GADSDEN — The Albertville varsity football team posted a 2-1-1 record in pool play and a 1-1 mark in the bracket portion of Thursday’s Gadsden City Black Creek Parkway 7-on-7 Tournament at Titan Stadium.
It was the Aggies’ first competition under the leadership of new head coach Cliff Mitchell, who served as interim head coach during spring training, when the team played an intrasquad game instead of a jamboree.
In pool play, the Aggies beat Hueytown 26-18 and Gardendale 17-16. AHS tied Gadsden City A 12-12 and lost to Jacksonville 33-10.
Albertville opened bracket play with a 27-14 triumph over Fort Payne, its Class 6A, Region 8 rival. Hueytown eliminated the Aggies with a 26-9 decision.
Hueytown finished as the runner-up, losing to Shades Valley 26-25 in the finals.
“Hueytown is a good team,” Mitchell said. “They have that running back [Roydell Williams] who is going to Alabama, and he ran some good routes. It was a good game with Fort Payne.
“I’m proud of our guys’ effort today, and I’m proud of our coaches for getting our guys ready today.”
Mitchell said it was the first 7-on-7 competition for some of the Aggies, and he was pleased with how they responded.
“Some of our younger guys got thrown into the fire, having to play some spots where they’re not used to playing against some good competition down here,” he said.
Ben Allen and Jordan Burgess, both juniors, rotated at quarterback for the Aggies.
“Both those guys had good days throwing the football,” Mitchell said. “We had a lot of guys catching the ball, and I thought our defense did a really good job most of the day. We’re trying to play a little more man coverage. We’re doing some different things on defense a little bit, as far as coverages go.
“I think we had a good day and got better. I’m happy.”
The Aggies’ next 7-on-7 is July 9 at Samford.