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Chris Ennis (21 of Gadsden) and Drew Tidwell (19 of Albertville) were taken into custody last week regarding a fire at Mike's Tire in Crossville. (DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden: Two suspects are in custody regarding the fire at Mike’s Tire in Crossville last week. The two were caught on surveillance camera attempting to steal gasoline at approximately 3:30 am last Tuesday morning at Mike’s Tire on Highway 227. The vehicle ignited while one of the offenders was attempting to drill a hole in the gas tank. The fire burned 5

vehicles and one of the buildings at the business; causing approximately $150,000 worth of damage. Chris Ennis (21 of Gadsden) was officially charged today with Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and Arson 3rd Degree. Ennis was already in custody on charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance, Attempting to Elude, Failure to Comply, and a Probation Violation. Ennis

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By Marla Jones Managing Editor FORT PAYNE, Ala. — (Full Video on our Facebook) The Fort Payne City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The Council presented the first reading of an ordinance annexing certain property located off of Roden Drive in the Fischer community and solely owned by Marlin and Ann Blalock. The property is proposed to be a sub-division. Since it was a first reading, Ordinance 2019-03 will be carried

over until the next Council meeting. The Council approved the following Resolutions: • Resolution 2019-36Officially accepted the low bid, after negations for the interior construction of the Public Works Building. • Resolution 2019-37 Accepted the lowest qualified bid for the “Special Asphalt Mixâ€? required by ALDOT for the Jordan Road paving project. The Council granted the an activity permit to Brandi Shrader, of the

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By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden: Last Thursday night, Deputies and Agents with the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and Criminal Interdiction Unit assisted the Collinsville Police Department with a saturation operation in the city limits of Collinsville. Deputies wrote numerous traffic citations and warnings on the roadways as a result of traffic stops. Nine were also arrested after several narcotics related complaints from citizens were investigated.

At a residence on Gregory Avenue, seven were arrested after Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia was found. Several at the residence also had outstanding warrants. Those arrested on Gregory Avenue were: • John Orr (53 of Collinsville): Unlawful Poss. Of Controlled Substance (x2), Unlawful Poss. Of Drug Paraphernalia • Michael Plunkett (33 of Fort Payne): Unlawful Poss. Of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Poss.

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video and helping us develop leads in the case. Tips directly helped with charging the suspects with this crime. If this business and another nearby business did not have a surveillance system, this would have been a much more difficult case.” Explained Sheriff Welden. “This also needs to be a lesson to our younger people. In this case, attempting to commit a small crime turned into a much larger one. These suspects will be facing major consequences for their actions,” he concluded.

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with Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Drug Paraphernalia. Burt was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, And Drug Paraphernalia. DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the operation: “One important role of the Sheriff’s Office is to assist our partner agencies with combatting the drug problem in our county. We’re more than happy to help take this poison off the streets throughout the entire county.” “Especially in cases such as Gregory Avenue in Collinsville. The residence was a short distance away from a park where children of the neighborhood play. Many good people live in the area, and shouldn’t have to raise their children around that,” said Sheriff Welden. “God Bless!”

Concluded Sheriff Welden. Collinsville Police Chief Rex Leath said of the operation: “Thursday night’s arrests were by excellent teamwork from the two agencies. I would like to thank Sheriff Nick Welden and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Without them Thursday night’s drug saturation would not have been possible.” “We are in the fight against drugs day in and day out in Collinsville and across DeKalb County; as well as across the State of Alabama. When departments pull resources together, we can chisel away at the drug problem that is destroying families and lives in our county,” said Chief Leath. “Most importantly, if you see something, say something! Together we can make a difference, and make DeKalb County a safe place for our children,” he concluded.

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The marching bands of DeKalb County are preparing to take the field in exhibition this month. The annnual DeKalb County Marching Band Expo will be held from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday, September 15 at Fort Payne High School. The exhibition, where bands are encouraged to show off their halftime show instead of vying for trophies, helps each of

them prepare for upcoming competitions like Gadsden's MidSouth Marching Festival. All seven of DeKalb County's marching bands will participate this year. The performance order will be: Sylvania, Geraldine, Ider, Fyffe, Crossville, Plainview, and Fort Payne. The event is sponsored by the DeKalb County Band Association. Admission is $5 per person.

Plainview High School's marching band presented a patriotic show in the 2018 DeKalb County Band Exhibition last year. (Zach Hester | Southern Torch)

UPCOMING EVENTS Every Monday, By His Hands Outreach Ministry - The By His Hands Outreach Ministry will host a soup kitchen beginning on Mondays at 6pm. The Clothes Closet will be open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Both are at 2494 Church Avenue in Rainsville. Donations are greatly appreciated! Every Monday, Sons of Confederate Veterans - The Sons of Confederate Veterans meets the 2nd Monday of each month at Burnt Church at 6pm in Sylvania. Every Monday, Sons of the American Revolution - The Sons of the American Revolution meets the 3rd Monday of each month at Western Sizzlin' in Fort Payne at 6pm. Every Wednesday, Parents of Addicted Loved Ones - A new support group for Parents of Addicted Loved Ones is starting in Fort Payne at Word of Life Ministry, located at 3610 Gault Avenue North. The meeting will be held every Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm. Any adult family member over 18 is welcome to attend these PAL meetings, however, for insurance reasons, no one under the age of 18 may attend and child care will not be provided. For more information, visit palgroup. org. Every Wednesday, Breakthrough Church free meal - Come and enjoy a free meal and hear the Word of God on Wednesday nights starting January 3 at 5:30pm. If you need a ride, please contact: Lynn Haas at (256) 605-7854 or Connie Holdem at (256) 605-1776. Every Third Thursday, Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group - The

Alzheimer's Association will begin hosting a caregivers support group solely devoted to those who provide care for people with Alzheimer's on the third Thursday of every month from 11am to 12pm at the Rainbow City First United Methodist Church. For more information, please call Olivia Kendrick at (256) 454-4375. September 8, Black Family Reunion - The annual Black Family Reunion, reuniting all descendants of James Oscar Black, will be held on Sunday, September 8 from 11am to 4pm at the Tom Bevill Enrichment Center in Rainsville. Please bring your favorite food, dessert and drinks! Utensils will be provided. They will have a bouncy toy for the kids and door prizes for adults. September 9, FSB Identity Theft & Cybersecurity Discussion - First State Bank will host a discussion on Identity Theft & Cybersecurity on Monday, September 9 at 2pm and/or 6pm at the DeKalb Theater in Fort Payne. FBI Special Agent and Senior Cyber Counterintelligence expert Darren J. Mott will be the guest speaker. All are invited to take advantage of this free training! September 13-14, Vintage Pickin' Barn Sale - Shop from some of the best vendors from around the South at the Fall Vintage Pickin' Barn Sale! Located at White Oaks Farm in Fyffe, this vintage marketplace features primitives, rustic junk, industrial, farmhouse, shabby & French country, repurposed goods and more! For ticket information and times, please visit VintagePickinAL. eventbrite.com!

September 14, DeKalb Republican Breakfast Club - The next meeting of the DeKalb Republican Breakfast Club will be held on Saturday, September 14 at 7:30am at Western Sizzlin' in Fort Payne. The guest speaker will be U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville. September 15, Gold City at Rainsville FBC - Gold City, Southern Gospel's premiere quartet will perform at Rainsville First Baptist Church on Sunday, September 15 at 10:15am. For more information, please call (256) 638-3141 or visit www.rainsvillefirst.com. September 21, Boom Days 5K - Come enjoy a Saturday filled with fun! The Fort Payne Three Arts Club will be hosting our annual 5K Walk/Run and a fun run for the kids! Come cheer on your family and then enjoy the annual Boom Days celebration with various art vendors, entertainment, food and fun! Prizes will be awarded to the overall 5K winners. Cost is $30 per person for 5K and $15 for the Fun Run (12 and under). September 21, Boom Days Heritage Celebration - This annual art and musical event displays citizens of Fort Payne taking a second look at their past and the heritage passed down to them through the arts and crafts of our area. The Boom Days Heritage Celebration will feature many of these facets in the presentation of musical performances as well as art displays in City Park. The event begins at 10am and is free to the public. September 28, Cruisin' for the Kids Motorcycle Ride - The Cruisin' for the Kids Motorcycle Ride is a

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Biomedical startup, ActivArmorTM, is partnering with DeKalb Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to bring this revolutionary immobilization technology to Fort Payne, Alabama. With years of nationwide commercial sales, the FDA-registered medical device company is continuing its national expansion with it's high-tech waterproof, hygienic, breathable cast/splinting alternative. The next-gen casts are entirely custom – precisely fitting to each patient using a 3D body scan, and designed per the doctor's prescription. Including the ability to expose post-surgical hardware or incisions, and adaptable for use with bone stimulators and other advanced technologies. ActivArmorTM orthoses are prescribed for injuries like breaks, sprains, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. DeKalb Orthopedics & Sports Medicine provides a full range of diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitative services for injuries and disorders of the skeletal system and associated bones, joints, tendons, muscles, ligaments and nerves. ActivArmor is a perfect match for DeKalb, with their reputation for helping patients return to their active lifestyles while healing from sports injuries, sprains, strains, and fractures. "The orthopedic doctors at DeKalb Orthopedics & Sports Medicine are furthering their mission of helping their patients maintain their active lifestyles, by providing the latest in high-tech immobilization products," said Diana Hall, President of ActivArmor. "Dekalb Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is proud to offer the only ActivArmor 3D scanner in DeKalb County which allows patients to be scanned in our office and have the 3D printed custom cast available in only a couple days! We are excited to offer the latest in casting technology that takes the stress out of having a cast. ActivArmor 3D printed casts are waterproof, breathable and hygienic which allows patients to continue their active lifestyle while they heal from their injury," said Dr. Andrew Hester, Orthopedic surgeon at DeKalb Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.


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JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – The Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce has broken a state record, officially becoming the fastest growing Chamber in Alabama. The rural Chamber now boasts a 600+ member roster to back up the innovative programing they continue to build towards. “We see a bright future for Jackson County and work to be the voice of progress in our hometown business community,� says President/CEO Rick Roden. “Our Chamber team lives by this slogan and will continue to market the high-quality business environment here in Jackson County.� Last week, in partnership with Jimmy Cusano CEO of Your Chamber Connections, 50+ Chamber volunteers worked to bring in 123 new members in less than 8 hours. Then, over the next

two days, 29 more new members joined, landing the business community with 152 new members. The rural membership drive featured growth volume in which other chambers only dream, and the Chamber has their member-based volunteers to thank for that! Dubbed the Godfather and Godmother of the program by Mr. Cusano, Mayor Bubba and Tina Hughes along with their Bridgeport based team did an unbelievable job by single-handedly bringing in 62 new members and winning 1st Place!! The Scottsboro

 

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Two Open Congressional Seats in 2019 By Steve Flowers AL Political Columnist MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Governor Kay Ivey has had a very successful first year as governor. One of the coups she pulled off was getting the legislature to pass legislation granting the governor the power to appoint the Board of Pardons and Paroles. The new law will give her all the new appointments to the Parole Board. Previously, the three-member Board picked the director. The new law went into effect on September 1, 2019 and Gov. Ivey wasted no time selecting the new director. She appointed longtime political figure, former Attorney General and former Mobile County Circuit Judge Charlie Graddick. Ivey also supported a measure that would make the state school board appointed rather than elected. This proposal will have to be

approved by Alabama voters in next year’s election. This one may have tougher sledding. Alabamians are reluctant to give up their rights to vote for their public officials. Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate is continuing a great summer political tradition in Montgomery. Pate, who is Alabama’s 27th Commissioner of Agriculture, hosted the 9th Annual Tomato Sandwich luncheon. The menu included homegrown Wiregrass tomatoes and corn on the cob. It also includes lots of politics. Some of those in attendance were former Agriculture Commissioner and now State Treasurer John McMillan, Secretary of State John Merrill, State Auditor Jim Ziegler, and State Senators Will Barfoot and Tom Whatley. Second District Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) made a surprise PROUDLY SERVING ALL OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA

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also has two young children and a husband who has a successful law career. She made the right decision for herself. She will have a much more enjoyable and rewarding life, and if, she practices law or lobbies, a much more lucrative lifestyle. This leaves two open Republican seats. This second district seat, which encompasses all of the Wiregrass, parts of Montgomery and the burgeoning counties of Elmore and Autauga, will be a wide-open and very contested and interesting race. It is a Republican district. The early favorite to win the seat is Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman. He has been very involved civic wise in the Wiregrass and statewide for years. He will also have unlimited personal funds and will spend them. Whoever wins the second district seat will be subject to an alteration in the district. We are expected to lose a seat after the 2020 census. Most observers expect this second district to merge into a portion of the third congressional district. It will more than likely pick

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DeKalb Animal Shelter adoption event that will be held at the City Park on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10am until 2pm. There will be food vendors, entertainment and animals available for adoption. The Council approved the installation of a “speed table� on 66th Street in the vicinity of Allen Memorial Church to help control traffic. Two Fort Payne Citizens came before the Council to discuss unattended dog in their neighborhood. The concerned citizens advised the Council that the animals were suffering from animal cruelty and that neighbors were leaving food to prevent the animals from starving to death. The next meeting of the Fort Payne City Council will be held on Tuesday, September 17 at 12pm on the second floor of Fort Payne City Hall.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last month, a resolution was approved by the Alabama Republican Party that called for the expulsion of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for what the sponsor, State Rep. Tommy Hanes (R-Bryant), refers to as “anti-American� sentiments. “I believe [Omar] has broken her oath of office with her anti-American statements. I’m calling upon the Alabama delegation in Washington to start proceedings to expel her from her seat in the House of Representatives,� said Hanes, who has represented Alabama’s 23rd state house district since 2015. Last week, Omar fired back at the Alabama Republican Party and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Twitter, stating:

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By Zach Hester, Reporter MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Last week, Governor Kay Ivey declared a Mobile Bay toll bridge as "dead" after officials voted to remove the project from their "Transportation Improvement Plan." The project, which would've been the most expensive transportation plan in state history, was voted down 8-1 by the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (ESMPO). The organization consists of local officials around the Mobile Bay area. "With the action taken today, there is no pathway forward, and this project is dead," said Ivey, moments after the vote. The Governor maintained that the project was critical for the region. The group's almost unanimous decision came at the end of a 4-hour meeting where County residents expressed concerns over the bridge's tolls that could have cost up to $6 each way. Unlimited toll passes could've been purchased on a monthly basis for $90. "If bridge equals tolls, then the citizens of coastal Alabama choose no bridge, no toll," said Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood, the chair of the ESMPO, according to video coverage from FOX10 TV. Following the failed vote, Ivey canceled the October 7 meeting of the state toll road and bridge authority, where she was scheduled to discuss the project.

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Mary Christine Johnson - 86 of Fort Payne, passed away on Thursday, August 29. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Saturday, August 31 at W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel with Revs. Roger Redden and David Durham officiating. Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery.

Anthony Glenn “Tony� Guinn - 63, passed away on Tuesday, September 3. Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

William Floyd Maxwell - 81 of Valley Head, passed away on Sunday, September 1 at his residence. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Wednesday, September 4 at Rainsville Holiness Church with Bros. Ricky Wooten and Kerry Ferguson officiating. Burial followed in New Home Cemetery in Henagar.

Margaret Shirley Jackson - 73 of Collinsville, passed away on Wednesday, August 28 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Saturday, August 31 at Collinsville Funeral HomeSharpe Chapel with Revs. Jim Smith and David Hufstetler. Burial followed in Hunt’s Chapel Cemetery.

Jerrell Wayne Allen - 74 of Piedmont, passed away on Sunday, September 1. Burial will be held at 10am on Tuesday, September 3 at Liberty Cemetery in Painter.

Roy Sterling - 87, passed away on Saturday, August 31 at his residence. A graveside service was held at Hunt’s Chapel Cemetery in Collinsville after a visitation on Tuesday, September 3.

Weslie Ann Hester - 41 of Dutton, passed away on Monday, September 2. A graveside service was held at 2pm on Thursday, September 5 at Beulah Cemetery in Ider.

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Brandy McGarvey - 20 of Crossville, passed away on Monday, September 2. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Friday, September 6 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel with Bros. Scott Hosey and Chris Watkins officiating. Burial followed in Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery.

Nellie Dornhecker - 79 of Rainsville, passed away on Monday, September 2. Funeral services were held at 12pm on Thursday, September 5 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel. Burial followed in Town Creek Cemetery.

Billy Chadwick - 66 of Gadsden, passed away on Tuesday, September 3. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 7 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel with Rev. Pete Chadwick officiating. Burial will follow in Tenbroeck Cemetery.

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Walter Cash - 89, passed away on Friday, August 30. Funeral services were held at Crossville First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, September 4 with Bro. David Bailey officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Robert Dale Parris - 46 of Fyffe, passed away on Sunday, September 1 at his residence. Funeral services were held at 11am on Tuesday, September 3 at Crossville Memorial Chapel with Revs. Morrel Upchurch and Chris Andrews officiating. Burial followed in New Harmony Cemetery.

WILSON Margaret McKeehan Dawson - 71 of Fort Payne, passed away on Tuesday, August 27. Funeral services were held at 11am on Thursday, August 29 at Wilson Funeral

Home with Revs. Howard Holland and John Keefe officiating. Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery.

GERALDINE Tommy Joe Bowers - 81 of Boaz, passed away on Friday, August 30 at his residence. Funeral services were held at 4pm on Sunday, September 1 at Geraldine Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wayne Tarvin officiating. Floyd David Rathke - 66 of Albertville, passed away on Monday, September 2 at Crossville Health Care. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

KERBY Danny O’Shields - 70 of Sylvania, passed away on Thursday, August 29 at Crossville Health and Rehab. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

RAINSVILLE Gary Steven Anderson - 69 of Rainsville, passed away on Saturday, August 31 at Riverview Regional Medical Center. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, September 15 at noon at his residence. Jeffory Jones - 52 of Peek’s Corner, passed away on Sunday, September 1 at Huntsville Hospital. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Wednesday, September 4 at Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Nick Sharp and Welton Brooks officiating. Burial followed in Lusk Chapel Cemetery.

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SOUTHERN TORCH

SCOREBOARD • WEEK ONE •

Plainview 36, North Jackson 35 Fort Payne 42, Scottsboro 7 Fyffe 28, Geraldine 0 Collinsville 40, Crossville 13

Ider 17, Holly Pond 2 Sylvania 21, Sardis 12 Valley Head 45, ASD 8 Conecuh Springs 30, CCA 26

SOUTHERN TORCH TEAM OF THE WEEK

By Marla Jones Sports Editor RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Fans were on the edge of their seats as Plainview defeated the North Jackson Chiefs, in a 36-35 overtime victory on Friday night. After a scoreless first quarter marred with penalties, interceptions, and turnovers, the Plainview Bears saw the endzone first with 11:53 remaining in the first half. Brody McCurdy

bulldozed his way in from 2-yards out for the score. The extra point attempt by Geo Chapparo made the score 7-0. The North Jackson Chiefs answered back quickly with an 58-yard touchdown pass. The PAT failed making the score 7-6. North Jackson struck again with 3:30 remaining in the first half on a 89-touchdown reception. The Chiefs went for 2 and went up 14-7. With :23 remaining

in the half, Logan Bell had a pick 6. The two-point conversion by Noah White gave the Bears the 15-14 advantage going into the half. With 5:10 remaining in the third quarter, McCurdy added another 9-yard rushing touchdown to the Bears total. The kick by Chapparo was good, giving the Bears the 22-14 lead. With 2:36 remaining in the third quarter, North Jackson

scored on a 31-yard rushing touchdown. The extra point attempt failed. With :47 remaining in the third, McCurdy scored on a 7-yard touchdown to go into the fourth with the 28-20 lead. North Jackson scored with 4:07 remaining in regulation play and went for two to tie the game 28-28. North Jackson won the toss to go into overtime play. The Chiefs scored on the third play

of overtime with a 5-yard rushing touchdown. The extra point attempt was good. Plainview answered back scoring on fourth and eight with a 8-yard connection from Noah White to Brody Parker. The Bears went for two and Brody McCurdy scored from 3-yards out to win the battle, 36-35. The Chiefs finished the night with 386 rushing yards and 126 passing yards. Plainview had 222 rushing yards

and 63 passing yards for the night. Brody McCurdy led the Bears with 175 total yards and three touchdowns. The Plainview Bears have been awarded the Southern Torch Team of the Week for their remarkable efforts in their overtime victory. The Plainview Bears (1-1) will begin region play this week as they host the Geraldine Bulldogs (1-1).

IDER STINGS RAMS TAME THE BRONCOS

By Marla Jones, Sports Editor • marla@southerntorch.com

THE LIONS

By Marla Jones, Sports Editor • marla@southerntorch.com

HOLLY POND, Ala. — The Ider Hornets defeat the Holly Pond Broncos, 17-2 on Friday night. The game was back and forth throughout the night with both teams fumbling and throwing interceptions. With 7:00 remaining in the first half, Holly Pond scored the only points of the half, on a safety, to make the score 2-0. Ider kicked a 50 yard field goal by Benjamin Klausen with 7:00 remaining in the third to take the 3-2 lead. With 1:34 remaining in the third, Klausen connected on a long touchdown pass, to score. The PAT was good and Ider had the 10-2 advantage over the Broncos. With 1:34 remaining in the game, Klausen intercepts the Bronco ball and runs it back 32 yards for the Ider touchdown and gave the Ider Hornets the 17-2 victory. Seth Hawkins led the Ider Hornets with 77 yards on 21 carries. Klausen had two interceptions and two touchdowns for the night. Ider (1-0) will travel to take on the Sand Rock Wildcats (1-0) in a region game on Friday.

SARDIS CITY, Ala. — The Sylvania Rams tamed the Sardis Lions, 21-12, on Friday night. After a scoreless first quarter, the Rams scored with 5:25 remaining in the first half on a 70-yard touchdown by Gareth Anderson. The Rams took the 7-0 advantage into the half. Coming back from the half, the Rams scored on a rushing touchdown to pad their lead to 14-0. Sardis answered back with a touchdown. The extra point failed. At the end of the third quarter, Sylvania lead 14-6. With 1:37 remaining in the game, Sardis scored. The Rams stopped the two-point conversion, to maintain the 14-12 lead. After a back and forth during the fourth quarter, The Rams held Sardis on 4th and goal. Sylvania regained the ball and with :37 left, to seal the Lions fate with a touchdown and to make the final score 21-12 Sylvania (1-0) will host Susan Moore Bulldogs (2-0) in region play on Friday night.

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FORT PAYNE WINS TOP CAT

By Amy Thrash Reporter FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The Fort Payne Wildcats took back the TopCat trophy after a 42-7 win over the Scottsboro Wildcats Friday night. Fort Payne struck quickly on a pass connection from J.D. Blalock to Matthew

Shaddix for a 48- yard touchdown run. Alex McPherson nailed the PAT to give Fort Payne the 7-0 lead with 8:29 to go in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Blalock found Shaddix again for a 34-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-0 with 9:07 left in the first half. Hunter Love bulldozed his way down

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By Marla Jones, Sports Editor GERALDINE, Ala. — The Fyffe Red Devils shutout the Geraldine Bulldogs 28-0 on Friday night. The Red Devils, scored first on a 70-yard touchdown drive. Zach Pryon connected with Brody Dalton on a 37-yard pass. Kyle Dukes brought it in from 5-yards out, two plays later. The kick by Dalton gave the Red Devils the 7-0 advantage with 9.28 remaining in the opening quarter. The Bulldogs fell short on a fourth down conversions, giving the ball back to the Red Devils in the second quarter. Fyffe bulldozed their way down the field and 12-plays and 80 yards later, Zach Pryon powered up the middle with :42 remaining in the first half on a quarterback keeper. The kick by Dalton was good and Fyffe went into the half with a 14-0 advantage. To start the second half, Pyron showed out for the Red Devils. He had several runs before driving in another touchdown with 2:08 remaining in the third. The kick by Dalton was good, padding the Red Devil lead to 21-0. After a Geraldine turnover, Fyffe etched their victory in stone with a 20-yard touchdown, early in the fourth quarter, by Ike Rowell. The kick was good, making the final score of the night 28-0. Friday night, both teams will travel to start region play. Fyffe (1-0) will travel to take on Section (0-1) while Geraldine (1-1) will travel to take on Plainview (1-1).

the field with a 62-yard run that put the ball on the 2-yard line. Darwin Camp dashed into the end zone to give the Fort Payne Wildcats a 21-0 lead. With .57 seconds left in the first half Shaddix scored his third touchdown of the night to make the score 28-0. With 6:56 left in the third quarter, Shaddix scored from 9-yards out

to make the score 35-0. The Scottsboro Wildcats scored their only touchdown of the night to make the score 35-7 at the end of the third. In the fourth quarter with 8:42 remaining in the game, Fort Payne scored their last touchdown of the night for the 42-7 win over the Scottsboro Wildcats. “[This is a] great

team win against a good Scottsboro team,� said Fort Payne Head Coach Chris Elmore. “[Our] defense played great all night. Our special teams controlled field position the entire game, and our offensive skill players were able to make big plays because of how our offensive line blocked.� The Wildcats will

travel to take on the Albertville Aggies in regional play on Friday night. Join Southern Torch for a tailgate party at the Aggies stadium before the game.= The Scottsboro Wildcats will travel to Ardmore to take on the Tigers.

NEIGHBOR VS NEIGHBOR

By Marla Jones Sports Editor

COLLINSVILLE, Ala. — The Collinsville Panthers defeated the Crossville Lions 40-13 on Friday. Crossville struck early, with 8:35 remaining in the first, with a 52-yard touchdown by Trace Allen. The 2-point conversion was stopped by the Panthers, giving the Lions the 6-0 advantage. Collinsville answered back with 7:13 remaining in the first

quarter, with a 45 yard quarterback keeper by Kaleb Jones. The kick by Jason Perez was good, giving the Panthers the 7-6 lead. Collinsville never looked back. In the second quarter, with 11:52 remaining, Perez kicked a 48 yard field goal. Collinsville went up 10-6. Dalton Hughes scored on a 10-yard stampede down the field. The kick by Perez, padded the Panthers lead 17-6. To close out the first half for the Panthers, Jones made a 58-yard

connection to Garrett Skelton, for the score. The kick by Perez was good and the Panthers went into the half with the 24-6 advantage. The third quarter saw the Panthers scoring on a 52-yard run by Michael Tucker, a safety after a high snap on Crossville punt, and a 2-yard pass from Jones to Carmen Barkley giving Collinsville the 40-6 lead. With 0:37 remaining in the game, Crossville scored on a 7-yard run by Noah Williams. The extra

point attempt was good, making the final score of the game, 40-13. Kaleb Jones completed 5-of-8 passes for a total of 98 yards and two touchdowns for the night. Kolby Lesley led the Lions with 16 carries for 75 yards. Both teams will begin region play this week. Collinsville (2-0) will travel to face the North Sand Mountain Bisons. Crossville (0-2) will travel to face the Etowah Blue Devils.

TIGERS DEFEAT THE WARRIORS By Marla Jones, Sports Editor

VALLEY HEAD, Ala. — The Valley Head Tigers defeated the Alabama School for the Deaf, 45-8, in their season opener on Friday night. The Tigers put on nineteen unanswered points in the first quarter. With 10:24 remaining in the first quarter, Jordan Burt galloped in thirteen yards for the score. The point after attempt by Marlon Trinidad was good, giving the Tigers the 7-0 lead. With 6:49 remaining in the first, Bryson Morgan brought it in from 10 yards. The PAT by Trinidad was blocked, making the score 13-0. With 2:10 remaining in the opening quarter, Burt scores again with a 4-yard gallop into the endzone. The point after attempt failed. Jordan Burt scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to add to the Valley Head lead. With 6:10 remaining in the first half, Burt brought one in from 7 yards. The PAT failed. With 2:02 remaining in

the second quarter, Burt stampeded in from 61 yards. The kick by Trinidad was good, giving the Tigers the 32-0 lead going into the half. To start the second half off, the Tigers scored on a 6-yard touchdown by Marlon Trinidad. The kick by Trinidad was good, padding the Valley Head lead to 39-0. With 5:24 remaining in the third, Waylon Collins brought one in from 5-yards out. The point after attempt failed, giving the Tigers the 45-0 advantage. With 2:18 remaining in the third quarter, the Silent Warriors scored the final points of the night with a 68-yard run by Cory McKinnoe. The Warriors successfully went for two, making the final score of the game, 45-8. Jordan Burt led the Valley Head Tigers with 127 yards on eight carries and four touchdowns. Valley Head (1-0) will travel to take on Decatur Heritage Christian Academy(1-0) in region play on Friday.



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