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N. Alabama beats back scrappy Blue Mountain for 72-59 win

Nov. 10, 2018 11:42 PM EST

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Jamari Blackmon scored 22 points and Payton Youngblood scored 15 and North Alabama pulled away from NAIA Blue Mountain for a 72-59 win Saturday night. Tyree Beason's layup with 10:25 before halftime put the Toppers up 18-13 before a 19-5 North Alabama (1-1) run gave the Lions a 32-23...

North Alabama ends first FCS season with 31-28 win

Nov. 10, 2018 7:16 PM EST

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Chandler Carrera kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1:24 to play and A.J. Bracey picked off a pass in the closing seconds and North Alabama wrapped up its first season at the FCS level on Saturday with a 31-28 win over North Greenville. The Division-II Crusaders tied the game on a...

Lopez with 4 TDs leads N. Alabama past Div.-II Shorter 41-14

Nov. 3, 2018 7:56 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Christian Lopez threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and North Alabama beat Division II Shorter University 41-14 on Saturday. Lopez was 18 of 27 for 240 yards for the Lions (6-3). Cortez Hall had 107 receiving yards and a score and Jakobi Byrd added 89 yards and two...

Lopez throws for 2 TDs, N. Alabama beats Miss. College 34-17

Oct. 13, 2018 10:01 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Christian Lopez threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns to help lead North Alabama past Division II Mississippi College 34-17 on Saturday night. North Alabama (4-3), in its first year of FCS play, was off to a 3-1 start before falling to Campbell and West Florida in consecutive games....

Correction: Tropical Weather-The Latest story

Oct. 12, 2018 3:41 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — In a story Oct. 11 about Hurricane Michael, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Karen Clark & Company is an insurance company. Karen Clark & Company is a risk-modeling firm. A corrected version of the story is below: The Latest: Georgia crops hit hard by...

'Changed Forever': Florida Panhandle devastated by Michael

Oct. 11, 2018 8:19 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and rescue crews struggling to enter stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who may have stayed behind. At least three deaths were...

The Latest: Possible tornadoes reported in central Georgia

Oct. 10, 2018 11:18 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Florida (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times Eastern): 8:45 p.m. Hurricane Michael has begun weakening as it charges across southwestern Georgia with damaging winds and rains. It has dropped from a once formidable Category 4 to a bottom-tier Category 1 storm. The National...

The Latest: Experts: Storm could be one of Panhandle's worst

Oct. 9, 2018 11:49 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Worried meteorologists now expect a strengthening Hurricane Michael to slam into the Florida Panhandle as one of the worst storms in the region's history. The National Hurricane Center's late Tuesday forecast...

Major Hurricane Michael bearing down on Florida Panhandle

Oct. 9, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Fast and furious Hurricane Michael barreled toward the Florida Panhandle late Tuesday night with 125 mph winds and a potentially catastrophic storm surge of 13 feet, giving tens of thousands of people precious little time to board up and get out. Drawing energy from warm waters of...

West Florida gets first D-I win, beats North Alabama 24-19

Oct. 6, 2018 10:51 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Sam Vaughn threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, and Division II West Florida played its first game against a D-I school and won, 24-19 against North Alabama on Saturday night. Vaughn was 16-of-28 passing for 172 yards. Chris Schwarz added 107 yards rushing on 14...