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DHS Powder Puff puts spotlight on Girls of Fall

The cool air and bright lights are no longer just for the Boys of Fall, at least not at Demopolis High School.

The annual DHS Powder Puff tradition takes on a new feel this year as it moves from its customary spring date right into the heart of high school football season.

“This was actually Coach (Tom) Causey’s idea. He made the suggestion last year for several reasons,” event sponsor and DHS teacher Jay Russell said of the decision to move the girls’ flag football tournament to autumn. “In the spring, it’s usually pretty hot when we do it. We did it during the daytime. (DHS principal Leon) Clark wanted it to not interfere with instructional time, so we decided to move it. And the girls have been asking for a couple of years if we could have it at night so their parents could come see them play. Mr. Clark wanted it to be at night. Coach Causey wanted to move it closer to football season so it would help build up school spirit and support for the football team.”

The event, which stands as one of the premiere School Fest fundraisers for Demopolis High, pits the freshman girls against the sophomore girls and the junior girls against the senior girls in a flag football tournament where the DHS football players act as coaches, male students act as cheerleaders and bragging rights hang in the balance.

This year’s event will see the first round games played Thursday, Oct. 4 at Tiger Stadium with the festivities kicking off with a pep rally at 6 p.m. The games will be played simultaneously immediately following the pep rally.

“I think it has grown every year a little bit more. The first year we did it was my first year teaching here at Demopolis and it was just the juniors against the seniors and it was a night game. It was on the old field, but nobody knew what it was because it was the very first year,” Russell said.

The following year, all classes began to participate in the event and it ultimately grew into a reliable fundraiser for the Demopolis City Schools Foundation.

“Every year, it has grown a little bit more. We also found out that Demopolis Middle School, a couple years ago, started doing Powder Puff. So, now, we’re getting girls who’ve played over there coming here and playing,” Russell said. “Most of the freshman team this year, played and won last year at the middle school as eighth graders. We have 20 boys signed up to be Powder Puff cheerleaders, which is the most participation we’ve ever had.”

While the event stands as a unique fundraiser, it is the role reversal element that makes it such a positive experience for all those involved.

“(Causey) and the other coaches have enjoyed it because it gives people who aren’t necessarily involved with the football program at all a chance to see what it is like to prepare and go through a game because we try to make it as close to the real thing as we possibly can. Traditionally, football players serve as assistant coaches,” Russell said. “And, it’s good for them because they get to see what the coaches have to go through to prepare them for the games.”

While the players and coaches get a taste of game preparation, the designated spirit squad for the game gets some insight into the rigors of organized pep.

“They’ve been doing a great job. They’re having a good time with it,” Russell said of the 20 boys who make up the largest cheerleading contingent in DHS Powder Puff history. “This is another one of those things where it gives boys a chance to see what these girls have to go through. Several of the cheerleaders have been helping them learn cheers.”

When the teams take the field, it is the senior group that will likely stand as the favorite. Through three years of Powder Puff action, the Class of 2013 has gone 6-0 and looks to end its DHS tenure unscathed.

“They are completely undefeated. They have won every game they have ever played. They have some very athletic girls. Their first year as freshmen, they beat the senior team for the championship,” Russell said of the seniors. “They are extremely athletic. They play well together. Many of the girls already play together on the basketball team. They are the team to beat. They’re always the team to beat.”

The teams that win their respective games Thursday will advance to the championship round, which is scheduled to be played Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.

9/28/2012 – DHS at Thomasville – Gallery

DCS completes $80,000 HVAC project at U.S. Jones

Despite the warm outdoor temperatures, some students at U.S. Jones Elementary School were asking to wear their jackets during physical education time Friday.

The sudden drop in temperature in the school’s gymnasium can be attributed to the completion of a heating and cooling project that has been on the school’s radar for a decade.

“It was a lengthy process. We had it on our capital outlay list for about 10 years,” U.S. Jones Elementary School Principal Dr. Tony Speegle said of the project. “(Demopolis City Schools Superintendent of Education Dr.  Al Griffin) and Roger Locke, they just made it all happen and put it all together. The board and the capital outlay committee got everything squared away. Money was assigned to it. Darren Anderson did a fantastic job in a short period of time. So Anderson Plumbing and Heating, they deserve a ton of credit.”

The gymnasium at USJ has never contained a heating and cooling system, frequently leaving physical education classes and school assemblies at the mercy of outdoor temperatures.

“We are so excited to have air. I’ll be honest, that has been a long time coming,” Griffin said. “We had third, fourth and fifth graders having P.E. in a gym without air for far too long. And when I got here that was something I realized I needed to tackle.”

The push to undertake the project began more than a year ago when the school system applied for a grant through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).

“We completed the grant in September 2011 through ADECA. It’s an energy grant. It’ll fund up to $50,000 of a heating and air project,” Griffin said. “We were able to get the grant and we had until Sept. 30 to get the job complete. So we bid it out through Grimes Architects. (Butch Grimes) was our architect on a lot of our HVAC projects throughout the school system. I thank all of our staffers and I thank the board. The architect fees plus this project was about $80,000. This grant paid 50 of it. So I thank the board for allowing us to do capital outlay monies to absorb the rest of this expense. We thank ADECA. We thank the board. We thank Grimes Architects. We thank Darren Anderson for the great job that they did.”

The completion of the project will make life a little bit easier for students during P.E. at USJ as well as help to provide more comfort and safety to school assemblies, which were previously held at the Theo Ratliff Activity Center adjacent to the school.

“There are so many factors that are going to benefit not only physical education, but us not having to leave our facility to go other places to have assemblies,” U.S. Jones P.E. teacher Brian Bradley said. “Six months out of the year, it is really hot in that gym. Having to leave our campus every time we have an assembly is crazy. It’s dangerous because we have to walk down the street to get to another facility. Being able to take care of our own here is going to be really nice.”

“I think it’s going to be a big impact because, when it gets so hot, it’s a lot harder to get them to participate. They don’t want to be active because they’re concentrating so much on being hot. If they do get active or participate, it makes it work. I think there’s a lot more interruptions for wanting to get water or wanting to take breaks,” USJ P.E. teacher Tammy Causey said. “I know in the past, we’ve had some where we’ve actually let the kids bring bottles of water to P.E. because it has been so hot. There have been some, where we’ve actually had to limit our activity because it has been so hot. The heat index has is too high. I don’t think we’re going to have to worry about any of those days.”

The school system will now attempt to duplicate the project at the Demopolis Middle School gymnasium, having already applied for a $20,000 ADECA grant to help fund that endeavor.

“We’re already doing site evaluations to do an identical project at the middle school,” Griffin said, adding that DCS expects to hear back from ADECA by the end of this year or in early January 2013.

A look at what’s waiting for you on Roku

By Bruce Ward

Special to The Watchman


Last time, we looked at a great way for you to save money while still scratching your television itch. Now, let’s take a look at some of the great selections available on Roku TV.

Crackle (Free Channel)

Movies and TV/Videos on Demand (VOD)

Starting Oct. 1, seasons one and two of “Rescue Me” will be available. A season per month will be released until all seven have been released.

Koldcast TV (Free Channel)

Web Series/VOD

Just released last Monday “The Book of Dallas.” Dallas may be an atheist, but God has a plan. “The Book of Dallas” is released on Mondays and appears to be about 10 to 15 minutes in length per episode.

Koldcast & Aggression Fighting Championship (AFC) partnered last week to bring AFC fights, docudramas and reality series to Koldcast TV.

BYU TV (Free Channel)

Movies & TV/Live and VOD/Family Content

With BYU Broadcasting receiving 19 Emmy nominations there’s bound to be something good on BYU TV. Be assured there is!

American Ride

Take a ride with history. Season premiere Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.

Story Trek

Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours? Airs Oct. 1 at 8:30 p.m.

New Channels:

Vudu HD Movies (Pay per View) –Movies and TV

Wild TV (Pay/Free Channel) –Hunting, Fishing and more

Funimation (Pay/Free Channel) –Anime

Shop NBC (Free Channel)

Dog TV (Pay Channel) –Live Channel for Dogs. Yep!

Find Roku Tv Guide online at

UWA drops West Georgia for GSC win

LIVINGSTON — West Alabama shredded the Gulf South Conference’s top rushing defense for 313 yards on the ground and the Tiger defense intercepted four passes on the way to a 24-20 win over West Georgia in a steady, misting rain Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

The win lifts 10th ranked West Alabama, who lost four fumbles, to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the GSC. West Georgia, who had been allowing just 76.3 yards rushing per game, dipped to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in league play.

9-29-2012 — Livingston, Ala. — UWA running back Matt Willis crosses the goal line for the Tigers’ second touchdown of the night in their game against the Univeristy of West Georgia Wolves. (Michael Clements / The West Alabama Watchman)

“To win a championship there are times you have to win ugly,” UWA head coach Will Hall said. “We won ugly tonight against a good football team.

“We played phenomenal on defense and not as well in the other two facets of the game,” Hall said. “Again, it was a good win against a conference opponent and we will always be happy with that.”

Malcolm Butler led the UWA defense with three interceptions, three broken up passes and five tackles. The Tigers limited West Georgia to just 242 yards of total offense, just 95 through the air. Two Wolves quarterbacks managed to complete just 9-of-27 against the GSC’s top secondary.

“Coach (Robert) Henry had a good plan and made the right calls. We had to play our game, playing physical and doing what we do,” UWA linebacker Ben Brooks said. “It’s big to be 2-0 in this league. Everybody looks down on West Alabama in the GSC, no matter how successful we are. This was a statement game for us.”

Butler’s three picks tied the school record for interceptions in a game. The record is held by several Tigers, but most recently by current safety Otha Foster last week at Valdosta State.

“We just stuck together tonight,” Butler said. “Coach Hall always talks about holding on to the rope and sticking together. We did that tonight.”

West Georgia opened the scoring midway through the first quarter when safety Donovan Jackson scooped up a Gary Johnston fumble and ran 35 yards for a touchdown. Johnston, one of two UWA quarterbacks to see action, rebounded to run for 56 yards in the game.

“We knew they were going to come out swinging, but in sloppy weather like this we had to run the ball,” Johnston said. “The offensive line loves it, so the more yards we get on the ground the more it keeps them happy.

“I don’t think West Georgia had played a run team like us,” Johnston said. “We need to get healthy and focus on correcting mistakes, but a GSC win is a GSC win and we’ll take it.”

Senior running back Matt Willis broke the UWA career rushing record on a 27-yard carry late in the first quarter, setting up a 7-yard scoring run from Kyle Caldwell to even the score at 7-7. Willis now has 2,141 career yards and moved past UWA Athletic Hall of Fame member Johnny Shepherd (1980-82) as UWA’s top all-time runner.

A Javae Swindle fumble on a punt return set West Georgia up at UWA’s 7-yard line early in the second quarter, but the Tiger defense stiffened and forced the Wolves to settle for a 20-yard field by Davis Brackett and a 10-7 lead.

West Alabama answered on its next drive. A 27-yard run by Reggie Hall set up a 4-yard scoring run by Willis, giving him 22 career rushing TDs, tying him for the top spot on that list with Alfred Banks (1987-90). Willis finished with 86 yards rushing and one reception for 15 yards before a knee injury late in the first half ended his night.

Quan Jones scored on a 9-yard run with 7:01 left in the first half to put West Georgia back on top, 17-14. The score was set up by a 51-yard completion from Austin Trainor to Tavarus Lewis on a third-and-20 play.

After a pair of West Georgia pass interference penalties gave West Alabama an untimed down to end the first half, Ryne Smith connected on his 20th consecutive field goal, a 25-yarder, to send the Tigers and Wolves into the intermission tied at 17.

West Alabama regained the lead on a 6-yard touchdown run by Danny Hobbs at the 3:46 mark in the third period. Smith’s 61st consecutive PAT made it 24-17 at the end of three quarters.

A 31-yard field goal off the foot of Brackett with 10:44 to play cut UWA’s lead to the final margin.

West Georgia defensive end Tory Slater recovered the fourth lost Tiger fumble at UWA’s 46-yard line with 9:41 to play, but the UWA defense refused to break and forced a three-and-out.

The Wolves got the ball back with 3:24 to play, needing to go 80 yards for the win. After picking up a pair of first downs, Butler broke up Dallas Dickey’s fourth-down pass and the Tigers only had to kneel down three times for the victory.

Hall finished with 74 rushing yards and returned three kickoffs for 81 yards. Caldwell ran for 50 yards on nine trips and Hobbs had 47 on 13 carries. Caldwell completed 6-of-13 for 70 yards and was not intercepted.

Foster finished with five tackles and Ridge Turner had UWA’s fourth interception and broke up four passes.

Dickey led West Georgia ball carriers with 52 yards on five carries and completed 4-of-9 passes for 23 yards. Trainor was 5-of-18 and threw all four interceptions. Bobby Liggins led Wolves tacklers with seven and also recovered a fumble.


DHS alum James leads Jacksonville State to win

JACKSONVILLE – Fall Preview Day on the Jacksonville State campus may have been a preview of what awaits the Gamecocks’ remaining opponents.

Sophomore DaMarcus James ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns and senior quarterback Marques Ivory passed for 161 yards and two TDs as Jacksonville State defeated Southeast Missouri State 31-16 before a crowd of 16,842 at Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium.

DaMarcus James carries the ball against Southeast Missouri State.

The Gamecocks improved to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Jacksonville State won with an effective, ball-control offensive game plan. All five of JSU’s scoring drives took at least nine plays and all of them covered at least 60 yards.

“I felt like we had a pretty good tempo throughout the whole game,” Ivory said, “and it was actually better than how we practiced. Everybody got up to the line and we got to see what they were doing.

“We called the correct plays and the offensive line did a great job. We had been telling them all week that they controlled everything that we’re going to do, and when they play great, we’ll play great.”

“We preached all week that we’re going to dominate up front,” said sophomore center Max Holcombe. “The better the offensive line plays, the better the whole offense runs. And when we’re able to run the ball it makes it easier on Marques throwing the ball.”

Southeast Missouri State dropped to 2-3 and 1-1 with its fifth straight loss to the Gamecocks.

Jacksonville State averaged 5.5 yards per rushing attempt, finishing with 268 yards on the ground and 429 overall. SEMO, which went 99 yards for a touchdown on its first possession, had 303.

Jacksonville State’s touchdown drives covered 84, 72, 73 and 61 yards. The Gamecocks also were an exceptional 10-of-13 on third-down conversions.

James sealed the victory with a slashing 8-yard run up the middle with just over two minutes remaining to give the Gamecocks a 31-16 lead. His 149-yard rushing effort marked a career high, topping his 120-yard output earlier this season against Chattanooga.

“Just because DaMarcus is listed as a ‘B’ back on the depth chart doesn’t mean he’s a ‘B’ player,” said Jacksonville State head coach Jack Crowe.

Ivory’s second touchdown pass of the afternoon, a 20-yarder to Alan Bonner, gave JSU an eight-point cushion (24-16) with 10:57 to play. Southeast Missouri State had closed to within one on the previous drive when Renard Celestin scored on a 13-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The Gamecocks did not commit a turnover, the first time that’s happened since the 2010 regular-season finale at Tennessee Tech.

Jacksonville State received the opening kickoff and worked its way into SEMO territory, but the drive stalled and the Gamecocks were forced to punt. Coty Blanchard’s perfect kick nestled on the 1, putting the Redhawks offense in an early predicament – which they promptly worked out of by driving 99 yards for the game’s first score.

Southeast Missouri State covered the distance in 13 plays, with Levi Terrell picking up 43 yards on seven carries.

Brandon Beck completed the length-of-the-field march by running in from the 5 with 5:30 left in the first quarter. Drew Gelbach’s extra point made it 7-0 SEMO.

The Gamecocks answered with a long drive of their own to pull even at 7-7.

James ran 23 yards on the drive’s second play and then Marques Ivory connected with Bonner for a 25-yard gain into Redhawks territory. Runs by Washaun Ealey, James and Blanchard moved JSU deep into Southeast Missouri State territory.

Facing third-and-4 late in the first quarter, Ivory hooked up with Kevyn Cooper for a 14-yard touchdown. Griffin Thomas’ PAT tied it at 7-7 with 1:12 left.

Southeast Missouri State regained the lead with another time-consuming drive after again being pinned at the 1, this time on a 55-yard punt by JSU’s Hamish MacInnes .

Terrell’s 37-yard run on second down quickly got the Redhawks out of the hole. SEMO moved to the Gamecocks 12, but an 11-yard quarterback sack by JSU’s Caleb Lawrence and DiMetrio Tyson halted the momentum and Drew Geldbach came in to kick a 42-yard field goal with 6:21 left in first half.

Jacksonville State gained its first lead with a 72-yard, 12-play drive on the ensuing possession.

The Ivory-to-Bonner combo clicked on a pair of short completions and James finished off the scoring drive with a 1-yard run with 1:24 left. Thomas’ PAT gave Jacksonville State the 14-10 lead it took to the locker room at halftime.

Jacksonville State begins a two-game road trip next Saturday at Tennessee Tech. Kickoff is at 7.

The Gamecocks’ next home game is Oct. 20 against Tennessee State at 11 a.m. in a game nationally televised on Fox College Sports.


– Captains for the Gamecocks: senior QB Marques Ivory, senior DB Brooks Robinson, and senior DE DiMetrio Tyson

– Southeast Missouri won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.

– Today’s attendance was 16,842.

– Freshman Leon Jones earned his first career start at LB and became the 13th Gamecocks to earn his first career start this season.

– Jacksonville State’s Kevyn Cooper caught his first TD of the season on the Gamecocks’ first score of the game with 1:12 left in the first quarter. It was Cooper’s first TD since the Georgia State game on Sept. 17, 2011.

– JSU’s 84 yard, nine-play scoring drive in the first quarter was a season-long scoring drive. The drive surpassed the 83-yard scoring drive against Arkansas in the season opener.

– Jax State QB Marques Ivory has thrown at least one TD pass in three of the four games this season and has tossed 30 on his career. The senior signal caller now ranks fifth all time on JSU’s career passing TDs.

– Ivory now has 15 100-plus passing games in his career and matched his 161 yards he tossed against Murray State on Oct. 2, 2010 for his eighth best career passing mark.

– Jax State’s DaMarcus James registered a rushing TD for the third consecutive game with a 1-yard rush with 1:24 left in the first half to put the Gamecocks ahead, 14-10.

– James turned in his second career 100-plus yard rushing game after finishing with149 yards and added his second TD of the game with an eight-yard rush to seal the win with 2:05 left in the game.

– Senior Alan Bonner finished with seven catches for 92 yards along with a 20-yard TD grab from Marques Ivory in the fourth quarter.

– Sophomore Pierre Warren posted a career-high nine tackles, including a stop for a loss to share team-high honors with Caleb Lawrence.

– The Gamecocks tallied 429 total yards on offense for the second time this season and the 48th time under Jack Crowe the Gamecocks rolled up at least 400 yards of total offense. JSU finished with 410 total yards against Chattanooga.

– With James’ 100-plus rushing yards, Jax State has had a 100-yard rusher in the last three meetings with SEMO – Darius Barksdale (2010) 113, Calvin Middleton (2011) 191 and DaMarcus James (2012) 149.

– JSU’s last TD pushed it over the 30-point mark for the firsts time this season and the Gamecocks are now 51-8 under Jack Crowe when scoring 30 or more points in a game.

– Jax State held SEMO to just 56 yards passing and for the second-straight year. The Gamecock defense allowed just 76 passing yards last year.


8 – Number of wins over SEMO at Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium.

10 – (of 13) on JSU’s 3rd Down Conversion Percentage vs SEMO.

13 – Wins in the series against SEMO.

30 – Number of touchdown passes Marques Ivory has thrown in his career, 5th most in JSU history.

48 – JSU wins under Jack Crowe when posting 400-plus yards on offense.

73 – The average yards on JSU’s four scoring drives.

97 – Career wins by JSU Head Coach Jack Crowe.

127 – Consecutive games in which the Gamecocks have scored, a streak that dates back to Nov.18, 2000, when they were last shut out.

400 – JSU’s offense has surpassed that number in total offense in both games played at home.


Southeast Missouri vs. Jacksonville State – Sept. 29, 2012

JSU Head Coach Jack Crowe

“I thought it was two quality teams playing today because if you look at it, neither team had a turnover and there were few penalties in the game. They were 8-of-14 on third down conversions and everything about this says that we played a quality football team. I think we beat a quality football team and I think we played with a lot more efficiency ourselves. We were 10-of-13 on third down conversions and our yards per carry were high. Marques Ivory’s passing efficiency was high with two touchdowns and 14-of-18 and no interceptions. When you have all that combined, you can run the ball 49 times.”

“I thought DaMarcus James was clearly the quality player out there that got things done. I think people that have seen him over the years are not surprised at what he did today. He may be listed as the B-Back on the depth chart, but he is a B player on this team.”

“I think this win says a lot and I don’t think this win says a lot to the people on the basis of the tradition of us playing SEMO, but what I saw coming in here and what I saw on that field – They (SEMO) is going to be a tough team for anyone to play. I am certainly happy and proud of the players.”

 DaMarcus James, So., RB

“Tonight we came out and blocked real well. We were short a couple backs and I had to stay calm and stay focused. I kept my composure and just came out and played hard.”

Marques Ivory. Sr., QB

“We had a pretty good tempo throughout the whole game – actually better than in practice. We told them (Offensive line) the whole week that they control everything we do.”

Max Holcombe, So, C

“We preached all week to dominate up front. The way we played today just shows how well we play better as a unit and communicate, we can dominate.”

— Jacksonville State Athletics

Foster Farms of Demopolis issues product recall

Foster Farms, a Demopolis, Ala. , establishment is recalling approximately 16,576 pounds of corn dog products because of misbranding and an allergen, milk, that is not declared on the label.

The products subject to recall include:

2.67-lb. pound, 16-count packages of “Foster Farms Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs.”

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “P-7322” ink-jetted on each box and a use-by date of “July 2, 2013”, and a time stamp between 06:30 and 08:30. The products were produced on July 2, 2012, and were shipped to retail stores in the southeast United States. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website at:

The problem was discovered as a result of a customer complaint about the product being mislabeled and may have occurred as a result of the product being placed in the incorrect package. FSIS and the company have received no reports of allergic reactions to milk due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company’s consumer affairs manager, Teresa Lenz, at (209) 394-6914, ext. 4369. Media with questions about the recall should contact the company’s media representative, Lorna Bush at (510) 759-9528.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

Black Belt cafe to launch with haunting tales

LIVINGSTON — The Black Belt Museum of the Division of Educational Outreach at the University of West Alabama is launching the Black Belt Cafe, a series of informal lectures and roundtable discussion focusing on the history and culture of the Black Belt region.

Each Black Belt Cafe will consist of a short talk followed by questions and discussion. Black Belt Cafe will provide a forum for the Livingston and UWA community to interact and share ideas about the region’s local heritage. These café events create a comfortable atmosphere where everyone can participate in lively, open discussion.

The Black Belt Cafe’s first meeting will feature “Ghosts of the Black Belt,” by Dr. Alan Brown on October 17 at 5 p.m. in Land Hall on the UWA campus. Everyone is encouraged to share his or her own ghost stories.

For more information, contact Lauren VanZandt at

Suspensions not expected for Linden following fight

The Alabama High School Athletic Association will not make its disciplinary announcements regarding the Linden and Wilcox Central brawl until next week.

However, the expectation, according to sources with knowledge of the situation is that Linden is not likely to face any state-issued suspensions while Wilcox Central could be hit with as many as 16 for its role in the melee.

Linden head coach Andro Williams declined to comment on any discussion with AHSAA officials regarding the incident.

“I’m not going to comment on anything concerning it,” Williams said.

The altercation took place with 1:31 left on the third quarter clock Thursday night in Linden with the Patriots leading 47-8. After Linden running back Marquise Shelton toted the ball down the Jaguar sideline to the Wilcox 10 yard line on a 17-yard run, an altercation broke out between players.

A number of Jaguar players left the bench area to involve themselves in the fray. After reviewing the film, Linden head coach Andro Williams was able to confirm that none of his players left the sidelines during the incident.

“We didn’t have any players leave the bench area,” Williams confirmed.

Following the incident, game officials signaled for the ejection of 16 players from each team. A lengthy discussion with the head coaches revealed several mismatches between the numbers of the supposed ejected players for Linden and those that were actually on the Patriot roster. The discussion ultimately produced the decision to call the game rather than risking further incident.

While the specifics of the potential penalties are not known at this juncture, Linden and Wilcox are each likely to face fines for each of the players involved in the fight.

Williams will wait to hear the final word on the sanctions but indicated he has turned his attention to Linden’s next opponent, region rival A.L. Johnson.

“You’ve got to show up to play or you’ll have problems,” Williams said. “We’ve just got to try to take the positives out of the situation and go from there.”

Continue to follow for further updates as they become available.

High School Football Region Standings: 9/29/12

Region standings as of Sept. 29

AHSAA Class 1A, Region 1 

School              Region            Overall            Points For       Points Against

Linden               3-0                  5-0                     227                               35

Fruitdale           3-0                  3-2                      114                             141

Saint Luke’s      2-1                  3-2                      176                           116

McIntosh           2-1                  2-3                      98                            115

A.L. Johnson      1-2                  3-2                      92                            95

John Essex        1-2                  2-3                      92                               135

J.U. Blacksher    0-3                  0-5                      49                           203

Marengo            0-3                  0-5                      42                               220


AHSAA Class 2A, Region 1 

School                           Region            Overall            Points For       Points Against

Washington Co.            3-0                  5-0                      177                     62

Mobile Christian           3-0                  5-0                      192                100

Sweet Water                 3-0                  4-1                      130                     59

Millry                             2-1                  4-1                      146                  86

Flomaton                       1-2                  2-3                      138                   146

Southern Choctaw       0-3                  2-3                      108                   88

Choctaw County           0-3                  1-4                        86                    170

Leroy                             0-3                  1-4                        66                    175


AHSAA Class 5A, Region 3

School                Region            Overall            Points For       Points Against

Jackson              3-0                  5-0                     199                               43

Demopolis         3-0                  5-0                     200                               66

Saraland            2-1                  3-2                     181                             117

Greenville          2-1                  2-3                     123                              87

Citronelle          1-2                  2-3                       68                             118

Satsuma            1-2                 1-4                      66                             174

Selma                 0-3                  1-4                      104                           161

Sumter-Cent.     0-3                 1-4                       94                             174


AISA Class A, Region 2

School               Region            Overall            Points For       Points Against

Pickens              4-0                  5-0                     287                              88

Marengo            3-0                  4-2                     167                               76

Sumter              2-1                  2-4                     108                               85

Jackson              2-2                  3-2                     133                             172

Meadowview    1-3                  2-3                     167                             164

Sparta                1-2                  2-4                     114                              150

Eastwood          0-4                  1-6                      56                             274