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H e w i t t -T r u s s v i l l e H i g h S c h o o l

NUM.

NAME

POS

1

JUSTICE FINKLEY

DL

GRADE HT 10

6'2

WT

NUM.

NAME

POS

GRADE

HT

WT

NUM.

NAME

POS

251

41

COLE TREST

RB

11

6'0

175

21

CONNOR THOMAS

DB

GRADE HT 10

5'5

WT

NUM.

NAME

POS

GRADE

HT

WT

140

67

ANDREW CORNELIUS

OL

10

5'10

190

2

ARMONI GOODWIN

RB

11

5'9

182

42

CJ CURTIS

K

10

5'11

155

22

CHASE LAFOY

WR

12

5'9

155

72

RILEY QUICK

OL/DL

10

6'4

230

3

CHASE PATTERSON

DB

12

5'9

165

43

TORY JACKSON

DB

10

5'10

145

23

MATTHEW JONES

WR

11

5'11

175

74

LOGAN SELF

OL

12

6'4

275

4

DAZALIN WORSHAM

WR

12

6'2

190

44

MATT MILLER

FB/TE

10

6'2

190

24

TERRANCE USHER

DB

12

6'0

179

75

KENT DONALDSON

DL

10

6'1

195

25

TRENT PARKERSON

DE

12

5'11

191

77

WALKER VAN HORN

OL

12

6'3

295

5

TREY WASHINGTON

DB/WR

11

6'0

185

45

CAHLEB GRAY

LB

10

5'9

155

6

JAMYRE REESE

WR

12

6'2

185

46

PHILLIP BENTLEY

DE

12

6'3

212

26

LANDEN BERGUSON

LB

11

5'11

181

79

RYAN GUNTER

OL

10

6'3

265

7

JACKSON HOLLAND

QB/DB

11

5'11

175

47

CAMRON WILLIAMSON

DB

10

5'9

155

27

JAMES HAMMONDS

LB

10

5'10

160

82

NATHAN KAY

WR

11

6'1

170

8

OMARI KELLY

WR/DB

10

6'1

165

51

MAVERICK MCINTYRE

OL

10

5'11

235

28

CLINT SIMPSON

LB

11

5'10

195

84

JAYLEN THOMPSON

WR

11

5'9

145

9

JAMARRION WHITE

RB/LB

10

5'11

210

52

MILLER MALONE

OL

11

6'3

245

29

CAYSON ZACKERY

WR

10

5'10

165

85

GARRETT HARRIN

WR

10

5'4

125

10

MICHAEL EDWARDS

LB

11

6'2

198

54

JOSEPH TAYLOR

DL

12

6'2

322

31

DAWSON BLOUNT

DB

10

5'9

145

88

STEPHEN CURLEE

WR

11

6'0

161

12

SAM JONES

LB

12

5'11

192

55

STEPHEN HORSLEY

OL

11

5'11

240

32

HIRAM GRIFFIN

LB

10

5'9

155

89

JEMARCUS CANADA

WR

11

5'7

145

225

33

SEAN JACKSON

RB

11

5'9

218

91

LOUIS KEITH

DL

11

5'10

195

13

MALACHI MOORE

DB/WR

12

6'0

175

56

JONATHAN MOORE

OL

15

SETH SHELNUTT

QB

12

6'2

210

16

CADE CARRUTH

QB

10

6'0

188

17

RYAN SHOOP

WR

10

6'3

170

12

5'11

57

KLYE WRIGHT

OL

11

6'0

235

34

JACOB SEAGLE

LB

12

5'11

175

95

ANDREW COLBURN

DL

10

6'6

200

59

AAISAN THOMAS

OL

10

5'8

195

36

EDWARD BOWLIN

RB

12

5'10

212

97

ANTHONY SANCHEZ

K

10

5'9

165

61

LUKE AARON

OL

12

5'11

205

38

TJ HOBBS

RB

10

5'8

155

99

ERIC TAYLOR

DL

12

6'5

295

18

NIC LEE

DB

12

5'8

160

62

LUKE GOLDEN

OL

10

5'10

200

39

JACE HILL

LB

10

5'9

160

19

RYNE MCGUYER

LB

11

5'10

165

64

BRAXTON SCOTT

OL

12

6'2

195

40

CHAISE BURTON

DB

10

5'9

145

20

ETHAN WOMACK

WR

10

5'11

170

65

HARRISON ASBURY

OL/DL

10

5'10

235

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Pinson Valley High School PVHS Head Coach Nix talks football, upcoming season

By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor

PINSON — Pinson Valley High School has achieved unbelievable athletic success. With back-to-back 6A state football championships and a 6A state basketball championship last year, this is a school that knows how to produce winners. Part of that success is Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Patrick Nix. He has a style that emphasizes fundamentals that go well beyond the football field; fundamentals that teach the young men on the team how to be great men on the gridiron and beyond. Nix is excited about the upcoming season and is on the lookout for athletes that will really be coming into their own this year. “(This is) just another year looking forward to the kids and seeing who develops,” said Nix. “Who does what, who is the surprise. You always have a few surprises during the year. You always have a few guys who have matured and grown up. When they were younger you didn’t know what they could do and all of a sudden, they grow up and end up being very good. Those kinds of things are always fun to watch and be a part of.” The PVHS quarterback position has yet to be decided. There are two players vying for the spot. Each of them has significant strengths and are hard workers. “We have two battling for the job. Barry White and Taylor Nix,” said Nix. “Both of them are good players. The battle will be interesting to

see how long it goes. It might go into the season pretty good with both of them playing. I think that we’ve got two good quarterbacks that can get the job done.” Nix enjoys his job; he takes it seriously but there may be aspects of it that are even more gratifying than winning state championships. “(My favorite thing about the job is) being around the kids. Building relationships and being with them. Without a doubt that is the most fun and gratifying part of the job,” said Nix. This attitude informs his approach to be a mentor for the athletes. “Our biggest thing is we want to love the kids.” said Nix. “Every one of them

comes from a different background and situations and every kid is unique and we try to know that and realize that and treat them as being unique; at the same time loving them all the same, being with them, spending time with them. We try to do our best to live the example instead of telling the example. Live like we live and hopefully they see that, I think most of the time they see a lot more than they hear anyway. So, try to be a constant example for them and how them how it’s supposed to be done and be very consistent with our expectations and discipline and those kinds of things.” For spectators and lovers of the sport of football it can be difficult to process just

how hard it is the players and coaches must work to make the impossible seem effortless. “I don’t think that many people realize how much work and time goes into being great. I think that for most of our guys and coaches it is a 24/7 365 thing, it is who you are all the time. You don’t get to just pick and choose to do this great or that great,” said Nix. “If you’re great you’re great whether it is the best players or the best musicians or the best at anything. If you’re really going to be great at something it must be who they are all the time. That is the thing that we stress with our kids. You must be great in the classroom, great at home doing the dishes, great on

the field, great in the weight room. It takes a lot of effort. It has got to become a habit that you put in the effort and that you are the best you can be.” Instilling the virtues of hard work and a heart of greatness in these young men requires a plan. Nix has that plan and uses it every day. “Our big thing is we try and be organized. Give them a good plan to go about every day. Whether it be in the weight room or conditioning or meetings or games. We try to make sure that we are detailed in what we do and give them a great plan, give them the opportunity to be successful every day and demand that they go out and do the things we’ve asked them

to do. We’ve got great kids that work extremely hard and want to be successful. If we just point them in the right direction, for the most part, they do a great job of taking instruction and working to get there,” said Nix. With the success that PVHS football has had there arises a question of whether it makes the upcoming season easier or more difficult. Nix has a steady and excellent view of how their position impacts the players. “It makes it to where the guys understand what it took to get there and the efforts it took to get there. A lot of them were young when this process first started and they saw how hard the older guys worked and how dedicated they were, how coachable they were and teachable and how unselfish they were. Without a doubt they were able to witness it and see it and see how it is done. That doesn’t make it any easier to do. You’ve still got to be willing to be unselfish and willing to work. “Unfortunately, in today’s society those are things that aren’t too prevalent in what is being taught when you watch tv or listen to this or that. It isn’t always about being unselfish and working hard,” said Nix. “Our guys have seen it work. Being able to see it and do it are two different things. We’ve got a great group of guys and a great group of coaches. Hopefully we’ll be able to continue to push in that direction and continue to be unselfish, to work together and work very hard to accomplish the goals that we have.”

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C l ay -C h a l k v i l l e H i g h S c h o o l High Expectations for Cougars

By Carey Reeder, for the Tribune

Following their second appearance in the AHSAA 6A state semifinals in as many years, the Clay-Chalkville Cougars are hoping the third time is the charm and advance to the state finals for the fourth time in school history. With the departure of all-state quarterback Willie Miller, third-year head coach Drew Gilmer needed a new man under center. Miller’s backup from last season Damione Ward looks to be in position this year to take the field for the Cougars first series against Westlake in Georgia. “Damione did a great job last year from us and I think he learned a lot,” Gilmer said. “He’s a leader and we need that this year in someone that can command and offense.” Other quarterbacks P.J. McDonald and Khalib Johnson have been impressive during the summer giving stability for Clay-Chalkville at the quarterback position. A hefty amount of running backs were getting touches this summer and it looks like that trend could continue into the regular season for the Cougar offense. Seniors Ben Heller and Devin Holden are the elder statesmen of the group. A trio of sophomore backs in Lazarius Hinkle, Edward Osley, and Cam’ron Williams round out the running back slate. On the perimeter, Jamichael Thompson looks to be a big huge target for Ward this season. Along with Thompson in the receiving corps for Clay-Chalkville are Marquarius White, Isaiah Carl-

isle, Tyler Hicks and Antonio Miles. “We have a unique mix of young talent and experience on offense so we want to see what different groups of them can do!” – Coach Gilmer On the defensive side of the ball, Gilmer hired former St. Clair County and Pinson Valley head coach Matt Glover to take over the defense for the Cougars. Gilmer spent two seasons under Glover during his head coaching tenure at Pinson

Valley. When the call came to coach at ClayChalkville, it was an easy decision for Glover. “I’ve learned a lot from him in the way he prepares, his work ethic, he has done a fabulous job at Clay,” Glover said. “This school is a first class operation and it was a no-brainer decision for me.” Glover will too have to replace an outstanding player in two-time all-state defensive lineman D.J. Dale. Without as much size up front that Clay-Chalkville was fortune

enough to have in the past, Glover will utilize a threeman front to allow multiple different looks in the back half of the defense. “I think our front seven is our strength. We don’t have the size like past years but we have guys that are really smart and do what we ask them to do,” Glover said. “I think our speed on defense is also going to help us.” Glover also sees impact players on every level of the defense, starting up front with senior lineman Judah Walton,

prepared to step into the role of Dale making an impact for the Cougars on the line. Leroy King will continue to anchor the defense at middle linebacker. The defensive backs have come a long way over the course of the summer according to Glover and Samaj Washington and Rashard Smiley are among those. Cameron Grady, Kordell King and Thalen Cook have also been impressive this summer and will see time in the defensive backfield. Gilmer has built one of

the most successful Alabama high school football programs in recent years in just two seasons at the helm after taking over for coach Jerry Hood. However, with all the success, Gilmer is still looking for more both on and off the field with his team. “My biggest goal as a coach is helping these kids grow as students, football players and young men,” Gilmer said. “If we do what we need to do, I don’t see any reason we can’t go for a third year in a row.”

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Springville High School

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Springville Head Coach Michael Graben discusses upcoming season By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor

SPRINGVILLE – This is the second year that the Springville football program will be under the direction of Head Coach Michael Graben. Graben understands the challenges Springville faces in a very competitive region and he hopes his team comes back this year with more energy than ever. “We knew last year when they put is in this region that it was going to be tough,” said Graben. “After trying to tell the kids that they didn’t understand it. Being in this region for a year now they understand it.” For Springville this season provides a special opportunity to rekindle some rivalries and to make their mark on the gridiron. “It is only a rivalry game if you win them,” said Graben. “It had been so long since we beat Moody that I don’t know how much of a rivalry it was. So, for us to get a chance to win last year, to get an opportunity to do that it really turns it into more of a rivalry for our kids. St. Clair is the same way. They beat us eight or nine years in a row, so we’re very excited . . . it is a great opportunity to play those kinds of teams.” Graben knows the keys to a successful season and how to get there. “Our top of the line guys have got to stay healthy,” said Graben. “I think we’re getting off to a good start. Definitely the key to health and a good start is to continually work. Even though Springville had more suc-

cess on the football field (last year) our kids worked so hard. That . . . was something with Coach Davis before me and Coach Baker before him. The kids have always worked hard. So, we’ve just got to transfer that working hard into maybe something good on the field.” Springville has a lot of

talent to work with, including some contributions from talent from the high school’s other successful athletic programs. “We’ve got 22 returning seniors and a lot of them will contribute this year,” said Graben. “We have several kids coming out for the first time. We’ve got some bas-

ketball players out . . . trying to get a few baseball players, but it is a little harder to get baseball players out now that they’ve won a state championship. When asked what the goal is for this year Graben does not hesitate that the goal for this year, and every year, is the brass ring.

“10 and 0. That is our goal every year,” said Graben. “We break it down on state every day, we break it down on state. Because if you don’t say it you will never believe that it is going to happen.” Graben has a unique style to making practices as fun as they can be. He is aware that

excellence on the football field, and in life, requires a lot of hard work and that hard work will not always be the most enjoyable thing to do; still there are measures that may be taken that will maximize the amount of enjoyment the players get from the experience while ensuring the maximum amount of productivity from their efforts. “There is nothing you can do to make 110 degree, in pads, in sun fun after you’ve been in school fun,” said Graben. “There is no way you can make it fun . . . we want to spread it out. Throw a little bit, run and even when we’re doing it we still want to go fast. We practice fast, it makes it a lot more fun. If you can go out there and get 40 or 50 reps in an hour and a half it makes it more fun than getting in five reps while the coach is standing talking to you. That is what we try to do. Try to do our coaching in between plays.” Culture is an important ingredient of whatever it is a person chooses to be a part of. Football is no exception. Graben believes in a culture that is expressed in three words: commitment, character, discipline. Mastery of these elements not only creates a great football team but it creates great men. “Our three goals of our program are commitment, character and discipline,” said Graben. “We try to reach character and commitment and discipline . . . we always want to leave better men than they were when they came in. Trying to change the culture of men is the most important thing.”

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Center Point Eagles ready to take flight By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor

CENTER POINT – The Center Point Eagles are set to soar this season. Coach George Bates knows he may have lightening in a bottle and he is not afraid to use it. The Eagles are even set to add a new motto this year to reflect their position as a rising team that has set new challenges for themselves. “Our motto will always be ‘Go Eagles’,” said Bates.“But this year we’re going to add ‘Road Warriors’ because we’ve got seven road games this year.” The Eagles will be kicking things off right starting with this year’s first home game. “We’ve got something special planned for the first home game,” said Bates“We’re excited about that jersey wise.” Of course, not all the games will be home ones and in keeping with the true Road Warrior attitude The Eagles are ready to play their first out of state game. “Our first out of state game, in school history, is going to be on Aug. 3 down in Mississippi.” Getting down to brass tacks Coach Bates has a powerful slate of returning players. “We have nine guys returning on defense. And we have about seven returning on offense. The guys from last year, defensively you have Decarious Hawthorne and QuinterriusTanksley, we have line-backer wise Noah Steen and Leon Silmon. Secondary we’ll have Robert Blanco and R.J. Orr. We have a transfer in, Jayson Jones, that is going to be a pure offensive weapon playing multiple positions in offense.

This year’s Eagles will also be blessed with talented new comers and there is already a buzz building around Jayson Jones and Javon Davis. “We have one of the best defenses in the state, in 5A. Offensively we are putting

the pieces together. We are just growing.” Bates is ready to build on the momentum from last season. “We are very excited about this season. We feel like we are going to build off what we did last year. We

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like that. The kids are working hard.” Great players make playing football look easy; it is not. Center Point has a yearround commitment to reaching for excellence. “Football is year-round. The week after we lost the

second round in the playoffs, after Thanksgiving break, we went back to work. It is just a mindset. We want to make history for Irwin and Center Point High School. We want to make history for Erwin and Center Point combined.


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Meet Sean Talsma, the new defensive coordinator for the HT Huskies By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor

TRUSSVILLE — Hewitt-Trussville High School has a new defensive coordinator this year. Sean Talsma brings a massive amount of experience to the field, much of if from the 13 years he spent at ClayChalkville High School. “I’ve traveled a little bit. I started coaching in Michigan originally. I was there for two years and then moved down to Georgia for five years, and then I moved over to Birmingham. I was at Pelham for one year as a secondary coach there, David Shores was the defensive coordinator at that time. Then I moved to ClayChalkville High School with John Holliday, the head coach there at the time. After Jerry Hood got there, he named me his defensive coordinator, and I’ve been the defensive coordinator the entire time Jerry was there at Clay.” Talsma is ready to bring that skill, experience, and spirit to his new position and is ecstatic about the Huskies. “It is a great opportunity for me,” said Talsma. “7-A school in one of the most competitive regions in the state; if not the most competitive. You know what you get week in and week out with quality coaches. I’m excited about the opportunity. I was at Clay for 13 years and enjoyed my time there. This opportunity opened up for me, and I am excited about it.” Getting acclimated to a new program always presents a challenge. For Talsma, it was a challenge and an opportunity to bring something to the table and form relationships on and off the gridiron. “It was different. Just because I’ve been used to what took place with Jerry as the

head coach there at Clay and then Drew Gilmer for two years at Clay as well. So, I was kind of used to the way they ran things. So, there was a little bit of a learning curve there for me you know with Josh (Floyd) here. The biggest thing is the kids. I always form great relationships with kids. The kids out at Clay they still text me and talk to me. Coming out here and not knowing anyone, it was a totally fresh start for me. I didn’t know any of the players really . . . I really didn’t have any relationship with Josh until I started working here so it was just a clean start, new and everything has been really positive.” Talsma believes in a defense that can adapt and overcome. A defense that is always ready to be what the

situation demands and the talent can provide. “We’ll be multiple.” Said Talsma. “You go to do what your kids allow you to do you can’t go in saying you’re a 4-3 guy and if you don’t have enough defensive line-man it doesn’t make sense to force it ... so, we’re going to be, multiple, and we’ll do some three-down some four down. A lot of it is going to be similar to what I’ve done in the past; that is what I’m comfortable with. I also talk to the other coaches on the defense and say, ‘Hey, what can you bring to the table to be a great defense?’, It is not just about me. It is the whole group together, all pulling in the same direction.” As for the talent goes, Talsma has a lot of it to work with, and Talsma is ready to

put them to work. “There are several guys defensively that I think have stood out right from the start in spring,” said Talsma. “Or that have developed from spring into now. Everybody knows about Malachi Moore. Alabama commit, great defensive back. He is going to play safety and corner. We’re going to move him around a little bit. Eric Taylor, defensive lineman, he’s committed to LSU. Those are two guys everybody is going to hear about. The linebacking group we have, there’s not a lot of big names in that group, but they’re a bunch of guys that work extremely hard. They’re physical; they’re fast. Sam Jones will be in the middle for us and he’ll be a senior. Mike Edwards is another one that I expect to have a great year, he

is a junior. And Mike’s a long lanky kid, I really like him. Trey Washington is a corner we have that has stood out. He has just gotten better and better … and then we have some young guys. Justice Finkley, who is a sophomore, is an explosive defensive lineman; great hands. With his work ethic and academics, there is no telling where he will go.” Talsma knows that what these young men are learning today are the lessons that they will take with them for the rest of their lives. One of the most important lessons he can teach to them is the value of working hard and doing your best in every arena of your life. “The one thing I try to instill in these guys is if you want something you have to earn it. That is the way I grew

up; nothing was ever given to me. If I wanted it, my parents provided for me, but if I wanted the extra things, I had to work for them ... I try and instill that value in life … of working for and earning it because it means so much more. Go win and winning can be in all areas of life. I talk to them about winning in your marriage, being the best boyfriend, you can be to your girlfriend, treat her right. I have a one-year-old son and I’m going to try and instill those values in him just like I would (with these) guys. They’re my kids, they're just living in different homes.” As the season approaches Talsma sees good things waiting for the Hewitt-Trussville Huskies. “I am very optimistic about it,” said Talsma. “Offensively we have a lot of talent, and everybody talks about Trussville and ‘they score a lot of points, they score a lot of points.’ My desire is to have them talk about our defense that way. 'They give up zero points. They hit people; they’re physical, they’re fundamentally sound'. What's the ceiling on that or what’s is the expectation for win-loss? I don’t know. The ultimate goal is to win that blue map, but I want them to be the best teammate and players they can be for this team.” Finally, Talsma is grateful for the comradery and friendship that he has been greeted with in his new home as defensive coordinator for the Hewitt-Trussville Huskies. “I’m really thankful for the opportunity. Coach Floyd and his wife have opened their arms to my wife and me and our son. Just made us feel like this is home … there is a real sense of togetherness here, and that means a lot."

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Springville Football Roster

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Num. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

Name Braden Hughes Matt Wolf Jamel Williams Luke Richardson Jackson Bennett Johnnie Wolf Landon Ho Gage Frederick Daniel Smith Asa Morrison Isaiah Alverson Brady Hacker Pearson Baldwin Larry Winston Payne Bryan Julian Williams Caleb McCarty Jacob Neal Drew Platts Jaxon Couch Landon Griffin Jace Hayes Brock Bowers Alex Braman Parker McAdams

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Sneak peek at Husky football By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor

Trussville – Football season is almost upon us. As people in Alabama say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. With so much anticipation it is good to be able to take a peek at the upcoming season and see what is in store. Hewitt-Trussville Head Football Coach Josh Floyd was able to provide just such insights into the upcoming year for the Huskies. “You want to get the most out of your team,” said Floyd. “Whatever that potential is. We start like everybody else; we want to try and bring home a championship to Trussville that is our goal … we’ve had a great run the last three years, but we will try and take that next step and bring home a championship. We play some great competition; it is hard to do it. (We are) 7A Alabama football, so it is the best of the best. It is always great to have a few breaks, stay healthy, and all those type things.”

The Huskies compete at a very high level of high school athletics. Given this fact, it stands to reason that week after week, they will experience challenges that

are beyond what many programs have to face. “We have a very challenging schedule,” said Floyd. “It is going to be very difficult … it is one week at a time. Anytime you try and look ahead in this league you’re in trouble. We have a great region; it is probably the best one in the state.” The Huskies will be well prepared for these challenges with three coaches in new positions. “We’ve got a (new) defensive coordinator, Sean Talsma, he’s going to do a great job, and we’re really excited about him. Dylan Haraway is going to be our D-line coach; he is a new one. He was at Samford last year (and is a) energetic young guy that is really going to be really good for us. Leander Wallace was here last year, but he is taking over the role of receiver’s coach … this is just kind of a more increased role for him.” A football program is always evolving and adapting to losing key players. The Huskies have had to part with a lot of talent this year,

but every challenge provides an opportunity, and the Huskies are ready to make the most of theirs. “We had a guy Paul Tyson that obviously signed

with Alabama and had offers from all across the country. So, Paul, he broke just about every school record we had with the passing game. He was a guy that could make all the throws … Pierce Quick was a four-year starter on the offensive line, and he was a big-time player for us. Javaris Johnson, he signed with Auburn as a receiver, he was a guy who was super explosive and could score on any play. Defensively we lost some guys too … we lost some really good players. But that is an exciting part of it, it is like that every year, and it’s exciting for these kids to have an opportunity. So, it should be interesting.” The Huskies have also retained a lot of talent. That means new opportunities for those that will be playing this season. “Our backfield is something we’re really excited about,” said Floyd. “Armoni Goodwin rushed over 1400 yards last year, and he’ll only be a junior, he’s going to be a really good football player. Sean Jackson is another guy that had around 500 yards; our backfield is a really a big strength for us. So, those guys are big returners. Dezalin Worsham, he had 87 receptions last year, and he is one of the best receivers in the country, and so has offers

from everybody. He’s a guy that’s come back that we’re excited about. Jamyre Reese is another returning receiver … made some big plays … he’ll have a little bit more of an increased role. Sam Jones on defense is a guy … a returning tackler (and) had about fifty tackles last year. Malachi Moore is committed to Alabama; this will be his third year to start in the secondary for us. Eric Taylor, who’s committed to LSU, D-lineman. He is a really talented kid. He’s come a long way and had a great off season. He is going to do big things for us. Trey Washington is another one, Trey will be another guy on defense. He’ll probably play some offense too … he’s a really good football player. Logan Self is another one … this will be his third year to start on the O-line. So, he is a big part of what we are doing. Losing a top quarterback like the Huskies have this season would be a challenge for any team. However, Seth Shelnut is ready to take to the field and shine. “Seth Shelnut is a guy that really had a great summer,” said Floyd. “He’s a kid that can run. He is a dual-threat type of quarterback … when the play breaks down, he’s a guy that can go make a play with his feet and do different

things. He has a good arm as well. Jackson Holland is a guy that can probably play quarterback as well, but he’s probably going to start at safety for us this year, we want to get him on the field. Cade Caruth is another quarterback; he’ll be a sophomore. He led our freshman team to an undefeated season last year. Cade’s got a lot of potential and a good future in head of him. We feel really good about quarterbacks this year.” When Shelnut shines, he will be doing so right next to an explosive offense. “We’re going to run our system like we always do,” said Floyd. “Who the quarterback is definitely affects what we do just because what type of quarterback you have. The benefit of our offense is that it is pretty easy to change things for our

to be different,” said Floyd. “With a new coordinator. Coach Talsma’s done a really great job. He’s done a great job so far. I think the kids believe in him, believe in our system and what we are doing. That is definitely exciting. Defensively I feel like our D-line has a chance to be strong. You have Eric Taylor, Justice Finkley … he is really, really talented. Phillip Bentley is another guy that played a lot last year on the D-line. We’re excited about those guys. I mentioned Malachi coming back … Sam Jones back at linebacker. Clint Simpson is another guy that is a linebacker that played a lot last year. Landon Ferguson … Jacob Seagle … Jermaine White … he’s only a sophomore but he’s going to get a lot of playing time as well on Friday nights.”

players. It’s all about players. It isn’t about me, or what I know or what our offensive coaches know, that doesn’t really matter. It is all about the kids.” Another big change this year for the Huskies will be with the defense. There is a new defensive coordinator in town. Sean Talsma brings years of experience to the program and is ready to hit the field running. “Obviously it is going

At the end of the day, as with the end of the game, football is more than a sport. It is a training ground for building good men. “Football is not an easy sport,” said Floyd. “Especially these days. Kids have to really want to play. I always tell them … I want this to be just one of the experiences in life they never forget … our job and our role is to help them to be the best man they can be.”

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Springville HS Football: Can’t catch these Tigers by the tail By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor

SPRINGVILLE – This is the second year that the Springville football program will be under the direction of Head Coach Michael Graben. Graben understands the challenges Springville faces in a very competitive region. He also knows that the young men he is coaching understand the challenges, as well. “We knew last year when they put us in this region that it was going to be tough,” said Graben. “After trying to tell the kids that they didn’t understand it. Being in this region for a year now, they understand it.” For Springville, this season provides a special opportunity to rekindle some rivalries and to make their mark on the gridiron. “It is only a rivalry game if you win them,” said Graben. “It had been so long since we beat Moody that I don’t know how much of a rivalry it was. So, for us to get

a chance to win last year, to get an opportunity to do that, it really turns it into more of a rivalry for our kids. St. Clair is the same way. They beat us eight or nine years in a row, so we’re very excited … it is a great opportunity to play those kinds of teams.” Graben knows the keys to a successful season and how to get there. “Our top of the line guys have got to stay healthy,” said Graben. “I think we’re getting off to a good start. Definitely the key to health and a good start is to continually work. Even though Springville had more success on the football field (last year), our kids worked so hard. That … was something with Coach Davis before me and Coach Baker before him. The kids have always worked hard. So, we’ve just got to transfer that working hard into maybe something good on the field.” Springville has a lot of talent to work with, including some contributions from

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to making practices as fun as they can be. He is aware that excellence on the football field, and in life, requires a lot of hard work and that hard work will not always be the most enjoyable thing to do; still there are measures that may be taken that will maximize the amount of enjoyment the players get from the experience while ensuring the maximum amount of productivity from their efforts. “There is nothing you can do to make 110 degree, in pads, in sun fun after you’ve been in school fun,” said Graben. “There is no way you can make it fun … we want to spread it out. Throw a little bit, run, and even when we’re doing it, we still want to go fast. We practice fast, it makes it a lot more fun. If you can go out there and get 40 or 50 reps in an hour

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Center Point football player Javon Brooks shines through adversity CENTER POINT – In addition to being a football player for Center Point High School Javon Brooks is an all-around impressive young man. Brooks has been playing varsity football since his freshman year. However, his love of the game goes back much farther than that. “I’ve been playing football all my life,” said Brooks. “Pretty much since I was born.” Brooks plays defensive tackle, defensive nose guard and right and left guard on offense. “I just like it all,” said Brooks. “I like being out there and playing with the guys. It is just fun.” Brooks has a great attitude and positive outlook that have let him weather some serious storms over the last couple of years.

Brooks, who is a junior, had an injury his sophomore year that sidelined him for several games. “My tenth-grade year,” said Brooks. “When I was going into the second quarter of a game I got hurt, I got injured in my left knee. I tore my meniscus because a guy chopped me. I didn’t get to play the whole rest of the regular season. I did get to play the first and second round playoff games.” Despite the injury Brooks did not get discouraged. He still attended practices and pulled for his teammates. “I went to practice every day even thought I was hurt,” said Brooks. “I just went to watch them practice.” Brooks’ positive spirit even made rehab a good time. “To me it was fun,” said Brooks. “All we did was crazy things I’d never done

before. I had to stand on my left leg, I had to catch a ball, I had to lift weights with the leg, it was just fun to me. It was good people there at rehab.” Brooks had another difficult time earlier in the year when his father died. “He tried his best to be in my life,” said Brooks. “He was a basketball player and really didn’t know anything about football. I think that is why I’m doing better. He used to tell me to go out there and do my best … he wanted me to go out there and do a lot of things he couldn’t do anymore.” Brooks received some very good advice from Coach Bates about how to move forward in the face of adversity. Brooks has put that advice to use on and off the football field. Brooks is optimistic about Center Point’s chances this year. “I feel very good about this season,” said Brooks. “I know that we are going to win a ring this year and I know that more good things are going to come. I feel good about this year.” He is always very fond of Bate’s coaching style. “I like how Coach Bates coaches,” said Brooks. “I looked at some colleges and they practice the same way that we do. They practice in periods.” Brooks’ biggest fan is his mother Kristina Smith. She is extremely proud of the man her son is becoming. “I am very proud of Javon,” said Smith. “He is very optimistic. He really never lets anything get him down. He is very motivated as far as football goes, he tries to be his best even though some of the challenges he had to go through and

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Tip of the Spear: The Pinson Valley Indians are ready for some football By Shaun Szkolnik, for s the Tribune

PINSON VALLEY – Pinson Valley Head Coach Pat-

rick Nix is ready for another great year of Indian football. After great success on the field Nix has honed a formula for winning that is awe inspiring. Part of that formula is a great offense that is ready to be whatever it is needed to be. “(It will) basically be the same style that we’ve always run,” said Nix. “We will be

able to run the football and force the people to stop the run. Once they have stopped the run, we will be able to throw the football because

of that. A lot of it depends on what kind of defense we’re playing. What they’re doing. If they’re going to take away the run, take away the pass. We’ve been fortunate enough and will be fortunate enough, hopefully, this year to take whatever they want to give us. We’re not necessarily a one thing or the other type of team. We try to be able to do

based on what they give us.” Nix also has high hopes for the backfield depth. A depth that will provide Pinson Valley with ample oppor-

quired is unpredictable. The only way to move forward is to be prepared for everything and to be prepared for anything.

There are no real concerns but some of the positions are filled by players that lack a little bit of experience. They will get that experience soon.

who is having to play with lack of experience a little bit. With most every position we have a lot of good experience … I think the same

“We’re very multiple,” said Nix. “We try to take away what the opposing team is best at.” Nix believes that the team is pretty solid this year.

“I don’t think there are necessarily any glaring weaknesses,” said Nix. “With the offense we obviously have a young quarterback, no matter who it is,

thing on defense. We might have a little inexperience on the defensive line … everywhere else we’ve got a lot of good experience behind them.”

tunities to dominate during game time. “Hopefully we’ll be pretty deep. We’ve got some good running backs coming back. A mixture of old and young and some I believe will be pretty good and pretty deep.” Nix has a similar philosophy when it comes to defense. Ultimately what is re-

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For football player Jayson Jones a return to Center Point means a return to home By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor

CENTER POINT – Expectations are running high for Center Point High School football this season. Coach George Bates has assembled a talented group of young men that are hungry for the win. One of those young men is Jayson Jones. Jones is coming to Center Point after having been a student at Fultondale. Jones is 17-years-old. He is 5’10 and weighs 170. He is a fantastically versatile ath-

lete that can play quarterback, running back and punt return. For Jones the love of football started early. “I’ve been playing football since I was 7 years old,” said Jones. “When I first started playing football, I didn’t really know what I was doing. (I got better) as I got older and (started) playing with a coach that saw what I could do … ever since then I’ve been loving it.” When asked what accounts for his impressive utility on the football field Jones

does not hesitate to answer. “I’m quick,” said Jones. “I work hard at what I do and, in my mind, I’m focusing at where I’m at and I’m going to get them every time.” Jones views his return to Center Point as a sort of homecoming. He has many friends there and many fond memories there. “Before my ninth-grade year I had gone to Fultondale,” said Jones. “But I’ve been knowing, except for my new coach., everyone at Center Point for a long while.

“I’m enjoying it (being at Center Point High),” said Jones. “It feels good to be back home. It brought out a good feeling to me. Everybody is on the same page that I am on.” Another reason it is good to be at Center Point right now is that the high expectations for the team’s performance this season. “Our chances are really high,” said Jones. “My job is

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to lead the team. Take it a day at the time and get better.” Someone that Jones did not know before his return was Head Coach George Bates. However, the two quickly clicked and their working relationship is outstanding. “Coach Bates is pushing me harder because it is my last year,” said Jones. “I love what he is doing. We joke around and play but at the same time it is business.

When we get down to the season I am turned on.” Jones credits his family as a support system that helps him achieve greatness. Whether in athletics or academics. “I always have a good support system,” said Jones. “No matter what I’m doing: football, basketball, track, baseball, ACT. It don’t matter, my family has always got my back.

“It’s not the will to win that matters-everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” -Paul “Bear” Bryant

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