Legendary coach honored: ‘I don’t want him to ever leave’

By Gary Lloyd  BIRMINGHAM — A few hundred former players joined Fred Yancey at the 50-yard line at halftime.  When it was time to leave the field to make way for the homecoming court, someone motioned toward an end zone.  “Let’s go this way so they’ll follow you,” she said to Yancey.  Even today, they’re … Continue reading Legendary coach honored: ‘I don’t want him to ever leave’

Briarwood Christian hires new football coach

Forester ‘key component’ to Lions’ success for over a decade By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM – I should not be able to write this story. I have covered Briarwood Christian School athletics on a freelance basis the last three years, and I have only spoken to new head football coach Matthew Forester in passing. It has … Continue reading Briarwood Christian hires new football 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

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