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Aggies Hope to Break Etowah Curse

Posted Thursday, September 17, 2009 by Shannon Allen

Aggies hope to break 'Etowah curse'


Published September 17, 2009

The Albertville Aggies (1-2, 0-2) will try to stop a two-game losing streak and pick up their first Class 5A, Region 7 victory of the season Friday when they visit Jim Glover Field in Attalla to face Etowah (1-2, 1-1).

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

New Aggie head coach Joel Poole is aware of the “Etowah curse” his program is battling, and he knows it’s always difficult for any team to win in Attalla.

Albertville has lost its last 13 meetings with Etowah.

The Aggies’ last win in the series was a 27-6 decision in 1981.

“These kids weren’t even born then,” Poole said.

“We need to try and pull one out down there somehow, but it’s going to be a challenge going down there.”

Breaking Etowah’s stranglehold on the rivalry would prevent the Aggies from starting 0-3 in region play.

“We figure four wins will get you in the playoffs, but we don’t have one yet, so every game is a must win for us,” Poole said.

Sam McCorkle is Etowah’s new head coach.

The Blue Devils picked up their first region win by beating Madison County 10-6 on the road in week three.

Etowah led Fort Payne 23-6 in week two before the Wildcats rallied for a 41-23 triumph.

“They have some tall, rangy receivers and two or three really fine looking backs. They’re explosive and can score quickly,” Poole said.

“Davin Hawkins is a good looking kid. Cameron Mathis is 5-10, 175 and pretty darn good.

“Their quarterback, (Miles) Nordgren, is 6-2, 180 and has had a good year so far.”

Poole said the Aggie offense will see both three-man and four-man fronts from Etowah’s defense.

“They do a good bit of stunting, and it will be a big night for our offensive line having to pick up stunts,” he said. “It will be a challenge, definitely.

“Blake Perry, who is one of their linebackers, makes all their plays it seems like.

“Hawkins does a lot of good things for them on defense. He’s a good player all the way around.”

Penalties and turnovers have plagued the Aggies in their two region losses.

AHS committed five turnovers in last week’s 31-19 setback to Boaz. A penalty on Albertville’s first offensive play wiped out a touchdown in a 28-24 loss to Southside in week two.

“It’s always going to come down to missed tackles, mistakes, penalties and turnovers,” Poole said. “I told the kids when I’m dead and gone and they’re old like me, that will still be true.

“The big one last week was turnovers, and two weeks ago, we had almost 100 yards in penalties.

“We missed a lot of tackles last week, but Drew Phillips had a lot to do with that. Give Boaz’s players and coaches credit.

“Good gracious, that sweep call on fourth-and-two, we’re still amazed at that. We can’t believe they did it, but they did. They executed and we didn’t, and they won.”

Phillips ran 58 yards for a touchdown on a fourth-and-two play with 4.8 seconds left in the game.

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