Monday, January 27, 2020






Smiths Station Quarterback Passes For 433 Yards in First-Game Triumph

     Dalton Sinquefield of Smiths Station High School became the first quarterback  to crack the 400-yard passing mark with a 433-yard performance in the Panthers’ 38-13 prep football win over Sumter (Americus, Ga.) last Friday.

     The 6-foot-1 junior was 24-of-33 passing with four touchdown throws to earn the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2014 season.
    Sinquefield  completed eight passes to Armani Reedy for 127 yards and a 39-yard TD strike, had seven tosses caught by Austin Taylor—two of them for TDs of 9 and 11yards, and delivered TD passes of 6 and 59 yards to Tre Trimble and Marquis Bowens, respectively.
    The 433-yard effort was just the 36th  400-yard passing game in AHSAA history and ranks in a tie for 24th all-time. The feat was accomplished twice in 2013.
     His performance edged out Spanish Fort quarterback Tyler Johnston’s 353-yard passing effort in in a 42-14 win over Stanhope Elmore at Cramton Bowl in Saturday night’s final Champions Challenge game. 
    Johnston fired five TD passes including four to receiver Kristian Cotton, who finished with seven catches and 199 yards. His scores covered 90, 26, 16 and 30 yards. The 16-yarder was a spectacular falling grab in the end zone on the last play of the first half.  Johnston, who rushed for 101 yards on 12 carries with a 20-yard TD run, added a 74-yard TD toss to LaDarrell Pettway, who had six catches for 129 yards.
   Stanhope Elmore quarterback Tanner Anderson and receiver Michael Brown teamed up for two TD connections, including a state-record tying 99-yard score in the second quarter. Brown became just the 10th receiver in state history to haul in a 99-yard touchdown pass.
   The first reported came in 1938 and the last in 2011. Receiver Johnny Richardson and quarterback Jack Hill were the first reported duo on record – connecting for 99 yards for Auburn High School’s only score in a 13-7 loss to Selma in ’38.  Etowah receiver Darrin Peterson caught a 99-yarder in 2011 in a 21-14 win over Fort Payne. He also had a 93-yard TD catch in that same game.
    Sinquefield’s big game also edged out a strong effort by Montgomery Academy’s special teams. Eagles return specialist Sam LaPlatney returned two kickoffs 90 and 85 yards for touchdowns, and place-kicker Jimmy Massey booted a 32-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half and added the game-winning 27-yard kick in the last seconds of the fourth quarter in a 30-28 win over Montgomery Catholic.
     In other highlights from the first week’s regular-season games:

TYRELL PIGROME, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The first-year starter provided the offensive punch as the Cougars beat Niceville,  FL 44-23 in a game televised live nationally by ESPNU. Pigrome rushed 19 times for for 211 yards with three scores, including an 84-yarder. He was also 11-of-14 passing for 196 yards and one TD covering 51 yards to finish with 407 total yards while accounting for four touchdowns.

The three-year starter had 245 yards passing and 74 yards rushing in a 37-35 win over Florence. Louie completed 11-of-24 passes with TDs of 68 and 9 yards. He also ran 74 yards for a score on the second play of the game.

CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE: Led Haleyville to a 43-21 win over Winston County, compiling 318 yards of offense. Kiser rushed for 138 yards on 10 carries and passed for 180 yards. He scored on runs of 66 and 38 yards and also threw a touchdown pass.

 JAMES RAINES, BERRY: The sophomore quarterback was 14-of-18 passing for 189 yards and three TDs and passed for three 2-point conversions in a 56-22 Class 1A region win over Marion County.

Caught eight passes for 213 yards and two TDs as Oxford beat Southside-Gadsden 42-21.

Scored three touchdowns as Phillips beat Meek 33-8. Crumpton raced 80 yards for one touchdown and caught two touchdown passes, including a 98-yarder. He finished with 142 receiving yards and also intercepted a pass on defense.

JOSH FREEMAN, COLD SPRINGS: Returned an interception 46 yards and caught a pair of passes for 42 yards in the basketball convert's first-ever high school football game. The Eagles beat Brilliant 25-6 at home.

The running back rushed for 300 yards and a touchdown as VC beat Holy Spirit Catholic 49-17.

The senior running back rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns (30, 73 and 12 yards) on 18 carries in a 48-12 win over Trinity Presbyterian.

BRANDON BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Rolled up 215 yards rushing on 15 carries with touchdowns covering 11, 1 and 66 yards as the Tigers thumped Notasulga 49-0.

TRE’ NATION, LEEDS: The junior running back produced two touchdowns in a 27-24 win over two-time defending Class 3A state champion Madison Academy but carried an even heavier load for the game’s final 14 minutes after his quarterback left the game. Nation took several “Wildcat” snaps, converting an important fourth-down play with a pass and finished the night with 148 yards rushing on 26 carries.

Jones, making his first start at QB, totaled 311 yards as the Jackets beat Bibb County 49-31. The junior ran for 201 yards and passed for 110 and accounted for two touchdowns.

KYLE NALL, FAYETTE COUNTY: The senior running back ran for 237 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries as the Wildcats beat Winfield 35-15. His scoring runs covered 48, 26, 9 and 5 yards.

BRANDON LEWIS, FULTONDALE: The senior had 203 yards rushing and four touchdowns and caught two passes for 75 yards and another score in a 52-31 win over Tarrant.

DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Rushed for 170 yards and two TDs on 21 carries in the Wildcats’ season-opening 41-21 setback to Dalton, Ga.

The senior linebacker had 16 tackles and two sacks in the Titians' 34-28 double overtime win over Auburn.

Had 14 total tackles, two caused fumbles and returned a fumble 38 yards for a TD in the Wildcats’ 56-22 Class 1A win over Marion County.

Slocomb intercepted three passes, including two in the fourth quarter--one in the end zone, during a 21-10 win over Geneva. He also had five tackles. He rushed for 122 yards with a TD and also caught a TD pass while playing both ways.

The senior defensive back snagged two interceptions in his first varsity football game as Talladega beat Talladega County Central 21-0.

KAM PREWITT, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The senior picked off two passes in a 44-23 victory against Niceville (Fla.) at Hoover High School's Bucs Stadium on ESPNU.

LEVI HAMMACK, ADDISON: Contributed eight tackles (six solo, two assisted with two for loss) and a forced fumble in a 26-23 loss at Pickens County.

Registered 14 tackles in a 18-12 loss to Bullock  County.

Recorded 13 tackles, including one for a loss and three sacks, in a 21-14 loss at Arab.


STONE COLLINS, WICKSBURG: Led the Panthers defense with 13 tackles in Wicksburg's 34-14 win over Houston County.

The Vikings linebacker had 12 tackles, three resulting in losses, as Walker fell to Pell City 17-14.

The defensive end had 10 tackles, including three sacks, and forced a fumble in the Bulldogs' 35-12 win over Cordova.

JORDAN DOLLERSON, FLORENCE: Had three sacks and recovered a fumble for a touchdown in the Falcons’ 37-35 loss to Shades Valley.

RYE SHIVER, VALLEY: Recorded eight tackles and two sacks as the Rams beat Lanett 21-0 for the school’s 16th win in the series over the last 19 meetings. The defense totaled five sacks and forced four turnovers.

Booted a 19-yard field to lift the Panthers past Walker 17-14. He was also perfect on two extra-point kicks.

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