Justice sent home after heart attack
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
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Mike Justice, in a 2005 photo during renovations to Anniston High School's field house. (Anniston Star file photo)
Mike Justice, in a 2005 photo during renovations to Anniston High School's field house. (Anniston Star file photo)
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Gulfport coach Mike Justice had a scary moment Friday night after the Admirals fell to Oak Grove, 25-20. Complaining about chest pain at the half, the former Oxford and Anniston football coach suffered a heart attack after the game. Justice was sent home early Monday afternoon.

“He’s about as good as can be expected,” Gulfport High School Assistant Athletic Director Donny Fuller told The Sun-Herald. “The doctors told him not to do anything for at least two weeks. The doctors want to see him again and run some tests.”

Two stents were placed on Saturday morning. Fuller said coach Eddie Pierce will take over until Justice is well enough to return. Justice coached at Oxford from 2002-02 and Anniston from 2005-06.

• Record return: Clay Central’s Tyrone Cosby can do more than just run the football, and he made a historical statement Friday night in the Volunteers’ 40-13 win over Elmore County, setting a school record with his 96-yard kickoff return.

“That had to have been the most exciting play I’ve had in my career,” Cosby said with a huge smile after the game on Friday. “It was so exciting. When I got it, I saw a hole and as I was running, I was like, ‘Yes! Yes!’”

Cosby added 94 yards and a score on the ground and a 21-yard punt return. He has played a pivotal role for the Volunteers, helping the first-year school reach a 3-0 record by scores of 41-6, 60-0 and 40-13.

• Solid start: Spring Garden has a chance to make history Friday night, and coach Jason Howard and his players could not be more excited for the opportunity.

For the first time since 2008, the Panthers are 3-0. However, with a win over Coosa Christian, who are 0-3, on Friday night, Spring Garden would reach 4-0 for the first time in the school’s history. Odds could not be much more in Spring Garden’s favor considering Coosa Christian has been outscored by an average of 45-16 in each game this year.

• Big test: Although coach Jeff Smith did not seem excited about Wellborn’s 73-0 victory over Victory Christian, the Panthers set a school record for most points scored in a game.

“That wasn’t what we were trying to do tonight,” Smith said after the game Friday. “… if the kids are happy about it, that’s OK, I guess.”

Despite Victory Christian being a pushover opponent, Wellborn should have its hands full this week as it faces Fultondale at home. The former No. 1 ranked Fultondale will likely have a chip on its shoulder and be looking to make a statement.

• Pick six: More times than not, when a Donoho player intercepts a ball, it’s going to the house for a touchdown.

The Falcons have recorded four interceptions this season with three of them going for six. Oh, and all three of those have come in the last two games, as well, with two coming on Friday night against Jacksonville Christian Academy in a 35-7 win.

Don’t kid yourself into thinking these picks are easy to return for six either. Two of the Falcons’ defensive scores have come from 62 yards and 60.

• Dominant D: If you’re looking for a good defensive show with a lot of tackles in the backfield, look no further than the Piedmont Bulldogs. Coach Steve Smith’s team recorded seven sacks and five tackles for a loss in its 49-7 win over Glencoe Friday night.

“I thought we did a great job up front,” Smith said after the W on Friday. “You know, they were huge. Glencoe’s … offensive front and defensive tackles were probably the biggest we’ll see all year.”

It wasn’t the first time this season the Bulldogs have created havoc in the backfield, though. They sacked Ashville’s quarterback 10 times and added six tackles for a loss the week before.

Sports Writer Brandon Miller: 256-235-3575. On Twitter @bmiller_star.