Joe Medley's In My Opinion: This looks more like it, Calhoun teams
by Joe Medley
jmedley@annistonstar.com
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Alexandria's Deion Thomas escapes from Oneonta during a jamboree. (Photo by Shannon Tucker/The Anniston Star)
Alexandria's Deion Thomas escapes from Oneonta during a jamboree. (Photo by Shannon Tucker/The Anniston Star)
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I saw a pretty good Class 2A football team when fourth-ranked Wellborn pushed fifth-ranked 3A Straughn in Saturday’s Champions Challenge before falling.

I saw encouraging signs in Oxford’s jamboree victory at Oak Mountain, like the passing of quarterback Ty Webber. That can make teams pay for stacking the line of scrimmage against running back Roc Thomas.

Pleasant Valley has struggled in recent years but looked improved in its jamboree against Weaver, which has a good quarterback in Timothy Hawkins and lots of athletes.

Then I read about unranked 4A Alexandria beating 4A No. 2 Oneonta, and 3A No. 3 Piedmont handling 4A Jacksonville 29-3.

Jamborees are just that, but early signs show that Calhoun County prep football is back on track after a disappointing 2012, when no county team reached the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

Last year’s early exit was shocking, coming a year after Oxford and Anniston made the semifinals in their respective classifications. It marked the first time since 2006 that Piedmont didn’t make at least the quarterfinals.

Teams rebuild. Reclassification brings changes, like one-time 4A power Deshler dropping down to 3A, right in Piedmont’s way.

But we’re accustomed to deep playoff runs, and the county has programs with history and good coaches. Here’s hoping that early signs pan out for an extended fall.

Contact Sports Columnist Joe Medley at jmedley@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @jmedley_star.

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