Analysis, Schedules, Rosters, & More for 12 Metro Teams
It’s really neat to see a team’s journey from beginning, when expectations and hopes are high and the desire to do better than last year burns deep, to end, where the raw emotion of the sudden end to a season hits home.
For most teams, the season ends in either the regular season or the early rounds of the playoffs, but for a few teams, the ultimate goal is realized and they bring home a state championship trophy.
Hoover pulled off the feat last season, using a dominant defense to pave the way to its 10th state championship in this century. Briarwood came close, as a dream season featured a 12-game winning streak that led the Lions all the way to the Class 5A semifinals.
For the other teams featured in this magazine, the 2016 season ended too soon, and there is renewed energy and anticipation for the 2017 season. Each team begins the new season with the same 0-0 record, and the possibilities going forward are endless.
Last fall provided many moments that made your jaw drop – like Oak Mountain’s last-second win over Thompson, or Mountain Brook’s game-winning drive to knock off Spain Park, or even Vestavia Hills’ overtime victory over Mountain Brook.
This season is sure to bring many more moments to fill up a fan’s memory bank. Hopefully this magazine gives you some insight and a look into each local team, but what happens on the field in the crisp, autumn air will be what’s remembered long after the season concludes once again.
Jags work out kinks, win too
by Steve Irvine HOOVER -- Working out some kinks was one of the objectives for the Spain Park High football team its regular season opener on Friday night. The Jags did just that and came complete with an added bonus – a hard-fought 31-19 win over a talented Gadsden...read more
Eagles push past Hornets
by Sam Chandler CHELSEA — The Oak Mountain High School football team needed a jolt. Carson Bobo, all 6 feet 4 of him, delivered. With his Eagles clinging to a 7-3 lead over Chelsea in the third quarter of a stagnant ball game, Bobo made his presence felt, though not...read more
Bucs fall short in season opener
by Kyle Parmley LOGANVILLE, Ga. – The Bucs changed the momentum, but saw opportunity slip through its grasp. Hoover High School’s Larry McCammon scored his third touchdown of the game with 7:07 to play to pull the Bucs within two points, but Grayson (Georgia) stopped...read more
Spartans wear down Gulf Shores in season opener
by Gary Lloyd MOUNTAIN BROOK -- As the Mountain Brook football players barged through the banner prior to kickoff Friday night, several players became stuck behind its top bar, which had leaned down to the turf. As it turned out, that was about the only thing that...read more
Buckner shines in Patriots’ triumph
by Sam Chandler HOMEWOOD -- Homewood High School quarterback Larkin Williams rolled to the right, his eyes locked on the end zone as a Pelham defender came charging toward him. Williams, a junior, braced for impact as he released a wobbling pass into tight coverage....read more
Patriots steal opening night victory with late score
by Kyle Parmley BIRMINGHAM -- He started right, staring down a host of green jerseys, then cut back left, where nothing but green grass lay between him and the end zone. Homewood High School running back Nick McCoy’s 21-yard touchdown run broke the tie with 29 seconds...read more
Spain Park senior Braxton Barker will start at quarterback — just like his dad once did
by Sam Chandler Senior Braxton Barker (7) enters the fall as the Jaguars’ starting signal caller. Photo by Ted Melton. A family tradition Wearing a white compression shirt and a powder blue helmet, Braxton Barker dropped back three steps and surveyed the fi eld in...read more
Senior C.D. Daniels has developed a knack for making big plays
by Sam Chandler C.D. Daniels (3) fielded 13 college offers before committing to Memphis in July. Photo by Todd Lester. Following his lead Two activities consume the majority of C.D. Daniels’ thoughts: watching film and making plays. His devotion to one has enabled him...read more
Spartans’ do-it-all H-back Clay Stearns owns position in unique way
by Kyle Parmley Clay Stearns (48) isn’t likely to win a 100-yard dash or jump out of the gym, but his abilities have earned him the nickname, “Big Skill.” Photo by Sarah Finnegan. An important piece If football was a game of chess, Clay Stearns would be Mountain...read more
JR Tran-Reno finds his place with switch to running back
by Kyle Parmley Junior JR Tran-Reno (9) has taken his transition from quarterback to running back to heart. Photo by Todd Kwarcinski. Taking it in stride One play changed the trajectory of JR Tran-Reno’s football career. As the quarterback of the junior varsity team...read more