A Q&A on the Current College Football Recruiting Process

The effects of COVID-19 are far reaching. One area that has been particularly impacted is the athletics recruiting process. Briarwood Christian School’s athletics director and quarterback coach Jay Mathews recently reflected on the June football evaluation camp experience and how the process has changed as Briarwood’s Christopher Vizzina accepted invitations to come to camp and … Continue reading A Q&A on the Current College Football Recruiting Process

Sports

By Gary Lloyd If you follow me on Twitter for high school football updates, you may notice a weekly trend. I often capture a fuzzy iPhone photo before, during, or after the game I’m covering, and Tweet it out with the lone word, “Sports.” I do this purposely. High school sports, in many ways, have … Continue reading Sports

Briarwood honors life of ‘faithful’ teacher, coach

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM – I only knew Jim Brown through Twitter posts about politics and sports, specifically conservative Christian beliefs and his ‘Bama fandom. “I do not apologize for either,” his Twitter bio stated. Amen. Brown, a teacher and coach at Briarwood Christian School for thirty-five years, was a must-follow for me on the … Continue reading Briarwood honors life of ‘faithful’ teacher, coach

Briarwood Christian coach Fred Yancey retires

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM – It is rather fitting that the coach was born in the Home of the Blues, because today Birmingham has them. A legend has retired. Briarwood Christian School head football coach Fred Yancey today announced his retirement in a team meeting. Yancey retires with the 11th-most wins in Alabama high school … Continue reading Briarwood Christian coach Fred Yancey retires

Pinson Valley QB Nix approaching state record

By Gary Lloyd MONTGOMERY – Pinson Valley senior quarterback Bo Nix could break an Alabama High School Athletic Association record this Friday. Nix, an Auburn commitment, has accumulated 11,413 yards in his career between Scottsboro and Pinson Valley, which ranks second all-time behind Williamson’s JaMarcus Russell, who totaled 11,738 total yards from 1999-2002. Russell later … Continue reading Pinson Valley QB Nix approaching state record

Briarwood DE Cole Garner registers record 3 safeties in win over Fairfield

MONTGOMERY – It’s a safe notion everyone watching Briarwood Christian’s 26-0 Class 5A, Region 4 victory over Fairfield last week witnessed something they had never seen before. That’s because the Lions’ junior defensive end Cole Garner did something that most likely has never been done in a football game. Garner sacked the Tigers in their … Continue reading Briarwood DE Cole Garner registers record 3 safeties in win over Fairfield

‘Winning Edges’ focuses on God, country, fishing

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM – Lions are exceptional hunters, but these Lions, well, they prefer fishing. The Briarwood Christian School bass team is being featured on a show called “Winning Edges,” the mission of which is to produce hands-on educational and inspirational video content. It provides an opportunity for students to be creative and learn. … Continue reading ‘Winning Edges’ focuses on God, country, fishing

Scenes from Briarwood Christian at Hartselle

I had never been to Hartselle before last night, and the city feels like a step back in time. I pulled into the parking lot – on a tennis court, actually – at 5 p.m., two hours before kickoff. Hartselle fans already littered the home stands. They all wore dark red shirts and toted shakers. … Continue reading Scenes from Briarwood Christian at Hartselle

Recent high school football stories

Here are some high school football stories I’ve written so far this season for the Starnes Publishing imprint: Igniting the spark Spain Park opens with win over Hillcrest Hoover washed out to Saturday Hoover thumped by St. John’s Rebels fend off Tuscaloosa County McCammon runs wild against Oak Mountain New seniors on the block Homewood … Continue reading Recent high school football stories

My top 10 moments from 2017 high school football season

Postseason lists seem to be popular, so, on a whim, I decided to make my own. These are the top 10 moments I experienced from the 2017 high school football season. Please know that these are only stories I wrote from games I attended. I can’t legitimately comment on a game I didn’t attend. So here we … Continue reading My top 10 moments from 2017 high school football season