tigers lose varsity portion 22-0

LYNN - Brilliant lost 22-0 to Lynn in the varsity portion of the Friday, Aug. 24, jamboree in the second quarter after the Tigers’ junior varsity fell short 14-0 in the opening quarter.
Following the contest, second-year head coach Briant Gunnels saw both positives and areas where the team can improve.
“We played hard,” Gunnels said. “We had some bright spots and saw what we need to work on.
“That’s the good thing about a jamboree  we have some kids getting used to new positions. We had three starters out, so some younger guys got some good reps in live situations.”

Panthers lose season opener


Hackleburg quarterback Kaleb Moore (5) attempts to evade the Winston County defenders in the Panthers’ 28-16 loss. Also shown for Hackleburg is Ethan Heggy (14).

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Mark Mitchell coaching era at Winston County High School kicked off with infectious excitement Friday, Aug. 24, as the home team flew to a 28-16 victory over the Hackleburg Panthers.
After his team’s loss, Hackleburg head coach Rod Hudson noted his squad had key areas that need improvement.
“We’ve to do a better job up front on offense and defense,” the 10-year Panther head coach said. “Our receivers are going to have to do a better job getting open and blocking on the perimeter.