Scoring Explosion Captures AHSAA Offensive Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Montevallo High School’s high-powered offense clicked on all cylinders in last week’s 68-40 victory over Jemison at Theron Fisher Stadium. The Bulldogs of Coach Brandon Wilcox scored nine touchdowns on drives that totaled just 22 plays – the longest taking five plays to reach the end zone. The icing came after the scores as Montevallo tied a state-record with seven two-point conversions.
And Wilcox’s team did it with senior all-state receiver J.J. Evans out of the lineup nursing an injury. The explosive effort put Montevallo in the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight this week as the prep football season moves to week four.
“It was pretty amazing,” said Wilcox. “Everything seemed to be working for us offensively.”
Senior quarterback Malik Inabinette was 15-of-18 passing for 366 yards and five touchdowns and scored a sixth touchdown on a 13-yard run for the Class 4 Bulldogs (3-1). Six of the touchdowns came on plays of 43 yards or longer. The nine scoring drives averaged just 2.4 players per series.
Receiver Jamarius Carter caught five passes for 121 yards and touchdowns of 43 and 64 yards. Kial Cottingham grabbed five receptions for 103 yards with an 18-yard TD catch. Kam’Ron Goins had four catches for 97 yards with a 47-yard TD reception. Deon Gilliland had a 45-yard TD pass on the first play of the game, and Joseph Anderson rushed 13 times for 132 yards and three touchdowns covering 16, 14 and 40 yards. His 60-yard run set up his first score, which came one play later.
The two-point conversions, which Wilcox said came on a variety of plays which his team runs in their normal offense, were scored by four different players. Gilliland and Anderson ran for two each, and Inabinette threw passes to Carter and Goins for the other three. Carter caught two and Goins had one. Gilliland scored 15 two-point conversions in 2018.
As for the state record, Class 1A Berry High School had seven in a 68-0 win over Brilliant in 2015. Quarterback James Raines completed passes for all seven. He finished the season with 33 – 30 passing and three running. He finished his career passing and runner for 61 successful two-pointers.
W.S. Neal of East Brewton scored 41 in the 2012 season to set the AHSAA team season record for two-point conversions.
The 108 points scored by Montevallo and Jemison is the second most scored this season and the eighth game in 2019 that has generated 100 or more points by both teams. The Bulldogs play American Christian this week in a rematch of a game won by the Patriots 70-54 – a total of 124 points which was tops in the AHSAA in 2018.
Montevallo’s scoring machine edged out a 27-15 victory by Piedmont over Randolph County for the Offensive Spotlight. Quarterback Jack Hayes completed 15-of-35 pass attempts for 226 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs downed Class 3A, Region 6 rival Randolph County – a victory which turned out to be the 150th for head coach Steve Smith at Piedmont. Hayes’ chief target was Ethan Swinford, who had eight catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns.
Smith, who is 150-28 and is currently in his 14th season, also coached 11 years at Cedar Bluff and owns a 235-73 overall head-coaching record in the AHSAA.
Other top performances reported from Week 3:
JALEN WHITE, DALEVILLE: Rushed for 302 yards on 36 carries with two touchdowns and added a two-point conversion in the Warhawks' 30-22 loss to G.W. Long.
CAULLIN LACY, FAITH ACADEMY: The Rams running back rushed 31 times for 300 yards and five touchdowns as the Rams beat 42-24.Mobile Christian.
JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Had 22 carries for 276 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a 42-24 victory over Randolph.
DAMON EASON, MAE JEMISON: Ran for 263 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-30 loss to Fort Payne.
ERIC WATTS, OPELIKA: Had 28 carries for 237 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns in a 33-32 win over Wetumpka.
AUSTIN GAVIN, SAINT JAMES: Piled up a career-high 238 rushing yards on 33 carries to lead the Trojans to a 26-7 win over Montgomery Academy. He had TD runs of 64 and 16 yards and teammate Alex Whisenhunt added 21 rush attempts for 138 yards with touchdowns of 24 and 53 yards.
KABREE JOHNSON, PARKER: Gained 238 yards rushing on 23 carries and scored on runs of 74, 20, 14 and 6 yards as Parker downed John Carroll Catholic 49-21. He also was 13-of-22 passing for 144 yards and two TDs to account for 384 total yards and six touchdowns in the win.
KEONDRICK HANKINS, MORTIMER JORDAN: Scored five rushing touchdowns in a 49-7 win over St. Clair County. He rushed for 137 yards on 13 carries with scoring runs of 6, 5, 43, 1 and 2 yards for the Blue Devils.
BRYAN GALLOWAY, GOSHEN: The quarterback rushed for 228 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles downed Samson 42-21. His 80-yard scoring run highlighted Goshen's four-TD rally in the fourth quarter that sealed the win. He was also 7-of-10 passing for 58 yards.
NATE McCALLUM, ALEXANDRIA: Sparked the Valley Cubs to a 34-14 win over Boaz with 225 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 27 carries. His TD runs covered 6 and 24 yards. Teammate Ronnie Royal added 108 yards and two scores on 15 carries as Alexandria piled up 390 rushing yards on the night.
MARTAVIOUS GLANTON, ABBEVILLE: The Yellow Jackets’ quarterback rushed for 211 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries and completed 6-of-9 passes for 86 yards in a 50-20 win over Geneva County.
BRYAN HOGAN, DESHLER: Needed only nine carries to gain 208 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns as the Tigers downed Central-Florence 40-20.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries, including a 60-yard scoring run on the Bears’ first play of the game, and the Bears won 40-14 over Southern Choctaw.
JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: Rushed for 187 yards on 28 carries with four touchdowns covering 4, 2, 8 and 13 yards to pace the Wildcats to a 42-14 win over Guntersville. Teammate Cam Ellis added 139 yards and two TDs on 15 carries.
CHRISTIAN IVEY, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and passed for 126 to account for 272 total yards to lead the Knights past Alabama Christian 52-13. He was 5-of-10 passing. Teammate Darrell Gibson added 185 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored three TDs.
RON WIGGINS, JACKSONVILLE: Had 21 carries for 180 yards and scored on a 65-yard run as Jacksonville beat Cherokee County 35-28.
CAMERON SWEENEY, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had TD runs of 86 and 15 yards and rushed for 173 total yards on 11 carries as the Wolverines downed Class 7A Baker 34-19. Teammate Cole Williams added 82 yards rushing, 114 yards passing and rushing touchdowns of 2 and 73 yards early in the fourth quarter to break open a 21-19 game. He also passed for one TD.
DOMONIQUE THOMAS, OHATCHEE: Scored five touchdowns and rushed for more than 200 yards in a 50-7 victory over Cleveland.
DYLAN BLACKBURN, JAMES CLEMENS: Rushed nine times for 168 yards two TDs in a 49-0 victory over Huntsville.
DEE BECKWITH, FLORENCE: Ran for 165 yards on 19 carries, with TD runs of 22, 3, 18 and 6 yards, in a 55-24 victory over Bob Jones. He also completed two passes for 30 yards.
IKE ROWELL, FYFFE: Had 163 yards rushing with touchdowns of 45 and 2 yards as the Red Devils beat Collinsville 24-3 for their 18th straight win.
TRENT DAVIS, ETOWAH: Rushed for 163 yards on seven carries with touchdowns of 1 and 81 yards, all in the first half, in a 58-13 win over Sardis.
B.J. BAKER, VALLEY: Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams beat Greenville 20-14.
DAVID HALL, ONEONTA: Had 123 yards rushing and three touchdowns and teammate Collin Moon added 126 yards as the Redskins snapped a three-game losing streak to Hokes Bluff with a 44-13 win. The setback was the first road loss for Hokes Bluff since 2017 and ended a 12-game road winning streak.
HARRISON BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Completed 28-of-45 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-35 loss to Mountain Brook.
Alex Howell, Murphy: Produced 374 yards of total offense, tossed three touchdown passes and ran for another as Murphy beat Mary Montgomery 30-21.
LUKE STAMBA, HELENA: Had 261 total yards, including 171 passing and 90 rushing, in a 28-24 win over Homewood. He passed for two scores and rushed for another.
PATE OWEN, HOMEWOOD: Passed for 284 yards and three TDs in a 28-24 loss to Helena.
AVERY SEATON, MADISON ACADEMY: Was 12-of-15 passing for 278 yards and three touchdowns in the Mustangs’ 45-7 win over Brewer. He also rushed for 122 yards on nine carries with another TD. He had a 63-yard completion to Clay Pitsinos and a 61-yard run that set up another TD.
ETHAN TEAL, DALE COUNTY: Completed 13-of-23 passes for 254 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 51 yards and a sixth score as the Warriors downed Ashford 52-33.
AUSTIN McCARDLE, COTTONWOOD: Was 6-of-7 passing for 259 yards and four touchdowns in the Bears' 65-0 win over Barbour County. He also added a 9-yard TD run.
BRODY DAVIS, OPELIKA: Was 20-of-32 passing for 236 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs past Wetumpka 33-32.
LOGAN SMOTHERS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Was 10-of-13 passing for 171 yards and three touchdowns in the Trojans’ 35-14 win over Hartselle. He also rushed for 118 yards and a fourth TD on 10 carries and finished with 289 total yards and four touchdowns.
T.J. FRANKLIN, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Passed for 224 yards and two touchdowns as unbeaten Lee (4-0) posted a key 19-14 Class 7A, Region 2 road victory over Auburn. Demarsha Davis hauled in five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. He also scored on a 65-yard run.
JADEN CHATMAN, WHITE PLAINS: Completed 15-of-22 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-20 win over Ashville. He also rushed for one score.
BRADY TROUP, ETOWAH: Completed 9-of-11 passes for 222 yards and touchdown passes of 25, 61 and 54 yards to NyNy Davis, all in the first half, in a 58-13 win over Sardis. Davis had four catches for 135 yards and also returned a punt 60 yards for another score.
STROTHER GIBBS, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Completed 9-of-11 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns and ran 19 times for 120 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-35 victory over Spain Park.
JAYVIUS LANGFORD, PARK CROSSING: Passed for 173 yards and three touchdowns on 9-of-17 attempts and also rushed for 71 yards on six carries as the Thunderbirds (1-3) beat Dothan (2-2) 42-27 for the first win in new head coach Clayton Harris’ Park Crossing tenure.
J GREENE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Completed 15-of-23 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns and also ran seven times for 38 yards and a score as the Saints defeated Blount 29-20.
KIYLE HIPP, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Completed 12-of-19 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns, including the game winner in the third overtime, as the Warriors nipped Washington County 48-42.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Quarterback Kaleb Jones was also 14-of-24 passing for 135 yards and added 56 yards rushing for 191 total yards in a 24-3 setback at Fyffe.
WILL NOLES, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Accounted for five touchdowns with three passing and two rushing as the Warriors beat West End 63-29. He was 4-of-7 passing for 148 yards and TDs covering 49, 48 and 23 yards. He also scored on runs of 1 and 4 yards.
EMMANUEL HENDERSON, GENEVA COUNTY: The Bulldogs’ running back caught six passes for 210 yards, including TD receptions of 60 and 67 yards, and had 98 rushing yards on 11 carries in a 50-20 loss to Abbeville.
SEAN ZERKLE, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Hauled in nine catches for 148 yards and three TDs and also added an interception on defense in a 24-19 loss to Fairview.
LAKE BELL, NORTHSAND MOUNTAIN: Caught three passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns as the Thundering Herd beat Asbury 44-0. His TD connections covered 55, 31 and 48 yards.
WILLIAM FORD, PARK CROSSING: Snagged five receptions for 119 yards and three touchdowns in a Class 6A, Region 2 win over Dothan.
SAM REYNOLDS, THOMPSON: Caught three passes for 76 yards and two TDs and returned the game’s opening kickoff 95 yards for a score as the Warriors (4-0) beat Oak Mountain 51-14 to improve to 2-0 in Class 7A, Region 3.
JAYLIN PETERSON, RAMSAY: Caught six passes for 111 yards and two TDs in a 47-19 victory over Pleasant Grove.
MIKEY McINTOSH, MUSCLE SHOALS: Caught four passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns as Muscle Shoals beat Hartselle 35-14.
AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 3
MONTGOMERY -- Muscle Shoals High School senior inside linebacker Jackson Bratton recorded 15 tackles in the undefeated Trojans’ 35-14 win over Hartselle last Friday to capture the AHSAA Football Defensive Spotlight for Week 3.
The University of Alabama early commit was the leader on a defense that is allowing just 9.0 points per game. Coach Scott Basden’s defense currently ranks third in Class 6A this season behind Paul Bryant (6.3 ppg) and Oxford (8.7ppg). Bratton had a sack, fumble recovery and a pass break-up in his effort versus the Tigers. The pass break-up resulted in an interception by teammate Aiden Gay that resulted in an 87-yard return and a touchdown. Fellow inside linebacker Malik Smith also had 14 tackles and two sacks, and Gay finished the night with two interceptions.
Bratton edged out two other outstanding defensive performances for this week’s Spotlight. Leroy King had 18 tackles in a 31-7 loss to Pinson Valley and Cameron Whited totaled 17 stops as the Wildcats beat Guntersville 42-14. He had two sacks among his tackles.
Other top defensive performances reported include:
TOP DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
JAI’SHAWN CATTLING, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Had 16 tackles in the Warriors’ 63-20 win over West End.
MAKEL AVERY, GOSHEN: Totaled 15 tackles to lead the Eagles defense in a 42-21 win over Samson.
ZACK PHILLIPS, ARITON: Recorded 14 tackles in the Purple Cats' 48-12 win over Houston County.
KEANDRAE PETERSON, LAFAYETTE: Returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown and finished with four tackles and two sacks to lead the Bulldogs to a 50-16 win over Thorsby. He also rushed 12 times for 105 yards and three TDs on offense.
CHAZ POPE, SPRING GARDEN: Had 10 tackles on defense and caught three passes on offense for 76 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown with 3:40 remaining in the Panthers’ 26-14 win at Notasulga.
RAYMOND BRYANT, COTTONWOOD: Made two interceptions, returning one 51 yards for a touchdown, and also caught a 74-yard touchdown pass in the Bears' 65-0 win over Barbour County. Teammate Dylan McCardle also had two interceptions as Cottonwood picked off five passes overall.
KARSTEN THREATT, MIDFIELD: Had 12 tackles on defense as Midfield beat Vinemont 43-20. He also rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns on six carries on offense.
BRADY JACKSON, SAND ROCK: Posted nine total tackles in the Wildcats' 14-7 overtime loss at Cedar Bluff.
REGGIE FOWLER, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Totaled nine tackles, including three sacks, in the Generals’ 19-4 win over Auburn. He also forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
KORY CHAPMAN, HOOVER: Returned an interception 40 yards for a TD and teammate Joseph Davis had another pick he returned for a 40-yard score as the Bucs downed Hewitt-Trussville 28-14.
MAC MAIN, SAINT JAMES: Had 10 tackles in the Trojans’ 26-7 win over Montgomery Academy.
ELI COBERN, BILLINGSLEY: Had nine tackles, including three sacks, to lead the Bears past Verbena 47-0.
KARON WHITE, SPARKMAN: Returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown – one of three defensive TDs for the Senators – in a 51-14 win over Grissom.
ELI CLARK, PIKE ROAD: Returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown and Patriots teammate C.J. Paymon scooted 45 yards on a pick for another Pike Road defensive touchdown in a 63-16 win over Southside-Selma.
D.J. LEE, GAYLESVILLE: Had nine tackles and an interception in the Trojans’ 54-14 loss to Woodville. He also rushed for 101 yards on 24 carries and completed 5-of-11 passes for 88 yards and both Gaylesville TDs.
KAHARI McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: Had eight tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery on defense and rushed for 148 yards on 26 carries in the Panthers' 14-7 loss to Pike County.
JOHN MOORE, CHICKASAW: Had six tackles, including four sacks, forced a fumble and returned a fumble 43 yards for a score to lead the Chieftains past R.C. Hatch 38-14.
MONTGOMERY – Three calls were challenged with one call being reversed during last week’s prep football games utilizing DVSport Instant Replay, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. For the season, 13 challenges have been issued with three calls on the field overturned after video evaluation.
The 23.1% reversal rate is up slightly from the 20% after the first two weeks. Instant Replay is in its second year of implementation. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular season games.
“Lawrence County High School challenged the call of a fumble during the second quarter of its game with Hayden. Upon review, video showed the runner was down prior to losing control of the ball and the call was reversed,” Jones said.
Baker High School challenged a touchdown call saying ball was fumbled prior to breaking the plane of the goal line. Video showed the touchdown resulted prior to the fumble and stood as called on the field. And at the East Limestone-Madison Academy contest, East Limestone challenged the call of a fumble on a kickoff. Video clearly showed the fumble, and the call stood as called on the field.
Jones reported that 13 Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:
TYPES OF CHALLENGES
4 Catch or no catch
5 Fumble or no fumble
3 Ball breaking the plan of the goal line (Note: also had 2 fumbles reviewed at same time)
1 Illegal participation
1 Illegal forward pass
1 Touching of a punt
A total of 29 schools have participated in AHSAA contests utilizing Instant Replay this season with six games scheduled for this Friday. New to the Instant Replay will be Gulf Shores, which is adding the DVSport sideline Instant Replay system and will use it for Friday’s game versus New Smyrna Beach (FL). The complete list of games utilizing Instant Replay this week are listed below.
Friday, September 13
Charles Henderson at Oxford
East Limestone at Madison County, Gurley
Gadsden City at Austin, Decatur
New Smyrna Beach (FL) at Gulf Shores
Wetumpka at Opelika
SCHOOLS IN GAMES WITH INSTANT REPLAY THIS SEASON
Wolves and Thunderbirds Play Thursday night
MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA TV Network Football Game of the Week this Thursday will showcase a key Class 6A, Region 2 battle between Park Crossing and Dothan at Cramton Bowl, announced executive producer Vincent Earley. The game will be televised over the AHSAA Network of cable affiliates across the state on the WOTM / ACN channel and available over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based live-stream platform.
The NFHS Network has 191 total events scheduled for live-streaming over the Network portal Sept. 10-16. Ninety-eight high school varsity, junior varsity, freshman and middle school football games are listed and 93 events are planned. Clay-Chalkville at Pinson Valley will be among a slate of 68 varsity football games set for Friday night, Sept. 13, and five varsity live-streams are scheduled for Thursday night, including the AHSAA TFV Network Game of the Week.
Dothan (2-1) has won two games in a row after losing its opener to Clay-Chalkville played at Thompson High School. The Wolves, coached by former Park Crossing head coach Smitty Grider, are in their first year as a “merged” school. The Dothan City Board of Education combined its two city public high schools Northview and Dothan after last season and hired Grider away from Hazel Green to lead the program into its new era. Montgomery County Schools hired Grider away from Beauregard to start Park Crossing when the newest school in that school system opened in 2014. Over the next four seasons he guided the Thunderbirds to a 38-9 record before moving to Hazel Green in 2018, where he led the Trojans to the 6A state playoffs. He compiled a 62-28 record at Beauregard and has an overall 113-30 record heading into Thursday’s game.
Dothan’s tradition runs deep. The former school compiled a 547-407-31 record from 1912-2018 with standouts like Steadman Shealy, Haywood Sullivan, Tommy Wade, Rip Hewes and Johnny Mack Brown honing their skills at DHS. Dothan reached the large-school state finals in 1975 and 1976 with Shealy, a future UA great, quarterbacking the team. In 1978, Northview High School opened with a former DHS standout offensive lineman Harry Wayne Parrish coaching the Cougars for the first 13 years compiling a 91-51 overall record and leading Northview to two state championships (1981 and 1985). The school fell on hard times, however, upon his departure and only won 103 games total over the next 28 seasons and closed with an all-time 194-232-0. Four former Cougars reached the NFL, however, including Larry Roberts, Lawrence Dawsey, Izell Reese and Marquez White.
Coach Clayton Harris is in his first season as head coach Park Crossing (0-3), replacing Angelo Wheeler who coached the team last year. The Thunderbirds have lost all three games by a total of 13 points. Park Crossing lost 7-0 to Montgomery rival Robert E. Lee in the season opener, then dropped a heartbreaking 27-26 decision to St. Paul’s Episcopal in Mobile and lost another close one last week to Clay-Chalkville 19-14.
Leading the Thunderbirds is senior quarterback Trevor Robinson, linebacker Jeremias Williams and defensive lineman Khurtiss Perry. Dothan features talented quarterback Jamal Lane, who passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns in a 54-41 win over Wetumpka and was 12-of-23 last week for 254 yards and three TDs as the Wolves beat Eufaula 48-37. Receiver Jabre Barber had five receptions for 155 yards and two scores last week.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Thursday with veteran announcer Tommy Wood handling the play-by-play and former high school and college coach Rick Rhoades will handling color.
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Milestone Victory Grabs AHSAA Offensive Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Thompson High School’s Warriors trailed 17-0 in the first half but stormed back behind the play of senior quarterback Sawyer Pate to outscore Hoover 48-13 the rest of the way to win the key Class 7A, Region 3 football clash 48-30 Friday night.
That was plenty enough reason for Warriors head coach Mark Freeman to be pleased.
However, this night to remember was made even bigger since it was the 200th coaching victory of his career and grabbed the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for Week 2 of the 2019 season.
Pate led the Warriors’ comeback win completing 19-of-26 passes for 194 yards and three TDs, two to senior receiver Mike Pettway. Trailing 17-0 in the first quarter and 27-21 late in the first half, Thompson (3-0) outscored the Bucs 27-3 the rest of the way. Junior running back Jarrett Crockett added 148 yards rushing and three TDs for the Warriors.
Freeman, now 200-50 in his 21st season as a head coach, is 36-13 at Thompson. His first two teams were 5-5 in 2015 and 2016. The Warriors finished 12-1 losing to Hoover in the semifinals in 2017 and reached the Class 7A state finals finishing 11-2 in 2018. He compiled a 50-7 record at Spanish Fort from 2011-2014 with back-to-back Class 5A state titles and a 29-1 record in 2012 and 2013.
He served as head coach at Gulf Shores for two seasons leading the Dolphins to a 9-4 record in 2011, best in school history. He coached 10 years at Bessemer Academy compiling a 100-21 slate with four AISA state championships. His overall record in the AHSAA is 99-29.
The milestone win edged two 400-yard passing efforts and a 501-yard total offense performance. Zyquez Perryman of Pleasant Grove completed 26-for-31 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns in a 26-14 victory over Briarwood Christian.
Eli Pearce of West End in Walnut Grove was 22-of-55 passing for 422 yards and four touchdowns, three to Jeremiah Roberson, and rushed 14 times for 69 yards and two scores in a 65-44 loss to Cleveland. Pearce had 491 total yards/. Roberson finished with eight receptions for 118 yards and teammate Jackson Tidmore caught six passes for 121 yards.
Maddux Herring of Ariton accounted for 501 yards and six touchdowns in a wild 54-49 win over Geneva County. He completed 12-of-17 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns and added 190 yards rushing and three more scores on 30 carries. His TD passes went for 65, 60 and 15 yards and the scoring runs were 7, 10 and 5 yards. Herring also earned seven tackles on defense.
Other top offensive performances reported:
LEVI ARRINGTON, BILLINGSLEY: Rolled up 379 yards total offense and accounted for five touchdowns as the Bears beat Loachapoka 35-18. He ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries and completed 9-of-18 passes for 178 yards and two scores.
ETHAN CLANTON, SAND ROCK: Totaled 256 yards rushing on 25 carries in a 20-14 win in overtime against Ider. Ian Clanton scored all three TDs for the Wildcats, including a 20-yarder in the OT period.
KALEB JONES, COLLNSVILLE: Accounted for seven touchdowns, five rushing and two passing, as the Panthers beat North Sand Mountain 54-28. He rushed for 158 yards on 14 carries and touchdown runs of 1, 2, 37, 1 and 37 yards, and completed 5-of-9 passes for 112 yards with his TD connections covering 25 and 22 yards. Teammate Malachi Orr added 126 yards rushing and a 28-yard scoring run on 15 carries. Jones also had an interception on defense in the final quarter.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 27 times for 241 yards and touchdown runs of 55 and 45 yards in a 45-21 win over White Plains. Teammate Ashton Gulledge also had 14 rush attempts for 127 yards and three touchdowns (24, 1, 2 yards) and threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Tristin Billingsley in the win.
CONNER RUSH, MOODY: Rushed for 249 yards and two touchdowns covering 38 and 90 yards on 26 carries in a 21-7 win over St. Clair County. Teammate Terrence Moore added 17 carries for 184 yards and had one TD on a 49-yard run.
JAKOBI HUNTER, LEEDS: Had 24 carries for 246 yards and five touchdowns while adding nine tackles in a 33-27 victory over Elmore County.
JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: The junior running back had 40 rush attempts for 242 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-29 win over St. John Paul II.
JORDAN INGRAM, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Ran for 223 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries and caught four passes for 31 yards in the Saints’ win over Baldwin County.
CAM BASS, SCOTTSBORO: The senior running back rushed 19 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns, and junior Jacob Manning had 135 yards and one TD on 17 carries as the Wildcats beat Ardmore 41-27.
A.J. POWELL, VESTAVIA HILLS: Rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-7 victory over Spain Park.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Totaled 167 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 14 carries as the Bears beat R.C. Hatch 41-14.
RASHAWN McALPINE, SARALAND: Rushed for 164 yards and four touchdowns on just 15 carries in a 49-13 win over Daphne.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: The senior had 27 rush attempts for 157 yards, including touchdown runs of 5 and 8 yards, as the Gophers beat Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 39-17. He added 33 receiving yards and threw 40-yard pass from the wildcat formation for 230 total yards.
REGINALD DAVIS, LEE-MONTGOMERY: The all-purpose back rushed for 147 yards on 15 carries and scored twice on runs of 14 and 4 yards as the Generals beat Jeff Davis 59-14. He also caught three passes for 79 yards to account for 226 of Lee’s 566 total yards.
L.T. SANDERS, GARDENDALE: Picked up 167 yards rushing on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Rockets’ 30-7 win over Huffman.
AUSTIN CLARKE, McADORY: Ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-7 victory over Northridge.
LUKE MORRIS, SARDIS: Ran for 205 yards on 22 carries with a 74-yard touchdown and also caught a 4-yard TD pass as the Lions nipped Southside-Gadsden 33-31.
TRENT DAVIS, ETOWAH: Had 203 total yards and three touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 49-7 win over Crossville. Playing just three quarters, he had six rush attempts for 125 yards and two scores and caught three passes for 78 yards and a third score.
SEAN JACKSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Gained 169 yards on 14 rush attempts and added 65 yards receiving and scored two touchdowns in a 50-33 victory over Oak Mountain.
CAMERON FAISON, REELTOWN: Needed just six carries to gain 148 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Rebels downed Fayetteville 63-14. He scored on Reeltown’s first offensive snap of the night on s 79-yard jaunt.
COLTON PATTON, DESHLER: Rushed just four times but totaled 131 yards and three touchdowns (65, 1 and 52 yards) in Deshler’s 55-0 win over Elkmont.
DYLAN BLACKBURN, JAMES CLEMENS: Gained 184 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in a 35-17 victory over Bob Jones.
TAVION RUPERT, SPARKMAN: Had 34 carries for 168 rushing yards and two touchdowns as the Senators beat Gadsden City 51-27.
KIERAN CRAIG, HUNTSVILLE: Scored on a 98-yard run and finished with three touchdowns and 115 yards on just five carries as the Panthers downed Grissom 43-14.
ZAK BURNETT, GUNTERSVILLE: Led the Wildcats to a 49-42 win over Madison County passing for a school-record 362 yards completing 23-of-34 pass attempts. The previous record set by Chaz Rogers in 2006 versus Brooks was 248 yards.
HESS HORNE, EUFAULA: Completed 19-of-32 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers’ 49-38 loss to Dothan.
JAMAL LANE, DOTHAN: The Wolves quarterback completed 12-of-22 for 254 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-38 win over Eufaula.
ALEX HOWELL, MURPHY: Completed 20-of-30 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers rallied from a 24-7 deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Fairhope 26-24. Howell threw the game-winning TD pass with 1:30 left.
TATE WARR, MILLRY: Passed for 347 yards and five touchdowns and ran for a sixth TD as Millry beat Elberta 47-7.
TOBIAS ROBINSON, CHICKASAW: Completed 9-of-17 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns and rushed five times for 87 yards and two more scores to lead the Chieftains’ to a 46-6 win over Choctaw County.
KYLE HIPP, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Finished 8-of-12 passing for 238 yards and four touchdowns as the Warriors defeated J.U. Blacksher 51-7.
JACK HAYES, PIEDMONT: Completed 19-of-26 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat Pleasant Valley 28-0. All four scores went to four different receivers.
ROBBY ASHFORD, HOOVER: Was 15-of-29 passing for 213 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 103 in the Bucs’ 48-30 loss to Thompson.
PATE OWENS, HOMEWOOD: Passed for 211 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 33 yards and another score as the Patriots beat Pelham 42-14.
PATRICK JOHNSON, BREWER: Completed 12-of-19 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in Brewer’s 29-21 comeback win over Arab.
MICHAEL RICH, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Was 9-of-18 passing for 190 yards and two scores and rushed six times for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' 33-31 loss to Sardis.
BRITTON KOHN, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Was 11-of-18 passing for 158 yards and one TD and rushed for 101 yards and three scores on 10 carries as the Eagles downed Beulah 46-18.
KEYONTEZE JOHNSON, PINSON VALLEY: Had seven receptions for 185 yards, including TD catches of 69 and 42 yards, in a 23-7 victory over Shades Valley.
JAMARIUS CARTER, MONTEVALLO: Caught 10 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-24 victory over Dallas County.
HAYES FLOYD, ARITON: Caught five passes for 173 yards and a touchdown of 60 yards in the Purple Cats' 54-49 win over Geneva County.
TRE SHACKLEFORD, AUSTIN: Caught two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, including the game-winning 43-yarder in the final minute, to lift the Bears past Florence 30-25.
JABRE’ BARBER, DOTHAN: Grabbed five receptions for 155 yards with TD receptions of 76 and 54 yards in the Wolves' 49-38 win over Eufaula. Barber also had two kickoff returns for 52 total yards.
AULDEN BATTLES, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Caught five passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 33-31 loss to Sardis.
CAMPBELL LEACH, GUNTERSVILLE: Caught five passes for 143 yards in a 49-42 win over Madison County. Teammates Jack Harris and Cooper Davidson had 101 and 97 yards on 8 and 7 catches, respectively.
DONAVON BROWN, BOB JONES: Snagged six passes for 142 yards and a 27-yard TD in a 35-17 loss to James Clemens.
LYRIC GURLEY, BUCKHORN: Hauled in four passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns covering of 40, 24 and 65 yards in a 36-35 victory over county rival Hazel Green to claim the Cotton Classic.
JAKOBE FLETCHER, WEST MORGAN: Caught six passes for 127 yards and three touchdowns and gained 79 yards on 12 rush attempts in a 32-25 loss to Randolph.
JERRON SMITH, HAZEL GREEN: Had 90 receiving yards and two touchdowns and scored on a 5-yard run in a 36-35 loss to Buckhorn.
RODARIUS THOMAS, EUFAULA: Caught three passes for 117 receiving yards with two grabs resulting in touchdowns covering 47 and 43 yards in the Tigers' 49-38 loss to Dothan.
BLAKE WISDOM, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Had 106 yards receiving including a 41-yard touchdown catch, and also rushed for a 40-yard touchdown, as Lauderdale County beat East Lawrence 32-20.
JACOB HOPPER, SARDIS: Hauled in seven receptions for 81 yards and three touchdowns (7, 7 and 15 yards) as the Lions rallied to beat Southside 33-31.
MALACHI HOLT-BENNETT, FAIRFIELD: Snared three touchdown passes and also picked off a pass on defense in a 48-14 victory over John Carroll.
Junior Grabs Week 2 AHSAA Defense Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Blount High School junior defensive tackle Lee Hunter has been the anchor of what is shaping up to be one of the Leopards’ best defensive teams in year. Last week, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior totaled 14 tackles, including five stops for losses, in a 48-4 win over B.C. Rain.
Blount, coached by Lev Holly, improved to 3-0 on the year and Hunter, considered one of the top junior defensive linemen in the nation already, saw his stock rise even more. His tenacious play kept him in the B.C. Rain backfield much of the night and earned him the AHSAA Football Defense Spotlight for the Week 2 of the 2019 season.
The Leopards beat arch rival and 2018 Class 5A state finalists Vigor in Zero Week 38-7. Blount followed with a 43-0 win over Robertsdale and takes a 3-0 record into this week’s Friday matchup with Class 6A, Region 1 foe St. Paul’s Episcopal. Hunter, who had a quarterback sack last week, has helped his team outscore opponents 129-21 this season. The defense is allowing just 7.0 ppg – best Region 1 and fourth in Class 6A behind Paul Bryant (6.3), Oxford (6.7) and Albertville (6.7).
Hunter’s performance edged out an outstanding all-around effort by Wenonah senior Jayden Sanders, who had eight tackles, two intercepted passes and a fumble he returned 37 yards for a Dragons touchdown in Wenonah’s 50-0 win over Woodlawn. On offense, Sanders caught two TD passes, a two-point conversion and threw a 28-yard TD pass.
Other top defensive efforts reported for Week 2:
OTHER DEFENSIVE NOMINATIONS
JOE SKARUPA, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Was credited with 21 tackles in a 43-29 loss to Priceville.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Totaled 17 tackles, including two for losses, in Ariton's 54-49 win over Geneva County. Carroll also rushed for 95 yards and a 15-yard TD run.
WILSON TURNER, HEADLAND: Had 15 tackles, a sack and caused a fumble as the Rams beat B.T. Washington 38-12. Teammate Zach Lawrence also had 12 tackles with two sacks and another tackle resulting in a safety.
LEE HUNTER, BLOUNT: Had 14 tackles, including five for a loss and a sack, in the Leopards’ 48-14 victory over B.C. Rain.
JAVAR STRONG, MUSCLE SHOALS: Returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a 62-0 victory over Columbia.
JASON BROOKS, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns in a 49-21 victory over Bayside Academy.
BROOKS WEEKS, EUFAULA: Posted 11 tackles and an interception in the Tigers’ 49-38 loss to Dothan. Teammate Keith Bain also had 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and interception and Luke Bush had 11 stops and a fumble recovery.
TRAD JENKINS, SAMSON: The Tigers’ two-way standout recorded 13 tackles, including two sacks, and also rushed for 169 yards and four touchdowns as Samson blanked Calhoun 50-0.
THOMAS GLISSON, OPP: Had 11 tackles and an interceptions to lead the Bobcats to a 35-12 win over Straughn.
EVAN CRAIGHEAD, MADISON ACADEMY: Intercepted two passes in a 42-20 victory over East Limestone.
JOE McCORMICK, MOODY: Totaled nine tackles with three sacks as the Blue Devils beat St. Clair County 21-7.
BRADY JACKSON, SAND ROCK: Totaled 10 1/2 tackles in the Wildcats' 20-14 overtime win against Ider.
D.J. LEE, GAYLESVILLE: Returned a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown in the Trojans' 20-12 loss to Victory Christian. He also completed 5-of-6 passes for 83 yards and ran for 56 yards on 22 carries with a 2-yard touchdown.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Recovered a pair of fumbles on defense, rushed for 107 yards on 18 carries and scored on runs of 10 and 24 yards to lead the Panthers to a 41-21 victory over Winterboro.
Sophomore Nails 57-yard FG to Grab AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Fort Payne High School sophomore place-kicker Alex McPherson was the holder in 2017 when his older brother Evan kicked a 60-yard field goal versus Brewer for the longest field goal made from the traditional center snap and hold in AHSAA history. Evan also had the AHSAA’s third longest punt of all time, 84 yards, in the same game.
Last week, it was Alex’s turn. The 5-foot-7, 125-pounder booted two field goals covering 42 and 57 yards and two extra points for eight total points to lift the Wildcats to a 20-13 win over Albertville to earn the AHSAA Football Special Teams Spotlight for Week 2 of the 2019 season. Both field goals came in the first half with the 57-yarder coming with one second left before intermission to cut Albertville’s lead to 7-6. Coach Chris Elmore’s Wildcats scored two fourth-quarter TDs to win by seven points.
Alex also remained perfect this season on extra points and is 12-of-12 on the year. His 57-yarder, ironically, tied oldest sibling Logan’s best kick in high school. Logan McPherson drilled a 57-yard field goal against Boaz in 2012 to set the Fort Payne school record which Evan broke in 2017. Logan, who earned all-state honors as a punter/kicker in 2012, served as a punter at Louisiana Tech from 2013-16 – averaging 40.4 yards on 62 punts as a sophomore.
Evan, currently a sophomore at Florida, was an Under Armour All-America selection in high school and was selected to the 247 True Freshman All-America Team last season connecting on 17-of-19 field-goal attempts for the Gators. He was perfect on all 50 PAT kicks and finished as a Lou Groza Award semifinalist in 2018. He is currently 2-for-2 on field goals this season and has extended his perfect streak of PAT kicks in college to 55 with 5-of-5 in Florida’s first two games.
The longest field goal in AHSAA history was a 61-yarder kicked by Auburn’s Sage Ledbetter in 2015 on a free kick. Pelham’s Michael Proctor held the record prior to that kick with s 60-yard field goal, also on a free kick, versus Mountain Brook in 1991. Proctor attended Alabama and was the Crimson Tide’s starting kicker for 47 straight games from 1992-1995. He led the SEC in field goals made (22) and kicking points scored (97) in 1993 and finished his college career ranked 4th all-time in kicking points scored in the SEC at the time. He currently ranks 12th all-time in the SEC and third in UA history.
McPherson’s booming kick edged out place-kicker Jaren Van Winkle of Clay-Chalkville for the Week 3 Special Teams Spotlight. Van Winkle kicked four field goals and had one extra point in the Cougars’ 19-14 win over Park Crossing. His four field goals including kicks from 40, 32, 37 and 31 yards. His performance ties 16 others for second-most field goals in a single game.
Daphne’s Diego Guajardo and Spanish Fort’s Matthew Quinn each had four in a game last year – the most since Spain Park’s Crosby Gray kicked five in a 15-14 win over Thompson in 2015. Ledbetter also had five in an Auburn win over Jeff Davis in 2013; Decatur’s Josh Woodard kicked five in a 15-0 win over Grissom in 2001; Tim Rogers of Mountain Brook had five in a 21-17 win over Huffman in 1990; and Ricky Beck of Geneva had five in a 15-0 win over Pike County in 1970.
Other outstanding special-team performances reported from last week’s games include:
EMMANUEL HENDERSON, GENEVA COUNTY: Totaled 259 yards on six kickoff returns, including TD returns of 99 and 80 yards, in the Bulldogs' 54-49 loss to Ariton. He accounted for 394 all-purpose yards, adding six pass receptions for 74 yards with a 26-yard TD, and 61 rushing yards and a 17-yard TD run to finish with four touchdowns.
TREY STITTS, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned a punt 44 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and returned the second-half kickoff 82 yards for another special teams score in the Tigers' 49-6 win at Asbury.
EDWIN WHITE, UMS-WRIGHT: Returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to break a 7-7 tie in the final minutes of the fourth quarter against Andalusia sealed the 21-7 victory with an interception near the final buzzer.
MEES DECROSS DEJONGH, SCOTTSBORO: The foreign exchange student from the Netherlands kicked 5-of-5 extra points in a 41-27 win over Ardmore.
MONTGOMERY – AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones reported that four calls on the field were challenged during the last week’s AHSAA high school football action with no calls being reversed.
For the season, 10 challenges have been reviewed with only two being overturned, both coming in the first week’s action. DVSports Instant Replay reviews are showing a 20% rate of reversal. 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.
“East Limestone at West Limestone had one challenge on a catch in the end zone and after review, the play stood as called,” said Jones. “The Priceville-Good Hope game had one challenge on the final play of first half to determine whether the ball broke the plane of the goal line. The play stood as called.”
Jones said there were two challenges in the Tallassee vs. Handley game. “The first challenged whether the receiver touched a punt, and the other was on a catch/no catch situation. Both plays stood as called on the field.”
Jones reported that 10 Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:
4 Catch or no catch
2 Fumble or no fumble
2 Ball breaking the plan of the goal line (also reviewed whether a fumble in one challenge)
1 Illegal participation
1 Illegal forward pass
1 Touching of a punt
A total of 28 schools have participated in AHSAA contests utilizing Instant Replay this season with six scheduled for this week.
Friday, September 6
Davidson at Baker
Enterprise at Auburn
Hayden at Lawrence County
Hoover at Thompson
Madison Academy at East Limestone
Smiths Station at Central-Phenix City
SCHOOLS IN GAMES WITH INSTANT REPLAY THIS SEASON
234 Events Planned by NFHS Network SBP Schools Sept. 4 – Sept. 12
MONTGOMERY – Two Birmingham neighbors, Minor and Jackson-Olin high schools, will square off in the AHSAA TV Network’s Football Game of the Week Thursday night as the prep season moved to Week 2.
In addition, the NFHS Network’s AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream a record 234 events over the Sept. 4-Sept. 12 time period with 111 football games, 122 volleyball matches and on swim meet scheduled already.
Jackson-Olin (1-1) and Minor (0-2) will grab the spotlight Thursday night, however, as the e second installment of the AHSAA TV Network Game of the Week. The Class 6A, Region 5 battle will be produced by NFHS Network TV partner WOTM under the direction of executive producer Vince Earley. The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network subscriber-based program and will also be available on the network of cable stations that have joined the WOTM Network in Alabama. Tommy Wood and Rick Rhoades will be handling the commentary for the WOTM/NFHS Network production.
Jackson-Olin’s Mustangs rolled to the school’s first perfect 10-0 regular season in 2018. Coach Tim Vakakes’ squad won the Region 5 title with a 6-0 record before losing 35-32 in the first round of 6A state playoffs to Decatur. The 10 regular-season wins surpassed the previous best established by Jackson-Olin in 1990. That team was anchored by future University of Alabama and NFL star David Palmer, who earned the state’s Mr. Football honors for that season. Leading this year’s team is Alabama commit Quandarrius Robinson, a 6foot-5, 230-pound linebacker rated among the top defensive prospects in the nation.
The Mustangs had a 12-game regular-season win streak snapped last week in a 38-12 loss to Shades Valley. Vakakes, now in his seventh season, took over a struggling program in after 2013 and has seen his team go from 1-9 the first year to last year’s 10-1 finish.
Coach Adrian Abrams is in his second season as head coach at Minor. He led the Tigers to the 6A state playoffs last season. Minor dropped a close 10-7 decision to Muscle Shoals in the first round. The Tigers lost a heartbreaker to Ramsay 21-18 in the 2019 season opener and fell 20-7 last week to Paul Bryant in another hard-fought game. Minor won the region title in 2016 with a perfect 6-0 mark and 11-2 overall record. Among the Tigers’ standouts is all-purpose back Jamari Jemison, a big-play man on offense in the backfield and at receiver.
Four varsity games are set for Thursday night with Wenonah vs. Woodlawn and Lee-Montgomery vs. Jeff Davis both set for the NFHS Network’s live-stream events. On Friday, 55 football varsity games are scheduled including five games in Class 1A; three in Class 2A; four in Class 3A; five in Class 4A; four in Class 5A; 18 in Class 6A; and 16 in Class 7A. Another NFHS Network record will be set Monday, Sept. 9 when 25 junior-varsity and nine freshman football games are live-streamed.
Volleyball is also setting records on the NFHS Network with 122 matches set over the weekend and early next week. Thursday’s slate is the largest ever for the AHSAA with 24 varsity matches and 22 junior-varsity matches for a total of 46 events planned by AHSAA member schools in the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program.
Among the top matches will be Addison at Hatton, Enterprise at Auburn, John Carroll Catholic at Mountain Brook and Pelham at Brewer. The 234 total surpasses last week’s previous record-setting total (177) by 57 events.
The complete AHSAA schedule of events set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network tonight through September 12 can be found at the following link:
AHSAA Week 1 Defensive Football Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – In a series that had been almost dead-even over 90 years, Opelika High School linebacker Kory McCoy took made sure the series would not get any tighter … not on his watch.
McCoy had 12 tackles and one sack to earn lead the Bulldogs to a 21-13 victory over Auburn last week to earn the AHSAA Defensive Football Spotlight for week 1 in the process. Coach Erik Speakman has seen his defense allow just 20 points in the first two games this season – thanks in big part to the big-play leadership of McCoy. He had plenty of help, however. Teammate Dino Martin added nine tackles and two sacks as Opelika extended its lead in the series to 47-44-3.
Auburn had won the last two to close the gap. Most years, this rivalry goes down to the wire. In fact, 12 of the last 20 games have been settled by a touchdown or less. Since the series started in 1917, only 96 points separate the two teams. The Bulldogs have scored 1,473 points (16.2 ppg) and Auburn has scored 1,377 (15.1 ppg) over that span. The series has been highlighted by 28 shutouts, 15 by Opelika and 13 by Auburn. The 1944 game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Other top defensive performances reported from last week’s games include:
DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: The Panthers' linebacker recorded 18 tackles on defense, three for losses, including a key stop short of a first down on third-and-3 at the 18 in the final minute of Geneva's 34-26 win over Geneva County. Creech also rushed for 137 yards on 14 carries, including a 56-yard TD run.
JACKSON BRATTON, MUSCLE SHOALS: Totaled 11 tackles, including one sack, and forced a fumble as the Trojans beat Bob Jones 46-19.
JAYLEN FAISON, DOTHAN: Recorded 10 tackles and an interception as the Wolves downed Wetumpka 54-41 for the new consolidated school’s first win.
SEAN SMITH, PIEDMONT: Blocked a punt that set up the Bulldogs' first touchdown and had nine tackles in their 28-16 win over Addison. Four of his tackles resulted in losses.
WILL TURNER, HEADLAND: Led the Rams’ defense with 13 tackles in a 36-34 win over Highland Home.
CHASE TRAVIS, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Had two interceptions in a 17-14 loss to Chelsea.
MICHAEL CHENG, DECATUR HERITAGE: Intercepted a pair of passes in Decatur Heritage’s 42-6 win over Sumiton Christian. His first pick set up a TD and he returned the second one for a touchdown.
TREY STITTS, CEDAR BLUFF: Sealed a 14-12 win over Spring Garden with an interception with 1:17 remaining.
ANTOINE WILLIAMS, PINSON VALLEY: Recorded nine tackles, including 2½ tackles for loss and 1½ sacks, in a 27-7 victory over Ramsay.
MICHAEL REYNOLDS, GAYLESVILLE: Totaled 10 tackles in Gaylesville’s 46-6 win over Asbury.
WILL BROOKS, VESTAVIA HILLS: Returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown in a 49-7 victory over Homewood.
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