AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1, State Playoffs
MONTGOMERY – Eight high schools in Calhoun County reached the AHSAA State Football Playoffs this season, and after the first-round dust had settled last Friday night, all eight were still standing.
All eight posted impressive first-round victories – albeit in every class from 1A through 6A. There is no 7A school located in the county.
The Calhoun County contingent collective captured the AHSAA Prep Football Spotlight for the first round of the state playoffs.
The “Mighty Eight” have been mighty strong all season. Donoho (9-1), coached by Mark Sanders, the only private school in the mix, beat Berry 34-6 in the Class 1A first round. His record is 20-12 in three seasons at Donoho and 37-26 overall. Ohatchee (10-0), which finished unbeaten in the regular season for the second straight year, downed Southeastern 55-13 in the Indians’ Class 2A playoff opener. Coach Scott Martin is 46-20 overall during his six-year tenure.
In Class 3A, Piedmont (10-1), last year’s 3A state runner-up, blanked J.B. Pennington 35-0 and Walter Wellborn (10-1) ran past Locust Fork 54-14. Coach Steve Smith has led the Bulldogs for the last 14 seasons, amassing a 157-29 record with three state titles in that stretch. He is 242-74 overall in 25 years as a head coach. Jeff Smith, a Wellborn grad himself, is in his11th year as the head coach at his alma mater where his teams have gone 72-48. Smith is 148-103 overall with head-coaching stints at Ohatchee and Hueytown. His son Judd is a member of his coaching and younger son Jett is the team’s quarterback.
In Class 4A, Jacksonville (9-2), senior Ron Wiggins rushed 11 times for 214 yards and five touchdowns in the Golden Eagles beat Cordova 55-26 in their first-round playoff win. Coach Clint Smith has compiled a 64-26 record in eight seasons at Jacksonville and is 121-73 overall in 18 years as a head coach. Anniston (7-4) beat Fayette County 19-6 in another Calhoun County playoff win. The Bulldogs, coached by Rico White, posted their first playoff win since 2011 with the victory. White, in his second season as head coach, has a 13-9 record at Anniston. Known for rebuilding struggling programs, his overall head-coaching slate is 43-81 in 12 seasons.
Alexandria (8-2) also relied on its strong defense to beat Sylacauga 10-7 in the Class 5A playoffs last weekend. Head coach is Todd Ginn, who is 14-7 in his second season at his own alma mater. Ginn is just the fourth head football coach at Alexandria since 1948. Hall of Fame Coach Lou Scales served as head coach from 1948 – 1985, closing his career with the 1985 Class 4A state title and a 220-141-12 record in 38 seasons.
Ginn’s dad Larry Ginn, who is also a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame, compiled a 195-54 record from 1986-2006 with two state championships. His career was cut short by his death following a battle with cancer. Frank Tucker directed the Valley Cubs from 2007-2017 compiling a 77-44 coaching record.
Oxford (10-1), coached by Keith Etheredge, beat Chelsea 55-14 in the first round of the 6A playoffs. Etheredge, who has a 135-50 record as a head coach, is in his first year at Oxford. His teams at Leeds won four state championships and finished second once in his 10-year stint.
The Calhoun County “Might Eight” outscored their opponents last week 286-73 – averaging 35.8 ppg and allowing only 9.1. The “Eight” currently own a combined 73-12 record this season an 85.9% winning rate.
The games will get tougher in the second round this Friday. Donoho faces Decatur Heritage (11-0) at West Morgan High School’s field Friday in the Class 1A second round. Ohatchee hosts Collinsville (10-1) in Class 2A; Piedmont hosts Lauderdale County (9-2) and Walter Wellborn hosts unbeaten Susan Moore (11-0) in Class 3A; Jacksonville travels to Huntsville to face St. John Paul II Catholic (9-2) and Anniston hots Fairview (8-2) in Class 4A; Alexandria visits Madison County (9-2) in 5A; and Oxford is on the road at Cullman.
In other highlights from last week’s first round of the state playoffs and the last week of the regular season:
JALEN WHITE, DALEVILLE: The Warhawks’ senior, had 20 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns in the Warhawks’s 37-16 defeat at Leroy in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs and finished his season with 3,517 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns on 234 carries in 11 games. His rushing total surpassed the previous record (3,483 yards) set by Jamarius Henderson of Dale County High School at Midland City in 2014 by 34 yards. Henderson gained his total in 15 games. Ironically, the two schools are less than 10 miles apart in Dale County, located in the Wiregrass.
DEVONTAE HOUSTON, HANDLEY: The Tigers’ senior running back set the Handley single-season records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns with 235 yards and five TDs in his team's 50-14 Class 4A first-round playoff win over West Blocton. His performance gives him 2,270 yards and 29 touchdowns on the ground thus far this season. The previous single-season rushing record at Handley (2,052 yards and 28 TDs) was set by Stacy Garrett in 1991. Houston also had an 88-yard scoop of a fumble and score on defense, caught two passes for 39 yards and added a run for a two-point conversion in last week's win.
DONTA DANIEL, CENTRAL COOSA: In the final game of the regular season on Nov. 1, Daniel rushed for 249 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries, completed three passes for 72 yards and another TD, caught a 59-yard pass and had 11 tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble on defense as Central beat Talladega County Central 42-14. The victory snapped a 30-game losing streak that dated back to 2016.
JACKSON BILLINGS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Was 23-of-25 passing for 338 yards and three touchdowns and added two TDs rushing in a Class 3A first-round playoff win over Pisgah.
HAL SMITHART, OPP: Was 16-of-26 passing for 323 yards and four touchdowns – to four different receivers – but it wasn’t enough to overcome defending Class 3A state champion Flomaton in the first round of the state playoffs as the Hurricanes won 58-28.
SAWYER PATE, THOMPSON: Was a perfect 11-for-11 passing totaling 215 yards and four touchdowns as the Warriors beat Austin 54-20 in the first round of the 7A state playoffs. Thompson led 47-7 at the half and did not attempt a pass after intermission.
GRIFFIN HANSON, MARS HILL BIBLE: defending Class 1A state champion Panthers (11-0) won their 21st game in a row as the eighth grader fired four touchdown passes covering 48, 47, 61 and 88 yards in a 63-7 playoff win over Woodville. He finished 5-of-7 for 273 yards.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Completed 17-of-22 passes for 165 yards and two TDs and rushed for 72 yards on 14 carries as he engineered the Indians to two late touchdowns in a 22-21 Class 6A first-round win over Bessemer City.
LANDON GREEN, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Completed 12-of-22 passes for 167 yards and added 80 yards rushing on 10 carries, including TD runs of 1, 2 and 46 yards, in a 20-13 Class 2A playoff victory over Addison.
SPENCER ARCENEAUX, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Passed for 146 yards and three touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets (11-0) beat Enterprise 35-10 in the first round of 7A state playoffs.
DAVID HALL, ONEONTA: Ran for 240 yards and four TDs in a 37-29 victory over Good Hope.
JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Ran for 206 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-23 Class 4A playoff victory over Rogers. He had 239 yards in Priceville’s 30-16 win over Brewer in the final game of the regular season to surpass 2,000 yards rushing on the year.
TRAY DUNCAN, STANHOPE ELMORE: Picked up 203 yards rushing on 21 carries to lead the Panthers to a 35-13 Class 6A playoff win over Paul Bryant.
HUNTER LOVE, FORT PAYNE: The workhorse running back had 37 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-17 Class 6A playoff win over Hartselle. His final TD came with 1:50 left to give the Wildcats the lead for good.
ERIC WATTS, OPELIKA: Rushed for 198 yards and scored four touchdowns, including two covering 51 and 72 yards, as Opelika downed McAdory in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
ANGELO HUNTER, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Ran 28 times for 197 yards a touchdown as the Falcons clinched their first state football playoff victory in school history with a 56-42 Class 4A victory over Brooks.
CHRISTIAN ANGULO, FALKVILLE: Scored six touchdowns on runs veering 19, 2, 28, 8, 35 and 13 yards as Falkville downed Waterloo 47-19 in a Class 1A playoff win.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Scored four touchdowns and rushed for 174 yards on 20 carries as the Bears downed Daleville 37-16 in the 2A state playoffs.
ETHAN HEGGY, HACKLEBURG: Rushed 15 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns (80 and 23 yards) and also caught a 31-yard touchdown pass as the Panthers knocked off Valley Head 34-19 in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Ran for 190 yards on nine carries with three touchdowns and completed 4-of-5 pass attempts for 95 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown toss to Michael Tucker, as the Panthers beat Colbert County 63-28 in the Class 2A state playoffs. Michael Tucker also had 103 yards and four rushing TDs for Collinsville.
NATHANIEL CORNELISON, PISGAH: Had 22 carries for 173 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-28 Class 3A playoff loss to Westminster Christian.
KAHARI McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: Rushed for 173 yards and a 66-yard TD on 17 carries and also caught a 20-yard TD pass in the Panthers’ Class 3A first-round loss to
LUKE REEBALS, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 169 yards on 10 carries with touchdowns of 21, 55 and 12 yards and added a 63-yard touchdown pass reception in Lions’ 42-26 Class 5A playoff victory over Marbury.
BRYAN GALLOWAY, GOSHEN: Rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns and also threw for 56 yards on 7-of-12 passing with a TD for Goshen in a 36-0 win over Thorsby in the Class 2A state playoffs.
CAULLIN LACY, FAITH ACADEMY: Rushed for 143 yards on 28 carries as the Rams (11-0) won their first AHSAA playoff game, beating Charles Henderson 31-0 in the 5A stat playoffs. He scored on runs of 3 and 54 yards and didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
MEKHI BURDETTE, MADISON COUNTY: Ran 25 times for 131 yards, including touchdown runs of 3 and 5 yards, in a 21-14 Class 5A playoff win over Corner.
NARKAVIS CAMPBELL, T.R. MILLER: Ran for 128 yards on 25 carries as the fourth-seeded (7-4) Tigers upset previously unbeaten Pike County 25-13 in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Gained 117 yards rushing on 12 carries with three scores (21, 20 and 39 yards) in Spring Garden’s 28-20 first-round Class 1A playoff win over Hubbertville.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Williams, a selection for the Alabama All-Star team which faces Mississippi in the annual classic Dec. 14, had 12 carries for 106 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-24 Class 6A first-round playoff win over Selma for the Gophers (10-1).
JAYLEN NOBLES, SLOCOMB: Rushed for 274 yards and five touchdowns on 32 carries on offense and had five tackles, an interception and a caused fumble on defense in the Red Tops' 49-42 win over Geneva County in the final game of the regular season on Nov. 1. Emmanuel Henderson led Geneva County with 327 yards on 30 carries and scored four TDs. Neither team advanced to the playoffs.
CHRIS HOPE, JAMES CLEMENS: Delivered the game-winning TD reception and two-point conversion catch as the Jets nipped Vestavia Hills 21-20 in the Class 7A state playoffs. He snagged a 16-yard pass from Connor Cantrell for the score that brought James Clemens to within one at 20-19 with 28 seconds left and followed with the two-point pass play from Cantrell for the win. He finished with eight receptions for 110 yards and also recovered a blocked punt in the contest.
KEYONTEZE JOHNSON, PINSON VALLEY: The defending Class 6A state champion Indians’ senior wide receiver caught 10 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-7 Class 6A playoff victory over Homewood. His TD catches covered 32 and 54 yards. Johnson has been selected to play in the 33rd Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic set for Dec. 14 at Hattiesburg, Ms.
KEVON HANKINS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Snagged four passes for 69 yards and a TD and had 75 rushing yards and another TD on nine carries as the Trojans (11-0) beat Albertville 6!-20 in the 6A playoffs.
TED BORDEN, FLORENCE: Kicked a 42-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Falcons a 24-21 Class 7A playoff win over Mountain Brook.
GRAYSON MYLES, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Booted two field goals late to give the Saints a 20-14 Class 6A playoff win over Sidney Lanier.
GABE HENSON, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Had field goals of 30 and 37 yards in the Patriots’ 50-0 Class 4A playoff win over Holtville.
JASON BROOKS, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Returned a kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown and also hauled in two TD reception in the Leopards’ 49-36 Class 3A playoff win over Geneva.
CLARK GRIFFIN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Totaled 23 tackles and forced a fumble in a 24-21 Class 7A playoff loss to Florence.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Finished with 13 tackles on defense and rushed for a touchdown on offense in the Purple Cats’ 40-19 win over Chickasaw in the Class 2A state playoffs.
KANJII CHANDLER, GARDENDALE: Recorded 10 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble at linebacker on defense and also scored on an 8-yard run as the Rockets beat Minor 17-11 in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
JACKSON DULLARD, FLOMATON: Had seven tackles and four sacks in the defending Class 3A state champion Hurricanes’ first-round playoff 58-28 victory over Opp.
LOGAN DUFFNER, MORTIMER JORDAN: Totaled 11 tackles, including three for a loss, four pass break-ups and an interception in a 41-14 Class 5A playoff win over Boaz.
WILL ADAMS, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Had nine tackles, two for loss, and a sack in the Tigers’ 46-20 win over Sylvania in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.
LANDON GOWENS, SPRING GARDEN: Made the game-ending tackle for a loss of Hubbertville quarterback Gage Key as time expired, allowing the Panthers to escape with a 28-20 victory that moved Spring Garden into the second round for the fifth straight year. He also recovered a fumble in the second quarter.
JOSEPH DAVIS, HOOVER: Had five tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in the Bucs’ 21-3 Class 7A playoff triumph over Sparkman.
Eight No. 4 Seeds advance to Second Round
MONTGOMERY – All of the seven the defending state football champions posted first-round wins as the AHSAA opened the 54th annual State Football Playoffs Friday night.
Eight No. 4 seeds were among the 104 teams advanced in all seven classes with second-round games set for Friday, Nov. 15. All four qualifiers from Class 3A, Region 6 and Class 6A, Region 6 also advanced.
In Class 6A, Region 2 fourth seed Park Crossing (4-7) of Montgomery, coached by Clayton Harris, beat previously unbeaten Saraland (10-1), the No. 1 seed in Region 1, 30-27, to earn a home game Friday against Stanhope Elmore (9-2) of Millbrook. In Class 3A, T.R. Miller (6-5) improved its Class 3A-leading overall playoff record to 88-32 with a 25-13 victory over Pike County (10-1), which rolled through the regular season unbeaten to win the Region 2 title. The Tigers of Coach Brent Hubbert finished fourth in Region 1.
WOTM TV’s Vince Earley announced Saturday that the AHSAA TV Network / NFHS Network (WOTM) game of the week will defending Class 5A state champion Central of Clay County (9-2) at unbeaten Jasper (11-0) Friday. The two teams met in the regular season with the Vikings of Coach Bryan Moore won 35-34 over Coach Danny Horn’s Volunteers. Earley announced the second AHSAA TV Network game selected to be televised live will be Geraldine (7-4) at B.B. Comer (6-5) at Legion Stadium in Sylacauga. The Tigers were another No. 4 seed that upset a No. 1 seed. Coach Adam Fossett’s squad beat Region 5 top seed Fultondale 28-19.
B.B. Comer’s win gave Class 3A, Region 6 a sweep as Piedmont (10-1), Randolph County (10-1) and Walter Wellborn (10-1) all advancing with win. Class 6A, Region 6 also swept its four contests with two-time defending state champion Pinson Valley (8-2) downing Homewood 427 to move to round 2. Other Region 6 winners were Oxford (10-1), Clay-Chalkville (9-2) and Gardendale (8-3).
Class 7A defending champion Central-Phenix City (10-1) topped Fairhope 45-7; two-time Class 4A defending champion UMS-Wright (9-0) beat Dale County 51-7 for the Bulldogs’ 29th straight win; Class 3A defending champ Flomaton (10-1) beat Opp 58-28; Class 2A defending champ Fyffe (11-0), which has outscored opponents 479-23 this season, shut out Sheffield 48-0 for the Red Devils’ ninth shutout of the season and 25th straight win; and defending 1A state champ Mars Hill Bible (11-0) won its 21st straight game with a 63-7 decision over Woodville.
Unbeaten teams by class still in the playoffs include: Class 1A: Decatur Heritage (11-0); Isabella (11-0); Lanett (10-0); Mars Hill Bible (11-0); Class 2A: Fyffe (11-0); Luverne (11-0); Ohatchee (10-0); Red Bay (11-0); Class 3A: Pike Road (11-0); Susan Moore (11-0); Class 4A: Montgomery Catholic (11-0); UMS-Wright (10-0); Class 5A: Bibb County (11-0); Faith Academy (11-0); Jasper (11-0); Class 6A: Muscle Shoals (11-0); Class 7A: McGill-Toolen Catholic (11-0).
Approximately 25 playoff games are expected to be live-streamed in the second round over the NFHS Network.
The second-round playoff pairings are listed.
2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs
All games Friday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.
Maplesville (8-2) at Sweet Water (9-1)
Notasulga (6-4) at Brantley (10-1)
Elba (8-3) at Lanett (10-0)
Millry (10-1) at Isabella (11-0)
Spring Garden (10-1) at Hackleburg (5-6)
Pickens County (9-2) at Falkville (7-4)
South Lamar (10-1) at Mars Hill Bible (11-0), Florence
Donoho (9-1) at Decatur Heritage (11-0), West Morgan HS Stadium
Goshen (8-3) at Leroy (9-2)
LaFayette (6-4) at Ariton (9-2)
Reeltown (10-1) at J.U. Blacksher (9-2), Uriah
Luverne (11-0) at G.W. Long (9-2), Skipperville
Westbrook Christian (8-3) at North Sand Mountain (8-3), Higdon
Collinsville (10-1) at Ohatchee (10-0)
Ranburne (10-1) at Fyffe (11-0)
Sulligent (9-2) at Red Bay (11-0)
Saint James (10-1) at Flomaton (10-1)
T.R. Miller (7-4) at Montgomery Academy (7-4)
Providence Christian (10-1) at Gordo (11-0)
Mobile Christian (6-4) at Pike Road (11-0)
Geraldine (7-4) at B.B. Comer (6-5), Sylacauga
Lauderdale County (9-2) at Piedmont (10-1)
Randolph County (10-1) at Westminster Christian (8-2), Huntsville
Susan Moore (11-0) at Walter Wellborn (11-1), Anniston
UMS-Wright (10-0) at Talladega (7-5)
Handley (7-4) at Montgomery Catholic (11-0)
Lincoln (9-2) at Andalusia (8-3)
Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-4) at American Christian (10-1), Tuscaloosa
Priceville (8-3) at Northside (10-1)
Jacksonville (9-2) at St. John Paul II Catholic (9-2)
Oneonta (8-3) at Deshler (8-3). Tuscumbia
Fairview (8-2) at Anniston (7-4)
Pleasant Grove (10-1) at Faith Academy (11-0), Mobile
Ramsay (9-2) at Valley (7-4)
Briarwood Christian (10-1) at Jackson (6-5)
Bibb County (10-0) at Greenville (7-4)
Mortimer Jordan (9-2) at Guntersville (8-2)
Scottsboro (9-2) at Center Point (8-3)
Alexandria (8-2) at Madison County (9-2), Gurley
Central-Clay County (9-2) at Jasper (11-0)
Stanhope Elmore (9-2) at Park Crossing (4-7), Montgomery, Cramton Bowl
Spanish Fort (6-4) at Wetumpka (6-5)
Eufaula (9-2) at Hueytown (10-1)
St. Paul’s Episcopal; (8-3) at Opelika (9-1)
Athens (8-3) at Clay-Chalkville (9-2)
Oxford (10-1) at Cullman (6-5)
Pinson Valley (8-2) at Fort Payne (9-2)
Muscle Shoals (11-0) at Gardendale (8-3)
Prattville at Central-Phenix City (10-1)
Auburn (8-3) at McGill-Toolen Catholic (11-0), Mobile, Lipscomb Stadium
Hoover (9-2) at James Clemens (9-2), Madison City Stadium
Florence (7-4) at Thompson (9-1), Alabaster
Sweet Water (9-1) 53, Georgiana (5-6) 0
Maplesville (8-2) 56, Billingsley (5-6) 6
Brantley (10-1) 72, Fruitdale (5-6) 32
Notasulga (6-4) 7, Linden (5-5) 6
Lanett (10-0) 55, Keith (6-5) 0
Elba 8-3) 21, Marengo (6-5) 8
Isabella (11-0) 46, Wadley (5-5) 20
Millry (10-1) 48, Florala (7-4) 18
Spring Garden (10-1) 28, Hubbertville (6-5) 20
Hackleburg (5-6) 34, Valley Head (6-5) 19
Pickens County (9-2) 31, Victory Christian (6-5) 14
Falkville (7-4) 47, Waterloo (8-3) 19
Mars Hill (11-0) 63, Woodville (4-7) 7
South Lamar (10-1) 45, Appalachian (6-5) 6
Decatur Heritage (11-0) 47, Vina (3-8) 8
Donoho (9-1) 34, Berry (6-5) 6
Leroy (9-2) 37, Daleville (7-4) 16
Goshen (8-3) 36, Thorsby (6-5) 30
Ariton (9-2) 40, Chickasaw (6-4) 19
LaFayette (6-4) 27, New Brockton (5-6) 7
Reeltown (10-1) 56, Zion Chapel (6-5) 0
J.U. Blacksher (9-2) 38, Abbeville (8-3) 30
Luverne (11-0) 54, Fayetteville (6-5) 7
G.W. Long (9-2) 31, Cottage Hill Christian (8-3) 0
Westbrook Christian (8-3) 25, Aliceville (8-3) 22
North Sand Mountain (8-3) 20, Addison (8-3) 13
Ohatchee (10-0) 55, Southeastern (5-6) 13
Collinsville (10-1) 63, Colbert County (6-5) 18
Fyffe (11-0) 48, Sheffield (6-4) 0
Ranburne (10-1) 44, Cold Springs (5-6) 0
Red Bay (11-0) 24, Cedar Bluff (7-4) 7
Sulligent (9-2) 27, Cleveland (5-6) 21
Flomaton (10-1) 58, Opp (4-7) 28
Saint James (10-1) 23, Oakman (6-5) 20
T.R. Miller (7-4) 25, Pike County (10-1) 13
Montgomery Academy (7-4) 24, Winfield (7-4) 20
Gordo (11-0) 36, Bullock County (6-5) 0
Providence Christian (10-1) 42, Bayside Academy (5-6) 21
Pike Road (11-0) 45, Carbon Hill (4-7) 0
Mobile Christian (6-4) 49, Geneva (8-3) 36
B.B. Comer (6-5) 28, Fultondale (8-3) 19
Geraldine (7-4) 49, Clements (6-5) 16
Piedmont (10-1) 35, J.B. Pennington (3-8) 0
Lauderdale County (9-2) 46, Sylvania (7-4) 20
Westminster Christian (8-2) 47, Pisgah (4-7) 28
Randolph County (10-1) 44, Midfield (6-4) 8
Susan Moore (11-0) 42, Colbert Heights (6-5) 7
Walter Wellborn (11-1) 54, Locust Fork (6-5) 14
UMS-Wright (10-0) 51, Dale County (4-7) 7
Talladega (7-5) 20, Montevallo (6-5) 18
Montgomery Catholic (11-0) 24, Williamson (7-4) 6
Handley (7-4) 50, West Blocton (5-6) 14
Lincoln (9-2) 38, Dallas County (4-7) 8
Andalusia (8-3) 24, Trinity Presbyterian (6-5) 6
American Christian (10-1) 50, Holtville (6-5) 0
Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-4) 28, Alabama Christian (6-5) 21
Northside (10-1) 35, Hokes Bluff (7-4) 21
Priceville (8-3) 44, Rogers (3-7) 23
Jacksonville (9-2) 55, Cordova (5-6) 26
St. John Paul II Catholic (9-2) 56, Brooks (6-5) 42
Deshler (8-3) 44, Danville (5-6) 6
Oneonta (8-3) 37, Good Hope (8-3) 29
Fairview (9-2) 46, Central-Florence (3-8) 20
Anniston (7-4) 19, Fayette County (8-3) 6
Faith Academy (11-0) 31, Charles Henderson (4-6) 0
Pleasant Grove (10-1) 28, Chilton County (6-5) 0
Valley (7-4) 21, Vigor (4-7) 6
Ramsay (9-2) 34, Demopolis (7-4) 12
Briarwood Christian (10-1) 42, Marbury (6-5) 26
Jackson (6-5) 29, Rehobeth (7-3) 7
Bibb County (11-0) 41, Parker (5-6) 12
Greenville (7-4) 22, Citronelle (7-4) 12
Mortimer Jordan (9-2) 42, Boaz (4-7) 14
Guntersville (8-2) 32, Hamilton (8-3) 9
Center Point (8-3) 42, at Etowah (9-2) 10
Scottsboro (9-2) 17, Russellville (8-3) 14
Madison County (9-2) 21, Corner (7-4) 14
Alexandria (8-2) 10, Sylacauga (8-3) 7
Jasper (11-0) 55, Madison Academy (5-6) 14
Central-Clay County (9-2) 47, Sardis (5-6) 14
Park Crossing (4-7) 30, Saraland (10-1) 27
Stanhope Elmore (9-2) 35, Paul Bryant (7-4) 13
Spanish Fort (6-4) 28, Dothan (8-3) 21 (OT)
Wetumpka (6-5) 22, Bessemer City (8-3) 21
Hueytown (10-1) 44, Selma (6-4) 24
Eufaula (9-2) 35, Blount (8-3) 6
Opelika (9-1) 48, McAdory (6-5) 20
St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-3) 20, Sidney Lanier (3-6) 14
Clay-Chalkville (9-2) 17, Helena (9-2) 0
Athens (8-3) 62, Buckhorn (4-7) 14
Oxford (10-1) 55, Chelsea (5-6) 14
Cullman (6-5) 20, Mae Jemison (5-6) 0
Fort Payne (9-2) 24, Hartselle (4-7) 17
Pinson Valley (8-2) 42, Homewood (4-7) 7
Muscle Shoals (11-0) 61, Albertville (5-6) 20
Gardendale (8-3) 17, Minor (6-5) 11
Central-Phenix City (10-1) 45, Fairhope (6-5) 7
Prattville (9-2) 24, Theodore (8-3) 17 (2 OT)
McGill-Toolen Catholic (11-0) 35, Enterprise (5-6) 10
Auburn (8-3) 33, Murphy (6-5) 0
James Clemens (9-2) 21, Vestavia Hills (7-4) 20
Hoover (9-2) 21, Sparkman (8-3) 3
Thompson (9-1) 54, Austin (7-4) 20
Florence (7-4) 24, Mountain Brook (8-3) 21
208 Teams Advance to the Playoffs in 7 Classes
MONTGOMERY – All of the seven the defending state football champions and a total of 19 unbeaten teams advanced to the first round of the 2019 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs. First-round games are scheduled for Nov. 8, AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese announced Saturday.
The first round of the playoffs was officially set Saturday morning at the AHSAA Coaches’ Playoff Meeting. And for the first time in AHSAA history, the event was televised live over the AHSAA TV Network. The three-hour telecast is also available on a delayed basis on You Tube and on the WOTM network of cable stations. WOTM’s Vince Earley produced the program with the help of Michael Giddens of WOTM and David Holtsford of the AHSAA. AHSAA TV Weekly host Jon Holder and al.com sports director Josh Bean handled the plethora of interviews and gave their expert analysis of the first-round pairings in each classification.
All seven champions from 2018 are in the field, including: Class 7A Central-Phenix City (9-1); Class 6A Pinson Valley (7-2); Class 5A Central of Clay County (8-2); Class 4A UMS-Wright (9-0); Class 3A Flomaton (9-1); Class 2A Fyffe (10-0); and Class 1A Mars Hill Bible (10-0).
Unbeaten teams by class in the playoffs include: Class 1A: Decatur Heritage (10-0)Isabella (10-0); Lanett (9-0); Mars Hill Bible (10-0); Class 2A: Fyffe (10-0); Luverne (10-0); Ohatchee (9-0); Red Bay (10-0); Class 3A: Pike County (10-0); Pike Road (10-0); Susan Moore (10-0); Class 4A: Montgomery Catholic (10-0); UMS-Wright (9-0); Class 5A: Bibb County (10-0); Faith Academy (10-0); Jasper (10-0); Class 6A: Muscle Shoals (10-0); Saraland (10-0); Class 7A: McGill-Toolen Catholic (10-0).
Montgomery Catholic’s unbeaten regular season is the first for the school since 1979. Coach Aubrey Blackwell’s Knights will be at home next Friday in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs to face Williamson (7-3).
For Fyffe, it was the Red Devils’ 14 unbeaten regular season finish overall and fourth in a row. Coach Paul Benefield, who has a 292-53 overall coaching record, has guided Fyffe to seven perfect regular seasons in the last nine years, and the Red Devils take a 25-game winning streak into their first-round battle with Sheffield (6-4) next Friday. Fyffe will begin next season with a 48-game regular-season winning streak and 32-game winning streak in region play.
UMS-Wright, coached by Terry Curtis (312-85), has a 28-game winning streak overall, the AHSAA’s longest current winning streak overall. The Bulldogs have won seven championships and 235 games under Curtis’ supervision. UMS hosts Dale County (4-6) in the first round of the 4A playoffs Friday.
Mars Hill Bible is currently riding a 20-game winning streak as the Panthers of Coach Darrell Higgins heads into the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs next Friday at home against Woodville (4-6).
The AHSAA’s all-time wins leader Coach Buddy Anderson of Vestavia Hills and his Class 7A Rebels (7-3) are making their 32nd playoff appearance in 42 years and are back for the first time since 2015. He owns a 342-153 overall record and is just five games shy of coaching 500 games overall.
The AHSAA TV Network, produced by WOTM TV with executive producer Vince Earley, will showcase Class 5A Sylacauga (8-2) at Alexandria (7-2) Friday in the AHSAA Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week. Tommy Wood and Coach Rick Rhoades will be handling the announcing duties.
Approximately 50 playoff games are expected to be live-streamed in the first round over the NFHS Network.
The first-round playoff pairings are listed.
2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs
All first-round games are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
Georgiana (5-5) at Sweet Water (8-1)
Billingsley (5-50 at Maplesville (7-2)
Fruitdale (5-5) at Brantley (9-1)
Linden (5-4) at Notasulga (5-4)
Keith (6-4) at Lanett (9-0)
Marengo (6-4) at Elba (7-3)
Wadley (5-4) at Isabella (10-0)
Florala (7-3) at Millry (9-1)
Hubbertville (6-4) at Spring Garden (9-1)
Hackleburg (4-6) at Valley Head (6-4)
Victory Christian (6-4) at Pickens County (8-2)
Falkville (6-4) at Waterloo (8-2)
Woodville (4-6) at Mars Hill Bible (10-0)
Appalachian (6-4) at South Lamar (9-1)
Vina (3-7) at Decatur Heritage (10-0)
Berry (6-4) at Donoho (8-1)
Daleville (7-3) at Leroy (8-2)
Thorsby (6-4) at Goshen (7-3)
Chickasaw (6-3) at Ariton (8-2)
New Brockton (5-5) at LaFayette (5-4)
Zion Chapel (6-4) at Reeltown (9-1)
J.U. Blacksher (8-2) at Abbeville (8-2)
Fayetteville (6-4) at Luverne (10-0)
G.W. Long (8-2) at Cottage Hill Christian (8-2)
Westbrook Christian (7-3) at Aliceville (8-2)
North Sand Mountain (7-3) at Addison (8-2)
Southeastern (5-5) at Ohatchee (9-0)
Colbert County (6-4) at Collinsville (9-1)
Sheffield (6-4) at Fyffe (10-0)
Cold Springs (5-5) at Ranburne (9-1)
Cedar Bluff (7-3) at Red Bay (10-0)
Cleveland (5-5) at Sulligent (8-2)
Opp (4-6) at Flomaton (9-1)
Oakman (6-4) at Saint James (9-1)
T.R. Miller (6-4) at Pike County (10-0)
Montgomery Academy (6-4) at Winfield (7-3)
Bullock County (6-4) at Gordo (10-0)
Bayside Academy (5-5) at Providence Christian (9-1)
Carbon Hill (4-6) at Pike Road (10-0)
Geneva (8-2)at Mobile Christian (5-4)
B.B. Comer (5-5) at Fultondale (8-2)
Clements (6-4) at Geraldine (6-4)
J.B. Pennington (3-7) at Piedmont (9-1)
Sylvania (7-3) at Lauderdale County (8-2)
Pisgah (4-6) at Westminster Christian (7-2)
Midfield (6-3) at Randolph County (9-1)
Colbert Heights (6-4) at Susan Moore (10-0)
Walter Wellborn (9-1) at Locust Fork (6-4)
Dale County (4-6) at UMS-Wright (9-0)
Talladega (6-5) at Montevallo (6-4)
Williamson (7-3) at Montgomery Catholic (10-0)
West Blocton (5-5) at Handley (6-4)
Dallas County (4-6) at Lincoln (8-2)
Andalusia (7-3) at Trinity Presbyterian (6-4)
Holtville (6-4) at American Christian (9-1)
Alabama Christian (6-4) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (6-4)
Hokes Bluff (703( at Northside (9-1)
Rogers (3-6) at Priceville (7-3)
Cordova (5-5) at Jacksonville (8-2)
St. John Paul II Catholic (8-2) at Brooks (6-4)
Danville (5-5) at Deshler (7-3)
Good Hope (8-2) at Oneonta (7-3)
Central-Florence (3-7) at Fairview (8-2)
Anniston (6-4) at Fayette County (8-2)
Charles Henderson (4-5) at Faith Academy (10-0)
Pleasant Grove (9-1) at Chilton County (6-4)
Vigor (4-6) at Valley (6-4)
Demopolis (7-3) at Ramsay (8-2)
Marbury (6-4) at Briarwood Christian (9-1)
Jackson (5-5) at Rehobeth (7-2)
Parker (5-5) at Bibb County (10-0)
Greenville (6-4) at Citronelle (7-3)
Boaz (4-6) at Mortimer Jordan (8-2)
Guntersville(7-2) at Hamilton (8-2)
Center Point (7-3) at Etowah (9-1)
Russellville (8-2) at Scottsboro (8-2)
Corner (7-3) at Madison County (8-2)
Sylacauga (8-2) at Alexandria (7-2)
Madison Academy (5-5) at Jasper (10-0)
Sardis (5-5) at Central-Clay County (8-2)
Park Crossing (3-7) at Saraland (10-0)
Paul Bryant (7-3) at Stanhope Elmore (8-2)
Spanish Fort (5-4) at Dothan (8-2)
Wetumpka (5-5) at Bessemer City (8-2)
Selma (6-3) at Hueytown (9-1)
Blount (8-2) at Eufaula (8-2)
McAdory (6-4)at Opelika (8-1)
Sidney Lanier (3-5) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (7-3)
Clay-Chalkville (8-2) at Helena (9-1)
Buckhorn (4-6) at Athens (7-3)
Chelsea (5-5) at Oxford (9-1)
Cullman (5-5) at Mae Jemison (5-5)
Hartselle (4-6) at Fort Payne (8-2)
Homewood (4-6) at Pinson Valley (7-2)
Albertville (5-5) at Muscle Shoals (10-0)
Gardendale (7-3) at Minor (6-4)
Fairhope (6-4) at Central-Phenix City (9-1)
Prattville (8-2) at Theodore (8-2)
Enterprise (5-5) at McGill-Toolen Catholic (10-0)
Murphy (6-4) at Auburn (7-3)
Vestavia Hills (7-3) at James Clemens (8-2)
Sparkman (8-2) at Hoover (8-2)
Austin (7-3) at Thompson (8-1)
Mountain Brook (8-2) at Florence (6-4)
MONTGOMERY – Three challenges were made in six AHSAA varsity high school football contests using DVSport Instant Replay last week, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. One of the calls on the field were reversed, Jones reports
For the 2019 season, a 59 challenges have been issued by coaches with 13 calls overturned upon review, a 22.0% reversal rate.
The reversal of a call came in a Class 7A game between Auburn and Central-Tuscaloosa, Jones said. “Auburn challenged a Central touchdown on the grounds that the runner may have stepped out of bounds before crossing the goal line. The video review showed the runner stepped out of bounds at the one-yard line, and the ball was placed at the 1-yard line.”
Jones said the other two challenges involved a catch/no catch in the Fayette County at Good Hope and the Gulf Shores at Spanish Fort games.
This week, four games will be utilizing the DVSport Instant Replay with three 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.
Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:
59 reviews with 13 reversals. 22.0%
Week 10 Games with Instant Replay
SCHOOLS IN GAMES WITH INSTANT REPLAY THIS SEASON (67)
Class 7A (17)
Class 6A (19)
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Class 5A (15)
Class 4A (11)
Class 3A (1)
Class 2A (1)
Class 1A (1)
New Smyrna Beach (FL)
Saturday July 25, 2020
MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA TV Network / NFHS Network Game of the Week produced by WOTM TV for tonight has been shifted to Auburn vs. Park Crossing at Cramton Bowl. The change was made due to Gordo and Pickens County, the originally game of the week, was moved this morning to Friday night due to expected inclement weather, Game of the Week executive producer of WOTM Vince Earley said.
Both Class 7A Auburn and Class 6A Park Crossing have clinched a playoff berth for next week’s first round of the 2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs.
“We’re disappointed that we won’t be broadcasting the Pickens County-Gordo game,” Earley said. “We are excited, however, to be showing the Park Crossing-Auburn game at Cramton Bowl.”
Game time for tonight’s telecast will be at 7 p.m., with announcers Tommy Wood and Coach Rick Rhoades handling the play-by-play and color commentary. The game will be 10th Game of the Week in the series in 2019.
The NFHS Network is live-streaming all seven state championship matches at today’s 49th AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships at Birmingham’s Bill Harris Arena located at the CrossPlex. Eight football contests will be live-streamed to night with 45 tomorrow. A total 70 events are played through Monday.
The AHSAA TV Network and its producer WOTM TV will have a three-hour playoff special show originating from the AHSAA Office Saturday morning breaking down the AHSAA playoff brackets in each classification. Classes 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A meet at 9 a.m., in a pre-playoff planning meeting with the official bra
ckets announced during the session. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A meet at 10:30 a.m. with the same planning meeting.
WOTM cameras will capture the highlights of both meetings and will have commentators Jon Holder and Josh Bean on hand to discuss the brackets, the match-ups, the playoff history of the teams and much, much more. The program will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network and on the WOTM group of cable stations from 9 a.m., until noon. Be sure to make plans to tune in.
The schedule of football and volleyball contests set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network beginning today and through the weekend can be found at the following links:
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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.
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.
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
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)
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