Victories have been hard to come by for Class 3A Hanceville in 2015. That changed last weekend when the Bulldogs (2-5) exploded for 43 first-half points and then held on to take a 50-40 win over Oakman (5-2).
Oakman came into the game with a perfect 4-0 Class 3A, Region 5 record while Hanceville came in a 1-2 in region play. The Bulldogs lived by big plays to pull the upset and grab the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 7 of the prep football season.
Hanceville Coach Danny Miller told the Cullman Times: “I don’t know if I’ve ever been a part of a team that scored 43 points in a half. And I’m not sure if I’ve ever been on a team that scored 50 points and only won by 10. I am extremely proud of those guys.”
Isaac Weissand set the pace with a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage. The offense got on board on its first offensive play when Branen Hurst connected with Kaine Yates for a 78-yard touchdown.
Hurst finished 10-of-15 passing for 284 yards and three touchdowns – including a 52-yarder to Weissend. Running back B.J. Smalls added 211 yards rushing on 15 carries with two TDs coming on runs of 72 and 70 yards.
PIEDMONT’S SMITH NOTCHES 100TH: Running back Darnell Jackson rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns, and Bayley Blanchard returned a punt 34 yards for a TD as Piedmont (6-1) beat Cedar Bluff 35-0 – the 100th win for the Bulldogs under current head coach Steve Smith. Smith, 185-68 overall, is 100-23 at Piedmont, is in his 21st season as a head coach. He was 85-45 at Cedar Bluff in 11 seasons.
BARKER GOES OVER 3,000 YARDS: Priceville senior quarterback Kaleb Parker was 16-of-19 passing for 265 yards and three TDs as Coach Dirk Strunk’s Bulldogs (7-0) remained unbeaten with a 42-14 win over Good Hope. Barker, a senior, also rushed for 66 yards and another TD on five carries to improve his season total offense to 3,163 yards and 38 touchdowns accounted for – and Class 4A Priceville, 5-0 in Region 7, is off to its best start in school history. Barker is 128-of-208 passing this season with 1,981 yards and 22 TDs to six different receivers. He has also rushed 110 times for 1,182 yards and 16 scores. Leading receiver Kyle Haynes had five catches for 123 yards and one TD in the Good Hope win.
In other top performances reported for Week 7:
GABE ORIO, MADISON COUNTY: Ran for 340 yards and five touchdowns in a 53-40 win over Douglas.
RECO HANNAH, RANDOLPH COUNTY: The senior running rushed for 299 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries in the Tigers' 49-12 win over LaFayette Friday. Hannah has scored 19 total touchdowns (on offense, defense and special teams) in his past four games for Randolph County (7-0).
DESMON TURNER, FORT PAYNE: Had 406 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in Fort Payne’s 38-21 victory against Scottsboro. He rushed for 216 yards on 38 carries with three touchdowns, caught two passes for 71 yards and a touchdown and had four kick returns for 119 yards. Teammate Tyler Ellis was 8-of-11 passing for 142 yards and two TDs in the win.
JAY JOHNSON, EUFAULA: Rushed for 285 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns in a 47-28 win over Charles Henderson.
NICK KRITNER, SATSUMA: Rushed for 251 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries in a 35-19 win over Cottage Hill Christian. His scoring runs covered 32, 60 and 50 yards.
DAKOTA LAMBERT, SPRING GARDEN: Gained 200 yards on just 12 rush attempts and scored four touchdowns (34, 25, 52, 41 yards) to lead the Panthers past Jacksonville Christian 61-21. Teammate Quintin Downey added 146 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns.
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: Had 26 carries for 240 yards and four touchdowns – boosting his career TD total to 94 – and the Wildcats (7-0) won over Fairview 45-0 to notch their 25th straight regular-season game in a row.
DEION DOZIER, DOTHAN: Rushed for 211 yards on 32 carries with one touchdown and scored the game-ending two-point conversion in the Tigers' 43-42 double overtime Class 6A win over arch-rival Northview.
RODERICK MELTON, NORTHVIEW: Had 180 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 26 carries and added three pass receptions for 20 yards and fourth TD in the 43-42 two-overtime loss to Dothan.
JERROD KEYES, OAK GROVE: Rushed for 224 yards and three TDs in a 35-29 win over Sipsey Valley.
JOSHUA LACEY, VIGOR: Ran for 200 yards and a touchdown as Vigor beat Faith Academy 33-7.
STEFAN CALDWELL, ELBA: Had eight carries for 195 yards and four touchdowns in a 46-13 Class 2A win over Luverne.
DESHON COWLING, PIKE COUNTY: Rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries and returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown in the unbeaten Bulldogs' 47-8 win over Wicksburg. The Panthers’ TD was the first points scored versus Coach Fred Holland’s Pike County defense all season. The Bulldogs (6-0) have outscored opponents 318-8 on the year.
LEMUEL DANTZLER, COLUMBIA: Ran for 191 yards and three touchdowns (19, 5, 25 yards) on 11 carries in a 62-21 win over St. John Paul II.
WILL COX, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Totaled 168 yards rushing and four touchdowns in Bayside Academy’s 42-32 Class 3A win over Hillcrest-Evergreen 42-32.
AUSTIN BUSH, GLENCOE: Rushed 16 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 21-7 victory over Ohatchee.
ADAM BROWNER, NEW HOPE: Ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and threw for 100 yards in a 17-0 win over North Sand Mountain.
BRANDON BARNES, GAYLESVILLE: Rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and had five tackles on defense in the Trojans' 37-28 victory at Woodville.
JOHN MICHAEL DYE, VINEMONT: Helped the Eagles post their first win of the season with 154 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 25 carries in a 29-25 win over Holly Pond.
TROY YOUNG, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Had 154 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 42-41 double-overtime win over Flomaton. His 4-yard TD run with 59 seconds remaining in regulation sent the game to overtime.
LEONARD JOHNSON, HAYDEN: Scored on the first carry of the game on an 80-yard run and finished with 220 tandem yards in the Wildcats’ 32-7 win over Springville. Johnson finished with 102 yards rushing on seven carries, caught two passes for 50 yards and returned an interception 70 yards in the final period for another TD.
TRE’ NATION, LEEDS: Rushed for 135 yards and three TDs in a 59-0 win over Dadeville to become the Green Waves’ career rushing leader.
HUNTER GRANT, WEST END: Completed 24-of-44 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 44-36 loss to Gaston.
TY PIGROME, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Accounted for 354 yards total offense as the unbeaten and defending 6A state-champion Cougars to a 52-14 win over Shades Valley. He passed for 217 yards and four TDs and rushed for 137 yards.
DRAMARCUS WATFORD, MURPHY: Led the Class 7A Panthers past Foley 37-17 completing 16-of-26 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns.
MALIK CUNNINGHAM, PARK CROSSING: The junior completed 15-of-25 passes for 241 yards and four touchdowns in the Thunderbirds’ 48-27 victory over G.W. Carver. He also ran 14 times for 63 yards and a fifth touchdown.
MATT HIOTT, BIBB COUNTY: Was 14-of-18 passing for 243 yards and two touchdowns in Bibb County’s 24-21 win over Montevallo.
JORDAN DOUGLAS, GASTON: Completed 11-of-14 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 119 yards on 19 carries in the Bulldogs’ 44-36 win over West End.
MATTHEW SAUTER, COLUMBIA: Was 21-of-30 passes for 236 yards and a TD as Columbia beat St. John Paul II Catholic 62-21. Sauter also rushed for a score.
MATT HARPER, HACKLEBURG: The junior quarterback piled up 356 total yards to guide the unbeaten Panthers (7-0) to a 50-6 win over Vina. Harper was 11-of-13 passing for 196 yards and two scores, and rushed nine times for 150 yards and three scores. He also ran for two 2-point conversions.
PRESTING HERRING, ARITON: Completed 16-of-21 passes for 209 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Purple Cats to a game-winning touchdown drive late in a 41-38 win over Houston Academy.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 8-of-13 pass attempts for 207 yards and three touchdowns (81, 31, 9 yards) in the Warriors' 49-10 victory over Crossville.
BARTON LESTER, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: The senior completed 7-of-9 passes for 107 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 145 yards on 12 carries with another TD as the Eagles beat Midfield 35-26.
ANDRE LITTLE, WEST END: Caught nine passes for 140 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots’ 44-36 loss to Gaston.
WILL MOORE, BIBB COUNTY: Had five receptions for 127 yards and one TD in the Choctaws’ 24-21 win over Montevallo.
QUARTEZ HENDERSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Caught three passes for 124 yards, including and 81-yard touchdown, in the Warriors' 49-10 win over Crossville.
ROB ENGLISH, ELBA: Was in on 17 tackles, including one sack, and also recovered a fumble in the Tigers' 46-13 win over Luverne.
DEREK HILL, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 13 tackles, two assists, four tackles for loss, two pressures, two forced fumbles and returned two fumbles for touchdowns, added a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Trojans’ 37-28 win over Woodville. Hill also rushed for 122 yards on 13 carries as Gaylesville posted its first win of the season.
JEVONTE LEE, NORTHVIEW: Returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble in the end zone to prevent a Dothan score in the Cougars’ 43-42 double overtime loss to the Tigers.
JUSTIN PATTERSON, CULLMAN: Had 11 tackles, including two sacks for minus-25 yards, in a 14-13 loss to Hartselle.
TUFFY CASEY, ARITON: Totaled a team-high 10 tackles and also caught two touchdown passes in the Purple Cats' 41-38 win over Houston Academy.
JEREMAH KING, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Made 10 tackles and picked off a pass in the end zone with 1:54 remaining to preserve in a 21-16 win over Southside-Gadsden.
GARRETT BOLAND, VINEMONT: Intercepted two passes and broke up two others in a 29-25 win over Holly Pond. He also had 125 yards total offense at quarterback.
VINCENT BURRELL, BESSEMER CITY: Recorded 10 tackles, including two sacks, and had two interceptions in the Tigers’ 59-0 win over Selma. He returned one pick for a TD.
KEENAN JERNIGAN, NORTHVIEW: Had 19 tackles, including one sack, in the Cougars’ 43-42 loss to Dothan.
REED BLANKENSHIP, WEST LIMESTONE: Scored on a 25-yard fumble return and also had an interception in a 54-28 win over East Lawrence. The two-way standout also scored on a 15-yard catch and 37-yard run
RICKYI HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Recorded 15 tackles, including three for losses, in a 29-14 loss to G.W. Long.
JEREMY STANDFIELD, HAYDEN: The senior linebacker totaled 11 tackles, including two sacks, in a 32-7 win over Springville. Senior Teammate Coltin Shirley also had seven tackles and an 83-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
THOMAS WIRTZFIELD, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned a fumble 87 yards for a touchdown in the Tigers' 69-0 homecoming win over Coosa Christian.
MATTHEW QUINN, SPANISH FORT: The freshman kicked two fourth-quarter field goals, including a 27-yarder as time expired, to lead the Toros past Blount 41-38.
ALEX ORTIGOZA, BIBB COUNTY: Booted a 39-yard field goal on the last play of the game to lift the Choctaws past previously unbeaten Montevallo 24-21.
VELUS JONES, SARALAND: Scored on a 68-yard pass on his first touch of the game and followed with a 77-yard kickoff return for a TD on his second touch as Saraland beat Baldwin County 56-35. Jones finished with 233 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in the win.
KYRIQ McDONALD, JAMES CLEMENS: Blocked a punt and returned it 22 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter of a 13-7 win over Gadsden City.
MALIK TALLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and caught two TD passes for all Scottsboro’s scores in a 38-21 loss to Fort Payne. The kickoff return was the second longest in school history, according to SHS historian Greg Bell, and the TD receptions made him the school career leader (14).
ILLAIR GARCIA, GERALDINE: Kicked a 35-yard field goal with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the Bulldogs past Sand Rock 9-7.
DALTON PARKS, DAR: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD and added three rushing touchdowns in a 43-26 win over Locust Fork.