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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

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    SEC Report

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. – (WHNT) Alabama beat Texas A&M 59-0, the largest margin of victory for the Tide since 1979. Chase Horn breaks down the win in this week’s SEC Report.

  • Thursday Night High School Football

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The stadium lights came on one night early for several teams across the Tennessee Valley. Click on the video player for a complete rundown of scores and highlights. Class 1A Marengo 52, J.U. Blacksher 36 Talladega Co. Central 31, Winterboro 27 Class 4A Munford 67, Holtville 7 Class 5A Columbia 50, Ardmore 39 Douglas 27, Fairview 14 Guntersville 52, Butler 22 Lincoln 14, Springville 12 Parker 27, Carver-Birmingham 20 Class 6A Arab 34, Lee-Huntsville 27 Saraland […]

  • Havoc Opens Camp, Preaching Grit

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) For as hot as the Huntsville Havoc was at home last season, the team was equally as cold on the road. The problem continued during the playoffs and ultimately led to the team falling short of an SPHL championship. Head coach Glenn Detulleo questioned the grit of his club in the off season and is already working on a new mentality. To start, he wants the Havoc to work on scoring “greasy goals.” What is a […]

  • West Morgan’s R.J. Young is helping Rebels, Despite Injury

    Trinity, Ala. – (WHNT) Head injuries are nothing to mess with. West Morgan senior running back R.J. Young knows all about the risks, but that doesn’t make sitting on the sidelines any easier. “I’m trying to get these doctors to understand my pain so I can come back, ” Young said before sitting out practice for the third straight week with a concussion. Despite missing so much time, the Rebel senior leads his team in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. […]

  • Hazel Green Beats Huntsville High, Remembers Julian Jones

    Hazel Green, Ala. – (WHNT) With a whirlwind of emotions hitting football players at Hazel green high school, it’s hard to imagine playing a football game. The Trojans not only played Huntsville high Thursday, they dominated. Hazel Green won 42-12 and led from beginning to end. Click on the video player above to see how Julian’s teammates honored their friend. Here are some other scores from around the state on Thursday night. Class 1A Hackleburg 48, Vina 20 Maplesville 69, […]

  • 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 […]


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