MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream 80 events tonight through October 4 – putting the AHSAA over 350 events on the year.
The headliner will be Friday night’s Enterprise at Northview battle Dothan’s Rip Hewes Stadium, which will be the AHSAA/NFHS Network Game of the Week. Week 5 is a non-region week for most schools across the state, and this long-running rivalry pits the Class 6A Cougars and Class 7A Wildcats, both looking to use the contest as a chance to gain momentum heading into the second half of the 2018 season.
The contest is one of 31 football games slated for the NFHS Network, tonight and Friday. Enterprise High School’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will be producing the contest for the NFHS Network.
Coach David Faulkner, in his seventh season as head coach, has a career 67-51 record with a 38-33 slate with EHS. The Wildcats finished 10-2 in 2017 but struggled to 2-8 last year. Enterprise opened the year with two straight wins but lost to Prattville 46-28 last week to fall to 0-3 in Class 7A, Region 2 last week. The program is a proud one with a 644-315-34 record overall and two state titles.
Northview and Enterprise have played annually since the Dothan school opened its doors in 1978. Coach Josh Parrish, in his second year as head coach, directed the Cougars to a 23-22 win over their rivals last year to help set the stage for a new beginning under his direction. Northview, 2-3 this season, is 1-2 in 6A, Region 3 after downing Russell County 38-23 last week. Northview has compiled a 191-230 record overall over the last 40 years with Parrish’s dad Harry Wayne Parrish guiding the Cougars to a 91-51 record in the school’s first 13 years of existence – including state championships in 1981 and 1985. Since he stepped down in 2000, his son became the ninth head coach at the school over the last 28 years.
A total of 50 football games, 29 volleyball matches and one dance/cheerleading competition are currently listed on the NFHS Network schedule log for tonight through next Thursday. Jeff Davis and Sidney Lanier will be live-streamed from Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl as part of the Montgomery Public Schools SBP tonight at 7 p.m. Other top games set for Friday include: unbeaten Class 5A Briarwood Christian (4-0) at unbeaten Class 6A Hartselle (4-0); Class 5A LeFlore (1-3) at Class 6A Saraland (5-0) in the Mobile area, Minor (2-3) at unbeaten Auburn (5-0) and Albertville (2-2) at Boaz (5-0) two other top games in East Alabama.
All seven classifications will be represented with Donoho broadcasting its home game with Berry in a 1A contest at Anniston.
Volleyball action continues to have a strong presence on the NFHS Network beginning tonight with three varsity matches. Enterprise hosts Prattville, Eufaula hosts Northview and Smiths Station hosts Auburn tonight.
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AHSAA NFHS Network Broadcast Schedule (Sept.27-Oct. 4)
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John Carroll Catholic
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Thursday, October 4
MONTGOMERY – Jasper High School’s Lady Vikings (29-3) powered to eight straight victories last week, including going 6-0 to win the Spain Park Heffstrong Invitational Tourney, to claim the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight this week.
Coach Bobby Daniel, who picked career victory 700 as Jasper finished second in a tourney in Tennessee two weeks ago, saw his team beat five teams ranked by al.com in their respective classifications including Class 6A Spanish Fort, the top-ranked team in Class 6A, in the finals of the Heffstrong tourney. His girls did not lose a single set.
McKinley Ferguson and Alex Oliver provided the power up front with 74 and 67 kills, respectively, for the Lady Vikings. Ferguson also had 30 service aces, and Oliver managed 19 blocks.
Daniel had taken four different schools to the AHSAA State Tournament semifinals, including Winston County, Curry and Arab, in addition to Jasper.
Walker’s strong performance for the week edged strong performances by Hazel Green and Carbon Hill for the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight.
The Class 6A Trojans (31-8) were 11-1 on the week winning the Huntsville Ironman Tourney. Gracie Lynn Butler had 111 kills and 26 blocks, setter Catherine Smith dished out 211 assists and middle blocker Myah Magwood recorded 31 blocks.
Carbon Hill’s Alyssa Dutton had a killer week with 127 kills, 17 blocks, 71 digs and 24 service aces and the Bulldogs (36-3) won the Brooks Invitational to finish the week 13-0.
In other top performances reported for the week:
MACKENKZIE DAVIS, ATHENS BIBLE: Recorded 265 assists to surpass 2,000 for her career, and also had 40 kills in Athens Bible’s nine matches last week.
MARISSA KOCH, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Totaled 93 kills and 48 digs in 11 matches.
MADISON CARTEE, DANVILLE: Slammed 79 kills, 15 aces and had 11 blocks in 10 matches for the Hawks.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Had 75 kills and 33 digs in 10 matches last week.
RYA McKINNON, HOOVER: In two match wins over Thompson and Tuscaloosa County, McKinnon totaled 29 kills for the Bucs (20-4).
BAILEY JOHNSON, BROOKWOOD: In three matches, she recorded 31 kills, 7 assists and seven blocked shots as Brookwood (13-8) went 2-1.
MAGGIE WOOD, HORSESHOE BEND: Had 28 kills, 14 blocks and 29 aces as the Generals (18-2) won six matches and the Wadley Varsity Classic tourney title.
KENYA McQUIRTER, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Registered 22 kills as the Dirty Dozen (21-3) beat St. Paul’s Episcopal and Bayside Academy in regular-season matches.
ANN VANDEVELDE, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Helped the Spartans (25-5) go 9-2 with 238 assists and 88 digs for the week.
SAVANAH FREE, DANVILLE: Recorded 234 assists, 19 aces and 40 digs in 10 matches.
LEIGHANNA TRALONGO, BOB JONES: Had 196 assists as the Patriots (23-6) went 8-2 for the week.
JOY MULLINS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Picked up 196 assists as WCA finished 6-3 on the week.
LAEKYN BENNETT, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Had 190 assists and 17 digs as the Lady Red Devils (31-6) won eight of nine matches.
KAYLA KESHOCK, SPANISH FORT: Posted 178 assists as the Toros (27-3) tolled to eight wins in nine tries last week. Spanish Fort lost to Jasper in the finals of the Spain Park Heffstrong Tourney.
ISABELLE FUELL, HUNTSVILLE: Totaled 175 assists, 33 service aces and 49 digs in 10 matches for the Panthers (15-10), who won seven of 10 matches on the week.
MADELYN DIZON, LINDSAY LANE: Had 144 assists and 33 kills to lead Lindsay Lane (23-7) to an 8-1 record and runner-up finish to West Point at the Priceville Invitational.
LAUREN HUNT, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had 135 assists as the Panthers were 6-2 to finish second in the Sandy Hunter Invitational to host Pleasant Valley.
BEATRICE LINDQUIST, MARY MONTGOMERY: Accounted for 118 assists and 29 digs in six matches.
BRINKLEY HEARN, FAITH ACADEMY: Had 100 assists, 43 digs and eight service aces as the Rams (17-11) went 6-1 en route to the title at the Battle of the Bridge Tourney.
VICTORIA SCHMER, CHELSEA: Helped the Hornets (27-4) win eight matches, capturing the championship of the Hewitt-Trussville Husky Challenge. She had 114 digs and 20 service aces.
MADALYNN OWEN, PRICEVILLE: Had 110 digs in nine Priceville matches to lead her team to a 7-2 record for the week.
MEGAN EDMOUNDS, BAKER: Had 38 digs and six service aces in two wins for the Hornets (14-5).
LAURA LEE KEENER, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Managed 85 digs and 15 service aces in seven matches over the week.
TAYLOR BROWN, WILSON: Had 64 digs and Tori Walker had 25 blocks as Wilson (22-8) finished the week 6-2.
LEXIE DISHNER, PHILLIPS: Had 60 digs, 162 assists and 14 aces as Phillips (17-7) went 5-3.
KRISTEN BLACK, SARALAND: Managed 53 digs, 55 kills and nine aces as the Spartans (13-3) finished second to Faith Academy at the Battle of the Bridge tourney. Saraland was 6-1 for the week.
MONTGOMERY – Thompson High School senior McKenzie Hogue turned in the fastest 5,000-meter time of the 2018 AHSAA cross country season last weekend winning the prestigious Scottsboro Classic Invitational girls’ Class 5A/7A championship race with a time of 18:13.66. The impressive victory earned the Thompson runner this week’s AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight.
A field of 292 girls competed in the race held at the John R. Esslinger Trail, aptly named for the legendary former Scottsboro High School track and cross country coach who was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Hogue, who was the only runner to earn www.alabamarunners.com Golf Elite Status at the Classic, trimmed 50 seconds off her 2017 time that earned her runner-up. She captured two firsts in the Class 7A 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the 2018 AHSAA Indoor and Outdoor State Track Championships last school year as a junior and was second to McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Grace Jensen at the 2017 AHSAA Class 7A State Cross Country Championships. Hogue clocked her best overall time in that race (18:12.57) and was only a second off that time last weekend.
Junior Lily Hulsey of Mountain Brook was second at 19:03.27 and Huntsville senior Abby Weitenbeck third with a 19:04.33 finish. The Spartans won the girls’ team title in the 5A/7A division with 29 points. Homewood was second with Huntsville third with 118 points in the 25-team field.
Rogers junior Jaycee Biffle crossed the finish line in 21:28.44 to win the Class 1A/4A division title in the field of 156 runners. In all, 448 girls’ runners competed in the Scottsboro Classic.
The boys’ Class 5A/7A race that featured 441 participants came down to just three as Will Pinson of Huntsville edged Hunter Harwell of Mountain Brook and Sam Moultrie of Guntersville to win the race. Only five seconds separated the trio. Pinson, a freshman, clocked 15:52.38 and Harwell, a senior, crossed the finish line at 15:55.60. Moultrie, a junior, came in at 15:57.63.
Huntsville emerged as the team champion with 39 points. Host Scottsboro was second with 84 and Mountain Brook third with 124.
Westbrook Christian senior Mitchell Cook beat a field of 185 in the Class 1A/4A division with a winning time of 17:18.30. Raleigh Stamps of Rogers was second at 17:31.29, and Cook’s Westbrook teammate Jonah Morris third clocking 17:44.96. Pleasant Valley won the team competition with five runners finishing in the top 24. The Raiders had 71 points, Ohatchee was second with 107 and Westbrook third with 112.
In other performances reported, thanks to www.alabamarunners.com and www.xpresstiming.com:
PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: The sophomore from Montgomery clocked 18 :42.91 to win the TCBY Invitational cross country championship 1A/4A division race held at Munny Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa. American Christian senior Isabella Lovvorn was second. Cold Springs won the team title with 52 points while American Christian and Saint James tied for second with 55 points each. Fifty-nine runners and seven teams competed.
HALEY STALLWORTH, HOOVER: Captured first place in the TCBY Large-School (5A/7A) competition of 98 participants at the TCBY Invitational at Tuscaloosa’s Munny Sokol Park with a time of 21:01.23. The senior set the pace as four Bucs runners crossed in the first six finishers. Sophomore Alyssa Halcomb was second with a 21:28 .022 time. Hoover totaled 24 points to claim the team championship with Cullman second with 43 points.
SAMANTHA ROGERS, AUBURN: The junior crossed the finish line first with a winning time of 19:23.22 to win the Central Alabama Cross Country Invitational varsity girls’ race hosted by Montgomery Catholic High School at Montgomery’s Gateway Park. The Lady Tigers posted a perfect team score of 15 points placing runners in the first five finishers. Harper McGowan was second for Auburn at 19:39.02. All five girls clocked 20:00.10 or faster. Montgomery Catholic took second with 62 points. Senior Amaris Tyynismaa, who holds the all-time state record for girls’ cross country (17.03), did not compete in the field of 71 runners.
TIMBERLY TOMLIN, CENTRAL-CLAY COUNTY: Clocked 25.47.2 to finish second individually and helped the Volunteers win their own Volunteer Spirit Classic meet at Lineville. Central scored 57 points and runner-up Randolph County had 71.
JONATHAN JENKINS, BEAUREGARD: The senior finished first at the Spencer (GA) Invitational held at Columbus (GA) with a time of 16:27.28. Teammate Joseph Perrella, a junior, was ninth with a 17:56.21 time, and Valley junior Dylan Landreth clocked 17:56.42 to finish 10th among the field of 72 runners. Valley took third place with 98 points finishing behind Georgia schools Brookstone (38) and Harris County (66). Beauregard was fourth with 130.
EVAN ROGERS, AUBURN: Ran the 5,000-meter course at Montgomery’s Gateway Park in 16:37.24 to take first place in the field of 119 runners at the Central Alabama Cross Country Invitational hosted by:14.64) finished third and fourth, respectively, as Hoover posted 22 points. Cullman junior Montgomery Catholic High School. Faith Academy’s Myles Stoots was second with a 16:40.42 time. Auburn won the team title with 43 points.
WILL COUCH, HOOVER: Beat a field of 155 runners in the 5A/7A division with a winning time of 16:53.93 to lead the Bucs to the team championship of the TCBY Invitational meet held at Tuscaloosa’s Munny Sokol Park. Teammates Drew Kilgore (17:05.27) and Lane Tincher (17Will Thompson finished second overall clocking 16:58.90 to lead the Bearcats to second place with 88 points.
ASHER DESAI, ALTAMONT: The senior helped the Knights to the TCBY Invitational 1A/4A runner-up finish with a winning time of 17:26.39. Cold Springs won the team title with 42 points and Altamont had 43. Fellow seniors James Dixon and Spencer Skidmore crossed second and third, and Cold Springs junior Seth Walker was fourth in the field of 110 runners to pace the winning Panthers.
JAYLON HUDSON, LINCOLN: Won the boys’ 5,000-meter race at the Volunteer Spirit Classic meet at Lineville with a time of 18:14.6. Lincoln posted 39 points to win the team title as well. Host Central-Clay County was second with 57 points. Top finisher for Central was Ronald Piedra in third place.
MONTGOMERY – Jacksonville High School junior Rontarius Wiggins broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark in just the fifth game of the season Friday night – and wrote his name in an exclusive list of shareholders in the AHSAA Record Book in the process.
Wiggins eclipsed the 400-yard mark with 409 yards on 21 carries and had five total touchdowns as the Golden Eagles of Coach Clint Smith downed Cleburne County 55-33. The top rushing performance in the state this season thrust the Jacksonville standout into AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 4.
Wiggins scored four rushing touchdowns on treks of 18, 75, 4 and 58 yards and tacked on a fifth converting a screen pass into an 80-yard TD score. His 409 yards is the 12th best all-time in AHSAA history, according to results reported for the AHSAA Record Book. He is also the first running back since Oxford’s Roc Thomas ran for 424 yards versus Spain Park in 2013 to reach the 400-yard mark. The state record (531 yards) was set by Tony Dixon of Parrish in an 81-58 win over Hubbertville 15 years ago in 2003. He had 21 carries as well.
Wiggins, who now has 1,184 yards rushing in five games this season, finished with 489 total yards counting his 80-yard TD reception. His 489 yards total offense also ranks 21st all time, tying quarterback Chance Ellsworth of Priceville, who had 489 yards passing in 2011. Wiggins’ performance ranks him third for running backs, however.
Cleburne County, which trailed 28-21 at the half, had an outstanding performance vs. Jacksonville as well with Isavia Brown compiling 409 all-purpose yards (including kick returns). Brown had 124 yards rushing, 63 passing and 222 yards on kick returns. He scored three TDs, one on a 33-yard run, another on a 31-pass reception and the other on an 86-yard kickoff return.
“It was pretty exciting,” Wiggins told East Alabama Sports after the game. “At halftime I came in and just looked at my phone, and I had gotten a tweet that said I had 258 rushing yards. That was surprising, and after that I just wanted to keep going. Then I was told after the game I ended up with 400-some (yards) and my mouth just dropped.”
Smith said he is not surprised by anything his running back accomplishes.
“There’s no doubt in my mind Ron is definitely one of the best running backs around her,” said Coach Smith. “I think he’s much underrated. He played extremely hard. … I’m proud of Ron and his accomplishments and some of the things he’s been able to do the last few weeks.”
Jacksonville quarterback Luke Jackson was also 9-of-20 passing for 160 yards.
Wiggins edged out two long-distance interception returns by R.J. Orr of Center Point and Austin Pruett of Cherokee County for this week’s AHSAA Spotlight.
Orr swiped a John Carroll Catholic pass in the middle of the Eagles’ end zone and raced 105 yards for a TD as Center point beat the Cavaliers 36-6. The 105-yard return tied for third longest in AHSAA history. Tommy Wilson of Demopolis set the record with a 108-yard return in a 49-7 win over American Christian in 2012. Guntersville’s Kevin Gentle, better known for his 60-yard field made in 1993, returned a Dora pass 107 yards for a score in a 20-17 win in 1993. Damiean Archibald returned an interception 105 yards in a 66-18 Sipsey Valley win over Curry in 2014, and Jake Peavey had a 105-yard return in 2013 for Madison County versus Butler.
Cherokee County’a Pruett also had the fourth longest interception return in state history Friday night when he sped 103 yards for a touchdown in the final 20 seconds of the first half of the Warriors' 22-13 victory at White Plains.
Other top performances reported include:
MAPLESVILLE STARTS NEW WIN STREAK: Red Devils defensive standout Tristen Thetford recovered a fumble to set up one Maplesville touchdown and sacked the quarterback in the end zone for a safety for another score as Maplesville beat Keith 57-0 in a Class 1A, Region 3 contest last Friday. Coach Brent Hubbert’s Red Devils (3-1) started a new region winning streak with the win – just one week after Linden beat Maplesville 37-28 to snap the school’s 54-game region winning streak that dated back to 2009. Maplesville outscored region opponents 2,855-325 or (52.9 to 6.0) during that stretch, won three Class 1A state championships and had one runner-up finish. The Chilton County school, currently in its 85th season, has compiled a 567-325-19 overall record and 64.6% winning percentage overall. The Red Devils have also produced 53 winning seasons (63.9%) with two break-even years during that span.
ELBA TURNS TO MULTI-TALENTED RICHMON SINGLETARY: The talented skill player accounted for 46 points, seventh most in a single game in AHSAA history, rushed for 347 yards and added 69 yards in kick/punt returns, giving him 416 all-purpose yards, in a 60-24 win over Florala. Singletary scored on runs 13, 14, 51, 24, 15 and 8 yards, returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown and scored on two 2-point conversions for his 46 points. In addition, he had a punt return of 37 yards and a kick return of 32 yards in the game – plus seven tackles and one interception on defense.
THIES THROWS FOR 400 YARDS: Westminster Christian quarterback Ian Thies was 18-of-22 passing for 400 yards and seven touchdowns in a 60-14 win over Clements. He became the fifth quarterback this season to reach the 400-yard passing mark. He rushed for another TD, accounting for eight TDs total on the night. His seven TDs passing were the most in a single game since Pinson Valley’s Bo Nix tossed seven in a 51-50 Class 6A playoff win over Austin in 2017. The state record is nine – last accomplished in 2015.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Ran for 359 yards and five touchdowns on 13 carries and made four tackles in a 49-7 win over St. John Paul II Catholic for the unbeaten Chiefs (4-0).
AUSTIN OWENS, WINSTON COUNTY: Rushed 25 times for 325 yards and three touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets rallied for a 40-35 home win over Sulligent. Winston County trailed 21-8 at the half. Owens had touchdown runs of 38, 61 and 8 yards.
DARTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Rushed 22 times for 294 yards and five touchdowns (54, 64, 2, 64 and 45 yards) as the Conquerors defeated Decatur Heritage Christian 54-42.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Picked up 284 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 28 carries to lead the Trojans to a 27-14 win over Dadeville.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: The Yellow Jackets quarterback rushed for 266 yards on just 18 carries with four touchdowns and added 72 yards passing and another to amass 338 total yards in Abbeville’s 44-17 win over Houston County. Kincey threw a 52-yard TD pass to Keven Mills and had TD runs of 5, 4, 81 and 41 yards.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: The junior quarterback rushed 18 times for 265 yards and two touchdowns and passed for a third as the Indians (5-0) downed Buckhorn 23-7 in a game played at Jacksonville State University’s Burgess-Snow Field. His TD runs covered 57 and 59 yards.
ASHTON PATEL, OPP: Rushed for 261 yards on 22 carries with three touchdowns and added a punt return for fourth score in the Bobcats’ 49-33 loss to Geneva.
RASHAWN McALPINE, SARALAND: Needed just 11 carries to pile up 246 yards rushing as Saraland beat Robertsdale 35-0. It was McAlpine’s fourth straight 200-yard rushing performance this season.
WISE GORDON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Gained 244 yards rushing and two touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass in the Eagles’ 35-12 win over Slocomb. Gordon scored on two TD runs of 15 yards each and had a 30-yard TD pass as Providence improved to 5-0.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Piled up 230 yards rushing on just eight carries with scoring runs of 34, 74, 30 and 18 yards as the Gophers beat Brookwood 57-0. He added a fifth TD with a 15-yard reception.
LARRY McCAMMON, HOOVER: The senior ran for 225 yards on 20 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 48-20 victory over Oak Mountain. His TD runs covered 10, 1, 3, 79 and 54 yards.
MALACHI HARVEY, NORTHVIEW: Had 17 carries for 216 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the Cougars beat Russell County 38-23. He had 171 yards and all three scores in the second half, including a 96-yard TD run with 5:15 left that sealed the Cougars’ first Class 6A, Region 2 win of the season.
TERRANCE WEBSTER, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had 209 yards rushing on 15 carries to lead the Wolverines past Dothan 43-7. He had five runs of 25 yards or more including a 64-yard scoot on his first carry of the night.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: Rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carries as defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright (4-0) remained undefeated with a 35-7 win over Clarke County
KAMERON HAWKINS, GASTON: Rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 45-38 loss to Woodland.
DA’VION JOHNSON, WOODVILLE: Ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 21 attempts in a 34-14 win over Appalachian.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: Had seven rush attempts for 168 yards and three touchdowns (1, 2 and 84 yards) in a 35-14 win over Pisgah. The 84-yard run was the fifth longest in school history, according to Greg Bell, WWIC Radio broadcaster and SHS sports historian.
COOPER BISHIP, VESTAVIA HILLS: Ran 19 times for 156 yards, including TD runs of 74 and 21 yards, in a 28-14 loss to Mountain Brook.
MASON McKINNEY, COLLINSVILLE: Rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns (71,
76 yards) on just three carries in the Panthers' 50-20 victory over Ider. Teammate Kaleb Jones was also 7-of-12 passing for 170 yards and four touchdowns.
LUKE PERCER, OAK MOUNTAIN: Had a 96-yard TD run among his 18 rush attempts and finished with 149 yards in the Eagles’ 48-20 loss to Hoover.
A.J. WILLIAMS, SHADES VALLEY: Ran for 112 yards and scored the game-winning TD with 10.4 seconds remaining in the Mounties’ 35-28 victory over Stanhope Elmore.
JACORY MERRITT, SIDNEY LANIER: Had three second-half touchdowns and 193 all-purpose yards as the Poets downed Park Crossing 35-28. He had 130 yards rushing on 23 carries with TD runs of 11 and 19 yards. He also caught a 13-yard TD pass.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: The senior continued his passing mastery with a 25-of-48 performance good for 350 yards and two TDs as the Warriors (4-1) blanked Tuscaloosa County 35-0. He also added a 2-yard rushing TD.
CAMERON MORSON, DECATUR: The Red Raiders’ leading receiver was moved to quarterback after an injury sidelined outstanding starter Trentin Dupper, and he responded by passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two more scores in a 48-18 win over Lee-Huntsville. He was 16-of-21 for the game, including a perfection in the second half for the Red Raiders (3-2), completing 9-of-9 pass attempts for 179 yards and both TDs covering 58 and 36 yards to receiver Kenny Williams. It was the first start at QB for Morson since middle school.
ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Completed 16-of-23 passes for 268 yards and three TDs in a 38-33 victory over Parker. He also added a rushing TD.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Had 397 total yards and five touchdowns in a 39-38 overtime loss at Dale County – completing 10-of-17 passes for 179 yards, rushed 23 times for 197 yards and four touchdowns and caught a 21-yard TD pass.
ANDREW PARRIS, EAST LIMESTONE: Completed 8-of-13 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown, ran for a TD and picked off a pass on defense in a 28-13 win over Scottsboro.
LANDON GREEN, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Was 11-of-17 passing for 203 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more scores in a 48-0 win over Sand Rock.
JOSH RALSTON, RANBURNE: The Bulldogs' senior quarterback completed 9-of-13 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 128 yards and a score on 19 carries to lead his team to a 35-28 overtime win over Cleveland and keep the Bulldogs (4-0) unbeaten on the season.
LUKE HAMPTON, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 11-of-17 pass attempts for 174 yards and three touchdowns (70, 10 and 4 yards) in the Tigers' 40-7 homecoming win against Section. The unbeaten Tigers (4-0) also got a strong effort from running back Ivory Starr, who rushed for 187 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns (5, 1 and 2 yards).
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Was 12-of-21 passing for 186 yards and one TD as Falkville (5-0) beat R.A. Hubbard 19-6.
DESHONTAE KIRKLAND, ASHFORD: Completed 8-of-9 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns and added 60 yards rushing on nine carries with a 2-yard TD for a fourth score in the Yellow Jackets’ 48-14 win over Booker T. Washington. His TD passes covered 31 and 45 yards to Jacorey Underwood and 73 yards to Kehion Walker.
JACK HILL, VINEMONT: Connected with Hudson Wood for a 31-yard touchdown pass for the winning score with 42 seconds remaining Vinemont beat Hanceville 22-14. He finished with seven completions for 125 yards and two TDs. The TD toss to Wood capped a 66-yard, 6-play drive in the final two minutes to break the tie.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Accounted for five touchdowns, three passing and two rushing, as the Patriots bear West Morgan 61-33.
GRAHAM COPELAND, RANDOLPH: Completed 5-of-7 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns (25, 24 and 47 yards) and ran for an 82-yard TD in a 41-6 win over Danville.
KAHARI McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: Scored three different ways to account for five total touchdowns in the Panthers’ 49-33 victory over Opp. McReynolds scored on touchdown receptions of 40, 29 and 37 yards, on a 12-yard TD run and on a 44-yard interception return. Offensively, he finished with four receptions for 116 yards with three TDs 61 yards rushing and defensively, he had the interception return for touchdown, a fumble return of 36 yards plus five tackles with one for a loss. Quarterback Mason Coskrey was also a perfect 7-of-7 passing for 161 yards with three touchdowns to McReynolds. He also had 72 yards rushing on 11 carries and give tackles on defense.
J.J. EVANS, MONTEVALLO: Caught five passes for 167 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ wild 70-54 loss to American Christian.
P.J. WELLS, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Caught nine passes for 146 yards and a 20-yard touchdown grab as the Warriors nearly beat undefeated Ohatchee before falling 37-30.
KEYONTEZE JOHNSON, PINSON VALLEY: Caught four passes for 120 yards, including a 52-yard TD, in a 28-13 victory over Oxford that snapped the Yellow Jackets’ regular-season winning streak at 24 in a row.
XAVIER LOPNG, HOOVER: Caught six passes for 154 yards and a TD in a 48-20 victory over Oak Mountain.
BRYSON PEAVY, ARITON: Caught four passes for 106 yards and a 55-yard touchdown and rushed for 100 yards and two more scores (2 and 12 yards) in the Purple Cats’ 42-20 win over Daleville.
XAVIER HILL, PLEASANT GROVE: Had five receptions for 110 yards and two TDs and ran three times for 70 yards and two more TDs in a 38-33 victory over Parker. He also added a rushing TD.
JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Snagged five passes for 104 yards and a TD in the Huskies' 44-13 victory over Spain Park.
JADEN BAKER, AUSTIN: The Black Bears wide receiver pounced on a bad snap in the end zone for a touchdown to give Austin a one-point lead late in the game en route to a 21-13 win over Grissom.
KENDRICK FIFE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Had 19 tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage for losses, and two sacks as the Warriors beat White Plains 22-13.
SHAKWAN BICKLEY, ELMORE COUNTY: Had eight tackles and an interception defense and caught two touchdown passes in the Panthers’ 42-35 overtime win over Holtville. His final catch, an 18-yard TD, came in the OT period to seal the win.
DAKOTA CORNELIUS, OPP: Managed 16 tackles and teammate Thomas Glisson had 15 plus a blocked extra-point kick in the Bobcats’ 49-33 loss to Geneva.
JA’LEN SIMS, FULTONDALE: Totaled 15 tackles, including a sack, as the Wildcats beat Holly Pond 22-6.
PRESTON ANDERSON, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had 12 tackles and teammate Markevious Allen also had a dozen stops in the Lions’ 44-17 loss to undefeated Abbeville.
SPENCER SMITH, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Recorded 11 tackles in the Eagles’ 35-12 win over Slocomb.
CHAUNCEY LIGHTNER, BARBOUR COUNTY: Accounted for 11 tackles in the Jaguars’ 42-0 setback to Geneva County.
TRENT PRESLEY, SARDIS: Returned an interception for a touchdown and recovered a fumble to set up another TD in the Lions’ 43-7 win over Douglas. He also threw a TD pass on offense.
HUNTER JEDNAT, SATSUMA: Picked off two Wilcox-Central passes on defense and hauled in an 86-yard TD reception on offense in a 45-22 victory. He returned one of his picks 23 yards for a score.
NOAH LINVILLE, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore safety had 13 tackles in a 28-13 loss to East Limestone.
TIM KEENAN, RAMSAY: Finished with 12 tackles and three sacks in a 28-0 Rams victory over Fairfield.
LAVONTA BENTLEY, JACKSON-OLIN: Led the Mustangs' defense with 11 tackles and a sack on defense and scored three rushing TDs in a 34-13 victory over Carver-Birmingham. Teammate Quindarrius Robinson added three sacks in the win.
CARSON EUBANKS, HOKES BLUFF: Had 10 tackles, a sack and an interception in a 28-18 win over Anniston for the unbeaten Eagles (4-0).
KALEB WHATLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Had 10 tackles and caused a fumble on defense and rushed for 78 yards and a TD on offense in a 26-13 win over Valley Head.
CREED PARKER, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Intercepted two passes in the Huskies' 44-13 victory over Spain Park.
FRED AUSTIN, VIGOR: Had two sacks to anchor a defense that limited Jackson to minus-2 yards rushing as the Wolves (4-0) downed Jackson 40-6.
ETHAN RINKE, ATHENS: Recovered two fumbles and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in a 37-3 win over Hazel Green.
RONNIE WRIGHT, MORTIMER JORDAN: Intercepted two passes in a 12-7 victory over Sylacauga.
DEONTAE LAWSON, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: The sophomore linebacker returned a fumble 39 yards for a touchdown as Mobile Christian defeated Thomasville 27-7 in a key Class 3A, Region 1 battle.
JACK MARTIN, NORTHVIEW: Boomed a 53-yard field goal, the second longest field goal in Cougar history, late in the first quarter of Northview’s 38-23 win over Russell County. Martin also converted 5-of-5 extra-point kicks and put six of his seven kickoffs deep in the end zone for touchbacks. He also punted once for 40 yards.
WILL REICHARD, HOOVER: Kicked field goals of 36 and 54 yards and was 6-for-6 on extra points in a 48-20 victory over Oak Mountain.
BAY CUMMINGS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Kicked a 47-yard field goal to tie the game with Mary Montgomery at 10-10 as time expired to send the Yellow Jackets into overtime. McGill-Toolen went on to win in the extra period 17-10.
TREY LEWIS, MILLRY: Returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, ran an interception back 60 yards for another score and grabbed a 30-yard TD reception as Millry beat McIntosh 35-14.
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream 83 events tonight through September 27 – putting the AHSAA over 260 events on the year.
That slate begins tonight with 16 varsity and JV volleyball matches, three non-varsity football game. .
The headliner will be Friday night’s AHSAA/NFHS Network Game of the Week, defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley (3-1) at unbeaten Oxford (4-0) in a key Class 6A, Region 6 battle. The contest is one of 30 football games slated for the NFHS Network Friday night and Saturday this week.
The Indians rolled to a 15-0 season in 2017 in Coach Patrick Nix’s first year at the helm. Nix his son, senior quarterback Bo Nix, put together a streak of 23 straight regular-season wins including 10 at Pinson and 13 at Scottsboro in 2015 and 2016 before falling to defensing Class 7A state champion Hoover 52-14 in the opening game of this season. Bo Nix passed for 409 yards last week in a 28-21 region win over Clay-Chalkville.
Oxford, coached by Ryan Herring, currently owns a 24-game regular season winning streak dating back 2016. The Yellow Jackets, anchored by heralded 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman Clay Webb, have outscored opponents 158-6 on the year – leading the state with just 1.5 points allowed per game. Oxford beat Class 5A Charles Henderson 62-0 last week. The game is being produced by the Oxford High School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
A total of 54 football games and 29 volleyball matches are currently listed on the NFHS Network schedule log for tonight through next Thursday. Other top football games Friday on the NFHS Network include James Clemens (2-2) at Florence (2-2) and Vestavia Hills (3-0) at Mountain Brook (4-0) in Class 7A; Clay-Chalkville (3-1) at Gardendale (3-1); Cullman (2-1) vs. Albertville (2-1) and Blount (2-2) at Baldwin County (2-2) in Class 6A; Russellville (3-0) at West Point (2-2) and Class 6A Benjamin Russell (3-1) at Demopolis (3-1) in Class 5A;and Andalusia (2-2) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (3-1) in Class 4A.
Volleyball action continues to have a strong presence on the NFHS Network beginning tonight with seven varsity matches. John Carroll Catholic vs. Mountain Brook is the headliner at 6 p.m.
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Football Score Report
Week 3 Records Several Record Efforts
MONTGOMERY – Junior Chase Starling accounted for eight touchdowns, five passing and three running, as Hazel Green High School downed Lee-Huntsville 78-35 to grab the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 3 of the 2018 season.
Coach Smitty Grider, in his first season as head coach after going 38-9 the last four seasons at the Montgomery County Public School System’s newest school, Park Crossing, saw his quarterback etch his name in the AHSAA Record Book for TDs accounted for along with the Trojans, who set a school record for most points in a single game and combined with Lee-Huntsville to record 113 total points, 27th highest total in AHSAA history.
Hazel Green (2-2) edged out Hewitt-Trussville’s 56-28 upset win over defending Class 7A Hoover and four quarterbacks who passed their way into the Record Book with 400-yard plus games for this week’s AHSAA Spotlight.
Starling, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound quarterback, rushed nine times for 84 yards and three touchdowns and completed 13-of-20 passes for 150 yards to lead Hazel Green’s effort. He scored touchdowns on runs of 1, 7 and 20 yards and tossed TD passes covering 24, 6, 38, 9 and 6 yards.
The Trojans’ previous single-game high was 58 in a win over Sparkman on Oct. 3, 2014. The eight TDs accounted for ties for fourth all-time with seven others. Three before him accounted for nine TDs, including James Raines of Berry, the last to do it when he tossed nine TD passes in a 68-0 win in 2015 over Brilliant. Tommy Haley-Ricks of Hubbertville had nine rushing TDs in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008, and Brent Gulledge of Victory Christian tossed nine TD passes in a 70-6 win over Lyman Ward in 2004.
Kaleb Barker was the last to account for eight TDs with four TD passes and four rushing TDs in Priceville’s 68-41 win over J.B. Pennington in 2015. Barker, now the starting quarterback at Troy University, engineered the Trojans’ 24-19 upset win over Nebraska in NCAA action last Saturday in one of Troy’s biggest Division I wins in its history.
Hewitt-Trussville’s offense, led by quarterback Paul Tyson and running back Armoni Tyson and an offensive line led by senior Pierce Quick, had 613 total yards and eight touchdowns in the school’s fourth win in a series dating back to 1963. Hoover now holds a 16-4 edge in the series with the last previous Hewitt win coming in 1997. Tyson was 14-of-18 passing for 256 yards and two TDs and Goodwin ran 30 times for 252 yards, with TD runs of 4, 1 and 8 yards.
Thompson senior Taulia Tagovailoa turned in the first 500-yard passing game of his prep career last Friday with 31 completions in 42 attempts for 507 yards and four TDs as the Warriors beat Oak Mountain 35-21. The victory was the first in Thompson’s new $19.1 million stadium, which was completed just in time for this season. Coach Mark Freeman’s Warriors (3-1) opened 2018 with three road games. Tagovailoa became just the 10th quarterback in AHSAA history to surpass 500 passing yards in a single game. Chris Smelley of American Christian set the state record with 565 yards versus Brantley in 2005. Tagovailoa became just the second player since 2005 to reach the 500-yard mark. He has two games over 400 yards this season and four for his career, most of any player in AHSAA history.
Three others went over 400 yards last week, including Jacob Jones of West End was 19-of-40 for 475 yards and four touchdowns in a 62-35 loss to Westbrook Christian; Malik Inabinette of Montevallo, who was 16-of-32 for 420 yards and four scores to lead the Bulldogs past Jemison 64-41; and Bo Nix of Pinson Valley, who connected on 30-of-41 passes for 409 yards and three scores as the defending Class 6A state champs posted a key region win over Clay-Chalkville. Keyonteze Johnson had 17 receptions for 247 yards and all three scores. The 17 catches ties for 10th in a single game and his 247 yards ranks 20th all time.
Other top performances reported from last weekend’s games:
DIEGO GUAJARDO, DAPHNE: Kicked four field goals, including a 53-yarder, to lead the Trojans to a 40-6 win over B.C. Rain. His other kicks covered 25, 30 and 43 yards. The four field goals ties 13 others in the AHSAA Record Book for second-most field goals in a game. The record (5) is shared by five kickers, including Spain Park’s Crosby Gray, who was the last to kick four or more in a single game when he booted five in a 15-14 win over Thompson for all his team’s points in 2015. The 53-yarder by Guajardo ties him five others for the ninth longest distance all time.
JADEN HARRIS, WHITE PLAINS: Had 13 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns on offense and three interceptions on defense to lead the Wildcats past Ashville 32-20. His TD runs covered 80, 3 and 49 yards. It’s the first time since 2014 the Wildcats have won two games in a season and was the first region win for the program since 2014, snapping a 23-game region losing streak.
MATT DIXON, GOOD HOPE: Rushed for 137 yards and four TDs, including a 77-yard dash to set up his final TD in the second quarter in a 32-0 win over Tanner. The unbeaten Raiders (4-0) were 0-10 in 2016 and 4-6 last year under third-year head coach Alan Scott. The defense preserved the shutout when Walter Perez stopped a Tanner runner on fourth and goal at the 2-yard line with one minute remaining. The start is the best for Good Hope since the Raiders opened with six straight wins in 2000.
BRYCE PALMER, WATERLOO: Passed for 311 yards and four TDs as Waterloo beat Hackleburg 47-34 – the Cougars’ first victory over the Panthers in school after 18 straight setbacks dating back to 1971.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: Rushed for 191 yards on 38 carries and scored the Pirates’ only two touchdowns in a 14-7 win over Class 5A, Region 6 foe Alexandria. Collins scored on runs of 15 and 4 yards. The win was the first ever for Boaz over Alexandria after 8 losses.
IN THE CLUTCH
QUINTON JETER, TALLASSEE: Kicked a 27-yard field goal with 52 seconds left to lift the Tigers past Carroll of Ozark – snapping the Eagles’ regular-season winning streak at 25 in a row.
RODERICK SMITH, SIDNEY LANIER: Nailed a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give the Poets a 22-20 win over Eufaula. He finished with three field goals, including a 36-yarder in the first half a 41-yard boot in early in the fourth quarter.
JAKARI FOSTER, PIEDMONT: Recovered a fumble in the final two minutes to seal the Bulldogs’ 27-22 victory over Randolph County.
HARRY NOGEUDA, SHEFFIELD: Kicked the game-winning field goal in the final minutes of the Bulldogs’ 17-16 win over Hatton.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Ran for 334 yards and six touchdowns (6, 46, 48, 50, 7 and 66 yards) on 18 carries and returned a kick 80 yards for a seventh score in a 75-41 win over DAR.
HUNTER GRIMES, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Totaled 311 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 28 carries as Westbrook downed West End 62-35. His scoring runs covered 10, 2, 4, 37 and 68 yards.
RASHAWN McALPINE, SARALAND: Rushed for 299 yards and two touchdowns in the Spartans’ 38-10 win over Baldwin County. It was his third straight 200-yard rushing performance this season.
ANTONIO WILLIAMS, SHADES VALLEY: Had 25 rush attempts for 281 yards and three TDs in the Mounties’ 35-18 victory over Huffman.
LUKE ALISON, RANDOLPH: Bolted for 274 rushing yards and five touchdowns (83, 76, 26, 25 and 8 yards) on 10 carries in a 47-21 win over Priceville.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Picked up 260 yards rushing on 30 carries and scooted 80 yards for a TD as the Trojans beat Montgomery Academy 35-13. Teammate Austin Gavin added 126 yards and two TDs on 11 rush attempts.
TY WEBB, DOTHAN: The Tigers running back rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in two and a half quarters helping Dothan to a 30-14 win over Russell County.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Picked up 242 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in the Tigers’ 26-0 victory at Sand Rock.
EVAN SMITH, OAK MOUNTAIN: Gained 237 yards on 17 rush attempts and scored three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 35-21 loss at Thompson. He also completed 3-of-7 passes for 84 yards and another TD.
RAYSHAWN REYNOLDS, PIKE COUNTY: Rushed for 233 yards on 21 carries with touchdown runs of 52 and 60 yards in the Bulldogs' 27-22 win over Geneva.
TIGER WILBORN, CENTER POINT: Had 13 carries for 228 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-0 victory Munford.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Ran for 212 yards three touchdowns on nine carries in a 38-7 win over Geneva County.
RON WIGGINS, JACKSONVILLE: Gained 209 yards rushing on 22 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 56-21 win at Cherokee County. His scoring runs went for 9, 55, 3, 1 and 5 yards.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 16 times for 204 yards and four touchdowns (5, 85, 22 and 40 yards) in a 49-7 win over Oneonta.
RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Picked up 203 yards rushing on 11 carries and scored four touchdowns as Elba downed Kinston 38-6.
K’SHUN STOKES, HEADLAND: Accounted for 287 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-13 win over Trinity for the unbeaten Rams (4-0). He rushed for 188 yards on 18 carries with TD runs of 4, 30, 32 and 16 yards and completed 9-of-13 passes for 99 yards and also threw a two-point conversion pass.
DARRELL GIBSON, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Gained 195 yards on rushes and scored twice in the Knights’ 28-8 win over Alabama Christian.
BRADEN McCAIG, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Rushed 9 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-34 win over Lauderdale County.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Rushed for 185 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries and also had 118 yards on two kickoff returns to lead the Red Devils past Collinsville 54-24. He returned on kickoff 97 yards for a TD.
JOHN PHILLIPS, WEST MORGAN: Ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns, threw a TD pass and caught six passes for 74 yards in a 28-24 win over Danville.
DA’VION JOHNSON, WOODVILLE: Picked up 167 yards and four touchdowns on 23 rush attempts in a 34-20 win over Gaylesville.
KAEDON JENKINS, PIEDMONT: Scored the go-ahead TD on a 32-yard run and finished with 150 yards rushing on 15 carries in the Bulldogs’ 27-22 win over Randolph County.
MARKEVIOUS MATTHEWS, TALLASSEE: Ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries and caught two passes for 55 yards in the Tigers’ 24-21 win over Carroll.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Completed 10-of-17 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 17 times for 164 yards and another score to lead the Indians (4-0) to a 30-28 win over Opelika. He finished with 374 total yards.
KADEN CUPP, NEW BROCKTON: The Gamecocks’ freshman quarterback completed 13-of-18 passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns in a 46-6 win over Central-Hayneville. He threw TD passes of 41 yards to Drew Simon, 13 yards to Bryce Baker, 60 yards to Colton Marsh and 6 yards to Russell Weeks.
LUKE JACKSON, JACKSONVILLE: Completed 8-of-11 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown in a 56-21 win at Cherokee County.
JAYSON JONES, FULTONDALE: Completed 12-of-18 passes for 191 yards and added 176 yards rushing and four TD runs for 367 total yards in a 35-6 victory over J.B. Pennington.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 12-of-25 pass attempts for 202 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 59 yards and a TD on 21 carries in the Panthers’ 54-24 loss to top-ranked Fyffe.
DESHONTAE KIRKLAND, ASHFORD: The Yellow Jackets quarterback accounted for 312 yards and three touchdowns to lead Ashford to a 39-14 win over Dale County. He passed for 134 yards, including an 84-yard TD to Jacorey Underwood, a 35-yard TD toss to Kehion Walker and tacked on 178 yards rushing and another score.
ANDREW PARRIS, EAST LIMESTONE: Was 7-of-13 passing for 197 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards and a TD on seven carries in a 48-14 win over Madison County.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Completed 9-of-15 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 123 yards on eight carries in a 39-0 win over Lexington.
HUNTER MARTIN, SPARKMAN: In his first start at quarterback, the former receiver completed 8-of-13 passes for 181 yards, including the 60-yard game-winning touchdown in a 17-13 triumph over Grissom.
KYLE MINOR, MADISON ACADEMY: Grabbed six receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns (86, 81 and 9 yards) in a 45-7 win over Brewer.
ELI PEARCE, WEST END: Caught eight passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 62-35 loss to Westbrook Christian.
AUSTIN McGHEE, JAMES CLEMENS: Caught five passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns (49 and 44 yards) and scored on a 2-yard run in a 62-19 win over Huntsville.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Nabbed four receptions for 130 yards and a 59-yard TD in the Bucs’ 56-28 loss to Hewitt-Trussville.
JEWELS GRAY, JACKSONVILLE: Caught three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in a 56-21 win at Cherokee County.
DERICKEY WRIGHT, ETOWAH: Scored three defensive touchdowns and one on offense as Etowah (4-0) blanked Sardis 36-0. He returned two an interceptions 34 and 66 yards for scores, ran a fumble 52 yards for a TD, had a 1-yard scoring run and two-point conversion on offense to finish with 26 points.
JELEN LEE, FLORENCE: Swiped two interceptions, including one in the red zone late, as the Falcons beat Bob Jones 39-28.
WILL BRELAND, UMS-WRIGHT: Intercepted a pair of passes as defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright shut out Williamson 19-0.
DAMIEN MILLER, FAIRFIELD: Retuned at interception and kickoff for touchdowns as the Tigers best Wenonah 26-0.
TYLER BENTHEIMER, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 16 tackles in the Trojans’ 34-20 loss to Woodville.
CHAUNCEY LIGHTNER, BARBOUR COUNTY: Totaled 15 tackles in a 35-20 loss to Cottonwood.
BRODERIUS FINK, CITRONELLE: Had 14 tackles and three sacks in Citronelle’s 28-20 victory over LeFlore at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
REGGIE FOWLER, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had 12 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Generals’ 21-17 loss to Auburn.
CONNOR GERMAN, HEADLAND: Had 11 tackles, including two sacks, and caused a fumble as the Rams downed Trinity Presbyterian 42-13.
ALEX WASHINGTON, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Intercepted a pass and scored on a fumble return, both in the second half, as the Spartans rallied for a 24-14 victory over Spain Park.
CARSON EUBANKS, HOKES BLUFF: Recovered an Oneonta fumble on the game's opening kickoff, intercepted pass and recorded three tackles in the Eagles’ 49-7 win over Oneonta.
KENDALL ALLEN, GARDENDALE: Returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown in the Rockets' 40-21 victory over Pell City.
TRE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: Returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and caught two TD passes in a 48-6 victory over Helena.
QUINDARIUS ADAMS, MIDFIELD: Had 10 tackles on defense and rushed for 121 yards on 10 carries in and added 10 tackles on defense in a 40-20 victory over Vinemont.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – More and more student-athletes are joining the 128 high school varsity girls’ and boys’ swim teams in Alabama. And, those Alabama High School Athletic Association swimmers are finding success beyond the confines of the pools in this state.
Wade Thaxton, swimming and diving coach at Bob Jones High School in Madison, said, “The state of swimming in Alabama is as good as it’s ever been. We are seeing more and more kids take it to college, it’s a good avenue for scholarships.”
Thaxton, who was an assistant for two boys’ state titles at Bob Jones and has been head coach for the past four years, said he was thrilled with the spirit his swimmers bring to the pool. “With high school swimming, it’s all about the team,” he said. “I asked my kids what was different between their summer league teams and our team and they told me, ‘We are together. We do things together besides what we do at the pool.’ One of my swimmers told me, ‘It is all about the school spirit, not just about yourself.’
“To see them celebrate with each other and the parents taking pictures, not of their swimmer in the pool but the team on the sidelines, that is really something that stands out.”
According to the latest reports, 72 AHSAA schools offer varsity girls’ swimming and 56 field boys’ teams. The 716 boys’ varsity swimmers is an 11.5 percent increase over the 2016-17 academic year. Girls’ participation jumped 3.8 percent to a total of 844 swimmers.
The Bob Jones swim teams do agility and weight training along with their work in the pool – which is at a local recreation center, since none of the Madison City Schools System teams have pools at school. “We practice five days a week, about 2½ hours a day,” Thaxton said. “Some of our kids also swim on their own, too. Sometimes in practice, I just want them to do sets for speed – ‘OK, just go as fast as you can on this, just get there.’ Other times, I ask them to go 60-70 percent so we can work on technique. They need individual instruction to know what they need to work on. It’s about doing every little thing that is going to make their time faster.”
Faster pays off for the high school teams – Bob Jones has won nine boys AHSAA championships, including seven straight in the 2000s, and one girls title in 2007 – and for the individual swimmers. Former Patriots standout Zach Harting, who now swims for the University of Louisville, won a bronze medal this year in the Pan Pacific Championships with a personal best time (1:55.01) after finishing second in the 2018 U.S. National Championships in the 200-meter butterfly.
High school swim season for the AHSAA began with the opening of practice on Aug. 6 with the first contests on Aug. 23. The sectional meets – in Huntsville, Birmingham and Mobile – are Nov. 16-17 with the State Meet set for Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Auburn University.
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.
AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network Top 100 for Sept. 13-20
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream more than 100 events for the first time in the AHSAA’s NFHS SBP history over the next week.
That slate begins tonight with 11 varsity and JV volleyball matches, one varsity football game and five middle school games.
The headliner will be Friday night’s AHSAA/NFHS Network Game of the Week, Opelika (1-2) at Wetumpka (3-0). The Class 6A, Region 3 battle is one of 35 football games slated for the NFHS Network Friday night.
The Bulldogs won last year’s regular-season 20-19 with a last-second field goal. Opelika, which holds a 4-0 edge in the series, also won the 2016 game 38-37. Coach Eric Speakman picked up his first head-coaching victory last week with a 66-6 win over Selma. He is in his first season as head coach after serving as an assistant coach on the Bulldogs staff headed by Caleb Ross that directed OHS to a 9-4 record last season. Ross is now the head coach at Prattville. By contrast, Wetumpka head coach Tim Perry picked up the 200th game of his career two weeks ago. The Indians are off to a 3-0 start despite losing standout senior quarterback J.D. Martin to a season-ending injury in the preseason. Martin earned All-State honors in 2017 as Wetumpka rolled to a 13-2 record and Class 6A state runner-up finish while playing in the finals for the first time in the school’s storied 116-year history.
The Opelika High School’s School Broadcast Program, headed by producer Becky Brown, will generate the game for the NFHS Network.
Friday’s slate of games is also the most for any single night in the AHSAA’s NFHS Network history. All seven classifications will be showcased with one game in Class 1A, two in Class 2A and Class 3A, four in Class 4A, four in Class 5A, 10 in Class 6A and 12 in Class 7A. The Muscle Shoals-Hartselle and Enterprise-Smiths Station games will be produced by each school.
A total of 85 AHSAA member schools will be showcased with 27 Class 6A schools and 22 Class 7A schools being featured in volleyball or football contests. The previous high for events in a week’s span produced by AHSAA member schools was 47.
Volleyball action will have a strong presence on the NFHS Network beginning tonight nine varsity matches. Among them are two matches produced by Class 1A Lindsay Lane. The Lady Lions’ matches with Woodville and Clements will be featured at 4 and 6 p.m., respectively. Mountain Brook’s two matches with James Clemens and Hoover are also set for 3:30 and 5:30, respectively. At least one AHSAA volleyball match will be on the NFHS Network nightly next week through Thursday.
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The complete AHSAA schedule of events currently set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network Sept. 13 through Sept. 20 can be found at www.ahsaa.com by clicking on the following link:
AHSAA NFHS Network Broadcast Schedule (Sept. 13-20)
Thursday, September 13
St. Paul's Episcopal
Friday, September 14
Central, Phenix City
Monday, September 17
Tuesday, September 18
Wednesay, September 19
Thursday, Sept. 20
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