Falkville High School trailed 27-12 at halftime of its Morgan County rivalry versus West Morgan last Friday night. The Blue Devils rallied, however, to outscore the Rebels 30-8 in the final two quarters en route to a 42-35 victory.
The Class 2A Blue Devils (3-2), coached by Joel Schrenk, featured outstanding performances from a trio of players: quarterback Andy Dove, running back Patrick Knowles and receiver Logan Vinson. The Rebels (0-5) of Coach Heath Saint were led by running back Rodney “R.J.” Young, who turned in an amazing 358-yard, five-touchdown performance.
The comeback captured the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for Week 6 of the 2014 football season.
Young was a workhorse for West Morgan with 32 carries on the night and scored all five Rebels touchdowns—four coming in the first half.
Falkville outscored the Rebels 30-8 in the second half to notch the win. Dove completed 18-of-24 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns. His prime receiver was Vinson, who snagged 10 receptions for 180 yards and a score. Knowles ran 29 times for 229 yards. His 1-yard run for a TD late in the game provided the winning touchdown and completed the comeback effort.
Other top efforts reported for Week 6 included:
HUNTER GRANT, WEST END: Passed for two touchdowns, rushed for two more TDs and intercepted two passes on defense (returning one of those for another touchdown) as the Patriots snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 59-30 win over Coosa Christian.
KAMAURY AVERY, WADLEY: Had 38 carries for 303 yards and all six of his team's touchdowns (and two 2-point conversions) in the Bulldogs' 42-39 win over LaFayette.
DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore set a Scottsboro single-game rushing record with 333 yards on 29 carries in a 42-39 loss to North Jackson. The performance broke the 300-yard record set by Blake Earl in 2004. Billingsley, who also tied the Scottsboro single- touchdowns game rushing TD mark with five scores, now has 1,025 rushing yards and 16 TDs on the season. It’s only the second time that a Wildcat RB has gone over the 1,000 yard mark by the 6th game of the season.
DEMETRICE VAUGHAN, BLOUNT: The senior ran for 272 yards and four touchdowns on 33 carries as Blount beat McGill-Toolen 38-27.
COLTON KNIGHT, REHOBETH: Rushed for 268 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns (61, 13, and 8 yards) in a 35-7 win over Headland.
ZACC WELDON, G.W. LONG: Rushed for 258 yards and six touchdowns on 20 carries, powering G.W. Long to a 49-7 victory over Slocomb.
THOMAS OZMINT, GLENCOE: Rushed 33 times for 255 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass as the Yellow Jackets defeated arch-rivals Hokes Bluff 42-14.
TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Rushed for 225 yards and three touchdowns as UMS-Wright (5-0) beat Bayside Academy 43-10.
PAYTON CARTER, NEW BROCKTON: Had 208 yards rushing on 20 carries and accounted for all three scores—rushing touchdown runs of 75 and 49 yards and a 6-yard TD pass—in a 22-7 win over Providence Christian. He was also 2-of-3 passing for 52 yards.
AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY: The quarterback rushed 30 times for 216 yards and a 49-yard touchdown and was also 18-of-32 passing for 128 yards in a 27-6 loss to Colbert Heights.
T.J. REED, DAPHNE: Gained 222 yards and a touchdown on 35 rush attempts in the Trojans’ 18-17 loss to Murphy.
KELDRIC GREENE, SWEET WATER: Piled up 211 rushing yards on just 13 carries and scored on a 73-yard run as the Bulldogs downed R.C. Hatch 49-24.
DREW HILL, HORSESHOE BEND: Had 16 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Generals past Collinsville 30-12.
HOLT KEELING, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Gained 164 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and hauled in a 27-yard TD reception as the Panthers picked up a 49-14 win over St. Clair County on homecoming.
JARED BLACKWELL, SAND ROCK: Ran for 158 yards on 27 carries and scored four touchdowns (7, 7, 5, 1 yards) in the Wildcats' 35-13 win over Crossville.
MALIK CUNNINGHAM, PARK CROSSING: Completed 15-of-24 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns (65, 75 and 34 yards) in a 24-7 victory over St. James. He also added 56 yards rushing on 11 carries.
ZACH DIMMOCK, ONEONTA: Was 18-of-21 passing for 304 yards and two touchdowns and added an interception return for a TD as the Redskins beat Susan Moore 33-26.
JACOB FREE, BRANTLEY: Was 17-of-25 passing for 278 yards and three touchdowns (55, 46 and 54 yards) as the Bulldogs downed Highland Home 48-21.
CAMERON THOMAS, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Completed 10-of-17 passes for 251 yards and four touchdowns in a 33-14 win over Columbia.
PAYTON NICHOLS, RUSSELLVILLE: Passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in a 42-24 win over Sparkman.
TY EVANS, CALERA: Was 14-of-20 passing for 242 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 133 yards and another TD as the Eagles beat Shelby County 47-6.
ZACH THOMAS, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 10-of-17 passes for 205 yards in a 31-27 upset of previously unbeaten Gadsden City. He also had 30 carries for 130 yards and theee touchdowns.
KEITH WASHINGTON, PRATTVILLE: Was 10-of-11 passing for 123 yards and rushed for 67 more with five rushing TDs to lead the Lions past Carver-Montgomery 52-20.
CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE: Was a double threat as he led the Lions to a 53-35 win over Central-Florence. Kiser was 10-of-18 passing for 172 yards and two TDs, rushed 10 times for 179 yards and two scores to total 351 yards and four TDs.
JAKE TIFFIN, HARTSELLE: Was 8-of-11 passing for 160 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 55 yards and another score, all in the first half, as the Tigers beat Grissom 38-6.
LUKE PHILLIPS, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Passed for 181 yards and ran for 116 to account for four touchdowns in a 44-32 win over Chickasaw. He also intercepted a Chieftans’ pass in the end zone while playing defense.
TREA BROOKS, ENTERPRISE: Caught seven passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-27 win over Dothan. The TD passes came on plays of 55, 58 and 70 yards.
MILES WHITLOW, JAMES CLEMENS: Caught 15 passes for 195 yards and a TD in a 29-26 win over Mountain Brook.
ETHAN ANDERSON, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Snagged seven passes for 132 yards, including touchdowns of 34 and 47 yards, in a 29-13 victory over Fultondale.
RILEY COLE, ONEONTA: Caught five passes for 152 yards and a TD to help Oneonta beat Susan Moore 33-26.
CONNOR MOON, CULLMAN: Had seven tackles, including one for loss, and blocked an extra-point attempt in a 21-18 road win at Fayette County. The Bearcats blocked two point-after attempts and thwarted a two-point conversion to preserve the win.
KENDRALL WALKER, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Intercepted two passes and caught a TD pass in a 40-37 victory over Paul Bryant,
PATRICK MANNING, GORDO: Returned a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown and later returned an interception 20 yards for another TD in a 34-7 victory over Sipsey Valley
ASHANTE RALPH, ENTERPRISE: Intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, caused a fumble and had 11 tackles in a 48-27 win over Dothan.
BRAXTON SELLERS, MARY MONTGOMERY: Intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, in the Vikings’ 42-28 victory over Baldwin County.
DRAKE MERCER, SATSUMA: Scored on a 96-yard interception return on the last play of the game as Satsuma beat Citronelle 41-21 to snap an 18-game losing streak to its Mobile County rival. Mercer also caught two TD passes and scored on a short run to finish with four TDs.
TYLER PHILLIPS, GOSHEN: Managed 18 tackles as the Eagles beat Houston Academy 13-6.
WYATT MOORE, NEW BROCKTON: Made 17 tackles in a 22-7 win over Providence Christian.
ISAAC HOLT, HORSESHOE BEND: The Generals’ linebacker had 16 tackles, including two sacks, in a 30-12 win over Collinsville.
HARRISON JORDAN, NORTHVIEW: Recorded 17 tackles as the Cougars earned their second straight shutout with a 14-0 win over Lee-Montgomery. The two straight shutouts are a school record.
GARRETT DAFFRON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 17 tackles, including four for losses, in a 22-7 loss to New Brockton.
TRISTAN STALKER, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 12 total tackles, including two for lost yardage, in the Trojans' 35-6 loss at Gaston.
OCTAVIUS MATTHEWS, NORTH JACKSON: Totaled 340 all-purpose yards (176 rushing, 75 receiving and 89 in returns) and scored five touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving and one kickoff return) in a 42-39 victory over Scottsboro.
MAURICE SMITHERMAN, MINOR: The standout defensive back opened Minor's 50-43 road victory over Gardendale with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He also added two interceptions, two pass break-ups and six tackles.
JUAN JACKSON, GARDENDALE: Returned a kickoff 99 yards for one of his five touchdowns scored in a 50-43 loss to Minor. Jackson had three rushing touchdowns (16, 19, 47 yards) and hauled in seven receptions for 124 yards and another TD.
DILLON POSEY, HALEYVILLE: Returned a kickoff for a touchdown, had four receptions for 104 yards and a TD and also made an interception as the Lions beat Central-Florence 53-35.