Arab’s seventh grade team got shut out by Albertville, and in the second game the eighth grade ream returned the favor, blanking the Aggies.


Arab 28, Albertville 0

The Knights played excellent defense and got some relief help at quarterback to secure a big win over Albertville.

After holding the Aggies on downs on the opening drive of the game, it took only one play for Arab to get on the board as Dylan Kirkland picked up a key block from Michael Garmany on a jet sweep to cover 65 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Jackson Cook then connected with Zac Hallman for the two-point conversion.

Cook then completed a screen pass to Luke Hudson for a 61-yard touchdown, and Casey Stillwell ran in for the conversion.

With Cook out of the game, Hallman went in at quarterback and threw another screen pass to Hudson for a touchdown. The 59-yard pass play gave Arab a 22-0 lead just before the half ended.

Hudson scored again in the second half on a 15-yard run out of the wildcat.

“It was a great game for us,” said coach Jason Guger. “We got off to a hot start in this one. We’ve been getting better as the year progressed but we’ve lost a lot of close ballgames, so it was good to see them get over the hump.”

Cook took a hard hit from the blind side in the second quarter and was held out of the game, leaving the team in the hands of Hallman.

“Zac’s been our No. 2 QB all along and gets plenty of reps in practice,” said Guger. “We use him from time to time at that position where he’s a strong run threat but this was the first time in a year that he’s actually run the offense in a game to distribute the ball to multiple people.

“Jackson is a good leader and has a cool head in the huddle for us, so it was tough for the team for him to go out, but I thought Zac handled it well.”


Albertville 22, Arab 0

Turnovers hurt the Knights, who otherwise played a good game.

“We drove the ball well tonight, especially in the first half,” said Guger. “The line blocked well and the running backs ran hard up and down the field, we just couldn’t put it in the end zone.”

The Aggies had some big plays that proved to be the difference, including a 94-yard interception return for a touchdown just before the half ended.

“That stretched it to three scores when it looked like we were going in and we turned it over again when we were deep in their territory, so it was a tough night for us,” Guger said.

• Woodville 32, Brindlee Mtn. 0

The Middle School Lions fell at Woodville on Tuesday.

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