Cullman High School celebrated homecoming in a big way Friday night, scoring three touchdowns before Athens had an offensive snap. The Bearcats went on to win 28-7 in a key Class 6A, Region 8 win and shared the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 7 with a record-tying defensive performance by Brooks High School.
Coach Mark Britton’s Bearcats opened the game with a 16-play, 83-yard scoring drive which ate up 7:03 of the first-quarter clock. Will Crenshaw ran in from the 2-yard line for the touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Michael Al-Dijaili recovered an Athens fumble to set up Cullman’s second score.
Ross Crocker and Dawson Drake combined for a 21-yard TD pass following the fumble recovery to make it 14-0. On the next kickoff, Sam Calligaris recovered Athens’ second fumble of the game to set up his a 3-yard run for a TD by Crenshaw. The fourth TD came on the last play of the first half when Crocker connected with Owen Lovell as time expired.
Crocker, a sophomore, was 19-of-26 passing for 265 yards and two touchdowns (21 and 45 yards). Seth Donaldson finished with nine catches for 133 yards. The possession receiver had six snags for 123 yards at halftime.
BROOKS, coached by Jerry Hill, intercepted a state-record-tying eight passes in its 38-0 win over East Lawrence. The picks were spread among five players with Brandon Atkinson, Kolton Medley and Andrew Rainey swiping two each. Matthew Rainey and Joe Gurley had one each.
The performance tied the record set by Talladega County Central in its 25-14 win over White Plains in 1999. Four schools have had seven in a contest, including Hewitt-Trussville vs. Woodlawn in 2012, Brilliant versus Carbon Hill in 1992, Woodlawn vs. Birmingham-Phillips in 1990 and Midfield vs. Pleasant Grove 29 years ago in 1985.
The two team accomplishments edged out individual efforts turned in by Mortimer Jordan junior quarterback Duncan Hodges and Holly Pond sophomore quarterback Michael Lambert.
Lambert completed 18-of-29 passes for a school-record 429 yards with four touchdowns in a 35-27 loss at Winston County. His favorite target was Chris Richards, who hauled in five catches for 220 yards with touchdowns covering 80, 92 and 20 yards. Lambert also had a 37-yard TD. The sophomore’s TD passes all came in the first half as Holly Pond built a 27-15 lead. Leading Winston County’s comeback were Andrew Brown and Payton Taylor. Brown had 239 yards rushing and three TDs on 23 carries while Taylor was 14-of-20 passing for 212 yards and a TD.
Hodges completed 21-of-24 pass attempts for 427 yards and six touchdowns and also rushed for 68 yards on 10 carries for 495 total yards as the Blue Devils (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 61-21 win over Alexandria.
In other top performances last weekend:
THOMAS OZMINT, GLENCOE: Rushed 26 times for 237 yards and two touchdowns (13 and 18 yards) in a 49-8 win over Ashville.
TRE McMILLIAN, BAKER: Ran for 238 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries with an 80-yard TD run with 4:09 left that gave Baker the lead as the Hornets beat Foley 35-32.
SPENCER RUGGS, McGILL-TOOLEN: Had 25 carries for 215 yards and three touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets defeated Alma Bryant 35-19. He also caught one pass for 30 yards.
TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Broke the school career rushing record held by Chris Dukes with a 214-yard, 30-carry performance as UMS beat Thomasville 31-13. He scored once on a 41-yard run.
MACEO BOOKER, JAMES CLEMENS: Tied a state record a 99-yard run from scrimmage for a touchdown as James Clemens beat Grissom 56-18. Booker finished with 168 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries.
MICAH STEPHENS, LOCUST FORK: Had 12 rushing attempts for 185 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-13 win over Good Hope. The junior, who also had two receptions for 53 yards and another TD, now has 849 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on the season on 80 carries–10.6 yards per carry. Teammate Shiloh Biles added 142 yards and two scores on 13 carries versus Good Hope.
KOLBY KIRK, ADDISON: Rushed 24 times for 191 and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 30-7 home win over Cold Springs. The senior scored on carries of 50 and 28 yards.
JOSH JOHNSON, OPELIKA: Gained for 194 yards rushing with three TDs (58, 13 and 2 yards) on 19 carries in a 60-14 victory over Chelsea.
CLAY CULBERT, BOAZ: Rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner, and passed for another score in a 20-14 win over Douglas.
TOMOKA NELSON, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: The senior running back gained 158 yards on 18 carries with one TD, caught three passes for 34 yards and another score, and had five tackles on defense in a 45-27 win over DAR.
BANIKO HARLEY, RAMSAY: Was 12-of-28 passing for 359 yards and four touchdowns as Ramsay (5-1) fell to Parker (6-0) in a battle of Birmingham city unbeatens 40-34. His TD passes covered 33, 75, 25 and 20 yards.
CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE: Completed 19-of-28 passes for 300 yards and two scores in the Lions’ 35-28 win over Cordova.
AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY: Completed 15-of-18 passes for 251 yards highlighted by a 93-yard TD strike to Jacob Sanders as Marion County downed South Lamar 34-27. Pollard also rushed 14 times for 64 yards, including a 48-yard TD, to finish with 315 total yards.
TOMMIE NEELY, PARKER: Was 17-of-38 passing for 260 yards and four scores in the 40-34 win over previously unbeaten Ramsay (5-1). His TDs covered 7, 34, 40 and 33 yards.
PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: Rushed 14 times for 203 yards and five touchdowns (8, 29, 4, 9 and 61 yards) and completed 8-of-15 passes for 120 yards in a 49-35 win over Susan Moore. On defense, he intercepted two passes, one of which he returned 102 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half to give the Panthers a 28-21 lead.
ZACH DIMMOCK, ONEONTA: The junior completed 16-of-21 passes for 238 yards and four touchdowns in the Redskins’ 47-15 victory over Priceville.
CHAD HUNTER WYATT, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Completed 19-of-24 passes for 221 yards and three TD passes and added two rushing touchdowns as the Patriots beat Northridge 42-28.
GRAYSON WAKEFIELD, DECATUR HERITAGE: Was 12-of-15 passing for 224 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in a 41-8 win over Coosa Christian.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 9-of-13 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 50 yards and another score in a 48-14 win over Woodville.
MATT HARPER, HACKLEBURG: The quarterback led Hackleburg to 48-0 victory over Waterloo, completing 11-of-15 passes for 163 touchdowns in just three quarters of play. He also rushed for 39 yards on three carries. For the season Harper is 54-of-86 passing for 697 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 621 yards and five TDs on 83 carries.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 15-of-29 pass attempts for 158 yards and two touchdowns (17 & 13 yards) and rushed for 67 yards on 13 carries with a 5-yard TD run in the Warriors' 28-14 victory over Hokes Bluff.
SOLOMON MUHAMMAD, PARKER: Had eight catches for 97 yards and two TDs for the Herd (6-0) in a 40-34 win over Ramsay. Muhammad also gained 83 yards on 22 rush attempts and had a 74-yard punt.
DILLION POSEY, HALEYVILLE: Hauled in eight catches for 167 yards and a score as the Lions beat Cordova 35-27.
D.J. CHAPMAN, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught four passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns and picked off a pass on defense in the Tigers' 48-14 victory over Woodville.
LELAND JOHNSON, RAMSAY: Had five receptions for 121 yards and a 75-yard TD in a 40-34 setback to Parker.
JACAYA McDANIEL, FAIRFIELD: Made seven receptions for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 30-21 loss to Dora.
JOHN MICHAEL LAUDERDALE, CLEVELAND: The senior linebacker had 15 tackles--four for losses--as the Panthers beat Susan Moore 48-35.
JEREMY WILLIAMS, HOOVER: The senior made two first-half interceptions, returning the second one 33 yards for a touchdown, as the Bucs beat Spain Park 42-14 in the Raycom AHSAA TV Game of the Week.
DERRICK BAER, PIEDMONT: Returned a blocked field goal attempt 75 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs' 48-8 win over Pleasant Valley.
DARRIEN EVANS, FAIRFIELD: Recorded 12 tackles, two sacks and 5½ other stops that resulted in losses in the Tigers’ 30-21 loss to Dora.
ALEX BRYANT, CENTRAL-HAYNEVILLE: Returned an interception 99 yards for a TD and added a 45-yard TD pass and a 1-yard TD run in a 22-14 victory Zion Chapel.
LOGAN HURLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Posted eight tackles and recorded a sack in the Trojans' 35-20 loss to Jacksonville Christian. Teammate Thomas Evans also blocked a punt, had a sack and two other stops for losses.
RICTAVEON JONES, HOLT: Totaled 12 tackles in 49-21 loss to Oak Grove.
JANSEN ALEXANDER, SAND ROCK: Picked off two passes for Sand Rock’s defense in the Wildcats' 15-8 loss to Sylvania.
RYDER ANDREWS, HOMEWOOD: The senior place-kicker booted a 40-yard game-winning extra point after penalties backed up the ball to the 23-yard line with 4:30 left to play as the Patriots beat Minor 14-13.
JORDAN WALLACE, MARION COUNTY: Returned three kickoffs for 119 total yards, including an 81-yard return for a TD, as the Red Raiders nipped South Lamar 34-27. He also rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 41 yards.
DAVID TEITGE, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Was 6-of-6 on extra points and kicked a 27-yard field goal to help WCA beat DAR 45-27.