Thursday, February 20, 2020






Jacksonville’s Wiggins Rushes for 409 Yards to Grab the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 4

    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.

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
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.

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