Playoff Bound!

by John Goolsby

Credit: Shane Paschal

Shades Valley punched their playoff ticket this past Friday night with a 50-0 win over the Woodlawn Colonels.

Coach Jamie Mitchell was extremely proud of his team’s performance. It was a game in which the Mounties were able to play a lot of players. “I was really proud of the reserves. The twos and threes played extremely well,” he said. Mitchell understands that developing younger players is key to building and sustaining a successful program. “That’s our future…we build next year’s team every day. That’s a big deal to me,” he added.

Credit: Shane Paschal

One of those players that took advantage of extra playing time was freshman wide receiver, David Ware. Ware had nine receptions for seventy-four yards.

The Mounties close out the regular season tonight on the road against Vestavia in a non-region game. Mitchell understands the magnitude of playing the Rebels in Buddy Anderson’s last game. “We know what we are up against. They are a very good team, and it will be a circus atmosphere,” he said.

Coach Anderson closes out his 49th year of coaching. He is the all-time winningest coach in Alabama high school football with a 345-160 record. The Mounties have faced the Rebels every year since 1975.

Quarterback Wes McDanal and running back Jessie Feggins at the coin toss against the Rebels in 1992. Shades Valley won the game 19-0. The ‘92 Mounties finished the regular season ranked number one in the state and ranked nationally.

The Mounties travel to face Cullman in the first round next Friday night.

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