Tuesday, October 22, 2019






Author: David Holtsford

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Enterprise Runners Dominate Eastgate Meet to Sweep Boys’ and Girls’ Championships




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:




Eastgate Park, Dothan (Host: Providence Christian School)

BOYS TEAM WINNER: Enterprise 27; Houston Acad. 66; Providence Chr. 66
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



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

Noccalula Falls C4 Course, Gadsden (Host: Gadsden City High)

BOYS TEAM WINNER: Southside-Gadsden 38; Albertville 50; Pleasant Valley 74
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



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




Veterans Park, Hoover (Host: Spain Park High)

BOYS TEAM WINNER: Auburn 38; Hoover 59; Spain Park 112

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



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
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



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
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



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





















Wetumpka & Buckhorn Square off Thursday at JSU in AHSAA TV/NFHS Network GOW

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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.
    The complete AHSAA schedule of events set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network tonight through September 23 can be found at the following link:


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Mars Hill’s Peyton Higgins Returns Two Kicks for TDs over a Span of Three Plays

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.

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.

Montevallo Scores 9 TDs and Seven 2-Point Conversions to Beat Jemison 68-40

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 co
mpleted 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.
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.

Muscle Shoals Linebacker Jackson Bratton, Trojans Defense Deliver Win over Hartselle

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:


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.

Vaping Has Reached a Crisis Stage and Must Be Stopped

Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, NFHS Executive Director

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).  





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.



St. Paul’s Episcopal Boys, Girls Sweep Azalea City Classic in Mobile

AHSAA Cross Country Week 3 Spotlight

    MONTGOMERY – St. Paul’s Episcopal School’s girls’ cross country team took 6 of the top 15 spots while the boys earned 3 of the top 10 to sweep the Azalea City Classic last week. The meet drew 130 runners and 26 total teams to the Gulf Pines Golf Course USA-Brookley in Mobile.
    Those performances earned the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 3 of the season.

     Both St. Paul’s squads are coached by John Brigham  (boys) and  Jim Tate (girls), who was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and the National High School Hall of Fame in 2013. The Saints set a national high school record from 1983-1998 by winning 16 consecutive AHSAA state cross country championships.
     Tate, who has been coaching track and cross country at St. Paul’s for more than 40 years,  has directed Saints teams to 18 girls’, nine boys’ and one freshman girls’ AHSAA state championships and a total of 26 in  that span. In addition, a St. Paul’s has had 20 girls’ individual state champions and five boys’ individual winners. Holly Holman won five state cross country races for the Saints (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987 and 1988). Teammate Jane Nettles interrupted that streak by finishing first in 1985.
      St. Paul’s boys’ team closed out the Azalea City meet with 71 points, followed by Ocean Springs, Miss., at 78 and Daphne with 97. The St. Paul’s girls won the meet with 40 points. Ocean Springs was second with 50 and McGill-Toolen with 84.
     Christian Balcer of East Central High in Moss Point, Miss., won the 5K race with a time of 16:29.99, followed by UMS-Wright’s Joseph Perry (16:42.00) and Daphne’s Ethan Rowe (16:48.51). St. Paul’s runners John Michael Romanos (16:54.18) and Mac Conwell (17:12.65) finished fourth and fifth with William Jameson’s 17:39.33 at eighth, just behind seventh-place McGill-Toolen’s Drew Roberts (17:39.10) and sixth-place Seba Bakoyema of LAMP (17:22.93).
      On the girls’ side, St. Paul’s Isabel Valenzuela won the race in 19:40.90. Her teammates in the top 15 were Katherine Rush (sixth, 22:01.74), Emily Miles (10th, 22:20.68), Macy Browning (11th, 22:29.58), Mary Howard Singleton (12th, 22:48.15) and Sarah Strickland (14th, 23:20.70).
     LAMP’s Kathy Hammond finished third with a 21:37.66 run while Anna Adams of McGill-Toolen was seventh at 22:09.78, followed by her teammate, Abby Ferlise at 22:14.64. Alondra Rangel of Baldwin County finished ninth at 22:18.47.
|     Hewitt-Trussville won the Boys’ 4A-7A race of the Pleasant Valley High School Invitational in Jacksonville, followed by Oxford, Lincoln, Pell City and Alexandria. Pell City’s Jack Lowe was the top finisher at 18:16.85, followed by Central-Clay County’s Ronald Piedra (18:48.76). Hewitt-Trussville had eight of the top 21 finishers, led by No. 9 finisher Logan Reaves (19:44.84).
    White Plains had four of the top eight runners in the Boys’ 1A-3A race to win the competition with 29 points. The Wildcats’ James Middlebrooks (17:52.95) finished first and teammate Jake Moore (18:29.28) was third. Christian Myles of Anniston finished second at 18:06.84 in the field of 108.


    Arab won the Girls competition at Pleasant Valley with 83 points. The host Raiders were second with 98. Presley Miles of St. James won the event by more than three minutes over Taylor Simmons of Donoho. Miles finished the race in 18:48.98.
    The fastest times turned in for the week came at the Chickasaw Trails Invitational at Oakville Indian Mounds Park near Moulton where more than 1,100 runners, 490 girls and 626 boys, competed. Thompson’s Jace Jones won the 5A-7A large-school race with a winning time of 15:50.93 over runner-up Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills (15:57.21) and third-place finisher Jackson Danner of Huntsville (15:59.51). Huntsville won the boys’ competition with 71 points and Vestavia was second with 109. Cold Springs won the boys’ 1A-5A title with 109 points.
    Homewood’s Lainey Phelps won the girls’ large-school race in 18:40.68 for the best time of the week for AHSAA girls’ runners. Brentwood (TN) won the girls’ team title with 58 points and Mountain Brook was second with 149.
    Results and leaders from last week’s cross country action reported to www.alabamarunners.com include:

USA-Brookley Gulf Pines Course, Mobile

BOYS TEAM WINNER: St. Paul’s Episcopal 71; Ocean Springs (MS) 78; Daphne 97
1. Christian Balcer, East Central (MS)           16:29.99
2. Joseph Perry, UMS-Wright                        16:42.00
3. Ethan Rowe, Daphne                                  16:48.51
4. John Michael Romanos, St. Paul’s             16:54.18


GIRLS TEAM WINNER: St. Paul’s Episcopal 40; Ocean Springs (MS) 50; McGill-Toolen 84



1. Isabel Valenzuela, St. Paul’s Episcopal      19:40.90 1

3. Kathy Hammond, LAMP                           21:37.66 3

6. Rush, Katherine St. Paul’s Episcopal         22:01.74 6

7. Anna Adams, McGill-Toolen                      22:09.78 7

Lawrence County High (host)

Oakville Indian Mounds Park, Oakville (Total participants listed in parentheses)

LARGE SCHOOL BOYS TEAM WINNER: Huntsville 71; Vestavia Hills 109; Franklin (TN) 139
1. Jace Jones, Thompson                     15:50.93

2. Ethan Strand, Vestavia Hills           15:57.21

3. Jackson Danner, Huntsville            15:59.51

4. Walker Cole, Oak Mountain           16:01.22

SMALL SCHOOL BOYS TEAM WINNER: Cold Springs 110; St. Michael 121; American Christian 132
1. Brock Kelly, Tupelo (MS) Chr.      16:29.09

3. Raleigh Stamps, Rogers                  17:17.89

4. Ethan Lemons, Vinemont               17:37.16

5. John Bridges, American Christian  17:45.63

LARGE SCHOOL GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Brentwood (TN) 58; Mtn Brook 146; Homewood 167

1. Lainey Phelps, Homewood            18:40.68

3. Crawford West, Vestavia Hills       19:06.48

4. Adley Burkes, Central-PC              19:20.85

7. Reagan Riley, Mtn Brook               19:45.49



SMALL SCHOOL GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Westminster-Oak Mtn 58; American Christian 111; Cold Springs 160

1. Camilla Chambers, Holly Pond      19:36.20

2. Hannah Adams, Westminster-OM  19:48.08

3. Yarahy Marcelino, West Morgan   20:10.65

4. Hallie Porterfield, Westminster      20:23.87

Pleasant Valley High School (host)
Pleasant Valley High, Jacksonville (Total participants listed in parentheses)

4A-7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Hewitt-Trussville 51; Oxford 72; Lincoln 96
1. Jack Lowe, Pell City                       18:16.85

2. Ronald Piedra, Central-Clay           18:48.76

3. J.R. Proctor, Lincoln                       19:03.93

4. Dakota Frank, Munford                  19:04:58

1A-3A BOYS TEAM WINNER: White Plains 29; Pleasant Valley 51; Ohatchee 96
1. James Middlebrooks, White Plains 17:52.95

2. Christian Myles, Anniston              18:06.84

3. Jake Moore, White Plains               18:29.28

4. Coleman Hayes, Pleasant Valley    19:10.96

GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Arab 83; Pleasant Valley 98; St. James 112
1. Presley Miles, St. James     18:48.98

2. Taylor Simmons, Donoho  22:01.17

3. Jayda Fair, Ohatchee          22:04.16

4. Grace Gosline, Arab           22:24.20




Montgomery Academy Coach Julie Gordon Claims 1,400th Career Win with Victory over Spain Park

Setter Millie Stevenson Leads Eagles to AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Senior setter Millie Stevenson couldn’t pass up the opportunity afforded the Defending Class 3A state champion Montgomery Academy volleyball team last week on a quick trip north to Shelby County.
    The Eagles faced Class 7A Thompson and Spain Park in in a tri-match falling to the Warriors 2-1 but beating Spain Park by the same score. That victory gave MA Coach Julie Gordon her 1,400th career volleyball coaching win – a milestone only four volleyball coaches in the AHSAA have accomplished.
    Montgomery Academy (15-2) returned home to roll through the Eagles’ own Mac Attack tourney with six straight wins to claim the tourney title. Stevenson, who had 130 assists, 44 digs, 14 kills and 10 blocks over the week, and Gordon share the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 2.
    Gordon, who had a 1,405-394 career coaching record following the Mac Attack tourney, joins an elite group of AHSAA volleyball coaches that include Ann Schilling of Bayside Academy and retired coached Glenda Wright and Tammy Richardson. Schilling, who has guided Bayside to 17 straight AHSAA state championships, is the state leader with 1,485 wins and 403 losses through last weekend’s action, according to volleyball historian Dennis Victory.
Montgomery Academy posted straight-set 2-0 wins in the Mac Attack tourney over Class 7A Mary Montgomery twice, Class 6A Benjamin Russell, Class 4A Montgomery Catholic, Class 3A Houston Academy, and Class 4A Providence Christian.  The win over PCA avenged a loss in the finals of the Mayor’s Cup tourney the week prior.

CATHERINE SMITH, HAZEL GREEN: The Lady Trojans (26-4) was 11-0 on the week with Smith, the team’s setter, dishing out 159 assists and 21 digs. Teammate Gracie Lynn Butler also had 72 kills and 13 blocks.
MERRITT BEASON, GARDENDALE: Totaled 67 kills in three matches and also had 29 digs and 10 service aces as the Rockets went 3-0.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Helped the Senators (19-7) go 9-1for the week with 115 kills and 67 digs in 10 matches.
ELLIE PATE, AUBURN: Recorded 63 kills, 45 digs, 10 blocks and 14 service aces as the Tigers (16-8) won eight matches for the week. Auburn also won its own Party on the Plain tourney going 6-0.
HALEY PALMER, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had 39 kills, 10 digs and five blocks as the Dirty Dozen beat Spanish Fort and Hoover in two matches.

NATALIE ZABER, PRATTVILLE: Led the Lions (16-8) to a 7-1 record on the week with 69 kills, 50 digs and 21 blocks on the week.

KAMBLE FRENETTE, SPANISH FORT: Had 51 kills, 16 digs and five blocks as the Toros (18-5) went 7-1 and won the Fairhope Back-to-School Bash tourney.
JAYDEN WATKINS, ALBERTVILLE: Had 15 kills and three blocks in a win over Mortimer Jordan as the Aggies (13-0) remained unbeaten.
HAILEY HOLSHOUSER, HARTSELLE: Had 30 kills, 38 digs and three service aces in three matches for the Tigers (16-4).
JESSICA CROSS, BROOKWOOD: Had 30 kills and 10 blocks in two matches.
ALEX OLIVER, JASPER: Helped the defending Class 5A state champion Vikings (21-2) win three matches over Hoover Lawrence County and Russellville. She had 32 kills 18 digs and four blocks.
BRINKLEY HEARN, FAITH ACADEMY: Had 245 assists, 54 kills, 64 digs, 17 blocks and 13 aces as the Rams (18-5) finished 6-2 for the week. Faith was 4-2 in the Fairhope tourney.

CLAIRE HUTTO, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Totaled 140 assists, 19 kills, 28 digs, five blocks and 19 aces as the Red Devils went 6-2 on the week.
JORDAN BEASON, ALEXANDRIA: The Valley Cubs (14-4) won eight matches during the week over Muscle Shoals, Jacksonville, Arab, Wilson, Shades Valley, Faith Christian, Central-Clay and Cleburne County with Beason earning 63 kills and 40 digs. Teammate Anna Johnson also had 149 assists.
ZHARIA HUBBARD, DORA: Had 37 kills, 10 blocks and 28 digs in two matches for the Bulldogs.
COLTON THOMPSON, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Helped the defending Class 4A state champion Admirals (21-4) win 7 of 8 matches on the week with 84 assists, 30 kills, 20 digs and 24 service aces. Bayside reached the finals of the Fairhope Back-to-School Bash tourney falling to Class 6A Spanish Fort in the championship.
SAVANNAH FREE, DANVILLE: Dished out 215 assists as Danville went 7-3 for the week. She also had 56 digs, 18 kills and 14 aces.
GRAYSON EVANS, CURRY: Had 84 kills and 43 digs as Curry won seven matches, including the Crossroads Invitational tourney championship at Corinth (MS).
HEATHER IRONS, WILSON: Recorded 144 digs as Wilson (16-5) went 5-3. The Warriors were 3-3 in the First Metro Tourney hosted by Muscle Shoals.
GRACE GARRETT, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Had 259 assists as the Wildcats (13-1) won five of six matches in the Back-to-School Bash tourney at Fairhope. St. Luke’s had its 13-match win streak ended by Bayside Academy in the tourney semifinals.
JERIKA GARY, GERALDINE: Had 40 kills, six aces and three blocks to lead the Bulldogs (12-5) to seven wins, including a win over Jacksonville in the finals of Geraldine’s Liberty Bank Invitational tourney.
MARY BETH LONG, G.W. LONG: Totaled 83 kills, 16 blocks, 14 digs and seven aces as the Rebels (8-0) won six matches.
MAGGIE MILLER, DONOHO: Recorded 139 assists, 10 digs and eight aces as the Bulldogs (14-7) won six of seven matches on the way to beating Ohatchee in the finals of the White Plains tourney.

One Call Reversed in During Week 2 Contests Using DVSport Instant Replay

MONTGOMERY – Three calls were challenged with one call being reversed during last week’s prep football games utilizing DVSport Instant Replay, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. For the season, 13 challenges have been issued with three calls on the field overturned after video evaluation.
    The 23.1% reversal rate is up slightly from the 20% after the first two weeks. 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.
   “Lawrence County High School challenged the call of a fumble during the second quarter of its game with Hayden. Upon review, video showed the runner was down prior to losing control of the ball and the call was reversed,” Jones said.
    Baker High School challenged a touchdown call saying ball was fumbled prior to breaking the plane of the goal line.  Video showed the touchdown resulted prior to the fumble and stood as called on the field. And at the East Limestone-Madison Academy contest, East Limestone challenged the call of a fumble on a kickoff.  Video clearly showed the fumble, and the call stood as called on the field.
    Jones reported that 13 Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:
4  Catch or no catch
5  Fumble or no fumble
3  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 29 schools have participated in AHSAA contests utilizing Instant Replay this season with six games scheduled for this Friday. New to the Instant Replay will be Gulf Shores, which is adding the DVSport sideline Instant Replay system and will use it for Friday’s game versus New Smyrna Beach (FL). The complete list of games utilizing Instant Replay this week are listed below.
Friday, September 13
Charles Henderson at Oxford
East Limestone at Madison County, Gurley
Gadsden City at Austin, Decatur
New Smyrna Beach (FL) at Gulf Shores
Wetumpka at Opelika

Class 7A

Central-Phenix City
Gadsden City
Jeff Davis
Smiths Station
Class 6A
Sidney Lanier
Class 5A
East Limestone
Class 4A
Good Hope
West Limestone
Class 3A
Carbon Hill
Class 2A
Callaway (GA)


Park Crossing Hosts Dothan at Cramton Bowl in AHSAA TV Network Game of the Week


Wolves and Thunderbirds Play Thursday night

    MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA TV Network Football Game of the Week this Thursday will showcase a key Class 6A, Region 2 battle between Park Crossing and Dothan at Cramton Bowl, announced executive producer Vincent Earley. The game will be televised over the AHSAA Network of cable affiliates across the state on the WOTM / ACN channel and available over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based live-stream platform.
     The NFHS Network has 191 total events scheduled for live-streaming over the Network portal Sept. 10-16. Ninety-eight high school varsity, junior varsity, freshman and middle school football games are listed and 93 events are planned. Clay-Chalkville at Pinson Valley will be among a slate of 68 varsity football games set for Friday night, Sept. 13, and five varsity live-streams are scheduled for Thursday night, including the AHSAA TFV Network Game of the Week.
     Dothan (2-1) has won two games in a row after losing its opener to Clay-Chalkville played at Thompson High School. The Wolves, coached by former Park Crossing head coach Smitty Grider, are in their first year as a “merged” school. The Dothan City Board of Education combined its two city public high schools Northview and Dothan after last season and hired Grider away from Hazel Green to lead the program into its new era. Montgomery County Schools hired Grider away from Beauregard to start Park Crossing when the newest school in that school system opened in 2014. Over the next four seasons he guided the Thunderbirds to a 38-9 record before moving to Hazel Green in 2018, where he led the Trojans to the 6A state playoffs. He compiled a 62-28 record at Beauregard and has an overall 113-30 record heading into Thursday’s game.
     Dothan’s tradition runs deep. The former school compiled a 547-407-31 record from 1912-2018 with standouts like Steadman Shealy, Haywood Sullivan, Tommy Wade, Rip Hewes  and Johnny Mack Brown honing their skills at DHS. Dothan reached the large-school state finals in 1975 and 1976 with Shealy, a future UA great, quarterbacking the team. In 1978, Northview High School opened with a former DHS standout offensive lineman Harry Wayne Parrish coaching the Cougars for the first 13 years compiling a 91-51 overall record and leading Northview to two state championships (1981 and 1985). The school fell on hard times, however, upon his departure and only won 103 games total over the next 28 seasons and closed with an all-time 194-232-0. Four former Cougars reached the NFL, however, including Larry Roberts, Lawrence Dawsey, Izell Reese and Marquez White.
       Coach Clayton Harris
is in his first season as head coach Park Crossing (0-3), replacing Angelo Wheeler who coached the team last year. The Thunderbirds have lost all three games by a total of 13 points. Park Crossing lost 7-0 to Montgomery rival Robert E. Lee in the season opener, then dropped a heartbreaking 27-26 decision to St. Paul’s Episcopal in Mobile and lost another close one last week to Clay-Chalkville 19-14.
     Leading the Thunderbirds is senior quarterback Trevor Robinson, linebacker Jeremias Williams and defensive lineman Khurtiss Perry. Dothan features talented quarterback Jamal Lane, who passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns in a 54-41 win over Wetumpka and was 12-of-23 last week for 254 yards and three TDs as the Wolves beat Eufaula 48-37. Receiver Jabre Barber had five receptions for 155 yards and two scores last week.
     Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Thursday with veteran announcer Tommy Wood handling the play-by-play and former high school and college coach Rick Rhoades will handling color.
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