more than they seem

by Christian Ginder

Many see sports as a way to pass time or as a fun activity they take interest in, but to others, it means much more. Since I was young, sports have been a big part of my life. They have helped me through tough times. When my parents got divorced, I turned to sports to help me through my struggles and tough times. At times, I would go hit some baseballs, and at other times I would go for a run to ease my mind. Outside of simply learning to play them, sports can teach us some of the most important life lessons. Teamwork, self-discipline, and hard work are all beneficial aspects of sports. Sports can also teach us to have a strong mindset, and they can teach us the importance of overcoming adversity.


To help me make my point, I spoke with CJ Pinkard (senior) about what sports mean to him:


“Personally, I love the game of football,” CJ said. “To other people, football is just men hitting each other.

I have even heard football players described as ruthless. To me, however, football and sports as a whole are what people use to escape reality. To be with your brothers - sweating, fighting, and striving toward a common goal - is truthfully living your best life. While watching sports, people can escape their home life, school life, and life in general. When I am on the field, nothing else matters. This goes for any sport, in my opinion. It does not matter which one it is. Sports teaches boys and girls how to work with others and allows them to build relationships that can not be replaced. It teaches hard work and dedication. Personally, my attitude has gotten better since I started playing sports. I am also better at being on time, and I have become the best man I feel I can be. If anyone is debating on playing sports, I say do it because it could be the best decision they will ever make. The benefits sports provide are well worth all the hard work and effort athletes put forth.”


photos by miracle mckissic and aaliyah mckissic


Photos by Jeremy Wortham

RCHS defeats Geraldine, advances to quarterfinals

In round two of the state playoffs, our RCHS Tigers traveled to Geraldine to face the 10-2 Bulldogs.


RCHS jumped out to a 15-0 lead on a touchdown run by Atario Hester and a 37-yard pass from Damarcus Davis and Trey MacFarland. 


Geraldine struck back just before the half, and at the break, our boys led 15-6. 


Late in the third quarter, Hester scored again, this time from 7-yards out. The Tigers then led 22-6. 


With 7:37 left in the fourth quarter,

RCHS Defense Stifles Saks, Propels Team To Semis

On Friday, November 23rd, the Saks Wildcats traveled to Randolph County to take on the RCHS Tigers in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.


Coming into the night, the Wildcats were 10-1, their only loss of the season coming to RCHS back in October. Their offense, which averaged 40.27 points per game, was considered by many to be the best in 3A. If the Tigers wanted to defeat them again, they'd need their defense to be as strong as ever.


The first quarter passed without either team scoring, but with 10:50 left in the 2nd 

quarter, Atario Hester found the end zone and the Tigers took a 7-0 lead.


That score stood throughout the quarter, and at the half, the Tigers led by seven.

Late in the third quarter, Hester found paydirt once again, this time from seven yards out.

With 1:45 left in the quarter, RCHS had a 13-0 lead. 


The Tigers padded their lead to 19-0 in the fourth quarter when Dante Jordan took the ball SIXTY SIX yards for the score.


As high powered as Saks' offense had been this year, many would have expected them to score more than eight points on the night. However, that is exactly what happened. On this Friday night, the Tigers' defense made the Wildcats look less like an offensive powerhouse and more like a pee-wee squad.


That lone Wildcats touchdown came with 5:25 left in the fourth quarter. 

They were successful with their 2-point conversion, but eight points just wasn't enough to win this one. 


With the victory, RCHS will travel to Piedmont for the semi-finals.

The Bulldogs (12-2 on the season) won an earlier meeting between the two teams, but RCHS will do everything they can to make sure it doesn't happen again.


Make plans to be at this one.

The winner will pack their bags and head to Jordan-Hare Stadium (Auburn) for the 2018 state championship game. 




Geraldine found the end zone again, making the score 22-12. 


Only two minutes later, Hester scored his third touchdown of the night, increasing the Tiger's lead to 28-12.


Geraldine scored one more time, but it wasn't enough.

Our RCHS Tigers are headed to the quarterfinals for the fourth year in a row!


Next Friday night, RCHS will host the Saks Wildcats. Come out and support the team.

RCHS advances with

blowout win

In round one of the state playoffs, our RCHS Tigers hosted the Tigers of Lauderdale County. 


RCHS scored early and often as they absolutely dominated their opponent, winning the game 53-6.


Touchdowns were scored on the night by Dante Jordan (2), Atario Hester (2),  Jonathan Prothro (2), TJ Sims, and Alex Sheppard.


Our boys will travel to Geraldine to face the Bulldogs in round two. Geraldine defeated Holly Pond in round one by a score of 29-14. They are 10-2 on the season.

Photo by Jeremy Wortham

Huddleston and Wright compete in state competition

by Lula Kidd

Abby Huddleston and Keith Wright both qualified for the state competition in cross country.


The meet was held in Moulton on Saturday, November 10th. They both did a fantastic job.


Keith placed 98th out of 100+ boys and Abby placed 100th out of 150+ girls.


We are very proud of both of them for qualifying and competing. There were many competitive teams at the competition, and even though it was very cold, both of our runners pushed through to the finish.


Congratulations to Keith, Abby, the rest of the team, and the coaches on a great inaugural cross country season.



Every Friday (game day) morning, the RCHS Tigers' football team, band, and cheerleaders head to Wedowee Middle and Wedowee Elementary for "Hometown Heroes."  Players, band members, and cheerleaders await students as they unload the buses and head into the school building to start their day. It's a very special event that builds relationships, reinforces support, and generates smiles.

FOOTBALL regular season

by Sophia Milligan

Piedmont later rallied and eventually secured the win, 27-22. It was a tough loss in a game that our boys could have definitely won.


This year’s homecoming game, game four of the season, was against B.B. Comer.

We demolished them with a 32-6 win.


The week following the Comer game, the team traveled to Woodland and wiped the field with the Bobcats, winning by a score of 41-13.


Four additional wins came over Weaver (38-28), Walter Wellborn (53-13), Saks (41-21), and most recently, Pleasant Valley (35-6). At the time of the Saks game, the Wildcats were the #1 team in 3A.

The beatdown we gave them moved us into the top spot where we belong.


On Friday night, 11/2, our boys defeated Wadley by a score of 28-0. The final score handed Wadley its first shutout loss since 2012. This was the final game of our regular season. Our next opponent will come to us next Friday, November 9th. We'll host Lauderdale County in the first round of the state playoffs. 


We congratulate each player and coach on a great season so far. Go Tigers!