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Talent Displayed In Nail-Biter

IRONDALE – Many felt this game featuring unbeaten Shades Valley hosting Hewitt-Trussville would be a laugher. Turns out, it was a nail-biter, as the Mounties needed a late interception to seal a 42-35 wacky win in a contest that nearly lasted three hours, despite 12-minute quarters. To the categories:

TOP PROSPECT: I had hoped going in to see a Mt. Cody-, Jesse Williams-type nose guard manning the middle for Shades Valley in junior Daron Payne (6-3, 320). So much for preconceptions. What I saw was more a Josh Chapman, Brandon Ivory-type middle plugger, who draws lots of double-teams but still finds a way to disrupt the action. "Daron's worked hard in the weight room, and he gained 20 pounds...

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