Esports platform partners with AHSAA to offer students school-sanctioned esports, providing access to premier game titles and college scholarship opportunities
PlayVS, the company bringing varsity esports to high schools across the country, today announced the start of the Fall 2019 season. Last year, 37 schools participated in the AHSAA, with Hoover’s Spain Park High School (16-2) winning the League of Legends championship and Huntsville’s Grissom High School (27-0) taking home the Rocket League crown. The current waitlist to build an interscholastic esports program with PlayVS is over 13,000 schools long -- 68% of all high schools -- and spans across all 50 US states. This puts esports on par with traditional programs like football, which is available in 14,247 schools.
“The AHSAA is looking forward to the 2019-20 Esports season with PlayVS. We are excited to be partnered with a great organization who promotes educational-based opportunities for our student-athletes,” said Marvin Chou, AHSAA Assistant Director who oversees Esports for the member schools. “We are on track to almost double the number of participating schools from our first year. This increase in numbers is proof that we are reaching a group of students that may not be participating in any other traditional sport or activity.”
Member schools are embracing the newest AHSAA-sanctioned activity with 414 students participating in AHSAA competition in the first year.
“Esports has had a profound impact on our student body and faculty,” said Justin Tolbert, the Esports coach at Baker High School. “Students from all backgrounds are buying into our program, and in the process, creating friendships that they wouldn't normally have. Our faculty has even shown great support for our program, asking students about their matches and offering words of encouragement to us coaches. All of this has contributed to legitimizing our sport and building respect for our students as true athletes.”
During the first year of PlayVS’ ‘Seasons,’ esports teams nationwide had an average of 15 players per program, with one in three players participating in their first-ever school activity. More than 70% of the students who participated said they found a community to connect with, and more than 40% plan on using their esports experience to apply for colleges and universities.
“It is clear the impact esports has already had on these student-athletes,” said Dr. Clint Kennedy, Director of Education & Acquisition at PlayVS. “We are excited to continue to partner with teachers and schools to empower students to pursue their dreams.”
The deadline for schools to register for this upcoming Fall season is October 11th.
For more information on PlayVS, please visit https://www.playvs.com/.
PlayVS is the premier high school esports provider, in partnership with the NFHS and 17 state associations. Its product is the single destination where players come together to compete, fans gather to spectate and coaches manage their programs. Through partnerships with top game publishers, PlayVS powers inclusive league and State Championship play across the nation. For more information, visit www.playvs.com.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association, founded in 1921, is a private agency organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic programs. The purpose of the AHSAA is to regulate, coordinate and promote the interscholastic athletic programs among its member schools, which include public, private and parochial institutions. Currently, there are 414 senior high members and 287 junior high and middle school members with more than 113,000 students participating in the program. Major aims of the AHSAA are to serve the needs of its member schools in conducting their interscholastic athletic programs and to assist member schools in reaching the educational objectives as established by the membership and their school systems.
Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, NFHS Executive Director
Recent articles have documented the rising costs of club sports, with one noting that about 62 percent of “travel ball” parents will go into debt to involve their kids in year-round sports.
A USA Today article in 2017 suggested that travel baseball or volleyball could cost a family upwards of $8,000 a year, with soccer running about $5,000 on the high end. A study by TD Ameritrade suggested some parents were spending about $100 to $500 a month to fund their kids’ participation on a club team, with about 20 percent spending $1,000 a month.
Why? In some cases – unquestionably the minority – students are in the elite category from a skills standpoint and could benefit from a higher level of competition in preparation for college. In most cases, however, it is a case of parents spending beyond their means with the hope that playing club sports will be the difference-maker in their children receiving an athletic scholarship to an NCAA Division I school.
It is, in fact, true that an overwhelming majority of NCAA Division I athletes played club sports. According to an NCAA survey, 92 percent of women and 89 percent of men played club basketball, and 91 percent of women’s volleyball players competed on a non-school team in high school. At the other end, however, only 24 percent of football players competed on a club team.
Herein lies the difference. There are more than 540,000 boys who played high school basketball last year and fewer than 6,000 who played basketball at the NCAA Division I level where most of the scholarships are available. Stated another way, about one percent of high school boys basketball players will play at the NCAA Division I level. About 2.8 percent of the one million-plus boys in high school 11-player football will play at the Division I level.
The answer? Parents should encourage their kids to play multiple sports for their high school teams and save the money they would spend on club sports for college tuition if scholarship money does not materialize. Even in those situations where students are charged a modest fee to participate, school-based sports remain an incredible bargain when compared to club sports.
In many cases, Division I football and basketball coaches are looking to recruit multiple-sport athletes. While there are a few sports where non-school competition is crucial, college coaches will find those athletes who excel in school-based sports.
High school-based sports have more interest, more media coverage and more fans than club sports, and the kids have more fun because they are representing their team and their community.
Playing one sport in the fall, another during the winter and yet another in the spring is the best route to future success – whether that success is on the playing field or court, or in a boardroom.
Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff is beginning her second year as executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is the first female to head the national leadership organization for high school athletics and performing arts activities and the sixth full-time executive director of the NFHS, which celebrated its 100th year of service during the 2018-19 school year. She previously was executive director of the Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference for seven years.
The AHSAA is saddened to learn of the death of long-time high school teacher and football coach Jerry Partridge, 80. He passed away September 16 after an extended illness.
A 1957 graduate of Leeds High School, Partridge began his teaching and coaching career in 1964 at West End High School. “Jerry Partridge was a major positive influence on the lives of so many,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “He was a leader that led by his life of personal example. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife of 63 years Patricia, his four children, 11 grandchildren and numerous friends.”
He began his teaching and coaching career in the Birmingham City Schools at West End High School in 1964 as an assistant coach, moved to Jones Valley and in 1969 became a head football coach at Phillips High School. After two years, he left to start the football program at Midfield High School in 1971. After two seasons he moved to Huffman as an assistant coach and five years later he became the head coach where he would remain through 1993. He retired from public school education after 1993 and spent six years at Coosa Valley Academy before retiring for good. His 89-80 record at Huffman still ranks him as the school’s all-time winningest football coach. He led the Vikings to the Class 6A state championship game in 1985.
His son David Partridge is the head football coach at Shades Valley High School.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 19, at Kilgroe Funeral Home in Leeds from noon until 2 p.m. The memorial service will follow immediately with burial to follow at Forest Crest Cemetery.
A wonderful tribute to his life can be found at the following link:
MONTGOMERY – Seven calls were challenged with one call being reversed during last week’s seven high school football games utilizing DVSport Instant Replay, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. For the season, 20 challenges have been issued with four calls on the field overturned after video evaluation.
Out of seven games this week, five games had challenges. The reversed play came at the Wetumpka vs. Opelika game,” said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. “Opelika challenged a play where the Wetumpka quarterback being ruled down prior to fumbling. Upon review, video showed he fumbled and the ball was recovered by Opelika.”
Jones said that later in the same game, Wetumpka challenged a play ruled a successful pass reception, and that play stood as called on the field.
Five other challenges last week stood as originally determined by the officials.
Charles Henderson at Oxford: Charles Henderson challenged a player fumbling prior to being down.
New Smyrna (FL) at Gulf Shores: Gulf Shores, using Instant Replay for the first time, challenged if a catch called on the field had been made.
Prattville at Central-Phenix City: Prattville also challenged a catch made.
Lee-Montgomery at Auburn: Auburn challenged if a punt return had been muffed. Upon review, the play was confirmed as no muff. In the same contest, Lee-Montgomery challenged a ball breaking the plane of the goal line on two-point conversion and that play also stood as called.
The 20% reversal rate after four weeks of games dropped slightly from last week’s 23.1% season rate. DVSport Instant Replay is in its second year of implementation. The seven challenges were the most in one week this season. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular season games.
Jones reported that 20 Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:
TYPES OF CHALLENGES (20 reviews with 4 reversals, 20%)
7 Catch or no catch
7 Fumble or no fumble
4 Ball breaking the plan of the goal line (Note: also had 2 fumbles reviewed at same time)
1 Illegal participation
1 Illegal forward pass
1 Touching of a punt
A total of 34 schools have participated in AHSAA contests utilizing Instant Replay this season with seven games scheduled for this Friday. New to the Instant Replay this season will be Childersburg, Dora, Lawrence County, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Scottsboro and Tuscaloosa County. The complete list of games utilizing Instant Replay this week are listed below.
Friday, September 20
Foley at Baker
Opelika at Central Phenix City
Scottsboro at East Limestone
St. Pauls’ Episcopal at Gulf Shores
Childersburg at Handley
Dora at Lawrence County
Tuscaloosa County at Thompson
SCHOOLS IN GAMES WITH INSTANT REPLAY THIS SEASON
Class 7A (11)
Class 6A (9)
Class 5A (5)
Class 4A (5)
Class 3A (1)
Class 2A (1)
New Smyrna Beach (FL)
AHSAA Cross Country Week 4 Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Enterprise High School runners took three of the top four spots in the girls’ 5,000-meter featured race. The EHS boys took first and fourth-place to win both team titles at The Eastgate Cross Country Invitational held in Dothan last week.
The sweep by the Wildcats, who are coached by wife and husband Christina and Chris Rodgers, landed Enterprise in the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight this week.
Wildcats runner Natalie Warner cross the finish line 30 seconds ahead of Providence Christian’s Grace Crim to win the girls’ race with teammates Kayleigh Riordan and Mirna Thompson taking third and fourth place. Enterprise runners Alaura DeHoyos and Amadeua Thompson were sixth and seventh.
In the boys’ race, Enterprise’s Tyler Rathburn (18:13.30) topped two Providence Christian runners – Robert Woodall (18:26.19) and Clay Suddarth (18:29.79) – for first place. Wildcats Henry Templin (18:36.96), Brett Tessay (18:59.36) and William Kim (18:59.39) were fourth through sixth.
Other top showings in last week’s cross country competition across the state include Auburn High’s sweep of the Spain Park Classic in Hoover, with Samantha Rogers, Harper McGowan and Sangie Lincoln-Velez finishing 1-2-4 in the girls’ event. Mackenzie Culpepper of Spain Park finished third. Auburn topped Hoover and Spain Park for the title. Walker Cole of Oak Mountain won the boys’ race, ahead of Brady Barton of Helena, Jack Lowe of Pell City and Owen Marquardt of Hoover, as Auburn outpaced Hoover and Spain Park for the team crown, with Aubrey Lake and Parker Draughon taking sixth and seventh as the Tigers took six of the top 12 spots.
In the Titans Trail Challenge at Gadsden’s Noccalula Falls C4 Course, Rodrigo Patino of Albertville outpaced a pair of Southside-Gadsden runners, Ryan Maudsley and Mason Williamson, for the boys’ title. Southside-Gadsden was the team champion over Albertville and Pleasant Valley. Camryn Davis of Southside-Gadsden finished first in the girls’ race, ahead of Albertville’s Belinda Franco and Southside’s Zoie Menk. Pleasant Valley topped Southside and third-place Albertville for the title. The Raiders were led by fifth- and sixth-place finishers Eva Bryant and Trinity Roberts. Emma Hood also finished in the top 10 at eight for Pleasant Valley.
Alabama teams fared well at the Gulf Coast Classic at Pensacola last weekend with Scottsboro’s boys and St. Paul’s Episcopal girls each finishing second in the team competition. Saints senior Isabel Valenzuela was third overall with a time of 19:56.50. Scottsboro junior Cooper Atkins was third in the boys’ competition with a 16:32.80 time.
Among the top races this coming weekend will be the TCBY Invitational hosted by American Christian at Tuscaloosa’s Sokol Park on Saturday, Sept. 21, and the Southern Showcase at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park, also set for Saturday. Huntsville High School will be the host school.
Results of all the AHSAA 5,000-meter races reported last week include:
THE EASTGATE INVITATIONAL
Eastgate Park, Dothan (Host: Providence Christian School)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Enterprise 27; Houston Acad. 66; Providence Chr. 66
BOYS INVITATIONAL LEADERS (103)
1. Tyler Rathburn, Enterprise 18:13.30
2. Robert Woodall, Providence Chr 18:26.19
3. Clay Suddarth, Providence Chr 18:29.79
4. Henry Templin, Enterprise 18:36.96
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Enterprise 21; Providence Chr 34; Dothan 90
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (52)
GIRLS 5K RUN
1. Natalie Warner, Enterprise 23:05.58
2. Grace Crim, Providence Chr 23:35.72
3. Kayleigh Riordan, Enterprise 24:23.09
4. Mirna Thompson, Enterprise 24:31.49
TITANS TRAIL CHALLENGE
Noccalula Falls C4 Course, Gadsden (Host: Gadsden City High)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Southside-Gadsden 38; Albertville 50; Pleasant Valley 74
BOYS INVITATIONAL LEADERS (174)
1. Rodrigo Patino, Albertville 18:10.09
2. Ryan Maudsley, Southside-Gadsden 18:26.57
3. Mason Williamson, Southside-Gadsden 18:57.34
4. Cayden Nelson, Pleasant Valley 19:08.53
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Pleasant Valley 44; Southside-Gadsden 50; Albertville 60
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (96)
1. Camryn Davis, Southside-Gadsden 22:38.14
2. Belinda Franco, Albertville 22:48.16
3. Zoie Menk, Southside-Gadsden 23:19.41
4. Michaela Watts, Alexandria 24:03.23
SPAIN PARK CLASSIC
Veterans Park, Hoover (Host: Spain Park High)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Auburn 38; Hoover 59; Spain Park 112
BOYS INVITATIONAL LEADERS (181)
1. Walker Cole, Oak Mountain 16:53.89
2. Brady Barton, Helena 17:03.70
3. Jack Lowe, Pell City 17:17.17
4. Owen Marquardt, Hoover 17:38.50
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Auburn 19; Hoover 73; Spain Park 86
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (87)
1. Samantha Rogers, Auburn 19:35.89
2. Harper McGowan, Auburn 20:30.13
3. Mackenzie Culpepper, Sp. 20:36.94
4. Sangie Lincoln-Velez, Auburn 20:37.23
Fairview (Host: Fairview High)
1A-4A BOYS TEAM WINNER: White Plains 37; St. Bernard 109; Fairview 109
BOYS INVITATIONAL LEADERS (192)
1. Jake Moore, White Plains 16:42.77
2. Christian Myles, Anniston 17:06.88
3. Ethan Lemons, Vinemont 17:09.35
4. Wyatt Knight, Ashville 17:11.43
1A-4A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Ashville 66; J.B. Pennington 79; White Plains 83
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (139)
1. Camilla Chambers, Holly Pond 19:16.58
2. Madilyn Kerber, St. Bernard 21:10.98
3. Olivia King, Jacksonville 21:17.58
4. Meghan McCarthy, Ashville 21:33.88
5A-7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Bob Jones 31; Lawrence Co. 72; Decatur 86
BOYS INVITATIONAL LEADERS (110)
1. Steele Joiner, Lawrence Co. 16:45.70
2. Luke Sanders, Arab 17:03.87
3. Jean Pierre LeRoux, Bob Jones 17:17.66
4. James Garrison, Bob Jones 17:44.17
5A-7A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Lawrence Co. 24; Arab 45; Boaz 104
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (69)
1. Emily Daniel, Lawrence Co. 19:48.02
2. Beth Ann Tucker, Springville 20:06.66
3. Savannah Williams, Lawrence Co. 20:54.36
4. Jaya Coats, Columbia 21:01.77
189 Events Planned by NFHS Network SBP Schools Sept. 17-23
MONTGOMERY – Buckhorn High School and Wetumpka High School will meet Thursday night at Jacksonville State University’s Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium in the AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Football Game of the Week.
In addition, the NFHS Network’s AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream a 189 events over the Sept. 17-23 time period with 103 football games and 86 volleyball matches already scheduled on the NFHS Network live-stream portal.
The Bucks (3-1) and Indians (2-2) met for the first time in school history last year at JSU with Wetumpka winning 23-7. The Class 6A, non-region battle between two teams located five hours apart will be produced by NFHS Network TV partner WOTM under the direction of executive producer Vince Earley.
The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network subscriber-based program and will also be available on the network of cable stations that have joined the WOTM Network in Alabama. Tommy Wood and Rick Rhoades will be handling the commentary for the WOTM/NFHS Network production.
Earley also announced the lineup of AHSAA TV Network Game of the Week pairings for the two following Thursdays. Class 1A Spring Garden vs. Class 2A Sand Rock will be the featured game Sept. 26, and Class 7A Hoover will travel to Tuscaloosa County for the AHSAA Game of the Week on Thursday, Oct. 3.
Coach Tim Perry’s Indians are coming off a heart-breaking 33-32 loss to Region 3 rival Opelika last week, and Coach Keith Henderson’s Bucks are riding a two-game win streak with a 36-35 win over Hazel Green and a 24-7 win over Albertville and currently sit atop the Region 8 standings tied with Fort Payne (4-0) with a 2-0 region record.
Wetumpka, which was 13-2 in 2017 and reached the Class 6A state finals, is currently 1-1 in Region 3. The Indians were 11-3 last season falling to Saraland in the Class 6A semifinals 22-21. Perry, now in his ninth season as head coach, has compiled a 55-33 record during that tenure – leading the Indians to the school’s 500th win in his first season in 2014 and to their 550th win last year. He recorded his 200th career coaching win last season.
Wetumpka, which started football in 1902, is 552-449-33 in its storied history – which includes tenures of outstanding coaches such as Jack Ray, Stokely Bazemore, Sheldon Darnell and John Maddaloni.
Buckhorn finished 2-8 last season but has started hot this season with its only loss coming to Class 7A Florence. Henderson, a veteran head coach who has also had head-coaching stints at Grissom and Sparkman, has the Bucks off to their best start since 2015 – the last year Buckhorn made the state playoffs.
Quarterback Tyquan Rawls is the offensive leader for Wetumpka. He stepped in last year with big play after big play all season long to lead the Indians to the semifinals. He rushed for 220 yards and passed for 101 last week versus Opelika with a touchdown run covering 82 yards.
Buckhorn quarterback Brandon McNeal has been the leader on offense. The Bucks also have a strong senior presence with 27 this season. McNeal passed for 282 yards in Buckhorn’s one-point win over Hazel Green. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Mars Hill Bible High School 5-foot-9, 165-pound junior Peyton Higgins turned in a very “special” performance Friday night to earn the AHSAA Football Special Teams Spotlight for week 3.
In a span of three plays in the first quarter of the Panthers’ 70-14 win over Phillips, Higgins returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and three plays later returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown for the defending Class 1A state champions. He broke past eight defenders on the punt return to reach the open field on the amazing punt return. He also had four rush attempts for 87 yards including a TD run of 51 yards.
Mars Hill Coach Darrell Higgins was also amazed. His son returned five kicks for touchdowns last season as Mars Hill (3-0) rolled to a14-1 record and the school’s first Class 1A state football championship. None were as exciting as last Friday’s punt return, however. Higgins fielded the punt just inside the 10-yard line, sped up the middle, and then to his left as the Bears tried to corral him. He cut back to his right and finally got loose in Phillips territory and coasted the rest of the way.
The victory was the Panthers’ 13th in a row since losing to Class 4A Brooks 36-35 on Sept. 28, 2018. Mars Hill will face Cherokee this week and then have its rematch with the Lions the following Friday.
Several outstanding efforts were reported for special teams from last weekend’s games.
OTHER SPECIAL TEAMS PERFORMANCES REPORTED
ANTION LEEK, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned a punt blocked by teammate Ethan Hammock for a touchdown with 37 seconds left in the second quarter of the Tigers' 14-7 overtime win against Sand Rock. The win was the first for Coach Jonathan McWhorter over Cedar Bluff’s Cherokee County rivals at home at L.D. Bruce Field in five tries.
JAMICHAEL ROGERS, BESSEMER CITY: Punted for a 43-yard average as Bessemer City (3-0) beat McAdory 15-7. He also had nine tackles, including a sack, and caught two passes in the win.
HUNTER PERRY, ENTERPRISE: Connected on field goals of 34 and 45 yards in the second half to help the Wildcats beat Smiths Station 27-24. He also booted all three extra-point attempts for 11 total points in the win and punted three times for a 39.7 average.
ALEX McPHERSON, FORT PAYNE: Had a field goal of more than 50 yards for the second week in a row to help Fort Payne beat Mae Jemison 31-30. He kicked a 57-yarder versus Albertville last week and nailed a 56-yarder in the one-point win over the Jaguars. He also was 4-for-4 on extra-point kicks.
DAVIS WINGATE, EUFAULA: Kicked field goals of 26 and 46 yards and made three extra points in Eufaula's 27-13 win over Sidney Lanier.
JACKSON LANDERS, VINA: Ran back a punt 64 yards for a touchdown, added rushing TDs of 34 and 51 yards and fired a 47-yard pass to Braden Moomaw for a fourth score in a 58-18 win over Cherokee.
SEAN YOUNG, PIEDMONT: Blocked a punt and recovered a fumble in the Bulldogs' 27-15 comeback win over Randolph County.
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Kicked a 41-yard field goal for the Panthers’ only points and also had a big defensive play with a fumble recovery to stop one Fyffe drive in a 24-3 loss to the defending Class 2A state champion Red Devils.
MEES DuCROO de JONGH, SCOTTSBORO: The junior kicker was 6-of-6 on extra points, giving him 12-of-12 on the season, to help Scottsboro beat Guntersville 42-14.
KARMICHIAEL CATTLING, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Returned a kick 90 yards for one score and rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the Warrior’ 63-20 win over West End.
WILL EDWARDS, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Was 8-for-8 on extra points in the Warriors’ 63-20 win over West End.
Scoring Explosion Captures AHSAA Offensive Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Montevallo High School’s high-powered offense clicked on all cylinders in last week’s 68-40 victory over Jemison at Theron Fisher Stadium. The Bulldogs of Coach Brandon Wilcox scored nine touchdowns on drives that totaled just 22 plays – the longest taking five plays to reach the end zone. The icing came after the scores as Montevallo tied a state-record with seven two-point conversions.
And Wilcox’s team did it with senior all-state receiver J.J. Evans out of the lineup nursing an injury. The explosive effort put Montevallo in the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight this week as the prep football season moves to week four.
“It was pretty amazing,” said Wilcox. “Everything seemed to be working for us offensively.”
Senior quarterback Malik Inabinette was 15-of-18 passing for 366 yards and five touchdowns and scored a sixth touchdown on a 13-yard run for the Class 4 Bulldogs (3-1). Six of the touchdowns came on plays of 43 yards or longer. The nine scoring drives averaged just 2.4 players per series.
Receiver Jamarius Carter caught five passes for 121 yards and touchdowns of 43 and 64 yards. Kial Cottingham grabbed five receptions for 103 yards with an 18-yard TD catch. Kam’Ron Goins had four catches for 97 yards with a 47-yard TD reception. Deon Gilliland had a 45-yard TD pass on the first play of the game, and Joseph Anderson rushed 13 times for 132 yards and three touchdowns covering 16, 14 and 40 yards. His 60-yard run set up his first score, which came one play later.
The two-point conversions, which Wilcox said came on a variety of plays which his team runs in their normal offense, were scored by four different players. Gilliland and Anderson ran for two each, and Inabinette threw passes to Carter and Goins for the other three. Carter caught two and Goins had one. Gilliland scored 15 two-point conversions in 2018.
As for the state record, Class 1A Berry High School had seven in a 68-0 win over Brilliant in 2015. Quarterback James Raines completed passes for all seven. He finished the season with 33 – 30 passing and three running. He finished his career passing and runner for 61 successful two-pointers.
W.S. Neal of East Brewton scored 41 in the 2012 season to set the AHSAA team season record for two-point conversions.
The 108 points scored by Montevallo and Jemison is the second most scored this season and the eighth game in 2019 that has generated 100 or more points by both teams. The Bulldogs play American Christian this week in a rematch of a game won by the Patriots 70-54 – a total of 124 points which was tops in the AHSAA in 2018.
Montevallo’s scoring machine edged out a 27-15 victory by Piedmont over Randolph County for the Offensive Spotlight. Quarterback Jack Hayes completed 15-of-35 pass attempts for 226 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs downed Class 3A, Region 6 rival Randolph County – a victory which turned out to be the 150th for head coach Steve Smith at Piedmont. Hayes’ chief target was Ethan Swinford, who had eight catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns.
Smith, who is 150-28 and is currently in his 14th season, also coached 11 years at Cedar Bluff and owns a 235-73 overall head-coaching record in the AHSAA.
Other top performances reported from Week 3:
JALEN WHITE, DALEVILLE: Rushed for 302 yards on 36 carries with two touchdowns and added a two-point conversion in the Warhawks' 30-22 loss to G.W. Long.
CAULLIN LACY, FAITH ACADEMY: The Rams running back rushed 31 times for 300 yards and five touchdowns as the Rams beat 42-24.Mobile Christian.
JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Had 22 carries for 276 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a 42-24 victory over Randolph.
DAMON EASON, MAE JEMISON: Ran for 263 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-30 loss to Fort Payne.
ERIC WATTS, OPELIKA: Had 28 carries for 237 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns in a 33-32 win over Wetumpka.
AUSTIN GAVIN, SAINT JAMES: Piled up a career-high 238 rushing yards on 33 carries to lead the Trojans to a 26-7 win over Montgomery Academy. He had TD runs of 64 and 16 yards and teammate Alex Whisenhunt added 21 rush attempts for 138 yards with touchdowns of 24 and 53 yards.
KABREE JOHNSON, PARKER: Gained 238 yards rushing on 23 carries and scored on runs of 74, 20, 14 and 6 yards as Parker downed John Carroll Catholic 49-21. He also was 13-of-22 passing for 144 yards and two TDs to account for 384 total yards and six touchdowns in the win.
KEONDRICK HANKINS, MORTIMER JORDAN: Scored five rushing touchdowns in a 49-7 win over St. Clair County. He rushed for 137 yards on 13 carries with scoring runs of 6, 5, 43, 1 and 2 yards for the Blue Devils.
BRYAN GALLOWAY, GOSHEN: The quarterback rushed for 228 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles downed Samson 42-21. His 80-yard scoring run highlighted Goshen's four-TD rally in the fourth quarter that sealed the win. He was also 7-of-10 passing for 58 yards.
NATE McCALLUM, ALEXANDRIA: Sparked the Valley Cubs to a 34-14 win over Boaz with 225 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 27 carries. His TD runs covered 6 and 24 yards. Teammate Ronnie Royal added 108 yards and two scores on 15 carries as Alexandria piled up 390 rushing yards on the night.
MARTAVIOUS GLANTON, ABBEVILLE: The Yellow Jackets’ quarterback rushed for 211 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries and completed 6-of-9 passes for 86 yards in a 50-20 win over Geneva County.
BRYAN HOGAN, DESHLER: Needed only nine carries to gain 208 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns as the Tigers downed Central-Florence 40-20.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries, including a 60-yard scoring run on the Bears’ first play of the game, and the Bears won 40-14 over Southern Choctaw.
JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: Rushed for 187 yards on 28 carries with four touchdowns covering 4, 2, 8 and 13 yards to pace the Wildcats to a 42-14 win over Guntersville. Teammate Cam Ellis added 139 yards and two TDs on 15 carries.
CHRISTIAN IVEY, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and passed for 126 to account for 272 total yards to lead the Knights past Alabama Christian 52-13. He was 5-of-10 passing. Teammate Darrell Gibson added 185 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored three TDs.
RON WIGGINS, JACKSONVILLE: Had 21 carries for 180 yards and scored on a 65-yard run as Jacksonville beat Cherokee County 35-28.
CAMERON SWEENEY, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had TD runs of 86 and 15 yards and rushed for 173 total yards on 11 carries as the Wolverines downed Class 7A Baker 34-19. Teammate Cole Williams added 82 yards rushing, 114 yards passing and rushing touchdowns of 2 and 73 yards early in the fourth quarter to break open a 21-19 game. He also passed for one TD.
DOMONIQUE THOMAS, OHATCHEE: Scored five touchdowns and rushed for more than 200 yards in a 50-7 victory over Cleveland.
DYLAN BLACKBURN, JAMES CLEMENS: Rushed nine times for 168 yards two TDs in a 49-0 victory over Huntsville.
DEE BECKWITH, FLORENCE: Ran for 165 yards on 19 carries, with TD runs of 22, 3, 18 and 6 yards, in a 55-24 victory over Bob Jones. He also completed two passes for 30 yards.
IKE ROWELL, FYFFE: Had 163 yards rushing with touchdowns of 45 and 2 yards as the Red Devils beat Collinsville 24-3 for their 18th straight win.
TRENT DAVIS, ETOWAH: Rushed for 163 yards on seven carries with touchdowns of 1 and 81 yards, all in the first half, in a 58-13 win over Sardis.
B.J. BAKER, VALLEY: Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams beat Greenville 20-14.
DAVID HALL, ONEONTA: Had 123 yards rushing and three touchdowns and teammate Collin Moon added 126 yards as the Redskins snapped a three-game losing streak to Hokes Bluff with a 44-13 win. The setback was the first road loss for Hokes Bluff since 2017 and ended a 12-game road winning streak.
HARRISON BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Completed 28-of-45 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-35 loss to Mountain Brook.
Alex Howell, Murphy: Produced 374 yards of total offense, tossed three touchdown passes and ran for another as Murphy beat Mary Montgomery 30-21.
LUKE STAMBA, HELENA: Had 261 total yards, including 171 passing and 90 rushing, in a 28-24 win over Homewood. He passed for two scores and rushed for another.
PATE OWEN, HOMEWOOD: Passed for 284 yards and three TDs in a 28-24 loss to Helena.
AVERY SEATON, MADISON ACADEMY: Was 12-of-15 passing for 278 yards and three touchdowns in the Mustangs’ 45-7 win over Brewer. He also rushed for 122 yards on nine carries with another TD. He had a 63-yard completion to Clay Pitsinos and a 61-yard run that set up another TD.
ETHAN TEAL, DALE COUNTY: Completed 13-of-23 passes for 254 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 51 yards and a sixth score as the Warriors downed Ashford 52-33.
AUSTIN McCARDLE, COTTONWOOD: Was 6-of-7 passing for 259 yards and four touchdowns in the Bears' 65-0 win over Barbour County. He also added a 9-yard TD run.
BRODY DAVIS, OPELIKA: Was 20-of-32 passing for 236 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs past Wetumpka 33-32.
LOGAN SMOTHERS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Was 10-of-13 passing for 171 yards and three touchdowns in the Trojans’ 35-14 win over Hartselle. He also rushed for 118 yards and a fourth TD on 10 carries and finished with 289 total yards and four touchdowns.
T.J. FRANKLIN, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Passed for 224 yards and two touchdowns as unbeaten Lee (4-0) posted a key 19-14 Class 7A, Region 2 road victory over Auburn. Demarsha Davis hauled in five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. He also scored on a 65-yard run.
JADEN CHATMAN, WHITE PLAINS: Completed 15-of-22 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-20 win over Ashville. He also rushed for one score.
BRADY TROUP, ETOWAH: Completed 9-of-11 passes for 222 yards and touchdown passes of 25, 61 and 54 yards to NyNy Davis, all in the first half, in a 58-13 win over Sardis. Davis had four catches for 135 yards and also returned a punt 60 yards for another score.
STROTHER GIBBS, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Completed 9-of-11 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns and ran 19 times for 120 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-35 victory over Spain Park.
JAYVIUS LANGFORD, PARK CROSSING: Passed for 173 yards and three touchdowns on 9-of-17 attempts and also rushed for 71 yards on six carries as the Thunderbirds (1-3) beat Dothan (2-2) 42-27 for the first win in new head coach Clayton Harris’ Park Crossing tenure.
J GREENE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Completed 15-of-23 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns and also ran seven times for 38 yards and a score as the Saints defeated Blount 29-20.
KIYLE HIPP, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Completed 12-of-19 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns, including the game winner in the third overtime, as the Warriors nipped Washington County 48-42.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Quarterback Kaleb Jones was also 14-of-24 passing for 135 yards and added 56 yards rushing for 191 total yards in a 24-3 setback at Fyffe.
WILL NOLES, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Accounted for five touchdowns with three passing and two rushing as the Warriors beat West End 63-29. He was 4-of-7 passing for 148 yards and TDs covering 49, 48 and 23 yards. He also scored on runs of 1 and 4 yards.
EMMANUEL HENDERSON, GENEVA COUNTY: The Bulldogs’ running back caught six passes for 210 yards, including TD receptions of 60 and 67 yards, and had 98 rushing yards on 11 carries in a 50-20 loss to Abbeville.
SEAN ZERKLE, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Hauled in nine catches for 148 yards and three TDs and also added an interception on defense in a 24-19 loss to Fairview.
LAKE BELL, NORTHSAND MOUNTAIN: Caught three passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns as the Thundering Herd beat Asbury 44-0. His TD connections covered 55, 31 and 48 yards.
WILLIAM FORD, PARK CROSSING: Snagged five receptions for 119 yards and three touchdowns in a Class 6A, Region 2 win over Dothan.
SAM REYNOLDS, THOMPSON: Caught three passes for 76 yards and two TDs and returned the game’s opening kickoff 95 yards for a score as the Warriors (4-0) beat Oak Mountain 51-14 to improve to 2-0 in Class 7A, Region 3.
JAYLIN PETERSON, RAMSAY: Caught six passes for 111 yards and two TDs in a 47-19 victory over Pleasant Grove.
MIKEY McINTOSH, MUSCLE SHOALS: Caught four passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns as Muscle Shoals beat Hartselle 35-14.
AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 3
MONTGOMERY -- Muscle Shoals High School senior inside linebacker Jackson Bratton recorded 15 tackles in the undefeated Trojans’ 35-14 win over Hartselle last Friday to capture the AHSAA Football Defensive Spotlight for Week 3.
The University of Alabama early commit was the leader on a defense that is allowing just 9.0 points per game. Coach Scott Basden’s defense currently ranks third in Class 6A this season behind Paul Bryant (6.3 ppg) and Oxford (8.7ppg). Bratton had a sack, fumble recovery and a pass break-up in his effort versus the Tigers. The pass break-up resulted in an interception by teammate Aiden Gay that resulted in an 87-yard return and a touchdown. Fellow inside linebacker Malik Smith also had 14 tackles and two sacks, and Gay finished the night with two interceptions.
Bratton edged out two other outstanding defensive performances for this week’s Spotlight. Leroy King had 18 tackles in a 31-7 loss to Pinson Valley and Cameron Whited totaled 17 stops as the Wildcats beat Guntersville 42-14. He had two sacks among his tackles.
Other top defensive performances reported include:
TOP DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
JAI’SHAWN CATTLING, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Had 16 tackles in the Warriors’ 63-20 win over West End.
MAKEL AVERY, GOSHEN: Totaled 15 tackles to lead the Eagles defense in a 42-21 win over Samson.
ZACK PHILLIPS, ARITON: Recorded 14 tackles in the Purple Cats' 48-12 win over Houston County.
KEANDRAE PETERSON, LAFAYETTE: Returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown and finished with four tackles and two sacks to lead the Bulldogs to a 50-16 win over Thorsby. He also rushed 12 times for 105 yards and three TDs on offense.
CHAZ POPE, SPRING GARDEN: Had 10 tackles on defense and caught three passes on offense for 76 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown with 3:40 remaining in the Panthers’ 26-14 win at Notasulga.
RAYMOND BRYANT, COTTONWOOD: Made two interceptions, returning one 51 yards for a touchdown, and also caught a 74-yard touchdown pass in the Bears' 65-0 win over Barbour County. Teammate Dylan McCardle also had two interceptions as Cottonwood picked off five passes overall.
KARSTEN THREATT, MIDFIELD: Had 12 tackles on defense as Midfield beat Vinemont 43-20. He also rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns on six carries on offense.
BRADY JACKSON, SAND ROCK: Posted nine total tackles in the Wildcats' 14-7 overtime loss at Cedar Bluff.
REGGIE FOWLER, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Totaled nine tackles, including three sacks, in the Generals’ 19-4 win over Auburn. He also forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
KORY CHAPMAN, HOOVER: Returned an interception 40 yards for a TD and teammate Joseph Davis had another pick he returned for a 40-yard score as the Bucs downed Hewitt-Trussville 28-14.
MAC MAIN, SAINT JAMES: Had 10 tackles in the Trojans’ 26-7 win over Montgomery Academy.
ELI COBERN, BILLINGSLEY: Had nine tackles, including three sacks, to lead the Bears past Verbena 47-0.
KARON WHITE, SPARKMAN: Returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown – one of three defensive TDs for the Senators – in a 51-14 win over Grissom.
ELI CLARK, PIKE ROAD: Returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown and Patriots teammate C.J. Paymon scooted 45 yards on a pick for another Pike Road defensive touchdown in a 63-16 win over Southside-Selma.
D.J. LEE, GAYLESVILLE: Had nine tackles and an interception in the Trojans’ 54-14 loss to Woodville. He also rushed for 101 yards on 24 carries and completed 5-of-11 passes for 88 yards and both Gaylesville TDs.
KAHARI McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: Had eight tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery on defense and rushed for 148 yards on 26 carries in the Panthers' 14-7 loss to Pike County.
JOHN MOORE, CHICKASAW: Had six tackles, including four sacks, forced a fumble and returned a fumble 43 yards for a score to lead the Chieftains past R.C. Hatch 38-14.
The issue of vaping has reached a crisis stage across the United States, and leaders in our nation’s schools must take immediate steps to stop the use of these electronic cigarette products by our nation’s youth – particularly the more than 12 million participants in high school athletics and performing arts programs.
On Tuesday, CBS News reported that Kansas health officials confirmed the first death in that state linked to vaping. The CBS News release stated that last week, officials in Indiana, California and Minnesota reported deaths in their states linked to vaping. Previous deaths had been reported in Illinois and Oregon.
Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that public health officials confirmed two people in Idaho had developed a serious lung disease linked to vaping. The outbreak of vaping-related lung disease has sickened about 450 people in at least 33 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), causing the CDC to urge people to consider stopping vaping as the number of cases of severe lung illnesses continues to rise.
In February 2019, the CDC reported a 78 percent increase in high school students vaping from 2017 to 2018. Youth e-cigarette use has been called an epidemic by major public health officials.
Students in our nation’s schools have been sold a false bill of goods that vaping is a safe alternative to cigarette smoking – particularly by industry giant JUUL, which held a 76 percent share of the e-cigarette market at the end of 2018 and has wooed the youth market with its products that contain flavors such as cotton candy, chocolate, gummy bear, strawberry and many others.
While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is giving e-cigarette companies until sometime next year to demonstrate that their products can help people stop smoking cigarettes, leaders in our nation’s school activities programs must do everything possible to stop the use of these products by our nation’s youth now – not in 2020.
One educational tool that schools can use immediately is the online course “Understanding Vaping and E-Cigarettes” created by the NFHS with support from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. The free course is available on the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.
Several articles related to vaping will appear in the September issue of High School Today, which will be posted this week on the NFHS website (www.NFHS.org).
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