During the next few weeks, we will go back in time and look at how sports throughout the St. Clair County Schools unfolded for 2009-10.
Today, we take a look at the past football season.
The season started with tragedy as in week one of the high school season, Lincoln head football coach Keith Howard died while his team was in Attalla playing Etowah. Howard was the former head football coach at Ragland.
It was a tough year for first-year head coach Bubba Walls. In the very first game of the season against Albertville, star player Xavier Newton broke his foot and was out for the season. The Bulldogs lost the game 41-7.
Ashville fell to SCCHS 44-0 in week two and then lost to Jacksonville 30-6. They then lost to Locust Fork 26-0 and then were beaten by Moody 42-21, Oneonta 46-7, Alexandria 47-6, Hokes Bluff 41-6, Cherokee County 61-0, and Springville 40-14.
Ashville went 0-10 this past season with a lot of young players who will be back this coming fall.
The defending Class 3A state champions opened the season with a convincing 34-21 over Oak Grove. They went to 2-0 with a 29-0 victory over White Plains.
Ranked number one in the state, Leeds defeated Wellborn 27-7. Their winning streak reached 19 over a two-year period as they defeated Weaver 43-0.
The winning streak came to an end in week five as the St. Clair County Saints upended Leeds 19-14.
The Green Wave started a new winning streak, as they were unstoppable in the 49-18 win over Pleasant Valley and then they upended previously undefeated Glencoe 30-15.
Leeds then won a dramatic 14-13 overtime thriller against Piedmont. The next week against Tarrant was just as thrilling as Leeds won on the last play of the game as quarterback Rush Perkins hooked up with receiver Shane McGinnis for a 55-yard touchdown to pull out a 9-7 victory.
In the last regular season game of the season, Leeds lost to Moody 7-6.
In the opening playoff game, Leeds rushed for 441 yards in the 56-0 win over Sylvania.
In round two, Leeds defeated Glencoe for a second time this season 34-14.
In the third round, Leeds scored 17 fourth-quarter points and got a 29-yard field goal from Keaton Glass to upend Madison Academy 24-21. The win set up a second showdown with Piedmont.
This time, the win went to Piedmont, a 13-7 contest, as Leeds ended the season with a record of 11-3.
The Blue Devils opened the season against cross-town rival Odenville and they lost to the St. Clair County Saints 34-7. It was the debut of Moody coach Brandon Wiley.
In week two, Moody defeated Talladega 21-0 and they made it two wins in a row after beating Chelsea 19-14 to remain perfect in region play at 2-0.
The Blue Devils fell to 2-2 overall after losing to Briarwood 28-0.
In a county contest, Moody doubled up Ashville 42-21. They then defeated Mortimer Jordan 27-21 in overtime before losing to Shelby County 49-6.
They then lost to John Carroll 35-19 after leading 19-7 at halftime.
Moody then posted a huge 20-17 overtime victory against Sylacauga.
Next week’s game was just as huge as after nine unsuccessful tries, the Blue Devils finally defeated Leeds 7-6.
In the first round of the state playoffs, Moody lost to second-ranked Greenville 40-7 and finished the season 6-5.
The Purple Devils failed to score in the season-opener and lost to Westbrook Christian 28-0.
History was made in week two as the Victory Christian Lions defeated Ragland for the first-time ever in eight tries. The final score was 34-20.
Ragland picked up its first win of the season in week three as they defeated Jefferson Christian Academy 40-0.
Ragland improved to 2-2 with a 25-0 shutout over Parkway Christian. They then lost to Hokes Bluff 35-14 to fall to 2-3 halfway through the season.
The Purple Devils rebounded with a 41-6 victory over St. Bernard and a 30-10 victory over Jacksonville Christian.
The next week, Ragland lost to Coosa Christian 14-0, then lost to Appalachian 39-13. And then lost to West End 26-7 to end the regular season on a three-game losing streak.
The losing streak reached four as the Purple Devils lost to Gaston in the opening round of the playoffs 32-6 and they ended the season 4-7.
The Saints were all over Moody in the first game of the season beating them 34-7. St. Clair coach Charlie Boren picked up his 100th victory as the Saints beat Ashville 44-0.
SCCHS tasted defeat for the first time as they lost to Alexandria 42-14. They dropped their second game of the season against Hokes Bluff 22-13.
The Saints got back in the win column in a huge way the following week as they defeated Leeds 19-14 and ended the Green Wave 19-game winning streak.
They then lost to top-ranked Cherokee County 50-7.
The Saints got back in the win column with a 26-0 victory over Locust Fork, then followed up that win with a 32-15 victory over Jacksonville.
St. Clair’s bid for a playoff berth faded when they lost to Oneonta 17-7 in week nine.
The season ended for the Saints with a 20-13 loss against John Carroll.
They ended the season with a 5-5 record.
After a 0-0 halftime score, the Tigers prevailed beating Walker 14-6 in the season-opener. They improved to 2-0 with a 40-39 victory over Pleasant Grove. The Tigers remained undefeated at 3-0 as they defeated Curry 42-7.
Springville lost its first game of the season as they lost to Mortimer Jordan 19-15.
They dropped a second game in a row, losing to Erwin 30-20.
They bounced back with a 38-22 victory over Brewer but then lost to top-ranked Cullman 48-21.
The Tigers defeated Brookwood on homecoming 33-14.
Coach Keith Maple’s guys trailed Hayden 21-7 in the first quarter and in a must-win situation and fought back to defeat the Wildcats 41-27.
They defeated county foe Ashville 40-14 in the regular season finale.
Springville lost to Fairfield for the second year in a row in the first round of the state playoffs. The final score was 13-12 and the Tigers ended the season with a record of 7-4.