MONTGOMERY – Steven Crowder was definitely a crowd pleaser for Gardendale High School last week. He had 22 tackles on defense and scored three different ways as the Rockets knocked off James Clemens 26-13. For his efforts Crowder grabs the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for last week’s football action.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior linebacker made the most of his chances for Coach Matt Plunkett’s Rockets (2-0). He scooped up a fumble and returned it 35 yards for one score. He then moved to offense where he scored on a 17-yard run and caught a 13-yard TD pass from quarterback and younger brother Michael Crowder.
Crowder’s performance edged out three explosive offensive efforts in some high-scoring games. LaFayette senior quarterback Jartavious Whitlow, Hewitt-Trussville senior running back Grayson Cash and Brewer quarterback Zack Self combined to account for 20 touchdowns between them.
Whitlow returned the opening kickoff 88 yards to start the game for LaFayette and completed six touchdown passes the rest of the way as the Bulldogs (2-0) beat Loachapoka 48-24. He finished with 328 passing yards, 48 rushing yards and 234 yards on punt and kickoff returns to total 610 all-purpose yards in the win. His TD passes covered 60, 70, 66, 23, 46 and 50 yards.
The senior now has almost 1,100 total yards and ran or thrown for 13 touchdowns this season.
Cash rushed for 255 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries and caught two passes for 48 yards and two more scores in the Huskies' 78-56 win over Manatee (FL). He also had three kick returns for 99 yards and finished with 402 all-purpose yards on the night.
The 78 points set a school single-game record for Hewitt and head coach Josh Floyd, in his third season after a very successful prep coaching career in Arkansas. The 134 combined points ranks fourth all-time in the AHSAA Record Book behind the Parrish’s 2003 win over Hubbertville 81-58 (139 points total), Slocomb’s 1931 124-12 victory over Houston County (136 points) and Clay-Chalkville’s 85-50 Class 6A playoff win over Scottsboro in 2014.
Brewer’s Self passed for 242 yards and four touchdowns (20, 24, 43, 53 yards) and ran for 134 yards and three scores (22, 7, 13 yards) in a 56-27 win at Westminster Christian. He totaled 356 yards and accounted for seven touchdowns.
Two coaches and one seventh grader also had milestone efforts.
DECATUR’S ADCOCK RECORDS 150TH CAREER WIN: Decatur's Jere Adcock got his 150th career win Thursday night as the Red Raiders thumped Huntsville 42-20 at Milton Frank Stadium. Adcock is now 150-81 in his 21st season at Decatur. The Handley High School and Auburn University graduate’s entire head-coaching career has been at Decatur, where he served as an assistant coach for two years before becoming head coach in 1996.
WICKSBURG PLACE-KICKER EARNS DISTINCTION: Ashton White, a seventh-grader, kicked 6-of-7 extra points in a 56-26 win over Geneva County – which appears to be the AHSAA record for most extra points in a single game kicked by a female.
KELVIS WINS BATTLE OF COACHING BROTHERS: Brandon Crosby threw for 154 yards and three touchdowns (17, 36, 19 yards) and ran for 88 yards, including a 29-yard TD, in a 48-28 win at Tanner as Kelvis White got the coaching win for Mae Jemison High School over his brother Laron White. It was the two brothers’ first head-to-head meeting as head football coaches. Their dad Louis White, who coached both at Courtland, is a member of the AHSAA Hall of Fame.
In other highlights reported for Week 1:
DREW HILL, HORSESHOE BEND: Had 16 carries for 282 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-13 win over Donoho. Teammate Trace Meadows added five carries for 104 yards and two scores.
DHEIR KINSEY, WASHINGTON COUNTY: Rushed for 268 yards and two scores and finished with 297 total yards as Washington County blanked Millry 35-0.
DALLIN WOODLEY, BUCKHORN: Gained 223 yards on 17 carries and scored on runs of 79 and 52 yards in a 35-15 win at Hazel Green. He also caught four passes for 49 yards.
LADARIUS WOODS, DECATUR: Rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-20 win over Huntsville.
DILAN KILPATRICK, FYFFE: Had 15 carries for 193 yards and four touchdowns and also caught a 19-yard TD as Fyffe downed Geraldine 48-14.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Accounted for five touchdowns – four rushing (2, 6, 47 and 68 yards) and one receiving (32 yards) – in the Rebels’ 54-14 win over Dale County. Sanders finished with 236 total yards with 140 yards coming on 11 carries and 96 yards on three catches.
JORDAN MALIN, WEST END: The senior halfback rushed for 178 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries in the Patriots' 65-42 win over Susan Moore. Teammate Payne Stancil also passed for 187 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 48 yards on four carries and a fifth touchdown. He also opened the night with a perfectly-executed onside kick that set the pace for the high-scoring game.
SPENCER BROWN, MORTIMER JORDAN: Rushed 27 times for 192 yards and five touchdowns as the Blue Devils beat Pelham 42-14.
CHRIS HOOKS, BALDWIN COUNTY: Rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries and was 5-of-6 passing for 75 yards and a TD as the Tigers downed Gulf Shores 44-9. Hooks also had three receptions for 75 yards and a fifth score to finish with 309 yards total offense.
BEN IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Accounted for five touchdowns (four rushing, one passing) and had an interception on defense in the Class 1A Panthers' 47-12 victory over Class 3A Beulah. The senior rushed for 107 yards on 10 carries and completed both of his pass attempts for 15 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown to senior Joe Rogers.
TUCKER DRISKELL, WICKSBURG: Rushed for 177 yards and passed for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 56-26 win over Geneva County. He finished with 288 total yards.
DIAMONTE DOUGLAS, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Ran for 112 yards and two 1-yard touchdowns and was 10-of-16 passing for 120 yards and a TD in a 23-15 win over Grissom.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: The senior ran for 162 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns (11, 18 yards) and passed for 73 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Darien Bossie, in the Bulldogs' 35-21 victory over Cherokee County. Teammate Lee Stanley also rushed for 130 yards on 13 carries, including a 44-yard touchdown run on the Bulldogs' first possession in the second half.
TRE McMILLAN, BAKER: Scored on runs of 35 and 13 yards and caught a 70-yard TD pass as the Hornets downed Vigor 28-16. He had 193 total yards on the night.
PHILLIP BROWN, McADORY: Had 14 carries for 188 yards to lead the Jackets past Dallas County 33-7.
DEMINIO WILLIAMS, SARALAND: Ran 14 times for 171 yards and a TD in a 27-22 win over LeFlore.
C.J. ROBERTS, CARROLL: Ran for 160 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries in the Eagles’ 49-13 win over Daleville.
CORY THOMAS, ETOWAH: Rushed 28 times for 165 yards and three touchdowns as the Blue Devils downed Madison County 35-10.
AUSTIN SLAYTON, GAYLESVILLE: Ran for 116 yards and two scores, threw for 97 yards and a touchdown, and had an interception on defense in the Trojans' 26-6 victory over Section.
ALARIC WILLIAMS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had 15 carries for 142 yards as the Panthers beat Hokes Bluff 44-29. Southside rushed for 340 yards and had 526 total.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Completed 13-of-24 passes for 309 yards and for touchdowns as the Patriots defeated Douglas 45-0.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore quarterback was 15-of-26 passing for 281 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Fort Payne 35-3. The 281 yards ranks second in school history for yards passing in a single game.
COLE WORTHY, GENEVA COUNTY: Was 18-of-31 passing for 332 yards and three touchdowns and added 31 yards rushing in a 56-26 loss to Wicksburg.
ZAC ODEN, MONTEVALLO: Was 13-of-20 passing for 311 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat West Blocton 59-34.
HUNTER HILL, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Passed for 304 yards and four touchdowns (14, 15, 54 and 30 yards) in a 32-30 loss to Dade County (GA).
CAMERON BURROUGHS, BLOUNT: The Leopards’ back-up quarterback, subbing for ailing starter Kadarius Toney, completed 12-of-16 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns as the Leopards rolled to a 49-10 victory over Robertsdale.
HUNTER HOWELL, SPAIN PARK: Was 20-of-23 passing for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 35-18 win over Muscle Shoals. He completed his first 10 passes in the first quarter.
GABE PELUSO, WEST MORGAN: Threw for three touchdowns (65, 40, 35 yards) and scored on a 56-yard run as West Morgan (2-0) downed Priceville 42-21. The Rebels, 0-10 last season and 1-19 over the last two years, are off to a much-improved 2-0 start.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Passed for 220 yards and scored two TDs running as the Cougars nipped Bessemer City 33-30. He scored the winning touchdown with 36.3 seconds left to seal the win.
BUBBA THOMPSON, McGILL-TOOLEN: Passed for 228 yards and four touchdowns and also scored on a 70-yard run as the defending 7A state champions nipped Davidson 39-36 in triple overtime.
TREVOR ANDREWS, THEODORE: Was 10-of-19 passing for 272 yards and four touchdowns as the Bobcats (2-0) downed Mary Montgomery 41-20.
BRADY HERRING, REHOBETH: Completed 11-of-15 passes for 216 yards and also rushed for a touchdown in the Rebels' 28-7 win over Slocomb.
DEVIN KIMBROUGH, SPARKMAN: Passed for 156 yards and a TD and rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-19 win over Athens.
RED WILLIAMS, GENEVA COUNTY: Caught eight passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 56-26 loss to Wicksburg.
AARON BUSH, GLENCOE: The senior receiver snared six passes for 157 yards and a touchdown to help the Yellow Jackets beat Westbrook Christian 35-0.
IMMANUEL DAWSEY, HOUSTON COUNTY: Caught just two passes but turned those into touchdowns covering 81 and 60 yards as the Lions downed Zion Chapel 49-7. He finished with 141 receiving yards.
AUSTIN FREEMAN, SCOTTSBORO: Hauled in three receptions for 130 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-3 win over Fort Payne. He also made six tackles, forced a fumble and intercepted a pass on defense.
DELONTE EVANS, MINOR: Grabbed three receptions for 147 yards and two TDs as the visiting Tigers blanked Central of Carrollton (GA) 54-0. Evans’ TD catches covering 56 and 83 yards.
NICO COLLINS, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Had seven catches for 147 yards and a TD in as 33-30 win over Bessemer City.
JEREMIAH CHILDS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Caught touchdown passes of 57, 69 and 29 yards in a 56-27 loss to Brewer.
BRAXTON ROBINSON, ELBA: Caught seven passes for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers' 36-22 win over Pike County.
C.J. WILLIAMSON, GUNTERSVILLE: Had four receptions for only 43 yards but had three touchdowns in a 23-0 win over Oneonta.
NICK JONES, PRATTVILLE: The Lions senior had 14 tackles, one quarterback hurry and one tackle for a loss as Prattville shut out Stanhope Elmore in the second half to seal a 28-23 win over the rival Mustangs.
AUSTIN WINNINGHAM, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had two interceptions on defense and had 142 pass receiving yards on offense with two touchdowns as the Panthers beat Hokes Bluff 44-29.
BRANDON HEARD, HORSESHOE BEND: Recorded 11 tackles with two resulting in losses as the Generals beat Donoho 55-13.
TYE LINDSEY, OPP: Had two interceptions, returning the last one 61 yards for a touchdown on the last play of the game, as the Bobcats beat T.R. Miller 30-20. He also had five tackles and a 45-yard touchdown reception.
JUNIOR TOMAS, WEST END: The senior defensive lineman had 12 tackles, a sack and recovered a fumble in the Patriots' 65-42 win over Susan Moore.
COYNIS MILLER, JACKSON-OLIN: The 6-foot-3, 275-pound junior defensive lineman had seven tackles on defense and scored three times on short runs (3, 3 and 4 yards) in the Mustangs’ goal-line offensive package in a 38-7 win over Central-Tuscaloosa. Teammate T.D. Moultry added 11 tackles for J-O, 2-0 for the first time in 10 years.
KAEDON HARRIS, VALLEY: The Rams’ 300-pound freshman nose guard had two fumble recoveries in a 21-20 win over Russell County. Valley’s defense forced six turnovers (five fumbles and an interception) in the win. Harris now has three fumble recoveries in two games this season.
DALTON DYKES, SLOCOMB: Recorded 14 tackles with two for losses and one for a quarterback sack in a 28-7 loss to Rehobeth.
RICKY HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 18 tackles, including one quarterback sack, in the Eagles' 20-6 win over Samson.
JUSTIN CULVER, SCOTTSBORO: The senior had 10 tackles with two resulting in losses as Scottsboro downed Fort Payne 35-3. Senior teammate Hunter Berrong added nine tackles, including a sack and four other tackles for losses.
NOLAN JOHNSON, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Kicked a 24-yard field goal as the first half ended to give the Panthers a 16-14 lead and Southside reeled off 23 straight points to post a 44-29 win over Hokes Bluff.
HENRY RUGGS, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had four kickoff returns for 117 yards and four catches for 90 yards and a TD as the Generals beat Park Crossing 51-44.