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Aggies Post 1st shutout Since '98

Posted Tuesday, October 06, 2009 by Shannon Allen

Aggies post first shutout since '98


 

Published October 6, 2009

The seniors on the Albertville football team were first-graders the last time the Aggies recorded a shutout before Friday’s 28-0 triumph over Madison County in Class 5A, Region 7 action.

Albertville hadn’t recorded a shutout since a 14-0 decision over Guntersville on Oct. 30, 1998, a span of 110 games.

The 1998 contest was current AHS Principal Paul McAbee’s final one as Aggie head coach following nine seasons at the helm (1990-98).

Against Madison County, the Aggie defense forced a season-high five turnovers. Albertville’s offense converted them into 14 points.

New Albertville head coach Joel Poole said it was definitely the best performance of the season by his squad’s defense.

“Our defense stepped up,” Poole said. “We gave up some yards early, and I think we kind of adjusted to their speed and what they were doing, and I think it helped us as we played.

“The coaches did a good job of adjusting to what they did. That’s what coaching is — adjusting on the run. I’m proud of that.

“These guys work so hard. They deserve a W.”

On offense, junior running back Tyree Roberts delivered a career-high 224 yards on 24 carries. He scored all four Aggie touchdowns, one of them on an 87-yard run.

“Tyree’s done everything we’ve asked of him,” Poole said. “He’s worked hard and he’s shown the young kids how to work hard, so we’re proud of that and proud of Tyree.

“I was proud of the offensive line. I thought they handled a pretty difficult defensive front well.”

Junior quarterback Michael Reeves also had a stellar night, hitting 11-of-18 passes for 191 yards.

T.J. Vines caught a career-high seven passes for 119 yards.

“I was proud of Michael,” Poole said. “I thought Michael handled the offense well. I thought he threw the ball well.

“We made some big plays hitting our receivers. It finally started clicking a little bit. We’ve just got to get better every game.”

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