MONTGOMERY – When Abbeville (9-1) met Headland (9-1) in the final game of the regular season last Friday night, it was the first time in the 81-year history of the two Henry County schools that both teams came into the contest with just one combined loss.
It lived up to its billing – earning the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 10 to close out the regular season.
Abbeville, coached by Robin Tyra, scored the game-winning touchdown with 23 seconds left to post a 32-27 come-from-behind win to spoil the Rams’ big for a perfect regular season. The Yellow Jackets turned to twin brothers for the last-minute heroics – erasing an amazing comeback for Coach Danny Raines’ Rams. Headland trailed 26-8 but took the lead with 3:10 remaining 27-26 when K’Shun Stokes scored on a 1-yard run and Ben Tew caught the two-point conversion pass.
Abbeville quarterback Jaquon Kincey responded with a 60-yard TD pass to his twin brother Daquon Kincey to close out the game in dramatic fashion as a packed stadium watched on in awe. Jaquon finished 6-of-16 passing for 124 yards and two TDs. Stoke was 10-of-19 passing for 143 yards, Tew had six receptions for 50 yards and Montavious Glanton rushed doe 132 yards and a TD for Headland. Rams linebacker Ty Dailey also had 14 tackles, one of five interceptions made by the defense and also recovered a fumble.
Both teams will be at home this week in the playoffs with Abbeville hosting Vincent (3-7) and Headland hosting Talladega (5-5).
The football thriller edged out two special performances by two special-team stars.
Richmon Singletary of Elba accounted for 441 total yards and four touchdowns, including kickoff returns of 96 and 86 yards, in the Tigers’ 42-35 loss to Tate (FL). He also had a 37 punt return (no TD), 206 yards rushing on 20 carries and two receptions for 16 yards and made 11 tackles on defense.
Mars Hill Bible (9-1) closed out the best regular season in the Panthers’ short football history with sophomore Peyton Higgins accounting for four touchdowns three different ways – including his sixth kickoff return of the season for a TD as Mars Hill beat Lexington 47-0. He returned a kickoff 97 yards for one score, rushed for 102 yards on eight carries with TDs of 54 and 8 yards and caught a 32-yard pass reception to close out the night.
In other top performances reported for Week 10:
SPARTANS CLINCH WIN 100 FOR YEAGER: Mountain Brook downed Gardendale 38-14 last Friday to close out the regular season at 8-2 and handed head coach Chris Yeager his 100th victory as the school’s head coach. In 13 years as head coach he is 100-50 – with the 100 wins tying Joey Jones as most by any head football coach in school history. The Spartans head into the 7A state playoffs this week to face Austin Friday night. It is the school’s ninth trip to the playoffs in Yeager’s tenure. Yeager is considered one of the top offensive line coaches in the Southeast and annually hosts a special camp just for linemen each summer.
PIEDMONT’S SMITH COACHES HIS 300TH GAME: Coach Steve Smith of Piedmont coached in his 300th career game Friday night, a 26-6 victory at Geraldine. The win clinched the Class 3A, Region 6 title. Smith is 228-72 in 13 seasons at Piedmont and 11 years at Cedar Bluff. He guided Piedmont to three Class 3A state championships (2009, 2015, and 2016).
PATRICK SETS SCHOOL RUSHING RECORD: Elmore County running back D.J. Patrick had 158 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 16 carries in a 42-21 loss at Tallassee. He closed out his prep career, however, with 3,932 rushing yards, a new school record.
DAMIEN MILLER LIFTS FAIRFIELD INTO PLAYOFFS: The senior returned a punt 70 yards for the game-clinching score as Fairfield earn a playoff spot in Class 5A with a 27-12 victory over Central-Tuscaloosa. Miller now has five kickoff returns and three punt returns for touchdowns this season.
GLENCOE SNAPS STREAK: Running back Colton Stone rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns on only 10 carries as the Yellow Jackets snapped a 17-game winless streak with a 40-6 victory over West End.
HA ENJOYS KICKS FROM BECKETT: Place-kicker Henry Beckett drilled field goals of 43 and 52 yards, the latter tying the school record for longest kick in history, converted 3-of-3 extra-point kicks and averaged 47.8 yards off four punts in the Raiders’ 27-14 win over G.W. Long. He now has 10 field goals on the season heading into the playoffs, breaking the previous record of nine set three times by Alex Burkett (2002, 2003, 2004).
MARK INABINETTE, MONTEVALLO: Completed 20-of-27 passes for 334 yards and four TDs in a 42-24 victory over Lincoln.
LUCAS CRAFT, COLBERT COUNTY: Threw for a season-high 261 yards and four touchdowns as Colbert County beat Lauderdale County 35-6.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Was 14-of-18 passing for 234 yards and six touchdowns as Falkville (10-0) beat Elkmont 56-14.
BRAXTON BUCK, HOLTVILLE: Led the Bulldogs (7-3) to a 70-6 win over Marbury passing for 212 yards and five touchdowns.
HESS HORNE, EUFAULA: Threw for 267 yards off 17-of-29 with three touchdowns in a 35-34 loss to Smiths Station.
BRAYDEN STORDAHL, GAYLESVILLE: Completed 12-of-17 pass attempts for 211 yards and four touchdowns in the Trojans’ 60-38 win over Alabama School for the Deaf.
CAIDEN LIPSCOMB, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Completed 10-of-18 passes for 210 yards and touchdowns of 34, 36 and 71 yards in the Conquerors’ 42-35 overtime win over New Hope, Leading receiver Evan Delp had three receptions for 116 yards and two TDs.
JAY OWENS, SARDIS: Was 14-of-18 in passing for 200 yards and four touchdowns in the Lions’ 55-28 loss to Hokes Bluff. Leading receiver Jacob Hopper caught seven passes for 87 yards and two TDs.
MASON PRONK, SPAIN PARK: Finished 9-of-13 passing for 191 yards and four TDs and added six carries for 21 yards and a 17-yard touchdown in a 42-10 victory over Shades Valley.
AUSTIN GULLEDGE, HOKES BLUFF: Finished with 230 yards of offense in the Eagles’ 55-28 victory over Sardis. The junior quarterback completed 4-of-7 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns while rushing nine times for 90 yards.
RYLEY KIRK, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 10-of-16 pass attempts for 167 yards and three touchdowns — all to Gaines Petty — in the Panthers’ 41-27 victory at Ider.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Finished 8-for-12 passing for 119 yards and a touchdown rushed 12 times for 45 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-17 victory over Gadsden City.
ZAYE BOYD, RUSSELLVILLE: Ran for 287 yards and 5 touchdowns as Russellville beat Central 63-34.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed for 257 yards and five touchdowns (4, 5, 3, 23 and 4 yards) in the Eagles’ 55-28 victory over Sardis. Meads had 167 yards and four TDs by halftime.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Picked up 238 yards rushing on 33 carries and scored twice as the Trojans downed Trinity Presbyterian 31-21. Teammate Austin Gavin also had 165 yards rushing on eight carries and scored twice.
PRESTON COX, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 225 yards and two touchdowns and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a third TD in a 47-0 win over Horseshoe Bend.
K.J. HALL, HIGHLAND HOME: Totaled 210 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Flying Squadron (9-1) beat Houston County 47-14.
KALVIN LEVETT, TALLASSEE: Rushed 25 times for 205 yards and two TDs and was 6-of-9 passing for 92 yards and another score in a 42-21 win over Elmore County.
TRISTEN PAYNE, GAYLESVILLE: Ran for 200 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown in the Trojans’ 60-38 victory over Alabama School for the Deaf.
DILLON CARRAWAY, G.W. LONG: Rushed for 193 yards on just 10 carries with TD runs of 90 and 79 yards in a 27-14 loss to Houston Academy.
DARTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 42-35 overtime win over New Hope.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-13 loss to Briarwood Christian.
LUKE PERCER, OAK MOUNTAIN: Ran for 143 yards and two TDs to lead the Eagles to a 38-8 victory over Center Point.
A.J. GATES, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Ran 14 times for 131 yards and two TDs and added a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 38-14 victory over Gardendale.
DALTON HANBACK, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Rushed for 147 yards and also returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown in Central’s loss to Russellville.
TY PARKER, HATTON: Rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns as Hatton dominated Clements, 41-6.
J.J. EVANS, MONTEVALLO: Caught nine passes for 202 yards and two TDs in a 42-24 victory over Lincoln.
NOAH HART, SIDNEY LANIER: Rushed for 87 yards on two carries, including an 80-yard TD run, caught five passes for 172 yards with one going 84 yards for TD in the Poets’ 27-20 loss to Prattville.
TYLER BOOKER, BRANTLEY: Hauled in three passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-14 win over Goshen.
JEREMIAH ROBERTSON, WEST END: Caught 13 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 40-6 loss to Glencoe.
KEIANDRE SANDERS, SHADES VALLEY: Caught 11 passes for 129 yards in a 42-10 loss to Spain Park.
KEENAN HAMBRICK, ATHENS: Caught five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-18 win over Austin. His two touchdowns were of 33 and 36 yards.
LOGAN PRUETT, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Had five catches for 100 yards in a 45-17 victory over Gadsden City.
WILL CLEMONS, HOKES BLUFF. Had 15 tackles in the Eagles’ 55-28 victory over Sardis.
KURT REICHART, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: recorded 10 tackles, with four for loss and one sack, and blocked a punt in a 47-0 win over Horseshoe Bend.
KENDRICK FIFE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown. He also ran for a 2-point conversion in the Warriors’ 32-15 loss to Southside-Gadsden.
DE’ANTE RAMEY, DOTHAN: returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown with 1.2 seconds left before halftime, giving the Tigers a 20-7 lead and sparking a 34-14 win over Carroll.
BRANT DEERMAN, PIEDMONT: Returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter that gave the Bulldogs a 13-6 lead en route to a 26-6 victory at Geraldine.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Posted 10 tackles on defense and ran for 75 yards on nine carries, including a 45-yard score in the Panthers’ 41-27 win at Ider.
KARSTEN THREAT, MIDFIELD: Had 10 tackles on defense and 109 yards rushing and two TDs on offense in the Patriots’ 30-17 win over Woodlawn.
TAVICA TUTT, MONTEVALLO: Was credited with nine tackles and two fumble recoveries in a 42-24 victory over Lincoln.
TRENTON POOLE, PAUL BRYANT: Intercepted two passes in a 31-21 loss to Homewood.
CHAUNCEY LIGHTNER, BARBOUR COUNTY: Registered 11 tackles with one sack and also a caused fumble and fumble recovery in the Jaguars’ 50-0 loss to Bullock County.
TRE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: On the final play of the third quarter, Ausmer went back to return a punt. It was short and bounced off players from both teams, but was never ruled dead. He scooped it up at midfield and scored in a 31-21 victory over Paul Bryant.
LANDON CUMMINGS, FULTONDALE: Scored game's first TD when he scooped up a blocked punt and raced into the end one in a 38-6 victory over Tarrant.