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With football season coming to a close any week — and certainly within the next five weeks — Inside the Lines Podcast will slowly start shifting its focus to the winter sports season. Basketball season begins this week and wrestling follows shortly behind.

For the most part, football season has ended around Tallapoosa and Coosa counties. But don’t expect Friday nights for the area athletes to free up any time soon as basketball season officially kick starts next week.

By the time the first practice rolls around, Central Coosa’s football team is already behind the eight ball. The Cougars usually have very little — if any at all — spring practice and they’re extremely limited during the summer due to the sheer number of participants.

In a battle of winless teams, something had to give and the Central Coosa Cougars got their first win in over three years, beating the Talladega County Central Tigers, 42-14, Friday to end their 2019 campaign on a high note after a rough couple seasons.

It's time to wrap up the regular season as Caleb and Lizi quickly discuss the big coaching news out of Dadeville last week (5:48) before diving into the Game of the Week between Tallassee and Elmore County (9:00).

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Central Coosa added another loss to its record Friday night but the Cougars found plenty of positives after facing off with a Thorsby team preparing for the postseason. Coosa scored its second highest point total of the season but the defense could not keep up in the 56-20 Class 2A Region 4 defeat.

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After dropping the first set of the Class 2A Area 8 tournament, Central Coosa’s volleyball team could’ve been in for a quick upset Tuesday afternoon. The Cougars earned the No. 1 seed coming out of the regular season, but the area was fairly well matched and it was anyone’s game.

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Although Central Coosa won the right to host the Class 2A Area 8 volleyball tournament Tuesday, there is no time to take anyone lightly. The Cougars will start off with Thorsby, which it swept in the regular season but went to four sets in both matches, then it’ll have the winner of Reeltown…

It was a different team but similar results Friday night for Central Coosa’s football team. The Cougars lost to Lafayette 48-6, similar to its 58-0 loss to Reeltown last week. 

Both Horseshoe Bend and Central Coosa have earned the right to host their respective area volleyball tournaments next week, so when the two took the court against each other Wednesday night, it seemed like it would be a good tune-up for what’s to come.

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When an undefeated team goes against a winless one it’s easy to predict the outcome. The Reeltown Rebels defeated the Central Coosa Cougars 58-0 Friday night in a class 2A Region 4 showdown by taking advantage of opportunities and playing like they were against a bigger opponent.

Central Coosa saw its winless season continue as Friday night’s trip to Vincent ended with a 51-8 defeat at the hands of the Yellow Jackets. Vincent got its first win of the season as it scored all 51 points in the first half.

When two undefeated area teams go against each other, it’s going to be a good one. And Central Coosa and Reeltown were both in for a dogfight in a Class 2A Area 8 volleyball match Thursday night.

Benjamin Russell’s cross country team hit the trails this weekend at the Spain Park Cross Country Classic, and Reginald Sweetwyne made a name for himself.

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It's a special episode of ITL this week as Caleb and Lizi are joined by The Daily Home's LaVonte Young to discuss the big games in Class 4A Region 4 this week (20:30).

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Caleb and Lizi are back with a quick recap on the biggest moments of Week 1 (5:20) before moving on to this week's Game of the Week between Stanhope Elmore and Benjamin Russell (16:10).