Tuesday, November 12, 2019






Gardendale Delivers in the Clutch to Notch First Win over Clay-Chalkville

AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for Week 4

MONTGOMERY – Gardendale High School junior quarterback Will Crowder completed 24-of-36 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns for a personal high versus Clay-Chalkville last week.
   It was his last completion, however, that gave the Rockets’ faithful the biggest exhilaration when he connected with senior Kendale Allen for a 38-yard connection with 25 seconds left and the score tied at 35-35 that set up senior place-kicker Landon Erbrick’s game-winning 32-yard field goal as time expired as Gardendale escaped with a 38-35 win.
    The victory, the Rockets’ first over their Jeffco rivals in eight tries, shot Coach Chad Eads’ talented Gardendale offense into the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight this week.  

     The two teams have met just eight times since playing for the first time in 1998.  Clay-Chalkville (3-2), coached by Drew Gilmer, has compiled a 196-88 record winning 69% of its games since opening its doors for the first time in 1996. The Cougars have won seven region titles and two state championships (1999 and 2014). In seven previous wins over Gardendale, Clay averaged winning by a 22.3-point margin.
     Gardendale (5-0) is also a proud program in Jefferson County, compiling a 349-239-3 record since opening its doors in 1965. That is a winning percentage of 59.3%. The Rockets and Cougars are in the same Class 6A, Region 6 that includes Jeffco teams Shades Valley and Pinson Valley, the 6A champs in 2017 and 2018. Throw in currently unbeaten Oxford, Pell City and Huffman and it is obvious that every region game is important.
    In fact, as last week’s games pointed out, every single play is important. Oxford (5-0) beat Pinson Valley 34-33 and Huffman downed Pell City 34-12. Shades Valley fell in a non-region contest to Stanhope Elmore 26-6.
   Crowder’s 415 passing yards entered his named in the AHSAA Record Book. Allen finished with nine catches for 195 yards and Erbrick was also true on 5-of-5 extra-point kicks. Clay-Chalkville (3-2) took control in the second half with a 78-yard kickoff return by Marquarius White to open the third quarter. Damion Ward scored on s 3-yard run later in the quarter to make it 35-21. That’s when Crowder and company began their battle back, first with a 28-yard TD connection to Allen with 31 seconds left in the third period, and later on a 2-yard TD run by L.T. Sanders with 5:02 left.
    The last-second heroics edged out a couple of other 400-yard plus performances in the Geneva-Opp game last week and three superb efforts in the Etowah vs. Southside-Gadsden contest.
   Kahari McReynolds led Geneva to a 56-43 win over Opp totaling 410 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns in the victory. He rushed for 300 yards on 19 carries with six touchdowns (59, 45, 5 7, 40 and 82 yards), returned an 80-kickoff for a touchdown and caught five passes for 30 yards. He also had five tackles on defense.
  Quarterback Hal Smithart of Opp turned in the best passing performance in Bobcats history completing 34-of-41 passes for 416 yards and three touchdowns in the Class 3A, Region 2 thriller. He had 16 consecutive completions at one stretch. Erik Matthews had 13 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns, Zee Ridgeway added seven catches for 100 yards and one score, and Ashton Patel pulled down eight receptions for 85 yards and rushed 18 times for 117 yards and two TDs.
    Etowah (5-0) got a big passing effort from quarterback Brady Troup and receiver Ollie Finch. The Blue Devils QB was 13-of-17 passing for 346 yards and a school-record five touchdowns passes (43, 8, 29, 54 and 80 yards), all in the first half, in the Blue Devils’ 56-32 win over Southside.  Ollie Finch grabbed six passes for 218 yards and three TDs (43, 80 and 54 yards).  Panthers quarterback also had 232 yards passing with touchdowns of 72 and 58 yards in the loss. He also scored on a 12-yard run.
    99 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: Hueytown senior running back Roydell Williams, an early University of Alabama commitment, ran for 212 yards on just nine carries in Hueytown’s 48-6 win over Brookwood with a big chunk of the yardage coming on a 99-yard touchdown run. Cade George of Oak Mountain also hauled in a 99-yard touchdown pass for his team’s only score in a 31-7 loss to Hoover.
   Other top offensive performances included:

TERRANCE THOMAS, WETUMPKA: The Wetumpka running back scooted 56 yards on his first carry Thursday night and closed out the game with a 75-yard kickoff return for a final TD. He finished with 212 yards rushing on 10 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Indians (3-2) beat Buckhorn 44-28 in the AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week produced by WOTM TV.
    Thomas’ first carry set up teammate Tyquan Rawls’ 24-yard TD pass to Malik Davis on the next play to give Wetumpka a 7-0 lead just three plays into the game.  Thomas had four carries of 25 yards or more and scored on the kickoff return as time expired in the game played at Burgess-Snow Field at Jacksonville State Stadium.
BRYAN GALLOWAY, GOSHEN: Had 380 yards total offense as the Eagles downed New Brockton 42-16. He rushed 23 times for 240 yards and three touchdowns and completed 11-of-16 passes for 140 yards and one TD. Teammate Tamarcus Shipmon added 13 rush attempts for 130 yards and a 41-yard TD scamper.
KOURLAN MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Ran for 252 yards and five touchdowns, completed 12-of-21 passes for 117 yards and scored the game-winning 3-yard TD in overtime as the Blue Devils nipped Sylacauga 42-35.
ZAVION WILLIAMS, ALICEVILLE: Rushed 20 times for 251 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-19 victory over Cold Springs.
DALTON HANBACK, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Picked up 248 yards rushing on 21 carries and scored all six touchdowns in a 42-37 win over West Limestone. His scoring runs covered 8, 29, 4, 1, 11 and 10 yards. He also scored three 2-point conversions to account for all 42 of his team’s points.
KADIN BENNEFIELD, BOAZ: The junior running back accumulated 240 yards two rushing touchdowns on 16 carries as Boaz beat Pisgah 38-8. His scoring runs covered 45 and 41 yards, and he had a 75-yard gain that set up another Boaz TD.
TYBO WILLIAMS, AUSTIN: Had 17 carries for 233 rushing yards and two touchdowns as the Black Bears beat Grissom 49-7.
DAMIEN TAYLOR, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: Had 25 carries for 228 yards and a 71-yard touchdown in a 63-18 loss to Thompson.

SCOOTER GRAHAM, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Had 13 carries for 218 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots beat Montevallo 84-30.
JUNIOR SUMMERHILL, WATERLOO: Rushed 19 times for 212 yards and five touchdowns as the Cougars beat Phillips 47-12. He had touchdown runs of 31, 11, 31, 5 and 35 yards.
AUSTIN GAVIN, SAINT JAMES: Piled up 206 yards rushing on 22 carries and scored on runs of 64 and 6 yards as the Trojans (5-0) beat Dadeville 46-18.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Had 14 carries for 226 yards and four touchdowns in the Bears’ 44-14 victory over Washington County.
JALEN CLARK, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Rushed 15 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns and passed for two more as the Eagles beat Dale County 49-20.
JARRICE PRIYOR, CLEMENTS: Ran for 195 yards on 34 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 59-34 loss to Westminster Christian.
CHASE SIDES, SOUTH LAMAR: Led the Stallions (4-0) to a 51-22 win over Hubbertville with 193 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries.
JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-21 victory over Fairview.
DESHUN MITCHELL, BIBB COUNTY: Gained 185 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries in a 42-7 victory over Tuscaloosa-Central.
EMMANUEL HENDERSON, GENEVA COUNTY: Had just six rush attempts but made the most of them with five touchdowns and 163 yards as the Bulldogs beat Barbour County 71-32. He scored on runs of 6, 56, 17, 18 and 35 yards and averaged 27.6 yards per carry.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Rushed for five touchdowns and 160 yards on 21 carries as Ariton rallied from a 26-point first-half deficit to beat Daleville 55-40. The Purple Cats trailed 34-14 at the half but outscored the Warhawks 41-6 in the second half to earn the key Class 2A, Region 2 win.
JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: The junior quarterback rushed 19 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-7 win over East Limestone. He also completed 4-of-7 passes for 63 yards and a 52-yard touchdown to senior receiver Rylee Whitehead. Teammate Cam Bass had 27 rush attempts for 126 yards – his third straight 100-yards plus rushing effort this season.   Manning now has 582 rushing yards on the season while Bass has 526 rushing yards.
JARRIS WILLIAMS, BLOUNT: Rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns as the Leopards beat Baldwin County 31-7.

JACORIAN COSBY, PICKENS COUNTY: Picked up 147 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries in the Tornadoes’ 57-14 victory over Marion County.
SLADE ALEXANDER, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Ran for 136 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries in the Warriors’ 38-6 win against White Plains.
DAMON GENTLE, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Scored both touchdowns for the Thundering Herd in a 12-7 win over Sand Rock. He ran 55 yards for the first score and caught a 3-yard pass for the game-winning TD.
GABE GAMBLE, PELHAM: Had 153 rushing yards, including an 89-yard TD run, in a 64-38 loss to Chelsea.

KOLBY POTTS, HOLTVILLE: Rushed for 138 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs (3-1) beat county rival Elmore County 35-14.
JACOB BISHOP, RUSSELLVILLE: Had touchdown runs of 17, 9, 5 and 53 yards as the Golden Tigers downed West Point 51-6.
QUISHON JUDKINS, PIKE ROAD: Had 120 rushing yards and one touchdown on 14 carries, and teammate Baron Brack added 112 yards and two TDs on 12 rush attempts and passed for 101 yards and a third TD as the Patriots (5-0) beat Bullock County 38-3.
David Hall, Oneonta: Rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-8 victory over Ashville.
KHALIFA KEITH, WOODLAWN: Rushed for 133 yards on 12 carries and passed for 87 yards, including the game-winning 36-yard TD pass to Cornelius Grant, in a 12-7 victory over John Carroll Catholic.

STROTHER GIBBS, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Totaled 159 yards rushing and passing and kicked two extra points as the Spartans (5-0) handed Vestavia Hills (3-1) its first loss of the season with the 14-7 Class 7A, Region 3 win. He was 6-of-8 passing for 73 yards and had 26 carries for 86 yards.

LAWSON PRATT, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Led the Patriots (4-0) to an 84-30 win over Montevallo completing 14-of-20 passes for 359 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran two more TDS, accounting for seven of American Christian’s 12 touchdowns, in the big win. Pratt threw touchdown passes of 10, 29, 70, 15, and 55 yards and had touchdown runs of 43 and 6 yards. Kamari Lassiter led ACA with five catches for 199 yards and three touchdowns.
The 114 points scored by both teams ranks as the 24th all-time for most points in a game in AHSAA history but still falls shy of last year’s 70-54 ACA win over the Bulldogs, which totaled 124 points for both teams and ranks 13th all-time.
MALIK INABINETTE, MONTEVALLO: Completed 20-of-37 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns in the 84-30 loss to American Christian. His favorite targets were Jamarius Carter (6 catches for 110 yards and two scores) and Kial Cottingham (nine receptions for 157 yards and one TD).
REVY HIGGINS, OXFORD: Was 15-of-23 passing for 292 yards and four touchdowns, including a 33-yard heave into the end zone with 2:33 remaining that was tipped and caught by Miguel Mitchell for the game-tying touchdown as the Yellow Jackets (5-0) added the PAT and knocked off defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley 34-33.

HARRISON BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Connected on 25-of-43 pass attempts for 245 yards, including a game-winning 17-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game to Jaylen Ward, as the Jaguars beat Hewitt-Trussville 31-28. Ward finished with six catches for 76 yards and two scores for Spain Park.
KYLE HIPP, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Was 13-of-17 passing for 391 yards and four touchdowns as the Warriors (4-0) beat Chickasaw (3-1) 34-27.
MARQUARIUS MOORE, SIDNEY LANIER: Completed 13-of-29 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns covering 61, 96 and 35 yards to lead the Poets past Park Crossing 30-28. The 96-yard connection went to Jacorian Wilson in the first quarter. Moore also rushed for 51 yards and one TD.
AVERY SEATON, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 18-of-22 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns and added 61 yards rushing and another score in a 41-14 victory over Ardmore.
BARRY WHITE, PINSON VALLEY: Was 19-of-41 passing for 319 yards and three touchdowns in the Indians’ 33-32 loss to Oxford.
HESS HORNE, EUFAULA: Completed 17-of-27 for 282 yards and two touchdowns and added a 1-yard TD run and two-point conversion pass in a 57-49 win over Early County (Ga.).
IAN SENN, ARITON: Was 12-of-23 passing for 282 yards and three touchdowns in the Purple Cats' 55-40 comeback win over Daleville.
CARTER SANFORD, FAYETTE COUNTY: Finished 14-of-18 passing for 285 yards and four touchdowns as Fayette beat Curry 48-23.
JAKE CORKREN, NORTHSIDE: Threw for 265 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-28 win over Cordova. His TDs covered 43, 30, 8, 48 and 31 yards.

JACKSON BILLINGS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Accounted for seven touchdowns and 418 total yards in a 59-34 win over Clements. He completed 9-of-11 passes for 161 yards and three TDs, rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries and caught six passes for 59 yards and another TD.
SAWYER PATE, THOMPSON: Was 13-of-16 passing for 229 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, and Thompson beat Tuscaloosa County 63-18.
DEYJUN HUNT, JACKSON: Completed 18-of-28 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown as the Aggies (4-0) beat Vigor 18-0.
JACOB CUNNINGHAM, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Completed 12-of-21 passes for 166 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown to teammate James Jones with 19 seconds remaining, and the Admirals beat T.R. Miller 30-29. He also rushed for 83 yards and two scores on 14 carries.

SAMUEL COSBY, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 9-of-13 pass attempts for 197 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 65 yards on seven carries with two 1-yard scores in the Tigers’ 37-7 victory at Section.
JOHN DAVID BONNER, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Was 15-of-32 passing for 193 yards and rushed 16 times for 47 yards in the Wildcats’ 26-13 loss to Catholic.
MAJOY DWYER, RANDOLPH: Was 11-of-12 passing for 172 yards and one TD and added 49 rushing yards on six carries and scored two rushing TDs in a 35-7 victory over Danville. 
BRITTON KOHN, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Was a perfect 5-of-5 passing for 163 yards and three touchdowns to spark the Eagles to a 47-0 win over Prattville Christian. He had a 70-yard TD pass to Jamal Cooper for his long completion of the night.
LUKE STAMBA, HELENA: Completed 13-of-18 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns and added 43 yards rushing and a TD on 15 carries in a 28-14 victory over Minor.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Was 7-of-9 passing for 148 yards and three touchdowns and added a defensive score on a 61-yard interception return in the Panthers’ 60-7 victory over Ider.
JACK HAYES, PIEDMONT: Was 4-of-5 passing for 149 yards with all four completions going for touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat Weaver 53-3. The TD passes covered 74, 27, 26 and 22 yards).

RODARIUS THOMAS, EUFAULA: Snagged seven pass receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns (44 and 32 yards) in Eufaula's 57-49 win over Early County (Ga.) on Friday.
ASHTON PUGH, NORTHSIDE: Caught six passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns in the Rams’ 48-28 win over Cordova.
ANBRE LEEK, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught five passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns (87 and 16 yards) in the Tigers’ 37-7 win at Section.
ALEX WHISENHUNT, SAINT JAMES: Snared three pass receptions for 116 yards and three touchdowns (18, 33 and 65 yards) and also returned a kickoff 81 yards for a fourth score as the Trojans downed Dadeville 46-28. Whisenhunt also rushed for 80 yards and had 277 all-purpose yards for the game.
ERIK MATTHEWS, OPP: Caught 13 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns (15 and 10 yards) in the Bobcats' 56-43 loss to Geneva.
HAYES FLOYD, ARITON: Pulled down five receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns and added 74 yards on just two rushes in Ariton's 55-40 win over Daleville.
JAYSON JONES, CENTER POINT: Had 122 receiving yards and two touchdowns on six catches and added 56 yards and a TD on the ground in a 54-13 victory over St. Clair County.
HAYDEN NEIGHBORS, HUNTSVILLE: Caught four passes for 131 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown catch, in a 38-21 loss to Sparkman.
MIKEY McINTOSH, MUSCLE SHOALS: Had 101 receiving yards, including a 37-yard touchdown catch, in a 31-0 victory over Mae Jemison.
GA’QUINCY McKINSTRY, PINSON VALLEY: Caught nine passes for 112 yards in a 33-32 loss to Oxford.
ROKAFEWLLOA TAYLOR, OXFORD: Pulled down six pass receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets beat Pinson Valley 33-32.

MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: Caught five passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, ran for a 16-yard TD and added 138 kick return yards and a third TD on an 89-yard return as the Warriors beat Tuscaloosa County 63-18.

COOPER AUSTIN, SPRING GARDEN: Caught the game-winning 10-yard touchdown pass from Ryley Kirk with 1:52 remaining as the Panthers (3-1) handed Donoho (3-1) its first loss of the season 16-12.
OLIN PRUITT, SAND ROCK: Caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Justin Lee with 4:55 remaining in the fourth quarter to in the Wildcats’ 12-7 loss to North Sand Mountain. He also had an interception on defense.
KEYONTEZE JOHNSON, PINSON VALLEY: Caught eight passes for 157 yards, with TD catches of 8 and 38 yards, in a 34-33 loss to Oxford.
JAYLEN WARD, SPAIN PARK: Caught 17-yard TD pass from Harrison Barker with 17 seconds remaining in a 31-28 victory over Hewitt-Trussville. He finished with six catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
JERONE YORK, SARALAND: Caught four passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns as the top-ranked Spartans downed Robertsdale 56-7.

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