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Aggies to Face Challeneg Against Cavs

Posted Thursday, September 24, 2009 by Shannon Allen

Aggies to face challenge against Cavs


Published September 24, 2009

The Albertville Aggies (2-2, 1-2) step out of region play this week for their first visit to John Carroll Catholic.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at Birmingham-Southern.

The game was moved from Friday until today because John Carroll's field is "under water," according to AHS Principal Paul McAbee.

The Cavaliers, who are coached by Chris Musso, a relative of Alabama football legend Johnny Musso, are 3-1 on the season.

Last weekend, John Carroll outscored Pleasant Grove 43-33 in game that was completed Saturday afternoon.

Rain and lightning forced the suspension of the contest in the first period Friday night.

Cavaliers quarterback Chris Bunio passed for 139 yards and two touchdowns, both to Antonio Hullum. Bunio also rushed for a score.

Andric Merchant rushed for 114 yards and Marcus Richardson gained 75 for John Carroll. Viktor Johnson added 41 yards on the ground.

Merchant leaped into the end zone from 1 yard out with 47 seconds left to give the Cavaliers a 30-27 victory on homecoming night for the Aggies in 2008.

Merchant rushed 27 times for 134 yards and three TDs against the Aggies a year ago.

“The only game John Carroll has lost is to (Class 5A, No. 4) Briarwood by two (16-14),” said AHS head coach Joel Poole.

“They’ve beaten Pinson Valley and Pleasant Grove, some good folks. I think they’ll make the playoffs. They’re a very good team with a lot of weapons, a lot of weapons on offense.”

The Cavaliers compete in 5A, Region 4 with Briarwood, Chelsea, Moody, Shelby County, Sylacauga and Talladega.

“They run the double-wing offense,” Poole said. “Their quarterback throws the ball extremely well, and they have two big, tall rangy receivers who catch the ball well.

“They’re a balanced offense. They run and throw it equally well. Defensively, John Carroll is just real sound.

“It’s going to be a tough one for us.”

The Cavaliers surrendered 253 yards and three touchdowns to Pleasant Grove running back Anthony Gardner last week.

Albertville junior Tyree Roberts rushed 40 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns in a 14-13 win over Etowah, the Aggies’ first in the rivalry since 1981.

On the season, Roberts has rushed 100 times for 571 yards and seven touchdowns.

Poole said the Aggies won’t change their approach to today’s game because it’s non-region.

“We want to win the rest of our games, and we can’t be 8-2 if we don’t win the rest, including today,” he said.

“Today’s game is the most important because it’s the next one.

“We feel like we have a legitimate shot to win out in our region and make a playoff run, because I feel like we’re getting a little better each week.”

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