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Vestavia caps Buddy Anderson’s career with a 52-27 win over Shades Valley

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Vestavia Hills, AL – The Vestavia Hills Rebels sent legendary head coach Buddy Anderson out on top with a 52-27 victory over the Shades Valley Mounties Friday night at Thompson Reynolds Stadium. 

Anderson closes out a 49 year career at Vestavia, 43 at the helm of he Rebel’s program, as Alabama’s winningest head coach.  The Thomasville High and Samford University graduate compiled a 346-140 record including 31 postseason births, 17 region crowns and a pair of state titles over almost five decades on the sidelines.  

Vestavia closed out a COVID shorted season at 4-6, being forced to forfeit their first two contests against traditional rivals Mountain Brook and Homewood.  The Rebels season was highlighted by region wins over Tuscaloosa County, Spain Park, Gadsden City and longtime foe Shades Valley.  

Vestavia signal caller Braden Glenn closed out the night with 164 yards through the air and a pair of touchdowns, completing 8-0f-12 passes while rushing for 45 yards and three scores.  Charlie Hughes was Glenn’s favorite target snagging three receptions for 72 yards and a first half score.  Taiyo Crawford lead the Rebels on the ground with 154 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.  

Shades Valley closed out Jamie Mitchell’s first regular season in Irondale at 3-7.  The Mounties’ trek through 2020 will continue next Friday night as they travel north to face the 6A Region 8 runner up Cullman Bearcats (8-2) at Paul Woodard Stadium.