MONTGOMERY – Thompson (12-1) and Central-Phenix City (13-0) each posted dramatic last-minute wins Friday night in the AHSAA Class 7A football playoff semifinals to advance to the 2018 Super 7 State Championships at Auburn Dec. 5.
The other six classes played quarterfinal rounds with four teams in each class advancing to the semifinals. All games will be played at home sites on Friday night, Nov. 30 with 7 p.m. kickoffs.
Coach Mark Freeman’s Warriors nipped Hoover 31-28 to become the first non-Hoover school reach the large-school state finals for the first time since 1999. Hoover High School appeared in the Class 6A state championship game every year from 2000 to 2017 except twice (2007 and 2015) when Spain Park represented the North. Thompson’s last state championship game appearance came in Class 3A in 1982 when the Warriors finished 14-0 to win the state title under the direction of Coach Larry Simmons, now a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Central-Phenix City, coached by Jamey DuBose, is making its first state championship appearance since 1993. The Red Devils won the 1993 Class 6A state title over West End of Birmingham at Legion Field with Coach Wayne Trawick as head coach. Like Simmons, Trawick is also a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Freeman (197-49) and DuBose (124-38) are not strangers to the AHSAA state finals, however. DuBose coached Prattville to Class 7A state titles in 2008 and 2011 and runner-up finish in 2009. He was an assistant Prattville’s 2004 state runner-up team and 2006 and 2007 state championship squads. Freeman coached Spanish Fort to back-to-back state titles in 2012 and 2013 and began his coaching at Bessemer Academy in the AISA – winning four state titles in that league and finished second twice from 1998-2007. DuBose is 53-9 in five seasons at Central with four straight trips to the semifinals. Freeman is 50-7 in four seasons at Thompson with semifinal appearances the last two years.
Among the 24 schools advancing to this week’s other semifinal games are 12 No. 1 seeds, 10 No. 2 seeds, one No. 3 seed (Class 4A Andalusia (9-4) and one No. 4 seed (Class 4A Oneonta (10-3).
At least one region in all six classes have two teams squaring off the semifinals with Region 3 foes Maplesville (12-1) vs. Linden (12-0) in Class 1A; Region 3 and Crenshaw County rivals Luverne (12-1) vs. Highland Home (12-1) in Class 2A; Region 6 teams Randolph County (12-1) and Piedmont (11-2) in Class 3A; Region 1 rivals Andalusia (9-4) and defending state champion UMS-Wright (12-0) in Class 4A; Region 5 opponents Central-Clay County (10-3) vs. Mortimer Jordan (12-1) in Class 5A; and Region 6 Jefferson County rivals Clay-Chalkville (12-1) vs. defending state champion Pinson Valley (11-1) in Class 6A.
Unbeaten teams advancing to round 4, by class, include: (Class 1A) Linden (12-0); (Class 2A) Fyffe (13-0); and (Class 4A) UMS-Wright.
Raycom Network announced its AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week early this coming week will be the Clay-Chalkville vs. Pinson Valley game. The NFHS Network produced 17 live-streamed events over its NFHS Network School Broadcast Program in Round 3 and 42 radio/internet audio broadcasts were also produced statewide by local radio and school affiliates. At least five games will be live-streamed this week over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform.
The third-round pairings:
AHSAA State Football Playoffs
(All games Nov. 30, 7 p.m. kickoff)
Maplesville (11-1) at Linden )12-0)
Pickens County (9-4) at Mars Hill Bible (12-1), Florence
Luverne (12-1) at Highland Home (12-1)
Aliceville (11-2) at Fyffe (13-0)
Providence Christian (12-1) at Flomaton (10-3)
Randolph County (12-1) at Piedmont (11-2)
Andalusia (9-4) at UMS-Wright (12-0), Mobile
Oneonta (10-3) at Deshler (8-5), Tuscumbia
Vigor (12-1) at Greenville (11-2)
Central-Clay County (10-3) at Mortimer Jordan (12-1), Kimberly
Saraland (12-1) at Wetumpka (11-2)
Clay-Chalkville (12-1) at Pinson Valley (11-1), RAYCOM Game of the Week
(Finals, Dec. 5, Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn)
Central-Phenix City (13-0) vs. Thompson (12-1)
AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Maplesville 29, Lanett 6
Linden 44, St. Luke’s Episcopal 43
Mars Hill Bible 41, South Lamar 27
Pickens County 13, Spring Garden 0
Luverne 26, Leroy 7
Highland Home 28, Ariton 14
Fyffe 21, Ohatchee 13
Aliceville 38, Addison 22
Flomaton 12, Pike County 10
Providence Christian 23, Gordo 20
Piedmont 27, Westminster Christian 26
Randolph County 19, Saks 8
Andalusia 28, Hillcrest-Evergreen 21
UMS-Wright 21, American Christian 19
Oneonta 29, Good Hope 8
Deshler 20, Hokes Bluff 14
Greenville 27, Ramsay 13
Vigor 27, Demopolis 7
Central-Clay County 35, Etowah 13
Mortimer Jordan 41, Jasper 21
Saraland 24, Opelika 19
Wetumpka 21, Spanish Fort 17
Pinson Valley 48, Homewood 7
Clay-Chalkville 45, Oxford 9
Central-Phenix City 34, Lee-Montgomery 27
Thompson 31, Hoover 28
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:
ALABAMA ALL-STARS SHINE IN FIRST ROUND
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 after 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).
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: 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.
CHRISTIAN IRONS, WATELOO: 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.
MARCUS McGHEE, HOMEWOOD: 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.
Week 3 Records Several Record Efforts
MONTGOMERY – Junior Chase Starling accounted for eight touchdowns, five passing and three running, as Hazel Green High School downed Lee-Huntsville 78-35 to grab the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 3 of the 2018 season.
Coach Smitty Grider, in his first season as head coach after going 38-9 the last four seasons at the Montgomery County Public School System’s newest school, Park Crossing, saw his quarterback etch his name in the AHSAA Record Book for TDs accounted for along with the Trojans, who set a school record for most points in a single game and combined with Lee-Huntsville to record 113 total points, 27th highest total in AHSAA history.
Hazel Green (2-2) edged out Hewitt-Trussville’s 56-28 upset win over defending Class 7A Hoover and four quarterbacks who passed their way into the Record Book with 400-yard plus games for this week’s AHSAA Spotlight.
Starling, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound quarterback, rushed nine times for 84 yards and three touchdowns and completed 13-of-20 passes for 150 yards to lead Hazel Green’s effort. He scored touchdowns on runs of 1, 7 and 20 yards and tossed TD passes covering 24, 6, 38, 9 and 6 yards.
The Trojans’ previous single-game high was 58 in a win over Sparkman on Oct. 3, 2014. The eight TDs accounted for ties for fourth all-time with seven others. Three before him accounted for nine TDs, including James Raines of Berry, the last to do it when he tossed nine TD passes in a 68-0 win in 2015 over Brilliant. Tommy Haley-Ricks of Hubbertville had nine rushing TDs in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008, and Brent Gulledge of Victory Christian tossed nine TD passes in a 70-6 win over Lyman Ward in 2004.
Kaleb Barker was the last to account for eight TDs with four TD passes and four rushing TDs in Priceville’s 68-41 win over J.B. Pennington in 2015. Barker, now the starting quarterback at Troy University, engineered the Trojans’ 24-19 upset win over Nebraska in NCAA action last Saturday in one of Troy’s biggest Division I wins in its history.
Hewitt-Trussville’s offense, led by quarterback Paul Tyson and running back Armoni Tyson and an offensive line led by senior Pierce Quick, had 613 total yards and eight touchdowns in the school’s fourth win in a series dating back to 1963. Hoover now holds a 16-4 edge in the series with the last previous Hewitt win coming in 1997. Tyson was 14-of-18 passing for 256 yards and two TDs and Goodwin ran 30 times for 252 yards, with TD runs of 4, 1 and 8 yards.
Thompson senior Taulia Tagovailoa turned in the first 500-yard passing game of his prep career last Friday with 31 completions in 42 attempts for 507 yards and four TDs as the Warriors beat Oak Mountain 35-21. The victory was the first in Thompson’s new $19.1 million stadium, which was completed just in time for this season. Coach Mark Freeman’s Warriors (3-1) opened 2018 with three road games. Tagovailoa became just the 10th quarterback in AHSAA history to surpass 500 passing yards in a single game. Chris Smelley of American Christian set the state record with 565 yards versus Brantley in 2005. Tagovailoa became just the second player since 2005 to reach the 500-yard mark. He has two games over 400 yards this season and four for his career, most of any player in AHSAA history.
Three others went over 400 yards last week, including Jacob Jones of West End was 19-of-40 for 475 yards and four touchdowns in a 62-35 loss to Westbrook Christian; Malik Inabinette of Montevallo, who was 16-of-32 for 420 yards and four scores to lead the Bulldogs past Jemison 64-41; and Bo Nix of Pinson Valley, who connected on 30-of-41 passes for 409 yards and three scores as the defending Class 6A state champs posted a key region win over Clay-Chalkville. Keyonteze Johnson had 17 receptions for 247 yards and all three scores. The 17 catches ties for 10th in a single game and his 247 yards ranks 20th all time.
Other top performances reported from last weekend’s games:
DIEGO GUAJARDO, DAPHNE: Kicked four field goals, including a 53-yarder, to lead the Trojans to a 40-6 win over B.C. Rain. His other kicks covered 25, 30 and 43 yards. The four field goals ties 13 others in the AHSAA Record Book for second-most field goals in a game. The record (5) is shared by five kickers, including Spain Park’s Crosby Gray, who was the last to kick four or more in a single game when he booted five in a 15-14 win over Thompson for all his team’s points in 2015. The 53-yarder by Guajardo ties him five others for the ninth longest distance all time.
JADEN HARRIS, WHITE PLAINS: Had 13 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns on offense and three interceptions on defense to lead the Wildcats past Ashville 32-20. His TD runs covered 80, 3 and 49 yards. It’s the first time since 2014 the Wildcats have won two games in a season and was the first region win for the program since 2014, snapping a 23-game region losing streak.
MATT DIXON, GOOD HOPE: Rushed for 137 yards and four TDs, including a 77-yard dash to set up his final TD in the second quarter in a 32-0 win over Tanner. The unbeaten Raiders (4-0) were 0-10 in 2016 and 4-6 last year under third-year head coach Alan Scott. The defense preserved the shutout when Walter Perez stopped a Tanner runner on fourth and goal at the 2-yard line with one minute remaining. The start is the best for Good Hope since the Raiders opened with six straight wins in 2000.
BRYCE PALMER, WATERLOO: Passed for 311 yards and four TDs as Waterloo beat Hackleburg 47-34 – the Cougars’ first victory over the Panthers in school after 18 straight setbacks dating back to 1971.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: Rushed for 191 yards on 38 carries and scored the Pirates’ only two touchdowns in a 14-7 win over Class 5A, Region 6 foe Alexandria. Collins scored on runs of 15 and 4 yards. The win was the first ever for Boaz over Alexandria after 8 losses.
IN THE CLUTCH
QUINTON JETER, TALLASSEE: Kicked a 27-yard field goal with 52 seconds left to lift the Tigers past Carroll of Ozark – snapping the Eagles’ regular-season winning streak at 25 in a row.
RODERICK SMITH, SIDNEY LANIER: Nailed a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give the Poets a 22-20 win over Eufaula. He finished with three field goals, including a 36-yarder in the first half a 41-yard boot in early in the fourth quarter.
JAKARI FOSTER, PIEDMONT: Recovered a fumble in the final two minutes to seal the Bulldogs’ 27-22 victory over Randolph County.
HARRY NOGEUDA, SHEFFIELD: Kicked the game-winning field goal in the final minutes of the Bulldogs’ 17-16 win over Hatton.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Ran for 334 yards and six touchdowns (6, 46, 48, 50, 7 and 66 yards) on 18 carries and returned a kick 80 yards for a seventh score in a 75-41 win over DAR.
HUNTER GRIMES, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Totaled 311 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 28 carries as Westbrook downed West End 62-35. His scoring runs covered 10, 2, 4, 37 and 68 yards.
RASHAWN McALPINE, SARALAND: Rushed for 299 yards and two touchdowns in the Spartans’ 38-10 win over Baldwin County. It was his third straight 200-yard rushing performance this season.
ANTONIO WILLIAMS, SHADES VALLEY: Had 25 rush attempts for 281 yards and three TDs in the Mounties’ 35-18 victory over Huffman.
LUKE ALISON, RANDOLPH: Bolted for 274 rushing yards and five touchdowns (83, 76, 26, 25 and 8 yards) on 10 carries in a 47-21 win over Priceville.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Picked up 260 yards rushing on 30 carries and scooted 80 yards for a TD as the Trojans beat Montgomery Academy 35-13. Teammate Austin Gavin added 126 yards and two TDs on 11 rush attempts.
TY WEBB, DOTHAN: The Tigers running back rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in two and a half quarters helping Dothan to a 30-14 win over Russell County.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Picked up 242 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in the Tigers’ 26-0 victory at Sand Rock.
EVAN SMITH, OAK MOUNTAIN: Gained 237 yards on 17 rush attempts and scored three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 35-21 loss at Thompson. He also completed 3-of-7 passes for 84 yards and another TD.
RAYSHAWN REYNOLDS, PIKE COUNTY: Rushed for 233 yards on 21 carries with touchdown runs of 52 and 60 yards in the Bulldogs' 27-22 win over Geneva.
TIGER WILBORN, CENTER POINT: Had 13 carries for 228 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-0 victory Munford.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Ran for 212 yards three touchdowns on nine carries in a 38-7 win over Geneva County.
RON WIGGINS, JACKSONVILLE: Gained 209 yards rushing on 22 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 56-21 win at Cherokee County. His scoring runs went for 9, 55, 3, 1 and 5 yards.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 16 times for 204 yards and four touchdowns (5, 85, 22 and 40 yards) in a 49-7 win over Oneonta.
RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Picked up 203 yards rushing on 11 carries and scored four touchdowns as Elba downed Kinston 38-6.
K’SHUN STOKES, HEADLAND: Accounted for 287 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-13 win over Trinity for the unbeaten Rams (4-0). He rushed for 188 yards on 18 carries with TD runs of 4, 30, 32 and 16 yards and completed 9-of-13 passes for 99 yards and also threw a two-point conversion pass.
DARRELL GIBSON, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Gained 195 yards on rushes and scored twice in the Knights’ 28-8 win over Alabama Christian.
BRADEN McCAIG, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Rushed 9 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-34 win over Lauderdale County.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Rushed for 185 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries and also had 118 yards on two kickoff returns to lead the Red Devils past Collinsville 54-24. He returned on kickoff 97 yards for a TD.
JOHN PHILLIPS, WEST MORGAN: Ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns, threw a TD pass and caught six passes for 74 yards in a 28-24 win over Danville.
DA’VION JOHNSON, WOODVILLE: Picked up 167 yards and four touchdowns on 23 rush attempts in a 34-20 win over Gaylesville.
KAEDON JENKINS, PIEDMONT: Scored the go-ahead TD on a 32-yard run and finished with 150 yards rushing on 15 carries in the Bulldogs’ 27-22 win over Randolph County.
MARKEVIOUS MATTHEWS, TALLASSEE: Ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries and caught two passes for 55 yards in the Tigers’ 24-21 win over Carroll.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Completed 10-of-17 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 17 times for 164 yards and another score to lead the Indians (4-0) to a 30-28 win over Opelika. He finished with 374 total yards.
KADEN CUPP, NEW BROCKTON: The Gamecocks’ freshman quarterback completed 13-of-18 passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns in a 46-6 win over Central-Hayneville. He threw TD passes of 41 yards to Drew Simon, 13 yards to Bryce Baker, 60 yards to Colton Marsh and 6 yards to Russell Weeks.
LUKE JACKSON, JACKSONVILLE: Completed 8-of-11 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown in a 56-21 win at Cherokee County.
JAYSON JONES, FULTONDALE: Completed 12-of-18 passes for 191 yards and added 176 yards rushing and four TD runs for 367 total yards in a 35-6 victory over J.B. Pennington.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 12-of-25 pass attempts for 202 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 59 yards and a TD on 21 carries in the Panthers’ 54-24 loss to top-ranked Fyffe.
DESHONTAE KIRKLAND, ASHFORD: The Yellow Jackets quarterback accounted for 312 yards and three touchdowns to lead Ashford to a 39-14 win over Dale County. He passed for 134 yards, including an 84-yard TD to Jacorey Underwood, a 35-yard TD toss to Kehion Walker and tacked on 178 yards rushing and another score.
ANDREW PARRIS, EAST LIMESTONE: Was 7-of-13 passing for 197 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards and a TD on seven carries in a 48-14 win over Madison County.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Completed 9-of-15 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 123 yards on eight carries in a 39-0 win over Lexington.
HUNTER MARTIN, SPARKMAN: In his first start at quarterback, the former receiver completed 8-of-13 passes for 181 yards, including the 60-yard game-winning touchdown in a 17-13 triumph over Grissom.
KYLE MINOR, MADISON ACADEMY: Grabbed six receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns (86, 81 and 9 yards) in a 45-7 win over Brewer.
ELI PEARCE, WEST END: Caught eight passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 62-35 loss to Westbrook Christian.
AUSTIN McGHEE, JAMES CLEMENS: Caught five passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns (49 and 44 yards) and scored on a 2-yard run in a 62-19 win over Huntsville.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Nabbed four receptions for 130 yards and a 59-yard TD in the Bucs’ 56-28 loss to Hewitt-Trussville.
JEWELS GRAY, JACKSONVILLE: Caught three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in a 56-21 win at Cherokee County.
DERICKEY WRIGHT, ETOWAH: Scored three defensive touchdowns and one on offense as Etowah (4-0) blanked Sardis 36-0. He returned two an interceptions 34 and 66 yards for scores, ran a fumble 52 yards for a TD, had a 1-yard scoring run and two-point conversion on offense to finish with 26 points.
JELEN LEE, FLORENCE: Swiped two interceptions, including one in the red zone late, as the Falcons beat Bob Jones 39-28.
WILL BRELAND, UMS-WRIGHT: Intercepted a pair of passes as defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright shut out Williamson 19-0.
DAMIEN MILLER, FAIRFIELD: Retuned at interception and kickoff for touchdowns as the Tigers best Wenonah 26-0.
TYLER BENTHEIMER, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 16 tackles in the Trojans’ 34-20 loss to Woodville.
CHAUNCEY LIGHTNER, BARBOUR COUNTY: Totaled 15 tackles in a 35-20 loss to Cottonwood.
BRODERIUS FINK, CITRONELLE: Had 14 tackles and three sacks in Citronelle’s 28-20 victory over LeFlore at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
REGGIE FOWLER, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had 12 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Generals’ 21-17 loss to Auburn.
CONNOR GERMAN, HEADLAND: Had 11 tackles, including two sacks, and caused a fumble as the Rams downed Trinity Presbyterian 42-13.
ALEX WASHINGTON, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Intercepted a pass and scored on a fumble return, both in the second half, as the Spartans rallied for a 24-14 victory over Spain Park.
CARSON EUBANKS, HOKES BLUFF: Recovered an Oneonta fumble on the game's opening kickoff, intercepted pass and recorded three tackles in the Eagles’ 49-7 win over Oneonta.
KENDALL ALLEN, GARDENDALE: Returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown in the Rockets' 40-21 victory over Pell City.
TRE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: Returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and caught two TD passes in a 48-6 victory over Helena.
QUINDARIUS ADAMS, MIDFIELD: Had 10 tackles on defense and rushed for 121 yards on 10 carries in and added 10 tackles on defense in a 40-20 victory over Vinemont.
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.
MONTGOMERY – Etowah High School Coach Drew Noles says his big 6-foot-6, 240-pound senior defensive end Jamin Graham is not committed – to any college yet.
But he also says, he has never seen a player more committed – to his team and to his grandfather.
Graham turned that commitment into two defensive touchdowns in the final 1:15 of the Blue Devils’ season-opening game versus Gadsden City August 23 as Etowah posted a 32-23 victory.
His granddad, longtime Etowah School System teacher, bus driver and coach James Graham, passed away on August 18. Mr. Graham’s funeral was the next day.
“It was just an amazing effort,” Noles said. “Jamin was extremely close to his grandfather, who was a legend in the town to Attalla. Jasmin dedicate that game to his grandfather. Hs is a great kid from a great family. I think it was the best game of his high school career.”
Jasmin Graham’s performance grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the first week of the AHSAA high school football season – a week where outstanding performances were plentiful.
None, however, was more inspiring than his efforts.
Gadsden City, holding a slim 23-20 lead late in the game, had a goal-line stand stopping Etowah on four downs inside the 2-yard line. With 1:15 remaining, the Titans had an errant snap sail into the end zone where Graham was there to recover for an Etowah touchdown.
Coach Bart Sessions’ team then drove quickly into Etowah territory following the kickoff. With eight seconds remaining, however, Graham broke through to sack the runner at the Blue Devils 25-yard line, forcing a fumble that he scooped up and returned for the game’s final touchdown.
Noles said he expected the packed crowd on hand to storm the field in celebration. “Instead, I think they were standing up in awe,” he said. “And Jasmine, well, I was so happy for him that it brought tears to my own eyes. But Jasmin just acted like he’d done this kind of thing many times before.”
The win was the first over Gadsden City since the school was formed by merging Gadsden, Emma Sansom and Litchfield in 2006. The two schools met four times (2006-09) with the Titans winning all four, but discontinued the series until this season.
Graham’s heroics edged out several outstanding efforts, including a super effort by Oxford’s defense in its 28-0 shutout of Munford and Hewitt-Trussville senior quarterback Paul Tyson’s 404-yard passing effort in the Huskies’ 34-30 loss to Cedar Grove (GA) in a game played at Hoover High School and televised live by ESPN. Tyson was 31-of-47 passing with four TD passes.
Coach Ryan Herring’s Oxford defense limited Munford to minus-34 yards on 33 rush attempts and held the Lions to just 50 yards total offense as the Yellow Jackets shut out Munford 28-0 for Oxford’s 22nd straight regular season victory dating back to 2015. Quarterback Trey Higgins connected with 6-4, 220-pound receiver Roc Taylor for eight completions, 149 yards and one score for Oxford. iggins Higgins finished 13-of-18 for 180 yards and two TDs.
Three other quarterbacks, Thompson’s Taulia Tagolailovoa, Hoover’s Robby Ashford and Calera’s Cornelius Brown all passed for 350 or more yards in their season openers. Tagovailova was 26-of-39 passing for 385 yards and four touchdowns in Thompson’s 38-7 Champions Challenge win over James Clemens. He had 309 yards at the half.
Ashford, making his first start as defending Class 7A state champion Hoover’s quarterback, was 23-of-34 with 383 yards and four TDs in the Bucs’ 52-14 win over Pinson Valley – ending the defending Class 6A Indians’ winning streak at 15 games. Brown completed 27-of-48 passes for 357 yards and two TDs in a 45-24 loss to Pelham.
Other highlights for Week Zero included:
JUSTIN TEMPLETON, ASBURY: Ran for two touchdowns as Coach Jeff Powell’s Rams won the first game in program history and christened their new stadium with a 19-7 victory over Brindlee Mountain. The Class 2A school had its first varsity season in 2016 – going 0-10 that year and in 2017.
JACOB LOCKHART, THORSBY: Rushed for 100 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns, one coming on an 85-yard kickoff return, as Thorsby beat Jemison 44-26 for the first win over its Chilton County rival since 1970. More than 2,300 attended the season opener. Jemison holds a 14-2 lead in the series which started in 1968 and was resumed last Friday for the first time since 1995. The Panthers won the previous six meetings (1982, 1983, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995) by a combined score of 244-0.
MAC YOUNG, WHITE PLAINS: Ran for 143 yards with touchdowns of 43 and 29 yards in a 49-18 victory over Vincent. It was the first time White Plains has opened the season with a win since 2013.
TYLER DANZEY, HEADLAND: Danzey tied a state record with two interceptions returned for touchdowns in Headland’s 43-0 win over Straughn. Danzey returned his first interception 46 yards for a score late in the second quarter to put Headland up 30-0. He added a 19 yard interception return for a touchdown in the early moments of the third quarter. Danzey also finished with nine tackles.
MICAH DORSEY, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: The linebacker had eight tackles and an interception in the Eagles’ 35-10 win over New Brockton. His milestone came off the field when he recently scored a perfect 36 on his ACT college entrance exam.
JONATHAN FELL, CARROLL: The running back rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries as Carroll beat Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee 33-6 for Eagles’ 24th straight regular-season win.
ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Completed 16-of-23 passes for 268 yards and three TDs in a 34-27 victory over Mortimer Jordan.
GRANT THORNTON, ENTERPRISE: Was a near perfect 19-of-20 passing for 266 yards
and three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 44-21 win over Dothan. He completed the last 16 passes of the game with his only miss coming on his fourth pass attempt in the game’s opening series.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Was 19-of-28 passing for 251 yards and rushed for 87 yards as the Patriots rolled up more than 500 yards total offense in a 58-33 setback to Westminster Christian.
TRENTIN DUPPER, DECATUR: Passed for 224 yards and four touchdowns covering 17, 37, 29 and 34 yards in the Red Raider’ 38-21 win over Huntsville.
LUKE JACKSON, JACKSONVILLE: Passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns with a 10-of-15 performance as the Golden Eagles beat J.B. Pennington 34-21.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Completed 20-of-41 passes for 210 yards and one TD in a 52-14 loss to Hoover.
BRETT NEZAT, SARALAND: Making his first start at quarterback for the Spartans, he passed for 201 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 41-3 win over Andalusia.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Was 17-of-26 passing for 195 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown for 301 total yards in a 35-22 loss to Saks. He also had three punts, averaging 54 yards with his longest going for 60 yards.
STROTHER GIBBS, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Completed 11-of-15 for 174 yards and a TD and added another 51 yards rushing and two TDs in a 30-14 victory over Northridge.
KALVIN LEVETT, TALLASSEE: Completed 8-of-14 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 20 times for 146 yards and a 38-yard TD as the Tigers downed Montgomery Catholic 28-7.
COLE SAUNDERS, GENEVA COUNTY: The Bulldogs quarterback accounted for 244 yards and four scores, including two in the second half to help Geneva County rally past Samson 41-33. He completed 6-of-7 passes for 164 yards, including a 65-yard TD pass to Colby Fuller, and added 80 yards rushing on 21 carries with TD runs of 14, 7 and 3 yards, including the final two scores of the game in the comeback win.
DAMARIUS JENKINS, DALE COUNTY: Warrior quarterback accounted for 200 yards and three touchdowns in Dale County’s 41-19 win over Ariton. He completed 4-of-8 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 26 yards on four carries with one touchdown.
BRYCE PALMER, WATERLOO: Threw for 195 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-7 win over Woodville. Palmer also intercepted two passes on defense, returning one 52 yards for a touchdown.
EASTIN HARDIN, BOAZ: Was 10-of-17 passing for 191 yards and one TD in the Pirates’ 42-17 win over Arab.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Becoming the starter after All-State quarterback J.D. Martin’s pre-season injury, Rawls completed 9-of-15 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-17 win over Fairhope.
JACKSON COX, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Completed 7-of-12 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown in the Warriors’ 35-6 victory over Coosa Christian.
TONY FRANKLIN, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had 168 passing yards and two touchdowns in a 26-15 win over Park Crossing.
COLE WALES, CLEMENTS: Completed 10-of-22 passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns (12, 25 and 18 yards), added a 2-point conversion pass and made an interception on defense in the Colts’ 29-0 win at Elkmont.
A.J. PHILLIPS, CHICKASAW: Had 14 rush attempts for 275 yards and three touchdowns in Chickasaw’s 32-12 win over Resurrection Catholic (MS). He also returned an interception 40 yards for a fourth score.
SHAMAR SPINKS, WEAVER: Needed just 17 carries to pile up 265 yards rushing Friday night as the Bearcats ran past Cleburne County 49-35. Spinks scored three touchdowns and teammate Robert Gaines added 113 rushing yards, 136 passing and two TDs. Spinks scored on runs of 1, 54 and 53 yards. Gaines threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Josh Lowe and an 8-yard opposite-hander to Caleb Allison.
MEL DANTSLER, GRISSOM: The workhorse running back had 38 rush attempts for 249 yards and four touchdowns (10, 3, 10 and 5 yards) in a 26-21 win over Hazel Green.
NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Rushed 11 times for 255 yards and three scores, returned an interception 64 yards for another touchdown and recovered a botched punt in the end zone for a fifth TD as the Lions beat Lauderdale Count 55-0.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: The senior rushed for 243 yards on 29 carries and scored four touchdowns to lead Boaz to a 42-17 win over Arab in the season opener for both teams. Collins scored touchdowns on runs of 49, 3, 3, and 12.
NICK MARTINDALE, WEST LIMESTONE: Had 29 carries for 237 yards and four touchdowns on runs of 6, 34, 4 and 26 yards in a season-opening win over Tanner 39-20.
RISHARD DENSMORE, BESSEMER CITY: Gained 191 yards rushing, 150 in the second half, and rushed for two touchdowns in a 21-14 victory over Huffman He also passed for 94 yards and one score to account for 285 of the team's 336 yards of total offense.
CLAY CRAFTON, ROGERS: Ran 21 times for 174 yards and three touchdown as Rogers beat Loretto (TN) 35-14.
JOSH MARTIN, MARY MONTGOMERY: Rushed for 173 yards on 31 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Vikings snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 14-0 win over Robertsdale.
JALEN HENDERSON, SPAIN PARK: Ran 31 times for 172 yards and scored two TDs in a 24-14 victory over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Ran for 163 yards and two scores on 10 carries, and completed 9-of-17 passes for 162 yards and two TDs in a 58-33 win at DAR.
CAMERON FAISON, REELTOWN: Scored every touchdown for the Rebels in s 35-8 win over Bullock County. He ran for 155 yards and four touchdowns and returned a kickoff 75 yards for his fifth score.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: Picked up 151 yards rushing on 38 carries and scored the game's only touchdown as UMS-Wright defeated St. Paul's 10-0 in the Battle of Old Shell Road. UMS-Wright won the Class 4A state title last season and St. Paul’s won the 5A state crown.
CARSON PETREE, THARPTOWN: Rushed 10 times for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns, threw a TD pass and caught a TD pass as Tharptown knocked off Shoals Christian 41-30.
KEON HORNSBY, SAMSON: Rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and added a 5-yard TD reception in the Tigers’ 41-33 loss to Geneva County.
TERRANCE WEBSTER, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had 16 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns in a 19-3 win over Jeff Davis.
TRE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: Caught four passes for 152 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 18-7 victory over Hueytown.
JA’VARRIOUS JOHNSON, HEWIT-TRUSSVILLE: Snared 11 catches for 151 yards and two TDs in the Huskies’ 34-30 loss to Cedar Grove (GA).
JAEDEN BARKSDALE, JACKSONVILLE: Caught five passes for 128 yards and two TDs (40 and 81 yards) in the Eagles’ 34-21 win over J.B. Pennington.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Caught seven passes for 127 yards and a 28-yard score in the Gophers’ 18-7 loss to Homewood. He also rushed for 51 yards on 16 carries.
TAYLOR SMITH, BOAZ: Caught four passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns covering 33 and 18 yards in the Pirates’ 42-17 win over Boaz.
MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: The junior receiver had five catches for 118 yards and two scores, both coming in the first quarter, covering 27 and 53 yards, in the Warriors’ 38-7 win over James Clemens at the Champions Challenge played at Cramton Bowl.
KEYONTEZE JOHNSON, PINSON VALLEY: Pulled down 11 receptions for 119 yards and a TD in the Indians’ 52-14 loss to Hoover.
SIDNEY WILLIAMS, VIGOR: Hauled in three touchdown passes covering 14, 36 and 62 yards as the Wolves snapped a three-year losing streak to arch-rival Blount 19-6.
JIMMY PITTS, NOTASULGA: Had two pass receptions for 87 yards and two scores, returned a punt 36 yards for a TD and also had an interception on defense to lead the Blue Devils to a 46-7 win over Barbour County.
CHRISTOPHER HOLIFIELD, LEFLORE: Caught five passes for 97 yards and one TD, had 51 yards rushing and also returned an interception 43 yards for a score in a 26-14 win over B.C. Rain. He finished with two interceptions and had another nullified on a penalty.
JEFFREY LIGHTNER, DALE COUNTY: Had 13 tackles, an interception and an 81-yard kickoff return in the Warriors’ 41-19 win over Ariton. Teammate Avery Beasley also had 13 tackles and Tanner Mathis had 11.
CONNER GERMAN & DRE NEWMAN, HEADLAND: German was in on 15 tackles and Newman earned nine tackles in the Rams’ 43-0 win over Straughn.
A.J. CHERRY, SHEFFIELD: Swiped two interceptions to help preserve Sheffield’s 22-7 win over Wilson.
BRANDON BUTTS, PRATTVILLE: Blocked a 41-yard field goal attempt and returned it 51 yards for the senior defensive back's first career touchdown in the Lions' 37-0 win over Foley.
SAMUEL ADKINSON, GENEVA COUNTY: Returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown and recorded 10 tackles, including four solos, in a 41-33 win over Samson.
DYLAN BONNER, ASHFORD: Recorded 10 tackles, and forced a fumble in the Yellow Jackets’ 31-7 win over Rehobeth. Teammate Noah Jackson also had 10 stops on defense and added 89 yards rushing.
J’DARIUS WASHINGTON, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Returned an interception 35 yards for a TD in the Generals’ 26-15 win over Park Crossing.
JACKSON COLLEY & WILL SOLOMON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Both returned interceptions for touchdowns, helping the Eagles to a 35-10 win over New Brockton. Colley finished with seven tackles and Solomon five.
PHILLIP DUKE, PELHAM: Intercepted two passes and added four tackles in a 45-24 victory over Calera.
TIMOTHY KEENAN, RAMSAY: The Rams’ defensive lineman intercepted a pass and anchored a stingy defense in a 13-8 victory over Minor.
DIEGO GUAJARDO, DAPHNE: Kicked three field goals, an extra point and added a 12-yard run on a fake field-goal try as Daphne knocked off Theodore 16-13.
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Connected on two 38-yard field goal attempts, an extra point, and had three punts totaling 94 yards in the Panthers’ 13-0 victory over Plainview. The two DeKalb County teams were meeting for the first time since 1979. He also booted two of his three kickoffs into the end zone and the other sailed to the 5-yard line.
CHRISTIAN HERNANDEZ, DALE COUNTY: Kicked two field goals (43 and 28 yards) and converted three point-after kicks in the Warriors’ 41-19 win over Ariton.
LARRY McCAMMON, HOOVER: Returned a kickoff 91 yards for a score in the Bucs’ 52-14 victory over Pinson Valley.
ROBERT MARSH, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Scored Central’s first TD on an 80-yard kickoff return as the Red Devils went on to score five different ways in a 42-18 win over Benjamin Mays of Atlanta in the Cam Newton Classic. The Red Devils also scored on a 69-yard pass, a 65-yard run, a blocked punt and a 27-yard interception return.
MONTGOMERY – Thompson quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who led the AHSAA in passing as a junior with 3,820 yards in 13 games, opened his senior season with a bang completing 10-of-13 passes in the first quarter for 185 yards and three touchdowns and had 309 yards by halftime to pace the Warriors (1-0) to a 38-7 win over James Clemens in the final game of the AHSAA’s 2018 Champions Challenge at Cramton Bowl.
Tagovailoa finished 26-of-39 for 385 yards and four touchdowns as Coach Mark Freeman’s team out-gained the Jets (0-1) 490 total yards to 353.
Junior receiver Michael Pettway had five catches for 118 yards and two scores, both coming in the first quarter covering 27 and 53 yards. Tagovailoa’s other first-half scoring toss went to senior Kyle Smoak for five yards – rolling up 309 passing yards by halftime and Thompson led 28-7. He found Will Hoffman for a 25-yard score early in the third period.
Running back Shadrick Byrd, who had 65 yards rushing on 14 carries, scored on a 3-yard run in the first half for Thompson, and Evan McGuire kicked five extra points, booted a 44-yard field goal with 3:26 left in the game to close out the scoring.
While Tagovailoa was red hot, James Clemens’ quarterback, senior Jamil Muhammad, caught fire in the second period – directing a 10-play, 82-yard drive delivering a 16-yard TD pass to Austin McGhee as the clock struck zero to cut the lead to 28-7. Muhammad was 11-of-13 in the first two quarters for 193 yards and finished 17-of-25 for 242 yards. Dylan Blackburn rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries and McGhee had six catches for 80 yards. Trevor Hunziker added five receptions for 78 yards. Coach Wade Waldrop’s punter Drew Blackwell averaged 39.3 yards on six punts.
Defensively, Jaylin Grigsby and Zach Hopkins had 11 tackles each for the Jets. Gage Motes had 13 stops, David Douglas and Sam Reynolds added eight each for Thompson.
Each team had one challenge per the AHSAA’s new Instant Replay program administered by DVSports. The first one, a James Clemens running play ruled a lost fumble, was overturned when officials reviewed the play. It was the first overturned call in the Instant Replay’s short history. The other challenge, by Thompson, confirmed the official’s call on the field that a Warriors receiver came down after matching a spectacular catch inside the James Clemens 15 in the final quarter.
MONTGOMERY – Hoover High School head football coach Josh Niblett will be the head coach for the Alabama All-Star football squad for the 32st annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game next December. The game will be played at Montgomery’s legendary Cramton Bowl on Monday night, Dec. 17 with a 6:30 p.m., kickoff. This will be the first game in the 31-year history to be played on Monday night.
Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) made the announcement at the 2018 Champion Challenge press conference Thursday at the AHSAA office.
Niblett, who served as head coach of the Alabama All-Stars in 2009, is one of the nation’s top high school coaches. He has coached six Hoover teams to AHSAA state championships and Oneonta to one title. The Bucs have been to the state finals every year except 2015 and 2008 since Niblett took over the program.
“It was a great experience when I coached in the game in 2009,” Niblett said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity again. It is very important to high school football in this state.”
Alabama lost 42-7 last year in Hattiesburg but still holds a 22-9 edge in the annual game that has pitted the top high school senior players from Alabama and Mississippi since 1988. Mississippi has won both games played in Mississippi (2015 and 2017). Alabama has a 22-7 edge in all games played in Alabama. Piedmont’s Steve Smith was head coach in 2017.
Niblett, the son of a high school football coach, owns a 129-16 record at Hoover, the state’s largest high school. His Bucs have won 89% of their games with state titles in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and finished second in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Oneonta won the 3A title in 2004 and was runner-up in 2003. His overall record is 194-48 (80%).
“Coach Niblett is one of our most outstanding high school head coaches in the nation,” said Lee.
The rest of the Alabama All-Star staff for next December’s game will be announced in the near future, Lee said. The AHSADCA, in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) administers the all-star game each year.
ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY
SERIES HISTORY: Alabama has 22-9 edge
MONTGOMERY – The North scored 21 second-half points – including a wild and crazy touchdown on the last play of the game to beat the North 27-14 in the 59th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game at Cramton Bowl Thursday night.
The game closed out the 2018 All-Star Sports Week competition with the North and South splitting the baseball, softball, basketball and cross-country all-star events. The North swept the volleyball, soccer and football games and finished 7-4 on the week.
The football victory was the fourth in a row for the North and closed the South’s edge in the series to 30-27-2. The South’s last win came in 2014 in a 20-12 win. The North won the first game played in 1948 at Tuscaloosa, 33-0. Thursday’s game was the first to played officially using the AHSAA instant replay program provided by DVSports. Two calls where challenged and both calls on the field were confirmed. The AHSAA has permission from the NFHS to conduct up to a three-year experiment using instant replay and will use it this fall for all schools who choose to participate.
North MVP Keaton Wilson of Sylacauga scored two TDs on 1-yard runs. His first score at 8:35 of the second quarter gave the North, coached by Chris Musso of Locust Fork, a 6-0 lead. His second TD came with 2:35 left in the third period and erased a 7-6 South lead. His two-point conversion gave the North 14-7 Lead.
Quenton Young of Clay-Chalkville dashed 11 yards for a score with two seconds left in the third period to up the margin to 21-7.
The South, which took its only lead of the game on Benjamin Russell running back Davede Herron’s 8-yard run and Fairhope kicker Cole Deeds’ extra point and held the 7-6 margin into intermission. Herron added his second score on a 1-yard run with 6:26 remaining to cut the margin to 21-14.
The North ran out all but eight seconds of the remaining time on its following drive. The South, coached by Montgomery Catholic’s Aubrey Blackwell, had one more play up its sleeve as they took over on their own 7-yard line. Tallassee’s Casey Baynes passed the Blount’s JaMarcus Powe-Mauldin in the flat, who ran for four yards before lateraling back to Baynes. Four laterals later, North linebacker Perry Kirby of Athens scooped up a fumble at the 1 and fell into the end zone for the North’s final touchdown.
Wilson finished with 72 yards rushing on 14 carries and Young had 69 on 15 attempts to help the North pile up 211 total rushing yards. Wilson was also 2-of-3 passing for 56 yards and West Morgan’s Gabe Peluso finished 4-of-5 for 47 yards. Carson Bobo of Oak Mountain had two catches for 46 yards and London Knight of Weaver had two for 37 yards.
Herron, the South MVP, finished as the game’s leading rusher with 111 yards on 18 tries. Leonard Gatson of Theodore picked up 46 on eight carries. Goshen quarterback Brock Snyder finished 9-of-15 passing for 66 yards, and Bayes was 5-of-10 for 14 yards. The North made three interceptions, however, with Jaylen Washington of Leeds, Court Coley of Westbrook Christian and Kevin Shaw of Colbert Heights notching one each.
Gordo linebackers Collin Herring and Ridge Wood led the North with 11 and 9 tackles, respectively. Coley also had seven. Pacing the South defense was Jacobey Hawthorne of W.S. Neal with eight stops. Jonathan Struggs of Jeff Davis and Ty Reynolds of Daphne had seven each.
The South finished with 14 first downs and 239 total yards while the North had 18 first downs and 314 total yards.
All-Star Sports Week Results
North 27, South 14
South 3, North 1
Girls: South 27, North 28
Boys: South 20, North 41
Girls: North 66, South 57
Boys: South 61, North 57
Game 1: South 3, North 2
Girls: North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1
Game 1: South 3, North 0
Game 2: North 5, South 4
Series Records (Through 2018)
Football – South leads 30-27-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-28
Girls Basketball – North leads 19-38
Baseball – North leads 23-12-1
Softball – North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 11-4-1
Girls Soccer – North leads 15-2-1
Volleyball – North leads 14-7
Boys Cross Country – North and South tied at 1-1
Girls Cross Country – North and South are tied at 1-1
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AHSAA football coaches excited to welcome
Instant Replay experiment this fall
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama High School Athletic Association football coaches expressed excitement about the newly approved instant replay option for all regular-season games beginning in this fall.
The AHSAA received permission from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to provide instant replay in the regular season and postseason as an experiment beginning in the 2018 football season. The experimental period can be for up to three years. Current NFHS football rules prohibit the use of instant replay. Minnesota and New Jersey have also been granted permission for use during championship games.
The AHSAA has partnered with instant replay technology leader DVSport to provide Instant Replay Solution for its member schools. Participation by member schools is optional.
Clifford Story is a 20-year coaching veteran headed into his 10th year as head football coach at Lanett High School in Chambers County on the Alabama-Georgia border. His Panthers, the 2017 Class 2A state champions, are moving from Class 2A to 1A next season – and he’s eager to put the new technology to use.
“I think it’s a great thing for the Alabama High School Athletic Association,” Story said. “I’m very excited for it. My staff is excited for it. I know the way the Association works. I know the way the Alabama High School Athletic Association runs things, they will make it cost-effective for 1A through 7A.
“We had a representative from DVSport come to look at our stadium to talk to us about how it would work,” he said. “I told our administration if we need to, I’m willing to give up a lot of other things to be able to get it at our school. I want to make sure it’s something we can get done at Lanett High School. It will make football even better.”
At Birmingham City School Jackson-Olin High, head coach Tim Vakakes said he called DVSport the first day he heard the AHSAA’s announcement of the instant replay experimental period.
“We’re going to have it,” said Vakakes, who is headed into his sixth season at J-O. “I think it will help the referees get it right, and I don’t think it will slow the game down. You’ve got to be sure before you drop that (challenge) flag.”
Sideline video for coaching staffs was approved by the NFHS in 2013, but officials were not allowed to use those videos for replay. Vakakes’ Class 6A Mustangs have been using computer tablets on their sidelines.
“We already have a way to watch the game on the sideline with iPads and TVs,” he said. “A lot of times we’ve been able to realize that there was not a good call, but now that it’s reviewable it will be nice to have a way to get the call right.
“I think it’s going to be a good thing. What’s going to determine it is how many angles the cameras have. The more cameras, the more efficient it will be.”
Andalusia High School’s Trent Taylor, 218-127 in 30 years as a head coach, is proud that Alabama is at the forefront on instant replay. “A lot of our game is influenced by what the NFL and the colleges are doing,” Taylor said. “I felt it is was just a matter of time before instant replay filtered down to the high schools. I am proud that Alabama is the first state to bring it to the regular season for all schools that wish to participate.
“I have thought about it a lot but last season, I can’t think of a single time that I would have challenged a call. The year before, however, we had three or four. This gives us an opportunity to improve the game. Obviously, we will have to educate officials and educate our coaches, too, on how to use the system. From my standpoint, I see nothing but positives.”
Fred Riley, head coach and athletic director at Davidson High School in Mobile for the past 14 years, is for instant replay for one simple reason: Officials want it.
“I like it,” he said. “The officials association endorsed it, and that was my reason for supporting it. I was on the committee that finalized approval from our coaches association. Everyone now has some type of replay even if it is on their phones. That makes it very tough on the officials.”
Like Taylor, he doesn’t expect a lot of challenges. “Our officials get it right much more often than they get credit for,” he said. “I think the goal is to overturn the obvious mistakes that can be reviewed that impacts outcome. I do not see challenge flags flying all over the place. Our officials do not miss many of those.”
The Alabama High School Athletic Association, founded in 1921, is a private agency organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic programs. The purpose of the AHSAA is to regulate, coordinate and promote the interscholastic athletic programs among its member schools, which include public, private and parochial institutions. It is a member of the NFHS.
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) has received permission from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to provide instant replay for member schools for up to three years beginning with the upcoming 2018 football season.
The AHSAA is partnering with DVSport, Inc., a Pittsburgh (PA) based Software Company, which has provided Instant Replay Solutions in NCAA college football since 2005. The AHSAA Central Board of Control approved the partnership and project at its quarterly board meeting Thursday. Participation is optional for member schools.
Most of the NCAA’s major conferences use DVSport Instant Replay Solutions including the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, Ohio Valley, Sunbelt, SWAC, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Big South, Big Sky, Colonial, MAC and MEAC conferences. DVSport also provides instant replay for the College Football Playoffs, FCS, D-II, D-III playoffs and NAIA championship game.
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said, “We are grateful to the NFHS for approving our request. This gives our officials the opportunity to use the same technology coaches have been equipped with on their sidelines to get the call right.”
“While this replay process is in the initial stages of development, the AHSAA is committed to working with DVSport and the NFHS to develop a cost effective process to assist both our coaches and officials In addition, all football state championship games will use the same replay fan experience DVSport provides for SEC contests.”
NFHS Executive Director Bob Gardner said the NFHS permits state associations to experiment in certain situations to determine the future viability of rules changes. “As technology improvements evolve, the use of instant replay is an area of interest for the NFHS Football Rules Committee,” he said. “We welcome the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s experiment in use of replay in the 2018 season. We hope to learn the advantages as well as any problems associated with replay from the use in Alabama.”
The AHSAA, which has been actively studying instant replay options for the last five years, along with DVSport Instant Replay Solutions, will collect and study the data over the next year with a possibility of three years of experimentation.
"Alabama is at the forefront of using cutting-edge-technology in the high school athletics setting and with its deep football roots, it is a perfect place for this partnership to begin." stated DVSport CEO Brian Lowe.
DVSport Replay technology gives officials the ability to review video from multiple camera angles within seconds of the play happening. Once a coach challenges a play, the on-field referee will be able to review a play on a system located on the sideline.
No stranger to replay solutions, DVSport has been the leading provider of Instant Replay Solutions since 2005 in both the professional and intercollegiate sports markets. DVSport’s replay solutions have been used in over 400 venues, 10,000 collegiate football games, 20,000 collegiate basketball games, and 1,500 professional games to complete more than 100,000 reviews.
The AHSAA’s protocol will be as follows:
Section 1. Instant replay is a process whereby video review is used to let stand or reverse certain on-field decisions made by game officials.
Section 2. The instant replay process operates under the assumption that the official’s ruling on the field is correct. The replay official may reverse a ruling only if the video evidence convinces him or her beyond all doubt that the ruling on the field was incorrect. Without indisputable video evidence that the ruling on the field was incorrect, the ruling will stand as called.
Instant replay will be available at schools that use DVSport Instant Replay’s system. No other instant replay system will be allowed, according to the AHSAA protocol.
Complete details of the AHSAA Instant Replay protocol can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
About the AHSAA
The AHSAA serves 414 senior high and an approximately 335 junior high and middle school members with more than 150,000 students participating in 24 championship programs for boys and girls. Since 1921, the AHSAA has provided not only opportunities for interscholastic athletic competition, but also a platform for student-athletes to gain life-long memories and experience important life lessons through mentorship, teachers, coaches and administration.
DVSport, Inc. is a software company founded in Pittsburgh, PA specializing in digital video acquisition, analysis, and play-back software designed specifically for the sports market. DVSport has provided Instant Replay Solutions in college football since 2005 and college basketball since 2010.
DVSport is the current provider of Instant Replay for NCAA college football for the ACC, American, Big Ten, Big-12, Big South, Big Sky, Colonial, MAC, MEAC, Mountain West, Missouri Valley, OVC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt and SWAC conferences. In addition, DVSport has been the exclusive postseason Replay Solution provider for the College Football Playoff (“CFP”), FCS, D-II, D-III playoffs and the NAIA championship game.
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