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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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Elba Kick Return Specialist Grabs Week 3 Spotlight 

 

     Elba High School kick return specialist Darrean Burks turned in a career performance Friday night with two punts for touchdowns, a third nullified by a penalty and a total of 210 punt return yards on five tries to grab the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the third week of the 2011 football season.

    Burks had one return called back because of a penalty and finished with 210 yards on five punt returns overall in the Tigers' 57-14 win over Calhoun. Burks had 55- and 65-yard returns go for touchdowns and added returns of 45, 32 and 17 in the game as the unbeaten Tigers beat Calhoun 57-14. Burks also rushed for 48 yards on just five carries with an 8-yard touchdown.
    His performance edged out five outstanding passing performances that led to exciting wins.
   Appalachian quarterback Cameron Cox had a career performance in a 46-0 win over Coosa Christian. He completed 13-of-16 passes for 437 yards and six touchdowns, rushed for 50 yards and had eight tackles on defense – in basically one half.

    Junior quarterback Patrick Perry of Sidney Lanier led the Poets (1-2) to a 36-28 win over Wetumpka with 16 completions in 22 attempts for 336 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 55 yards giving him 391 total yards.

   Senior Jacob Kennedy of Berry (2-1) completed 15-of-26 passes for 365 yards and three TDs (81, 49, 47 yards) and also had two two-point conversion completions in a 48-46 win over previously unbeaten Parrish. He tacked on 47 rushing yards, a touchdown and another 2-point conversion.

    Fairview junior quarterback Luke Bailey completed 21-of-26 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-34 win over Douglas. Bailey also ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns to give him 468 total yards. His last two touchdowns broke a 34-34 tie.

   And in a wild contest in Birmingham, Darrion Holden of Woodlawn helped the Colonels (2-1) post a 40-31 win over Parker with 343 yards passing and four touchdowns on a 12-of-17 performance. He also rushed for 108 yards on 11 carries and a fifth TD.

Other top performances reported include:

Brody Meeks, Lynn: The sophomore quarterback had a hand in five touchdowns in the Bears' 57-8 win over Meek after accounting for seven touchdowns the week before. Meeks completed 8-of-12 passes for 258 yards and four scores (57, 68, 37 and 26) while rushing for 68 yards and another touchdown (63).

Dezmond Harris, McAdory: Lifted the Yellow Jackets (3-0) to a 54-19 win over John Carroll with a 10-of-12 passing effort for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
Russell Denman, Hazel Green: The senior quarterback completed 23-of-32 passes for 270 yards with four TDs and two interceptions in a 35-34 upset of Huntsville.
Andrew Jones, Wicksburg: The quarterback was10-of-19 passing for 258 yards and all three touchdowns in Wicksburg's 18-14 win over Houston County. Jones completed TD passes of 66 and 65 yards to Cody Smith and a 35-yarder to Austin Sellers.
Nick Mullens, Spain Park: Was 22-of-27 passing for 271 yards and a touchdown in a 27-6 win over Homewood.
Jeremy Johnson, Carver-Montgomery: W
as 18-of-33 passing for 293 yards and five touchdowns, including three TD passes to Landy Capetillo on tosses of 20, 36 and 14 yards in a 38-7 win over Stanhope Elmore.
Devlin Hodges, Mortimer Jordan: In his first start, Hodges was 13-of-17 passing for 261 yards and three touchdowns as the Blue Devils topped West Point 48-21. His chief target was Logan Motte, who caught nine passes for 206 yards and two TDs.

T.J. Yeldon, Daphne: The senior running back and Auburn commitment ran 30 times for 319 yards, including TD runs of 19, 31 and 7 yards, in Daphne’s 35-14 win over previously unbeaten Foley. He also had non-scoring runs of 41 and 57 yards as the Trojans extended their current win streak to 18 straight.
Diamond Simmons, Hanceville: The senior running back rushed for 287 yards on just six carries and had three touchdowns in a 47-7 rout of Holly Pond. Simmons scored on runs of 60, 75 and 93 yards and had a 91-yard touchdown called back for a holding penalty.
Jake Ganus, Chelsea: Rushed for 260 yards on 18 carries with a TD and threw for two scores on 3-of-4 passing for 54 yards in a 48-28 win over Shelby County.
Reginald Foster, Goshen: The Eagles running back rushed for 227 yards and a 20-yard touchdown in Goshen's 19-12 win over Red Level.

Azaria Green, Huntsville: The senior had 19 carries for 216 yards and three TDs of 7, 2 and 70 yards before leaving a 35-34 loss to Hazel Green with a knee injury at the 6:48 mark of the fourth quarter.
Dane Howard, Washington County:
Rushed for 234 yards and three TDs on just 8 carries in a 19-3 victory Trinity.
Rudy Ford, New Hope: He rushed for 205 yards on 11 carries with two TDs in a 42-14 win over Brindlee Mountain.
Barron Tyson, Baker: The running back ran for 198 yards and a TD on 14 carries to lead Blount to a 35-20 victory over Faith Academy. With the win Baker starts the season 3-0 for the first time since 1984.
Jordan Huff, St. Paul's: The junior running back ran for 185 yards and three TDs on 18 carries as the Saints shut out Spanish Fort 30-0. He now has 10 rushing touchdowns in the first three games. His TD runs Friday covered 50, 2 and 4 yards. He also had a 41-yard TD run nullified by a penalty.
Jordan Chunn, Madison County: He rushed for 196 yards on 24 carries with three TDs as the Tigers knocked off Etowah 32-28.

Takwain Whigham, Barbour County: Whigham had a touchdown running, passing and receiving, accounted for 150 yards on just 10 touches on offense, had 10 tackles on defense, punted twice for a 52.0 yard average and made 1-of-2 extra points in the Jaguars' 33-13 win over Ariton. He rushed for 60 yards on nine carries with a 4-yard run, caught two passes for 62 yards—one a 48-yard TD pass, and completed his only pass attempt for a 38-yard touchdown.

Jake Smith, Berry: The senior caught 7 passes for 245 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Wildcats downed Parrish 58-46. Smith also had 6 tackles. 

Forrest Livingston, Spring Garden: Carried 20 times for 249 yards and four TDs in a 41-12 win over Valley Head. He scored on runs of 1, 57, 10 and 80 yards and now has 426 yards rushing and seven TDs in last two games after carrying 35 times for 177 yards and three scores in a 41-25 loss to Collinsville in Week 2.
Joseph Harris, Fyffe: Made two interceptions--returning one 100 yards for a TD--in a 48-7 win over Victory Christian. He had four tackles, an 18-yard TD reception and seven carries for 92 yards with a 19-yard TD run.

Reggie Ragland, Bob Jones: The senior linebacker had 14 tackles, including six for losses, in a 10-7 win over Florence. Ragland also caught a 7-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter to put the Patriots ahead.

Gabe Richards, Wicksburg: The Panthers’ defensive end earned 12 tackles, including two quarterback sacks, and had five quarterback hurries during Wicksburg's 18-14 win over Houston County.
Dustin Vining, Oak Grove:
Had 12 tackles, a sack and a safety in a 28-9 loss to Corner.

Eric Tate, Thomasville: The cornerback returned an interception for a touchdown and a fumble for a TD in the defending 4A state champion Tigers' 34-6 victory over B.C. Rain. He also caught a touchdown pass as Thomasville recorded its 18th straight win.
Ehren Faison, Slocomb: Returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown and had a 41-yard interception return to set up a score in the Red Tops' 48-14 win over Daleville. Faison also had three solo tackles, an assist and one pass break-up on defense.
Kenavis Robinson, Austin: Intercepted two passes, both leading to scores, as the Black Bears (3-0) beat Hewitt-Trussville 25-23.

Ian Thomas, Fairhope: Recovered two fumbles, returning one for 35 yards and a touchdown and another 32 yards to the Satsuma 1-yard line in a 63-0 victory over the Gators.
Keeton Brackett, Blount: The senior cornerback had an interception and a fumble recovery in a 33-21 victory over Murphy as the Leopards opened the season 3-0 for the first time since 1998.
Conner Moran, Southside-Gadsden: Kicked a 27-yard field goal with 2:08 remaining to give Southside a 24-21 win over Scottsboro for the Panthers’ first win of the season.
Matt Pensa, Austin: K
icked the game-winning 29-yard field goal and punted three times for a 41-yard average to keep Hewitt-Trussville’s offense backed up as the Black Bears edged the Huskies 25-23.

Levi Weems, West End: Had a touchdown pass, recovered a blocked punt for a score and had an interception return for a touchdown in West End’s 42-14 win over Cold Springs.
Chester Person, Brantley: Keyed the Bulldogs’ 47-7 win over Florala with two punt returns for touchdowns covering 54 and 48 yards. He also scored on a 44-yard pass play and a 37-yard run.