MONTGOMERY -- McGill-Toolen Catholic High School (12-3) rolled to seven straight victories last week to capture the prestigious 36th annual Juanita Boddie volleyball tournament played at Hoover High School’s Finley Center – thanks in big part to the domination of senior Kenya McQuirter up front. McQuirter finished the tourney with 78 kills, 17 blocks, 23 digs and six service aces to push her school into the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2018 season.
The tournament field included 44 of the top teams from the AHSAA and surrounding states. McGill-Toolen’s seven wins included five over out-of-state teams. Three of the four teams in the semifinals were from outside the state.
The defending Class 7A state champion Dirty Dozen (12-3) opened the week beating Mountain Brook in a regular-season match, then followed with tournament victories over nationally ranked Columbus (GA), Briarcrest (TN) and finally, a victory over Brentwood (TN) in the finals of the Boddie finals. It was McGill-Toolen’s second Boddie Tourney title in the last three years and its third since 2011.
Coach Kate Wood also got outstanding play from senior setter Lillie Fromdahl, who had 201 assists, 16 kills, 15 digs and 12 aces for the week. Courtney Langham added 24 kills and 12 blocks and Imani Nicholson had 51 kills and 11 blocks as McGill also downed Riverdale (TN), Houston Academy (GA), and AHSAA powers Jasper and John Carroll Catholic.
McGill-Toolen’s Boddie Tourney championship edged out two other top team efforts turned in by unbeaten Lawrence County (13-0) and unbeaten Carbon Hill (11-0). The Red Devils of Coach Robyn Hutto went 5-0 to win the Briarwood Invitational last weekend. Lawrence County downed the host Lady Lions in the finals. Savannah Graham had 65 kills and 39 assists and Laekyn Bennett had 185 assists in the five tournament matches and three regular season wins.
Carbon Hill, coached by Dadrian Beaty, rolled to six straight wins in the Carbon Hill Invitational and finished 8-0 for the week. The Bulldogs, led by Alyssa Dutton with 78 kills, 46 digs and 11 service aces and Grayson Evans with 64 kills, 11 blocks and 12 aces, beat Wilson in the finals. Setter Sidney Keeton recorded 155 assists for the week.
Other top performances reported included:
MARY MONTGOMERY POSTS 1,200TH WIN FOR SHOQUIST: Vikings Coach Nancy Shoquist picked up career coaching win 1,200 in Mary Montgomery’s Boddie Tourney win over Alma Bryant. Setter Beatrice Linquist helped the Vikings go 5-2 with 115 assists in the seven matches.
GEORGIA STONICHER, PELHAM: Had 153 assists and 14 service aces in seven matches for Pelham (6-2).
STEPHANIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Recorded 149 assists for Buckhorn (14-4), which went 7-2 for the week and won the Silver Division of the Boddie Tourney.
KAYLA KESHOCK, SPANISH FORT: Handed out 130 assists in six matches for the Toros (8-2), who finished 3-1 in the Boddie Tourney.
SAVANNAH RUTLEDGE, ALBERTVILLE: Led the Aggies (13-3) to an 8-1 record for the week and a runner-up finish in the Albertville Invitational tourney with 129 assists.
ALLIE ISOM, ARAB: Had 128 assists in seven matches as Arab went 5-2 for the week.
EMILY THORNTON, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Totaled 126 assists as ACA won the Silver bracket of the Mayor’s Cup Tourney at Montgomery.
AMY VANDEVELDE, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Had 124 assists in seven contests, including four matches in the Juanita Boddie Tourney.
JESSICA VEAL, SPAIN PARK: Accumulated 121 assists in nine matches – six in the Boddie tourney.
KAYLA CHAMPION, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 120 assists in nine victories for the Eagles as PCA rolled to the championship of the Mayor’s Cup tourney in Montgomery.
EMMA NESTER, WILSON: Had 109 assists as Wilson (8-3) finished second to the host team at the Carbon Hill Invitational.
JAYDEN WATKINS, ALBERTVILLE: Picked up 94 kills as Albertville (13-3) won seven of eight matches last week and finished second in the Albertville Invitational tourney.
A.K. GRIGGS, ARAB: Had 80 kills, 10 blocks and 12 aces to lead the Knights to a 5-2 record for the week.
MAEGAN MILLIGAN, WEST MORGAN: Had 72 kills as West Morgan (9-2) rolled to an 8-0 record and won its invitational tourney with a win over Danville in the finals.
AUTUMN MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRIDSTIAN: Led the Eagles (9-0) to the Mayors Cub tourney championship at Montgomery with 65 kills. PCA downed Class 7A Enterprise in the finals.
CARSON ANN CROW, SAINT JAMES: Managed 63 kills and 36 digs for the Trojans (4-2) in six matches. Saint James finished 3-2 in the Mayor’s Cup Tourney at Montgomery.
RYA McKINNON, HOOVER: Had 62 kills, 37 digs and 10 service aces foe Hoover (11-2) as the Lady Bucs finished 5-2 for the week.
LEXIE SMITH, HARTSELLE: Had 56 kills and 15 blocks and teammates Hailey Holshouser and Lillyanna Cartee added 53 and 52 kills, respectively, in 11 matches for the Tigers (10-6).
SARAH GUTHRIE, PELHAM: Accounted for 52 kills, 62 digs and 15 service aces in seven matches for the Panthers (6-2). Teammate Erin Long also had 52 kills.
ALEX PRESSNELL, BUCKHORN: Helped the Lady Bucks (14-4) go 7-2 for the week with 104 digs. Buckhorn won the Silver Division title of the Boddie Tourney.
ABBY ARIAS, HARTSELLE: Had 104 digs in 11 matches for the week.
ERIN EISENHIART, MADISON ACADEMY: Led the Mustangs (8-1) to the championship of the Albertville Invitational with 87 digs.
GRACE CARR, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Recorded 86 digs and added 47 kills in seven matches.
AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1
Elba Scores Six Different Ways to Beat Opp 53-33
MONTGOMERY -- Elba High School scored touchdowns six different ways – and needed them all in a 53-33 victory over Opp Friday night to claim the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2018 prep football season.
Coach Pate Harrison, in his first season as head coach after moving over from Dale County High School, saw his team recover an Opp fumble in the end zone and pick up another one at the Bobcats 4-yard line and returned it for a score. The Tigers also scored on a kickoff return, punt return, a pass and three rushing plays.
Seven different players got into the scoring action. Richmon Singletary scored on a 58-yard run and 86-yard kickoff return; Branden Epps pounced on the fumble in the end zone; Alex Wright scooped up the second fumble and returned it four yards for a TD; Jaquez Prince scored an 84-punt return; Collin Harrison and Byron Johnson scored on runs of 2 yards and 1 yard, respectively, and Johnson fired 34-yard TD pass to Dezmion Robinson to round out the scoring.
Elba’s amazing effort edged out a state-record tying performance by Geneva defensive back Dylan Creech and a special performance on special teams by Riley Evans of R.A. Hubbard. Creech returned two interceptions for touchdowns covering 42 and 41 yards in the Panthers’ 47-22 win over Geneva County, tying a feat managed by four others. The win at Hartford was the first meeting between the two county rivals in 15 years.
Others reported accomplishing the record were: Tyler Danzey of Headland had two returns last week in the Rams’ 43-0 win over Straughn; Damiean Archibald of Sipsey Valley had two picks for TDs in a 66-28 win over Curry in 2013; Berry’s J.C. Finch accomplished the feat vs. Brilliant in 2013; and Clements’ Demarcus Johnson had two interception returns for TDs in a win over St. John Paul II, also in 2012.
Evans, a senior, helped the Chiefs beat Shoals Christian 46-21 returning a punt 55 yards for a touchdown, a kickoff 78 yards for another TD. He also picked off a pass returned the interception 70 yards for a third TD.
TYLER PERINE, PRATTVILLE: Kicked a 28-yard field goal with 5.9 seconds left to lift the Lions to a 19-16 win at Stanhope Elmore. He also boomed a 75-yard punt on a free kick after the Mustangs scored a third-quarter safety and made another 28-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to give Prattville a 16-8 lead.
AUSTIN McCARDLE, COTTONWOOD: Threw a 45-yard TD pass to Peyton Byrd on 4th-and-20 with 43 seconds left to give Cottonwood the lead and Clayton Gilmore intercepted a pass at the 10-yard line with 11 seconds left to give the Bears a 14-7 win over Slocomb.
AUSTIN WINS FIRST HOME GAME: Black Bears quarterback Kulyn Hubbard completed 10-of-18 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns as the Black Bears opened play in their new football stadium beating arch-rival Decatur 60-45. In previous years Austin held its home games at Ogle Stadium on the campus of Decatur High School. Receiver Jayden Grissom caught TD passes of 70 and 81 yards for touchdowns and returned an onside kick 50 yards for a third score. Decatur quarterback Trentin Dupper rushed for 132 yards and passed for five touchdowns for the Red Raiders. The 105 points set a record for most points in the series, which Decatur leads 36-20. Ironically, each team recorded series highs for points. The two teams have played annually since 1965.
RIGGS DEBUT AT HOUSTON ACADEMY: Raiders running back Jake Ogletree rushed for five touchdowns (5, 5, 3, 5 and 30 yards) and 119 yards and teammate Chase Swain added 118 rushing yards in a 48-12 win over McKenzie. The victory snapped a 19-game losing streak and handed new head coach Jamie Riggs the 306th victory of his career and the first since retiring at T.R. Miller after the 2015 season with a 305-81 record. His wins are second-most all time in the AHSAA.
VESTAVIA HILLS HANDS ANDERSON HIS 330TH WIN: The Rebels won their traditional season opener over Homewood 17-10 – giving head coach Buddy Anderson his 330th career coaching win. Anderson, the state’s all-time winningest football coach, is now 330-146 in his 41st season at Vestavia Hills. The Rebels are 28-19 versus Homewood in his tenure and 6-1 in season openers versus the Patriots since the game was moved to the first date of the season in 2012. Anderson was inducted earlier this summer into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Chicago at the 99th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.
FLORENCE’S HESTER RECORDS FIRST WIN: Florence recorded its first shutout since 2005 and handed new coach Will Hester his first win with a 21-0 win over Buckhorn. Gardner Flippo and DaMarcus Beckwith each threw a TD pass and Jakailar Coleman added a touchdown run. Florence’s defense limited Buckhorn to 161 total yards, 50 of which came on a third-quarter run.
WILSON HANDS POARCH HIS FIRST WIN: Wilson downed Colbert Heights 41-27 presenting new head coach Matt Poarch his first career head-coaching victory. Poarch, a Wilson alumnus, took over for Scott Brown, who stepped down after last season.
D.J. DALE, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The 320-pound defensive lineman scored on runs of 1 and 5 yards to help the Cougars down James Clemens 31-24. He also had two sacks on defense.
Other top performances reported:
CADEN ROSE, BOB JONES: Completed 17-of-24 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns (27, 17 and 23 yards) and had TD runs of 24 and 2 yards in the 39-36 win over Mainland (FL).
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Passed for 383 yards and three touchdowns on a 20-of-32 performance in a 36-20 win over Madison County. He also rushed for a fourth score.
SCOTT McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: Passed for 287 yards and scored on runs of 1, 1 and 7 yards as the Lions beat Central-Florence 21-7.
CAIDEN LIPSCOMB, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Was 16-of-31 in passing with 258 yards and five touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 45-22 win over Appalachian. Teammate Caleb Cates had six receptions for 97 yards and three touchdowns.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOVA, THOMPSON: The Warriors senior was 23-of-33 passing for 254 yards and five touchdowns as Thompson (20) blanked Foley 47-0. His TD passes covered 11, 1, 23, 8 and 20 yards.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Was 9-of-10 passing for 237 yards and five touchdowns as the Falcons (2-0) set a school record for points scored in a 51-0 win over East Lawrence.
AARON FENN, ZION CHAPEL: Was 10-of-17 passing for 196 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as the Rebels beat Red Level 40-33. He rushed for 21 yards and two TDs and passed for two to Andrew Crawley to give Zion Chapel its first season-opening win since 2011.
ALEX ROGERS, ROGERS: The Pirates’ quarterback was 11-of-14 passing for 189 yards and threw touchdown passes of 34 and 19 yards in a 34-7 win over county rival Lexington.
GANNON REYES, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore was 13-of-19 passing for 185 yards and a TD in a 26-13 triumph over Fort Payne. Senior Hatton Metz, the Wildcats’ starting QB as a junior, hauled in seven receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 5-of-7 passes for 164 yards and four touchdowns (58, 59, 20 and 5 yards) and recorded an interception on defense in the Panthers' 47-14 victory over Crossville.
JAKOBI HUNTER, LEEDS: Rushed 14 times for 277 yards and TDs of 30 and 32 yards in a 55-24 victory over John Carroll Catholic.
DARTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 262 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in the Conquerors’ 45-22 victory over Appalachian. He also had four receptions for 104 yards and two TDs and returned a kickoff 40 yards to finish with 406 all-purpose yards.
JOE GREEN, EUFAULA: Had 258 yards rushing and five touchdowns in Eufaula's 42-26 win over Beauregard. Green scored on the game's second play from scrimmage with a 63-yard scoot and added TD runs of 1, 23, 8 and 69 yards in the triumph.
DAQUAN JOHNSON, FLOMATON: Rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries and passed for 98 yards and another TD in a 41-19 win over Northview (FL).
TATE WARR, MILLRY: Was 5-of-8 passing for 202 yards and two touchdowns, rushed 12 times for 105 yards and another score and accumulated 307 total yards as Millry beat Washington County 55-7.
RASHAWN McALPINE, SARALAND: Rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries as the Spartans defeated B.C. Rain 50-0.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: The Jackets’ quarterback rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 31 yards and another score in a 22-15 win over Ashford. Kincey scored on runs of 88 and 90 yards and threw a 24-yard TD pass to Trey Glanton.
ROYDELL, WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 21 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns, added four catches for 55 yards and a third TD, and completed his only pass for three yards in a 28-7 victory over Helena.
SAMARIO RUDOLPH, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Has nine rush attempts for 220 yards, returned a kickoff 90 yards and a TD and intercepted two passes on defense to lead Cottage Hill past Florala 42-14.
KEON HORNSBY, SAMSON: Rushed for 208 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries in the Tigers' 37-18 win over Kinston.
JORDAN INGRAM, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had 22 rush attempts for 205 yards and four touchdowns as the Saints downed St. Stanislaus (MS) 35-7.
KOBE BLUNT, DAVIDSON: Rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns to lead Davidson past Alma Bryant 32-21.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 25 times for 201 yards and two touchdowns covering 29 and 50 yards in the Eagles’ 42-13 win over Southside-Gadsden.
ZAC BOYD, RUSSELLVILLE: Rushed for 188 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries to lead Russellville past Deshler 40-34 in double overtime. The win was the first for Coach John Ritter as Russellville’s coach. Boyd’s 2-yard run in the second overtime was the game winner. He also scored on runs of 34 , 1, 7 and 61 yards.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Recorded 15 carries for 192 yards and three TDs in a 37-0 win over Straughn.
DORIAN McCULLOUGH, CLEMENTS: Rushed 11 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns as the Colts beat Tanner 32-6.
SATYLER WILSON, LUVERNE: Gained 180 rushing yards on 29 attempts and scored three times in the Tigers’ 26-12 victory over Georgiana.
JARRIS WILLIAMS, BLOUNT: Rushed for 172 yards on 21 carries and caught two passes for 23 yards as the Leopards downed Robertsdale 31-7.
KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in the Panthers’ 42-13 loss to Hokes Bluff.
TANNER CLANTON, SAND ROCK: Ran for 164 yards, two 1-yard touchdowns and a 2-point conversion in the Wildcats' 21-12 victory over Gaston.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Had 163 rushing yards on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns (1, 70, 4 yards) and added two 2-point conversions in the Tigers' 28-6 victory over Spring Garden.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Had 13 carries for 162 yards and three TDs and added 51 yards on kick returns as the Red Devils beat Geraldine 41-7.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries and was 5-of-9 passing for 105 yards in a 41-0 victory over Chickasaw.
JACOB DENDY, ALBERTVILLE: Ran 27 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-0 win over Columbia.
D.J. PATRICK, ELMORE COUNTY: Ran for 152 yards and two TDs on 14 rush attempts in a 21-0 win over Marbury.
TERRANCE THOMAS, WETUMPKA: Rushed 12 times for 147 yards and one TD as the Indians (2-0) downed Northview 44-14. Teammate DeAngelo Jones added 129 yards and three TDs on 10 carries.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 142 yards and two scores in a 16-0 win over Pike County.
D.J. LEE, GAYLESVLLE: Scored three first-quarter touchdowns, including a 45-yard fumble return, as the Trojans beat Asbury 34-0 to snap a nine-game winless streak. He also rushed two times for 127 yards and scored twice. The shutout was Gaylesville’s first since 2011.
DEION PICKENS, SATSUMA: Had five receptions for 120 yards and three TDs in a 39-20 win over W.S. Neal.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Hauled in seven passes for 119 yards in the Bucs’ 42-14 loss to St. John’s of Washington D.C.
JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Caught five passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns and also returned a kickoff 97 yards for a third score in a 38-20 win over West Forsythe (GA).
BRAYDON HILL, HOKES BLUFF: Caught three passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns, had an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown and forced a fumble in the Eagles’ 42-13 win over Southside-Gadsden.
KRIS BRAMLETT, BREWER: Caught three passes for 86 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-0 win over Danville.
LUKE ALISON, RANDOLPH: Scored two receiving touchdowns on passes covering 23 and 33 yards, had a 67-yard punt return and a 64-yard run for TDs and accounted for 176 of the Raiders' 280 total yards in a 30-28 win over Lauderdale County.
D.J. JAMES, SPANISH FORT: Made two interceptions in the fourth quarter to seal the Toros’ 20-13 win over Daphne.
CARSON EUBANKS, HOKES BLUFF: Swiped two interceptions in the Eagles’ 42-13 win over Southside-Gadsden.
TRENT PRESLEY, SARDIS: Had two interceptions on defense and rushed for another score on offense in the Lions’ 27-3 win over Sylvania.
HUNTER SCHRADER, MADISON ACADEMY: Made 14 tackles on defense and scored twice on offense in the Mustangs’ 54-20 win over Lawrence County.
CRIMSON BIVENS, EAST LIMESTONE: Accounted for 13 tackles in a 34-3 win over West Limestone.
KHALIL ARRINGTON, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Recorded 12 tackles, including two sacks and three for sacks, to pace the Generals (2-0) to a 20-7 win over Sidney Lanier. Teammate Reggie Fowler added 10 tackles, including three for loss, and a forced fumble for Lee’s defense.
KALEB WHATLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Let the Trojans’ defense to their first shutout win since 2011 with 11 tackles in a 34-0 victory over Asbury. He also caused two fumbles and had a sack.
ZACK CORBITT, HEADLAND: Led a strong defensive effort with 13 tackles as the Rams beat Highland Home 30-27. Teammate Brandon Grubbs added 13 stops with Jesse Kinsey and Seth Faison credited with 11 tackles each in the win.
CAGE COCHRAN, FYFFE: Had 11 tackles in Fyffe’ 41-7 win over Geraldine.
JOSH CHAMBERS, DALE COUNTY: Totaled 11 tackles and Nate Curry had 10 as the Warriors’ shut out G.W. Long 56-0.
TRAVIS WOODALL, NORTH JACKSON: Had 10 tackles, an interception and forced a fumble in a 48-0 win over Plainview.
TASHAWN GRANT, BALDWIN COUNTY: Keyed a 31-0 shutout of Gulf Shores with eight tackles and two forced fumbles.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Had nine tackles and teammate Daniel Hicks had eight stops, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in the Purple Cats’ 29-6 win over Goshen.
TERRY WILLIAMS, CARROLL: Blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown in helping the Eagles to a 26-7 win over Russell County.
BRAYDEN LEWIS, DAR: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and a punt 43 yards for another score in the Patriots’ 59-0 win over Douglas. He also hauled in a 40-yard pass for a TD.
BRANDON BASAVE, BESSEMER CITY: Kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:27 remaining to lift Bessemer City to a 16-14 win over Spain Park.
DAMIEN MILLER, FAIRFIELD: Returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the second week in a row. Fairfield lost to Carver-Birmingham 18-12.
FERIRAM SANCHEZ, MORTIMER JORDAN: Kicked a game-winning 18-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining as the Blue Devils beat Cullman 18-16.
EMIL SMITH, ETOWAH: Return a punt 52 yards for a touchdown and rushed for another score in the Blue Devils’ 19-0 win over Moody.
MASON McKINNEY, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and caught two passes for 79 yards and two more scores in a 47-14 win over Crossville. He also had an interception on defense.
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Connected on a 42-yard field goal and six extra points. He also had three punts and an interception in the Panthers' 47-14 victory at Crossville.
MONTGOMERY – Saint James sophomore runner Presley Miles clocked 18:25.15 at the Saucony Battle of Atlanta girls’ cross country championships last weekend to win the event – and captured the AHSAA Spotlight for the first week of the 2018 cross country season.
Miles turned in the best time of the first week’s competition to take first place in the strong field or runners from across the Southeast. Her effort edged out a strong effort from Hayden
Judge, a junior from Scottsboro.
Miles won her race by 39 seconds over runner-up Mackenzie Walls of Veterans High School (GA).
The two performances topped a strong list of contenders as the cross country season opened with several meets across the state.
Judge ran a strong 16:16.77 to capture the 8th annual Pepsi Challenge Cross Country Championships large-school boys’ title over a field of 153 runners at the 5K course located at H.A. Alexander Park in Moulton. Huntsville won the team title, however, with 24 points as four runners crossing in the seven spots. Jackson Danner led the Panthers with a second-place finish and 16:20.89 time. Scottsboro was second with 53 points.
Other top performances included:
SAM MOULTRIE, GUNTERSVILLE: The Wildcats’ junior runner clocked 16:23.39 to win the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight boys’ Class 5A-7A Gold division 5K cross country race by almost 24 seconds over runner-up Jonah Barrett, an Oak Mountain senior. He was second at 16:47.91 in the 109-participant field to help Oak Mountain win the team title with 44 points. Hoover was second with 65 in the competition held at the University of Montevallo.
BRETT BONIKOWSKI, LAMP: The senior Finished first in the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight Class 1A/4A boys’ white division cross-country race with a winning time of 17:53.18. Junior teammate Jack Porter was second (18:39.91). LAMP won the team title with 33 points. American Christian was second with 50. The race had 79 participants.
CHARLIE LOTT, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Opened the season Aug. 23 with a 17:08.60 time over the AUM cross country course to claim the Trinity Trailblazer 5,000-meter cross country boys’ championship. Six other runners finished under 18 minutes. In the field of 93 runners. Hewitt-Trussville took the title with 32 point. Montgomery Catholic was second with 49.
JAMES CAIN, PRICEVILLE: Won the small-school division of the Pepsi Challenge Championships with a winning time of 17:40.46. Cold Springs won the team championship with 51 points. A total of 162 runners were in the field.
WILL SCOTT, HEADLAND: Claimed first place with a winning time of 19:09.09 at the Cougar Invitational hosted by Northview in Dothan. Wicksburg won the team title with 19 points.
AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Breezed over the 5,000-meter course at AUM in 18:50.10 to finish first at the Trinity Trailblazer season-opening cross country competition. She won by more 2:37 over her nearest challenger, teammate Lily Bachi, in the 49-runner field. The Knights finished first in the team competition with 24 points.
ABBEY WEITENBECK, HUNTSVILLE: Clocked 19:46.85 to claim the girls’ individual title at the 8th annual Pepsi Challenge Cross Country Championships. She competed in the large-school race comprised of 74 runners. Huntsville won the team title with 32 points. Lawrence County was runner-up with 62.
CAMILIA CHAMBERS, HOLLY POND: Posted a 20.20.37 time in the 94-runner field to win the small-school division race of the Pepsi Challenge Championships at Moulton. Cassidy Winter of West Limestone was second (21:09.57). with a winning time of 17:40.46. St. Bernard had 67 points to win the team title.
EVIE BELL, OAK MOUNTAIN: The Eagles junior posted a 20:25.92 time to win the girls’ Class 5A-7A Gold Division championship of the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight cross-country race. Oak Mountain was first with 44 points. Hoover’s Haley Stallworth, a senior, was second with a 20:42.06 time.
KATHY HAMMOND, LAMP: The junior from Montgomery swept the girls’ Class 1A/4A White Division title at the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight cross country competition. Isabella Lovvorn and Theresa Billman finished 2-3 more than a minute behind the victor to lead American Christian to the team title. The Lady Patriots had 26 points and LAMP was second with 52.
KATE SMITH, DOTHAN: Finished first in the field of 18 runners with a winning time of 24:31.34 to win the Cougars Invitational girls’ division. Wicksburg won the team title with 24 points.
MONTGOMERY – Etowah High School Coach Drew Noles says his big 6-foot-6, 240-pound senior defensive end Jamin Graham is not committed – to any college yet.
But he also says, he has never seen a player more committed – to his team and to his grandfather.
Graham turned that commitment into two defensive touchdowns in the final 1:15 of the Blue Devils’ season-opening game versus Gadsden City August 23 as Etowah posted a 32-23 victory.
His granddad, longtime Etowah School System teacher, bus driver and coach James Graham, passed away on August 18. Mr. Graham’s funeral was the next day.
“It was just an amazing effort,” Noles said. “Jamin was extremely close to his grandfather, who was a legend in the town to Attalla. Jasmin dedicate that game to his grandfather. Hs is a great kid from a great family. I think it was the best game of his high school career.”
Jasmin Graham’s performance grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the first week of the AHSAA high school football season – a week where outstanding performances were plentiful.
None, however, was more inspiring than his efforts.
Gadsden City, holding a slim 23-20 lead late in the game, had a goal-line stand stopping Etowah on four downs inside the 2-yard line. With 1:15 remaining, the Titans had an errant snap sail into the end zone where Graham was there to recover for an Etowah touchdown.
Coach Bart Sessions’ team then drove quickly into Etowah territory following the kickoff. With eight seconds remaining, however, Graham broke through to sack the runner at the Blue Devils 25-yard line, forcing a fumble that he scooped up and returned for the game’s final touchdown.
Noles said he expected the packed crowd on hand to storm the field in celebration. “Instead, I think they were standing up in awe,” he said. “And Jasmine, well, I was so happy for him that it brought tears to my own eyes. But Jasmin just acted like he’d done this kind of thing many times before.”
The win was the first over Gadsden City since the school was formed by merging Gadsden, Emma Sansom and Litchfield in 2006. The two schools met four times (2006-09) with the Titans winning all four, but discontinued the series until this season.
Graham’s heroics edged out several outstanding efforts, including a super effort by Oxford’s defense in its 28-0 shutout of Munford and Hewitt-Trussville senior quarterback Paul Tyson’s 404-yard passing effort in the Huskies’ 34-30 loss to Cedar Grove (GA) in a game played at Hoover High School and televised live by ESPN. Tyson was 31-of-47 passing with four TD passes.
Coach Ryan Herring’s Oxford defense limited Munford to minus-34 yards on 33 rush attempts and held the Lions to just 50 yards total offense as the Yellow Jackets shut out Munford 28-0 for Oxford’s 22nd straight regular season victory dating back to 2015. Quarterback Trey Higgins connected with 6-4, 220-pound receiver Roc Taylor for eight completions, 149 yards and one score for Oxford. iggins Higgins finished 13-of-18 for 180 yards and two TDs.
Three other quarterbacks, Thompson’s Taulia Tagolailovoa, Hoover’s Robby Ashford and Calera’s Cornelius Brown all passed for 350 or more yards in their season openers. Tagovailova was 26-of-39 passing for 385 yards and four touchdowns in Thompson’s 38-7 Champions Challenge win over James Clemens. He had 309 yards at the half.
Ashford, making his first start as defending Class 7A state champion Hoover’s quarterback, was 23-of-34 with 383 yards and four TDs in the Bucs’ 52-14 win over Pinson Valley – ending the defending Class 6A Indians’ winning streak at 15 games. Brown completed 27-of-48 passes for 357 yards and two TDs in a 45-24 loss to Pelham.
Other highlights for Week Zero included:
JUSTIN TEMPLETON, ASBURY: Ran for two touchdowns as Coach Jeff Powell’s Rams won the first game in program history and christened their new stadium with a 19-7 victory over Brindlee Mountain. The Class 2A school had its first varsity season in 2016 – going 0-10 that year and in 2017.
JACOB LOCKHART, THORSBY: Rushed for 100 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns, one coming on an 85-yard kickoff return, as Thorsby beat Jemison 44-26 for the first win over its Chilton County rival since 1970. More than 2,300 attended the season opener. Jemison holds a 14-2 lead in the series which started in 1968 and was resumed last Friday for the first time since 1995. The Panthers won the previous six meetings (1982, 1983, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995) by a combined score of 244-0.
MAC YOUNG, WHITE PLAINS: Ran for 143 yards with touchdowns of 43 and 29 yards in a 49-18 victory over Vincent. It was the first time White Plains has opened the season with a win since 2013.
TYLER DANZEY, HEADLAND: Danzey tied a state record with two interceptions returned for touchdowns in Headland’s 43-0 win over Straughn. Danzey returned his first interception 46 yards for a score late in the second quarter to put Headland up 30-0. He added a 19 yard interception return for a touchdown in the early moments of the third quarter. Danzey also finished with nine tackles.
MICAH DORSEY, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: The linebacker had eight tackles and an interception in the Eagles’ 35-10 win over New Brockton. His milestone came off the field when he recently scored a perfect 36 on his ACT college entrance exam.
JONATHAN FELL, CARROLL: The running back rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries as Carroll beat Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee 33-6 for Eagles’ 24th straight regular-season win.
ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Completed 16-of-23 passes for 268 yards and three TDs in a 34-27 victory over Mortimer Jordan.
GRANT THORNTON, ENTERPRISE: Was a near perfect 19-of-20 passing for 266 yards
and three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 44-21 win over Dothan. He completed the last 16 passes of the game with his only miss coming on his fourth pass attempt in the game’s opening series.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Was 19-of-28 passing for 251 yards and rushed for 87 yards as the Patriots rolled up more than 500 yards total offense in a 58-33 setback to Westminster Christian.
TRENTIN DUPPER, DECATUR: Passed for 224 yards and four touchdowns covering 17, 37, 29 and 34 yards in the Red Raider’ 38-21 win over Huntsville.
LUKE JACKSON, JACKSONVILLE: Passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns with a 10-of-15 performance as the Golden Eagles beat J.B. Pennington 34-21.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Completed 20-of-41 passes for 210 yards and one TD in a 52-14 loss to Hoover.
BRETT NEZAT, SARALAND: Making his first start at quarterback for the Spartans, he passed for 201 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 41-3 win over Andalusia.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Was 17-of-26 passing for 195 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown for 301 total yards in a 35-22 loss to Saks. He also had three punts, averaging 54 yards with his longest going for 60 yards.
STROTHER GIBBS, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Completed 11-of-15 for 174 yards and a TD and added another 51 yards rushing and two TDs in a 30-14 victory over Northridge.
KALVIN LEVETT, TALLASSEE: Completed 8-of-14 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 20 times for 146 yards and a 38-yard TD as the Tigers downed Montgomery Catholic 28-7.
COLE SAUNDERS, GENEVA COUNTY: The Bulldogs quarterback accounted for 244 yards and four scores, including two in the second half to help Geneva County rally past Samson 41-33. He completed 6-of-7 passes for 164 yards, including a 65-yard TD pass to Colby Fuller, and added 80 yards rushing on 21 carries with TD runs of 14, 7 and 3 yards, including the final two scores of the game in the comeback win.
DAMARIUS JENKINS, DALE COUNTY: Warrior quarterback accounted for 200 yards and three touchdowns in Dale County’s 41-19 win over Ariton. He completed 4-of-8 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 26 yards on four carries with one touchdown.
BRYCE PALMER, WATERLOO: Threw for 195 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-7 win over Woodville. Palmer also intercepted two passes on defense, returning one 52 yards for a touchdown.
EASTIN HARDIN, BOAZ: Was 10-of-17 passing for 191 yards and one TD in the Pirates’ 42-17 win over Arab.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Becoming the starter after All-State quarterback J.D. Martin’s pre-season injury, Rawls completed 9-of-15 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-17 win over Fairhope.
JACKSON COX, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Completed 7-of-12 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown in the Warriors’ 35-6 victory over Coosa Christian.
TONY FRANKLIN, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had 168 passing yards and two touchdowns in a 26-15 win over Park Crossing.
COLE WALES, CLEMENTS: Completed 10-of-22 passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns (12, 25 and 18 yards), added a 2-point conversion pass and made an interception on defense in the Colts’ 29-0 win at Elkmont.
A.J. PHILLIPS, CHICKASAW: Had 14 rush attempts for 275 yards and three touchdowns in Chickasaw’s 32-12 win over Resurrection Catholic (MS). He also returned an interception 40 yards for a fourth score.
SHAMAR SPINKS, WEAVER: Needed just 17 carries to pile up 265 yards rushing Friday night as the Bearcats ran past Cleburne County 49-35. Spinks scored three touchdowns and teammate Robert Gaines added 113 rushing yards, 136 passing and two TDs. Spinks scored on runs of 1, 54 and 53 yards. Gaines threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Josh Lowe and an 8-yard opposite-hander to Caleb Allison.
MEL DANTSLER, GRISSOM: The workhorse running back had 38 rush attempts for 249 yards and four touchdowns (10, 3, 10 and 5 yards) in a 26-21 win over Hazel Green.
NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Rushed 11 times for 255 yards and three scores, returned an interception 64 yards for another touchdown and recovered a botched punt in the end zone for a fifth TD as the Lions beat Lauderdale Count 55-0.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: The senior rushed for 243 yards on 29 carries and scored four touchdowns to lead Boaz to a 42-17 win over Arab in the season opener for both teams. Collins scored touchdowns on runs of 49, 3, 3, and 12.
NICK MARTINDALE, WEST LIMESTONE: Had 29 carries for 237 yards and four touchdowns on runs of 6, 34, 4 and 26 yards in a season-opening win over Tanner 39-20.
RISHARD DENSMORE, BESSEMER CITY: Gained 191 yards rushing, 150 in the second half, and rushed for two touchdowns in a 21-14 victory over Huffman He also passed for 94 yards and one score to account for 285 of the team's 336 yards of total offense.
CLAY CRAFTON, ROGERS: Ran 21 times for 174 yards and three touchdown as Rogers beat Loretto (TN) 35-14.
JOSH MARTIN, MARY MONTGOMERY: Rushed for 173 yards on 31 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Vikings snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 14-0 win over Robertsdale.
JALEN HENDERSON, SPAIN PARK: Ran 31 times for 172 yards and scored two TDs in a 24-14 victory over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Ran for 163 yards and two scores on 10 carries, and completed 9-of-17 passes for 162 yards and two TDs in a 58-33 win at DAR.
CAMERON FAISON, REELTOWN: Scored every touchdown for the Rebels in s 35-8 win over Bullock County. He ran for 155 yards and four touchdowns and returned a kickoff 75 yards for his fifth score.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: Picked up 151 yards rushing on 38 carries and scored the game's only touchdown as UMS-Wright defeated St. Paul's 10-0 in the Battle of Old Shell Road. UMS-Wright won the Class 4A state title last season and St. Paul’s won the 5A state crown.
CARSON PETREE, THARPTOWN: Rushed 10 times for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns, threw a TD pass and caught a TD pass as Tharptown knocked off Shoals Christian 41-30.
KEON HORNSBY, SAMSON: Rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and added a 5-yard TD reception in the Tigers’ 41-33 loss to Geneva County.
TERRANCE WEBSTER, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had 16 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns in a 19-3 win over Jeff Davis.
TRE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: Caught four passes for 152 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 18-7 victory over Hueytown.
JA’VARRIOUS JOHNSON, HEWIT-TRUSSVILLE: Snared 11 catches for 151 yards and two TDs in the Huskies’ 34-30 loss to Cedar Grove (GA).
JAEDEN BARKSDALE, JACKSONVILLE: Caught five passes for 128 yards and two TDs (40 and 81 yards) in the Eagles’ 34-21 win over J.B. Pennington.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Caught seven passes for 127 yards and a 28-yard score in the Gophers’ 18-7 loss to Homewood. He also rushed for 51 yards on 16 carries.
TAYLOR SMITH, BOAZ: Caught four passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns covering 33 and 18 yards in the Pirates’ 42-17 win over Boaz.
MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: The junior receiver had five catches for 118 yards and two scores, both coming in the first quarter, covering 27 and 53 yards, in the Warriors’ 38-7 win over James Clemens at the Champions Challenge played at Cramton Bowl.
KEYONTEZE JOHNSON, PINSON VALLEY: Pulled down 11 receptions for 119 yards and a TD in the Indians’ 52-14 loss to Hoover.
SIDNEY WILLIAMS, VIGOR: Hauled in three touchdown passes covering 14, 36 and 62 yards as the Wolves snapped a three-year losing streak to arch-rival Blount 19-6.
JIMMY PITTS, NOTASULGA: Had two pass receptions for 87 yards and two scores, returned a punt 36 yards for a TD and also had an interception on defense to lead the Blue Devils to a 46-7 win over Barbour County.
CHRISTOPHER HOLIFIELD, LEFLORE: Caught five passes for 97 yards and one TD, had 51 yards rushing and also returned an interception 43 yards for a score in a 26-14 win over B.C. Rain. He finished with two interceptions and had another nullified on a penalty.
JEFFREY LIGHTNER, DALE COUNTY: Had 13 tackles, an interception and an 81-yard kickoff return in the Warriors’ 41-19 win over Ariton. Teammate Avery Beasley also had 13 tackles and Tanner Mathis had 11.
CONNER GERMAN & DRE NEWMAN, HEADLAND: German was in on 15 tackles and Newman earned nine tackles in the Rams’ 43-0 win over Straughn.
A.J. CHERRY, SHEFFIELD: Swiped two interceptions to help preserve Sheffield’s 22-7 win over Wilson.
BRANDON BUTTS, PRATTVILLE: Blocked a 41-yard field goal attempt and returned it 51 yards for the senior defensive back's first career touchdown in the Lions' 37-0 win over Foley.
SAMUEL ADKINSON, GENEVA COUNTY: Returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown and recorded 10 tackles, including four solos, in a 41-33 win over Samson.
DYLAN BONNER, ASHFORD: Recorded 10 tackles, and forced a fumble in the Yellow Jackets’ 31-7 win over Rehobeth. Teammate Noah Jackson also had 10 stops on defense and added 89 yards rushing.
J’DARIUS WASHINGTON, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Returned an interception 35 yards for a TD in the Generals’ 26-15 win over Park Crossing.
JACKSON COLLEY & WILL SOLOMON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Both returned interceptions for touchdowns, helping the Eagles to a 35-10 win over New Brockton. Colley finished with seven tackles and Solomon five.
PHILLIP DUKE, PELHAM: Intercepted two passes and added four tackles in a 45-24 victory over Calera.
TIMOTHY KEENAN, RAMSAY: The Rams’ defensive lineman intercepted a pass and anchored a stingy defense in a 13-8 victory over Minor.
DIEGO GUAJARDO, DAPHNE: Kicked three field goals, an extra point and added a 12-yard run on a fake field-goal try as Daphne knocked off Theodore 16-13.
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Connected on two 38-yard field goal attempts, an extra point, and had three punts totaling 94 yards in the Panthers’ 13-0 victory over Plainview. The two DeKalb County teams were meeting for the first time since 1979. He also booted two of his three kickoffs into the end zone and the other sailed to the 5-yard line.
CHRISTIAN HERNANDEZ, DALE COUNTY: Kicked two field goals (43 and 28 yards) and converted three point-after kicks in the Warriors’ 41-19 win over Ariton.
LARRY McCAMMON, HOOVER: Returned a kickoff 91 yards for a score in the Bucs’ 52-14 victory over Pinson Valley.
ROBERT MARSH, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Scored Central’s first TD on an 80-yard kickoff return as the Red Devils went on to score five different ways in a 42-18 win over Benjamin Mays of Atlanta in the Cam Newton Classic. The Red Devils also scored on a 69-yard pass, a 65-yard run, a blocked punt and a 27-yard interception return.
MONTGOMERY – Thompson quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who led the AHSAA in passing as a junior with 3,820 yards in 13 games, opened his senior season with a bang completing 10-of-13 passes in the first quarter for 185 yards and three touchdowns and had 309 yards by halftime to pace the Warriors (1-0) to a 38-7 win over James Clemens in the final game of the AHSAA’s 2018 Champions Challenge at Cramton Bowl.
Tagovailoa finished 26-of-39 for 385 yards and four touchdowns as Coach Mark Freeman’s team out-gained the Jets (0-1) 490 total yards to 353.
Junior receiver Michael Pettway had five catches for 118 yards and two scores, both coming in the first quarter covering 27 and 53 yards. Tagovailoa’s other first-half scoring toss went to senior Kyle Smoak for five yards – rolling up 309 passing yards by halftime and Thompson led 28-7. He found Will Hoffman for a 25-yard score early in the third period.
Running back Shadrick Byrd, who had 65 yards rushing on 14 carries, scored on a 3-yard run in the first half for Thompson, and Evan McGuire kicked five extra points, booted a 44-yard field goal with 3:26 left in the game to close out the scoring.
While Tagovailoa was red hot, James Clemens’ quarterback, senior Jamil Muhammad, caught fire in the second period – directing a 10-play, 82-yard drive delivering a 16-yard TD pass to Austin McGhee as the clock struck zero to cut the lead to 28-7. Muhammad was 11-of-13 in the first two quarters for 193 yards and finished 17-of-25 for 242 yards. Dylan Blackburn rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries and McGhee had six catches for 80 yards. Trevor Hunziker added five receptions for 78 yards. Coach Wade Waldrop’s punter Drew Blackwell averaged 39.3 yards on six punts.
Defensively, Jaylin Grigsby and Zach Hopkins had 11 tackles each for the Jets. Gage Motes had 13 stops, David Douglas and Sam Reynolds added eight each for Thompson.
Each team had one challenge per the AHSAA’s new Instant Replay program administered by DVSports. The first one, a James Clemens running play ruled a lost fumble, was overturned when officials reviewed the play. It was the first overturned call in the Instant Replay’s short history. The other challenge, by Thompson, confirmed the official’s call on the field that a Warriors receiver came down after matching a spectacular catch inside the James Clemens 15 in the final quarter.
By Lucas Nunn, Special for AHSAA
VESTAVIA HILLS – From the volleyball court to the international mission field, Hannah Vines’ extracurricular life is nothing short of exciting.
Hannah is a rising senior at Vestavia Hills High School and has played on the varsity volleyball team since her sophomore year. She is also a member of the 2018 Alabama High School Athletic Association Student Leadership Group, one of two members chosen to represent the state at a national conference in Indianapolis this month.
On the court, Hannah has had success both in school and club volleyball. Vestavia Hills reached the super regionals last season, and just last month her club team – Southern Performance Volleyball Club – placed second at the national tournament.
While her athletic achievements are impressive, it is Hannah’s desire to serve her community that sets her apart from the rest.
The 17-year-old is one of thousands of AHSAA athletes who give of themselves to their communities during their summer break, as well as spending many hours the rest of the year as they juggle sports, homework, family and volunteer time.
Hannah has been an active member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills since she was 5 years old, and the church is her favorite place to serve the community. “I really like to work with kids through my church,” she said.
Her service for others also goes well beyond the walls of the church. This past spring, Hannah spent her school break on a mission trip to Guatemala. She worked with children there and assisted in putting on a Bible School for them.
“The trip was amazing. Spanish is one of my passions, I have been taking Spanish since I was in the seventh grade, so going down there was great,” Vines said. “It was just another way to connect with the kids and hear about their lives talking about the differences in culture between the U.S. and Guatemala.”
In March, Hannah was one of 18 student-athletes from around Alabama selected for membership in the AHSAA Student Leadership Conference, and she was thrilled to learn she and Bayside Academy’s Sam Koby were chosen to represent the state at the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Student Leadership Summit in Indianapolis. The NFHS Summit wrapped up this week.
“I was really excited when I heard about it,” Vines said. “The goal is to come back and be better leaders on our teams and in our communities.”
Upon graduation, Hannah plans to continue serving her community through her church, as she continues her volleyball career at Samford University.
Last year, Hannah was also featured in the AHSAA #MoreThanAGame social media campaign. Watch her video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3fayZMkAkY
The Alabama High School Athletic Association, founded in 1921, is a private agency organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic programs. The purpose of the AHSAA is to regulate, coordinate and promote the interscholastic athletic programs among its member schools, which include public, private and parochial institutions.
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control has approved allowing modification of the kicking game rules for non-varsity football competition beginning this fall and approved regional sites for softball and bowling for the coming school year. The action was taken Wednesday at its annual summer meeting in Montgomery.
The AHSAA Legislative Council also met Wednesday.
AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones recommended modification of the kicking rules for non-varsity contests due to current health and safety concerns and limited time to devote to the kicking game for the non-varsity programs.
Beginning in the 2018 season, the Central Board of Control will allow schools to choose one of three options for a non-varsity football contest. The two competing schools may choose Option 1 (simulation of kicks); Option 2 (no kickoffs or punts allowed); and Option 3 (utilizing all aspects of the kicking game in accordance with NFHS rules).
If the two schools cannot agree, then Option 1 will be the default choice. In Option 1, teams will be allowed to conduct simulated kickoffs and punts, but with no blocking or contact, including no rushing the kicker and no kick returns. Receiving teams may fair catch a kick but after the non-contact kickoff, the ball will be placed at the receiving team’s 35-yard line to begin the offensive series. After the no-rush and non-contact punt, the ball will be placed 30 yards from the line of scrimmage but not inside the 20-yard line of the receiving team.
Should both teams agree to Option 2, no kickoffs or punts will be attempted. A series will start at the receiving team’s 35-yard line following a touchdown. In lieu of a punt, the ball will be placed 30 yards from the line of scrimmage, but not inside the receiving team’s 20-yard line.
Option 3 will be conducting kickoffs and punts without modification. Field goals and extra points will not be modified and will be live under all three options.
The Central Board of Control approved waiving membership dues for member schools for the 27th straight year – a cost savings of more than $83,000 in 2017-18 and more than
$2.2 million in savings to our member schools since 1992. The Board also approved a Revenue Sharing Plan $2 million payout for the 2017-18 school year but put the distribution to schools on hold until the AHSAA’s current litigation has concluded.
The Board selected Camelia Lanes in Mobile and Vestavia Bowl in Vestavia Hills as the sites for the South and North Regional bowling tournaments in 2019. The AHSAA State Bowling Championships will return to Oak Mountain Lanes in Pelham for the third straight year.
Florence and Oxford were also selected as new sites for regional softball competition for the next two years (2019 and 2020). Florence will host the North Regional which has been held in Huntsville since regional tourneys began for softball in 2009. The South Central Regional, held in Troy from 2009-18, will move to Oxford and will be renamed the East Central Regional. Tuscaloosa will remain the host of the North Central Regional, which is being renamed the West Central Regional, for 2019 and 2020. Gulf Shores, which has two years remaining on its current contract, will once again host the South Regional. Lagoon Park is still under contract to host the State Tourney.
In another softball item, the board, upon recommendation of the AHSAA Softball Coaches Committee, approved allowing the team emerging from the winner’s bracket to choose whether they will be the home team or visiting team in all championship games in area and state tournament play. Several recommendations from other sports committees were also approved by the Central Board. Those changes can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
The Central Board reviewed and approved 2018-19 publications, including the AHSAA Handbook and 2018-19 AHSAA Sports Book. The Legislative Council also met and approved the AHSAA publications Wednesday afternoon and heard a review of the Central Board’s action.
In other Central Board action:
– Approved the financial reports for the spring championships in soccer, softball, baseball and track.
– Approved drafts of the 2018-19 budgets for the AHSAA and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the 2017-18 audits for each group.
-- Removed fines for middle /junior high declarations.
-- Approved the purchase of six new wrestling mats for State Championship and Duals competition and also approved moving all wrestling duals tournament finals to the same day.
-- Approved new officials’ fee for state wrestling and track championships and discussed the schools’ current scratch list policy concerning officials.
-- Was updated about catastrophic insurance and approved AHSAA insurance coverages.
-- Discussed Mandatory Summer Meeting Requirement for administrators.
MONTGOMERY – Six officials with a combined 257 years of officiating experience received the Greg Brewer Distinguished Service Award at Saturday’s AHSAA Officials Awards Luncheon at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. Receiving the AHSAA’s highest officiating honor were: Eugene Reynolds (46 years); Warren Bowron (45 years); Wayne Carden (42 years); Jimmy Chaffin (40 years); Larry Short (40 years); and Jack Minshew (36 years).
More than 400 attended the luncheon that recognized all contest officials who officiated in state championship events in 2017-18 as well as those selected district and state officials of the year in each AHSAA sport. Laird Hayes, a veteran of 22 years as an NFL official, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon that officially closed the 2018 AHSAA Summer Conference and Coaching School.
The Alabama Sports Officials Foundation (ASOF) also presented nine scholarships to children of officials in honor of the dedication and sacrifice families make to support the service of the state’s contest officials. To be eligible, the student must be planning attend a post-secondary school in Alabama.
Those selected for the grants were: Gary Shirley III, Rainbow City; Jalon Jimmerson, Douglas; Jonah Trotter, Oakman; Peyton Luker, Thomasville; Danielle Covert, Arab; Anna Grace Murphy, Southside; Delandrion Woods, Hillsborough; Emma Mayer, Maylene; Allyson Phelps, Meridianville.
AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones also recognized two AHSAA officials, Joe Mangone and Mark Russell, who received national honors from the NFHS. Mangone, the AHSAA soccer rules interpreter and State Finals director of officials, received the NFHS Citation for Officials for 2018 as national official of the year, and Russell was chosen one of eight Section recipients of the NFHS Spirit of Sport Award. He was selected from Section III, which includes the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Jones also announced that AHSAA football official Anthony Jeffreys has just been selected to become an NFL football official.
AHSAA Officials of the Year were also selected from in each officiating district and one official was also chosen state official of the year in each sport.
Among those honored were:
State Officials of the Year: Phillip Winslett (Baseball); Anthony Dupree (Basketball); Eddie Carr (Football); Bill Presor (Soccer); Mike Heath (Softball); Joey Lauderdale (Track); Willie Moore (Volleyball); and Heath Williamson (Wrestling).
AHSAA District Officials of the Year included:
East Central: John Ewing
North Central: Chris Pike
Northeast: Bill Ward
Northwest: Roger Crafts
South Central: Mike Stewart
Southeast: Philip Winslett
Southwest: Greg Fairchild
West Central: Tommy Colvin
East Central: Anthony Dupree
North Central: Mike Pretnar
Northeast: Matt Driver
Northwest: Andy Pruitt
South Central: Eric Morris
Southeast: Ronnie Burnett
Southwest: Elicia Lynch
West Central: Charlie McCant
East Central: Cecil Garrison
North Central: Anthony Jeffries
Northeast: Ben Smith
Northwest: Amel Drake
South Central: Garnett Ray
Southeast: Philip Thomas
Southwest: Eddie Carr
West Central: Jeff Halcomb
East Central: no selection
North Central: Luis Mendez
Northwest: Jeff Edwards
South Central: Bill Presor
Southeast: Garrett Franklin
Southwest: Coral Grubler
West Central: no seletion
East Central: Steve Nelson
North Central: Larry Jordan
Northeast: Michael Tidmore
Northwest: Phillip Pugh
South Central: Bruce Arnold
Southeast: Mike Heath
Southwest: Tim Porter
West Central: Michael Mullally
TRACK & FIELD
East Central: no selection
North Central: Joey Kyle
Northeast: Joey Lauderdale
Northwest: Willie Ray
South Central: Tony Reaves
Southeast: no selection
Southwest: Wayne Kulakowski
West Central: no selection
East Central: Connie Higgins
North Central: Willie Moore III
Northeast: Phillip Mosley
Northwest: Anthony Gunn
South Central: Kevin Foley
Southeast: Morris Murphy
Southwest: Maureen McKannan
West Central: Kimberly Dailey
East Central: Adam Pierce
North Central: Jeff Saxon
Northeast: Matt Smart
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