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.
Orr 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
KAMERON HAWKINS, GASTON: 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.
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream 83 events tonight through September 27 – putting the AHSAA over 260 events on the year.
That slate begins tonight with 16 varsity and JV volleyball matches, three non-varsity football game. .
The headliner will be Friday night’s AHSAA/NFHS Network Game of the Week, defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley (3-1) at unbeaten Oxford (4-0) in a key Class 6A, Region 6 battle. The contest is one of 30 football games slated for the NFHS Network Friday night and Saturday this week.
The Indians rolled to a 15-0 season in 2017 in Coach Patrick Nix’s first year at the helm. Nix his son, senior quarterback Bo Nix, put together a streak of 23 straight regular-season wins including 10 at Pinson and 13 at Scottsboro in 2015 and 2016 before falling to defensing Class 7A state champion Hoover 52-14 in the opening game of this season. Bo Nix passed for 409 yards last week in a 28-21 region win over Clay-Chalkville.
Oxford, coached by Ryan Herring, currently owns a 24-game regular season winning streak dating back 2016. The Yellow Jackets, anchored by heralded 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman Clay Webb, have outscored opponents 158-6 on the year – leading the state with just 1.5 points allowed per game. Oxford beat Class 5A Charles Henderson 62-0 last week. The game is being produced by the Oxford High School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
A total of 54 football games and 29 volleyball matches are currently listed on the NFHS Network schedule log for tonight through next Thursday. Other top football games Friday on the NFHS Network include James Clemens (2-2) at Florence (2-2) and Vestavia Hills (3-0) at Mountain Brook (4-0) in Class 7A; Clay-Chalkville (3-1) at Gardendale (3-1); Cullman (2-1) vs. Albertville (2-1) and Blount (2-2) at Baldwin County (2-2) in Class 6A; Russellville (3-0) at West Point (2-2) and Class 6A Benjamin Russell (3-1) at Demopolis (3-1) in Class 5A;and Andalusia (2-2) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (3-1) in Class 4A.
Volleyball action continues to have a strong presence on the NFHS Network beginning tonight with seven varsity matches. John Carroll Catholic vs. Mountain Brook is the headliner at 6 p.m.
NFHS Network subscribers will have access to all the games. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, go to the following:
The complete AHSAA schedule of events currently set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network Sept. 20 through Sept. 27 can be found at www.ahsaa.com by clicking on the following link:
Football Score Report
Week 3 Records Several Record Efforts
MONTGOMERY – Junior Chase Starling accounted for eight touchdowns, five passing and three running, as Hazel Green High School downed Lee-Huntsville 78-35 to grab the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 3 of the 2018 season.
Coach Smitty Grider, in his first season as head coach after going 38-9 the last four seasons at the Montgomery County Public School System’s newest school, Park Crossing, saw his quarterback etch his name in the AHSAA Record Book for TDs accounted for along with the Trojans, who set a school record for most points in a single game and combined with Lee-Huntsville to record 113 total points, 27th highest total in AHSAA history.
Hazel Green (2-2) edged out Hewitt-Trussville’s 56-28 upset win over defending Class 7A Hoover and four quarterbacks who passed their way into the Record Book with 400-yard plus games for this week’s AHSAA Spotlight.
Starling, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound quarterback, rushed nine times for 84 yards and three touchdowns and completed 13-of-20 passes for 150 yards to lead Hazel Green’s effort. He scored touchdowns on runs of 1, 7 and 20 yards and tossed TD passes covering 24, 6, 38, 9 and 6 yards.
The Trojans’ previous single-game high was 58 in a win over Sparkman on Oct. 3, 2014. The eight TDs accounted for ties for fourth all-time with seven others. Three before him accounted for nine TDs, including James Raines of Berry, the last to do it when he tossed nine TD passes in a 68-0 win in 2015 over Brilliant. Tommy Haley-Ricks of Hubbertville had nine rushing TDs in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008, and Brent Gulledge of Victory Christian tossed nine TD passes in a 70-6 win over Lyman Ward in 2004.
Kaleb Barker was the last to account for eight TDs with four TD passes and four rushing TDs in Priceville’s 68-41 win over J.B. Pennington in 2015. Barker, now the starting quarterback at Troy University, engineered the Trojans’ 24-19 upset win over Nebraska in NCAA action last Saturday in one of Troy’s biggest Division I wins in its history.
Hewitt-Trussville’s offense, led by quarterback Paul Tyson and running back Armoni Tyson and an offensive line led by senior Pierce Quick, had 613 total yards and eight touchdowns in the school’s fourth win in a series dating back to 1963. Hoover now holds a 16-4 edge in the series with the last previous Hewitt win coming in 1997. Tyson was 14-of-18 passing for 256 yards and two TDs and Goodwin ran 30 times for 252 yards, with TD runs of 4, 1 and 8 yards.
Thompson senior Taulia Tagovailoa turned in the first 500-yard passing game of his prep career last Friday with 31 completions in 42 attempts for 507 yards and four TDs as the Warriors beat Oak Mountain 35-21. The victory was the first in Thompson’s new $19.1 million stadium, which was completed just in time for this season. Coach Mark Freeman’s Warriors (3-1) opened 2018 with three road games. Tagovailoa became just the 10th quarterback in AHSAA history to surpass 500 passing yards in a single game. Chris Smelley of American Christian set the state record with 565 yards versus Brantley in 2005. Tagovailoa became just the second player since 2005 to reach the 500-yard mark. He has two games over 400 yards this season and four for his career, most of any player in AHSAA history.
Three others went over 400 yards last week, including Jacob Jones of West End was 19-of-40 for 475 yards and four touchdowns in a 62-35 loss to Westbrook Christian; Malik Inabinette of Montevallo, who was 16-of-32 for 420 yards and four scores to lead the Bulldogs past Jemison 64-41; and Bo Nix of Pinson Valley, who connected on 30-of-41 passes for 409 yards and three scores as the defending Class 6A state champs posted a key region win over Clay-Chalkville. Keyonteze Johnson had 17 receptions for 247 yards and all three scores. The 17 catches ties for 10th in a single game and his 247 yards ranks 20th all time.
Other top performances reported from last weekend’s games:
DIEGO GUAJARDO, DAPHNE: Kicked four field goals, including a 53-yarder, to lead the Trojans to a 40-6 win over B.C. Rain. His other kicks covered 25, 30 and 43 yards. The four field goals ties 13 others in the AHSAA Record Book for second-most field goals in a game. The record (5) is shared by five kickers, including Spain Park’s Crosby Gray, who was the last to kick four or more in a single game when he booted five in a 15-14 win over Thompson for all his team’s points in 2015. The 53-yarder by Guajardo ties him five others for the ninth longest distance all time.
JADEN HARRIS, WHITE PLAINS: Had 13 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns on offense and three interceptions on defense to lead the Wildcats past Ashville 32-20. His TD runs covered 80, 3 and 49 yards. It’s the first time since 2014 the Wildcats have won two games in a season and was the first region win for the program since 2014, snapping a 23-game region losing streak.
MATT DIXON, GOOD HOPE: Rushed for 137 yards and four TDs, including a 77-yard dash to set up his final TD in the second quarter in a 32-0 win over Tanner. The unbeaten Raiders (4-0) were 0-10 in 2016 and 4-6 last year under third-year head coach Alan Scott. The defense preserved the shutout when Walter Perez stopped a Tanner runner on fourth and goal at the 2-yard line with one minute remaining. The start is the best for Good Hope since the Raiders opened with six straight wins in 2000.
BRYCE PALMER, WATERLOO: Passed for 311 yards and four TDs as Waterloo beat Hackleburg 47-34 – the Cougars’ first victory over the Panthers in school after 18 straight setbacks dating back to 1971.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: Rushed for 191 yards on 38 carries and scored the Pirates’ only two touchdowns in a 14-7 win over Class 5A, Region 6 foe Alexandria. Collins scored on runs of 15 and 4 yards. The win was the first ever for Boaz over Alexandria after 8 losses.
IN THE CLUTCH
QUINTON JETER, TALLASSEE: Kicked a 27-yard field goal with 52 seconds left to lift the Tigers past Carroll of Ozark – snapping the Eagles’ regular-season winning streak at 25 in a row.
RODERICK SMITH, SIDNEY LANIER: Nailed a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give the Poets a 22-20 win over Eufaula. He finished with three field goals, including a 36-yarder in the first half a 41-yard boot in early in the fourth quarter.
JAKARI FOSTER, PIEDMONT: Recovered a fumble in the final two minutes to seal the Bulldogs’ 27-22 victory over Randolph County.
HARRY NOGEUDA, SHEFFIELD: Kicked the game-winning field goal in the final minutes of the Bulldogs’ 17-16 win over Hatton.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Ran for 334 yards and six touchdowns (6, 46, 48, 50, 7 and 66 yards) on 18 carries and returned a kick 80 yards for a seventh score in a 75-41 win over DAR.
HUNTER GRIMES, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Totaled 311 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 28 carries as Westbrook downed West End 62-35. His scoring runs covered 10, 2, 4, 37 and 68 yards.
RASHAWN McALPINE, SARALAND: Rushed for 299 yards and two touchdowns in the Spartans’ 38-10 win over Baldwin County. It was his third straight 200-yard rushing performance this season.
ANTONIO WILLIAMS, SHADES VALLEY: Had 25 rush attempts for 281 yards and three TDs in the Mounties’ 35-18 victory over Huffman.
LUKE ALISON, RANDOLPH: Bolted for 274 rushing yards and five touchdowns (83, 76, 26, 25 and 8 yards) on 10 carries in a 47-21 win over Priceville.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Picked up 260 yards rushing on 30 carries and scooted 80 yards for a TD as the Trojans beat Montgomery Academy 35-13. Teammate Austin Gavin added 126 yards and two TDs on 11 rush attempts.
TY WEBB, DOTHAN: The Tigers running back rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in two and a half quarters helping Dothan to a 30-14 win over Russell County.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Picked up 242 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in the Tigers’ 26-0 victory at Sand Rock.
EVAN SMITH, OAK MOUNTAIN: Gained 237 yards on 17 rush attempts and scored three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 35-21 loss at Thompson. He also completed 3-of-7 passes for 84 yards and another TD.
RAYSHAWN REYNOLDS, PIKE COUNTY: Rushed for 233 yards on 21 carries with touchdown runs of 52 and 60 yards in the Bulldogs' 27-22 win over Geneva.
TIGER WILBORN, CENTER POINT: Had 13 carries for 228 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-0 victory Munford.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Ran for 212 yards three touchdowns on nine carries in a 38-7 win over Geneva County.
RON WIGGINS, JACKSONVILLE: Gained 209 yards rushing on 22 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 56-21 win at Cherokee County. His scoring runs went for 9, 55, 3, 1 and 5 yards.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 16 times for 204 yards and four touchdowns (5, 85, 22 and 40 yards) in a 49-7 win over Oneonta.
RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Picked up 203 yards rushing on 11 carries and scored four touchdowns as Elba downed Kinston 38-6.
K’SHUN STOKES, HEADLAND: Accounted for 287 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-13 win over Trinity for the unbeaten Rams (4-0). He rushed for 188 yards on 18 carries with TD runs of 4, 30, 32 and 16 yards and completed 9-of-13 passes for 99 yards and also threw a two-point conversion pass.
DARRELL GIBSON, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Gained 195 yards on rushes and scored twice in the Knights’ 28-8 win over Alabama Christian.
BRADEN McCAIG, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Rushed 9 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-34 win over Lauderdale County.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Rushed for 185 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries and also had 118 yards on two kickoff returns to lead the Red Devils past Collinsville 54-24. He returned on kickoff 97 yards for a TD.
JOHN PHILLIPS, WEST MORGAN: Ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns, threw a TD pass and caught six passes for 74 yards in a 28-24 win over Danville.
DA’VION JOHNSON, WOODVILLE: Picked up 167 yards and four touchdowns on 23 rush attempts in a 34-20 win over Gaylesville.
KAEDON JENKINS, PIEDMONT: Scored the go-ahead TD on a 32-yard run and finished with 150 yards rushing on 15 carries in the Bulldogs’ 27-22 win over Randolph County.
MARKEVIOUS MATTHEWS, TALLASSEE: Ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries and caught two passes for 55 yards in the Tigers’ 24-21 win over Carroll.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Completed 10-of-17 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 17 times for 164 yards and another score to lead the Indians (4-0) to a 30-28 win over Opelika. He finished with 374 total yards.
KADEN CUPP, NEW BROCKTON: The Gamecocks’ freshman quarterback completed 13-of-18 passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns in a 46-6 win over Central-Hayneville. He threw TD passes of 41 yards to Drew Simon, 13 yards to Bryce Baker, 60 yards to Colton Marsh and 6 yards to Russell Weeks.
LUKE JACKSON, JACKSONVILLE: Completed 8-of-11 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown in a 56-21 win at Cherokee County.
JAYSON JONES, FULTONDALE: Completed 12-of-18 passes for 191 yards and added 176 yards rushing and four TD runs for 367 total yards in a 35-6 victory over J.B. Pennington.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 12-of-25 pass attempts for 202 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 59 yards and a TD on 21 carries in the Panthers’ 54-24 loss to top-ranked Fyffe.
DESHONTAE KIRKLAND, ASHFORD: The Yellow Jackets quarterback accounted for 312 yards and three touchdowns to lead Ashford to a 39-14 win over Dale County. He passed for 134 yards, including an 84-yard TD to Jacorey Underwood, a 35-yard TD toss to Kehion Walker and tacked on 178 yards rushing and another score.
ANDREW PARRIS, EAST LIMESTONE: Was 7-of-13 passing for 197 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards and a TD on seven carries in a 48-14 win over Madison County.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Completed 9-of-15 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 123 yards on eight carries in a 39-0 win over Lexington.
HUNTER MARTIN, SPARKMAN: In his first start at quarterback, the former receiver completed 8-of-13 passes for 181 yards, including the 60-yard game-winning touchdown in a 17-13 triumph over Grissom.
KYLE MINOR, MADISON ACADEMY: Grabbed six receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns (86, 81 and 9 yards) in a 45-7 win over Brewer.
ELI PEARCE, WEST END: Caught eight passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 62-35 loss to Westbrook Christian.
AUSTIN McGHEE, JAMES CLEMENS: Caught five passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns (49 and 44 yards) and scored on a 2-yard run in a 62-19 win over Huntsville.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Nabbed four receptions for 130 yards and a 59-yard TD in the Bucs’ 56-28 loss to Hewitt-Trussville.
JEWELS GRAY, JACKSONVILLE: Caught three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in a 56-21 win at Cherokee County.
DERICKEY WRIGHT, ETOWAH: Scored three defensive touchdowns and one on offense as Etowah (4-0) blanked Sardis 36-0. He returned two an interceptions 34 and 66 yards for scores, ran a fumble 52 yards for a TD, had a 1-yard scoring run and two-point conversion on offense to finish with 26 points.
JELEN LEE, FLORENCE: Swiped two interceptions, including one in the red zone late, as the Falcons beat Bob Jones 39-28.
WILL BRELAND, UMS-WRIGHT: Intercepted a pair of passes as defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright shut out Williamson 19-0.
DAMIEN MILLER, FAIRFIELD: Retuned at interception and kickoff for touchdowns as the Tigers best Wenonah 26-0.
TYLER BENTHEIMER, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 16 tackles in the Trojans’ 34-20 loss to Woodville.
CHAUNCEY LIGHTNER, BARBOUR COUNTY: Totaled 15 tackles in a 35-20 loss to Cottonwood.
BRODERIUS FINK, CITRONELLE: Had 14 tackles and three sacks in Citronelle’s 28-20 victory over LeFlore at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
REGGIE FOWLER, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had 12 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Generals’ 21-17 loss to Auburn.
CONNOR GERMAN, HEADLAND: Had 11 tackles, including two sacks, and caused a fumble as the Rams downed Trinity Presbyterian 42-13.
ALEX WASHINGTON, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Intercepted a pass and scored on a fumble return, both in the second half, as the Spartans rallied for a 24-14 victory over Spain Park.
CARSON EUBANKS, HOKES BLUFF: Recovered an Oneonta fumble on the game's opening kickoff, intercepted pass and recorded three tackles in the Eagles’ 49-7 win over Oneonta.
KENDALL ALLEN, GARDENDALE: Returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown in the Rockets' 40-21 victory over Pell City.
TRE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: Returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and caught two TD passes in a 48-6 victory over Helena.
QUINDARIUS ADAMS, MIDFIELD: Had 10 tackles on defense and rushed for 121 yards on 10 carries in and added 10 tackles on defense in a 40-20 victory over Vinemont.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – More and more student-athletes are joining the 128 high school varsity girls’ and boys’ swim teams in Alabama. And, those Alabama High School Athletic Association swimmers are finding success beyond the confines of the pools in this state.
Wade Thaxton, swimming and diving coach at Bob Jones High School in Madison, said, “The state of swimming in Alabama is as good as it’s ever been. We are seeing more and more kids take it to college, it’s a good avenue for scholarships.”
Thaxton, who was an assistant for two boys’ state titles at Bob Jones and has been head coach for the past four years, said he was thrilled with the spirit his swimmers bring to the pool. “With high school swimming, it’s all about the team,” he said. “I asked my kids what was different between their summer league teams and our team and they told me, ‘We are together. We do things together besides what we do at the pool.’ One of my swimmers told me, ‘It is all about the school spirit, not just about yourself.’
“To see them celebrate with each other and the parents taking pictures, not of their swimmer in the pool but the team on the sidelines, that is really something that stands out.”
According to the latest reports, 72 AHSAA schools offer varsity girls’ swimming and 56 field boys’ teams. The 716 boys’ varsity swimmers is an 11.5 percent increase over the 2016-17 academic year. Girls’ participation jumped 3.8 percent to a total of 844 swimmers.
The Bob Jones swim teams do agility and weight training along with their work in the pool – which is at a local recreation center, since none of the Madison City Schools System teams have pools at school. “We practice five days a week, about 2½ hours a day,” Thaxton said. “Some of our kids also swim on their own, too. Sometimes in practice, I just want them to do sets for speed – ‘OK, just go as fast as you can on this, just get there.’ Other times, I ask them to go 60-70 percent so we can work on technique. They need individual instruction to know what they need to work on. It’s about doing every little thing that is going to make their time faster.”
Faster pays off for the high school teams – Bob Jones has won nine boys AHSAA championships, including seven straight in the 2000s, and one girls title in 2007 – and for the individual swimmers. Former Patriots standout Zach Harting, who now swims for the University of Louisville, won a bronze medal this year in the Pan Pacific Championships with a personal best time (1:55.01) after finishing second in the 2018 U.S. National Championships in the 200-meter butterfly.
High school swim season for the AHSAA began with the opening of practice on Aug. 6 with the first contests on Aug. 23. The sectional meets – in Huntsville, Birmingham and Mobile – are Nov. 16-17 with the State Meet set for Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Auburn University.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association, founded in 1921, is a private agency organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic programs. The purpose of the AHSAA is to regulate, coordinate and promote the interscholastic athletic programs among its member schools, which include public, private and parochial institutions.
AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network Top 100 for Sept. 13-20
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream more than 100 events for the first time in the AHSAA’s NFHS SBP history over the next week.
That slate begins tonight with 11 varsity and JV volleyball matches, one varsity football game and five middle school games.
The headliner will be Friday night’s AHSAA/NFHS Network Game of the Week, Opelika (1-2) at Wetumpka (3-0). The Class 6A, Region 3 battle is one of 35 football games slated for the NFHS Network Friday night.
The Bulldogs won last year’s regular-season 20-19 with a last-second field goal. Opelika, which holds a 4-0 edge in the series, also won the 2016 game 38-37. Coach Eric Speakman picked up his first head-coaching victory last week with a 66-6 win over Selma. He is in his first season as head coach after serving as an assistant coach on the Bulldogs staff headed by Caleb Ross that directed OHS to a 9-4 record last season. Ross is now the head coach at Prattville. By contrast, Wetumpka head coach Tim Perry picked up the 200th game of his career two weeks ago. The Indians are off to a 3-0 start despite losing standout senior quarterback J.D. Martin to a season-ending injury in the preseason. Martin earned All-State honors in 2017 as Wetumpka rolled to a 13-2 record and Class 6A state runner-up finish while playing in the finals for the first time in the school’s storied 116-year history.
The Opelika High School’s School Broadcast Program, headed by producer Becky Brown, will generate the game for the NFHS Network.
Friday’s slate of games is also the most for any single night in the AHSAA’s NFHS Network history. All seven classifications will be showcased with one game in Class 1A, two in Class 2A and Class 3A, four in Class 4A, four in Class 5A, 10 in Class 6A and 12 in Class 7A. The Muscle Shoals-Hartselle and Enterprise-Smiths Station games will be produced by each school.
A total of 85 AHSAA member schools will be showcased with 27 Class 6A schools and 22 Class 7A schools being featured in volleyball or football contests. The previous high for events in a week’s span produced by AHSAA member schools was 47.
Volleyball action will have a strong presence on the NFHS Network beginning tonight nine varsity matches. Among them are two matches produced by Class 1A Lindsay Lane. The Lady Lions’ matches with Woodville and Clements will be featured at 4 and 6 p.m., respectively. Mountain Brook’s two matches with James Clemens and Hoover are also set for 3:30 and 5:30, respectively. At least one AHSAA volleyball match will be on the NFHS Network nightly next week through Thursday.
NFHS Network subscribers will have access to all the games. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, go to the following:
The complete AHSAA schedule of events currently set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network Sept. 13 through Sept. 20 can be found at www.ahsaa.com by clicking on the following link:
AHSAA NFHS Network Broadcast Schedule (Sept. 13-20)
Thursday, September 13
St. Paul's Episcopal
Friday, September 14
Central, Phenix City
Monday, September 17
John Carroll Catholic
Tuesday, September 18
Wednesay, September 19
Thursday, Sept. 20
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Amy Warrick has coached for more than a decade and she is astonished at the surge in popularity of volleyball. Even at smaller schools, such as Goshen High in Pike County where Warrick is head volleyball and softball coach, girls – and fans – are flocking to the sport.
“We get great community support,” Warrick said. “At our season-opener at home against Brantley, we had more than 700 people here.”
Goshen’s population is 255.
“I’ve seen this sport just take off in the past few years,” Warrick said. “We can’t keep the kids out of the gym. We’d love to have a boys’ team, too. When I put the nets up, they get so excited. They want to know how to play the right way. It’s a fast-paced, fun game. There’s something that everybody can do.”
Goshen fields three teams: varsity for ninth- through 12th-graders, junior varsity for eighth-, ninth- and occasionally 10th-graders, and a junior high squad for seventh- and eighth-graders. “I have a team of 13 to 14 girls,” Warrick said, “but I’ll have 60 come to tryouts.”
According to Alabama High School Athletic Association figures reported to the National Federation of State High School Associations, 10,095 students participated in volleyball in Alabama in 2017-18 from a total of 384 schools. That total is up 2.2 percent from the year before. Volleyball is the No. 1 girls’ sport both in Alabama and in the United States in terms of participation.
“In physical education classes, we have a lot of kids playing volleyball,” Warrick said. “You don’t have to force them to play (for exercise). When I have open gym time outside of school hours, I’ll see second- and third-graders playing.”
Warrick, whose team finished second to St. Luke’s Episcopal of Mobile in last year’s Class 2A volleyball state tournament, has been head coach at Goshen for five years. She was an assistant at Goshen (and, before that, at Ariton) for a total of seven years.
As a coach, Warrick and all AHSAA coaches and administrators must also focus on ensuring the health and safety of student-athletes. “One thing our county system requires is to have all coaches certify every year in CPR,” she said. “The certifications are good for two years, but we certify every year. As a coach, you have to constantly be aware. In addition to being aware of problems from the heat, we have training on concussions and we have apps on our phones to use for outdoor sports that alert us on lightning in the area.”
All AHSAA schools are required to have an Athletic Emergency Action Plan in place for every sports venue. The AEAP details how an emergency will be handled at each venue, including who should take charge in treating the injured person, who will contact emergency services and other responses including who will contact the family of the injured person. Each school also has at least one automated external defibrillator and coaches must pass an AHSAA Coaches’ Education Program that includes a Sports First Aid Health & Safety for Coaches exam.
“I spend a lot of time with these kids,” Warrick said. “We know each other. I can recognize when someone is having a problem. It all goes back to the relationships you build.”
MONTGOMERY – Junior quarterback Seth Brown engineered St. John Paul II Catholic to a 41-31 win over Priceville last Friday for the Falcons’ third straight victory this season football season.
The 3-0 start is the best in school history – and extended St. John Paul II’s current winning streak to four in a row – second best current winning streak among the AHSAA’s Class 4A schools. The fast start for Coach David Floyd’s Falcons earned the Huntsville school the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 2 of the 2018 season.
Brown was almost perfect last week completing 20-of-24 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns and added 89 yards rushing and a fifth TD on 10 rush attempts in last week’s win for Coach David Lloyd, in his second year as head coach.
The school began playing varsity football in 2012 – struggling to a 5-53 record over the six previous seasons. The Falcons started the current streak in the final game of 2017 with a 16-13 victory over Clements. That victory snapped a 29-game losing streak which dated back to 2015.
St. John Paul II dropped from Class 5A to Class 4A this season, and Brown has been sensational at quarterback leading the Falcons go 44.3 points a game thus far with wins over Locust Fork (41-35), East Lawrence (51-0) and Priceville. With 133 points scored already this season, Lloyd’s team needs just 20 more points the rest of the year to set a school season record for scoring. Lloyd is the fourth head coach in the school’s short history.
The Priceville win was the first for the Falcons in Class 4A, Region 7 and improved the school’s all-time record to 5-53.
The milestone victory edged out a superb passing effort by Thompson senior Taulia Tagovailoa, an amazing rushing effort by Hueytown running back Roydell Williams and a strong receiving effort by Hewitt-Trussville end Ja’Varrius Johnson.
Tagovailoa completed 33-of-61 pass attempts for 474 yards four touchdowns in the Warriors’ 45-26 loss to defending Class 7A state champion Hoover at the Met last week. The 474 yards ranks 13th most yards in a single game in AHSAA history. The 61 attempts ranks tied for fifth all-time in a single game with Cullman’s Tyler Caldwell, and the 33 completions ties for 11th all-time with James Raines of Berry, who had 33 in 2015 and Geoffrey Bramblett of Locust Fork, who reached that total in 2011.
Robert Nomberg of Northview set the mark with 68 in a 33-23 loss to Greenville in 1987. Chris Smelley set the single-game passing record of 565 yards in a 43-31 loss to Brantley in 1987.
Hueytown’s Williams had 35 carries for 394 yards and four touchdowns covering 66, 12, 44 and 94 yards to lead the Gophers past Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 39-36. He also scored A two-point conversion. His rushing total ranks 13th most behind the record (531 yards) by Tony Dixon of Parrish in 2003 in a wild 81-58 victory over Hubbertville.
Johnson caught nine passes from senior quarterback Paul Tyson for 243 yards and two touchdowns covering 50 and 66 yards in a 52-47 victory over Oak Mountain. It ranks tied for 24th all-time with Locust Fork’s Clay Smith, who reached that total in a 2011 70-40 loss to Cleburne County. The state record (412 yards) was set by Chris Simpson of LaFayette in 2000 against Alabama Christian.
Other top performances reported from last week included:
PAUL TYISON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 19-of-30 passes for 347 yards and three TDs and added two rushing TDs in a 52-47 victory over Oak Mountain.
JACOB JONES, WEST END: Was 21-of-43 in passing for 310 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 60-27 loss to Cleveland. His favorite targets Jeremiah Roberson and Eli Pearce had nine receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns and seven catches for 123 yards and a TD, respectively.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: The senior finished 17-of-29 passing for 300 yards and five TDs in a 49-7 victory over Shades Valley.
ROBBY ASHFORD, HOOVER: Completed 13-of-25 for 209 yards and added 146 yards rushing for 355 total yards in a 45-26 victory over Thompson.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Was 10-of-13 passing for 257 yards and five touchdowns and also rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries as the Yellow Jackets beat Cottonwood 52-7. He finished with 307 total yards. Five of his completions were caught by his brother Jaquon Kincey for 140 yards and three touchdowns.
CORY ALEXANDER, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score as Cottage Hill routed J.U. Blacksher 40-15. Alexander was 16-of-27 passing for 255 yards. He also rushed for 90 yards on 12 carries.
DEVIN MITCHELL, FAIRHOPE: Passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns as Fairhope beat Murphy 38-6.
LUKE NAIL, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 11-of-20 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns (26, 52, 56 and 38 yards), and scored on a 1-yard run in a 49-21 win over East Limestone.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 14-of-22 pass attempts for 215 yards and a 17-yard touchdown in the Panthers’ 15-12 overtime win over North Sand Mountain. He also ran for 34 yards on 14 carries and recovered a fumble, forced another, had a sack and an interception on defense.
TRENTIN DUPPER, DECATUR: Completed 13-of-20 passes for 204 yards and a 45-yard touchdown and ran for 100 yards and two TDs (5 and 2 yards) on 12 carries in a 38-13 win over Cullman.
JAMIL MUHAMMAD, JAMES CLEMENS: The senior quarterback rushed for 118 yards and four touchdowns (6,3, 1 and 6 yards) and was 11-of-18 passing for 188 yards and a 63-yard TD connection in the Jets’ 36-20 victory over Bob Jones.
RYLEY KIRK, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 7-of-9 pass attempts for 169 yards and three touchdowns (89, 27, 20 yards) in the Panthers’ 33-0 victory over Winterboro.
GANNON REYES, SCOTTSBORO: Was 12-for-19 passing for 146 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats’ 35-7 win over Ardmore.
EASTON HARDIN, BOAZ: was 10-of-12 passing for 138 yards and three touchdowns (28, 34 and 12 yards) in one half of action as the Pirates beat Douglas 49-7.
TRENTIN DUPPER, DECAGUR: Completed 13-of-20 passes for 204 yards and a 45-yard touchdown and ran for 100 yards and two TDs (5 and 2 yards) on 12 carries in a 38-13 win over Cullman.
yards) in a 41-20 victory over St. Clair County.
JATHAN JACKSON, HAMILTON: Accumulated 304 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Aggies beat West Point 48-42.
RON WIGGINS, JACKSONVILLE: Rushed 12 times for 254 yards and five touchdowns in a 33-7 in over Ashville. He ran 52 yards for a TD on the Golden Eagles’ first play of the game. He also scored on runs of 32, 63, 1 and 20 yards and had a pass reception for 20 yards.
RASHAWN REYNOLDS, PIKE COUNTY: Rushed for 255 yards on 20 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run, to pace the Bulldogs to a 39-7 win over Houston Academy.
ASHTON PATEL, OPP: Rushed for 249 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries in a 36-30 overtime loss to Straughn.
RASHAWN McALPINE, SARALAND: Rushed for 249 yards on 23 carries and scored on runs of 40, 68 and 57 yards in Saraland's 27-19 win at Daphne.
FRED WALLS, FALKVILLE: Ran nine times for 245 yards and four touchdowns (89, 4, 85 and 64 yards) in a 58-21 win over Woodville.
KAMERON JONES, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Rushed 33 times for 232 yards scores in the Tigers’ 28-0 win over East Lawrence.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 16 times for 227 yards and two touchdowns (14 and 97 yards) as the Eagles (2-0) downed White Plains 34-8.
COOPER BISHOP, VESTAVIA HILLS: Had 27 carries for 208 yards and two touchdowns as the Rebels downed Spain Park 28-21. He also had a sack on defense.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Accounted for 234 yards total offense in a 58-14 victory over Niceville (FL).
COLTON KEITH, DECATUR HERITAGE: Amassed 215 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns in a 35-13 win over Valley Head.
KYLE ATHUR, WICKSBURG: Gained 194 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns on 24 carries in the Panthers' 14-13 loss to Slocomb. He also had five tackles on defense.
TREY MARTIN, LEXINGTON: Totaled 181 rushing yards and two touchdowns and also threw two 2 TD passes as the Bears beat Phil Campbell 35-12.
JORDAN INGRAM, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Picked up 174 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 33 carries as St. Paul's overcame a 7-0 halftime defcit to beat Baldwin County 17-7.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Totaled 172 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 14 carries, added an 85-yard kickoff return for a TD and finished with 257 all-purpose yards in a 56-0 win over Section.
JAKOBI HUNTER, LEEDS: Had 29 rush attempts for 169 yards and two TDs in a 35-28 loss to Elmore County.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Scored four touchdowns on three rush attempts and a punt return in the Chiefs’ 77-0 win over Danville. He finished with 146 rushing yards on the three carries.
K’SHUN STOKES, HEADLAND: Rushed 17 times for 151 yards and two TDs and was 4-of-8 passing for two more scores in a 36-0 win over Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee.
CHANCE POLLARD, CHARLES HENDERSON: Rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries and also caught three passes for 30 yards in the Trojans' 34-20 win over Rehobeth.
QUINDARIUS ADAMS, MIDFIELD: Ran 16 times for 140 yards and two fourth-quarter TDs in a 36-30 victory over Holly Pond.
NOAH ALLISON, J.B. PENNINGTON: Rushed for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns on six carries and completed 3 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in Pennington's 71-8 win over Hanceville. Teammate Sheldon Blythe added 82 yards on 11 carries and scored twice as the Tigers amassed 510 yards total offense and scored 10 touchdowns and one safety.
TANNER CLANTON, SAND ROCK: Rushed for 135 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns (1 and 26 yards). He also caught a 23-yard pass in the Wildcats’ 12-7 win at Ider.
JACOREY JACOBS, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Caught five passes for 151 yards and two TDs as St. Luke's knocked off defending 1A state champion Sweet Water 33-25.
MICHAEL VICE, VESTVIA HILLS: Caught six passes for 139 yards and two TDs, including the game-winning 5-yarder with less than 30 seconds to go, in a 28-21 victory over Spain Park.
MASON McKINNEY, COLLINSVILLE: Caught eight passes for 130 yards in the Panthers’ 15-12 overtime win at North Sand Mountain.
GAINES PETTY, SPRING GARDEN: Caught three passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns (89, 27 yards) in the Panthers’ 33-0 win over Winterboro.
BROOK REINHARDT, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Caught seven passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns in a 50-20 win over Colbert Heights.
DEMAEION HOLLOMAN, PINSON VALLEY: Caught five passes for 100 yards and scored four TDs in a 49-7 victory over Shades Valley.
KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Scored the game’s first touchdown on the first play of the contest on 75-yard pass reception and the scored the winning TD on a 4-yard run with a minute left in the fourth quarter to lift the Panthers to a 14-10 win over Sardis. He finished with four receptions for 100 yards and a 77 yards rushing on 15 carries for Southside.
HATTON METZ, SCOTTSBORO: The senior receiver caught six passes for 103 yards and a touchdown (48 yards) in a 35-7 win over Ardmore.
JACKSON GLOVER, HUNTSVILLE: Scored five touchdowns in Huntsville’s 42-33 win over city rival Grissom – three on receptions covering 6, 22 and 17 yards and two on short runs of 1 and 4 yards.
PEYTON BELL, FAITH ACADEMY: Intercepted three passes as Faith Academy opened Class 5A, Region 1 play with a 38-18 victory over LeFlore.
GABINO MORIN, SLOCOMB: Had 14 tackles and teammate Trey Baker had 13 in the Red Tops’ 14-13 win over Wicksburg. Morin also punted three times for a 42.7-yard average and kicked both important extra points. Baker also caused a fumble.
JAMES CORNELIUS, OPP: Totaled 14 tackles in the Bobcats' 36-30 overtime loss to Straughn.
VONTA BENTLEY, JACKSON-OLIN: Totaled 12 tackles and three sacks to anchor a defense that allowed just 161 total yards as the unbeaten Mustangs (3-0) downed Minor 30-15.
JAYVEN ANDERSON, ABBEVILLE: Recorded 11 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in the Yellow Jackets' 52-7 win over Cottonwood.
J.B. SANDERS, CHARLES HENDERSON: Managed 11 tackles, including behind the line of scrimmage, as the Trojans topped Rehobeth 34-20.
JAPETH LONG, FYFFE: Had seven tackles, four for losses, as the Red Devils beat Section 56-0.
KOLBY BRAGWELL, RED BAY: Scored on a defensive touchdown on a 59-yard fumble return, rushed 14 times for 115 yards and two TDs and converted three 2-point conversions in s 32-6 win over Hatton.
CONNER GERMAN, HEADLAND: Totaled 10 tackles in the Rams' 36-0 win over Booker T. Washington.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Posted eight tackles and led the Panthers running game with 66 yards on nine carries in a 33-0 win over Winterboro.
KALEB WHATLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Made eight tackles and scored the Trojans’ lone touchdown in a 14-8 loss at Victory Christian.
DANIEL FRANKLIN, MORTIMER JORDAN: Returned a fumble 55 yards for a TD and added two short TD runs in a 28-20 victory over Center Point.
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Connected on the game-winning 25-yard field goal in overtime in the Panthers’ 15-12 win at North Sand Mountain.
JOSEPH MONTANO, DAVIDSON: Kicked two field goals, including a 50-yarder as time expired in the first half, as Davidson beat Baker 27-7.
ANDRE GOTTHARDT, SCOTTSBORO: Playing in his first-ever American football game, the Foreign Exchange student from Germany was 5-for-5 in extra point attempts as Scottsboro defeated Ardmore 35-7. He was pressed into kicking duties this week when the regular kicker and another exchange student kicker from the Netherlands traveled to Virginia to participate in a school cross country meet. He also took care of all kickoff duties in the game.
LUKE PERCER, OAK MOUNTAIN: Returned a kickoff 92 yards for a TD and added three rushing TDs in a 52-47 loss to Hewitt-Trussville.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and rushed for 80 yards on six carries with two more scores in the Tigers’ 37-0 win over Asbury.
HUNTER TILLMAN, THEODORE: Scored on a 65-yard kickoff return, a 44-yard reception and an 18-yard run as Theodore routed Foley 51-0.
EMIL SMITH, ETOWAH: Returned a punt 48 yards for a touchdown, caught TD passes covering 3 and 21 yards and also passed for three scores in the Blue Devils’ 52-7 win over Crossville.
A.J. TONEY, JACKSON-OLIN: Returned a kickoff 70 yards for a TD and finished with 194 all-purpose yards, including 80 yards and a score on four receptions, to lead the Mustangs past Minor 30-15. He also threw a 2-point conversion pass.
DAVID BLAXTON, J.B. PENNINGTON: Returned a free kick 55 yards for a touchdown and scored on a 10-yard TD in the 4th quarter in the Pennington win.
Record 82 AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network Thru Sept. 13
Thompson vs. Hoover Football Battle Headlines NFHS Network Live-Stream Lineup for Friday
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream a record high 82 sports events beginning tonight through Sept. 13. Among them is the much anticipated Class 7A, Region 3 football battle featuring Thompson (2-0) at Hoover (1-1) Friday night as the Alabama NFHS Network Game of the Week.
A total of 85 AHSAA member schools will be showcased with 27 Class 6A schools and 22 Class 7A schools being featured in volleyball or football contests. The previous high for events in a week’s span produced by AHSAA member schools was 47.
Veteran broadcaster and Hoover NFHS Network School Broadcast Program producer Jeff Lloyd will be handling the play-by-play for the contest that kicks off at 7 p.m. Thompson, featuring talented senior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, is 2-0 this season with impressive 38-7 and 47-0 wins over James Clemens and Foley respectively.
Coach Mark Freeman’s quarterback led the AHSAA in passing as a junior with 3,820 yards and 36 TDs while completing 287-of-435 passes in 13 games. Tagovailoa is off to a great start in 2018 completing 49-of-72 passes for 639 yards and nine touchdowns. Seven of those scores came in the first half of the two wins. Michael Pettway has receptions for 214 yards and four TDs on the year.
Defending Class 7A state champion Hoover (1-1) beat defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley 52-14 in the season opener but fell 42-14 to St. John’s of Washington D.C., a team ranked sixth nationally, last weekend. Junior quarterback Robby Ashford is 33-of-55 passing with 541 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games. Senior receiver George Pickens has 15 catches for 239 yards and two scores.
Thompson won last year’s regular-season game 32-25 – with Tagovailoa engineering a 99-yard drive for the winning score as the Warriors beat Hoover for the first time in school history after 20 straight setbacks and won the Region 3 title. The Bucs rebounded with a 31-12 win over Thompson in the semifinals of the 7A playoffs and beat McGill-Toolen Catholic two weeks later 48-20 to win the school’s 13th state championship. Niblett has coached the last six (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) including five in the last six seasons.
A total of 31 NFHS Network productions are scheduled for live-streaming Friday night with 13 in Class 6A and 10 in Class 7A. Daphne (1-1) and Saraland (2-0) will each be live-streaming that Class 6A, Region 1 battle at Daphne. Central-Phenix City (2-0) and Smiths Station (2-0) will each live-stream that key Class 7A, Region 2 battle at Smiths Station.
McGill-Toolen and Spanish Fort, which met zero week in a preseason non-counting jamboree contest won by the Yellow Jackets 48-13, have non-region out-of-state opponents Friday with both games scheduled for the NFHS Network. The Toros (1-0) will be hosting Moss Point (MS) and McGill-Toolen (1-0) will be traveling to West Monroe (LA). West Monroe will produce the event for the NFHS Network.
Three Class 2A games will be on the NFHS Network, one in Class 3A, two each in Class 4A and 5A. None are currently scheduled for Class 1A.
A strong slate of 10 volleyball matches are scheduled for Thursday night including seven varsity matches. Among them are Baldwin County and Gulf Shores, which will live-stream the junior varsity game at 4:30 p.m., and the varsity game at 5:30. A total of 34 volleyball matches are scheduled for the NFHS Network through Sept. 13. Among the newcomers to the NFHS Network this week include Lindsay Lane, Fayetteville, Opp, Baldwin County, Gadsden City, Buckhorn and Homewood high schools.
NFHS Network subscribers will have access to all the games. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, go to the following:
The complete AHSAA schedule of events currently set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network Sept. 6 through Sept. 13 are listed.