MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program has 79 events tonight through October 11 planned to be video live-streamed over its on-line platform. A record 38 varsity football games are planned for Thursday, Friday and Saturday – bringing the total this season on the NFHS Network to 188. Overall events, including volleyball, cross country and other special events, are approaching 500 with 485 already in this school year.
That slate begins tonight with nine varsity and JV volleyball matches, two varsity football games and one middle school game.
This week’s headliner is Hewitt-Trussville (5-1) at Vestavia Hills (4-1) in a key Class 7A, Region 3 game. The Vestavia Hills High School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program is producing the game that is being featured as the AHSAA’s NFHS Network Game of the Week.
The Huskies are coming off a 41-0 win over Huffman, the first shutout of the season for Coach Josh Floyd’s team and the first since Sept. 29 of last year. Vestavia Hills beat Shades Valley 41-21 last week. The victory was No. 333 for head coach Buddy Anderson, the state’s all-time wins leader with a 333-147 career slate over the last 41 years – all at Vestavia. He was inducted into the NFHS National Hall of Fame last summer and has been a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame since 2003. His father Dovey Anderson, inducted into the AHSAA Hall of Fame in its inaugural 1991 class, served as head coach at Thomasville High School from 1932-1961 compiling 180-82-27 record. Combined, the Andersons are the state’s all-time father-son football coaching leaders with 513 wins, 229 losses and 27 ties – all at just two schools.|
Floyd, 38-14 at Hewitt-Trussville since becoming head coach in 2014, came from Shiloh Christian High School in Arkansas where his teams compiled a 99-29-1 record and won four state titles. His 2016 and 2017 teams at Hewitt finished 11-1. Quarterback Paul Tyson, the great grandson of University of Alabama coaching legend Paul “Bear” Bryant, has been sensational for the last two seasons. He has passed for 5,106 yards over the last 18 games completing 357-of-510 passes for 54 touchdowns with only three interceptions. He is 119-of-174 this season for 1,714 yards and 18 TDs with just one pick. Tyson, who is completing 68.4% of his passes, threw for 409 yards in a season-opening 34-30 loss to Cedar Grove (GA). His top receiver is Ja’Varrius Johnson, a senior recently selected for the Alabama All-Star squad that will meet Mississippi in December at Cramton Bowl. Johnson has 40 catches for 810 yards and seven TDs, and Dazalin Worsham had 49 receptions for 590 yards and eight scores. Running back Armoni Goodwin has 777 yards rushing on 118 carries and eight TDs. Another Alabama All-Star selection Pierce Quick anchors the offensive line.
Anderson, who has coached Vestavia Hills to 62 shutout wins in his coaching span, features a more traditional run-first offense led by senior running back Cooper Bishop, who has 108 carries for 708 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Quarterback Eli Sawyer, a 6-2, 215-pound junior, has completed 45-of-86 passes for 735 yards and three TDs this season with just two interceptions. Senior tight end Michael Vice (6-4, 246), has caught 34 passes for 336 yards and three scores. He is also an Alabama All-Star selection. Defensive leaders include middle linebacker Rob Barrentine and defensive lineman Andrew Sims.
NFHS Network subscribers have plenty to choose from this weekend. Among the other top games is Gardendale (4-2) at Pinson Valley (4-1) in Class 6A, Region 6 where senior quarterback Bo Nix will be attempting to become just the fourth player in AHSAA history to reach the 10,000-yard total offense mark in history, Nix has 9,630 yards in his career and needs 371 yards to crack 10,000. Nix has compiled a 31-2 record as a starter including 15-0 in leading the Indians to the Class 6A state title in 2017. He is 510-of-932 passing for his career for 7,785 yards and 90 touchdowns with no sacks this season and only three over the last three years in 647 pass attempts. Nix has also rushed for 1,845 career yards and 29 touchdowns on 224 carries.
The all-time AHSAA career total offense leader is Terrance Hollingsworth of Class 1A Berry High School, who amassed 11,788 yards from 2009-13 (9,819 rushing, 1,240 receiving, 729 passing). Zane Smith of Susan Moore (2004-06) and Mitch Stults of Hamilton (2009-12) were two quarterbacks who totaled 11,266 and 11,004 yards, respectively, in their prep careers to rank 2-3.
At Mobile, defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright (5-0) hosts Hillcrest-Evergreen (4-2), last year’s Class 3A state champion now competing in 4A, Region 1 with the Bulldogs. Other key games on the NFHS Network include Class 7A Lee-Montgomery (4-2) vs. Prattville (3-2) tonight at Cramton Bowl and Mountain Brook (5-0) at Oak Mountain (1-4) at Heardmont Park. Other top games set for Friday over the NFHS Network include: (2A) Sheffield (4-2) at Red Bay (3-2); (3A) Providence Christian (6-0) at Pike County (5-1) and Weaver (4-1) at Randolph County (4-1); (6A) St. Paul’s Episcopal (4-1) at Spanish Fort (4-1); and Decatur (4-2) at Muscle Shoals (4-2).
Volleyball action continues to have a strong presence on the NFHS Network with 20 varsity matches over the next week.
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AHSAA NFHS Network Broadcast Schedule (Oct. 4-Oct. 11)
Thursday, October 4
Friday, October 5
St. Paul's Episcopal
Saturday, October 6
Monday, October 8
Tuesday, October 9
Thursday, October 11
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MONTGOMERY— Auburn’s girls turned in a dominating performance at the Warhawk Challenge invitational cross country race held at Auburn-Montgomery’s course Sept. 29 to capture this week’s AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight.
Six Tigers placed in the top seven of the race featuring 165 runners. Junior Harper McGowan crossing first with a winning time of 19:47.56. She won over teammate Samantha Rogers, who also clocked the same time in the photo finish.
Freshman Lily Bachi of Montgomery Catholic was third with a 19:57.06 time, followed, in order by Auburn runners Sarah Parnell, Sara Pacer, Hallie Stewart and Sangie Lincoln-Velez. Auburn Coach Naomi Bergh’s team totaled 18 points to run away with the team title. Central-Phenix City was second with 68.
The Auburn performance edged out a strong boys’ team effort by Grissom to win the Arab Invitational, and a powerful 1-2 finish by Thompson High School’s duo of Brandon DeMarcus Lee and Jace Jones at the Daphne Invitational.
The Tigers used the Warhawk Invitational to prepare for defense of its 2017 title this Saturday at the 18th annual Jesse Owens Classic – the largest invitational meet of the year in the AHSAA. Defending individual champions Montgomery Catholic senior Amaris Tyynismaa and Homewood senior Will Stone will be in the field of the featured Gold race at the Jesse Owens Classic at Oak Hill Indian Mounds and Museum course. Both races will feature approximately 500 of the Southeast’s top prep cross country runners and more than 35 of the top high school teams.
As for last week’s top efforts, Lee, a Thompson senior, ran 16:08.60 to win the Daphne meet held at historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort. Teammate Jones was second at 16:31.66. Lee’s time was the best of the week among AHSAA boys’ runners and was one of the best of the year. Hartselle senior Carson Levario-Slaten was third in the race clocking 16:42.48 to spark the Tigers to the team championship. Hartselle totaled 81 points and Baker was second with 86. The field included 198 participants.
Grissom runners took the top four places to win the Arab Invitational cross country meet Class 5A-7A race held at Arab City Park. Junior Dustyn Lewis finished first with a winning time of 16:38.68. Allan Anderson was second at 17:02.16, followed by Louis Levesque (17:02.78) and Heath Varnette (17:55.11). The Tigers posted 17 points to win the team title. Arab was second with 40. The field had 38 runners.
Fairview totaled 62 points to win the 1A-4A division over runner-up St. Bernard, which had 75 points. St. Bernard Junior Caleb Guthery won the individual title clocking 18:06.95. Kyle VanKirk of Westminster Christian finished second at 18:12.11 in the race that featured 143 participants.
In the girls’ competition at the Arab Invitational, senior Julianne Hill of Madison Academy won the Class 1A-4A division with a winning time of 20:51.46. Ashville won the team championship edging St. Bernard 43-46 with sophomore Meghan McCarthy clocking 22:08.02 to finish third overall. Kathleen McCarthy was eighth in the 86-runner field at 23:07.88 for Ashville.
Arab senior Megan Schwarze won the 5A-7A large-school competition with time of 20:24.79. Sarah Lewis of Grissom was second at 21:29.93. The Knights won the team title with 26 points.
Other highlights reported include:
EVAN CRAWFORD, ENTERPRISE: The senior runner won the Oak Mountain Invitational cross country meet at Heardmont Park with a 16:31.50 time. Florence senior Bennett Blake was second at 16:32.41 and Jonah Barrett of Oak Mountain was third with a 16:34.08 time. The trio closed out an exciting finish in a race that totaled 264 participants and 24 teams. Hoover won the team title with 55 points. Oak Mountain was second with 67.
JACE JONES, THOMPSON: The Warriors’ junior crossed the finish line first at the Shelby County Championships with a 16:53.35 time over the Veterans Park course in Alabaster. Pelham senior Adam Keller was second at 17:04.29, and Thompson senior Brandon DeMarcus Lee, who set the course meet record in 2016 running 16:32.77, finished third with a time of 17:07.36. Seven schools and 135 runners competed with Oak Mountain posting 38 points to take the boys’ title. Thompson was second with 65.
JEAN PIERRE LeROUX, BOB JONES: Captured first place at the Warriors Invitational cross country meet hosted by Wilson High School with the only sub-17-minute time (16:52.35) in the 84-runner field. Raleigh Stamps, a junior, was second at 17:45.08 for Rogers, which won the team title with 51 points. Muscle Shoals was second with 61 and Bob Jones third with 65. Stamps also clocked 17:34.57 on Oct. 2 to win the Elkmont Invitational cross country meet over Nicolas Ulrich of Athens Bible, who finished second with a 17:39.28 time. Rogers posted 48 points to beat Deshler (62).
NICOLAS ULRICH, ATHENS BIBLE: The junior won the Warriors Invitational Class 1A-3A division competition at Wilson High School’s Warriors Invitational clocking 17:40.19 over the 5,000-meter course. Ninety-four runners participated. Hatton won the team title with 49 points.
WILL THOMPSON, CULLMAN: The Bearcats junior was first in the 199-runner field at the Cold Springs Kudzu Invitational Class 4A-7A race held at Cold Springs High School with a time of 16:43.31. Sophomore Matthew Hill of James Clemens was second crossing at 15:59.81. The Jets finished first in the team standings with 54 points and Cullman was second with 61. Eighteen teams competed.
JONAH MORRIS, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Won the Cold Springs Kudzu Hills Invitational boys’ 1A-3A division race at Cold Springs High School with a time of 17:07.67. Davis Holdbrooks of Winfield was runner-up in the race featuring 133 runners with a close-second time of 187:0818. Cold Springs won the team championship with 66 points. Altamont was second with 71.
EVAN ROGERS, AUBURN: The senior ran the AUM course 5K distance in 17:08.35 to finish first in the field of 270 runners competing in the Warhawk Cross Country Challenge. The Tigers won the team title as well, posting 30 points in a dominating showing placing all five scorers in the top 13 finishers. Montgomery Catholic was second with 69 points.
SETH LORD, PINSON VALLEY: The junior clocked 18:17.92 to capture the Hueytown Invitational meet individual title over a field of 81 runners. Freshman Jack Lowe was second at 18:29.97 to lead Pell City (40 points) to the team crown. Pinson was second with 54.
JENSEN HAMMONS, DEMOPOLIS: The junior finished fourth at the Northeast Lauderdale meet held in Mississippi with a time of 18:41.33. The Tigers were third in the final team results.
McKENZIE HOGUE, THOMPSON: The senior captured first place at the Shelby County Championship meet with a time of 19:45.99. Evie Bell, a junior at Oak Mountain, was second at 20:47.11 in the field of 105 participants to lead the Eagles to the team title. Oak Mountain had 38 points, runner-up Pelham scored 59 and Thompson was third with 69. Hogue also finished second at the Daphne Invitational meet run at historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort. She clocked 18:25.56 to finish behind Long Beach (MS) freshman Brooklyn Biancamano, who crossed first at 18:06.33. Baker won the team title with 47 points and St. Paul’s Episcopal was second with 66. Thompson (104) finished third.
PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: The Trojans sophomore beat a field of 103 runners in the Cold Springs Kudzu Hills Invitational meet Class 1A-3A division with a dominating time of 18:24.10. Holly Pond sophomore Camilla Chambers was second at 20:43.99. Cold Springs (65 points) edged out Saint James (67) to win the team title by two points.
EMILY DANIEL, LAWRENCE COUNTY: The junior finished 10 seconds ahead of Lawrence County teammate and eighth grader Savannah Williams to claim the Class 4A-7A division individual title at the Cold Springs Kudzu Hills Invitational. Daniel clocked 20:22.43 and Williams 20:32.94. The competition included 117 runners and 12 teams. The duo helped Coach Stanley Johnson’s Red Devils post a strong score of 22 to win the meet. Cullman was second with 47.
LAINEY PHELPS, HOMEWOOD: The Patriots junior ran the Heardmont Park cross country course in 18:59.83 to beat a field of 185 runners at the Oak Mountain Invitational meet. Evie Bell of Oak Mountain was second at 20:25.70. Hoover had 46 points to take the team title. Oak Mountain was second with 66.
HANNAH THUSS, BOB JONES: Clocked 20:42.55 to win the Warriors Invitational cross country meet Class 4A-7A division race hosted by Wilson High School. The sophomore finished 14 seconds ahead of runner-up, junior Jaycee Biffle, who crossed at 20:56.67 to help Rogers High School win the team competition. Rogers had 62 points to edge Florence, which had 65. Biffle won the Elkmont Invitational on Oct. 2 with a winning time of 20:51.34. Deshler won the team competition over Rogers, 56 to 87.
KASEY EZEKIEL, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Crossed the finish line first clocking 21:31.68 at Wilson High School’s Warriors Invitational Class 1A-3A division race. Ally Amerson was third at 22:02.80 to lead Hatton to the team title with 59 points. The junior finished just ahead of teammates Neidyn Lopez and Maey Kate Sapp, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the race featuring 70 runners.
JAYCEE DILL, GARDENDALE: The senior won the Hueytown Invitational with a time of 23:02.28. Chloe Brown, a Pell City junior, was second in the 43-runner field with a 23:27.50 time to pace the Panthers to the team win. Pell City had 31 points and Gardendale was second with 58.
MONTGOMERY – Instant Replay had its first touchdown play reversed last week as the AHSAA’s DVSport Instant Replay program completed its sixth week of the 2018 season.
AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones reported four challenges from five games with one challenge reversed.
Central-Phenix City challenged a touchdown pass by Park Crossing at the 7:37 mark of third period. The Thunderbirds were facing and second down and 2 at the Central 3-yard line when a touchdown was signaled on the ensuing pass play. After review, which took only a minute and 39 seconds, it was determined the receiver never had possession of the ball and it the ground prior to possession. The touchdown was nullified. Central was penalized for illegal substitution on the play and the ball was moved half the distance to the goal and set for replay of second down.
None of the other three challenges, one by Minor versus Auburn, one by Lawrence County versus Decatur and one by Athens versus East Limestone, were reversed with the calls on the field stood as called. Two games using Instant Replay had no challenges.
On the season there has been Instant Replay in 36 games with a total of 28 challenges with five overturned – a percentage of 17.9%. This week there will be six games using DVSport Instant Replay, all on Friday, Sept. 28.
Seven games are slated to utilize DVSport Instant Replay this week with Vestavia Hills hosting its first game using instant replay Friday versus Hewitt-Trussville. A total of eight schools will be participating in the project this week for the first time, including: (4A) Elmore County; (5A) Arab and Jackson; (7A) Enterprise, Hewitt-Trussville, Spain Park, Sparkman and Vestavia Hills.
Nine games are slated to use instant replay Oct. 12 with eight more schools participating for the first time – bringing the total by week eight to 60.
Those games, with classification of each school, include:
FRIDAY, OCT. 5
· Arab (5A) at East Limestone (5A)
· Elmore County (4A) at Handley (4A), Roanoke
· Enterprise (7A) at Central-Phenix City (7A)
· Hewitt-Trussville (7A) at Vestavia Hills (7A)
· Jackson (5A) at Thomasville (3A)
· Sparkman (7A) at Austin (7A), Decatur
· Spain Park (7A) at Thompson (7A), Alabaster
FRIDAY, OCT. 12
· Benjamin Russell (6A) at Wetumpka (6A)
· Haleyville (4A) at Good Hope (4A)
· Jackson-Olin (6A) at Pelham (6A)
· Lee-Montgomery (7A) at Central (7A), Phenix City
· Phillips (1A) at Hackleburg (1A)
· Shades Valley (6A) at Oxford (7A)
· Smiths Station (7A) at Auburn (7A)
· Vestavia Hills (7A) at Thompson (7A), Alabaster
· Walker (5A) at Lawrence County (5A), Moulton
TOTAL SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING THUS FAR (43)
(At least one game)
Class 1A District Games
Hackleburg D-7 3
Hubbertville D-7 1
Sweet Water D-3 2
Waterloo D-7 1
Class 2A District Games
Tanner D-8 1
Class 3A District Games
Bayside Academy D-1 1
Thomasville D-1 2
Class 4A District Games
B.T. Washington D-4 1
Clarke County D-1 1
Cordova D-5 1
Good Hope D-8 3
Handley D-6 1
Oak Grove D-5 1
West Limestone D-8 1
Class 5A District Games
East Limestone D-8 3
Lawrence County D-7 2
Madison Academy D-8 1
West Point D-8 1
Wilcox Central D-3 1
Class 6A District Games
Athens D-8 1
Buckhorn D-8 1
Calera D-5 1
Carver-Montgomery D-3 1
Decatur D-8 2
Minor D-5 2
Opelika D-4 4
Oxford D-6 2
Park Crossing D-3 1
Pell City D-6 1
Pelham D-5 2
Pinson Valley D-5 1
Selma D-3 1
Wetumpka D-4 4
Class 7A District Games
Auburn D-4 4
Austin D-8 1
Baker D-1 1
Central-Phenix City D-4 3
Fairhope D-1 1
James Clemens D-8 1
Jeff Davis D-3 1
Oak Mountain D-5 2
Thompson D-5 2
Meridian (MS) NA 1
District Exposure Breakdown
District Schools Opportunities
D-1 5 6
D-2 0 0
D-3 6 7
D-4 5 16
D-5 8 12
D-6 3 4
D-7 4 7
D-8 11 16
Out-of-State 1 1
TOTAL 43 69
Class Exposure Breakdown
Class Schools Opportunities
1A 4 7
2A 1 1
3A 2 3
4A 7 9
5A 5 8
6A 14 24
7A 9 16
Out-of-State 1 1
TOTAL 43 69
MONTGOMERY – A gutsy call by Lincoln High School Coach Matt Zedaker to run a “hook and lateral” from inside the Bears’ own 1-yard line on fourth and 19 worked like a charm and catapulted Lincoln to a game-winning 99-yard touchdown in the final two minutes as the Golden Bears posted a 28-27 win over Munford last week to earn the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 5.
Tony Nathan fans remember the Miami Dolphins’ use of one of football’s most legendary “trick plays” in the 1982 AFC Championship Game versus San Diego when Nathan took a pitch from receiver Wide receiver Duriel Harris, who ran a “hook” route to catch 20-yard pass from quarterback Don Strock in the final seconds of the first half, then pitched to Nathan, who raced untouched the final 25 yards for a touchdown that ignited Miami to an overtime win over the Chargers.
The situation was more dire for Lincoln. The Bears (4-1) had built a 21-7 lead by halftime but saw that cushion evaporate in the second half when the Lions (1-5) took the lead late in the fourth period with a long play of its own. Munford senior Pernell Mitchell got loose on a 95-yard run to the Lincoln 1-yard line to set up a go-ahead TD. He was knocked out of bounds just shy of the goal line by Lincoln defensive back Montez “Teddy” Hall to prevent the TD. On the next play however, Munford quarterback Jay Tuck’s 1-yard sneak gave the visitors a 27-20 lead.
On the following series, Lincoln mishandled the kickoff and started the drive from its own 10-yard line. The Bears were called for intentional grounding on third down – just inches away from their end zone to set up the fourth-and-19 with 2:31 remaining. Zedaker decided to call the play that offensive coordinator Will Hill had introduced to the team just four days earlier at the team’s Monday practice.
Junior quarterback Javion Surles stepped into his end zone and fired a strike to sophomore receiver Brian Garrett just 10 yards from the right sideline. Junior running back Cam Reynolds sped around the corner and grabbed the perfect lateral from Garrett. He broke a tackle near the 10, out-raced a trio of Munford defenders hot in heels turning back toward the center of the field near the 50 and picked up good blocks from Tre Garrett and Hall. He somehow fought his way into the end zone to complete the state-record tying 99-yard touchdown pass play. The Bears converted the PAT and closed out the game with a fumble-causing sack on fourth down by Lincoln linebacker Jamichael Johnson and recovered by Keyshone Townsend to escape with the 28-27 win.
“It was a gutsy effort,” Zedaker told Talladega Daily Home sports writer Will Heath after the game. “You give a ton of credit to that Munford team. They fought hard in the second half. We’ve been preaching since the off-season, we have to play four quarters. As long as that final whistle hasn’t blown, you’re never out of it.”
Surles finished with 172 yards rushing, 119 yards passing and had a hand in all four touchdowns.
HOUSTON ACADEMY PRESENTS RIGGS WITH 309TH CAREER WIN: Houston Academy won its third straight game on the road and new Raiders coach Jamie Riggs reached a major career milestone with a 42-39 win over Florala. The veteran high school coach has now won 309 games as a head coach and is tied with retired coach Walden Tucker for second place in all-time wins in the state on the prep level. The all-time leader is Vestavia Hills’ Buddy Anderson (333-147-0), who captured his 333rd career victory Friday with the Rebels’ 41-21 triumph over Shades Valley. Now in his 41st season, all his career coaching wins have been for the Rebels. Fred Yancey of Briarwood Christian (314-113-1) is currently second among active coaches. However, his record in the AHSAA is 273-93. His other wins came at out-of-state schools.
Chase Swain keyed the victory over Florala rushing for 237 yards and three touchdowns, including a 3-yarder with 1:25 left to give the Raiders the three-point win. Swain also scored on runs for 51 yards and 1 yard. Riggs (309-82) came out of retirement this year to take over a struggling Houston Academy program that was spiraling in a 19-game losing streak when he arrived. The Raiders are currently 4-1 on the season.
Other prep coaches with ties to the AHSAA with 300 wins include Jimmie Moore (317-105-5) and Billy Livings (315-108-4). Moore, who won over 200 games in Mississippi, closed his career at Colbert County going 91-30 with three Class 3A state championships in nine seasons with the Indians before retiring. Livings, who started the Jeff Davis program in 1968, was 104-22-4 with the one 6A state championship (1978) over 12 seasons for the Vols before closing out his career with 211 wins at Vero Beach (FL).
Two active AHSAA coaches are approaching 300 wins, Terry Curtis of UMS-Wright (294-85-0) and Danny Horn of Central-Clay County (190-85-0). Both have coached their entire careers in in the AHSAA.
RUDOLPH HAULS WAY INTO AHSAA RECORD BOOK: Cottage Hill Christian receiver Samario Rudolph nabbed six receptions for 269 yards and five touchdowns as Cottage Hill (5-0) improved to 5-0 for the first time since joining the AHSAA in 2008 with a 35-3 win over Bayside Academy. His 269 yards tied for 10th in the AHSAA Record Book for most yards receiving in a single game, and the five TD receptions ties five others for second most receiving touchdowns in state history. The record (6) is shared by three receivers, including the Ja’Michael Willis of Gardendale, the most recent to accomplish the feat with six in a 51-26 win over Bessemer City in 2010.
HEADLAND’S DRU NEWMAN SPARKS COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORY: With Headland trailing 27-16 with just over four minutes remaining, Newman scored two TDs on a 55-yard run and 40-yard punt return to help the Rams (5-0) remain unbeaten with a 32-27 win over previously undefeated Pike Road (5-1). K’Shun Stokes scored two 2-point conversions after each TD for the final margin. The Rams of Coach Danny Raines are unbeaten at 5-0 for the first time since 1988, when Headland opened the season 8-0 and finished 10-2.
Coach Patrick Browning’s Patriots suffered their first loss in what is their new era – competing at the varsity level for the first time since 1933 – 84 years ago. Newman finished with six tackles and two interceptions on defense, 92 yards rushing on eight carries and a 2-point conversion.
DOUGLAS SNAPS 19-GAME LOSING STREAK: Quarterback Jonathan Ray threw two touchdown passes (45 and 22 yards) and scored on an 18-yard run as the Eagles snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 37-6 win over Brindlee Mountain.
Other highlights reported include:
JACOB DENDY, ALBERTVILLE: Ran for a school-record 349 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries as Albertville beat Boaz 32-27. His scoring runs covered 42, 52, 45, 6 and 78 yards). In the same game, Christian Collins of Boaz gained 308 yards on 36 carries and scored four times (1, 2, 4 and 46 yards).
ZAYE BOYD, RUSSELLVILLE: Rushed 20 times for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns as Russellville (5-0) remained unbeaten with a 35-19 win over Haleyville.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 21 times for 316 yards and TD runs of 43, 49, 54 and 48 yards as the Gophers defeated Cullman 42-7.
EYREN BOYD, FULTONDALE: Accumulated 257 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 22 carries to lead the Wildcats past John Carroll Catholic 55-26.
DARRELL GIBSON, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Gained 249 yards on 26 rush attempts and scored two rushing TDs in a 29-28 loss to Beauregard. He also caught a 44-yard TD pass.
KATON COLEMAN, GREENE COUNTY: Piled up 233 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns in the Tigers’ 32-30 win over Sumter Central.
DESHONTAE KIRKLAND, ASHFORD: Had 18 carries for 206 yards and four touchdowns as Ashford beat Houston County 28-18. His TD runs covered 38, 12, 1 and 15 yards.
A.J. PHILLIPS, CHICKASAW: Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries – all in the second half -- to help Chickasaw overcome a 21-0 halftime deficit on the way to a 28-21 win over St. Michael’s Catholic.
CURTIS WILSON, JEFF DAVIS: Rushed for 176 yards on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 26-21 win over Sidney Lanier.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 175 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns (14, 29 yards) in the Panthers’ 35-0 victory over Sand Rock.
ISAIAH PERDUE, MADISON COUNTY: Rushed 12 times for 172 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-7 win over New Hope.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Playing in the first half and one series on the second half, the junior halfback rushed 14 times for 167 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 47-7 win over Glencoe. He scoring runs covered 47, 38, 1 and 6 yards.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Had 12 carries for 163 yards and three touchdowns as Fyffe (5-0) beat Plainview 55-7. He now has 63 carries for 724 yards and 18 TDs on the season. He also has seven kick returns for 293 yards and two TDs. He is averaging 41.9 yards per return.
TERRANCE WEBSTER, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had 19 carries for 133 yards and one TD and had a 31-yard run to set up the Wolverines’ winning score with 53 seconds remaining in a 21-20 win over Lee-Montgomery.
TEDARRIAN MURRAY, LEE-MONGOMERY: Rushed for 143 yards on nine carries and scored all three touchdowns for the Generals on runs of 35, 13 and 31 yards as Lee fell 21-20 to Carver-Montgomery.
DYLAN PETERSON, PELHAM: Had four rushing touchdowns and 134 yards on 15 carries in the Panthers’ 52-21 win over Oak Mountain.
ZAVIEN WILKINS, ALICEVILLE: Scored a touchdown in each overtime to lead the Yellow Jackets (4-1) to a 16- win over Pickens County. His TD runs covered 1 and 10 yards. The teams battled to a scoreless tie at the end of regulation.
WILLIAM GUTHERIE, ADDISON: The Bulldogs’ quarterback rushed for two touchdowns, threw for a TD and caught a pass for another score as Addison won its homecoming game over Vinemont 38-12. He also passed for three 2-point conversion after touchdowns.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 16-of-25 passes for 207 yards, including three touchdowns, to set a new Hewitt-Trussville career passing touchdown record, as the Huskies beat Huffman 41-0. Brandon Cox held the previous record (50) in a career that spanned 2000-01.
NICHOLAS SELLERS, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Had a 25-of-46 passing performance for 307 yards and two touchdowns in the Cavaliers’ 55-26 loss to Fultondale.
CORNELIUS BROWN, CALERA: Passed for 271 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-33 loss to Bibb County.
CADE PRICE, SLOCOMB: The Red Tops quarterback had a 200-200 night with five touchdowns, rushing for 203 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries and completing 12-of-17 passes for 232 yards and another TD in a 35-32 loss to Ariton.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Completed 15-of-19 passes for 233 yards and five touchdowns (47, 12, 2, 20 and 2 yards) ran for a 48-yard TD and completed a 2-point pass in a 48-28 win over Priceville.
LANDON GREEN, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Was 10-of-17 passing for 232 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two scores in a 44-15 win over Sylvania.
GOOSE CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Passed for 224 yards and two touchdowns on a 16-of-26 performance as the Rockets nipped Hazel Green 16-9. He also rushed for 42 yards.
KOURTLAND MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Was 15-of-23 passing for 222 yards and a touchdown and added two TD runs in the Blue Devils’ 41-0 win over Hayden.
CAMERON MORSON, DECATUR: Was 7-of-11 passing for 168 yards and three touchdowns (8, 75 and 11 yards) and scored on a 2-yard run in a 35-7 win over Lawrence County.
LAKE SPURGEON, BROOKS: Passed for 199 yards and scooted into the end zone for a 7-yard TD with 53 seconds left and then ran the deciding 2-point conversion as the Lions came from behind to be Mars Hill Bible 36-35.
JACKSON ELKIINS, WINFIELD: Was 12-of-17 passing for 204 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score in the Pirates’ 38-14 win over Hamilton. Teammate Chris Broyles also rushed for 173 yards and two TDs.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Completed 15-of-20 passes for 205 yards and a 40-yard TD in a 48-0 win over rival Randolph.
KARSON GREEN, SATSUMA: Was 7-of-8 passing for 200 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, in a 54-0 win over Pleasant Home.
TREY LINDSEY, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Let MA to a 24-23 win over Trinity Presbyterian with a 12-of-20 passing performance for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He also made an interception on defense.
CAIDEN LIPSCOMB, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Completed 18-of-31 passes for 187 yards, including a game-winning 25-yard TD strike to Evan Delp as the Conquerors beat Victory Christian 10-7.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Completed 7-of-10 passes for 133 yards and four TDs and rushed for 127 yards and a 59-yard TD as the Indians beat Prattville 49-23. He had 260 total yards.
TRA’ EDWARDS, PRATTVILLE: Completed 10-of-22 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 118 yards on 18 carries as the Lions fell to Wetumpka 49-23.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Passed for five touchdowns and also ran for one in Falkville’s 48-28 win over Priceville.
JOHN-MICHAEL RILEY, BOB JONES: Caught seven passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns (70, 57, 32 and 51 yards) in a 35-21 win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
JAYLON STEVENSON, HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC: Snared 12 receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns as the Titans (5-10 beat Fayetteville 31-0.
JACE STEWART, SLOCOMB: Caught 10 passes for 156 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown pass, in the Red Tops' 35-32 loss to Ariton.
ZION BLACK, ROGERS: Returned a fumble and interceptions for touchdowns as Rogers beat Lauderdale County 35-14.
ZYDARIEN BROWN, HOUSTON COUNTY: Recorded 19 tackles the Lions’ 28-18 loss to Ashford. Teammate Dorien Collier also had 13 stops.
DERICKEY WRIGHT, ETOWAH: Intercepted two passes, returning one 37 yards for a touchdown, and rushed for a 5-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion to lead the unbeaten Blue Devils (6-0) to a 21-14 win over Fort Payne.
COLTON ADAMS, WETUMPKA: The Indians’ linebacker had 14 tackles and two sacks in a 49-23 victory over Prattville.
JACOB BURLESON, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in the Tigers’ 55-0 win at Gaylesville. Teammate Ambre Leek also had a 69-yard fumble return for another Cedar Bluff defensive score.
VONTA BENTLEY, JACKSON-OLIN: The senior linebacker’s 17 tackles anchored a defense that earned its second shutout in the last three weeks as the Mustangs blanked Clarke County 22-0. The shutout included a successful goal-line stand that started with first-and-goal at the 3.
ANDREW WADE, McADORY: Intercepted two passes to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 10-0 win over Greensboro – limiting the Raiders to just 61 yards total offense.
BENNETT WHISENHUNT, VESTAVIA HILLS: Totaled nine tackles and an interception in the Rebels’ 41-21 win over Shades Valley.
KRIS BRAMBLETT, BREWER: Returned an interception 55 yards for one TD and caught two TD passes as the Patriots downed West Morgan 60-14.
ANDY LAMB, HARTSELLE: Intercepted a pass on the final play over overtime to give Hartselle the 14-7 win over undefeated Briarwood Christian.
DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: Finished with 11 tackles, including two quarterback sacks, in the Panthers' 16-0 shutout over Samson. Creech also had a 20-yard TD catch in the game.
CONNER GERMAN, HEADLAND: Recorded 16 tackles and also caused a fumble in the Rams' 32-27 win over Pike Road.
HORANDO WHEELER, PIKE COUNTY: Accounted for 10 tackles, including two for losses, in the Bulldogs' 20-14 win over previously unbeaten Abbeville.
ZACH PYRON, FYFFE: Intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards for one TD, was 3-of-4 passing for 64 yards and rushed for 92 yards and a TD on seven carries as the Red Devils beat Plainview 55-7,
ERIC THOMAS, VIGOR: Managed 11 tackles, including a sack and three others for losses, as the Wolves (5-0) downed Murphy 21-7.
JACKSON LEACH, PAUL BRYANT: Booted three field goals, including a 31-yarder as time expired, to life Paul Bryant past Mae Jemison 29-26.
NOAH ALLISON, J.B. PENNINGTON: Kicked two field goals, including a 27-yarder with two seconds remaining, to lift the Tigers past Cleveland 31-28. He was also 16-of-29 passing for 236 yards and a TD.
SAM RAYBORN, FAIRHOPE: Booted two field goals, including a 32-yarder in overtime, as the Pirates nipped Daphne 21-17.
CALEB McDOUGLE, MUSCLE SHOALS: Blocked a punt that set up Trojans’ only touchdown, blocked a field-goal attempt and had an interception in the Class 6A Trojans’ 10-7 win over Class 7A rival Florence.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Returned a punt 60 yards and an interception 65 yards for two touchdowns and rushed for 127 yards and two more scores on 15 carries to lead the Chiefs (5-0) past Scottsboro 56-3. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats in a series that has been played annually since North Jackson opened in its doors in 1988. The Chiefs hold a 21-10 edge in the series.
NICK POWE, MARY MONTGOMERY: Returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and caught three passes for 39 yards and another score in the Vikings’ 27-19 win over Citronelle.
T.J. FAIRS, PIEDMONT: Returned a punt 44 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 28-21 loss to Jacksonville.
JAMEL ROBINSON, R.A. HUBBARD: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and caught a 75-yard TD pass in R.A. Hubbard’s 28-26 loss to Sheffield.
Video of the Hook & Lateral play by Lincoln can be seen here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOv0oQneEls&feature=youtu.be&a
MONTGOMERY – Senior quarterbacks Taulia Tagovailoa of Thompson High School and Bo Nix of Pinson Valley headline the 2018 40-player All-Star roster for Alabama for the upcoming 32th annual Alabama-Mississippi Classic set to be played at Cramton Bowl on Monday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m.
The squad was announced by Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Jamie Lee. The AHSADCA, in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC), administers the all-star game each year. Raycom Media will be televising the game live.
Alabama holds a 22-9 edge in the series, which began in 1988 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mississippi won last year’s game at Hattiesburg 42-7 – the largest margin of defeat for Alabama in the series history.
“We thank the selection committee for doing an outstanding job selecting this year’s team,” Lee said. “We are excited about all the players chosen, but these two quarterbacks are special.”
Both quarterbacks have had already committed to Southeastern Conference Schools. Tagovailoa has committed to the University of Alabama, where his brother Tua is currently the starting quarterback. And Nix has committed to Auburn, where his dad and head coach Patrick Nix was a quarterback from 1992-95.
The team is comprised of 40 seniors selected by the AHSADCA All-Star Selection Committee, which has been meeting and studying players nominated for several months. The team must have at least one player chosen from each of the AHSAA’s eight districts and at least one player from each of the seven AHSAA classifications. Three players may be chosen from two AHSAA member schools, but no more than two players may be selected from any other member schools. Head coach is Josh Niblett of Hoover.
Tagovailoa has compiled an 18-1 record at Thompson High School since moving to Alabaster prior to the 2017 season. He led the state in passing last season completing 287-of-435 passes attempted for 3,820 yards and 36 touchdowns. He is off to an even faster start this season with 1,991 yards passing and was ranked second in the nation heading into last week. He is 144-of-225 with 20 touchdowns and just two interceptions while leading the Warriors to a 5-0 record thus far this season. He has passed for a career-high 507 yards in one game and has thrown for more than 400 yards in two other games.
Nix is 32-2 as a starter since his sophomore season. He led Scottsboro to a 12-1 record in 2016 and guided Pinson Valley to a 15-0 season and the school’s first ever Class 6A state title last year as a junior while completing 196-of-307 passes for 2,872 yards and 35 TDs. He was named Super 7 Class 6A MVP in the finals. This season he is 82-of-156 for 1,194 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Indians (5-1). Nix has passed for 409 yards in one game.
Niblett, 197-50 overall with seven state titles to his credit, will be making his second head-coaching appearance in the All-Star Classic. He coached the Alabama team to a 21-13 win in 2009. The rest of his coaching staff includes Patrick Nix, Pinson Valley; Sam Adams, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa; Shawn Rainey, Spain Park; Pat Thompson, Sweet Water; Clifford Story, Lanett; Clinton Smith, Hillcrest-Evergreen; Steve Mask, St. Paul’s Episcopal; and Jason Kervin, Hoover High School, who will serve as the scout coach.
Alabama’s All-Star team is loaded with players already committed to play in the SEC next season. One of the highest profile players, Oxford offensive lineman and AHSAA defending Class 6A heavyweight wrestling champion Clay Webb is still uncommitted – considering offers from virtually every major college in the U.S., including Alabama and Georgia – rumored to be his top choices at this time.
Other current Auburn commitments selected include Hoover receiver George Pickens, and Hewitt-Trussville receiver JA’Varrius Woolen-Johnson. Alabama commitments include defensive back Christian Williams of Daphne; defensive lineman D.J. Dale of Clay-Chalkville; offensive linemen Pierce Quick of Hewitt-Trussville and Amari Kight of Thompson; and Hoover place-kicker Will Reichard.
Other major-college commitments are defensive back Ray Thornton of Central-Phenix City and linebacker LaVonta Bentley of Jackson-Olin (Clemson); linebacker Kendall McCallum of Oxford (LSU); linebacker Brandon Mack of Jeff Davis (Pittsburgh); defensive back Desmond James of Spanish Fort (Mississippi State); defensive lineman Daevion Davis of James Clemens (Vanderbilt); defensive lineman LaDarrius Cox of McGill-Toolen Catholic (Tennessee); defensive lineman Checardo Person of Montgomery Catholic (Indiana); defensive lineman Patrick Lucas of Wetumpka (Ole Miss); running back Amontae Faison of Central-Phenix City (Arkansas); and receiver Trikweze Bridges of Lanett (Oregon).
The complete team is listed below.
2018 ALABAMA ALL-STAR ROSTER
Central - Phenix City
Josh Niblett, Hoover High School
Sam Adams, Hillcrest High School, Tuscaloosa
Shawn Raney, Spain Park High School
Pat Thompson, Sweet Water High School
Clifford Story, Jr., Lanett High School
Clinton Smith, Jr., Hillcrest High School, Evergreen
Steve Mask, St. Paul's Episcopal School
Patrick Nix, Pinson Valley High School
Jason Kervin, Hoover High School
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