AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 6
MONTGOMERY – Pleasant Grove High School senior inside linebacker Rodney Groce had 10 tackles, including three sacks, to lead the Spartans to a 21-0 shutout over Wenonah last week.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior earned the AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 6 in the process.
Coach Darrell LaBeaux’s Spartans (5-1) improved to 3-1 in Class 5A, Region 4 with the important region win. Pleasant Grove’s defense limited Wenonah to just five first downs and only allowed the Dragons into Spartans territory twice all night. Groce, a University of Nebraska verbal commitment, got plenty of help from his teammates. Fellow linebackers Elijah Thomas and Tyvese Harrison had nine tackles each with three sacks between them.
“Rodney Groce played a heck of a game,” LeBeaux told al.com reporter Anton Williams. “Harrison and Thomas also played great. When they play like that, we are a pretty good team."
Pleasant Grove hosts John Carroll Catholic in another region contest Friday.
Other outstanding defensive efforts reported were:
CAMERON INLOW, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had three interceptions and six tackles as the Lions beat Barbour County 67-30.
TAMARDREON PURNELL, MONTEVALLO: Returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown with the Bulldogs clinging to a 56-50 lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter to give Montevallo a 62-50 victory over West Blocton. He finished with two interceptions and four tackles.
DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: Totaled 17 tackles, including two for losses, in the Panthers' 32-27 win over Straughn.
NOAH LINVILLE, SCOTTSBORO: The junior rover had 15 tackles and teammates A.J. Widgeon and Cameron Whited had 11 and 10 stops, respectively, in the Wildcats’ 20-7 loss to Madison County.
JORDAN SAMPSON, GOSHEN: Had 12 tackles, with four resulting in losses, in a 27-26 loss to Luverne. Teammate Markel Avery had 11 stops with three behind the line.
TARIQ RUSSELL, DALE COUNTY: Accounted for 12 tackles in the Warriors’ Tariq Russell, Dale County: Russell had 12 tackles in a Dale County 37-22 win over Booker T. Washington.
ANTOINE WILLIAMS, PINSON VALLEY: The defensive lineman had 4.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2 tackles for loss in a 21-0 victory over previously unbeaten Gardendale, anchoring a defense that allowed only 46 yards of total offense to the Rockets.
DEWAYNE JONES, MIDFIELD: Intercepted two passes, including one returned 65 yards for a TD, and ran six times for 73 yards and a touchdown in a 36-12 victory over Hanceville.
MYLES WALLER, MIDFIELD: Had 12 tackles and two sacks in a 36-12 victory over Hanceville.
JAYLON BARRETT, AUSTIN: Returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown in a 24-21 loss to Sparkman in a battle of Class 7A, Region 8 unbeaten teams.
KORY CHAPMAN, HOOVER: Returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown and teammate Josh Smith had had a 46-yard pick for a touchdown as the Bucs beat Tuscaloosa County 44-7. Chapman also recovered a Wildcats fumble.
RAPHAEL WILLIAMS, BARBOUR COUNTY: Returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown in the Jaguars’ 67-30 loss to Houston County.
MILLER McCARTHY, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Had 10 tackles in the Eagles’ 28-22 win over Headland.
GREYSON HOOKS, FAIRHOPE: Had two of the Pirates’ four interceptions as Fairhope beat Baker 26-6.
ELI COBERN, BILLINGSLEY: Recorded nine tackles and two sacks as the Bears (4-2) won their fourth straight game with a 25-6 win over Wadley.
AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for Week 6
MONTGOMERY – Quarterback Seth Brown of Saint John Paul II Catholic completed 25-of-30 passes for 520 yards and five touchdowns as the Falcons (4-2) beat West Morgan 49-36 last weekend in a key Class 4A, Region 7 battle in north Alabama. He also rushed for 94 yards and two scores – giving him 614 total yards and seven TDs accounted for.
Brown’s amazing performance for St. John Paul II Coach Thomas Lloyd’s Class 4A Falcons (4-2) from Huntsville vaulted him into the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for Week 6 of the 2019 prep football season. His effort also wrote his name into the AHSAA Record Book. The 520 passing yards ranks sixth all-time for single-game performances behind leader Chris Smelley, who passed for 565 yards and three TDs in a 43-31 Class 1A playoff setback to eventual state runner-up Brantley in 2005.
Other top entries in the AHSAA Record Book include: James Raines of Class 1A Berry passed for 563 yards in 71-22 win over Brilliant in 2016; Dustin Cagle of Class 1A Lynn had 548 passing yards in the Bears’ 61-36 win over Hubbertville in 2005; Jeremy Helms of Class 5A Russellville rolled up 544 yards in s 48-20 victory over J.O. Johnson, also in 2005; Geoffrey Bramblett of Class 3A Locust Fort had 529 yards passing in a 70-40 loss to Cleburne County in 2011; and Brodie Croyle of Class 1A Westbrook Christian passed for 528 yards in a 54-20 triumph over Donoho in 1998.
Brown, a 5-foot-5, 140-pound senior who has completed 118-of-167 passes for 1,913 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, was just four yards shy of the AHSAA single-game total offense record (618) set by Jack Poundstone of Trinity Presbyterian in a 2008 second-round 54-40 playoff loss to eventual state champion Cordova. The 614 total yards for Brown now ranks second in the AHSAA single-game total offense category.
St. John Paul II receiver Sean Zerkle was the chief target of Brown’s passes with seven catches for 209 yards and four TDs. Angelo Hunter also had 10 catches for 134 yards. The Falcons did not punt the entire night.
Brown’s career-best passing effort edged out another incredible effort by Daleville senior running back Jalen White, who went over 2,000 yards for the season with 373 rushing yards and six touchdowns in a 68-29 win over Cottonwood. He scored on runs of 38, 52, 59, 60 and 24 yards.
White now has 2,171 yards and 30 rushing touchdowns this season on 131 carries in seven games to lead the nation, according to MaxPreps statistical rankings. He is averaging 16.6 yards per carry and 310.1 yards rushing per game. He also scored once this season on a fumble return and has 31 total TDs, which also leads the nation and is one more than Brown, who has 30 TDs passing, 612 yards rushing and 10 rushing TDs in seven games.
And even more amazing statistics are his long runs on the year. He had a long TD of 60 yards in the win over Cottonwood. So far this season, he has had long runs of 35, 94, 84, 81, 80, 77 and 60 yards in each of the Warhawks’ seven games. His season low has been 224 yards rushing and his high has been 419. The 6-foot, 203-pound senior has gone over 300 yards rushing in four of his team’s games this season.
Brown’s passing effort also edged out another quarterbacking performance by Charlie Cater of Locust Fork in the Hornets’ 48-18 victory over Holly Pond and a tremendous team effort by Pike County in its 47-10 Class 3A, Region 2 win over Providence Christian in a battle of unbeatens. Cater piled up 499 yards total offense with 11 rush attempts for 265 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 234 yards and two scores in the 3A, Region 5 win. His rushing TDs covered 2, 75, 35, and 77 yards and his passing TDs went for 68 and 56 yards.
Rashawn Reynolds led a trio of running backs to each rush for more than 100 yards as Pike County (6-0) improved to 4-0 in 3A, Region 2. Reynolds totaled 151 yards and two TDs on 18 carries while teammates Derrick Myhand and Junior Myhand added 111 and 205 yards, respectively, on six carries each. Both scored two touchdowns. Providence (6-1) fell to 3-1 in Region 3.
ALABAMA ALL-STAR WATCH
Several players selected for the Alabama All-Star squad to face Mississippi in the 33rd Alabama-Mississippi Classic in December turned in outstanding performances.
DEMOUY KENNEDY, THEODORE: The linebacker had his usual outstanding game on defense forcing a fumble and also had two rush attempts on offense for 35 and 55 yards, both for touchdowns, as the Bobcats (6-0) beat Murphy 32-7.
LOGAN SMOTHERS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Completed 10-of-16 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown, ran 10 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns and also scored a 2-point conversion in a 49-13 victory over Decatur.
JORDON INGRAM, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 236 yards and three touchdowns as the Saints held off Spanish Fort 35-30 in Class 6A, Region 1.
Other top offensive performances reported include:
ALEX GLASS, MINOR: Completed 18-of-29 passes for 361 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-0 victory over Homewood.
LAMARCUS BROWN, BLOUNT: Completed 19-of-27 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 41 yards and a touchdown on just three carries in a 34-13 victory over Alma Bryant.
MATTHEW YOUNG, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Was 15-of-36 passing for 320 yards and three touchdowns in the Rams’ 31-20 loss to Pelham.
HARRISON BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Was 29-of-41 passing for 312 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-23 loss to unbeaten Thompson. Barker currently leads the AHSAA in passing this season with 153 completions I 245 attempts for 1,983 yards and 11 touchdowns.
DEYJUN HUNT, JACKSON: Completed 12-of-19 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns as the Aggies downed Thomasville 41-7. He also rushed for 96 yards and a fourth score on 14 carries Jackson improved to 48-38-6 in the 92-game series which got underway in 1916.
SAWYER PATE, THOMPSON: Completed 23-of-30 pass attempts for 239 yards and four touchdowns and added 40 yards rushing and a fifth TD as the unbeaten Warriors (6-0) best Spain Park 47-23.
ASHTON GULLEDGE, HOKES BLUFF: Finished with 315 total yards in the Eagles’ 35-14 win over Ashville. The senior quarterback completed 8-of-12 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 121 yards on 11 carries for 315 total yards in the Eagles’ 35-14 win over Ashville.
CHASE FORD, JEFF DAV IS: The freshman quarterback was 19-of-25 passing for 294 yards and three touchdowns in just his second start of the season as the Vols downed Smiths Station 31-14. He completed 14 straight passes at one stretch.
DYLAN HARRIS, ASHVILLE: Completed 19-of-30 passes for 277 yards in the Bulldogs’ 35-14 loss to Hokes Bluff.
BARON BRACK, PIKE ROAD: Was 12-of-18 passing for 249 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots (7-0) downed Saint James (5-1) in a showdown of Class 3A, Region 3 unbeaten teams 35-24.
ROSS REYNOLDS, ARAB: Passed for 226 yards and three touchdowns on a 17-of-23 passing performance and teammate Mathew Turnage rushed for 263 yards and a score on 23 carries as the Knights beat East Limestone 36-14.
JACKSON BILLINGS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Completed 15-of-18 passes for 225 yards and three TDs and added 124 yards rushing on seven carries and three more TDs in a 55-6 victory over Phil Campbell.
CHRISTIAN IVEY, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Was 13-of-17 for 214 yards and a TD and also rushed for 48 yards and two scores on nine carries as the Knights (7-0) downed Ashford 55-28.
MALIK INABINETTE, MONTEVALLO: Was 13-of-25 passing for 197 yards and one TD as the Bulldogs posted a 62-50 win over West Blocton.
JOSH LUNDY, HOOVER: Was 19-of-24 passing for 188 yards and two TDs, both 7-yard connections to freshman R.J. Hamilton, and the Bucs (5-1) beat Tuscaloosa County 44-7 in the AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) Game of the Week.
JUSTIN STUBBLEFIELD, DAR: Accounted for all three Patriots’ scores with a 1-yard touchdown run and TD passes of 6 and 7 yards to Payton Rhodes to lift DAR past Randolph 21-7. He was 10-of-22 passing for 214 yards.
DAMIONE WARD, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Completed 11-of-15 passes for 195 yards and added 41
yards and a 7-yard TD run on 11 carries in a 31-13 victory over Shades Valley.
ASHTON GULLEDGE, HOKES BLUFF: Completed 8-of-12 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns (97 and 12 yards) and rushed 11 times for 121 yards in a 35-14 win over Ashville.
AVERY SEATON, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 15-of-21 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns and tacked on 145 rushing yards and three TDs as the Mustangs beat Guntersville 44-37.
JACK HAYES, PIEDMONT: Completed 11-of-17 pass attempts for 177 yards and three touchdowns (47, 53, 19 yards) in the Bulldogs’ 38-16 win at Saks.
TRENT BATTLE, DAPHNE: Completed 8-of-13 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 95 yards and two more scores as the Trojans downed Baldwin County 42-7.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Connected on 7-of-9 pass attempts for 151 yards and two scores (11 and 43 yards as the Panthers downed Section 41-7 on homecoming night. His lone carry was a second-quarter 17-yard touchdown run. He also had an interception on defense.
CONNER CANTRELL, JAMES CLEMENS: Was a perfect 8-of-8 passing for 122 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, as the Jets beat Gadsden City 62-7 for their 11th straight Class 7A, Region 4 win.
NICK SAWYER, SPARKMAN: Threw game-winning touchdown pass with 1:33 to go and scored on runs of 54 and 4 yards to keep the Senators undefeated with a 24-21 victory over Austin.
K.D. HUTCHINSON, VALLEY: Passed for 135 yards and two TDs and rushed for 116 yards and another TD as the Rams beat Tallassee 34-12.
ZACHARY KITTRELL, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Making his first start at quarterback, Kittrell led the Admirals to a 30-26 win over defensing Class 3A state champion Flomaton with an 8-of-17 passing performance for 117 yards and who TDs. He also rushed for 56 yards on seven carries with a 51-yard scoring run.
MICHA BROWN, DAVIDSON: Was 11-of-11 passing and accounted for four TDs as the Warriors beat Mary Montgomery 35-14. He passed for three TDs and rushed for another.
KASON LINCKE, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Ignited a 33-15 win over Mobile Christian with 112 yards passing and two touchdowns on a 7-of-11 performance. He also had 108 rushing yards on 11 carries.
TREY HIGGINS, OXFORD: Rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns with runs of 68 and three yards and added 102 yards passing and two more scores as the Yellow Jackets beat Huffman 45-6.
RON WIGGINS, JACKSONVILLE: Had 22 carries for 269 yards and five touchdowns in a hard-fought 38-30 win over Anniston. He scored on runs of 4, 47, 61, 70 and 22 yards=ds.
GABRIEL GAMBLE, PELHAM: The sophomore ran for 260 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as Pelham picked up its first win of the season with a 31-20 triumph over Carver-Montgomery. Teammate Xavier Lankford also had nine carries for 122 yards and one score. He had two runs of 54 and 62 yards in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.
JAVONTA LEATHERWOOD, TUSCALOOSA-CENTRAL: Had 28 carries for 251 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-42 loss to Marbury.
JAYLAN NOBLES, SLOCOMB: Piled up 245 yards rushing on 16 carries and scored three times as the Red Tops beat Houston Academy 42-7. His TD runs covered 80 and 66 yards. He also caught a 41-yard pass reception for a TD.
EMMANUEL HENDERSON, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 232 yards on 22 carries and accounted for five touchdowns three different ways as the Bulldogs (2-4) fell to G.W. Long 57-51 in a wild Class 2A, Region 2 contest. He had TD runs of 45, 62 and 74 yards, an 80-yard kickoff return for a score and 8-yard TD pass completion to Colby Fuller for a fifth score for the Bulldogs.
OMARION CRAWFORD, SARALAND: Picked up 252 yards rushing on 15 carries and scored three TDs on runs of 23, 5 and 10 yards as the Spartans (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 42-10 win over Gulf Shores.
RONNIE ROYAL, ALEXANDRIA: The eighth grader had 31 carries for 237 yards and a touchdown to lead the Valley Cubs to a 16-10 overtime win over Sardis.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries and caught a 97-yard TD pass in the Eagles’ 35-14 win over Ashville.
MARQUIS JOHNSON, HELENA: Had 31 rush attempts for 221 yards and a TD, including 53 yards on the game-winning drive to set up a game-winning field goal in the final minute of play as the Huskies nipped Chelsea 31-28.
JUNIOR SUMMERHILL, WATERLOO: Had seven carries for 213 yards and five touchdowns in 54-8 win over Cherokee.
DEONTAE HALL, BESSEMER CITY: Ran 19 times for 209 yards and a touchdown as Bessemer City (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 31-7 victory over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
JORDAN WALKER, LAFAYETTE: Had 16 carries for 201 yards and three TDs and passed for another score as the Bears downed beat Fayetteville 57-20.
JAMARCUS ROBINSON, CITRONELLE: Totaled 196 rushing yards on 13 attempts and scored one touchdown in a 28-16 victory over Satsuma.
KOURTLAN MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Rushed for 162 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 191 yards and another TD in a 34-28 victory over defending Class 5A state champion Central of Clay County.
STROTHER GIBBS, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Accounted for five touchdowns, three passing and two rushing, to lead Mountain Brook (6-0) to a 42-14 victory over Oak Mountain. He ran for 162 yards and was 7-of-12 passing for 106 yards.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Ran for 187 yards on 19 carries and accounted for five touchdowns in the Bears’ 34-14 Class 2A, Region 1 win over Chickasaw. He had scoring runs of 6, 46, 5 and 39 yards and also caught a 5-yard TD pass.
KAMBREE JOHNSON, PARKER: Accounted for all six touchdowns in a 42-20 victory over Fairfield. Johnson had 24 carries for 185 yards and four touchdowns and completed 10-of-19 passes for 170 yards and two more scores.
JALEN CLARK, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Picked up 176 rushing yards on 23 carries and scored two TDs, the final score coming late in the fourth quarter to seal a 28-22 win over Headland.
DARRYANCE WOFFORD & CARNEL DAVIS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: After starting quarterback Michael Rich left with an injury in the first quarter, the two running backs alternated snaps out of the Wildcat formation to spark the Panthers to a 42-6 win over Douglas. Wofford had 19 carries for 172 yards and two touchdowns, and Davis had 10 rush attempts for 167 yards and three scores.
TREVOR MORRIS, G.W. LONG: Totaled 164 yards rushing on 21 carries with four touchdowns covering 7, 6, 36 and 7 yards as the undefeated Rebels (6-0) downed Geneva County 57-51. Dillon Galloway also had nine carries for 133 yards and scored twice on runs of 53 and 6 yards for G.W. Long. He added a 94-yard kickoff return for a third score.
TRAY DUNCAN, STANHOPE ELMORE: Had 34 carries for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the Mustangs’ 28-20 win over Elmore County rival Wetumpka. Teammate Andrew Rines added 14 carries for 122 yards and one TD and was 2-of-3 passing for the final TD to Stanhope Elmore (5-1).
DAMIEN TAYLOR, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: Rushed for 152 yards on 18 carries and scored the Wildcats’ only touchdown on an 80-yard run in a 44-7 setback to Hoover in the AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) Game of the Week.
HUNTER KING, RED BAY: Rushed 24 times for 160 yards and a touchdown in 30-14 win over Sheffield.
ANTONIO MASON, HUEYTOWN: Picked up 144 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored twice in the Gophers’ 42-14 win over Northridge.
SAMUEL COSBY, CEDAR BLUFF: Ran for 143 yards on 14 carries with a 55-yard touchdown in the Tigers’ 55-22 loss at North Sand Mountain.
DYLAN BLACKBURN, JAMES CLEMENS: Rushed 13 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, as the Jets beat Gadsden City 62-7.
KENZERICK BARBER, HOUSTON COUNTY: Ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns and teammate Antonio Johnson added 107 yards and two more TDs as the Lions set a school record for points scored in a 67-30 win over Barbour County. Jeremiah Hardick added 102 yards and one TD rushing for Houston County.
DEMARCUS BECKWITH, FLORENCE: Rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and caught four passes for 107 yards to finish with 228 total yards as the Falcons beat Huntsville 28-23.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Scored four rushing touchdowns (1, 20, 4 and 14 yards) on just six carries to lead the Panthers to a 44-0 win over Talladega County Central.
CAL GEORGE, HARTSELLE: Ran for four touchdowns and threw two more in a 76-0 victory over Columbia.
T.J. LEONARD, DAR: Caught seven passes for 186 yards in a 21-7 victory over Randolph.
ALEX HUTCHINS, BOAZ: Caught four passes for 156 yards, including a school-record 99-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Easton Hardin, in the Pirates’ 46-15 win over Crossville.
MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: Finished with eight receptions for 145 yards receiving, including TD catches of 20, 7 and 55 yards, in a 47-23 victory over Spain Park.
ERIK MATTHEWS, OPP: Pulled down six receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-0 win over Wicksburg.
KAHARI McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: Caught s 28-yard TD pass from Damion Kemmerlin with 33 seconds left to give the Panthers a 32-27 win over Straughn. McReynolds also had a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 60-yard touchdown catch plus 10 tackles in the game. Kemmerlin added a 68-yard TD run and finished 6-of-10 passing for 140 yards and both two scores.
JACKSON WEST, HUNTSVILLE: Had eight receptions for 136 yards in a 28-23 loss to Florence.
COLBY KING, ARAB: Hauled in five passes for 136 yards with three touchdowns covering 47, 19 and 40 yards in the Knights’ 36-14 win over East Limestone.
MICHAEL GIBBS, CHELSEA: Had 128 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Hornets’ 31-28 loss to Helena.
DEATRIS WILLIAMS, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Caught four passes for 124 yards and one touchdown in a 31-20 setback to Pelham.
ADRIANNE HERNANDEZ, ASHVILLE: Caught five passes for 116 yards in a 35-14 setback to Hokes Bluff.
ETHAN SWINFORD, PIEDMONT: Caught three passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns (47 and 53 yards) and also returned the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 38-16 win over Saks. He also added 80 yards rushing.
Current Season Reversal Percentage is 25.8%
MONTGOMERY – Four of the five AHSAA varsity high school football contests using DVSport Instant Replay last week had a total of five challenges with two calls reversed, reports AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones.
This week, seven games will be utilizing the DVSport Instant Replay with seven schools taking part for the first time this season.
The Week 5 report had one game with no challenges. The reversed calls were as follow, said Jones.
Jackson at Baker: Baker challenged the receiver stepped out of bounds on kickoff return. The kick was returned to the 50-yard line. After review, the receiver’s foot was on the line when he caught the kick. The call was then reversed resulting in a free kick infraction and the ball was placed at the 35-yard line.
Athens at East Limestone: Athens challenged a penalty being enforced from the wrong spot. After review the penalty enforcement was corrected.
The other challenges involved fumbles and catches.
A total of 31 calls on the field have been reversed this season with eight, or 25.8%, have been reversed. The percentage is a slight increase from 23.1% rate after week four.
DVSport Instant Replay is in its second year of implementation. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular-season games.
Jones reported that the 31 Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:
TYPES OF CHALLENGES (31 reviews with 8 reversals, 25.8%)
11 Catch/no catch
9 Fumble/no fumble
5 breaking plane of goal line (note 2 were also fumble reviews)
1 Illegal participation
1 Illegal forward pass
2 Touching of punt
2 Forward progress
1 Penalty Enforcement Spot
1 Kick Out of Bounds
A total of 44 schools have participated in AHSAA contests utilizing Instant Replay this season with six games scheduled for this Friday. New to the Instant Replay this week will be seven schools: Arab, Benjamin Russell, Fairhope, Huffman, Northside, Russellville and Saraland. The complete list of games utilizing Instant Replay this week are listed below.
Week 6 Games with Instant Replay
East Limestone (5A) at Arab (5A)
Fairhope (7A) at Baker (7A), Mobile
Northside (4A) at Good Hope (4A)
Saraland (6A) at Gulf Shores (6A)
Russellville (5A) at Lawrence County (5A), Moulton
Benjamin Russell (6A) at Opelika (6A)
Huffman (6A) at Oxford (6A)
SCHOOLS IN GAMES WITH INSTANT REPLAY THIS SEASON
Class 7A (12)
Class 6A (13)
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Class 5A (8)
Class 4A (6)
Class 3A (1)
Class 2A (1)
Class 1A (1)
New Smyrna Beach (FL)
More than 150 Events Planned by NFHS Network SBP Schools
MONTGOMERY – Class 7A, Region 3 rivals Tuscaloosa County (0-5) and Hoover (4-1) bring storied histories into tonight’s AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week. WOTM TV, under the direction of executive producer Vince Earley, is producing the contest – the sixth in the 2019 Game-of-the Week series.
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. Veteran announcer Tommy Wood and legendary football coach 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 pairing for next week’s Game of the week – a Class 2A, Region 4 contest between Thorsby (3-3) and Fayetteville (4-1).
The Bucs have been the most dominating big-school program in AHSAA history, claiming 13 state football championships – with current head coach Josh Niblett leading the team to six state titles since arriving in 2008. His 142-21 record at Hoover is only surpassed by the 75-7 region record against some of the top 7A programs in Alabama. The program currently has a 497-173-7 overall record since its first season in 1963 with only 10 losing seasons in that 57-year span.
The Bucs had two players, center David Bodden and quarterback Robbie Ashford, named to the Alabama All-Star Team Wednesday. The 33rd annual All-Star Game versus Mississippi is set for Hattiesburg on Dec. 14.
Ironically, the Bucs’ last losing season came in 1998 – one year afrer Tuscaloosa County won the Class 6A state football championship for the Wildcats’ only state title in 1997. Tuscaloosa County, which has a 545-392-30 overall record dating back to 1923, posted undefeated teams in 1932 (10-0-1) and 1946 (9-0). The program, which has had 67 winning seasons in the last 97 years, has struggled since moving into Region 3 when the seven-classification format was introduced in 2014. Tuscaloosa County has gone 6-32 in region play 13-44 overall with wins coming in that first year transition.
Jay Todd, the son of long-time coach David Todd, is in his first season as head coach. He is the fourth head coach for the Wildcats in six years since that move to 7A. He is undaunted, however, about the task ahead of him and is committed to building the program into a contender once again.
The NFHS Network School Broadcast Program has four varsity games on tap tonight and 45 Friday. More than 150 football and volleyball varsity, junior varsity, freshman and middle school contests are planned through next Thursday.
In addition to tonight’s Hoover-Tuscaloosa County contest, the NFHS Network will show Florence at Huntsville, Smiths Station at Jeff Davis and Carver-Birmingham at Pelham. Some key region games set for Friday on the NFHS Network include: Pike County (5-0) at Providence Christian (6-0) in Class 3A, Region 3; Sparkman (6-0) at Austin (5-0) in Class 7A, Region 4; Hewitt-Trussville (4-2) at Vestavia Hills (4-1) and Thompson (5-0) at Spain Park (2-3); and defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley (3-2) at Gardendale (6-0) in Class 6A, Region 6.
A full slate of more than 40 volleyball contests are scheduled for tonight and next Tuesday.
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MONTGOMERY – A roster including 26 players already committed to Division I-A schools have been selected to the 40-player Alabama All-Star Team that will face Mississippi in the 33rd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Dec. 14 at Hattiesburg on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.
The roster, comprised of current high school seniors, was announced Tuesday by Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association. The annual contest is an event of the AHSADCA and the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
The game was played in Mississippi for the first time in the series in 2015. The hosts are 2-0 at home and Alabama is 22-8 in its home games. The series was played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile from 1988 to 2010; a second game in 2010 was held at Troy University’s Veterans Memorial Stadium and Cramton Bowl has hosted the All-Star Game six times, 2011-2014, 2016 and last year. Alabama is 22-10 overall.
“We hope the 40-man Alabama roster selected for this year’s game hosted by the AHSADCA will bring the Alabama-Mississippi Game Championship Trophy back (to Alabama),” Lee said.
Spain Park High School Coach Shawn Raney, is serving as the head coach for Alabama. The All-Star squad has 14 players that are currently committed to SEC with the Crimson Tide receiving verbal commitments from six. Auburn has three commitments, Ole Miss has two. LSU, Kentucky and South Carolina have one each. Two players on the team are headed out-of-state to the Atlantic Coast Conference (defending National Champion Clemson and Georgia Tech); two have announced plans to attend Big 10 schools Nebraska and Purdue, and one player is heading to the Big 12 (Kansas). UAB has three commitments, Troy University has two, Tulane and Middle Tennessee have one each. Of the 14 players still uncommitted, the majority are still embroiled in national recruiting battles.
The roster, comprised of current high school seniors, was selected through a rigorous process that began last winter, Lee said. “The selection committee has worked extremely hard to trim down the strong list of nominations to the 40 selected. It is a difficult task for sure, and we thank the committee for its dedication.
Among the Alabama commitments is running back RoyDell Williams of Hueytown, who rushed for 2,757 yards and 32 touchdowns as a junior. The husky 5-foot-10, 208-pound speedster had 409 yards and five touchdowns on 15 carries in one game last year. Linebacker Jackson Bratton of Muscle Shoals, another Alabama commit, recorded the 400th tackle of his prep career last week. Other Crimson Tide commitments include quarterback/athlete Kristian Story of Lanett; defensive back Malachi Moore of Hewitt-Trussville; 6-7, 340-pound defensive lineman Jayson Jones of Calera; 6-3, 2145-pound linebacker Demouy Kennedy of Theodore.
Auburn commitments selected are 6-5, 210-pound linebacker Cameron Riley of Hillcrest-Evergreen; offensive lineman Javian Cohen of Central-Phenix City; and defensive lineman Daniel Allen of St. Paul’s Episcopal.
Quarterback Logan Smothers of Muscle Shoals and Robbie Ashford of Hoover committed to Nebraska and Ole Miss, respectively. Smothers has led the Trojans to a 6-0 record this season and eclipsed 6,200 passing yards in last week’s 29-10 win over Florence. He is 522-of-795 passing for 6,240 yards and 50 touchdowns for his career and has rushed 400 times for 2,420 yards and 28 TDs.
Central-Phenix City wide receiver Eddie Williams plans to Clemson, Spanish Fort receiver Kris Abrams plans to attend Ole Miss and Jamichael Thompson of Clay-Chalkville plans to join the Middle Tennessee receiving corps. Hewitt-Trussville’s 6-5, 295-pound defensive lineman Eric Taylor has committed to LSU.
Briarwood Christian offensive lineman Trent Howard, 6-4, 285, has committed to Georgia Tech. Howard is the son of former Jess Lanier High School and University Alabama offensive lineman standout Johnny Howard. His dad also represented the AHSAA in the very first Alabama-Mississippi Game played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in 1988 and won in three overtimes 24-21 by Alabama.
The complete roster can be found at the following link: http://www.ahsaa.com/2019-AL-MS-Roster
MONTGOMERY – Several AHSAA coaches claimed milestone wins last week.
Scottsboro junior quarterback Jacob Manning had 23 rushes for 126 yards and two touchdowns and senior linebacker A.J. Widgeon had three sacks on defense as the Wildcats beat North Jackson 33-0 for the 100th career head-coaching victory for Coach Don Jacobs. He had head-coaching stops at Elkmont and Oneonta before taking over the Scottsboro program in 2017. Jacobs, a Scottsboro graduate and former three-sport star, is in his 13th season as a head coach with a 100-50 overall record.
Muscle Shoals (6-0) beat Florence last week 29-10 to give Coach Scott Basden his 175th career win. Now in his 31st season as a head coach, Basden owns a 175-64 career slate with 106 wins at Muscle Shoals. His other stops were at Cordova and Parrish.
Winfield head coach David McKinney registered his 100th head-coaching victory Sept. 19 when the Pirates beat Lamar County 34-6. Now in his 13th season as a head coach, McKinney is 100-47 overall with a 48-25 mark at Winfield.
Vestavia Hills’ Buddy Anderson (339-151) is the AHSAA career wins leader and the AHSAA’s active wins leader. The Rebels posted his 339th win last week beating Shades Valley 17-0. Three coaches – Tallassee’s Mike Battles Jr. (174-83), Bayside Academy’s Phil Lazenby (174-95), and Mark Rose (174-79) of Smiths Station – are one win away from career coaching win 175 heading into this week’s games.
WINNINGEST ACTIVE COACHES IN THE AHSAA
TOT NAME CAREER PCT. YEARS
339 – Buddy Anderson (Vestavia Hills) 339-151-0 69.2% 1978-2019
313 – Jamie Riggs (Houston Academy) 313-89-0 77.9% 1986-2019
308 – Terry Curtis (UMS-Wright) 308-85-0 78.4% 1989-2019
303 – Danny Horn (Central, Clay County) 303-87-0 77.7% 1989-2019
287 – Paul Benefield (Fyffe) 287-53-0 84.4% 1992-2019
242 – Lamar Harris (Hubbertville) 242-202-0 54.5% 1978-2019
237 – Steve Smith (Piedmont) 237-73-0 76.5% 1995-2019
230 – Trent Taylor (Andalusia) 230-135-0 63.0% 1988-2019
221 – David Powell (Sumiton Christian) 221-81-0 73.2% 1994-2019
207 – Josh Niblett (Hoover) 207-53-0 79.6% 2000-2019
203 – Stacy Luker (Clarke County) 203-87-0 70.0% 1995-2019
202 – Mark Freeman (Thompson) 202-50-0 80.2% 1998-2019
187 – Brent Hubbert (T.R. Miller) 187-42-0 81.7% 2001-2019
187 – Bob Godsey (Madison Academy) 187-67-0 73.6% 1998-2019
183 – Steve Mask (St. Paul’s Episcopal) 183-91-0 66.8% 1990-2019
175 – Scott Basden (Muscle Shoals) 175-64-0 73.2% 1999-2919
AHSAA Defensive Spotlight For Week 5
MONTGOMERY – Senior strong safety Nathan Grantham has had numerous big plays from his wide receiver position this season for Coach Johnny Bryant’s Class 2A Rebels. Last Friday, he recorded 18 ½ tackles to lead Zion Chapel to a 34-30 win over rival Kinston to claim the AHSAA Defensive Spotlight of the Week.
He also scored on a 3-yard run. Teammate Zay Adair also had an interception with 1:03 left to preserve the win. He had 8 tackles, a blocked extra point and recovered a fumble in the end zone.
Grantham’s defensive effort edged out two other strong performances reported. Stanhope Elmore linebacker William Whitlow had 15 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery in the Mustangs’ 20-17 win over Smiths Station. And Chaz Pope of Spring Garden stripped a Sand Rock runner of the ball near the Panthers goal line, then scooped up the fumble and raced 98 yards for a touchdown in Spring Garden’s 44-21 win over Sand Rock in the AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week produced by WOTM. He finished with an interception and five tackles.
OTHER DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCES REPORTED:
JACKSON CHANCEY, G.W. LONG: Returned an interception 15 yards for a TD, and teammate Braxton Whitehead also had a pick he returned 39 yards for a score as the Rebels (5-0) beat Elba 46-35. Both scores came in the final nine minutes of the fourth quarter. Whitehead also had a 62-yard TD reception.
MAYS McMILLAN, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Totaled 12 tackles, including three for losses, had an interception, forced and recovered one fumble as the Wildcats downed Montgomery Academy 33-10.
SPENCER MOOREHEAD, GENEVA: Totaled nine tackles, including three for losses, in Geneva's 40-28 win over Samson.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Had eight tackles on defense and also rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns on offense as the Panthers beat Cherokee County rival Sand Rock 44-21.
L.J. HILL, REELTOWN: Caused a fumble and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown as the Rebels beat Maplesville in a battle of unbeatens, 33-21.
HAMILTON ATHENS: Intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble – both of which led to touchdowns – in a 42-21 victory over East Limestone.
AMIL WILLIAMS, GARDENDALE: Finished with eight tackles, including four for losses, and returned a blocked punt 15 yards for a TD in a 35-7 victory over Hazel Green.
CALVIN TOWNES, BESSEMER CITY: Intercepted a pass and blocked a punt, anchoring a defense that allowed just 67 yards rushing, in a 31-0 victory over Wenonah.
JACOLBY HEGGLER, RAMSAY: Intercepted two passes in 55-12 victory over Central-Tuscaloosa.
COLE JOHNSTON, VESTAVIA HILLS: Intercepted a pass and added two sacks as the Rebels allowed just 152 yards of total offense in a 17-0 victory over Shades Valley.
AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for Week 5
MONTGOMERY – West Morgan and Brewer combined to score 111 points and amass 934 yards of offense Friday night as the Rebels persevered with a 57-54 win over their Morgan County rivals.
However, it was a defensive play late in the fourth quarter by linebacker Garrett McCurry on a fourth-and-three play with West Morgan clinging to a 49-47 lead that proved to be the difference as The Rebels and Patriots grabbed the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for Week 5 of the 2019 prep football season.
McCurry blitzed up the middle to sack Brewer quarterback Wyatt Styles for a 12-yard loss back to the Patriots’ 19-yard line. On the next play, West Morgan’s Zachary Alexander scored and Adam Lucas made the two-point conversion to give the Rebels a 10-point, 57-47 lead. Lucas finished with 180 yards rushing on 18 carries for West Morgan. Quarterback Glavine Segars also accounted for 174 yards and four touchdowns as West Morgan (2-5), coached by Mikel Riggs, captured its second straight win.
For Brewer, Johnathan Morgan gained 268 yards on 27 rush attempts and scored three rushing touchdowns. His scoring runs covered 25, 13 and 9 yards. Riggs’ team also got another big defensive play earlier in the final period when defensive back Caleb Terry intercepted a Patriots pass and sped 92 yards for a touchdown to break a 41-41 deadlock.
The 111 total points is the fourth AHSAA game this season that has accounted for a combined total of more than 100 points. It ranks tied for 31st on the AHSAA list of most points scored in a game by both teams. The 54 points by Brewer ties for fifth place for most points scored by the losing team. The 934 total yards by both teams is the most so far this season in a single contest.
The offensive explosion edged out three milestone victories for popular coaches, a two-overtime thriller in Class 5A at Clay County, a superb performance by a freshman that helped a school post just its third shutout since 2002, the AHSAA’s top pass receiving and rushing efforts of the season, and a player who had two 99-yard touchdowns.
Jasper (5-0) and defending Class 5A state champion Central of Clay County (4-1) came into last Friday’s battle at Lineville ranked 1-2, respectively, by the Alabama Sportswriters Association prep poll committee. The visiting Vikings of Coach Bryan Moore escaped with a 35-34 win when freshman quarterback Spencer Rosenfeld connected with junior tight end Carson Alvis on a 10-yard pass to score what would be the winning touchdown for Jasper (5-0) in a game that lived up to its billing. Ironically, it was Rosenfeld’s only throw of the game and Alvis’ only catch of the night.
“We had called that play earlier in the game and it was blown dead, so we had it and felt comfortable calling in that spot,” Moore told the Daily Mountain Eagle. “Those guys executed it.”
At Douglas High School, freshman Eli Teal had 16 carries for a 243 yards and had four rushing touchdowns as the Eagles (1-4) beat Brindlee Mountain 55-0 to snap a nine-game losing streak. He also completed his only pass for 20 yards and had four tackles, two pass break-ups and an interception on defense as Douglas, 3-42 over its last 45 games., recorded the program’s first shutout win was since 2015 when the Eagles blanked Brindlee Mountain 27-0. Douglas’ only other shutout since 1998 (21 seasons) came on August 30, 2002, when the Eagles won 24-0 over New Hope to start the season.
Two other individual efforts of special note were turned in by Madison County receiver Quamaine Gamble and Daleville running back Jalen White. Gamble had six pass receptions for 254 yards and two touchdowns covering 85 and 64 yards in a 42-7 victory over New Hope. The 254 receiving yards is the most reported for any receiver in the AHSAA in 2019.
White became the first running back to top the 400-yard rushing mark this season with 419 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries in a 50-35 Warhawks’ win over Straughn. His TD runs went for 77, 72, 64, 61 and 56 yards. White has now rushed for 4,858 yards in his career, including 1,749 yards this season. In six games.
Geneva High School beat county rival Samson 40-28 in big part thanks to Kahari McReynolds’ continuing weekly big-play efforts. He rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns scored on two 99-yard plays. He had a 99-yard interception return on defense for one score and finished with two picks and five tackles, rushing touchdowns of 99 and 40 yards and a 25-yard TD pass reception on offense and added a two-point conversion on defense.
OTHER TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES REPORTED:
JORDAN EVANS, PAUL BRYANT: Snared a 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ty’Javian Edwards with 28 seconds remaining to lift Paul Bryant to a 24-21 win over Mae Jemison.
KARSTEN THREATT, MIDFIELD: Finished with 185 yards receiving and two touchdowns and added a rushing score in a 48-36 loss to Talladega.
TRAE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: Pulled down 10 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown in a 22-21 loss to Center Point.
JERRY BROWN, SUMITON CHRISTIAN: Had three receptions for 175 yards, including TD connections of 56 and 83 yards from quarterback Jordan Robertson, as Sumiton beat Meek 28-6.
COOPER AUSTIN, SPRING GARDEN: Caught five passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 44-21 win at Sand Rock.
JAYSON JONES, CENTER POINT: Caught 13 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown, added 13 yards on two carries and scored the game-winning two-point conversion on a run in a 22-21 victory over Homewood.
BLAKE McKENNA, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Finished with three catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-10 victory over Hartselle.
MALIK STRICKLAND, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Caught eight passes for 120 yards in a 27-25 victory over Decatur.
KENDALE ALLEN, GARDENDALE: Had three catches for 111 yards and a TD in a 35-7 victory over Hazel Green.
JOHN RANDALL FOSTER, SAND ROCK: Caught four passes for 169 yards and accounted for all three Wildcats scores in a 44-21 loss to Spring Garden. Banks Alexander completed the TD tosses for Foster, who also scored on a 65-yard run.
REGINALD SUMMAGE, JEFF DAVIS: Had four catches for 127 yards and an 83-yard touchdown in the Vols’ 17-13 win over Sidney Lanier. Teammate Tavares Womack had six catches for 115 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown.
MIKEY McINTOSH, MUSCLE SHOALS: Hauled in five pass receptions for 112 yards and two touchdowns covering 36 and 32 yards in the unbeaten Trojans’ 29-10 win over Florence.
BRISEN TATUM, BILLINGSLEY: Had seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown, rushed seven times for 76 yards ands and a TD and also returned a punt for a score in the Bears’ 47-7 win over Prattville Christian. Teammate Jonatavies Todd, a starting offensive lineman, also scored two touchdowns on short runs.
JAMES HANDEY, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Caught five passes for 106 yards and one touchdown in the Wildcats’ 33-10 victory over Montgomery Academy.
WILLIAM ROBERTSON, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Grabbed seven catches for 111 yards and a TD in the Eagles’ 33-10 setback to Trinity Presbyterian.
KISEAN JOHNSON, RAMSAY: Caught three passes for 99 yards and TD catches of 21 and 20 yards in a 55-12 victory over Central-Tuscaloosa.
DEVIN HOLDEN, OAK MOUNTAIN: Grabbed five receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown in a 21-7 victory over Pelham.
LOGAN WEST, FLORALA: Was 12-of-22 passing for 290 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 278 yards and two scores on 25 carries to lead the Wildcats past Houston Academy 47-20. He also booted 5 of 6 extra points. His chief receiver was Rashaad Coleman, who snagged nine catches for 215 yards and two TDs on offense and made two interceptions for Florala on defense.
KHORI BOWLING, SHEFFIELD: Passed for 271 yards and three touchdowns to lead Sheffield to a 34-22 win over R.A. Hubbard. He also rushed for the Bulldogs’ other two TDs as Sheffield overcame a 16-0 deficit to post the win.
AUSTIN MILLS, MADISON COUNTY: Completed 7-of-8 passes for 269 yards and four TDs in a 42-7 victory over New Hope.
JAVON DAVIS, CENTER POINT: Completed 19-of-27 passes for 247 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 22-21 victory over Homewood.
KOURTLAN MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Completed 17-of-28 passes for 245 yards and five touchdowns and ran three times for 53 yards in a 48-6 victory over Hayden.
LOGAN SMOTHERS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Was 17-of-22 passing for 243 yards and TD passes of 33, 32 and 14 yards and ran for 58 yards and another score on nine carries in a 29-10 victory over Florence.
HESS HORNE, EUFAULA: Threw for 236 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Tigers to a 55-21 win in over Alma Bryant. His TD passes covered 14, 31, 45 and 54 yards to four different receivers.
TY HUTTO, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Finished 16-of-23 passing for 221 yards and one TD and rushed for a touchdown in a 27-25 victory over Decatur. It was the first Lawrence County win over the Red Raiders in seven games played since 1954. Decatur now holds a 21-4 edge in the series that began in 1923.
RYLEY KIRK, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 10-of-14 pass attempts for 235 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 44-21 victory at Sand Rock in Thursday’s AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week.
TYRONE FRANKLIN, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Ran for three touchdowns and was 9-of-16 passing for 191 yards and two TDs covering 75 and 43 yards as the unbeaten Generals (6-0) downed Carver-Montgomery (4-1) in a battle of unbeatens 49-14.
CHASE FORD, JEFF DAVIS: The freshman quarterback was 10-of-12 passing for 242 yards and two touchdowns (83 and 68) yards as the Vols won their first game of the season 17-13 over Sidney Lanier.
BYRON BRACK, PIKE ROAD: Led the Patriots (6-0) to their sixth straight win completing 12-of-21 passes for 234 yards and four TDs in a 35-0 win over Headland. His TD tosses covered 43, 38, 27 and 3 yards.
JOHN DAVID BONNER, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Completed 13-of-18 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-10 win over Montgomery Academy.
CHRISTIAN IVEY, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Was 10-of-15 passing for 158 yards and rushed for 75 yards and two TDs on eight carries to finish with 233 total yards as the Knights beat Beauregard 41-12.
JAY TRAWICK, REHOBETH: Fired a 5-yard TD pass to Trey Turner on third down in overtime to give the Rebels a 28-25 win over Wicksburg. He finished the night 7-of-11 passing for 106 yards and two scores and rushed for 50 yards on eight carries.
BRITTON KOHN, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Connected on 16-of-34 passes for 216 yards and a TD in a 33-10 loss to Trinity Presbyterian.
SAMUEL COSBY, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 8-of-11 pass attempts for 174 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a third in a 35-0 homecoming win over Gaylesville.
ZACHARY FRANKLIN, HANCEVILLE: Accounted for six touchdowns, two rushing and four passing, as the Bulldogs downed Curry 50-22.
TREY LEINDECKER, PHIL CAMPBELL: Ran for 327 yards and three touchdowns covering 86, 82 and 13 yards as the Bobcats blanked Phillips 29-0.
JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-10 victory over Falkville.
CARLOS CORBIN, HUNTSVILLE: Gained 216 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns on 13 carries, all in the first half, in a 63-0 victory over Columbia.
MATTHEW CLARK, MEEK: Had 35 carries for 208 yards and one TD in a 28-6 loss to Sumiton Christian.
TERRANCE MOORE, MOODY: Carried 25 times for 208 yards and three TDs in a 41-20 victory over Shelby County.
JEFFREY ROWSER, RAMSAY: Picked up 190 yards on 12 rush attempts and scored on a 20-yard run in a 55-12 victory over Central-Tuscaloosa.
JEFFREY ROWSER, RAMSAY: Gained 190 yards rushing on 12 carries and scored one TD as the Rams (5-1) beat Central-Tuscaloosa 55-12.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Had 170 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns as Ariton downed Slocomb 41-29. He also had 10 tackles on defense.
TRENT DAVIS, ETOWAH: Playing with a high ankle sprain, he rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and intercepted a pass in the Blue Devils’ 26-20 win over Fort Payne. The game played last Friday was interrupted by lightning delays and concluded just after midnight.
QUINSHON JUDKINS, PIKE ROAD: Had 18 carries for 139 yards and one touchdown as the Patriots (6-0) beat Headland 35-0.
JEREMIAH COBB, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Ran 13 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-12 win over Beauregard.
JUSTIN McDANIEL, MARS HILL BIBLE: Ran for 111 yards and three TDs on 16 carries to lift the defending Class 1A state champion Panthers to a 46-27 win over Brooks. It was 15th straight win for Mars Hill since falling to the Lions 36-35 last season.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed for four touchdowns, all in the first half, as the Eagles beat Glencoe 35-6.
AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight For Week 5
MONTGOMERY – Stanhope Elmore High School soccer standout Dylan Presciti has taken a shine to ‘football’ this season. And the Mustangs’ faithful are taking a shine to their place-kicker. Presciti kicked two field goals of 33 and 27 yards and two extra points to lift Stanhope Elmore past Smiths Station 20-17 last Friday.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior delivered the clutch 27-yarder with four seconds remaining to seal the win and earned the AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight for Week 5.
The Mustangs of Coach Brian Bradford are off to a 5-1 start this season and are tied with Opelika at 2-0 atop the Class 6A, Region 3 standings. Stanhope Elmore goes to Wetumpka Friday to face their Elmore County arch-rivals in a key region battle for both teams.
Presciti edged another outstanding kicker Jacob Fruewald of Bob Jones, for this week’s Spotlight. Fruewald also kicked a 27-yard field to give the Class 7A Patriots a 30-28 road win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
OTHER TOP SPECIAL TEAM PERFORMANCES REPORTED:
ASHTON WHITE, WICKSBURG: The Panthers’ place-kicker hit a 25-yard field goal as time expired to send the game with Rehobeth into overtime and added a 17-yard field goal in the extra period to give his team a brief 25-22 lead. Rehobeth rebounded in their time on offense to score a game-winning touchdown to claim a 28-25 win.
JAYLIN PETERSON, RAMSAY: After his team fell behind 6-0 in the first quarter, Peterson returned the ensuing kickoff 73 yards for a touchdown and Ramsay went on to post a 55-12 win over Central-Tuscaloosa.
ETHAN TRIMM, HELENA: Blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown in a 61-10 victory over Southside-Gadsden.
JAKARI FOSTER, PIEDMONT: Returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 35-14 victory over Jacksonville. Teammate Austin Estes also returned a kickoff 82 yards for another TD later in the game.
WHIT JOHNSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown and added a 12-yard TD run in the Warriors’ 49-6 win over Weaver that was terminated in the second half due to lightning. Teammate Ryon Dunn also blocked his second punt in as many games to spark the Warriors’ special-teams effort.
Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, NFHS Executive Director
When the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey was released by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in August, many headlines across the country focused on the drop in the number of boys playing 11-player football. After all, the report showed 30,829 fewer participants than the year before. However, perhaps the most important number was overlooked – 14,247.
Yes, 14,247, the number of high schools with 11-player football teams. While there was a slight decline in the number of participants in many states, the number of schools sponsoring the sport was the highest in five years. In fact, the number of schools last year with 11-player teams has only been topped twice in the survey’s history – 14,262 in 2013-14 and 14,279 in 2010-11.
In addition, smaller schools in some states have shifted to 6-player, 8-player and 9-player football and have had good responses. The survey indicates an additional 156 schools and 1,594 participants involved in these alternate forms of the sport; and, in the past 10 years, participation by girls in 11-player football has doubled, with more than 2,400 participants this past year.
These numbers express the desire by high schools to keep alive one of the oldest and most treasured traditions in our nation – Friday Night Football Under the Lights. Although there are many options today for the entertainment dollar, nothing surpasses supporting the local high school football team on Friday nights. The No. 1 fan base in America? The answer is that number again – 14,247.
In Week 2 of the National Football League season, just under 1.1 million fans attended the 16 games. While impressive, it doesn’t come close to the number of fans who watched high school football during the corresponding week. It’s all in that number – 14,247.
With approximately 7,123 games every Friday night (14,247 divided by 2), and with a conservative estimate of 1,000 fans per game, there are more than 7 million fans in high school football stadiums every week. An unofficial attendance survey conducted by the NFHS in 2011 indicated about 165 million fans attended high school football games during that season, which included up to five weeks of playoffs and a weekly average of 11 million fans. Either way, the number of fans at high school football games dwarfs the numbers attending professional football games.
Early season crowds have been strong in many areas of the country with terrific fall weather – current and former students; parents, grandparents and friends of players on the team; longtime fans and supporters in the community. Unlike crowds at the college and professional levels where fans have little, if any, identity with the players, there is a connection between the players and fans at the high school level.
With concussion protocols and laws in place in every state, with a reduction in contact levels before the season and during practices, and with teaching of proper tackling skills at lower levels, we believe people, including parents of high school student-athletes, are seeing and believing that the sport of football at the high school level is as safe as it ever has been.
We urge you to support your local high school football team this Friday night.
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.
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