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I am so excited to be a part of the WHNT News 19 Sports team all the way from the Texas panhandle, where I covered, among other sports, high school football. It's the single most important aspect of life to sports fans in west Texas!

However, as much as the folks in the Lone Star State need their high school football, nothing compares to the passion and desire people in our state demand for their Alabama and Auburn coverage. I can say with great confidence the sports team here at WHNT News 19 will be your best source for everything that relates to the Tigers and Crimson Tide.

After graduating from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, I got my "big break" as a news reporter at KFDA in Amarillo. This job allowed for me to eventually move into a sports career and the rest is history!

While football is my passion, I also have a great love for many other sports. In fact, slicing my driver in to the woods, air balling layups, and getting my skis crossed up on the slopes are common activities you can find me doing in my spare time.

While I believe football is more than just a game, it still pales in comparison to the importance of family and friends in my life. My mother, father and sister are without a doubt the backbone of my existence and I owe all my successes to them.

Please do not hesitate to send me an email if there is a cool sports story going on in your town! Because after all, this whole TV news thing isn't about me, it's about you! Email me at ryan.cody@whnt.com.

One of my favorite quotes: "I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got." - Walter Cronkite

Recent Articles
  • Balancing Football and Family at East Limestone

    Athens, Ala. – (WHNT) Signing up to be a head football coach means you are also signing up to be a father figure to dozens if not hundreds of young men. That part of it was easy for East Limestone’s Jeff Pugh. His son Brick also happens to be one of the best high school quarterbacks in North Alabama. Their ability to separate family and football is key to the team’s success. “It’s different, it’s like he has to be […]

  • Thursday Night Prep Football

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Gadsden City came to Milton Frank Stadium and looked every bit of the best team in class 7A region 4. The Titans scored the game’s first 14 points en route to a 35-14 win over Huntsville. Over in northwest Alabama, Madison Academy took care of business against Colbert heights 52-6. Here are the other scores from around Alabama on Thursday night. Class 1A Linden 61, Ellwood Christian 6 Class 3A Madison Academy 52, Colbert Heights 6 […]

  • Jake Tiffin “Standing Tall” in the Hartselle Huddle

    Hartselle, Ala. – (WHNT) It’s never easy being the shortest guy in a room, and even harder looking up at defensive lineman in the backfield. That has no been a problem so far for Hartselle quarterback Jake Tiffin. The smallest player in the Tigers’ huddle has everyone looking up to him when they need a big play on the field. “He does really well for being a short person. He overcomes that vertical limitation that he has there,” said Hartselle head […]

  • Thursday Night High School Football

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Hartselle scored on each of it’s first four drives on the way to a 38-6 win over Grissom Friday night. Up the road at Louis Crews stadium, Buckhorn took control right before halftime and cruised to a 49-18 win over Johnson. Here are the other scores from around Alabama Thursday night. Class 6A Hartselle 38, Grissom 6 Northview 14, Lee-Montgomery 0 Class 5A Carver-Birmingham 42, Woodlawn 7 Demopolis 28, Jackson 21 Class 4A Leeds 42, Piedmont […]

  • Maceo Booker Buys Dinner, Offensive Line Opens Holes

    Madison, Ala. – (WHNT) It’s often said that the way to any man’s heart is through his stomach. James Clemens running back Maceo Booker may not be looking for a relationship along the offensive line, but he sure knows how to keep those guys motivated. “One time I told them if they get me to 200 I would take them to McDonalds and we went out to eat after that game.  I think the closer I am to them the […]

  • Athens Safety Paxton Schrimser Commits to Southern Miss

    Athens, Ala. – (WHNT) Paxton Schrimser, the leader of this years’ Golden Eagles defense is taking his talents to another Golden Eagles squad after his senior season. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect, chose Southern Miss over Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama and UAB. Rivals.com has Schrimser rated as a two-star prospect. He made the announcement Tuesday on twitter.

  • Stat Correction Gives Blake Sims Historic Numbers Against Florida

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. (al.com)Turns out Blake Sims’ performance Saturday was even bigger than originally stated. Three days after he threw for 445 yards and four touchdowns in the Crimson Tide’s 42-21 victory over Florida, Sims was retroactively credited with 27 more rushing yards than the 12 he had in Saturday’s stat book. That gave him 39 for the day and 484 total, putting him at No. 1 in program history for most yards in a single game. Here’s what happened: On his second-quarter […]

  • Auburn Survives Test at Kansas State

    MANHATTAN, Kansas — (al.com) It took some time, but Auburn finally got rolling and passed its first road test of the season Thursday night at Kansas State. In one of the ugliest games of the Gus Malzahn era, the fifth-ranked Tigers held on for a 20-14 win as No. 20 Kansas State charged back from a 13-point deficit with under 4 minutes remaining, scored a touchdown but couldn’t stop Auburn through the air. Nick Marshall hit D’haquille Williams with a 39-yard pass […]

  • Kerryon Johnson Receives All-American Jersey

    Huntsville, Ala. –  Kerryon Johnson is officially an Under Armour All-American. The Auburn commit accepted his invitation Wednesday morning at Madison Academy as family, friends coaches and classmates turned out to show their support. “I’m very excited,” Johnson said after putting on his game jersey. “Not every athlete gets to go through this. I have to use it to my advantage and keep it up, it’s a high standard to live up to. “Being able to be recognized as one of […]

  • Alabama Prepares for Florida, SEC Opener

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. – (WHNT) The Crimson Tide is putting it’s first three wins in the past as preparations begin for the Florida Gators. It’s the 38th meeting between Alabama and Florida with UA owning a 22-14 lead all time. Both teams are undefeated heading into their toughest test of the season. Monday, Nick Saban stressed the fact that his team needs deeper focus with six straight SEC games on the schedule. “We gotta do a little better job preparing end […]

  • Football Friday Top Plays from Week Four

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Week number four on Football Friday is over and the show was littered with great plays. Before we move ahead to week number five, let’s take a look back at the best of the best.

  • James Clemens, Florence, and Russellville Pick Up Region Wins Thursday

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) James Clemens came from behind to defeat Hazel Green 28-24 and earn it’s first region win of the season. Florence overcame a shoulder injury to quarterback Blake Hawkins and beat Cullman 28-24. Roland Adams rushed for 129 yards and two scores in the win. Russellville eventually pulled away from Columbia at Milton Frank stadium to improve it’s record to 3-0, 28-8. Here are the rest of the high school football scores from around Alabama on Thursday. […]


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