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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Keith Back In Spotlight With 454 Yards Rushing

          It has been 26 years since Steve Carson set Keith High School and AHSAA state history with 440 yards rushing in a 38-6 win over Calhoun in 1985. While his state mark of 440 yards on 42 carries has since fallen, his school record was secure – until last Friday night.
          Keith junior running back Charles Johnson needed only 10 carries to pile up 454 yards rushing as the Class 1A Bears from Orrville beat Shades Mountain Christian 45-6. Johnson, who grabbed this week’s feature billing in the AHSAA Spotlight, scored six touchdowns of 33, 76, 43, 93, 80 and 61 yards. He had 315 yards rushing at the half for Coach Harry Crum’s team.
         His performance ranks fourth in AHSAA records behind Tony Dixon of Parrish (531 yards in 2003 vs. Hubbertville), Jerry Stancil of Gaylesville (470 yards vs. Spring Garden in 2004) and Michael Perry of Cherokee County (457 yards in a 1991 win over Hokes Bluff). Carson’s total now ranks fifth all-time.
         AHSAA records show only nine games of 400 or more yards rushing. Tommy Haley-Ricks of Hubbertville was the last to accomplish the feat when he ran for 420 yards on 24 carries in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008.
         Johnson’s effort edged out another record-book performance turned in by Bibb County running back
Akeem Dobyne and a nationally-televised effort by Daphne senior T.J. Yeldon.
Yeldon, an Auburn commitment, ran for 359 yards on 35 carries and scored four TDs in a 45-24 win over Fairhope that extended the defending Class 6A state champion Trojans’ current winning streak to 23 games. He scored on runs of 35, 5, 1 and 85 yards.
         Dobyne sparked undefeated Bibb County’s 78-7 Class 4A win over Southside-Selma by scoring seven touchdowns and five 2-point conversions to total 52 points. That total ranks fourth all-time behind Haley-Hicks, who had 58 points in his 400-yard rushing performance in 2008. Dixon had 57 points in his record-setting 531-yard effort and Jack Golson set what was then a national record in 1950 with 55 points in a 61-13 Lowndes County win over Loretto.
         Dobyne had 10 rushes for 160 yards and five touchdowns, caught three passes for 37 yards and a sixth score and returned one punt 53 yards for the other TD. He scored 10 points on his five 2-point conversion runs.

Other top performances reported include:
Deion Moore, Houston County: The Lions’ quarterback accounted for 427 yards and five touchdowns with for 345 yards passing and four touchdowns and 82 yards rushing and another score as Houston County fell to G.W. Long 47-32.

Zach Walker, G.W. Long: Walker rushed for 288 yards on just 10 carries and had touchdown runs of 85 and 86 yards in the Rebels' 47-32 win over Houston County.

Jacob Kennedy and Terrance Hollingsworth, Berry: The duo sparked an amazing comeback as the Wildcats overcame a 42-30 halftime deficit by outscoring Marion County 28-8 after intermission en route to a 68-50 Class 1A win. Kennedy rushed 15 times for 234 yards and three touchdowns and completed 8-of-12 passes for 136 yards and two more scores. He also accounted for three 2-point conversions and recorded 13 tackles on defense. Hollingsworth rushed for 226 yards on 19 carries and scored four TDs. He also caught two passes and added a fifth score while recording 14 tackles on defense.

Hunter Reece, East Limestone: The flanker/kick returner totaled 240 yards in a 66-28 win over Lawrence County. He had a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown, a 78-yard kickoff return for a score and a 21-yard run for a TD as East Limestone clinched a berth in the Class 5A state playoffs.

Ty Jones, Vinemont:
Jones was workhorse for the Eagles with 34 carries for 296 yards as Vinemont topped Winston County 47-34. He also had five receptions for 41 yards and three returns for 56 yards for a total 393 all-purpose yards.

Geoffrey Bramblett, Locust Fork:
Passed for 393 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 130 yards and three scores to amass 523 total yards in the Hornets’ 74-37 loss to Alexandria. He was 27-of-44 passing and had 25 rush attempts. The 523 total yards ranks sixth overall in the AHSAA Record Book. The junior has now completed 60-of-98 passes for 922 yards and six touchdowns and has rushed for 170 yards and five touchdowns in Locust Fork’s last two games.
Dustin Riggsbee, Zion Chapel: The Rebels running back rushed for 375 yards on 28 carries and scored all five touchdowns in Zion Chapel’s 35-28 win over Red Level. Riggsbee scored on runs of 8, 8, 50, 10 and 3 yards and added a pair of two-point conversions.

Jameis Winston, Hueytown: In Thursday's 57-15 win over John Carroll, the senior completed 25-of- 29 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns.

Dusty White, Plainview: The senior running back/wide receiver broke open a close game with four straight second-half touchdowns, all of which covered 14 yards or more, in a 55-32 win over New Hope. With the Bears leading 27-25, White scored third-quarter TDs on a 70-yard run, 39-yard reception and 38-yard run, and then added a 14-yard TD reception in the final quarter giving Plainview a 55-25 advantage . White finished with three carries for 115 yards and two TDs and four receptions for 103 yards and two scores. Teammates Cole Porter and Justin Patterson also rushed for 121 yards and 106 yards, respectively, in the win.

D.D. Thomas, Dothan: The quarterback accounted for 354 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-16 Tiger win over Enterprise. Thomas rushed for 224 yards and a touchdown (7 yards) on 16 carries and threw for 130 and two scores (47 and 15 yards).

ArDarius Stewart, Fultondale: Rushed nine times for 273 yards and three touchdowns and completed 5-of-11 passes for 89 yards and another TD. He was 5 of 11 passing for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats’ 70-6 win over Cold Springs.

Emil Harris, Saraland: Ran for 233 yards and two TDs in Saraland's 24-19 win over B.C. Rain.

Jacob Thomas, Clay-Chalkville: Threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 150 yards and another score in a 55-21 win over Austin. He totaled 427 yards on the night.

Josh Meigs, Valley: Completed 8-of-15 passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns and added 20 rushing yards and two touchdowns on six carries in the Rams’ Class 5A, Region 2-clinching 44-0 victory over Russell County.

Jacob Davis, Sylvania: The senior running back/wide receiver scored first-quarter TDs on runs of 68 and 19 yards and added a 57-yard TD reception in the third quarter in a 49-18 win over Randolph. Davis finished with eight carries for 146 yards and more than 200 total yards.

Jonathan Wallace, Central-Phenix City: The senior accounted for 300 of his team's 366 total yards in a 27-19 win at Niceville (FL). Wallace completed 18-of-24 passes for 180 yards and ran for 120 yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns. He now has 17 for the season.

Justin Cullifer, Houston Academy: Accounted for 280 yards and scored four touchdowns – two rushing, one passing and one receiving – in a 35-20 win over Wicksburg. Cullifer threw for 130 yards on 10-of-15 passing, rushed for 89 yards on 21 carries and caught a short pass, broke a tackle at the corner and turned it into a 61-yard touchdown.

Tyler Martin, Boaz: He rushed for 118 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns, completed 2-of-2 passes for 50 yards, caught a 78-yard TD screen pass, blocked a punt that resulted in a safety and had an interception in a 24-16 win over Arab that clinched a playoff spot.

Dalton Veal, Fort Payne: The senior tackle finished with 14 tackles (11 solo), including one tackle for a loss, one sack and three quarterback pressures in a 35-14 win over Madison County.

Mason Silavent, Slocomb: Returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown and added an interception return of 74 yards to the 6-yard line to set up another score in Slocomb's 40-14 win over Geneva.

Trevon Brown, Beulah: Ran for three touchdowns, threw for a 73-yard touchdown, grabbed two interceptions and recorded a sack in the Bobcats’ first win of the season over Central-Coosa.

Sterling Gatlin, Providence Christian: Had 13 tackles in a 14-6 win over Ariton. He also had 97 yards rushing and two TDs on 18 carries on offense.

Zach Dean, Central-Phenix City: The Red Devils defensive end recorded three sacks for minus-24 yards to help the Red Devils past Niceville (FL) 27-19.

Matt Vatani, Corner: Made five tackles, blocked two punts and had a fumble recovery in a 15-13 win over Tarrant.

John Youngblood, Hewitt-Trussville: Made 14 tackles with two sacks and a pass breakup in a 48-27 win over Shades Valley.


Jacob Champion, Albertville: The junior linebacker recorded 11 tackles, forced two fumbles, had three tackles for losses and an interception to grade 91 percent in the Aggies’ 28-7 win over Scottsboro. He leads is team in tackles this season with 81 after eight games.