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Wildcats fall at Phillips in opener

Published on August 30th, 2014 by in Sports

Chris Yow For the FFP BEAR CREEK – Austin Campbell did his finest Peyton Manning impression Friday night for the Phillips Bears. The senior quarterback threw for 268 yards and four touchdowns as Phillips defeated Tharptown 48-6. Campbell, who played only one half, was 9-of-11 through the air, including three two-point conversions. He had touchdown

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Bobcats end losing streak with comeback win over Sumiton

Published on August 30th, 2014 by in Sports

Chris Yow For the FFP Finally, the streak is over. “My head is spinning right now,” Phil Campbell head coach Ryan Swinney said after his team fought back to beat Sumiton Christian 26-24 on the road Friday night. The Bobcats trailed for most of the game, but a late touchdown and defensive stand allowed Phil

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Nichols, defense shine as Russellville opens with rout of Deshler

Published on August 30th, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press It would probably be fair to call Russellville’s 36-12 whipping of rival Deshler in Friday’s season opener a statement game. In Jacob Hamilton’s mind, though, there wasn’t a whole lot that needed to be said in the first place. “With the tradition that we have here, we were kind of

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Pending church trip puts Overton Farms back in the spotlight

John Pilati Franklin Free Press A Red Bay church youth group’s planned weekend visit next month to the Bear Creek Education Center has become the latest source of contention in an ongoing dispute involving Franklin County’s historic Overton Farms. BCDA executive director Shannon McKinney said the group is affiliated with a larger church group out

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City school board revises supplement schedule

John Pilati Franklin Free Press The Russellville City Board of Education approved a revised schedule of coaching supplements at its August 21 regular monthly meeting. While the supplement amounts show significant increases from prior supplements, the new amounts do not reflect compensation for additional days, as was the case under the old method of calculating

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Golden Tigers getting ready for new-look Deshler offense

Published on August 27th, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press Russellville has opened every season since 1992 with a game against rival Deshler, and, for the vast majority of those 22 years, preparing to play Deshler meant preparing to defend the Wing-T. Under former head coach John Mothershed, the Tigers rode their old-fashioned, run-heavy misdirection attack to 201 wins and

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Big-play Red Bay prepares for tough test from Haleyville

Published on August 27th, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press Red Bay’s Michael Jackson has a problem that every coach would love to have. In senior running back Tyler Reach and the receiving quartet of senior Jade Pounds, juniors Nick Thorn and Reed Holt and sophomore Tate Ozbirn, the Tigers have five skill players capable of changing the scoreboard every

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Week 1 in the SEC: History in Columbia

After weeks—nay, months—of anticipation, it’s finally here. Abilene Christian at Georgia State. Tonight. The wait is over. Okay, so the first game of the 2014 college football season involving an FBS team (that would be Georgia State, by the way) seems a bit anticlimactic. Understood. If you prefer to think of Thursday as the season’s

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Bobcats hit the road in search of a win

Published on August 27th, 2014 by in Sports

Chris Yow For the FFP Phil Campbell head coach Ryan Swinney knows his team needs a win in a bad way. Last week’s season-opening defeat at the hands of Falkville was the Bobcats’ 15th consecutive loss, dating back to 2012. A loss at Sumiton Christian on Friday night would tie the school record for most

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Northwest-Shoals opens new one-of-a-kind facility

Megan Barber Franklin Free Press Companies like Tasus Corporation have hit a dilemma: They want to hire more employees, but there are no skilled employees to hire. With this problem in mind, Northwest-Shoals Community College in Muscle Shoals has officially opened its new Injection Molding Technology Center. NW-SCC is the only school in the state

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