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"A Big Challenge"

Posted Thursday, September 03, 2009 by Shannon Allen

'A big challenge'


Published September 3, 2009

The Albertville football team will try to build on the momentum it gained by beating Ashville when it travels to Southside on Friday to begin Class 5A, Region 7 play.

The Aggies kicked off the coach Joel Poole era with a 41-7 rout of the Bulldogs. Southside fell to rival Hokes Bluff 21-14 in its season opener.

“Southside is big and physical up front on both sides of the ball, and that poses a problem for us,” Poole said.

“They’re so big up front they kind of scare me that they might run over us.

“It’s always tough to play at Southside. They’re definitely one of the better teams in our region. It will be real hard on us and a big challenge for us.”

Southside’s top players include receivers Muggsy Howard and Brad Clay, quarterback Kane Rooks and running back Zac Elkins.

“The Howard kid at receiver is going to be a real challenge for us. He’s 6-4, and we’ll have a tough time covering him,” Poole said.

Howard had a 60-yard touchdown reception against the Aggies in 2008.

“Brad Clay moved in from Gadsden City, and he’s a threat on the other side (of the field),” Poole said.

“He makes them a little more dangerous, because you can’t just double cover Muggsy all the time.

“Kane Rooks is looking really good this year, and No. 5 (Elkins) is a pretty dadgum good runner.

“They run the Wing-T, and they get out of the Wing-T into the spread and throw it.

“Hokes Bluff did a good job of stopping the Wing-T, but they couldn’t stop their throwing.”

Poole said the Aggies must improve their passing game this week.

AHS quarterback Michael Reeves was 8-of-19 passing for 86 yards, one touchdown and one interception last week.

“We’ve got to do better passing wise,” Poole said. “I thought our offensive line protected well, but we just struggled connecting with our receivers.”

Poole praised offensive linemen Jarrod Bryant, Jason Jefferson, Zach Underwood and Will Tidmore for their performances against Ashville. He was also pleased with the efforts of defensive linemen Mikey Hood and Trent Kuehnert.

“Tyree (Roberts) had a real good game,” Poole said. “I thought he played well.

“Chase Rowell played pretty good at receiver. He blocked well and had a big catch for a first down.

“Addison Powell had an excellent game (at linebacker), and Taylor Hawkins played well (at linebacker).

“Jeremy Harris played well in the secondary. He’s a new face back there.”

Albertville junior defensive back/punter Seth Davis, who was limited by a case of mono during preseason camp, saw action against Ashville.

“Seth got cleared Friday morning,” Poole said. “He punted, and we gave him a few reps in the secondary just to get him back in the swing of things.”

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