Per the Decatur Daily
Austin fought off a late surge by Gadsden City to grab a Class 7A, Region 4 win, beating the Titans 17-6 at home.
The Black Bears led by 17 for most of the game until Gadsden City scored on a 71-yard touchdown pass on third down and 19 with 6:23 left in the fourth. The Titans then got the ball back and drove to the Austin 2-yard line before a penalty and a failed field goal attempt put the game away.
"We played well all night, but we got tired," Austin coach Jeremy Perkins said. "We have to be able to play all four quarters."Austin's inability to finish drives kept Gadsden City around despite the double-digit deficit.Austin (4-0, 2-0) drove to the Gadsden City 13-yard line in the third quarter, but quarterback Quincy Crittendon threw an interception in the end zone. That would've given the Black Bears a 24-point lead.
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Per Times Daily
Austin (2-0) at Florence (1-1)
The skinny: Florence appears to have a challenge in every region game it plays this year, and that starts with this game against an Austin team that is probably one of the state's hottest. … The Black Bears blasted a pair of 6A teams – Hartselle and rival Decatur – 45-14 and 56-14, respectively. … Tybo Williams and Jevon Jackson each ran for over 100 yards last week, according to The Decatur Daily. … Florence responded well to a disappointing season-opener by handling Buckhorn 33-20 last week. … Dee Beckwith was the star for Florence, with two receiving TDs and two passing TDs. … Gardner Flippo was 5-for-7 for 175 yards. … Austin beat Florence 17-9 last year in part thanks to a goal-line stand. … Florence leads the series 7-6 but Austin has won four straight.
TimesDaily pick: Austin
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