The burgeoning success story Cleburne County (4-0, 2-0 region) will take to its key Class 4A, Region 4 game at top-ranked Handley (2-0, 1-0) on Friday came about through maturity, hard work and a healthy rising star at quarterback.

In the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association high school football rankings, Alexandria is ranked No. 6 in Class 5A and Piedmont is ranked No. 2 in Class 3A.

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