Vincent journey ends short of title

Vincent High School junior Anterio Rogers walks off the court as Barbour County players celebrate their 55-38 victory over the Yellow Jackets in the AHSAA Class 2A championship game March 1. (Reporter Photo/Jon Goering)

By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor

BIRMINGHAM — Vincent High School senior Dontravious Moon and junior Tyler Williams had few emotions left after playing nearly every minute in the Yellow Jackets’ 55-38 loss to Barbour County in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A championship game March 1 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

The few words the pair managed to put together were painful recollections of the final game of the season, which featured a double-digit lead by Vincent turning into a second-half comeback by Barbour County to keep its undefeated season alive.

Vincent coach John Hadder understood their hurt, but he felt the sting from the Yellow Jackets’ defeat overshadowed his team’s phenomenal run to the school’s second appearance in the Class 2A title game in school history.

“The loss was obviously disappointing,” Hadder said, “but to focus on tonight would be a disservice to what we’ve done all year long.”