Red Bay's Roberts Notches 800th Career Victory


                                                           By KEITH LETBETTER
                                              Red Bay News (Special to the AHSAA)

    Red Bay High School girls coach Donnie Roberts notched the 800th win of his long prep basketball coaching career Jan. 25 as the Lady Tigers beat Colbert Heights 64-37. The Lady Tigers improved to 22-2 this season with the win.
    Roberts, who has compiled an 800-346 overall record in his 41-year coaching career, is now the state’s career wins leader for girls basketball and the first in state history to win 800 games.  He will be inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame in March as a member of the Class of 2014.

   “It’s not about me,” he said. “It’s about how fortunate my career has been at Red Bay and the 10 years Icoached at Tremont (Ms.). All I can do is thank the kids that played for me. They had a lot more to do with it than Idid.

   After earning a Master’s Degree from Mississippi State University, he returned to his alma mater, Tremont High School just across the state line from Red Bay and compiled a 142-127 record in the next 10 seasons. Roberts moved to Red Bay in 1983 and began working on the goal of making that first trip to Birmingham for the state playoffs.
    “I came here and took over a team that was 9-11 the year before. We had a real good year that first year and we went 19-5,” Roberts said.

    Roberts, who owns a 658-219 girls coaching record at Red Bay, led the Lady Tigers to state championships in 1987, 1993, 2001 and most recently directed Red Bay to the 2012 Class 2A state finals, a 54-49 loss to Section. Last year Roberts’ team won the Northwest Regional again and lost in the Final 48 semifinals.
     “It takes a combination of things to have a state championship program. It does take coaching, but it also takes pride in our program from our girls.”

      Roberts said that it also takes the involvement of the community.

“Everybody here is involved in it,”said Roberts. They back us and support us. The community likes to see us do well.

      Roberts said that over the years some of the best memories he has is that of having the opportunity to coach both of his daughters, Laura Beth and Leah.

“I think it’s rare to have coached two daughters and to have those two daughters on two different teams win state championships. I can tell you it’s a great experience.”


Unbeaten Hanceville Snaps Cordova Home Streak  

Hanceville High School downed Cordova 42-8 Friday night to reach 6-0 on the season for the first time since 1987. In the process the Bulldogs handed Cordova its first regular-season home loss since 2008 and grabbed the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for week six of the 2011 football season.

            Hanceville got a stellar performance from running back Diamond Simmons, who gained 175 yards on 18 rush attempts and scored four touchdowns. Fullback Sheldon Lewis added 124 yards on nine carries with an 82-yard TD run.

            The last time Hanceville started a season with a 6-0 record was in 1987 when it finished with a 10-2 mark, losing to Tarrant in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.  With the win, Coach Danny Miller’s team improved to 4-0 in Class 3A, Region 5 by outscoring opponents 254-48. Miller is now 14-12 since becoming head coach in 2009. The Bulldogs were just 4-36 in the four previous seasons (2005-2008).
            Cordova had won 20 straight home games since losing to Class 5A Hartselle 42-27 Sept. 26, 2008, and had a stretch from 2007-2011 of winning 30 of 31 games played at home. During that span Cordova won one Class 3A state championship (2007), finished second twice (2008 and 2009) and compiled an overall  62-13 record. In the 20 straight home wins, Cordova averaged 41.5 points per game while giving up 18.4.

            Cordova also hadn’t lost a regular-season game to a 3A team since a setback to Greene County two weeks after the Hartselle loss in 2008. The last home loss to a 3A team came in the second round of the 2006 playoffs to Montgomery Academy.
            Hanceville’s fast start edged out a record-setting performance by Trinity Presbyterian senior receiver Mark White, who caught 7 passes for 49 yards in a 24-3 win over Montgomery Catholic to become the state’s career pass reception leader. He has 47 catches this year after pulling down a state-record 113 last season.

            Other top performances reported include:

Brody Meeks, Lynn: Completed 17-of-26 passes for a school-record 443 yards and had five touchdown passes as the Bears downed Hubbertville 42-13. Meeks has now thrown for 1,616 yards and 23 touchdowns this season with just two interceptions. His TD connects Friday covered 65, 31, 85 and 10 yards.

Gavin Calder, Ardmore: Rushed for 338 yards with five touchdowns on 36 carries and threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to lead a 47-40 win over Priceville.

Rodney Camp, Phillips: Rushed 13 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns and completed 18-of-35 passes for 358 yards and four scores in a 74-48 win over Vina.  He also ran 2 two-point conversions and passed for five more.  On defense he made seven tackles, caused one fumble and recovered another.

Quinterris Toppings, Blount: The junior QB completed 12 of 21 passes for 363 yards and three TDs in a 47-7 victory over Mary Montgomery. His favorite target was senior Janwaski Davis, who had five receptions for 178 yards and three touchdowns.

Jonathan Wallace, Central-Phenix City: Coming back after being sidelined five quarters with an ankle injury, Wallace was 8-of-12 passing for 181 yards and a TD and also ran three times for 18 yards and two more TDs in a 55-15 win over Northview.
            Ryheem Dixon, Flomaton: The junior QB passed for three TDs and ran 54 yards for another in a 42-0 drubbing of Cottage Hill Christian. His TD passes covered 54, 64 and 68 yards. He has now accounted for 21 TDs this season -- 12 rushing and 9 passing -- for the undefeated Hurricanes.
            Michael Gilmore, Center Point: Completed 12-of-24 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-10 win over Sylacauga.
             DeShawn Moore, Collinsville: The junior wide receiver/defensive back intercepted a fourth-quarter pass and returned it 95 yards to set up the winning touchdown as Collinsville edged Cedar Bluff 26-20 in a matchup of the Class 1A, Region 7 co-leaders. He also caught three passes for 60 yards, including a 39-yard TD in the second half.

             Cody Staten, Dora: Rushed for 223 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries to lead the Bulldogs past Corner 55-10. Staten had touchdown runs of 32 and 50 yards and has now rushed for 438 yards and six TDs in the last two games.

              Brandon Burks, Daleville: Rushed for 259 yards on 25 carries and accounted for all six touchdowns in the Warhawks' 41-23 win over Geneva. Burks had five touchdowns rushing (16, 7, 54, 53, 6) and added an 82-punt return for a touchdown.

              Clayton Daniel, Guntersville: Rushed for 197 yards on 12 carries with TD runs of 54, 51 and 13 yards. He also connected with Will Looney on a 58-yard touchdown strike in a 35-19 win over previously unbeaten Fairview.

Nick Richardson, Bob Jones: Had seven catches for 167 yards with a 35-yard touchdown reception, all in one half, in a 37-15 win over Huntsville.

Corey Perkins, Rehobeth: Rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns (2, 4 and 8 yards) in the Rebels' 34-26 win over Booker T. Washington.

Marquese Banks, W.S. Neal: He scored on runs of 1, 7, 2 and 80 yards to lead Blue Eagles to a 55-14 homecoming victory over Monroe County to snap a 20-game W.S. Neal losing streak.
            Toby Pee, Sardis: Pee rushed nine times for 186 yards and touchdowns of 39, 72 and 29 yards in a 38-7 win over Plainview. Pee helped the Lions break a 10-game losing streak in the series. It was Sardis' first win over Plainview since 1988.

Sean Ward, Fruitdale: Ran for 200 yards and three TDs on 20 carries in a 44-38 victory over Marengo. His TD runs covered 16, 17 and 48 yards. He also caught a 67-yard touchdown pass.
            Garrett Davis, Zach Walker and Stetson Payne, G.W. Long: In the Rebels' 41-14 win over Wicksburg, Davis, 6-foot, 230-pound fullback, rushed for 153 yards and four touchdowns (1, 71, 1, 1). Walker rushed for 150 yards and one touchdown (29) on 15 carries and Payne had two interceptions on defense, threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to his brother Chase and also rushed for 63 yards.

Jomarco McCants, Smiths Station: Ran for 240 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 34-28 double-overtime victory over Enterprise.

Ty Proctor, Shelby County: Needed only 10 rushes to pile up 254 yards and three touchdowns (17, 38, 50 yards) as the Wildcats topped Moody 44-14.
          ArDarius Stewart, Fultondale: Carried 15 times for 232 yards with touchdown runs covering  35, 54 and 74 yards and also had a 9-yard scoring pass and a 75-yard kickoff return as the Wildcats beat Westminster Christian 54-13.

Darrean Burks and Michael Lindsey, Elba: Burks accounted for 218 yards on just seven touches (rushing and receiving) with two touchdowns and Lindsey accounted for five touchdowns in the Tigers' 39-14 win over Highland Home. Burks caught four passes for 141 yards with a score and rushed only three times for 77 yards and a score. Lindsey rushed for four touchdowns (3, 40, 2, 11) and had an 78-yard interception return for a TD. He finished with 126 yards rushing on 13 carries and had one reception for 15 yards on offense. The duo had four other touchdowns totaling 279 yards (74-yard kickoff return, 83-punt return, 56-yard run, 56-yard pass) called back on penalties.

             Ben Johnson, Marion County: Intercepted three passes and had five tackles as the Raiders beat Parrish 35-13. Three teammates each rushed more than 100 yards as Marion County piled up 465 yards on the ground. Sean Wallace was the leader with 142 yards and one TD on 12 carries, Justin Sanderson added 129 yards and two scores on 23 carries, and Dorryl Swanigan added 101 yards and two TDs on 13 tries. DeShawn Reibesehl was right behind with 93 yards on 15 attempts.
            Terrance Hollingsworth, Berry: The sophomore ran for 259 yards and five touchdowns on 21 carries as the Wildcats beat South Lamar 66-8. He also scored twice on 2-point conversion runs.
           Tyler Wellington, Fyffe: The senior quarterback/linebacker finished with 15 tackles and set up a touchdown by forcing a fumble early in the second half as the Red Devils downed Geraldine 32-10. Wellington also carried 15 times for 72 yards and two TDs (3 and 1 yards) and completed 5 of 7 passes for 61 yards.
            J.P. Curren, Shades Mountain Christian: Had TD runs of 32 and 35 yards to go with a 70-yard interception return as the Eagles won their first game of the season with a 41-19 win over  Holy Spirit Catholic.
            Lamarcus Adair, Zion Chapel: Scored on a 10-yard run and threw a 46-yard touchdown pass, both in the fourth quarter, to rally the Rebels from 14-6 down to a 19-14 win over New Brockton. Adair also threw a 43-yard touchdown pass in the game and the quarterback also rushed for 112 yards on 18 carries, while earning seven tackles on defense.
            Zack Magnusson, Fort Payne: The junior safety finished with nine tackles (five solo), intercepted two passes and had a key kickoff return as the Wildcats downed Boaz 45-6. Magnusson returned a kickoff 39 yards to the Boaz 39, setting up the go-ahead touchdown.
           Reid Brooks, Brother Yelverton, Hunter McEntire, Houston Academy: The trio combined on 38 tackles, including eight for losses plus a caused fumble in the Raiders' 38-14 win over Cottonwood. Brooks had 14 tackles, including 10 solos, and three tackles for losses. Yelverton had 15 tackles, nine solos, a tackle for a loss and a caused fumble that was returned for a touchdown by a teammate. McEntire had eight tackles, four for losses.
            Chris Harris, East Limestone: Returned one of his two interceptions for a 31-yard touchdown and also scored rushing touchdowns of 6 and 19 yards in a 34-13 win over Lee-Huntsville.
            Zac Sanders, Providence Christian: Caught a game-winning 24-yard touchdown pass with 2:09 left then caused a fumble on the ensuing kickoff which Providence recovered, helping the Eagles rally for a 19-18 win over Barbour County. Sanders also caught one other pass for 10 yards and had six tackles on defense.
             Martin Henderson, Elba: The Tiger linebacker was in on 14 tackles, including nine solos, and had a quarterback sack in Elba's 39-14 win over Highland Home.
             Yannick Wildraut, St. Paul's: The sophomore kicker nailed a 35-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to lift the Saints to a 10-8 victory over Vigor.
             Andy Pappanastos, Trinity Presbyterian: Kicked three field goals, one extra point and passed for a 2-point conversion in the Wildcats’ 24-3 win over Montgomery Catholic to become just the second place-kicker in AHSAA history to make 40 field goals in a prep career. He is three shy of the state career record set by Philip Doyle of Huffman in 1986.
             Greg Parker, Bayside Academy: Returned a kickoff 95 yards for momentum-stealing TD in the third quarter, pushing the Admirals to a 35-28 victory over Washington County in a battle of 3A unbeatens.
             Keion Smith, T.R. Miller: Intercepted a pass with 8 seconds to go at his own 3 to preserve a 14-6 victory over Clarke County.
             Greg Jones, Murphy: The senior linebacker intercepted a pass in the final minute to stop Baker's comeback bid in a 14-7 win over Baker.
             Beau Hankins, Jackson-Olin: Had 10 tackles and blocked two punts in a 13-10 loss to Minor.
             Chris Rabb, Hueytown: Had eight tackles and three sacks in a 54-8 win over Parker.
             Tywuan Ward, Homewood: Had 14 tackles and two sacks in a 17-14 loss to Vestavia Hills.