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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. 

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Andrews’ Seven-TD Performance Grabs Spotlight

        Fairhope High School head football coach Adam Winegarden says he has seen a lot of outstanding individual performances in his prep coaching career. However, he said Nate Andrews topped them all Friday night.
        Andrews, the Pirates’ quarterback, rushed for 268 yards in a key 58-23 Class 6A, Region 2 win over Northview to seal a playoff berth for Fairhope. More importantly, he scored seven touchdowns – five coming in a 188-yard second half effort. His touchdown runs covered 4, 42, 53, 4, 1, 2 and 30 yards.
        “I have never had a player score seven touchdowns in one game,” said Winegarden. “Nate actually had an eighth touchdown called back. It was just a phenomenal performance.”
        Fairhope wound up in a tie for second place behind region champion Daphne in Class 6A, Region 2 with a 6-2 region record. Foley came out of the tie as the second seed and Fairhope captured the third seed. Enterprise is the fourth qualifier from Region 6.
        Andrews’ effort grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 9 of the 2012 football season. It also edged out some special-team dazzlers, including Austin Dempsey  of Hazel Green and John Hawkins of St. Jude and a super team effort by Hewitt-Trussville..
        Dempsey scored on a 70-yard punt return and a 61-yard kickoff return, intercepted a pass and knocked down a pass in the end zone in the final minute of a 26-21 win over Buckhorn.
        Hawkins returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and had punt returns of 85 and 70 yards for two more scores in a 46-6 win over Fayetteville.
        Coach Hal Riddle’s Hewitt-Trussville Huskies intercepted seven Woodlawn passes in a 31-6 win over the Colonels. Deontay Wilson had two, Luke Davis returned one for a TD while Griffin Pair, Brandon Woods, Luc Riddle and Bailey Cash also had one pick each. Eli Ashley recovered a fumble and Devante Dawson blocked a punt for a total of nine turnovers forced by the Huskies’ defense.
        A total of 188 of the 192 first-round playoff berths were settled after last week’s final round of region play. In Class 1A, Region 4, Wadley, Winterboro and Talladega County Central are tied for fourth seed and will resolve the tie after this week’s non-region games. In Class 5A, Region 8, Muscle Shoals (9-0) won the region title with its win over Cullman, but Russellville’s 6-3 win over defending 5A state champion Hartselle forced a three-way for second, third and fourth place. Cullman, Russellville and Hartselle are in, but the order won’t be determined until this week’s non-region games are concluded.

Other top performances included:

R.J. DEDRICK, FAIRFIELD: Had 33 carries for 324 rushing yards and had five tackles on defense in a 16-14 loss to Central Tuscaloosa.

TANNER IVEY, HALEYVILLE: Passed for 305 yards and a touchdown in the Lions’ 29-7 win over West Limestone. His TD pass to Matt Smith covered 60 yards. Ivey, who is 130-of-218 passing for 2,083 yards and 19 touchdowns on the year, also ran for one score.

BRANDON BUTTS, SUSAN MOORE: Was 21-of-33 passing for 269 yards and four touchdowns and rushed 20 times for 112 yards and a fifth TD in a 35-26 win over New Hope. The win clinched the school’s first playoff appearance in five years.
CEDRIX REED, FOLEY: Rushed for 211 yards and four touchdowns, including a go-head 65-yard  TD run with 2:51 left to play to give the Lions a 34-29 win.
JONATHAN PITTMAN, DALEVILLE: The Warhawks’ quarterback rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown and completed 5-of-8 passes for 106 yards with a 35-yard TD pass in a 21-18 win over Barbour County.

XAVIER McCOLLUM, WINFIELD: Ran for 195 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Pirates beat Good Hope 33-6. McCollum now has 1,875 yards rushing in nine games.
BRYANT HORN, BENJAMIN RUSSELL:  The Wildcats’ quarterback was 5-for-5 passing in a five-play, 62-yard drive over 53 seconds, capping the game-winning drive with a 16-yard TD pass with 8.3 seconds left to give Benjamin Russell (9-0) a 28-24 win over Eufaula and the Class 5A, Region 2 title. Horn also had a 1-yard TD run in the game, which was set up by his 65-yard pass completion.

AARON DILLARD, HUBBERTVILLE: Rushed for 265 yards and scored on runs of 5, 16 and 47 yards in a 33-18 win over Lynn.
DYLAN MACKEY, SAND ROCK: Rushed for 197 yards on 13 carries and scored four touchdowns (4, 63, 39, 41 yards). He also completed 11-of-24 pass attempts for 117 yards and a 35-yard touchdown as the Wildcats clinched the final playoff spot from Class 2A, Region 7 with a 35-14 victory over Ider.

LEVI MINTZ, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 17-of-27 pass attempts for 320 yards and four touchdowns (51, 26, 17, 54 yards). He also rushed for a 1-yard touchdown in the unbeaten Tigers' 41-14 victory at Spring Garden. DeAngelo Hardy also caught six passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns (51, 26 yards).

C.J. JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 15-of-18 pass attempts for 250 yards and three touchdowns (2, 24 and 48 yards). He also had a 9-yard rushing touchdown in the Panthers' 43-33 victory over Valley Head, rallying Collinsville from a 20-16 halftime deficit.

BLAKE DEVINE, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: The junior running back had 137 yards rushing with a 75-yard TD run, caught one pass for 25 yards and returned two kickoffs for 116 yards in a 63-20 win over Brewer. His 94-yard kickoff return for a TD was the longest in school history and sealed the Panthers’ first winning regular season since 1993.
SEAN WALLACE, MARION COUNTY: Led the Red Raiders to a 57-0 win over Brilliant with 252 total yards. The quarterback was 3-of-6 passing for 117 yards with TD passes of 74 and 13 yards to DeShawn Reibesehl and rushed five times for 135 yards with two more ascores. He had a 78-yard non-scoring run as well.
JORDAN BISHOP, CALERA: Hauled in seven receptions for 176 yards and two TDs as Calera beat Jemison 35-14. His TD receptions covered 45 and 82 yards as the Eagles clinched a home berth in the Class 4A state playoffs.
TYLER JACKSON, MUSCLE SHOALS: Ran for 229 yards on 13 carries, including touchdown runs of 49, 60 and 62 yards, in a 35-19 Class 5A, Region 8 title-clinching road victory over Cullman.

DALE JACKSON, FORT PAYNE: The senior quarterback completed 18-of-21 passes for 282 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 45-7 victory at Scottsboro. Jackson’s TD passes covered 37, 9, 40 and 8 yards.

CODY O’TOOLE, ONEONTA: Was 8-of-12 passing for 148 yards and four touchdowns in the Redskins' 49-0 win over Sardis. The victory clinched the Class 4A, Region 6 title for unbeaten Oneonta. Alvin Scott had five catches for 93 yards to give him 200 career receptions.
BERRON TYSON, BAKER: Rushed 48 times for 237 yards and a TD as Baker beat Blount 21-7 to make the playoffs for the first time since 1990.
JASON SMITH, McGILL-TOOLEN: Rushed for 120 yards and four TDs and threw for 153 yards and three touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 50-21 win over rival Murphy.
JACKSON RICHARD, MADISON COUNTY: Completed 11-of-12 passes for 204 yards and four touchdowns in a 66-0 victory over Butler.
TORREN HALEY, EAST LIMESTONE: Ran for 200 yards and four touchdowns (2, 18, 2, 18) on 27 carries in a 41-6 win over West Point
JERMARCUS BROWN, PICKENS COUNTY: Rushed for 252 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 49-22 win over Berry. Brown scored on runs of 22, 10 and 94 yards, returned the second-half kickoff 88 yards for a score and caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Devonte Simon.
TY JONES, VINEMONT: Ran for 192 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries to lead the Eagles to a 47-20 win over Winston County. He scored on runs of 61, 15, 8, 2 and 3 yards.
ARDARIUS STEWART, FULTONDALE:
Ran 15 times for 137 yards with five touchdowns and tallied his sixth score on an 80-yard kickoff return to lead the Wildcats past Ranburne 48-21.

STEWART WILKINS, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Completed 17-of-25 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns (23, 5 and 18 yards) and added 30 yards rushing in a 32-13 win over John Carroll.
LUKE BAILEY, FAIRVIEW: Despite playing in only the first half of the Aggies’ 47-6 home victory over Crossville, the quarterback was 8-of-11 passing for 202 yards and three touchdowns. His trio of scores — a 63-yarder to Trent Shoemaker, a 13-yarder to Bryant Powers and a 67-yarder to Jake Chandler — all came during a five-minute span in the second quarter.
BLAKE BYRD, CORNER: The Yellow Jackets’ dual-threat quarterback ran 26 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns (9, 2 and 2 yards) and was 16-of-27 passing for 132 yards and another score in a 39-25 win over Bibb County.

MARLON PAGE, NOTASULGA: Ran for 203 yards and five touchdowns on 15 carries and returned a kickoff for another score in the Blue Devils’ 48-38 win over Wadley.

GARRET LEWIS, SIPSEY VALLEY: Threw four touchdown passes in a 47-27 win over American Christian Academy. Lewis' performance helped the Bears qualify for the AHSAA Class 3A playoffs for the first time in its three-year history.
COURTNEY FOY, MIDFIELD: Ran 15 times for 208 yards and three touchdowns, adding 64 yards passing and a touchdown in the 50-0 win against Tarrant.

JORDAN HOWARD, GARDENDALE: Scored five first half touchdowns – runs of 4, 6, 9 and 4 yards and an 87-yard reception – in a 43-16 win over Carver. He finished with 77 yards rushing on just eight carries.
KYLE ERIKSEN, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Finished with 110 yards on 12 carries, including an 80-yard TD run, and caught four passes for 91 yards in a 30-16 win over Houston Academy. He had a back-breaking 80-yard TD run in the fourth quarter and also had eight tackles on defense.
NICK McCALLISTER, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: The linebacker had 22 tackles and defensive back Andrew Osborne added 14 stops Providence's 30-16 win over Houston Academy.
ROD ROBERSON, CARROLL: Returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown and had an interception on defense, his seventh of the year, in a 35-19 win over Rehobeth that clinched a playoff berth for the Eagles.

JYWON MOSS, LOACHAPOKA: Threw touchdown passes of 44 and 47 yards, scored two more touchdowns rushing and intercepted two passes on defense in the Indians’ 33-6 win over Talladega County Central.

REUBEN FOSTER, AUBURN: Recorded 13 tackles with four resulting in lost yardage and also had two sacks as the Tigers beat Opelika 32-23. He added 77 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 11 carries on offense.

DEE LINER, MUSCLE SHOALS: Tipped and intercepted a pass behind the line of scrimmage, deflected a punt and had at least a handful of touchbacks as a kickoff specialist in the unbeaten Trojans' 35-19 win versus Cullman.
JORDAN CARROLL, BRIARWOOD: Totaled seven tackles – including four tackles for losses – recovered three fumbles, blocked a punt and returned for a touchdown in a 32-13 win over John Carroll.

JOSH FREEMAN, McADORY: Totaled 13 tackles and three sacks, forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown and added two quarterback pressures in a 13-0 win over previously unbeaten Wenonah to clinch the Class 5A, Regioni 5 title. Teammate Darius Jackson added  15 tackles and two interceptions.

ZACH CUNNINGHAM, PINSON VALLEY: Had 23 tackles, including two sacks, had five total tackles for losses and returned an interception for a touchdown as the Indians beat Moody 40-14.
JE’NIAH JACKSON, SPAIN PARK: Led the Jaguars with a game-high 14 tackles in a 42-17 loss to Pelham.

SHELDON NIXON, CALERA: Recorded 19 tackles, four sacks and six tackles for losses in the Eagles’ 35-14 win against Jemison.GREG MACLIN, TANNER:  Returned an interception 100 yards for a TD in a 67-12 win over Phil Campbell and also caught a TD pass.
T.J. DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Caught TD passes of 15 and 55 yards, scored on a 13-yard run and recovered a punt snap in the end zone for a fourth TD in the Bulldogs’ 49-8 win over Wilcox Central.