MONTGOMERY – Opp High School senior quarterback Orlando Lacey came very close to accomplishing a feat that has never been done before in AHSAA football annals.
He was just 15 rushing yards and three passing yards shy of having 300 yards rushing and passing in the same game.
Lacey directed the Bobcats to a very tough 55-32 victory over Straughn Friday night by personally totaling 582 yards and accounting for six touchdowns to grab the AHSAA Spotlight for Week 2 of the 2016 prep football season.
Lacey was 16-of-19 passing for 297 yards and three touchdowns and had 19 rush attempts for 285 yards and three scores. His 582 total yards placed him tied for sixth in the AHSAA Record Book for total yards in a single game with Speake’s Brandon Brown, who had 502 yards passing and 80 rushing in a 1992 game. Lacey’s total, however, is by far the most balanced between rushing and passing in state history and came in a difficult and very important region contest.
Coach Brent Hill’s senior playmaker averaged 15.3 yards per each of his 38 total touches. Jack Poundstone of Trinity Presbyterian held the record before Friday night with 614 total yards (492 passing and 122 rushing) in a 54-40 loss to Cordova in the Class 3A state playoffs in 2008.
James Raines of Berry High School broke Poundstone’s total offense record last Friday night with 631 total yards in a 71-22 win over Brilliant. Raines passed for 563 yards and eight touchdowns, rushed for 68 yards and a ninth score. Berry led 57-14 at the half. Raines’ passing yards was two shy of the state record (565) set by Chris Smelley of American Christian in a 43-31 loss to Brantley in the semifinals of the Class 1A state playoffs in 2005. Smelley is now head coach at American Christian.
The nine touchdowns accounted for by Raines tied a state record shared by Hubbertville’s Tommy Haley-Hicks and Victory Christian’s Brent Gulledge. Haley-Hicks’ nine rushing TDs came in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008 and Gulledge’s nine TD passes came in a 70-6 win over Lyman Ward in 2004.
COACH ERNIE WILLINGHAM, COLLINSVILLE: Recorded the 100th coaching victory of his prep football coaching career in a 27-6 win over Ider. Now in his 16th year, Willingham is 100-70 including a coaching stint at Appalachian. Quarterback Grant Jones completed 9-of-11 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns (42 and 61 yards) in the Panthers' victory.
AUSTIN BEATS DECATUR 37-35 IN 3 OT: In what turned out to be the highest scoring game in the Decatur-Austin series history, the Black Bears won in three overtime 37-35 at Ogle Stadium. Coach Jeremy Perkins’ team had several heroes including: Antonio Robinson (3 rushing TDs), Tony Norman (10-yard TD run and 2-point conversion in the second overtime and a 9-yard TD run in the third overtime; Collin Moses’ winning 2-point conversion in the third OT; and defensive back Kiyan Tapscott, who broke up a Decatur pass for the tying 2-point try in the third OT to seal the win.
Coach Jere Adcock and his Red Raiders, now 36-18 in the series, also had its share of heroes, including LaDarius Woods who made a diving catch of a pass from QB Alec Marks at the goal line in the third OT to set up the final 2-point try. Josh Marsh’s 2-yard TD run with 3:11 left in the fourth quarter sent the game into overtime tied at 14 all. Marsh also had s TD in the second OT and 2-point conversion.
LOACHAPOKA AND AUTAUGAVILLE SCORE 126: Coach Jerome Tate’s Loachapoka Indians set a school record with its 82-44 win over Autaugaville. The Eagles, 11-5 in the series, winning the first eight dating back to 1984. The combined 126 points tied Phillips’ 82-44 win over Vina in 2008 as the eighth most points scored by both teams in a single game in AHSAA history.
AHKIM WALDEN, DOTHAN: Kicked a 22-yard field goal with one second left to lift the Tigers to a 15-14 victory over Russell County. Dothan clawed back from a 14-0 deficit with Devanir Martin returning a kickoff 91 yards following the second Warriors’ touchdown to jump-start the Tigers comeback.
ZACH FORD, CALERA: Kicked a 40-yard field goal as time ran out to lift the Eagles past Dallas County 25-22.
PEYTON NICHOLS, RUSSELLVILLE: Russellville’s Peyton Nichols connected with Colin Garrison on an 11-yard touchdown pass with two seconds left in the game to lift the Golden Tigers to a 38-35 win over Lee-Huntsville.
TANNER STAMPS, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Fired a 39-yard TD pass to Connor Bevis with less than a minute to play as Central-Florence beat Deshler 27-21 for its first win over the Tigers in 32 years.
In other highlights from last weekend’s games:
JARTAVIOUS WHITLOW, LAFAYETTE: Was 15-of-18 passing for 193 yards and four touchdowns and had 191 yards rushing and two scores on 10 carries as the unbeaten Bulldogs (3-0) downed Vincent 62-6. He finished with 384 total yards and accounted for six touchdowns.
DEVIN KIMBROUGH, SPARKMAN: Completed 25-of-36 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for another score in a 29-22 win over Buckhorn.
SCOTT McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: Completed 28-of-29 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-0 win over Hamilton. His TD passes covered 41 and 78 yards.
LAKE SPURGEON, BROOKS: Was 14-of-16 passing for 318 yards and three TDs (49, 5 and 76 yards) as the Lions downed Ardmore 64-14.
TUCKER DRISKELL, WICKSBURG: Passed for 283 yards and three touchdowns on a 12-of-17 passing performance on a 41-33 loss at Daleville. Driskell also had 64 rushing yards and a TD to finish with 347 total yards.
GRAYSON EDGEMON, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 12-of-20 passes for 296 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-7 win over Sardis. Receiver Jaelin Ferdinand was on the receiving end of three of his TD connections.
JACURE JACKSON, MINOR: Was 11-of-21 passing for 263 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers downed Pinson Valley 45-13.
LASHAWN WILLIAMS, CHICKASAW: Completed 12-of-19 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns (31, 54 yards) in a 32-8 win over Choctaw County. He also scored on a 15-yard win.
MALIK SMITH, SHEFFIELD: Passed for 225 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-25 win over Sulligent. Smith, 16-of-25 on the night, threw two touchdown passes each to Mannie Ford (35 and 28 yards) and Donavon Goodwin (28 and 29 yards). The 29-yarder clinched the win with 1:25 to play.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore quarterback rushed nine times for 192 yards and two touchdowns in a 63-21 win over Crossville. He also completed 5-of-10 passes for 106 yards and three touchdowns for the 12th 100-yard plus passing effort in his career. Senior running back Dekarlos Billingsley added 158 yards rushing and two scores on 10 tries in the Wildcats win.
DARIUS BRACY, BAKER: Combined for 341 yards as Baker beat Theodore 41-34. Bracy rushed 26 times for 200 yards and TDs of 29 and 66 yards and also passed for 141 yards.
MATTHEW NOWLIN, HUNTSVILLE: Completed 10-of-16 passes for 130 yards and four touchdowns (19, 14, 21, 35 yards), and ran for 172 yards and a 21-yard score on eight carries in a 67-14 win over Grissom. He played the first half and one series of the third quarter.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 8-of-14 pass attempts for 150 yards and two touchdowns to Quartez Henderson (24 and 14 yards) and ran for 112 yards on 13 carries with an 18-yard touchdown in the Warriors' 30-7 win over Hokes Bluff.
HUNTER HOWELL, SPAIN PARK: Helped the Jaguars to a 28-14 win over Vestavia Hills with a 19-of-22 passing performance for 218 yards and three touchdowns.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Completed 14-of-24 pass attempts for 155 yards and two touchdowns and rushed eight times for 80 yards two TDs (17 and 31 yards) in the Bulldogs' 33-0 win at Glencoe.
CHADARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Ran 18 times for 291 yards and four touchdowns - including long scores covering 95 and 82 yards - in a 41-16 win over West End.
OMAR BROWN, NORTH JACKSON: Rushed for 273 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries in a 40-18 win over DAR.
KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: The sophomore halfback rushed 15 times for 269 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 34-31 win over Fort Payne.
TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Rushed for 264 yards and had TD runs of 6 and 5 yards in Houston County's 34-20 win over Red Level in helping the Lions improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2004.
TANNER TALLEY, SUMITON CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries and caught one pass for another 18 yards and a touchdown as the Eagles beat R.A. Hubbard 60-22. Through two games, Talley has rushed 57 times for 561 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had a pair of catches for 23 yards and another touchdown.
JAYLN JONES, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Rushed for 259 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries as the Tigers beat West Morgan 39-13. Among his TDs were runs of 58, 49 and 43 yards.
JACOBY JOHNSON, HUFFMAN: Had 27 rush attempts for 247 yards with touchdowns covering 70 and 80 yards as the Vikings beat Oak Mountain 21-11.
JAHZARIAN LAMPLEY, PIKE COUNTY: Rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs blanked B.B. Comer 27-0.
TATE OZBIRN, RED BAY: Led the Tigers to a 30-8 win over Mars Hill Bible with 201 yards rushing and three touchdowns covering 4, 8 and 3 yards.
WISE GORDON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: The freshman had 31 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns as PCA downed Slocomb 20-15. Teammate Edwin Colley also rushed 18 times for 151 yards and the other Eagles TD, a 53-yard scamper.
DANIEL THROWER, HAZEL GREEN: Ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in a 56-6 win at Columbia.
WELDRIN FORD, OPELIKA: Rushed for five touchdowns (8, 2, 4, 6, 14 yards) as Opelika beat Carver-Montgomery 56-28. He had 21 carries and 132 total yards.
TAE HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY: Sparked 28-17 win over Trinity Presbyterian with 158 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
JORDAN STOVER, HARTSELLE: Ran for 131 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries in a 41-7 win over Athens. He had 100 yards and three scores by halftime.
CHRIS SULLIVAN, THEODORE: Caught nine passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns (62, 7 and 11 yards) as the Bobcats fell to Baker 41-34.
JALEN WAYNE, SPANISH FORT: Caught seven passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns as the defending Class 6A state champion Toros defeated Gulf Shores 38-10.
COLLIN WOODS, BLOUNT: Keyed the Leopards’ 41-10 win over Baldwin County with five receptions for 119 yards and touchdowns of 24 and 53 yards.
MANNIE FORD, SHEFFIELD: Caught nine passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-25 win over Sulligent.
DARIEN BOSSIE, PIEDMONT: Caught six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 33-0 win at Glencoe.
EMIL SMITH, ETOWAH: The sophomore receiver caught six passes for 97 yards and a touchdown in the Blue Devils' 35-7 victory over Douglas.
JAYSON JONES, FULTONDALE: Returned an interception 102 yards for one score, raced 45 yards for a touchdown on a punt return and also had a 34-yard TD run from scrimmage as Fultondale beat Hanceville 59-8.
LEE DAVIS, SAMSON: Had 15 solo tackles and three assists as the Tigers beat Abbeville 34-5. Davis had four tackles for losses, blocked a punt, broke up one pass and had one reception on offense for an 8-yard touchdown.
ROB ENGLISH, ELBA: Had 15 tackles, but recorded the biggest play of the game with a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown in the final 15 seconds to preserve a slim six-point lead and give defending Class 2A state champion Elba a 28-14 win over New Brockton. English also had a fumble recovery and caught a 30-yard pass to round out his performance.
TEPPEI DAISAKU, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Had 10 tackles as the Conquerors snapped an 18-game losing streak with a 7-6 win over Valley Head.
RICKY HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Was credited with 24 tackles, including 16 solos, in Providence Christian's 20-15 win over Slocomb.
MARCUS JONES, ENTERPRISE: Intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble, returning it 18 yards for a touchdown, all in the first half of the Wildcats' 50-14 rout of Prattville. He also had one pass break up in the game. Teammate Chris Ross also recovered two fumbles, returning one 30 yards for a touchdown, and a caused a fumble in the win.
P.J. PHILLIPS, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had 17 tackles, caused fumble and had a sack in the Lions’ 34-20 win over Red Level. Teammate Keith Barkley added 10 tackles, including three sacks, for the Houston County defense.
BARRETT PICKERING, HOOVER: Kicked four field goals as the Bucs downed Mountain Brook 19-3.
JACK LANE, PARK CROSSING: Booted two 42-yard field goals and finished with a school record four field goals total in the Thunderbirds’ 19-0 win over Stanhope Elmore.
BAILEY POTTER, SCOTTSBORO: Kicked 9-of-9 extra points in Scottsboro’s 63-21 win over Crossville. The nine PATs extended his current streak to 23 in a row.
EDDIE SOLIS, SCOTTSBORO: The junior blocked a Crossville punt and returned it two yards for a touchdown in the Wildcats’ 63-21 win over the Lions.
TAE PROVENS, MADISON COUNTY: Returned a kick 85 yards for a touchdown and ran for two scores in a 49-12 win over Hatton.