CLASS 3A QUARTERFINALS
BIRMINGHAM – Defending Class 3A state champion Montgomery Academy advanced to the semifinals along with Geraldine, St. Luke’s Episcopal and Houston Academy as the 49th AHSAA Elite 8 State Volleyball Championships got underway at the Birmingham CrossPlex Wednesday morning.
The 3A semifinals are set for 2 p.m. today with Coach Julie Gordon’s Eagles (45-6) facing St. Luke’s (39-10) and Geraldine (41-8) meeting Houston Academy (32-12).
Montgomery Academy 3, Westminster Christian 0: Senior Millie Stevenson had 31 assists to and nine digs lead the Eagles to a 25-11, 25-13, 25-13 opening win. Libero Grace Jackson had 14 digs, Mary Gray Turner had 15 kiills and Anaya Thomas added nine kills. Ann Cobern Chapman also had seven kills and three blocks.
Shelby Deerman had 10 kills and Julie Farris totaled 18 digs to pace Westminster (23-18), coached by Holly Richards.
Houston Academy 3, Carbon Hill 0: The Raiders of Dothan swept Carbon Hill (35-23) 25-17, 25-23, 25-17). Ivie Gibbons’ 20 assists and Hannah Dutton’s 10 kills led Carbon Hill. No leaders were available for Houston Academy.
St. Luke’s Episcopal 3, Lexington 0: Gracie Sims had 15 digs and 10 kills to lead St. Luke’s to a 25-11, 25-12, 25-19 victory over Lexington. Haley Patterson added 12 kills and five blocks, Abigail Lowry had 15 kills and setter Grace Garrett had 32 assists. She also had 11 digs for Coach Meredith Donald’s Wildcats.
Geraldine 3, Prattville Christian 1: Senior Jerikas Gary and Haven Hall had 16 and 11 kills, respectively, to lead Geraldine to a 25-13, 20-25, 25-7, 25-23 win over Prattville Christian. Hall also had nine blocks, sophomore Lilly Rowell had six kills and 10 digs, and setter Kirby Smith had 20 assists.
56 Teams to Vie for 7 State titles at CrossPlex beginning Wednesday
Seven Defending State Champions in the Field for 49th AHSAA State Volleyball Championships
BIRMINGHAM – All seven defending state champions from 2018 will be in the 56-team field as 49th AHSAA State Volleyball Championships get underway Wednesday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
First matches get underway at 8 a.m., with Class 3A contests getting underway on four courts and two Class 5A quarterfinal matches opening play on the other two courts. The semifinal round closes out the competition Wednesday night. All championships will be played Thursday at the adjoining 5,000-seat Bill Harris Arena beginning with the Class 3A finals at 8 a.m., followed by Class 5A at 9:45, Class 7A at 11:30, Class 6A at 1:15 p.m., Class 2A at 3 p.m., Class 1A at 4:45 and Class 4A at 6:30 p.m.
Defending Class 7A state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (37-9) will be attempting to claim its 23st state title overall when the Dirty Dozen opens the 7A tourney at 11 a.m., Wednesday versus Thompson (32-16). Bayside Academy (53-12), which won for the first time in Class 4A last season, is riding a 17-year streak of state titles dating back to 2002. During that time the Admirals have won championships in Class 2A, 3A and 4A and won in Class 1A in 1997. Coach Ann Schilling because the only volleyball coach in state history to coach 1,500 career victories earlier this season. Bayside will be vying for its 28th state title overall with a first-round match versus Central Florence (47-26) at 12:30 Wednesday.
Other defending state champions include Pleasant Home (1A), Addison (2A), Montgomery Academy (3A), Jasper (5A) and Spanish Fort (6A). Addison, coached by Kayla Woodard, is riding six-year state championship streak and has captured 11 state titles overall.
All seven state championship matches will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com. Thompson and Albertville high schools will live-stream their schools’ Wednesday matches over the NFHS Network’s school broadcast program.
First-round pairings for Wednesday’s first day of competition can be found at the following link online at www.ahsaa.com.
The individual brackets can be retrieved from the following link:
AHSAA Offensive Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Daleville High School senior running Jalen White, who leads the nation in rushing this season, was in top form once again in the Warhawks’ 78-26 victory over winless Barbour County.
After rushing for 465 yards and seven touchdowns on 26 carries last week, he followed up with 462 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on just nine carries – all in the first half – to earn the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for the second week in a row.
White had TD runs were 29, 54, 75, 37, 41, 65, 81 and 69 yards – an average of 51.4 yards per carry, which ranks third best in AHSAA single-game history. The Warhawks scored 10 touchdowns for the night on just 11 offensive plays.
He boosted his season rushing totals to 3,381 yards and 46 touchdowns and became just the fifth player in AHSAA history to rush for more than 3,000 yards in a single season. He is the first to reach that milestone in the regular season, however.
His yardage total is now second best in AHSAA history, only 102 yards behind the state-record of 3,483 set by Dale County's Jamarius Henderson in 2014 in 15 games. The 46 TDs is now only seven behind the state record of 53 by North Jackson's Lee Witherspoon in 2018. White now has 6,490 career yards (12th most in AHSAA history).
Others in the 3,000 yards rushing club include Kendal Gibson of Aliceville (2000), Lee Cagle of Lynn (1996) and Sherman Williams of Blount (1990). Each running back played in 15 games.
Daleville (7-3) is off this week and will begin the Class 4A state playoffs next week as the No. 4 seed from Class 3A, Region 2.
Making a strong challenge for the Offensive Spotlight was Locust Fork quarterback Charlie Cater. He accounted for 462 yards and six touchdowns in Locust Fork's 55-46 victory over Hanceville to clinch second seed in Class 3A, Region 5.
He was 24-of-27 passing for 334 yards and two TDs and rushed 18 times for 128 yards and four scores in the win.
For the season Cater has 3,157 total yards (1,461 rushing, 21 TD's, 1,660 passing and 14 TDs. He also has one pass reception of 36 yards and has punted for a 36.6-yard average on 28 kicks this season. He needs just 39 or more rushing yards to become the first Locust Fork player to rush for 1,500 yards and pass for 1,500 yards in the same season.
Other outstanding efforts reported to the AHSAA from last week’s games include:
ELI PEARCE, WEST END: Finished with 394 total yards and four touchdowns in the Patriots’ 38-21 victory over Woodland. The senior quarterback completed 13-of-28 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 26 times for 166 yards and two scores.
ZACHARY BURNETT, GUNTERSVILLE: Led the Wildcats to a 28-26 win over East Limestone with a 16-of-26 passing effort for 339 yards and three touchdowns.
CHASE FORD, JEFF DAVIS: The freshman quarterback was 15-of-28 passing for 275 yards and two touchdowns in a 22-14 loss to Enterprise.
TOBIAS ROBINSON, CHICKASAW: Was 8-of-13 passing for 246 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-0 win over Washington County.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Was 22-of-33 passing for 209 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 213 yards and two scores on 21 carries as the Falcons clinched a Class 4A, Region 7 playoff berth with a 35-34 win over DAR.
QUINCY CRITTENDON, AUSTIN: Completed 14-of-25 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns in Austin's 27-24 loss to James Clemens on Thursday.
PEARSON BALDWIN, SPRINGVILLE: Was 13-of-15 passing for 223 yards and for four touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 107 yards and two more scores as the Tigers beat St. Clair County 51-6. He finished with 330 total yards and accounted for six TDs.
TRENT BATTLE, DAPHNE: Kept the Trojans’ playoff hopes alive completing 8-of-18 passes for 218 yards in a 53-46 win over St. Paul’s Episcopal.
TATE WARR, MILLRY: Was 8-of-17 passing for 215 yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 34-7 victory over St. Luke’s Episcopal.
JACK HAYES, PIEDMONT: Completed 19-of-26 pass attempts for 206 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 91 yards in the previously unbeaten Bulldogs’ 40-35 loss at Walter Wellborn.
LOGAN SMOTHERS, MUSCLE SHOALS: The Alabama All-Star quarterback selection completed 17-of-20 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards and a TD on 10 carries as the Trojans (10-0) closed out the regular season with a 36-12 win over Wetumpka.
KADEN CUPP, NEW BROCKTON: Threw for 204 yards and four touchdowns and added 41 yards rushing with an 11-yard TD run in the Gamecocks' 38-0 win over Zion Chapel.
CADEN JONES, HACKLEBURG: Passed for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 46-8 win over Vina.
RYAN GALLOWAY, GOSHEN: Accounted for 324 yards and all three touchdowns in the Eagles' 35-21 loss to Highland Home. Galloway completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 191 yards with two TDs and rushed for 133 yards with one TD.
RYLEY KIRK, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 12-of-18 pass attempts for 131 yards and two touchdowns to Cooper Austin (13 and 32 yards). He also ran for two scores (1 and 14 yards) in the Panthers’ 34-0 win over Ragland.
KRIS ABRAMS-DRAINE, SPANISH FORT: Was 11-of-13 passing for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Toros beat Gulf Shores 42-3. He also scored on a 5-yard run.
LANDON GREEN, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Completed 4-of-4 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown and ran for another touchdown in a 49-7 victory over Section.
KAMBREE JOHNSON, PARKER: Passed and rushed for 132 yards each as the Herd downed Wenonah 20-16.
SLADE ALEXANDER, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Totaled 228 total yards to lead the Warriors past Cleburne County 37-14. He was 8-of-13 passing for 121 yards and a touchdown and ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. One TD run covered 60 yards. He had an interception on defense.
DAMIEN TAYLOR, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: Totaled 27 carries for 375 yards and five TDs in a 42-21 victory over Spain Park.
MARQUIS JOHNSON, HELENA: The junior running back had 30 carries for 256 yards and six touchdowns in a 62-20 victory over Pelham.
JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Burton rushed for 285 yards and two touchdowns as Priceville defeated West Morgan 24-22 to clinch second seed in Class 4A, Region 7 for the state playoffs.
MATHEW TURNAGE, ARAB: Picked up 258 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 31 carries to lead the Knights to a 48-20 win over Madison Academy. He went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the season with the effort. Quarterback Ross Reynolds also added 155 rushing yards on 22 carries and was 8-of-12 passing for 83 yards and another score in the win.
B.J. CARLISLE, OXFORD: Ran 24 times for 232 yards in a 31-24 victory over Gardendale.
ANTONIO MASON, HUEYTOWN: Ran 34 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-21 victory over Paul W. Bryant to clinch the Class 6A, Region 4 title for the Gophers (9-0).
GABE PUGH, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Had 30 carries for 227 yards and three scores in a 31-28 overtime win over Phil Campbell.
EMMANEL HENDERSON, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 212 yards on seven carries with four touchdowns (30, 7, 54 and 69 yards) in the Bulldogs' 49-8 win over Houston County.
DAQUAN JOHNSON, FLOMATON: Ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns as the defending Class 3A state champion Hurricanes (8-1) captured the Region 1 title with a 20-12 win over T.R. Miller.
DALTON HANBACK, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Had 12 carries for 199 yards and three touchdowns in a 23-20 loss to Rogers.
C.J. EVANS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: The Jackets (9-0) got a big performance from Evans, who rushed for 186 yards on 19 carries, returned two kickoffs for 118 yards and finished with 319 all-purpose yards in a 42-14 win over Baker to clinch the 7A, Region 1 crown.
CAULLIN LACY, FAITH ACADEMY: Rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams (9-0) downed Satsuma 42-7 to finish unbeaten in Class 5A, Region 1.
ETHAN HEGGY, HACKLEBURG: Rushed for 177 yards and two scores of 1 and 11 yards and caught four passes for 82 yards to finish with 259 total yards in a 46-8 win over Vina.
JOHNNY GILLIAM, NORTH JACKSON: Rushed for 167 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries and also snagged an 80-yard TD pass in the Chiefs’ 42-26 win over Randolph.
JARVICE PRYOR, CLEMENTS: Rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns in a 26-13 win over Lexington and now has 1,584 rushing yards and 23 TDs on 224 carries on the season.
MICHAEL TUCKER, COLLINSVILLE: Picked up 117 rushing yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns (10, 5 and 3 yards) in the Panthers’ 38-0 victory at Cedar Bluff which clinched the No. 2 playoff seed in Class 2A, Region 8.
JABRE BARBER, DOTHAN: Scored on a 3-yard run with 57 seconds left and added a two-point conversion, helping Dothan rally past Sidney Lanier 22-19, clinching the Class 6A, Region 2 title in the Wolves' first season.
JAMARI JEMISON, MINOR: Caught four passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-6 victory over Carver-Birmingham.
REGINALD SUMMAGE, JEFF DAVIS: Had eight catches for 161 yards and one TD in a 22-14 loss to Enterprise. Teammate Tavares Womack also had five receptions for 120 yards and a TD.
JABARI BROWN, AUSTIN: Had five catches for 157 yards and a TD, all in the second half, in the Black Bears’ 27-24 loss to James Clemens. Teammate James Shackelford also had seven receptions for 116 yards and two TDs.
COOPER KELLEY, SPAIN PARK: Caught nine passes for 127 yards in a 42-21 loss to Tuscaloosa County.
J.J. EVANS, MONTEVALLO: Pulled down seven receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown and also scored a two-point conversion in a 32-26 victory over Greensboro.
TRE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: Caught five passes for 127 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown, in a 28-6 victory over Jackson-Olin.
QUEMAINE GAMBLE, MADISON COUNTY: Grabbed eight receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown TD in a 42-7 victory over Ardmore.
HAYES FLOYD, ARITON: Hauled in four pass receptions for 113 yards with one TD and rushed for 94 yards on just two carries with a TD in the Purple Cats' 36-10 win over Cottonwood. He also scored on a two-point conversion run.
JEREMIAH ROBERSON, WEST END: Caught eight passes for 122 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 38-21 victory over Woodland.
TYQUILLIN MIMS, BALDWIN COUNTY: Caught six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers’42-12 win over B.C. Rain.
SEAN ZERKLE, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Caught seven passes for 112 yards and a TD in a 35-34 win over DAR.
Adrian Milton, Murphy: Caught five passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-17 win over Foley.
REESE BURKHARDT, ANDALUSIA: Grabbed six receptions for 105 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs blanked Clarke County 35-0).
COOPER AUSTIN, SPRING GARDEN: Hauled in seven passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns (13 and 32 yards) and ran in a 2-point conversion in the Panthers' 34-0 victory over Ragland.
SILAS THOMPSON, PIEDMONT: Caught eight passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 40-35 loss at Walter Wellborn.
TY SMITH, MUSCLE SHOALS: Caught seven passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns and tacked on a 66-yard run to finish with 141 total yards in a 36-12 win over Wetumpka.
BAKER WILSON, DECATUR HERITAGE: Caught TD passes of 64 and 50 yards as the Eagles finished the regular season 10-0 with a 39-14 win over Woodville.
MONTGOMERY – Senior place-kicker Cole Porch’s 54-yard field goal in the final moments of the fourth quarter Friday night tied the Aggies’ Class 5A, Region 5 battle with Talladega County rival Munford at 22 all.
His teammates responded by posting a touchdown in overtime to win the key region contest 29-22 to clinch the fourth and final spot in Region 5 for the upcoming AHSAA alive state football championships alive. The kick can been seen, thank to WOTM TV, at the attached link:
The longest field goal in Aggies football history earned Porch this week’s AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight for Week 9 of the high school football season.
The Aggies (7-2) of Coach Matt Griffin are now off until the first round of the state playoffs Nov. 8. The 54-yard field goal is the third longest in the AHSAA this season. Alex McPherson of Fort Payne has kicked a 57 and 56-yarder for the Wildcats. Porch’s kick is also the longest field goal in Sylacauga High School and Talladega County prep history, based on field goals listed in the AHSAA Record Book. The longest in state history was a 61-yard free kick by Sage Ledbetter of Auburn vs. Smiths Station in 2015. Porch now joins six other prep place-kickers with 54-yard field goals in their careers. Will Reichard of Hoover, now at the University of Alabama, was the last prep player to boot a 54-yarder. His kick came in 2018 versus Oak Mountain. A total of 21 field goals of 55 yards or longer are listed in the AHSAA Record Book. McPherson’s older brother Evan McPherson kicked a 60-yarder in 2017 for Fort Payne against Brewer in 2017 for the longest kick in AHSAA history from a traditional center snap, hold and kick.
Special teams turned in several outstanding performances in addition to Porch’s kick last week.
Those reported include:
EVAN McGUIRE, THOMPSON: The Alabama All-Star place-kicker selection booted three field goals, including one from 44 yards and another from 42, in a 35-29 loss to Hewitt-Trussville.
NOLAN JOHNSON, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Provided all the Panthers’ points in a 6-3 victory over Crossville with a game-tying 19-yard field goal late in the third quarter and the game-winning 25-yard field goal with just over two minutes to go in the game.
CARTER SHELTON, ROGERS: The freshman made a 22-yard field goal as time expired to give Rogers a 23-20 win over Central-Florence, securing a No. 3 seed in the playoffs for the Pirates.
DANIEL SPARKS, GADSDEN CITY: Kicked a 30-yard field goal, was 2-for-2 on extra points and booted a 47-yard punt near the end of the game that pinned the Tigers on their own 2-yard line to essentially secure Gadsden City’s 17-14 win over Grissom for the Titans’ first win of the season.
TRISTAN CHEATHAM, COLBERT HEIGHTS: The freshman kicked nailed a 20-yard field goal that hit the cross bar and bounced through in overtime to lift playoff-bound Colbert Heights to a 31-28 win over Phil Campbell.
J.J. VALLEHO, PRICEVILLE: Kicked a clutch 35-yard field goal as Priceville beat West Morgan 24-22.
NATHAN TUCKER, EAST LAWRENCE: Scored on a 99-yard kickoff return in a 31-18 loss to Westminster Christian.
JUDSON LISENBY, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Punted seven times for a 45.3 average with two 50 yarders and also converted his only point after attempt in a 42-7 loss to Providence Christian.
CHARLES RICHARDSON, BARBOUR COUNTY: Returned a kickoff 84 yards for a TD in a 78-26 loss to Daleville. H also had 71 yards rushing and another TD.
RUSSELL WEEKS, NEW BROCKTON: Punted three times for a 46-yard average and had a long kick of 66 yards as the Gamecocks beat Zion Chapel 38-0.
AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 9
MONTGOMERY – Coach Don Jacobs’ defensive unit sparked Scottsboro High School’s 35-0 victory over Brewer last Friday to grab the AHSAA Prep Defensive Spotlight for Week 9 of the 2019 football season.
Senior A.J. Widgeon led a defensive squad allowed no points, no first downs and zero total offensive yards in the win. He had five tackles. Including one for a loss.
The Wildcats (7-2) clinched a tie for the Class 5A, Region 8 title with Madison County but will be the second seed heading into the state playoffs next week. Madison County is No. 1 seed with its win over Scottsboro in the regular season.
The Wildcats limited Brewer, which had no turnovers, to minus-34 yards rushing on 14 plays, which ranks fifth all-time, according to the AHSAA Record Book listings. The Patriots were 6-of-14 passing for 34 yards for a net zero yards – which ranks third all-time in the AHSAA. Scottsboro also had 24 first downs to Brewer’s zero total. The zero first downs ranks first in the AHSAA. According the Scottsboro sports historian Greg Bell, the Wildcats allow zero first downs once before in school history – versus Madison County in 1933.
The AHSAA state record for fewest total yards allowed was set by Susan Moore against Brindlee Mountain (minus-11 yards) in 2017. Houston County limited McKenzie to minus-5 yards in another 2017 contest.
Greensboro allowed minus-67 yards rushing in a win over Uniontown in 1977 for the state record for fewest rushing yards allowed.
The Scottsboro offense also did it part in the win by keeping the ball for 61 plays compared 28 for Brewer. Cam Bass rushed 22 times for 121 yards and a TD, and junior quarterback Jacob Manning rushed 14 times for 98 yards four TDs, completed 6-of 8 passes for 57 yards and returned two punts for 73 yards with a long of 56 yards. Junior kicker and foreign exchange student from the Netherlands Mees duCroo de Young booted five extra points. He is 33-o- 35 extra points on the season and 2-for-2 on field goals.
Other outstanding efforts reported included:
CHARLES BAKER, AUSTIN: Was credited with 22 tackles and an interception in a 27-24 loss to James Clemens.
JAKOBI HUNTER, LEEDS: Recorded 18 tackles and also rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries as Leeds beat Childersburg 24-12.
ZAC PRISOC, MORTIMER JORDAN: Recorded 14 tackles, including three for a loss, and added an interception in 41-0 victory over Moody.
CAM WILLIAMS, McADORY: Intercepted two passes to anchor a stingy defense in a 42-6 victory over Brookwood.
MALACHI MOORE, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Returned interception 57 yards for a game-clinching touchdown in a 35-29 victory over Thompson.
DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: The linebacker had 14 tackles, including two for losses, in Geneva's 26-21 win over Wicksburg.
MAKEL AVERY, GOSHEN: Totaled 14 tackles, five for losses, in the Eagles 35-21 loss to Highland Home.
KARSTEN THREATT, MIDFIELD: Totaled nine tackles and an interception on defense and rushed 14 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns in Midfield’s 22-20 win over J.B. Pennington.
BRADY JAMES, OPP: Earned nine tackles and had a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 31-16 Bobcat win over Slocomb.
CHRISTOPHER BEASHEARS, SLOCOMB: Had 12 tackles, including a quarterback sack, in Slocomb's 31-16 loss to Opp. He also had one pass deflection.
KORY CHAPMAN, HOOVER: Returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble on the second-half kickoff in a 34-10 victory over Mountain Brook.
JESSE HALL, PLEASANT GROVE: Intercepted two passes in a 55-22 victory over Woodlawn.
T.J. OSBORN, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a fumble 29 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers’ 38-0 victory at Cedar Bluff.
ANDREW BATES, SPRING GARDEN: Returned an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter of the Panthers’ 34-0 victory over Ragland.
The AHSAA is mourning the death of long-time football official Sam Short of Vestavia Hills. Short passed away Sunday.
“Sam Short played an integral role in mentoring high school officials in Alabama and across the nation,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “Our heart and prayers go out to his family. His leadership has helped AHSAA officials become some of the best in the nation. Sam Short dedicated most of his life to high school athletics and officiating within the Alabama High School Athletic Association. A great friend to us all, he will be sorely missed.”
A consummate professional who spent more than four decades as a teacher, coach and administrator in the AHSAA, Short served as state rules interpreter and state camp administrator for many years during his tenure. He, along with former AHSAA Director of Officials Greg Brewer, established most of the AHSAA state camps and training.
Mr. Short, a longtime football, basketball and baseball official, worked numerous state championships in all three sports in the AHSAA. He was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame (2007), the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame (1993) and most recently, was inducted into the Alabama Sports Officials inaugural Hall of Fame last August.
No details concerning funeral arrangements are available at this time.
Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
MONTGOMERY – Highland Home High School has been fined and placed on probation for one year for violating AHSAA eligibility rules. The school self-reported the violation.
Highland Home played an ineligible student in violation of the AHSAA’s Bona Fide Transfer Rule, which can be found on page 33 of the 2019-20 AHSAA Handbook.
Highland Home’s football program must forfeit all games won that the ineligible student participated in. Highland Home’s football team has forfeited its Class 2A, Region 3 wins over Central-Hayneville, Calhoun, Samson, Zion Chapel and Luverne as well as its non-region win over Verbena.
The Flying Squadron’s season record is now 1-7 overall and 1-5 in Region 2. The 2A, Region 3 standings on-line at www.ahsaa.com now reflect the forfeits for all teams affected.
MONTGOMERY – Running with the pack was the theme of Week 9 of the cross country season as teams prepare for sectional meets are set for next week and the 64th annual AHSAA State Championships scheduled for Nov. 9 at Oakville Indian Mounds near Moulton.
Nowhere was the pack mentality more evident – and successful – than at the Wildcat Fall Classic in Anniston, where Pleasant Valley High won both the boys’ and girls’ team titles in the 1A-3A events and White Plains did the same in the 4A-6A competition.
The Pleasant Valley boys captured fourth through 10th place while the girls took fifth through 10th and 11th. The Class 3A Raiders from Jacksonville notched 30 points in the boys’ run and 35 on the girls’ side. Those performances earned the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 9 of the season.
Coach Brad Hood called the strategy a “team-building opportunity,” as his runners prepare to host the the Calhoun County Championship on Oct. 24. “First of all, I wanted my faster runners to have an easier race going into the county championship,” Hood said. “Using the team pack run, the stronger runners push the slower ones.”
Hood and his teams are also getting prepared for the end-of-the-season title run. “We are looking to use sectional week as one last week of training to prepare for state. The 3A boys’ state title has about five teams who can win it,” he said. “We are not even close to peaking yet. It looks like St. Bernard and Bayside (Academy) are going to be tough to beat, but we are up to the challenge.”
White Plains’ Jake Moore won the 4A-6A race in record time. His 17:04.00 beat the Wildcat Trail record set in August by LAMP runner Brett Bonkowski (17:22.71).
Ohatchee’s Luke Fair (18:51.02) and Dalton Fitch (19:01.16) were 1-2 in the Wildcat Fall Classic as their squad finished second. Pleasant Valley’s finishers at 4-10 were Oliver Young, Cayden Nelson, Kaige Roberts, Brayden Wright, Coleman Haynes, Holt Bentley and Ryan Eubanks, with 35 seconds separating fourth place from 10th.
On the girls’ side, Ohatchee’s Jayda Fair (21:14.95) topped Glencoe’s Katie Giles (21:36.59) and Donoho’s Taylor Simmons (22:31.23). Anna Beth Giles of Glencoe was fourth, followed by the Pleasant Valley girls: Eva Bryant, Emma Hood, Elizabeth Hall, Trinity Roberts, Macey Roper and Gracie Hood at 5-10. Ella Whitehead was 12th for the Raiders. There was a 1:05 difference between fourth and 10th.
In the boys’ 4A-6A side of the Wildcat Fall Classic, White Plains took first, third, fifth and seventh to win over Calera. Jake Moore won the race at 17:04 with teammates Kayd Hightower (third), James Middlebrooks (fifth) and Luke Larson (seventh) all besting 18:30. In the 4A-6A girls’ race, White Plains took third (Savannah Yates) and 8-10 (Camden Wilson, Adrianna Sotelo and Anna Strickland).
Other successful pack runners last week included:
Spanish Fort High School won the girls’ title in Baldwin County Championships with runners finishing 3-6: Kate Miller, Olivia Wilder, Ryley Grantham and Cece Carl.
Briarwood Christian School’s girls’ squad at the St. Bernard Oktoberfest Invitation took the 4A-7A team title by one point over Lawrence County, with Mary Grace Parker finishing second behind Lawrence County’s Emily Daniel (20:51.14), and Briarwood sweeping places 8-11 (Morgan Harris, Bella Doss, Brenner Statt and Adrienne Goolsby). The Briarwood boys’ team also took first place over Lawrence County. The Lions were led by second- and third-place finishers Trent Malloy and Joseph Bell. Briarwood also took places 8-11 (Jay Greene, Ford Thornton, Matthew Earnest and Luke Thompson) behind winner Steele Joiner (16:52.67), a Lawrence County sophomore.
In the 1A-3A competition at St. Bernard Abbey, Cold Springs won the championship with Ethan Edgeworth finishing second to St. Bernard’s Caleb Guthery. Cold Springs took 5-7 with just over 3 seconds separating Jonathan Collett, Seth Walker and Aaron Spurger.
Grace Crim of Providence Christian of Dothan won the 1A-3A girls’ race in the 23rd Annual Tiger Classic at Keisel Park in Auburn at 20:30.20, ahead of Olivia Blackmon (20:35.10) of T.R. Miller while Providence Christian runners finished 3-6 (Elle Salter, Madelyn Patterson, Millicent Talmadge and Addison Pemberton).
On the boys’ side, Montgomery-Catholic’s Hollis Johnson topped the 120-runner field with a 17:28.60 finish while his teammates Chris Valencia, Sam Leslie and Harrison Skala were third through fifth and Cole Pierce and Joseph Schmidt were 7-8.
Homewood’s Crawford Hope won the 28th Annual Husky Challenge at Hewitt-Trussville High School with a sterling 15:43.74 finish. The Patriots also took fourth (Jon Fielding Stogner), fifth (Jackson Merrell), eighth (Carson Bedics) and 12th (Sam Gray). Homewood outpaced the host team 30-103, followed by Hoover at 116.
Results of all the AHSAA cross country meets reported last week include:
WILDCAT FALL CLASSIC
Wildcat Trail, Anniston (Host: White Plains High)
4A-7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: White Plains 23; Calera 77; Oxford 101
BOYS LEADERS (112)
1. Jake Moore, White Plains 17:04.00
2. Christian Myles, Anniston 17:33.38
3. Kayden Hightower, White Plains 17:36.11
1A-3A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Pleasant Valley 30; Ohatchee 55; Sand Rock 96
BOYS ILEADERS (79)
1. Luke Fair, Ohatchee 18:51.02
2. Dalton Fitch, Ohatchee 19:01.16
3. Camron McDaniel, Cedar Bluff 19:25.11
4A-7A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: White Plains 39; Jacksonville 50; Alexandria 58
GIRLS LEADERS (68)
GIRLS 5K RUN
1. Olivia King, Jacksonville 21:23.70
2. Katie Keur, Oxford 22:12.98
3. Savannah Yates, White Plains 22:17.32
1A-3A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Pleasant Valley 35; Glencoe 60; Ohatchee 67
GIRLS LEADERS (64)
1. Jayda Fair, Ohatchee 21:14.95
2. Katie Giles, Glencoe 21:36.59
3. Taylor Simmons, Donoho 22:31.23
28TH ANNUAL HUSKY CHALLENGE
Hewitt-Trussville High, Trussville (Host: Hewitt-Trussville)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Homewood 30; Hewitt-Trussville 103; Hoover 116
BOYS LEADERS (197)
1. Crawford Hope, Homewood 15:43.74
2. Brady Barton, Helena 16:05.02
3. Will Thompson, Cullman 16:06.30
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Mountain Brook 41; Homewood 73; Hoover 101
GIRLS LEADERS (150)
1. Lainey Phelps, Homewood 18:14.13
3. Reagan Riley, Mountain Brook 18:58.13
4. Camilla Chambers, Holly Pond 19:08.02
23RD ANNUAL TIGER CLASSIC
Keisel Park, Auburn (Host: Auburn)
5A-7A BOYS LEADERS (165)
1. Walker Cole, Oak Mountain 15:56.80
2. Dustyn Lewis, Grissom 16:21.90
3. Woodrow Dean, Tallassee 16:26.50
1A-4A BOYS LEADERS (117)
1. Hollis Johnson, Mtgy-Catholic 17:28.60
2. Clay Suddarth, Providence Chr. 17:49.50
3. Chris Valencia, Mtgy-Catholic 18:02.20
5A- 7A GIRLS ILEADERS (99)
1. Samantha Rogers, Auburn 19:05.80
2. Harper McGowan, Auburn 19:26.70
3. Adley Burkes, Central-PC 19:36.40
1A-4A GIRLS LEADERS (76)
1. Grace Crim, Providence-Christian 20:30.20
2. Olivia Blackmon, TR Miller 20:35.10
3. Elle Salter, Providence-Christian 22:38.90
HUNTSVILLE METRO, CITY, MADISON CO. CHAMPIONSHIPS
Palmer Park, Madison (Host: James Clemens High)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Huntsville 35; St. John Paul II Catholic 76; Randolph 84
BOYS LEADERS (169)
1. Keaton Watts, Huntsville 15:47.46
2. Benjamin Steber, Huntsville 16:17.21
3. Adler Brininger, St. John Paul II 16:23.68
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: James Clemens 37; Randolph 78; St. John Paul II Catholic 100
GIRLS LEADERS (89)
1. Kristin Day, James Clemens 19:41.80
2. Emma Hudson, Randolph 20:05.67
3. Hannah Thuss, Bob Jones 20:19.44
HUEYTOWN INVITATIONAL #2
Hueytown High (Host: Hueytown High)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: McAdory 36; Corner 65; Gardendale 85
BOYS LEADERS (89)
1. Davontae Edwards, McAdory 18:08.48
2. Woody Anthony, McAdory 18:09.08
3. Rhein Packer, Gardendale 18:37.55
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Gardendale 42; Center Point 45; Pell City 57
GIRLS LEADERS (49)
1. LeNaya Essex, Francis Marion 23:28.11
2. Audrey Sullivan, Brookwood 24:15.06
3. Joi Malone, Gardendale 24:59.80
MOBILE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Municipal Park, Mobile (Host: St. Paul’s Episcopal School)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: St. Paul’s Episcopal 29; UMS-Wright 48; McGill-Toolen 78
BOYS LEADERS (103)
1. Joseph Perry, UMS-Wright 16:07.44
2. John Michael Romanos, St. Paul’s 16:14.40
3. Carson Barlow, Baker 16:22.54
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Baker 41; St. Paul’s Episcopal 49; McGill-Toolen 75
GIRLS LEADERS (79)
1. Claire Frazier Bolton, M-Toolen 18:49.85
2. Isabel Valenzuela, St. Paul’s 19:03.15
3. Lindsey Baxter, Baker 19:18.57
ATHENS BIBLE SCHOOL INVITATIONAL
Athens Sportsplex, Athens (Host: Athens Bible School)
4A-7A BOYS LEADERS (118)
1. Steele Joiner, Lawrence Co. 16:23.60
2. Dakota Sheppard, Brewer 17:04.67
3. Julio Cerda, Decatur 17:05.89
1A-3A BOYS LEADERS (92)
1. Nicholas Ulrich, Athens Bible 17:10.70
2. Kyle VanKirk, Westminster-Hvile 17:11.90
3. Seth Peebles, Westminster-Hvile 17:37.79
4A-7A GIRLS LEADERS (68)
1. Emily Daniel, Lawrence Co. 20:02.85
2. Sage Betts, Brewer 20:05.38
3. Taylor Williams, Lawrence Co. 20:36.69
1A-3A GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (53)
1. Hastings Gray, Westminster-Hvile 20:42.08
2. Addison Embry, Lauderdale Co. 20:52.01
3. Valerie Grosso, Lexington 21:08.08
Munny Sokol Park, Tuscaloosa (Host: American Christian Academy)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Collierville (TN) 28; American Chr 57; Northridge 95
BOYS LEADERS (140)
1. Caleb Skinner, Collierville 16:50.82
2. Forrest York, Northridge 17:17.08
4. John Bridges, American Chr 17:25.76
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Saint James 49; American Christian 61; Collierville 69
GIRLS LEADERS (81)
1. Presley Miles, Saint James 18:02.61
2. Mary Mac Collins, Northridge 19:51.13
3. Karis Kelley, American Chr 20:09.81
BALDWIN COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Bicentennial Park, Bay Minette (Host: Baldwin County High)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Daphne 41; Bayside Academy 78; St. Michael Catholic 87
BOYS LEADERS (133)
1. Ethan Rowe, Daphne 16:43.18
2. Myles Cook, Bayside Acad 17:19.49
3. Joshua McClellan, Spanish Fort 17:36.40
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Spanish Fort 23; Baldwin Co. 83; Fairhope 102
GIRLS LEADERS (88)
1. Kristina Hankinson, Orange Bch 20:09.20
2. Brooke DuPlantier, Fairhope 20:21.63
3. Kate Miller, Spanish Fort 20:54.69
JAMES CLEMENS LAST CHANCE INVITATIONAL
Palmer Park, Madison (Host: James Clemens)
VARSITY BOYS TEAM WINNER: Father Ryan (Nashville) 44; St. John Paul II 56; James Clemens 97
BOYS LEADERS (133)
1. Jean Pierre LeRoux, Bob Jones 16:13.49
2. Raleigh Stamps, Rogers 16:21.30
4. Omar Myers, Sparkman 16:21.89
1A-3A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Athens Bible 36; Lindsay Lane Christian 48; Tanner 57
BOYS LEADERS (133)
1. Nicolas Ulrich, Athens Bible 16:47.05
2. Brady Anderson, Lindsay Lane 17:34.41
3. Richard Rosas, Tanner 18:23.20
VARSITY GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Father Ryan (Nashville) 33; Huntsville 88; James Clemens 91
GIRLS LEADERS (121)
1. Mary Claire Ridgeway, Florence 18:44.17
4. Yarahy Marcelino, West Morgan 19:09.03
8. Bradley Herbert, Guntersville 20:25.53
1A-3A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Athens Bible 21; Belgreen 36
GIRLS LEADERS (25)
1. Maggie Owens, Shoals Christian 22:54.04
2. Yami Mendoza, Tanner 22:57.18
3. Claire Sandlin, Athens Bible 22:55.12
ST. BERNARD OKTOBERFEST INVITATIONAL
St. Bernard Abbey, Cullman (Host: St. Bernard)
4A-7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Briarwood Christian 26; Lawrence Co. 92; Oneonta 102
BOYS LEADERS (165)
1. Steele Joiner, Lawrence Co. 16:52.67
2. Trent Malloy, Briarwood 17:00.27
3. Joseph Bell, Briarwood 17:31.01
1A-3A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Cold Springs 31; St. Bernard 62; Westminster-Oak Mtn 108
BOYS LEADERS (134)
1. Craig Guthery, St. Bernard 17:20.54
2. Ethan Edgeworth, Cold Springs 17:29.53
3. Paul Gonzalez, JB Pennington 17:50.87
4A-7A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Briarwood Christian 36; Lawrence Co. 37; Arab 74
GIRLS LEADERS (106)
1. Emily Daniel, Lawrence Co. 20:51.14
2. Mary Grace Parker, Briarwood 21:17.49
3. Taylor Williams, Lawrence Co. 21:27.88
1A-3A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Westminster School at Oak Mtn 43; Cold Springs 79; St. Bernard
GIRLS LEADERS (90)
1. Hallie Porterfield, Westminster 20:20.16
2. Hannah Adams, Westminster 20:24.29
3. Reagan Parris, Cold Springs 21:20.23
Current Season Reversal Percentage is 21.4%
Week 8 Has 12 Challenges, 1 reversal for Schools
Using AHSAA’s DVSport Instant Replay
MONTGOMERY – A record 12 challenges were made in nine AHSAA varsity high school football contests using DVSport Instant Replay last week, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. However, only one of the calls on the field were reversed, Jones reports. It came, however, in one of the most exciting finishes of a contest using Instant Replay since the program began.
For the 2019 season, a 56 challenges have been issued by coaches with 12 calls overturned upon review, a 21.4% reversal rate.
The reversed call last week came in the Hamilton vs. East Limestone contest in Class 5A, Region 7. “With 45 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and Lawrence County trailing by 17-10, Hamilton intercepted a Lawrence County pass on third down-and-two from the 24-yard line,” Jones said “Lawrence County challenged that the play clock expired prior to the snap. The play clock was visible in the video review and the play clock and the replay review clearly showed that the time did expire prior to the snap.”
Jones said the the result was that the interception was nullified, the delay penalty was enforced to bring up third down from the 29-yard line.
“Lawrence County then completed a touchdown pass on the next play, which was challenged by Hamilton,” Jones said. “Upon review of that challenge, the touchdown stood as called. Hamilton then stopped Lawrence County on its two-point conversion attempt and won the game 17-16.”
Other challenges involved a backward pass, fumbles, forward progress spots, completed passes and verifying the correct down.
This week, six games will be utilizing the DVSport Instant Replay with five schools taking part for the first time this season. DVSport Instant Replay is in its second year of implementation. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular-season games.
Jones reported that the Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:
56 reviews with 12 reversals. 21.4%
Week 9 Games with Instant Replay
Saturday July 25, 2020
SCHOOLS IN GAMES WITH INSTANT REPLAY THIS SEASON (62)
Class 7A (17)
Class 6A (18)
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Class 5A (13)
Class 4A (9)
Class 3A (1)
Class 2A (1)
Class 1A (1)
New Smyrna Beach (FL)
50 AHSAA Football Contests Planned Thursday Night
MONTGOMERY –A total of 50 AHSAA high school football contests will be played Thursday night, October 24, several moved from Friday to avoid potential inclement weather.
Among them is Briarwood Christian in Class 5A, Region 4 – the AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week. The game is being produced by WOTM TV with Vince Earley as executive producer, and the announcing team of Tommy Woods and Coach Rick Rhoades handling the commentary with Jon Holder as the sideline reporter. The contest will be available live on WOTM on several cable networks (Channel 80 on Charter Cable) and on the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform.
Earley also announced the final AHSAA TV Network Game of the Week for the regular season will be Gordo (8-0) at Pickens County (7-1) next Thursday, October 31. The county rivals have both won their respective region titles, the Green Wave in 3A, Region 4 and the Tornadoes in 1A, Region 6.
Thursday’s schedule had 11 contests originally scheduled prior to this week, but in an effort to avoid possible inclement weather, 39 other varsity games have been moved up from Friday to Thursday.
This week is the final round of region play for most schools. Many of the games will decided playoff participants.
The list of games currently set for Thursday night are listed below.
The Lions (7-1) of Coach Matthew Forester go into the game at Fairfield (3-5) tied at 5-1 in region play with Pleasant Grove (7-1) and Ramsay (7-2). Coach Keon Handley’s Tigers (3-3) need a win to clinch the fourth playoff spot in Region 4. Fairfield could wind up in a three-way tie for the final spot should Wenonah beat Parker in another Thursday game. Forester, an all-state linebacker at Briarwood finishing his last season as a player in 1998, is in his first season as head coach. He replaced his own high school coach, legendary Fred Yancey, who retired after last season with 319 career wins. Handley is in his third season as head coach at Fairfield.
The Rams host John Carroll Catholic in another Thursday game, and Pleasant Grove travels to Woodlawn Friday. Jasper (8-0) moved its game with Hamilton (7-1) to Thursday in Class 5A, Region 7. The Vikings are 6-0 in region play and Hamilton is 5-1. In Class 5A, Region 5, Central of Clay County (6-2) hosts Center Point (7-2) in a contest that could decide the Region 5 crown. The defending Class 5A state champion Volunteers are currently tied with the Eagles and Mortimer Jordan at 5-1 in region play. The Blue Devils (7-2) host Moody (3-5) on Friday.
In Class 6A, Hueytown (8-0) can wrap up the Region 4 championship with a win over Paul Bryant (6-2). The Gophers are 5-0 in region play and the Stampede (6-2) are 4-1. Bessemer City, which plays Northridge (1-7) Thursday, is also 4-1. Wins by Paul Bryant and Bessemer City could create a three-way tie for first place, requiring the region title to be decided by the tie-breakers.
Seventeen games are set for Thursday over the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program platform. Another 40 are set for Friday night.
The complete AHSAA schedule of football contests set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network this weekend can be found at the following links:
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The complete list of games currently set for Thursday are listed below.
AHSAA Thursday, October 24 Football Schedule
Includes contests moved from Friday due to possible inclement weather
AHSAA TV Network / NFHS Network Game of the Week (WOTM)
Briarwood Christian at Fairfield
OTHER THURSDAY GAMES
Billingsley at Lanett
Hackleburg at Vina
Ragland at Spring Garden, NFHS Network
Addison at Hatton
Central-Hayneville at Highland Home
Cleveland at Westbrook Christian
Fyffe at Ider
Gaston at Ohatchee
Red Bay at Tharptown
Section at North Sand Mountain
Selma (6A) at Aliceville
Sheffield at Tanner
Southeastern at Tarrant
Vincent at Fayetteville, NFHS Network
B.B. Comer at Weaver
Greene County at Oakman
Hale County at Winfield
Isabella (1A) at Fultondale
Phil Campbell at Colbert Heights
J.B. Pennington at Midfield
Mobile Christian at St. Michael Catholic
Ashville at Anniston
Deshler at West Limestone
Fayette County at Good Hope, NFHS Network
Hokes Bluff at Jacksonville, NFHS Network
Randolph at North Jackson
St. John Paul II Catholic at DAR
West Morgan at Priceville
White Plains at Oneonta
Ardmore at Madison County, NFHS Network
Brewer at Scottsboro
Center Point at Central, Clay County
Douglas at Alexandria
East Limestone at Guntersville
Hamilton at Jasper
Hayden at West Point, NFHS Network
Jackson at LeFlore, NFHS Network
John Carroll Catholic at Ramsay, NFHS Network
Wenonah at Parker, NFHS Network
Brookwood at McAdory, NFHS Network
Clay-Chalkville at Huffman, NFHS Network
Hazel Green at Hartselle, NFHS Network
Jackson-Olin at Homewood, NFHS Network
Minor at Carver, Birmingham, NFHS Network
Northridge at Bessemer City
Park Crossing at Carver, Montgomery, NFHS Network
Paul Bryant at Hueytown, NFHS Network
Austin at James Clemens, NFHS Network
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