MONTGOMERY – Pinson Valley High School junior quarterback Bo Nix returned to the lineup for the Indians’ first-round state playoff game Friday night after being sidelined several games with an ankle injury.
He responded to lead the unbeaten Indians (11-0) to a 45-20 Class 6A state playoff win over Florence. Nix, the son of head coach and former Auburn starting quarterback Patrick Nix, completed 22-of-36 passes for 368 yards and five touchdowns as Pinson advanced to round two to face defending state champion Ramsay at Pinson Friday night.
The victory closed out the first 10-0 regular season in the school’s history and catapulted the junior into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1 of the state playoffs. The 10-0 current record also marks the first 10-win season for the school since it opened its doors in 1970.
Bo Nix, who quarterbacked Scottsboro to a 12-1 season as a sophomore before his dad took over at Pinson this season, comes by his talent naturally. His dad was an All-State QB in high school at Etowah before playing at Auburn. Patrick Nix is 39-18 as a head coach in his fifth season – including 22-1 over the last two years. He quarterbacked Etowah to a 10-1 season as a senior in high school and was a sophomore on Auburn’s 11-0 team in 1993.
Bo is also the grandson of longtime high school coach Conrad Nix. Grandpa Nix finished his 35-year head-coaching career with a 300-105-1 record. He was 260-55 with two state championships over 27 seasons at Northside (GA). He spent eight years in the AHSAA with coaching stints at Albertville, Haleyville and Lincoln.
Other top efforts for week one of the state playoffs reported include:
KYLE ARTHUR, WICKSBURG: Arthur rushed seven times for 51 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown run in the second half, had an interception and three tackles on defense during the Panthers’ 28-6 Class 3A state playoff win over Midfield Friday night. Less than seven hours later, Arthur hit the road for a four-hour trip over 270 miles to the Oakville Indian Mounds where he placed 32nd in the Class 3A boys’ state cross country meet.
QUINADRIOUS CREWS, CALERA: Caught a game-winning 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cornelius Brown on the final play of the game to lift Calera to a 28-27 Class 5A playoff victory over Jackson.
RICARDO MENDOZA, BEAUREGARD: Kicked a 37-yard game-winning field goal on the last play of the game to give the defending Class 5A state champions a 24-21 win over Greenville in the first round of the state playoffs. The Tigers beat the Hornets (9-1) in the first game of the season 34-31 for Beauregard’s only loss of the year.
ANDRES RIOS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Booted a game-winning 25-yard field goal with one second to play as the Trojans (9-2) beat Gardendale 23-20 in the Class 6A playoffs.
RODNEY JONES, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Blocked a punt and returned it 40 yards for the game-winning TD in a 28-21 Class 5A playoff victory over Guntersville.
LANDON JOHNSON, HOKES BLUFF: Scored on a 63-yard game-winning run, completed 6-of-15 passes for 79 yards and had three tackles and an interception on defense as the Eagles ousted Madison Academy from the 4A state playoffs with a 12-10 win. The first-round loss was the first for Madison Academy since 2007. The Mustangs failed to make the playoffs in 2008, then went on a run over the next eight years that included three state championships and two runner-up finishes.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and sealed the Tigers’ 33-28 Class 1A playoff win over Waterloo with his interception at the Cedar Bluff 14-yard line with 1:06 remaining.
HAMP SISSON, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Completed 9-of-15 passes for 136 yards, ran for 61 yards on 15 attempts and was involved in 10 of Mountain Brook's 13 first downs. In the game-clinching drive, he converted three first downs to preserve a 23-22 Class 7A playoff victory over Bob Jones for the Spartans (8-3).
RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Rushed for 295 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns (4 and 10 yards) in a 42-20 Elba loss to Leroy in Class 2A playoff action.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Rushed 24 times for 269 yards and five touchdowns as the Red Devils (11-0) rolled to their 26th straight win in a 48-0 Class 2A playoff win over Sheffield.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Piled up 245 yards rushing and four touchdowns on just 17 carries as the Bears (9-2) defeated Elba 48-20 in the 2A playoffs.
KAPE McRAE, ARITON: The Purple Cats running back rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns (22 and 12 yards) on 22 carries as Ariton (10-1) posted its first state playoff win since 2006 with a 44-14 Class 2A victory over R.C. Hatch.
JOE GREEN, EUFAULA: Had 236 yards rushing yards and four touchdowns (1, 11, 7, 21 yards) and teammate Zy Tennille had 153 yards and three scores (60, 1 and 14 yards) to help Eufaula (9-2) overcome a 24-14 first-half deficit en route to the Tigers’ 48-31 Class 5A playoff win over Sylacauga.
DESMOND TROTTER, SHADES VALLEY: Ran for 235 yards on 26 carries and scored one touchdown as the Mounties (8-3) beat Pell City 34-7 in the 6A playoffs.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: The sophomore gained 211 yards rushing on 24 carries and scored twice as UMS-Wright (9-2) beat Leeds 42-7 in the 4A state playoffs.
NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Rushed for 205 yards and scored four touchdowns as Brooks (8-2) beat West Point 41-20 in the Class 5A playoffs. He scored on runs of 3, 2 and 10 yards and caught a 41-yard TD pass.
DANIEL MITCHELL, ROGERS: Mitchell ran for 205 yards and two touchdowns to power Rogers (11-0) past Haleyville 45-7 in the Class 4A playoffs. He scored on runs of 1 and 75 yards and also caught a 66-yard TD pass.
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN: Ran 10 times for 201 yards and three touchdowns in the Black Bears’ 48-0 Class 6A win over Carver-Birmingham. His touchdown runs covered 87, 62 and 26 yards. He also threw a 20-yard pass out of the wildcat formation and returned a punt 65 yards that would have been longer and for a TD if not for a penalty. He also played on defense in the secondary.
CHANNING MARMANN, DESHLER: Rushed for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns and threw for 128 yards, including an 80-yard TD connection, in a 29-20 Class 4A playoff loss at Dora. Marmann’s TD runs covered 4 and 48 yards.
KEONTAY JONES, WENONAH: Had 16 rush attempts for 175 yards and two touchdowns as the Dragons (9-1) beat Alexandria 40-14 in the 5A playoffs. Teammate Carlos Rogers rushed for 102 yards and two TDs and passed for 104 yards and another TD.
WALKER BLAIR, FULTONDALE: rushed for 170 yards on nine carries, including TD runs of 99 and 12 yards, as the Wildcats (11-0) posted a 39-3 Class 3A playoff win over Colbert County.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE: Led the Warriors (5-6), seeded fourth in Class 4A, Region 5, with 158 yards rushing on 20 carries with touchdown runs of 10 and 18 yards in a 21-14 playoff win over Region 7 champion Sardis.
SHAWN BOWDEN, WICKSBURG: Rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-6 Panthers’ Class 3A playoff victory over Midfield. Wicksburg improved to 10-1 with the victory.
BRYAN HILL, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns as Class 7A McGill-Toolen (11-0) beat Jeff Davis 35-14 in the first round of the state playoffs.
LEE STANLEY, PIEDMONT: Ran for 143 yards on 11 carries with an 88-yard touchdown as Piedmont (10-1), the defending Class 3A state champions, beat Geraldine 26-6 in the first round of the playoffs. Teammate Cardavion Myers also contributed TD passes of 58 and 21 yards and ran 50 yards for another TD.
AUSTIN KINSEY, CLARKE COUNTY: Rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead the Bulldogs (9-2) to a 56-8 Class 3A state playoff win over Southside-Selma.
DAVID ROBERTSON, HOMEWOOD: Had 24 carries for 135 yards in a 28-21 come-from-behind Class 6A playoff victory over Fort Payne for the Patriots (10-1).
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Completed 29-of-39 passes for 394 yards and three scores as the Warriors (11-0) beat Huntsville 35-0 in the first round of the 7A state playoffs. It was the first playoff win for Thompson since 2006 and the 185th career win for Coach Mark Freeman.
JACK SAMSEL, SPANISH FORT: Rolled up 350 yards and five touchdowns completing 18-of-21 passes as the Toros (10-1) beat Pelham 49-14. Most of his yardage came in the first half.
BROCK SNYDER, GOSHEN: Completed 9-of-16 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns to lead Goshen (10-1) past Southern Choctaw 27-6 in a first-round Class 2A playoff win. Snyder had TD passes of 66 and 63 yards to Zack Alford and 34 yards to Iyan Hinkle.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The junior quarterback completed 20-of-28 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score as the Huskies (11-0) beat Spain Park 33-21 in the 7A state playoffs.
ARIAN STRONG, CHEROKEE: Was 13-of-22 passing for 218 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 36 yards on nine carries as the Indians (8-3) beat Coosa Christian 49-0 in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs.
JACK WEST, SARALAND: The senior quarterback was 12-of-15 passing for 204 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown as the Spartans (8-3) beat Benjamin Russell 35-7 in a 6A playoff game played at Alexander City.
KYLE WALKER, VIGOR: Was 8-of-11 passing for 183 yards and four touchdowns as the Wolves (8-3) beat Jemison 55-7 in the 5A state playoffs.
SWIFT LYLE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Completed 12-of-13 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns as St. Paul’s (10-1) beat Marbury 48-6 in the Class 5A playoffs.
GABE PELUSO, WEST MORGAN: Passed for 136 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns for the Rebels (10-1) in a 35-0 Class 3A playoff victory over Holly Pond.
LUKE IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 7-of-10 pass attempts for 104 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 86 yards on nine carries with a 34-yard TD run as Spring Garden (8-3) downed Phillips 40-14 in the 1A playoffs. Both TD passes were to Dylan Rogers covering 1 and 29 yards. Rogers had six receptions for 90 yards, two fumble recoveries and an interception on defense.
KRISTIAN STORY, LANETT: Passed for four touchdowns with two going to senior Anquaevious Pollard for 5 and 25 yards as the Panthers (11-0) scored 41 first-half points on the way to a 41-8 win over Tanner in the 2A playoffs.
MO EDWARDS, THOMPSON: Had eight catches for 151 yards and two TDs in a 49-0 Class 7A playoff victory over Huntsville.
ANTONIO ROBINSON, AUSTIN: Made three receptions for 127 yards and two TDs and rushed for 108 yards and another TD on 12 carries as Austin (11-0) beat Carver-Birmingham 48-0 in the Class 6A playoffs. One TD reception went for 81 yards and his rushing TD covered 58 yards.
CARSON EDDY, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Caught a 48-yard TD on the game's first offensive snap, added a 55-yard TD catch on the next possession, and finished with three catches for 117 yards in a 62-0 Class 5A playoff victory for the Lions (11-0) over Crossville.
JUSTIN ANDERSON, MORTIMER JORDAN: Caught four passes for 128 yards and a TD in a 28-12 Class 5A playoff victory for the Blue Devils (9-2) over Lawrence County.
MAURICE GRAY, WEST MORGAN: Caught five passes for 110 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown, in West Morgan’s first-round 3A playoff victory over Holly Pond.
COLT SMITH, MARS HILL BIBLE: Had 19 tackles, including five for losses, in the Panthers’ 14-13 loss to Sand Rock.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Recorded 13 tackles, including for two losses, and had a blocked punt in the Purple Cats’ 44-14 Class 2A playoff win over R.C. Hatch.
TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Earned 15 tackles in a 39-7 Class 1A playoff loss to Talladega County Central.
BRIAN KELLEY, SPRING GARDEN: Recovered a fumble and had an interception in Spring Garden’s 40-14 win over Phillips in the 1A state playoffs. Teammate Austin Slayton also had five tackles, forced three fumbles and recovered one.
KYLE DAVIS, MAE JEMISON: Picked off a pass and recovered two fumbles in a 44-0 Class 5A playoff win over Corner for the Jaguars (10-1).
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Returned a punt 85 yards for a TD and added two catches for 27 yards in a 49-7 Class 7A victory for the defending state champion Bucs (8-3) over Sparkman.
CHRIS REID, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown as Lee (8-3) beat Hayden 31-21 in the 5A state playoffs.
STARLING THOMAS, RAMSAY: Returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown in a 14-0 Class 6A playoff victory over Cullman for the defending state champion Rams (7-4).
JACOB WOODS, SHADES VALLEY: Intercepted two passes to pace a defense that allowed less than 100 yards total offense as the Mounties (8-3) beat Pell City 34-7 in the 6A state playoffs.
MONTGOMERY – Holtville High School closed its season with a bang last Friday with sophomore quarterback Drake Baker igniting the fireworks. Baker completed 21-of-26 passes for a school-record 374 yards and seven touchdowns in a 47-34 win over Beulah.
The performance propelled Baker and Coach Jason Franklin’s Bulldogs into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 10 in the process.
Franklin left Horseshoe Bend last season and took over Holtville’s program, which had won just one of its previous 30 games in the three seasons prior to his arrival. The Bulldogs (2-8) showed marked improvement quickly but wins still were difficult in tough Class 4A, Region 3, which produce the state champions in 4A in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Holtville finished 2-8 with the win over Beulah but averaged 24.6 points per game and were in most games until the end. Franklin and his team are optimistic heading into the off-season.
Dajon Reeves had 171 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Baker threw a touchdown pass to four different receivers. The TD passes covered 3, 45, 50, 39, 42, 47 and 32 yards.
The seven TD passes in a single game rank as tied for third all-time. Only three quarterbacks in AHSAA history have thrown more – James Raines of Class 1A Berry and Brent Gulledge of Class 1A Victory Christian hold the record with nine each in 2015 and 2004, respectively. Jeremy Robinson of Highland Home had eight TD passes in a game in 2002. Baker is tied for third with 16 other quarterbacks, dating back to Opp’s Charles Nelson, who had seven in a game in 1953.
Baker’s performance edged out a super performance for Florence running back Armoni Goodwin. He rushed for a career-high 395 yards and four touchdowns (76, 6, 85 and 85 yards) in a 45-35 loss to unbeaten Class 7A Hewitt-Trussville. The Falcons are in the Class 6A state playoffs this week on the road unbeaten Pinson Valley (10-0).
Other top performances included:
ROGERS GOES 10-0 … AGAIN: Class 4A Rogers beat Hamilton 27-14 to finish unbeaten for the second season in a row for Coach Randall Martin’s direction. The back-to-back 10-0 regular seasons are the only two in the Pirates’ 59-year history dating back to 1959. Rogers is 38-26 in five seasons for Martin and open the state playoffs Friday against Haleyville in the first round of the state playoffs.
ARDMORE WINS ONE FOR THE ‘PREMIES’: Running back Chad Lay scored three touchdowns as Ardmore beat West Limestone 34-14 in the eighth annual Playing for Preemies football classic. This football game at Ardmore has raised more than $40,000 for the Melissa George Neonatal Fund since it started. Limestone County Transportation Director Rusty Bates and wife Kristin, a teacher at Cedar Hill Elementary in Limestone County, started this event in honor of their premature daughter, Lauren, who spent time in Huntsville Hospital's NICU and is now a healthy 7-year-old.
MAPLESVILLE NOTCHES 32ND IN A ROW: The three-time defending Class 1A state champs downed Class 3A American Christian 28-0 for the Red Devils’ 32nd win in a row. Maplesville faces tough Linden in round one of the state playoffs Friday.
ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC SNAPS STREAK: Beat Clements 16-13 to snap a 39-game losing streak dating back to 2013 as Gerry McCarron rushed for 199 yards in the win.
The Falcons were awarded a forfeit in 2015 but was later found to have an ineligible player and also had to forfeit the contest. The last previous victory was a 6-0 win over Clements in 2013.
GUNTERSVILLE WINS STATE’S OLDEST RILVARY: The Wildcats edged Albertville 7-0 to improve to 51-46-6 in what is considered the AHSAA’s oldest rivalry. The series began in 1914 and the two schools have played annually since 1926.
CLARKE COUNTY WINS 102rd ‘BACKYARD BRAWL: The Bulldogs downed Thomasville 30-15 in the county’s oldest rivalry as Austin Kinsey rushed for 183 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries. Thomasville holds a 63-32-7 edge in the series, which began in 1917 – three years after the Albertville-Guntersville series.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Led the Class 7A Warriors (10-0) of Coach Mark Freeman to their first unbeaten regular season since 1983 completing 26-of-48 passes for 398 yards and four touchdowns in a 33-27 win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa. Thompson finished 10-1 in Class 3A (four classes) in 1983 with Coach Doug Wheeler at the helm. The previous year the school finished 14-0 and won the 3A state title under the direction of Coach Larry Simmons. The Warriors host Huntsville Friday night in the first round of the Class 7A state playoffs.
DAVION GILBERT, MONTEVALLO: Completed 19-of-24 passes for 345 yards and a touchdown in a 28-6 loss to Fultondale.
CORNELIUS BROWN, CALERA: Was 22-of-30 passing for 340 yards and three touchdowns, in a 45-35 loss to Sylacauga.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 21-of-29 passes for 322 yards and three TDs in a 45-35 victory over Florence. He now has 31 TD passes this season, a new school single-season record.
BRAXTON BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Completed 15-of-18 passes for 294 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-14 victory over Minor.
SLADE BERRYMAN, HATTON: Fired five touchdown passes covering 28, 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards as Hatton beat East Lawrence 52-13.
TRENTIN DUPPER, DECATUR: The junior quarterback threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns to help the Red Raiders beat Sparkman 38-20.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Was 17-of-27 passing for 238 yards and threw touchdown passes of 11, 19, 6 and 29 yards in a 34-0 victory over Pleasant Grove as the Indians finished their first 10-0 season in school history.
KOURTLAN MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Threw for 240 yards, including TD passes of 45, 68 and 35 yards, and did not play in the second half of a 30-8 victory over Fayette County.
ANDREW PARRIS, EAST LIMESTONE: Was 7-of-12 passing for 199 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 87 yards and another score in a 49-6 East Limestone win over Tanner.
MATT RYE, PELHAM: Finished 6-of-10 passing for 127 yards and two touchdowns and added 10 carries for 175 yards and two touchdowns in a 64-46 victory over John Carroll.
LANDON CORNETT, ASHVILLE: Ran 19 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns, completed 10-of-15 passes for 177 yards and two TDs and scored on a 2-point conversion in Friday's 40-28 victory over West End. On defense, he added four pass break-ups, three tackles and had an interception negated by a penalty.
JEREMIAH WHITE, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 282 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries in a 41-20 win over Slocomb. White scored on runs of 63, 5, 1, 75 and 69 yards with the 63 yarder coming on the game’s first play.
CALEB VINSON. FALKVILLE: Went over the 1,000-yard mark on the season with 263 rushing yards in a 47-7 win over Vinemont. He scored three TDs, two on runs of 62 and 22 yards, and a third on a 26-yard pass reception.
AUSTIN CALHOUN, KINSTON: Piled up 262 rushing yards on 29 carries and scored on runs of 91 and 9 yards and also threw for 72 yards, including a 50-yard TD pass, in the Bulldogs’ 28-25 loss to Samson.
TANNER TALLEY, SUMITON CHRISTIAN: Ran for 256 yards and six TDs and scored the game-winning 2-point conversion to lift the Eagles to a 56-55, double-overtime victory over Marion County.
JESSE CLOUT, NORTH SAND MOUTNAIN. Gained 243 yards rushing and scored three TDs in a 32-16 win over Lexington.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries and completed 5-of-8 passes for 96 yards and two more touchdowns in a 62-34 win over Cottage Hill Christian.
NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Rushed for 213 yards and scored on a 79-yard run to lead the Lions past Lauderdale County 47-20.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Had nine rush attempts for 207 yards and four touchdowns as the Golden Gophers beat Oak Grove 68-12.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 17 times for 207 yards and two touchdowns and ran a kickoff back 88 yards for a score in the Eagles’ 43-17 victory over Westbrook Christian.
KEVON HANKINS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Rushed for over 200 yards and a touchdown as Muscle Shoals beat Deshler 27-14. His TD run covered 57 yards.
JUNIOR SUMMERHILL, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Had 16 carries for 187 yards and two TDs – covering 97 and 67 yards – as Central edged Haleyville 20-18.
LOGAN GASKIN, SARDIS: Rushed 23 times for 175 yards and two touchdowns and completed 6-of-16 passes for 122 yards and two scores as Sardis beat Boaz 34-7.
TUCKER BROWN, WILSON: Rushed for 195 yards and one score and passed for 100 yards and a touchdown in Wilson’s 17-6 win over Randolph. Brown’s TD pass covered 57 yards and his TD run was 83 yards.
HUNTER OSWALD, ZION CHAPEL: Rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 86 yards with one TD for 233 total yards in a 27-22 Rebel win over Pleasant Home.
ELLIOTT McELWAIN, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Had nine pass receptions for 133 yards and a TD and rushed for 135 yards and two scores on 13 carries as the Huskies beat Florence 46-35 to close out a second straight 10-0 regular season.
JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: Scottsboro freshman rushed 21 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 139 yards and another score to total 250 yards in Scottsboro’s 21-9 victory over Madison County.
DERRICK WALKER, ASHVILLE: Snagged seven receptions for 153 yards and two TDs and blocked a punt that a teammate scooped up and ran in for a TD in a 40-28 victory over West End.
AUSTON WELCH, EUFAULA: Caught five passes for 130 yards and a TD and quarterback Taylor Gover finished with 250 yards passing in a 52-17 win over Valley.
DELONTE EVANS, MINOR: Caught four passes for 126 yards, including an 80-yard TD, in a 49-14 loss to Spain Park.
ISAIHA JONES, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught five passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns (68 and 54 yards). He also ran for 54 yards on 10 carries with a 2-yard touchdown in a 35-34 overtime loss to Sand Rock.
JUSTIN McDANIEL, MARS HILL BIBLE: Blocked a punt that teammate Drake Smith scored for a touchdown and the Panthers added two more TDs on defense in a 55-6 win over Shoals Christian. Peyton Higgins and Braxton Adcock also returned interceptions for touchdowns.
SPURLIN KELLEY, OPP: Was in on 19 tackles in the Bobcats’ 30-18 loss to Elba.
ETHAN EDMONDSON, SCOTTSBORO: The senior defensive lineman, who was selected for the 2017 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, had four tackles, including three sacks, in a 21-9 win over Madison County to give him 10 sacks on the season and 23 for his prep career, a school record.
ERIC JAMES, DOTHAN: Intercepted two passes, returning one 36 yards for a touchdown with 2:32 left, helping the Tigers to a 29-20 win over Early County (Ga.).
JACKSON BRATTON, MUSCLE SHOALS: Blocked a punt and intercepted a pass as the Trojans held off upset-minded Deshler 27-14.
TERRY PERRY, SHADES VALLEY: Was credited with 15 tackles in Friday's 41-27 victory over Vestavia Hills.
NATHAN HALL, ABBEVILLE: Had eight tackles, including four sacks, and intercepted a pass as the Jackets beat arch-rival Headland 28-18.
AUSTIN BLACKSTOCK, SAND ROCK: Broke up the potential game-winning 2-point conversion pass in overtime and had an interception in the Wildcats’ 35-34 victory at Cedar Bluff.
WESLEY ROGERS, SPRING GARDEN: Led the Panthers’ defense with 12 tackles in a 40-20 loss at Pleasant Valley.
CALEB JORDAN, SAMSON: Had 14 tackles with one quarterback sack in the Tigers’ 28-25 win over Kinston.
ROGER McCREARY, WILLIAMSON: Scored both touchdowns on offense and intercepted two passes on defense as the Lions beat Mobile Christian 12-7.
TERRELL GARDNER, RAMSAY: Returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown and added an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 28-7 victory over Mountain Brook.
ERIC GARROR, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Returned a punt 58 yards for a score, ran a muffed field goal attempt back 85 yards for another TD and caught a touchdown pass in the Jackets’ 31-14 win at Fairhope.
CHASE BROWN, HOOVER: Blocked a punt and intercepted a pass in the Bucs’ 32-21 loss to IMG Academy (FL).
GARY QUARLES, PAUL BRYANT: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a TD in the final minute, lifting the Stampede to a 13-7 victory over previously undefeated Homewood.
CONNER HEGAN, SPANISH FORT: Returned a kickoff 97 yards for one of his four touchdowns as the Toros beat LeFlore 56-20. He had two pass receptions for touchdowns and ran for another score.
MONTGOMERY – Six of the seven defending state football champions and 18 unbeaten teams advanced to the first round of the 2017 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs. First-round games are scheduled for Nov. 9 and Nov. 10.
The first round of the playoffs was set Saturday morning at the AHSAA Coaches’ Playoff A total of 28 games are being scheduled for Thursday night, Nov. 9. The remaining 72 games are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10. Several schools will be closed Friday in observation of Veterans Day which prompted the Central Board to approve Thursday games next week.
The AHSAA is asking all host schools to have a program honoring veterans prior to the playoff contest at each stadium in the first round. Instructions have been provided to each host school to assist them in honoring the veterans during a special pre-game program. All games are set to kick off at 7 p.m.
The seven defending state champions include Class 1A Maplesville (9-0); Class 2A Fyffe (10-0); Class 3A Piedmont (9-1); Class 5A Beauregard (8-1); Class 6A Ramsay (6-4); and Class 7A Hoover (7-3). Handley, the 2016 state champion, did not reach the state playoffs this season.
Unbeaten teams by class in the playoffs include: (Class 1A) Georgiana (10-0); Lynn (10-0); Maplesville (9-0); Wadley (9-0); (Class 2A) Fyffe (10-0); Lanett (10-0); (Class 3A) Fultondale (10-0); (Class 4A) Rogers (10-0); Saks (10-0); Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (10-0); Carroll (10-0); (Class 6A) Austin (10-0); Oxford (10-0); Pinson Valley (10-0); (Class 7A) Central-Phenix City (9-0); Hewitt-Trussville (10-0); McGill-Toolen Catholic (10-0); and Thompson (10-0).
Class 3A Colbert County, the fourth qualifier from Region 8, is making its 41st appearance in the 51 years of the AHSAA playoffs, which started in 1967. That is the most of any member school. Sweet Water (1A) is making its 38th appearance while Fyffe (2A), Brantley (1A), Thomasville (4A) and Oxford (6A) have now reached the playoffs 37 times. Class 2A Mars Hill Bible (7-3) is making its first appearance.
This week’s games kick off the state playoffs which will culminate with the 2017 Super 7 State Championships on the University of Alabama campus at Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 6-7-8. Class 7A.
JEFF DAVIS AT McGILL-TOOLEN IN RAYCOM MEDIA PLAYOFF GAME OF THE WEEK: Raycom Media, which plans to televise one playoff game over the five playoff rounds, announced Saturday the Class 7A first-round battle between Jeff Davis and McGill-Toolen Catholic at Lipscomb Athletic Complex in Mobile Friday night will be the first-round Raycom Game of the Week. The NFHS Network also plans to live-stream several games produced by member schools belonging to the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. Those games will be announced early next week and will be listed at www.nfhsnetwork.net.
AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
(All games Nov. 10 unless otherwise noted)
Millry (5-5) at Isabella (9-1)
Pleasant Home (5-5) at Wadley (9-0)
Highland Home (7-3) at Marengo (7-3), Dixons Mills, Thursday, Nov. 9
Winterboro (5-5) at Georgiana (10-0)
Houston County (8-2) at Talladega County Central (6-3)
Linden (7-3) at Maplesville (9-0)
Ragland (5-5) at Brantley (7-3)
Notasulga (5-5) at Sweet Water 8-1)
Hubbertville (3-6) at Addison (8-2), Thursday, Nov. 9
Woodville (5-5) at Hackleburg (9-1), Thursday, Nov. 9
Decatur Heritage (8-2) at South Lamar (7-3), Millport
Waterloo (4-5) at Cedar Bluff (6-3), Thursday, Nov. 9
Coosa Christian (4-6) at Cherokee (7-3), Thursday, Nov. 9
Holy Spirit Catholic (4-6) at Lynn (10-0)
Phillips (6-4) at Spring Garden (6-3)
Meek (7-3) at Pickens County (8-2), Reform
J.U. Blacksher (6-4) at Luverne (9-2)
Samson (4-6) at Aliceville (6-4)
Elba (8-2) at Leroy (8-2)
R.C. Hatch (4-6) at Ariton (9-1)
Geneva County (6-4) at Thorsby (7-2)
Southern Choctaw (4-5) at Goshen (9-1)
Keith (6-4) at Abbeville (8-2)
New Brockton (5-5) at St. Luke’s Episcopal (8-1), Mobile, Baker High School
Reeltown (6-4) at Falkville (7-3)
Westbrook Christian (5-5) at Sulligent (9-1), Thursday, Nov. 9
Cleveland (7-3) at LaFayette (8-2)
Sheffield (4-6) at Fyffe (10-0), Thursday, Nov. 9
Ider (6-4) at Lamar County (6-4), Vernon
Ranburne (4-6) at Tarrant (7-2), Center Point High School, Thursday, Nov. 9
Mars Hill Bible (7-3) at Sand Rock (8-2)
Tanner (3-7) at Lanett (10-0)
Mobile Christian (7-3) at Pike County (8-2), Brundidge
Providence Christian (6-4)at Gordo (9-1)
Southside-Selma (7-3) at Clarke County (8-2), Grove Hill
Midfield (4-5) at Wicksburg (9-1)
Slocomb (5-5) at American Christian (7-3), Tuscaloosa
Bayside Academy (5-5) at Montgomery Academy (8-2)
Oakman (7-3) at Daleville (6-4), Thursday, Nov. 9
Prattville Christian (3-7) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (9-1)
Ohatchee (8-2) at Sylvania (9-1)
Holly Pond (7-3) at West Morgan (9-1), Trinity, Thursday, Nov. 9
North Sand Mountain (8-2) at Randolph County (9-1), Wedowee, Thursday, Nov. 9
Colbert County (6-4) at Fultondale (10-0)
Locust Fork (4-6) at Colbert Heights (9-1), Thursday, Nov. 9
Weaver (6-4) at Plainview (9-1), Rainsville
Lauderdale County (6-4) at J.B. Pennington (8-2), Blountsville, Thursday, Nov. 9
Geraldine (4-6) at Piedmont (9-1)
Thomasville (7-3) at Tallassee (9-1)
Dale County (7-3) at Bibb County (9-1), Centreville
Leeds (7-3) at UMS-Wright (8-2), Mobile
Sipsey Valley (4-6) at Montgomery Catholic (9-1)
Alabama Christian (8-2) at Northside (9-1), Samantha
W.S. Neal (5-5) at Munford (9-1)
West Blocton (6-4) at Saint James (7-3), Montgomery
Childersburg (5-5) at Andalusia (9-1)
Hokes Bluff (8-2) at Madison Academy (7-3)
Haleyville (4-6) at Rogers (10-0)
Randolph (6-4) at Jacksonville (7-3)
West Limestone (4-6) at Fayette County (8-2), Fayette, Thursday, Nov. 9
Cordova (4-6) at Wilson (9-1)
Cherokee County (4-6) at Sardis (7-3)
Deshler (7-3) at Dora (8-2)
Westminster Christian (6-4) at Saks (10-0), Anniston
Jackson (5-4) at Calera (6-4)
Greenville (5-4) at Beauregard (8-1)
Marbury (5-5) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (9-1), Mobile
Talladega (6-4) at Carroll (10-0), Ozark
Charles Henderson (6-4) at Central-Clay County (7-3)
Williamson (7-3) at Demopolis (8-2), Thursday, Nov. 9
Sylacauga (8-2) at Eufaula (8-2), Thursday, Nov. 9
Jemison (5-5) at Vigor (7-3), Prichard Memorial Stadium, Thursday, Nov. 9
St. Clair County (7-3) at Guntersville (9-1), Thursday, Nov. 9
Corner (5-5) at Mae Jemison (9-1), Huntsville, Milton Frank Stadium, Thursday, Nov. 9
Alexandria (8-2) at Wenonah (8-1), Birmingham, Thursday, Nov. 9
Lawrence County (5-5) at Mortimer Jordan (8-2), Kimberly, Thursday, Nov. 9
West Point (6-4) at Brooks (7-2), Killen, Thursday, Nov. 9
Pleasant Grove (5-5) at Etowah (9-1), Attalla, Thursday, Nov. 9
Lee-Huntsville (7-3) at Hayden (5-5), Thursday, Nov. 9
Crossville (4-6) at Briarwood Christian (10-0), Thursday, Nov. 9
Saraland (7-3) at Benjamin Russell (7-3), Alexander City
Stanhope Elmore (5-5) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (7-3)
Opelika (7-3) at Daphne (8-2)
Bessemer City (4-6) at Park Crossing (9-1), Montgomery, Cramton Bowl
Carver-Montgomery (4-6) at McAdory (6-4), McCalla
Blount (6-4) at Wetumpka (9-1)
Paul Bryant (6-4) at Sidney Lanier (9-1), Montgomery, Cramton Bowl, Thursday, Nov. 9
Pelham (5-5) at Spanish Fort (9-1)
Shades Valley (7-3) at Pell City (6-4), Thursday, Nov. 9
Carver-Birmingham (7-3) at Austin (10-0), Decatur, Shorty Ogle Stadium
Cullman (7-3) at Ramsay (6-4), Birmingham, Huffman Stadium
Florence (4-6) at Pinson Valley (10-0)
Gardendale (6-4) at Muscle Shoals (8-2)
Hueytown (5-5) at Oxford (10-0), Thursday, Nov. 9
Athens (5-5) at Clay-Chalkville (8-2)
Fort Payne (6-4) at Homewood (9-1)
MONTGOMERY – Thompson High School junior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa directed a 14-play, 99-yard drive in the fourth quarter Friday night to seal the Warriors’ 32-25 Class 7A, Region 3 victory over defending state champion Hoover to secure the school’s first-ever 7A region championship. Hoover came into the contest holding a 20-0 edge in the series dating back to 1988.
Tagovailoa, who moved to Thompson from Hawaii over the summer, completed 16-of-31 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown to lead his team into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 9. The younger brother of the University of Alabama’s back-up quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed third-down passes of 13 and 18 yards on the game-winning drive that culminated with his 12-yard TD pass before a capacity crowd at the Hoover Met.
Coach Mark Freeman’s Warriors improved to 9-0 for the first time since Thompson’s 1982 Class 3A state championship season which culminated in a 14-0 slate. Larry Simmons was head coach of that team. The Thompson stadium now bears his name.
Freeman, in his third year at Thompson, owns a 183-47 career record over 19 seasons. He led Thompson to two straight 5-5 seasons after coming to the Alabaster school following the 2014 season. The Warriors were 2-40 in region play in the six years prior to Freeman’s arrival.
He was 50-7 at Spanish Fort with two state titles in four seasons (2011-14) and 13-9 at Gulf Shores from 2009-10. He coached 10 years at non-member school Bessemer Academy compiling a 101-21 record en route to four AISA state titles.
Hoover (7-2), which owns 12 state titles, has gone 39-3 in its last six seasons in region play. Coach Josh Niblett, who has a 190-47 career slate, is 125-15 with five state crowns since becoming the Bucs’ head coach in 2008. Larry McCammon finished with 148 yards on 13 carries and scored twice for the Bucs in Friday’s setback. Hoover will be Region 3 second seed heading into next week’s state playoffs.
CEDAR BLUFF HANDS COACH McWHORTER HIS 100TH WIN: Cedar Bluff beat Spring Garden 34-7 Friday to claim the Tigers’ third straight Class 1A, Region 6 title and also notch the 100th career win for Coach Jonathan McWhorter. He is now 100-43 in 12 seasons as head coach. McWhorter has guided Cedar Bluff to five region championships and two Class 1A state runner-up finishes. Isaiha Jones was a catalyst in the Tigers’ victory over the Panthers rushing for 208 yards on 19 carries with four touchdowns. He also scored a 2-point conversion and had two interceptions on defense.
JAMIE PATTERSON, ISABELLA: Kicked 10-of-10 extra points to etch his name in the AHSAA record book as the Mustangs beat Ellwood Christian 70-0. His total ranked tied for third behind leader Grant Gillis of Clarke County, who set the record 96 years ago in 1921 with 14 extra points in a 111-0 win over Washington County. Three players have kicked 11 PATs in a game and Patterson tied Nathan Geis of Madison Academy, who set a Super 7 record with 10 extra-point kicks in a 70-34 win over Dale County in the 2014 Class 3A finals. Isabella’s defense also limited Ellwood to 2 yards rushing and minus-9 yards passing for minus-7 yards total offense, which ranks first all-time.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a fourth TD in a 44-13 victory over James Clemens as the Huskies closed out their second straight unbeaten season in region play and extended Hewitt’s region-game winning streak to 14.
BRANTLEY DEFENSE SCORES THREE TDs: The Bulldogs returned three interceptions for touchdowns in a 55-0 win over McKenzie with Tyler Booker (80 yards), Mack Wise (55 yards) and D’Andre Sinclair (52 yards) coming up with the picks.
ELBA NOTCHES FIFTH SAFETY: For the third straight game, Elba’s defense posted a safety, beating Zion Chapel 62-0, and now has registered five safeties for the year.
A.R. MARTIN, CARROLL: Recovered a punt blocked by teammate Markel Lewis in the end zone with 3:06 left, helping Eagles overcame an 8-6 deficit for a 14-8 victory over Greenville. The play extended Carroll’s regular-season winning streak to 22. Greenville had taken an 8-6 lead on a blocked punt of its own that Jeremiah Owens returned 40 yards for a touchdown and a two-point conversion early in the third quarter.
JACKSON BRUNO, HUNTSVILLE: Kicked a 42-yard field goal in the final seconds for a 38-35 win at Gadsden City to clinch the fourth playoff spot in Class 7A, Region 8.
LANDON CORNUTT, ASHVILLE: The quarterback rushed 19 times for 170 yards and two TDs, finished 8-of-16 passing for 133 yards and two TDs, including a game-winning TD pass on the final play in a 26-20 victory over White Plains. He also has five tackles, a pass break-up, and returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown.
ETHAN JEFF, MOODY: Caught a 6-yard TD in the final minute to rally the Blue Devils from a 12-0 deficit to beat Fairfield 13-12.
ARMONI GOODWIN, FLORENCE: Rushed for 313 yards and five TDs as Florence beat Hazel Green 49-27 to qualify for the Class 6A playoffs. Goodwin scored on runs of 80, 77, 4, 9 and 59 yards.
CHANNING MARMANN, DESHLER: Ran for 235 yards and 3 touchdowns in Deshler’s 20-14 win over West Limestone. Marmann scored on runs of 7, 55 and 48 yards.
HARRY CRUMP, MAE JEMISON: Piled up 245 rushing yards and on 20 carries and scored all five touchdowns in a 32-27 win over Lawrence County.
ISAAC HUGULEY, WEST MORGAN: Gained 232 yards rushing on 23 carries and scored twice as the Rebels beat Lexington 31-21.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Totaled 211 yards with 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 15 carries and 88 yards passing with another score as the Panthers beat Section 35-14 to snap a four-game losing streak.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Picked up 201 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns on 11 carries to lead the Bears to a 48-8 win over J.U. Blacksher.
BERNARD PHINIZEE, RUSSELLVILLE: Totaled 205 rushing yards and four touchdowns and also caught an 83-yard TD pass for a fifth score as the Golden Tigers beat Ardmore 44-6. Phinizee scored on runs of 2, 45, 55 and 25 yards.
JOE GREEN, EUFAULA: Rushed for 160 yards and four touchdowns in less than two and a half quarters of the Tigers’ 47-0 rout of Rehobeth.
CADE PRICE, SLOCOMB: Rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns and also passed for 79 yards and one TD on 4-of-6 passes, helping the Red Tops clinch a state playoff spot with a 32-10 win over Straughn.
CRIMSON BIVENS, CLEMENTS: Ran for 160 yards and a touchdown on 32 attempts in a 7-0 win over Elkmont.
ANTONIO ROBINSON, AUSTIN: Scored five touchdowns, including rushing for TDs covering 22, 15, 5, and 7 yards and a 47-yard screen pass TD as the Black Beats beat Athens 69-28.
JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: Scottsboro freshman Jacob Manning was called on to fill several roles in the Wildcats’ 47-27 loss to Etowah. He stepped in at quarterback in the second half when starter Hatton Metz was injured and responded with 133 yards rushing on 12 attempts and scored three touchdowns over the rest of the game. He also caught an 8-yard pass in the first half, returned three punts for 50 yards and two kickoffs for 37 yards, made 7 tackles on defense and broke up two passes. Manning’s touchdown runs were of 5, 6 and 74 yards.
MILES FRANKLIN, DAPHNE: Had nine rush attempts for 154 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead the Trojans to a 35-7 win over Robertsdale. The victory clinched a playoff spot for Daphne for the 20th season in a row.
CADEN ROSE, BOB JONES: Completed 10-of-18 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns, and scored on a 1-yard run in a Class 7A, Region 8 win over Buckhorn 48-20.
AUSTIN CALHOUN, KINSTON: The Bulldogs quarterback rushed for 309 yards and six touchdowns on 25 carries and threw for 115 yards and another TD to finish with 424 total yards in Kinston’s 58-50 win over Florala. He scored on runs 53, 13, 12, 5, 69 and 52 yards and his TD pass was good for 36 yards.
DESMOND TROTTER, SHADES VALLEY: Completed 18-of-24 passes for 290 yards and one TD as the Mounties beat John Carroll Catholic 49-36. He also rushed for 127 yards and two scores on 17 carries to finish with 417 total yards. Teammate Braelon Shields also logged 20 rush attempts for 150 yards and four touchdowns.
BAILEY MARA, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Completed 17-of-26 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown and an interception in a 49-36 loss to Shades Valley.
LANE ROTCH, JACKSON: Passed for 278 yards and four touchdowns as the Aggies snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-0 victory at Citronelle.
EASTON HARDIN, BOAZ: Completed 9-of-13 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns and scored on a 31-yard run in a 58-0 win over Douglas.
PAYNE STANCIL, WEST END: The senior quarterback was 9-of-18 passing for 185 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 39 yards and two TDs and kicked two extra points in the Patriots' 26-19 win over Winston County. He also had an interception on defense that ended the final Yellow Jackets drive of the game.
JACK SAMSEL, SPANISH FORT: Passed for four touchdowns and ran for another as the Toros beat B.C. Rain 42-6 and clinched the Class 6A, Region 1 championship.
JUSTIN HENDRIX, WOODLAWN: An eighth-grader, the Colonels’ quarterback, threw three TD passes and ran for a fourth in a 34-32 victory over Shelby County as the Colonels snapped a 12-game losing skid.
CHANCE WARREN, ENTERPRISE: Caught 14 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns (23, 15 yards) in a 49-27 loss to R.E. Lee.
MALCOLM RUSSELL, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Caught 10 passes for 201 yards and two TDs in a 49-36 loss to Shades Valley. He also scored a 2-point conversion, made five tackles on defense and broke up a pass.
CAMERON McKINLEY, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Caught nine passes for 201 yards, including a 54-yard TD, in the Rams’ 39-15 loss to Pinson Valley.
LOGAN PITTS, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Finished with 163 yards receiving, including a 78-yard touchdown catch on the first play, in a 44-13 victory over James Clemens.
CHRISTIAN BLACKWELL, FOLEY: Caught eight passes for 141 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' 10-7 win over Baker.
C.J. WILLIAMSON, GUNTERSVILLE: Caught three passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns and returned an interception 98 yards or a touchdown as the Wildcats downed Arab 42-0.
BROOKS REINHARDT, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Caught five passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-21 win at Madison County.
ZACHORY ANDERSON, DAVIDSON: Had three interceptions in the second half to set up three Warriors’ touchdowns as Davidson clinched a playoff berth in Class 7A, Region 1 with its 31-14 win over Murphy.
ZACH NELSON, OAK MOUNTAIN: Intercepted three Spain Park passes to lead the Eagles to a 29-3 win over the Jaguars.
ROSS JOHNSON, CEDAR BLUFF: Recovered two fumbles, one of which he returned 72 yards, in the Tigers’ 34-7 victory at Spring Garden.
KELAND LANGHAM, McADORY: Returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown on the game's first offensive snap in a 22-9 victory over Northridge.
NICK LUNDBERG, KINSTON: Was credited with 17 tackles and recovered three fumbles in the Bulldogs’ 58-50 win over Florala.
SPURLIN KELLEY, OPP: Totaled 16 tackles in the Bobcats’ 30-25 loss to Daleville.
JEREMIAH HAMMOND, JASPER: Had 12 tackles on defense and rushed 16 times for 73 yards and a TD on offense as the Vikings fell to Minor 28-7.
DARRYL GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: Recorded 11 tackles in a 33-0 victory over Cold Springs.
NOAH JACKSON, LYNN: Returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown and rushed for two more as the Bears captured the Class 1A, Region 7 championship with a 27-13 win over Decatur Heritage.
ALEX HOWARD, ETOWAH: The junior defensive end had a tackle for a safety, recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and also had a key sack in the Blue Devils’ 47-27 win over Scottsboro.
ADAM HERNANDEZ: CLEVELAND: The senior linebacker tied a state record with three fumble recoveries in a 33-0 victory over Cold Springs. He also had seven tackles.
BRIAN KELLEY, SPRING GARDEN: Blocked two extra point attempts in the Panthers’ 34-7 loss to Cedar Bluff.
COHEN TUBBS, SCOTTSBORO: Blocked two extra points in a 47-27 loss to Etowah.
Pleasant Grove and Briarwood high schools have announced plans to “Stand Up for Ben” on October 27 prior to the Spartans and Lions varsity football game. The two schools are asking AHSAA member schools to join them in this endeavor.
Ben Abercrombie, a 2017 graduate of Hoover High School and a freshman on the Harvard University football team, sustained a serious neck injury in his first collegiate game versus Rhode Island on September 16 that currently has left him paralyzed.
Pleasant Grove head football coach and athletic director Jim Elgin is asking other AHSAA schools at their own games to join the Spartans and Lions Friday night with a show of support for improving health of Ben. A special “Stand Up for Ben!” cheer will be held at 6:45 p.m., he said.
“We hope on Friday, October 27, at 6:40 p.m., that everyone in the AHSAA will join us and Stand Up for Ben with their thoughts and prayers and charitable contributions if they so choose,” Elgin said. “Marty and Sherri Abercrombie, Ben’s parents, are graduates of Pleasant Grove High School, and as a school and community we see this as a way to help them in their time of need,” Elgin said. “(Coach Fred Yancey and) the Briarwood family has graciously agreed to help in our endeavor to raise awareness and funds to assist the family.”
According to recent report on WBRC TV Fox 6, Ben is out of the Intensive Care Unit at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center and he is continuing to recover, based on a report at CaringBridge update posted by Ben’s father.
"Ben is doing better," said Christopher Cole, who is a close family friend. "We actually got some really good news that Ben is out of the ICU. He's actually now in a rehab room at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta."
Elgin described the step-by-step plans they will set in motion Friday.
The festivities at Spartans Stadium Friday night will get underway at 6:15 p.m. with fans, bands and cheerleaders sitting on the home side of the field in assigned seats. The two teams will join their classmates on the home sideline and sit in designated areas. At 6:35 p.m., the public address announcer will open with remarks about the purpose of the ceremony
At 6:30 p.m., members of both teams will enter the stands and sit in the area marked in front of their bands. The public address announcer will open with remarks about Ben Abercrombie and his family and the reason for the evening’s events. At this time, Ben’s father Marty Abercrombie will join head coaches Elgin and Yancey on the field for a presentation of the ceremonial game ball.
At approximately 6:45 p.m., after a special moment of reflection dedicated to a speedy recovery for Ben and the needs of Ben and his family, the announcer will ask all in attendance, on the count of three, to follow the cheerleaders’ lead. In unison on the count of three, they will all stand and cheer “Stand Up for Ben!”
Elgin said he hopes fans and teams in stadiums across Alabama will stand with them at this exact time in a show of unity.
The program will conclude with the Pleasant Grove band playing the school’s fight song as the teams return to their dressing rooms or warm-ups and the visiting band, cheerleaders and fans move to their own side of the stadium. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m., as planned.
“There is so much power that comes when all of us are praying for the same purpose,” Elgin said. “I want to thank all the schools in advance who plan to join us Friday night.”
A special fund has been set up for Ben at Regions Bank locations across the state. For more information, contact Elgin at Pleasant Grove High School.
To see more about the event, check out the video link at WBRC:
MONTGOMERY – Twenty-one football contests are scheduled to be live-streamed tonight and Friday over the NFHS Network as the season heads into its ninth week. All games will be key region contests as all AHSAA region play comes to an end except for 6A, Region 1 and 7A, Region 1. Those regions have nine teams and will conclude region play next week.
Perhaps the biggest will take place Friday near the Tennessee border when Rogers High School (8-0) meets Wilson (8-0) in a battle that will decide the Class 4A, Region 8 title. Both are squaring off unbeaten this late in the season for the first time in the rivalry’s history. The contest will be featured as the AHSAA’s NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program Game of the Week. Wilson’s SBP will be live-streaming the contest at 7 p.m. Friday.
For the two schools, it could better described as the Game of the Century. Few rivalries in the state have been more even with Wilson holding a slim 21-20 edge in the series that has been played annually since the Warriors and Pirates met for the first time in 1976. Wilson has averaged 17.7 points per game in the series and Rogers, 16.5 – only 1.2 points per game separating the two teams.
Another key game scheduled for the NFHS Network Friday night is unbeaten Thompson (8-0) at defending state champion Hoover (7-1) in a battle that will determine the Class 7A, Region 5 champion. The Hoover High School Broadcast Program will be live-streaming with veteran announcer Jeff Lloyd bringing the play-by-play.
The NFHS Network slate of AHSAA events also includes one swimming event today as well as a bowling event next Thursday being live-streamed by the Cullman High School SBP. The seven state championship matches at the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships on Nov. 2 at the Birmingham CrossPlex will also be live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
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MONTGOMERY – Slade Berryman, a freshman quarterback at Hatton High School, passed for 323 yards and five touchdowns, including a state-record tying 99-yard touchdown pass to receiver senior Matt Sherrill, to lead Hatton to a 40-8 win over Phil Campbell last Friday It was the Hornets’ first win of the season and catapulted Berryman and Sherrill into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 8.
Sherrill, who started the season as a quarterback for Coach Denton Bowling, finished with nine catches for 249 yards and all five of Berryman’s TD throws. The 249 yards receiving is the most in a single game in the AHSAA since Justin Pride’s 249 yards for Butler in a 49-34 loss to DAR in 2011.
The five TDs ranks second in a single game to three receivers who had six TD receptions in one game: Ja’Michael Willis, Gardendale (2010); David Morrison, Berry (2009); and Brandon Greer, Westbrook Christian; and ties four others who have had 5 – Tyler Crumpton, Phillips (2012); Sam Collins, Fayette County (1997); Bart Hyche, Winfield (1992); and Brian Chastain, Chilton County (1991).
In other highlights reported:
SCOTTSBORO POSTS 500TH WIN: The Wildcats beat Boaz 30-14 for the school’s win. The school posted a 168-140-32 record as Jackson County High School from 1913-1956 and has been 332-302-6 since the school was renamed Scottsboro High School. Coach Don Jacobs, who quarterbacked the Wildcats to an 8-2-1 season as a player in 1976 before moving on to the University of Alabama, saw junior QB Harold Metz rush for 132 yards and a TD on 23 carries and complete 10-of-12 passes for 66 yards and a TD in Friday’s win.
The most renowned Scottsboro alumnus is Pat Trammell, an Alabama Sports Hall of Famer who led Crimson Tide to the 1961 national championship. Trammell started as a freshman in 1954 at Scottsboro and led the Wildcats to 9-1 season by his junior year. He was quarterback in 25 of the wins in his prep career. He was named a high school All-American in 1957 and Academic All-American in 1961 and MVP of the SEC. He joined his teammates at the White House, accepting the MacArthur Trophy along with Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant from then president John F. Kennedy. Trammell died of cancer on December 10, 1968 at the age of 28 — only two years after earning his M.D. degree. He is still one of the most popular players in UA and AHSAA state football history.
ISABELLA ECLIPSES 600 YARDS IN WIN: The Class 1A Isabella Mustangs (7-1) piled up 604 yards rushing and finished with 620 total yards in a 48-22 win over Notasgula. The rushing effort ranks ninth all-time in the AHSAA for rushing yards in a single game. Three senior running backs went over 100 yards for Coach Rex Littleton with Jaqarise Stacy gaining 170 yards on 14 carries. Jarrod Campbell added 127 yards on 13 attempts and Austin Brasher had 125 on 14 tries. Nine players had carries in the win.
CULLMAN’S JENNINGS PASSES FOR 431 YARDS: Cullman High School senior Fletcher Jennings turned in the top passing performance in the AHSAA this season completing 17-of-25 pass attempts for 431 yards and four touchdowns as the Bearcats beat Southside-Gadsden 42-40. The passing yards ranks 28th all-time on the AHSAA single-game record list.
KAPE McRAE LEADS ARITON TO REGION CROWN: The senior accounted for six touchdowns -- four rushing, one passing and one on defense -- to lead the Class 2A Purple Cats to a 55-12 Region 2 win over Abbeville and their first region title since 1998. He finished with 22 carries for 221 rushing yards, caught a 9-yard TD pass and scored on a 13-yard fumble return. He started the game recovering a fumble on the game’s opening kickoff and scored one play later on a 13-yard run.
CARVER CLINCHES PLAYOFF BERTH: Birmingham-Carver running back Chappelle Wade scored three touchdowns in a 34-0 victory over Jasper clinching the Rams’ first playoff berth since 2003.
WILLIAMS PACES PATS TO COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN: Homewood quarterback Larkin Williams completed 15-of-23 passes for 281 yards and four TDs to lead the unbeaten Patriots of Coach Ben Berguson from a 27-13 halftime deficit to a 37-27 victory over Shades Valley. The 8-0 start is the best for Homewood since the Patriots’ only perfect season in state history, a 15-0 slate on the way to the 2005 Class 5A state title.
TYLER SELLERS, OPELIKA: Kicked field goals of 26 and 32 yards, the latter boot coming on the last play of the game to give the Bulldogs a 20-19 win over previously unbeaten Wetumpka in a key Class 6A, Region 3 battle. Opelika drove the length of the field on the final drive of the night to set up Sellers’ winning kick.
LUKE IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Was 10-of-15 passing for 171 yards and two touchdowns, engineering an 80-yard drive for the winning touchdown coming with 14 seconds remaining in a 23-18 win over Holy Spirit Catholic.
DEILO RICHARDSON, PAUL BRYANT: Threw a 79-yard TD pass and caught the game-winning 23-yard TD with 1:14 to go in a 25-20 victory over Bessemer City.
D.J. PATRICK, ELMORE COUNTY: Rushed for 256 yards on 30 carries and scored all four Elmore County touchdowns in the Panthers' 30-28 win over Holtville. Patrick also completed 5-of-9 passes for 45 yards, recovered an onside kick and intercepted a Holtville pass in the game's final seconds to ice the Elmore County win.
SCOTT McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: Was 28-of- 41 passing for 317 yards and two touchdowns as Haleyville beat Dora 20-14. His 24-yard TD pass to Jackson Kennedy with 41 seconds to play was the game winner.
GARRETT MAYO, FOLEY: Threw for 396 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Wolves to a 45-7 win over Mary Montgomery. His longest TD connection covered 87 yards.
TUCKER BROWN, WILSON: Completed 9-of-15 passes for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns, rushed for 126 yards and two more scores to finish with 456 total yards as unbeaten Wilson beat Priceville 52-17. His TD passes were 65, 30 and 50 yards. His TD runs covered 42 and 26 yards.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 18-of-24 passes for 342 yards and five touchdowns in a 45-3 victory over Huntsville.
JON AVERY, OAKMAN: Completed 22-of-26 passes for 278 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-14 win over Carbon Hill. Avery had touchdown passes of 9, 14, 64, 43 and 25 yards.
MATT KALIFEH, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Was 15-of-25 passing for 281 yards and a touchdown in the Admirals’ 17-14 overtime win over T.R. Miller.
CASEY BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Was 11-of-16 passing for 223 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers’ 36-21 win over Leeds. His TD passes covered 15, 54, 20, and 22 yards.
JANSEN ALEXANDER, SAND ROCK: Returning from an ankle injury suffered two weeks ago, Alexander completed 7-of-9 pass attempts for 210 yards and three touchdowns (73, 68 and 29 yards) in the Wildcats’ 48-27 victory at Collinsville.
ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Completed 14-of-18 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 93 yards and three scores to lead the Bulldogs to a 52-28 win over W.S. Neal.
KOLBE BLUNT, DAVIDSON: Picked up 259 yards rushing on 29 carries and scored all four Davidson touchdowns as the Warriors beat Jackson 28-6.
D’ARIE JOHNSON, SPAIN PARK: Totaled 22 carries for 248 yards and TD runs of 8 and 72 yards in the Jaguars’ 24-19 victory over Tuscaloosa County.
DAQUAN JOHNSON, FLOMATON: Had 324 yards total offense in Flomaton’s 35-20 win over Excel with 267 yards rushing and two TDs on 27 carries and 87 yards passing and two more scores with a 5-of-11 performance.
CARDAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT: Selected last week to play in the Alabama-Mississippi Game, Myers rushed for 229 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 41-20 victory over Ohatchee. The win secured the Bulldogs’ third consecutive Class 3A, Region 5 title.
NATE AMMONS, SLOCOMB: Rushed for 219 yards on 26 carries with a game-sealing 42-yard touchdown run in the final minute of the Red Tops’ 31-17 win over Houston Academy.
DARTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Rushed 15 times for 210 yards and two touchdowns as the Conquerors rolled over Gaylesville 33-6.
DWAN JAMES, LEFLORE: Rushed for 203 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries to lead the Rattlers past Robertsdale 28-27.
DREW ROGERS, LOCUST FORK: Rushed 26 times for 200 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Hornets’ 48-24 win over Hanceville. He also logged 17 tackles on defense and punted twice for a 35-yard average.
ROYDELL WILLLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Rushed for 200 yards and first-half touchdowns of 25, 8, 86 and 12 yards in a 46-14 victory over Jackson-Olin.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more as St. Luke’s Episcopal defeated Washington County 41-7. He rushed for 179 yards on 18 carries and completed 6-of-14 passes for 94 yards and two scores.
DARREN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 20 times for 179 yards and touchdown runs of 3, 33 and 35 yards in the Eagles' 41-16 win over Anniston.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Ran for 162 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns (1 and 63 yards) and tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to DeMarcus Barrington in the Warriors’ 49-19 victory over Ashville.
NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Led the Lions to a 67-7 win over St. John Paul II Catholic with 173 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
CHANCE BATES, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for 151 yards and two TDs and J’Daryus Nance added 128 yards and three TDs in the Indians’ 42-7 win over Colbert County.
EVAN CROWE, HACKLEBURG: Crowe scored three touchdowns, including a 91-yard run, and finished with 145 yards rushing, in Hackleburg’s 41-6 win over Vina. Teammate Stone Fincher added 145 yards rushing and three scores in the win.
DYLAN CHANDLER, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as Colbert Heights beat Lauderdale County 28-13.
TRENTIN DUPPER, DECATUR: Ran for 140 yards and a touchdown and completed 11-of-14 passes for 127 yards and a TD in a 24-13 win over Hartselle.
C.J. EDWARDS, FAIRHOPE: Snared nine passes for 232 yards and four touchdowns as Fairhope defeated Murphy 46-26 on Thursday night. Edwards also had a 58-yard run to set up another score.
MAHJA ARMSTRONG, FOLEY: Caught four passes, all for touchdowns, and 216 yards in the Lions’ 45-7 win over Mary Montgomery.
LIALLEN DAILEY, PINSON VALLEY: Caught four passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-7 victory over Gardendale.
CAL TAYLOR, HALEYVILLE: Hauled in12 receptions for 162 yards in the Lions’ 20-14 win over Dora.
DEMONTREZ BROWN, BOB JONES: Chosen an Alabama All-Star for the upcoming 31st annual Alabama-Mississippi Game in December, Brown had 156 yards receiving and all three Patriots touchdowns in a 21-0 win over Grissom.
CARSON CARVER, SAND ROCK: Caught four passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns (73 and 68 yards) in the Wildcats’ 48-27 win at Collinsville.
B.J. ANDERSON, ANDALUSIA: Caught eight passes for 141 yards and a TD in the Bulldogs’ 52-28 win over W.S. Neal.
LOGAN TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Caught five passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns in a 67-7 win over St. John Paul II Catholic. His scoring plays covered 18, 32 and 27 yards.
CHRIS HOPE, JAMES CLEMENS: Hauled in six passes for 103 yards and a pair of 10-yard touchdowns and had a 53-yard reception that set up a TD in a 33-7 win over Buckhorn.
DEVONTAE HOUSTON, HANDLEY: Totaled 211 yards on 14 touches and scored four touchdowns as defending 4A state champion Handley beat Dadeville 46-20 to post its first win of the season, a 46-20 victory. Houston rushed 11 times for 120 yards and three touchdowns and caught three passes for 90 yards and another score.
ETHAN CASELBERRY, SPARKMAN: Had three interceptions for the Senators in a 38-13 win over Gadsden City to clinch Sparkman’s first playoff berth since 2006.
MARSHALL CLARK, MUNFORD: Recorded 19 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, and a pass break-up on defense and added nine catches for 92 yards and two TDs on offense in a 28-7 victory over Childersburg.
DEVON MATTHEWS, WENONAH: Recorded seven sacks as the Dragons limited Fairfield to 97 total yards in a 34-0 win over the Tigers.
TYLER ELLENBURG, WICKSBURG: Led Wicksburg’s defense with a team-leading eight tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery as the Panthers blanked Providence Christian 21-0.
CALEB JORDAN, SAMSON: Recorded 16 tackles an interception in the last four minutes of the game to preserve the Tigers’ 22-21 win over G.W. Long.
ETHAN BAKER, OPP: Had 13 tackles, including a quarterback sack, in a 29-19 loss to Geneva.
ZYDARIEN BROWN, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had 17 tackles and teammate Dorien Collier had 15 in the Lions’ 48-14 win over Kinston.
JOE JONES, PLEASANT GROVE: Intercepted two passes, returning one 45 yards for a touchdown, and recovered a fumble in a 41-8 victory over Woodlawn.
JACQUEZ ALLEN, HOOVER: Returned the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown in a 17-7 victory over Vestavia Hills.
STARLING THOMAS, RAMSAY: Thomas, named to the Alabama All-Star Team last week, returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns in a 53-35 victory over Carroll.
BRYCESON MASSEY, MCGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Scored a pair of TDs – one on a blocked punt and the other on a fumble recovery – as the Jackets beat Baker 48-6.
MONTRELL CAMPBELL, MADISON ACADEMY: Returned a kickoff 65 yards for the go-ahead TD with 5:32 left in the game in a 26-22 win at North Jackson.
MONTGOMERY – Two quarterbacks and a placekicker/punter fill out the 40-player Alabama All-Star Team that will face Mississippi in the 31th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Dec. 16 at the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg.
The roster, comprised of current high school seniors, was being released by position this week. Defensive linemen were announced Monday, offensive linemen on Tuesday, linebackers and defensive end on Wednesday, running backs Thursday, defensive backs Friday and receivers Saturday.
The quarterbacks/kickers were officially announced Sunday to close out the player series, according to Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
The annual all-star contest is an event of the AHSADCA and the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) and the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC). Steve Smith of Piedmont is serving as Alabama’s head coach.
The quarterbacks selected are James Foster of Sidney Lanier and Jack West of Saraland, and the place-kicking and punting duties will be handled by Ethan McPherson of Fort Payne. West has committed to Stanford University, Foster has committed to Missouri and McPherson has announced plans to sign with Mississippi State.
Photos, videos, statistics and other information on each of the all-stars can be found at www.ahsaanow.com.
The all-star game, which has been played annually since 1988, was played in Mississippi for the first time in 2015 with Mississippi winning 28-21. Alabama rebounded to win 25-14 last year at Cramton Bowl and improved its edge in the series to 22-8.
The game will be televised live over the Raycom Network of stations in Mississippi and Alabama. The contest will also be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network.
MONTGOMERY – Six receivers and a tight end have been selected to the 40-player Alabama All-Star Team that will face Mississippi in the 31th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Dec. 16 at the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg.
The roster, comprised of current high school seniors, was being released by position this week. Defensive linemen were announced Monday, offensive linemen on Tuesday, linebackers and defensive end on Wednesday, running backs Thursday, defensive backs Friday and quarterbacks and a kicker Sunday.
The wide receivers and tight end selections were officially announced Saturday, according to Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
The annual all-star contest is an event of the AHSADCA and the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) and the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC). Steve Smith of Piedmont is serving as Alabama’s head coach.
The tight end selected is Michael Parker of Westminster Christian. The receivers include: Demontrez Brown, Bob Jones; Shedrick Jackson, Hoover; Anquaevious Pollard, Lanett; Justyn Ross, Central-Phenix City; Seth Williams, Paul Bryant; and Nathaniel Watson, Maplesville, was chosen in the athlete position.
Photos, videos, statistics and other information on each of the all-stars can be found at www.ahsaa.now.
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