The Pell City Panthers got their first win of the year last week by defeating the Talladega Tigers 37-14. Coach Jay Brown said that his players will be prepared when they head out on the field Friday to face Huffman in regional play at Lawson Field near Irondale. [Game note: Kickoff will be at 5 p.m. for Friday’s game.]

“Huffman’s got tremendous athletes and great speed,” Brown noted after he’d spent the weekend watching video on the Vikings.

But it was last week that Brown wanted to tout. “I’m just proud of the way we played Friday,” he said. “I thought we really improved. I think we played our best game of the year. It just felt good to win. Hopefully we’ll get on a winning streak from this point.”

Pell City’s team had a trial by fire in the first four games of the season. They faced the dominating 5A Shelby County Wildcats before being matched up against Shades Valley, Hewitt-Trussville and Clay Chalkville. Each of those teams have had a good run this year.

“We’ve played some pretty good teams so far,” Brown noted. “If you take away when they beat each other and things like that, they’re 17-1 in all. But we’re now getting back into regional play is exciting and we’re getting back on track.”

Last week junior fast-man Tarez Elston had what Brown described as a “great game.” Elston picked up 181 total yards and scored four touchdowns.

Sophomore Tyrone Oden had 66 yards rushing and and 40 receiving.

“The offensive line played well,” Brown said. “Ethan Fisher and Austin Powell both graded 80 percent or higher. Defensively we played really well. We only gave up a fourth and long pass before halftime. The whole first half they were on our side of the field.”

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“Defensively I thought Christian Collins played an outstanding game in the secondary,” Brown said. “So did Russell Peters. He’s our sophomore linebacker and played really well. Also, seniors Mike Fomby and Kevin Ash are really consistent for us. Hopefully we’ll build on this [week’s work] and carry it into another win.”

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