Wednesday, February 19, 2020






SPECIAL OLYMPICS ALABAMA UNIFIED GAME Baldwin County 27, Vestavia Hills 20

Baldwin County 27, Vestavia Hills 20
AUBURN – Baldwin County Schools’ Unified football team downed Vestavia Hills 27-20 Wednesday in the Special Olympics Alabama Unified Flag Football Game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
    It was the third straight title for the Bandits, coached by Mike Conner. Baldwin County beat Vestavia Hills 26-18 last season, but lost to the Rebels 27-26 in overtime in the qualifying competition at Cramton Bowl in November.
    Hamilton Baker was 10-of-18 passing for 69 yards and three touchdowns, and Brian Talley was 6-of-10 for 92 yards and a score for the Bandits.
    Vestavia Hills, coached by Terry Tingle, took a quick 7-0 led when Austin Ballard fires a 35-yard TD pass to Duncan Graham in the first minute of the game to take a quick 7-0 lead. Zulanas Carter scored the extra point.
    Baldwin County clawed back to tie the score when Baker completed a 4-yard TD pass to Trey Morrisette at 13:24. Isaiah Featherston scored the PAT. Baker then found himself on the receiving end of s 25-yard TD pass from Talley at 8:42 of the first half to take a 13-7 lead. The Rebels scored three minutes later on a 38-yard run by Duncan. He then scored the PAT and Vestavia took a 14-13 lead.
    With one second remaining in the half, however, the Bandits scored when Talley hauled in  5-yard pass from Hamilton. Baker then connected with Featherston on the two-point conversion to make it 21-14 at intermission. Baldwin County stretched its lead to 27-14 early in the second half when Morrisette caught his second 4-yard TD pass from Hamilton. The extra point failed. Vestavia closed out the scoring when Duncan caught a 38-yard touchdown toss from Ballard and Bandits held on to post the 27-20 win.
    Featherston had five catches for 48 yards, Talley had five for 30 and Baker had four for 75 yards for Baldwin County. Mack Brock finished with s team-high 31 yards rushing on six carries.
    Duncan passed the Rebels with 41 yards rushing on two carries and 83 yards receiving on three receptions. Ballard was 4-of-14 passing for 79 yards and two TDs.
    Baldwin County finished with 208 total yards on 30 plays and Vestavia had 121 yards on 17 plays.
     The NFHS Network live-streamed the Unified game Wednesday with Central-Phenix City’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program produced the contest with Tim Loreman serving as executive producer.
     The NFHS Network and WOTM, the AHSAA TV partner, will televise all seven AHSAA state championship game over its subscriber-based NFHS Network live-stream platform and over the WOTM network of cable affiliates across the state. All cable affiliates in Alabama were provided an opportunity to join the AHSAA TV Network at no cost for the Super 7 championships. Cable affiliates in some areas of the state declined the offer, however.
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Baldwin County Repeats as Unified Champions

                                               By CHRIS MEGGINSON

     AUBURN – A 119-yard passing performance by T.J. Caraway guided the Baldwin County School System Bandits to their second straight AHSAA/Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game 26-18 victory  Wednesday in a 26-18 win over Vestavia Hills High School at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game, which is a partnership between the AHSAA and Special Olympics Alabama, kicked off the 2018 AHSAA Super 7 State Football Championships.
     Baldwin County athlete Caraway completed 11-of-25 passes and had three touchdowns in the win, a near repeat performance from his 2017 performance of 16-of-26 passing for 121 yards and three touchdowns against Vestavia in Tuscaloosa at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Caraway also completed and caught an extra point pass.
     Trey Morrissette caught two passes in the game, each 35-yard touchdowns, to lead the Bandits’ receiving corp. The first TD catch came with 15 seconds remaining in the first half to give Baldwin County a 13-12 halftime lead. The halfback pass from Jacob Bankster was the only pass he threw on the game.
    Baldwin County, coached by Mike Conner, took a 7-0 lead midway through the first half on an 8-yard TD from Caraway to Jaron Hyatt. The Rebels answered with a 32-yard touchdown run by Weyman Prater and a 35-yard touchdown down rush down the sideline by Winston Bosworth. Both extra point passes failed.
    The Bandits created some distance, 26-12, with another 8-yard connection between Caraway and Hyatt with four minutes to play. The Rebels, coached by Terry Tingle, cut the score to 26-18 with 29 seconds left on a touchdown pass from Austin Ballard to Bosworth, but the extra point pass failed. Bosworth followed the touchdown catch by intercepting Caraway with 14 seconds to play, but time expired before Vestavia ran out of time on the final drive.
      Dayne Howard led Baldwin County with six tackles, including one for a loss and had one break up on defense. Jacob Bankster had three pass breakups and three tackles, including two on Vestavia’s final drive. Mack Brock applied pressure on Ballard with five quarterback hurries.
     Davis Spain led Vestavia’s defense with seven hurries, while Bosworth finished with three tackles, followed by two stops each by Prater and Parker Turner.
    The 63rd annual AHSAA football playoffs will feature seven finals with Thompson meeting Central-Phenix City in the 7A championship Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Thursday’s schedule kicks off at 11 a.m. with Piedmont and Flomaton the 3A championship, followed by Linden and Mars Hill Bible in the 1A final at 3 p.m. and Vigor versus Central-Clay County for the 5A title at 7 p.m.
   The Super 7 will conclude Friday with UMS-Wright meeting Deshler in the 4A title game at 11 a.m., Fyffe and Luverne meet at 3 p.m. for the 2A championship and Pinson Valley will battle Saraland for the Class 6A championship at 7 p.m.
    The NFHS Network live-streamed the Unified game Wednesday. Raycom Sports, the AHSAA TV partner, will televise all seven AHSAA state championship game over its affiliate network d-2 channels and the Bounce Channel. Local cable information can be found at The NFHS Network will also live-stream the Raycom telecast over the NFHS Network subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to

SUPER 7 UNIFIED GAME CHAMPIONSHIP Baldwin County 20, Vestavia Hills 6

    TUSCALOOSA – T.J. Caraway completed 16-of-26 passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Baldwin County School System Unified football team to a 20-6 win over Vestavia Hills High School Wednesday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Unified game, which partners the AHSAA and Special Olympics Alabama, kicked off the 2017 AHSAA Super 7 State Football Championships.
     Jacob Bankster caught seven passes for 41 yards and a 15-yard touchdown for Coach Mike Connor. Bandits teammate Jared may had six catches for 44 yards and a 1-yard TD reception, and Chad Reno caught two passes, one covering 14 yards for the final Baldwin County TD. Reno also caught a pass for the conversion.
Smith finished 7-of-18 passing for 87 yards. Weyman Prater was the leading receiver with three catches and 28 yards.
    Leading Baldwin County on defense was May with six tackles and two interceptions. Prayter had eight for the Rebels, and Turner Parker had six. Baldwin County had three picks with Bankster getting the final one. Prater also had an interception for Vestavia.
      Vestavia Hills scored in the first half on a 35-yard pass from Thad Smith to Britton Rembert. The Rebels of Coach Terry Tingle trailed just 7-6 at the half. 
     The 62nd annual AHSAA football playoffs will feature seven finals with Hoover (10-3) facing McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) in the 7A finals Wednesday night. Thursday’s schedule kicks off with the 3A championship at 11 a.m. between Randolph County (13-1) and Hillcrest-Evergreen (13-1), followed by Sweet Water (12-1) and Pickens County (12-2) at 3 p.m., in the 1A  finals and Briarwood Christian (14-0) vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal (13-1) in the 5A finals at 7.
      The Super 7 Championships conclude Friday with UMS-Wright (12-2) facing Fayette County (12-2) in the 4A finals at 11 a.m.; Lanett (14-0) vs. Leroy (12-2) in the 2A championship at 3 p.m.; and Wetumpka (13-1) playing Pinson Valley (14-0) in the 6A title game at 7.