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MIKE BATTLES Graduated from Sylacauga High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. Beginning his football coaching career as an assistant coach in 1970, he became a head coach in 1973. His teams have compiled a 277-161-2 record (through 2013) in coaching stops at Pell City, Irwin County (Ga.), Walter Wellborn, Hueytown, Pascagoula (Miss.), Gautier (Miss.), Biloxi (Miss.) and Handley. He led Irwin County (Ga.) to a 13-0 record and the Georgia Class 1A state championship in 1975 and directed Handley to a perfect 15-0 record in 2011 to win the AHSAA Class 3A state title. His Wellborn teams had back-to-back 10-win seasons in 1988-89. The winningest coach in school history at Walter Wellborn and Handley, he led his Handley teams from a 1-9 mark in 2006 to 11-2, 10-3, 13-1 and 15-0 records the next four years.

 

RICHARD ‘DICKIE’ BROWN - Graduated from Smiths Station High School and Jacksonville State University. He holds a master’s degree in administration from Troy University and an education specialist degree from Auburn University. Brown began his education career at Cleburne County High School in 1969 where he was head baseball coach for two seasons. He moved to Beauregard High School in 1972 and coached the baseball team to a 66-25 record, the boys’ basketball team to an 84-42 mark and the football team to a 35-15 record. Serving as principal at Beauregard since 1978, he was named Alabama Principal of the Year in 2006. He has served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control and was the Class 4A Making A Difference Award winner in 2013.He was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2006 and the football stadium and athletic complex were named in his honor.

 

JIM GARNER - Graduated from Pleasant Home High School and Troy State College. He started his career as a teacher and boys’ basketball coach in 1964 with stints at T.R. Miller, New Hebron (Miss.) and New Brockton before becoming head coach at L.B. Wallace Community College from 1971-84. He then moved to his alma mater, Pleasant Home, and served as principal and athletic director from 1984-2008. Garner oversaw expansion of the athletic program to include softball, volleyball and football. The boys’ basketball program won back-to-back Class 1A state titles in 2001 and 2002. Vast improvements were made in the school’s facilities, including a new field house, new football field and renovation and expansion of the gymnasium. He served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control and District 2 Board from 1997-2010. Garner is currently the mayor of the town of Carolina.

 

MAJOR LANE - Graduated from Montgomery’s Robert E. High School and Alabama State University. He earned his masters and doctorate at Troy University and a second masters in Theology from the Birmingham Theological Seminary. He began his teaching and coaching career in 1982 at Pike County High School as the junior varsity basketball coach where his team went 14-1. He moved to Ariton High School from 1984-87 before returning to Pike County as head boys coach from 1987-93. He also served as the defensive coordinator in football as the Bulldogs won state championships in 1988 and 1989. He became the head basketball coach at Goshen High School in 1993 where his teams compiled a 187-46 record through 2002. He went into administration in 1997 as assistant principal and continues in that role today. Lane currently serves as pastor of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.

 

ALVIN MOORE - Graduated from Birmingham’s Carver High School and Alcorn State University. He also earned a master’s degree from Alabama State University. He was the longest tenured coach in the Birmingham City Schools, serving as head basketball coach at Phillips High School and later Carver from 1974-2013. Moore’s teams won more than 600 games and made four appearances in the Final 48. Hundreds of student-athletes he coached received scholarships in basketball, football and track. He coached in the Alabama North-South All-Star Game twice (1975 and 2003) and was named Class 5A Coach of the Year in 1993. He was the Birmingham City Coach of the Year in 1982 and received the Coca-Cola Outstanding Service Award. An All-Conference offensive tackle, he was Inducted into the Alcorn State Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and also was named USA Man of the Year by the National Baptist Convention in 2011.

 

LARRY MORRIS - Graduated from Scottsboro High School and Jacksonville State University. Spending his entire teaching and coaching career in Scottsboro, he served as an assistant football coach from 1974-1991 and became head coach from 1991-2004–the longest tenure in school history. His teams compiled a 90-66 overall record and won five area or region titles. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi football game in 2001 and in the AHSAA North-South game in 1998. He was also head track coach for eight years and assistant wrestling coach for 10. He served as athletic director from 2005 until his retirement in 2012 and was named AHSAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2012. Scottsboro teams captured 17 state titles under his watch. He also served on the AHSAA District 8 Board from 1999-2012 and the Central Board of Control from 2007-12. Scottsboro named its new football field house in his honor in 2013.

DONNIE ROBERTS - Graduated from Tremont High School (Miss.) and Delta State University (Miss). The Mississippi native spent his first 11 years at Tremont, and then moved to Red Bay (Ala.) High School where he has been the girls’ head coach since 1983. His Red Bay teams have posted a 664-224 mark and his overall coaching record is 806-351 (through 2013). Under Roberts, Red Bay won the Class 3A state championship in 1993 and Class 2A titles in 1997 and 2001. He also coached Red Bay to the Class 2A girls’ state track title in 2001 and has coached softball since 1983. He has also served as a football assistant coach. He coached the Alabama team in the 2001 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Game and was named Class 2A Coach of the Year in 1987, 1993, 2000 and 2001. He is a member of the Franklin County Sports Hall of Fame

DR. JAMES ROBINSON - A native of New Orleans and a 1985 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Dr. Robinson has been an integral part of the AHSAA’s Medical Advisory Board since 2003. He has played an important role in the AHSAA’s medical health and safety policies and helped write the current concussion law that now governs all athletic events in Alabama. A family practice physician in Tuscaloosa, he serves as the University of Alabama football team physician and provides the same service for many high schools in the Tuscaloosa area. Dr. Robinson also developed the AHSAA pre-participation physical exam form used by all student-athletes since 1993. He has been a leader in developing health and safety practices for Alabama high schools and is an annual clinician at the AHSAA Summer Conference.  He supervises athletic trainers for DCH Health System and has been its Medical Director for Sports Medicine since 1989.

NANCY SHOQUIST - Graduated from Fairhope High School and Troy State University and also holds a master’s degree from the University of South Alabama. She is one of a handful of state volleyball coaches whose teams have won more than 1,000 matches with a career record of 1,067-386 (through 2013). Shoquist served as volleyball coach at St. Paul’s Episcopal School from 1982-2003 before moving to Murphy High School where she continues to coach. Her St. Paul’s teams won volleyball state titles in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992 and 1995 and were runners-up in 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997 and 1998. Her Murphy teams have reached the state semi-finals once and the quarter-finals four times. She also coached five St. Paul’s tennis teams to state titles and seven others finished second. She was the first female to be inducted into the Fairhope High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990 and has received numerous coaching awards for volleyball and tennis.

 

MIKE SMITH - Graduated from Hueytown High School and Jacksonville State University and also holds a master’s degree. He started the girls’ basketball program at Decatur High School and remained for 28 seasons. His teams compiled a 624-225 record with five state championships (1990, 1991, 1992, 1995 and 2000) and three runner-up finishes (1987, 1996 and 2001). Smith’s 1992 team was ranked No. 2 in the nation and the 2000 squad finished 34-0. He had three other teams that won 30-plus games and retired as the winningest girls’ basketball coach in AHSAA history. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Game three times (1992, 1995, and 2000) and also coached volleyball for six years and softball for nine. An outstanding classroom teacher, he taught advanced placement government and politics for more than 20 years. He is a member of the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame. 

TONY STALLWORTH - Graduated from J.F. Shields High School in Beatrice and Huntingdon College. He also attended Lomax-Hannon Junior College in Greenville. He began his career as a teacher and coach at Lomax-Hannon and then at Monroe Senior High School. He moved to Brantley High School in 1988 and was the boys’ head basketball coach from 1990-2005 where his teams compiled a 298-47 record and won three straight state championships (1993, 1994 and 1995). He was named 1A Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994 and 2A Coach of the Year in 1995. He also coached Brantley’s Junior High team to a perfect 48-0 record from 1988-90. Stallworth served Brantley High School as its principal from 2005-08 and later worked in various roles with the Crenshaw County School System before becoming the Associate Executive Director of the AHSAA in 2011. He was inducted into the Huntingdon College Hall of Fame in 2013. 

EUGENE WEATHERLY - After serving in the Army in World War II, Eugene Weatherly returned to Gadsden’s Carver High School and captained the football and basketball teams before graduating in 1948. He graduated from Alabama State in 1952 and earned a master’s degree from Georgia State. He began his teaching and coaching career at Hatcher High School in Cherokee County in 1953. He was the first coach in school history and was the only coach the school ever had. He was named Coach of the Year by the Northeastern Interscholastic Athletic Association twice (1961 and 1968). His 1961 boys’ basketball team was unbeaten until losing in the state finals and his football teams won district titles in 1961 and 1967. He coached Anniston’s Cobb Avenue High School basketball team from 1971-74 and ended his coaching career with 21 years at the Georgia School for the Deaf. His 1990 team won the Mason-Dixon basketball tournament. 

 

Hoover, Tanner, UMS-Wright Get Super 6 Wins

Join Spanish Fort, Brantley, Madison Academy As State Champs


     AUBURNHoover locked up its ninth Class 6A crown, Tanner pulled away in the final quarter to grab the Class 2A state title and UMS-Wright took control in the second half to wrap up the Class 4A prize here Friday on the final day of the 2012 AHSAA Super 6 football championships at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Class 6A game was scheduled at 7 p.m.
     On opening day Thursday, Spanish Fort took the Class 5A title, Brantley won the Class 1A crown and Madison Academy captured the Class 3A prize.  

Class 6A: Hoover 31, Opelika  0                 
Stats             Notes
     Calen Campbell scored two touchdowns in a span of 32 seconds late in the first quarter and added a 45-yard touchdown with two minutes left in the game as Hoover capped an undefeated season with a 31-0 win over Opelika in the Class 6A championship game. It marked the school's ninth state title.
     Coach Josh Niblett’s Bucs (15-0) became just the second team in Hoover history to finish 15-0 – joining the 2005 team that also won the Super 6 title in a finale played at Legion Field. Niblett’s team made their fifth Super 6 appearance in his tenure - winning twice (2009 and 2012) and losing the other three by a total of just 7 points.
     Hunter Schmith kicked a 22-yard field goal and Cooper Carden hauled in a 7-yard touchdown pass from Connor Short to round out the scoring for Hoover.
     Campbell’s two quick TDs put the Bucs on top 14-0 – an important step in quieting the huge Opelika crowd. He sped 64 yards for the first score with 3:00 left in the first quarter. On Opelika’s next series, Marlon Humphrey intercepted a pass and returned it 42 yards to the Bulldogs’ 3 to set up Campbell’s second TD.
     Hoover then recovered an onside kick, but Opelika averted further damage when a pass sailed over the outstretched arms of an open Hoover receiver at the goal line.
     Campbell earned game MVP honors with 191 yards rushing on 30 carries. Short was 13-of-21 passing for 146 yards. Michael Powers was the leading receiver with six receptions for 79 yards.
     Landry Tullo led Hoover’s defense with 10 tackles. Chris Fort added six stops and an interception.
     Calvin Bryant led Opelika (10-5) with 85 yards rushing on 19 carries while Matthew Christian was 4-of-18 passing for 97 yards. Jakell Mitchell caught two passes for 46 yards.
     Roy Yancey had nine tackles for Coach Brian Blackmon’s Bulldog defense. Abram Williams had seven tackles, including one sack, and two other tackles for losses.


Class 2A: Tanner 28, Washington County 14
             Stats         Notes

     Tanner’s Rattlers climaxed a perfect season with a 28-14 victory over Washington County to capture the Class 2A title.
     The Rattlers (14-0) of Coach Laron White were making their second straight Super 6 appearance but the first at Auburn. Tanner lost in the 2A finals to Elba last season and has gone 28-1 over the last two years.
     Game MVP Fred Rich rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries and had six tackles and an interception on defense. His 4-yard touchdown run with 5:13 remaining in the fourth quarter sealed the Rattlers’ win over Coach Chris Wilson’s Bulldogs (13-2). 
     Rich scored the game’s first TD on a 25-yard run in first period, but Washington County tied the game at 7-7 with T.J. Kidd’s 4-yard run three minutes later.
     The 7-7 stalemate continued until 5:13 left in the third period when Jonathon Fletcher gave the Rattlers the lead for good on a 5-yard TD run. Fletcher closed out Tanner’s scoring with a 44-yard interception return with 3:36 to play.
    Washington County’s last touchdown came with 2:03 remaining when DeMarcus Holcombe hauled in a 19-yard scoring pass from quarterback Dane Howard.
     Heyden Stephens led all rushers with 139 yards on 29 carries as Tanner totaled 290 yards rushing on 55 tries. Kidd led Washington County with 79 yards on 17 carries. Howard was 8-of-18 passing for 133 yards but was intercepted four times. Fletcher had two picks and Deshun Freeman the other one.
     Kerrigan Pennington and Garrett Thornton each had 10 tackles for Washington County. DeAndre Smith also had nine tackles on a defense that registered six sacks in the contest.

Class 4A: UMS-Wright 42, Oneonta 14           Stats           Notes
     UMS-Wright sophomore Troy Dixon scored three touchdowns on electrifying runs of 52 and 61 yards in the second quarter and 74 yards in the final period as the Bulldogs defeated Oneonta 42-14 to claim the 2012 Class 4A title.
     Dixon captured the game’s MVP honors for his performance. He totaled 232 yards on 23 carries.
     Oneonta (14-1) scored first on a 62-yard, eight-play drive capped by Tyler Smith's 14-yard touchdown run with 8:51 remaining in the first quarter. UMS quarterback Gunner Roach, who completed 9-of-13 passes for 171 yards and one touchdown, responded with a 1-yard sneak for a TD on the first play of the second quarter.
     Dixon gave the Bulldogs the lead with his first score, but Smith tied the game with a 5-yard run with 2:53 left in the half. Two plays later, Dixon got loose for his second TD.
     The Redskins then marched from their own 30 to the UMS 3-yard line in final seconds of the half. However, on second and goal, Oneonta fumbled and the Bulldogs’ Sam Pettway recovered with nine seconds left to prevent Coach Don Jacobs’ team from tying the score.
     Coach Terry Curtis’ Bulldogs faced a third-and-32 midway through the third quarter when Roach connected with T.J. Dixon in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.  K.J. Traywick followed with a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown and Dixon closed the scoring with his 74-yard run late in the game.
     The game produced 864 yards total offense – 422 by UMS-Wright and 442 by Oneonta. The Redskins also tied a Super 6 Class 4A record with 24 first downs.  Quarterback Cody O’Toole was 22-of-31 passing for 284 yards and senior receiver Alvin Scott snagged 11 passes for 123 yards. Scott’s receptions and O’Toole’s completions are also new Super 6 Class 4A records.
     UMS’s defense forced five turnovers – three fumbles and two interceptions. Pettway had 11 tackles to pace the Bulldogs’ defense and Tyler Beard had nine stops.  Thomas Boyd’s seven tackles led Oneonta.


Class 5A: Spanish Fort 45, McAdory 14         
 Stats           Notes
     Spanish Fort scored 31 straight points in the second half to break open a close game and rolled to a 45-14 win over previously unbeaten McAdory to claim the Class 5A state championship.
     The Toros (14-1) won their second state crown and their second straight at Auburn. It marked the first in Freeman’s tenure as head coacht.
     Both teams fought a tough defensive battle in the first half as Spanish Fort pulled into intermission with a slim 14-7 lead. Super 6 MVP Joel Poe connected with Devonte Patrick for an 18-yard touchdown pass to give Spanish Fort a quick 7-0 lead.
     Edward Autrey’s 20-yard run midway through the second period made it 14-0, but McAdory struck back with a 1-yard Kyran Moore scoring run.
     Coach Mark Freeman’s Toros scored 17 points in the third period – first on Alexander Theodore’s 20-yard field goal, then on Samuel Tolbert’s 29-yard run. Poe, who was 17-of-24 passing for 177 yards and three scores, fired a 25-yard TD strike to Jonathan Cook and later a 21-yard scoring pass to Patrick early in the fourth quarter. He finished Spanish Fort’s scoring with a 10-yard TD run with 8:30 remaining.
     Coach David Powell’s Yellow Jackets scored on a 47-yard pass from Kyran Moore to Jonathan Witherspoon to round out the scoring.
     Poe also rushed for 33 yards on eight carries and Tolbert added 100 yards on 12 runs. Patrick finished with six catches for 53 yards and Blain Crain nabbed five for 48 yards. The Toros finished with 377 total yards.
     McAdory, which had 91 yards rushing and 96 passing, all on Moore's 6-of-15 passing. He was sacked for 53 yards in losses on 11 runs and finished with minus-13 yards net. Witherspoon had three catches for 69 yards and a TD.
     Tyler Johnston had six tackles, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass for the Toros’ defense. Ronald Smith also had eight tackles. Brian Sledge and Taylor Reynolds each had seven stops for McAdory while Robert Cooks also had an interception.

Class 1A: Brantley 33, Marion County 0           Stats           Notes
     Brantley's defense registered nine shutouts on the way to Thursday’s Class 1A state finals, but shutout number 10 turned out to be the sweetest.
     The Bulldogs limited defending champion Marion County to just 173 total yards en route to a 33-0 victory and claimed Brantley’s first state championship since 2009. The Red Raiders (13-2) entered the contest averaging a state-leading 50.1 points per game with 700 points scored in 14 games. The Bulldogs (15-0) came in with 697 points scored and just 47 allowed all year (3.4 points per game).
     Coach David Lowery’s team took a 12-0 first-half lead on two TD passes from quarterback Andrew Lowery to game MVP O.J. Guice covering 15 and 13 yards. The defense stopped the Raiders time and time again, but heading into the fourth quarter, those two missed extra points still loomed big.
     Andrew Parker scored on a 5-yard run with 8:44 remaining to cap a 47-yard, eight-play drive and extended the lead to 19-0. Guice added his third TD on a 21-yard run four minutes later and Selleven Burnett scooped up a fumble and rambled 79 yards for the final touchdown with 28 seconds left.
     Brantley rushed for 255 yards and passed for another 61 for 316 total yards. Marion County had 136 yards rushing. Guice was the game’s leading rusher with 115 yards on nine carries and caught four passes for 31 yards. Parker added 111 on 27 tries and Lowery had 33 on 11 attempts. Justin Sanderson led the Raiders with 75 yards on 17 carries.
     Adrian Howard led all tacklers with 14 stops for Brantley. Taylor Driggers added eight tackles and Clay Haws had four, one a sack of Marion County quarterback Sean Wallace for a big 17-yard loss. Terrence Bogen also had an interception.
     Coach Rusty Funk’s Raider defense was anchored by Collin Roberts’ 10 tackles, Wallace’s nine and eight by Demetrek Stewart. Marion County's Ready Swanigan also had two tackles and an interception that he returned 31 yards.


Class 3A: Madison Academy 31, Fayette County 7         
 Stats           Notes
     The second time was the charm as Madison Academy beat Fayette County 31-7 for the Class 3A crown.
     The Mustangs (13-2) reached the Class 3A finals in 2011 – falling to Handley 20-14 in a game that went right down to the wire. This time Coach Eric Cohu’s team left little suspense as sophomore Kerryon Johnson scored two first-half touchdowns to lead Madison Academy to the school’s first-ever state football title.
     Charles Trach booted a Super 6 Class 3A record 43-yard field goal on the first series of the game to give the Mustangs a quick 3-0 lead. Johnson then scored two touchdowns – first on a 35 yard run with 8:15 left in the half and the other on a 68-yard interception return four minutes later.
     Fayette County got on the scoreboard 23 seconds before intermission when Marcellus Redmont scored from the 2 to climax a 13-play, 67-yard drive.
     The combination of Johnson, who finished as the 3A championship game’s leading rusher with 135 yards on 25 carries, and fullback Malik Miller wore the Tigers' defense down in the second half. Johnson added a 3-yard touchdown run with 3:45 to play to extend Madison Academy’s lead to 24-7. Miller, who had 121 yards on 14 carries, ran 6 yards with 2:36 left to close out the scoring.
     The Mustangs finished with 281 yards rushing and limited Fayette County (12-3) to just 60 yards on the ground and 140 yards total. Redmond, Coach Lance Tucker’s talented quarterback, was sacked five times for 33 yards in losses. He completed 7-of-21 passes but was picked off by Johnson twice and by Damiene Pam once.
     La’Markus Martin had two sacks for 18 yards in losses and Garrett Lindsey had 1.5 for another 12 negative yards. Miller led the Mustangs defense with eight tackles and Logan Hamlett had seven.
JaTevin Madison, the Fayette County MVP, had 10 tackles. Omar Smith also had 10 stops and Darnell Williams six with three resulting in losses.