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Boaz Pirates secure spot in state playoffs By Jade B. Rice Correspondent The Boaz Pirates claimed their fourth straight victory on Friday night winning a spot in the state playoffs. The Pirates defeated the Ashville Bulldogs 35-7 in one of their most impressive performances of the season. With the win, Boaz improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in Class 4A Region 6 play. The Bulldogs scored their first and only touchdown in the opening quarter on Taurus Ford’s 62-yard pass to Logan Cornutt. Christian Mosso completed the extra point to give Ashville a 7-0 lead. Boaz began its unanswered 35-point scoring spree in the second quarter. Senior Brian Baugh entered the game as quarterback on Boaz’s second offensive possession. He ran back-to-back touchdowns for the Pirates. Also in the second quarter, Baugh threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rosenbauer. Robby Spruiell completed all three PAT’s in the second quarter, bringing Boaz to a commanding 21-7 lead at intermission. Baugh scored again for the Pirates in the third quarter on an 11-yard run. Spruiell’s extra

point kick advanced the Boaz lead to 28-7. Kane Hubbard scored the final touchdown for the Pirates with 6:27 left in the game on a 13-yard run, and Spruiell completed his fifth extra point kick. Ashville was unable to answer, and the final decision was 35-7. Baugh completed 9 of 12 passes in the game for 136 yards. He ran for three touchdowns and also threw for a fourth. Baugh also had his sixth interception of the year. The Pirate offense gained 403 total yards in the game with 267 on the ground. R.J. Busha led this attack with 15 carries for 132 yards. Senior Matthew Denson led the team in receiving with four catches for 82 yards. The Pirate defense held the Bulldogs to one touchdown and only 25 rushing yards. Ashville quarterback Taurus Ford completed 12 of 19 passes for 202 total yards in the game. Barry Woods led Ashville in receiving with six catches for 66 yards. On the ground, DJ Cone had six carries for 25 yards. This Friday, Boaz will face the Guntersville Wildcats at Chorba-Lee Stadium. Kickoff for the region game is set for 7:00 p.m.

Albertville and Fort Payne to host Homecoming this Friday Five high schools in The Sports Ledger’s immediate coverage area will have their annual homecoming this weekend. They include Fort Payne, Albertville, Sylvania, Valley Head and Ider. Fort Payne’s Homecoming Parade will be on Thursday night. The parade will start at 6:00 and will be followed by the Senior Bonfire and the queen announcement. On Friday night, the Wildcats will face the Arab Knights in the homecoming football game. There will be a pre-game ceremony to crown the homecoming queen.

Albertville will also have its homecoming parade on Thursday night. The parade is set to leave the high school at 5:30 and will go through Main Street in downtown. The Aggies will have a pre-game show starting at 6:30 on Friday night for the presentation of the 2006 Homecoming court. Albertville will kickoff the homecoming football game against Southside at 7:00. Sylvania will host DeKalb County rival Geraldine on Friday night for homecoming. Valley Head will host Gaylesville and Ider will host Westminister.

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Brooke McCollum, Tobey Hicks, and Cassie Sharp get ready to ride in the Crossville Homecoming Parade. For more 2006 Crossville Homecoming photos see page 3 of today’s issue of the The Sports Ledger and visit

Geraldine defeats Fort Payne to win fourth straight DeKalb County Title By Brandon K. Pierce Publisher FORT PAYNE - The Geraldine Volleyball program has built a winning tradition under head coach Cristie Brothers. The Lady Bulldogs continued that tradition on Saturday by defeating Fort Payne in the finals of the DeKalb County Tournament to claim the program’s fourth consecutive county volleyball title. “I thought they played together very well,” said Brothers of her team’s effort. “I put a lot of different combinations on the court in different matches and I feel like they played as a team. They didn’t let changes in personnel affect their play.” Geraldine advanced to the tournament finals by defeating Sylvania 25-14 and 25-6, Fort Payne 25-15 and 25-15, and Ider 25-14 and 25-9. The Lady Bulldogs faced Fort Payne again in the Championship match. In game one, Geraldine scored first and never trailed, winning 25-15. In game two, the Lady Bulldogs went on a 7-0 run behind the serving of Stephanie Andrews. Fort Payne pulled to within one at 9-8. Geraldine answered with five consecutive points to go ahead 14-8 and the Lady Bulldogs went on to claim the 25-10 victory over Fort Payne.

“This is a good momentum builder going into post season,” said Brothers. “We have the potential to win it all. If they will continue to work together as a team and support each other and play good clean volleyball no matter who the competition is, I think

we have a team to beat,” added Brothers Audra Oliver paced the Lady Bulldogs in the tournament with 33 kills, five blocks, and seven aces. Geraldine Teammate Amber Simpson had 73 assists and eight aces.

Stephanie Cleveland had 22 kills, Jessica Catrett had 21 digs, and Brooke Roberts had 20 kills in the Championship victory Geraldine. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 52-6 on the season following the DeKalb County tournament.

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Audra Oliver makes a play in the DeKalb County Tournament Championship game against Fort Payne. Geraldine won the match for the program’s fourth consecutive County Title.

Week Eight Football Schedule

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Brittany Young was selected as the 2006 Crossville High School Homecoming Queen.

High School games - Friday, October 20 Southside at Albertville (HC) Arab at Fort Payne (HC) Boaz at Guntersville Geraldine at Sylvania (HC) Douglas at Ashville Sardis at Susan Moore Crossville at Pisgah Skyline at Collinsville Gaston at Cedar Bluff Fyffe at Brindlee Mountain Plainview at West End Gaylesville at Valley Head (HC) Butler at Etowah

Westminister at Ider (HC) Jacksonville at Cherokee County Section at Sand Rock College games - Saturday, October 21 Tennessee State at JSU (HC) Alabama at Tennessee Tulane at Auburn (HC) Marshall at UAB UNA at Delta State Ole Miss at Arkansas Mississippi State at Georgia Fresno State at LSU South Carolina at Vanderbilt Kentucky, Florida, and Troy have a bye week

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Members of the Arab football team huddle before a recent game.

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