MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Amy Warrick has coached for more than a decade and she is astonished at the surge in popularity of volleyball. Even at smaller schools, such as Goshen High in Pike County where Warrick is head volleyball and softball coach, girls – and fans – are flocking to the sport.
“We get great community support,” Warrick said. “At our season-opener at home against Brantley, we had more than 700 people here.”
Goshen’s population is 255.
“I’ve seen this sport just take off in the past few years,” Warrick said. “We can’t keep the kids out of the gym. We’d love to have a boys’ team, too. When I put the nets up, they get so excited. They want to know how to play the right way. It’s a fast-paced, fun game. There’s something that everybody can do.”
Goshen fields three teams: varsity for ninth- through 12th-graders, junior varsity for eighth-, ninth- and occasionally 10th-graders, and a junior high squad for seventh- and eighth-graders. “I have a team of 13 to 14 girls,” Warrick said, “but I’ll have 60 come to tryouts.”
According to Alabama High School Athletic Association figures reported to the National Federation of State High School Associations, 10,095 students participated in volleyball in Alabama in 2017-18 from a total of 384 schools. That total is up 2.2 percent from the year before. Volleyball is the No. 1 girls’ sport both in Alabama and in the United States in terms of participation.
“In physical education classes, we have a lot of kids playing volleyball,” Warrick said. “You don’t have to force them to play (for exercise). When I have open gym time outside of school hours, I’ll see second- and third-graders playing.”
Warrick, whose team finished second to St. Luke’s Episcopal of Mobile in last year’s Class 2A volleyball state tournament, has been head coach at Goshen for five years. She was an assistant at Goshen (and, before that, at Ariton) for a total of seven years.
As a coach, Warrick and all AHSAA coaches and administrators must also focus on ensuring the health and safety of student-athletes. “One thing our county system requires is to have all coaches certify every year in CPR,” she said. “The certifications are good for two years, but we certify every year. As a coach, you have to constantly be aware. In addition to being aware of problems from the heat, we have training on concussions and we have apps on our phones to use for outdoor sports that alert us on lightning in the area.”
All AHSAA schools are required to have an Athletic Emergency Action Plan in place for every sports venue. The AEAP details how an emergency will be handled at each venue, including who should take charge in treating the injured person, who will contact emergency services and other responses including who will contact the family of the injured person. Each school also has at least one automated external defibrillator and coaches must pass an AHSAA Coaches’ Education Program that includes a Sports First Aid Health & Safety for Coaches exam.
“I spend a lot of time with these kids,” Warrick said. “We know each other. I can recognize when someone is having a problem. It all goes back to the relationships you build.”
MONTGOMERY – Junior quarterback Seth Brown engineered St. John Paul II Catholic to a 41-31 win over Priceville last Friday for the Falcons’ third straight victory this season football season.
The 3-0 start is the best in school history – and extended St. John Paul II’s current winning streak to four in a row – second best current winning streak among the AHSAA’s Class 4A schools. The fast start for Coach David Floyd’s Falcons earned the Huntsville school the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 2 of the 2018 season.
Brown was almost perfect last week completing 20-of-24 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns and added 89 yards rushing and a fifth TD on 10 rush attempts in last week’s win for Coach David Lloyd, in his second year as head coach.
The school began playing varsity football in 2012 – struggling to a 5-53 record over the six previous seasons. The Falcons started the current streak in the final game of 2017 with a 16-13 victory over Clements. That victory snapped a 29-game losing streak which dated back to 2015.
St. John Paul II dropped from Class 5A to Class 4A this season, and Brown has been sensational at quarterback leading the Falcons go 44.3 points a game thus far with wins over Locust Fork (41-35), East Lawrence (51-0) and Priceville. With 133 points scored already this season, Lloyd’s team needs just 20 more points the rest of the year to set a school season record for scoring. Lloyd is the fourth head coach in the school’s short history.
The Priceville win was the first for the Falcons in Class 4A, Region 7 and improved the school’s all-time record to 5-53.
The milestone victory edged out a superb passing effort by Thompson senior Taulia Tagovailoa, an amazing rushing effort by Hueytown running back Roydell Williams and a strong receiving effort by Hewitt-Trussville end Ja’Varrius Johnson.
Tagovailoa completed 33-of-61 pass attempts for 474 yards four touchdowns in the Warriors’ 45-26 loss to defending Class 7A state champion Hoover at the Met last week. The 474 yards ranks 13th most yards in a single game in AHSAA history. The 61 attempts ranks tied for fifth all-time in a single game with Cullman’s Tyler Caldwell, and the 33 completions ties for 11th all-time with James Raines of Berry, who had 33 in 2015 and Geoffrey Bramblett of Locust Fork, who reached that total in 2011.
Robert Nomberg of Northview set the mark with 68 in a 33-23 loss to Greenville in 1987. Chris Smelley set the single-game passing record of 565 yards in a 43-31 loss to Brantley in 1987.
Hueytown’s Williams had 35 carries for 394 yards and four touchdowns covering 66, 12, 44 and 94 yards to lead the Gophers past Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 39-36. He also scored A two-point conversion. His rushing total ranks 13th most behind the record (531 yards) by Tony Dixon of Parrish in 2003 in a wild 81-58 victory over Hubbertville.
Johnson caught nine passes from senior quarterback Paul Tyson for 243 yards and two touchdowns covering 50 and 66 yards in a 52-47 victory over Oak Mountain. It ranks tied for 24th all-time with Locust Fork’s Clay Smith, who reached that total in a 2011 70-40 loss to Cleburne County. The state record (412 yards) was set by Chris Simpson of LaFayette in 2000 against Alabama Christian.
Other top performances reported from last week included:
PAUL TYISON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 19-of-30 passes for 347 yards and three TDs and added two rushing TDs in a 52-47 victory over Oak Mountain.
JACOB JONES, WEST END: Was 21-of-43 in passing for 310 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 60-27 loss to Cleveland. His favorite targets Jeremiah Roberson and Eli Pearce had nine receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns and seven catches for 123 yards and a TD, respectively.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: The senior finished 17-of-29 passing for 300 yards and five TDs in a 49-7 victory over Shades Valley.
ROBBY ASHFORD, HOOVER: Completed 13-of-25 for 209 yards and added 146 yards rushing for 355 total yards in a 45-26 victory over Thompson.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Was 10-of-13 passing for 257 yards and five touchdowns and also rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries as the Yellow Jackets beat Cottonwood 52-7. He finished with 307 total yards. Five of his completions were caught by his brother Jaquon Kincey for 140 yards and three touchdowns.
CORY ALEXANDER, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score as Cottage Hill routed J.U. Blacksher 40-15. Alexander was 16-of-27 passing for 255 yards. He also rushed for 90 yards on 12 carries.
DEVIN MITCHELL, FAIRHOPE: Passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns as Fairhope beat Murphy 38-6.
LUKE NAIL, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 11-of-20 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns (26, 52, 56 and 38 yards), and scored on a 1-yard run in a 49-21 win over East Limestone.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 14-of-22 pass attempts for 215 yards and a 17-yard touchdown in the Panthers’ 15-12 overtime win over North Sand Mountain. He also ran for 34 yards on 14 carries and recovered a fumble, forced another, had a sack and an interception on defense.
TRENTIN DUPPER, DECATUR: Completed 13-of-20 passes for 204 yards and a 45-yard touchdown and ran for 100 yards and two TDs (5 and 2 yards) on 12 carries in a 38-13 win over Cullman.
JAMIL MUHAMMAD, JAMES CLEMENS: The senior quarterback rushed for 118 yards and four touchdowns (6,3, 1 and 6 yards) and was 11-of-18 passing for 188 yards and a 63-yard TD connection in the Jets’ 36-20 victory over Bob Jones.
RYLEY KIRK, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 7-of-9 pass attempts for 169 yards and three touchdowns (89, 27, 20 yards) in the Panthers’ 33-0 victory over Winterboro.
GANNON REYES, SCOTTSBORO: Was 12-for-19 passing for 146 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats’ 35-7 win over Ardmore.
EASTON HARDIN, BOAZ: was 10-of-12 passing for 138 yards and three touchdowns (28, 34 and 12 yards) in one half of action as the Pirates beat Douglas 49-7.
TRENTIN DUPPER, DECAGUR: Completed 13-of-20 passes for 204 yards and a 45-yard touchdown and ran for 100 yards and two TDs (5 and 2 yards) on 12 carries in a 38-13 win over Cullman.
yards) in a 41-20 victory over St. Clair County.
JATHAN JACKSON, HAMILTON: Accumulated 304 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Aggies beat West Point 48-42.
RON WIGGINS, JACKSONVILLE: Rushed 12 times for 254 yards and five touchdowns in a 33-7 in over Ashville. He ran 52 yards for a TD on the Golden Eagles’ first play of the game. He also scored on runs of 32, 63, 1 and 20 yards and had a pass reception for 20 yards.
RASHAWN REYNOLDS, PIKE COUNTY: Rushed for 255 yards on 20 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run, to pace the Bulldogs to a 39-7 win over Houston Academy.
ASHTON PATEL, OPP: Rushed for 249 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries in a 36-30 overtime loss to Straughn.
RASHAWN McALPINE, SARALAND: Rushed for 249 yards on 23 carries and scored on runs of 40, 68 and 57 yards in Saraland's 27-19 win at Daphne.
FRED WALLS, FALKVILLE: Ran nine times for 245 yards and four touchdowns (89, 4, 85 and 64 yards) in a 58-21 win over Woodville.
KAMERON JONES, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Rushed 33 times for 232 yards scores in the Tigers’ 28-0 win over East Lawrence.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 16 times for 227 yards and two touchdowns (14 and 97 yards) as the Eagles (2-0) downed White Plains 34-8.
COOPER BISHOP, VESTAVIA HILLS: Had 27 carries for 208 yards and two touchdowns as the Rebels downed Spain Park 28-21. He also had a sack on defense.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Accounted for 234 yards total offense in a 58-14 victory over Niceville (FL).
COLTON KEITH, DECATUR HERITAGE: Amassed 215 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns in a 35-13 win over Valley Head.
KYLE ATHUR, WICKSBURG: Gained 194 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns on 24 carries in the Panthers' 14-13 loss to Slocomb. He also had five tackles on defense.
TREY MARTIN, LEXINGTON: Totaled 181 rushing yards and two touchdowns and also threw two 2 TD passes as the Bears beat Phil Campbell 35-12.
JORDAN INGRAM, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Picked up 174 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 33 carries as St. Paul's overcame a 7-0 halftime defcit to beat Baldwin County 17-7.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Totaled 172 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 14 carries, added an 85-yard kickoff return for a TD and finished with 257 all-purpose yards in a 56-0 win over Section.
JAKOBI HUNTER, LEEDS: Had 29 rush attempts for 169 yards and two TDs in a 35-28 loss to Elmore County.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Scored four touchdowns on three rush attempts and a punt return in the Chiefs’ 77-0 win over Danville. He finished with 146 rushing yards on the three carries.
K’SHUN STOKES, HEADLAND: Rushed 17 times for 151 yards and two TDs and was 4-of-8 passing for two more scores in a 36-0 win over Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee.
CHANCE POLLARD, CHARLES HENDERSON: Rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries and also caught three passes for 30 yards in the Trojans' 34-20 win over Rehobeth.
QUINDARIUS ADAMS, MIDFIELD: Ran 16 times for 140 yards and two fourth-quarter TDs in a 36-30 victory over Holly Pond.
NOAH ALLISON, J.B. PENNINGTON: Rushed for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns on six carries and completed 3 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in Pennington's 71-8 win over Hanceville. Teammate Sheldon Blythe added 82 yards on 11 carries and scored twice as the Tigers amassed 510 yards total offense and scored 10 touchdowns and one safety.
TANNER CLANTON, SAND ROCK: Rushed for 135 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns (1 and 26 yards). He also caught a 23-yard pass in the Wildcats’ 12-7 win at Ider.
JACOREY JACOBS, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Caught five passes for 151 yards and two TDs as St. Luke's knocked off defending 1A state champion Sweet Water 33-25.
MICHAEL VICE, VESTVIA HILLS: Caught six passes for 139 yards and two TDs, including the game-winning 5-yarder with less than 30 seconds to go, in a 28-21 victory over Spain Park.
MASON McKINNEY, COLLINSVILLE: Caught eight passes for 130 yards in the Panthers’ 15-12 overtime win at North Sand Mountain.
GAINES PETTY, SPRING GARDEN: Caught three passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns (89, 27 yards) in the Panthers’ 33-0 win over Winterboro.
BROOK REINHARDT, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Caught seven passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns in a 50-20 win over Colbert Heights.
DEMAEION HOLLOMAN, PINSON VALLEY: Caught five passes for 100 yards and scored four TDs in a 49-7 victory over Shades Valley.
KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Scored the game’s first touchdown on the first play of the contest on 75-yard pass reception and the scored the winning TD on a 4-yard run with a minute left in the fourth quarter to lift the Panthers to a 14-10 win over Sardis. He finished with four receptions for 100 yards and a 77 yards rushing on 15 carries for Southside.
HATTON METZ, SCOTTSBORO: The senior receiver caught six passes for 103 yards and a touchdown (48 yards) in a 35-7 win over Ardmore.
JACKSON GLOVER, HUNTSVILLE: Scored five touchdowns in Huntsville’s 42-33 win over city rival Grissom – three on receptions covering 6, 22 and 17 yards and two on short runs of 1 and 4 yards.
PEYTON BELL, FAITH ACADEMY: Intercepted three passes as Faith Academy opened Class 5A, Region 1 play with a 38-18 victory over LeFlore.
GABINO MORIN, SLOCOMB: Had 14 tackles and teammate Trey Baker had 13 in the Red Tops’ 14-13 win over Wicksburg. Morin also punted three times for a 42.7-yard average and kicked both important extra points. Baker also caused a fumble.
JAMES CORNELIUS, OPP: Totaled 14 tackles in the Bobcats' 36-30 overtime loss to Straughn.
VONTA BENTLEY, JACKSON-OLIN: Totaled 12 tackles and three sacks to anchor a defense that allowed just 161 total yards as the unbeaten Mustangs (3-0) downed Minor 30-15.
JAYVEN ANDERSON, ABBEVILLE: Recorded 11 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in the Yellow Jackets' 52-7 win over Cottonwood.
J.B. SANDERS, CHARLES HENDERSON: Managed 11 tackles, including behind the line of scrimmage, as the Trojans topped Rehobeth 34-20.
JAPETH LONG, FYFFE: Had seven tackles, four for losses, as the Red Devils beat Section 56-0.
KOLBY BRAGWELL, RED BAY: Scored on a defensive touchdown on a 59-yard fumble return, rushed 14 times for 115 yards and two TDs and converted three 2-point conversions in s 32-6 win over Hatton.
CONNER GERMAN, HEADLAND: Totaled 10 tackles in the Rams' 36-0 win over Booker T. Washington.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Posted eight tackles and led the Panthers running game with 66 yards on nine carries in a 33-0 win over Winterboro.
KALEB WHATLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Made eight tackles and scored the Trojans’ lone touchdown in a 14-8 loss at Victory Christian.
DANIEL FRANKLIN, MORTIMER JORDAN: Returned a fumble 55 yards for a TD and added two short TD runs in a 28-20 victory over Center Point.
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Connected on the game-winning 25-yard field goal in overtime in the Panthers’ 15-12 win at North Sand Mountain.
JOSEPH MONTANO, DAVIDSON: Kicked two field goals, including a 50-yarder as time expired in the first half, as Davidson beat Baker 27-7.
ANDRE GOTTHARDT, SCOTTSBORO: Playing in his first-ever American football game, the Foreign Exchange student from Germany was 5-for-5 in extra point attempts as Scottsboro defeated Ardmore 35-7. He was pressed into kicking duties this week when the regular kicker and another exchange student kicker from the Netherlands traveled to Virginia to participate in a school cross country meet. He also took care of all kickoff duties in the game.
LUKE PERCER, OAK MOUNTAIN: Returned a kickoff 92 yards for a TD and added three rushing TDs in a 52-47 loss to Hewitt-Trussville.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and rushed for 80 yards on six carries with two more scores in the Tigers’ 37-0 win over Asbury.
HUNTER TILLMAN, THEODORE: Scored on a 65-yard kickoff return, a 44-yard reception and an 18-yard run as Theodore routed Foley 51-0.
EMIL SMITH, ETOWAH: Returned a punt 48 yards for a touchdown, caught TD passes covering 3 and 21 yards and also passed for three scores in the Blue Devils’ 52-7 win over Crossville.
A.J. TONEY, JACKSON-OLIN: Returned a kickoff 70 yards for a TD and finished with 194 all-purpose yards, including 80 yards and a score on four receptions, to lead the Mustangs past Minor 30-15. He also threw a 2-point conversion pass.
DAVID BLAXTON, J.B. PENNINGTON: Returned a free kick 55 yards for a touchdown and scored on a 10-yard TD in the 4th quarter in the Pennington win.
Record 82 AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network Thru Sept. 13
Thompson vs. Hoover Football Battle Headlines NFHS Network Live-Stream Lineup for Friday
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream a record high 82 sports events beginning tonight through Sept. 13. Among them is the much anticipated Class 7A, Region 3 football battle featuring Thompson (2-0) at Hoover (1-1) Friday night as the Alabama NFHS Network Game of the Week.
A total of 85 AHSAA member schools will be showcased with 27 Class 6A schools and 22 Class 7A schools being featured in volleyball or football contests. The previous high for events in a week’s span produced by AHSAA member schools was 47.
Veteran broadcaster and Hoover NFHS Network School Broadcast Program producer Jeff Lloyd will be handling the play-by-play for the contest that kicks off at 7 p.m. Thompson, featuring talented senior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, is 2-0 this season with impressive 38-7 and 47-0 wins over James Clemens and Foley respectively.
Coach Mark Freeman’s quarterback led the AHSAA in passing as a junior with 3,820 yards and 36 TDs while completing 287-of-435 passes in 13 games. Tagovailoa is off to a great start in 2018 completing 49-of-72 passes for 639 yards and nine touchdowns. Seven of those scores came in the first half of the two wins. Michael Pettway has receptions for 214 yards and four TDs on the year.
Defending Class 7A state champion Hoover (1-1) beat defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley 52-14 in the season opener but fell 42-14 to St. John’s of Washington D.C., a team ranked sixth nationally, last weekend. Junior quarterback Robby Ashford is 33-of-55 passing with 541 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games. Senior receiver George Pickens has 15 catches for 239 yards and two scores.
Thompson won last year’s regular-season game 32-25 – with Tagovailoa engineering a 99-yard drive for the winning score as the Warriors beat Hoover for the first time in school history after 20 straight setbacks and won the Region 3 title. The Bucs rebounded with a 31-12 win over Thompson in the semifinals of the 7A playoffs and beat McGill-Toolen Catholic two weeks later 48-20 to win the school’s 13th state championship. Niblett has coached the last six (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) including five in the last six seasons.
A total of 31 NFHS Network productions are scheduled for live-streaming Friday night with 13 in Class 6A and 10 in Class 7A. Daphne (1-1) and Saraland (2-0) will each be live-streaming that Class 6A, Region 1 battle at Daphne. Central-Phenix City (2-0) and Smiths Station (2-0) will each live-stream that key Class 7A, Region 2 battle at Smiths Station.
McGill-Toolen and Spanish Fort, which met zero week in a preseason non-counting jamboree contest won by the Yellow Jackets 48-13, have non-region out-of-state opponents Friday with both games scheduled for the NFHS Network. The Toros (1-0) will be hosting Moss Point (MS) and McGill-Toolen (1-0) will be traveling to West Monroe (LA). West Monroe will produce the event for the NFHS Network.
Three Class 2A games will be on the NFHS Network, one in Class 3A, two each in Class 4A and 5A. None are currently scheduled for Class 1A.
A strong slate of 10 volleyball matches are scheduled for Thursday night including seven varsity matches. Among them are Baldwin County and Gulf Shores, which will live-stream the junior varsity game at 4:30 p.m., and the varsity game at 5:30. A total of 34 volleyball matches are scheduled for the NFHS Network through Sept. 13. Among the newcomers to the NFHS Network this week include Lindsay Lane, Fayetteville, Opp, Baldwin County, Gadsden City, Buckhorn and Homewood high schools.
NFHS Network subscribers will have access to all the games. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, go to the following:
The complete AHSAA schedule of events currently set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network Sept. 6 through Sept. 13 are listed.
MONTGOMERY – Senior cross country runner Will Stone of Homewood High School picked up this season right where he left off in 2017. Stone clocked 15:32.85 in the Brooks/Memphis Twilight Cross Country Championships last weekend to finish second among the 402 varsity boys’ participants. Davis Bove of Centennial (TN) won the championship with a 15:24.91 time. Homewood finished eighth in the 52-team field.
Stone’s effort is the fastest 5,000-meter time of any AHSAA runner this season and earned him the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for the past week. Last year’s boys’ state prep runner of the year clocked 15:46.2 to win the Class 6A state championship boys’ individual title and run the state’s fast time (15:22.32) in 2017 at the Jesse Owens Classic. Just two weeks into the season he has bettered his state championship time by 14 seconds and is just 10 seconds behind his best time of last season.
Homewood, coached by Josh Donaldson, finished sixth in the girls’ competition at Memphis with Patriots junior Lainey Phelps finishing fourth in the varsity girls’ division clocking 18:50.76 – 12 seconds off the winning pace of Henry County (TN) runner Dinah Winders. The girls’ race included 43 schools and 344 runners.
In other top performances reported from last week’s action:
SAM MOULTRIE, GUNTERSVILLE: The junior won the Gold Division at the second annual Huntsville Panther Prowl Cross Country Invitational 5,000-meter race clocking 16:25.57. Runner-up Hayden Judge of Scottsboro ran a 16:32.07 time. Huntsville captured the team title with 32 points.
JACOB WARNER, SPAIN PARK: Captured first place in the 12th annual Waffle House/Yellow Jacket Invitational at Choccolocca Park with a winning time of 16:39.92. Oak Mountain’s duo of Hansen McCown and Josh Barrett finished 2-3 with times of 17:05.26 and 17:07.88 in the field 216 runners. The Eagles won the team competition with 28 points. Southside-Gadsden was second with 83.
MYLES STOOTS, FAITH ACADEMY: Finished third in the Mobile Challenge of Champions Cross Country Championships with a time of 16:47.45. He was five seconds off the pace of Brother Martin runner Cade Litolff (16:42.54). Brother Martin of New Orleans won the team title with 60 points and Baker was second with 74. A total of 75 runners participated.
STEELE JOINER, LAWRENCE COUNTY: The Red Devils’ freshman turned in a 16:58.42 time to beat the 139-runner field in the 4A/7A division race at the Brooks Invitational at Florence’s McFarland Park. Raleigh Stamps of Rogers was second at 17:04.01.
CARSON GRAVES, HATTON: The freshman won the 1A/3A boys’ race at the Brooks Invitational at Florence’s McFarland Park running 17:23.24 to finish first. Lauderdale County’s Colby Corum, a sophomore, was second with a 17:34.92 time.
JOSEPH PERRY, UMS-WRIGHT: Clocked 17:23.53 to finish first in the field of 226 runners competing in the Open Division of the Mobile Challenge of Champions event at Mobile. St. Paul’s Episcopal, led by runner-up John Michael Romanos, placed four runners in a row behind Perry to win the team title with 24 points. Romanos crossed the finish line at 17:31.84.
GRAHAM BIANCHI, SPRINGVILLE: Ran 17:54.94 to win the St. Clair County Invitational race championship as the Tigers won the team title with 36 points. Teammate Peyton Young was third.
HUNTER HARWELL, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Won the featured two-mile race at the Warrior Challenge at Alabaster’s Veterans Park with a winning time of 10:21.78. Thompson’s Jace Jones was second at 10:29.77. Mountain Brook won the team title with 30 points. The race had a field of 143 runners. Harwell’s time was the fastest two-mile performance of the season in the AHSAA thus far in 2018.
MONTGOMERY -- McGill-Toolen Catholic High School (12-3) rolled to seven straight victories last week to capture the prestigious 36th annual Juanita Boddie volleyball tournament played at Hoover High School’s Finley Center – thanks in big part to the domination of senior Kenya McQuirter up front. McQuirter finished the tourney with 78 kills, 17 blocks, 23 digs and six service aces to push her school into the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2018 season.
The tournament field included 44 of the top teams from the AHSAA and surrounding states. McGill-Toolen’s seven wins included five over out-of-state teams. Three of the four teams in the semifinals were from outside the state.
The defending Class 7A state champion Dirty Dozen (12-3) opened the week beating Mountain Brook in a regular-season match, then followed with tournament victories over nationally ranked Columbus (GA), Briarcrest (TN) and finally, a victory over Brentwood (TN) in the finals of the Boddie finals. It was McGill-Toolen’s second Boddie Tourney title in the last three years and its third since 2011.
Coach Kate Wood also got outstanding play from senior setter Lillie Fromdahl, who had 201 assists, 16 kills, 15 digs and 12 aces for the week. Courtney Langham added 24 kills and 12 blocks and Imani Nicholson had 51 kills and 11 blocks as McGill also downed Riverdale (TN), Houston Academy (GA), and AHSAA powers Jasper and John Carroll Catholic.
McGill-Toolen’s Boddie Tourney championship edged out two other top team efforts turned in by unbeaten Lawrence County (13-0) and unbeaten Carbon Hill (11-0). The Red Devils of Coach Robyn Hutto went 5-0 to win the Briarwood Invitational last weekend. Lawrence County downed the host Lady Lions in the finals. Savannah Graham had 65 kills and 39 assists and Laekyn Bennett had 185 assists in the five tournament matches and three regular season wins.
Carbon Hill, coached by Dadrian Beaty, rolled to six straight wins in the Carbon Hill Invitational and finished 8-0 for the week. The Bulldogs, led by Alyssa Dutton with 78 kills, 46 digs and 11 service aces and Grayson Evans with 64 kills, 11 blocks and 12 aces, beat Wilson in the finals. Setter Sidney Keeton recorded 155 assists for the week.
Other top performances reported included:
MARY MONTGOMERY POSTS 1,200TH WIN FOR SHOQUIST: Vikings Coach Nancy Shoquist picked up career coaching win 1,200 in Mary Montgomery’s Boddie Tourney win over Alma Bryant. Setter Beatrice Linquist helped the Vikings go 5-2 with 115 assists in the seven matches.
GEORGIA STONICHER, PELHAM: Had 153 assists and 14 service aces in seven matches for Pelham (6-2).
STEPHANIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Recorded 149 assists for Buckhorn (14-4), which went 7-2 for the week and won the Silver Division of the Boddie Tourney.
KAYLA KESHOCK, SPANISH FORT: Handed out 130 assists in six matches for the Toros (8-2), who finished 3-1 in the Boddie Tourney.
SAVANNAH RUTLEDGE, ALBERTVILLE: Led the Aggies (13-3) to an 8-1 record for the week and a runner-up finish in the Albertville Invitational tourney with 129 assists.
ALLIE ISOM, ARAB: Had 128 assists in seven matches as Arab went 5-2 for the week.
EMILY THORNTON, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Totaled 126 assists as ACA won the Silver bracket of the Mayor’s Cup Tourney at Montgomery.
AMY VANDEVELDE, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Had 124 assists in seven contests, including four matches in the Juanita Boddie Tourney.
JESSICA VEAL, SPAIN PARK: Accumulated 121 assists in nine matches – six in the Boddie tourney.
KAYLA CHAMPION, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 120 assists in nine victories for the Eagles as PCA rolled to the championship of the Mayor’s Cup tourney in Montgomery.
EMMA NESTER, WILSON: Had 109 assists as Wilson (8-3) finished second to the host team at the Carbon Hill Invitational.
JAYDEN WATKINS, ALBERTVILLE: Picked up 94 kills as Albertville (13-3) won seven of eight matches last week and finished second in the Albertville Invitational tourney.
A.K. GRIGGS, ARAB: Had 80 kills, 10 blocks and 12 aces to lead the Knights to a 5-2 record for the week.
MAEGAN MILLIGAN, WEST MORGAN: Had 72 kills as West Morgan (9-2) rolled to an 8-0 record and won its invitational tourney with a win over Danville in the finals.
AUTUMN MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRIDSTIAN: Led the Eagles (9-0) to the Mayors Cub tourney championship at Montgomery with 65 kills. PCA downed Class 7A Enterprise in the finals.
CARSON ANN CROW, SAINT JAMES: Managed 63 kills and 36 digs for the Trojans (4-2) in six matches. Saint James finished 3-2 in the Mayor’s Cup Tourney at Montgomery.
RYA McKINNON, HOOVER: Had 62 kills, 37 digs and 10 service aces foe Hoover (11-2) as the Lady Bucs finished 5-2 for the week.
LEXIE SMITH, HARTSELLE: Had 56 kills and 15 blocks and teammates Hailey Holshouser and Lillyanna Cartee added 53 and 52 kills, respectively, in 11 matches for the Tigers (10-6).
SARAH GUTHRIE, PELHAM: Accounted for 52 kills, 62 digs and 15 service aces in seven matches for the Panthers (6-2). Teammate Erin Long also had 52 kills.
ALEX PRESSNELL, BUCKHORN: Helped the Lady Bucks (14-4) go 7-2 for the week with 104 digs. Buckhorn won the Silver Division title of the Boddie Tourney.
ABBY ARIAS, HARTSELLE: Had 104 digs in 11 matches for the week.
ERIN EISENHIART, MADISON ACADEMY: Led the Mustangs (8-1) to the championship of the Albertville Invitational with 87 digs.
GRACE CARR, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Recorded 86 digs and added 47 kills in seven matches.
AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1
Elba Scores Six Different Ways to Beat Opp 53-33
MONTGOMERY -- Elba High School scored touchdowns six different ways – and needed them all in a 53-33 victory over Opp Friday night to claim the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2018 prep football season.
Coach Pate Harrison, in his first season as head coach after moving over from Dale County High School, saw his team recover an Opp fumble in the end zone and pick up another one at the Bobcats 4-yard line and returned it for a score. The Tigers also scored on a kickoff return, punt return, a pass and three rushing plays.
Seven different players got into the scoring action. Richmon Singletary scored on a 58-yard run and 86-yard kickoff return; Branden Epps pounced on the fumble in the end zone; Alex Wright scooped up the second fumble and returned it four yards for a TD; Jaquez Prince scored an 84-punt return; Collin Harrison and Byron Johnson scored on runs of 2 yards and 1 yard, respectively, and Johnson fired 34-yard TD pass to Dezmion Robinson to round out the scoring.
Elba’s amazing effort edged out a state-record tying performance by Geneva defensive back Dylan Creech and a special performance on special teams by Riley Evans of R.A. Hubbard. Creech returned two interceptions for touchdowns covering 42 and 41 yards in the Panthers’ 47-22 win over Geneva County, tying a feat managed by four others. The win at Hartford was the first meeting between the two county rivals in 15 years.
Others reported accomplishing the record were: Tyler Danzey of Headland had two returns last week in the Rams’ 43-0 win over Straughn; Damiean Archibald of Sipsey Valley had two picks for TDs in a 66-28 win over Curry in 2013; Berry’s J.C. Finch accomplished the feat vs. Brilliant in 2013; and Clements’ Demarcus Johnson had two interception returns for TDs in a win over St. John Paul II, also in 2012.
Evans, a senior, helped the Chiefs beat Shoals Christian 46-21 returning a punt 55 yards for a touchdown, a kickoff 78 yards for another TD. He also picked off a pass returned the interception 70 yards for a third TD.
TYLER PERINE, PRATTVILLE: Kicked a 28-yard field goal with 5.9 seconds left to lift the Lions to a 19-16 win at Stanhope Elmore. He also boomed a 75-yard punt on a free kick after the Mustangs scored a third-quarter safety and made another 28-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to give Prattville a 16-8 lead.
AUSTIN McCARDLE, COTTONWOOD: Threw a 45-yard TD pass to Peyton Byrd on 4th-and-20 with 43 seconds left to give Cottonwood the lead and Clayton Gilmore intercepted a pass at the 10-yard line with 11 seconds left to give the Bears a 14-7 win over Slocomb.
AUSTIN WINS FIRST HOME GAME: Black Bears quarterback Kulyn Hubbard completed 10-of-18 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns as the Black Bears opened play in their new football stadium beating arch-rival Decatur 60-45. In previous years Austin held its home games at Ogle Stadium on the campus of Decatur High School. Receiver Jayden Grissom caught TD passes of 70 and 81 yards for touchdowns and returned an onside kick 50 yards for a third score. Decatur quarterback Trentin Dupper rushed for 132 yards and passed for five touchdowns for the Red Raiders. The 105 points set a record for most points in the series, which Decatur leads 36-20. Ironically, each team recorded series highs for points. The two teams have played annually since 1965.
RIGGS DEBUT AT HOUSTON ACADEMY: Raiders running back Jake Ogletree rushed for five touchdowns (5, 5, 3, 5 and 30 yards) and 119 yards and teammate Chase Swain added 118 rushing yards in a 48-12 win over McKenzie. The victory snapped a 19-game losing streak and handed new head coach Jamie Riggs the 306th victory of his career and the first since retiring at T.R. Miller after the 2015 season with a 305-81 record. His wins are second-most all time in the AHSAA.
VESTAVIA HILLS HANDS ANDERSON HIS 330TH WIN: The Rebels won their traditional season opener over Homewood 17-10 – giving head coach Buddy Anderson his 330th career coaching win. Anderson, the state’s all-time winningest football coach, is now 330-146 in his 41st season at Vestavia Hills. The Rebels are 28-19 versus Homewood in his tenure and 6-1 in season openers versus the Patriots since the game was moved to the first date of the season in 2012. Anderson was inducted earlier this summer into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Chicago at the 99th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.
FLORENCE’S HESTER RECORDS FIRST WIN: Florence recorded its first shutout since 2005 and handed new coach Will Hester his first win with a 21-0 win over Buckhorn. Gardner Flippo and DaMarcus Beckwith each threw a TD pass and Jakailar Coleman added a touchdown run. Florence’s defense limited Buckhorn to 161 total yards, 50 of which came on a third-quarter run.
WILSON HANDS POARCH HIS FIRST WIN: Wilson downed Colbert Heights 41-27 presenting new head coach Matt Poarch his first career head-coaching victory. Poarch, a Wilson alumnus, took over for Scott Brown, who stepped down after last season.
D.J. DALE, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The 320-pound defensive lineman scored on runs of 1 and 5 yards to help the Cougars down James Clemens 31-24. He also had two sacks on defense.
Other top performances reported:
CADEN ROSE, BOB JONES: Completed 17-of-24 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns (27, 17 and 23 yards) and had TD runs of 24 and 2 yards in the 39-36 win over Mainland (FL).
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Passed for 383 yards and three touchdowns on a 20-of-32 performance in a 36-20 win over Madison County. He also rushed for a fourth score.
SCOTT McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: Passed for 287 yards and scored on runs of 1, 1 and 7 yards as the Lions beat Central-Florence 21-7.
CAIDEN LIPSCOMB, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Was 16-of-31 in passing with 258 yards and five touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 45-22 win over Appalachian. Teammate Caleb Cates had six receptions for 97 yards and three touchdowns.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOVA, THOMPSON: The Warriors senior was 23-of-33 passing for 254 yards and five touchdowns as Thompson (20) blanked Foley 47-0. His TD passes covered 11, 1, 23, 8 and 20 yards.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Was 9-of-10 passing for 237 yards and five touchdowns as the Falcons (2-0) set a school record for points scored in a 51-0 win over East Lawrence.
AARON FENN, ZION CHAPEL: Was 10-of-17 passing for 196 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as the Rebels beat Red Level 40-33. He rushed for 21 yards and two TDs and passed for two to Andrew Crawley to give Zion Chapel its first season-opening win since 2011.
ALEX ROGERS, ROGERS: The Pirates’ quarterback was 11-of-14 passing for 189 yards and threw touchdown passes of 34 and 19 yards in a 34-7 win over county rival Lexington.
GANNON REYES, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore was 13-of-19 passing for 185 yards and a TD in a 26-13 triumph over Fort Payne. Senior Hatton Metz, the Wildcats’ starting QB as a junior, hauled in seven receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 5-of-7 passes for 164 yards and four touchdowns (58, 59, 20 and 5 yards) and recorded an interception on defense in the Panthers' 47-14 victory over Crossville.
JAKOBI HUNTER, LEEDS: Rushed 14 times for 277 yards and TDs of 30 and 32 yards in a 55-24 victory over John Carroll Catholic.
DARTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 262 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in the Conquerors’ 45-22 victory over Appalachian. He also had four receptions for 104 yards and two TDs and returned a kickoff 40 yards to finish with 406 all-purpose yards.
JOE GREEN, EUFAULA: Had 258 yards rushing and five touchdowns in Eufaula's 42-26 win over Beauregard. Green scored on the game's second play from scrimmage with a 63-yard scoot and added TD runs of 1, 23, 8 and 69 yards in the triumph.
DAQUAN JOHNSON, FLOMATON: Rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries and passed for 98 yards and another TD in a 41-19 win over Northview (FL).
TATE WARR, MILLRY: Was 5-of-8 passing for 202 yards and two touchdowns, rushed 12 times for 105 yards and another score and accumulated 307 total yards as Millry beat Washington County 55-7.
RASHAWN McALPINE, SARALAND: Rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries as the Spartans defeated B.C. Rain 50-0.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: The Jackets’ quarterback rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 31 yards and another score in a 22-15 win over Ashford. Kincey scored on runs of 88 and 90 yards and threw a 24-yard TD pass to Trey Glanton.
ROYDELL, WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 21 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns, added four catches for 55 yards and a third TD, and completed his only pass for three yards in a 28-7 victory over Helena.
SAMARIO RUDOLPH, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Has nine rush attempts for 220 yards, returned a kickoff 90 yards and a TD and intercepted two passes on defense to lead Cottage Hill past Florala 42-14.
KEON HORNSBY, SAMSON: Rushed for 208 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries in the Tigers' 37-18 win over Kinston.
JORDAN INGRAM, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had 22 rush attempts for 205 yards and four touchdowns as the Saints downed St. Stanislaus (MS) 35-7.
KOBE BLUNT, DAVIDSON: Rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns to lead Davidson past Alma Bryant 32-21.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 25 times for 201 yards and two touchdowns covering 29 and 50 yards in the Eagles’ 42-13 win over Southside-Gadsden.
ZAC BOYD, RUSSELLVILLE: Rushed for 188 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries to lead Russellville past Deshler 40-34 in double overtime. The win was the first for Coach John Ritter as Russellville’s coach. Boyd’s 2-yard run in the second overtime was the game winner. He also scored on runs of 34 , 1, 7 and 61 yards.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Recorded 15 carries for 192 yards and three TDs in a 37-0 win over Straughn.
DORIAN McCULLOUGH, CLEMENTS: Rushed 11 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns as the Colts beat Tanner 32-6.
SATYLER WILSON, LUVERNE: Gained 180 rushing yards on 29 attempts and scored three times in the Tigers’ 26-12 victory over Georgiana.
JARRIS WILLIAMS, BLOUNT: Rushed for 172 yards on 21 carries and caught two passes for 23 yards as the Leopards downed Robertsdale 31-7.
KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in the Panthers’ 42-13 loss to Hokes Bluff.
TANNER CLANTON, SAND ROCK: Ran for 164 yards, two 1-yard touchdowns and a 2-point conversion in the Wildcats' 21-12 victory over Gaston.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Had 163 rushing yards on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns (1, 70, 4 yards) and added two 2-point conversions in the Tigers' 28-6 victory over Spring Garden.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Had 13 carries for 162 yards and three TDs and added 51 yards on kick returns as the Red Devils beat Geraldine 41-7.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries and was 5-of-9 passing for 105 yards in a 41-0 victory over Chickasaw.
JACOB DENDY, ALBERTVILLE: Ran 27 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-0 win over Columbia.
D.J. PATRICK, ELMORE COUNTY: Ran for 152 yards and two TDs on 14 rush attempts in a 21-0 win over Marbury.
TERRANCE THOMAS, WETUMPKA: Rushed 12 times for 147 yards and one TD as the Indians (2-0) downed Northview 44-14. Teammate DeAngelo Jones added 129 yards and three TDs on 10 carries.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 142 yards and two scores in a 16-0 win over Pike County.
D.J. LEE, GAYLESVLLE: Scored three first-quarter touchdowns, including a 45-yard fumble return, as the Trojans beat Asbury 34-0 to snap a nine-game winless streak. He also rushed two times for 127 yards and scored twice. The shutout was Gaylesville’s first since 2011.
DEION PICKENS, SATSUMA: Had five receptions for 120 yards and three TDs in a 39-20 win over W.S. Neal.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Hauled in seven passes for 119 yards in the Bucs’ 42-14 loss to St. John’s of Washington D.C.
JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Caught five passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns and also returned a kickoff 97 yards for a third score in a 38-20 win over West Forsythe (GA).
BRAYDON HILL, HOKES BLUFF: Caught three passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns, had an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown and forced a fumble in the Eagles’ 42-13 win over Southside-Gadsden.
KRIS BRAMLETT, BREWER: Caught three passes for 86 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-0 win over Danville.
LUKE ALISON, RANDOLPH: Scored two receiving touchdowns on passes covering 23 and 33 yards, had a 67-yard punt return and a 64-yard run for TDs and accounted for 176 of the Raiders' 280 total yards in a 30-28 win over Lauderdale County.
D.J. JAMES, SPANISH FORT: Made two interceptions in the fourth quarter to seal the Toros’ 20-13 win over Daphne.
CARSON EUBANKS, HOKES BLUFF: Swiped two interceptions in the Eagles’ 42-13 win over Southside-Gadsden.
TRENT PRESLEY, SARDIS: Had two interceptions on defense and rushed for another score on offense in the Lions’ 27-3 win over Sylvania.
HUNTER SCHRADER, MADISON ACADEMY: Made 14 tackles on defense and scored twice on offense in the Mustangs’ 54-20 win over Lawrence County.
CRIMSON BIVENS, EAST LIMESTONE: Accounted for 13 tackles in a 34-3 win over West Limestone.
KHALIL ARRINGTON, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Recorded 12 tackles, including two sacks and three for sacks, to pace the Generals (2-0) to a 20-7 win over Sidney Lanier. Teammate Reggie Fowler added 10 tackles, including three for loss, and a forced fumble for Lee’s defense.
KALEB WHATLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Let the Trojans’ defense to their first shutout win since 2011 with 11 tackles in a 34-0 victory over Asbury. He also caused two fumbles and had a sack.
ZACK CORBITT, HEADLAND: Led a strong defensive effort with 13 tackles as the Rams beat Highland Home 30-27. Teammate Brandon Grubbs added 13 stops with Jesse Kinsey and Seth Faison credited with 11 tackles each in the win.
CAGE COCHRAN, FYFFE: Had 11 tackles in Fyffe’ 41-7 win over Geraldine.
JOSH CHAMBERS, DALE COUNTY: Totaled 11 tackles and Nate Curry had 10 as the Warriors’ shut out G.W. Long 56-0.
TRAVIS WOODALL, NORTH JACKSON: Had 10 tackles, an interception and forced a fumble in a 48-0 win over Plainview.
TASHAWN GRANT, BALDWIN COUNTY: Keyed a 31-0 shutout of Gulf Shores with eight tackles and two forced fumbles.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Had nine tackles and teammate Daniel Hicks had eight stops, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in the Purple Cats’ 29-6 win over Goshen.
TERRY WILLIAMS, CARROLL: Blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown in helping the Eagles to a 26-7 win over Russell County.
BRAYDEN LEWIS, DAR: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and a punt 43 yards for another score in the Patriots’ 59-0 win over Douglas. He also hauled in a 40-yard pass for a TD.
BRANDON BASAVE, BESSEMER CITY: Kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:27 remaining to lift Bessemer City to a 16-14 win over Spain Park.
DAMIEN MILLER, FAIRFIELD: Returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the second week in a row. Fairfield lost to Carver-Birmingham 18-12.
FERIRAM SANCHEZ, MORTIMER JORDAN: Kicked a game-winning 18-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining as the Blue Devils beat Cullman 18-16.
EMIL SMITH, ETOWAH: Return a punt 52 yards for a touchdown and rushed for another score in the Blue Devils’ 19-0 win over Moody.
MASON McKINNEY, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and caught two passes for 79 yards and two more scores in a 47-14 win over Crossville. He also had an interception on defense.
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Connected on a 42-yard field goal and six extra points. He also had three punts and an interception in the Panthers' 47-14 victory at Crossville.
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