Baseball Playoffs: It's tough when your season ends especially in the fashion that Tallassee's did. Rehobeth showed their grit with two come from behind wins to take the first round series in Tallassee.
The Rebels win in game two of the series on Saturday was the hardest to swallow. A seventh inning homerun erased a two-run Tigers' lead as Rehobeth avoided elimination living to play another day.
A showdown was set for Monday and Tallassee looked like they had shaken off Saturday's setback building a 4-0 lead. But just like in the previous game when the cushion was five runs for Tallassee, Rehobeth chipped away and stole the series.
The Rebels have some big hitters. They will be needed as they face two-time defending champion Charles Henderson this weekend.
Tallassee's season concludes with a 27-8 record. The future does appear bright with a solid group returning, several who still have a few more years in the purple and gold.
Up the road in Reeltown, the Rebels are having one of their best years as they advanced easily last weekend. They take on Horseshoe Bend this week.
The season has ended for Loachapoka. I can't ever recall a winless team making the playoffs. Tallassee sent a 1-9 team to the post-season in football once.
In area play, the top two teams go to the playoffs. That year, Tallassee was second out of three teams. Their lone win came against Beauregard. The Hornets were winless that season.
Loachapoka was in a three team area that fielded just two teams. The Indians went 0-11 this year but by default qualified for post-season play.
They faced Billingsley in the first round and were swept in a doubleheader 19-0 and 15-0.
Spring Games: Let's preface the talk about these scrimmage games with they are scrimmages. There is little relevance to intrasquad games, so don't get all in a tizzy about your teams' performances.
Team Auburn beat Team Tigers 24-14 at Jordan-Hare in front of 62,143. The White were victors over the Crimson 27-14 with an attendance of 65,175 at Bryant-Denny. Didn't Nick look sharp in his pink suit?
Speaking of attendance, defending champion Ohio State broke the record with 99,391 for their exhibition last weekend.
AU's Jeremy Johnson had a nice day at the office. The heir apparent to Nick Marshall threw for 252 yards.
Alabama's Jake Coker passed for 183 yards. His performance was better than Blake Sims last year. How could it have been worse? Still, little can be made of these games.
Sims assumed the duties as starter in the fall and had a magnificent season in '14. If Coker takes the lead in the QB race this off-season, all that matters is what happens on Saturdays.
I expect Johnson will be good. I am interested in seeing the differences in the Tigers' schemes with a pocket passer vs. a dual threat like Marshall was.
Sims was a pretty good runner, but the run option from that position was not a big part of Alabama's offense.
The Tide has big shoes to fill at wide receiver minus Amari Cooper. On the Plains, will Roc Thomas step up like Cameron Artis-Payne did after Trey Mason?
The biggest question with the Tigers is on defense. Will Auburn be much improved under Muschamp? The unit was No. 58 in total defense last year.
The Bama defense was not as dominate last year as in previous seasons under Saban and Smart. They were No. 20 in total defense. Will we see a return to the norm as one of the nation's very best in 2015?
After A-Day games at the respective institutions, there are still more questions than answers.
Title IX Love: Allow me to give some credit to the Crimson Tide and Tigers for some impressive work in areas outside of football. Alabama was fourth and Auburn sixth at the national championship of gymnastics. Florida claimed the title.
In softball, Alabama took two-of-three in Auburn over the weekend. The orange and blue are ranked No. 7. Bama is No. 6.