Veteran UMS-Wright High School head football coach Terry Curtis joined an elite group of state prep coaches last Friday when the Bulldogs beat Southside-Selma 49-16.
Curtis joined the rare 250-career win club. For his team’s milestone victory, Curtis and UMS-Wright captured the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 8 of the 2014 football season.
The Bulldogs (7-0) have won five state titles under the direction of Curtis, now 250-77 overall in 26 years as a head coach with stops at three Mobile schools. He coached 31 wins in four years at Shaw, 46 at Murphy over six seasons and 173 victories in 16 years at UMS-Wright with state titles in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2012.
Buddy Anderson of Vestavia Hills (311 wins) is the current leader in the AHSAA. Anderson also leads the active head coaches with a 311-129 record over his 37-year career – all at Vestavia. Jamie Riggs of T.R. Miller (280-58) is next among active coaches with all wins in the AHSAA. Danny Horn of Benjamin Russell (263-68) is third and Curtis is now fourth.
The milestone win edged out big performances by Tyrelle Pigrome of Clay-Chalkville and James Clemens quarterback Heath Burchfield for the week's spotlight honor.
Pigrome completed 14-of-20 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns and added 122 yards and another touchdown on 13 carries to lead Clay-Chalkville to a 59-27 win over Shades Valley Saturday in a battle of Class 6A unbeatens.
Burchfield had the second 400-yard passing game of his prep career, completing 31-of-45 passes for 426 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions in a 42-35 loss at Gadsden City.
STEVIE SIMERLY, CARBON HILL: Rushed 20 times for 286 yards and four touchdowns in Carbon Hill's 36-20 win over Curry as the Bulldogs snapped a 26-game game losing streak. Simerly had touchdown runs of 2, 10, 63 and 74 yards and also completed 2-of-4 passes for 38 yards.
CHRIS SCOTT, ALABAMA SCHOOL FOR DEAF: Had 29 carries for 350 yards and five touchdowns as the Silent Warriors beat Louisiana School for the Deaf 70-64 in eight-man football Saturday. Eddie Thomas had a 42-yard screen pass for TD for the winning touchdown as time expired.
An incredible number of other outstanding performances were reported from across the state, including:
SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Ran 26 times for 353 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-21 victory at home against Helena.
DOMINIQUE MARSHALL, BESSEMER CITY: Had 26 carries for 309 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-21 victory over Selma.
JAMARIUS HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY: Rushed for 285 yards with five touchdowns on 20 carries and also threw a 3-yard TD pass in the Warriors’ 47-7 win over Slocomb. He added seven solo tackles on defense as Dale County (8-0) won its eighth straight game.
RASHAD LYNCH, DEMOPOLIS: Had 16 carries for 248 yards and touchdown runs of 50, 17 and 73 yards in 42-16 win over Central-Tuscaloosa.
JOHN LEE, RED LEVEL: Rushed for 276 yards on 23 carries and five touchdowns in a 42-20 victory over Pleasant Home. He had scoring runs of 1, 10, 40, 63 and 10 yards.
DENZEL MITCHELL, HAMILTON: Rushed for 254 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Aggies beat Haleyville 42-24. He also made an interception on defense.
TYRE GRAY, BENJAMIN RUSSELL: Led the Wildcats with 251 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 12 carries in a 42-13 road win over Chelsea. He scored on two long runs of 71 and 82 yards.
BRADRICK SHAW, HOOVER: Had seven carries for 220 yards and TD runs 81, 30 and 64 yards in the Bucs’ 66-27 win over Tuscaloosa County.
MYRON SMITH, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for 269 yards and five touchdowns as Colbert County beat Lexington 49-24. His scoring runs covered 6, 28, 36, 67 and 40 yards.
TYRUS FLAKES, AUBURN: Had 227 rushing yards on 24 carries in Auburn's 42-16 win over Lee-Montgomery. He also had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
DYLAN STONE, GLENCOE: Gained 217 yards rushing and four touchdowns on eight attempts as the Yellow Jackets blasted Ohatchee 42-12.
GABE FORD, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed for 180 yards and a touchdown on nine carries as the Titans clinched a home playoff game in Class 7A, Region 4 with a 42-35 win over James Clemens.
MALCOM HAWTHORNE, W.S. NEAL: Had 209 yards rushing on 15 carries in a 41-7 victory over Thomasville. He scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards, threw a 47-yard touchdown pass and had a reception for 45 yards.
KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY: Ran for 209 yards, including touchdowns of 58 and 89 yards, on 12 carries in a 34-7 win over Lauderdale County. He also caught a 26-yard touchdown pass.
ZACC WELDON, G.W. LONG: Rushed 13 times for 176 yards and four touchdowns, including one of 54 yards, in a 56-7 win over Providence Christian.
D'SHAWN FIFE, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 173 yards on 14 carries and five touchdowns (64, 10, 1, 21, 13 yards) in the Tigers' 69-6 victory at Coosa Christian.
DAKOTA LAMBERT, SPRING GARDEN: Rushed for 154 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns (8 and 9 yards). He also picked off a pass on defense in the Panthers' 55-34 victory over Jacksonville Christian.
PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: Had 449 total yards on offense in a 41-21 win over Section. He was 7-of-14 passing for 208 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 23 times for 241 yards and three more scores.
CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE: Passed for 377 yards and three touchdowns in 42-24 loss to Hamilton.
DAYLON BRACKETT, JACKSONVILLE CHRISTIAN: Was 16-of-26 passing for 329 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-34 loss to Spring Garden. He also rushed for 91 yards and a TD.
LOGAN WALTERS, JACKSON: Completed 9-of-11 passes for 383 yards and five touchdowns in North Jackson's 69-42 win over Westminster Christian.
DAVID WHITLOW, JEFF DAVIS: Was 9-of-13 passing for 257 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-33 victory at Smiths Station.
REID RIALS, SATSUMA: Was 14-of-19 passing for 171 yards while rushing for 100 yards on seven carries as the Gators beat Cottage Hill Christian 34-14. Rials scored on runs of 61, 2 and 15 yards.
JAMES RAINES, BERRY: The sophomore quarterback was 18-of-26 passing for 286 yards and four touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Brilliant 50-6. He also ran for another TD and accounted for four two-point conversions – one rushing and three passing.
ORLANDO LACEY, OPP: Completed 6-of-10 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns in helping the Bobcats to a 61-24 win over Excel. The 61 points were the most for Opp since 1949.
TODD GOODWIN, LOCUST FORK: Completed 7-of-12 passes for 230 yards and four touchdowns as the Hornets beat DAR 54-13. His TD passes covered 73, 27, 35 and 27 yards.
RILEY EISNER, GOOD HOPE: Was 13-of-26 passing for 374 yards and four touchdowns in the Raiders’ 49-34 victory over Priceville. Aaron Cartee, Priceville’s quarterback, also tossed five touchdown passes (7, 58, 5, 15, 27 yards) in the loss.
SETH FRANKS, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: Completed 14-for-26 passes for 291 yards and three TDs in a 66-27 loss to Hoover.
MATT HARPER, HACKLEBURG: Passed for 153 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 48-20 win over Vina. Harper was 7-of-9 passing and rushed three times for 64 yards. For the season he has rushed for 657 yards and passed for 850 yards and 16 TDs. Teammate Kristian Jones added two first-quarter carries for touchdowns of 60 and 45 yards.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: Nix, the son of head coach Patrick Nix, completed 10-of-27 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-12 loss to Fort Payne to become the first eighth grader in Scottsboro High School history to start at quarterback for the varsity Wildcats.
DILLON POSEY, HALEYVILLE: Caught 12 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-24 loss to Hamilton.
ANDREW HARDRICK, COTTONWOOD: Caught four passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards and a TD on five carries in the Bears’ 41-12 win over Geneva County.
GAGE CASH, BOAZ: Caught six passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns and had TD receptions of 38, 28 and 3 yards from quarterback Matthew Smith, who was 17-of-27 passing for 232 yards. Cash also recovered a fumble that set up a touchdown.
STONE COLLINS, WICKSBURG: Recorded 20 tackles in a 39-12 loss to Pike County.
JORDAN ALLEN, SPARKMAN: Had 15 tackles and a 92-yard fumble return as the Senators won over Buckhorn 42-24.
WIGHT WILLIAMS, VIGOR: Had two interceptions and returned a kickoff 51 yards to set up a TD as the Wolves beat Faith Academy 31-13.
BRODY GRIDER, NORTH JACKSON: Intercepted three passes in a 69-42 victory over Westminster Christian.
BRANDON HOLLINS, CLARKE COUNTY: Had eight tackles and returned an interception 100 yards for a TD in a 40-14 victory over Monroe County.
DELO FORBES, WEAVER: Intercepted two passes, including one returned for a touchdown, in a 41-28 win over Westbrook Christian. He also rushed for 139 yards on 20 carries.
PATE SMITH, G.W. LONG: Had eight tackles and blocked a punt for the second straight week in the Rebels’ 56-7 win over Providence Christian.
JAEWON TAYLOR, PARK CROSSING: Had a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 29-22 overtime win over Carver-Montgomery.
LOGAN HURLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Had nine tackles in the Trojans' 32-14 victory over Woodville.
JOHNNY WILLIAMS, NORTHVIEW: Returned a kickoff 75 yards to the 1-yard line and a punt 25 yards to inside the 30, setting up his own 1-yard and 3-yard touchdown runs in the Cougars’ 31-14 win over city rival Dothan. The victory at Rip Hewes Stadium, which is shared by both schools, ended a five-game losing streak for Northview in the annual series.
HOLLIS ABERNATHY, MUSCLE SHOALS: Blocked a potential game-tying field goal late in the fourth quarter as the Trojans edged Decatur 10-7.
MICHAEL JACKSON, SPAIN PARK: Blocked a field goal and an extra point in the fourth quarter to seal a 14-13 win over Vestavia Hills.
DARIAN JONES, BRANTLEY: Returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown and caught four passes for 96 yards and two scores in a 62-12 win at Barbour County.