Vestavia Hills High School head football coach Buddy Anderson became the state’s all-time prep wins leader Friday as the Rebels presented victory number 310 with a 14-3 triumph over Hewitt-Trussville at Hewitt’s Jack Wood Stadium.
With the victory, Anderson headlines the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 4 and now stands all alone at the top of Alabama’s football coaches with a career record of 310-126-0. He surpassed Waldon Tucker, who retired at Fayette County with a 309-126-3 record. Tucker won 25 games at a non-member school.
Former Colbert County Coach Jimmie Moore finished his career 305-94-6 but won over 200 of those games in Mississippi. Glenn Daniel, a member of the NFHS Hall of Fame, retired after the 1992 season, was 302-169-16 in his legendary 46-year career – with his last 275 wins coming at Luverne.
Anderson’s entire head-coaching career has been in the AHSAA’s highest classification at Vestavia Hills. Ironically, Friday’s victory came on the same field that produced his first win 37 years earlier in 1978.
Inducted into the AHSAA Hall of Fame in 2003, Anderson has been a mentor and leader among state coaches.
Senior Landon Crowder scored twice on short runs in the second half to provide the Rebels’ touchdowns. It was his trademark defense that did the rest – keeping the Huskies out of the end zone. Crowder was 2-of- 5 passing for 77 yards and rushed 14 times for 74 yards. Crowder’s 40-yard completion to Samuel Harvey in the third quarter put the Rebels at the Hewitt 14-yard and line set up a 3-yard yard touchdown.
Jeff Sentell of al.com summed up Anderson’s coaching career at the following link:
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Anderson’s 310th win edged out a tremendous defensive performance by Opelika linebacker Roy Yancey in the unbeaten Bulldogs’ 53-0 win over Pell City. Yancey, a senior, had 21 tackles, two sacks--four for losses--and two fumble recoveries in just 2 ½ quarters of play for Coach Brian Blackmon’s team.
The milestone coaching victory also edged out five defensive touchdowns by Daphne’s defense in a 62-21 win over Robertsdale, and St. James’ 21-14 win over Montgomery-Catholic that featured two lightning-fast runs in a contest interrupted by lightning of the electric kind.
Thomas Stokes of Catholic shocked the fans with a state-record tying 99-yard run in the first half. And with time running out and the game tied 14-14, Jaylen McCoy of St. James shook loose on a 92-yard run for the game-winning touchdown. The score came with 21.3 seconds left.
Stokes finished with 185 yards on 15 carries. McCoy only had two carries on the night – the other a 3-yard run.
Five different defensive players scored for Daphne. Tyric Richardson returned an interception 42 yards for a TD, Trenton Ellis-Brewer scored on a 70-yard pick, Peter Jabbia took an interception 16 yards into the end zone, Mario Osborne and Jarvis Johnson returned fumbles 28 and 59 yards for scores.
Other top performances reported for Week 4 include:
MATT HARPER, HACKLEBURG: The Panthers quarterback led Hackleburg to a 58-34 victory over Phillips, rushing for 328 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries. He was also 7-of-10 passing for 53 yards and intercepted a pass on defense.
TRE McMILLIAN, BAKER: The sophomore ran for 313 yards on just 14 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 41-31 win over McGill-Toolen. McMillian scored on TD runs of 79, 36, 78 and 55 yards and also caught a 38-yard TD pass as the Hornets rallied from a 10-point deficit on two occasions.
RASHAD LOUIE, SHADES VALLEY: The Mounties’ senior ran 11 times for 200 yards and two scores in a 39-21 victory on the road against Acadiana, LA. Louie also completed 20-of-34 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns to finish with 422 total yards.
JOHN MICHAEL DYE, VINEMONT: Piled up 262 rushing yards and six touchdowns on just 12 carries in a 45-20 home win over Hanceville. He scored from 60 yards out on the game’s first play from scrimmage and added scoring runs of 20, 42, 50, 4 and 62 yards to snap a four-year winning streak by Hanceville in the series.
JAMARIUS HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY: Rushed for 241 yards and three touchdowns, including 183 yards and two scores in the second half, as the unbeaten Warriors (4-0) posted a 26-0 win over Pike County.
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: Had 21 rush attempts for 247 yards and three touchdowns in Guntersville's 33-8 victory over Douglas.
DEVIN HARRIS, SAKS: Rushed for 205 yards on 12 carries and scored five touchdowns in the Wildcats' 38-16 win at Cherokee County.
PAUL RUIZ, ETOWAH: Rushed 26 times for 230 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair in the fourth quarter when the Blue Devils were down 23-21, and caught another touchdown in a 37-23 come-from-behind win over Randolph.
LABRIJIAN BLOODSAW, DALEVILLE: Rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-20 win over Wicksburg.
ZACH WHITTINGTON AND CHRIS ADAIR, ZION CHAPEL: The duo combined for 275 yards rushing and six touchdowns in helping the Rebels snap a 15-game losing streak with a 49-7 win over Calhoun. Whittington rushed for 191 yards and two scores on 28 carries and Adair had 84 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries.
MICAH STEPHENS, LOCUST FORK: The junior had 202 yards rushing and three touchdowns (94, 19 and 15 yards) in the Hornets’ 46-21 victory over Westminster Christian. Quarterback Todd Goodwin also accounted for 178 yards and three scores on just 12 attempts as Locust Fork piled up 540 yards rushing on 47 attempts. Goodwin also completed 2-of-3 passes for 50 yards and another score as the Hornets finished with 590 total yards.
KYLE HARRELL, CHELSEA: The junior needed averaged 27 yards per carry in sprinting to three touchdowns during a runaway, 43-14 win at Central-Tuscaloosa. Harrell had eight rushing attempts that picked up 218 yards and touchdowns that covered 20, 60 and 63 yards.
DREEK THOMPSON, PIEDMONT: Rushed for 197 yards on just 10 carries and scored two touchdowns (15, 58 yards) as the undefeated Bulldogs (3-0) beat Ohatchee 49-12.
TYRELL PIGROME, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The junior led the Cougars to a 65-14 win over Huffman, completing 7-of-11 passes for 239 yards and three TDs. He also rushed for 75 yards and two more scores.
D'SHAWN FIFE, CEDAR BLUFF: Gained 185 yards on 19 rush attempts and scored three touchdowns (19, 24, 6 yards) to lead the Tigers to their first victory of the season, a 41-13 win over Valley Head.
JALYN MARTIN, COLLINSVILLE: Rushed for 182 yards on 17 carries and accounted for three Panther scores, including a game-clinching 25-yard run with 46.5 seconds to go, in the Panthers' 28-14 win at Holly Pond. Martin also had an 8-yard touchdown grab.
THOMAS OZMINT, GLENCOE: Rushed for 244 yards, including 139 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, and the Yellow Jackets defeated Westbrook Christian 56-0. He had a fifth touchdown, a 38-yard run, called back because of a penalty.
JOSE MONTESDEOCA, WOODVILLE: Helped the Panthers (3-0) remain undefeated after two straight winless seasons with a 41-26 win over Vina. He ran for 171 yards and three touchdowns (35, 84 and 34 yards) and added 127 yards receiving and three more scores (35, 52 and 45 yards) for a total of six TDs overall. He also ran in a 2-point conversion and kicked an extra point and finished with 39 points scored.
TREY TURNER, MURPHY: Ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 166 yards and another score as the Panthers beat Vigor 33-6. Turner scored on runs of 76 and 44 yards and threw a 15-yard TD to Stephen Murphy.
LAMICAL PERINE, THEODORE: The workhorse running back had 35 carries for 180 yards and scored both of the Bobcats’ TDs on runs of 2 and 14 yards as Theodore edged Davidson 14-7.
RAMSEY RIGBY, ELBA: Completed 26-of-30 passes for 334 yards and five touchdowns in a 54-0 win over Central Hayneville.
BRANDON BUTTS, J.B. PENNINGTON: Completed 17-of-29 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-38 win over DAR. He also rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
CHANDLER RIGSON, CHICKASAW: Completed 14-of-19 passes for 385 yards and five touchdowns in the Chieftains’ 46-16 victory over Marengo. Senior Keivonte Gallmon was his chief target with five catches for 198 yards and three TDs.
AHMAD DeRAMUS, GADSDEN CITY: Was 12-of-15 passing for 275 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half, as the Titans downed Grissom 48-14.
ZACH DIMMOCK, ONEONTA: The junior quarterback completed 11-of-13 passes for 229 yards with two touchdowns (71, 54) and an interception. He added 48 yards rushing and a touchdown on six attempts. On defense, he had a pair of interceptions, two other pass break-ups, and six tackles.
JACK HUTCHESON, HOOVER: The Bucs senior quarterback was 12-of-19 passing for 220 yards and three touchdowns in Hoover’s 35-0 win over Oak Mountain. His first pass of the game went for 80 yards and a TD to Alex Elam.
JALANTA SMITH, CHARLES HENDERSON: Caught nine passes for 167 yards and a touchdown in a 19-16 loss to Greenville.
K.O. POWELL, ONEONTA: Had five receptions for 149 yards and a TD to help the Redskins beat New Hope 53-8.
TYLER BLACKBURN, CHELSEA: The senior had three catches for 127 yards and scored on an 80-yard reception as the Hornets beat Valley 43-20. He also blocked an extra point on defense.
RICHARD McBRYDE, CHARLES HENDERSON: Was in on 18 tackles in a 19-16 loss to Greenville.
DARYIAN MORRIS, GENEVA: Earned 16 tackles, 2 for loss, in a 29-27 win over Hillcrest of Evergreen.
STONE COLLINS, WICKSBURG: Recorded 16 tackles and had two catches for 35 yards and a touchdown in a 35-20 loss to Daleville.
AARON ZAWACKI, BUCKHORN: The linebacker had two of the Bucks' four interceptions in a 42-6 victory over Huntsville as Buckhorn improved to 3-0.
PEYTON WILLIAMS, ZION CHAPEL: Forced three fumbles and had four solo tackles in the Rebels' 49-7 win over Calhoun, snapping a 15-game losing streak.
ALBERT DOUGLAS, GASTON: Recorded two interceptions, returning one 80 yards for a touchdown, as Gaston picked up its first win of the season with a 21-12 decision over Ider.
LEVI HAMMACK, ADDISON: Recovered two fumbles, including one for a touchdown, as Addison beat Falkville 42-7.
BRONTAE HARRIS, CULLMAN: Had a 96-yard kickoff return in the first half of the Bearcats’ 28-14 loss to Florence in the Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week. He stepped in at quarterback in the second half after Cullman’s starter was injured and completed 6-of-8 passes for 75 yards.
KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY: Blocked two punts, scored on 47-yard run off a fake punt and recovered a fumble as the Mustangs rolled past Sheffield 57-7.
KOBE SMITH, WEST POINT: Returned the second-half kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown and caught a 58-yard scoring pass in a 31-6 road win over Ardmore. The return TD was his second in as many weeks. Smith also had a 93-yarder versus Columbia last week.
MAURICE MAYO, HOMEWOOD: Intercepted two passes returning one for 82 yards and a TD as Homewood beat Briarwood 28-6. He also had a 34-yard scoring reception.