Tuesday, November 20, 2018






52 Teams Advance to Third Round of AHSAA State Football Playoffs Friday, November 23

     MONTGOMERY – Twenty-six home teams and 26 visiting teams  posted wins in the second  round of the AHSAA State Football Playoffs Friday night to advance to the third round Friday, Nov. 23.
    Among the winners were 28 No. 1 seeds, 17 No. 2 seeds, five No. 3 seeds and two No. 4 seeds (Class 4A Oneonta and Class 7A Lee-Montgomery).  Overall, the 52 teams advancing are averaging 10.2 wins each and have won collectively 86% of their games.
  Three regions had three qualifiers win second-round games: Class 3A Region 6; Class 4A, Region 1; and Class 6A, Region 6. In Class 7A, which heads into the semifinal round Friday night, Regions 2 and 3 have two qualifiers in the pairings: Region 2 foes Lee-Montgomery and Central-Phenix City in the South semifinal, and Region 3 teams Thompson and Hoover in the North semi-finals.
    Five of seven state champions from 2017 survived round one: Class 7A Hoover (9-3); Class 6A Pinson Valley (10-1), Class 4A UMS-Wright (11-0); Class 3A Hillcrest-Evergreen (8-4), now competing in 4A;  and Class 2A Lanett (11-1), now competing in Class 1A.
      Unbeaten teams advancing to round 2, by class, include: (Class 1A)  Linden (11-0); South Lamar (12-0); (Class 2A) Ohatchee (11-0); Fyffe (12-0); (Class 3A) Westminster Christian (11-0); (Class 4A) UMS-Wright (11-0); American Christian (12-0); Class 5A: Etowah (12-0);  and (Class 7A) Central-Phenix City (12-0). Ohatchee is at Fyffe in the Class 2A quarterfinals Friday, and American Christian is at UMS-Wright in battles of unbeaten.
     UMS-Wright’s 48-0 win over Trinity Presbyterian in the Class 4A playoffs was the 300th head-coaching win for Coach Terry Curtis (300-85)(. His career coaching record is 300-85 since he took his first head-coaching position in 1989. He became just the fourth head coach in AHSAA history to win 300 games in the AHSAA. The others include: active coaches Vestavia Hills Coach Buddy Anderson (335-150); Houston Academy Coach Jamie Riggs (312-85); and retired Luverne Coach Glenn Daniel (302-169-16). Fayette County retired coach Waldon Tucker (309-126-3) won 284 games in the AHSAA and 25 at non-member schools.
      Central-Clay County Coach Danny Horn registered his 296th head-coaching victory in the AHSAA with the Volunteers’ 44-19 victory over Madison Academy in the Class 5A second round. He is now 296-86. He and Curtis have each coached teams to six state championships. Hoover head coach Josh Niblett (203-51) picked up his 200th head-coaching victory with the Bucs’ 31-7 win over Mountain Brook in late October to clinch the Class 7A, Region 3 title. Currently in his 11th season at Hoover, he has a 138-19 record at Hoover with a 73-6 region record and 43-4 slate in the state playoffs. The Bucs won state titles in 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2009 under Niblett’s direction. He also guided Oneonta to the 2004 Class 3A state championship for seven total AHSAA state crowns.
   Raycom Network will announce its AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week early this coming week. The NFHS Network also plans to live-stream several games produced by member schools belonging to the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program and will also live-stream the Class 7A rematch between Hoover (9-3) and Thompson (10-1) at the Hoover Met over the NFHS Network and over Facebook Watch, thanks to a pilot program between Facebook and the Network that will showcase several high school football teams in the playoffs in selected state associations.
    The NFHS Network produced 28 live-streamed events over its NFHS Network School Broadcast Program in Round 2 and 67 radio/internet audio broadcasts were also produced statewide by local radio and school affiliates.
    The third-round pairings:

AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Third-Round Pairings

Lanett (10-1) at Maplesville (10-1)
St. Luke’s Episcopal (11-1) at Linden (11-0)
Mars Hill Bible (11-1) at South Lamar (12-0), Millport
Spring Garden (11-1) at Pickens County (8-4), Reform


Luverne (11-1) at Leroy (9-3)
Ariton (9-3) at Highland Home (11-1)
Ohatchee (11-0) at Fyffe (12-0)
Aliceville (10-2) at Addison (10-2)


Flomaton (9-3) at Pike County (10-2), Brundidge
Gordo (10-2) at Providence Christian (11-1), Dothan
Westminster Christian (11-0) at Piedmont (10-2)
Saks (10-1) at Randolph County (11-1), Wedowee


Andalusia (8-4) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (9-4)
American Christian (12-0) at UMS-Wright (11-0), Mobile
Good Hope (11-1) at Oneonta (9-3)
Deshler (7-5) at Hokes Bluff (11-1)


Greenville (10-2) at Ramsay (11-1), Birmingham, Lawson Field
Vigor (11-1) at Demopolis (10-2)
Central-Clay County (9-3) at Etowah (12-0), Attalla
Mortimer Jordan (11-1) at Jasper (11-1)


Opelika (7-4) at Saraland (11-1)
Spanish Fort (11-1) at Wetumpka (10-2)

Pinson Valley (10-1) at Homewood (10-2)
Oxford (10-2) at Clay-Chalkville (11-1)


Lee-Montgomery (8-4) at Central-Phenix City (12-0)
Thompson (10-1) at Hoover (9-3), Hoover Met

AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Second-Round Results

Lanett 14, Marengo 6
Maplesville 21, Georgiana 14
Linden 28, Elba 0
St. Luke’s Episcopal 46, Wadley 16

Mars Hill Bible 38, Donoho 7
South Lamar 48, Winterboro 14
Pickens County 34, Falkville 15
Spring Garden 16, Waterloo 8


Leroy 27, Daleville 26
Luverne 41, Abbeville 20
Highland Home 42, LaFayette 3
Ariton 37, Cottage Hill Christian 27

Fyffe 35, Colbert County 0
Ohatchee 42, Red Bay 6
Addison 26, Ranburne 15
Aliceville 20, Collinsville 9


Flomaton 32, Winfield 7
Pike County 21, Thomasville 14
Providence Christian 27, Saint James 6
Gordo 20, Mobile Christian 17

Westminster Christian 48, Midfield 44
Piedmont 41, J.B. Pennington 16
Randolph County 28, Geraldine 18
Saks 38, Fultondale 14


Hillcrest-Evergreen 42, Alabama Christian 0
Andalusia 51, Headland 22
American Christian 10, Montgomery Catholic 3
UMS-Wright 48, Trinity Presbyterian 0

Oneonta 56, DAR 20
Good Hope 27, Jacksonville 12
Hokes Bluff 33, North Jackson 13
Deshler 42, Fayette County 21


Ramsay 25, Jackson 22
Greenville 43, Bibb County 16
Demopolis 21, Pleasant Grove 0
Vigor 26, Briarwood Christian 0

Central-Clay County 44, Madison Academy 19
Etowah 24, Center Point 14
Jasper 41, Southside-Gadsden 14 (10-1)
Mortimer Jordan 41, East Limestone 9


Saraland 6, Hueytown 0
Opelika 42, Bessemer City 26
Wetumpka 20, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 17 (OT)
Spanish Fort 30, McAdory 0

Homewood 14, Gardendale 0
Pinson Valley 45, Muscle Shoals 21
Clay-Chalkville 35, Hartselle 7
Oxford 49, Decatur 0


Lee-Montgomery 12, Auburn 6
Central-Phenix City 14, McGill-Toolen Catholic 0

Hoover 42, Mountain Brook 17
Thompson 37, Hewitt-Trussville 13

Instant Replay has Four Challenges in First Round of State Playoffs with No Calls Overturned

MONTGOMERY – Challenges each in the Florence-Thompson, Trinity Presbyterian at Handley and Boaz-East Limestone games last week resulted in no overturned calls as the AHSAA’s DVSport Instant Replay was used in the state playoffs for the first time in AHSAA history.
    Both challenges in the Florence-Thompson game were concerning fourth-down spots for first downs with the calls on the field being upheld. Total time for each review was 1:05 and 1:12, respectively. Boaz attempted to challenge an ineligible player downfield, but that is not an eligible challenge. East Limestone challenged a catch that stood as called on the field. The official reported that the instant replay didn’t provide an adequate review of the play. And Trinity challenge a pass that was called complete. Upon review, the call on the field was upheld.
     There were no challenges in four other games using Instant Replay.
    On the season there has been Instant Replay in 88 games with 88 different schools taking part in 181 opportunities. A total of 71 challenges have been made with 18 calls overturned – a percentage of 25.4%.
      Eight games will be utilizing Instant Replay this week with seven schools taking part for the first time this season: Mortimer Jordan, Jacksonville and Pike County - bringing the total to 91 on the year.
     This week’s playoff games, with classification of each school, utilizing Instant Replay include:



  • 6A: Decatur at Oxford
  • 5A: East Limestone vs. Mortimer Jordan, Clay-Chalkville HS Stadium
  • 7A: Hewitt-Trussville at Thompson, Alabaster
  • 4A: Jacksonville at Good Hope
  • 7A: Lee-Montgomery at Auburn
  • 7A: McGill-Toolen Catholic at Central, Phenix City
  • 3A: Pike County at Thomasville

Raycom Picks Hewitt-Trussville vs. Thompson As AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week Tonight

     MONTGOMERY – Raycom Network, the AHSAA TV partner, will televise the Class 7A second-round playoff game between Thompson and Hewitt-Trussville tonight live over its Raycom network of stations and the Bounce Channel. Check Raycom’s www.pathtotheplayoffs.com link for more inform locally.
     The game is also being featured over the NFHS Network’s live-stream subscriber-based network and over a special pilot program with Facebook that will stream the game live over Facebook Watch.
     AHSAA corporate partner ALFA Insurance has also designated the Class 4A battle between Deshler and Fayette County at Fayette tonight as the ALFA Road to the Super 7 Playoff Game of the Week. The game is being broadcast live over radio stations WLDX in Fayette and WMSR in Tuscumbia.
     Thompson ((-1) and Hewitt-Trussville (8-3) met three weeks ago in a game televised live over ESPN with the Warriors roaring from a 28-0 first-quarter deficit to a 63-49 win.
     A full slate of 24 AHSAA first-round state playoff football games are scheduled to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program tonight.
     Broadcast coverage of the AHSAA state playoff first-round included a record 130 events combined including NFHS Network productions, 80 live radio productions, nine tape-delayed TV/Cable video productions and Raycom Sports’ AHSAA Game of the Week. This week, 101 broadcasts are planned with the NFHS Network live video streaming  24 games with five productions in Class 7A, nine in Class 6A, two in Class 5A, three in Class 4A, two in Class 3A, two in Class 2A and one in Class 1A.
    Four games are being taped-delayed to be shown on local cable channels or internet sites, and 68 games will be broadcast live over radio (or internet audio sites).
    To subscribe to the NFHS Network, go to the following: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail   
The complete AHSAA schedule of events currently set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network, live radio/internet broadcasts and delayed video events can be found at the link below:



Former All-Stars Roman Harper, Wallace Gilberry Returning to Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game

MONTGOMERY – Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, announced Thursday that former National Football League players Roman Harper and Wallace Gilberry will take part in the 2018 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game festivities in December.
   The 32nd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic will be played on Monday night, Dec. 17, at Cramton Bowl with a 6:30 p.m., kickoff. Raycom Sports will televise the game live over its affiliate stations in Alabama and Mississippi as well as selected stations in Tennessee and Georgia.
     “We are extremely proud to have Roman Harper and Wallace Gilberry taking part in this year’s Alabama-Mississippi Classic,” Lee said. “Both are alumni of the All-Star Classic and both had outstanding college and NFL careers, which make their participation even more special.”
    Harper, a former Prattville High School and University of Alabama standout, will be the guest speaker at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star players/parents dinner set for Saturday, Dec. 15. He played eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints and his final two seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He played in the 2009 and 2015 Super Bowls.
    Gilberry, a Baldwin County High School standout who played in the 2003 Alabama-Mississippi Game, will serve as the Alabama All-Star Team honorary captain. He will speak at the banquet set for Sunday, December 16th. Named to the All-SEC Coaches Team in 2007, he went spent nine years in the NFL.
    Both will take part in the Alabama-Mississippi Game festivities at Cramton Bowl.
WALLACE GILBERRY, Alabama All-Star 2018 Honorary Captain
      Not recruited heavily out of high school and undrafted out of college, Gilberry spent nine seasons in the NFL, playing in 124 games, registering 34 sacks and scoring a touchdown on a 25-yard fumble return against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012.
      Despite a senior season with 76 tackles and seven sacks, the defensive lineman wasn't recruited by any SEC football program coming out of Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette, but his performance during the Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Classic on June 7, 2003, earned him a second look.
       The Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game as Gilberry tells it, “Changed my life.” Alabama had one scholarship remaining and signed him. He then embarked on an outstanding college career at a defensive end for the Crimson Tide from (2004-2007).
     He became a starter in his sophomore year and played in 50 games during his college tenure with the Crimson Tide. He had 188 tackles with 60.5 stops resulting in minus-223 yards, had 38 quarterback hurries, forced five fumbles and recovered three. He was named to the All-SEC Coaches’ Football Team in 2007
     He was an undrafted free agent in 2008, signing with the New York Giants, was released prior to the season and was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs. He also had stints with the Tampa Bay Bucs, Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL.
    His best year was 2009 when he had 20 tackles, two assists and 4.5 sacks for the Chiefs. While playing for the Bengals in 2012, he scooped up a fumble and ran it into the end one for the first and only touchdown of his career.

ROMAN HARPER, Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic Banquet Speaker
Roman Harper was born and raised in Prattville where he led the Lions to a 9-2 season as a senior in 2000 as the team’s quarterback. He played in the 2001 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
    The All-State standout went on to sign with the University of Alabama where he was a four-year letterman and three-year starter in the defensive backfield. He finished his college career with 302 tackles, five interceptions and four fumble recoveries. He had 114 tackles as a sophomore, second on the team, and was named All-SEC (second team) as a junior and All-SEC (first team) as a senior.
    He entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick of the Saints in 2006. He played eight seasons with New Orleans, including the Saints' Super-Bowl winning campaign of 2009. Harper was a Pro Bowl safety that year and repeated that honor the next season. Harper spent 2014 and 2015 with the Carolina Panthers, helping the team win the NFC title and reach the Super Bowl for the 2015 season.
   The two-time Pro Bowl defensive back selection played 11 NFL seasons and started 140 of the 156 games in which he participated. His career totals included 11 interceptions with two returned for touchdowns, 819 tackles and 18 sacks – from his safety position. He helped the Saints win Super Bowl XLIV (SB 44) and also helped the Panthers reach Super Bowl L (SB 50).
   He received the NFL’s prestigious Ed Block Courage Award in 2007.

Tyson Directs Hewitt-Trussville to Dramatic Come-from-Behind Win over James Clemens

MONTGOMERY – Senior quarterback Paul Tyson engineered an 18-play, 97-yard  game-winning drive Friday night at Madison City Stadium which culminated with a 9-yard TD pass to receiver Jamyre Reese with 14 seconds remaining to give Hewitt-Trussville a dramatic 43-41 victory over James Clemens in the first round of the AHSAA Class 7A state  football playoffs.
    Tyson, who finished the night 25-of-41 passing for 326 yards and four TDs, earned the AHSAA Football Spotlight for round one of the state playoffs in the process.
    The clutch performance also kept the Huskies’ state championship hopes alive and sets up a rematch with Thompson in the second round. The two teams met Oct. 25 in a game showcased to the nation on ESPN with the Warriors winning 63-49.
     Tyson also completed TD passes of 56, 13 and 13 yards in the win over James Clemens. The great-grandson of Alabama coaching legend Paul “Bear” Bryant is 212-of-308 on the season for 3,012 yards and 31 touchdown passes. He has thrown just six interceptions.
      Coach Josh Floyd’s Huskies head into the much anticipated rematch with the Warriors (9-1) riding some much-needed momentum thanks in big part to the clutch play Tyson. The quarterback connected with senior receiver and Alabama All-Star selection
Ja’Varrious Johnson for 12 completions. The performance was almost equaled by James Clemens senior quarterback Jamil Muhammad, who had 20 rush attempts for 191 yards and four touchdowns on runs of 1, 1, 1 and 46 yards and  completed 7-of-9 passes for 96 yards and another TD.
   The clutch effort also edged out several outstanding performances from across the state.
    Others reported included:

LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: A selection at running back for the Alabama All-Stars in the upcoming 33rd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic at Cramton Bowl on Monday night, Dec. 17, Witherspoon not only continued to shine but also set a new state record for rushing touchdowns in a single season. He had 15 rush attempts for 236 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Chiefs (11-0) to a 45-6 Class 4A win over Curry. He now has 53 rushing touchdowns on the season – breaking the AHSAA single-season record of 49 set by Beauregard’s La’Damian Webb in 2016. Witherspoon also has a single-season state record 59 touchdowns scored with one receiving, one on an interception return, three on punt returns and one kickoff return. Webb scored 53 TDs overall that season, which was also the AHSAA single-season mark coming into this season.  Witherspoon has 2,759 yards rushing on the season on just 131 carries, an average of 21.1 yards per carry. He is also averaging scoring a touchdown every 2.5 rush attempts he takes. and is closing in on 3,000 yards rushing on the year.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Selected as one of two quarterbacks on the Alabama All-Star team connected with receiver Demarion Holloman for five touchdown passes as the defending Class 6A state champs downed Albertville 47-0 in the Class 6A playoffs. Nix was 16-of-22 for 231 yards in the 6A playoffs. Nix was 16-of-22 for 231 yards and five TDs. He is 176-of-291 passing for 2,489 yards and 36 touchdowns on  the season with just four interceptions. His career totals are now 596-of-1,067 for 9,080 yards and 113 TDs.  The passing yardage ranks seventh all time and is 1,659 yards shy of the state record (10,774 yards) held by JaMarcus Russell of Williamson (1999-02). The 113 TDs is second all-time behind American Christian’s Chris Smelley (2002-05), who had 134 TD passes in his prep career. Nix became just the third player in AHSAA history to go over 11,000 total yards for a career with last week’s performance. He currently stands at 11,009 yards (including 1,929 yards rushing) and needs 780 yards to move past the current record holder Terrance Hollingsworth of Berry, who had 11,788 yards rushing, receiving and passing from 2009-13.
    Holloman finished with seven receptions for 94 yards. The five TD receptions were one shy of the state record (6) held by three receiver: Ja’Michael Willis of Gardendale (2010); David Morrison, Berry (2009) and Brandon Greer of Westbrook Christian (1998). Four others have caught five TD passes. The most recent was Tyler Crumpton of Phillips in 2012.
     Several members of the 2018 Alabama All-Star Team turned in superb efforts including:
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: The Alabama All-Star team’s other quarter was 12-of-26 passing for 225 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 90 yards and a score on nine carries in a 45-14 victory over Florence in the 7A playoffs. His season totals are 234 completions in 374 attempts  for a state-leading 3,251 yards and 31 touchdowns.
A’MONTAE SPIVEY, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Selected as one of the Alabama All-Star running backs, Spivey had 156 yards rushing on 12 carries and scored on a 54-yard run as the Red Devils (11-0) downed Davidson 46-0. He had 126 yards at the half.
D.J. DALE, CLAY-CHALKVILLE:  The Alabama All-Star defensive lineman intercepted a pass on a tipped throw to set up a touchdown as the Cougars cruised to a 45-6 victory over Mae Jemison in the 6A playoffs.
JA’VARRIOUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The Huskies wide receiver chosen for the Alabama All-Star team has a state-leading 82 receptions this season for 1,610 yards and 15 touchdowns after 11 games. He had 12 catches in Friday’s win.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: The talented Hoover wideout and Alabama All-Star selection had six receptions for 78 yards and one TD – a 16-yard connection coming one play a
fter a personal foul penalty pushed Hoover back from the Bob Jones 1 to the 16 – to give the defending Class 7A state champion Bucs a 19-10 lead early in the fourth quarter of its 26-18 win over the visiting Patriots.

RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Returned two kickoffs 81 and 72 yards for touchdowns, giving him four in the last two games and six for the season as the Tigers advanced to the second round of the Class 1A playoffs with a 54-19 win over Billingsley. The six kickoff returns set a new AHSAA state record. The previous record (5) was held by four different players including: Javin Thatch, Tanner (2011); Brandon Hale, Lexington (1998); Jason Wilkins, Shelby County (1997); and Steven Reese, Florala (1997). Singletary also rushed for 173 yards on 15 carries to go over 2,000 rushing yards on the season. He caught two passes for 23 yards and had seven tackles on defense.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Completed 20-of-29 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Patriots to a 36-30 win over Northside in the Class 4A state playoffs. The victory was the first playoff win in school history for DAR. Braeden Lewis grabbed 13 receptions for 159 yards and two TDs. He also had two interceptions on defense.
JOSEPH HANSON, MARS HILL BIBLE: Returned an interception 87 yards for a touchdown and added a 21-yard TD run to help the Panthers (10-1) beat Marion County 55-0 for the school’s first ever football playoff win. Hanson has accounted for 35 touchdowns this season, 24 passing, 10 rushing and one on defense. Teammate Peyton Higgins had five rush attempts for 160 yards and three TDs, and Colt Smith had six carries for 74 yards and three scores – and 13 tackles on defense.
GRANT WOODRUFF, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Ran for 169 yards and a TD on just six carries and also caught a 15-yard TD pass as Cottage Hill defeated Class 2A Goshen for its first AHSAA playoff win in school history.

COLTON YEAGER, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Intercepted two passes and returned one 60 yards for a TD in the final minute of the first half as Mountain Brook defeated Austin 31-0 in the 7A playoffs. Teammate Grant Griffin also had two picks in the milestone win that gave Coach Chris Yeager his 101st victory at the school, making him the all-time winningest coach in school history.
PIEDMONT WINS 300TH HOME GAME: The Bulldogs downed Clements 41-0 in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs to record the school’s 300th home victory, according to information provided by the Alabama High School Football Historical Society (AHSFHS.org). Matthew Thornton returned a fumble 24 yards in the second quarter for a TD to spark the shutout win. The Bulldogs have gone 300-178-13 at home (62.4%) and 206-217-15 (48.7%) for an all-time record of 506-395-28 (56.0%) through Friday’s win. The school’s first home win came in 1924 with a 27-0 victory over Cave Spring (GA).

Ran 34 times for 358 yards, with TD runs of 14, 82, 6, 71 and  5 yards, to lead the Golden Gophers to a 38-13 victory over Eufaula in the Class 6A playoffs.
MATT DIXON, GOOD HOPE: Gained 252 yards rushing on 25 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Raiders beat St. John Paul II Catholic 62-28 in the Class 4A playoffs. Good Hope (10-1) finished with 546 yards rushing to post the school’s first playoff win since 2013.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Picked up 214 yards rushing on 15 carries and completed 5-of-11 passes for 70 yards and a TD as the Class 6A Indians ((9-2) opened the state playoffs with a 49-21 victory over Daphne.
DARRELL GIBSON, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Had 28 carries for 203 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 42-yard TD pass in the Knights’ 42-13 Class 4A playoff win over Holtville.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Scored the game-winning touchdown on the final play of ACA’s 18-14 Class 4A playoff win over Lincoln. He finished with 198 yards rushing on 28 carries and scored all three TDs. He also completed 12-of-20 passes for 85 yards and caught a 12-yard pass.
BRYCE PEAVY, ARITON: Rushed for 192 yards and four touchdowns and teammate Daniel Hicks added 69 yards and two scores plus a strong game defensively, helping the Purple Cats beat Thorsby in the 2A playoffs 41-14. Peavy scored on runs of 4, 4, 8 and 1 yards, while Hicks had TD runs of 24 and 14 yards and added seven tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery on defense.

TRENT DAVIS, ETOWAH: Rushed 17 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 33-0 Class 5A win over Guntersville. 
JORDAN EMBRY, RAMSAY: Accounted for 152 yards of total offense scoring with touchdowns on a 4-yard run and 41-yard reception as the Rams beat Charles Henderson 36-7 in the Class 5A state playoffs.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries as St. Luke’s won its 10th straight game beating Francis Marion 48-16 in the Class 1A playoffs.
JAYSON JONES, FULTONDALE: Rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 18, 2 and 17 yards in a 37-6 Class 3A playoff win over Plainview.
MASON McKINNEY, COLLINSVILLE: Accounted for 171 total yards and for TDs – 84 rushing yards on 12 carries with three touchdowns (4, 1, 8 yards) and three pass receptions for 87 yards including a 61-yard score – as Collinsville (10-1) downed Westbrook Christian 35-21 in the Class 2A playoffs. He also forced and recovered a fumble on defense.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed for 164 yards and scored three touchdowns on 24 carries in the Eagles’ 38-14 Class 4A victory over Central-Florence. 
KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Totaled 130 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 attempts as the Panthers rallied past A.P. Brewer, 15-9. With Southside trailing 9-7 midway through the fourth quarter, Bothwell ran for 28 yards and caught a 17-yard pass on the Panthers’ game-winning drive. 
TEDARRIAN MURRAY, LEE-MONTGOMERY : Ran for 100 of his 129 rushing yards in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning touchdown, as Lee knocked off Theodore 13-7 in the opening round of the Class 7A playoffs.

ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Completed 18-of-26 passes for 322 yards and three TDs in a 42-21 victory over Beauregard in the 5A playoffs. He now has thrown 27 TD passes and just two interceptions this season.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Completed 20-of-30 passes for 300 yards and four touchdown passes in a 35-6 Class 1A playoff win over Talladega County Central for Falkville (11-0). He heads into the second round of the state playoffs with 2,852 yards passing on the season with 44 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He is 164-of-233 passing, a 70.4% completion rate for the unbeaten Blue Devils.
TRENTON DUPPER, DECATUR: Accounted for all five touchdowns to help No. 4 seed Decatur knock off No. 1 seed and previously unbeaten Jackson-Olin (10-1) in the 6A playoffs 35-32. He was 13-of-17 passing for 185 yards and three touchdowns and Hs 23 rush attempts for 78 yards and two TDs.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Completed 16 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons’ 62-28 playoff loss to Good Hope. It was the first football playoff game in St. John Paul II history.
KYLE WALKER, VIGOR: Completed 9-of-16 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns as the Wolves (10-1) opened the 5A playoffs with a 45-8 rout of Central-Tuscaloosa.
ROBBY ASHFORD, HOOVER: Finished 12-of-19 passing for 150 yards and a TD and rushed 12 times for 76 yards to lead the Bucs to a 26-18 victory over Bob Jones in the 7A playoffs.
LUKE HAMPTON, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 17-of-30 pass attempts for 163 yards, including a 35-yard score to Tray Wilson to end the first half. He also ran for an 8-yard touchdown in the Tigers’ 47-12 loss at Ohatchee. Wilson finished with a career-high nine receptions for 106 yards and one TD.
WILL CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Passed for 155 yards and ran for 103 on 14 carries to lead the Rockets to a 21-14 victory over Fort Payne in the 6A playoffs.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 6-of-13 pass attempts for 140 yards with a 61-yard touchdown and also ran for 90 yards on 19 carries with a 7-yard score in the Panthers’ 35-21 Class 2A victory over Westbrook Christian.

RYLEY KIRK, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 6-of-12 pass attempts for 145 yards including a 69-yard touchdown to Cooper Austin in the Panthers’ 40-7 victory over Decatur Heritage.

CHANING MARMANN, DESHLER: Passed for 139 yards and rushed for 74 yards to pace the Tigers to a 21-7 Class 4A playoff win over Anniston.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: The Yellow Jackets quarterback was 3-of-6 passing for 118 yards and one TD and rushed for 68 yards and two more scores Abbeville's 56-0 Class 2A win over Vincent. Kincey  scored on runs of 50 and 14 yards and threw a 41-yard TD pass to Marquise Hollins.

Caught three passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns and also scored on a two-point conversion play to account for all his team’s points in a 20-15 Class 1A win over Hubbertville.
Caught six passes for 100 yards as the Patriots earned a 24-14 victory over Athens in the 6A playoffs.

CHRISTIAN McKINNEY, RED BAY: Made had 17 tackles, including a stop on Winston County’s 2-point try in overtime to preserve the Tigers’ 16-14 Class 2A playoff victory.
JASON WEST, JACKSON: The sophomore linebacker had 21 tackles, including three for a loss, as the Aggies beat Chilton County 21-14 in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.

JALEN BUSTAMANTE, THOMPSON: Intercepted two passes to spark the defense in a 45-14 victory over Florence in the 7A playoffs.
MARCUS EVANS, McADORY: Intercepted two passes – stopping Carver-Montgomery's best drive on a fourth-and-7 deep in McAdory territory and setting up Yellow Jackets’ first touchdown with his second pick in a 17-0 victory in the 6A playoffs.
CADE MANGO, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Intercepted two passes in a 42-28 victory over Valley in the 5A playoffs.
QUINDARIUS ADAMS, MIDFIELD: Had nine tackles on defense and had six rush attempts for 100 yards and two TDs on offense in a 32-14 victory over Pisgah in the 3A playoffs.
ASHIR HOGUE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: The junior linebacker recorded 10 tackles with a sack as the Yellow Jackets edged Prattville 17-13 in to advance to the second round of the 7A playoffs.

WILLIAM HARDY, RAMSAY: Returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown and teammate Cedarius Doss picked off a pass and raced 65 yards for a score in a 36-7 Class 5A playoff win over Charles Henderson.
DERICKEY WRIGHT, ETOWAH: Had two interceptions in the Blue Devils’ 33-0 Class 5A win over Guntersville. Wright and his fellow Etowah defenders limited the Wildcats to minus-6 total yards en route to the team’s fifth shutout of the season.
EVAN CRAIGHEAD, MADISON ACADEMY: Picked off a pass at the goal line to seal the Mustangs' 18-15 Class 5A playoff win over Alexandria. Craighead also recovered a fumble and made eight tackles.
HARRISON BARRON & SPENCER SMITH, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Each defender had 10 tackles and teammate Michael Sullivan had nine tackles plus a fumble recovery during the Eagles' 31-6 Class 3A win over Lamar County in the Class 3A playoff opener.

LANDON GOWENS, SPRING GARDEN: Posted eight tackles and had a 27-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Panthers’ 40-7 Class 1A playoff victory over Decatur Heritage.
C.J. YARROUGH, EAST LIMESTONE: Caught a 48-yard touchdown pass on offense and picked off two passes returning one 77 yards for a TD in a 53-33 Class 5A win over Boaz. He finished with six tackles and scored a two-point conversion.

SETH FAISON, HEADLAND: Blocked a critical extra-point try with 37 seconds left in the game to preserve a 13-12 victory over Talladega in the Class 4A state playoffs. The Rams (10-1) saw their bid for a perfect regular season thwarted last week with 23 seconds remaining in the final regular season game with Henry County rival Abbeville but emerged from a 6-0 deficit heading into the fourth quarter Friday with two touchdowns and one all-important extra point. K’Shun Stokes scored on a 10-yard run on the first play of the final quarter and scored the winning TD with 6:21 left on a 4-yard run. Talladega, which built the early lead with field goals of 24 and 29 yards by Onique Deer, scored on a pass play with 37 ticks remaining to set up Faison’s special  team heroics. Teammate Ben Tew recovered Talladega’s onside kick attempt that followed to close out the first playoff win for the Rams since 1988.
TREY STODDARD, MUSCLE SHOALS: The Trojans’ place-kicker, an eighth grader, booted a 23-yard field on the last play of the game to lift Muscle Shoals past Minor 10-7 in the Class 6A state playoffs.
K.J. HALL, HIGHLAND HOME: Returned a kickoff 72 yards for one score, had four receptions for 88 yards and rushed 11 times for 97 yards and three touchdowns in the Flying Squadron’s 63-28 Class 2A playoff win over Chickasaw.
J.R. TRAN-RENO, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and added TD runs of 1, 1 and 4 yards to lead the Lions to a 42-28 victory over Valley in the 5A playoffs.
RICHARD BRINSON, UMS-WRIGHT: Returned a kickoff 84 yards for a score and also caught an 8-yard TD pass from Skipper Snypes in UMS-Wright’s 43-8 win over West Blocton in the Class 4A playoffs.
JAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVLLE: Returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown in Abbeville’s 56-0 win over Vincent in the 2A playoffs.

AHSAA Hall of Fame Selects 11 for Class of 2019 Induction

     MONTGOMERY – Eleven major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama have been selected from an outstanding field of 48 nominations for induction into the 29th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame next March.

     The 2019 class, which includes an “old-timer,” will be inducted at the 27th annual banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa, March 18, 2019.
   Selected for induction are football coaches Phil Lazenby, David Lowery, Willie Carl Martin, Billy Odom and Ronnie Sikes; basketball coaches  Carolyn Wright and Scheussler Ware; track coach Claborn Campbell; baseball coach Mark Mincher; basketball official Johnny Robertson; and longtime coach and administrator Reynolds “R.C.” Cook, chosen in the old-timers’’ division. Mr. Cook is deceased.
    Sponsors of the Hall of Fame program are the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the AHSAA. The corporate partners include Alabama Power, ALFA, Cadence Bank, Coca-Cola, Encore Rehabilitation, Jack’s, Russell Athletic, TeamIP and Wilson Sporting Goods.
     Veteran sportscaster Jeff Shearer will emcee the banquet. The NFHS Network is scheduled to live-stream the banquet.
      The first class was inducted in 1991. These 11 new inductees will run the total enshrined into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame to 353.
       A profile of each selectee:
CLABORN CAMPBELL: Campbell, 65, graduated from Cold Spring High School and Southern Benedictine College – then returned as a high school teacher and coach spending the bulk of his years in education at his alma mater Cold Springs (1979-83 & 1999-2018). He also had coaching stints at Winston County and West Point.
   Considered one of the top track coaches in the state, he helped coach the Eagles’ boys to two state track titles and had four teams finish runner-up. His West Point and Cold Springs girls’ track teams won 17 Cullman County championships. He also directed the Cold Springs girls and boys to three state cross country crowns and had seven runner-up finishes.
     A dedicated coach and devout man of faith, he has been inducted into the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame, was an AHSAA Making A Difference Award recipient in 2016, was selected NFHS Alabama Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2017 (girls) and 2016 (boys). U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named him Alabama Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2014.

Cook, now deceased, was born in 1913 and graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1933. He earned his college degree from Troy State Teachers College in 1950. He earned his master’s in 1964.
   He began his teaching and coaching at Williams School in Montgomery, then moved to Union Springs High School in 1952 where he remained in various capacities through 1974.
    He coached Union Springs’ only undefeated 10-0 football team in 1956 – earning him Birmingham Post-Herald Class 1A Coach of the Year. His 1957 team was 9-1 and participated in the prestigious Peanut Bowl at Dothan. As a basketball coach he had two teams go undefeated through the regular season – combining for a 46-2 record in 1963-64 and 1964-65.
    He also coached baseball and helped bring the Alabama Lions Club regional East-West Baseball Game to Union Springs for several years. He also coached Union Springs to signature baseball victories over his much larger alma mater Sidney Lanier and its rival Robert E. Lee. He founded the youth baseball programs for Union Springs and remained active for many years.
   He left coaching to become the Superintendent of Education in Bullock County – guiding the school system through 1974. He also served as president of the TSU Alumni Association and  was District Governor of the Alabama Lions International.
A graduate of Bessemer High School (1968) and Samford University (1974), Lazenby, 68, also received a master’s in education from the University of Montevallo in 1979. He played on Samford University’s 1971 National Championship football team and was selected Most Valuable Defensive Player for SU in 1973.
    He embarked on a long-time career in teaching and coaching, first as an assistant football and head tennis coach at Bessemer’s Jess Lanier High School (1976-1980). He then moved to Mountain Brook where he served as defensive coordinator and assistant principal (1981-90).
    He became a head coach, first at Guntersville (1991-95), was at Southside-Gadsden for one year in 1996, then moved to Benjamin Russell (1997-2000) and currently is at Bayside Academy (2007-present). He spent 2001-2006 at UMS-Wright as assistant coach and strength & conditioning coach. His overall head-coaching record is 169-89 with two state championship game appearances at Benjamin Russell and one at Bayside Academy. His teams had just two losing seasons in 21 years and have reached the state playoffs 17 times.
    Lazenby coached as an assistant and head coach in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, was ASWA Coach of the Year in 1997, 2011 and 2015 and has served as a past president of the Alabama Football Coaches Association. Lazenby was inducted into the Samford Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. He served in the U.S. Army infantry reaching the rank of First Sergeant with tours in Europe and Central America.

A native of Butler County, Lowery, 53, graduated from Georgiana High School in 1983, Troy University in 1988 and earned a master’s at AUM in 1998. Hs first teaching/coaching position was at Evergreen High School in 1988. He moved to Elba High School as assistant coach and defensive coordinator from 1989-1998. He also was head baseball coach leading the Tigers to the playoff semifinals in 1993 and 1994. He was head football coach two years (1995-1996).
   He then moved to Brantley High School where he was head football coach and athletic director from 1999-2013. He had an amazing run compiling a 156-27 overall record and 88-3 region record. His teams won the Class 1A state football title in 2009 and 2012 and finished runner-up in 1999 and 2005.
   Lowery was named ASWA Class 1A Coach of the Year in 1999 and ALFCA Class 1A Coach of the Year in 2012. Brantley High School named the football field David Lowery Stadium in 2013, and he was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

The Alexander City native and outstanding high school football lineman graduated from Laurel High School in 1969. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma on football scholarship. He was selected in the summer of 1969 to participate in the North-South All-Star Game – as one of the first three black participants in the game’s history.
   After a successful playing career in the Canadian Football League (CFL), Martin, 67, returned to Alexander City and began a teaching and coaching career at Benjamin Russell High School that spanned the next 25 years. He served as an assistant football coach from 1985-2001 directing a defense that allowed only 12.32 points a game over a 15-year period. He served as head football coach from 2001-2006. He compiled a 51-24 record during that span and captured the school’s only state football title in in his first year in 2001.
    Martin’s leadership expanded to the AHSAA where he served on the District 4 Board and Central Board from 2003-2007.
    He was hired in 2007 to serve on the University of Alabama football staff as Director of Player Development, a role he kept until 2015 when he retired. In May of that year, Alexander City celebrated Willie Carl Martin Day (on May 12) as the city honored the native son who served as a trailblazer throughout his career.
Mincher graduated from Hazel Green High School in Madison County in 1975, got his college degree from Memphis State University in 1975 and later earned a master’s in administration from Alabama A&M.
   The son of former Major League baseball standout Don Mincher embarked on a career in education in 1980 that lasted more than three decades. He coached football, boys’ and girls’ basketball and baseball at Monrovia Middle School for two years before moving to Sparkman High School in 1982. He became head baseball coach in 1983. He moved to Huntsville High School as head baseball coach in 1985, a position he held for the next 28 years. He compiled a 576-353 baseball-coaching record with 12 city championships, eight area titles, 18 state playoff appearances and one Class 6A state championship (2011).
   Mincher also served as HHS athletic director during that time and became an important mentor for other teachers and coaches, not only at his school but throughout Huntsville, Madison County and the state.
    He was recognized as the Huntsville City baseball coach of the year numerous times, was named AlaBCA Coach of the Year (6A) and NFHS State Baseball Coach of the Year in 2011. Mincher was inducted into the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. He was chosen HCPTA Secondary Principal of the Year in 2015.

BILLY ODOM: Odom, 68, graduated from Baker High School in Mobile in 1968 and from Mississippi College in 1972. He served as a teacher and head football coach at Baker High School for 14 seasons (1972-87), moved to Murphy as an assistant coach from 1989-91 and returned to head coaching at Alba High School from 1992-1997.
    His Alba team won the region title in 1994.
    Odom’s work as a coach and teacher was just part of his many contributions. He also played a key volunteer role in the development and administration of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game in Mobile from its inception in 1988. He has been a key administrative coach for that game ever since – heading into his 33rd year. He has also served as the South team manager for the Senior Bowl College All-Star Game for the last three decades.
    Recognized as one of Mobile County’s most dependable volunteers, he received the prestigious Bob Pannone Service Award in 2017 and was recognized by the L’Arche Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012


JOHNNY ROBERTSON (Contest Official): This Sidney Lanier 1965 graduate has been one of the state’s top basketball officials more than 50 years. Robertson, 71, served in 17 of 18 AHSAA state basketball tournaments from 1982-1999.
    Recognized by the his peers and the AHSAA for his teaching skills, he served as AHSAA state rules clinician from 1981-1999, has been a Regional Tournament coordinator ever since the regional and state final four basketball format was instituted in 1994 and has been the South Central District Director for Officials since 1999.  He has been serving as State Rules Interpreter since 2008. Robertson helped institute the state officials’ camps and has been the State Camp Director since 2008. He received the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
    Robertson also officiated high school football from 1972-1987, and he officiated baseball from 1972-1974.
   Active in church and civic affairs in Montgomery, he has served in various positions of civic leadership including serving as president of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, was Division 9 Lt. Governor for the Kiwanis from 2007-2009 and has also served as president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the River Region.

RONNIE SIKES: A native of Randolph County, Sikes, 59, graduated from Randolph County High School in Wedowee in 1977 and from Auburn University in 1981. He also attended Southern Union Community College and received a master’s degree from Auburn University (1987).
    The veteran football coach began his career in high school education in 1981 with stints at Valley High School (1981-1984), Notasulga (1984-1988), Mortimer Jordan (1988-1990), and Beulah (1990-1992) before returning to Notasulga in 1992. He served as head football coach for the Blue Devils for 12 years compiling a 91-51 record. He then moved to Lanett from 2004-2009. He has coached and taught at Georgia public schools since 2013. While at Notasulga his teams compiled a 25-game winning streak with his 2001 team capturing Class 1A state runner-up. He rebuilt the Lanett program in a short time becoming the coach to lead the Panthers to the first 12-win season since 1976.
    Sikes coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game twice and also coached in the North-South All-Star Game. He was named O-A News Coach of the Year in 1998.

SCHUESSLER WARE: Anniston High School’s long-time boys’ head basketball coach graduated from AHS in 1974 and Talladega College in 1978. He earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Jacksonville State University.
   Ware, 60, began teaching and coaching at his high school alma mater in 1979 – spending his entire career with the Anniston City Schools. He became head basketball coach in 1997 and for the next 20 years his teams compiled a 420-168 record with two state championships, the Class 5A title in 2002 and the 4A championship in 2009. Anniston made five State Final Four appearances, five Northeast Regional titles and seven Calhoun County championships during his tenure.
   He was chosen Calhoun County Coach of the Year nine times, AHSAA Class 5A (2002) and Class 4A (2009) Coach of the Year, and saw 12 of his teams win 20 or more games in a season.  Only one team had a losing record but still won the area title, and two years later the program rebounded to go 27-6 and reach the Northeast Regional tourney.
   He is active in his church and community serving as an Elder at First United Presbyterian Church.

CAROLYN WRIGHT: Mrs. Wright, 62, graduated from Tuskegee Institute High School in 1974 and from Alabama State University in 1978. She earned a master’s in specific learning disability.
   She has spent the last 40 years teaching and coaching, primarily at Central High School in Phenix City. She became the head girls’ basketball coach at Central in 1991 and begins the 2018 season with a 498-281 record. She guided the Lady Red Devils to a 26-4 record in 2016-17 and a berth in the Class 7A State Tournament after winning the Central Regional title. Her teams have had just two losing seasons and finished 29-5 in 2005 to set a school girls’ record for basketball wins in a season.
   Wright, who also coaches volleyball at Central, served as girls’ track coach from 1992-2007 with 14 individuals or relay teams winning state event titles. Her volleyball team reached the Super Regional tourney in 2014.
     She serves in several other leadership roles include department chair for the health and PE department (1991-2008) at Central, and is also currently assistant athletic director. She served on the AHSAA Strategic Planning Committee in 2016.
    Her husband Bobby Wright, the Central boys’ basketball coach, was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. With over 600 wins, the husband-wife duo have more basketball games than any other husband-wife coaching duo state history. The couple now have the distinction of being just the second husband-wife tandem to be selected to be enshrined in the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. The first were Tom and Lynette Calvin.

Catholic Senior Amaris Tyynismaa Claims Fifth AHSAA Cross Country Individual Title Saturday

OAKVILLE – Montgomery Catholic senior Amaris Tyynismaa became just the third girls’ runner in AHSAA history to capture five state cross country individual championships Saturday as the AHSAA’s 63rd State Cross Country Championships concluded at Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum near Moulton.
   Tyynismaa helped Catholic win the Class 4A team championship, the school’s first state girls’ state cross country title.
     Auburn won the 7A girls’ championship, Homewood captured the Class 6A title, Scottsboro won the Class 5A championship and the Lady Wildcats’ 22 state title overall, Westminster-Oak Mountain claimed the Class 3A state title and Cold Springs won the Class 1A/2A crown, its first title since 2006.
   Auburn High School won its second straight Class 7A girls’ cross country state championship posting 25 points – and averaging 18:44.10 for its top five runners, Mountain Brook was second with 58 points and Huntsville was third at 135. Senior Hannah Dyal led Auburn’s effort with a photo-finish winning time of 18:16.30 over Mountain Brook eighth grader Reagan Riley, who crossed at 18:16.88.  Auburn runners took the next three places with juniors Sarah Parnell, Harper McGowan and Samantha Rogers all coming in 18:46 or faster.

Junior Lainey Phelps captured the Class 6A cross country state individual title for the second year in a row with a winning time of 18:22.51 to lead the Patriots to the state team title for the second time in the last three years. Homewood had 34 points, followed by Fort Payne, the 2017 state champs, with 72 points, and St. Paul’s Episcopal was third with 105. Homewood also won the state crown in 2016.
     Junior runner Isabel Valenzuela of St. Paul’s Episcopal finished second at 19:11.37. Homewood junior Edie Smith was third at 19:23.43 and sophomore Patriots teammate Victoria Thompson was fourth with a 19:29.16 time.

    Scottsboro High School totaled 68 points to claim the Class 5A state title and upped the Wildcats’ overall count to 22 state girls’ cross country state championships. The victory moved Scottsboro to within one of the state record (23) held by Mountain Brook. Briarwood Christian was second with 87 points and Lawrence County was third with 90.
    Sophomore Bailey Lansdown captured medalist honors with a winning time of 19:08.83. Briarwood eighth graders Cady McPhail and Chloe Finocchiaro were right behind with times of 19:29.22 and 19:33.44, respectively. Scottsboro freshman McCall Chandler was fourth with a 19:49.56 time.

   Montgomery Catholic senior Amaris Tyynismaa turned in the fastest time of all competitors once again clocking 17:44.21 to claim the Class 4A girls’ state individual championship for the fifth straight year. This title was even more special since the Lady Knights captured the school’s first girls’ state cross country championship with a dominating 47 points. St. John Paul II Catholic was second with 76 points and UMS-Wright was third with 125.
    Catholic teammate Lily Bachl, a freshman, came in second individually with a time of 19:04.41. LAMP junior Kathy Hammond was third with a 19:36.33 time.
won her first Class 4A title in 2014 as an eighth grader – running the 3.1-mile course in 17:03.03 to set the all-time record for the girls’ state championships. She won her fourth state championship last year with a time of 17:14.37, which ranks second best all-time. Lisa Savell of J.T. Wright holds the state record for most individual state titles with six – winning from 1977-82 in the Class 1A/2A division. Holly Holman of St. Paul’s Episcopal (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987 & 1988) and Karisa Nelson of T.R. Miller (2009-2013) also have five state championships each.

Saint James sophomore Presley Miles turned in the second best time of the 2018 AHSAA State Cross Country Championships with a winning time of 17:49.94 in the Class 3A girls’ race. Westminster-Oak Mountain sophomore Hallie Porterfield was second at 19:37.44 and Hannah Adams, a Westminster eighth grader, was third running 19:58.60 to lift last year’s 1A-2A state champions to the Class 3A crown with 36 points. Westminster has now won three state championships in a row.
     T.R. Miller, the defending Class 3A champs, finished second with 127 points and Pleasant Valley was third with 128.

Cornerstone freshman Breia Smith crossed the finish line at 20:57.82 to claim the Class 1A/2A individual championship. Hatton junior Ally Amerson was second at 21:02.52, and the Cold Springs duo of freshman Ava Akridge and seventh grader Reagan Parris finished 3-4 with times of 21:07.27 and 21:12.86, respectively, to give the Eagles the state crown.
   Cold Springs had 34 points to win the school’s second girls’ state title and first since 2006.  Altamont finished runner-up with 91 points and Hatton was third with 92.

Homewood’s Will Stone Wins 3rd Championship as Patriots Capture their 7th Team Title in a Row

 OAKVILLE –    Homewood senior runner Will Stone led the Patriots to their seventh straight state cross country championship Saturday with his first-place finish in the Class 6A competition at the AHSAA’s 63rd State Cross Country Championships held at Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum near Moulton.
   Stone became just the third boys’ runner to win three individual state titles.
   In addition to Homewood, other team state champions were Huntsville in Class 7A; Scottsboro in Class 5A; Montgomery Catholic in Class 4A; Pleasant Valley in Class 3A; and Altamont in Class 1A/2A.
    Homewood, Scottsboro and Montgomery Catholic each swept the boys’ and girls’ team championships.

   Huntsville High School posted 52 points to claim the school’s first Class 7A state cross country championship, the school’s fifth overall and the first since winning three in a row in 1983, 1984 and 1985. Sophomore Ethan Strand helped Vestavia Hills take second place with 88 points with a first-place finish individually. Mountain Brook was third at 104.
    Strand clocked 15:24.29 to capture the individual title in a close race over runner-up Hunter Harwell, a senior at Mountain Brook, who crossed the finish line at 15:25.27. Smith Station senior Silas Franklin was third (15:35.60) and Huntsville senior Nick Ceci was fourth (15:43.53).

   Homewood’s Will Stone shaved 20 seconds off his 2017 winning time with a strong 15:26.58 to claim his third straight individual championship. Wetumpka senior Cory Anthony was second at 16:04.23 and senior Carson Levario-Slaten of Hartselle was third with a time of 16:17.92.
     Homewood had 38 points to win its seventh consectutive state championship. Cullman was second with 96 points and Northridge finished third with 137.
     Stone clocked 15:46.20 last year to win the 6A individual medalist honors. He won the 6A title in 2016 with a time of 16:01.40. He joined two other runners in the elite group of three-time state cross country champs: Barry Fitts of Brooks (1979, 1980 and 1981) and Steve Allen of Haleyville (1983, 1984 and 1985).

    Briarwood Christian sophomore Trent Malloy ran the 3.1-mile course in 15:52.35 to win top individual honors in the Class 5A competition. Senior Myles Stoots of Faith Academy was second with a 15:56.80 time, and Scottsboro’s sophomore duo of Cooper Atkins and Hayden Judge finished 3-4 running 16:07.49 and 16:12.16, respectively, to lead the Wildcats to the school’s 13th state boys’ championship overall. It was also Scottsboro’s third championship in row and signaled the second straight year to win both the boys’ and girls’ Class 5A state titles.
    The Wildcats totaled 39 points in the boys’ competition with Randolph second at 130 and Southside-Gadsden third with 139.

   Montgomery Catholic posted 45 points to edge runner-up St. John Paul II Catholic, which had 49, and gave the Knights their second state boys’ title. The first came in 2012. Catholic also swept the boys’ and girls’ competition.
    Charlie Lott, a senior at Trinity Presbyterian, clocked 16:21.71 to capture the Class 4A individual championship. Senior Noah Flynn of St. John Paul II Catholic was second at 16:29.90 and teammate Adler Brininger was third clocking 16:33.92. Catholic senior Grant Walker was the Knights’ top finisher with a fourth-place time of 16:34.48.

Pleasant Valley had 90 points to edge Bayside Academy (93) for the Class 3A state championship. It was the school’s first boys’ state crown in any sport in school history.
    Senior Cooper Reynolds of Westminster-Oak Mountain won the individual race with a winning time of 16:49.29. St Bernard junior Caleb Guthery was second at 17:03.55, followed by senior Bradley Schmidt of Bayside (17:04.55) and senior Paul Gonzalez of Pleasant Valley (17:10.48).
   Altamont senior Asher Desai finished first with a winning time of 16:31.17 to lead the Knights to the Class 1A/2A state boys’ championship. Altamont had 43 points, followed by runner-up Cold Springs (61) and Westbrook Christian (96). The state title was the school’s fifth and first since 2001.
   Westbrook Christian seniors Mitchell Cook and Jonah Morris finished 2-3 clocking 16:38.11 and 16:42.30, respectively.

Eight No. 4 Seeds Advance to Round 2 as AHSAA Football Playoffs head to Round 2

    MONTGOMERY – Eight No. 4 seeds and 16 No. 3 seeds posted wins in the first round of the AHSAA State Football Playoffs and advance to the second round next week . All second-round games will be played on Friday, Nov. 16.
    One game, the Class 3A first-round game between Oakman and Pike County, was postponed Friday and will be played Monday at 2 p.m. at Bulldogs Stadium in Brundidge.
    Overall, 79 host teams won and 24 visitors won – a winning rate for home teams of 76.7 percent. However, won almost 25 percent of the games. No. 4 seeds posting wins included Mountain Brook (Region 3) and Lee-Montgomery (Region 2) in Class 7A; Bessemer City (Region 4), Gardendale (Region 6) and Decatur (Region 7) in Class 6A; Alabama Christian (Region 2) and Oneonta (Region 6) in Class 4A; and Daleville (Region 2) in Class 2A.
  Four regions had all four qualifiers sweep first-round games to move into the second round: Class 2A, Region 2; Class 6A, Region 4; Class 6A, Region 6; and Class 7A, Region 4. 
    Five of seven state champions from 2017 survived round one: Class 7A Hoover (8-3); Class 6A Pinson Valley (9-1), Class 4A UMS-Wright (10-0); Class 3A Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-4), now competing in 4A;  and Class 2A Lanett (10-1), now competing in Class 1A.
      Only one of the AHSAA’s 15 unbeaten teams in the regular season was knocked off in the first round. In Class 6A, No. 4 seed Decatur beat Jackson-Olin (10-1) 35-32. Unbeaten teams advancing to round 2, by class, include: (Class 1A)  Linden (10-0); South Lamar (11-0); Falkville (11-0); (Class 2A) Ohatchee (10-0); Fyffe (11-0); (Class 3A) Winfield (11-0); Westminster Christian (10-0) of Huntsville; (Class 4A) UMS-Wright (10-0); American Christian (11-0); Jacksonville (11-0); North Jackson (11-0); Class 5A: Etowah (11-0);  and (Class 7A) Central-Phenix City (11-0). Jackson-Olin was the only 6A school to go undefeated in the regular season.
     UMS-Wright’s 43-8 win over West Blocton in the Class 4A playoffs was the 299th head-coaching win for Coach Terry Curtis. His career coaching record is 299-85 since he took his first head-coaching position in 1989.
    The NFHS Network also plans to live-stream several games produced by member schools belonging to the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program and will also live-stream the Class 7A rematch between Hewitt-Trussville (8-3) and Thompson (9-1) at Alabaster over the NFHS Network and over Facebook Watch, thanks to a pilot program between Facebook and the Network that will showcase several high school football teams in the playoffs in selected state associations.
    The NFHS Network produced 38 live-streamed events over its NFHS Network School Broadcast Program in Round 1 and 80 radio/internet audio broadcast were also produced statewide by local radio and school affiliates.
    The second-round pairings:

AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Second-Round Pairings

Marengo (10-1) at Lanett (9-1)
Maplesville (9-1) at Georgiana (10-1)
Elba (8-2) at Linden (10-0)
Wadley (8-2) at St Luke’s Episcopal (10-1), Mobile

Donoho (9-2) at Mars Hill Bible (10-1), Florence
South Lamar (11-0) at Winterboro (7-3)
Pickens County (7-4) at Falkville (11-0)
Waterloo (9-2) at Spring Garden (10-1)


Leroy (8-3) at Daleville (6-4)
Luverne (10-1) at Abbeville (10-1)
Highland Home (10-1) at LaFayette (7-3)
Cottage Hill Christian (10-1) at Ariton (8-3)

Fyffe (11-0) at Colbert County (8-3), Leighton
Red Bay (9-2) at Ohatchee (10-0)
Ranburne (9-2) at Addison (9-2)
Collinsville (10-1) at Aliceville (9-2)


Flomaton (8-3) at Winfield (11-0)
Oakman (5-5) - Pike County (8-2) winner vs. Thomasville (9-2), host to be determined
Providence Christian (10-1) at Saint James (10-1),Montgomery
Gordo (9-2) at Mobile Christian (9-1)

Midfield (9-1) at Westminster Christian (10-0), Huntsville
Piedmont (9-2) at J.B. Pennington (6-5), Blountsville
Randolph County (10-1) at Geraldine (9-2)
Fultondale (9-1) at Saks (9-1), Anniston


Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-4) at Alabama Christian (4-7), Montgomery
Headland (10-1) at Andalusia (7-4)
Montgomery Catholic (8-3) at American Christian (11-0), Tuscaloosa
UMS-Wright (10-0) at Trinity Presbyterian (5-6), Montgomery

Oneonta (8-3) at DAR (8-3), Grant
Jacksonville (11-0) at Good Hope (10-1)
Hokes Bluff (10-1) at North Jackson (11-0), Stevenson
Deshler (6-5) at Fayette County (9-2), Fayette


Jackson (8-3) at Ramsay (10-1), Birmingham, Lawson Field
Bibb County (8-3) at Greenville (9-2)
Demopolis (9-2) at Pleasant Grove (9-2)
Briarwood Christian (9-2) at Vigor (10-1), Prichard Memorial Stadium

Central-Clay county (8-3) at Madison Academy (9-1), Huntsville, Milton Frank Stadium
Etowah (11-0) at Center Point (6-5)
Southside-Gadsden (7-4) at Jasper (10-1)
East Limestone (9-2) at Mortimer Jordan (10-1), Kimberly


Saraland (10-1) at Hueytown (9-2)
Opelika (6-4) at Bessemer City (7-4)
Wetumpka (9-2) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (6-5)
McAdory (10-1) at Spanish Fort (10-1)

Homewood (9-2) at Gardendale (6-5)
Muscle Shoals (9-2) at Pinson Valley (9-1)
Clay-Chalkville (10-1) at Hartselle (11-0)
Decatur (7-4) at Oxford (9-2)


Lee-Montgomery (7-4) at Auburn (10-1)
McGill-Toolen Catholic (9-2) at Central-Phenix City (11-0)

Mountain Brook (9-2) at Hoover (8-3), Hoover Met
Hewitt-Trussville (8-3) at Thompson (9-1), Alabaster

First-Round Results

Lanett 54, Florala 7
Marengo 58, Isabella 20
Georgiana 41, Notasulga 34
Maplesville 35, Sweet Water 12

Linden 55, Millry 14
Elba 54, Billingsley 19
St. Luke’s Episcopal 48, Francis Marion 16
Wadley 35, Brantley 24

Mars Hill Bible 55, Marion County 0
Donoho 59, Coosa Christian 14
South Lamar 41, Phillips 6
Winterboro 28, R.A. Hubbard 14

Falkville 35, Talladega County Central 6
Pickens County 57, Cherokee 0
Spring Garden 40, Decatur Heritage 7
Waterloo 20, Hubbertville 15


Daleville 26, Reeltown 21
Leroy 42, New Brockton 14
Abbeville 56, Vincent 0
Luverne 14, Southern Choctaw 0

Highland Home 63, Chickasaw 28
LaFayette 40, Geneva County 6
Cottage Hill Christian 26, Goshen 0
Ariton 41, Thorsby 14

Fyffe 63, Cleveland 0
Colbert County 49, Tarrant  6
Ohatchee 47, Cedar Bluff 12
Red Bay 16, Winston County 14 (OT)

Addison 56, Sulligent 6
Ranburne 32, North Sand Mountain 24
Aliceville 26, Sheffield 0
Collinsville 35, Westbrook Christian 21


Winfield 40, Houston Academy 3
Flomaton 40, Montgomery Academy 14
Oakman (5-5) at Pike County (8-2), Monday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m.
Thomasville 7, Beulah 0

Saint James 38, T.R. Miller 7
Providence Christian 31, Lamar County 6
Mobile Christian 42, Pike Road 14
Gordo 21, Wicksburg 0

Westminster Christian 42, Weaver 27
Midfield 32, Pisgah 14
Piedmont 41, Clements 0
J.B. Pennington 14, Susan Moore 7

Geraldine 29, Holly Pond 14
Randolph County 53, Lauderdale County 6
Fultondale 37, Plainview 6
Saks 56, Colbert Heights 0


Alabama Christian 18, Lincoln 14
Hillcrest-Evergreen 35, Sipsey Valley 0
Headland 13, Talladega 12
Andalusia 28, Montevallo 8

American Christian 15, Williamson 14
Montgomery Catholic 41, Holtville 13
UMS-Wright 43, West Blocton 8
Trinity Presbyterian 14, Handley 7

Oneonta 43, Brooks 34
DAR 36, Northside 30
Jacksonville 39, Rogers 21
Good Hope 62, St. John Paul II Catholic 28

North Jackson 47, Curry 6
Hokes Bluff 38, Central-Florence 14
Fayette County 26, Randolph 8
Deshler 21, Anniston 7


Ramsay 36, Charles Henderson 7
Jackson 21, Chilton County 14
Greenville 44, Fairfield 12
Bibb County 21, Citronelle 13

Demopolis 41, Faith Academy 13
Pleasant Grove 42, Beauregard 21
Vigor 45, Central-Tuscaloosa 8
Briarwood Christian 42, Valley 28

Madison Academy 18, Alexandria 15
Central-Clay County 34, Corner 8
Etowah 33, Guntersville 0
Center Point 22, Russellville 8

Jasper 34, Sylacauga 20
Southside-Gadsden 15, Brewer 9
Mortimer Jordan 17, Dora 3
East Limestone 53, Boaz33


Hueytown 38, Eufaula 17
Saraland 42, Stanhope Elmore 14
Bessemer City 21, Park Crossing 13
Opelika 38, St. Paul’s Episcopal 20

Wetumpka 49, Daphne 21
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 10, Sidney Lanier 3
Spanish Fort 38, Benjamin Russell 0
McAdory 17, Carver-Montgomery 0

Gardendale 21, Fort Payne 14
Homewood 24, Athens 14
Pinson Valley 47, Albertville 0
Muscle Shoals 10, Minor 7

Hartselle 35, Pelham 7
Clay-Chalkville 45, Mae Jemison 6
Decatur 35, Jackson-Olin 32
Oxford 42, Hazel Green 14


Lee-Montgomery 13, Theodore 7
Auburn 34, Fairhope 23
Central-Phenix City 46, Davidson 0
McGill-Toolen Catholic 17, Prattville 13

Hoover 26, Bob Jones 18
Mountain Brook 31, Austin 0
Hewitt-Trussville 43, James Clemens 41
Thompson 45, Florence 14

Catholic Senior Amaris Tyynismaa Vying for 5th AHSAA Cross Country Individual Title Saturday

    MONTGOMERY – The 63rd AHSAA State Cross Country Championships get underway Saturday at 8:30 a.m., at the Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum near Moulton.
    Montgomery Catholic senior Amaris Tyynismaa will be vying for her fifth straight state championship in the Class 4A race which is scheduled to kick off the competition in the first race of the day. Homewood senior Will Stone will by chasing his third straight Class 6A cross country title as well.
    Tyynismaa won her first Class 4A title in 2014 as an eighth grader – running the 3.1-mile course in 17:03.03 to set the all-time record for the girls’ state championships. She has not topped that mark since but did win last year with a time of 17:14.37, which ranks second best all-time. Lisa Savell of J.T. Wright holds the state record for most individual state titles with six – winning from 1977-82 in the Class 1A/2A division. Holly Holman of St. Paul’s Episcopal (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987 & 1988) and Karisa Nelson of T.R. Miller (2009-2013) each have five state championships.
     Stone clocked 15:46.20 last year to win the 6A individual medalist honors – the second fastest time of all 2017 class champions. He won the 6A title in 2016 with a time of 16:01.40. Only two runners in the 62-year history of the cross country championships have won three state titles. Barry Fitts of Brooks was the first, winning in 1979, 1980 and 1981. Steve Allen of Haleyville won three in a row from 1983-85.
     Defending Class 7A boys’ champion Mountain Brook captured the school’s 14th state crown last year – just one behind the record of 15 held by Hoover. Class 5A Scottsboro’s boys are also going for their 13th title overall and Class 6A Homewood’s boys come in riding a six-year winning streak.
    Scottsboro won the 5A girls’ title in 2017 – the school’s 21st overall. Mountain Brook holds the girls’ state record with 23. The Spartans last won in 2015.
The schedule of events Saturday:

8:30 a.m.:
Class 4A Girls
8:50 a.m.: Class 3A Boys
9:10 a.m.: Class 6A Girls
9:30 a.m.: Class 4A Boys
9:50 p.m.: Class 3A Girls
10:10 a.m.: Class 6A Boys
10:30 a.m.: Class 5A Girls
10:50 a.m.: Class 1A/2A Boys
11:10 a.m.: Class 7A Girls
11:30 a.m.: Class 5A Boys
11:50 a.m.: Class 1A/2A Girls
12:10 p.m.: Class 7A Boys