Knights survive close call

Catholic QB Hunter Ferrell kept the offense moving despite a major penalty outbreak. File photo (Tim Gayle)


ASHFORD–Montgomery Catholic took another step toward the playoffs with a 28-21 victory over Ashford (1-6) on the road, but the much lower regarded team gave the Knights all they wanted and held a 21-14 lead at halftime. Plus, the Knights gave themselves all they wanted with 4 touchdowns called back due to penalties, mostly holding calls. Catholic was hit for nearly 200 yards of penalties while the offense still gained nearly 300 yards. “We blew our toes off with our penalties,” Catholic coach Aubrey Blackwell said. “We only had one turnover and things would have been much worse if we had more.”
Ashford struck first and built a 14 point lead, which included a returned punt for a score, before Catholic could hit the scoreboard. After tying the game Ashford managed to grab the lead back just before halftime. Catholic fumbled deep in its own territory and Ashford ran it back for a touchdown.
   “The defense bailed us out. They stopped Ashford cold in the second half and gave the offense a chance to win the game,” Blackwell said.
   Defensively, William Hooper caused a fumble when he blitzed from his linebacker position and then recovered the loose ball, which helped to ignite the Catholic defense early in the second half. Gipson and B.J. Barker had interceptions as the Knights allowed just 45 total yards in the second half.
    The decisive play of the game  came in the final two minutes with Kamryn Jackson running 95 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
   Jackson finished with 123 yards rushing and 68 yards receiving. Quarterback Hunter Ferrall was 11 of 22 for 150 yards and three touchdowns, throwing touchdown passes to Tyler Price (13 yards), Darrell Gipson (9 yards) and Braxton Rogers (69 yards).
   Catholic is now 6-1 on the season and 3-1 in the region. Next week Catholic will host region rival Bullock County, a team that is winless in the region.
   Blackwell is not taking Bullock County lightly-a team that came close to defeating Trinity last week. “Bullock is scary. They are so athletic it is hard to believe they have won only one game. They are very fast and very big. This will be a tough game for us,” Blackwell said. “There are two things we must keep from happening. We cannot let them get to the open field and we cannot get hit with a ton of penalties. We know that will not work.”

The good roads movement in Alabama

Dr. Olliff in his discussion at the Archives said bicyclists were among the first to demand good roads. Photo: Fred Marshall


     Last Wednesday’s Book Talk at the Archives welcomed Dr. Martin T. Olliff, author of the thoroughly-interesting book, “Getting Out of the Mud: The Alabama Good Roads Movement and Highway Administration, 1898-1928.”  The 264-page book includes 20 black and white images, and one map.  In it, author Olliff explores the history of the Good Roads Movement and investigates the nature of early 20th Century progressiveism in Alabama.  Olliff reveals how middle-class reformers secured political, economic, and social power not only by fighting against corporate domination and labor defiance, but also by proposing alternative projects like road improvement and identifying the interests of the rising middle-class as being the most important to public interest.
     With the development of national markets in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Americans began to regard the nation as a whole, rather than their particular state or region, as the most important political entity.  Americans, including Alabamians, wanted to travel beyond their local communities, in all seasons, without getting literally stuck in the mud!  The onset of the automobile age bolstered the need for road-making.  The Good Roads Movement began promoting farm-to-market roads, then highways that linked cities, then roads that connected states.  Even people who rode bicycles were demanding better roads.
As discussed in Dr. Olliff’s book, The automobile age bolstered the need for better roads. Photo: Fred Marshall

But the road there wasn’t, and still isn’t easy, so to speak.  “Getting Out of the Mud” also deals with how Alabamians dealt with strained resources and overcame serious political obstacles in order to construct a road system that would accommodate economic growth.  All of this, while at the same time demanding lower taxes and smaller government.  “Getting Out of the Mud” is available at the University of Alabama Press for $49.95.  Call 800 621-2736.

     Dr. Olliff is a professor of history and the director of the Wiregrass Archives at Troy University (Dothan).  He has served on numerous governing boards, including the Alabama Historical Commission, The Alabama Governor’s Mansion Commission, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, and the Dothan Landmarks Foundation.  He sits on the editorial boards of both the Alabama Review and the Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists.

Olivia Foster has rejoined Admiral Movers as vice president and controller



Olivia Foster

Olivia Foster has rejoined Admiral Movers as vice president and controller. She will also serve as operations manager.
Foster, who was born and raised in Sylacauga, worked at Admiral Movers as move coordinator while attending Huntingdon College, where she graduated with an accounting degree. She became the controller after
graduation and assisted with the operations department. Her new duties include overseeing the firm’s finances and ensuring that all paperwork related to moves is complete and accurate. She will schedule the moving crews and work with customers to make their move as seamless as possible.