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.