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. 


Marion County Offense Enters Week 4 Spotlight

  It took just 34 offensive plays for Marion County High School to roll up 541 yards in total offense last Friday as the Red Raiders grabbed the AHSAA Prep Football Spotlight in a wild 69-43 win over Hubbertville.
       Coach Rusty Funk’s team, which in 2010 became the first team in state history to score over 400 points and give up more than 400 points in the same season, rushed for 212 yards on 25 tries, had 329 yards on just nine pass completions and scored at least seven times on distances of 40 yards or more to remain unbeaten at 4-0  and 3-0 in Class 1A, Region 5.
       It marked the Raiders’ third straight game with 500 total yards or more after gaining 340 in the season opener versus Hackleburg.
       Hubbertville (3-1), which dropped to 2-1 in region play, rolled up 299 yards for a combined team total of 840 yards for the game.
      The standouts were plentiful, starting with Marion County place-kicker Ben Riggs going a perfect 9-of-9 on extra points. He has now kicked 34 straight extra points this season and 36-of-37 with one blocked (versus Hackleburg).
      Junior quarterback Sean Wallace completed 9-of-11 passes for 329 yards with six TDs covering 65, 59, 50, 48, 43 and 41 yards. He had no interceptions. Wallace also rushed for 33 yards and returned a fumble 76 yards for another TD.
      Receiver Ben Johnson had five pass receptions for 175 yards with three TDs. DeShawn Reibesehl had 2 receptions for 70 yards and also rushed for 114 yards on nine carries with TDs of 2 and 35 yards.
      Hubbertville running back Aaron Dillard had 147 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 28 carries and completed 2-of-8 passes for another 23 yards for Coach Lamar Harris’ Lions. Hunter O’Mary also ran for 116 yards on 23 attempts with a 48-yard TD run.
       The offensive donnybrook produced the state’s 12th highest scoring game on record with 122 points combined. It also beat out several other individual clutch performances turned in by Hueytown senior quarterback Jameis Winston, East Limestone place-kicker Josh Appleby and Linden running back Marquis Shelton.

In a game televised live nationally on ESPNU Friday night, Winston, who has committed to Florida State, dismantled host McAdory’s strong defense as the Gophers won the battle of unbeatens 48-14. Winston was 13-of-17 passing for 208 yards and two TDs, rushed 22 times for 100 yards and two more scores and added a 26-yard touchdown reception on a trick play in the fourth quarter.
       Appleby kicked a 31-yard field goal with 18 seconds left against Russellville to break a 28-28 tie, then moments later teammate Leon Jones scooped up a fumble and rambled 75 yards for another score as the Pirates shocked the Tigers 37-28.
      And Shelton accounted for three touchdowns and 247 yards total offense as Linden beat defending Class 1A state champion Sweet Water 25-14 to snap a nine-game Bulldogs winning streak in the series. He scored the game-clinching touchdown on a 36-yard run as Bears coach Andro Williams, a former Sweet Water player and assistant coach, notched his first win over his alma mater.
      Other outstanding performances reported include:

      Andrew Jones, Wicksburg: A week after excelling with his passing arm, the Panthers’ quarterback did it with his legs by racking up 185 yards rushing on just eight carries with three touchdowns. His game-winning 62-yard score came with less than three minutes to go rallied the Panthers to a 33-28 win over Cottonwood. Wicksburg trailed 28-14 midway in the third quarter, but Jones ignited the Panthers’ comeback with a 76-yard touchdown run and then guided another scoring drive before delivering his game-winning score. Jones added 59 yards passing on just six completions.

     John Knight, Thomasville: Blocked a punt that set up a touchdown and returned a fumble for a TD in a 57-16 win over Saraland as Tigers coach Jack Hankins recorded his 100th career victory. Thomasville's defense has now scored a TD in three straight games as the Tigers’ current winning streak was extended to 20 games.

     Luke Bailey, Fairview: Went over the 300-yard passing mark for the fourth straight week with 321 yards in a 62-28 win over DAR. He was 15-of-19 with four touchdowns. He also scored on a 14-yard run and caught a pass for a two-point conversion. Spencer Byrd was his favorite target with five receptions for 146 yards and two scores.

     Tyler Martin, Boaz: The senior tailback/linebacker rushed for 196 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Pirates past Scottsboro 18-15. Martin scored touchdowns on runs of 41 and 52 yards and registered 14 tackles with two stops for losses at linebacker. Late in the game when  Scottsboro drove deep into Boaz territory attempting to go ahead or tie with a field goal, Martin recorded a sack and a quarterback hurry that resulted in an interception sealing the win for Boaz.

     Zac Crocker, Cullman: Completed 21-of-28 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-14 win over West Point.

     C.J. Cutts, Bibb County: Cutts ran 36 times for 288 yards and four touchdowns as the Choctaws beat Jemison 56-35. Fullback Brett Seales added 138 yards and two scores on 17 carries.  Jemison quarterback Trevon Bryant passed for 265 yards and two touchdowns. The game was also highlighted by two kickoff returns for touchdowns. Akeem Dobyne returned the second half kickoff 72 yards for a Bibb County score and Edward Hubbard returned a Choctaws kickoff  93 yards for a Jemison score later in the third period. 
     Dustyn Moseley, Jackson: The senior quarterback completed 14-of-23 passes for 352 yards and three TDs to lead the Aggies to a 40-14 road victory over UMS-Wright.
Ben Craft, Briarwood Christian: The senior quarterback completed 22-of-33 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Lions (4-0) from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Chelsea 45-34. Briarwood scored three TDs in the final period. Hornets quarterback Jake Ganus rushed for 199 yards three touchdowns on 31 carries and was 14-of-23 passing for 129 yards and another TD.

     Darrin Peterson, Etowah: Caught nine passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the Blue Devils' 35-32 win over Albertville.

     Aaron Daughtrey, Ashford: Recorded 16 tackles, including four quarterback sacks, in the Yellow Jackets’ 31-30 overtime loss to St. James.

     Toby Pee, Sardis: Rushed for 238 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, including an 80-yard score, in the Lions' 48-21 win over Randolph.

     Takwain Whigham, Barbour County: Returned an interception with 5:36 to play for 35 yards and a game-winning touchdown in the Jaguars’ 35-26 victory over Houston County. He accounted for four scores in a game that featured seven lead changes. He had 104 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 17 carries, was 7-of-12 passing for 132 yards and a 53-yard TD strike, ran in a pair of 2-point conversions, kicked one extra point and punted twice for a 44.2-yard average in addition to his seven tackles on defense.

     Michael Lindsey, Elba: Racked up 320 all-purpose yards and accounted for five touchdowns in Elba’s 48-14 win over Samson. Lindsey rushed for 171 yards on 14 carries with TD runs of 6, 85, 11 and 5 yards. He completed his only pass of the game for a 19-yard TD, caught three passes for 43 yards and returned three punts for 87 yards.

     Curtis Williams, Collinsville: The junior wide receiver/safety scored on a punt return, a interception return and a pass reception in a 56-14 win over Woodville. He returned a punt 51 yards for a touchdown and an interception 27 yards for a score. He also hauled in a 32-yard scoring pass. Williams also had three tackles and one assist to go along with two receptions for 49 yards.

     Reginald Foster, Goshen: Rushed for 224 yards on 22 carries and four of Goshen’s five touchdowns in the Eagles’ 35-28 win over New Brockton.

     Jacob Kennedy, Berry: Was 10-of-13 passing for 220 yards and five touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 56-14 win over Meek. Berry led 56-0 at the half. Teammate Terrance Hollingsworth also rushed nine times for 125 yards, caught two passes for 69 yards and a TD and passed for a 45-yard touchdown.

     Trent Miles and Jonathan Wallace, Central-Phenix City: Miles ran 30 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Wallace rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in Red Devils' 40-25 win over Enterprise. Wallace also passed for 121 yards and another score.

     Hunter Childers, Red Bay: The quarterback rushed nine times for 198 yards and a pair of touchdowns covering 92 and 96 yards to spark the Tigers (4-0) to a 35-14 win over previously unbeaten Lamar County. He also completed 2-of-4 pass attempts for 65 yards with a 45-yard touchdown strike.

     Jim Furlow, Oak Grove: The senior running back rushed for 273 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries as the Tigers beat Good Hope 39-21. He had scoring runs of 6, 3 and 31 yards – the final two coming in a 27-point fourth quarter effort.

     Ladarius Rodgers, Leeds: Rushed for 203 yards on 27 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Green Wave (3-1) handed Walter Wellborn (3-1) a 35-14 setback, the Panthers’ first loss of the season.
     Ryheem Dixon, Flomaton: Ran for 201 yards and six TDs on 12 carries in a 54-12 victory over Mobile Christian. He scored on runs of 37, 1, 19, 5 and 52 yards.
     Trey Roberts, McGill-Toolen: Ran for 207 yards and three TDs on 15 carries, all in the first half, as the Jackets beat Foley 28-14. His scoring runs covered 51, 30 and 68 yards.
     Jakoby Aldridge, Marengo: Ran for 212 yards and TD runs of 53, 26 and 16 yards in a 50-48 Marengo victory over St. Luke's Episcopal.
     Justin Vaughn, Robertsdale: Completed 16-of-18 passes for 201 yards and five TDs as the Bears downed Satsuma 49-20 for their first victory of the season. Vaughn's TD passes covered 9, 10, 19, 13 and 20 yards.
     Marlon Moore, Vigor: Intercepted a pass and returned it 79 yards for a TD for a Vigor defense that registered its third shutout of the season in a 36-0 win over Gulf Shores. He also scored on a 20-yard run, ran in a 2-point conversion and passed for a 2-point conversion.
     Xavier Sowells, Sporlock, B.C. Rain: Intercepted 2 passes and scored on a 34-yard run in a 13-6 victory over Monroe County in a Saturday night game.