Hewitt–Trussville High School survived four overtimes to beat Spain Park 64-63 Friday night for the Huskies’ first Class 7A, Region 3 win of the year. The marathon battle of Birmingham area teams moved into the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for Week 5 of the 2014 season.
The Huskies of new head coach Josh Floyd led 36-28 late in the fourth quarter when Spain Park junior Wade Streeter scored on a 4-yard run and quarterback Mason Duke found receiver Parker Kelly in the end zone for the two-point conversion.
Hewitt out-scored the Jaguars of Coach Shawn Raney 28-27 in the ensuing four overtimes with running back Jarrion Street scoring on a 10-yard run and Hewitt kicked its extra point to take a 64-57 lead. Streeter then scored on an 8-yard run. After a Huskies timeout, Spain Park missed its extra point to seal the win.
Street finished with 238 yards rushing and five rushing touchdowns. He also had a 20-yard catch for a sixth score. Streeter was Spain Park’s workhorse with 46 carries, 195 yards and four touchdowns. Hewitt quarterback Zach Thomas added 136 yards rushing and two TDs and was 10-of-15 passing for 121 yards and two more scores.
Duke finished 14-of-21 passing for 193 yards and one TD passing and also rushed for two scores.
The four-overtime game etched its way into the AHSAA Record Book in several categories.
The combined 127 points was the fifth most scored in an AHSAA game in state history. The 63 points by Spain Park tied Oxford’s 63 in a 69-63 six-overtime loss to Etowah in 1991 as the most points scored by a losing team. The combined 1,009 yards total offense is second most reported in AHSAA history and the 151 offensive plays is the most ever reported. The game’s 51 first downs also set a state mark.
The Hewitt-Spain Park game edged out several top performances for top billing in this week’s Spotlight. Among the other top efforts:
Tallassee’s Brandon Baynes rushed for 380 yards on 26 carries in a 31-16 win over Clay County Central. He scored four touchdowns on runs of 57, 67, 65 and 72 yards. Baynes now has 1,384 yards rushing in five games and became the first Tallassee player in history to reach the 1,000-yard mark that fast.
Baynes was just 12 yards shy of matching the Tallassee single game rushing mark, a record he set with his 392 rushing yards versus Talladega earlier this season. Baynes’ grandfather Ronnie Baynes, a former Tallassee head coach, Talladega all-state player (1960), prominent NFL contest official and member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame, was honored on the same night at his alma mater.
Coosa Christian’s Johnny Grizzard accounted for eight touchdowns in the Conquerors' 60-28 win over Class 1A rival Woodville. Grizzard completed 15-of 23-passes for 364 yards and six touchdowns and also rushed six times for 83 yards and a touchdown. On defense he returned an interception 85 yards for his eighth score of the night to help coach Jason Touart pick up his first victory as head coach and hand Woodville its first loss of the year.
PRATTVILLE RETIRES JERSEYS: The jerseys of Kevin Turner (14) and Lorenzo Pickett (29) were retired in a pre-game ceremony Friday night prior to the Prattville-Central Phenix City game at Stanley-Jensen Stadium in Prattville. The Lions also honored the 1984 PHS team that won the school’s first football championship and the AHSAA’s first 6A state championship. Lockett, now deceased, became an assistant coach at Prattville before his untimely death. Turner was also was a standout at the University of Alabama and in the NFL with the New England Patriots.
ROGERS MAKES HISTORY WITH FIELD GOAL: Sophomore Kaitlyn Rogers of Spring Garden made school history as the first female to kick an extra point at Spring Garden in the Panthers' 40-13 loss to Gaston. Rogers booted her first extra point after quarterback Ben Ivey connected with receiver Dylan Short for the Panthers' first touchdown with eight seconds left before halftime. She was 1-for-2 kicking extra points on the night.
A.J. TRAVIS, NORTHSIDE: Ran 22 times for 353 yards and five touchdowns (11, 19, 70, 46 and 8 yards) in a 55-27 victory over Holt. He also caught a 24-yard pass to total 377 total yards.
ISAIAH LEWIS, FOLEY: Foley’s workhorse had 45 carries for 314 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions edged Davidson 27-21 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: The junior quarterback rushed for 302 yards and three touchdowns (76, 33, 50 yards) on just 14 carries in the Panthers’ 49-20 win over previously undefeated Collinsville. He also completed 8-of 17- passing for 91 yards and another TD to finish with 393 total yards and four TDs accounted for.
PAUL RUIZ, ETOWAH: Rushed 17 times for 292 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Blue Devils to a 40-20 win over 5A, Region 7 foe Fairview.
JAMES LEATHERWOOD, LEFLORE: Ran for 277 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries in a 34-30 loss to Baldwin County at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
DEANTHONY HOLCOMB, WASHINGTON COUNTY: Rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries as the Bulldogs beat Sweet Water 39-0 in the Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week.
TOMOKA NELSON, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Gained 216 yards rushing and scored one touchdown on 22 carries in a 21-14 win over Priceville. He also returned an interception 79 yards for another score on defense.
ISIAH LONG, DOTHAN: Rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns (11, 65 and 57 yards) on 23 carries in the Tigers' 28-9 win over Wetumpka.
DAIJON FLOWERS, ENTERPRISE: Picked up 208 yards rushing and three touchdowns (8, 52 and 17 yards) on 26 carries in the Wildcats' 38-21 win over Auburn.
THOMAS OZMINT, GLENCOE: Led the Yellow Jackets to a 31-28 win over rival Piedmont with 26 rushes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
DAX BENTON, HUBBERTVILLE: Ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of a 40-6 victory over Brilliant.
DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Rushed 30 times for 199 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-17 win over Lee-Huntsville. He also caught two passes.
MACEO BOOKER, JAMES CLEMENS: Had 27 carries for 179 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 61 yards and another score in a 19-16 win at Buckhorn.
FREDDIE CARODINE, HUNTSVILLE: Ran 18 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 4:41 remaining, in a 25-24 win at Sparkman.
TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Rushed for 159 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries as the Bulldogs beat W.S. Neal 38-16 at East Brewton.
MASON EDWARDS, SPARKMAN: Completed 21-of-28 passes for 358 yards and two scores in a 25-24 loss to Huntsville.
COLE BUTLER, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Passed for 318 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-34 loss to Excel.
KALEN WHITLOW, NORTHVIEW: Completed 14-of-15 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing TD in just over two quarters as Northview beat Russell County 62-0. The win set the school record for points in a game and margin of victory.
GREY JACKSON, FAIRHOPE: Passed for 269 yards and four touchdowns as the Pirates (4-0) beat Baker 49-21. Jackson also ran for 69 yards.
RILEY EISNER, GOOD HOPE: Completed 26-of-35 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns in the Raiders’ first win of the season, a 28-21 triumph over J.B. Pennington.
CADE YOUNG, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns on a 13-of-17 passing performance as the Patriots beat Greene County 49-21.
ZACH DIMMOCK, ONEONTA: The quarterback led the Redskins to a 35-26 win over previously unbeaten Locust Fork by completing 16-of-18 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for another score.
TANNER NELSON, COLLINSVILLE: was 13-of-20 passing for 259 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers' 49-20 loss at Cleveland.
AUSTIN INGRAM, CHARLES HENDERSON: Completed 14-of-24 passes for 221 yards and four touchdowns in a 69-30 win over Alabama Christian.
AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY: Was 8-of-13 passing for 214 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-32 win over Lynn.
TYLER BELL, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Completed 15-of-20 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns and added a third rushing TD in a 50-7 victory over Wilcox Central.
TYLER GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY: Was 12-of-17 passing for 139 yards and a touchdown, scored on 5-yard run and recorded a 31-yard pick-6 as the Tigers handed Boaz its first loss, 52-14.
CAMERON WILLIAMS, VIGOR: Passed for 180 yards and ran for 160 more as the Wolves knocked off B.C. Rain 20-7 at Trimmier Park. He completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to Demarcus Ross.
LUKE WALL, ONEONTA: The senior receiver caught six passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns (59, 79, 34 yards) in a 35-26 win over Locust Fork.
C.J. SAVAGE, PIEDMONT: Caught seven passes for 191 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown strike from Tyler Lusk, in a 31-28 loss to Glencoe. Savage also ran for a 40-yard touchdown and Lusk finished with 205 yards passing.
TRIPP COBB, McGILL-TOOLEN: The senior wide receiver caught 10 passes for 168 yards in the Yellow Jackets’ 34-24 loss to Mary Montgomery.
LASHAWN WILLIAMS, CHICKASAW: Caught eight passes for 180 yards and a touchdown in the Chieftains’ 26-24 loss to unbeaten J.U. Blacksher.
SAMBO WOODS, FAIRVIEW: Had seven catches for 132 yards in the Aggies’ 40-20 loss to Etowah.
CONNOR MOON, CULLMAN: Had 17 tackles, including four for loss, in a 13-7 region win at Austin. Teammate Justin Patterson also had 11 stops, including two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the win.
DAVONTA WILLIAMS, ASHFORD: Returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown and an interception 34 yards for a TD in the Yellow Jackets' 55-6 over Montgomery Catholic.
JAKE MINTZ, CEDAR BLUFF: Had eight tackles, one for loss, a sack and a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown in Cedar Bluff's 50-28 win over Jacksonville Christian.
DYLAN SEGLER, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 12 tackles and caused a fumble in the Eagles’ 42-12 win over Samson. He also was big on offense despite touching the ball only six times. He had three rush attempts for 112 yards and two TDs and caught three passes with another score.
TYLER SMITH, SLOCOMB: Recorded 12 tackles, including one sack, and also had a fumble recovery as the Red Tops shut out Daleville 14-0.
DEVIN MARLIN, ADDISON: Made a diving interception and caught a 13-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal in the second half of a 13-0 shutout at Hanceville.
FRANCISCO TIRADO, DECATUR: Kicked two field goals in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner from 32 yards out as time expired, to give the Red Raiders a 20-17 win at Hartselle.
NICK THORN, RED BAY: The junior returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and totaled 282 yards and four scores in a 69-13 win over Phil Campbell. He sped 81 and 87 yards on his kickoff returns and added two receptions for 51 yards and two more scores. Teammate Tyler Reach also scored four TDs in the win.
JORDAN WHITEHEAD, SCOTTSBORO: The senior punter averaged of 44.6 yards on five kicks--with a long punt of 56 yards--in a 24-17 2 win over Lee-Huntsville. Two of the five punts pinned Lee inside the 20-yard line.
NICHOLAS HUMBER, SIPSEY VALLEY: Kicked field goals of 39 and 28 yards as the Bears beat Montevallo 20-7.
CHRISTIAN CRANDALL, COLD SPRINGS: Returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown to put the Eagles up for good in a 47-12 homecoming win over Falkville. He added 72 yards rushing on 11 carries.