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Raycom to Televise Pinson Valley vs. Clay-Chalkville in AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week

MONTGOMERY – Raycom Network, the AHSAA TV partner, will televise the Class 6A football semifinal playoff game between Pinson Valley (11-1) and Clay-Chalkville (12-1) Friday night live over its Raycom network of stations and the Bounce Channel. Check Raycom’s www.pathtotheplayoffs.com link for more channel information for your location.
     The NFHS Network’s live-stream subscriber-based network will feature seven school-produced live-streamed playoff contests with the Saraland ((12-1) vs. Wetumpka (11-2) Class 6A semifinal at Wetumpka being featured with the Saraland High School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program producing the contest. The game will also be the AHSAA corporate partner ALFA’s Playoff Game of the Week.
     There will be at least one live-streamed contest over the NFHS Network Friday in each class this week but Class 5A. Demopolis High School’s SBP will produce Maplesville (12-1) at Linden (12-0) in Class 1A: Thomas & Thomas Wiregrass Sports will produce the Class 2A Crenshaw County battle featuring Luverne (12-1) at Highland Home (12-1); WELR The Eagle’s Nest will produce the Class 3A semifinal featuring Region 6 rivals Randolph County (12-1) at Piedmont (11-2); Andalusia and UMS-Wright SBP programs will both produce the Class 4A, Region 1 rivals Andalusia (9-4) and UMS (12-0)  at Mobile; and Pinson Valley High School’s SBP will also produce the defending state champion Indians (11-1) and Jeffco rival Clay-Chalkville (12-1) at Pinson.
     Radio/internet audio broadcast coverage will include 23 productions – including three affiliates carrying the Class 2A Luverne at Highland Home game; the Class 3A Providence Christian at Flomaton and Randolph County at Piedmont semifinals; and the Class 4A semifinals featuring Andalusia at UMS-Wright and Oneonta at Deshler.
   The NFHS Network will also live-stream the AHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships at Auburn University this weekend as well as 43boys’ and girls’ middle school, junior varsity and varsity basketball games tonight through Saturday and two wrestling matches this weekend for a total of 49 events available to NFHS Network subscribers.
     To subscribe to the NFHS Network, go to the following: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail   
   The complete AHSAA football schedule of events currently set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network and live radio/internet broadcasts can be found at the link located on the football sports page below:


ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2019 TO INCLUDE STEVE SAVARESE

Steve Savarese, Executive Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, is one of eight selected to be inducted into the State of Alabama Sports Hall of  Fame.  The Board of Directors of the ASHOF announced the Class of 2019 Wednesday morning. The class will be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at its induction banquet on April 27, 2019.

The Class was selected by ballot through a statewide selection committee; votes were tabulated by the firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

 

The newly elected inductees for the Class of 2019 are as follows:

 

TOMMIE AGEE

 

BILL BURGESS

 

WILLIE DAVENPORT

 

LUIS GONZALEZ

 

BUD MOORE

 

ANTONIO LANGHAM

 

STEVE SAVARESE

 

CATHERINE REDDICK WHITEHILL

 

Starting with the first class in 1969, this will be the 51st Class inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The eight newly elected inductees will bring the total number of inductees to 361.

 

The 51st Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on April 27, 2019. For more information please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

Savarese is being inducted in the administrator category. Others with AHSAA ties include football standouts Tommie Agee, who is a Maplesville High School graduate, and Antonio Langham, who graduated from Hazlewood High School in Town Creek; former coach Bill Burgess, a Banks High School graduate; track Olympian Willie Davenport of Troy; and soccer star Catherine Reddick Whitehill, who attended Briarwood Christian School in Shelby County.

Savarese was born October 16, 1952 in Glencoe, NY.  Savarese grew up in Leeds, Alabama and graduated from Southwestern College in Kansas. After a very successful high school coaching career for more than three decades, he became just the fourth AHSAA Executive Director in the history of the AHSAA serving in that capacity since 2007.

He introduced several major changes at the AHSAA including rotating the Super 7 State Football Championships between Auburn and Tuscaloosa; expanding other championship sports such as softball, volleyball, swimming, wrestling, cross country and golf to include regional/sectional competition leading to more opportunities for participation for student-athletes. He introduced a revenue-sharing plan and sportsmanship initiatives that have made a significant impact on high school sports in the State of Alabama.

He currently serves on the NFHS Board of Directors and is chairman of the NFHS Network Board of Directors. Before joining the AHSAA, he coached a high state football championship in Kansas (Douglass) in 1978, in Alabama (Daphne) in 2001 and had successful tenues at Ensley, Benjamin Russell and McGill-Toolen as well.


Bios of of all the inductees are below:

CLASS OF 2019 BIOGRAPHIES:

 

TOMMIE AGEE | FOOTBALL  Born February 22, 1964 in Maplesville, AL.  Agee played football at Auburn University where he was a four-year starter at fullback as lead blocker for Bo Jackson. He finished his college career with 356 carries, 1,733 rushing yards, and 13 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 5th Round of the 1987 NFL Draft. He played one year for the Seahawks, one year for the Kansas City Chiefs, and five years for the Dallas Cowboys. While he was with the Cowboys, they won two consecutive Super Bowl Championships (Super Bowl XXVII and XXVIII).


BILL BURGESS | FOOTBALL - COACHING 
Born January 26, 1941 in Birmingham, AL. Burgess was a letterman at fullback for Auburn University in 1962. He began his coaching career as a football assistant at Banks High School in Birmingham before accepting the head coach position at Woodlawn High School in 1966. Following his time at Woodlawn he coached the Oxford Yellow Jackets to nine playoff appearances, four area titles, and four regional titles. In 1985, he was named head coach at Jacksonville State University. Under Burgess, JSU won the 1988 Gulf South Conference and the 1992 NCAA Division II National Championship. Burgess was honored as the Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year three times and was named the 1992 NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year. His tenure as head coach at Jacksonville State spanned 12 seasons from 1985-1996; and he finished his college career with an 84-49-4 record. He has been inducted into the Jacksonville State University Athletic Hall of Fame and the NCAA Division II Football Hall of Fame.

 

WILLIE DAVENPORT | TRACK & FIELD  Born June 8, 1943 in Troy, AL.  Davenport competed in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics. After the 1964 Summer Olympics, he enrolled at Southern University and won the AAU outdoor title outright in 1965, 1966, and 1967; he tied for first place in 1969. At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, he won a gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles.  Eight years later, he won the bronze medal in the same event at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.  At the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, Davenport and one of his bobsled teammates, Jeff Gadley, became the first two African-Americans to represent the United States at any Winter Olympics. Davenport is one of only ten Americans to compete in both the Summer and Winter Games. He was inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1982 and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1990.

 

LUIS GONZALEZ | BASEBALL  Born September 3, 1967 in Tampa, FL. Gonzalez attended the University of South Alabama where he was named to Baseball America’s All-Freshman Second Team. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 4th Round of the 1988 MLB Draft.  He played 18 seasons for seven different teams. In 2001, he was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ only World Series championship team to date. His game-winning hit in Game 7 clinched the title for the Diamondbacks. He was a five-time All-Star, and won the Home Run Derby and Silver Slugger Award in 2001. He ended his career with a .283 BA, .479 SLG, .845 OPS, and 354 home runs. His No. 20 was the first Diamondback number to be retired. In 2005, he won the Branch Rickey Award for his community service after Hurricane Katrina. He was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame in 2011.

 

BUD MOORE | FOOTBALL - COACHING  Born October 16, 1939 in Jasper, AL.  He played collegiately at the University of Alabama in both football and baseball.  After his college career, he had coaching stints at Alabama, Kentucky, Texas A&M and North Carolina.  In 1975, he became Head Coach at the University of Kansas and was named Big Eight Coach of the Year by the AP and UPI after taking the Jayhawks to a 7-5 record.  He was named District Six Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.  In 1996 he was named recipient of the Paul W. Bryant Alumni-Athlete Award.


ANTONIO LANGHAM | FOOTBALL
 Born July 31, 1972 in Town Creek, AL.  Langham played collegiately at the University of Alabama, where he was a three-year starter at left cornerback for the Crimson Tide.  He holds the school record with 19 career interceptions. As a junior, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. His senior season he was a consensus First-Team All-American and won the Jim Thorpe Award and the Jack Tatum Trophy, both of which are awarded to the nation’s top defensive back.  Drafted in 1994 in the 1st Round (9th overall) by the Cleveland Browns, he was named 1994 NFL Rookie Defensive Player of the Year. He played two seasons with the Browns and also played with the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots over a seven-year career.

 

STEVE SAVARESE | ADMINISTRATION  Born October 16, 1952 in Glencoe, NY.  Savarese grew up in Leeds, Alabama and graduated from Southwestern College in Kansas. After a very successful high school coaching career for more than three decades, he became just the fourth AHSAA Executive Director in the history of the AHSAA serving in that capacity since 2007. He introduced several major changes at the AHSAA including rotating the Super 7 State Football Championships between Auburn and Tuscaloosa; expanding other championship sports such as softball, volleyball, swimming, wrestling, cross country and golf to include regional/sectional competition leading to more opportunities for participation for student-athletes. He introduced a revenue-sharing plan and sportsmanship initiatives that have made a significant impact on high school sports in the State of Alabama. He currently serves on the NFHS Board of Directors and is chairman of the NFHS Network Board of Directors. Before joining the AHSAA, he coached a high state football championship in Kansas (Douglass) in 1978, in Alabama (Daphne) in 2001 and had successful tenures at Ensley, Benjamin Russell and McGill-Toolen as well.


CATHERINE REDDICK WHITEHILL | SOCCER 
Born February 10, 1982, in Richmond, VA. She started her soccer career at Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, AL. She played four seasons at the University of North Carolina where she won four national championships and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team four times. She was named NCAA Final Four Defensive MVP twice, NSCAA First-Team All-American twice and First-Team All-ACC three times. In 2003, her final season at UNC, she won the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy and the Honda Sports Award, both of which are awarded to the best female player in college soccer. She played for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2000-2010 where she scored 11 goals in 134 appearances. Whitehill played professional soccer in the United States from 2009-2015. She has also established a successful career in broadcasting, serving as a color commentator on television broadcasts.


Mars Hill’s Joseph Hanson Swipes 4 Interceptions in Panthers’ 1A Playoff Win

MONTGOMERY – Mars Hill Bible School senior quarterback and safety Joseph Hanson intercepted four passes on defense to pace the Panthers to a 41-27 Class 1A quarterfinal win over previously unbeaten South Lamar to capture the AHSAA Football Playoff Spotlight this week.

   Hanson picked up 126 return yards on the night – including 68 yards on one pick he returned for a touchdown. He has intercepted seven passes in three playoff games with two returned for TDs.
    Coach Darrell Higgins also got outstanding efforts from senior fullback and linebacker Colt Smith and his son, sophomore defensive back Peyton Higgins. Smith was in on 23 tackles and added 130 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 13 carries.
     Higgins returned a kickoff 83 yards for an 83-yard TD – his fifth kickoff return for a touchdown this season. That ties the state record set by four others previously: Javin Thatch, Tanner (2011); Brandon Hale, Lexington (1998); Jason Wilkins, Shelby County (1997); and Steven Reese, Florala (1997).
    The four picks by Hanson tied 18 others for second most in a game, The state record (5) is shared by four players: Justin Little, Tuscaloosa County (2014); Devyn  Murphree, J.B. Pennington (2006); Phillip Williams, Meek (2001); and Charlie McCoy, Georgiana (1981).
   Mars Hill Bible (12-1) advances to the Class 1A semifinals this week to host Pickens County (9-4) Friday night.
    The Panthers’ combined efforts edged out a clutch performance by 5-foot-5 defensive back T.J. Fairs of Piedmont. Fairs blocked two crucial extra points, the last one coming with 3:34 remaining to secure a 27-26 win by the Bulldogs over previously unbeaten Westminster Christian (11-1) in the Class 3A quarterfinals. Piedmont (11-2) will host Randolph County (12-1) in the semifinals Friday.


ALABAMA ALL-STAR WATCH
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY:
The senior quarterback and Alabama All-Star was 22-of-32 passing for 305 yards and four touchdowns as the defending Class 6A state champion Indians (11-1) beat Homewood 48-7 to advance to the semifinals to face Clay-Chalkville this week. He also had two rush attempts for 42 yards and one TD and now has 11,760 total yards for his career  -- which ranks second in the AHSAA just 28 yards behind record holder Terrance Hollingsworth of Class 1A Berry High School, who totaled 11,788 yards from 2009-2013.   Nix has thrown 121 TD passes in his career and rushed for 33 scores – a total of 154 accounted for which is 9 shy of the record (160) set by Terrance Wilkes of Class 1A Wadley (2003-2006).  Nix has completed 218-of-360 passes for 3,170 yards and 44 TDs this season.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Also an All-Star selection at quarterback, the senior engineered two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to lift the Warriors to a 31-28 win over defending state champion Hoover to clinch a berth in the Super 7 Class 7A state championship game for the first time in school history. He finished 12-of-28 passing for 228 yards and one TD – a 56-yard connection to A.J. Bonham on fourth-and-seven with 5:55 remaining to cut the Bucs’ lead to 28-24.
DEANGELO JONES, WETUMPKA: The All-Star running back had six rush attempts for 50 yards and two TDs in the Indians’ 21-17 Class 6A playoff win over Spanish Fort.
LARRY McCAMMON, HOOVER: The All-Star running back had 97 yards rushing on 22 carries and caught three passes for 88 yards in a 31-28 playoff loss to Thompson.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: The All-Star receiver had four receptions for 40 yards in the Bucs’ loss to Thompson.
D.J. JAMES, SPANISH FORT: The All-Star defensive back blocked a punt in a 21-17 playoff loss to Class 6A Wetumpka.
AMONTAE SPIVEY, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Had 18 rush attempts for 107 yards before the All-Star running back had to leave the game for an injury.

Other top playoff performances reported:

RUSHING
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE:
Rushed for 202 yards and two TDs on 17 carries and passed for 132 yards and two more scores as the Cougars won the Class 6A playoff game with Oxford 45-9.
WISE GORDON & THE PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN OFFENSIVE LINE:  Gordon rushed for 185 yards on a school-record 43 carries with one touchdown and also caught a 23-yard touchdown pass in the Eagles’ 23-20 win over Gordo in the Class 3A playoffs. His effort was part of a dominating offensive performance powered by the Eagles’ offensive line: Hayden Parker, Abe Britton, Coleman Wright, Colby Pilcher, Conner Mathis and tight ends Brayden Banner and Jackson Colley that resulted in 366 yards rushing, 26 first downs, 77 plays and  ball control of 35 minutes and 33 seconds out of the 48-minute game.
DAQUON JOHNSON, FLOMATON: Gained 191 yards rushing on 27 carries and scored a touchdown in the Hurricanes’ 12-10 Class 3A playoff win over Pike County.
KAEDON JENKINS, PIEDMONT: Ran for 185 yards and a 58-yard touchdown on 20 carries. He also posted eight tackles and two interceptions on defense in the Bulldogs’ 27-26 Class 3A playoff victory over Westminster Christian.
TYE SMITH-LINDSEY, OXFORD: Totaled 162 rushing yards on 13 carries and scored on a 72-yard run in the Yellow Jackets’ 45-9 playoff loss to Clay-Chalkville.
SHADRICK BYRD, THOMPSON: Rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in a 31-28 win over Hoover in the Class 7A semifinals. His final 3-yard TD run came with just 21 seconds remaining to give the Warriors the win.
GRAYSON ALWARD, OHATCHEE:
Rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in a 21-13 Class 2A playoff loss to Fyffe.
GARRETT HELM, MORTIMER JORDAN:
Gained 133 yards on 21 carries with one TD and returned a fumble 78 yards for another score as the Blue Devils moved to the Class 5A semifinals with a 41-21 win over Jasper.
JAYLAND WHITSETT, VIGOR: Rushed for 94 yards on 20 carries and scored two TDs in the Wolves’ 27-7 Class 5A playoff win over Demopolis.
ELIJAH McCLAIN, ANDALUSIA: Ran for 92 yards and a pair of scores on eight carries as Andalusia advanced to the Class 4A semifinals with a 28-21 playoff win over Region 1 rival Hillcrest-Evergreen.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Led the Panthers’ offense with 83 yards on 24 carries and had a fumble recovery on defense in a 13-0 Class 1A playoff loss at Pickens County.

 

PASSING
PETER PARRISH, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Connected with Kameron Mason for a game-winning 49-yard TD pass with 8.4 seconds remaining to lift the Red Devils (13-0) to a 34-27 win over Lee-Montgomery in the Class 7A semifinals.
BRETT NEZAT, SARALAND: Was 21-of-31 passing for 260 yards as the Spartans downed Opelika 24-19 in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Was 10-of-17 passing for 254 yards and three TDs and rushed for 87 yards on 24 carries in a 44-43 Class 1A playoff loss to Linden.
MICHAEL CREAR, JASPER: Was 19-of-27 passing for 235 yards and two TDs in a 41-21 Class 5A playoff loss to Mortimer Jordan.
CADE BLACKMON, OPELIKA: Passed for 210 yards and two TDs on a 12-of-21 performance as the Bulldogs fell 24-19 to Saraland in the Class 6A state playoffs.
LARKIN WILLIAMS, HOMEWOOD:
Completed 23-of-39 passes for 181 yards and one TD in the Patriots’ 48-7 playoff loss to Class 6A defending state champion Pinson Valley.
GREGARIUS BROWN, LINDEN: Passed for 152 yards and two TDS and rushed for 153 yards and two scores as the Patriots (12-0) edged St. Luke’s Episcopal 44-43 in the Class 1A playoffs.

PASS RECEIVING
KEVIN GREEN, LINDEN: Caught five passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns and returned an interception 51 yards for a third score as Linden edged St. Luke’s Episcopal 44-43 in the Class 1A quarterfinals.
DEMARION HOLLOMAN, PINSON VALLEY: Caught nine passes for 121 yards and two TDs and teammate Ty Pouncey had four catches for 72 yards and two TDs in the Class 6A Indians’ 48-7 playoff win over Homewood.
COLE BONNER, JASPER:  Hauled in nine passes for 100 yards and two TDs in the Vikings’ 41-21 loss to Mortimer Jordan in the 5A state playoffs.


DEFENSE
DASHUN ODOM, FLOMATON: Had 16 tackles and two interceptions as Flomaton nipped Pike County 12-10 in the Class 3A playoffs.
DEANTHONY WALKER, VIGOR: Blocked a punt that teammate Desmond Little scooped up and ran into the end zone for a TD as the Wolves beat Demopolis 27-7 in the Class 5A playoff quarterfinals. Vigor (12-1) limited Demopolis to minus-29 yards rushing for the game. The Wolves have allowed 26 yards total in the last two playoff wins.
RICHARD BRINSON, UMS-WRIGHT: Had two interceptions, returning one 70 yards for a touchdown, as the defending Class 4A state champion Bulldogs (12-0) nipped American Christian 21-19 in the Class 4A state playoff quarterfinals.
MALIK DAVIS, WETUMPKA: Had two interceptions in a 21-17 Class 6A playoff win over Spanish Fort.
SPENCER SMITH, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Was in on seven tackles and Will Solomon on five, including one for a loss, among just 29 Gordo plays. The Eagles defense limited the Green Wave to just seven first downs, including none in three second-half possessions, and 161 total yards in a 23-20 Class 3A win to advance to the state football semifinals for the first time in school history.

SPECIAL TEAMS
BISHOP RILEY, GREENVILLE:
Opening the Tigers’ 27-13 win over Ramsay in the 6A state playoffs with a 72-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Ramsay’s Cedarius Doss responded with a 71-yard kickoff return to cut the lead to 7-6 in a span of only 26 seconds. Riley finished with 294 all-purpose yards with three kickoff returns for 180 yards and three pass receptions for 114 yards and a 37-yard TD.
DAVID WARREN, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Kicked a go-ahead 35-yard field goal in the third quarter in a 23-20 Class 3A playoff win over Gordo. Warren also had an interception and two pass break-ups on defense.
IKE ROWELL, FYFFE:  Opened the game with an 84-yard kickoff return to the 4-yard line to set up lone TD and rushed for another score as the Red Devils (13-0) downed Ohatchee (11-1) 21-13 in the Class 2A state playoffs.

14 Teams set for Semifinals of Class 1A/6A Football Playoffs Scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30

     MONTGOMERY – Thompson (12-1) and Central-Phenix City (13-0) each posted dramatic last-minute wins Friday night in the AHSAA Class 7A football playoff semifinals to advance to the 2018 Super 7 State Championships at Auburn Dec. 5.
    The other six classes played quarterfinal rounds with four teams in each class advancing to the semifinals. All games will be played at home sites on Friday night, Nov. 30 with 7 p.m. kickoffs.
    Coach Mark Freeman’s Warriors nipped Hoover 31-28 to become the first non-Hoover school reach the large-school state finals for the first time since 1999. Hoover High School appeared in the Class 6A state championship game every year from 2000 to 2017 except twice (2007 and 2015) when Spain Park represented the North. Thompson’s last state championship game appearance came in Class 3A in 1982 when the Warriors finished 14-0 to win the state title under the direction of Coach Larry Simmons, now a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.
     Central-Phenix City, coached by Jamey DuBose, is making its first state championship appearance since 1993. The Red Devils won the 1993 Class 6A state title over West End of Birmingham at Legion Field with Coach Wayne Trawick as head coach. Like Simmons, Trawick is also a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.
    Freeman (197-49) and DuBose (124-38) are not strangers to the AHSAA state finals, however. DuBose coached Prattville to Class 7A state titles in 2008 and 2011 and runner-up finish in 2009. He was an assistant Prattville’s 2004 state runner-up team and 2006 and 2007 state championship squads.  Freeman coached Spanish Fort to back-to-back state titles in 2012 and 2013 and began his coaching at Bessemer Academy in the AISA – winning four state titles in that league and finished second twice from 1998-2007. DuBose is 53-9 in five seasons at Central with four straight trips to the semifinals. Freeman is 50-7 in four seasons at Thompson with semifinal appearances the last two years.
     Among the 24 schools advancing to this week’s other semifinal games are 12 No. 1 seeds, 10 No. 2 seeds, one No. 3 seed (Class 4A Andalusia (9-4) and one No. 4 seed (Class 4A Oneonta (10-3).
    
At least one region in all six classes have two teams squaring off the semifinals with Region 3 foes Maplesville (12-1) vs. Linden (12-0) in Class 1A; Region 3 and Crenshaw County rivals Luverne (12-1) vs. Highland Home (12-1) in Class 2A; Region 6 teams Randolph County (12-1) and Piedmont (11-2) in Class 3A; Region 1 rivals Andalusia (9-4) and defending state champion UMS-Wright (12-0) in Class 4A; Region 5 opponents Central-Clay County (10-3) vs. Mortimer Jordan (12-1) in Class 5A; and Region 6 Jefferson County rivals Clay-Chalkville (12-1) vs. defending state champion Pinson Valley (11-1) in Class 6A.
    Unbeaten teams advancing to round 4, by class, include: (Class 1A) Linden (12-0); (Class 2A) Fyffe (13-0); and (Class 4A) UMS-Wright.
   Raycom Network announced its AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week early this coming week will be the Clay-Chalkville vs. Pinson Valley game. The NFHS Network produced 17 live-streamed events over its NFHS Network School Broadcast Program in Round 3 and 42 radio/internet audio broadcasts were also produced statewide by local radio and school affiliates. At least five games will be live-streamed this week over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform.
    The third-round pairings:

AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Semifinal Pairings
(All games Nov. 30, 7 p.m. kickoff)
CLASS 1A
Maplesville (11-1) at Linden )12-0)
Pickens County (9-4) at Mars Hill Bible (12-1), Florence
CLASS 2A

Luverne (12-1) at Highland Home (12-1)
Aliceville (11-2) at Fyffe (13-0)
CLASS 3A
Providence Christian (12-1) at Flomaton (10-3)
Randolph County (12-1) at Piedmont (11-2)
CLASS 4A
Andalusia (9-4) at UMS-Wright (12-0), Mobile
Oneonta (10-3) at Deshler (8-5), Tuscumbia
CLASS 5A
Vigor (12-1) at Greenville (11-2)
Central-Clay County (10-3) at Mortimer Jordan (12-1), Kimberly
CLASS 6A
Saraland (12-1) at Wetumpka (11-2)
Clay-Chalkville (12-1) at Pinson Valley (11-1), RAYCOM Game of the Week
CLASS 7A
(Finals, Dec. 5, Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn)
Central-Phenix City (13-0) vs. Thompson (12-1)


AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Third-Round Results
CLASS 1A

Maplesville 29, Lanett 6
Linden 44, St. Luke’s Episcopal 43
Mars Hill Bible 41, South Lamar 27
Pickens County 13, Spring Garden 0

CLASS 2A

Luverne 26, Leroy 7
Highland Home 28, Ariton 14
Fyffe 21, Ohatchee 13
Aliceville 38, Addison 22

CLASS 3A

Flomaton 12, Pike County 10
Providence Christian 23, Gordo 20
Piedmont 27, Westminster Christian 26
Randolph County 19, Saks 8

CLASS 4A

Andalusia 28, Hillcrest-Evergreen 21
UMS-Wright 21, American Christian 19

Oneonta 29, Good Hope 8
Deshler 20, Hokes Bluff 14

CLASS 5A
Greenville 27, Ramsay 13
Vigor 27, Demopolis 7
Central-Clay County 35, Etowah 13
Mortimer Jordan 41, Jasper 21


CLASS 6A
Saraland 24, Opelika 19
Wetumpka 21, Spanish Fort 17
Pinson Valley 48, Homewood 7
Clay-Chalkville 45, Oxford 9

CLASS 7A

Central-Phenix City 34, Lee-Montgomery 27
Thompson 31, Hoover 28


Raycom Selects Spanish Fort at Wetumpka As AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week Friday

MONTGOMERY – Raycom Network, the AHSAA TV partner, will televise the Class 6A football quarterfinal playoff game between Spanish Fort and Wetumpka Friday night live over its Raycom network of stations and the Bounce Channel. Check Raycom’s www.pathtotheplayoffs.com link for more channel information for your location.
     The NFHS Network’s live-stream subscriber-based network will feature 17 school-produced live-streamed playoff contests with the Thompson vs. Hoover Class 7A semifinal at the Hoover Met being featured through a special pilot NFHS partnership program with Facebook that will stream the game live over Facebook Watch. More than 200,000 viewers have tuned in to the pilot program for the AHSAA’s featured game over the first two rounds.
     There will be at least one live-streamed contest over the NFHS Network Friday in each class but Class 1A. Class 6A plans the most (4). Classes 7A, 4A, 3A and 2A will have three productions each. In 7A, Thompson and Hoover are producing their own live-streams of that semifinal clash. In Class 6A, both Opelika and Saraland will produce the Bulldogs-Spartans game from Saraland.
     AHSAA corporate partner ALFA Insurance has also designated the Class 6A quarterfinal game between defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley and Homewood as the ALFA Road to the Super 7 Playoff Game of the Week. The game is being broadcast live the NFHS Network by the Homewood High School NFHS Network school broadcast program.
     Radio/internet audio broadcast coverage will include 42 productions – including three stations carrying the Class 1A Lanett at Maplesville game, the Class 3A Saks at Randolph County game and the Class 7A Hoover-Thompson semifinal game. Two delayed video telecasts are also planned at the Class 5A Mortimer Jordan vs. Jasper and Class 6A Opelika at Saraland game for a grand total of 63 broadcasts combined this Friday.
    Subscribers to the NFHS Network will have access to all 18 live-streamed games. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, go to the following: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail   
   The complete AHSAA schedule of events currently set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network, live radio/internet broadcasts and delayed video events can be found at the link below:


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Nix Powers Pinson Valley Past Muscle Shoals to Claim AHSAA Prep Spotlight

UMS-Wright Delivers No. 300 for Coach Terry Curtis

   MONTGOMERY – Pinson Valley quarterback Bo Nix has a penchant for saving his best for the state playoffs. Last year he directed the Indians to a 15-0 record and the Class 6A state championship with a memorable 400-yard passing performance in Pinson’s 51-50 overtime win over unbeaten Austin the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Three weeks later he earned MVP honors at the Super 7 Class 6A state finals.
   And last week, Nix completed-20-of-37 passes for 376 yards and four touchdowns and rushed twice for 28 yards and two touchdowns as the Indians (10-1) rallied in the second half to beat Muscle Shoals 45-21 in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
    Nix’s effort earned he and the Indians this week’s AHSAA Prep Football Spotlight for the second round of the state playoffs. The son of head coach Patrick Nix connected with Ga’Quincey McKinstry nine times for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and with Demarion Holloman for eight completions – good for 156 yards and two more scores.
    Named one of two quarterbacks on the Alabama All-Star Team, which is set to face Mississippi Dec. 17 at Cramton Bowl in the 32nd annual all-star classic, Nix has steadily climbed the AHSAA Record Book all-time list for passing yardage, passing touchdowns, total yardage and total touchdowns accounted for. His dad also quarterbacked in the Alabama-Mississippi Game 28 years ago in 1990.
    Heading into the Friday’s quarterfinal game at Homewood (10-2), the 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior has completed
196-of-328 passes for 2,865 yards and 40 touchdowns with just five interceptions this season in 11 games. He has rushed for 262 yards and five touchdowns with no sacks. His career totals, which include two years at Scottsboro, are 616-of-1,104 passing for 9,456 yards, 117 TDs.
     His career rushing total is 1,957 yards on 236 carries with 32 TDs. His total yardage currently is 11,413 total yards, which ranks second all-time behind Jamarcus Russell, who amassed 10,774 passing yards to set the passing mark as quarterback at Williamson from 1999-2002. Terrance Hollingsworth of Class 1A Berry (2009-2013) set the career total offense record with 11,788 yards.  Nix ranks fourth in the AHSAA in career passing behind Russell, American Christian’s Chris Smelley (2001-2005) and Colbert Heights’ Jeremy Yates (2004-2007). Smelley is the head coach at American Christian (12-0), which travels to Mobile to face defending state champion UMS-Wright (11-0) in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state playoffs Friday.
    UMS-Wright head coach Terry Curtis and his Bulldogs grabbed a share of this week’s AHSAA Spotlight with last week’s 48-7 win over Trinity Presbyterian. Tyler Irvin recorded 11 tackles and made an interception to spark what became career coaching victory No. 300 for Curtis. He became just the fourth coach in AHSAA football history to win 300 games – all while coaching in the AHSAA. Vestavia Hills head coach Buddy Anderson is the leader at 335-150, all at Vestavia (1978-2018). Jamie Riggs of Houston Academy is next at 312-85. He spent most of his coaching career at T.R. Miller where he went 293-62 in 27 seasons. And legendary Coach Glenn Daniel of Luverne, who retired following the 1992 season, finished at 302-169-16. He was the first coach to win 300 games in the AHSAA with 254 of his wins coming at Luverne.
    Current Briarwood Christian head coach Fred Yancey owns a 319-115-1 record with a 276-95 slate in Alabama with Briarwood. And Waldon Tucker, who retired at Fayette County after the 2010 season, finished his career at 309-126-3 with 284 wins coming at Fayette and Gordo. His son Lance Tucker is the current head coach at Fayette compiling a 76-31 slate at his alma mater.
   Other top performances reported in last week’s playoffs:

ALABAMA ALL-STAR WATCH
A’MONTAE SPIVEY, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Rushed 24 times for 121 yards to help Central (12-0) beat McGill-Toolen Catholic 14-0 in the Class 7A quarterfinals – ending s three-game playoff winning streak the Yellow Jackets had held over the Red Devils. The Central defense, anchored by defensive back Ray Thornton and defensive lineman Bernard Miles, two more Central players who have been selected for the All-Star Game, limited McGill-Toolen to just three first downs and 63 total yards in the shutout win. McGill had just four total yards in the first half.
D.J. JAMES, SPANISH FORT: Intercepted two passes in the first half and scored on a 6-yard run in the second half to lead the Toros to a 30-0 Class 6A playoff win over McAdory.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Caught five passes for 204 yards, including TD catches of 38, 60 and 88 yards, in a 42-17 victory over Mountain Brook.
TRIKWEZE BRIDGES, LANETT: Caught an 11-yard TD pass late in the game from quarterback Kristian Story to give the Panthers a (11-1) at 14-6 win over Marengo in the Class 1A playoffs.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Managed 91 yards rushing on 18 carries before leaving the Chiefs’ Class 4A playoff 33-13 loss to Hokes Bluff for good in midway through the first half due to an injury. North Jackson trailed 7-0 at the time. He finished the season with 2,850 yards rushing on 149 carries, scored 53 rushing touchdowns and 59 touchdowns overall. The TDs are both AHSAA state records.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Left the game early in the first half with an ankle injury in the Red Devils’ 35-0 win over Colbert County in the Class 2A state playoffs. He has 1,810 yards on 177 carries this season and an 11.2-yards per carry average. Anderson also has 38 rushing TDs and 40 overall this season. His career totals are 5,391 rushing yards and 100 rushing TDs with 109 scores overall.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Led the Warriors (10-1) to a 37-13 Class 7A playoff win over Hewitt-Trussville completing 11-of-17 passes for 141 yards and two TDs. He heads into Friday’s semifinal game versus Hoover at the Hoover Met with 3,392 yards passing and 33 TDs this season completing 245-of-391 pass attempts. He’s thrown only five interceptions. He has passed for 7,212 yards (532-of-826) and 69 TDs in his two-year career with the Warriors.
JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The Huskies wide receiver closed out the season with five catches for 75 yards in the 37-13 loss to Thompson. He finished the season with 87 catches, 1,685 yards and 15 touchdowns. The receiving yardage ranks second all-time in the AHSAA Record Book. Brandon Greer of Westbrook Christian set the record in 1998 on the receiving end of quarterback and future NFL QB Brodie Croyle’s throws for 71 catches and 1,735 receiving yards.
    Fans wanting to catch the all-stars in action this week have an opportunity to see 17 who will be participating with their high school teams in the third round of the AHSAA state football playoffs Friday. Those players include: In the Class 7A semifinals: quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa and offensive lineman Amari Kight of Thompson; running back Larry McCammon, wide receiver George Pickens and punter/place-kicker Will Reichard of Hoover; defensive back Ray Thornton, running back Armontae Faison and defensive lineman Bernard Miles of Central-Phenix City; in the Class 6A quarterfinals are quarterback Bo Nix of Pinson Valley; defensive back D.J. James and offensive lineman Chris Turberville of Spanish Fort; defensive back Cordele Flott of Saraland; defensive back Deangelo Jones and defensive lineman Patrick Lucas of Wetumpka; and defensive end/linebacker Kendall McCallum of Oxford; in the Class 2A quarterfinals, running back Payton Anderson of Fyffe; and in the Class 1A quarterfinals, wide receiver Trikeze Bridges of Lanett.

MILESTONES
ROBBY ASHFORD, HOOVER: Accounted for five TDs -- three passing and two running -- in a 42-17 Class 7A quarterfinal victory over Mountain Brook for Coach Josh Niblett’s Bucs. Ashford completed 7-of-10 passes for 290 yards with TD passes of 38, 60, 88 yards to go with rushing TDs of 7 and 4 yards as the Bucs moved into the Class 7A state playoff semifinals for the fifth straight year in Class 7A, for the 11th straight time overall and the 18th time in the last 19 years in the AHSAA’s largest classification. Hoover’s record during that span has been 15-1 in semifinal games.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Picked up 104 yards rushing on 32 carries to go over the 5,000-yard career rushing mark as the Trojans fell 27-6 in the Class 3A state playoffs to Providence Christian.
MATT DIXON, GOOD HOPE: The senior running back rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns, caught five passes for 105 yards and another TD to lead the Raiders (11-1) to a 27-12 win over previously Jacksonville (11-1) in the Class 4A state playoffs. Coach Alan Scott's team is in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs for the first time since 1997.

RAYSHAWN REYNOLDS, PIKE COUNTY: Picked up off two passes in the final 2:37 of the fourth period, including one on the final play of the game at the 3-yard line, to preserve a 21-14 Bulldog win over Thomasville in the Class 3A playoffs. Reynolds' two interceptions were among five turnovers earned by the Bulldogs in the game, four coming in the fourth quarter. He rushed for 152 yards on 28 carries and Jaiden Wilson scored two TDs on runs of 1 and 3 yards.
    Quay Walker had an interception and Darrick Myhand, who had 10 tackles, recovered a fumble earlier in the fourth quarter and had an interception in the third quarter. The Bulldogs won two playoff games last week – beating Oakman on Monday in a game postponed from the previous Friday.

CHRISTIAN ANGULO, FALKVILLE: The sophomore receiver caught touchdown passes of 9 and 28 yards in a 34-15 Class 1A playoff loss to Pickens County. He finished the season with 58 catches for 1,018 yards and 17 touchdowns. Senior teammate Noah Holmes ended the year with 60 receptions for 1,125 yards and 18 TDs and senior quarterback Aaron Dove closed out the year completing 182-of-259 passes for the Blue Devils (11-1) for 3,021 yards, 46 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

RUSHING
JALEN WHITE, DALEVILLE: Had 40 carries for 300 yards and three touchdowns in the Warhawks’ 27-26 Class 2A playoff loss to Leroy. The Bears rallied late with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to past the come-from-behind win.
DAQUAN JOHNSON, FLOMATON: Had 298 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 28 carries as the Hurricanes downed previously unbeaten Winfield 32-7 in the Class 3A playoffs.
TEDARRIAN MURRAY, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Rushed for 180 yards on 16 carries, including a game-winning 9-yard TD run with 4:34 remaining, to give the Generals a 12-6 win over Auburn in the Class 7A state playoffs. It was Lee’s first win over Auburn since 1956. Murray also scored on a 48-yard run.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Ran for 180 yards on 26 carries and scored four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 33-13 win over previously undefeated North Jackson (11-1). Meads ran for TD runs of 5, 10 and 23 yards and returned an interception 51 yards for another score. 

CARTER HAYES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Gained 176 yards rushing and scored four TDs in a 48-44 Class 3A playoff win over Midfield. His fourth TD came in the final two minutes of play to give the Wildcats (11-0) the win.

TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Rushed for 144 yards and one TD on 21 carries and completed 7-of-12 passes for 85 yards and another TD – a 10-yard strike to E.J. Rogers in overtime -- as the Indians beat Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the Class 6A playoffs 20-17.
BRYSON PEAVY, ARITON: Rushed for 160 yards on 36 carries with three touchdowns, completed one pass attempt for 18 yards and had six tackles on defense in the Purple Cats' 36-27 win over Cottage Hill Christian in the Class 2A playoffs.

SHADRICK BYRD, THOMPSON: Ran for 160 yards on 24 carries, including a 23-yard touchdown run, in a 37-13 Class 7A victory over Hewitt-Trussville.
ELLIAN HARRIS, LUVERNE: Rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-20 win over Abbeville in the Class 2A playoffs. Teammate Tay Brantley added 111 yards rushing and two scores on 10 carries and completed 7-of-11 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
K.J. HALL, HIGHLAND HOME: Carried 15 times for 149 yards and three touchdowns in 42-3 second-round Class 2A playoff win over Lafayette. He also recorded four tackles and intercepted a pass on defense.
WISE GORDON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN:
Rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Eagles to a 27-6 win over Saint James in the Class 3A playoffs.
RISHARD DENSMORE, BESSEMER CITY: Rushed 19 times for 126 yards and a score and threw two TD passes in a 42-26 Class 6A playoff loss to Opelika.
ELIJAH JOHNSON, PIEDMONT: Gained 123 yards and scored two touchdowns (23 and 57 yards) on just eight carries in the Bulldogs’ 41-16 Class 3A victory at J.B. Pennington.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 111 yards on 28 carries, including a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Panthers’ 16-8 Class 1A victory over Waterloo.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Had 25 carries for 105 yards in a 6-0 Class 6A playoff loss to Saraland.
JOSEPH HANSON, MARS HILL BIBLE:  The Panthers’ quarterback rushed for two touchdowns and had an interception as the Panthers beat Donoho 38-7 in the Class 1A playoffs. Hanson had the game’s key play, breaking a 50-yard TD run on a third-and-41 play late in the first half.
DANIEL FRANKLIN, MORTIMER JORDAN: Scored on runs of 4 and 41 yards and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in a 41-9 Class 5A playoff victory over East Limestone.

PASSING
ANTHONY BROWN, MIDFIELD: Completed 10-of-18 passes for 308 yards and six TDs in a 48-44 Class 3A playoff loss to Westminster Christian. 
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Was 7-of-17 passing for 256 yards with one touchdown of 78 yards to twin brother Jaquon Kincey and added 126 yards rushing on 21 carries with an 85-yard TD run in a 41-20 Class 2A playoff loss to Luverne.
ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Completed 16-of-33 passes for 152 yards and a TD in a 21-14 Class 5A playoff loss to Demopolis.
MASON MOHON, PIEDMONT: Completed 6-of-10 pass attempts for 110 yards and two touchdowns (42 and 27 yards), both in the first quarter of the Bulldogs’ 41-16 Class 3A playoff win at J.B. Pennington.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 13-of-25 pass attempts for 99 yards and ran for 97 yards and a 6-yard touchdown on 19 carries in the Panthers’ Class 2A 20-9 playoff loss at Aliceville.
DANIEL PHILLIPS, HIGHLAND HOME: Was 9-of-20 passing for 82 yards and a TD and had 11 rush attempts for 84 yards and another score as the Flying Squadron downed LaFayette 42-3 in the Class 2A state playoffs.
Larkin Williams, Homewood: Completed a 50-yard touchdown pass and scored on a 1-yard run to account for both touchdowns in the Patriots’ Class 6A 14-0 playoff victory over Gardendale.

PASS RECEIVING

ANTHONY WALKER, MIDFIELD: Caught three passes for 204 yards and three TDs in a 48-44 loss to Westminster Christian. 
HAYDEN STUTTS, DESHLER: Caught four passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns and also had an interception to help Deshler beat Fayette County 42-21 in the Class 4A playoffs.
BRANDON HOWARD, ONEONTA: Caught nine passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-20 Class 4A victory over DAR.
BRAYDEN LEWIS, DAR: Caught nine passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a 2-point conversion pass in a 56-20 loss to Oneonta.
JACOREY JACOBS, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Snared eight passes for 158 yards in the Wildcats’ Class 1A win over Wadley. His TD receptions covered 40 and 37 yards.
CLAY PITSINOS, MADISON ACADEMY: Caught four passes for 156 yards and a touchdown in a 44-19 Class 5A playoff loss to Central-Clay County.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Hauled in six receptions for 111 yards and three touchdowns covering 14, 54 and 28 yards as the Bears nipped Daleville 27-26 in a Class 2A playoff second-round game. He also had one rushing TD.
CEDARIUS DOSS, RAMSAY: Caught three passes for 99 yards and one TD and added an interception on defense in a 25-22 Class 5A playoff win over Jackson.

DEFENSE
KRISTIAN STORY, LANETT: Made three interceptions on defense, two late in the game, and fired two TD passes to lift the Panthers to a 14-6 Class 1A playoff win over Marengo.
B.J. DOUGLAS, THOMPSON:
Intercepted three passes in a 37-13 Class 7A quarterfinal victory over Hewitt-Trussville.
REGINALD PEARSON, LEE-MONTGOMERY: The Generals’ defensive tackle had three sacks, including one on Auburn’s final drive, to help seal a 12-6 Class 7A playoff victory over the Tigers. Teammate Len’Darius Orum clinched the win with an interception a few plays later.
COLTON ADAMS, WETUMPKA:
Had 12 tackles and a sack in the Indians’ 20-17 overtime victory in the 6A playoffs over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
DESMOND LITTLE, VIGOR: Had three sacks as the Wolves downed Briarwood Christian 26-0 in the 5A playoffs – limited the Lions to just one first down and 14 total yards.
JACKSON BLAIR, ARITON: Had 12 tackles, including one for a loss, as the Purple Cats beat Cottage Hill Christian 36-27 in the Class 2A playoffs.
WILL SOLOMON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Totaled 12 tackles in the Eagles’ 27-6 Class 3A win over Saint James. Teammates Michael Sullivan and Hayes Lewis added 10 and 8 tackles, respectively, with each causing a fumble and Lewis intercepting a pass.
ALEX WHISENHUNT, SAINT JAMES: Totaled 10 tackles in a 27-6 Class 3A playoff loss to Providence Christian.
COLE DUIETT, SARALAND: Totaled seven tackles, three for a loss, one sack and a fumble recovery as the Spartans blanked Hueytown 6-0 in the 6A playoffs.
BLAKE SPARKS, COLLINSVILLE: Recovered two fumbles in the Panthers’ 20-9 Class 2A loss at Aliceville.
MYLES SPURLING, HOOVER: Returned an interception for a TD in a 42-17 Class 7A quarterfinal victory over Mountain Brook.
KOBE COLLIER, CENTER POINT: Returned a fumble 60 yards for a TD in a 24-14 Class 5A loss to Etowah.

SPECIAL TEAMS
NY DAVIS, ETOWAH: Blocked two punts, both leading to Blue Devils touchdowns, as Etowah (12-0) remained unbeaten with a 24-14 Class 5A playoff win over Center Point.
COLBY SLATON, SPRING GARDEN: Connected on a 24-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining in the first half and had an interception that led to a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Panthers’ 16-8 Class 1A playoff victory over Waterloo.
JAYLEN STINSON, OPELIKA: Returned a kickoff 78 yards for a TD late in the first half to give Opelika the lead 21-20 over Bessemer City at halftime. The Bulldogs dominated the second half to win the Class 6A playoff encounter at Bessemer 45-25.
SEAN SMITH, PIEDMONT: Blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone in the Bulldogs’ 41-16 Class 3A playoff victory at J.B. Pennington.
CARSON WEAR, MUSCLE SHOALS: Returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, intercepted a pass in the end zone to snuff out a scoring threat and had two pass breakups in a season-ending 45-21 loss to Pinson Valley.

 


52 Teams Advance to Third Round of AHSAA State Football Playoffs Friday, November 23

     MONTGOMERY – Twenty-six home teams and 26 visiting teams  posted wins in the second  round of the AHSAA State Football Playoffs Friday night to advance to the third round Friday, Nov. 23.
    Among the winners were 28 No. 1 seeds, 17 No. 2 seeds, five No. 3 seeds and two No. 4 seeds (Class 4A Oneonta and Class 7A Lee-Montgomery).  Overall, the 52 teams advancing are averaging 10.2 wins each and have won collectively 86% of their games.
  Three regions had three qualifiers win second-round games: Class 3A Region 6; Class 4A, Region 1; and Class 6A, Region 6. In Class 7A, which heads into the semifinal round Friday night, Regions 2 and 3 have two qualifiers in the pairings: Region 2 foes Lee-Montgomery and Central-Phenix City in the South semifinal, and Region 3 teams Thompson and Hoover in the North semi-finals.
    Five of seven state champions from 2017 survived round one: Class 7A Hoover (9-3); Class 6A Pinson Valley (10-1), Class 4A UMS-Wright (11-0); Class 3A Hillcrest-Evergreen (8-4), now competing in 4A;  and Class 2A Lanett (11-1), now competing in Class 1A.
      Unbeaten teams advancing to round 2, by class, include: (Class 1A)  Linden (11-0); South Lamar (12-0); (Class 2A) Ohatchee (11-0); Fyffe (12-0); (Class 3A) Westminster Christian (11-0); (Class 4A) UMS-Wright (11-0); American Christian (12-0); Class 5A: Etowah (12-0);  and (Class 7A) Central-Phenix City (12-0). Ohatchee is at Fyffe in the Class 2A quarterfinals Friday, and American Christian is at UMS-Wright in battles of unbeaten.
     UMS-Wright’s 48-0 win over Trinity Presbyterian in the Class 4A playoffs was the 300th head-coaching win for Coach Terry Curtis (300-85)(. His career coaching record is 300-85 since he took his first head-coaching position in 1989. He became just the fourth head coach in AHSAA history to win 300 games in the AHSAA. The others include: active coaches Vestavia Hills Coach Buddy Anderson (335-150); Houston Academy Coach Jamie Riggs (312-85); and retired Luverne Coach Glenn Daniel (302-169-16). Fayette County retired coach Waldon Tucker (309-126-3) won 284 games in the AHSAA and 25 at non-member schools.
      Central-Clay County Coach Danny Horn registered his 296th head-coaching victory in the AHSAA with the Volunteers’ 44-19 victory over Madison Academy in the Class 5A second round. He is now 296-86. He and Curtis have each coached teams to six state championships. Hoover head coach Josh Niblett (203-51) picked up his 200th head-coaching victory with the Bucs’ 31-7 win over Mountain Brook in late October to clinch the Class 7A, Region 3 title. Currently in his 11th season at Hoover, he has a 138-19 record at Hoover with a 73-6 region record and 43-4 slate in the state playoffs. The Bucs won state titles in 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2009 under Niblett’s direction. He also guided Oneonta to the 2004 Class 3A state championship for seven total AHSAA state crowns.
   Raycom Network will announce its AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week early this coming week. The NFHS Network also plans to live-stream several games produced by member schools belonging to the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program and will also live-stream the Class 7A rematch between Hoover (9-3) and Thompson (10-1) at the Hoover Met over the NFHS Network and over Facebook Watch, thanks to a pilot program between Facebook and the Network that will showcase several high school football teams in the playoffs in selected state associations.
    The NFHS Network produced 28 live-streamed events over its NFHS Network School Broadcast Program in Round 2 and 67 radio/internet audio broadcasts were also produced statewide by local radio and school affiliates.
    The third-round pairings:

AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Third-Round Pairings
CLASS 1A

Lanett (10-1) at Maplesville (10-1)
St. Luke’s Episcopal (11-1) at Linden (11-0)
Mars Hill Bible (11-1) at South Lamar (12-0), Millport
Spring Garden (11-1) at Pickens County (8-4), Reform

CLASS 2A

Luverne (11-1) at Leroy (9-3)
Ariton (9-3) at Highland Home (11-1)
Ohatchee (11-0) at Fyffe (12-0)
Aliceville (10-2) at Addison (10-2)

CLASS 3A

Flomaton (9-3) at Pike County (10-2), Brundidge
Gordo (10-2) at Providence Christian (11-1), Dothan
Westminster Christian (11-0) at Piedmont (10-2)
Saks (10-1) at Randolph County (11-1), Wedowee

CLASS 4A

Andalusia (8-4) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (9-4)
American Christian (12-0) at UMS-Wright (11-0), Mobile
Good Hope (11-1) at Oneonta (9-3)
Deshler (7-5) at Hokes Bluff (11-1)

CLASS 5A

Greenville (10-2) at Ramsay (11-1), Birmingham, Lawson Field
Vigor (11-1) at Demopolis (10-2)
Central-Clay County (9-3) at Etowah (12-0), Attalla
Mortimer Jordan (11-1) at Jasper (11-1)

CLASS 6A

Opelika (7-4) at Saraland (11-1)
Spanish Fort (11-1) at Wetumpka (10-2)

Pinson Valley (10-1) at Homewood (10-2)
Oxford (10-2) at Clay-Chalkville (11-1)

CLASS 7A

Lee-Montgomery (8-4) at Central-Phenix City (12-0)
Thompson (10-1) at Hoover (9-3), Hoover Met

AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Second-Round Results
CLASS 1A

Lanett 14, Marengo 6
Maplesville 21, Georgiana 14
Linden 28, Elba 0
St. Luke’s Episcopal 46, Wadley 16

Mars Hill Bible 38, Donoho 7
South Lamar 48, Winterboro 14
Pickens County 34, Falkville 15
Spring Garden 16, Waterloo 8

CLASS 2A

Leroy 27, Daleville 26
Luverne 41, Abbeville 20
Highland Home 42, LaFayette 3
Ariton 37, Cottage Hill Christian 27

Fyffe 35, Colbert County 0
Ohatchee 42, Red Bay 6
Addison 26, Ranburne 15
Aliceville 20, Collinsville 9

CLASS 3A

Flomaton 32, Winfield 7
Pike County 21, Thomasville 14
Providence Christian 27, Saint James 6
Gordo 20, Mobile Christian 17

Westminster Christian 48, Midfield 44
Piedmont 41, J.B. Pennington 16
Randolph County 28, Geraldine 18
Saks 38, Fultondale 14

CLASS 4A

Hillcrest-Evergreen 42, Alabama Christian 0
Andalusia 51, Headland 22
American Christian 10, Montgomery Catholic 3
UMS-Wright 48, Trinity Presbyterian 0

Oneonta 56, DAR 20
Good Hope 27, Jacksonville 12
Hokes Bluff 33, North Jackson 13
Deshler 42, Fayette County 21

CLASS 5A

Ramsay 25, Jackson 22
Greenville 43, Bibb County 16
Demopolis 21, Pleasant Grove 0
Vigor 26, Briarwood Christian 0

Central-Clay County 44, Madison Academy 19
Etowah 24, Center Point 14
Jasper 41, Southside-Gadsden 14 (10-1)
Mortimer Jordan 41, East Limestone 9

CLASS 6A

Saraland 6, Hueytown 0
Opelika 42, Bessemer City 26
Wetumpka 20, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 17 (OT)
Spanish Fort 30, McAdory 0

Homewood 14, Gardendale 0
Pinson Valley 45, Muscle Shoals 21
Clay-Chalkville 35, Hartselle 7
Oxford 49, Decatur 0

CLASS 7A

Lee-Montgomery 12, Auburn 6
Central-Phenix City 14, McGill-Toolen Catholic 0

Hoover 42, Mountain Brook 17
Thompson 37, Hewitt-Trussville 13



Instant Replay has Four Challenges in First Round of State Playoffs with No Calls Overturned

MONTGOMERY – Challenges each in the Florence-Thompson, Trinity Presbyterian at Handley and Boaz-East Limestone games last week resulted in no overturned calls as the AHSAA’s DVSport Instant Replay was used in the state playoffs for the first time in AHSAA history.
    Both challenges in the Florence-Thompson game were concerning fourth-down spots for first downs with the calls on the field being upheld. Total time for each review was 1:05 and 1:12, respectively. Boaz attempted to challenge an ineligible player downfield, but that is not an eligible challenge. East Limestone challenged a catch that stood as called on the field. The official reported that the instant replay didn’t provide an adequate review of the play. And Trinity challenge a pass that was called complete. Upon review, the call on the field was upheld.
     There were no challenges in four other games using Instant Replay.
    On the season there has been Instant Replay in 88 games with 88 different schools taking part in 181 opportunities. A total of 71 challenges have been made with 18 calls overturned – a percentage of 25.4%.
      Eight games will be utilizing Instant Replay this week with seven schools taking part for the first time this season: Mortimer Jordan, Jacksonville and Pike County - bringing the total to 91 on the year.
     This week’s playoff games, with classification of each school, utilizing Instant Replay include:

 

FRIDAY, NOV. 16

  • 6A: Decatur at Oxford
  • 5A: East Limestone vs. Mortimer Jordan, Clay-Chalkville HS Stadium
  • 7A: Hewitt-Trussville at Thompson, Alabaster
  • 4A: Jacksonville at Good Hope
  • 7A: Lee-Montgomery at Auburn
  • 7A: McGill-Toolen Catholic at Central, Phenix City
  • 3A: Pike County at Thomasville

Raycom Picks Hewitt-Trussville vs. Thompson As AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week Tonight

     MONTGOMERY – Raycom Network, the AHSAA TV partner, will televise the Class 7A second-round playoff game between Thompson and Hewitt-Trussville tonight live over its Raycom network of stations and the Bounce Channel. Check Raycom’s www.pathtotheplayoffs.com link for more inform locally.
     The game is also being featured over the NFHS Network’s live-stream subscriber-based network and over a special pilot program with Facebook that will stream the game live over Facebook Watch.
     AHSAA corporate partner ALFA Insurance has also designated the Class 4A battle between Deshler and Fayette County at Fayette tonight as the ALFA Road to the Super 7 Playoff Game of the Week. The game is being broadcast live over radio stations WLDX in Fayette and WMSR in Tuscumbia.
     Thompson ((-1) and Hewitt-Trussville (8-3) met three weeks ago in a game televised live over ESPN with the Warriors roaring from a 28-0 first-quarter deficit to a 63-49 win.
     A full slate of 24 AHSAA first-round state playoff football games are scheduled to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program tonight.
     Broadcast coverage of the AHSAA state playoff first-round included a record 130 events combined including NFHS Network productions, 80 live radio productions, nine tape-delayed TV/Cable video productions and Raycom Sports’ AHSAA Game of the Week. This week, 101 broadcasts are planned with the NFHS Network live video streaming  24 games with five productions in Class 7A, nine in Class 6A, two in Class 5A, three in Class 4A, two in Class 3A, two in Class 2A and one in Class 1A.
    Four games are being taped-delayed to be shown on local cable channels or internet sites, and 68 games will be broadcast live over radio (or internet audio sites).
    To subscribe to the NFHS Network, go to the following: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail   
   
The complete AHSAA schedule of events currently set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network, live radio/internet broadcasts and delayed video events can be found at the link below:

 

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Former All-Stars Roman Harper, Wallace Gilberry Returning to Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game

MONTGOMERY – Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, announced Thursday that former National Football League players Roman Harper and Wallace Gilberry will take part in the 2018 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game festivities in December.
   The 32nd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic will be played on Monday night, Dec. 17, at Cramton Bowl with a 6:30 p.m., kickoff. Raycom Sports will televise the game live over its affiliate stations in Alabama and Mississippi as well as selected stations in Tennessee and Georgia.
     “We are extremely proud to have Roman Harper and Wallace Gilberry taking part in this year’s Alabama-Mississippi Classic,” Lee said. “Both are alumni of the All-Star Classic and both had outstanding college and NFL careers, which make their participation even more special.”
    Harper, a former Prattville High School and University of Alabama standout, will be the guest speaker at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star players dinner set for Saturday, Dec. 15. He played eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints and his final two seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He played in the 2009 and 2015 Super Bowls.
    Gilberry, a Baldwin County High School standout who played in the 2003 Alabama-Mississippi Game, will serve as the Alabama All-Star Team honorary captain. He will speak at the banquet set for Sunday, December 16th. Named to the All-SEC Coaches Team in 2007, he spent nine years in the NFL.
    Both will take part in the Alabama-Mississippi Game festivities.
   
WALLACE GILBERRY, Alabama All-Star 2018 Honorary Captain & Banquet Speaker
      Not recruited heavily out of high school and undrafted out of college, Gilberry spent nine seasons in the NFL, playing in 124 games, registering 34 sacks and scoring a touchdown on a 25-yard fumble return against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012.
      Despite a senior season with 76 tackles and seven sacks, the defensive lineman wasn't recruited by any SEC football program coming out of Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette, but his performance during the Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Classic on June 7, 2003, earned him a second look.
       The Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game as Gilberry tells it, “Changed my life.” Alabama had one scholarship remaining and signed him. He then embarked on an outstanding college career at a defensive end for the Crimson Tide from (2004-2007).
     He became a starter in his sophomore year and played in 50 games during his college tenure with the Crimson Tide. He had 188 tackles with 60.5 stops resulting in minus-223 yards, had 38 quarterback hurries, forced five fumbles and recovered three. He was named to the All-SEC Coaches’ Football Team in 2007
     He was an undrafted free agent in 2008, signing with the New York Giants, was released prior to the season and was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs. He also had stints with the Tampa Bay Bucs, Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL.
    His best year was 2009 when he had 20 tackles, two assists and 4.5 sacks for the Chiefs. While playing for the Bengals in 2012, he scooped up a fumble and ran it into the end one for the first and only touchdown of his career.


ROMAN HARPER, Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Guest Speaker
   
Roman Harper was born and raised in Prattville where he led the Lions to a 9-2 season as a senior in 2000 as the team’s quarterback. He played in the 2001 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
    The All-State standout went on to sign with the University of Alabama where he was a four-year letterman and three-year starter in the defensive backfield. He finished his college career with 302 tackles, five interceptions and four fumble recoveries. He had 114 tackles as a sophomore, second on the team, and was named All-SEC (second team) as a junior and All-SEC (first team) as a senior.
    He entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick of the Saints in 2006. He played eight seasons with New Orleans, including the Saints' Super-Bowl winning campaign of 2009. Harper was a Pro Bowl safety that year and repeated that honor the next season. Harper spent 2014 and 2015 with the Carolina Panthers, helping the team win the NFC title and reach the Super Bowl for the 2015 season.
   The two-time Pro Bowl defensive back selection played 11 NFL seasons and started 140 of the 156 games in which he participated. His career totals included 11 interceptions with two returned for touchdowns, 819 tackles and 18 sacks – from his safety position. He helped the Saints win Super Bowl XLIV (SB 44) and also helped the Panthers reach Super Bowl L (SB 50).
   He received the NFL’s prestigious Ed Block Courage Award in 2007.