AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight
HARTFORD – Calling Geneva County High School sophomore Emmanuel Henderson a kick return specialist doesn’t quite tell it all. Coach JimBob Striplin’s explosive all-purpose back had 187 yards in kickoff returns, including returning one for a 70-yard touchdown, in the Bulldogs’ 70-51 loss to Daleville. The kickoff return for a TD was his sixth of the season – tying the state single-season record set by Richmon Singletary of Elba in 2018 and earning Henderson the AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight for Week 8.
The six kickoff returns for TDs puts his name in some tall company – like David Palmer of Jackson-Olin and Steve Coleman of Pike County, two kick return specialists who earned back-to-back Mr. Football Awards from the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 1989 and 1990. Henderson set the single-game kick-return yardage mark earlier this season with 252 yards and TDs of 99 and 80 yards in a 54-49 loss to Ariton.
The Bulldogs’ star runner had had 21 rush attempts for 153 yards and three touchdowns covering 38, 26 and 9 yards versus Daleville and added two pass receptions for 35 yards to finish with 375 all-purpose yards and four scores . Daleville’s Jalen White, who earned the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight with 465 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, finished the game with 748 all-purpose yards in the same game.
His sixth kickoff return this season pushed him past a group of five that have had five kickoff returns for scores in a single season. Among they is Peyton Higgins of defending Class 1A state champion Mars Hill Bible. He accomplished that feat in 15 games last season. Also with five kickoff returns in a single season are Javin Thatch of Tanner (2011); Brandon Hale of Lexington (1998); Jason Wilkins of Shelby County (1997); and Steven Reese of Florala (1997).
The AHSAA’s most famous kick returner, Jack Golson of Fort Deposit, set a national record in 1950 by returning six punts for TDs in a 61-13 win over Loretto for Lowndes County High School. He had four in the first quarter covering 65, 50, 90 and 75 yards, and added two more (75 and 73) yards later in the game to close out the game with an NFHS record 428 punt return yards in a single game.
Several other outstanding special team efforts were also reported from last week’s slate of games, including Piedmont’s Jakari Foster, who sped 86 yards on the opening kickoff for a touchdown as the unbeaten Bulldogs (8-0) clinched the Region 6 crown with a 52-14 win over B .B. Comer. It was the second time this season Foster has returned the opening kickoff for a score. He also caught a 29-yard TD pass from quarterback Jack Hayes in the win.
Also reported were:
CAL HIGDON, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Intercepted a fourth-quarter pass and blocked a field goal on the game’s final play to secure a 21-20 victory over Ramsay.
JAYLIN PETERSON, RAMSAY: Returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in loss to Briarwood Christian.
DAVIS WINGATE, EUFAULA: Booted two field goals of 36 and 30 yards, converted both extra-point kicks, had a kickoff for a touchback and punted three times for a 36.0-yard average in the Tigers’ 20-7 win over Carver-Montgomery. Two of the punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.
KEION JACKSON, DALE COUNTY: Had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that sparked a 29-point second-half rally for the Warriors in a 39-30 come-from-behind win over Headland. Dale County overcame 30-10 deficit to clinch a Class 4A state playoff spot. Teammate Christian Herandez kicked a 44-yard field goal and was 2-of-2 on extra points in the win.
CAMDEN SKIPPER, SCOTTSBORO: Blocked an extra-point kick and had six tackles as the Wildcats beat Madison Academy 21-12.
WILL EDWARDS, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Kicked a 23-yard field goal and five extra points as the Warriors beat Woodland 45-15.
ANBRE LEEK, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown and also had two catches for 84 yards and a score in the Tigers’ 40-6 win at Ider.
JAVAR STRONG, MUSCLE SHOALS: Scooped up a blocked punt and raced 25 yards for a touchdown in a 49-21 victory over Athens.
AHSAA Football Defensive Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Hokes Bluff High School senior Ashton Gulledge is best known for his quarterbacking role for the Class 4A Eagles of Coach Mike Robertson. Last week, he proved to be equally as strong at his strong safety post on defense.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound standout recorded 18 tackles as Hokes Bluff (6-2) nipped Cherokee County 28-27 in double overtime to clinch a Class 4A, Region 6 playoff berth with the win. He was also his usual self on offense too, completing 7-of-14 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 65 yards and scored one TD.
For his effort, Gulledge captured the AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 8 as the 2019 regular season moved closer to conclusion. He got plenty of help in the hard-fought win. Teammate Darrian Meads, a senior standout running back playing with turf toe injuries on both feet, added 12 tackles and also had 65 yards rushing on 12 attempts with a TD.
Hokes Bluff clinched one of the four state-playoff qualifying spots from Region 6 with the win. The Eagles close out region play Friday traveling to Jacksonville to face the region champion Golden Eagles (7-2).
Last week’s games produced a large number of outstanding defensive efforts, including three interceptions by Faith Academy’s Peyton Bell, which helped the Rams (8-0) beat Jackson 27-7 to clinch the school’s first AHSAA region football title.
Other top performances reported include:
J.B. SANDERS, CHARLES HENDERSON: Made two interceptions and teammate Malcolm Hall also had two swipes in a 27-0 win over Tallassee. Teammate Tyrrell Jones also had a pick as the Trojans totaled five for the night.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Had 15 tackles, including three for losses, and rushed for two touchdowns and a two-point conversion in a 29-21 win over G.W. Long, clinching the Class 2A, Region 2 title.
JA’VONE WILLIAMS, THOMPSON: Intercepted a pass and returned it 63 yards for a game-clinching touchdown in a 33-21 victory over Mountain Brook.
J.D. McCRACKEN, HAMILTON: Intercepted a two-point conversion pass in the final seconds of Hamilton’s 17-16 win over Lawrence County to preserve a top two playoff seed in Class 5A, Region 7 and chance at the region title.
JESSE CORTEZ, COTTONWOOD: Totaled 13 tackles in the Bears’ 40-14 win over Houston County.
COLE CAGLE, DECATUR: Intercepted two passes in a 60-0 victory over Columbia.
L.Z. LEONARD, ENTERPRISE: Had 11 ½ tackles, including two for loss, and had two pass break-ups and two quarterback hurries in the Wildcats’ 29-27 win over R.E. Lee.
JOEL BYRD, CITRONELLE: Had 10 tackles, including one for a loss, and a sack as the Wildcats downed Vigor 18-7.
DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: Managed 10 tackles on defense and forced a fumble which he returned 75 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers’ 28-21 win over Slocomb. He also had 81 yards rushing and scored on two-point conversion following Geneva’s game-winning TD with 29 seconds left.
ZION KIRBY, GADSDEN CITY: Intercepted two passes in a 24-14 loss to Huntsville.
TAMARKUS JUDKINS, CENTER POINT: Returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown in a 44-10 victory over Moody.
BRANDON McCOY, NEW BROCKTON: Have five tackles for losses, including two sacks, in a 35-28 setback to Highland Home.
A.J. WIDGEON, SCOTTSBORO: Had five tackles, two sacks and an interception in the Wildcats’ 21-12 win over Madison Academy.
AHSAA Prep Offensive Spotlight for Week 8
MONTGOMERY – Jalen White of Daleville High School, the nation’s leading rusher, according to MaxPreps, turned in his finest performance of the season with 465 rushing yards on 26 carries as the Warhawks (6-3) downed Geneva County 70-51 to clinch a berth in the AHSAA Class 2A state playoffs in Region 2.
He had seven rushing touchdowns and scored four two-point conversions to finish with 50 points scored. His effort earned the Daleville senior the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for Week 8 of the 2019 high school football season.
Coach Desmond Lett’s standout tailback now has 2,919 yards rushing on 188 carries and has scored 39 touchdowns on the year. He has had 38 rushing. The season rushing total after eight games ranks seventh all time with two regular-season and at least one playoff game remaining. The state record (3,483 yards) was in 2014 by Dale County’s Jamarius Henderson in 14 games. White needs 565 more rushing yards this season to become the all-time single-season rushing leader in the AHSAA. Daleville closes out the regular season at Barbour County.
White, who was tabbed by USA Today as one of five finalists from the Southeast for National Offensive Player of the Year, had TD runs of 11, 78, 35, 73, 17, 49 and 55 yards with four of the TDs coming in the fourth quarter to break open a 38-30 game. For good measure, he also had 11 tackles on defense in the win. Daleville finished with 515 rushing yards in the win and had 565 versus Cottonwood on October 4 – both ranking in the top 20 team rushing efforts in AHSAA history. The 565 yards rank 11th and 515 ranks 20th.
The state record for touchdowns scored (9) and total points scored (58) were set by Hubbertville’s Tommy Haley-Ricks in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008. He had nine TDs and two 2-point conversions. Seven others have scored eight TDs in a single game, including North Jackson’s Lee Witherspoon in the 2018 season in a 78-12 win over Fairfield.
The rushing effort by White edged out a tremendous receiving effort by Brooks High School senior receiver Kobe Warren, who had 17 receptions for 183 yards and two touchdowns in Brooks’ 28-24 loss to West Limestone. The 5-foot-9, 145-pound receiver’s 17 catches ties three others for fifth most catches in a single game in AHSAA history. Keyonteze Johnson had 17 catches in a 28-21 win over Clay-Chalkville in 2018; Jonathan Thomas of Berry caught 17 passes in a 68-0 in over Brilliant in 2015; and Alma Bryant’s Jeremy Ford hauled in 17 receptions in a 35-28 loss to Davidson in 2010.
According to the AHSAA Record Book, Stevie Woods of Dora set the mark with 22 catches in a 2010 game versus Oak Grove. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Cahdil Ellis, Gulf Shores’ Patrick Williamson and LaFayette’s Chris Simpson each had 20 catches in a game in 2014, 2004 and 2000, respectively. Le-Huntsville’s Chester Rogers caught 19 passes in a game in 2011. Catching 18 passes in game were John Williamson of Crossville (2009) and Anniston’s Orlando Watters (1989).
Week 8 of the prep season was also highlighted by explosive offensive efforts all across the state. Rogers High School set a school record and kept its playoff hopes alive with an 83-29 win over Elkmont in Class 4A, Region last week – one of several high school games that were recorded this past weekend. The Pirates’ 83 points is the highest single-game total achieved in school history, topping the previous mark of 56 set against Loretto (TN) in 2017 and tied against Elkmont in 2018. American Christian beat Montevallo 84-30 earlier this season, and the Pirates’ total (83) is second most by a single team since Clay-Chalkville beat Scottsboro 85-50 in a 2014 Class 6A state playoff game.
Darby Clemmons led Rogers’ offensive explosion, which included 578 rushing yards, 708 total yards and 30 first downs. He rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns, while sophomore Austin Keeton ran for 106 yards and two scores. Austin Burgess added two rushing TDs. Walker Balentine, Andrew Hanback, Jacob Wallace and Logan Evans also scored for Rogers. Wallace completed all six of his passes for 130 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown to Tyrus Ward.
Also last week, Class 2A Abbeville scored 76 points in one half to beat Barbour County 76-0. The Jackets scored 44 points in the second quarter, which is fifth most in a quarter in AHSAA history according to the AHSAA Record Book. Woodville beat Coosa Christian 71-56 (127 points) and Class 6A Dothan rolled up 42 points in the first quarter in a 56-13 win Godby (Fl), which ranks seventh for most points in a single quarter. Daleville and Geneva County, meanwhile, accounted for 61 points in the fourth and final quarter of the Warhawks’ 70-51 over the Bulldogs for a combined 121 total points.
Woodville’s win over Coosa Christian had a combined 127 points, most in any AHSAA game this season. Spring Garden and Appalachian also went over 100 points last week as the Panthers clinched the Class 1A, Region 5 championship with a 69-34 win.
In other top performances reported from Week 8:
COLBY COPELAND, KINSTON: Accounted for 477 all-purpose yards on offense and had 11 tackles on defense in a 56-42 loss to Georgiana. He had 256 yards rushing on 17 carries with TD runs of 67 and 55 yards, added 174 yards on six kickoff returns with a long of 72 (no TD) and caught three passes for 47 yards.
D.J. DAVIS, EAST LIMESTONE: Ran for 270 yards and two touchdowns in East Limestone’s 30-21 win over Brewer.
J.D. PETTAWAY, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Ran for 261 yards and five touchdowns on 15 carries as Cottage Hill defeated Choctaw County 48-12.
JOHNNY GILLIAM, NORTH JACKSON: Ran 24 times for 244 yards, with TD runs of 3 and 74 yards, and caught TD passes of 17 and 49 yards in a 51-46 loss to West Morgan.
JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: The 5-foot-7 quarterback had 37 carries for 225 yards and a touchdown as the Wildcats beat Madison Academy 21-12.
JACOB GUYTON, BOB JONES: Had 20 carries for 219 yards, including TD runs of 3 and 66 yards, in a 36-28 victory over Austin. He had 169 second-half yards.
ANDREW BETTIS, SATSUMA: Rushed for 233 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries as the Gators beat 37-8.
BERNARD DIXON, CHICKASAW: Gained 221 yards on 16 rush attempts and scored four touchdowns as the Chieftains nipped Southern Choctaw (35-22).
BRIAN SMITH, ARITON: Rushed for 206 yards on 18 carries, including an 80-yard scamper for a TD on the first offensive play of the game, as the Purple Cats 7-2) beat previously undefeated G.W. Long (7-1) to clinch the Class 2A, Region 2 title with a 29-21 win.
JARRIS WILLIAMS, BLOUNT: Totaled 204 yards rushing on 29 carries and scored a touchdown as the Leopards beat Spanish Fort.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Piled up 193 rushing yards on 17 carries and scored five TDs (3, 10, 11, 35 and 51 yards) as the Panthers beat Appalachian 69-34 to win the Class 1A, Region 5 title. He also had five tackles on defense. Teammate Weston Kirk added 189 yards and one TD on 17 carries, and Chaz Pope totaled 145 yards and a TD on 11 carries. He also caught two passes, one for an 8-yard touchdown, and had an interception on defense. The trio had 527 yards rushing between them.
ETHAN SMITH, COLBERT COUNTY: Picked up 198 rushing yards on 28 carries and scored one TD in 27-20 Class 2A, Region 7 win over Sheffield.
JAYLEN NOBLES, SLOCOMB: Totaled 245 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns on offense and had nine tackles on defense in a 28-21 loss to Geneva. He had 194 yards rushing on 22 carries with TD runs of 51 and 49 yards, caught one pass for 35 yards and had 16 yards in kick/punt returns.
DYLAN BLACKBURN, JAMES CLEMENS: Had 24 carries for 190 yards and three touchdowns to the Jets to a 49-3 win over previously unbeaten Sparkman and the Class 7A, Region 8 title.
JEANDRE WILLIAMS, DECATUR: Had 17 carries for 175 yards and three touchdowns in a 60-0 win over Columbia. He had 160 yards and all three scores in the first half.
CADE ALEXANDER, WEST MORGAN: Rushed for 191 yards and five touchdowns (10, 29, 2, 63 and 33 yards) in West Morgan’s 51-46 win over North Jackson.
KAHARI McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: Accounted for three scores, including a game-winning 10-yard touchdown run with 29 seconds left, to give Geneva a 28-21 win over Slocomb. The Panthers trailed 21-20 at the time of McReynolds’ final TD. McReynolds finished the game with 150 yards rushing and two TDs and also threw a 45-yard TD pass to his brother, Timothy McReynolds.
ANTHONY HAYES, HOOVER: Ran 24 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns, caught three passes for 85 yards and a TD, and scored the game-winning TD on an 11-yard run in the final minute of a 34-28 victory over Vestavia Hills.
KYAN HORN, NEW BROCKTON: Totaled 150 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries in the Gamecocks’ 35-28 loss to Highland Home.
ELIJAH JOHNSON, PIEDMONT: Rushed for 146 yards on 10 carries with a 47-yard touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 52-14 win at B.B. Comer.
KADEN SHELTON, JASPER: Rushed 22 times for 135 yards and one TD, completed both pass attempts for 16 yards and caught three receptions for 42 yards as the Vikings (7-0) beat Russellville 31-0 in Class 5A, Area 7. Jasper out-gained the Tigers 457 yards to 141 in the win.
WES SIMMONS, GASTON: Has 25 carries for 148 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 46-28 loss to West End.
TRENT DAVIS, ETOWAH: Rushed for 131 yards (117 in the first half) and two touchdowns on 14 carries in the Blue Devils’ 34-10 win over Alexandria. He also intercepted a pass that led to a touchdown.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Collinsville: Accounted for all four Panther touchdowns in a
35-0 win over Sand Rock. He ran for 102 yards on nine carries with three scores (1, 20 and 5 yards) and threw for 95 yards on just two completions, including a 73-yard touchdown to Garrett Skelton.
DAMIONE WARD, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Scores two rushing touchdowns, passed for another and accounted for 170 yards total offense in a 26-21 victory over previously unbeaten Oxford.
SAWYER PATE, THOMPSON: Was 29-of-32 passing for 329 yards and four touchdowns as the unbeaten Warriors (8-0) clinched the Class 7A, Region 3 title with a 33-21 win over Vestavia Hills. He raised his season totals to 124-of-155 passes for 1,647 yards and 24 touchdowns with no interceptions, according to MaxPreps. His 80.0% completion percentage on the season is on pace to set the AHSAA season state record.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Completed 21-of-33 passes for 312 yards and 16 touchdowns as the Falcons beat Danville 63-35. He also rushed for 162 yards and two scores on 13 carries to finish with 478 total yards and accounted for eight TDs.
HARRISON BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Completed 26-of-33 passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-28 double-overtime victory over Oak Mountain. Barker is now 196-of-302 on the season for 2,537 yards and 17 touchdowns.
TREVOR HORNE, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Was 12-of-34 passing for 335 yards and six TDs in a 71-56 loss to Woodville.
ALEX YOUNG, HUEYTOWN: Completed 17-of-26 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-20 victory over McAdory.
KAMBREE JOHNSON, PARKER: Completed 12-of-17 for 294 passing yards and three TDs and added 11 carries for 153 yards and two touchdowns for 447 total yards in a 42-12 victory over Woodlawn.
ROWE ALLEN, ELKMONT: Was 21-of-49 passing for 281 yards and four touchdowns in an 83-29 loss to Rogers.
ALEX GLASS, MINOR: Was 12-of-19 passing for 236 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown pass with less than four minutes to go, in a 37-35 victory over Chelsea.
ELI PEARCE, WEST END: Rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries and completed 10-of-19 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 46-28 victory over Gaston. His TD passes covered 16, 29 and 35 yards and touchdown runs were 80 and 78 yards.
ROSS REYNOLDS, ARAB: Was 17-of-19 passing for 189 yards and a TD and also had 20 rush attempts for 92 yards and three scores in the Knights’ 56-42 loss to Madison County,
JACKSON HOLLAND, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed his first 14 passes and finished 14-of-15 for 187 yards in a 24-21 victory over Tuscaloosa County.
JACKSON BILLINGS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Completed all 13 of his second-half passes, finishing with 91 yards passing, and ran for 158 yards in a 27-19 victory over Lauderdale County.
SLADE ALEXANDER, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Was 11-of-16 passing for 179 yards and rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in the Warriors’ 28-27 double-overtime loss at Hokes Bluff.
BRYAN GALLOWAY, GOSHEN: Accounted for seven touchdowns – four rushing and three passing – in a 56-6 win over Central Hayneville. Galloway was 8-of-9 passing for 130 yards and rushed for four TDs on short runs.
SAMUEL COSBY, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 10-of-15 pass attempts for 147 yards and two touchdowns (57 and 25 yards) and also ran for 88 yards on eight carries in the Tigers’ 40-6 win at Ider.
JACK HAYES, PIEDMONT: Completed 9-of-10 pass attempts for 101 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 52-14 win at B.B. Comer.
EVAN DELP, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Hauled in six passes from Trevor Horne for 272 yards and five touchdowns in a 71-56 loss to Woodville. For of the TDs cover long distances of 74, 54, 38 and 49 yards.
JAMARIUS CARTER, MONTEVALLO: Caught seven passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-0 victory over Sipsey Valley.
SEAN ZERKLE, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHIOLIC: Grabbed seven catches for 176 yards and four touchdowns and added an interception on defense in the Falcons’ 63-35 win over Danville.
COOPER KELLEY, SPAIN PARK: Caught touchdowns passes in both overtimes to lift the Jaguars to a 35-28 double-overtime victory over Oak Mountain. He now has seven TD receptions on the season.
RAQUEZ JACKSON, PARKER: Caught four passes for 160 yards and TD catches of 4 and 83 yards in a 42-12 victory over Woodlawn.
QUE MAYES, HUEYTOWN: Caught six passes for 133 yards and a touchdown in a 34-20 victory over McAdory. Teammate Jordan Ivory also nabbed seven passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
JOE TUCKER, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Had five catches for 149 yards and three two touchdowns in a 45-14 victory over Woodland.
MICAH LEWIS, COTTONWOOD: Caught three passes for 130 yards and a touchdown in the Bears’ 40-14 win over Houston County.
JEREMIAH ROBERSON, WEST END: Grabbed six pass receptions for 113 yards and two scores in a 46-28 win over Gaston.
REGINALD DAVIS, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had five catches for 104 yards and two TDs and also had 12 rush attempts for 60 yards and one score in a 29-27 loss to Enterprise.
CHRIS HOPE, JAMES CLEMENS: Caught five passes for 111 yards in a 49-3 victory over Sparkman.
177 Events Planned by NFHS Network SBP Schools
MONTGOMERY – White Plains High School’s football program has only had six head coaches in its 48 years since playing its first season in 1972. However, Coach Chandler Tyree, in his first season at the helm, is the fourth head coach in the program this decade.
The last winning season for the Wildcats came in 2003, and in the five previous seasons White Plains totaled just six wins while going 6-44.
Chandler is changing those dynamics, however, as the Wildcats (3-4) host Class 4A, Region 6 leader Jacksonville (6-2) in the AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week. WOTM TV, under the direction of executive producer Vince Earley, is producing the contest – the seventh in the 2019 Game-of-the Week series.
The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network subscriber-based program and will also be available on the network of cable stations that have joined the WOTM Network in Alabama. Veteran announcer Tommy Wood and legendary football coach Rick Rhoades will be handling the commentary for the WOTM production.
Earley also announced next week’s AHSAA TV Network Game of the Week pairing: Briarwood Christian at Fairfield on Oct. 24.
White Plains could clinch its first playoff berth since 1994 with a win over Jacksonville tonight and a win over Oneonta next week. While that task is a tall order, the good news is that White Plains is still in the hunt.
Topping the Golden Eagles of Coach Clint Smith, who are 5-0 in Region 6 and could clinch their second straight region title a win over White Plains, feature one of the state’s top running backs in senior Ron Wiggins. The powerful runner set a school record last season with 409 rushing yards in over Cleburne County and had a personal high of six rushing touchdowns in last week’s 55-21 win over Oneonta.
He can run with power – scoring three TDs last week on runs of 1, 2 and 6 yards, but he is capable of scoring from anywhere on the field. He also had TD runs of 84, 18 and 10 yards. Named All-State as a junior, Wiggins is one of several weapons in the Eagles’ lineup.
Smith, currently in his eighth season as head coach, is 61-26 during that span and 16-3 over the last 19 games. Hos overall record in the AHSAA is 99-27 with the school’s next win being the 100th of his coaching career. He also spent three years coaching eight-man football at a non-member school. He directed Jacksonville to just its third unbeaten regular season in 98 years in 2018. The Eagles were 6-0-1 in their first season in 1920, finished 10-1in 1999 and 11-1 last season – losing in the second round of the 4A state playoffs to Good Hope.
White Plains quarterback Jaden Chatman has been solid, and receiver Ethan Bozart is one of the best in Region 6.
The NFHS Network School Broadcast Program has two varsity football games set for live-streaming tonight with Eufaula and Carver-Montgomery the other one at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. Friday’s slate has 60 offerings, including a battle of undefeated teams in Class 7A--Region 3 with Mountain Brook (7-0) at Thompson (7-0) in a game designed by the NFHS Network as one of five National Games of the Week.
In addition, 25 varsity volleyball matches are set for tonight and a total of 177 events currently set to be live-streamed by AHSAA member schools participating in the NFHS School Broadcast Program through the weekend. Currently, two area volleyball tournaments, Class 1A Areas 11 and 15 at Spring Garden and Lindsay Lane, are scheduled to live-stream selected matches next Monday. More are expected to be scheduled over the weekend.
Among the 60 varsity football games set to be live-streamed Friday are: Class 3A: Westminster Christian (5-2) at Lauderdale County (7-1); Class 4A: Escambia County (4-4) at UMS-Wright (7-0); Class 5A: Jasper (7-0) at Russellville (6-1); Scottsboro (5-2) at Madison Academy (5-2); Class 6A: Athens (6-2) at Muscle Shoals (8-0); Clay-Chalkville (5-2) at Muscle Shoals; Opelika (6-1) at Stanhope Elmore (7-1); Spanish Fort (4-2) at Blount (6-1); Class 7A: James Clemens (5-2) at Sparkman (8-0; and Vestavia Hills (5-2) at Hoover (6-1).
Other headliners Friday include Class 1A: Waterloo (7-1) at defending Class 1A state champ Mars Hill Bible (7-0) in Region 8; Class 2A: J.U. Blacksher (7-1) at Leroy (6-1) in Region 1; Ariton (6-2) at unbeaten G.W. Long in Region 2; and North Sand Mountain (5-2) at Fyffe (7-0) in Region 8; Class 3A: Montgomery Academy (5-3) at Pike Road (8-0) in Region 3; Walter Wellborn (7-1) at Pleasant Valley (5-2) in Region 6; Geraldine (5-2) at Susan Moore (8-0) in Region 7; Class 4A: Holtville (6-2) at Talladega (4-2) in Region 4; Class 5A: Faith Academy (7-0) at Jackson (4-3) in Region 1; Ramsay (7-1) at Briarwood Christian (6-2) in Region 4; Sylacauga (7-2) at Central, Clay County (5-2) in Region 5; Alexandria (6-0) at Etowah (7-1) in Region 6; Class 7A: Auburn (5-2) at Prattville (7-1) in Region 2.
Hewitt-Trussville also plans to live-stream the Husky Challenge Cross Country Invitational on Saturday.
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MONTGOMERY – Mountain Brook High School’s two-point conversion attempt with 15 seconds left went haywire … and provided the drama that turned out to be one of the AHSAA’s most exciting finishes in years as the Spartans nipped Hewitt-Trussville 11-10 in a key Class 7A, Region 3 battle. That dramatic finish grabbed the AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight for Week 7.
Facing fourth-and-goal at the Huskies 8-yard line late in the fourth quarter, quarterback Strother Gibbs connected with receiver Jake Thompson for a touchdown with only 15 seconds remaining to cut the Huskies lead to 10-9. Coach Chris Yeager opted to forego overtime and go for the win by calling a reverse pass play which was designed for receiver Paulson Wright to make the throw. The play was disrupted, however, when Hewitt-Trussville linebacker crashed into running back Sam Higgins, forcing an errant pitch that rolled all the way back to the 20 yard line.
Wright scrambled under intense pressure to scoop up the ball, then turned threw toward the end zone where was Thompson was waiting. He broke back toward the throw snagged the ball away from the scrambling defense on the goal line to complete the two-point conversion and 11-10 win.
The victory clinched a playoff berth for the Spartans, now tied with Thompson (7-0) at 5-0 in region play. Hewitt dropped to 1-4 in region play.
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The exciting finish edged out another outstanding special teams performance by Geneva County all-purpose back Emmanuel Henderson. He scored in four different ways and compiled 353 all-purpose yards in a 34-14 win over Cottonwood, including his sixth kickoff return of the season for a touchdown. Henderson also had 223 yards rushing on 15 carries. He scored on TD runs of 58 and 44 yards, a touchdown catch of 48 yards, an 82-yard kickoff return and an interception return of 92 yards. The kickoff return tied the AHSAA state record set last year by Elba's Richmon Singletary.
Several other exciting special teams efforts were also reported including:
JACORIAN WILSON, SIDNEY LANIER: Booted a 58-yard punt that pinned Carver on its 1-yard line in the final minutes that set up the opportunity for the Poets’ winning score as Sidney Lanier nipped Carver-Montgomery 14-13. Wilson caught the 16-yard pass from Marquarius Moore with 1:03 remaining to tie the game at 13-13 and then booted the game-winning extra point. The Poets blocked the extra-point kick attempted by the Wolverines following linebacker Andre Howard’s 32-yard interception return for a TD gave Carver a 13-7 lead with 4:26 remaining. Wilson finished with three catches for 65 yards.
BRAXTON DANIEL, RANDOLPH COUNTY: Kicked a 27-yard field goal with four seconds left to seal a 17-14 win over Walter Wellborn in Class 3A, Region 6.
JOHN JETER, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Kicked two field goals, including a 41-yarder with 2:14 left to give the Eagles the win for good in a 13-10 win over Opp. He also had a 30-yarder with two seconds left in the first half.
LUKE ADAMS, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Kicked field goals of 35 and 41 yards and was 4-for-4 on extra-point kicks in a 41-13 Class 4A win over Dale County.
PATRICK DAVIS, SPAIN PARK: Recovered a blocked punt in the zone for a defensive touchdown in the Jags’ 42-35 loss to Hoover.
AUSTIN ESTES, PIEDMONT: Scored touchdowns three different ways, including a 55-yard punt return, 34-yard run and a 31-yard reception from quarterback Jack Hayes in the Bulldogs' 64-7 homecoming victory against Glencoe. Hayes was 6-of-10 passing for 133 yards and three TDs – to three different receivers.
D.J. LEE, GAYLESVILLE: Compiled 317 all-purpose yards with 126 kick return yard and a touchdown, 144 yards rushing on 25 carries and 37 yards passing in a 36-20 loss to Coosa Christian. The two-way standout also had eight tackles, an interception and fumble recovery on defense.
CARSON SHAW, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Returned a punt 46 yards to set up the winning touchdown and added 140 rushing yards on 14 carries in a 21-20 Class 3A win over Lexington. He also scored two TDs.
AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for Week 7
MONTGOMERY – Scottsboro High School’s 56-42 victory over Marshall County rival Arab last week was big in a lot of way for Coach Don Jacobs’ Wildcats. It also made history as junior quarterback Jacob Manning and senior running back Cam Bass accomplished a feat together that had never been done in the school’s 103-year football-playing history.
Both rushed for more than 200 yards in the game as Scottsboro gained 482 net rushing yards to earn this week’s AHSAA Offensive Spotlight. The rushing total was the sixth best team rushing performance in school history, according to WWIC radio personality, long-time team statistician and team historian Greg Bell. For the first time since 2016, Scottsboro didn’t have a single punt in the game.
Manning rushed 20 times for 221 yards and five touchdown1-of-2 pass attempts for 33 yards. He also scored a two-point conversion to give him 32 point score in the contest, a new Scottsboro single-game record. Bass had a career high 253 rushing yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns.
The AHSAA Record Book does not have a record established for most players over 200 yards rushing in a single game. And while it has been done in the past, Friday’s effort came at a perfect time for Jacobs and his Wildcats (5-2). The Class 5A, Region 8 victory moved Scottsboro into a three-way tie at the top of the region standings with Madison County (6-2) and defending region champion Madison Academy (5-2). Each have a 4-1 region record with two region games to go. Arab (4-3) fell to 2-3 in region play.
For Jacobs, a former Scottsboro High School quarterbacking sensation who also quarterback at the University of Alabama, his usually balanced offenses tip the scales a little more on the passing side most years. This season, however, the one-two punch of Manning and Bass has been too much for most teams to handle. Manning has 976 rushing yards this season and Bass has 950.
The duo’s combined eight rushing touchdowns versus the Knights tied the school record for rushing TDs in a single game that has occurred three times – 1933, 1956 and 2002. The win also improved Scottsboro’s edge in the series with Arab to 40-18-1. The series is the fourth longest in on-going series in Scottsboro history. The Wildcats have played Guntersville 86 times, Fort Payne 84 times and Albertville 70 times.
Arab senior quarterback Ross Reynolds was 23-of-35 passing for 355 yards and two TDs and had 107 yards rushing and two more scores on 14 carries for the Knights. Receivers Will Hudson and Colby King also had spectacular efforts for Arab. Hudson had 10 receptions for 181 yards and one TD and King had six grabs for 107 yards and two TDs.
Friday’s game totaled a combined 98 points with 48 coming in the fourth quarter – an average one a touchdown every two minutes. The two teams combined for 1,043 yards in total offense, another school record. Scottsboro finished with 515 yards and Arab had 528. The total yardage ranks fourth all-time, according to the AHSAA Record Book. Hewitt-Trussville and Manatee (FL) set the record (1,287 yards) in 2016. Cordova and Trinity had 1,266 total yard in a 2008 game, while Thompson and Hewitt-Trussville had 1,199 in last year’s 61-49 win by the Warriors in a game nationally televised that attracted more than 200,000 viewers.
ALABAMA ALL-STAR WATCH
LANDON SMOTHERS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Directed the Trojans (8-0) to a 45-0 win over Cullman with 219 yards passing and four touchdowns on and completing 18-of-23 pass attempts. He had seven completions in a row at one stretch.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: The senior running back had 207 total yards and three touchdowns in a 56-6 Class 6A, Region 4 win over Bessemer City in a battle of unbeaten rivals. He had 79 yards rushing, 90 yards receiving and 38 passing and scored three touchdowns.
KRISTIAN STORY, LANETT: Rushed for a 50-yard touchdown and fired four TD passes as the Class 1A Panthers blanked Loachapoka 42-0. Tae Hurston had three TD receptions from Story.
Other top performances reported include:
ANTHONY HAYES, HOOVER: Sparked the Bucs to a 42-35 win over rival Spain Park with 28 rush attempts for 284 yards and four TDs. Among his scores was a 91-yard run in the first half and a 31-yard run with 2:38 remaining to break a 35-35 tie.
JALEN WHITE, DALEVILLE: Had 29 rush attempts for 230 yards and one TD in a 32-7 loss to Abbeville. The 230 yards pushes his total to 2,401 rushing yards on the season, which currently leads the nation’s high school runners, according to MaxPreps. White has 160 rush attempts for 2,401 yards and 31 rushing TDs this season in eight games. He has 32 total TDs. He also had an interception on defense versus the Jackets.
PEYTON HIGGINS, MARS HILL BIBLE: The junior had 20 rush attempts for 223 yards and two touchdowns, caught two passes for 59 yards and added 12 tackles pls two pass breakups on defense as defending Class 1A state champion Mars Hill (7-0) downed Class 4A Central-Florence 34-12.
KENDRICK FIFE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Picked up 220 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns on 22 carries to lead the Warriors to a 47-22 Class 4A victory Ashville. His touchdown runs were from 38, 3 and 5 yards.
HUNTER LOVE, FORT PAYNE: Rushed 37 times for 219 yards and three touchdowns and scored the game-winning two-point conversion in overtime of a 36-35 victory over Buckhorn.
KADEN SHELTON, JASPER: The senior had 17 rush attempts for 207 yards and four touchdowns as Jasper (7-0) beat Lawrence County 42-20 in a key Class 5A, Region 7 game. Teammate J.C. Collins added 174 yards on 26 carries and scored twice. The Vikings had 52 running plays for 420 yards and six TDs in the game.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 15 times for 203 yards and touchdown runs of 19 and 28 yards, all in the first half, in a 43-0 Class 4A, Region 6 win over Cleburne County. Teammate Ashton Gulledge added 64 passing yards and a TD, 84 rushing yards and three TDs, and an interception on defense.
BRINTEN BARCLAY, HARTSELLE: Had 25 carries for 211 yards and two TDs as Hartselle beat Decatur 49-7 in Class 6A, Region 7.
RON WIGGINS, JACKSONVILLE: Rushed for 193 yards and six touchdowns (6, 10, 2, 1, 18 and 84 yards) to lead Jacksonville past Oneonta 55-21 in a key Class 4A, Region 6 win. He was also crowned homecoming king at halftime.
OMARION CRAWFORD, SARALAND: Picked up 187 rushing and two touchdowns on 17 carries as the unbeaten Spartans (8-0) downed St. Paul’s 28-20 in Class 6A, Region 1.
BRYAN HOGAN, DESHLER: Had 180 yards rushing, including three first-half touchdowns, as the Tigers nipped Brooks 35-20 in a key Class 4A, Region 8 win. His 53-yard TD run just before halftime proved to be the game’s biggest play.
LUKE PREWETT, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Finished with 22 carries for 180 yards and a 2-yard TD run and four catches for 52 yards in a 38-28 Class 5A victory over Parker.
EVAN SMITH, OAK MOUNTAIN: Ran for 180 yards and scored on runs of 8 and 80 yards in a 53-32 Class 7A victory over Tuscaloosa County.
COLLIER BLAIR, CHELSEA: Had 31 carries for 171 yards and a touchdown in a 27-26 loss to Homewood.
TYLER GAMBLE, MAE JEMISON: Ran 20 times for 161 yards and a touchdown in a 42-21 victory over Hazel Green.
GABE GAMBLE, PELHAM: Ran for 146 yards and one TD on 20 carries as the Panthers beat Jackson-Olin 38-7.
EYREN BOYD, FULTONDALE: Ran 18 times for 133 yards and scored on runs of 3 and 8 yards and had a receiving touchdown in a 21-18 Class 3A, Region 5 win over Midfield. The Wildcats are now 5-0 in region play and the Patriots fell to 3-1. Karsten Threat had 167 yards rushing on nine carries and scored both Midfield TDs on runs of 14 and 24 yards.
KARMICHAEL CATTLING, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Led a trio of runners who rushed for more than 100 yards for the Warriors in their 42-0 win over Gaston with 126 yards on 16 carries. John Reese had 114 yards on six carries and Asher Keck added 103 yards on 12 carries as Westbrook Christian piled up 462 total yards on the night.
KAHARI McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: Accounted for 281 yards rushing and receiving and four scores in the Panthers' 34-27 comeback win over Houston Academy. He had 50-yard TD reception and rushing touchdowns of 50 yards and 1 yard in fourth quarter to help Geneva overcome a 27-14 deficit. He rushed for 140 yards on 13 carries and had 141 reception yards on six catches.
TYLER DANZEY, HEADLAND: Rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns, passed for another TD and scored on two-point conversion in a 50-28 Rams win over Ashford. He also had six tackles and an interception on defense.
DARRELL GIBSON, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Gained 175 rushing yards on 18 carries and scored twice as the Knights (8-0) beat B.T. Washington 49-0 to clinch the Class 4A, Region 3 title.
AUSTIN GAVIN, SAINT JAMES: Led the Trojans to a 42-14 win over Beulah with 148 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries. He went over 1,000 yards rushing on the season in the process.
TATE HOLLEY, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Rushed for 140 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries as the Wildcats beat Dale County 41-13.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Completed 20-of-31 passes for 366 yards and five touchdowns and added 11 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown in a 48-14 victory over Randolph. He finished with 489 total yards.
LAMARCUS BROWN, BLOUNT: Passed for 360 yards and five touchdowns as the Leopards downed Gulf Shores 39-0.
LANDON GREEN, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Completed 15-of-18 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns as the Bison downed Ider 48-7.
ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Was 15-of-19 passing for 300 yards and four TDs and added four rushes for 50 yards in a 45-0 victory over John Carroll.
LUKE NAIL, DANVILLE: The senior passed for 283 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 98 yards and another TD and returned an interception on defense for a fourth score to lead the Hawks past DAR 42-33.
KAMBREE JOHNSON, PARKER: Completed 26-of-33 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown and scored on runs of 2, 1 and 5 yards in a 38-28 loss to Briarwood Christian. He completed 11 straight passes in the first half and then completed 11 more in a row in the second half.
BRANDON McNEAL, BUCKHORN: Was 19-of-28 passing for 270 yards in a 36-35 overtime loss to Fort Payne.
DYLAN HARRIS, ASHVILLE: Was 13-of-25 passing for 244 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-22 loss to Cherokee County.
XAVIER LANKFORD, PELHAM: Was 12-of-16 passing for 221 yards and one touchdown in Pelham’s 38-7 win over Jackson-Olin. He also rushed for 54 yards and two scores on 12 carries.
HARRISON BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Was 17-of-29 passing for 218 yards and two TDs in the Jaguars’ 42-35 loss to Hoover.
HESS HORNE, EUFAULA: Completed 10-of-14 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers' 48-0 win over Russell County.
DAMION KEMMERLIN, GENEVA: Totaled 280 yards passing and running and accounted for three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 34-27 come-from-behind win over Houston Academy. He was 11-of-13 passing for 187 yards and two touchdowns and had 10 rush attempts for 93 yards and a 50-yard TD run.
CARSON DUNLAP, G.W. LONG: Was 6-of-9 passing for 218 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Rebels (7-0) past Houston County 49-7. His TD completions covered 22, 54, 43 and 48 yards.
TREY HIGGINS, OXFORD: Was 9-of-13 passing for 197 yards and three touchdowns as Oxford (7-0) improved to 4-0 in Class 6A, Region 6 with a 38-20 win over Shades Valley.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Accounted for five Indians touchdowns and 316 total yards as the Indians beat Benjamin Russell 33-20. He passed for 185 yards and two TDs, rushed for two scores and caught a pass for a fifth TD. He also made two interceptions on defense.
JOSH LUNDY, HOOVER: Completed 16-of-22 passes for 204 yards and two TDs as the Bucs (6-1) beat Spain Park 42-35.
JUSTIN STUBBLEFIELD, DAR: Had 369 total yards, 200 passing and 169 rushing, as the Patriots lost a tough game to Danville 42-33. He was 12-of-25 passing and had 13 rush attempts.
MARCUS GREEN, LEFLORE: Finished 9-of-12 passing for 178 yards and five touchdowns and also scored two rushing touchdowns in the Rattlers’ 58-0 Class 5A win over
JAMES FLYNN, FAITH ACADEMY: Completed 9-for-14 passing for 170 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score as the Rams (7-0) remained unbeaten in Class 5A, Region 1 with a 35-8 win over Vigor, the school’s first over Vigor since 2019. The Wolves hold a 10-2 edge in the series.
RYLEY KIRK, SPRING GARDEN: Was 8-for-8 passing with 115 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown pass to Cooper Austin, and ran for three scores in the Class 1A Panthers' 47-24 homecoming win over Victory Christian.
BRADIY TROUP, ETOWAH: Completed 6-of-7 passes for 143 yards and touchdown passes of 60 and 45 yards, all in the first half, in a 35-0 Class 5A win over Douglas.
JAYDEN CULPEPPER, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Caught seven passes for 182 yards and four touchdowns covering 21, 43, 33 and 34 yards as the Bison beat Ider 48-7.
SEAN ZERKLE, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Grabbed eight receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns as the Falcons beat Randolph 48-14.
JAILEN HOLMES, MADISON COUNTY: Caught seven passes for 150 yards in a 49-21 loss to Madison County.
CHRIS LEWIS, PLEASANT GROVE: Caught four passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-0 victory over John Carroll Catholic.
QUAMINE GAMBLE, MADISON COUNTY: Caught six passes for 110 yards, including TDs of 45 and 35 yards, in a 49-21 victory over Madison Academy.
CHARLES PRITCHETT, PELHAM: Had five catches for 126 yards in a 38-7 victory over Jackson-Olin.
QUE MAYES, HUEYTOWN: Snagged four receptions for 103 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-7 win over previously unbeaten Bessemer City.
ADRIANE HIERNANDEZ, ASHVILLE: Had four catches for 107 yards and a TD in the Bulldogs’ 47-22 loss to Cherokee County.
TRE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: Caught five passes for 100 yards in a 27-26 victory over Chelsea.
TAE McGREGOR, VINCENT: Scored five touchdowns and finished with more than 300 all-purpose yards in a 43-24 Class 2A victory over Horseshoe Bend. He scored on runs of 85 and 33 yards and had TD receptions of 17, 22, and 52 yards. He also had a pair of two-point conversions and kicked three extra points to finish with 37 points scored in the win.
MARKEL RICKS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Caught nine passes for 99 yards a touchdown in a 45-0 victory over Cullman.
AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 7
MONTGOMERY – Oxford High School’s defense could make most teams a mighty good offense. The Yellow Jackets (7-0) of Coach Keith Etheredge posted a quick defensive touchdown on Shades Valley’s first offensive play of the game and added another in almost identical fashion Friday night as Oxford downed the Mounties 38-20.
The win improved the Jackets to 4-0 in Class 6A, Region 6 with two region games remaining and also earned Oxford the AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for week 7 of the 2019 prep football season.
Trequon Fegans scooped up a fumble the first fumble and raced 30 yards for a defensive touchdown to five Oxford a quick 13-0 lead. Midway through the third quarter, Delvon Fegans raced 45 yards for another defensive score when he grabbed a fumble on a Mounties punt return and raced untouched into the end zone.
Shades Valley was unable to bounce back. The Mounties only had 27 yards rushing on the night and just 105 total yards. Oxford, meanwhile, was near perfect with its passing game as Trey Wiggins completed 9of-13 passes for 197s with Roc Taylor snaring TD tosses covering 36 and 28 yards and Zay Britt hauled in a 42-yard scoring strike. Place-kicker Andrew Warhurst also kicked s 30-yard field goal and was 5-of-5 on PATs.
The defensive gems were just a couple of defensive gems reported from last week’s action.
Among the other top defensive efforts reported were:
DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: Had 12 tackles, including five for losses, forced and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown in Geneva's 34-27 comeback win over Houston Academy. He also rushed for 62 yards on 14 carries on offense.
BLAKE SPARKS, COLLINSVILLE: Recovered a pair of fumbles in less than two minutes in the first quarter of the Panthers' 56-6 victory at Asbury. Teammate Kaleb Jones also returned an interception on defense 24 yards for a touchdown and was 5-of-5 passing on offense for 98 yards as the Panthers downed Asbury 56-6.
JOSEPH FORTSON, SPARKMAN: Intercepted two passes in a 27-14 victory over Bob Jones.
KE’DARIEON RABB, J.U. BLACKSHER: Had two interceptions on defense, rushed for 85 yards and passed for 141 yards in a 13-6 win over Chickasaw in Class 2A, Region 1.
C.J. PAYMON, PIKE ROAD: Playing the school’s first home game on their own newly renovated field, Payman returned an interception for one score, scored on a short run following a kickoff miscue by Dadeville that gave the Patriots the ball inside the 10-yard line and also hauled in a 25-yard TD pass in a 42-0 Class 3A, Region 3 win over the visiting Tigers.
CARSON WIGGINS, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Had two interceptions and three tackles on defense as the Warriors beat Gaston 42-0.
WILSON TURNER, HEADLAND: Had 15 tackles, including a sack, as the Rams thumped Ashford 50-28.
MICAH LEWIS, COTTONWOOD: Recorded 13 tackles in a 34-14 loss to Geneva County.
GRAYISON STEWART, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Totaled 11 tackles with a sack and also recovered a fumble caused by teammate Cole Smith in the final minute to preserve a 13-10 Class 3A, Region 2 win over Opp.
J.B. SANDERS, CHARLES HENDERSON: Had 13 tackles in the Trojans’ 28-18 Class 5A win over Carroll.
THOMAS GLISSON, OPP: Had 12 tackles and teammate Brady James also had 12 stops in the Bobcats’ outstanding defensive effort in a 13-10 loss to Providence Christian.
ZACK PHILLIPS, ARITON: Posted 12 tackles and had 75 yards rushing in a 62-6 Class 2A win over Barbour County.
ZEKE KELLEY, WICKSBURG: Led a trio of defenders for the Panthers in a 20-7 Class 3A win over Straughn. He had 13 tackles and teammates Reese Martin and Dustin Woodham had 12 each for the winners.
CHARLIE GOODE, HOMEWOOD: Accounted for 11 tackles in a 27-26 Class 6A victory over Chelsea.
THOMAS LADNER, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Had two interceptions to pace the Wildcats defense as Trinity downed Dale County 41-13.
AHMAD FROST, MIDFIELD: Accumulated 10 tackles and a sack in a 21-18 loss to Fultondale.
COURTNEY HOWARD, HAZEL GREEN: Returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown in a 42-21 loss to Mae Jemison.
GASTON WILLARD, SAND ROCK: Led the Wildcats defense with eight tackles, including two for lost yardage, in a 35-0 victory over Section on homecoming.
MONTGOMERY – Upstart Class 2A, Region 4 rivals Thorsby and Fayetteville square off in tonight’s AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week. WOTM TV, under the direction of executive producer Vince Earley, is producing the contest – the seventh in the 2019 Game-of-the Week series.
The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network subscriber-based program and will also be available on the network of cable stations that have joined the WOTM Network in Alabama. Veteran announcer Tommy Wood and legendary football coach Rick Rhoades will be handling the commentary for the WOTM production.
Earley also announced the lineup of AHSAA TV Network Game of the Week pairings for the next two weeks: Jacksonville at White Plains on Oct. 17 and Briarwood Christian at Fairfield on Oct. 24.
Coach John Limbaugh is in his eighth season as head coach for Fayetteville (4-2). The Wolves athletic program did not add football until 1997 and since then have had just six winning seasons. Limbaugh led Fayetteville to a 9-3 record in 2015, the school’s best overall, and has hopes of repeating that success thanks to this year’s fast start. He is 33-45 with three of the six winning campaigns occurring in his tenure. He is the winningest head football coach in the school’s brief football history.
Thorsby (3-4) has been around much longer, playing one football game in 1937. However, the current program got underway 29 years later in 1966 and has produced 13 winning seasons in the 55-year span. Like Limbaugh, Rebels head coach Daryl Davis is the winningest head coach in Thorsby history. He served as head coach from 2005-08 compiling a 10-30 record, but returned in that role in 2017 and guided the Rebels (3-4) to seasons of 8-3 and 9-2 heading into this year. The four losses this season have come at the hands of Chilton County rivals Class 5A Jemison (2-4), Class 1A Isabella (6-0) and Class 2A Region 4 powers Reeltown (7-0) and LaFayette (3-3).
Anchoring Fayetteville is senior quarterback Blake Machen, who piled up over 300 yards in one game this season and has been consistent as a runner, passer and receiver. Pacey DeLoach has also seen a lot of playing time at quarterback for the Wolves. Fayetteville set a single-game school record with its 75-36 win over Central Coosa earlier this season.
Thorsby is led by junior quarterback Brody Barnett, who has completed 42-of-86 passes this season for 597 yards and six TDs and has rushed for 202 yards and another score. Running back Jacob Lockhart, a senior, has rushed for a team-high 248 yards and has 18 catches for 237 yards and three TDs.
The NFHS Network School Broadcast Program has 10 varsity live-streamed football productions and three middle school football games planned for tonight and 72 varsity contests through Saturday. A total of 60 AHSAA football games will be available Friday night.
In addition, 69 varsity volleyball matches are set for tonight through next Tuesday. Including junior varsity, freshman and middle school contests, the AHSAA’s NFHS Network member schools participating in the School Broadcast Program have 232 total events planned through Oct. 15.
In addition to tonight’s Thorsby at Fayetteville Game of the Week contest, the NFHS Network has scheduled for tonight Class 4A: W.S. Neal (2-3) at Williamson (4-2); Class 5A: Wilcox-Central (1-4) at LeFlore (0-6), Briarwood Christian (5-1) at Parker (3-3); Class 6A: Helena (5-1) at Carver-Birmingham (1-5), Fort Payne (5-1) at Buckhorn (3-4), Pelham (1-6) at Jackson-Olin (2-4); Class 7A: Prattville (5-1) vs. Jeff Davis (2-4) at Cramton Bowl.
Among the 60 varsity games set for Friday is the battle of Class 6A, Region 4 unbeatens Bessemer City (6-0) vs. Hueytown (6-0) and the 6A, Region 1 headliner featuring St. Paul’s Episcopal (5-1) at Saraland (7-0); the key Class 7A, Region 3 battle featuring Thompson (6-0) at Vestavia Hills (5-1). On Saturday, and the much anticipated contest between defending 7A state champion Central-Phenix City (6-1) and Lee-Montgomery (6-1) at Cramton Bowl will be live on the NFHS Network.
Some of the other top games in each class set for the NFHS Network Friday night are: (Class 1A) Georgiana (3-4) at Elba (4-3); Class 2A: Calhoun ((0-6) at Goshen (5-1); Class 3A: Providence Christian (6-1) at Opp (3-3), Slocomb (3-3) at Pike County (6-0); Class 4A: Andalusia (4-3) at Escambia County (4-3), Monroe County (2-3) at UMS-Wright (6-0); Class 5A: Russellville (6-0) at Hamilton (5-1), Lawrence County (3-3) at Jasper (6-0), Faith Academy (6-0) at Vigor (4-2); Class 6A: Cullman (3-4) at Muscle Shoals (7-0), Oxford (6-0) at Shades Valley (2-4); Class 7A: Hewitt-Trussville (5-2) at Mountain Brook (6-0), Spain Park (2-4) at Hoover (5-1), and Huntsville (4-3) at Austin (5-1).
The complete AHSAA schedule of football and volleyball contests set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network this weekend can be found at the following links:
AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight for Week 6
MONTGOMERY – Vincent High School junior Tae McGregor turned in a special performance on special teams, defense and offense as the Yellow Jackets downed Coosa Central 51-8 for their first win of the season last week. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound all-purpose back had a 65-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 40-yard interception return for a TD and had rushing scores of 9 and 57 yards to earn the AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight for week 6 of the prep football season.
Following McGregor’s interception return, freshman teammate Zac Carlisle stepped in front of Coosa pass at his own 10-yard on the very next offensive play and raced 90 yards for another interception return for a touchdown. Vincent, coached by Lucas Weatherford, led 51-0 at the half.
Other special team performances of note last week included:
DAVIS WINGATE, EUFAULA: Kicked a 43-yard field goal and was a perfect 5-of-5 on extra points in a 50-29 win over Park Crossing.
ELLIOTT DUKE, PRATTVILLE: Kicked two field goals as the Lions handed Lee-Montgomery its first defeat of the season 20-3.
LOGAN MALONEY, HELENA: Kicked a 30-yard field goal in the final minute of play to lift the Huskies to a 31-28 win over Chelsea. It was the second win in a row over the Hornets for Helena, which is now 2-4 in the series with their Shelby County rivals.
DEON GILLILAND, MONTEVALLO: Returned the opening kickoff of the second half 65 yards for a clutch touchdown to give Bulldogs a 36-31 lead, then tacked on TD runs of 56 and 51 yards as Montevallo escaped with a 62-50 win over West Blocton. He finished with 162 yards rushing on 10 carries and two scores.
CALVIN SPINKS, WALTER WELLBORN: Returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown as the Panthers downed B.B. Comer 56-26.
ELISHA McNEAL, CENTRAL, CLAY COUNTY: Returned the second-half kickoff 96 yards for a TD in the Vols’ 34-28 loss to Mortimer Jordan.
JAVIER WALKER, BARBOUR COUNTY: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a TD in a 67-30 setback at Houston County.
BEN LOCKHART, MILLRY: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and also had a 45-yard touchdown reception in a 41-0 win over Marengo. He finished with 195 all-purpose yards. He also had five tackles and two assists on defense.
AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 6
MONTGOMERY – Pleasant Grove High School senior inside linebacker Rodney Groce had 10 tackles, including three sacks, to lead the Spartans to a 21-0 shutout over Wenonah last week.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior earned the AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 6 in the process.
Coach Darrell LaBeaux’s Spartans (5-1) improved to 3-1 in Class 5A, Region 4 with the important region win. Pleasant Grove’s defense limited Wenonah to just five first downs and only allowed the Dragons into Spartans territory twice all night. Groce, a University of Nebraska verbal commitment, got plenty of help from his teammates. Fellow linebackers Elijah Thomas and Tyvese Harrison had nine tackles each with three sacks between them.
“Rodney Groce played a heck of a game,” LeBeaux told al.com reporter Anton Williams. “Harrison and Thomas also played great. When they play like that, we are a pretty good team."
Pleasant Grove hosts John Carroll Catholic in another region contest Friday.
Other outstanding defensive efforts reported were:
CAMERON INLOW, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had three interceptions and six tackles as the Lions beat Barbour County 67-30.
TAMARDREON PURNELL, MONTEVALLO: Returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown with the Bulldogs clinging to a 56-50 lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter to give Montevallo a 62-50 victory over West Blocton. He finished with two interceptions and four tackles.
DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: Totaled 17 tackles, including two for losses, in the Panthers' 32-27 win over Straughn.
NOAH LINVILLE, SCOTTSBORO: The junior rover had 15 tackles and teammates A.J. Widgeon and Cameron Whited had 11 and 10 stops, respectively, in the Wildcats’ 20-7 loss to Madison County.
JORDAN SAMPSON, GOSHEN: Had 12 tackles, with four resulting in losses, in a 27-26 loss to Luverne. Teammate Markel Avery had 11 stops with three behind the line.
TARIQ RUSSELL, DALE COUNTY: Accounted for 12 tackles in the Warriors’ Tariq Russell, Dale County: Russell had 12 tackles in a Dale County 37-22 win over Booker T. Washington.
ANTOINE WILLIAMS, PINSON VALLEY: The defensive lineman had 4.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2 tackles for loss in a 21-0 victory over previously unbeaten Gardendale, anchoring a defense that allowed only 46 yards of total offense to the Rockets.
DEWAYNE JONES, MIDFIELD: Intercepted two passes, including one returned 65 yards for a TD, and ran six times for 73 yards and a touchdown in a 36-12 victory over Hanceville.
MYLES WALLER, MIDFIELD: Had 12 tackles and two sacks in a 36-12 victory over Hanceville.
JAYLON BARRETT, AUSTIN: Returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown in a 24-21 loss to Sparkman in a battle of Class 7A, Region 8 unbeaten teams.
KORY CHAPMAN, HOOVER: Returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown and teammate Josh Smith had had a 46-yard pick for a touchdown as the Bucs beat Tuscaloosa County 44-7. Chapman also recovered a Wildcats fumble.
RAPHAEL WILLIAMS, BARBOUR COUNTY: Returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown in the Jaguars’ 67-30 loss to Houston County.
MILLER McCARTHY, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Had 10 tackles in the Eagles’ 28-22 win over Headland.
GREYSON HOOKS, FAIRHOPE: Had two of the Pirates’ four interceptions as Fairhope beat Baker 26-6.
ELI COBERN, BILLINGSLEY: Recorded nine tackles and two sacks as the Bears (4-2) won their fourth straight game with a 25-6 win over Wadley.
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